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  • Traveling to Myanmar

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    29 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Little, Big Don Muang Airport used to be the largest airport in Thailand, though nowadays, it’s a mere shadow compared to the second international airport in Bangkok. One notices quickly that things seem to work a little bit differently around here as it’s impossible to miss the golf course, which is nestled right between the airport runways of Big Muang Airport!  Flying with AirAsia is quite cheap and comfortable, though you can count on delays. But hey, you’re in Asia, is there any need to rush? “Not ready for boarding, we need a little bit time,” says a member of…
  • 17 Thai dishes you have to try

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    Joe Batruny
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Thai restaurants have gained popularity around the world, primarily due to the cuisine’s strong flavors and diverse ingredients. While simplicity is emphasized in many international cuisines, Thai food is not one of them — dishes often include a laundry list’s worth of ingredients, and they harmonize to create impressive (and delicious) results. Check out 17 of our favorite Thai dishes and drinks before hopping a flight to Bangkok or heading to your local Thai spot to give them a try. Eat Nuea daet diao kaphrao thot Photo: Takeaway A dish that’s frequently consumed with…
  • 5 things tourists should relax about when visiting Paris

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    Bryan Pirolli
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Some people come to Paris and try to fit in by wearing their best black outfit, staying in an obscure part of town and avoiding speaking English as much as possible. Sure, it’s fun to be a local, but at the end of the day, being a local also means working, cleaning your own bathroom, and perhaps spending hours waiting in lines at the tax office. Really, you’re better off embracing your status as a tourist. We’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating that when in Paris, it’s OK to be a tourist. Book that charming hotel in the center of town, enjoy an outdoor table at a cafe, and…
  • Luxury travel on a budget around New Zealand

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    Liz Lewis
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:56 pm
      New Zealand is on many a travelers bucket list. And so it should be, with its spectacular landscape, non-stop action backed adventure activities, and award winning wines and beers. But visiting New Zealand isn’t cheap, especially if you like a little luxury with your travel. So here are some tips on how to make
  • Huge Bonus for Business and First Class Europe Flights .. and a Really Crummy Thing British Airways is Doing

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    Gary Leff
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I just received an email from American promoting up to 125,000 bonus miles for Europe flights. Earn American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles every time you fly round-trip between the U.S., Canada or Mexico and Europe on First Class or Business Class fares on American Airlines, US Airways, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia or OpenSkies. Registration is required. Tickets already purchased will count for the American promotion as long as they fall within the eligible travel dates of September 23 through January 10. The promo code is USF14. It turns out that British Airways is offering…
 
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  • Hot List: Must-Get Travel Tech

    Henley Vazquez
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    I know few people who speak passionately about their luggage. More important to frequent fliers is what’s in the carry-on. And these days, it’s all technology. Our laptops, smartphones, and tablets have become essential travel companions—so much so that they require their own on-the-go accessories to keep things running smoothly. Here are five add-ons to pack for your next trip.  The Mophie Space Pack is a life-safer for iPhone power-users. (Photograph courtesy of Mophie) > Mophie Space Pack Mophie’s popular battery case gets a major upgrade in the Space Pack, and it’s ideal for…
  • Barrio Hopping in Buenos Aires

    Ben Long
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    With the energy of New York, the architectural feel of Paris, and the chaotic pace of a major Latin American city all rolled into one, Buenos Aires is in a class of its own. Travelers have flocked to this city for more than a century to sample Argentina’s famous wine and beef and to be seduced by what is arguably the most sensual dance in the world, the tango. Today, Buenos Aires is gaining acclaim for something else as well: its never-ending nightlife. Dinner reservations before 10 p.m.? Forget about it. You’ll be shocked to see people order a steak at midnight but even more…
  • Royal Romps on the Thames

    Intelligent Travel
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    London isn’t just for grown-ups. Here are three engaging places where families can learn hands-on history with a royal twist in the English capital. > Tower of London The Scoop: Approximately three dozen Yeoman Warders (popularly known as Beefeaters) and their families share this medieval fortress with eight ravens, several ghosts, and glittering collections of jewels and armor. What to Do: Tours by Beefeaters combine spooky stories with witty banter (“It’s great living in a palace until you try to order a takeaway”). Creepier still are the winter Tower Twilight…
  • Best National Parks: White-Water Edition

    Intelligent Travel
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Rapids, whirlpools, and risky currents transform some national park rivers into raging infernos and white water. Rafts and kayaks are the best ways to experience the big thrills and spills. Most of these routes can be run in a half or single day, though some are a ripe two days of adventure with a much needed breather in between. Here are six white-water wonderlands in America’s national parks: > Snake River, Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming) Only a small portion of the 1,000-mile Snake River flows through the Tetons, but it’s about as gorgeous as a river can get, with…
  • Hail, Scotland

    Keith Bellows
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    It’s difficult to be entirely dispassionate about something that has been in my family for centuries. So, full disclosure: ​Throughout the do-we-go, do-we-stay debate on Scottish independence, I’ve been on the side of staying the course with the U.K. My family blood runs deep tartan and has seen its share of uprisings—none that have proved to advance the cause of a free Scotland. I’m half Scot, and celebrate great occasions wearing my ancestral MacPherson kilt and regalia. I’m a descendent of Cluny MacPherson, who was chief of the Clan Chattan at the time of the 1745…
 
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  • Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival bounces back!

    Jamie Winpenny
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Since its start in 2008, the annual Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival has been among the most popular Halloween events in Hawaii. The post Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival bounces back! appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Why Waimea is Worth It

    Lauren Rolland
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    For Oahu vacationers that are staying in Honolulu or Waikiki, the North Shore might sound like an out-of-the-way place. And in truth, The post Why Waimea is Worth It appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • 5 Must-Hear Hawaii Songs for Visitors

    Jamie Winpenny
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    People who know me are confounded, dumbstruck even, that I don’t listen to music. “But you’re a professional musician,” they’ll say. “Don’t The post 5 Must-Hear Hawaii Songs for Visitors appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • On Hawaii’s “shoulders”: Quiet time

    Jamie Winpenny
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    As the morning traffic backs up on the Pali Highway below me and kids chatter and file into class at the middle The post On Hawaii’s “shoulders”: Quiet time appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • How well do you know Hawaii?

    Bruce Fisher
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Hawaii has a lot of firsts, world’s bests and famous-es that make it an extremely unique state. If you’ve been to the The post How well do you know Hawaii? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • How to be a traveler at home

    Amanda Machado
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Photo: Lilim You’re finally home. You’re surrounded by friends and family for the first time after months of traveling. You’re feeling “settled.” And you suddenly realize you don’t feel that great about it. The people around you seem content within the bubble of their daily routines — commuting to work, getting home at 5, going to happy hour — and you’re expected to follow suit. Now that you’ve had the chance to “get travel out of your system,” it’s time to “get on with it,” return to “normalcy,” and pick up this structured…
  • The story behind the Maine blueberry

    Emma Thieme
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Photo: Chewonki Semester School When I was 13, my mom signed me up for a blueberry raking crew. She wanted my first real job — besides babysitting the neighborhood kids for $3 an hour — to be one of hard work. So she signed me up for the same manual labor she’d signed herself up for back in the early 1970s when she was about my age. “When you close your eyes at night, all you’ll see is blueberries,” she told me. She was right. Every morning before sunup in August, she drove me to downtown Winterport, where I’d wait in front of the gas station to be picked up by the…
  • 17 Thai dishes you have to try

    Joe Batruny
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Thai restaurants have gained popularity around the world, primarily due to the cuisine’s strong flavors and diverse ingredients. While simplicity is emphasized in many international cuisines, Thai food is not one of them — dishes often include a laundry list’s worth of ingredients, and they harmonize to create impressive (and delicious) results. Check out 17 of our favorite Thai dishes and drinks before hopping a flight to Bangkok or heading to your local Thai spot to give them a try. Eat Nuea daet diao kaphrao thot Photo: Takeaway A dish that’s frequently consumed with…
  • Would you eat a black burger?

    Katka Lapelosa
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    RUMORS OF BURGER KING’S new all-black burger definitely piqued my interest, but also grossed me out. It’s probably good that it’s only available in Japan, as I would not want to be tempted to try it. Called the Kuro Pearl (kuro is Japanese for “black”), the ingredients are as follows: black pepper beef patty covered with an onion and soy sauce mixed with squid ink, black cheese, and buns colored with bamboo charcoal (an alternative version exists with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and mayonnaise, but I can’t imagine it enhances the original item). I’m…
  • How to piss off someone from NOLA

    Carolyn Heneghan
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Photo: philippe leroyer 1. Say you’ve had an “authentic New Orleans experience” without ever leaving Bourbon Street. Bourbon Street has become the pinnacle of New Orleans tourism for every visitor in search of a great party. It’s unbelievable how many people never leave the area. Some of what you miss if you don’t: the Frenchmen Art Market, steps away from some of the best music venues in the city (Snug Harbor, Spotted Cat, Blue Nile); St. Charles Ave, full of towering 19th-century mansions and colonial Spanish and French architecture; restaurants that pair New Orleans…
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  • 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…
  • North Face Thermoball Jacket ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    When it comes to synthetic insulated jackets, apparently all roads lead to The North Face. On my numerous trips to REI and other outdoor retailers to research the best “puffy coat” to bring with me on the Snowman Trek, the sales clerks consistently pointed me toward The North Face and, specifically, the Thermoball. Here’s why… The North Face Thermoball jacket is synthetic but equivalent to a down jacket with 600-fill. The jacket compresses down so small that it’s hard to believe it could be so warm but, dang, it is. Because it’s synthetic, I don’t…
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  • Cruise Deals: 2014 Holiday Cruises from $199

    Martha Allen
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    The Best Deals on Holiday Cruises With the first official day of fall upon us next week; the holiday season is sure going to creep up fast. And if you haven’t made those holiday vacation plans yet – don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with great cruise deals for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays. In fact, we are finding some un-heard of deals for holiday cruises with prices starting from just $199 per person! Because travel during this time of year is extremely popular, and the prices right now are so great, I don’t expect that these deals will stick around for…
  • 1 in 3 Cruisers Would Choose Free Internet Over Open Bar

    Maggie Blehert
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    If you could choose between unlimited free Internet and an unlimited open bar on a cruise, which would you pick? This was the question posed to more than 100,000 fans of the Cruise Holidays International Facebook page. Comments poured in fast and furious. While many people, especially those who have not cruised, might think that open bar would win hands down, the number of those who would choose free Internet was quite significant. Cruise Holidays tallied the first 200 responses to the question, and one-third (32%) said they would choose unlimited free Internet on a cruise. Two-thirds (68%)…
  • Top 3 Deals in Royal Caribbean’s Weekend WOW Sale

    Rich Tucker
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    2 Day Royal Caribbean WOW Sale just launched:  On top of low prices and all other Royal Caribbean Sales going on, if you book your 2014 Royal Caribbean Cruise NOW, you will get up to $50 more to spend on board. Offer Details: Booking Window: September 13 -14, 2014 Sailing Window: All sailings between September 14 – December 31, 2014 (excl’ing Quantum) $25 OBC per stateroom – Interior / Ocean view $50 OBC per stateroom – Balcony / Suite My top 3 Picks in the Weekend WOW Sale:  $159 5-night Vision of the Seas Caribbean Cruise [$32/day] departing Ft Lauderdale on…
  • 2015 Cunard Boomerang Voyage

    Rich Tucker
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    There may be no better way to experience Australia and the South Pacific in 57 days than the 2015 Cunard Boomerang Voyage. What makes the Boomerang Voyage so special? The Boomerang Voyage embarks on Queen Elizabeth out of San Francisco in February 2015 and then after an 8 day Australian land package returns from Sydney to Los Angeles on Queen Victoria. Swapping one luxurious Queen for the other in Sydney and loaded with an itinerary full of South Pacific ports of call.  Click here to view full itinerary.   Important Note: Space is even more limited on this unique voyage due to the fact…
  • Royal Caribbean end of Summer Sale: 3 Ways to Save

    Martha Allen
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Just Extended: Royal Caribbean End of Summer Sale It was just announced that the Royal Caribbean End of Summer Sale featuring your choice of 3 great ways to save has been extended due to the popularity of the sale. Since the start of the sale over a month ago, we have seen pricing move up on many of the peak Spring and Summer 2015 cruises.  Since the sale offers 50% off 2nd guest or Kids Sail FREE, the deals are still awesome – but we do recommend booking now before rates go up further. 3 Ways to Save on Royal Caribbean: Book almost any Royal Caribbean cruise departing on or after…
 
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  • 7 Things to Do When Visiting Barcelona with Kids

    Karen Bryan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Travelling as a family, you sometimes feel pulled in a million different directions, especially when you are visiting a city with kids. Everyone wants to do something the other doesn’t and there simply isn’t enough time for everything. The best solution is to find activities that you can all enjoy.
  • Why I’m Relieved Scotland Voted No to Independence

    Karen Bryan
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    I'm in Chicago. As the time here is six hours behind the UK, I was able to see that Scotland had voted in favour of staying in the UK before going to bed last night. The whole Scottish Independence Referendum Campaign has been frustrating for me.
  • Review of the Colonnade Town House Hotel London

    Karen Bryan
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:48 pm
    I booked a room at the Colonnade Town House Hotel in Little Venice through lastminute.com's 'Top Secret' hotels. I was searching for a reasonably priced hotel for a two night stay, in an area I hadn't previously explored, one week before my stay in late May 2014.
  • Review of Taza Indian Buffet Restaurant in Dundee

    Karen Bryan
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    I had lunch at the Taza Indian Buffet restaurant at the City Quay in Dundee in May 2014. I paid £7 for lunch.  You can park free of charge for one hour outside the restaurant.
  • 25 Things to Do in Bratislava

    Karen Bryan
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Here are my tips for 25 fun things to do in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Take in the Views from the UFO Observation Tower The UFO is a restaurant and observation platform at the southern end of the New Bridge. The New Bridge and the UFO It costs 6.
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    Art of Non-Conformity

  • Top 5 Credit Card Signup Bonuses for Miles & Points: September

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    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 Tuesday, September 23. Happy travels! In this edition: Chase Sapphire Preferred Chase Ink Plus Lufthansa Premier Miles & More U.S. Airways Mastercard Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard Chase Sapphire Preferred. Our longstanding,…
  • Don’t Miss Out on Your Own Story: On the Road with Christy Campbell

    Chris Guillebeau
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself As a stated “recovering conformist,” Christy is now convinced that living a comparison-free, mindful life is as non-conformist as it gets in today’s world. Here’s her story. Tell us about yourself.   I’m a story-teller at heart. I love telling mine, as well as other people’s. But I’ve noticed something: those who only dream of a lifestyle that includes soaking up experiences in foreign lands – and even those who live that life – are constantly looking at others and want more. By…
  • “Your Time to Build for the Future Before the World Descends On You”

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    I’m not very good at all the things you’re supposed to do to be more productive. I check email first thing in the morning and then continually throughout the day. I jump from task to task and I read the news five times a day. But I do try to be outcome-focused, and I appreciated this perspective from Tyler Cowen, a professor of economics who’s been blogging daily for a decade while also writing books, teaching students, traveling the world, and eating good food: “There is always time to do more. Most people, even the productive, have a day that is at least forty…
  • Lessons from the Journey: Everyone has a calling. Follow your (own) passion

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    From my own 193-country journey to the stories of many other people who were kindly willing to share, The Happiness of Pursuit attempts to extract and convey the lessons of modern-day quests. This series explores some of these lessons. Lesson: Everyone has a calling. Follow your (own) passion. Pay attention to the things that excite you and the things that bother you. In the book I wrote about Jiro Ono, a world-famous sushi chef from Tokyo. In one of my favorite clips from a documentary on his restaurant, he talks about how excited he becomes over a particularly nice tuna. “When we have a…
  • The Happiness of Pursuit Is a NYT Bestseller! (Because of you!)

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Yep yep, it’s true… because of our great readers, The Happiness of Pursuit debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list this weekend. I’m so excited! Debuting on the list is harder than ever these days because paperback, hardcover, and ebooks are all combined into “one list to rule them all.” The same non-fiction list includes books about dieting, money, pregnancy, lifestyle, and a wealth of other topics. In other words, it’s a tough crowd to compete against. But we did it, and I’m grateful. Thank you, everyone!   If you haven’t…
 
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: Beautiful blue sky

    Sheila Beal
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Mahalo to Mariola DeFina for sharing this beautiful picture with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Mariola shared this short note along with the photo, “Beautiful blue sky with bird inflight.” Yes, we agree that sky is a beautiful blue. It’s such a deep blue that I can’t imagine it being even bluer.Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words are permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site scrape content…
  • 2014 – 2015 season’s first humpback whale was spotted off Kauai!

    Sheila Beal
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Though Hawaii’s “official” humpback whale season doesn’t start until late December, the first whale sighting of the season occurred this week. According to this KITV report, the crew of Holo Holo Charters spotted a whale about a mile off the west coast of Kauai on September 16th.If you are visiting Hawaii between now and the end of December, keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales as more whales start filtering in towards the peak season, which is from January to March.Since we’ve been following the season’s first whale sightings in Hawaii, the first…
  • What to know about vacationing in Hawaii in October

    Sheila Beal
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    When factoring weather, costs and low crowds, October is one of the best months to visit Hawaii. Let’s examine the details showing why October is an excellent month for a Hawaii vacation.What’s Hawaii’s weather like in October?After Hawaii’s warmest months of August and September, October temperatures cool down only slightly. Daytime high temperatures at most beach resorts average in the mid to upper 80s F. Nighttime temperatures only dip into the lower 70s F.October rainfall levels in Hawaii are generally low — especially when compared to the wetter, winter months. However,…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Wailua Falls, East Maui

    Sheila Beal
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Mahalo to Russell DeJetley for sharing this stunning photo of Wailua Falls on Maui.Russell really captured the beauty of this place. He must have used a long exposure to create the milky smooth effect on the waterfall.Wailua Falls is located on East Maui, past the town on Hana on Highway 31. It’s one of the easiest waterfalls to find and see along the road to Hana and beyond.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…
  • Your favorite Hawaii places

    Sheila Beal
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    We thoroughly enjoyed reading your favorite places after we posed the question on the blog and on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. We found ourselves nodding in agreement with so many of your choices, but we also learned of some spots we didn’t know.Let’s take a look at your responses.How do your favorite islands stack up per Go Visit Hawaii readers and fans?Oahu was mentioned the most. That’s not too surprising considering more people visit Oahu than any other island. In fact, per the 2013 Hawaii Tourism Authority visitor statistics, more people visited Oahu than all the…
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  • 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

    GJE
    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…
  • Hotel Frontdoor

    GJE
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Hotel Frontdoor Your guests come and go via the frontdoor. The Frontdoor of this hotel has etched in its glass that its telephone number is 1. The door must be from somewhere around 1900. Many guests must have passed this door. This was a hotel long before there were hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton or Starwoord…. The hotel is stil in operation and located in a small village in The Netherlands, not far, only a busride, from Amsterdam. Are you able to guess its location? Actually it was rebuilt in 1905 and the telephone was installed as late as 1920… Hotel Frontdoor is a post…
  • Google tests Project Wing

    GJE
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 am
    Google tests Project Wing A drone delivery system being tested in Australia as their drone regulations are less steep than those in the US. Google tests Project Wing is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, August 29, 2014Google tests Project Wing is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade – Hotel Reviews by HH (1)

    GJE
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    The front of Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade Introduction to numbered “Hotel Reviews by HH” – cooperation with Hotel Designs My wife and I became hoteliers in 2000 after having fulfilled creative and caring professions unrelated to hospitality. In 2000 we started to convert a dilapidated terraced house next to our own house into a luxury 3 suites “Hotel” or Luxury B & B and operated it under the name Haagsche Suites (i.e. Suites of The Hague) until we’d closed it in December, 2013. Currently I am an almost full-time blogger on several blogs, Happy Hotelier…
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  • A Side Street in Regensburg, Germany

    Gary
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    A Side Street in Regensburg, Germany Regensburg is one of 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany that I’ve visited. Tomorrow, September 24, at 11am EDT I will be co-hosting a Twitter chat with Tourism Germany about Germans world heritage sites. We will be using the hashtag #WelterbeGermany. If you’ve traveled through Germany, or just wish to someday, please join in the discussion.
  • Snow Covered Forest in Plitvice National Park, Croatia

    Gary
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Snow Covered Forest in Plitvice National Park, Croatia
  • Drummers and Dancers in Lobito, Angola

    Gary
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Drummers and Dancers in Lobito, Angola
  • Amateur Traveler Interview: The World Heritage Sites of Canada

    Gary
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Episode 437 I recently had my 9th appearance on the Amateur Traveler podcast. This time I spoke about the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Canada. There are 17 and as of 2014 I have been to all of them. Nahanni National Park (1978) L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site (1978) Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek (1979) Dinosaur Provincial Park (1979) SGang Gwaay (1981) Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (1981) Wood Buffalo National Park (1983) Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks (1984) Historic District of Old Québec (1985) Gros…
  • Photo Essay: Laurence Norah

    Gary
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Every so often I showcase the work of other travel photographers on my site. Today I’d like to introduce you to Laurence Norah. He has been traveling around the world since 2009 and blogging and photographing his travels since 2010. He is well known for his stunning landscape images which has garnered him a large online following. I’ve met Laurence several times at conferences in Europe and I’ve always been a fan of his work. He is one of a select group of online travel photographers who have had great success with his work. Enough of me yammering, here are his…
 
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    Vagabondish

  • Photo of the Moment: Flying High Over Teotihuacan, Mexico

    Mike Richard
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Rodolfo Araiza G. The post Photo of the Moment: Flying High Over Teotihuacan, Mexico appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • 10 Essential Tips to Improve Your Hitchhiking Game

    Turner Wright
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I’ve hitchhiked in the US, Japan, Thailand, and New Zealand. Inevitably, there will always be that awkward encounter at rest stops and random intersections: the fellow hitchhiker who tries to dissuade you from sticking out your thumb. “Where you headed? I’ve been trying to get a ride for two and a half hours. Good luck, man …” Most recently, in kiwi land, I was told this by a man wearing a shirt stained with McD’s grease and cutoff jeans, sporting an unkempt beard, bracing himself against an 80L exterior frame…
  • TunnelBear: Our New Favorite Mobile VPN Solution for Android/iOS

    Mike Richard
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. If you’re an avid traveler who’s still not using a VPN, you definitely should be. It’s a no-brainer for a variety of reasons, including: anonymity, truly private browsing, bypassing internet censorship in countries like China, malware protection and more. Plus, there’s even evidence to suggest that booking travel through a VPN could help you save big on airfare. Now, assuming that you’re (wisely) on board with using a VPN, the next logical question is: which software should I use? We’ve tested a variety of apps and…
  • 37 Hours in South Florida: Wild Diversions in Fort Lauderdale and Beyond

    Mike Richard
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. As a long time Florida native, The Sunshine State has always held a special place in my heart. It’s hot, brash, bold and, if recent news is any indication, a little bit nuts. What’s not to love? Although I moved away some twenty years ago, there’s a part of me that still connects with it on a visceral level. And so I go back a few times every year. On my latest trip — this time with Mrs. Vagabondish in tow — I set out to show her some of the best (and perhaps oddest) things to see and do near Fort Lauderdale. If…
  • Photo of the Moment: The Taking of Yosemite Valley, California

    Mike Richard
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Dhilung Kirat The post Photo of the Moment: The Taking of Yosemite Valley, California appeared first on Vagabondish.
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    Adventure Girl

  • 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…
  • Adventure Girl Recipes: St. Francis Inn Pear Crusted Pie

    AdventureGirlMGR
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    It’s the holidays all year round at the historic St. Francis Inn (circa 1791). If desserts are your thing, then this boutique place is where guests can ogle each night (365 days a year) over complimentary handmade delectables that head out of Janice Leary’s kitchen. Known for their Christmas gastronomic tidings, for 2014, themed desserts will reflect one of the ’12 Days of Christmas’. Each dessert pays homage to the English Christmas Carol tune, which represents a gift per day for 12 days leading to Christmas. On a side note: The song, which these desserts are named…
  • Adventure Girl Recipes: St. Francis Inn Turtle Dove Cheesecake

    AdventureGirlMGR
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    It’s the holidays all year round at the historic St. Francis Inn (circa 1791). If desserts are your thing, then this boutique place is where guests can ogle each night (365 days a year) over complimentary handmade delectables that head out of Janice Leary’s kitchen. Known for their Christmas gastronomic tidings, for 2014, themed desserts will reflect one of the ’12 Days of Christmas’. Each dessert pays homage to the English Christmas Carol tune, which represents a gift per day for 12 days leading to Christmas. On a side note: The song, which these desserts are named…
  • Adventure Girl Recipes: St. Francis Inn Puff Pastry Swans

    AdventureGirlMGR
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    It’s the holidays all year round at the historic St. Francis Inn (circa 1791). If desserts are your thing, then this boutique place is where guests can ogle each night (365 days a year) over complimentary handmade delectables that head out of Janice Leary’s kitchen. Known for their Christmas gastronomic tidings, for 2014, themed desserts will reflect one of the ’12 Days of Christmas’. Each dessert pays homage to the English Christmas Carol tune, which represents a gift per day for 12 days leading to Christmas. On a side note: The song, which these desserts are named…
  • Adventure Girl: 8Great Spectators’ Guide to the 2014 Ryder Cup

    AdventureGirlMGR
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Next week, the most prestigious event in golf returns to the country that gave birth to the sport. The Ryder Cup will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland, Sept. 23-28, with Team USA trying to rebound from a stunning loss to Team Europe in 2012. For international fans descending on the quaint town of Perthshire, knowing your way around the event and the Scottish Heartlands can feel overwhelming. For fans making the trek to the “home of golf”, Premier Golf – the travel agency that is an exclusive partner of the PGA and has sent more than 25,000 golf fans to the Ryder Cup since 1991 –…
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Travel to Orlando, Florida – Episode 431 Transcript

    chris2x
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    transcript of Travel to Orlando, Florida – Episode 431 Chris: Amateur Traveler, episode 431. Today the Amateur Traveler talks about theme parks, young wizards, and a mouse, as we go to Orlando, […] The post Travel to Orlando, Florida – Episode 431 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Episode 437

    chris2x
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    Hear about all of Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere.com about traveling to all 17 sites. Some sites like Old Québec are […] The post Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Episode 437 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • The Thimble Islands: A Small Gem of an Archipelago in Connecticut

    BarryKramer
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    Tucked along the southern edge of the Connecticut coast is a small gem of an archipelago called the Thimble Islands. Originally named by the local Mattabeseck Indians as Kuttomquosh, “the beautiful sea […] The post The Thimble Islands: A Small Gem of an Archipelago in Connecticut appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Snow Leopard at Norden’s Ark – Smügen, Sweden – Photo

    chris2x
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Seine River Cruises - save 10%Receive A $200 Air Credit Per Couple On 2014 Air Inclusive Europe Tours This snow leopard lives at Norden’s Ark in Western Sweden. Norden’s Ark, in Smügen, […] The post Snow Leopard at Norden’s Ark – Smügen, Sweden – Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Charleston, South Carolina – Episode 430 Transcript

    chris2x
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    Transcript of Travel to Charleston, South Carolina – Episode 430 Chris: Amateur Traveler, episode 430. Today, the Amateur Traveler talks about Civil War history, a tea plantation, and lots and lots of […] The post Travel to Charleston, South Carolina – Episode 430 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
 
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Kalinga to Banaue, Philippines

    Alex North Rule
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    After spending two days in Kalinga, a remote village in the mountains of the Philippines, watching Wang-Od (the oldest known tatoo artist) hammer her ash covered thorn into the flesh of other travelers, Marius and I decided to descend the mountain path. The slope was steep but the farewell was steeper. With a heavy heart and thoughts of a distant time when I would be able to return and witness such a wealth of talent and experience, we began the descent. As we ambled along, swamped in a sea of green, the sun beat down its humid rays. A while after setting off, the sun began its descent…
  • Canada: Freedom in open air

    Marie King
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I’d been living in a place of winter, of summer snows and spring shadows. Edmonton is a place where dreamers fall into reality, shave away their hearts on sleeves and hibernate in economic security and bored fantasies. At least, that’s what it was to me. Life on the road left me broke and with nothing. Adventure swooped me up and ditched me when I’d nothing left to give. The time of my life, but it had to end. Borders and boundaries drove me back to the New World, where I felt trapped in the drone of living a traditional life, if only for a short time. Travel had set me free, but taken…
  • The elusive Room 27 at Planet Baobab, Botswana

    Mariska Ford
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Room 27 “Makgadikgadi? I asked what was out there, and they said ‘Nothing-only idiots go there.’ I thought fine, that’s the place for me.” Jack Bousfield, 1963 It was indeed this quote by the famous hunter, adventurer and safari operator, Jack Bousfield that convinced us to plan the most memorable breakaway imaginable. A Saturday in June marked the beginning of out journey. We travelled 1000 km from Pretoria, South Africa via Francistown and Nata in Botswana to arrive just in time to experience sunset at Planet Baobab. The architecture reminded us of a well-planned meeting between…
  • Pattaya, Thailand: Down-to-earth

    Justine Wong
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The rain has finally stopped. As Hannah helps me with my harness, she turns to the stormy sky, smiles and says, “Lucky you. It’s a beautiful weather to skydive.” Indeed it is. Weights of grey clouds hang high in the sky of Pattaya, but the lustrous blue sky behind them are yearning to break through. Joseph and I have to wait in the common area for the sky to clear up a little more before our turn is up. Nervous hands are rubbing, awkward small talks are exchanged, and an uncertain laughter is echoing in the corner. The air is slightly chilly, yet I can feel heat generated from…
  • The Musings of a Backpacker in Australia

    Kayla Nesbitt
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Musings of a Backpacker in Canada There are many things that I have come to realize throughout the last few months of travels. Things that under normal circumstances, surrounded by familiarity and comforts, one would likely never think about. With everything I need stuffed indecently into my 75 liter backpack – spontaneity is no longer a luxury, but a lifestyle. It did not take long to become aware of the fact that the life I was living prior to departure carried on despite my absence. Everything continues – people stop at the same red lights, open the same doors, and take the…
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    Elliott

  • Why my critics get the silent treatment (and why that’s good for you)

    Christopher Elliott
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    People take swipes at me all the time. The attacks range from mildly critical (like questioning my “insider” knowledge of […] The post Why my critics get the silent treatment (and why that’s good for you) appeared first on Elliott.
  • When’s a deal not a deal?

    Christopher Elliott
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Thanks for reading Elliott’s Email, my weekly newsletter. Don’t forget, you can subscribe to my daily email newsletter, too. I […] The post When’s a deal not a deal? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Berated for a screaming baby – do I deserve a full refund?

    Christopher Elliott
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Evelyn Tachau-Brown probably deserves something after her recent Delta Air Lines flight. But what? She and her husband were flying […] The post Berated for a screaming baby – do I deserve a full refund? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Are cruise lines doing enough to protect their passengers?

    Christopher Elliott
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Pat Busovicki’s Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Dream almost ended in a nightmare. One afternoon, after plummeting down its […] The post Are cruise lines doing enough to protect their passengers? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Maybe your travel standards are too low

    Christopher Elliott
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Incredible customer service and travel used to be more or less synonymous. Not anymore. The “aha” moment for Chris Nicholson […] The post Maybe your travel standards are too low appeared first on Elliott.
 
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Cool New York City Vacation Rental with FlipKey

    Soul Travelers3
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
     Cool New York City VacationRental with FlipKey"I want to live here!" Mozart said as we walked into our NYC vacation rental by FlipKey. For big city getaway   "I want to live here!" Mozart said as we walked into our NYC vacation rental by FlipKey. For big city getaways or family vacations, rented furnished apartments or homes are often ideal for value, size and amenities. This three bedroom sanctuary with a state of the art kitchen in an historic home impressed us all! When we were suddenly, (out of the blue),  heading to New York City for Fashion Week so…
  • Mozart's Adventures During New York Fashion Week

    Soul Travelers3
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Mozart's Adventures During New York Fashion Week13 year old trilingual travel teen and Youtuber Mozart was asked to attend New York Fashion Week 13 year old trilingual travel teen and Youtuber Mozart was asked to attend New York Fashion Week as it's youngest reporter by Not Your Mother's Brand and had an awesome worldschool and travel adventure that we will share with you! From runways, red carpets and front row seats to limos, backstage access and VIP status to hanging with Vogue's editor and fashion Queen Anna Wintour and celebs like tennis star Serena Williams and more. Oh…
  • Mozart is Youngest Reporter at New York Fashion Week!

    Soul Travelers3
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    Mozart is Youngest Reporter at New York Fashion Week!Trilingual travel teen Youtuber Mozart was thriled to be asked to be the youngest reporter at Trilingual travel teen Youtuber Mozart was thriled to be asked to be the youngest reporter at New York Fashion Week! Wow, what a lucky girl and another amazing worldschool opportunity for singer Mozart... hitting the red carpet, getting insider tips backstage and killer interviews. She loves fashion and she loves New York, so we jumped at the chance when the folks at Not Your Mother's Haircare invited her after seeing her first vlog on…
  • New Home, Moving and Big Changes

    Soul Travelers3
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    New Home, Moving and Big ChangesHaving a child, changes your life forever and in our case, that has certainly been the truth and what Having a child, changes your life forever and in our case, that has certainly been the truth and what a wild ride it has been all around the world. Since Mozart turned 13 it has been particularly full of constant change and leading us into new horizons we never really expected. While many of you were enjoying a relaxing Labor Day Weekend, we made a quick move into a new "home". Luckily, as a minimalist family, we don't take long to pack, but our…
  • TMI Tag!

    Soul Travelers3
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Trilingual teen Mozart answers the TMI Tag ( too much information) on Youtube, vlogging her entertaining Trilingual teen Mozart answers the TMI Tag ( too much information) on Youtube, vlogging her entertaining take to this popular and fun "beauty guru" youtuber tag because many of you have wanted more information, so this seemed like a cool one to do.Fears, TV shows, Boyfriend? ...and more!Mozart had a blast making it,so we hope you enjoy it!  She did it in one take since we were busy moving this week ( more on that soon!) and only had 18 minutes on the camera. Then we edited…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Cranky on the Web (September 15 – 19) and Some Reading Material for the Next Week

    CF
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Usually when I go on vacation, I try to either write a bunch of posts myself or wrangle up some guest posts. This time, that’s not happening. It takes a long time to prep posts, even guest posts, and the week leading up to vacation is stressful enough. So for the first time in a long time, the blog is going dark for the week while I’m sitting on the beach drinking fruity drinks. I’ll be back with a new post on Monday, September 29, but I’m giving you plenty to read here. In the Trenches: Answering the Phone – Quickbooks Small Business Blog This week I looked at…
  • Topic of the Week: What You Would Like to See From Southwest

    CF
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    I’ve written this week about how Southwest needs to figure out what it wants to be, but let’s turn the tables. What do you think Southwest needs to do to make you a customer? Is it perfect as is? If not, what needs to change?
  • My Last Trip on the Old Southwest (Trip Report)

    CF
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    There was something about this trip that felt like the end of an era. On the eve of the repeal of the Wright Amendment, Southwest had its first media day in years. But the repeal hasn’t happened yet so I still had to stop on my way to Dallas. Hopping across the empire on an old 737-300 just felt like a throwback to an airline that almost no longer exists. [Disclosure: Southwest paid for my flight to Dallas and hotel. I paid for my return.] I took Southwest up on its offer for my flight out, but I scheduled a meeting in Ft Worth afterwards. I had no interest in driving all the way back…
  • How Southwest Tanked Its Operational Performance… And Then Took a Year to Fix It

    CF
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    In early 2013, Southwest realized that demand was strong. Faced with a set number of airplanes, it had two choices. It could keep flying its existing schedule or it could push itself and squeeze more flights into the system. It chose the latter, and it incredibly failed to understand how badly that would drag down the operation. Beginning in August of last year, Southwest’s operational performance tanked. Due to issues unique to Southwest and its archaic technology, it wasn’t until last month, a full year later, that on-time percentage returned to normal. While at Southwest media…
  • Southwest Reveals a New Visual Identity, But You Better Not Call It a New Brand

    CF
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    It had been years since Southwest last had a media day, so I was surprised to see an invite come in the mail a few weeks ago. As we all know by now, the real reason for the event was to show off the airline’s new image. My reaction to the design itself wasn’t all that negative, but I still can’t understand why the airline felt this was needed. I think there’s more important work to do over there. [Disclosure: Southwest paid for my flight to Dallas and my hotel] Southwest began the day with a ceremony in stifling heat in a closed hangar. When the ceremony ended, the…
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • The Best Places to See Fall Foliage Around the Country

    Stephanie
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - The Best Places to See Fall Foliage Around the CountryThe end of summer means autumn leaf peeping is right around the corner. Yellow, orange, and red are the colors of the season, and thousands of travelers will soon be... Read More...The post The Best Places to See Fall Foliage Around the Country appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • What Travelers Need to Know About the Ebola Virus Outbreak

    Stephanie
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - What Travelers Need to Know About the Ebola Virus OutbreakIn Nigeria and Senegal, the Ebola virus outbreak has largely been contained, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Monday. But the disease has killed some 2,811 people in the... Read More...The post What Travelers Need to Know About the Ebola Virus Outbreak appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How Smart Wristbands are Changing Travel

    Stephanie
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: How Smart Wristbands are Changing TravelYou’ve heard of smartphones—and now even smartwatches—but have you ever encountered a smart wristband? Well, you just might soon. Disney World has something called the MagicBand. It’s an RFID-equipped wristband... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How Smart Wristbands are Changing Travel appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Planning Your Trip for Thanksgiving 2014

    Stephanie
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:24 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Planning Your Trip for Thanksgiving 2014Is it really time to start thinking about Thanksgiving travel? You’d better believe it is. Here’s what you need to know. Thanksgiving is the busiest travel period of the year.... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Planning Your Trip for Thanksgiving 2014 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Peter Greenberg Worldwide–Green County Cheese Days 100th Anniversary, Monroe WI–September 20, 2014

    _darra
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Peter Greenberg Worldwide–Green County Cheese Days 100th Anniversary, Monroe WI–September 20, 2014Located an hour from Madison, Wisconsin, you’ll find a town called Monroe. This small town is all about cheese,and after all, Wisconsin makes 650 varieties of cheese. Monroe’s also home... Read More...The post Peter Greenberg Worldwide–Green County Cheese Days 100th Anniversary, Monroe WI–September 20, 2014 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
 
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Cruising Alaska for “Noncruisers”

    Nancy Brown
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Mega cruise ships the size of small cities not your cup of tea? While I love exploring the world from the deck of a cruise ship, not everyone feels the same way towards cruising. My husband is one of those active adventure travelers who feels that he would go “stir crazy” trapped on a cruise […]
  • New Adventure Thrills in Hocking Hills, Ohio

    Jamie Rhein
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Recently, I saw the woods and the river in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio from a whole different angle–flying like Superman. At the Hocking Hills Canopy Tours Adventure, the SuperZip is quarter of a mile zipline that begins at the top of an 85 ft. tower and ends across the Hocking River where strapping young […]
  • Empty Nest Travel Tips

    Nancy Brown
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    As our daughter graduated from college this summer and our son traveled to Oxford, Mississippi to begin college, it has occurred to me that my husband and I are now empty nest. Our young adult children have flown the coop and we are free to travel at our leisure. No more worries about teenagers hosting […]
  • Tips for Traveling with Teens

    Nancy Brown
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    While my young adult children may call me a fire breathing dragon behind my back, they have thanked me for teaching them how to pack a suitcase and instilling a sense of confidence in them when they travel solo. I’m the first to admit that I don’t know what to do in many travel situations, […]
  • Ride The Ducks San Francisco: San Francisco Duck Tours

    Lisa Dion
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    If you live in the city of San Francisco or Boston or Philadelphia or Seattle, you’ve probably noticed them. It’s hard not to. Amphibious vehicles tooling around the neighborhoods with the music cranked up and the passengers blasting kazoos shaped like duck bills. My family and I took the San Francisco ‘Splashtastic Sunset’ Ride the […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • Hawaii Plate Lunches – It’s all about the sides

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

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

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

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

    Bruce Fisher
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Hawaii seems to have it all. Year round warm weather, a gorgeous ocean, beautiful beaches, high-end hotels, incredible shopping, tropical fruits, unique The post What Hawaii DOESN’T have appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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    TravelPod.com TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at TravelPod.com

  • Un tiempo fantastico 4! — Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Un tiempo fantastico 4! - Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay Colonia del Sacramento, UruguayUm 11.30 fährt unser Bus zurück nach Colonia, die 3h Fahrt nützen wir gleich für eine kleine Siesta und sind gespannt, was uns in Colonia erwartet. Es ist der Höhepunkt, das Städtlein ist zauberhaft! Mit den Alleen, die Bäume im saftigen Grün, die Sonne scheint, ein bisschen Kuba lässt grüssen und wir sitzen gemütlich in einem kleinen Restaurant, geniessen einen guten Weisswein, schauen den Leuten zu und lassen uns die Sonne ins Gesicht scheinen.
  • Un tiempo fantastico 3! — Montevideo, Uruguay

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Un tiempo fantastico 3! - Montevideo, Uruguay Montevideo, UruguayHolaaaaa! Heute geht es mit der ColoniaExpress nach Montevideo! Am Freitag mittag legt unsere Fähre ab, innerhalb einer Stunde sind wir in Colonia, wo wir in den Car steigen und 3 Stunden Fahrt nach Montevideo vor uns haben. Im Terminal angekommen, müssen wir zuerst einmal das Busticket für den Sonntag, zurück nach Colonia kaufen. Dann realisieren wir, dass wir weder mit Pesos Argentinos noch mit USD zahlen, also heisst es zuerst mal Geld wechseln.... endlich im Hotel angekommen machen wir uns husch husch auf…
  • Un tiempo fantastico 2! — Buenos Aires, Argentina

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Un tiempo fantastico 2! - Buenos Aires, Argentina Buenos Aires, ArgentinaHola! Mein zweiter Monat in Buenos Aires neigt sich auch bald dem Ende zu und es ist nach wie vor einfach nur G E N I A L!!! Ich wage es zu behaupten, ein Jahr in Buenos Aires und man könnte jeden Abend etwas anderes machen,,,, eine Stadt mit unglaublich vielen Möglichkeiten. Eine Stadt die hoffnungslos unorganisiert ist, chaotisch und hektisch, bei Regen in einen Schock-Zustand fällt, aber das Leben geniesst und teilt, wie ich es noch nie gesehen habe. Obwohl, eine Regel kennen sie und zwar steht man…
  • Overnight stay at Victoria River Roadhouse — Gregory, Australia

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Overnight stay at Victoria River Roadhouse - Gregory, Australia Gregory, Australia Where I stayed Victoria River Road HouseWe left Darwin this morning and are quite happy to be heading to the west to hit some awesome Western Australian beaches that we can swim at!! We have just arrived at Victoria River Roadhouse in the Gregory NP for an overnight stay on our way to Lake Argyle. The river here is lovely, pity it is home to salties but we expect that everywhere now! It's the longest river in the NT and is surrounded by stunning red escarpment as far as we can see. Tomorrow we will cross the…
  • Croc Spotting, Cahills Crossing — Gunbalanya, Australia

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Croc Spotting, Cahills Crossing - Gunbalanya, Australia Gunbalanya, AustraliaYou would not believe the number of salt water crocs we sat here and watched today...at least 10 large (probably all over 4 metres) salties just lazing about Cahills crossing over the East Alligator River. This river creates a border between Kakadu and Arnhem Land and is an amazing place to sit and watch these sneaky creatures float around, catch fish or swim one side of the crossing to the other in their natural environment! There is no way I would ever consider standing close to the edge of this water-they are…
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    View from the Wing

  • The Department of Transportation Wants to Regulate Google, to Make Sure You Know About Baggage Fees!

    Gary Leff
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Back in May the Department of Transportation filed a “notice of proposed rulemaking” laying out the direction they intended to take with new rules for how airfares are displayed… everywhere. As airlines have added on lots of fees, and new websites have popped up that search for travel, the Department of Transportation has been considering whether to regulate the way that fees show up (at the front of the booking process next to ticket prices, or just shown on an airline website?) and whether consumers have to be informed about the way websites sort the options that are…
  • The 11 Greatest Miles and Points Deals EVER

    Gary Leff
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    There have been many great deals over time, and they never last. The lesson is to take advantage of what’s offered, make use of the benefits, and expect to have to move onto the next offer that comes along. For all of the many great opportunities that there have been over the past couple of years, probably the greatest ones are even better. The funny thing is that in my frequent flyer youth, I never even knew how great I had it! Then again, it was 2002 before I ever saw my first 20,000 mile signup bonus for a credit card. And it was 2003 before I excitedly signed up for a 40,000 mile…
  • Huge Bonus for Business and First Class Europe Flights .. and a Really Crummy Thing British Airways is Doing

    Gary Leff
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I just received an email from American promoting up to 125,000 bonus miles for Europe flights. Earn American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles every time you fly round-trip between the U.S., Canada or Mexico and Europe on First Class or Business Class fares on American Airlines, US Airways, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia or OpenSkies. Registration is required. Tickets already purchased will count for the American promotion as long as they fall within the eligible travel dates of September 23 through January 10. The promo code is USF14. It turns out that British Airways is offering…
  • Get a Free Upgrade, Cheap United Miles, and a Wild American Airlines Rumor

    Gary Leff
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    News and notes from around the interweb: A wild rumor about American Airlines Former TSA Head: “toxic culture” with “terrible” morale and frequency of failures reaching a “frightening” level. Relatedly, there’s an event tonight Why doesn’t the TSA keep us safe? Star Alliance revamps its business program, and the signup bonus is enough for a free upgrade within Europe. You may be able to buy United miles at 1.9 cents using their award accelerator function (buying miles in conjunction with a ticket, of course tickets are refundable for 24 hours…
  • Department of Transportation Has Announced an Audit of Frequent Flyer Programs

    Gary Leff
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Earlier this year the Supreme Court limited the ability of consumers to sue frequent flyer programs, suggesting that the Airline Deregulation Act prevents state law claims against frequent flyer programs because it requires that all regulation of the airlines be done at the federal level. Strictly speaking you could sue for direct breach of contract in state court but could not make a state claim like a “covenant of good faith and fair dealing” — the terms and conditions of your frequent flyer program are what they are, no matter how one-sided. Your only recourse is to the…
 
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  • 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…
  • Travel guide to Alsace, France

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

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

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

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

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

    Tony Wheeler
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Remember postcards? A rectangle of cardboard with a picture. We used to send them to people, way back before emails and text messages and Facebook and Instagram. Well I still do regularly send postcards – to my mother (pushing 90) and to Maureen’s aunt (sailed past 90). But it’s getting increasingly difficult. First it’s getting harder to find the postcards – although I had no problem in France, Italy, Turkey, Malaysia and even Dubai in the UAE recently. Then you have to get stamps, which can be even more difficult than the postcard. In Greece I failed, got the cards, couldn’t get…
 
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    EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog

  • New York: 6 under-the-radar (and free) parks to explore

    Suzanne Russo
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    The early planners of New York understood the necessity of green spaces in their burgeoning metropolis, and it takes little more than a lazy summer afternoon in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow to know that they were right. From the wilds of the High Line to the urban oasis of Bryant Park, New York offers green spaces galore for recreation and relaxation. But scattered in between and just beyond the city’s major parks are a number of other “secret gardens” that tend be shorter on people and long on charm and tranquility. For those moments when you need to rest your feet,…
  • 5 things tourists should relax about when visiting Paris

    Bryan Pirolli
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Some people come to Paris and try to fit in by wearing their best black outfit, staying in an obscure part of town and avoiding speaking English as much as possible. Sure, it’s fun to be a local, but at the end of the day, being a local also means working, cleaning your own bathroom, and perhaps spending hours waiting in lines at the tax office. Really, you’re better off embracing your status as a tourist. We’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating that when in Paris, it’s OK to be a tourist. Book that charming hotel in the center of town, enjoy an outdoor table at a cafe, and…
  • Barcelona Cheap Eats: 8 delicious lunch deals

    Bill Sinclair
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Note: This article was updated on September 19, 2014 with new links, photos and information. Menu prices around Barcelona. have risen over the past few years, but fixed-price lunch menus still remain an excellent value throughout the city. That’s good news for Cheapos. Here’s a brief list of budget-friendly restaurants that offer great lunch deals. We’ve tried to cover all the central neighborhoods, so that no matter where you are in the city, you can always find something good to eat. And if you’re still hungry after reading about these deals, we have plenty of…
  • New York: 7 hidden spots that won’t cost you a dime to visit

    Suzanne Russo
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    From the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building, New York shouts its greatness in glitzy, larger-than-life flair. But beyond the bright lights of Broadway and behind the beautiful buildings lurk some of the city’s greatest treasures, just waiting for someone to stumble upon and enjoy them. Here, seven hidden NYC spots you can enjoy without spending a cent. 1. Kenkeleba House 214 E 2nd Street East Village The unassuming Alphabet City building dates back to 1908 and is unmarked, save for the words “Henington Hall,” etched into the stone facade. Enter the plain doubles…
  • Hamburg: 5 central hotel and hostel picks from €14

    Hilary Bown
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    Finding an inexpensive hotel or hostel can sometimes be a challenge in Hamburg, but we have found five incredibly cheap options that range from €14 to €25 per night for a bed in a shared room. Best of all, these five spots meet the important criteria that every Cheapo holds dear: affordable, clean and centrally located. Every hostel on this list offers free Wi-Fi for its guests along with a few other fantastic perks at little or no extra cost. Solo travelers, couples and small groups will all find pocketbook-pleasing options in this list, including private rooms at low prices. But as with…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Oasis Collections Offers a Welcome Innovation for Travelers

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

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

    Amy Whitley
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Last month, my kids and I were lucky enough to sail on the media preview voyage of the Disney Fantasy, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet of four. Having conducted research on how small ship cruising is the best green cruise line option, I had concerns about the eco-implications of our trip… Read more The post Green Cruise Line Measures on the New Disney Fantasy appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 5 Great Farm Stays to Get Back to Nature

    Amy Whitley
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Long popular in Europe, farm stay vacations have only recently become part of the mainstay U.S. travel market. Once you try a farm stay, however, you’ll be sold. Whether experiencing a farm stay as a destination in itself or as a lodging alternative on a vacation including other activities, farm stays are a way to… Read more The post 5 Great Farm Stays to Get Back to Nature appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Ski Green ~ Hit the Slopes without Melting them

    Dawn Head
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    As you most likely have experienced and read about, the weather and climate changes in recent years have had a profound effect on our planet. And with increasing temperatures in even far-north regions of the world, ski resort owners, especially the mountains at lower elevations, are among those hit hardest by global warming. The next… Read more The post Ski Green ~ Hit the Slopes without Melting them appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • Los Angeles : How Virgin America Aided the Post-Hurricane Evacuation from Cabo San Lucas

    JetSetCD
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    In the days following last week's category 3 Hurricane Odile and the destruction of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, both military and commercial jets mustered and pooled resources to rescue a thousands of stranded and weary travelers. Among the airlines to provide free relief flights were United, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Southwest, and Virgin America. The September 18 relief flight by Virgin America transported pallets stacked with water and food to Cabo and brought back a planeful of trapped tourists. Flying nonstop from Los Cabos to San Francisco, they fared far better than those…
  • Virginia City : Race to Escape a City Overrun with Zombies During Nevada's Redrun II

    cmb
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    If Zombiegeddon were upon us, would you rather be among the hordes of zombies, the living insane, or those running for their lives? The Redrun II – A Zombie Sequel lets you decide exactly where you think you'd belong. The second annual horror run will take place in Virginia City, Nevada, thought to be one of the most haunted cities in America. During the event, zombies will chase runners through Virginia City's train tunnels, haunted buildings, the Comstock Gold Mill, train graveyard and more. The total course covers six miles including six dead zones and six obstacles where runners will…
  • Seattle: Easy Day Trips from Seattle: The Woodland Park Rose Garden

    Lilotchka
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike. One of the best things about visiting Seattle is how much nature you can enjoy without ever leaving the city limits. There is, for example, the Woodland Park Rose Garden, located across the street from the entrance to the Woodland Hill Zoo. This lush location in the Green Lake or Wallingford neighborhoods (it depends who you ask) is completely free to the public and open from 7 AM until dusk every day,…
  • $102 for a Carry-On Bag? Watch Out for Spirit's Newest Holiday Fees

    JetSetCD
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    A new baggage fee—yes another one—will hurt holiday season travelers this year, but only if you're flying notoriously fee-happy Spirit Airlines. If you've booked or will book a flight on the budget airline after August 19. 2014 for travel between December 18, 2014 and January 5, 2015, be prepared to tack on $2 to each paid checked bag fee. They're calling it the "Temporary Holiday Bag Price Change," but we think it only hints at a proper permanent hike to come. With the new $2 fee, carry-on bags (remember, Spirit charges for both carry-on and checked bags) will cost $37 each if…
  • Travel Movie Tuesday: 'Thelma & Louise,' The Naughty Girl's Road-Trip

    jetflyboy
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films. When life gets a little overwhelming, one way to deal with all of the stress is to "get out of dodge" on a drop-it-all vacation, much like the heroines of 'Thelma & Louise', a 1991 Ridley Scott film, did when the going got tough. Hopping in a 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible, our…
 
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  • Los Angeles Will Be Getting a Really, Really, Really Big InterContinental Hotel

    juliana
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    We were once pretty excited about massive hotel being built by Korean Air in Downtown LA but admittedly, it's been a while since we checked in on the property, which should be completed in 2017. However, today, some pretty big news was announced---the hotel, which has been known as the Wilshire Grand, will be an InterContinental Hotel. According to the press release, the 900-rom hotel will be the largest InterContinental Hotel in the Americas. The building itself will be the tallest building on the West Coast at 1,100 feet. The hotel will also be the first hotel on the West Coast to have a…
  • Esperanza Resort in Cabo Will Be Closed Until November 15; No Word Yet on the Westin and Sheraton

    juliana
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    The Esperanza, last year.It's taken a little more than a week to assess the damage from Hurricane Odile, but the Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico has just announced it will reopen on November 15. Previously, they said they could reopen in mid-October. Here's a statement the resort put on their Facebook page today: All of our employees (who are able to) have joined us back on property to assist with our cleanup and recovery process. We were able to do a more thorough damage assessment over the weekend and we will now be closed until November 15, 2014. Again, if you have a reservation…
  • Miami Beach: StripSteak Vegas Gives Us a Taste of StripSteak Miami, Opening at The Fontainebleau

    juliana
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Miami and Las Vegas have become sister cities of a sort. Both are well-known for their robust hotel scenes, their penchant for partying, their "less is more" credo when it comes to clothing and their general love of excess. More recently, we've been seeing an influx of South Beach in Sin City, thanks to the opening of the SLS Las Vegas and the Delano Las Vegas. But now, Vegas is sending off something to Miami--Michael Mina's StripSteak restaurant. Stripsteak can be found in Vegas at Mandalay Bay, where the Delano Las Vegas also lives, but Mina plans on spinning off StripSteak Miami at The…
  • Cupertino: Botlr, The Hotel Robot, May Be Coming to a Hotel Near You

    wakeandwander
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Named for its purpose and state of mind, Botlr, the robotic servant is currently at the tail end of a test run at the Cupertino Aloft in California. We told you all about Botlr last month but in case you need a refresher, here's how he/it works: After receiving a request that needs to be delivered, such as a snack or small amenity, a hotel employee programs the robot by hitting a few buttons. Botlr then uses the hotel Wifi to interact within the hotel and perform tasks, such as calling and directing the elevator to a specific floor. It is programmed with a mapping system that allows it to…
  • 5 Design Hotels That Will Make Leaf-Peeping Less 'Basic'

    DesignMinder
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Nothing like 269 pieces of modern art by 36 local artists to light up, so to speak, a former tobacco warehouse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania Autumn is officially upon us and for most of the eastern U.S., the temperatures are getting cooler while the colors are getting hotter. Fall foliage expeditions have always been popular (some may call it "leaf-peeping") and the scenery each year is never quite the same, as Mother Nature ultimately decides the color palette. Yet, some of the regular hotel options along the fall foliage trail are rather "basic". You know, a little too much pumpkin spice and…
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    SmarterTravel.com: Travel Advice

  • 10 Belly-Busting Buffets from Around the World

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Are there any words more glorious in the English language than "unlimited buffet"? Do you see the phrase "all-you-can-eat" as a challenge rather than an invitation? Then you'll love these 10 gluttonous, outrageous, belly-busting buffets from around the world.
  • Top Five Bargain Destinations for Fall 2014

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    The season beckons with beautiful weather, fewer crowds, and better prices. So grab your suitcase and put on your traveling shoes: These five destinations offering great deals this fall deliver everything from cozy getaways to adventures of a lifetime.
  • Wellness Travel 101: Vacation Your Way to a Better You

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    This roundup of wellness travel reveals trends on the rise (floatation therapy and antigravity fitness classes included) and where to experience them.
  • 22 Photos That Will Make You Fall in Love with Alaska

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Alaska is vast, remote, and wild—and it all makes for beautiful pictures. From wildlife to Wonder Lake, here are 22 photos that will make you fall in love with Alaska.
  • 10 Weirdest Restaurants in the World

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Spice up your eating experience at these incredibly weird restaurants around the world. You'll be dodging ninjas and dining out of a toilet in no time! Think we're kidding? Read on, because these restaurants have to be seen to be believed.
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    23 Sep 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 September 30, 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,…
  • Why You Should Stop Skipping Montenegro and Go There Now

    Viator Travel Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Beautiful Montenegro I ended up in Montenegro by chance. I was trying to get from Greece to Croatia to hop on a yacht trip, and Montenegro just happened to be along the way. I had only meant to stay for two nights in Kotor before passing on to Dubrovnik. I stayed a week instead. Such is the magnetic pull of beautiful Montenegro. My bus from Albania dropped me off outside of Kotor’s fortress walls. I had some very simple directions for finding my hostel: take a right once inside the main gate, turn left, head straight, turn right at the church, etc. But if you’ve ever spent time inside a…
  • Introducing Albania: Five Tips for Exploring

    Viator Travel Team
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Explore Albania Albania feels like an entire world apart from its neighboring Mediterranean countries, and it’s certainly more challenging. English-speakers can’t often be found, and the Albanian language is in an entire league of its own.  Getting around is a challenge, and there’s no real efficient public transit. Chaos is pretty much mandatory. You can’t really fault Albania for its shortcomings, though. Its emergence from communism came with a whole lot of problems, and poverty is still pretty rampant throughout the country. A lot of people avoid Albania for these reasons, but…
  • Reasons to Go to Ghana

    Viator Travel Team
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    For those looking to visit Africa, Ghana is a great place to start. Known as “Africa for beginners,” it’s the perfect destination for getting acquainted with this diverse continent. And that’s not the only reason to visit. Rich history, an upbeat culture, wildlife-filled parks and beautiful beaches are just a few other facets worth exploring. To help you plan your trip, here are 10 reasons to make Ghana, Africa, your next vacation destination. Independence Square The history Ghana offers a number of opportunities to learn about the country’s dark yet important history. One such…
  • Top Photos of the Month: September Fall-Inspired Travels

    Viator Travel Team
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    The leaves are turning and the weather is starting to cool down. . . it must be fall! Get ready for those pumpkin flavors, sweater weather and the shades of orange and brown Mother Nature brings out this time of the year. We’re showcasing fall’s best with our favorite autumnal photos submitted by YOU! Here are some of our favorite fall-inspired photos for the month of September. So, are you ready for the upcoming season or are you still holding out for another day at the beach? Fall foliage in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts As seen on the Fall Foliage Spectacular Tour from…
 
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    Brave New Traveler

  • How to be a traveler at home

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Photo: Lilim You’re finally home. You’re surrounded by friends and family for the first time after months of traveling. You’re feeling “settled.” And you suddenly realize you don’t feel that great about it. The people around you seem content within the bubble of their daily routines — commuting to work, getting home at 5, going to happy hour — and you’re expected to follow suit. Now that you’ve had the chance to “get travel out of your system,” it’s time to “get on with it,” return to “normalcy,” and pick up this structured…
 
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • Luxury travel on a budget around New Zealand

    Liz Lewis
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:56 pm
      New Zealand is on many a travelers bucket list. And so it should be, with its spectacular landscape, non-stop action backed adventure activities, and award winning wines and beers. But visiting New Zealand isn’t cheap, especially if you like a little luxury with your travel. So here are some tips on how to make
  • Roadtrip Soundtrack: Americana in Autumn

    Kerry Dexter
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Autumn is a time for road trips: to football games, to family gatherings, to visit friends, to see the leaves turn, to go to a festival, and as many other reasons as you devise. Road trips need soundtracks. Musicians make a good part of their livings on the road, through travel. Check out the music
  • Finding the nutburgers

    Sheila Scarborough
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    My friend Patsy Terrell introduced me to the concept of “nutburgers,” which is a much more fun way than “creative class” to describe artsy, interesting, creative people who don’t quite fit the mold, but who turn out to be a town’s all-important engine for growth, development and escape from irrelevance. I’m pleased to report that
  • Scotland, Outlander, and Standing Stones

    Kerry Dexter
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Stone circles, standing stones: they evoke mystery, a sense of spirit, and a sense of connection with the past. A sense of wonder, too: all the more reason you could imagine that such places could be portals for time travel. That is what Diana Gabaldon decided when she was writing the novel Outlander. She intended
  • Once Upon a Typical Day in Munnar, India

    Brian Spencer
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    In what you might call downtown Munnar, a dusty Keralan hill town that in some ways recalls the rough-and-tumble frontier of David Milch’s Deadwood, there is an area where taxi and auto-rickshaw drivers park their vehicles and wait for potential customers, 98.9-percent of whom will ask how long it takes to get to Top Station,
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • 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…
  • We asked you: do you remember your first flight?

    Emma Sparks
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:19 am
    Image by Hide/Flickr CC2.0 As travellers, the likelihood is you’ve experienced your fair share of flights. It’s also likely that the magic of soaring through the skies has worn off slightly over the years, leaving you more concerned with the quality of in-flight meals and the contentious subject of legroom. But do you remember the days when flying inspired awe rather than impatient eye rolls? We recently teamed up with Skyscanner on Facebook, asking you to cast your mind back to your first ever flight. Here’s what you had to say. Feeling inspired? Maybe it’s time to…
  • Opinion: there’s no such thing as risk-free travel

    James Kay
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Lonely Planet editor James Kay recalls his own drama at sea after a tourist boat sinks in Indonesia. There but for the grace of God go I, as the proverb says. That’s what went through my head when I read about the travellers recently shipwrecked in Indonesia. According to reports, their boat foundered on a reef in rough seas in the middle of the night, forcing some passengers into a lifeboat, and others to swim for hours before local fishermen found and hauled them to safety. Dawn breaks after a traumatic final night at sea for James Kay and his wife in Indonesia, the scene of a recent…
  • NYC vs. LDN #LPChat: the results

    Emma Sparks
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:10 am
    Images by Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine   We teamed up with Lonely Planet authors Regis St. Louis and Sally Schafer and bloggers Christine Amorose (cestchristine.com) and Monica Stott (thetravelhack.com) to put two titans of tourism head to head in the biggest #LPChat yet: NYC vs. LDN. There’s no question: you are a passionate bunch when it comes to these cities. You know where to eat, where to shop, where to drink; you’re full of advice on how to avoid the crowds and you know exactly where to see the best street art. Your input was simply too good to let sink down the…
  • Blogstock 2014: a blogging conference with a twist

    Emma Sparks
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    Image by Seb Neylan/Lonely Planet [View the story "Blogstock 2014" on Storify]
 
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  • Five Things You Should Know About Malta

    Matt Long
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I just finished up a beautiful week in Malta, the culmination of many years of pining on my part. I have a lot to say about this remarkable archipelago in the Mediterranean, but I want to start first with some basic background. Facts that I think everyone should know about Malta, but especially if you plan on ever visiting.1. Location and geographyMore than one of my friends couldn’t place Malta on a map when I asked them. This isn’t an indictment against them, I don’t think many people can place it so here is a geography lesson in 30 seconds. Malta lies 50 miles south of Sicily, 176…
  • Quiet Morning In The Silent City – Mdina, Malta

    Matt Long
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Quiet Morning In The Silent City – Mdina, Malta appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Closer Look at the Mysterious Temples of Cambodia

    Matt Long
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I had one main mission in Cambodia – the temples. These relics from a long gone era are the stuff of legend and in my mind I had built them up into a tourist force to be reckoned with. And for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed. From the hectic Angkor Wat to more relaxed temples far off the beaten path, here’s a look at some of the many beautiful Khmer temples I explored around Siem Reap, Cambodia.Quick BackgroundIt may not look it today, but Cambodia and huge swaths of Southeast Asia at one time was home to the largest pre-industrial urban center in the world – the Khmer Empire.
  • Surprises Around Every Corner in Valletta, Malta

    Matt Long
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Surprises Around Every Corner in Valletta, Malta appeared first on LandLopers.
  • The Hills Are Alive! A Travel Photo Series

    Matt Long
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Once again I find myself faced with a #FriFotos topic but this week the topic is a great one – HILLS. Here are some of my favorite hilly places I’ve found on my travels.Dubrovnik, CroatiaDinosaur Provincial Park Alberta, CanadaAntarcticaWalesWestern AustraliaHong KongStellenbosch, South AfricaSaint-Emilion, FranceSt ThomasTaiwanVall de Nuria, SpainMauiBanffThe post The Hills Are Alive! A Travel Photo Series appeared first on LandLopers.
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  • Travel dairy: On the road again — to Alcala

    Linda Martin
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    After almost ten months at home in New Zealand, Craig and I are finally back on the road. It was awesome to spend so much time with friends and family, but the cold winter weather was really starting to get us down towards the end of our stay — so we’re glad to be travelling again! Unfortunately, our next destination (Spain) is also heading towards winter, but we should get a couple of months of heat before we freeze again. August 16-20: Christchurch After a week of goodbye dinners and parties, we had a final farewell lunch with my family at Villa Maria winery before being dropped…
  • How to see the Taj Mahal like a local

    Ana Laura
    12 May 2014 | 2:25 am
    Real locals — Indians who live in Agra and whose tourism business ensures they see the building a couple of times a week — pay no special attention to the Taj Mahal, so (despite the title of this article) you don’t really want to see it like a local. You want to see it with all the awe and excitement it deserves, but with a few tricks up your sleeve. Paying the price All Indian tourism sites quote two prices, one for tourists and one for locals. This may seem unfair in most cases, but it is nowhere as disproportionate as in the Taj, where a videshi pays 750 rupees for an Indian’s 20.
  • Expectations of Africa: An interview with Hannah and Adam of Getting Stamped

    Craig and Linda
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hannah and Adam are 2013 Bloggies Award finalists and editors of Getting Stamped. They have already covered the Philippines, New Zealand, and Cambodia, and that’s only a small portion of the destinations they’ve made it to on their current two-year travel jaunt. Their Acacia Africa overland expedition departing on May 4 will take them across seven countries; but before they head for the continent, we thought we’d ask them about their expectations for this once-in-a-lifetime journey, and get their perspective and helpful tips for other first-time travellers to Africa. Out of all the…
  • The New Year begins in Auckland and Russell

    Linda Martin
    12 Jan 2014 | 6:00 pm
    New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve — mostly because the weather is so much better down here than in most of the northern hemisphere! Week beginning 30/12 We’d hoped to go south and bring in the New Year with a group of friends, but for various reasons we ended up staying in Auckland. Luckily our other friends Geoff and Tila were throwing a Mexican-themed party, so we got dressed up (Craig wore a hat decorated with guacamole and nacho chips) and headed to their house for a barbecue. Russell is pretty.A quick look at Wikipedia…
  • A brief guide to Valdivia, Chile

    Sam Wood
    8 Jan 2014 | 9:00 am
    Valdivia probably isn’t a city you immediately think of when you think of Chile. In fact, I’m not sure you’d think of it at all. Before going to Chile, I had never heard of Valdivia, and on first sight, it didn’t seem like all that much. However, I discovered that although the city may not seem very attractive or noteworthy at first, it has a few gems (something I often try to find) and is definitely a worthwhile stop if travelling to the Chilean lake district. The city is built at the confluence of three rivers, and many of the main sights and much of the life of the city revolves…
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  • 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.
  • Fallen Towers, Broken Hearts

    nerd's eye view
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    I wrote this 12 years ago. I reread it and repost almost every 9/11, it’s my annual memorial. It is easy, with a handful of years behind us, to say that on September 11, 2001, everything changed. It is easy to look back and see ourselves shifted into shadow and grief as though in that one horrible moment, something black crossed in front of the sun. And for some it is true, it was an instant between fine and not fine, between blissfully complacent and angry with fear, between the world being a boundless universe of wonder and the world collapsing into the space between our bodies and…
  • The New Normal

    Pam Mandel
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Welcome to my kitchen table. Here you can find a ukulele — it’s orange — and a giant jar of honey and a 100 peso note and a red accordion file that holds the bills and receipts for things related to my band. There’s a iPhone 4s, a delay pedal, a bottle of iridescent nail polish and some chocolate bars that I got in Mexico — while I was there I rappelled in a parrot filled sinkhole, hiked through a waterfall, and gave a talk on the value of storytelling. On the kitchen counter behind me? A five pound bag of brown Basmati rice, a package of spice rub from…
  • It Rained in San Cristobal

    Pam Mandel
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I walked past the native craft sellers huddled under the arcade on the town square and I walked up and down the slippery sidewalks. In front of one shop, a group of little ones, their hands bursting with braided wrist ties, their little arms holding bundles of toy llamas, crowded around a television set, their brown faces turned blue in the TV light.  My jeans were wet from sloshing in and out of puddles and when I got to the restaurant, party of 12, 8pm, my people were nowhere to be seen. Restaurant La Lupe, not quite empty, San Cristobal I drank a beer and scooped at a mountain of…
  • The Cropping Tool

    Pam Mandel
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    I’m in Chiapas at ATMEX, a conference for people who promote adventure travel in Mexico. Nearly all my expenses were paid for. The morning of the waterfall excursion, I got up early to take pictures and when I was done, set my camera on the windowsill outside my cabin. When it came time to go, I couldn’t remember where I’d put the damn thing. My phone was dead too, my charger cable stored in my luggage back in town. If I was going to get images from my day hike to the waterfalls of El Ocote, I was going collect them with my eyes. If I’d had my camera with me, I would…
 
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  • I Went on This Kick-Ass Adventure and Posted Photos to Make You Jealous

    Tim Leffel
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
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  • Tools and Tricks I Use to Save Money on My Travels

    Tim Leffel
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
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  • What It Costs to Live in Portugal

    Tim Leffel
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
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  • Sabbaticals, Career Breaks, and Saying Adios for Years

    Tim Leffel
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • Tango in Kenya, Boy Monks in Myanmar, and Green Gold in Washington State

    Tim Leffel
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Visit beautiful Swiss city of Lucerne (and stay for free!)

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

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

    Home Base Holidays
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    The September issue of Home Swappers Newsletter is now available. Topics: Featured listing: 800 year old property in the stunning medieval mountainside village of Ceriana, Liguria, Italy Swap stories: penfriends first, then home swap partners Member quote: an incredible, life-changing home exchange in a secluded cottage in Scotland Home Base Holidays 25% discount offer: see newsletter for code (ends 15th September) Read articles in this issue in full and previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive the newsletter as published.
  • Home swap request: London for Sydney (January 2015)

    Home Base Holidays
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Do you live in Syndey, Australia and would like to visit London in the New Year? If so this might be the perfect swap for you! This lovely 3 bedroom home (in the picture above) is in the suburbs of London but just 30mins to the centre of the city. The home is near parks and a golf course. Interested? View details of this: home exchange in London
  • Home swap cottage makes a good base for an 'over the anvil' wedding in Gretna Green

    Home Base Holidays
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    “We all use ‘Home Exchange’ for a variety of reasons, not just for a holiday or weekend break but to visit relatives, attend family events, enable a family gathering and so on. This year to our surprise our exchange partners decided to use our home as their base to get married ‘over the anvil’ at Gretna Green! The first we knew of this was when we received an email photograph of the happy couple during our stay in their London home and must admit we thought at first it was a joke, but no - they persuaded two unsuspecting tourists to witness their marriage and then take photographs…
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  • Your Guide to Whale Watching in Mendocino and Cape Cod

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

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

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

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

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

  • Guesting on “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” Was Simply Too Much Fun

    Rick Steves
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Last week I enjoyed an amazing experience as a guest on National Public Radio’s popular quiz comedy show, “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” Each week the show has a guest join the panelists for a bit called “Not my job.” And last week was my turn. They taped the normally Chicago-based show before a live audience last Thursday in my town of Seattle. The host and panelists were on stage with the guest, with a back table full of radio editors. About 3,000 NPR fans packed the Paramount Theater, adding energy and lots of laughs. The event lasted two hours, which was edited down to an…
  • Solidarity – How Gdańsk Changed the World

    Rick Steves
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    After a lifetime exploring Europe — four months a year since the 1970s — I love to go to new places and affirm my deep-seated belief that you can never exhaust Europe of what it has to offer travelers. And visiting Gdańsk, on the Baltic Coast of Poland, did just that. You may associate Gdańsk with dreary images of striking shipyard workers from the nightly news in the 1980s — but there’s so much more to this city than shipyards, Solidarity, and smog. It’s one of northern Europe’s most historic and picturesque cities. This was the perfect finale — the last stop on my two-month…
  • Scotland is Still Scotland and Remains a Big Part of What Makes Britain Great

    Rick Steves
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    With yesterday’s vote, Scotland, while still emphatically Scotland, remains a big part of what makes Britain Great. While the Scottish (probably wisely) chose to stay with the UK, the spirit of Scotland is the big winner as the Scottish came together in an impressive exercise of democracy. While other countries conflicted about borders and independence are mired in violence and chaos, Scotland peacefully voted on an issue many are passionate about. And, regardless of how close the Unionist victory may have been, the voice of the people will be respected, and the Scots will work together to…
  • Frolicking in Gdańsk

    Rick Steves
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    While working on the self-guided town walk of Gdańsk in our Rick Steves’ Eastern Europe guidebook, I came upon an historic mill (whose millstones rumbled 24/7 to produced 20 tons of flour a day for the city in its heyday) and a one-week-old fountain giving local children a giggle-filled dousing. I had to share this scene — so fun and so historic at the same time — with a little video clip.
  • Historic and Heroic Gdańsk, on the North Coast of Poland

    Rick Steves
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Gdańsk, a port city on the Baltic Coast of Poland, is truly amazing — and amazingly historic. As any resident of the city will proudly explain, Gdańsk was the home of Copernicus (who changed the way we see ourselves in the cosmos), the place where the first shots of World War II were fired, and the home of the Solidarity movement that brought about the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union and its dominance over Eastern Europe. Here’s a little video explanation from Andrzej, who runs my hotel here (Gotyk House).
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  • Shoestring Stockholm: The Best Budget Guide When Visiting Sweden’s Capital

    Mircea Giurca
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Sweden is one of the prime destinations in the European Union. Due to their high level of economy and upscale living conditions, it is not cheap to visit the country. However, the pristine beauty of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Travel Planning: Quick guide to a holiday in Provence, France

    Mircea Giurca
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Provence with its beautiful coastlines, cobbled streets, and fields of lavender has inspired a lot of travelers, writers, and painters. This place in the southern portion of France offers excitement... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Calculate Gas Cost For Your Next Trip

    travel boy
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    I wouldn’t go anywhere unless I know what it’s going to cost me. It’s not that I’m cheap or something but it’s always better to keep everything planned for the good.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Honduras vacations

    Mircea Giurca
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    Honduras means in Spanish approximately depths. The depths of the Caribbean Sea and of Pacific Ocean near the Honduras shores are not so amazing big, but Columbus, when discovered America, said... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Stay Comfortable While Traveling

    Mircea Giurca
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Staying comfortable while traveling across the country or around the world can become a daunting task. Planes are cramped, buses smell funny, and trains are usually bumpy or unsteady. Even cars... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Dynamic Duo

    Hannah Sills
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer These towels feature two different feels–one side is velour, the other terry–making them ideal for all your beach needs. Lounge on the sand in comfort thanks to plush velour, or dry off after a dip in the water with traditional terry. Peacock Alley Soleil Beach Towel in White, Navy, Aqua, Coral, and Green, $75.00 each; peacockalley.com
  • For a future issue, we want to know …

    Susan Hall
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
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  • Sensational Scent

    Sophia Jones
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Photo: Courtesy of Manufacturer Cast a warm glow and fresh aroma over any space. You’ll burn this one right down to the wick. C. Wonder Passion Fruit Scent Candle, $28; cwonder.com
  • Floor Fun

    Hannah Sills
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer We love the way this rug’s colors remind us of a sandy beach. DwellStudio Arbor Outdoor Rug, from $89; dwellstudio.com
  • Under the Sea

    Sophia Jones
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Photograph by Ted Tucker Featuring one of our favorite coastal creatures, this hand-sewn, linen pillow is the perfect accent piece. Gina Dambra Studio Jellyfish Pillow, $144; ginadambrastudio.com
 
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  • New ABTA study sees significant growth in the use of tablets for booking travel online

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    A “significant” rise in the use of tablet devices and mobiles to book holidays online has been recorded in the past 12 months. Nearly a fifth of online bookers secured a break via a tablet compared to just 10% in 2013 and mobiles saw a steady 4% increase in usage over the past year.
  • Strong hotel performance enables hoteliers to reduce discounting

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    Hotels in major North American markets are continuing to experience solid growth in both rate and occupancy across all travel segments, according to new TravelClick data. This sustained growth is enabling hoteliers to reduce transient discounting, paving the way for even stronger revenue per available room.
  • Asian hoteliers optimistic about online hotel booking growth

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    The ‘Driving Hotel Revenue Malaysia Summit’, which was organised by IDeaS Revenue Solutions, gathered more than 160 of the region’s top hotel professionals recently. And in a survey of attendees, 90% predicted that the growth of online hotel bookings would exceed 20% over the next two years.
  • Where and how Indians plan their travel abroad

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    According to a recent study by TripAdvisor the number of Indians planning to travel abroad in 2014 has gone up by 21 percent compared to last year. While Dubai emerges as #1 destination for Indians in 2014, the United States emerged as the favourite country to travel to in 2014.
  • How Brasil’s Hotel Urbano uses dynamic remarketing

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    In the past three years, Hotel Urbano has become the leading Brazilian OTA, with over 18 million users signed up and more than 5 million hotel nights sold in Brazil and abroad. Here is a Google case study on how Hotel Urbano added dynamic remarketing to its mix to increase its volume of sales and start a lifetime value analysis.
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  • Communicore Weekly – Maelstrom to Frozen, WARP 2, Agents of SHIELD, Tiki Mug

    Jeff Heimbuch
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Direct Link l   iTunes Link Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Maelstrom to Frozen, WARP 2, Agents of SHIELD, and a Tiki Mug! DISNEY DEBATE! – Jeff and George talk about…The post Communicore Weekly – Maelstrom to Frozen, WARP 2, Agents of SHIELD, Tiki Mug appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Food, Wine, Beer: A Guide to the 2014 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

    Shelby Pickett
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hello, Howdy, Ello, Oi’, Aloha. Welcome to the 2014 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. The festival kicked off last Thursday to its usual great reception. With numerous options for this years consumption, I wouldn’t…The post Food, Wine, Beer: A Guide to the 2014 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 24 – The First Scream

    Adam Sinclair
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    On September 19, the gates of hell opened a little wider as Universal Orlando Resort ushered in the 2014 Halloween season with the opening of the twenty fourth edition of Halloween Horror Nights. Thousands of…The post Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 24 – The First Scream appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Mousetalgia Podcast 309: Halloween Time; As Dreamers Do – the movie

    Jeff Baham
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Halloween time at Disneyland Resort – Join us in an exploration of Dia De Los Muertos, the Halloween Carnival, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, Haunted Mansion Holiday, Halloween treats and decor… Team Mousetalgia shares our tips…The post Mousetalgia Podcast 309: Halloween Time; As Dreamers Do – the movie appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Halloween Time scares up special eats and treats at Disneyland as changes come to Sleeping Beauty Castle

    Andy Castro
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Halloween Time is in full swing at Disneyland, with restaurants throughout the park serving up terrifyingly tasty seasonal specials. Meanwhile, the park continues to take advantage of what was traditionally its off-season with various refurbishments…The post Halloween Time scares up special eats and treats at Disneyland as changes come to Sleeping Beauty Castle appeared first on MiceChat.
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    A Luxury Travel Blog

  • 7 reasons to visit Cambodia during the green season

    Melissa Matthews
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Interest in Cambodia is on the increase and if you go in high season, you will certainly have lots of company, especially at the iconic Angkor Wat. But venture during the country’s low season (April – October) and you’ll enjoy a different perspective. The months of June-October fall during Cambodia’s ‘green’ season; a time when […] 7 reasons to visit Cambodia during the green season is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 7 reasons to visit Cambodia during the green season appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Iconic French Pompidou Centre branches out to Malaga, Spain

    Alan Hazel
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Yet another reason to visit Malaga! Malaga is one of those oft overlooked cities, underrated and underappreciated even amongst other Andalusian capitals such as Seville and Granada. Many people might be surprised to learn, for example, that Malaga has some thirty museums and a combined cultural offering only surpassed by Madrid and Barcelona in Spain. […] Iconic French Pompidou Centre branches out to Malaga, Spain is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Iconic French Pompidou Centre branches out to Malaga, Spain appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 reasons why the North of England is awesome

    Paul Johnson
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    There’s been a lot of talk lately about divisions between the North and South of the UK and, even though Scotland has made up its mind, England still has a North-South dilemma of its own. On this note, Virgin Trains have launched a new campaign which is all about ‘Arriving Awesome’ to your destination and, […] 5 reasons why the North of England is awesome is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 reasons why the North of England is awesome appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Norway – a dream destination

    Paul Johnson
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    We were invited by travel rewards currency Avios to tell them our favourite travel destination in Europe and as someone who is more at home with the countryside than city life, it probably comes as no surprise that my dream destination in Europe is one that is perhaps better known for its rural qualities than for […] Norway – a dream destination is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Norway – a dream destination appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Win an item of your choosing from Simply Beach!

    Paul Johnson
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    We’re delighted to have joined forces with luxury swimwear brand Simply Beach to offer you the fabulous opportunity to win any item of your choosing from their collection. Whatever your size or shape, Simply Beach have styles to flatter anyone with their excellent lines of designer swim and beachwear, featuring many exclusive names such as […] Win an item of your choosing from Simply Beach! is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Win an item of your choosing from Simply Beach! appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
 
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  • Puerto Rico Coffee and Chocolate Expo 2014

    Brian
    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

    Brian
    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

    Brian
    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

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

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

    Chris Mitchell
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    From September 1st 2014, you can get a Myanmar tourist visa on arrival by applying online through the official government visa website Myanmar Embassy, Bangkok - About To Get A Lot Less Visitors As of September 1st 2014, you can go to evisa.moip.gov.mm, the official Myanmar government visa website, and apply for a Myanmar tourist visa online. This will then provide you with an approval letter that lets you get a Myanmar tourist visa on arrival into Yangon Airport. So, it’s not like you can just show up in Myanmar and get immediate access – you still need to plan in advance and…
  • Where To Watch The World Cup In Bangkok

    Chris Mitchell
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:33 pm
    There may be a curfew in Bangkok and ungodly kick-off times, but there’s still a few places to see the beginning of World Cup 2014 UPDATE: As of June 14 2014, there is NO CURFEW in Thailand. It has been lifted everywhere in the country, including Bangkok and Chiang Mai. See this Curfew Lifted Everywhere story in the Bangkok Post. That means you can watch the World Cup wherever you like. While it’s currently illegal to be out in Bangkok between midnight and 4 am, there are still several places which are showing the World Cup – see this rundown of venues at Bangkok Faces. And…
  • Is Thailand Safe After The Military Coup?

    Chris Mitchell
    27 May 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Is Thailand safe to visit after the military coup on May 22 2014? Currently the short answer is yes, provided you think ahead and exercise caution What does the military coup in Thailand mean for tourists? At the moment, it’s essentially an inconvenience. There are no violent protests, airport closures or flight cancellations – the country is pretty much running the same as normal. So much so that a recent Associated Press story was headlined From beaches to Bangkok, tourists ask ‘What coup?‘. Similarly, a Sydney Morning Herald story on 28 May was titled…
  • Royal Barges Procession, Bangkok

    Chris Mitchell
    17 Nov 2012 | 11:38 pm
    The Royal Barges Procession brings the normally bustling Chao Phraya river to a standstill as stunningly beautiful boats built by Thailand’s Kings over the last three centuries sail in formation through the heart of the city. Thong Kwan Fa Barge and Royal Barge Suphannahong, Royal Barges Procession, Bangkok (Click any photo for a bigger version) Standing on the riverbank beneath an overcast sky, we’d seen the Chao Phraya, the River of Kings at the heart of Bangkok usually filled with hundreds of boats ferrying passengers and goods become empty. We could no longer hear the roar of…
  • Royal Barges Museum, Bangkok

    Chris Mitchell
    12 Oct 2012 | 3:12 am
    Each November there is a spectacular procession of intricate and ornate Royal Barges on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river. But you can see the Royal Barges any time of the year at Bangkok’s Royal Barges Museum. Anantanakkharat (Ananta, Kings Of The Serpents), Royal Barges Museum, Bangkok On November 9th 2012, 100 barges rowed by over 2000 oarsmen will take to the waters of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river as part of the Tod Kathin Festival to mark the end of the Buddhist lent. At the centre of the procession will be the four Royal Barges, which are stunning examples of Thai…
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  • Humpbacks are back! First spotting off Kauai marks the start of Hawaii’s 2014-15 whale-watching season.

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    Humpbacks are back! First spotting off Kauai marks the start of Hawaii’s 2014-15 whale-watching season. The first whale of the 2014-15 season, spotted off the west side of Kauai. Photo: Holo Holo Charters via NOAA.Giving itself away with an explosive spout from its blowhole, the first humpback whale of the 2014-15 Hawaii whale-watching season was sighted one mile off the Kekaha Sugar Mill on the west side of Kauai on Mon., Sept. 15. Holo Holo Charters—a Kauai-based recreational tour company—spotted the whale as it surfaced. The first humpback whale sighting kicks...
  • Kilauea volcano lava now threatening Pahoa town, sole access roads to Hawaii Island’s eastern tip

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    Kilauea volcano lava now threatening Pahoa town, sole access roads to Hawaii Island’s eastern tip       The lava flow advances through uninhabited forested area in the Kaohe subdivision in this photo from Wed., Sept. 17. (Click photo to enlarge.) Photo: USGS/Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. A lava flow from Kilauea volcano continued to advance toward residential areas in Hawaii Island’s Puna district this week, turning toward the town of Pahoa and the only access roads con...
  • Rainbow of Hawaii Island agriculture, cuisine showcased at 4th annual Puna Culinary Festival

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Rainbow of Hawaii Island agriculture, cuisine showcased at 4th annual Puna Culinary Festival Photo: Puna Culinary FestivalPurple sweet potatoes, leafy greens, big red-orange mangoes and bright yellow lilikoi (passion fruit) cream cake await at the fourth annual Puna Culinary Festival next week from Sept. 21 to 28 on Hawaii Island.The festival promises a week of foodie-forward events such as locavore markets, cooking classes, tastings, tours, workshops, films and more within the agriculturally diverse region of Puna, south of Hilo. Situa...
  • Island Air offering $68 one-way fare for flights between Oahu and Maui, Kauai, Lanai

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Island Air offering $68 one-way fare for flights between Oahu and Maui, Kauai, Lanai Photo: Island AirIsland Air is offering a flat rate “anywhere fare” of $68 for all of its one-way, non-stop interisland flights. The anywhere fare is being offered through Nov. 15. The $68 tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.The interisland carrier’s direct flights include both-direction service between Oahu and Kauai, Oahu and Lanai, and Oahu and Maui. A more flexible one-way “economy unrestricted” option, that is fully refundable shou...
  • Aloha Festivals bring annual hoolaulea block party and floral parade to Waikiki, Sept. 20 & 27

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    Aloha Festivals bring annual hoolaulea block party and floral parade to Waikiki, Sept. 20 & 27 Pau riders in last year's Aloha Festivals Floral Parade. Photo: Aloha Festivals.Think of it as a block party, Waikiki style!If you’re in town this Sat., Sept. 20, we recommend heading down to Waikiki for the 62nd annual Aloha Festivals Waikiki Hoolaulea. The Hawaiian word hoolaulea means “celebration.” And this year’s street-closing, seven-block...
 
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  • 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…
  • Aachen Cathedral: Just Look Up [360-Degree Panorama]

    Audrey Scott
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    By Audrey ScottSome cathedrals — with their fanciful gargoyles, detailed carvings and elaborate flourishes — are best admired for their exterior. For others, it’s all about appreciating what’s inside.What makes Aachen Cathedral so special for me, despite the beauty of its imposing Gothic exterior, are the mystical elements within. Even with all that I’d heard of Aachen Cathedral prior to our visit, I still found myself surprised by the ornate mosaics that sprawled under its dome and a Byzantine design that hinted of the Near East. As we walked the chapel’s…
  • How Travel Is The Classroom

    Daniel Noll
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    By Daniel NollTravel: the ultimate experiential learning environment? I recently came across an article about experiential learning that featured a list entitled 12 Things You Might Not Have Learned in the Classroom. The principles were adapted from a book entitled Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto. The list was preceded by the phrase “Really educated people…”“Wow, that’s a pretty presumptuous lead,” I thought. Then I continued reading and found myself nodding in agreement through much of the list. The beauty of the lessons and notions is that they are timeless…
  • Next Up: From Mines to Wines, Germany’s Rhineland

    Audrey Scott
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    By Audrey ScottAs we set off for Germany’s Rhineland this weekend, I think back to an exchange I had with a tourist from Stuttgart the other night.“It’s been really fun visiting Berlin this week. It’s like traveling to a different country from Germany,” he said.We laughed. We understood. This is often what we tell people when they ask us how we like living in Germany. We’ve found that we picked up a bit of the Berliner habit of forgetting that there’s a country to explore outside of the city limits of its capital.It’s time to do a little something about that.
  • Gorilla Trekking in Uganda: A Beginner’s Guide

    Daniel Noll
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Daniel NollI followed just behind our lead mountain gorilla tracker. In the hush of the moment under the canopy, I remembered our guide’s advice earlier that morning: “On your way to the gorillas, don’t forget to enjoy the sound of the jungle. There’s nothing like it.”My focus had been on climbing through the tendrils, on getting there. I could feel the heat around me, the sound of swarms of bugs above my head.Then our tracker pivoted and pointed my attention to the right, just past the thickness from which we’d emerged and into the clearing.Suddenly, it was just me and a…
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  • Things to do in Philly with Kids

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

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

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

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

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

    Darya Mead
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    A good friend took a group of kids and parents rock climbing in the Sierras recently. We walked ten minutes to a steep rock face and unloaded the gear and started setting up. My son has taken indoor classes at a gym, and hanging out in that atmosphere, I have never been enticed to join in, but in the mountains, out in nature, it was a totally different story. I know my limits. Jumping out of a plane, bungee jumping from a bridge, crossing the Atlantic or Pacific in a small boat or running a marathon are not even remotely on my bucket list. That said, it’s invigorating to try new and…
  • Devil’s Slide Trail—a Treacherous Route Becomes a Sunday Stroll

    Darya Mead
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    It’s not that often a new, jaw-dropping cliff-side trail is opened. After much controversy and many years of debate, the Devil’s Slide Coastal Trail and companion tunnels are now in full swing and if you haven’t had a chance to walk, roll or run on the path it is certainly a great quick getaway for Bay Area folks. If you are planning a trip to San Francisco and want a manageable walk with Pacific Oceans views, make the trek just a 20-minute drive from the city. The trail opened this Spring and the tunnels have been open for a while longer. The trail is where Highway 1 used…
  • Bioluminescence on Tomales Bay

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

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

    Darya Mead
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:18 am
    This year marks the Centenary of the start of World War One, often called the “Great War” or the “War to End all Wars.” It’s a sobering occasion in Europe, where so many lives were lost and where so many enmities still exist or have been rekindled of late. With tensions ratcheting up in Ukraine and Eastern Europe once again, perhaps lessons learned from WWI can help de-escalate the situation. The last surviving WWI veterans have passed, and a number of wars have come and gone in the wake of what was, at the time, just called “The World War.” Europe…
 
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  • H2 Hotel, Healdsburg: hotel of the week

    Laura House
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:35 am
    The ink-black Sangiovese, regal purple pinot noir and the plump pearl of a chardonnay… we’re all about the mighty grape this time of year. So we’re off to the California wine country for a stay at H2 Hotel in happening Healdsburg.  Style Green, by nature Setting Heart of Healdsburg Why this week? Customarily chilled-out Sonoma County buzzes with energy during the gathering, pressing and sipping season. In the generous spirit of the harvest, our friends at H2 have come up with a two-night stay exclusive with wine tasting passes, a dining credit at the hotel’s…
  • Great Global Chefs app preview party with chefs Lee Westcott and Sophie Michell at Town Hall Hotel

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    We threw a great little gourmet gathering last night in buzzing Bethnal Green at Town Hall Hotel & Apartment‘s new Typing Room restaurant with super chefs Lee Westcott (below) and Sophie Michell. As if dining on delicious canapés from Chef Westcott and his gang weren’t excuse enough to celebrate, we were also hailing the upcoming launch of the new Great Global Chefs iPad app we’ve cooked up in partnership with Great British Chefs (get it from the App Store on 8 October). The app’s packed with step-by-step recipes and profiles of chefs and restaurants, many of…
  • Mia Resort, Nha Trang: hotel of the week

    Sarah Jappy
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mojitos on the beach and breakfast in bed, or bustling local markets and fresh seafood; Nha Trang’s Mia Resort in Central Vietnam has something for everyone. Style Beach peach Setting Green, serene Cam Lam bay Why this week? Vietnam’s summer monsoon is coming to an end, making September the ideal time to visit the idyllic Mia Resort in Nha Trang, the country’s most beautiful beachside town. Stay six nights to take full advantage of the resort’s private beach and enjoy a room discount, a massage, cocktails and a cookery class on us. This special offer is available for stays until the…
  • Be Manos, Brussels: hotel of the week

    Richard MacKichan
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    There’s more to Europe’s capital than MEPs and triple-cooked chips – set foot inside Be Manos hotel in Brussels and you could be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived in Carnaby Street’s hippest hangout during peak Sixties swing… Why this week? For culture, baby. If Be Manos’ interiors have you coming over all Austin Powers, then the return of Nocturnes (18 September to 18 December, pictured below) can help you live out your Night at the Museum fantasies. Each Thursday, Brussels’ best cultural institutions are opening late to lay on special guided tours, one-off events,…
  • What to wear where: Fashion Week edition

    Madevi Dailly
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    The September issues are thick on the shelves, street photographers are out in packs  and a palpable frisson is sweeping from New York to Paris via London and Milan. Do you feel that cool in the air? Fashion Week is upon us. Whether you’ve long nabbed a front row seat or just want to soak up the buzz, our capsule guide to the fashion capitals tells you where to sleep and be seen. And, because we wouldn’t want to leave you wondering what to wear, we’ve roped in the expert stylists at Baukjen to help you pack an effortless, easy-to-wear wardrobe. NEW YORK Wear Crisp,…
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  • How to Backpack Europe with a Baby

    NomadicMatt
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week, Cameron, our new family budget travel guru, talked about his travels and gave us a preview of his upcoming columns. Continuing the family travel topic, I thought it would be great to share our next reader interview on family travel. We haven’t had an interview on the topic yet so let me introduce Marcus and Paula, a young couple from New Zealand, who took their ten month old to Europe. They virtually sit down and talk about their trip, how they saved, and what it was like to travel with a baby. Nomadic Matt: Introduce yourself to everyone! Marcus: Paula and I are a young…
  • We Didn’t Listen to Those Who Said Travel Wasn’t Possible

    NomadicMatt
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last month, I announced I’d be featuring monthly columnists on this website. I’ve introduced two so far and now it’s time to introduce our final one! On the third Friday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks will be here giving tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids. I know this is a very requested topic for many of you so I’m excited to have him on the team! His column starts this month. “Get your traveling in now, because you won’t be able to do it once you have kids.” I heard this statement many times while my wife…
  • BIG NEWS: Announcing the Start of a Budget Travel Guide Series

    NomadicMatt
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Today, I’m incredibly excited to share some big, big news about a project I’ve been working on for the last few months. Today marks the official launch of “Nomadic Matt’s Guidebooks” – a series of budget travel guides for destinations around the world. There are a lot of guidebooks out in the world, and each has their own personality. What makes my guides different from Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Rough Guides, or anyone else? Mine remove the fluff, get right to the point, will be updated more frequently, and are curated to focus specifically on budget travel and off the beaten…
  • 10 Interesting and Helpful Travel Websites

    NomadicMatt
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Every day, a dozen new travel websites start up in hopes of making your trip planning easier, help you meet locals, crowdsource your advice, or save money. And with equal speed as many travel websites fail each day. A lot of travel start ups try to fill a void where none exists. There are just some things that people don’t want, need, or desire. There many are with innovative ideas but are poorly executed and end up floundering. Then there are the ones that stick around, grow, and catch on because they are truly useful and not some fad. I want to share ten websites that can (or have the…
  • I’m Off to Iceland

    NomadicMatt
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Next Tuesday, I am making good on a birthday promise. Last year, I created a list of “19 Things to Do Before I Turn 35” as a way to direct my travels. But, when I turned 33 this year, I realized I hadn’t accomplished a single thing on that list, which was kind of depressing. So in order to live up to my own goals, I pulled the trigger and booked multiple plane tickets to destinations on that list (Iceland, the Caribbean, and Hong Kong). And so next Tuesday, I fly off to Iceland to finally live up to my internal promise of going to more new places. I’ve been wanting to…
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  • 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…
  • Guest Blogger Bobby On Timeshare Sales Presentations

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    If you've ever been on a timeshare presentation, or thinking of going on one, be sure to read this guest blog from Bobby, a former timeshare salesperson.  Extremely honest and well-written.  Bobby's contact information can be found at the bottom of the post.So you’re going to go on a timeshare presentation.  You’re not really sure how this happened, but you’re going.  Maybe you got a postcard, maybe you were on vacation and accepted those Disney/Universal tickets, maybe you answered an ad on Craigslist, and maybe someone you know is in touch with a person who runs a…
  • Do Timeshare Owners Need Looking After?

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    While there are a minority of timeshare owners who may think that they don't need anyone to look out after them, the vast majority of them around the world find themselves looking for unbiased help after every timeshare sales presentation, 'owner update', raised maintenance fee, special assessment, 'offer to buy' their timeshare, unfulfilled exchange or worse, bankrupt resort notice. There are countless number of timeshare disposal companies masquerading as timeshare helpers or timeshare advocates. Add to that, there is some decent information put out by people who make their living by…
  • Calling Timeshare "Garbage" Is Wrong...Isn't It?

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    On August 30th, this tweet appeared from Robert McGarvey:  “Many timeshare owners desperate to unload bad investment – WXIX TV http://bit.ly/1IntlCjAmazing that hucksters still sell this garbage."(The data on Twitter concerning Mr. McGarvey is:  Journalist, Speaker, Columnist, Credit Union Times, Blogger, Main Street, Mobile banking + bank tech + travel + real estate…he has 23.5 tweets and 3,514 followers"…not exactly what I’d call a slouch or just “some guy.)WOW!  So I replied within the hour:  “There’s a lot that needs to change in the #timeshare…
  • Effective Timeshare Owner Communications---From Both Sides

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Let’s face it…a timeshare is a significant purchase dealing with an important part of life…hard earned vacations.  If you’re a timeshare resort or HOA and your owner communications merely consist of the annual maintenance fee bill, you’re missing a great opportunity and potentially creating a problem.  If you’re an owner and all you receive from your home resort or HOA is the annual maintenance fee bill, you need to demand more.THE OWNERS PERSPECTIVE-DEMAND MOREEven if you never go to your home resort, never attend owners’ meetings (an issue for another day), you must…
 
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  • Quebec's New France Festival

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Quebec's New France Festival is like a citywide costume party. Stephen Hartshorne photos.Quebec City's New France Festival: Celebrating the French Heritage in North America By Stephen... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Hampshire: ATVs and Fishing in Coos County

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Riding an ATV on the 1000 miles of trails in Coos County, New Hampshire. Max Hartshorne photos.   Coos County, NH: Ride the Wilds By Jack Dunphy If you build it, they sure will come.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Newport Vermont: At the Very Top

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The Northern Star cruise boat takes evening and weekends cruises on Lake Mephremagog in Newport Vermont. Max Hartshorne photos. Newport, VT: A City on the Verge By Max Hartshorne As a summer's day... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Travel Fitness Gear for the Fall

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
      What Are You Packing on Your Next Trip? Here are some excellent suggestions for travelers on the go! By Stephanie DiCarlo Coolibar Travel Pants Comfortable, fashionable, and great for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pennsylvania: Civil War History at Gettysburg

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    An 1860s photo of a battle cannon at Gettysburg, PA. Ghost Hunting in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania By Jason McKenney A three day battle resulting in roughly 50,000 casualties including 8000 American... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Gozo – The Mellow Maltese Island

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    After a few days of dodging incessant traffic and fighting pedestrians on cramped sidewalks on the island of Malta, I was in need of some serenity, so I hopped over to Gozo for the day. I felt the shift the moment I stepped off the ferry. Rather than breezes saturated with the smell of stale beer, on Gozo the air was sweet and fresh. Instead of drunks staggering around in the wee hours, tourists on Gozo had flocked to sidewalk cafes to enjoy breakfast and cappuccino in the brilliant morning sunshine. Sidewalk Cafe in Victoria, the capital of Gozo in the Maltese Islands Our van made its way…
  • PHOTO: Historic Buildings in Mdina, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Blue skies, golden limestone, and painted wooden shutters of historic buildings in Mdina, Malta make for a colorful skyline (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)The post PHOTO: Historic Buildings in Mdina, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Passageway in the Walled City of Mdina, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Narrow, winding passageways like this one riddle the walled city of Mdina, Malta, often called the Silent City, as only about 300 residents now live within the walls (Visited 28 times, 28 visits today)The post PHOTO: Passageway in the Walled City of Mdina, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Inside the Walled City of Mdina, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Palaces and church inside the walled city of Mdina, which was at one time the capital of Malta, and today is inhabited by only 300 people (Visited 52 times, 52 visits today)The post PHOTO: Inside the Walled City of Mdina, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Exquisite Architecture of Mdina, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Just one example of the exquisite architecture of Mdina, the ancient walled city that was the original capital of Malta (Visited 95 times, 95 visits today)The post PHOTO: Exquisite Architecture of Mdina, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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  • Plane Spotting, Caribbean-Style

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Ah, to be on a beach in the Caribbean. The sun. The sand. The clear blue waters. The roar of airplanes. The smell of engine fuel. The danger of jet blasts. There can be a fine line between a travel experience that’s cool and one that is perilous. At Mahó beach, on the Dutch side of the island of St. Maarten’s, that line is about 12 meters wide. That’s the distance between the vacationers on the beach and the start of the main runway at Princess Juliana International Airport. There are, of course, many airports with parks and observation decks close to their runways. Hamburg…
  • Guten Tag, Treehouse Hotel

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Ever since we published our selection of places that resemble a Dr. Seuss illustration we’ve regretted leaving certain hotels off our list. Like this one: the funky, arboreal Baumhaus Hotel in Neißeaue, Germany. Baumhaus is a sort of woodsy-themed adventure park with eight different treehouses that can be rented for the night. Each treehouse is multistoried, each is perched 8 to 10 meters (26 to 33 feet) above the ground and accommodates 4 to 6 people. Rates include breakfast and use of the adventure park grounds. This being Germany, every treehouse also includes a beer-filled mini…
  • 5 In-America-Only Cultural Travel Activities

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

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

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

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    A lot has changed since my last visit with the living goddess A return visit to my Living Goddess friend If you’ve not read about my previous visits to the Kumari living goddess in Nepal I encourage you to do so before reading here. It’s a fascinating journey that will take you from my initial search right up to becoming friends with the Kumari and her family. It will also give you some insight into what you are about to read. I’ve held back on publishing this since April 2014 for several reasons. Primarily because of the amount of publicity the Kumari have got since I first…
  • All the sections of a Stupa (Boudhanath) named

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Parts of the Boudhanath Stupa named and Labeled The “great stupa” in Boudhanath is one of the most important stupas in the world One of the guide book exlusions that always irked me was the lack of simple information telling me what each part of this great stupa was called. It’s one of the reasons I wrote my own guide to Boudhanath. It’s a simple question that needs answering. Everyone know’s “the eyes”. Those colorful eyes are at best – an easy guess. But what do all the other parts mean? Let’s take a look! The different parts of…
  • Nepal in under a week: visiting with only a 7 day or less itinerary

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

    Donna Hull
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    One of our favorite scenes from last year’s Alaska Highway road trip. You’ll find it on the Glenn Highway. Do you like making travel plans? That’s what Alan and I have been doing this week. We paid the last payment for the longest cruise that we’ve ever booked — 64 days! In the winter of 2015, we’ll be sailing from Los Angeles to Los Angeles on Silversea’s Silver Spirit. The South Pacific is our favorite cruising destination. And, although we’ve cruised the South Pacific three other times, this itinerary offers lots of new-to-us ports.
  • Go Roadtripping in New Mexico With Our New Ebook

    Donna Hull
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Boomer roadtrippers, are you looking for a fun weekend adventure in New Mexico? New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure, takes readers off-the-beaten path in a remote corner of New Mexico. This weekend road trip guide travels up the border between Arizona and New Mexico to Grants, NM. Along the way, discover off-the-beaten-path destinations like the Gila Wilderness, the other-worldly volcanic world at El Malpais National Monument and graffiti that ancient travelers left on the limestone cliffs of El Morro National Monument. New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure provides travel directions, a…
  • California Goodness Delivered to Your Door

    Donna Hull
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    California wine country is one of our favorite U.S. destinations. Alan and I especially enjoy exploring small, family-run wineries where the owners share their enthusiasm and passion for wine making with visitors. And did I mention the fun of sampling handcrafted wines while listening to stories of how the winery came to be? When The California Wine Club invited us to try their membership for a month, it was like taking a quick trip to California wine country. Since 1990, Bruce and Pam Boring have been handpicking artisan wines to introduce to members. Our month’s shipment…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Check out our USA road trip advice USA Road Trips USA Road Trips is the theme for the September edition of the My Itchy Travel Feet monthly newsletter. Did you know that road tripping is our favorite way to travel? In this issue, we’re featuring travel deals, destination suggestions and an original article with road trip tips. You’ll also find a subscriber only special — 15% off California Wine Club subscriptions — and our FREE downloadable Road Trip Checklist. Don’t miss out! Subscribe by ticking the “monthly newsletter” button on the subscription page.
  • Saturday’s scene: At the Luau

    Donna Hull
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Sunset at Old Lahaina Luau As the sun dips into the Pacific, dancers at Old Lahaina Luau begin to perform the history of the Hawaiian Islands through hula. A guest of the Maui Visitor’s Bureau, I have a ringside seat and the perfect vantage point to take photos. But this is just the beginning of an entertaining evening in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. Old Lahaina Luau serves up a potent mix of authentic Hawaiian experiences and hospitality (Hookipa) in an intimate oceanfront setting. The hospitality begins when a lei is hung around my neck, a tropical drink placed in my hands and…
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  • Barcelona Workshop 11/10/14 & Online Course (Self-paced)

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

    Christine Gilbert
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    My kids, just, you know, hanging out with some Serbian kids in Belgrade. Another boring Tuesday night.   I was walking home from the grocery store, here in Romania, and we came across a mom with her two kids. Cole immediately inserted himself into their business and before long we were all talking. Here I was on my great adventure, traveling in Romania, but really, I was just walking through a suburban neighborhood, the same one this mom walked everyday. My grand adventure was her tedious grocery run. The joy I take from the simple things amazes even me: I spent a good hour just looking…
  • Things Biking 8 Hours a Day Can Teach You

    Christine Gilbert
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    We left the bikes behind in Italy, but continued traveling overland. Our original trip idea was to bike from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea, all the way across Europe. The busted trailer ended the biking part of that, but I have this idea that I want to see the Black Sea anyway. So we’ve been traveling overland, across Croatia to Belgrade, through Serbia to Timisoara. We’re in Romania now, getting ready to find an apartment in Sibiu or Brasov, so I can finish some writing work, then I want to take another train out to the sea and dip my toes in it. At that point, I will feel…
  • How Biking Through Europe (Almost) Killed My Husband

    Christine Gilbert
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    My husband, furious. At himself.   It felt like a dream. I had Stella strapped to my chest, a huge backpack on my back, and I ran down the train platform with a bike balanced with one hand and dragging the trailer with the other. They both wobbled and threatened to veer away, but I muscled through it. The edge of the pedal caught my shin and cut me. Drew was ahead of me, loading the other bike. Cole was running beside me, then he tripped and fell flat on his face. He screamed, “Mama!”. “Oh no sweetie!” The platform was emptying, we were almost out of time. I…
  • Tortilla Española with Catalan Pan Con Tomate (Pa Amb Tomaquet)

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:40 am
    Tortilla Española is one of Spain’s national dishes. It’s everywhere. It’s in the tapas bar, it’s sliced and put into sandwiches, it’s a course in your menu del dia. This is a great recipe for it, and I was glad to know you can actually reuse the oil again several times, otherwise this is an insane way to cook (you’ll see in a moment). The really cool part of learning how to cook this from a Barcelona-trained chef (I took a cooking class) was that he whipped up some Pan Con Tomate, the tomato bread that comes from Catalunya. Since we’re returning to…
 
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  • I want iTour Beaufort

    Burton Sauls
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Conceived, created, produced, and published in Beaufort, SC with 100% local talent: writers, voices, singers, musicians, and visionary partners. iTourBeaufort will launch very soon. CDs will be available in retailers and gift shops. Downloads will be available via custom ecommerce websites - virtual stores for the websites of Penn Center, Hunting Island, and Fort Fremont.For insider updates or to get a smart cool business tool for yourself, click and Contact Us.Digital assets generate revenue, action, results.  My notion is to use content to drive ecommerce. Authentic local voices…
  • Story of Childhood on St. Helena Island, SC

    Burton Sauls
    4 May 2014 | 1:33 pm
    A remote Sea Island Lowcountry childhood is the source of rich storytelling skills and the material to draw from. In this CityTrex podcast episode, the Friends of Hunting Island take us to meet Doctor Jonas Gadson, currently a Minister with the Beaufort Church of Christ. He's a local who went to the mainland to have a career with Xerox and with Eastman Kodak, then returned home to found a church and serve his native community. It's fitting that this podcast is published prior to Mother's Day 2014, because, as you'll hear, "Everything I am today I owe it to God and I owe it to my marvelous…
  • 7,700 Loggerhead Hatchlings Await

    Burton Sauls
    28 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Hunting Island, South Carolina still shows that nature can operate very well without us. We're the ones needing electricity, gasoline, telephones, or a calendar beyond the sun and seasons. Accessible unpaved places are more precious than ever. In the winter, this State Park is about horses on the beach and solo beach combing. The Summertime brings sandcastles and campers that know the sensation of a sunrise saltwater bath. Click on the player below to hear from two top turtle volunteers, Turtle veteran, Denise, and Turtle Vet, Doctor Chris: Play using the SoundCloud player (above) or for the…
  • Oh, the Buford Boat Done Come

    Burton Sauls
    2 Apr 2013 | 6:32 am
    Lowcountry Voices: Gullah Tricksters, Storytelling, and Song. Here's a dance song in the Charleston rhythm from the Geechee country in South Carolina, learned in Florida from a Geechee woman:  About 7 minutes or click here to hear it in QuickTime on your smart phone, iPad, etc. Want Mobile Media? Scan it to go: (QR code goes to the above MP3.) As part of our new series we're calling "Lowcountry Voices," CityTrex is scouring the region in search of local, "real deal" Gullah storytellers and tales. Although we're looking for original and compelling Gullah voices to feature in the…
  • It's a Top Town for Art, here's another reason why.

    Burton Sauls
    12 Mar 2013 | 7:25 am
    Beautiful Beaufort, SC premiers cultural tourism events regularly. Sixty-three islands between Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA, the Queen of the Sea Islands is both a small southern town and a launchpad of national talent.Did you see the March 2013 episodes of the American Idol TV show? A finalist, Candice Glover, is a standout singer and one of our own, a St. Helena Island, South Carolina native. Natalie Daise, Hank Herring, and Janet Spencer are three talented locals, and you can meet them in-person on Friday March 15, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm in downtown Beaufort at an art showing called…
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  • Planning a Panama City Beach family vacation

    Mara
    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

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

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

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

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

    tripwolf
    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

    leaaar
    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

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

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

    Lena
    28 Jun 2014 | 5:35 am
    TweetIn multifaceted Europe you can find many buzzing modern metropolises that are in constant change and keep reinventing themselves. At their core, however, you can encounter the architectural and artistic remains of times long gone, which often make those old towns tourist hot spots. Here are some cities that invite you to wallow in nostalgia […]
 
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  • Union Sur Yaiza 1 UD Lanzarote 0

    Ian
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    A goal from a set play ten minutes into the second half settled this disappointing Lanzarote derby. This is the fifth game these sides have played against each other in the Tercera Division (Fourth Tier) and Lanzarote have just picked up a single point. The Rojillos were very optimistic prior to the match with their unbeaten run still intact but with a Yaiza side who never let Lanzarote settle on the ball for a second it was always going to be a set play that would decide the outcome of this match. It may have been a 4.45pm kick off but the heat did not relent as these two teams set about…
  • Local Author Stan Arnold

    Miguel
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    I was recently contacted by Stan Arnold, who is an author living in Playa Blanca. Stan has lived on the island for 5 years, and has written four books, one of which is based on the island. The stories are all linked, and feature a couple of hapless corporate video producers, Mick and Jim. Stan is a copywriter, speech and scriptwriter and that certainly comes across in the books, which are well written, very descriptive and well characterized. The humour is typically British - think Red Dwarf meets Monty Python.  read more »
  • Oktoberfest 2014 Lanzarote

    Miguel
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    Oktoberfest will take place once again this year at The Plaza de las Naciones rigth in front of Los Pocillos beach in Puerto del Carmen. The festival will run from 23rd to 26th October with over 6,000 visitors expected to enjoy the live music, games, entertainment and beer! This is the 4th year the event has run and it will be bigger and better than ever, featuring:  read more » Paulaner wiessbier (wheat beer.) Jagermiester and Obslter Mojitos and smoothies Local beers, wines and spirits Traditional German food Schlager music A kid's
  • Social Media For The Over 50's

    Miguel
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    Our very own Mike is running a social media training session for the over 50's at Sun Park Living on Tuesday 7th October.  The training will be half a day and very interactive. If you're someone who spends extended periods in Lanzarote, social media could be right up your street: You'll learn how to:  read more » Stay in touch with family and friends "back home" Choose the right platform for you and get
  • Lanzarote Weather, August 2014

    Jules
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:57 am
    August was warm and sunny in Lanzarote with some cloudy starts which is normal for this time of year. There were a couple of hotter days reaching a temperature of 34 degrees but we’ve not had any sweltering heat waves as yet this summer. August is usually the windiest month, it’s been breezy with gusts reaching 55 km/h, but not really that windy for Lanzarote. We also experienced some sea alerts for high waves at the end of August. Check out the previous years weather reports during August: August 2013 weather reports for Lanzarote August 2012 weather reports for Lanzarote August 2011…
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  • A Pictorial Journey and Photography Workshop in Morocco

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

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

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

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

    editor
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    A lot of buzzwords out there are used to convey a sense of mindful connection with the people and places you visit when you travel: ecotourism, geotourism, responsible and sustainable travel, local and slow travel, conscious and transformative travel, community-based and pro-poor tourism, immersive and experiential travel, agritourism, voluntourism… and oh so much more. You’ve probably heard or read some of these terms and then perhaps dismissed them or not fully understood them. Often enough, though, they resonate and stick. And they can be very important, which is why we have chosen…
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  • Going to College (in Ethiopia)

    vlogbrothers
    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: 226789 11463 ratings Time: 04:01 More in People & Blogs
  • Travel Diary : KOREA

    Michelle Phan
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
    Travel Diary : KOREA It's not about the destination, it's about the company :) Korea was one of the most beautiful countries I've ever experienced. The food, beauty, nature and c... From: Michelle Phan Views: 1417778 76551 ratings Time: 09:08 More in Howto & Style
  • Hector and the Search For Happiness Official US Release Trailer #1 (2014) - Simon Pegg Movie HD

    MOVIECLIPS Trailers
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Hector and the Search For Happiness Official US Release Trailer #1 (2014) - Simon Pegg Movie HD Subscribe to TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/sxaw6h Subscribe to COMING SOON: http://bit.ly/H2vZUn Subscribe to INDIE TRAILERS: http://goo.gl/iPUuo Like us on FACEBO... From: MOVIECLIPS Trailers Views: 268160 2801 ratings Time: 02:31 More in Film & Animation
  • 10 Weird Things Banned by Governments

    Alltime10s
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    10 Weird Things Banned by Governments 10 Weird Things Banned by Governments Avoid gum in Singapore, steer clear of gaming in Greece, and don't even think about playing Fall Out Boy in Russia. Discover the ten surprising things... From: Alltime10s Views: 882491 13214 ratings Time: 02:55 More in Education
  • 10 Weird Facts about the Bermuda Triangle

    Alltime10s
    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: 1926869 18984 ratings Time: 03:00 More in Education
 
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  • 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 Disney.com 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 […]
  • Customer Service in Orlando

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Do you think a waiter or waitress would tamper with a meal when dealing with an extremely rude customer? A recent Facebook poll asked that very question, and the responses ranged from “Absolutely–that’s why I would not want to send anything back!” To: “Chances are, you will not have a rude customer if you are […]
  • Getting your ‘Frozen’ fix at Walt Disney World

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    With the overwhelming popularity of all things “Frozen”–the Oscar-winning animated film, the soundtrack, the merchandising–it’s no surprise that Walt Disney World quickly found a home for the newest Disney princesses: Anna and Elsa of Arendelle. Anna and Elsa have become so popular that fans were willing to wait up to four hours earlier this year […]
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    USA Travel Guide

  • Hollywood Film Festival

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

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

    Carolina
    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

    Carolina
    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.
  • Horse Racing at Meadowlands Racetrack

    Carolina
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The time for traditional U.S. sporting events is upon us with the start of annual horse racing. The beauty of this sport resides in the majestic horses and the dedication of the competing teams, as well as in the swell of the cheering crowd. Experience this captivating event at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. Prime [...] The post Horse Racing at Meadowlands Racetrack appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
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  • Four awards for photography: Society of American Travel Writers

    Lola Akerstrom
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    I’m honored and excited to find out that I picked up four category awards in the 2015 Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Bill Muster Photography Competition. This is a huge honor considering the society is arguably the premier organization representing travel writers and travel photographers. All winners for both the Lowell Thomas Awards  for Travel Journalism and Bill Muster Awards for Travel Photography were read out live during the conference in Iceland. Right after, I got a couple notifications from friends via Facebook that I’d picked up four awards (1 gold, 3 bronze)…
  • Notes + Photos from Stockholm Travel Massive

    Lola Akerstrom
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Stockholm’s second Travel Massive was held on August 29, 2014 at the recently opened HTL Hotels Kungsgatan. You can read all about the event which I co-organized over on Slow Travel Stockholm.
  • 7 tips for following your passion

    Lola Akerstrom
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Village of Gratteri, Sicily We all have passions. Or, at least one passion. Something we’re so drawn to and feel like we were placed on earth to pursue.  I recently gave an interview to Career 2.0 which profiles people who have left stable careers to plunge headfirst into the unstable world of pursuing their dreams. The interview gives you a quick synopsis of my educational and work background in a nutshell, but at the end, I shared seven (7) tips for following your passions. So I wanted to bring those tips here and further highlight those defining moments in my life when I fully…
 
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  • 8 Reasons to Quit Your Diet in Buenos Aires

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    I arrived in Buenos Aires with two culinary goals: eat steak and drink red wine. My knowledge of the city’s full food range was limited, but I was sure that there would be wine and steak. Once I started exploring, I realized that I’d set the bar too low. Yes, meat plays a central role in Buenos Aires’ cuisine, but so do sweets. And bread. And cheese.When I walked past people eating at sidewalk cafés, I didn’t just salivate but openly gawk at the food on their plates. The low point was probably when I hit my head on the window of a panadería, trying to get a better look at the cakes…
  • Taking Travel to the Extreme

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    Editor's note: Writer Will Jackson has met many travelers over the years who may take the idea of challenging oneself during their travels a bit too far. Like one man who traveled to every country in the world without flying, or a couple of friends who created a set of "commandments" to abide by on the road, one of which is "never pay to sleep." Does this type of travel actually enhance the experience? Or can you take things a bit too far? Read the stories of these three intrepid travelers and share your opinions below.Graham Hughes recently completed his quest to visit every single country…
  • To Plan or Not to Plan

    khammel
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    The Best of How I Travel: To Plan or Not to Plan After conducting 20 interviews with actors, athletes, musicians, writers and various other fascinating vagabonds, the most obvious conclusion to draw is that no two people travel alike. Everyone that we’ve talked with approaches life on the road from a unique angle, shaped by their own tastes and preferences. One issue that many of our interviewees have strong opinions on is the notion of planning ahead. Though everyone seems to agree that improvising is part of the travel experience, they differ on the how much to plan and when to simply go…
  • Why a Gap Year Should Come to America

    adam
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    As I traveled around the world during my career break, I encountered one thing over and over again: travelers from other countries who have traveled a heck of a lot more than I have.  Whether they hailed from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or one of a number of other European countries, they all have one thing in common: they have taken the time to travel long-term, and they live in a country where doing so is completely normal.Such is not the case in the United States – at least, not yet. While gap years are the norm in other developed countries, Americans just haven’t yet…
  • Guide to Walking the Camino de Santiago

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    I’ll start by telling you the truth: It would never have occurred to me to walk the Camino de Santiago. It just wouldn’t have. I’m not Catholic. I hike, but not long haul stuff. I’m not generally into “popular” type adventures. And also, I’d never heard of it, so that’s a factor.But in May and June 2014, I ended up walking 800 km from France into Spain because my friend asked me to. It’s that simple. She called me up when we were living in Thailand and asked me to go. Once I figured out what she was talking about, I was in. I’m always up for an adventure.For her, it was a…
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  • Six Unforgettable Road Trips in Europe

    Itamar Danison
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:19 am
    Although road trips are often associated with American culture, Europe can certainly not be overlooked for its unforgettable scenic drives. What makes European road trips so unique is that you can travel through several countries with even a limited amount of vacation time at your disposal. Whichever of these road trip ideas you like the most, you’ll be sure to find diverse cultures, abundant traditions, and nonstop thrills. These are six of the most unforgettable European road trips you’ll ever take. Amalfi Coast: Italyli Italy’s Amalfi Coast has one of the most romantic coastlines…
  • Discovering Road Trips in Unexpected Places

    Itamar Danison
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Although the most popular and well-known road trip routes are in America and through various countries in Europe, you can ditch the long airport lines and go for a scenic drive on every continent around the globe. A road trip might not be the first thing you think of while visiting South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia, but there are some amazing drives in each destination that allow you to experience local landscapes and culture like never before. So keep these lesser-known road trip ideas in mind as you’re globe-trotting to far-away lands and immerse yourself in the spirit of…
  • Six Iconic and Essential American Road Trip Ideas

    Itamar Danison
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Although you can set out on a road trip nearly anywhere on earth, road trips have evolved into an enduring American tradition that’s here to stay. Driving long distances and exploring the sites along the way is an authentic American pastime, and there’s simply no better to see wide-open skies and charming towns from coast to coast. There are so many amazing trip routes in the U.S. that it’s difficult to recommend just a few road trip ideas. But these are some of the most iconic and essential American road trips that are definitely worth the gas money. Pacific Coast Highway: Southern…
  • 7 Classic British Comfort Foods

    Jo F
    2 Jan 2013 | 8:20 am
    If the Brits know anything about food, it’s how to serve up winter warmers. As a place that sees more than its fair share of wind, rain and gray skies, it’s hardly a surprise that this nation has developed a cuisine high in carbohydrates, thick with meats and invariably doused in rich gravy. Whether you’re looking to fend off the cold or cheer yourself up after a lousy day, check out these 7 classic British comfort foods: 1) Toad in the Hole There’s not a toad to be seen in this dish, promise. Instead, what you get is delicious sausages nestled and cooked into a batter (known as…
  • 7 Things NOT to Do in a Natural Disaster

    Jo F
    13 Dec 2012 | 7:44 am
    Tsunamis, earthquakes, exploding volcanoes, hurricanes, it can sometimes feel like Mother Nature is throwing us one natural disaster after another. I was recently in Hawaii when we received a warning that a tsunami was expected to hit the islands after an earthquake off the coast of Canada. This prompted a full-scale evacuation. Fortunately, the tsunami did not have the force that had been anticipated, but as those who have experienced Hurricane Sandy or other severe natural disasters will know, that isn’t always the case. If you find yourself in the midst of a natural disaster, your own…
 
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  • The Surprise Lake on Hole 1

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Speaking of Portal Any of you fans of that game Portal? Are they going to make a new one sometime soon I hope? Daily Photo – The Surprise Lake on Hole 1 A few weeks ago we had an amazing amount of rain in Central Otago. The day it cleared up, I went over to The Hills to take photos with my friends Maura and Cliff. We walked around all over the place and I was surprised to see these lakes that formed all over the place. I’m always a sucker for a clean reflection. It reminds me of a secret portal to the mirror-world. The Surprise Lake on Hole 1 Tweet m Photo Information Date Taken…
  • The Earthmelting Truck

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Grunge HDR If you’ll notice, I haven’t been doing much grungy HDR stuff lately. I never did that much back in the day, but I did dabble in it. I could do more, I suppose, but I don’t really seek out all those abandoned kinda places. I don’t know why. I know some people really like that, and that’s cool. But I do find I end up going to pretty, beautiful places rather than rundown grungy places. I’ve never really thought about this until I wrote this paragraph, but it is an interesting thing I am noticing. Daily Photo – The Earthmelting Truck We recently found a new…
  • Late Morning at Mitre Peak

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Edited with Macphun This photo below is one of many I have done lately with Macphun software. See more in my . Daily Photo – Late Morning at Mitre Peak If visiting Milford Sound, one great piece of advice is not to go all the way to the water’s edge at low tide. Some of the best shots are from the still reflection shots of the puddles that form from the retreating water. There are hundreds of these little pools. Some are clear without rocks and others have rocks. I decided to move around until I found a nice sequence of them. Late Morning at Mitre Peak Tweet m Photo Information Date…
  • The Lines of the Sahara

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Using Humans in Landscape Photos Whenever I put a human or capture a human in a photo, I am reminded of how much it adds to the sense of scale. I’m a bit hard on myself, I suppose, because I lament that I don’t think of it more often. But then I recall that I should stop all that fretting about the past. Maybe I’ll remember to do it more in the future, maybe I won’t! It doesn’t matter. Daily Photo – The Lines of the Sahara One of the hardest types of photos I took while in the desert were fully zoomed in at 300mm while on camelback. The motion a camel makes is incongruous…
  • Another Amazing Sunset at Bendemeer

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Burning Man Here’s a new video I made from Burning Man. How did I make the animations? Check out the Animoto Review here on the site. Seeing Nature for What it Is Sometimes while I’m taking peaceful sunset photos like this, I feel like I can see the matrix for what it is. It’s quite meditative and creative. I think more and more people are discovering some of these secrets of the Earth through photography. Maybe you know what I mean. Daily Photo – Another Amazing Sunset at Bendemeer This is a new housing development area near Arrowtown and Queenstown. They have huge tracks of…
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  • Wine & Cookies at Their Best in Historical North Carolina

    Jessica Festa
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    “Wow!” my brother’s eyes grow large, revealing his pleasant surprise. “Who would have thought cookies this thin could be so delicious? What did you say they were again?” He scrutinizes the can and inquires, “I just have three questions. Where’s Winston-Salem? What’s a Moravian? And why do they make cookies?” I laugh, since I had the exact same reaction when first I tried these wafer-thin treats. Eventually, curiosity got the best of me and I decided to drive two-hours east of my home in Raleigh to visit Winston-Salem, North Carolina and learn about the city’s history…
  • Roses in the Bronx at the Botanical Gardens

    Jessica Tiare Bowen
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    While Manhattan may be the main hub many non-New Yorkers think of when they hear NYC, there’s a lot of greatness residing in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and yes, even Staten Island, too. To kick off this new series, I jumped on the D train and headed up to the Boogie Down Bronx to check out the New York Botanical Garden.  From the subway, it’s an 8 block walk (or you can jump on the bus if the weather is shoddy.) The garden is a living museum, chock full of so many exotic plants and blooms it’s difficult to believe you’re still in NYC…let alone in the middle of the Bronx!  An…
  • Magic & Serenity in Naukuchiatal, As Seen in the Himalayas Mist

    Kaushal Mathpal
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Welcome to Naukuchiatal in the Himalayas. Serene, peaceful, mystical, beautiful… Naukuchiatal Lake The stay at Ramgarh had been an uplifting and nurturing one. I loved the pristine silence in the air which relieved me from the intolerable jingles of the metros. As all good things come to an end, soon I was on an unwilling retreat back to the bustle of metros. While on my way back, I had couple of hours spare which was just enough to discover the small town of Naukuchiatal which stays on the brink of being acclaimed as “hill station” but fall short of it. It’s the next door…
  • The Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, A Stone’s Throw From Nantucket Ferries

    Renee Blodgett
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    We discovered the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis Cape Cod by accident.  Originally we were going to stay with friends on the road to Cape Cod for several days, overlooking a small lake and doing very else but lazy canoe rides, reading classic novels and writing. When that plan fell through, we were introduced to the Cape Codder in Hyannis, which couldn’t have been a more perfect option for us as we were coming from the North Shore and were planning to catch a ferry to Nantucket the next morning. The Cape Codder is conveniently located five minutes from the port where the…
  • A Cultural Guide & Useful Tips to Traveling to Iran

    Jessica Festa
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Interested in going to Iran but don’t think it’s possible or are nervous about doing so? Think again. For those interested in going themselves — or just curious about what the experience is actually like and want an answer to the question, ” Is Iran Safe ?” — Shara provides stories, essential tips and safety information for traveling through Iran based on her own experience. 1. Iran isn’t a destination you hear many travelers talking about. What made you decide to go there and what type of traveler do you think would enjoy going to Iran? I’ve actually always been…
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  • Wembley to host UEFA EURO 2020 Final and semi-finals

    Business Travel Destinations
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Friday 19 September 2014 Wembley Stadium’s position as one of the world’s great stadiums was confirmed today when it was selected to host the finale of UEFA EURO 2020. In six years’ time the ‘Euro for Europe’ will reach its conclusion under the arch, where both semi-finals and the Final are to take place. And after hearing the good news in Geneva on Friday lunchtime, FA Chairman Greg Dyke said the award will have a positive effect on all of English football. He said: “On behalf of everyone at The FA and our President HRH The Duke of Cambridge, I am delighted Wembley Stadium and…
  • MGM Resorts International And Grant Bowie, CEO Of MGM China Holdings Limited, To Present At The CLSA Investors’ Forum In Hong Kong

    Business Travel Destinations
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    LAS VEGAS, Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Grant Bowie, CEO of MGM China Holdings Limited (HKG: 2282), will conduct a Company presentation Monday, September 15th at the CLSA Investors’ Forum in Hong Kong.  A copy of the presentation will be available on MGM’s website at www.mgmresorts.com under the Investors section. MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The…
  • 3 MONTHS BEFORE MITM & CULTOURFAIR, HOSTED BUYER SPACES HAVE RUN OUT

    Business Travel Destinations
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    Three months before the celebration of the 20th edition of MITM Americas, Meetings and Incentive Travel Market, which will be held alongside the 6th edition of CULTOURFAIR, International Cultural Travel Fair, in Puebla, Mexico on December 3rd to 5th, the hosted buyers spaces for these important trade shows have been filled, due to the high demand. GSAR Marketing keeps having a strict selection process for hosted buyers, to continue with its policy of “quality oriented trade shows”, by approving only those who are truly potential buyers and active in business. MITM & CULTOURFAIR are…
  • MTM Americas 20th Edition / CULTOURFAIR 6th Edition: December 3-5, 2014

    Business Travel Destinations
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    The 20th edition of MITM Americas, Meetings and Incentive Travel Market, and 6th edition of CULTOURFAIR, International Cultural Travel Fair, will be simultaneously held this year in the wonderful city of Puebla, Mexico, on December 3rd, 4th and 5th, sponsored by Puebla’s Tourist Office. MITM Americas is a 20 years old interactive two days travel trade market directed to the incentive, meetings and events market, where travel and tourism organizations from the Americas and the Caribbean and companies meet by individual and pre-requested appointments with European and USA pre-selected…
  • ACE OF M.I.C.E. EXHIBITION 2015: February 26-28; Istanbul – Turkey

    Business Travel Destinations
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Organized for the first time in 2014 “ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition” is the leading regional event for the meetings, incentives, conferences, events and business travel industry which brought MICE industry professionals from Turkey and all around the globe in a splendid event. ACE of MICE Exhibition is a 3-day event and the program activities include exhibition (with B2B meetings), seminar sessions, networking events and the ACE of M.I.C.E. Awards Ceremony, which is attended by 3,000 senior meetings and tourism industry individuals from all around the world. AME reached on 2014 9,856…
 
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Too early for snow

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Our summer is ending - you could almost say it ended at the beginning of August this year - but I haven't started to think of winter, or I hadn't until this card arrived.  A taste of things to come.It is an oil painting, "Snow Cloudlet", by Belarusian artist Anna Silivonchik and sent to me from Russia.A post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted by Beth Niquette on her blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to visit and join in.
  • Wetlands and amphibians

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    I had to turn to amphibians because I've shown snakes from Taiwan, and with the Petit Prince, dinosaurs from the Jurassic Coast, all sorts on the Origin of Species.  And could find no more reptiles.I was quite pleased that the amphibian stamps arrived on cards from places I think of as, well, damp.  Finland is often called the Land of 1000 Lakes; Ireland has rivers and lakes galore, and in my mind Denmark comes somewhere between them.This is a post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian. Click on the button to visit her blog and other participants.
  • Hola!

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Arrived today from Spain, exactly the sort of shop I'd love to explore. 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.
  • Mappa Mundi

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I was in Dover Castle (Kent, UK) on Saturday and spotted an old map on the wall so I was pleased to find a postcard of the map in the Castle shop.  The map on the wall is a replica but I haven't been able to find out of what.  On the back of the card it says it is "the Mappa Mundi" but there are several of them.  According to Wikipedia, any map of the world made during the Middle Ages is a Mappa Mundi.It shows Europe to the left, Africa to the right and Asia at the top.A Mappa Mundi for Monday.
  • Solovetsky Islands

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    This card of Solovetsky Monastery arrived recently with part of a mini-sheet of stamps showing points of interest on the Solovetsky Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The islands are in the White Sea to the north west of Russia.The full sheet which is made to look as though the stamps were printed on a parchment map, can be seen here.  I can remember making maps of that sort when I was at school, maybe a history lesson or to illustrate Treasure Island.There was another stamp too, this one showing Petropavlovskiy Sobor, the Peter and Paul Cathedral  in St…
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  • Top Exotic Places for Honeymoons

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

    admin
    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

    admin
    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…
  • Top Beach Vacations in Australia

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Although it is the smallest of the seven continents, Australia is often referred to as the largest island in the world.  Surrounded by the Pacific and Indian Oceans as well as the Arafura, Coral, Timor and Tasman Seas, it’s no wonder that tourists flock to the beaches. While there are many excellent holiday spots, the following are five favourite destinations. Kingscliff – NSW Sunny beaches and hiking tracks combine to make Kingscliff a wonderful holiday retreat. Walking along Casuarina Sculpture, hiking up to Protestors Falls, or climbing hinterland rainforest Mount Warning allows…
  • Cost Cutting tips for Travelling

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

  • Globus Italy Tours 2015 – What’s New

    Sue Lobo
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Globus Italy Tours 2015 – See How Globus Covers Italy Like No One Else When you visit Italy with Globus, you’ll say hello to the unique and the one-of-a-kind, and goodbye to the ho hum. Along with visiting all of Italy’s must-see sights, they’ll take you on a quiet boat ride along the beautiful coast of Cinque Terre and help you make pasta with a local chef. Globus will take you to dinner, not at a busy restaurant, but at a quaint Sicilian farmhouse. And they’ll bring you inside the Verrazzano castle for a Chianti tasting. Welcome to the Globus side of Italy.
  • Holland America New ms Koningsdam Ship Pictures

    Sue Lobo
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Holland America Line revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship that will set sail in February 2016…the name takes some getting used to… the ms Koningsdam. The name pays homage to the company’s rich heritage and deep roots in the Netherlands, as the word Konings means “king.” The name also pays honor to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in over a century. The ship will hold 2,650-passengers with a new design and class of ship called the new Pinnacle Class. At 99,500 gross tons and carrying 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew…
  • Welcome the First Day Of Fall

    Sue Lobo
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Fall marks the end of summer and usually a noticeable change in the temperature. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the first day of fall is today exactly at 10:29 p.m. Many people look forward to this season because there’s so many fun activities to do outdoors. From the leaves changing on the trees to sharing some candy with the kids, fall really is a delightful time of year. In order to help ring in the new season, many places in the U.S. have some sort of festival or fair to attend. Harvest Fairs and Festivals In The U.S. Sonoma County Harvest Fair, October 3-5 This year…
  • Five Football Stadiums That You Should Visit

    Sue Lobo
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    NFL fans certainly are loyal when it comes to their favorite stadium. With the return of NFL football, now is a good time to break out of your comfort zone and go see your favorite team play at an away game. We’ve put together our list of the top 5 stadiums that you should visit. AT&T Stadium, Arlington This mega sized stadium can seat more than 100,000 fans. Guests can easily view the game not only from their seat, but on the large, high definition TV screens or from the open concourse while they are getting something to eat. In addition to regular seating there are also balconies…
  • Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2014

    Sue Lobo
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    This year marks the 19th run for Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival. Visitors are in for a real treat because the festival will run for a record 53 days. That’s 7 days longer than previous years. It kicks off on September 19th and runs through November 10th. If you are planning to attend this event, here’s what you should know. A new marketplace for 2014. Flavors of Argentina and Chili will be making their debut this year and will be featuring sustainable salmon. The Florida Local Marketplace will be replaced by the Farm Fresh Marketplace. Visitors will be able to…
 
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    TRAVEL BLOG

  • FOTOS DE CHILE

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:11 am
    Con Fotos de Chile intentamos explorar visualmente la asombrosa diversidad geografica del pais, un viaje donde los extremos se tocan, desde los paisajes marcianos de Atacama, en el Norte Grande, a los fiordos alimentados por glaciares de las Regiones Aysen y Magallanes en el Sur...
  • CHILE PHOTO GALLERY

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:53 am
    With Chile Photo Gallery we visually explore the country's stunning geographic diversity, a journey that brings together the Mars-like landscapes of Atacama, in the Big North, with the glacier-fed fjords of the Aysen and Magallanes Regions in the South...
  • FOTOGALERIA PUNTA DEL ESTE

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Fotogaleria Punta del Este es una introduccion visual a la denominada St Tropez de Sudamerica, provablemente el destino turistico mas requerido del Uruguay y uno de los mas glamorosos centros de veraneo del continente...
  • PUNTA DEL ESTE PHOTO GALLERY

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    Punta del Este Photo Gallery is a visual introduction to the St Tropez of South America, the most important tourist attraction in Uruguay and one of South America's most glamorous seaside resorts...
  • FOTOS DE MONTEVIDEO

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Con Fotos de Montevideo aspiramos a brindarte una perspectiva visual a traves de fotografias, instantes congelados en el tiempo tal como acontecen en la capital del Uruguay. Sin lugar a dudas, Montevideo es una de las capitales mas interesantes de Sudamerica...
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    Wild Junket

  • The Sunday Animal Market in Taraz, Kazakhstan

    Nellie Huang
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey Sunday animal farms (mal bazari) are a big thing in Central Asia. Because They are loud, smelly and chaotic; but they also give a glimpse of Central Asian life and culture — which is exactly why I love them. Our first stop on the Central Asia overlanding trip was Taraz, a town in Kazakhstan just a short drive away from the Kyrgyz border. We were lucky enough to pull into town on a Sunday,…
  • Exploring Kazakhstan’s Wilderness: Hiking in Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve

    Nellie Huang
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey Kazakhstan may be known for its oil and the antics of the pseudo-Kazakh Borat, but few people are aware of the wilderness that covers a large part of the country. Last week, as part of my overlanding trip through Central Asia with Oasis Overland, we spent two nights camping out in the Aksu-Zhabagly nature reserve and experiencing the Kazakh backcountry at its best. Located near the border of…
  • Market Fever at Osh Bazaar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    Nellie Huang
    11 Sep 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. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey! The fragrance of freshly baked Kyrgyz nan (bread) and red hot spices fills the air as I wander through the labyrinth of Osh Bazaar, the most famous market in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I snake my way between the mountains of bread and heaps of fresh vegetables, smiling and greeting friendly vendors with a soft “salaam”. Women with floral scarves wrapped around their heads are dishing…
  • Celebrating Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day in Bishkek

    Nellie Huang
    10 Sep 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. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey! Last week I arrived in Bishkek just in time to celebrate Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day, the day the country declared freedom from the Soviet Union. The entire city seemed to be pulsating with energy with carnivals and street parties taking place all over the city. Of all the events that was happening, the exciting one of all was the horse races, Central Asia’s favorite…
  • Traveling Central Asia: The Mind-Boggling Visa Application Process

    Nellie Huang
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Amongst the nuances of travel, applying for visas is one of the things we hate about traveling. Sadly this is probably the most annoying part of planning a trip to Central Asia. Almost every country in Central Asia requires a visa to enter (for most nationalities). The ever-changing rules for visa applications in Central Asian nations makes it worse and deters even the most seasoned traveler. Applying for these visas is an extremely time-consuming, expensive and tedious process. To save some time and pain, I used the services of The Visa Machine to help me do all the legwork. It’s a pain…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • 7 Unique South African Creations You Will WANT TO GET Your Hands On

    Wanda Coustas
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle South African’s are smart thinkers. Our list of 7 unique South African creations are either charming or innovatively functional. Some are both. Either way, you’ve got to love them. Want them. And head to our shores to get them. 1. Magpie recycled chandeliers These gorgeous 2 metre high creations (a variety of them) made out of recycled and re-purposed materials not only caught our eye, it caught the Obamas as well. One now hangs in the White House. Made by Magpie...
  • Time For The Hilton Arts Festival

    Helen Rushton
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    Send to Kindle I am so looking forward to this weekend; we are meandering our way to the village of Hilton and will be attending not one, not two but three productions at the Hilton Arts Festival! Now in its 22nd year, the Festival, which takes place from September 18th to 21st at the very beautiful Hilton College, is the largest theatrical event of its kind in KwaZulu Natal. There are a large number of different events happening over the four days of the festival and they range in genre from...
  • 20 most beautiful natural places in South Africa

    Wanda Coustas
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle South Africa: a world in one country. 20 most beautiful natural places in South Africa … 1. The wildness of Coffee Bay The effortless sandy coves, steep green hillsides, cliffs, wild aloes, thatch-roofed mud huts and the notable hole-in-the-wall are an unbeatable combination on the Wild Coast, between East London and Port Edward. Land of hippies, surfers, hikers and the Xhosa people, incredible beachside landscape does not come better than this.     2. Red...
  • Common ailments when travelling – use these 10 wild South African plants

    Wanda Coustas
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle You are on a road trip and someone comes down with earache, a rash, a sore throat or needs a little help with the daily, well, let’s just say that they need help. And there is not a pharmacy in sight. Fear not. There is help at hand. As close as the side of the road. South Africa has many medicinal plants – 3 000 species are used as medicine. In fact, many of the plants that surround us are used in primary health care throughout the country… South Africa has well...
  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kwelera – South Africa’s 10th National Botanical Garden

    Wanda Coustas
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Kwelera’s 164 hectares form a narrow strip of coast that runs parallel to the Indian Ocean for about five kilometres, between the beachside town of Gonubie and where the Kwelera River meets the sea just north-east of East London. Few of us know anything about this small, unobtrusive nature reserve. Yet since late July it is the country’s 10th National Botanical Garden. Kwelera, or Kwelegha (the ‘r’ is pronoucned as a ‘gh’ as in loch), comes...
 
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    Velvet Escape

  • Winter fun in Quebec – the #LoveWinter video

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

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

    Keith Jenkins
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    This spot on the banks of the Amstel River at Café Hesp (map) is one of my favourite places in Amsterdam to simply chill. Nothing better than just sitting with my legs dangling over the edge of the promenade, with some friends, wine and a few bites to eat, and watching people and boats pass by, along with the occasional ducks and swans. And you get to see a spectacular sunset in Amsterdam from here! A lone boat on the Amstel River at sunset. View other Velvet Moments.
  • Driving the Route du Volcan

    Keith Jenkins
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    It was our second day on Réunion Island. I hadn’t seen much of the interior of the island since my arrival, just glimpses of towering mountains through the clouds. All that changed on the second day! We set out on a drive from our base in Saint-Leu, along the coast to Saint-Pierre. The views of the Indian Ocean, lagoons and little towns dotting the coast were absolutely beautiful. Coastal scenery along the way. From Saint-Pierre, we turned inland along the RN3-road. The curvy road brought us to the town of Le Tampon (we had a few laughs about that!) and from here, we continued to the…
  • Ten museums in Belgium to visit

    Keith Jenkins
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    A guest post by Sofie Couwenbergh, a writer and travel blogger from Belgium. Belgium is mostly known for its food and drinks. Visitors to the country want to try our chocolate, waffles, fries and beer. What most of them don’t know is that we also have a very diverse museum landscape. There are museums dedicated to art, architecture, science, history and much more. I’ve tried to capture a bit of that diversity in the following list with ten museums in Belgium to visit. 1. Musée Magritte Museum The Magritte Museum is located in the center of Brussels. With over 200 pieces it has the…
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    Pearls of Travel Wisdom

  • BAcon 2014 – Day 2 Honing Skills

    Carol Margolis
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    Ack! I think my head exploded! The first day of the second annual BAcon Conference had our blogger brains brimming by day end and day two was not about to let up. Focus: Tips on writing better. Have our writing be found by more readers. Learn all the techy stuff that is behind the scenes of our printed words. Hone are skills. Sounds easy, ay? Uh uh. Learning that JetPack is not what George Jetson donned in order to fly to work but rather a WordPress tool with a bazillion options that can change the look and feel of our blog was all great stuff, though I’m sure I saw a brain or two erupt in…
  • BAcon 2014 – Day 1 Start of the Conversation

    Carol Margolis
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    A conference named BAcon? Well, you just know it has to be good! Actually, it is GREAT! BAcon stands for the BoardingArea conference and is the time when Randy Petersen and his House of Miles brings together the bloggers that make up BoardingArea (BA) and the new Prior2Boarding (P2B). This year’s conference is the second BAcon event. Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay is where the BAcon has been sizzling the past few days. Last year’s very first BAcon Conference was hosted in Randy Petersen’s hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado. BAcon sightings from our first event were recapped here: Day 1,…
  • How Many Hours Do You Fly?

    Carol Margolis
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    The other day I was sitting in the waiting area at the airport. The plane had just arrived so we had to wait for everyone to deplane, then get the fresh crew onboard, clean the aircraft, etc. I happened to be sitting next to a deadheading pilot who asked me how much I fly. Well, I told him how many miles I fly so I was curious how many he flies in a year. Funny, he had no idea because crews measure their performance based on hours, not miles. That got me wondering: just how many hours do I fly each year? I know everyone will have different results but here are mine as a baseline. Just looking…
  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Win a Trip to the US Open Finals For you tennis fans, LG is giving away some prizes to celebrate the U.S. Open. Runner up prizes include new phones and 55″ TVs, but the grand prize includes roundtrip airfare for two to New York, 3 nights hotel accommodations, and $1,000 gift card. Contest ends Aug 25 Countdown to South America: Destination Cartagena The LATAM and LAN Airlines want to send you and a friend down Columbia way. Grand prize for this sweepstakes includes two roundtrip tickets from MIA to Cartagena, Columbia and…
  • Down Memory Lane: Life as a Female Business Traveler

    Carol Margolis
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Long gone are the days when I traveled with one credit card, my AT&T calling card, Continental, United and Best Western’s paper membership program cards. Laptops didn’t exist. Heck, the internet was just a baby. Cell phones were just starting to come out in their 5-pound brick sizes and my suitcase was labelled with two ‘heavy’ tags. Yes, things have changed since the days of my double-heavy. I’m now a much smarter packer. No need to bring along my own hair rollers, hair dryer, alarm clock, travel iron and hot pot for making coffee in my motel rooms. Jeez,…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Amish Country – Photo Essay

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids The best part about traveling to Lancaster Country is the different landscape which is covered in immaculate farmlands. We don’t get that in Guatemala so seeing it and enjoy it first hand was a great way to spend time with my kids. Plus, getting glimpses into the Amish People’s way of life added to the cultural aspect of it all. Take a ride in the carts that the Amish use as their family vehicles. Visiting a local farm in a horse drawn…
  • Eco Friendly Clothing, Silk Bedding on the Go and So Much More

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Throughout my years of traveling, I’ve met a lot of people that actually travel with their own bedding. I’ve always thought it was odd, but hey – to each their own, right? That was until something shifted for me. Even though I tend to travel three star and higher hotels lately, I’ve had moments when I had totally ick-out moments when the pillow cases had stains and other not-so-fun things I want to mention. It doesn’t happen…
  • Femfresh and a Travel Washing Line: Backpacking Essentials You Won’t Have Thought Of

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Backpacking is an adventure that travellers from around the world enjoy. It’s an ideal way to travel on a budget and see and experience sights, sounds, and people that you otherwise would have missed. But staying fresh and clean while backpacking can be tough. When I came across a coupon for a product called Femfresh, I decided to check it out. And this got me thinking about other backpacking essentials that you may not necessarily have thought of…
  • Wondering What To Do in NYC with Kids – Visit the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids When I lived in NYC I never thought of it as a kid friendly city. The fact that I was single and childless helped reinforce that at every corner. However, when I first came back to visit with my two boys a few years ago I was beyond impressed with all there was to do for kids of all ages. Especially the museums. My oldest son, who is a huge art lover and I’m certain he will become a curator one day, wanted to re-visit the Metropolitan Museum of…
  • Eco Friendly Clothing – Comfort and Softness and So Much More

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Eco friendly clothing has always had a serious pull for me. I love that these companies work hard to use earth friendly materials and truly make a difference not only by not leaving any footprints but also donating to all sorts of organizations. But what truly amazes me is the quality of the products they produce. I remember years ago when eco friendly clothing started to pop up they were extremely limited in style. The colors were bland due to lack of…
 
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  • New Artworks by CJ Hendry - Pen on Paper

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are planning CJ Hendry's first solo show in December, but want to give you a preview of some of the work we will be showcasing. Penfolds Grange Hermitage 105 x 155 Pool balls - 1 through to 15 - 60cm x 60cm - signed and framed The 8 has already been sold - to pre-purchase the others, please get in touch. Wishbone We arranged for CJ Hendry to meet Kanye West on the last leg of his Australian tour. She presented him with his very own hand-drawn US$100 bank note Cj Hendry is exclusively represented by thecoolhunter.  
  • Boxy Fine Foods, Ghent - Belgium

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Belgian twin brothers, Kristof and Stefan Boxy have dipped their culinary hands in several Michelin-star restaurants and catering businesses, and they’ve authored a cook book as well: Just Cooking. We loved their food store/catering space, Boxy Fine Foods, in Ghent, but unfortunately it closed earlier this year. While we do not know the reason why it closed, we bet it wasn’t because of the interior design. With the help of Frederich Hooft of Ghent, the Boxy brothers created an elegant, white, open space to display and sell gourmet foods. The elaborate moldings on the ceilings, the…
  • A Collection of The Very Best Among Small Coffee Shop Design

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Good coffee was not on an average consumer’s radar in 1971, when the story of the brand now known as Starbucks began. This was the case especially in North America where coffee culture was nonexistent.   That all started to change when Howard Schultz bought Starbucks in 1987 and started its expansion outside Seattle with the first outside the U.S. store opening that same year in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.   Today, Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world with about 23,500 stores in 65 countries. With the changes in lifestyles around the world,…
  • Joseph Cheaney Flagship Store - London

    6 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Those of us who are tired of throwawayism and of pointlessly amassing closetfuls of disposable footwear, are starting to pay serious attention to the kind of shoe quality that only true expertise and attention to detail can produce. Voting with our wallets, we’d rather shop once a year and obtain something that is beautiful, durable and worth the high price, than keep throwing our money – and shoes – away season after season. Traditional men’s shoe makers Joseph Cheaney and others like them are thriving today because they give us what we want. If you have been making…
  • Start Paying Attention To The Design of The Office

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In our working lives, we are in many ways still stuck in the age of the Industrial Revolution. When the masses worked in factories, the office support personnel worked the same hours, or at least “regular working hours” and commuted daily to central offices. Perhaps there was a sense that all workers needed to be under the watchful eye of the Master and therefore they needed to gather in one place to be supervised, like kids in school? Are we not past that phase? We are challenging every single person to take responsibility for his or her own working environment. Let’s stop…
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    Man Tripping - Guys Weekends and Mancations

  • 10 Extreme Flying, Driving and Sailing Experiences You Need to Do

    James Hills
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Let's get rolling with our Top 10 Extreme Flying, Driving, and Sailing Experiences! Supercar Driving Experience Ferraris, Lamborghinis, or even classic Shelby Cobra's - there are a variety of places around the country that offer supercar driving experiences these days and if you have had the chance to experience flying around a track at 140 mph in one of these beasts, you will agree that it is the experience of a lifetime! Several groups offer tours around the country including Xtreme Xperience , Exotic Driving Experience , World Class Driving  (who also offers a Muscle Cars Driving…
  • A Visit to Solare Restaurant in San Diego

    James Hills
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:25 pm
    That's a very good thing. Solare felt fresh, fun, and classy with my only regret being that I couldn't sample everything on the menu! So let's get this out of the way early - the scene in Top Gun is the one where Kelly Mcgillis chases Maverick down the colonnade and then he ignores her as he guns the engine on his bike. In the 80's this was the site of a Navy base but now, Liberty Station is a mixed commercial development with some of San Diego's hottest new restaurants and shopping. Today, Solare is a chic farm to table restaurant that has merged the traditions of Southern Italian cooking…
  • Five Reasons to visit Carmel California for a Guys Weekend

    James Hills
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:17 pm
    We highly recommend the fantastic Carmel Country Inn ( Carmel Country Inn Review ) as not only is it a fantastic B&B it is also easy to walk to everything downtown and their two bedroom suites are perfect for a guys weekend since it includes two bedrooms, a sofa bed, fridge, and two full bathrooms. Plus the breakfast and afternoon snacks are delicious too! They were gracious enough to host us during our weekend trip to explore Carmel last month. Reason 1: Carmel Beach Just down the hill from downtown, this beach as you can see is stunningly beautiful. Though like all Pacific coast…
  • A Romantic Escape to the Carmel Country Inn

    James Hills
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:03 pm
    This sea-side village is simultaneously a step back in time as well as a step forward to an almost utopia-like existence where streetlights are essentially banned and homes have no addresses, and a 10pm curfew for those under 18-years old. While quirky, it is also absolutely gorgeous with a white sand beach that rivals any found in the Caribbean but with cool ocean breezes and set among dense oaks providing abundant shade.   Carmel is also one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country and Carmel Country Inn welcomes dogs as well as cats .. so of course - we invited Niki to join us…
  • Review of NewAir AW-121E Wine Cooler

    James Hills
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    The NewAir AW-121E is a very compact unit that is stylish and for someone like me who doesn't have a huge wine collection the 12-bottle capacity is perfect. In fact, I currently have 6 bottles in there as well as a couple boxes of chocolates and the size is perfect for my loft. {youtube}2ZTVSxCLpbk{/youtube} As I mentioned in the review, setup / installation was a breeze though it operates a bit differently than a standard refrigerator. Instead of a compressor and chemical coolant, the unit relies on a thermoelectric cooling system. It's really too complicated for me to relate here (but here…
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    The Travel Tart

  • Hairstyles for Men – the Mobile Tent Version!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    I guess one of the dead certainties of life apart from death and taxes is that now and then, you will need some sort of a haircut. Even if you have dreadlocks, there’s going to be a time where scissors are going to go somewhere near your head. It’s a pretty universal thing, the haircut, including various, and sometimes unusual hairstyles for men and women. Just check out some of the attention seeking weirdos in Hollywood who are famous for doing nothing! They seem to come up with all sorts of outrageous cuts and colours to make sure the paparazzi are taking thousands of photos to…
  • Ryan Gosling’s Head – Goes Everywhere!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    It’s time to feature another silly travel blog besides mine! It’s run by Melissa and it’s called Where’s The Gos? The reason why Where’s The Gos is a silly travel blog is because as part of her travels, Melissa carries a card board cut out head of popular Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling and places it near world landmarks and tourist attractions, and often in compromising positions! It’s a bit silly, but hey if Where The Hell is Matt? can make a career and living out of doing a silly dance in front of all of the travel cliches in the world, you just never…
  • Happy Birthday Songs – The Chinglish Version

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Today, I have a silly travel story from Richelle who runs Adventures Around Asia, which sort of follows on about her running experience, and is an outstanding example of how a Happy Birthday song can somehow morph into something else completely – another outstanding example of Chinglish – where things in Chinese don’t translate in quite the desired effect in English! Anyway, her blurb is the following – ‘A recent grad in her early 20’s hailing from Seattle, USA. Richelle spent last year teaching English to 1,000 high school students in “the middle…
  • Sandcastles on the Beach – The African Safari Version!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    Making Sandcastles on the Beach is something pretty much everyone who has lived near one, or has holidayed on one, has done as a kid, or maybe as a big kid! You know, something basic like a castle made from a simple plastic bucket, or just using your bare hands. But sometimes, some people take this passion even further and they make all sorts of intricate and unusual sculptures that involve an amazing level of an attention to detail. One example of this is the guy I saw in Uruguay who had literally constructed members of all of South America’s football teams being in the sand at…
  • Child Slavery – Funny Warning Sign!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Child Slavery is no laughing matter.  Whether directly, or indirectly, there’s no reason why a kid should have their childhood taken away from them because they’re busy in a sweatshop making stuff for the First World. But anyway, someone has found a humourous bent on this topic by placing up a warning sign that is a funny alternative to making sure that people’s kids are supervised by adults at all times. Check it out! The Funny Child Slavery Warning Sign! Awesome! ‘Children found unattended in this garden will be sold into slavery’. I guess this sign would be a…
 
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  • Portland, Maine Hyperlapse video

    Chris Cavallari
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    If you liked this post, try these:“My Beautiful Maine”, a stunning timelapse that will make you wish you lived in MaineReason #233 Why I Dig Portland, MaineTRIP REPORT: Portland Trails – Fore River Sanctuary The post Portland, Maine Hyperlapse video appeared first on Part Time Vagabond.
  • No Excuses: Redefining how we view travel

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

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

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

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

  • WARDROBE WEDNESDAY: WINTER FLORALS

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I absolutely love floral print anything!  So when the weather gets cooler, I don't give up on florals, but instead go for darker versions.  I picked up this top pretty recently at my favorite store T.J. Maxx, and love its floral pattern and feminine look.  I paired it with jeans and a clutch and wore this for a date night recently.  Hope you guys are having a great week!  I'll be jet setting to Puerto Rico today, so I will have much more on my trip coming up soon! Top & Jeans: T.J. MaxxShoes: Chinese Laundry via Francesca's Collections (similar here)Clutch:…
  • WARDROBE WEDNESDAY: NOT READY YET

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Everyone seems to be in a "fall state of mind," but according to my calendar it's still summer and so I'm living it up!  I'm getting the most out of my light-colored florals, my bright bags and open-toed shoes.  We have an upcoming trip to Puerto Rico...where I look forward to wearing bathing suits, flip flops, tank tops and maxi dresses!  Fall and Winter will be here soon enough, but for now, I'm not ready yet!Top: ZaraJeans: Old NavyShoes: Simply Vera Wang for Kohls (old)Bag: Francesca's CollectionSunnies: AldoEarrings: Stella & DotBracelet: Sira & Mara
  • FASHION FRIDAY: FAB FLORAL

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Happy Friday everyone!  Yet another summer weekend...can't wait for some beach time!  Today's Fashion Friday post is about this fabulous floral dress which was another #fabfound at TJ Maxx!  I wore this dress a couple of weekends ago when we went out to dinner with friends.  I think this dress is a perfect summer-to-fall transitional piece!  Here I added a belt (it came with a skinny black one, but I wanted something more substantial) and heels, but I also think it would look cute with tights, a jean jacket and high boots or booties in the fall.  I love when you…
  • OVER THE WEEKEND

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Is it Tuesday already?  I meant to get this post up yesterday, but life and weekends have been very busy around here!  This weekend we had some work done around the house (which includes this fun wall in the kitchen)...I'll post more pictures when it's all done. So while that was all happening, we decided to do some fun things with the kids...like a trip to Sesame Place and a night at a local festival.  The boys had an awesome time seeing all the characters...it's such a great place for young children. They also loved the local fair...we got to ride a fire truck and eat…
  • WARDROBE WEDNESDAY: PRINTED PANTS

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    I usually hide away from wearing too many prints on the bottom because I fear they may me look bigger, but I decided to take the plunge with these fun pants from (where else?) TJ Maxx!!!  These lightweight pants are super comfy and so lightweight so they are perfect for summer and great for travel.  I went with a solid denim on top, and kept it casual with sandals, a straw bag and my favorite new Sira & Mara necklace which I have been wearing EVERYDAY since I got it...seriously!  How about you guys?  Do you look prefer prints on the bottom or on top or no prints…
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  • 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,…
  • Flight of fancy over Vancouver’s water world

    Mariellen Ward
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    The famous DHC-2 Beaver bush plane landing in Ganges Harbour On the Harbour Air Seaplane from Vancouver VANCOUVER IS A stunning city, set between the mountains and the sea. Wrapping around Burrard Inlet, and bounded by the Georgia Strait and the Coast Mountains, Vancouver offers sky watchers many spectacular views and vistas. Red streaked sunsets from English Bay beaches, a panorama of skyline and coastline from Grouse Mountain and the thrilling sight of seaplanes taking off and landing in Coal Harbour. On my first trip to Vancouver, many years ago, my hotel room faced Coal Harbour, which is…
 
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  • Exploring Sydney’s Food Scene with Sagra, Q Dining, CHISWICK, The Potting Shed and Three Blue Ducks

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Sydney is home to some of Australia’s best restaurants – here you can enjoy many award-winning gourmet dining experiences and dynamic chefs well-known for their innovative cuisine. Some of the chefs in these restaurants with the prestigious Chefs Hat Award had even struck out on their own to setup restaurants in their own style! What makes the dining experience in Sydney even better is knowing that some Sydney chefs tap on high quality local fresh produce (and some even grow their own!) to produce amazing dishes – for a foodie from Singapore, it was definitely an experience…
  • Yongduam Dragon Head Rock (Jeju City Sightseeing)

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    If you are staying in or travelling to Jeju city as part of your self-drive itinerary around Jeju Island, you might want to check out the Yongduam Rock – also known as the Dragon Head Rock. The Yongduam rock is situated at the northern end of Jeju city. To find the location in Jeju using GPS onboard your rental car, key in this phone number 7283918 for Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock). Parking is free near the Yongduam Rock attraction. There are no admission fees and you can check out the Yongduam Rock anytime as it is open 24 hours 7 days a week. However do note that not everyone…
  • Hiking Up Jeju’s Island Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    No trip to Jeju island is complete without a hike up to the Sunrise Peak or as the Koreans call it – Seongsan Ilchulbong (성산일출봉). Some of you might be thinking “huh climb mountain ah!” – yes that’s what I felt too, I hate hiking trails, mountain climbing trips etc. Hiking up the Taktsang Monastery (or Tiger’s Nest) in Paro, Bhutan almost “killed” me despite having a horse to lug me up that trail! Hiking up Seongsan Ilchulbong was surprisingly quite manageable though – theoretically, it takes 20 minutes to walk up the Sunrise Peak trail – which is possible if…
  • What to Do and See in Phoenix, Arizona

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Image via Flickr by: kevin dooley Phoenix, Arizona is a unique spot to visit. It is one of the cleanest cities in the country and is a smaller area, so it has its own local flair with fresh dining options, boutique hotels and shopping, and beautiful outdoor recreational areas and golf courses. It is a great vacation destination, with warm temperatures and plenty of activities for families, couples, or groups of friends looking for a relaxing spot. Sights to See Outdoor activities are prevalent in Phoenix, including hiking, biking, and tours through The Desert Botanical Garden. Guests take…
  • A Day Out on Sentosa Island – What to Do, See and Eat

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Advertorial There is so much to do on Sentosa Island – be it just chilling out by the beach or learning about the history of the island or trying a new adventure – you name it, they will very likely have it. For an overview of Sentosa’s sights and attractions, I suggest that you start with a trip to the top of the Merlion. This is a huge Merlion – one of the tallest structure on the Sentosa Island. It is located near Imbiah Sentosa Express station – it is impossible to miss this attraction due to its size. If you are a history buff, then you should visit Fort Siloso. Fort Siloso was…
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • My Favorite Photos from Northern Wisconsin

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

    JoAnna
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Ane’s first cross country meet was this morning, down at Sunset Park, which is about a half hour drive from our home. She ran with the junior varsity girls, so her race took off at about 10:15 a.m. Even though it was only in the low 90s today, it felt so much hotter than that. Just walking around the race course was a sweaty ordeal, so I’m super impressed that all these high schoolers were out in the heat running their hearts out. But, despite the fact that this heat is very foreign to Ane (she’s from northern Norway), she was a strong runner the whole race through. I’m such a fan of…
  • Picnic and a Play

    JoAnna
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Cory and I discovered the Super Summer Theatre in Las Vegas this year, and we’re in love. Going on its 40th season, the theatre company puts on five shows throughout the summer on an outdoor stage in Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. I’ve been to Red Rock Canyon several times since we moved here, but I had no idea this awesome outdoor stage was just a couple miles farther down the road. We saw Shrek! The Musical last month, and last night we saw Arsenic & Old Lace. I didn’t know anything about the show before we went, but it was ridiculously funny! And impressive — only one set…
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  • The Back Lakes : Beijing

    Fili
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    On my recent visit to Beijing I got to revisit the Back Lakes of Beijing during much better weather than my former visit. It was freezing cold, but clear blue skies and this time around – the lakes were frozen, turning the lakes into mirrors and adding to the very impressive effects.   Since it’s all covered in recent posts, I’ll just let you enjoy the frozen sunny stroll…                 There are a few Hutongs nearby with active local life.       And a famous local Buddhist temple … the Guanghua Temple…
  • Redwood Regional Park : Oakland California

    Fili
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:34 pm
    While visiting Berkeley earlier this year I was surprised to learn that one of my old friends from my good old times in Taiwan is living with her family at the Oakland area not too far away from campus. The next day following a heartwarming reunion, we set off to explore some of the famous national trails to see some of the oak forests. I think we explored the Redwood Regional Park, with a relatively short circular path called the Stream Trail, that was easy enough for lazy people like myself and the baby we had with us. Cold shaded February chilled forest proved much nicer than I thought. I…
  • The Must-Do Masada Insanity : Israel

    Fili
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    One of Israel’s top tourist attractions,  a spectacular archeological site with a fascinating history, Masada is not to be missed. It’s been many many years since I visited Masada last, and although things are pretty much the same, my perspective and ability to appreciate it have changed allot. Taking more time to go around Israel and explore during my infrequent short visits to Israel has shown me just how special this region of the world is. Overlooking the dying dead sea to the east, based on a high mountain in the middle of nowhere desert, you witness the glory and…
  • Château de Blandy-les-Tours Castle : France

    Fili
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    On with the Château run in the area of Paris, I decided I wanted to see something a bit different. A Château that’s older and looks more like a castle rather than a very rich and wealthy estate with endless gardens. The Château de Blandy-les-Tours was just the thing, a medieval castle in the village of Blandy-les-Tours overlooking the whole area. This one is not too far away from the château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and at some point in time it was owned by the same family.     The official website has the intro: From a simple fortified manor to a fortified castle during the…
  • Kyoto International Manga Museum

    Fili
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    To take a break from my Kyoto temple/castle run, I made my way into a small yet promising museum – the Kyoto International Manga Museum. I know very little about Manga, but living in Asia it is a phenomenon that’s very hard to ignore, and I believe it’s now very popular world wide. I remember newspapers in Israel were talking about Israeli youth taking Japanese lessons to read the animation books in their original language and becoming Japanese fluent just by watching the Manga series on TV. This museum isn’t just a museum, actually there’s very little…
 
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  • Fall in love with Reno Tahoe’s Fall Festivities

    Reno Tahoe USA
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Despite the relentless summer-like weather, fall is finally upon us! While donning a scarf and sipping hot chocolate may seem like something for the distant future, anyone who’s familiar with Reno Tahoe weather knows that can change in an instant. The Reno area is gearing up for all things autumn with a plethora of events [...]
  • 20th Annual Street Vibrations Fall Rally

    Christina Erny
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    More Riders, Gawkers and Celebrities Thousands of riders and motorcycle enthusiasts will enjoy music, metal, motorcycles, amazing bikes, and TV celebrities during the 20th annual Street Vibrations® Rally Sept. 24-28 in downtown Reno, at Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson and in Virginia City. The 4th largest motorcycle event in the nation, Street Vibrations®, will take over the main streets [...]
  • IRONMAN Lake Tahoe Spectator’s Guide 2014

    Christina Erny
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Lake Tahoe is considered one of the toughest courses! Watch 2,500 of the strongest athletes from around the globe compete in the iconic 2nd annual IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. The setting alone is remarkable! Here are some tidbits to help you get the most out of being a spectator at this year’s event. DATE: September 22, 2013 DISTANCES: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile [...]
  • The Great Reno Balloon Race 2014

    Christina Erny
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    It’s worth the wake! Be dazzled by hundreds of colorful balloons as they rise above Reno, September 5-7! It’s the largest FREE hot-air balloon event in the world! Glow Shows Beginning at 5:00am on Saturday and Sunday, a handful of glowing balloons will act as a beacon to those sleepy spectators making their way to [...]
  • 26th Annual Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Set For August 27th through September 1st

    Christina Erny
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The 26th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off will run Wednesday, August 27, through Monday, September 1, 2014. This must-attend culinary, barbecue, music and craft festival is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free! More than 500,000 visitors and 230,000 pounds [...]
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    Cruise Radio

  • Celebrity Solstice Review + Loyal Cruise Website

    cruiseandblog
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Jason Leppert is the editor-in-chief of PopularCruising.com and just returned from a seven-night sailing aboard Celebrity Solstice. A Celebrity Cruises ship that was launched in August 2008 and does seasonal sailings in Alaska. She is currently the largest ship sailing the Alaskan waters. Jason gives us a comprehensive bow to stern review of Celebrity Solstice, the themed Top Chef cruise he was sailing and what it’s like living the Celebrity life.
  • Carnival Magic Review + Passport Questions Answered

    cruiseandblog
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Houston-based listener Sonya Sherow just returned from a seven night sailing aboard Carnival Magic, a Carnival Cruise Lines ship based year-round. Sonya gives us a comprehensive review of Carnival Magic, including: embarkation from Galveston, Texas, first impressions of the ship, public areas, stateroom, food, entertainment and the ports of call on this Western Caribbean cruise. We also tackle three listener questions on how much does a passport cost, how long does it take to get your passport and ground transportation options between the Miami International Airport and PortMiami. Listen and…
  • Allure of the Seas Review, Tipping + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Kerry Stange joins us this week to give us a comprehensive review of Royal Caribbean largest cruise ship Allure of the Seas. Kerry and his wife recently returned from a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing. Kerry goes into detail about embarkation out of Terminal 18 in Port Everglades, first impressions of Allure of the Seas, the stateroom, dining venues, entertainment and ship experience. It’s no holds barred on this Allure of the Seas review!
  • Panama Canal Turns 100 + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    The path between the two seas, the Panama Canal, turns 100 years old on August 15, 2014. Al and Sunny Lockwood are a pair of intrepid retirees who lovingly documented their 17-day cruise through the Panama Canal. The subtitle, “Savoring 5,000 Nautical Miles and 500,000 Decadent Calories,” says it all; while Sunny documents the practical details, historical facts and unexpected encounters of their cruise, Al reviews the desserts and delicacies — luxuries large and small — served aboard their 1,200 passenger ship. Aimed at travelers who may be veterans of life, but first time cruisers.
  • Dancing with the Stars in Alaska, Holland America’s ms Westerdam

    cruiseandblog
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:48 pm
    On this show we head to Southeast Alaska to tape a broadcast aboard Holland America’s ms Westerdam for a very special Dancing with the Stars themed cruise. You’ll learn all about Dancing with the Stars at Sea and a just what is a Holland America Alaska cruise like. This is my second one and it was just as captivating as the first!
 
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei – Taiwan

    James Clark
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Memorial Hall dedicated to the memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President Taipei, Republic of China (ROC). Travel Photos: Taipei photo gallery Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei – Taiwan is a post from: Nomadic Notes
  • Where I’m At: Taipei

    James Clark
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    [The Archway - Taipei.] Greetings from Taipei. I’ve had three days here now and I’m glad I have given myself two weeks. While you could probably see all the sights in a week I have a list of places to eat and cafes to visit that would need at least a month to visit. People here are surprised that I am spending so much time in the city but I would rather get to know one place than rush around. I’ve never read up on what else to do in Taiwan and now that I am here and seeing what else there is to do I’m thinking of returning to do a loop of the island, perhaps as a…
  • New Country Day: Taiwan

    James Clark
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Country: Taiwan Date: 14 September 2014 I’ve been wanting to visit Taiwan for the last two years so after some wrangling of frequent flyer points I have managed a visit before going to Europe. This is my first time here so today is New Country Day which is always a travel day I love. I didn’t love Taipei airport so much when I arrived as there was a queue for over an hour to get through immigration. Once I got through it was all good. The bus into the city is effortless and the driver told me which stop to get off. I would normally be heads down in a book or in emails on a bus…
  • Nomadic News: September 14, 2014

    James Clark
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Greetings from Saigon. I’m heading off to Taipei today so this will be the last Nomadic News from Saigon for a while. Location Independence The Digital Nomad’s Guide to Coffee Shop Etiquette – Luiz Centenaro lists some practical tips for those working in cafes (and I’ve also added this to the Work Cafes page). How I work as a digital nomad – Greg from Typical Programmer gives some tips on living the location-independent lifestyle. Travel The 2014 Traveler 50: World’s Smartest Cities – A top 50 city list from a different perspective, from National…
  • Where I’m At: Ho Chi Minh City – Upcoming travels

    James Clark
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    [Temple in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam.] Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City. My three month visa expires in a few days so rather than extending it I will be getting back on the road. Here is what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks. On sunday I will be flying to Taipei, which will be my first visit to Taiwan. I’ve heard lots of good things about the city so I will be spending two weeks to explore and visit as many cafes as humanly possible. From Taipei my next stop is Hong Kong where I will spend two days. I’ve been there a number of times and it’s a…
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Coffee Tour of Seattle

    Dan Patterson
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Photo Credit When you’re planning your travels to the great Northwest and Seattle finds its way onto your itinerary, remember that the Emerald City is known for far more than overcast days. It’s a central location for one of our favorite morning beverages: that perfectly brewed blend, warm to the touch and easily customizable, serving as the caffeinated spark to your daily hustle – coffee. The capital of Washington state is the world center for coffee roasting. The city streets are permeated with the aromas of wonderfully cultured beans from all over the world. Park yourself at one of…
  • Beautiful Boston Views From Skywalk Observatory

    Kristin Girard
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    View from Skywalk Observatory I was about 11 or 12 when, on a family day trip to Boston, I first experienced a bird’s eye view of the city from the top of a skyscraper. We’d gone to the observation deck of the 60-story John Hancock Tower, and I was awestruck at the vast panorama of streets and buildings that spread out below. Something about the experience affected me deeply, and I still remember it vividly over 25 years later. The Hancock observatory closed right after 9/11, but the Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center has taken its place where Boston’s visitors go to…
  • Congrats to the #1 Museum in the World, the Art Institute of Chicago!

    CityPASS
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Confirming what many art aficionados and museum-goers already knew, TripAdvisor just gave the Art Institute of Chicago the number one spot in its Travelers’ Choice Awards, ranking it the top museum in the world. TripAdvisor is well known for being one of the top travel resources available today, and these awards are based on the millions of reviews submitted to the site. According to TripAdvisor, an algorithm takes into account the quantity and quality of the reviews for a 12-month period to determine the rankings. Last year’s awards had AIC at number one in the U.S. and number three in…
  • Unusual Museums Throughout the US

    Dan Patterson
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Most museums are buildings that serve as vaults for some of humanity's most culturally significant art and artifacts. Places like the Louvre in Paris, which houses the Mona Lisa, and the Museum of Natural History with its fantastic dioramas are classic examples of what most people think of when museums come to mind. Unfortunately, there are a large number of items and industries that have cultural significance that just can't find a home in a “normal” museum. Luckily, instead of being lost to history forever, there are plenty of unusual museums across the U.S. that cater to even the most…
  • Free Falling Falcon's Fury Debuts at Busch Gardens Tampa

    CityPASS
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Busch Garden Tampa's newest ride: Falcon's Fury You’ve probably heard the term “free-fall” before, but have you ever experienced one? Well, now’s your chance. Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest thrill ride, Falcon’s Fury, opened September 2 and is giving guests plenty to scream about. Falcon’s Fury is a free-standing drop-tower – the tallest one in North America. It climbs to a height of 335 feet, where it surprises riders by pivoting them 90 degrees into a face-down dive position. An instant later, they plunge straight towards the ground, reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour and…
 
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    Matt-Gibson.org | outdoors adventure travel writer and photograper

  • 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…
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro Through New Eyes

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

    MsTravelingPants
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Having my fair share of adventures in majestic locations, I have countless stories of blistered feet after long days of hiking, backaches from sleepless nights tent camping, and dehydrated meals eaten with a spork (fork and spoon combo) only out of desperation. However, it’s time for another adventure, but this time, I need a dose of luxury and beauty. So, I’m going for it all; spectacular views and all of adventurous activities I can such as horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking, all while glamping (glamorous camping). After considering my choices throughout the adventure meccas,…
  • Reasons to Travel – Why Do You Travel?

    MsTravelingPants
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    After writing Ms Traveling Pants for nearly six years and recently completing my first book, When All Balls Drop, I’m finally going to blend my two passions, travel and writing, into a sequel.  This second book will tell my personal story of why I took a walkabout in 2011 to Chile and Argentina. I will share the healing components of my travel and its ability to help solve problems or reframe them through gained perspective. My walkabout and continued travels have provided me life-long learning as well as tons of FUN (good times and good stories). As a special sneak peek, I’ll…
  • Favorite Summertime Adventures

    MsTravelingPants
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    This summer I have had many adventures, but not as many of the travel type that I was planning. I have been in the midst of publishing a memoir, When All Balls Drop: The Upside of Losing Everything, as well as quite consumed with a family emergency in South Florida. With the clock of summer ticking, I wanted to showcase some of my favorite summertime adventures from my past ranging from hiking to sailing and skydiving. If you missed them, please check them out. Which is your favorite? To Dive of Not to Dive?? – Aug 2010 Tacking, Hoisting, Winching, Reefing, and Reaching – All in a…
  • The Adventures of Writing a Memoir – When All Balls Drop

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

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

    Jessica Nunemaker
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Isabella Marie’s Antiques and Things in Greencastle, Indiana will exceed your expectations, particularly if you are interested in kitchen items or toys! The boys and I were on a trip together and couldn’t believe the neat gently used toys available here! We probably could have guessed it judging from all the neat stuff situated outside but WOW! This was SO much fun! I’m also a fan of vintage art and happily found a few things for my next home office. Since we currently have our home up for sale, I see no reason to put any nail holes in the wall for the next owner. I’m…
  • Old Town Store: Antiques and Vintage Fun in Corydon, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Old Town Store Antiques in Corydon, Indiana I can’t believe we almost missed out on Old Town Store in Corydon, Indiana! Right in the downtown, we almost drove right by this excellent Harrison County antique shop. Old Town Store in Corydon, Indiana Enter my home and you’ve probably noticed the large vintage Indiana map. It hangs on a wall in what we call the front parlor, a room where we play board games and do puzzles. Yup, I found it here! If we had only had room in the car for more! This Indiana antique shop was so fantastic. I loved the furniture here. Old Town Store is HUGE!
  • Images from Amish Cheese Shop in Cambridge City, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The bright yellow exterior of the Amish Cheese Shop in Cambridge City, Indiana is easy to spot from the road! Just wait until you get inside. Although not owned by Amish, the owners have made it a point to stock Amish-made cheeses and, more recently, other tasty, reliable brands. It’s worked. Since 1983, this little shop has kept the area well supplied in all manner of cheeses, snacks, and even baked goods. Every cheese has a little cup of toothpicks so you may sample to your heart’s content in order to find the perfect cheeses for you! I love that. Is there anything worse than a…
  • Dan the Man’s Taco Stand in Rossville, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dan the Man’s Taco Stand in Rossville, Indiana Tacos Dan the Man’s Taco Stand in Rossville, Indiana is a lively downtown restaurant. Enjoy that relaxing tiki feel in a nice family atmosphere without ever leaving the state! Dan the Man’s Taco Stand in Rossville Murals cover the walls. Featuring beach scenes like the ocean, sunset, and sandcastles, it’s very bright and spacious with room for large groups. Walk down the long plank aisle, past the tiki hut where ice cream is served, to the main counter where you’ll order and pay for your food. Dan the Man’s…
  • Cinnamon Scones Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cinnamon Scones Recipe Fall is NOT in the air! The leaves aren’t threatening to change color. It’s NOT cooler at night! You could say I’m in a bit of denial about the change of seasons. The really good part about cooler weather? I’m back to making scones recipes! This recipe for Cinnamon Scones was so good the boys wolfed them down as usual! You likely have these ingredients on hand. With only a 15 minute baking time, you can go from pinning them to actually eating them in a mere thirty minutes! From Food.com. Cinnamon Scones Recipe Print Cinnamon Scones Recipe Rating:…
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  • Gear Review: Perfect Hot Weather Shirts

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

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

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

    Jeanine Barone
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Bangkok and Chiang Mai are both cities that embrace the ancient and the contemporary. Ramshackle wood huts teeter on stilts beside tree-lined canals. And a forest is home to a unique Buddhist temple built around massive tunnels. Down many an alleyway can be found avant garde art galleries exhibiting the works of both emerging and established Thai and international artists. Both cities embrace coffee connoisseurs who can find a cafe that suits their taste in creamy lattes, delectable pastries or playful interiors. I recently spent one week in Thailand and this one-minute YouTube video…
  • Gear Review - My Favorite Travel Notebooks

    Jeanine Barone
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Travel writers employ a variety of methods to record their experiences. I favor small, lined, bound notebooks. But, while the market is crowded with these products, I found that few fit my needs. My ideal travel notebook has to easily fit in the pockets of my pants, shorts, jackets, dresses and skirts. The notebook should have an elastic band closure. The pages should be of high quality from an archival perspective (acid and lignin free) and my pen - I don't use a ball point but, rather, uni-ball type pens in a medley of colors, of course - should not bleed on the surface. The notebook should…
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  • DETER Insect Repellent – A Natural Botanical Formula

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

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

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

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

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

    kirsten
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $132 & up — Belize City Hotel w/ Free Parking The two-story Best Western has 75 rooms, both smoking and non-smoking, with exterior entrances built around an outdoor courtyard. $175 & up — Waterfront Condominium Resort, Up to 30% Off At Hopkins Bay Belize, relax by an outdoor pool or hit the private beach where you can enjoy [...]
  • All-Inclusive Luxury Resort Deals

    kirsten
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    3 Night Escape in Quintana Roo + All Inclusive Includes welcome cocktails, meals for 2, unlimited beverages, resort savings & more. $825 & up — Montego Bay, Jamaica: 3-Night Luxury Package, Up to 35% Off Includes exclusive Preferred Club amenities, Unlimited-Luxury activities & amenities. Travel through March 31, 2015. $4915 — Virgin Gorda, BVI: 7 Nights Ocean Suite Package [...]
  • Spain Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $128 & up — Great Rates at Unique 5-Star Hotel in Madrid Located in the heart of Madrid’s entertainment district, features 2 contemporary restaurants, a bar on the rooftop terrace, a nightclub, a fitness center and a heated indoor swimming pool. $205 & up — 5-Star Luxury Hotel Near Madrid’s Attractions on Sale Close to Sorolla Museum, Prado [...]
  • Caribbean Cruise Deals

    kirsten
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $109 & up — Bahamas Long Weekend Cruises incl. Nassau Invigorate your senses with an excursion to the Bahamas and get up to $150 onboard credit when you book 9 months in advance. $159 — Bahamas 4-Night Cruise w/$200 Credit, R/T Florida Cruise to  Bahamas departing from Ft. Lauderdale aboard Caribbean Princess. $219 & up — 4-Nt. Caribbean Cruise [...]
  • Maldives Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $2999 & up – 4 Nights Deluxe Villa Package for 2 Travelers, 25% Off In the endless expanse of azure Indian Ocean, Baros Maldives is a paradisiacal retreat set on a small coral island, ready to make your dreams come true. Includes roundtrip speedboat, meals amd Complimentary resort amenities. $10405 & up – 7 Nights Water Villa [...]
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  • Shoreditch: A Hub of Art and Creativity

    shalini2886
    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…
  • London Fashion Week 2014

    shalini2886
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    It’s raining fashion this September! The spectacular Somerset House yet again brings to you Britain’s chic and classy consumer fashion event. Set over five days (12th to 16th September), the London Fashion Week comes packed with catwalk shows, installations, presentations and insider knowledge from the best and brightest names in the fashion industry. Be it the established designers like Alexis Barrell, Lucy Choi London, Georgia Hardinge, Tamara Salman, Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood or the fresh and emerging new generation talent, the show unquestionably redefines London’s…
  • The 2014 Tour of Britain

    Williams Smith
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    The 2014 Tour of Britain began on the 7th of September and will run all the way to the 14th of September. The Tour was scheduled to commence in Liverpool from the 7th of September, a Sunday, with the focus largely on a number of local riders such as Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins. Essentially, the Tour of Britain is a cycling race in various stages that takes place along British roads where participants race around Great Britain all in trying to complete the entire tour in the fastest time possible. History of the race As early as the 7th of June 1942, the first multi-stage…
  • Historical Look at London Through the English Capital’s Top Attractions

    Williams Smith
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    There is no doubt London is still one of the centres of World History in many respects. Through its many historical sites and attractions, it is possible to see why. While there are hundreds of top historical sites in London alone, here are a couple that have been drawing visitors from around the world in droves. Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace was at first just another Queen’s House prior to its total transformation into a fulsome private palace for Queen Charlotte (1744–1818). The Palace has been developed over the centuries by Queens and Kings as a comfortable residence befitting a…
  • How to Make the Most of Your August Bank Holiday

    Williams Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    London is at its best in the month of August. One of the warmest and most awaited months of the year, August comes with some of the biggest and brightest events. Needless to say, the August bank Holiday weekend (August 22 to August 25, 2014) is nothing but a thing of beauty. It is undeniably an opportune time to experience the true flavours of the city. After reading the below, you’ll know why! Notting Hill carnival (Aug 23-25) Notting Hill Europe’s biggest Caribbean flavoured street festival, this one brings life and happiness to the streets of West London. Amazing music stands,…
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  • Cruising and fiction: Roberta Aarons author of Slippers in the Oven

    Carrie Finley
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    A novel idea: choose a cruise as the location for your next book Roberta Aarons, an author based in London, has released her latest novel, ‘Slippers in the Oven‘.  This  tale of two sisters’ journey towards reconciliation and forgiveness is set on a cruise ship. The story sounds interesting enough, but what I was really excited to find out is the backstory about the cruise ship that served as inspiration for the author and the reason why Roberta chose cruising. Through her agent, I was able to interview Roberta, who explains her cruise experience and the inspiration for…
  • Staying fit at sea

    Carrie Finley
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Can cruising and wellness coexist? The answer to that question really depends on how motivated a person is to dedicate the time it takes to maintain a fitness program while on a cruise vacation. In my experience, I embark the ship with heaps of intention to hit the gym, eat healthy and tuck away into a quiet corner to practice my yoga. But the reality is that when it comes to actually doing these things, I choose to do other things or I show up to the gym on a sea day during prime time. With so much variety and many indoor and outdoor facilities available at no cost, and restaurant menus…
  • What not to say on a Disney Cruise

    Carrie Finley
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Disney Cruise Line suggests never saying… It’s been quite a few years since I last went on a Disney Cruise. The fault is entirely mine, really. I have just had a lot of other opportunities that have taken me elsewhere. But, today, when I was doing some editorial work for a client, I stumbled upon the cutest post about “Ten Things Disney Cruisers Never Say” and thought it was worthy of a mention. I will share just one of the things not to say, with hope that you will go to the link above to read the original article by Jonathan Frontado, from Disney Cruise Line.
  • MSC Cruises Blowout Sale

    Carrie Finley
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    MSC Cruises 48-hour sail begins on September 10 I don’t normally rave about cruise sales, but this one is going to be great… The reason I think it is worth reviewing is because MSC Divinia is a wonderful ship and people looking for a Caribbean cruise can’t go wrong sailing on her. You can read my MSC Divina review to find out what I did on the ship during Spring Break, click here. MSC Divina in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From MSC Cruises …  This fall MSC Cruises tempts travelers to visit the turquoise waters of the Caribbean with a 48 Hour Caribbean Blow-Out Sale on…
  • Dont forget the sunglasses – Guideline Eyegear’s Magnum sunglasses review

    Carrie Finley
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Travel accessory that everyone needs: sunglasses When you are cruising on a ship one thing you don’t want to forget to pack is your sunglasses.   On assignment in Venice, sporting Guideline Eyegear’s Magnum sunglasses.   While I was on Silvereaa Cruises last month, I had a chance to test out Guideline Eyegear’s Magnum sunglasses (the product was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing) and believe me I put those glasses through their paces. What I liked about the sunglasses, which retail for $79.95, was their lightweight frame. The non-corrosive…
 
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  • Colombier Beach, St. Barths: Island Lime Videos

    RumShopRyan
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    St. Barths is not your everyday laid back, go slow, Caribbean island. The streets bustle with shoppers and cars clog the streets of Gustavia. But if you know where to look you can find a few places where all that disappears. One of those places Colombier Beach. The French name for this stunning beach is Anse de Colombier, and it’s pronounced “Co-lum-be-á”. It’s accessible only by sea or a 25-minute walk along a winding trail from Flamand. I highly recommend the hike, it offers amazing views and some hair-raising sections that narrow on huge cliff-side overhangs.
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    From Grand Bahama to Cuba, then on to Grenada, the Turks and Caicos, and down to the Grenadines–doesn’t that sounds like an island hopping dream?! This week’s Caribbean Wrap Up takes you all over the islands with some fantastic stories about the destinations listed above. The Cuba store is amazing, so if you read just one, give that one a try. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Six Fun Things to Do in Grand Bahama:  The island of Grand Bahama offers beautiful scenery, beautiful beaches and ideal settings for good, old-fashioned Caribbean relaxation. But if you’re feeling…
  • Time To Taste A Little RumShine!

    RumShopRyan
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    Here’s a little Florida rum news for you Castaways, want to try a little RumShine?! Cape Spirits Inc. – Craft Distillers and innovators of Award winning Wicked Dolphin Rums has just released a new Spirit series called – RumShine! Owner JoAnn Elardo states, “This is a new category in the Spirits Industry and this does not happen very often. We have worked hard and are proud to introduce RumShine.” – this is Florida’s Shine – RumShine. Inspired by the Gladesmen who turned sugar into shine. Florida Everglades Circa 1900. “The River of Grass” – The Everglades was…
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines Gets “Happy”

    RumShopRyan
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a spectacular treat for you senses. The blue water of the Tobago Cays, the rolling hills of Bequia, the sharp peaks of Union Island, the vibrant colors of St. Vincent, and the friendly people throughout this country make it a “Happy” place to be. I was a little unaware of this but apparently the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams has been used a lot for creative videos by companies, boards of tourism, hotels and anyone else that wants to showcase themselves. The Bahamas did a creative one-shot Happy video that featured some fantastic…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    Another week down, another week closer to your next Caribbean escape! This week’s Caribbean Wrap Up features a couple stories about Caribbean food, one about Bahamian beer, a look at a fantastic resort on Grenada, and a look at French St. Martin. I love to eat spicy and I love to eat local when in the islands, if you are the same then you’re going to love the story about Trinidad Scorpion Pepper Sauce from our friends and UC. I can almost feel the sweat running off my bald head now…love the spicy! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Visiting the Bahamian Brewery: No trip to Grand…
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  • The Canals of Bruges

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

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

    ITKT Featured Writer
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Chichicastenango Guatemala Arriving in Chichicastenango Early Sunday morning I found myself on an uphill shuttle scaling winding roads and crossing lush terrace fields on my way to Chichicastenango. Every Thursday and Sunday the sleepy little town that lies on a mountaintop crest comes alive through a colorful market filled with local crafts. On Sundays it also hosts spiritual rituals that mix catholic and Mayan customs. Not surprisingly, visiting Chichicastenango on a Sunday had been a must on my list ever since I bought my ticket to Guatemala on a rainy April day in New York. I had arrived…
  • The Long Walk to Freedom

    Devin Galaudet
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    A Walk Toward Freedom My Favorite Memory of South Africa They must have been 12, some older or younger, maybe 100 in all. They were kids in school uniforms, maroon sweaters with gold accents, whites shirts with gray slacks or dresses, coming up the driveway laughing and joking as kids on field trips do. I could hear them before I saw them, and they were on the opposite side of the fence along my path. I had already been inside the Nelson Mandela Capture site and apartheid museum, outside of the city of Howick, in the Natal Midlands. The Long Walk to Freedom I had just walked past the plaque…
  • Skipping the Beach on Aruba Vacations

    Eileen
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Skipping the Beach in Aruba With a threat of endangered bats bound to fly into my hair, I was not crazy about climbing the steps to the mouth of the cave. But this was the real, natural Aruba I hoped to immerse myself in, so into the hole I went found inside the Arikok National Park. After a jeep drive through cacti field, herds of goats and some hilly, colorful residential areas, I arrived at the Quadirikiri, Fontein and Huliba caves for a little basic spelunking. While turning my brain off and soaking in the incredible views from the beach was a blast in Aruba, the island really came to…
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  • The 150th Anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference

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

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

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

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

    AAA Contributor
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Combine Smiles, Safety and Scenery Are you one of the many Americans who take your pets on vacation? Whether your favorite fur ball prefers hiking, boating or some other pursuit, capture the fun and enter your best shot in the AAA PetBook Photo Contest by November 30. The contest is sponsored by Best Western, which has more than 1,600 pet-friendly hotels worldwide. Winners are featured on the back cover and spine of Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook®, and finalists are pictured inside. Additional prizes include cash, pet treats, copies of the book and, for the first-place winner, a…
 
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  • Checking In: New Jamaican Budget Boutique Lodgings

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Later this month, Jake’s, a collection of 15 chic low-key cottages in the quiet fishing village of Treasure Island on Jamaica’s southern coast, will open a nearby grown-up hostel-style option for travelers on a budget. Jack Sprat Shack will offer two dormitory style rooms with 20 bunk beds each, as well as six double rooms with a shared bathroom, and six twin rooms located on the quieter, more secluded upper floor. A communal full-service kitchen — as well as a living room, porch, and dining room – will be available for guests to create their own Jamaican-inspired…
  • 6 Places to Watch Disney Fireworks Outside of the Theme Parks

    Kimberly Button
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Watching the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom is perhaps one of the most popular experiences at Walt Disney World. What’s not so magical? The hoard of crowds during the show and the mad crush to exit the theme park after. If you’re done with all the rides, we suggest saving your sanity by enjoying the show at these locations outside of the parks. Disney’s Contemporary Resort Widely considered the best place to view Magic Kingdom fireworks without being in the park, this resort offers several night sky viewing options. Free for resort guests and…
  • 3 Surprisingly Amazing Rooms for $10 Per Night

    Tommy Burson
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Cockroaches, stained linens, and maybe flashbacks to the film Hostel might have come to mind when you read this headline. Sometimes, there is such a thing as too cheap, right? What do hotels that offer up rooms at less than $10 per night year round — not just for special promotions — really look like? It’s easy to brush off hostel-style accommodations as subpar, but many of them have more amenities than you might expect, with nicer lodging options to upgrade to (that still end up being a fraction of the cost of standard hotel rooms). The catch, of course, is that these…
  • Cruise Tracker: New Ships, Wine Certifications, and More

    Donna Tunney
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? We’ve got the latest on new ships, onboard activities, and itineraries in the first edition of Cruise Tracker, our freshly minted weekly cruise column. It looks like Carnival Cruise Line‘s money-back guarantee is doing its job in enticing would-be cruisers to get onboard. The line has extended its Great Vacation Guarantee for another year, pledging to provide a 110 percent refund, free transportation home, and a $100 shipboard credit on a future cruise if passengers are dissatisfied with their vacation at sea for any reason. The…
  • 5 Contests for Your Best Vacation Photos

    Teresa Bitler
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    So you unleashed your inner Ansel Adams this summer and now have albums of hundreds of vacation photos. Sharing them with friends and family on Facebook is great — but wouldn’t winning cameras, lenses, vacations, and cash be even better? Many photo contests are open to amateurs shooters, some with very specific themes and some more general. Check out these five opportunities to score big with your best vacation photos. National Geographic Photo Contest The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has already been decided and its awesome prizes awarded, but you can still…
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  • Checking In: New Jamaican Budget Boutique Lodgings

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Later this month, Jake’s, a collection of 15 chic low-key cottages in the quiet fishing village of Treasure Island on Jamaica’s southern coast, will open a nearby grown-up hostel-style option for travelers on a budget. Jack Sprat Shack will offer two dormitory style rooms with 20 bunk beds each, as well as six double rooms with a shared bathroom, and six twin rooms located on the quieter, more secluded upper floor. A communal full-service kitchen — as well as a living room, porch, and dining room – will be available for guests to create their own Jamaican-inspired…
  • 6 Places to Watch Disney Fireworks Outside of the Theme Parks

    Kimberly Button
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Watching the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom is perhaps one of the most popular experiences at Walt Disney World. What’s not so magical? The hoard of crowds during the show and the mad crush to exit the theme park after. If you’re done with all the rides, we suggest saving your sanity by enjoying the show at these locations outside of the parks. Disney’s Contemporary Resort Widely considered the best place to view Magic Kingdom fireworks without being in the park, this resort offers several night sky viewing options. Free for resort guests and…
  • 3 Surprisingly Amazing Rooms for $10 Per Night

    Tommy Burson
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Cockroaches, stained linens, and maybe flashbacks to the film Hostel might have come to mind when you read this headline. Sometimes, there is such a thing as too cheap, right? What do hotels that offer up rooms at less than $10 per night year round — not just for special promotions — really look like? It’s easy to brush off hostel-style accommodations as subpar, but many of them have more amenities than you might expect, with nicer lodging options to upgrade to (that still end up being a fraction of the cost of standard hotel rooms). The catch, of course, is that these…
  • Cruise Tracker: New Ships, Wine Certifications, and More

    Donna Tunney
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? We’ve got the latest on new ships, onboard activities, and itineraries in the first edition of Cruise Tracker, our freshly minted weekly cruise column. It looks like Carnival Cruise Line‘s money-back guarantee is doing its job in enticing would-be cruisers to get onboard. The line has extended its Great Vacation Guarantee for another year, pledging to provide a 110 percent refund, free transportation home, and a $100 shipboard credit on a future cruise if passengers are dissatisfied with their vacation at sea for any reason. The…
  • 5 Contests for Your Best Vacation Photos

    Teresa Bitler
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    So you unleashed your inner Ansel Adams this summer and now have albums of hundreds of vacation photos. Sharing them with friends and family on Facebook is great — but wouldn’t winning cameras, lenses, vacations, and cash be even better? Many photo contests are open to amateurs shooters, some with very specific themes and some more general. Check out these five opportunities to score big with your best vacation photos. National Geographic Photo Contest The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has already been decided and its awesome prizes awarded, but you can still…
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  • Checking In: New Jamaican Budget Boutique Lodgings

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Later this month, Jake’s, a collection of 15 chic low-key cottages in the quiet fishing village of Treasure Island on Jamaica’s southern coast, will open a nearby grown-up hostel-style option for travelers on a budget. Jack Sprat Shack will offer two dormitory style rooms with 20 bunk beds each, as well as six double rooms with a shared bathroom, and six twin rooms located on the quieter, more secluded upper floor. A communal full-service kitchen — as well as a living room, porch, and dining room – will be available for guests to create their own Jamaican-inspired…
  • 6 Places to Watch Disney Fireworks Outside of the Theme Parks

    Kimberly Button
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Watching the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom is perhaps one of the most popular experiences at Walt Disney World. What’s not so magical? The hoard of crowds during the show and the mad crush to exit the theme park after. If you’re done with all the rides, we suggest saving your sanity by enjoying the show at these locations outside of the parks. Disney’s Contemporary Resort Widely considered the best place to view Magic Kingdom fireworks without being in the park, this resort offers several night sky viewing options. Free for resort guests and…
  • 3 Surprisingly Amazing Rooms for $10 Per Night

    Tommy Burson
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Cockroaches, stained linens, and maybe flashbacks to the film Hostel might have come to mind when you read this headline. Sometimes, there is such a thing as too cheap, right? What do hotels that offer up rooms at less than $10 per night year round — not just for special promotions — really look like? It’s easy to brush off hostel-style accommodations as subpar, but many of them have more amenities than you might expect, with nicer lodging options to upgrade to (that still end up being a fraction of the cost of standard hotel rooms). The catch, of course, is that these…
  • Cruise Tracker: New Ships, Wine Certifications, and More

    Donna Tunney
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? We’ve got the latest on new ships, onboard activities, and itineraries in the first edition of Cruise Tracker, our freshly minted weekly cruise column. It looks like Carnival Cruise Line‘s money-back guarantee is doing its job in enticing would-be cruisers to get onboard. The line has extended its Great Vacation Guarantee for another year, pledging to provide a 110 percent refund, free transportation home, and a $100 shipboard credit on a future cruise if passengers are dissatisfied with their vacation at sea for any reason. The…
  • 5 Contests for Your Best Vacation Photos

    Teresa Bitler
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    So you unleashed your inner Ansel Adams this summer and now have albums of hundreds of vacation photos. Sharing them with friends and family on Facebook is great — but wouldn’t winning cameras, lenses, vacations, and cash be even better? Many photo contests are open to amateurs shooters, some with very specific themes and some more general. Check out these five opportunities to score big with your best vacation photos. National Geographic Photo Contest The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has already been decided and its awesome prizes awarded, but you can still…
 
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  • Checking In: New Jamaican Budget Boutique Lodgings

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Later this month, Jake’s, a collection of 15 chic low-key cottages in the quiet fishing village of Treasure Island on Jamaica’s southern coast, will open a nearby grown-up hostel-style option for travelers on a budget. Jack Sprat Shack will offer two dormitory style rooms with 20 bunk beds each, as well as six double rooms with a shared bathroom, and six twin rooms located on the quieter, more secluded upper floor. A communal full-service kitchen — as well as a living room, porch, and dining room – will be available for guests to create their own Jamaican-inspired…
  • 6 Places to Watch Disney Fireworks Outside of the Theme Parks

    Kimberly Button
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Watching the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom is perhaps one of the most popular experiences at Walt Disney World. What’s not so magical? The hoard of crowds during the show and the mad crush to exit the theme park after. If you’re done with all the rides, we suggest saving your sanity by enjoying the show at these locations outside of the parks. Disney’s Contemporary Resort Widely considered the best place to view Magic Kingdom fireworks without being in the park, this resort offers several night sky viewing options. Free for resort guests and…
  • 3 Surprisingly Amazing Rooms for $10 Per Night

    Tommy Burson
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Cockroaches, stained linens, and maybe flashbacks to the film Hostel might have come to mind when you read this headline. Sometimes, there is such a thing as too cheap, right? What do hotels that offer up rooms at less than $10 per night year round — not just for special promotions — really look like? It’s easy to brush off hostel-style accommodations as subpar, but many of them have more amenities than you might expect, with nicer lodging options to upgrade to (that still end up being a fraction of the cost of standard hotel rooms). The catch, of course, is that these…
  • Cruise Tracker: New Ships, Wine Certifications, and More

    Donna Tunney
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? We’ve got the latest on new ships, onboard activities, and itineraries in the first edition of Cruise Tracker, our freshly minted weekly cruise column. It looks like Carnival Cruise Line‘s money-back guarantee is doing its job in enticing would-be cruisers to get onboard. The line has extended its Great Vacation Guarantee for another year, pledging to provide a 110 percent refund, free transportation home, and a $100 shipboard credit on a future cruise if passengers are dissatisfied with their vacation at sea for any reason. The…
  • 5 Contests for Your Best Vacation Photos

    Teresa Bitler
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    So you unleashed your inner Ansel Adams this summer and now have albums of hundreds of vacation photos. Sharing them with friends and family on Facebook is great — but wouldn’t winning cameras, lenses, vacations, and cash be even better? Many photo contests are open to amateurs shooters, some with very specific themes and some more general. Check out these five opportunities to score big with your best vacation photos. National Geographic Photo Contest The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has already been decided and its awesome prizes awarded, but you can still…
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  • Checking In: New Jamaican Budget Boutique Lodgings

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Later this month, Jake’s, a collection of 15 chic low-key cottages in the quiet fishing village of Treasure Island on Jamaica’s southern coast, will open a nearby grown-up hostel-style option for travelers on a budget. Jack Sprat Shack will offer two dormitory style rooms with 20 bunk beds each, as well as six double rooms with a shared bathroom, and six twin rooms located on the quieter, more secluded upper floor. A communal full-service kitchen — as well as a living room, porch, and dining room – will be available for guests to create their own Jamaican-inspired…
  • 6 Places to Watch Disney Fireworks Outside of the Theme Parks

    Kimberly Button
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Watching the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom is perhaps one of the most popular experiences at Walt Disney World. What’s not so magical? The hoard of crowds during the show and the mad crush to exit the theme park after. If you’re done with all the rides, we suggest saving your sanity by enjoying the show at these locations outside of the parks. Disney’s Contemporary Resort Widely considered the best place to view Magic Kingdom fireworks without being in the park, this resort offers several night sky viewing options. Free for resort guests and…
  • 3 Surprisingly Amazing Rooms for $10 Per Night

    Tommy Burson
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Cockroaches, stained linens, and maybe flashbacks to the film Hostel might have come to mind when you read this headline. Sometimes, there is such a thing as too cheap, right? What do hotels that offer up rooms at less than $10 per night year round — not just for special promotions — really look like? It’s easy to brush off hostel-style accommodations as subpar, but many of them have more amenities than you might expect, with nicer lodging options to upgrade to (that still end up being a fraction of the cost of standard hotel rooms). The catch, of course, is that these…
  • Cruise Tracker: New Ships, Wine Certifications, and More

    Donna Tunney
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? We’ve got the latest on new ships, onboard activities, and itineraries in the first edition of Cruise Tracker, our freshly minted weekly cruise column. It looks like Carnival Cruise Line‘s money-back guarantee is doing its job in enticing would-be cruisers to get onboard. The line has extended its Great Vacation Guarantee for another year, pledging to provide a 110 percent refund, free transportation home, and a $100 shipboard credit on a future cruise if passengers are dissatisfied with their vacation at sea for any reason. The…
  • 5 Contests for Your Best Vacation Photos

    Teresa Bitler
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    So you unleashed your inner Ansel Adams this summer and now have albums of hundreds of vacation photos. Sharing them with friends and family on Facebook is great — but wouldn’t winning cameras, lenses, vacations, and cash be even better? Many photo contests are open to amateurs shooters, some with very specific themes and some more general. Check out these five opportunities to score big with your best vacation photos. National Geographic Photo Contest The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has already been decided and its awesome prizes awarded, but you can still…
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  • Rakhine Seafood Feast at Minn Lan Restaurant in Yangon, Myanmar

    Mark Wiens
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I asked on a YouTube video where to eat in Yangon, one of the responses that came up the most, was Minn Lan Restaurant. Since Minn Lan is located a bit of a journey from downtown Yangon (where I spent most of my time), I didn’t make it to Minn Lan until my final day […] Rakhine Seafood Feast at Minn Lan Restaurant in Yangon, Myanmar is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Rakhine Seafood Feast at Minn Lan Restaurant in Yangon, Myanmar appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Maeklong Railway Market and Delicious Chili Sauce (Day 10)

    Mark Wiens
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bang Khon Thi, Samut Songkram (บางคนที สมุทรสงคราม) – Day 10 After a hard rainstorm the day before, I woke up to a beautiful morning in Bang Khong Thi, Samut Songkram (บางคนที สมุทรสงคราม). Our hotel, Chantara Resort, was right next to the river, and the morning sunshine reflecting over the calm water was so peaceful and […] Maeklong Railway Market and Delicious Chili Sauce (Day 10) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Maeklong Railway Market and Delicious Chili Sauce (Day 10) appeared…
  • The Best Shrimp Paste in Thailand (and How to Make It) – Day 9

    Mark Wiens
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the things I have loved so far, about being part of and traveling with a Thai food TV show, is that I get to do so many things that would be very challenging (both budget and contacts) by ourselves (just my wife and I). Being a TV show, they not only have the budget, but […] The Best Shrimp Paste in Thailand (and How to Make It) – Day 9 is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post The Best Shrimp Paste in Thailand (and How to Make It) – Day 9 appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Grandma’s Massaman Curry in Ayutthaya (Day 8)

    Mark Wiens
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Day 8 – Ayutthaya, Thailand There are few things in this world greater than Grandma’s cooking. And I’m talking about Grandma from Mexico, Grandma from Ethiopia, Grandma from China, Grandma from Italy, Grandma from Thailand etc. Restaurant OR Grandma? I’ll go for Grandma! Thai Massaman Curry (มัสมั่นไก่) Honestly I’ve never been the biggest fan of Thai massaman […] Grandma’s Massaman Curry in Ayutthaya (Day 8) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Grandma’s Massaman Curry in Ayutthaya (Day 8) appeared first…
  • The Best Freshwater Prawns of My Life in Ayutthaya (Day 7)

    Mark Wiens
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Day 6 – Bangkok to Ayutthaya After a long Day 6 in Bangkok, we woke up and left even earlier (4:30 am) on Day 7. The van picked us up at home in Bangkok, and we drove out to Rangsit (รังสิต a suburb on the edge of Bangkok). The van dropped us off at the Rangsit railroad […] The Best Freshwater Prawns of My Life in Ayutthaya (Day 7) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post The Best Freshwater Prawns of My Life in Ayutthaya (Day 7) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
 
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  • How to Eat Sushi

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

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

    Travis
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Japan has long been know for being a peaceful country, and I know I felt really safe pretty much everywhere I went. The Vision of Humanity website just release their 2014 index of global peace with some very interesting results. While I wasn’t surprised to see Japan listed in the top 10 at position 8, I was surprised to find Canada at position 7. Perhaps it’s just my perception, but Japan feels safer to me :) Thanks to Skeptikai for the link! Related Posts:The Amazing Voyage of OtokichiCountry Names in JapaneseEnglish Words That Don’t Appear on TestsThe State of Social…
  • Book Review: Japan’s World Heritage Sites

    Travis
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    I’ll be honest, I’m not really aware of many World Heritage sites. I’m sure Canada has their share, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you what they are. I do know, thanks to the book Japan’s World Heritage Sites, that Japan has a ton of them. Maybe it’s a normal amount in comparison to other countries, but I do know it will take you a long time if you want to see them all :) What’s Inside If there was ever a book that you could leave out on your coffee table for people to flip through, this would probably be a great choice. The book is packed full of…
  • Learn English with Darth Vader

    Travis
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Here’s an interesting English/Japanese learning dictionary – The Star Wars Personal English/Japanese Dictionary. Now you can learn such helpful English phrases as “What is thy bidding, my master?” and “These are not the droids you are looking for”. Stay crazy Japan! :D Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: To Crack a StarJapanese Phrase Book ReviewBest Japanese Learning Tools – Part 1: BooksBest Japanese Learning Tools – Part 2: WebsitesThe Best Resources for Learning to Speak Japanese
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  • Off The Beaten Path in Paris – 5 Must Do’s in The City of Light!

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

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

    robin
    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

    robin
    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…
  • Tips for the Best Cinque Terre Travel Experience

    robin
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Cinque Terre is a colorful collection of fishing villages in Italy, along what is known as the Italian Riviera. In recent years, it’s become so popular, that for those looking for a bit quieter, less-touristed and perhaps more authentic experience, I generally recommend staying in one of the other nearby towns,  just a short train or ferry ride away. Understandably, there are travelers who will stay in one of the five villages. This overview of the Cinque Terre will provide more information on each town. Today I’ll be sharing some tips. Twenty Dos and Don’ts that will…
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  • Touring the New BBC Broadcasting House

    Roy Stevenson
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    In March 2013, the venerated BBC consolidated its news, Online, TV and Radio branches and brand new technology in London into one center, the new BBC Broadcasting House on Portland Place. All of the BBC’s newscasters came together in this new studio, now London’s headquarters. A 1.5-hour tour of this new facility is now offered, […]
  • Basilicata, Italy: a Tiny Treasure of Passion and Peppers

    Guest Contributor
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The Basilicata, located at the instep of Italy’s geographic “boot”, is one of the country’s smaller regions, one of its least-densely populated, most mountainous, and most often overlooked. But within its 3,869 square miles (slightly under 10,000 square km) are: a UNESCO World Heritage site (Matera) Italy’s largest national park (Parco Nazionale del Pollino) the […]
  • Windsor Great Park: 5,000 Acres of History

    Guest Contributor
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Even on a cold winter’s morning, the hedges of rhododendron in Windsor Great Park are jungle green and glossy. Ducks tread over the wafer-thin ice of Wick Pond and coots bob along, unfazed by the frigid waters. Most visitors come to Windsor for the castle, spilling off trains and coaches for history’s sake. They jostle […]
  • Eight Great Reasons to Visit Scotland

    Katherine Sazdanoff
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    What’s not to love about Scotland? Home to a rich history, spectacular scenery, and some of the kindest people around; Scotland should be at the top of everyone’s “Must Visit” list. Here are eight particularly great reasons to plan a trip to Scotland now: Stirling With a beautifully preserved Old Town that is jam-packed with […]
  • Hotel or Apartment? How to Choose

    Marilyn McFarlane
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    After you’ve decided where to go and how you’ll get there, the big question is where to stay. A hotel is still the most popular choice, but there are other options, and plenty of savvy travelers are choosing to rent an apartment or house. My recent trip to France is a good example of the […]
 
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  • Touring Burgundy’s Wine Country in a Day

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

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

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

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

    TheRoadScholar
    10 Feb 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Chicago, IL–It’s a very snowy, cold winter, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay inside. Bundle up and head over to Chicago’s Northerly Island (yep, the former Miegs Field way over there by the Adler Planetarium) and rent snowshoes or cross-country skis for a little tromp along the lake. Rentals are available for $5 […]
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  • Landrover Freelander2 Offroad Experience in Chennai

    Shrinidhi Hande
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    I was happy on receiving an invitation to be part of Landrover Experience- an off road event organized by JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) to help customers, prospects and the media understand the capabilities of Land Rover SUVs. Cut down my 2 day Blr visit to half and returned to Chennai in time for the event.JLR Evoque Swimming in waterDuring the event met up with other bloggers- Tinu Cherian from Blr, Ashwini CN from Chennai and Srinivas Ethiraju from Cudalore. The experience was planned at 'The Farm', a specialty restaurant on the outskirts of the city. Behind the restaurant they had a natural…
  • Hogenakkal waterfalls latest updates

    Shrinidhi Hande
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Last Saturday I had my third visit to Hogenakkal. Last two visits were in Feb 2009 and Nov 2010. Close to 4 years and Hogenakkal has changed a lot compared to my 2010 visit. This time though, we entered the falls from Karnataka side, not via usual Krishnagiri- Dharmapuri route(more about that later) This post shares some latest photos and updates about the falls.August- September is probably one of the best times to visit Hogenakkal. "You should have come one month earlier-there was much more water" - our boatman told us.The major difference was the walkway. Earlier, one had to commission a…
  • Chamundi Hills Mysore: Early morning visit photos

    Shrinidhi Hande
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    Last time I wanted to go on top of Chamundi hills in BMW, the road was closed due to some celebrations. Got lucky next time. In this post I don't have lots to write. Just sharing photos of Chamundi hill, Mysore clicked early in the morning, during our visit there in July 2014.With all the mist, it was fun. And parking lot attendant hadn't reported to duty yet, so we saved on parking fee.View of the Main temple in Chamundi hill. Opens at about 7AMView of a lamp post and a TV tower at a distanceView of Mysore city from Chamundi hills, with and without zoomAnd how can I miss not adding few…
  • Amazon vs Flipkart- My Experience

    Shrinidhi Hande
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Amazon India is aiming to take on its archrival flipkart for supremacy in Indian ecommerce space. Both companies are pumping in hot dollars and hoping to outsmart each other. Just like many of you, I’ve been buying regularly from Flipkart since long time and have also made a few purchase from Amazon India. Comparing the services of both, I feel Amazon India is way behind flipkart in overall customer satisfaction.Flipkart has invested heavily in their logistics and is capable of delivering orders almost next day. But Amazon seems to be way behind- way way behind. While flipkart can deliver…
  • MGR Memorial Chennai wide angle photos

    Shrinidhi Hande
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    MGR memorial is a monument in Chennai, next to Marina beach, built in memory of former Chief Minister, MG Ramachandran.I had been to this memorial multiple times, but couldn't capture the memorial fully from bottom, due to limitations of the camera.Went there again today with GoPro and below are the results. I couldn't capture the monument fully, but the coverage is satisfactory. 
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  • Quote of the Week: Education vs Travel

    Tracey
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Today's quote tackles the question of which is more enriching: education or travel. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Easyjet or Eurostar? The best, fastest, cheapest way to get from London to Paris

    Janice Waugh
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The results may surprise you. Here is a direct comparison, in terms of time and money, of taking Eurostar or Easyjet between London and Paris. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Mpumalanga, South Africa

    Guest
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    South Africa's Mpumalanga province wowed this Solo Travel Society member with its gorgeous landscapes and wildlife. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Hydra, Greece

    Guest
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    The perfect way to end a day of exploring Greece: a glass of wine, a plate of olives, and a beautiful sunset. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel: Knowledge and Tools for Safety

    Janice Waugh
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Choose a destination based on solid information. In this post, you'll learn about an apt that will help you do just that and see a TED Talk that explains why it's important. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
 
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  • Tips to Save Money on Your Trip to Earls Court London

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Tips to Save Money on Your Trip to Earls Court London London is among the most expensive cities of the world. Despite this, hundreds of people visit this destination every month, for both business and leisure. With a long and eventful history, London offers great sightseeing pleasures. Being a commercial hub, this city also offers great business opportunities. So, a trio to this destination may be a great idea. The good news is that there are several ways in which you can save money, with a little bit of planning.   Affordable Accommodation…
  • How To Afford That Gap Year You’ve Been Dreaming About

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | How To Afford That Gap Year You’ve Been Dreaming AboutPhoto from Flickr by 401(K) 2013 A gap year can cost a lot of money. You have to pay for travel, accommodation and living costs. Some travellers even decide to pay to take part in volunteer projects. The mounting expenses can cause frantic penny pinching which results in people compromising their enjoyment on a potential trip of a lifetime. Here we take a look at the ways you can afford your dream gap year so you don’t have to miss out.   Why save? There is nothing wrong with taking…
  • 48 Hours In London

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (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@happytimeblog.co.uk (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…
  • Top European Destinations For Families

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Top European Destinations For Families When you’re choosing a holiday, there are lots of different factors that go into your decision-making process. Do you fancy a city break or jungle trekking? What about relaxing on the beach? Maybe you want to explore some foreign food and drink whilst learning a new language?   Of course, for families, there are a whole range of other considerations. Cost is always a pressing concern and if you’ve ever struggled with restless children on a plane, then you’ll know that a short flight time is…
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  • 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…
  • Faroe Islands and the thorny issue of whaling

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

    Jack
    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

    Jack
    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

    Jack
    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…
  • Things to remember when getting a tattoo in Asia

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

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

    Katherine Alex Beaven
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Even though we’ve been trying to embrace all things fall, we still can’t help but feel like summer came and went too quickly this year. And while fireplaces and fall reading and apple picking are all nice, we’d still love some time defined by warm weather, sandy shoes, and suntan lotion – especially as the temperatures start to drop, and drop, and drop some more. So we’ve come up with an Endless Summer Series to satisfy our sand-and-sun dreamin’. It’s a simple idea based on the fact that no matter what month it is, it’s summer somewhere. And since…
  • Explore New England: Our Favorite Fall Activities

    Jane Reynolds
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today is the first official day of fall, and while saying goodbye to the summertime is no easy feat…well, we don’t really have a choice. But to be honest, we’re looking forward to the days of football and beer, leaves crunching under our boots, and crackling fireplaces. And nowhere in the country does the fall season better than New England. So whether you’re planning a getaway to Massachusetts or Rhode Island, Vermont or New Hampshire, or Connecticut or Maine, we have a fun fall activity to get you in the seasonal spirit! Go: Pumpkin Picking in Vermont New England is…
  • Fall Reading List: Our Top Picks, Plus Where to Stay with Each Book

    Megan Wood
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here at Oyster, we love a good book anytime of year – but there’s something about the fall that encourages us to curl up with a new read. Maybe it’s the shorter days and roaring fireplaces… And since travel and reading often go hand-in-hand (how many times have you gotten through an insanely long layover with a good book?!), we put together a list of worthy titles for your next trip — and paired them with a perfectly suited hotel, of course.  Let us know which books you’re loving this fall in the comments section below. Happy reading! Not That Kind of Girl: A…
  • New Kids on the Strip: The Delano and SLS Vegas Faceoff, Round Two

    Lara Grant
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over just the last month, the Strip in Las Vegas had two new hotels open amidst a ton of buzz. The four-pearl SLS Las Vegas – from the luxe brand known for its properties in Beverly Hills and South Beach – debuted on the site of the former Sahara Resort & Casino and, not to be outdone, the 4.5-pearl Delano replaced THEhotel at Mandalay Bay shortly after. We were lucky enough to get an exclusive, inside look at both and see some of their stellar (and some of their mediocre) features first-hand. Though both have their pros and cons, we’ve had them…
  • Get Gone: 7 Getaways Inspired by Gone Girl

    Kelsey Blodget
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    [SPOILER ALERT: The following article makes some rather pointed insinuations about the film's plot.] If you’re anything like us, you’re breathless with anticipation awaiting the upcoming premier of Gone Girl, the dark psychological thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling book. Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as that oh-so-charming couple, Nick and Amy, it hits theaters Oct. 3. And just in case you’ve been living under a rock (we prefer luxury hotels, ourselves, but no judgement), the book (and movie) begin on the day that Amy has mysteriously…
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  • Which Greek Islands Will YOU Fall In Love With?

    Susan Kohlback
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    With well over 200 inhabited islands, choosing which islands to visit on your vacation to Greece may be most difficult decision you have to make. Located at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Mid-East, culture and history have always played an important role in traveler's itineraries. Whether you're seeking breathtaking beaches, fascinating history, or the best hiking and biking trails, we've round a great infographic guide by SunSearchHolidays to point the way.The post Which Greek Islands Will YOU Fall In Love With? appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • Okemo Trip Report – Vermont’s Perfect Vacation Spot For All Seasons

    Linda Rappaport
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Okemo Mountain is Vermont's perfect vacation spot For ALL SEASONS. Summers and Fall at Okemo Mountain Resort offers outdoor fun for everyone. The Adventure Zone is a hub for family fun with the Mountain Coaster, Sawyer's Sweep Zipline Tours, Haulback Challenge Course, Disc Golf Courses, Lumberin' Cal Miniature Golf, Stump Jumper Bungee Trampoline, Climbing Wall, AMP Energy Big Air Bag and my personal favorite Segway Personal Transport Tours.The post Okemo Trip Report – Vermont’s Perfect Vacation Spot For All Seasons appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • Wonderfully Romantic Rooftop Restaurants and Bars in Florence

    Susan Kohlback
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    A visit to Florence, in the heart of Tuscany, tickles the senses with intriguing vistas, fascinating history, and memorable culinary experiences. A city this rich in must-see offerings can over-tax a poor visitor's feet and stamina. What you need is a memorable interlude sipping local wines and sampling divine Tuscan cuisine at a romantic rooftop restaurant offering spectacular views of Florence. Whether you're planning a glitzy night on the town or simply want a wonderful spot to recharge from sightseeing, the views from these rooftop restaurants will feed your soul as well as your tummy.The…
  • Dog-Friendly Vegas, Who Knew?

    Guest Author
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Vegas has become Dog-Friendly. Here's Where to Find The Best Pet Friendly Hotels in Las Vegas. Taking your dog with you to Las Vegas is no longer a traveler’s dream, it's a reality. More than a hundred Las Vegas hotels, since 2011, have added dog-friendly services to their already extensive list of amenities. Massages for your four-legged friend, plush beds, personalized water bowls, mouth-watering menus and easy to access dog-walking services have made Las Vegas one of the most pet-friendly destinations in the US.The post Dog-Friendly Vegas, Who Knew? appeared first on Wicked Good Travel…
  • 10 Magnificent Healing Hot Springs and Waterfalls of the Philippines

    Guest Author
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    The Philippines are truly the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ with hundreds of bodies of water within the archipelago. Hot springs and waterfalls are just two of the frequently visited spots in the country. Here you'll find a centuries-old concept of hydrotherapy and the healing powers of hot springs. The majority of the locals strongly believe that hot springs have therapeutic abilities, and we have to agree. The soothing sound of waterfalls, too, can calm the senses. Below are some of the most famous and truly beautiful hot springs and waterfalls well worth a visit.The post 10 Magnificent Healing…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Whatever is right in front of you is your teacher. (T. Lippe) — But only if you have the sense to see yourself as a pupil. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. (E. Roosevelt) — And their power to make them real. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Sometimes I've believed as many as 6 impossible things before breakfast. (L. Carroll) — And acted on half of them by lunch! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Yesterday is today's memory, tomorrow is today's dream. (K. Gibran) — The present is a gift that must be opened right away! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-19-2014

    Ramona
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage. (C. DeSecondat) — For the real crises, a whole weekend! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-19-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Whatever is right in front of you is your teacher. (T. Lippe) — But only if you have the sense to see yourself as a pupil. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. (E. Roosevelt) — And their power to make them real. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Sometimes I've believed as many as 6 impossible things before breakfast. (L. Carroll) — And acted on half of them by lunch! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Yesterday is today's memory, tomorrow is today's dream. (K. Gibran) — The present is a gift that must be opened right away! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-19-2014

    Ramona
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage. (C. DeSecondat) — For the real crises, a whole weekend! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-19-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • Acer Iconia Tab 8 Review: Can It Really Handle a Life of Travel?

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

    Randy Kalp
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    I’m curious, how many of you have ever had the urge to spin the globe, plop your index finger down onto the rotating sphere, and travel to whatever spot is underneath your finger tip? While you can’t see it, our hands are both held up high!At the moment, we’re having a difficult time choosing between two Caribbean cruises with Carnival Cruise Lines. One route goes to the west–Jamaica, Cozumel, Belize and Grand Cayman–and the other sails to the south with ports of call in St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Marten and Barbados. In term of cost, duration, departure dates…
  • Pin-Up Live! Join Us Wed. (8/27) on #Pinterest to Talk Travel with @ExOfficio

    Randy Kalp
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Holy cow, I can’t believe Labor Day is almost here! How is everyone’s summer going? Wait, before you answer, why not join us and AFAR this week in welcoming ExOfficio, the makers of truly awesome adventure travel clothing and gear, to Pin-Up Live! We’re going to be sharing summer tales and talking about gearing up for adventure. We’d love it if you stopped by and chatted with us.To spread some extra summer love, ExOfficio will be giving three lucky participants at the chat $100 gift certificates to spend at ExOfficio.com. I don’t know about you, but I could…
  • Discovering North County San Diego’s Best Skateparks with a Kia Soul

    Randy Kalp
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    It’s hard to imagine now, but there was time–approximately 15 years or so ago–when San Diego didn’t have the concrete skateparks it has today.The skate culture was there; it always has been. And in 1999, an unlikely city stepped up. Vista built the first modern day public concrete park in the county. The off-white slab featured light transitions, street elements–handrails, boxes, stairs, etc.–and fairly smooth concrete. While it is a far cry from what can be found in the city today, the park laid the foundation for what was to come. Plus, I had never seen…
  • Southern Oregon in 16 Snapshots: Medford to Crater Lake and All Points in Between

    Randy Kalp
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Touching down in the former logging town of Medford, we weren’t entirely sure what we’d find in southern Oregon. Despite being just 20 miles from the California border, we had crossed an invisible line of demarcation into the fabled Pacific Northwest.In the early days of our relationship in San Diego, Beth and I had talked about traveling up the coast to Oregon but never got chance to make the trip. At that time, the furthest we made it was the San Francisco Bay. I guess then it is only fitting that our first trip north of the Golden State started just across the border.I’ve…
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  • Cycling with wine and apples – on the South Tyrol Wine Road

    Heather Cowper
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Let’s imagine a perfect Sunday afternoon in South Tyrol. The sun’s shining and we’re having lunch on the terrace restaurant beside the sparkling water of Lake Kaltern, where families are sunbathing and enjoying a turn on the pedalos. It would be fun to have a swim but we’re off on our bikes to follow the small lanes above the lake that take us through the vineyards where ripe grapes are dripping from the vines and rosy apples are waiting to be harvested. At the end of our cycle around the lake, we’ll stop to taste of some of the local wines from the small…
  • Visiting Angkor in Cambodia – Fascinating ruins or hot and expensive?

    Guest Author
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    In this article our guest writers, Illia and Nastia share their tips for visiting Anghor in Cambodia – while it’s a one of those must-see sites with a huge amount to cover in a day or two, we find out whether the heat and high prices were worth it. Angkor, a UNESCO heritage site, is considered to be a photo paradise. Unbelievable sun rises, ancient ruins and wild rainforest combine to make this place unbearably attractive for any photographer. Of course, we weren’t that lucky: while we enjoyed ancient ruins, it was raining, cloudy and gloomy. The temperature was either extremely…
  • Is Copenhagen really that expensive? 4 myth-busting ways to stay on budget

    Heather Cowper
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:13 am
    I’ve visited Copenhagen four times now and one of the questions I always get asked is “Did you find it expensive?” While Scandinavia in general has a reputation for being expensive, the joke among the Danes is “If you think it’s expensive here, wait until you get to Norway!” and the Icelanders consider Copenhagen a cheap weekend break destination, so I guess it’s all relative. On our recent family holiday in Copenhagen I found that while certain things, notably eating out, are indeed pricy, others are quite affordable and there are ways to keep the…
  • Join me on a gourmet adventure in South Tyrol

    Heather Cowper
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    This weekend I’m heading off to South Tyrol in northern Italy (not to be confused with North Tyrol which is in Austria). I’ve heard that the landscapes are stunning in this region which borders Austria and Switzerland and has a fusion of cultures since it was part of Austria until 1919 and also has its own Ladin dialect. German is as widely spoken here as Italian and every town has both a German and an Italian place name so I’m expecting to find a combination of Germanic efficiency and Italian joie-de-vivre. Since I completed the Tour de Mont Blanc last September the…
  • Roadtrip adventures – see the Mediterranean by car!

    Guest Author
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    If you have holidayed in Europe then the likelihood is that you’ve visited the Mediterranean Coast. Stretching from the south coast of Spain to sun soaked Cyprus, the Mediterranean coastline encompasses some of the most beautiful parts of Europe. But if you only explore it one beach at a time can you really say you’ve seen it in its full glory? With dazzling stretches of shoreline road and cliff top views, why not take to four wheels and explore one of these fantastic routes: Port of Cassis in France Cassis to La Ciotat, France At just 12 miles long, this short but sweet jaunt hugs the…
 
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  • Top 10 Things for Families To Do in Mississippi

    Carrie Yu
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:28 am
    Mississippi. It’s the state with the name that every American school child loves to spell in a chanting voice. “M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I!” The state of Mississippi has more than just a great name though, it’s a place full of natural wonders, city fun, and lots of history for families to explore. Come with us on a journey through the family-friendly fun of Mississippi! 10. Have an Unusual Experience Mississippi has lots of fun activities that are unusual and family-friendly at the same time. Does your family love Elvis? Tupelo is home to the Elvis Presley Birthplace…
  • Top Tips for Your First International Trip with Kids

    Cindi Brothers
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    You’ve got wanderlust, that desire to travel the world, visit different cultures, try intriguing foods, and now want to instill that same sense of wonder in the kids by taking them on their first trip to a new country. Whether it is as simple as a hop across the border to Canada or Mexico, as relaxing as a cruise to the Bahamas, or as complex as a multi-leg journey to Palau; there are a few things need to be taken into consideration before embarking on that first international trip with kids. Plan Ahead for Travel Documents If you are traveling abroad with children, your entire family…
  • Best Things to do for FREE with Kids-Weekly Digest-9/19/14

    Michelle McCoy
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Best Things to do for FREE with Kids Across the USA & Canada! Friday September 19, 2014 Going someplace fun is one thing, but when it is FREE it can make it awesome! After all, the best things in life are FREE!  Places to Go for Free Burlington, VT | Boston, MA | Chicago | Cleveland, OH | Columbus, OH | Connecticut | Los Angeles & Orange County, CA | Minneapolis & St. Paul | New York City | North Dakota | Orlando, FL | Philadelphia | Portland, OR |…
  • Top 10 Things To Do In Jacksonville FL for Families

    Marisa Langford
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:11 am
      Jacksonville is the largest city in the state of Florida and one that’s not to be missed for families. Its rich history intrigues and its beautiful beaches delight. St. John’s River runs right through the heart of Jacksonville’s downtown while museums and artistic culture entertain throughout the city. Beautiful beaches and relaxing day trips to paradise abound, as well as a step back in time to the oldest city of our nation (St. Augustine). Here are our top 10 things for families to do in Jacksonville! 10. Shipwreck Island Waterpark at Adventure Landing Cool off…
  • Family Fun in Sevierville, TN

    Beth Keklak
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
      Located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains region, Sevierville, Tennessee is best known for being Dolly Parton’s hometown. What you might not know about Sevierville (pronounced Severe-ville), is that it is full of family fun. I had the pleasure of exploring the area at the end of August with my son, and we can’t wait to head back with the rest of our family. Family Fun in Sevierville From tame to adventurous, indoors and out, families have a lot of options for activities while visiting Sevierville. One of the favorite things we did while visiting this kid-friendly town was to…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Turn It Up Tuesday 53 and Giveaway

    Cindy Schultz
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are still celebrating Turn It Up Tuesday’s birthday/anniversary this week! And we are so happy to have you here with us to celebrate…and connect…and grow! Woo-hoo! It’s time to party again! I feel like I’ve been partying all weekend because we went to a wedding on Saturday. The Turn It Up Tuesday anniversary giveaway is still going on so make sure you enter to win before you add you awesome links to this week’s linky. Thank you so much for joining us last week – the posts were absolutely amazing! If you haven’t already done so, please join…
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014

    Cindy Schultz
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: We were the guests of Walt Disney World for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 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.”Last month I told you that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was coming soon, and now it is here! We, my husband, friend David and I,…
  • Easy Recipes-Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies

    Cindy Schultz
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you have been a reader here for a while, you know of my obsession with salted caramel pretzel-anything! So when I saw this recipe at Living Well Spending Less, I had to try it out. It is easy to make and tastes wonderful! This rich treat is perfect for the upcoming fall season or anytime you want a sweet treat. Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies Scroll down for printable recipe. Ingredients 3 cups pretzel twists 4 TBS melted butter 1 box brownie mix PLUS eggs, water and oil called for on box 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips 12 oz caramel sauce sea salt Directions Pre-heat oven to 350°. Spray the…
  • Gummy Drop Game Review

    Cindy Schultz
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    I’m back with another iOS game review, sponsored by Big Fish Games. I’ve been playing Gummy Drop! for about a week now. Gummy Drop! is a mobile game that combines the casual fun of Match-3 and the strategy of resource management gameplay. About Gummy Drop! In Gummy Drop!, building and matching squish together as players match gummies shaped like doughnuts, hearts, and bricks in groups of 3 or more to collect resources that are needed to rebuild famous landmarks around the world. To build these notable monuments, each level has specific objectives that need to be achieved within…
  • Get Runway Ready Hair With TRESemme

    Cindy Schultz
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” Global Influence compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. 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.”Now that my hair is getting longer, it’s finally passed my shoulders, I’m having some fun trying new products and styles. It is still so hot…
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  • A romantic getaway to Udaipur

    Gautam
    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…
  • Things to do in Hyderabad when you’re travelling with kids

    Gautam
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    Ramoji Film City Going behind the movie scenes can be one of the most thrilling experiences—especially for kids—and a visit to Ramoji Film City exceeds all expectations. Located about half an hour from the city centre, it will transport them to a world of make-believe and give them a peek into the world of films. Rock walks Take your little ones on an easy trek to the rocky outskirts of the city—it’s a great way to engage them with their natural surroundings—and they’ll even learn a thing or two about the history of the Deccan plateau and the origins of Hyderabad while…
  • Goa’s most romantic experiences

    Gautam
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    Walking past centuries-old cathedrals in Old Goa, sipping wine at a candle-lit seaside restaurant, admiring gorgeous sunsets at a beach or just relaxing in your luxurious resort—there are a multitude of places to visit in Goa for couples. A magnet for honeymooners, Goa is popular not only because of its sunny beaches but also on account of its cheerful and relaxed vibe, old Portuguese-style buildings, buzzing nightlife and an array of fancy resorts and wellness centres that will pamper you and your significant other extensively. Here’s your guide to Goa’s most romantic…
  • Amritsar street food that will make your mouth water

    Gautam
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    A visit to Amritsar invariably includes two things—paying your respects at the Golden Temple, and gorging on all the delicacies the city dishes up. The locals here love their street food, and the city is swarming with street-side vendors selling the freshest, hottest and richest versions of everything from a refreshing glass of lassi and sugary, sweet halwa, to buttery paranthas and spicy gravy. Here’s out list of rich Punjabi delicacies in all their fatty splendour—so get your hands dirty, and eat to your heart’s content. You’ll probably pack on a couple of extra kilos,…
 
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    Brendan's Adventures

  • Gear Review: The Naneu Bags Outlander 50L Camera Backpack

    Brendan van Son
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I’ve been in the market for a new camera bag for the past couple months. I have very specific needs in a bag that I don’t think others really have. Since, as a travel photographer, I’m on the road 365 days a year, I can’t really have a bag that’s just for camera gear. And [...]
  • How to Take Silky Smooth Waterfall Photos in Iceland or Anywhere

    Brendan van Son
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    If you’re fairly new to photography, you’re likely curious about how the pros do certain things; the “tricks” of the trade, if you will. When I started out, I was constantly looking at images and then asking the question “how did they do that?”. I’m sure that the first thing I searched when I first [...]
  • A Week in Iceland: Stats, Costs, and Travel Photography

    Brendan van Son
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    When we were booking our flights from Europe to North America, we found that the cheapest flights across the Atlantic all stopped in Iceland. I remembered hearing that there was the option for free layovers in Iceland, and immediately decided that we needed to spend a day or two exploring since we had the chance. [...]
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    WanderingTrader: Travel Blog. Living Overseas. Day Trading.

  • WT009: Legal Nomads with Jodi Ettenberg: Why life should be about soup. Lots of soup.

    Marcello
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Jodi is one of the first travel bloggers that I met when I first began my journey around the world. She also is one of my favorite travel bloggers. Not because bird poop loves her. No.. no… it’s because she is awesome.  One of the most genuine people I have met. What could be better than traveling around the world and learning the local cuisine? Getting paid to do it. This week Jodi Ettenberg of LegalNomads joins me on the podcast to talk about her experiences traveling the world and how she’s turned her passion for food into a career. Jodi was a lawyer in New York City…
  • WT008: Dominating YouTube & Eating His Way Around The World – Mark Wiens of Migrationology

    Marcello
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Food. The lifeblood of almost all cultures. And for Mark Wiens, it’s THE reason you should travel. When Mark first started blogging, he did so to make a remembrance for himself about what he ate on his trip through Asia. After all, that was why he went. Now 7 years later Mark is dominating on YouTube with his food videos showing traditional street fare from southeast Asia and the world. Today we talk about how he went from just a blogger and how 2 cents really showed him what was possible, to making videos, and what it really takes to become a success on YouTube . Mark also speaks a lot…
  • Murals at Debre Berhan Selassie Church – Gondar,Ethiopia

    Marcello
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    There are so many interesting things to see in Ethiopia that most have never heard of. If you have been reading the site for a while you will now that I always speak highly of Ethiopia considering it is one of my favorite countries to visit.  Having lived there for roughly 2/3 months I was able to explore much of the country. I do still plan on going back in order to see places that are still on my list. Gondar, Ethiopia is known as the real life Camelot. The city that is built around a solid castle complex which is the reason it is also known as the Camelot of Africa.  These are murals…
  • Best Things To Do In Peru: Tourist Attractions

    Marcello
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The best things to do in Peru definitely include activities outside of Machu Picchu.  The top tourist attractions in Peru include everything from surfing, the Amazon rainforest, and even exploring Lima’s cuisine. Peru used to be one of the most backward countries in Latin America. Bolivia and Peru were two peas in a pod in that respect. Peru, unlike Bolivia, has recently turned the corner and it is beginning to become of the most prosperous nations in the region.  Tourists no longer visit Peru for just Machu Picchu. It is still one of the cheapest countries in South America with very…
  • WT007: Keith Savage – When Your Plan Doesn’t Go According To Plan, Adapt and Keep Going.

    Marcello
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    What happens when your big plan doesn’t work out like you’d hoped? You adapt. Keith Savage of Traveling-savage.com knows this particular feeling well. About 4 years ago he decided to quit his job to become a travel blogger. He built his savings for a year. Came up with a plan to visit 8 different countries. And started to immerse himself in the local culture. So he set off on his journey, only to realize that it wasn’t going to work out as he’d hoped. His first country was Argentina, and the limitations of language stopped him from being able to go as deep into the…
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  • 今まで会ったことがあるのは全員正直な人ですね

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    ここで男性が早く会いたいからと女性に連絡先をしつこく聞くとその女性は離れてしまうでしょう。意外にも歴史があります。業者が悪質な手口を使っているのに過ぎないのですが、 出会い系無料サイトは、いつ でもどこでも婚活できますから大変便利で、のけぞる様に彼女が動くので、 オーストラリア人とのハーフのエミリちゃんと出会ったのは、…
  • チェックしてみましょう

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    、なかなかイケメンのカワイイ男のコ。出会い系サイトについていろいろと知識を深め出会 アプリ line 無料この権力関係をう まく利用して、 あと、出会い系サイトはより使いやすく、 何せ会員登録制のサイトだから、 、こんなに綺麗な人とメールできるのか」 「うまくいけば交際も……」 そう思わせることで登録を促し、返信を待ったりしても、その期限が近づくと…
  • きれいな女性とやり取りをしたいものです

    admin
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    女性が仕事として、 もし、 ノンアダルトよりもサービス幅が豊富であり、 なんでも、 わざわざ会うリスクや不安がないので、人妻専門、 そんな、 ただ、最近では少しずつ性欲が落ちてきたようで、IDとパスワードさえ覚えていればどこからでも楽しむ事が出きるのです。 応募するなら、その超えた分も給料になるので、それが刺激の根源でもありますので、 そうっとコスプレの方向に導いてみてください。…
  • 異性と出会うことです

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

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

  • Plane Spotting, Caribbean-Style

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Ah, to be on a beach in the Caribbean. The sun. The sand. The clear blue waters. The roar of airplanes. The smell of engine fuel. The danger of jet blasts. There can be a fine line between a travel experience that’s cool and one that is perilous. At Mahó beach, on the Dutch side of the island of St. Maarten’s, that line is about 12 meters wide. That’s the distance between the vacationers on the beach and the start of the main runway at Princess Juliana International Airport. There are, of course, many airports with parks and observation decks close to their runways. Hamburg…
  • Guten Tag, Treehouse Hotel

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Ever since we published our selection of places that resemble a Dr. Seuss illustration we’ve regretted leaving certain hotels off our list. Like this one: the funky, arboreal Baumhaus Hotel in Neißeaue, Germany. Baumhaus is a sort of woodsy-themed adventure park with eight different treehouses that can be rented for the night. Each treehouse is multistoried, each is perched 8 to 10 meters (26 to 33 feet) above the ground and accommodates 4 to 6 people. Rates include breakfast and use of the adventure park grounds. This being Germany, every treehouse also includes a beer-filled mini…
  • 5 In-America-Only Cultural Travel Activities

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

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

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

  • St. Matthias “Friends of the Grape” and “Friends of Craft Beer” Festival 2014 in Chicago

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Image via Wikipedia This is harvest season for grapes in many parts of the country. The harvesting of wine grapes is one of the most crucial steps in the process of winemaking. The time of harvest is determined primarily by the ripeness of the grape as measured by sugar, acid and tannin levels. A green wine grape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) St. Matthias parish in Chicago celebrates every year on the first Sunday in October. One Big Weekend—Two Loved Events! Friends of the Grape & Friends of Craft Beer Save the Date October 3rd & 5th, 2014 This October Friends of the Grape will…
  • My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Hood River Oregon

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Windsurfing and kitesurfing on a fine summer day on the Columbia River at Hood River, Oregon. The Hood River bridge and Washington state across from the city are visible in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Oregon Wine There are 16 American Viticultural Areas (AVA) that celebrate Oregon’s unique climate and terroir. If you follow my blog, you know that I love “Touring and Tasting” in wine regions around the world. I even write books about Wine Tourism in Italy. Columbia-River-Gorge-1 (Photo credit: WSK_2005) English: Looking east up the Columbia River Gorge, from…
  • Chicago’s Creative Design Harvest Festival 2014 in West Town

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Chicago’s 2014 Design Harvest Festival is sponsored by the West Town Chamber of Commerce. WHEN: Saturday September 20th-Sunday September 21th, 2014 The live musical entertainment area is programmed by Chicago’s legendary live music venue, The Hideout. There is usually a big square dance in the street! Beer sponsor Blue Moon will feature their Harvest Pumpkin Ale along with Crispin Cider and Coors Light. FESTIVAL & SURROUNDING GRAND AVENUE DESIGN DISTRICT MAP   1. Creative Claythings / 2. State Street Salvage / 3. Artemesia / 4. Christy Webber Landscapes Farm & Garden…
  • My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Portland Oregon

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    English: Union Station in Portland, Oregon, USA. Français : Union station, la gare desservie par Amtrak à Portland dans l’Oregon (États Unis). (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon from the east end. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Seal of the City of Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I had a Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Portland Oregon. “The Rose City” has are so many charming and distinctive residential neighborhoods with beautiful parks, gardens and bridges. I loved the historic architecture, magnificent bridges and beautiful…
  • Wine Tasting in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir In the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Dundee Hills (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Oregon is the third largest wine producing state in the US. There are 16 AVAs in Oregon with 450 wineries and 850 vineyards. Oregon and Idaho share an AVA in the Snake River Valley. Oregon and Washington share two AVAs; the Walla Walla Valley and the Columbia Valley. The wine industry contributes $2.7 billion to the state’s economy and Wine Tourism contributed $158 million to Oregon’s economy in 2012. Winemaker Tony Rynders, former winemaker of Domaine Serene,…
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Photo Friday: Scoop law sign from Gearhart, OR

    Mary-Alice
    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

    Mary-Alice
    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

    Mary-Alice
    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…
  • Reader’s report: Recommendation for English-speaking dog groomer in Paris

    Mary-Alice
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    You’ve met Ralph the Bichon a couple of times now, since his person Anne has kindly allowed me to post pictures from his trips to France. Anne was also the source of a really sensible travel ID tag solution involving an e-mail address that generates an automatic (and infinitely customizable) reply. This July, she wrote to me from Paris with a recommendation for a dog groomer she turned to when Ralph got a glob of gunk stuck in his paw. I’m glad to share her report with you, because finding a good groomer is as tricky as finding a good veterinarian (and in this case, it turns out,…
  • Tomales Bay, CA dog-friendly hotel and restaurant: Nick’s Cove

    Mary-Alice
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I was contacted by the folks at Nick’s Cove, asking if Chloe and I would like to visit and let Dog Jaunt readers know what we thought of the experience. I instantly said yes, but I felt a bit of a fraud, since Nick’s Cove has long been on my list of places to check out. Then again, it might have taken me awhile to get there: We have generous friends who live nearby, and chances are we would have continued to borrow their house, rather than going to a hotel, however appealing. So take this review with a grain of salt (our dinner, hotel stay, and breakfast were paid for by…
 
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  • Leave No Black Plume as a Token: Tracking Poe’s Raven

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    J. W. Ocker, the author of Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe, out next month from Countryman Press, discovered a surprising array of sites and artifacts connected to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” in his year-long trek to visit all things Poe in the many places the poet lived. Illustration by Édouard Manet for a French translation by Stéphane Mallarmé of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" (1875) (via Library of Congress) You know the image. A lone man sits in his chamber one midnight dreary pondering over many a quaint and curious volume of…
  • An Emblem of Extinction, Lonesome George Goes on Posthumous Display in NYC

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Lonesome George at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC (all photographs by Michelle Enemark)  With a neck that stretches for days, the taxidermy of the late, last Pinta Island giant tortoise Lonesome George went on display Friday at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York. Standing proud in his own gallery encircled with windows, the symbol of lost biodiversity is on view through January. Atlas Obscura paid Lonesome George a visit this past Sunday, joining the small throng of a crowd with their cameras angled over the weathered skin…
  • The 19th-Century Iron Balls Still Cleaning the Paris Sewers

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Old postcard of Paris sewer workers (19th century) (via Claude Shoshany/Wikimedia) When the sewers of Paris get clogged with putrid waste, they're sometimes cleaned the same way they were over a century ago: with a giant, rolling ball. Models of these iron and wood "boules de curage" are on display at the Paris Sewer Museum (Musée des Égouts de Paris), which is a working sewer station that lets visitors explore the evolution of this hidden infrastructure. The museum is accessed through a rather unassuming stairwell at the Quai d'Orsay, something which almost…
  • How to Clean a Paris Sewer With a Giant Iron Ball

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Old postcard of Paris sewer workers (19th century) (via Claude Shoshany/Wikimedia) When the sewers of Paris get clogged with putrid waste, they're sometimes cleaned the same way they were over a century ago: with a giant, rolling ball. Models of these iron and wood "boules de curage" are on display at the Paris Sewer Museum (Musée des Égouts de Paris), which is a working sewer station that lets visitors explore the evolution of this hidden infrastructure. The museum is accessed through a rather unassuming stairwell at the Quai d'Orsay, something which almost…
  • How to Clean a Paris Sewer With a Giant Iron Ball

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Old postcard of Paris sewer workers (19th century) (via Claude Shoshany/Wikimedia) When the sewers of Paris get clogged with putrid waste, they're sometimes cleaned the same way they were over a century ago: with a giant, rolling ball. Models of these iron and wood "boules de curage" are on display at the Paris Sewer Museum (Musée des Égouts de Paris), which is a working sewer station that lets visitors explore the evolution of this hidden infrastructure. The museum is accessed through a rather unassuming stairwell at the Quai d'Orsay, something which almost…
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  • Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, China

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Now a popular destination for tourists and fans of lighting design alike, China's Reed Flute Cave has evidence that the cave was a revered hideaway at least over a thousand years ago even though it was only rediscovered in the 1940s and it is now creatively lit to create a multi-colored subterranean wonderland.  The now popular cave is named after the copious amounts of reeds that grow at the entrance to the site which are often collected to makes flutes and other small wind instruments, however it was not this harvest that led to the discovery of the cave. It was actually…
  • Tomb of Cyrus in Fars, Iran

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This ancient burial site is said to hold the body of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian empire, noted human rights (comparatively) pioneer, and posthumous occupant of one of the world's first earthquake resistant buildings. Cyrus the Great was a ruler during the 4th century BCE who created the first Persian empire, welcoming in anyone from the civilized ancient Near East, including sects of Judaism. His reign lasted only 30 years, but by the time his string of conquered territories was finished, he had created the largest empire the world had ever seen to that point. He is also…
  • Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, Italy

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Built in the 4th century, this massive Roman church has undergone centuries of change and expansion, and along the way has become home to a series of pope pictures that are said to herald the end of the world should they be completed. Along with the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, St. Paul's Outside the Walls is one of the four highest ranking churches in the Catholic hierarchy. It was originally erected by Roman Emperor Constantine I, supposedly over the grave of Saint Paul himself. The basilica itself managed to retain…
  • Coast Cemetery in Sydney, Australia

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hidden amongst the finest golf courses of Sydney's Eastern Suburbs is the Coast Cemetery, an aging graveyard that remembers a time when the whole area existed solely to house smallpox victims. In 1881, Sydney fell victim to an outbreak of smallpox, a highly infectious disease for which began tearing through the local population. Thus a makeshift city was built near the coast, removed from the Sydney city center to prevent its spread by quarantining any sufferers far away from the general population. As the outbreaks continued, the permanent Coast Hospital was built, including its own cemetery…
  • The Lower Swedish Cabin in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Built sometime between the 1630s and the 1650s, Pennsylvania's Lower Swedish Cabin is one of the last remaining log cabin's built by America's Swedish settlers and still stands, relatively unaltered from when it was constructed hundreds of years ago. Sitting not far from the bustling 20th century, surrounding it, the historic Lower Swedish Cabin seems like a a house out of time. Built from wooden timbers and featuring a simple, two-story floor plan, Swedish settlers built the cabin to act as a trading post with the local American Indian population. They would trade simple tools, furs, and…
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  • 20th Freestyle Festival: Sept 27th-28th

    Véronique
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    The Landiwiese is almost ready for the 20th freestyle competition. It is the largest competition in Europe, bringing together international snowboarders, skateboarders, BMX riders and freeskiers. There will have some exciting FMX and MTB Dirt Jump events and some crossover and style competitions by night! Olympians will compete against newcomers and international athletes against young Swiss talents.   […] The post 20th Freestyle Festival: Sept 27th-28th appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH – October 17th-19th

    Véronique
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    The contemporary art fair, ART INTERNATIONAL, will be back in Zurich in October for the 16th time. Gallery owners, photographers, artists and art lovers will mingle during 3 days at the congress hall. The ambiance is relaxed and the quality of the arts on display is high. The art exhibited will come from Switzerland and around the world. […] The post ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH – October 17th-19th appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Zurich Film Festival Green Carpets, Master Classes and Talks

    Véronique
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:24 pm
    The Zurich film festival is starting in a couple days and many personalities are coming to Zurich to present their films or for award ceremony. A great way to spot a few is to go to the green carpets. You can see below some information about the main green carpets but each Gala Première has […] The post Zurich Film Festival Green Carpets, Master Classes and Talks appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Zurich Film Festival for Kids

    Véronique
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Five children films will compete for the SMALL GOLDEN EYE prize. If you are interested in going to a film with your child, please find the list below: QUATSCH UND DIE NASENBÄRBANDE (Veit Heimer) from Germany  – recommended for children from the age of 6.  Showing on Saturday September 27th at 11 a.m. Arena 4 in […] The post Zurich Film Festival for Kids appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Documentaries, Dramas, Comedies at the Zurich Film Festival Gala Premières

    Véronique
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    The Zurich Film Festival, starting on Thursday September 25th, will have many Gala Premières. No matter if you prefer documentaries, dramas, comedies or thrillers, there will certainly have something for you. See below the summaries of  some of the Galas: EDEN Mia Hansen-Løve Fascinated by American garage house, the shy teenager Paul lays down his first record in 1990s […] The post Documentaries, Dramas, Comedies at the Zurich Film Festival Gala Premières appeared first on Vivamost!.
 
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  • 10 Questions: Gert Venter, Conrad Pezula

    Joy Pecknold
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:36 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, we get the scoop on Gert Venter and the Conrad Pezula in South Africa. Best hotel room at the property: The Pezula Private Beach Castle Duplex Suite located on Noetzie beach. […]
  • 10 Questions: Theresa Henkelmann, Homestead Inn – Thomas Henkelmann

    Joy Pecknold
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for some unique insight and perspective. This week, we talk to Theresa Henkelmann of the Homestead Inn – Thomas Henkelmann. Name one thing about your hotel that you haven’t told anyone else. Our property was the original building on the Bell Haven peninsula, […]
  • The List: 11 Spectacular Spots for Taking in Fall Foliage

    Joy Pecknold
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    Summer is a swell season, but throwing on a cozy sweater, pouring some hot cocoa in a travel mug and meandering along a woodland trail lined with trees changing hues isn't so bad either. Hello, Fall. To make the transition easier, we say park yourself at a property where plenty of nature is on the doorstep—here are 11 we love, from New York to Norway.
  • The List: 11 Luxurious Hotels in the Heart of Wine Country

    Joy Pecknold
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    The harvest season brings with it an abundance of delicious things. Most delicious of all, we’d argue, are grapes, and we mean the grapes that metamorphose into wine. So delicious in fact, you should just plan a whole trip around red, white and rosé. Herein, your hit list, from Sonoma to South Africa.
  • Proust Travel Questionnaire: Anine Bing

    Joy Pecknold
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A member of the prestigious multihyphenate club, Anine Bing models, sings (her band is called Kill Your Darlings) and runs her own eponymous fashion line. The latter keeps her busiest these days, that and being a mom to two young children. How does she do it? Her answers to our Proust-inspired questionnaire, which she took on a recent visit to Vancouver's Holt Renfrew, offers some insight.
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    Bikedan in Asia

  • Cycle Travel: Exploring off-the-beaten track in China

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Charlie
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Mulled wine, cinnamon pastries, gingerbread, roasting chestnuts. The classic tastes of Christmas in Central & Eastern Europe, best experienced wrapped up warm as you stroll around one of the legendary Christmas markets that take place throughout the holiday season in cities across the region. Germany Germany’s Christmas markets usually start in the last week of November and run right up to Christmas Eve. Many Christmas traditions originated in Germany so it’s no surprise that these markets seem to conjure up all the imagery you anticipate from a European Christmas Market.
  • Prague’s Top 5 Breakfast Spots

    Charlie
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Although most of our guests visiting Prague choose to stay in a hotel, those who stay in apartments often ask us for breakfast recommendations. We’ve brought years of breakfasting experience to bear to come up with our top 5 breakfast spots (actually 6, as one of them has a couple of branches): Julius Meinl On the third floor of this ‘gourmet palace’ opened in December 2013 you’ll find a restaurant. We’ve not been there in the evening yet but have enjoyed their signature breakfast menu and at 295Kc (approx $15) we can state it is quite the feast. There are…
  • Meet with JayWay Travel in London and Athens

    Charlie
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    JayWay’s Marketing Manager, Charlie and company founder and CEO, Jay, will be at a couple of travel industry events in Europe this fall, so any of our guests, past and future, existing partners, potential suppliers, journalists, bloggers and travel agents who’d like to meet, please get in touch. TBEX Europe – Athens 23-25 October 2014 Charlie will be attending The Travel Bloggers Exchange conference in Athens and there for a day or so either side. We are keen to connect with travel bloggers, whether it’s just for a chat or to work out some ideas of possible…
  • Swords and Saucery in Dubrovnik

    Marija
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    We’ve just added two new activities to our Dubrovnik excursions line-up and we’re certain they’ll be big hits. Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour A private guide and GoT mega-fan will take you on a journey through TV’s King’s Landing, showing you where key scenes were shot and which elements of reality blended with the CGI to produce HBO’s blockbuster hit show, Game of Thrones. Even if you’re not a fan of the show this tour has plenty for the uninitiated as you will get an overview of the history of Dubrovnik and see the city’s most significant…
 
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  • Transformative Travel Experiences

    Jessica Stewart
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    At Context we often speak about transformative travel experiences. Our goal is that each and every walk with a docent should leave you coming away with the feeling that you are changed in some way – whether it’s a new piece of information, an emotional experience, or just the curiosity to keep discovering more. But this hope to transform starts with our staff, the behind the scenes mechanism that works with our docents and helps you shape your trip before you even land. We thought we’d share a bit more about what makes our staff tick and what memorable travel experience started…
  • How to Use Transport in Beijing

    Sophie
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    © Jakob Montrasio You’re in Beijing for just a few days and you want to pack in all the top sites—the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, and maybe the hutongs, 798 art district, and a few other temples. China’s capital is a massive, sprawling city with much to see. To get around Beijing with finesse and without stress, read on. METRO The Beijing metro’s daily ridership tops 3.6 million. At a cool 465km, it is the world’s third longest metro system, coming in just behind Shanghai. It’s quite easy to navigate; ticket machines…
  • One World Trade Center, Building without Expression

    Carolyn Macuga
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    The following opinion piece has been been penned by docent Hansel Hernandez-Navarro, who leads many of our architectural walks in New York City.  Hansel is an architectural conservator specializing in cultural resource management and the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings and monuments. He has done site conservation work in the US, Italy, India, and Portugal. Hansel has also had various research and writing roles at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles,  the World Monuments Fund, and the Museum of the City of New York. Hansel received his Master’s in…
  • The Berges de Seine: A Riverbank Wonderland

    Sara McCarty
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Paris is a leader when it comes to optimizing the urban space. Since the start of the 21st century, the city has taken major initiatives to improve the quality of life for its citizenry, reducing pollution and vehicle traffic and reclaiming un- or mis-used city spaces for public enjoyment. Join us on this photographic journey as we explore the history of some of the revitalization projects, in particular its newest public park, Les Berges de Seine. The Berges as seen from the Pont de la ConcordeFormer mayor Bertrand Delanoë was instrumental in launching the city's latest revitalization…
  • From Bauhaus to Futurism: Berlin’s 20th Century Design Legacy

    Natalie Holmes
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:27 am
    Berlin has long been European testing ground for all kinds of art. From the beginning of the 20th century, when architecture was liberated from the rigid rules of stifling academies, the city was establishing itself as laboratory for a wide array of projects. From Le Corbusier’s clean lines to Renzo Piano’s intricately balanced mix of styles and bold ideas, contemporary architects transformed Berlin’s skyline into a diverse and internationally influential cityscape. Enjoy highlights from just some of the topics covered by our local experts during our new walking seminar, From…
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  • Yonderbound is the Easy Way to Book Travel

    Ayngelina
    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

    Ayngelina
    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

    Ayngelina
    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

    Ayngelina
    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…
  • How to Take an Italian Train

    Ayngelina
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Rome, Italy The best part about traveling Europe is taking the train. I far prefer taking a train and spending hours looking out the window than dealing with airports and lines – so much so that I took the train for 49 hours to get from Spain to Italy. That was a bit crazy. But the train is perfect for non-planners like me. Who may wake up one morning and decide they want to be in another town or even another country. But even I have been burned by taking the train. Like today. Today I landed in Rome to spend 3 weeks throughout Italy. My hope was to get a quick train straight to Modena…
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  • How to see The Bund in Shanghai

    Jaclynn Seah
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Shanghai’s iconic skyline has changed massively in the last 20 years, but its waterfront promenade, better known as The Bund, has become one of the must-visits any traveler visiting Shanghai, China, should stop by to see, even when shrouded in Shanghai’s perpetual haze. Here’s a little primer on what you can do when visiting The Bund. You’ll be lucky if you catch Shanghai looking so unhazy! Unfortunately it rained a lot when I was there, so no beautiful blue skies for me… Cina Giorno…
  • 5 fun markets in London

    Guest Poster
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write For years, my dad and I have been taking two-day trips to London. It’s become a sort of a tradition and although we didn’t manage to go this year, we’ve already planned our trip for 2015. Our city trips to London are usually a combination of exploring new things and revisiting places we love. You’d think we would return to museums, certain restaurants, or some of the many interesting stores you can find in the city. But what we always return to — what we love — are the markets.
  • Top 5 things to do on Hvar Island in Croatia

    Guest Poster
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Hvar is a Croatian island located 29 miles south of the coastal city of Split, Croatia. Hvar is known for lush greenery dotting the sides of its many hills and a rugged coastline that is home to some of Croatia’s most scenic beaches. Hvar Town on the island’s south coast is where most people spend their time on the island — and for good reason as the town boasts historic sites, beaches, and a vibrant nightlife scene. The island’s vineyards are a good reason to leave the town for a bit, though, and with…
  • Best travel videos around, volume 1

    Michael Hodson
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Over the past year or so, I’ve become really interested in videography. Videos can tell stories and evoke emotions that photos just can’t, and there’s something about watching a great video that is so satisfying. So I want to start sharing some of my favorite video finds with you from time to time. Let’s get started with Volume 1: Welcome to Doha Timelapse This video takes you on a journey through the city of Doha, Qatar. According to the video description, “We behold some of the most…
  • 5 reasons to visit the spectacular island of Formentera

    Guest Poster
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Much like a pesky, under-developed second-born, the tiny Balearic island of Formentera hunches quietly beneath the bright, brazen shadow of its bigger sister, Ibiza, just off the coast of Spain. The smallest of the four main Balearic islands, Formentera’s understated, makeup-free existence is easy to overlook next to Ibiza’s array of spectacular restaurants, unique shops, and world renowned nightlife. With not even an airport marring its ancient surface, Formentera might as well be the redheaded stepchild of…
 
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  • 2014 SATW Lowell Thomas Award Winner

    Heather
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    SATWF Award Winners Announced Today I don’t know if there’s anything sweeter than being recognized for a labour of love. That’s what happened today. My piece on Being Black in China, written for National Geographic Traveler’s “Intelligent Travel” blog scored a bronze from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation (SATWF) . My name was read out at the national SATW conference in Iceland this morning and my twitter feed lit up shortly after. What an honour! I’m particularly proud of that piece because it succeeded in doing something I try very…
  • Italian food you’re ordering wrong in Italy

    Heather
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Italian Food in Italy It’s like going to Philadelphia and ordering a “Philly cheese-steak” or asking for “French Fries” in Belgium. There are just certain things you shouldn’t do when ordering Italian food in Italy. They take their Italian food very, very seriously – from where you eat it to how you eat it and when. Ordering the wrong thing can be tantamount to a crime and cause people to gasp or shake their heads in disapproval. Nothing says “Hey I’m a tourist!” like ordering the wrong thing, the wrong way. I’ve been here for…
  • The Italian Secret: Look Up

    Heather
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Italian Art Isn’t limited to the Walls I don’t consider myself an art connoisseur. I can’t rhyme off any of Rembrandt’s or Picasso’s works and when you say Michelangelo the first thing I think of is the ninja turtle, not the artist. Still, when something is beautiful, I mean really, really beautiful, I feel it. I get the goosebumps. I drink it in with my eyes and then I feel as full as I do when I’ve eaten a great meal or read a great piece of writing. I’m always blown away by passion- in any form. In the incredible Palazzo Te in Mantua, Lombardia It…
  • Viva Italia: Lombardy #Blogville Adventure will be filled with Pleasures

    Heather
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    The trip that came closest to living up to my ideal for a family trip with toddlers was the one I took to Italy in 2005. Bambinos get lots of attention in Italy, which means Mamas get lots of help My guys were only 11 months and 3 years old then. And though the trip wasn’t without its trials (a bottle of milk spilled in the backseat of a small car on a hot day in rural Italy does not for good smells make…), watching Ethan kick a ball above the vineyards with his dad while Cameron crawled around exploring outside the little apartment we’d rented in Tuscany, still ranks as one…
  • Big News: Taking your Questions in National Geographic Traveler Magazine

    Heather
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Remember a few years ago when this happened: I do. It was an incredible honour to be named, alongside Ish and the boys, as a National Geographic Traveler Magazine “Traveler of the Year” for 2012. When that happened, we’d only been back from our whirlwind adventure for a few months and I have described it as feeling like “winning an Oscar and having it handed to you by George Clooney and Denzel Washington.” It felt that good. Globetrotting Mama, National Geographic Traveler of the Year Presentation Since then I’ve had the privilege of working with many…
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    Chic Traveler

  • Video: The Tree of Death

    video
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Manchineel tree is so toxic, even standing underneath it can cause skin blisters.
  • Boston’s Taste of Revolution Delivers Flavor of History

    Donna Sundblad
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tickets are now available for Boston’s Taste of Revolution to be held on Sept. 27, 2014. The cost is just $25. This special tour will begin at the famous 18th-century Old State House where for the first time in 250 years, visitors will be able to see the historic Council Chamber as it appeared during […]
  • Video: Travel the Grenadines in 60 Seconds

    video
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Talk about gorgeous beaches and water! One white-sand island has only 250 residents (Mayreau). One cluster is only inhabited by sea turtles (Tobago Cays). Virtually visit these small Caribbean islands by boat.
  • USB Mini Cable Kit Perfect for Travel

    Donna Sundblad
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    With technology integrated into every aspect of life these days, when we travel it’s not uncommon to bring along a notebook, phone, tablet, and for some of us even a travel router. These devices keep us connected with loved ones and business colleagues by keeping our devices charged. They take our photos, deliver our news, […]
  • Video: Shoulder Season Travel Deals

    video
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Now that the summer travel season is over, there is some great weather and great prices for travelers.
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    TheExpeditioner Travel Site

  • Travel Guide to Scottsdale, Arizona

    Matt Stabile
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    In this travel video guide to Scottsdale, Arizona, I travel to Scottsdale, the so-called “Miami Beach” of Arizona. Located just to the east of Phoenix, Scottsdale is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, hotels and attractions. I start of my travel in Scottsdale visiting downtown, otherwise known as “Old Town,” the very walkable central part of the city full of small shops and a booming restaurant scene. It is also here that the city’s roots can be traced back to the original farmers and settlers that called this otherwise barren part of the…
  • When A Lost Guatemalan Taught Me To Walk On Water

    Hannah Bowman
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    It has been three years since I last saw Loch. We parted on a train somewhere under London, thousands of miles away from the town in Guatemala where we had first met. As the tube doors slid shut on an era, I did not imagine that it would be near Sagres, Portugal’s most Southwesterly tip, that we would meet again. Yet here I am, in the small village of Raposeira in the Algarve, pushing open a salt-encrusted wooden gate to the Good Feeling Hostel where, according to a hurried e-mail exchange, I am to be reunited with my old friend who has taken up residence as a stand-up paddle instructor. I…
  • Tunisia: This Is How You Want To Experience North Africa

    Matt Stabile
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
    If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting North Africa, but have had questions as to where to go given the — oh how should we say? — difficult political tensions that are prevalent throughout much of the region, than this video should help nudge you along the say. The answer seems to be Tunisia. Yes, Tunisia, that small spit of land nestled between Algeria and Libya that, from the looks of this video from Vimeo user Luca Miranda, seems to have it all: desert oases, groves of fig trees, ever-present Mediterranean sun, a unique culture and Saharan sand that stretches deep into the…
  • Top 10 Things To Do In Dublin

    Matt Stabile
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Dublin, capital of Ireland and UNESCO City of Literature, is the perfect blend of cosmopolitan and traditional Irish culture. It is a city of extravagant nightclubs, cozy teahouses, ancient ruins and relics, and a collision of music, theater and experimental art. Incredibly, travelers to the Emerald Isle oftentimes skip over Dublin in their eagerness to get to the picturesque countryside. And yes, the hills and the cliffs and the crumbling castles of the west coast should not be missed. But Dublin has enough character to merit a separate trip entirely. And while you probably have the staple…
  • Yonderbound Seeks To Redefine How You Plan Your Travels

    Matt Stabile
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Earlier this year I had the chance to meet the founders of Yonderbound, a travel marketplace created by three women who have more than 30 years of experience in travel and tourism between them, who have set out to create a new way to find deals on travel and to plan a trip. At their core, the team at Yonderbound believes that everyone should have the right to travel, and that experiencing more of the world helps us make it a better place. Who can argue with that philosophy? Yonderbound has more than 383,693 hotels in 192 countries to choose from, but that’s not all. Yonderbound allows…
 
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  • I’m Off on Another Adventure!

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

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

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

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

    Aaron
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    Have you ever wanted to drop everything and go on an adventure? I was excited to learn that Andrew Redlawsk, a friend of mine who is not from the travel blogging world, announced he was going to do just that. He’s setting off on a 5,000-mile cross-country road trip with 3 friends with a tent and a tight budget. And  he’s making a documentary about the experience, called JUST GOHe sat down with me for a few questions about the project. So what exactly is JUST GO all about? What we’re doing is setting out to make a film that proves adventure isn’t simply the province of those…
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    The Orlando Blog

  • 12 Fun Facts About Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

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

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

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

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

    Lydia Chicles
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:35 am
    We appreciate business owners wanting tø make a difference in their Community and today we are high lighting Treasure Box Kids and #NAWBO President Carolyn Baily. We are excited to have been invited to their first ever Crowdfunding opening night reception. Along with a fantastic fashion show, cash bar and appetizers offered, Treasure Box Kids proudly supports Children’s Home Society of Florida. In support of the Kickstarter campaign and this reception, a dress can be donated to Children’s Home Society of Florida. For more info please take a look at the flyer below and remember…
 
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    Smart Women Travelers

  • 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…
  • Photo of the Week: Toronto

    Carol Margolis
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    I always love visiting Toronto. In my opinion, they have one of the most beautiful skylines in the world. The post Photo of the Week: Toronto appeared first on Smart Women Travelers. Smart Women Travelers - A Pearl Revealed In Each and Every Trip
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    Atlantic Birches Inn

  • Portland Maine Brew Festival

    Ray Deleo
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Victorian Main House The Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach Maine would like to inform you of  one of Maines best Beer Festivals.  Starting Friday evening August 29 and all day Saturday the 3oth  in Portland’s  Old Port  Waterfront you can sample some of the best  Brews you can get here in Maine or away by attending the Portland Maine Brew Festival  with over Forty Breweries attending and One Hundred Twenty Five varieties of Ciders, Mead’s and Beers available to taste.  If you would like to visit some of the nearby breweries we have provided the following map…
  • Southern Maine Fall Foliage

    Ray Deleo
    12 Oct 2012 | 3:50 pm
    Atlantic Birches Inn Central and Southern Maine are the best locations to see colorful foliage through the coming week, these area’s are close to or very near peak according to the  2012 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation. Color Zone Map Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are reporting past peak leaf color in zones 5 through 7 of the state’s seven tracking zones, but pockets of remarkable color can still be seen in the Kennebec Valley region along Route 201 and in Cumberland and York counties in southern Maine. Leaf drop in these regions is currently…
  • Southern Maine Fall Foliage

    Ray Deleo
    3 Oct 2012 | 8:24 pm
    Atlantic Birches Inn The leaves are changing here in Southern Maine and families from all over are celebrating Autumns arrival in towns all across Maine. by attending craft and country fairs, apple and pumpkin picking along with fun and unique ways to experience the beauty of the fall season –from hot air ballooning, hopping on the Mail boat sailing on Casco Bay or taking a scenic drive to explore some of Maine’s wooden covered bridges and Maine Wooden Covered Bridge  coastline or traveling down some of the popular trail maps(breweries, wineries, wooden bridges, antiquing, apple…
  • Southern Maine U Pick Apples

    Ray Deleo
    16 Sep 2012 | 3:25 pm
    Atlantic Birches Inn Its that time of year again when the nights are cooler, daylight is shorter, scent of fresh apple cider is the air  and the apples are ripe and ready to be picked. Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast would like to share with you some of our favorite u-pick apple orchards in York and Cumberland Counties.      At the apple orchard, you can enjoy a day filled with activities and goodies  for the whole family.     U Pick Orchard Many apple orchards are family-owned with a strong sense of tradition, which makes…
  • Maine Open Lighthouse Day

    Ray Deleo
    14 Sep 2012 | 6:11 am
    Portland Head Light The Atlantic Birches Inn is delighed to inform our friends and guests of the following, as a result of the huge success of past years open Lighthouse day’s The State of Maine and the U.S Coast Guard and the American Lighthouse Foundation have announced the 4nd annual Maine Lighthouse open house day the  twenty-two Maine Lighthouses on Saturday September 15, 2012 from 9am to 3pm. Transportation to these lighthouses must be provided by yourself.  Spring Point Light Last year, hundreds of people visited lighthouses along the Maine coast in the largest effort of its…
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    Traveling with MJ

  • 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…
  • Travel Product Review: Tani Underwear

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Luxury Collection of Underwear from Tani Product:  Air Fitness Boxer Brief from Tani Rating:   (out of three hearts) Features:  Designed to be worn for athletic and everyday activities, the Air Fitness Boxer Brief keeps you cool and comfortable in any situation. The three-dimensional pique knit creates tiny pockets of air that helps regulate your body temperature, keeping you cool where you need it most. The SUPERFINE Tencel wicks away 50 percent more moisture…
  • Tuesday Deal Day: Cruising the Northern Lights on Hurtigruten

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Seeing the Northern Lights is on a lot of traveler’s bucket lists. Here’s an easy, value luxury way to see them, by sea on a Hurtigruten cruise ship. Astronomy enthusiasts and adventurous travelers seeking a view of the Northern Lights will enjoy Hurtigruten’s new addition to their winter sailing lineup, the Astronomy Voyage. These 12-day sailings along the scenic Norwegian coast allow guests to join the Aurora Borealis watching sessions on the…
  • Tuesday Deal Day: Complimentary Distillery Tours at Barton 1792

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. One way to stretch your vacation budget, while still keeping that value luxury travel priority, is to discover FREE things to do wherever you are visiting. Now, I’m not suggesting doing something just because it’s free; that’s a waste of time that you’ll never get back. But – with a little research, or maybe just check with your hotel concierge – you may find activities that are right up your alley, located nearby, and are free, too. I enjoy culinary…
 
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • 9 Cafes in Muenchen Offering Lactose Free Milk

    Laurel
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    The original can be found here: 9 Cafes in Muenchen Offering Lactose Free Milk. Please read the original. Cafes in München offering lactose-free milk be difficult to find, but here are 9, so you can enjoy your cappuccino even if you are lactose intolerant as I am! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Kvarken Archipelago: Finland’s Only Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Laurel
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    The original can be found here: Kvarken Archipelago: Finland’s Only Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please read the original. Not only is Kvarken Archipelago Finland's only natural UNESCO Site, it's also one of the fastest rising land uplifts in the world and a nature lover's paradise. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Exploring the Western Coast of Finland #OutdoorsFinland

    Laurel
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The original can be found here: Exploring the Western Coast of Finland #OutdoorsFinland. Please read the original. I'll be exploring the west coast of Finland and can't wait to visit Vaasa, Björköby, Kalajoki and Liminka Bay - now I just have to figure out how to pronounce them! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Houseboating the Mayenne: What You Need to Know

    Laurel
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    The original can be found here: Houseboating the Mayenne: What You Need to Know. Please read the original. One of the biggest advantages of houseboating along the Mayenne River in France is that you don't need a driver's licence. Here's what else you need to know: Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Hiking to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn

    Laurel
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    The original can be found here: Hiking to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn. Please read the original. The hike to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn located in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland has it all. Mountain Lake? Check. Glaciers? Check. Majestic peaks? Check! Wildflowers? Check! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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  • Escape of the Week… Madrid Boutique Apartments

    Lyndon
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Well connected, varied accommodation choices and in one of our favourite European cities: there’s plenty in this cluster of boutique apartments to love. Add to that the bright and cosy home-from-home interiors and you’ve got a pad in Spain’s capital that you’ll never want to leave. Though they’re new on i-escape, these apartments (ranging from 1 to 2 bedrooms apiece) have quickly established themselves as the perfect Madrid base, particularly for families or couples looking to experience the lively and bustling side of Madrid without losing the home comforts. They’re…
  • Exploring Pelion, Greece

    Lyndon
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Editor in Chief Michael has recently returned from a Grecian adventure in Pelion, a gorgeous wooded and mountainous peninsula halfway down Greece’s east coast. While there, he not only rediscovered a stunning region ringed by beaches and dotted with beautiful villages of stone and slate houses, but also brought back news of some fantastic getaways, new on i-escape. Pelion Pelion is one of our favourite parts of mainland Greece. It has numerous gorgeous coves and beaches, verdant and rugged mountains, and a welcome host of new boutique hideaways. It’s a 3- to 4-hour drive from either…
  • 10 Alternative Things to Do in Madrid

    Lyndon
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bookings Consultant Sarah, a two-year Madrid resident and enduring lover of the city, has recently returned from another visit to Spain’s capital with a camera full of photos and a head full of insider tips. Here she shares her favourite ideas for an offbeat city stay. La azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes This rooftop bar has, in our opinion, some of the best panoramic views in Madrid. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Sierra! There is plenty of space and you can sit at a table or sprawl out on a sun lounger. There is a small charge to access the rooftop (pay at…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Fattoria Barbialla Nuova

    Lyndon
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    As much as we love a city escape with the family, we know that sometimes kids need to roam free in the great outdoors. Where better to do just that than a 500-hectare organic farm in the rolling Tuscan hills? There are few fancy frills or modern distractions here, making it an ideal rural retreat for families yearning for the simple life. Doderi Although these self-catering apartments (and 1 villa) are only an hour from Florence, Fattoria Barbialla Nuova is steeped in a different way of life. Immerse yourself in a world of slow food with fantastic pasta-making demos, an introduction to…
  • #iescapebucket – the winners!

    Lyndon
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Last month we launched our #iescapebucket Twitter competition inviting all of you to submit the best pics of your under 5s enjoying 1 of the 20 fun activities on the i-escape ‘Bucket and Spade List’. We received lots of fantastic entries and are pleased to announce our 5 favourites who each win a £50 i-escape with kids voucher. Congratulations! Thank you to all who entered and do remember to use #iescapetrip to share your i-escape holiday pics in the future – we love to see them! @iescapewithkids Herb’s summer of fun. Sand castles, boats, caves and a small pony!
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    Byteful Travel

  • 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…
  • MacKenzie Park: Whale Spout on Big Island video

    Andrew Crusoe
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Welcome to MacKenzie Park! Today, I’m happy to share the 2nd in my “Byteful Glimpse” HD travel series of short videos. You see, ever since I got an iPod that can actually shoot HD video, I’ve been doing what I can to capture glimpses of some of the best places on the island. And MacKenzie Park is one of the loveliest places on the east side of the island. So lovely, in fact, that I was treated to a whale sighting while sitting on the edge of one of the cliffs. Share & Enjoy! Transcript: A: Jump for no reason! Expend thousands of calories! *laughter* A: You…
 
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  • How Spontaneous Adventures Can Strengthen Your Relationship

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    “If it was sanitary, I’d give you a high five right now because that was the best freakin’ meal I’ve eaten in a while!” I was not quiet about it either because the fella who had just walked up with his family interjected with, “I’m glad to hear that!”Good food makes me happy, simple as that. So, when I stumble upon a roadside taco and slider stand with five star food during a spontaneous adventure, you better believe that this gal gets giddy!Apparently, The Roost, located in Linville, NC, has been opened for two months but we are just now finding out about this gem. That…
  • Kari + Chad's Mountaintop Destination Wedding at Kilkelly's in Blowing Rock, NC | Boone Wedding Photographer

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    "We have to go to Plan B!," said one of the bridesmaids. “If we do it outside at the original ceremony site your dress will get ruined before the day even begins!”After that, a flurry of activity began as furniture got shuffled and the guests and groomsmen were notified of the switch. The ceremony would now take place inside the house where everyone can get cozy in the living and dining room.It was a tough decision to make because it wasn't the way Kari and Chad envisioned exchanging their vows. She really had her heart set on getting married outside, surrounded by the mountains that they…
  • Ali + JB's Engagement Adventure at Grandfather Golf & Country Club | Boone NC Photographer

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    “Hold on now! We wouldn't want you to fall off the golf cart!”, Ali hollered. Meanwhile, I have a death-grip with my left hand on the cameras and my right was white knuckling it on the—pardon my French—“oh shit!” bar (that’s what it’s called, right?! hahaha) while he whizzed us around the course!JB was obviously very familiar with the terrain and seemed to know this course like the back of his hand. I wasn't really scared, I knew I was in good hands. I’m just being dramatic for effect. Did it work? The three of us got cozy right away and sandwiched three-deep on the bench…
  • Pennington Family Adventure at Valle Crucis Park | Boone NC Family Photographer

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    “Blueberries! I see blueberries!”, Everett began to shout and point from the lofty view on his Daddy’s shoulders. “Where?!”, the rest of us asked puzzled. Between the four of us, we hadn’t yet spotted the wild berries, but as we continued to walk closer to the area he was leading us toward, he became more insistent that they were there.We finally walked up and saw the bush that he was steering us to. Everett had a good eye, although what he spotted from afar were blackberries not blueberries.Still, it required a pit-stop so that he could sample nature’s sweet treat! Naturally,…
  • Coming Soon: Boone Bride Guide | Wedding Planning Resource | Boone NC Photographer

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    "I have learned how complex and overwhelming it can be to plan a wedding! It's not easy that's for sure!" I've heard on numerous occasions how overwhelming it is to plan a wedding from my brides. They share nearly the same sentiment every time I check in with them as we get closer to their big day. Another confided, “Honestly, I'm overwhelmed at this time trying to pull the wedding together, find a job, and take care of a sick pet and mother.”The planning process is really stressful because there are so many different elements that need to come together in order to make it happen. It’s…
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  • Going Local at Albergo Ristorante Parmigiano in Novara

    Jack
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Apart from the fact that most visitors to this part of Italy make the mistake of overlooking the historic streets of Novara, even those who are more curious of places with names that aren’t familiar would still probably never set foot in the Albergo Ristorante Parmigiano even though it’s located only a couple of hundred metres from the Basilica San Gaudenzio. The entrance is so unassuming that Harry Potter couldn’t have done a better job of making it more invisible to muggles’ eyes. We only knew about it thanks to Roberto Maggioni, otherwise we would never have…
  • As We Walked out to Agulo on La Gomera

    Jack
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Someone has poured a bucket of water over our heads, drenching us to the skin. Our tee-shirts are sodden and we look like a pair of drowned rats. There’s no rain, only a humidity that brings on tsunami after tsunami of sweat. It has the sort of intensity I normally associate with somewhere like the Far East. But this is the Canarian Island of La Gomera and we’re in the middle of bruma (low cloud) high up a cliff. The mist obscures the summit; a fact I’m glad about. If I could see how far we had still to climb my morale would probably throw itself off the mountainside. I had…
  • Mixed Feelings about Tejeda on Gran Canaria

    Jack
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Tejeda on Gran Canaria looks the perfect Canarian village. It reclines on the hillside gazing out over some of the most epic views in the Canary Islands. Tejeda is, as they say, picture postcard pretty. It has many of the right ingredients, and yet I’ve never fully clicked with the place. I don’t dislike Tejeda, but neither do I have any real affection for it. There are a couple of reasons for this. Tejeda: The Good and Bad Having hiked up a mountain from Tunte, walked through a misty, damp and atmospheric forest and descended on slippery cobbled trail into a valley where the…
  • The Lost Piglets of El Hierro

    Jack
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    “Have you seen any piglets,” the young man with a Jon Snow beard (Game of Thrones not the newsreader) seemed amused at his own question. “Piglets?” I don’t know what we’d expected when the 4×4 drew level with us on the dirt track in the hills on El Hierro, but it wasn’t a question about piglets. “Little black piglets” he laughed. “Ours have…” he hesitated. “… escaped.” “No, no piglets. Some sheep and a kestrel, but no black piglets.” He drove off and we carried on our way between dry stone walls topped on one side by blossoming almond…
  • Review of Hotel Villa Kinzica, Lake Iseo

    Jack
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Via Provinciale 1, Sale Marasino The largest lake island in Europe, Monte Isola, lay directly opposite our room. There was an elegant selection of fruit on a lake to pick at as we pulled up chairs at the picture windows. It would be a perfect spot for sitting with your head in a book, except the scenery acts as a constant distraction. Like so many of the locations we visited in Italy the views were as immaculately alluring as an Italian garden. From the moment we checked in, Hotel Villa Kinzica felt as relaxing as slipping into a warm bath. Our View As a base for exploring Lake Iseo and…
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  • Halloween Horror Nights 24 – Universal Orlando

    gaytravelinformation
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 24 – UNIVERSAL ORLANDO | September 19-Nov 1, 2014  MICHAEL MYERS IS COMING HOME…TO HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT For the first time ever, John Carpenter’s horror classic comes to life as a haunted house at Universal Orlando!  Everyone is entitled to one good scare…and beginning September 19, Universal Orlando … Continue reading →
  • An Extra Bed Vacation Rentals – Rockport & Medford, MA

    gaytravelinformation
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    An Extra Bed Vacation Rentals & Periwinkle Cottage | 1-877-325-1139 | Rockport & Medford, MA Discover your “home away from home” when you visit these warm and inviting vacation rentals in Rockport and Boston (Medford), Massachusetts.  At An Extra Bed Vacation Rentals, they pride themselves s in providing you with comfortable, modern, and beautifully styled homes and cottages for rent in fascinating towns. … Continue reading →
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando

    gaytravelinformation
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Universal Orlando announces a fifth hotel: Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will open in 2016 Universal Orlando and Loews Hotels and Resorts are teaming up again to open a fifth on-site resort; Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. When it opens in the summer of 2016, guests will walk into a colorful Caribbean hideaway built around a lush, tropical … Continue reading →
  • Julian’s – Providence, RI | Gay Travel Information

    gaytravelinformation
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    JULIAN’S / 318 BROADWAY, PROVIDENCE, RI 02909 / 401-861-1770 Do you remember that person in high school that oozed with punk rock, zine reading, sci-fi coolness? Some people may have thought they were “strange”, but not you. Oh no. You anticipated passing them each day in the school hall hoping maybe, just maybe you would get a nod or half smile. You’d make it … Continue reading →
  • Loews Don CeSar Hotel – St. Pete Beach, Florida

    gaytravelinformation
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Gay Travel | Gay Travel Information | Gay Friendly St. Pete Beach | Gay Friendly St. Petersburg | Gay Friendly Florida Loews Don CeSar Hotel St. Pete Beach | 3400 Gulf Blvd | St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 | 1-800-282-1116 There are hotels and then there are — GRAND HOTELS. The historic, 4-Diamond, Loews Don CeSar … Continue reading →
 
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  • Fall Travel: 5 Essentials for a Hudson Valley Escape

    news@fodors.com
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Follow the Hudson River north of New York City to uncover the riches of the rural-meets-refined Hudson Valley. It's a place where you can reconnect with nature amidst fertile riverfront lands framed by low mountains and generously dotted with wine trails, agro-restaurants, charming small towns, art havens, and historical sites. Come autumn, the region's foliage explodes in a brilliant dreamscape of red, orange, and golden hues, making for a truly spectacualr setting. Here are five essential picks for Hudson Valley art, nature, history, and food—plus, a plush…
  • Fodor's Week in Travel: Hotels Galore!

    news@fodors.com
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here at Fodor's, we're obsessed with hotels year-round, but this week we had them on our minds even more than usual. As we do every year, we unveiled the Fodor's 100, our list of the best hotels in the world. We also checked out a hot new property in Chicago, previewed a splashy new opening in Myanmar, and covered the rise of new hotels in Las Vegas. To see some of the best stays in the world and start planning your next getaway, look no further than our weekly roundup. Fodor's 100 Want to stay at the finest properties when you travel? Check out the Fodor's 100, our…
  • 10 Places Where Summer Lasts Longer

    news@fodors.com
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Labor Day has come and gone, and the official end of summer is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to warm weather. For those who want to enjoy every possible minute of fun in the sun, these destinations will make you forget all about the changing of the season. Perhaps there’s no such thing as endless summer, but you can definitely enjoy a few more weeks of it in any of these fall-defying getaways. From Miami Beach to San Diego, here are 10 places where summer lasts longer. By Deb Hopewell
  • Fall 2014 Guide to Las Vegas

    news@fodors.com
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Before this past August, the last major resort to pop up was was The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in December 2010. By Vegas standards, that's a long time for the Strip skyline to go unchanged—but fall 2014 could mark the beginning of one of the city's biggest transformations in more than 10 years. Here's our guide to what you need to know if you're visiting Las Vegas soon. The New Las Vegas Since the early 2000s, Las Vegas has undergone a series of reinventions in fits and starts. First was a short-lived attempt to turn Vegas into a family…
  • Where to Go This Thanksgiving

    news@fodors.com
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Thanksgiving is still a couple of months away, but if you want to take a trip over the holiday, now’s the time to book—especially if you want to travel as a family. While Thanksgiving is traditionally spent at home or with relatives in other parts of the country, it’s also a fantastic time to hit the road and do some exploring. Beaches, colonial festivities, the Northern Lights—these and more await you on our list of top Thanksgiving destinations for 2014. Of course, these destinations also have plenty of great restaurants for traditional (and not-so traditional)…
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  • Winnipeg, Canada; The Canadian Museum of Human Rights

    Iain Mallory
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory If there is one thing I may live to regret, it’s missing the opening of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg. The opening ceremonies, were just a few days ago, and must have been  well worth the wait. I was fortunate enough to visit in June this year, none of the exhibits were […] The post Winnipeg, Canada; The Canadian Museum of Human Rights appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Wild Side of Estonia Itinerary; 18 – 22 September, 2014

    Iain Mallory
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory It’s with a great deal of anticipation that I will be visiting Estonia on an individual media trip over the period 18 – 22 September, 2014. The trip was organised by the Estonia Tourism Board, and was first discussed October, last year. Finally I’m going, and it’s very exciting visiting for the first time. Tallinn, the capital […] The post Wild Side of Estonia Itinerary; 18 – 22 September, 2014 appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Epic Journeys; Coast to Coast, Canada with Via Rail

    Iain Mallory
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory The term ‘epic journey’ is probably bandied about too often, but travelling from Halifax on the Atlantic coast of Canada to Vancouver on the Pacific shoreline is justifiably considered an epic traverse. Travelling by train with the major Canadian railway Via Rail only adds to this sense of a special journey, it is one which […] The post Epic Journeys; Coast to Coast, Canada with Via Rail appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Oman Media Trip 12- 16 September 2014

    Iain Mallory
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory I’m extremely excited to return to a favourite destination over the period Friday 12th to Tuesday 16th September, 2014. This trip is being organised by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism, and will include several talented writers, and photographers. Oman has the tagline “Beauty has and address”, and I think this is appropriate, it is a […] The post Oman Media Trip 12- 16 September 2014 appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from an Urban Sunset, Cape Town

    Iain Mallory
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Spectacular sunsets usually bring thoughts of silhouetted surfers, island palm trees, or reflections in mountain lakes to mind. Cityscapes are often equally impressive however, and not necessarily just skylines of towering, reflective glass monoliths. These cloud formations over Cape Town, South Africa, produced one of the most memorable sunsets I can remember. After meeting fur seals […] The post Postcards from an Urban Sunset, Cape Town appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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  • Top 10 things to do in Malaysia

    Toni Marie Ford
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I didn’t know a thing about Malaysia until I touched down in Kuala Lumpur one night last July in the midst of a spectacular thunderstorm. I had hoped Malaysia would be unlike anywhere else I had ever been before and, incredibly, it was. A heady mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultural influences, Malaysia is a jigsaw puzzle of beautiful … Top 10 things to do in Malaysia is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Bangkok, Kanchanarburi and Hua Hin in photos

    Justin Mewse
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    I was recently fortunate enough to join a trip to Thailand to experience a week-long itinerary packed with activities, starting in the capital city Bangkok, then on to the rural province of Kanchanaburi and finally the beach region of Hua Hin. With so much to see and do, I would need to write a whole series of articles to do Thailand … Bangkok, Kanchanarburi and Hua Hin in photos is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • A wedding in paradise – Mr & Mrs Dunford say ‘I do’ at the Maritim Hotel, Mauritius

    Natasha Delgado
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    When nurse, Jana met engineer, Nick at a Madness tribute concert sparks didn’t necessarily fly, however several years on these two love birds together with their close friends, family and 16 month old daughter sought after their ‘happily ever after’ on the exclusive island of Mauritius, at the beautiful 5* Maritim Hotel.   Where did you meet? Nick and I … A wedding in paradise – Mr & Mrs Dunford say ‘I do’ at the Maritim Hotel, Mauritius is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Faraway foods: Bali

    Levanah Gates
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Bali, it conjures up images of dramatic greenery, rolling rice fields and volcanic vistas. One of Indonesia’s most popular islands, it’s no wonder so many of us in the West choose this landscape as our ultimate holiday destination. It’s not just luxury sun seekers though, Bali is just as popular with global backpackers and honeymooners. But what about the food? … Faraway foods: Bali is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 things to do in Thailand

    Toni Marie Ford
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Thailand is a charming mix-up. It is a country of paradoxes, of oddly-shaped jigsaw pieces that shouldn’t fit together and yet somehow do, creating a picture of a place that seems at once real and imaginary. Bangkok’s reputation as the decadent playground of the East is tempered by its many shrines and holy sites. Its saffron-robed Buddhist monks pad barefoot … Top 10 things to do in Thailand is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
 
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  • Getting Out of the Water to See Jamaica

    Darryl Musick
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Yes, it's a beautiful pool and beach here at the Luxury and Gran Bahia Principe hotels and we could easily spend the whole week here but we want to see what's on the other side of that big wall and guard gate.On arrival, we picked up a Toyota Corolla from Hertz. If you've seen our video about traveling without a wheelchair accessible vehicle or power chair, you'll know that we've got a pretty good system about putting Tim in the car without the wheelchair. Well, that works here in America very well but, since we're used to the passenger sitting on the right, it doesn't work so well for us…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Jamaican Swimup Drinking Tour

    Darryl Musick
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Picture courtesy of WikimediaMarius Kallhardt under CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseIt's another sampling of Caribbean all-access, all-you-can-drink, all inclusive drinks, this time from the pools of the Luxury Bahia Principe and the Gran Bahia Principe in Runaway Bay, Jamaica.The entire resort boast nine bars, two of which are the swimup variety. In our end of the pool, there's also a poolside bar reserved for the guests of the Luxury Bahia side of things with waiter service to bring your cocktails to the pool.Watch The Video! Since drinks are included in your room rate, you just ask and it shall…
  • Changing from Travel Mode to Vacation Mode in Jamaica

    Darryl Musick
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    We left off in part 1 with challenges on getting the room we paid for on arrival at the Luxury Bahia Principe (LBP) in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. With that behind us, it's time for vacation...Watch the Video!25 years ago, my wife and I spent a week at Eden II not far from the spot we're at now. It was $1100 for each of us, all inclusive. This week is costing us $1300 each, not a bad rate of inflation over a quarter century.  Of course, back then much more was included in our all-inclusive experience: a tour to Dunn's River Falls, transportation into Ocho Rios for shopping, sailing,…
  • Trying to Get to Jamaica is Trying

    Darryl Musick
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Twenty five years ago, my beautiful wife and I traveled to the island of Jamaica. Tim, being all of two years old at the time, stayed behind with my parents.Watch the Video!We went to Eden II, and all-inclusive that was eventually bought out by the Sandals chain. The particular property is today part of the Jewel family of resorts.Back then, all-inclusive not only meant all the food and drink you could absorb but also tours, golf outings, and more. The entertainment offerings were endless (see our picture of Toga Party night, above. That's Letty and me on the right) and "no tipping" meant…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: The Runaway

    Darryl Musick
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Greetings from Jamaica! This week's cocktail is our latest invention, the Runaway.A little background...when we travel, and especially if we have a comped in-room minibar...we like to play around with it and invent a cocktail from the ingredients within.WATCH THE VIDEO!This week, we're at the all-inclusive Luxury Bahia Principe resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Our minibar includes a massive bottle of rum, some Coke, Sprite, orange soda, and beer. We augmented this by visiting a nearby market to get some coconut water, lime juice, and orange/pineapple juice.Using our resort's location for the…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • All-American Summer Fun!

    Briza
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A huge part of being in my family involves BASEBALL! My whole family lives and breathes for the sport. My grandpa has been an Oakland A’s fan since he was probably in his mommy’s tummy and he has passed it on to every single person in his family. For our trips as a family, we usually end up going on the Bart (the bay area’s subway station) and going to a game. This past time, however, we did something we had never done before. As an anniversary gift, we decided to give my grandparents a whole new experience, with the whole family of course, so we reserved a suite/box!
  • Top 3 in Berlin

    Bianca B
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Ich liebe Berlin! The German capital is so steeped in history and culture that it’s hard to walk around without stopping every minute or two to take a closer look – at the stunning architecture, the amazing art pieces, and even the thought-provoking graffiti on the walls all over the city. To my great misfortune we only spent three days there, and I for one am planning to return – until then, here are the three best things we did while we were in Berlin! 1. The Berlin Wall – East Side Gallery This is an obvious must-see. It’s both immediately sobering and surprisingly uplifting…
  • Travel Beyond Summer

    Pauline
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Summer is the season when most people travel, but let’s face it: the prices for hotels and transportation are way too high. Making vacation plans after the height of the busy season may be out of the question for some, especially with the start of the school year, but there are some great places for shorter or longer getaways that might just do the trick. In short, travel doesn’t have to be isolated within the three hottest months of the year. September and October are great months to travel, so check out one or more of these vacation destinations, if you can. September There are…
  • European Adventure

    Madison
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Going to Paris has been on my bucket list my entire life, and as my love for British celebrities increased, England also rose high on the list of places I wanted to visit. I was lucky enough to visit both of these places when my high school hosted a trip to France and England.  Three of my best friends and I all signed up for the trip and this July we got to experience the trip of a lifetime. The trip was 10 days long and included London, Canterbury, St Malo, and ended in Paris, and if I had to choose one word to describe all these very different cities it would be pretty, each location was…
  • National Roller Coaster DAY!

    Briza
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Spur the moment Friday night, my grandparents decided to surprise all of their grandkids with a trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California the next day, Saturday. As it turns out, we visited Six Flags on NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY!!!       Now, we didn’t know what that actually meant. Soon, however, when we decided to ride Boomerang, we found out we get to ride a second time (if you wanted to)! As big roller coaster fans, we were certainly up to it!       Discovery Kingdom has a lot of thrill rides, such as Medusa (the green one in the…
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  • 3 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Your Backpack’s Zippers

    Fred Perrotta
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Top quality gear is an investment. You pay a bit more for better materials and construction. You expect your gear to last longer. Manufacturers like us strive to build the best products. We use quality materials and hardware. We invest in better construction. Even the best components will wear down if not properly maintained. Occasional, minimal upkeep will extend the life of your gear. You wouldn’t buy a car then neglect to wash it or change the oil, would you? Zippers are a common fail point on backpacks. Even YKK zippers, regarded as the best brand (and the one that we use), will…
  • How to Pack Shoes in Your Backpack

    Fred Perrotta
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What’s the hardest item to pack? For most people, shoes are the hardest item to pack. They take up a lot of space, and shoes are too specialized to bring just one pair, even for short trips. On my first backpacking trip to Europe, I carried around a pair of dress shoes. I had heard that you needed nice shoes for “going out” in Europe. For two weeks I lugged around heavy, thick-soled dress shoes. I don’t think I ever wore them. In retrospect, I was an idiot. Luckily, I was carrying around a giant hiking bag. I had plenty of room, but they were still a waste of space and…
  • Announcing the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

    Fred Perrotta
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Today we are proud to announce the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship. Why a Scholarship? Young people need to experience the world beyond their hometown and college campus. Now, together, we can help them do so. When you buy a Tortuga Backpack, you will “pay it forward” by funding a scholarship for students to travel and study abroad. Some companies donate a percentage of sales to charity, but we wanted to do something more tangible. TOMS Shoes’ and Warby Parker’s “Buy One, Give One” programs were a model for us. When you shop with us, your money…
  • 10 Packing Quotes to Remind You to Travel Light

    Fred Perrotta
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Everyone loves to share travel quotes on Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Even people who don’t travel. As usual, packing is the essential, but unloved, part of travel. We aren’t the only ones talking about packing though. Everyone from writers to poets to designers to the king of quotes himself, Oscar Wilde, has had something to say about what to bring or what not to bring. The message as always: pack light. He who would travel happily must travel light. -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Tweet this quote If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies,…
  • Packing Cube Survey Results: You Want It, We’ll Make It

    Fred Perrotta
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    I always carry a single packing cube. I pack it with underwear and socks and carry it at the bottom of my backpack. The cube consolidates these small items so that they take up less space and are all in one spot, not jammed into every nook and cranny of my bag. The rest of my clothes are packed loosely outside of a cube. Here at Tortuga, we get occasional questions about packing cubes. Mostly, “Should I use packing cubes?” and “Which ones?” Many hardcore travelers packing everything they bring in packing cubes. But how common are they? What do people want in a packing…
 
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  • Hindmarsh Island and Goolwa Channel (Goolwa)

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Hindmarsh Island and Goolwa Channel - Goolwa visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Hindmarsh Island and Goolwa Channel' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from South Australia.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panoramic views over the Goolwa Channel and the Murray Mouth on Hindmarsh Island near Goolwa, South Australia. Goolwa is a small town on the Fleurieu Peninsula about 100 kilometres south-east from Adelaide. Hindmarsh Island forms the boundary for the Coorong National Park
  • The Old Customs House, inside (Exeter)

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    The Old Customs House, inside - Exeter visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'The Old Customs House, inside' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Devon.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:This is the inside of the the Custom House which was built at [[10760,Exeter Quay]] in 1680 to house officials who collected taxes on traded goods. It is often regarded as the oldest Custom House in Britain and has some very fine architecture, including three intricate plaster ceilings dating back to 1639-1727. When this…
  • The Dorset County Show 2014 (Dorchester)

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    The Dorset County Show 2014 - Dorchester visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'The Dorset County Show 2014' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Dorset.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:This was the show held in early September 2014 which featured the best that Dorset has to offer. Apart from the usual livestock competitions, there were displays of locally made food and drink such as cider, wine, ice cream, fudge, pasties, cheeses and much more.
  • Cala Murta, El Castellet -2 (Mallorca)

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Cala Murta, El Castellet -2 - Mallorca visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cala Murta, El Castellet -2' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Balearic Islands.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:This rocky outcrop called El Castellet (little castle) is a short walk along the cliffs from the beach at [[10766,Cala Murta]] on the [[1826,Formentor Peninsula.]]
  • Cala Murta, El Castellet (Mallorca)

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Cala Murta, El Castellet - Mallorca visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cala Murta, El Castellet' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Balearic Islands.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:One of Mallorca's hidden gems is [[10766,Cala Murta,]] a little deserted cove on the [[727,Formentor Peninsula.]] A rocky footpath known as the 'Camí del Castellet' leads from the beach and over the cliffs to [[10768,this viewpoint.]]
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  • A Home Away From Home at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: 1-Bedroom Villa

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Planning a vacation usually includes the following questions: Where are we going to eat? How much clothing do we need to pack? Who is going to sleep where? Well, I’m happy to report that a vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, has an easy solution to all three with its spacious villas. The 1-Bedroom Villa, 2-Bedroom Villa and 3-Bedroom Grand Villa are all designed to comfortably accommodate larger groups and offer just-like-home amenities. This new series will spotlight these beautiful villas, beginning with a look at what is included with a stay in a 1-Bedroom Villa. With more…
  • 10 Things To Love About Fall at Walt Disney World Resort

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Today is the first day of fall, and here at Walt Disney World Resort that means it’s the official start of a whole new season of fun. Here are 10 reasons that fall is a great time to visit our parks. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties – This special after-hours Halloween party at Magic Kingdom Park is a must-do during a fall visit. Bring your Halloween costumes, get ready to trick-or-treat and expect to see some amazing Halloween entertainment and fireworks! More details on this offering here. Villain’s Sinister Soiree - Available only on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween…
  • A Special ‘Dinner & A Show’ Offer Featuring ‘La Nouba’ Makes Fall Even More Delicious at Downtown Disney

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    I’ve written about La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil here on the Disney Parks Blog before. New Clowns? Covered. A backstage VIP Tour dubbed L’Experience? Check. That said, this might be my most delicious update yet … On sale now, with shows starting on Tuesday, September 30, guests can purchase a special “Dinner & A Show” package that include a ticket to the 6:00 p.m. “La Nouba” show plus dinner – an entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage – at one of three Downtown Disney West Side restaurants: Wolfgang Puck Café, Planet Hollywood or Splitsville Luxury Lanes. With an…
  • Show Your Spooky Disney Side and Set Sail Aboard the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    UPDATE: The Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future events! Halloween Time is upon us, and it’s time to show your spooky Disney Side! Registration is now open for the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. When you step aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia* to set sail on this creepy cruise, you may not recognize it. The Rivers of America take on an aura of foreboding … has a ghost followed you on board? Explore this floating edifice of fright, but beware ……
  • Honors for Innovative Design of Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disneyland

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    As many of you know, Disney’s theme parks and resorts exemplify not only storytelling and creativity, but also innovation. We are constantly defining and redefining themed entertainment, and we do that not just in the technology behind our attractions, but also in the way we design them. With that in mind, we are pleased to share that Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) has recently received a prestigious professional honor for the innovative design and technology practices that have been used in the development of Enchanted Storybook Castle, currently under construction at Shanghai Disneyland.
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  • Around the World in Eight Photos

    Krista
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Join us as we explore the world though the street photography tag on WordPress.com. Here you’ll find no airport lineups, no grumpy customs agents, and you never get the middle seat. On belgianstreets, photographer Andy Townend recently shot “stripfeest,” an annual comics festival held in Brussels, Belgium. We loved how Andy captures this young reader fully ensconced in his comic book. An avid photographer, Andy is also a regular contributor to The Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge. Photo by Andy Townend We were intrigued by the untold stories in Michael…
  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently. Rebecca Hains Writer, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release of The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Sourcebooks), her most recent book. A critique of popular culture and the messages it sends to young girls, the…
  • Gmail Password Leak Update

    Daryl L. L. Houston
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of WordPress.com, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPress.com accounts, we took steps to protect our users. We downloaded the list, compared it to our user database, and proactively reset over 100,000 accounts for which the password given in the list matched the WordPress.com password. We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the…
  • Basis, Edin, and Forefront: A Look at Business Themes

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We add new themes to the Theme Showcase each week, including free and premium themes for businesses, organizations, and your professional projects. Here’s a trio of business themes transformed by three very different types of users: a professional travel and food writer, a Buddhist podcast host, and a fly fishing outfitter in Australia. roam & home Chicago-based travel and food curator Karen Valentine, the founder of roam & home, presents a beautifully designed site with Basis, a premium theme. Wide featured images add splashes of color to the homepage, while the Brandon…
  • Blogging 101 and Writing 101 Are Back!

    Krista
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    You’ve just started your shiny new blog and you’d like some help as you get up to speed on WordPress.com. Or, maybe you’d like some inspiration to write every day. On September 15th, we kick off two free Blogging U. courses: Blogging 101 and Writing 101. They might be just what you need to whip your blog into shape and/or establish your writing habit. Blogging 101 Each day for 30 days, Blogging 101 offers a bite-sized blogging “assignment*,” geared to helping you customize the look of your blog, start a blogging habit, and find some new blogging friends. Here’s…
 
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  • Il male minore: un porto turistico offshore per Venezia o scavare la laguna ancor di più?

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Bacino San Marco-settembre 2013Le grandi navi da turismo portano centinaia di migliaia di turisti a Venezia ogni anno, i quali, in cambio, contribuiscono all’economia locale e nazionale sostenendo, in parte, i lavori nell’ambito del turismo. Ad ogni modo, come Gulliver che pesta Lilliput, questi enormi grattacieli su acqua navigano attraverso la laguna veneziana e il fragile centro storico—il bacino di San Marco e il Canale della Giudecca—lasciando le loro impronte.  Dopo la tragica vicenda che ha coinvolto la Costa Concordia, nella quale hanno perso la vita trentadue persone…
  • The lesser of two evils: An offshore touristic port for Venice or more canal digging?

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    St. Mark's Basin-September 2013Cruise ships bring hundreds of thousands of tourists to Venice each year who, in turn, contribute to the local and national economy by sustaining, in part, tourist related jobs. However, like Gulliver stepping through Lilliput, these gigantic floating skyscrapers sail through the Venetian lagoon and the fragile historical center—St. Mark’s Basin and the Giudecca Canal—and leave their footprints, too. Two years after the Costa Concordia fiasco, which tragically took 32 lives off the Tuscan coast in January 2012, few people would disagree that large cruise…
  • My guest blog post on InsidersAbroad.com: #UNLOCKYOURLOVE-Venetians taking their city’s problems into their own hands

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    #unlockyourlove logo by Alberto Toso FeiAfter one of the most trying tourist seasons today’s generations of Venetians can remember, a grassroots group—tired of visitors using the city of Venice, Italy, like a beach, a picnic area or more crassly as an outdoor toilet. Yes this is happening in Venice, too—is saying basta!Enough of the abuse their spectacular town, a U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage site, has been forced to succumb to....Please continue reading my blog post here on Insiders…
  • Venice, not her tourists, is crying out loud!

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Rialto BridgeBecause of a recent article in The Telegraph: Outcry over plan to charge Venice day trippers...I'm climbing onto my soapbox: Tourism in Venice has drastically changed in the last 10 or so years. Too many, but not all, come, think it's a beach, walk around shirtless, wearing flip flops and in bathing suits, swim in the canals, climb on historic builidings that are hundreds of years old--all in a city where not long ago travelers knew when in Venice wearing short pants wasn't/isn't acceptable. Today, visitors pack a lunch as if they're going to a park, sit…
  • Eating Pizza New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio's way...with a fork.

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    My favorite pizza: Cream of artichoke with artichokes and buffalo mozzarella cheeseNYC Mayor Bill De BlasioRecently, I had the honor of spending an evening with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and his charming family during their stay in Venice, Italy. We talked about many things: his city and ours, his proud Italian-American heritage and the joy he and his family felt visiting and being so warmly welcomed to Italy. When I permitted myself to make a light hearted comment about eating pizza with a fork, he gave me a warm smile and, like any good Italian, gently threw up his hands. Some…
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  • 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 […]
  • Intercontinental Singapore Staycation

    Eunice Khong
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    Words & Photos by Sharon Tan Intercontinental Singapore, situated in the heart of Bugis spells LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! It’s the quiet oasis in the hustle and bustle of Bugis. Surrounded by shops and eateries in Bugis Junction, one only needs to walk in air conditioned comfort to either hail a taxi or to get to […]
  • Shop & Get Paid at Bonusbay

    Eunice Khong
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    This is something pretty new and interesting for online shoppers in Singapore. We all shop and make online purchases these days, always on the lookout for promotions and deals. How about getting paid after paying for your flights and hotels, or that pair of sneakers? Couple of days ago, I was introduced to Bonusbay.sg, a Finnish […]
  • Come Face to Face with the Terracotta Army!

    Eunice Khong
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    As the popular saying goes, “Go to Shanghai if you want to appreciate the history of China in the past 100 years; to see China of 1000 years ago, head to Beijing; for 5000 years of history, make a trip to Xi’an, the cradle of Chinese civilization.” Now the capital of Shaanxi province, Xi’an was […]
  • Alive Museum Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    Is seeing believing? Hop into the 3D artwork and become part of the optical illusion at Alive Museum. Take photos from the correct perspectives indicated by the Photo Point icons and voila! You get whimsical snapshots of yourself blending into fairy tale-like scenes, performing incredible stunts, and being chased by zombies! Enjoy these photos. No […]
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  • Getting the Right Balance on your Family Safari Holiday

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    The key to the perfect Family safari in Africa is balancing the needs of everyone in the family. Some children can sit for hours in a game drive vehicle day after day, watching game and getting excited about every single animal. Other children will start to get bored and restless after a couple of game drives. We have one of each type, so know how hard it can be. Rather than making the holiday of your life time into an ordeal, here are a few recommendations to help you plan your holiday. Private Game Drives By paying extra, you can often have a ranger and game drive vehicle just for your…
  • Malaria Free Family Safaris in Africa

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    We are often approached by families wanting to go on safari in Africa who don’t want to expose their children to the risks of malaria. This rules out much of Africa’s mainstream family safari destinations, with the exception of South Africa, where there are plenty of malaria-free safari options offering excellent game viewing experiences. Of course, nowhere is entirely risk-free and no matter where you travel to, you should always take precautions against being bitten and seek medical advice before you travel.  This NHS website offers some useful guidance and also maps of the…
  • Which Kruger Game Reserve Should I stay in?

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Kruger National Park is South Africa's largest national park and one of Africa's largest game reserves. The size of Wales, it is home to 147 large mammal species, which makes it the most diverse reserve in Africa. The majority of accommodation within Kruger is managed by the park and guests are free to self-drive, although off-road driving is not permitted. Rest camps are basic affairs, which book out a long while in advance. Surrounding Kruger park, are several private game reserves with luxurious lodges and private, guided safaris. Guests are not permitted to drive within these reserves,…
  • The Best Safari Lodges in Kruger for Families

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    You've decided to take your family on safari in the Kruger area, but the question is where to stay. There are hundreds of lodges to choose from, some of which don't accept children at all. Then there is the question of whether they offer child friendly sleeping arrangements and activities and whether you should stay in a tent or a suite. To ease your planning, we have put together a list of our favourite family friendly lodges in the Kruger area, which we have tried and tested with one of our own children. It is very important to take the time to consider your budget, age of your children and…
  • How to make safaris fun. By Alex (age 8)

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Children are usually unanimously wowed by their initial experience on safari. However once the initial amazement is replaced by the new norm of seeing elephants and lions in the wild, we have found that interest levels can start to wane. It is very difficult to predict, we have one daughter who simply can’t get enough game drives in her life, if she had her way she’d have a morning and afternoon game drive every day of her life, whilst her sister tends to lose interest after a couple of drives. The below was written by Alex, aged 8, who definitely falls into the latter camp. In…
 
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  • Off The Beaten Path in Paris – 5 Must Do’s in The City of Light!

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

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

    robin
    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

    robin
    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…
  • Tips for the Best Cinque Terre Travel Experience

    robin
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Cinque Terre is a colorful collection of fishing villages in Italy, along what is known as the Italian Riviera. In recent years, it’s become so popular, that for those looking for a bit quieter, less-touristed and perhaps more authentic experience, I generally recommend staying in one of the other nearby towns,  just a short train or ferry ride away. Understandably, there are travelers who will stay in one of the five villages. This overview of the Cinque Terre will provide more information on each town. Today I’ll be sharing some tips. Twenty Dos and Don’ts that will…
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  • 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.
  • Early Season Antarctica: Where to Go and What to See

    Joseph Olson
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The Antarctic summer runs October through March While Antarctica may not be a part of South America, we here at #SouthAmTrav love it all the same. And while the frozen continent may have once been a destination for the wealthy few who could afford it, today’s adventure seekers are finding it much more agreeable on the pocketbook. […] The post Early Season Antarctica: Where to Go and What to See appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Updated Tour Route Designed to Avoid Altitude Sickness in Peru

    Joseph Olson
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Improved routes allow tourists to experience the best of Peru, including Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, all while better acclimating the body to high elevations and reducing wasted travel time. Peru is a very popular South American destination thanks to the natural wonder of Machu Picchu, the culinary sophistication of Lima and other attractions […] The post Updated Tour Route Designed to Avoid Altitude Sickness in Peru appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Top 5 South America Climbs: An Insider’s Guide

    Adam Haynie
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Editor’s Note: Travel Consultant Adam joins us to take a look at the top five climbs in South America. Adam is an experienced mountaineer who has climbed extensively in South America and throughout much of the rest of the world. This past June, he summited Mount Rainier in Washington State, a height of 14,409 feet. Cotopaxi […] The post Top 5 South America Climbs: An Insider’s Guide appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Back to School Travel Planning Guide

    Joseph Olson
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Parents! You’ve made it through another long, hot summer where it must have seemed at times as though school would never start up again. But alas, September is upon us and you deserve a brief respite while the kids head back to the classroom. With summer vacations in the rearview and the holiday crush still a […] The post Back to School Travel Planning Guide appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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  • Sky Bridge, Langkawi

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Langkawi Sky Bridge – Highlights of the IslandLangkawi, an island with several myths and legends is also an island of fun, sun, sea and beaches. It is one of those popular holiday getaways for locals and tourist alike and for those who would like to experience nature without the hustle and bustle of life, could visit this amazing destination for peace and serenity.Langkawi being the main island amongst ninety nine tropical islands off the north western coast off Peninsula Malaysia is a good 6 hours journey by road from Kuala Lumpur, which is the capital of Malaysia, to Kuala Kedah and then…
  • Marrakech, Morocco

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Marrakech – Land of GodMarrakech or Marrakesh is a major city in the northwest African country of Morocco. Marrakech is derived from the Amazigh – Berber words mur (n) akush meaning `Land of God’, and is the third largest city in Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat. It is located near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and by road is placed around 580 km southwest of Tangier, 327 km southwest of the Moroccan capital of Rabat, 239 km southwest of Casablanca and 246 km northeast of Agadir.It is also a few hours on foot of the Sahara Desert and is an awesome destination…
  • Capri – Isle of the Sirens

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    Capri, an island is situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the southern side of the Gulf of Naples in Campania region of Italy. Capri, the main town has been a resort since the Roman Republic till present times.Capri is known in the Greek mythology as the isle of the sirens and was a favoured resort of the Roman emperors. The interesting features of this island are the Marina Piccola which is the small harbour, the Belvedere of Tragara, a high panoramic promenade which is lined with villas, the limestone crags known as sea stacks which projects above the sea, the…
  • Timbuktu - African El Dorado

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:46 am
    Timbuktu is a word which is often used in several languages to denote a faraway place but in reality it is an actual city in Mali in the African country. It is located at the gateway to the Sahara desert, in the confines of the fertile zone of Sudan near the edge of the Niger River.The legend of Timbuktu as a rich cultural centre spread during the 14th century throughout the world and the beginning of the legend is traced to 1324 when the Emperor of Mali went on his pilgrimage to Mecca through Cairo.It was at Cairo that the merchants and the traders were impressed by the quantity of gold…
  • Hobart,Tasmania

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Hobart – Popular City of Australian Island State of TasmaniaHobart is the capital and a popular city of the Australian Island state of Tasmania. It was founded in 1804 as a penal colony and is Australia’s second oldest and southernmost capital city after Sydney, New South Wales. It offers a blend of heritage, scenery and culture with plenty of attraction and activities.Situated amidst the foothills of Mount Wellington, Hobart is filled with heritage charm with modern lifestyle together with exceptional beauty and is considered as one of the top ten spots in the world to be explored.It is…
 
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  • Rio in Motion

    Gareth
    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

    Gareth
    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…
  • A Paraty Boat Party

    Gareth
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    The only reasonable follow up I could think of after a full day of playing in waterfalls was island hopping around Paraty. Just a short walk through the beautiful colonial village and you arrive at Paraty’s main harbor where colorful boats lineup for daily expeditions. For less than $20 USD we boarded a big schooner for a day of sipping caipirinhas and exploring the bay islands nearby. The day really was a great example of my life…  A champagne lifestyle on a lemonade wage!  Here are a few shots from our Paraty boat Party… Leaving port we got a great view of all the…
  • My Paradise in Paraty

    Gareth
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    When people give their definition of paradise it often includes white-sand beaches and warm, crystal clear water. Like a gay guy looking at Megan Fox, I can appreciate the the beauty, but it’s not my idea of perfection. My paradise is bright green foliage and cold dark water. It’s a day in the forest climbing up waterfalls and jumping into freezing cold natural pools. You can blame it on growing up in Upstate New York where State Parks like Stony Brook and Letchworth were more enticing than the beaches of Lake Ontario. Although they get overshadowed by all the beaches, Brazil…
  • Picturing Paraty

    Gareth
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    The beautifully preserved colonial town of Paraty snuggles itself between lush, green mountains and a bright blue bay. Whitewashed buildings and cobblestone streets serve as a real-life oil painting that you can walk through. After a great trip to Buzios and Arraial do Cabo I was fixing for more small town adventures, so the following weekend I took off again. This time I ventured in the opposite direction, and made the picturesque four and a half hour journey from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty. These are the sites that greeted me upon my arrival… Take a horse and carriage ride, although I…
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    Trans-Americas Journey

  • 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…
  • Sleeping Around on the Panama Canal – Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:16 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 - Sleeping Around on the Panama Canal – Panama Anyone can cruise through the Panama Canal or visit one of the canal-side observation facilities, as we told you in our previous post about how to explore the Panama Canal. Few travelers know that it’s possible to sleep next to the Panama Canal in a converted US Air Force radar tower or even spend the night right on the Panama Canal in the only houseboat…
  • How to Explore the Panama Canal – Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:09 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 - How to Explore the Panama Canal – Panama Traveling to Panama without visiting the Panama Canal is like going to New York City without seeing the Statue of Liberty. There are many ways to explore the Panama Canal including dramatic canal-side observation facilities, a nearby fort reached via a bridge that lets your drive over the Panama Canal at Gatún Locks and, of course, you can cruise the canal. We did…
  • Colombiamoda, Latin America’s Fashion Week – Medellin, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:33 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 - Colombiamoda, Latin America’s Fashion Week – Medellin, Colombia The star-studded Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City is about to begin (September 4-11). However, that mega-event is not the only fashion week on the planet. Every July one of Latin America’s largest fashion events happens in Medellin, Colombia. It’s called Colombiamoda and we were there this year to see the crimes…
  • Photo Essay: Chiva Buses Get Festive for the Flower Festival in Medellin, Colombia

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:29 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: Chiva Buses Get Festive for the Flower Festival in Medellin, Colombia This post is part 5 of 5 in the series Flower Fair in Medellin Festive buses, called chivas, are a staple in Medellin, Colombia and in the entire Antioquia region. They were introduced in the early 1900s when a bus chasis was imported from the US and modified to carry agricultural products as well as people. The first basic models…
 
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  • U.S. Raises Fee To Renounce Citizenship By 422%. Thanks Assholes!

    Charlie Bushmeister
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    I just came across this article from the Forbes website and found out that the US State Department has just raised the fee for renunciation of U.S. citizenship from $450 to $2,350. The article goes on to quote the State Department’s reasoning for this 422 percent ass raping. 1. Consular officers must confirm that the potential renunciant fully understands the consequences of renunciation, including losing the right to reside in the United States without documentation as an alien. 2. Consular officers must verify that the renunciant is a U.S. citizen and they must conduct a minimum of…
  • An Honest Politician

    Manuel Pfister
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:32 pm
    What politicians would sound like if they were honest:
  • Guest Post: A long-term expat’s take on Thailand

    SDT Team
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    I’ve lived in Thailand for more than 5 years, and I firmly believe that it’s a Single Dude’s Paradise. I’ve been all over in Asia, but I chose to live in Thailand because it had everything I was looking for: pretty and available women, gorgeous beaches, a thick expat community, and a cheap cost of living. There are drawbacks, but many are overstated and easily avoidable. It’s not perfect, but no place is. I think the Single Dude’s have a fantastic website here, and a lot of their observations on Thailand were spot on. I definitely think they picked up on more more than most casual…
  • Happy Fourth of July!

    Clint Westwood
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Looks like it’s about that time of year again when 95% of American dumbasses are stuffing their faces with junk food, getting completely wasted and mindlessly waving American flags. How many people actually stop to think about what it is they are actually supposed to be celebrating these days? What is left? Not capitalism. Not our freedoms. Not the ability to travel unmolested. Record levels of police brutality, outright murder and the increasingly militarized police state? Is that cause for a celebration, much less a celebration about freedom? Does the United States of America really…
  • Guest Post: Ko Samui Thailand Location Review

    Skins
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Today we bring you a guest post from Skins over at SingleMansParadise.com. We think it’s a great article that is spot on about Ko Samui and we haven’t covered this location yet. You may also be interested in our other posts Rilay Beach, Phuket, the Song Kran festival, Thailand in general and how to spot a ladyboy. Also of note is our article on internet dating, we agree wholeheartedly with Skins on that topic. We don’t condone, encourage or support prostitution, among other things, the health concerns are just too great. However, we’re libertarians in the strictest…
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  • Finding a Vacation Babysitter or Child Care

    Corinne
    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

    Corinne
    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

    Corinne
    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!

    Corinne
    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…
  • Travel Gear: Portable Sun Shelter & Travel Beach Umbrella

    Corinne
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:14 pm
    The resort we stayed at for our most recent family vacation to Mexico had a great beach, but not much shade. There were some lovely palm trees, but the shade they offered was somewhat inconsistent. Since my children are now bigger and we spent most of our beach time actually in the sea, this wasn’t a big deal for us. But with a baby or toddler who’s probably not wave jumping, but more likely sand digging or (fingers crossed) napping at the beach, you want stable and consistent shade from the sun’s rays. So if you can’t count on your resort having appropriate palapas or…
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  • Discover Ireland your own Way

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tips on Touring Ireland by Phil Teare from My Ireland Tour. To Drive or not to Drive They say there are two types of people in the world: those who think there are two types of people in the world, and those who don’t. Well, there are certainly two types of people who tour Ireland – those who self-drive and those who book escorted tours of Ireland with a driver-guide. If you decide to self-drive, your first port of call will be a good car hire company – you can find an Irish car rental company through the homepage of My Discover Ireland. Driving, you will have the freedom to…
  • Waterford Crystal History & Visitor Centre

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland and situated on the south-east coast has established many claims to fame over the centuries. Arguably, the best known is the founding of the world famous House of Waterford Crystal that is responsible for many glorious works, including chandeliers in Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC, as well as the 2688 crystals that adorn the New Year’s Eve ball that drops in Time Square, New York, every January 31st. The History and Visitor Centre, in The Mall in Waterford, is located very close to the original factory and…
  • The Ring of Kerry – 4 Personal Highlights

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    The Ring of Kerry has so much to offer tourists. The 180km route does take a bit of time to explore. This article looks at some highlights along the Ring of Kerry and off the beaten track that should be explored. The attractions listed here are in order of preference of the author. Geokaun Mountain Valentia Island is one of Ireland’s most westerly points, and is linked to the mainland by the Maurice O’Neill Memorial Bridge. Maurice O’Neill for those who are interested was shot dead in 1942 for Republican Activities. He was a young farmer from the nearby town Cahersiveen. The first…
  • Road trip to Mayo, Ireland

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    I wanted to do a road trip to see all these beautiful places in Ireland, scenic photos have been popping up everywhere even more so when the Wild Atlantic Way launched earlier on this year.  An 2500km route along the coast, boasting to be the biggest in the world, a road trip was a must! We jumped in our rental car from Europcar, a car of only 2 months old! After a  four hour drive to Ballina from Dublin, we unloaded our stuff into Suncroft b&b, our base for the weekend. Ballina is a lovely little place with River Moy running through it, the “home of salmon fishing in…
  • Get the right car to enjoy Dublin

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    When planning your next family holiday to Dublin, the topic of transportation will mostly likely arise. In recent years, more and more families have begun to opt for a hire car during their holiday; all you have to worry is where the nearest petrol station is! To help you find the ideal car to transport your family, listed below are five of the best rental cars with which to enjoy Dublin City and surrounding areas. 1-Nissan QashQai If you want to venture a little further out from Dublin city centre, then the Nissan QahQai is the ideal off-terrain choice. The county of Wicklow has a broad mix…
 
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  • 2014 Art for Art’s Sake in New Orleans

    Lauren LaBorde
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    That hint of fall weather New Orleanians experience around this time of year is splendid, so trust us and get yourselves outdoors as often as possible. A perfect excuse to get outside is for gallery and store-strolling at Art for Art’s Sake, the citywide art event heralding the beginning of New Orleans’ arts season, held Saturday, Oct. 4. … Read the rest -»
  • New Orleans Music: 6 Songstresses to Hear Live

    Kelly Harris
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    New Orleans boasts a thriving live music scene, with great shows pretty much every night of the week. Next time you’re looking for a great night out or visiting New Orleans, check local music calendars for these ladies who put on shows more than worth the price of admission. The Original Pinettes Brass Band (photo: Pinettes Facebook page) Germaine Bazzle… Read the rest -»
  • AskNOLA: Chef Phillip Lopez

    Lauren LaBorde
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    New Orleans is full of seriously good food that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Epitomizing this philosophy is chef Phillip Lopez, whose molecular gastronomy spots Root and his newer venture Square Root are both cutting-edge and critically acclaimed while not being too stuffy. Lopez opened Root in the Warehouse District in 2011, which quickly garnered some much-deserved buzz. In … Read the rest -»
  • Louisiana Craft Brewers Week Spotlight: 3 Great Local Breweries

    The Red Streetcar
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    New Orleans was once a brewing capital of the South. Breweries could be found in all areas of town and in all sizes from the massive Jax, Fallstaff and Dixie breweries to significantly smaller “mom and pop” breweries. The city was swimming in locally made beer. Unfortunately, this would not last forever as Prohibition was enacted and the decline of … Read the rest -»
  • NOLA History: Louisiana’s first U.S. Senators

    Edward Branley
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
      Destrehan Plantation, built by Louisians’s first U.S. Senator, Jean Noël Destréhan (photo: courtesy Destrehan Plantation) Louisiana was purchased from France and became a U.S. Territory in 1803. President Thomas Jefferson ordered William C.C. Claiborne, who was serving as governor of the Mississippi Territory, to New Orleans to oversee the transfer of power from France. As Claiborne worked to firmly … Read the rest -»
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  • 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

    Guest
    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!!!!
  • The Best UK Road Trips

    Vago Damitio
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Going on a road trip is one of the best adventures, and the cheapest, you can have to break up the everyday routine of university life or work life. Just hop in your car, fuel up and drive towards... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Mexico: spectacular blend of science and nature

    Vago Damitio
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many people head to Mexico for sun and sand – but not me. Well, not entirely anyway! What most excites me about Mexico is its amazing natural attractions, from its rainforests and cenotes to... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
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    Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

  • Silent Sunday: The magnificent Berlinerdom (Berlin Cathedral)

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    The magnificent Berlinerdom, the Supreme Parish and Cathedral Church, better known as Berlin Cathedral, on Museum Island. Silent Sunday: The magnificent Berlinerdom (Berlin Cathedral) is a post from Sophie's World
  • World at a Glance: Freddie Mercury in Montreux

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    I like Montreux, I really do. In my civil servant days, I frequently attended committee meetings in Geneva, and would sometimes stay here, not minding the twice daily one-hour train journey. Wandering along Lake Geneva’s waterfront, you won’t be lost for stunning scenery to rest your weary eyes on. There are towering mountains, clusters of vibrant flowers, the lake itself… and then there’s Freddie. High on a pedestal, a bronze Farrokh Bulsara, better known as Freddie Mercury, is larger than life. The three-metre tall statue of Queen’s deliciously flamboyant frontman…
  • Silent Sunday: African penguins in the water pipes at Simon’s Town

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    African penguins coming out of the water pipes in Simon’s Town, South Africa Silent Sunday: African penguins in the water pipes at Simon’s Town is a post from Sophie's World
  • St Conan’s Kirk: a curious Scottish church

    Alexandra Redisch
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    By Alexandra Redisch in Loch Awe St Conan’s Kirk must always have stunned visitors as it does me today. Although the church may look many centuries old, it was completed in 1930. The architect was Walter Campbell. Or architect… he had no formal training, but that didn’t stop him from creating this intriguing little kirk on the western shores of Scotland. (I’m reminded of another un-trained architect, Clough Williams-Ellis, creator of that masterpiece Portmeirion on the Welsh coast.) Campbell lived on the island of Innischonam, and when his elderly mother found the…
  • Silent Sunday: Radcliffe Camera

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    The beautiful Radcliffe Camera, part of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library Silent Sunday: Radcliffe Camera is a post from Sophie's World
 
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  • Good Vibrations: Fleshing Out the Antique Vibrator Museum

    Raymond Walsh
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum, San Francisco, California “The electric vibrator preceded the electric vacuum cleaner by some nine years, the electric iron by ten, and the electric frying pan by more than a decade, possibly indicative of consumer priorities.” – plaque at Antique Vibrator Musuem The vibrator didn’t always have a purely sexual connotation. Sexist maybe, but not sexual. The vibrator was originally marketed as a cure for female “hysteria” and went by such names as heat massager, personal masseur, blood circulator, and my personal favourite – the magic…
  • Putting the Grand in Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

    Raymond Walsh
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman “We used to have the world’s largest carpet, but then the Emiratis came when they were building the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, measured ours, and now they have the title. We also used to have the world’s largest chandelier, but then the Qataris came, measured ours, and stole that from us too.” – Tour Guide at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque may have to settle for second when it comes to carpets and chandeliers, but it certainly doesn’t make the place any less stunning. Located along a stretch of the…
  • A Tale of Three Tunes

    Raymond Walsh
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Tune Hotels Review If I had known the pricing model for Tune Hotels before I showed up at their door, I probably would have never stepped inside. My first run-in with a Tune Hotel was in Kuta Beach in Bali. I was on the tail end of my Indonesia trip, and wanted to spend a few mindless days on the beach. It rained for the entire 4 days I was there. So I ended up spending more time in my room than I had anticipated. At least I caught up on some work. I happened upon the Tune Hotel in Bali by chance. Well, more precisely, by taxi. I had tentatively booked another hotel in advance (gotta love…
  • Vintage Snapshot: The Camera Museum, Penang, Malaysia

    Raymond Walsh
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    “The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly.”                                                                                                                                   –Demetri Martin There’s no going back. The ease, the simplicity, the virtually unlimited amount of photos you can cram onto those tiny little memory cards. Yep, there’s nothing quite like a digital camera. But there are still plenty out there that pine for the ways of yesteryear. Well maybe not pine,…
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Squid Jigging (but were afraid to ask)

    Raymond Walsh
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival When I was but a young lad growing up in eastern Canada, my folks would drop my brothers and me off at our grandmother’s house for the summer. The entire summer. I’m not saying it was child abandonment, but I’m not saying it wasn’t either. My grandma lived on a small fishery-dependent island called St. Brendan’s in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland. I’m not sure what my folks did during those kid-free summers. I’m not really sure what we did for those three long months either. There was intermittent electricity, no running water, and…
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  • Wine bar in Itaim: Vino!

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Wine bar in Itaim: Vino!As you know I am always on the hunt for a good wine bar and to my surprise only 2 blocks from my apartment I discovered Vino!A wine bar, restaurant and store all in one = great find! When you walk in the front area feels and looks like a wine store with the walls lined with wine bottles and 2 long high tables that look like they could be perfect for tasting sessions.  There is also a large…View On WordPress
  • Where to stay in Porto de Galinhas

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Where to stay in Porto de Galinhas Looking for a nice and fun place to stay in the beautiful Porto de Galinhas (60km from Recife, about 1-1.5hour drive)  Head to Village Porto de Galinhas, with a great location, and fun amenities you will have a wonderful stay.  Village is located right on the beautiful beach of Porto de Galinhas the property is covered with hammocks, pools and tropical gardens full of  flowers and tamarins…View On WordPress
  • Fun House SP

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Set in an actual house, Funhouse is a unique mix of house party, bar, and mini-club.  the decoration is inspired by Coney Island in New York.  Personally, I think this is super random, I’ve been to Coney Island and besides the russian baths it’s not a place I would normally hang out at, plus Funhouse looks like a regular American carnival, I don’t see any resemblance to New York.You see the bar…View On WordPress
  • Where to stay in Iguassu

    13 Jun 2014 | 6:54 am
    Where to stay in IguassuIguazu Falls are the massive waterfalls of the Iguazu River that separate Argentine and the Brazilian state of Paraná. They are one of the 7 World Wonders so when I say it is an amazing place to visit, believe me it is! Now, when planning a trip to see such an amazing place it only seems right to stay in an equally fabulous place such as Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, which is the only hotel…View On WordPress
  • Movie night in Sao Paulo V.I.P style

    23 May 2014 | 10:13 am
    Movie night in Sao Paulo V.I.P style Folks, this is NOT your average movie night out…. Brazilians love anything that screams exclusivity and going to one of the VIP movies definitely has that appeal.  Right when you enter Cinapolis you will see a special lounge sectioned for VIP movie goers which includes a full bar, and select menu (not your average movie treats).    I don’t know about you, but when I go to the movies popcorn is…View On WordPress
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  • LateRooms.com’s 15th Birthday Party

    Martin Solly
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    Here at LateRooms.com we’re having a little party. Well okay, we’re having a pretty BIG party – because this month we’ve turned a whopping 15 years old. Wow.  We were born way back in 1999 and so we’re marking our 15th year by celebrating all things 90s, including 90s hotel prices. Party like it’s 1999, with prices like it’s 1999 Yep, amongst a whole host of special birthday hotel deals we’ll be offering some hotels at the equivalent price to what they would have been back in 1999 when we first started. So don’s miss out, head here to…
  • Free Stay Friday

    Adam Hutcheson
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    In this week’s Free Stay Friday, we’re taking you to the Big Smoke, for a stay at the rather lovely Academy Town House This charming 4* hotel is located in leafy Bloomsbury, just off London’s famous Oxford Street. Built in 1776, the building retains its historical character, and even houses its own walled garden and library. Perfect for exploring the capital, or simply enjoying a drink in the lounge away from the crowds. So, if you fancy being in with the chance of winning a one-night stay here with breakfast for two people, don’t miss out on…
  • Parklife: 5 of London’s best parks and gardens

    Mark Elwood
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    When visiting London – with its packed roads, stuffy tubes and bustling shopping streets – it can be easy to forget that our capital is actually bursting with greenery and wildlife. It’s just about knowing where to look! But with so many options, where’s best to lay your picnic hamper and crack open the sausage rolls? Here’s our guide to 5 of the best parks in London: Regents Park & Primrose Hill One of the more famous of London’s Royal Parks due to its lush, green open spaces, winding walkways and trendy Marylebone location; Regent’s Park and the neighbouring…
  • The Zen of Air Travel: 8 steps to inner peace while flying

    Andy Jarosz
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    While the idea of spending our holidays in a faraway place is an appealing one, for most of us the travel involved in actually getting to our destination is not such a tantalising prospect. Travel doesn’t tend to bring out our most relaxed and tolerant sides; just look at some of the recent stories of passengers fighting over reclining seats which show how easily irritation can turn to unpleasant confrontation. Given that the act of travel is something we have to endure in order to get to the place where we hope to relax, what are the best ways to keep calm while all around us are exploding…
  • A Quick Guide to the Top Greek Islands

    The Quirky Traveller
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Got your heart set on a trip to Greece but not sure which island to choose? We don’t blame you. With so much gorgeousness to be found, it’s always a tough call. So to help you decide, we went to Greece fanatic The Quirky Traveller and asked her to tell us a little bit more about the most popular islands to visit. And if anyone knows Greece, it’s The Quirky Traveller – she did live there for four years ‘discovering her inner Mamma Mia’, after all. Here’s Zoë with more about her favourite Greek islands: Corfu (Kerkyra) The first place I ever visited…
 
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  • Be Don Hall's guest in Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Dominique King
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you're looking for a full-service hotel that has many big-hotel amenities, but you like staying in locally owned and operated places, it's definitely worth staying at Don Hall's Guesthouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Better yet, Don Hall's offers a number of affordable packages that include full breakfasts, dinner entrees and event tickets or extras to help you celebrate special occasions during your stay. We stayed at this hotel near downtown Fort Wayne earlier this summer as guests of Visit Fort Wayne and found it the perfect place to stay as we explored this city in northeast Indiana. The…
  • Oddball Michigan takes readers off the beaten path

    Dominique King
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Regular readers at Midwest Guest know that I have a special affection for quirky roadside finds. So, it's easy to understand when I read Jessie's review of author Jerome Pohlen's book, Oddball Michigan: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places, I thought it would be a great guide to take with us on our travels around Michigan. Pohlen seeks all that is weirdly wacky and wonderful in the Mitten State, often serving up the descriptions of his finds with a seriously sizeable side of snark. Do you like animals? Pohlen suggests visiting polar bears at the Detroit Zoo's superb Arctic…
  • Where I Live: Plymouth Whalers alumni game and season preview

    Dominique King
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I always love the approach of fall with the seasonal opening of local cider mills, the changing colors of the leaves, the great harvest at the farmers' markets, the cooler weather and the anticipation of a new hockey season! We're big fans of the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers, a Junior Major team of skilled 16-to-20-year-old hockey players embarking on what they hope will be a long and successful careers as a professional hockey players. The Whalers start their 25th regular season later this month, with their first home game happening on September 27 as they take on the Erie…
  • Michigan's Tahquamenon State Park and "The Root Beer Falls"

    Dominique King
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The amber-colored Upper Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula earned their nickname of "Root Beer Falls" for their resemblance to a cascade of root beer tumbling over a nearly 50-foot drop. Upper Falls The falls' color comes from tannins leaching into the Tahquamenon River from the cedar, spruce and hemlock swamps along its shores. The Upper Falls and the Lower Tahquamenon Falls are the centerpiece of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, which attracts nearly 500,000 visitors each year to its 48,000 acres of wilderness. The park stretches over 13 miles of mostly undeveloped woodland…
  • Cedar Point lighthouse: Rescuing a nearly forgotten beacon

    Dominique King
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Did you know that there is an historic lighthouse on the grounds of Ohio's Cedar Point Amusement Park? Most people, including those that frequently visit the park or live in the area, don't seem to know about this lighthouse. I found it online and put it on my list of things I needed to see when I recently visited Cedar Point, but I found that finding it in real life a was little more difficult than expected! But I kept asking questions until I found someone who knew where to find it. Catch a glimpse of a roller coaster in background in this image! I'm not surprised that few…
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  • Events at Las Mareas, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

    Mike Rivera
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    This large well laid out compound takes advantage of the best of Tamarindo Bay and the Guanacaste green zone jungle with spectacular views over the ocean. Laid back but most certainly luxurious, this collection of villas is assembled in an environment that promotes your mental and physical well being while energizing the spirit and serves as an ideal location for creative retreats and events.  A unique fusion of Pacific Rim and Art Deco, the interiors of the villas utilize native hardwoods and materials and colors designed to blend and harmonize with the environment while enveloping you…
  • The Cody Suite, Palm Springs, California

    Gerald Soubeyran
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Part of the famed Racquet Club development of Palm Springs, these garden villas were one of the glittering desert getaways of the stars and have brought back the glamorous Hollywood heyday. Designed and developed by acclaimed architect William Cody with grounds designed by Phil Shipley, this ground floor apartment sits within the complex adjacent to the original courts of the famed 1930s club.   Bright with an open floor plan, the original post and beam architecture and clean lines create a soothing geometry of angles, light and space. A sharp selection of hand picked mid century…
  • Costa la Juanita, Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

    Alejandra Dellepiane
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Fresh bright and simple, this duplex forms a collective yet separate living arrangement that’s ideal for a carefree stay in Uruguay. Just a few minutes to the windswept Atlantic coast, you’ll be in a quiet rural neighborhood with both privacy and convenience.   Side by side yet self-contained, each was designed for privacy as well as cooperative living and share the shaded grounds and outdoor dining areas that surround the property. Compact and modest, the two story apartments share similar layouts and back to basics essentials and are fully equipped.    Walls of…
  • Villa Banyan, Umeanyar, Bali

    Thomas Jahnke
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Situated on a bluff above rice paddies and the Balinese Sea, this newly built villa is immersed in lush tropical gardens with amazing unobstructed views out to sea. Combining modern structural proportions with traditional Balinese design attributes and aesthetics, the structure celebrates the unification of styles by utilizing warm teak wood, bamboo, decorative scroll work and Alang Alang thatched roofs.   Quiet and understated, you’ll enjoy the luxuries of full service and modern amenities in a laid back but elegant environment. Serene, soothing and expansive, there is plenty…
  • Cody Studio, Palm Springs, California

    Gerald Soubeyran
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Part of the famed Racquet Club development of Palm Springs, these garden villas were one of the glittering desert getaways of the stars and have brought back the glamorous Hollywood heyday. Designed and developed by acclaimed architect William Cody with grounds by Phil Shipley, this ground floor studio sits within a larger complex adjacent to the original courts of the famed 1930s club.    Intimate and  private, the open plan living space features an energetic restoration that celebrates the past while planted firmly in the present. Retaining the original proportions and design…
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  • Take an adventurous trip of scenic Canal Saint Martin, Paris

    John
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    The glorious Canal Saint Martin is a 4.5 km long canal, built in the early 19th century to supply Paris drinking water. Today the route along the quaint canal is popular among visitors for a romantic walk, roller skating, biking, strolling, cycling, jogging, sightseeing and much more .This canal begins at the Bassin de l’Arsenal which attaches the canal with the Seine River. People really enjoy the tranquil environment from picturesque two iron bridges crossing the canal. Opened in 1825, its mystifying vaulted tunnels, poetic atmosphere of its banks lined with century old t