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  • Man Arrested in Midtown Hotel Burglary After Tackle and Chase by Swedish Guest

    NYT > Travel
    By BENJAMIN MUELLER
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The intended victim, Viktor Lofgren, was asked for handshakes by construction workers after fighting and pursuing an intruder.
  • The Halcyon Charms of County Mayo

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    Keith Bellows
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The four-hour drive from Dublin to the Stella Maris Country House in County Mayo unspools on a maze of country roads traversing low-slung hills, hummocks, and small towns where the pub still seems a main staple of life. So it is a soaring moment when I come to the western margin of Ireland and find myself at the barren doorstep of the Atlantic’s green rush of swells and surf. I’m reminded of a quote by Roddy Doyle, author of The Commitments, who said, “When you grow up on an island, what matters is how you stand to the sea.” As I gaze from the hotel’s 100-foot-long conservatory I…
  • TSA Travel Tips: Traveling With Musical Instruments

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    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
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  • What cruise ship photobombed George Clooney's lavish Venice wedding?

    LA Times
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    The bride wasn't the only showstopper in George Clooney's spectacular wedding in Venice on Saturday evening. The flotilla of celebrity- and paparazzi-toting boats, water taxis and gondolas in the Grand Canal suddenly came to a halt when the Norwegian Jade sailed into port and blocked their...
  • Starry Night in the Sand – Hawaii Bioluminescence

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    Lauren Rolland
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Last night my husband and I were taking a nighttime stroll down Ke Iki beach on the North Shore, when all of The post Starry Night in the Sand – Hawaii Bioluminescence appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • The Halcyon Charms of County Mayo

    Keith Bellows
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The four-hour drive from Dublin to the Stella Maris Country House in County Mayo unspools on a maze of country roads traversing low-slung hills, hummocks, and small towns where the pub still seems a main staple of life. So it is a soaring moment when I come to the western margin of Ireland and find myself at the barren doorstep of the Atlantic’s green rush of swells and surf. I’m reminded of a quote by Roddy Doyle, author of The Commitments, who said, “When you grow up on an island, what matters is how you stand to the sea.” As I gaze from the hotel’s 100-foot-long conservatory I…
  • @NatGeoTravel Staff Picks: Best Fall Trips

    Leslie Trew Magraw
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    With the changing of the seasons comes a change in where we as travelers set our sights on going. Inspired by our latest list of best fall trips, Nat Geo Travel staffers shared their own favorite autumn escapes. Here’s a dozen to get you dreaming about your next adventure, near or far: “Call me a slave to routine, but every fall—typically in late October—I take a day off work and head to Old Rag, one of the best day hikes in the Washington, D.C., area. The route carves up several lung-burning switchbacks before graduating to one of Shenandoah National Park‘s more…
  • Keeping it Simple in the Cyclades: Ios

    Costas Christ
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    As a new generation of Greeks reclaim their heritage, they’re looking past overtouristed islands like Mykonos to quiet stunners such as Ios Reachable only by boat (including a daily ferry from Santorini), this 42-square-mile island in the Cyclades archipelago largely retains its traditional way of life. Shepherds guide flocks through the fertile valley of Epano Kampos and along mountain footpaths. Ios’s oldest archaeological site, Skarkos, dates from the third millennium B.C., and the 16th-century monastery of Pyrgos sits below the island’s highest peak. Dirt tracks lead to more…
  • Travel Lens: Juan José Valdés’s World

    Christine Blau
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Juan José Valdés puts our travel destinations on the map, literally. Is it Phnom Penh or Phnum Pénh? Cape Verde or Cabo Verde? As the lead geographer for an organization that has the word in its title, Valdés has his finger squarely on the pulse of our constantly changing world, guiding the Society’s map policy committee as it navigates hard questions such as where to draw borders, how to deal with disputed territories, and which names to include in the maps and atlases for which National Geographic is famous. But make no mistake, Valdés’s curiosity about “the world…
  • Reader Recs: Life-Changing Childhood Trips

    Megan Heltzel
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    Traveling at a young age can be a transformative experience that leads to a lifetime of wanderlust. To celebrate the power of travel (and perhaps inspire a few parents out there), we asked our @NatGeoTravel Facebook fans to tell us about trips that made a lasting impression on them during their early years. Travel back in time with ten stories of life-changing childhood trips: At the age of 17, Linda S. traveled to Europe to visit her brother and sister-in-law, who were stationed in Naples. “I spent one week in Naples, soaking up the culture of living there, then two weeks traveling all…
 
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  • Starry Night in the Sand – Hawaii Bioluminescence

    Lauren Rolland
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Last night my husband and I were taking a nighttime stroll down Ke Iki beach on the North Shore, when all of The post Starry Night in the Sand – Hawaii Bioluminescence appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Taking Care of Sunburns in Hawaii

    Bruce Fisher
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Hawaii is the perfect place to get a little sun. A golden tan after a vacation in the tropics is almost like The post Taking Care of Sunburns in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • 9 Things you probably never knew about Oahu

    Bruce Fisher
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Many vacationers seek Oahu for one reason: Waikīkī . The white sands, turquoise waters, fun surf breaks, premiere shopping, exciting nightlife… there The post 9 Things you probably never knew about Oahu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Legends Behind Popular Hawaii Locations

    Jamie Winpenny
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    One of the things that give Hawaii its enormously rich cultural heritage is its sprawling mythology. It is a mythology as full The post Legends Behind Popular Hawaii Locations appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • 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.
 
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  • Colliding vessels on the Suez Canal

    Katka Lapelosa
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube WHEN I THINK OF CANALS, I envision these tiny, man-made channels of water big enough only for a single cruise ship to sail through at one time. That’s pretty much true — even at 673 feet wide, vessels can only pass through in one direction on the Suez Canal (although construction has begun to allow simultaneous passage by the summer of 2015). So it baffles my mind that, even with as much space and regulation as there is for this passage, these two ships could possibly get close enough to actually crash into each other; at least…
  • 10 things I miss about Iceland

    Katka Lapelosa
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Photo: Bo Stern 1. The meats Puffin. Mini lobsters. Whale so juicy and tender that it melted in my mouth and gave me one of the greatest foodgasms ever. Icelandic meat is particularly controversial for many travelers, but knowing how environmentally conscientious the Icelandic people are, I can’t imagine their food-production methods are as heinous and corrupt as those in the US. 2. The other-worldliness It felt like I had landed on another planet. Between the aurora borealis swirling around every night (like it was no big deal), the crunchy, gray glaciers of Vatnajökull, the Bárðarbunga…
  • 7 signs your best friend is Australian

    Sarah Katin
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Photo Credit: colinlogan via Compfight cc 1. You’ve learned to speak Australian. You first met your Australian best friend 10 years ago while teaching in a dodgy language school in South Korea. She rolled into work that first morning claiming to be ‘buggered’ and saying she was going to ‘pike’ right after classes. You thought your fellow co-teacher might be… going hiking? Who knows? She had a bloody thick accent, but an instant friendship was formed nonetheless. Discussions regarding the subtle nuances between Aussie vs. American English quickly followed. Now you let the…
  • Story behind the shot: Lost Coast

    Joshua Thaisen
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Photo by author In this series, we dig a little deeper into the photographic process behind some of the coolest shots we’ve seen. Photographer: Joshua Thaisen After a six-hour drive north of San Francisco on the 101, my partner Brianna and I arrived at the southern trailhead to attempt a double traverse of the Lost Coast Trail. This photo of Bri was taken a couple of miles south of Rattlesnake Ridge, right after sunrise on our fifth morning in the wilderness. We were on the home stretch of the trail — an eight-mile race against the incoming tide to get through a dangerous high-tide…
  • 11 reactions when you quit your job

    Alyssa James
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Photo: Kacper Gunia A few weeks ago, I went all ‘YOLO!’ and handed in my notice to the company I’ve been working for since last year. At the age of 25, this was my first “real” job — you know, the kind with paid vacation (four weeks!), a pension scheme, weekly Friday beers, and no fixed end date. Alas, the draw of location-independence and self-determination proved too strong, and I finally convinced myself getting out was the right thing for me. Quitting your job to freelance is a big transition, a roller coaster of emotions and reactions. If I’ve…
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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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  • 2015 Cunard Boomerang Voyage Highlights

    Rich Tucker
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The 2015 Cunard Boomerang Voyage is one of the most unique ways to explore Australia and the South Pacific with a round trip luxury voyage from the west coast. Here is a quick slideshare that shows just a few of the highlights of the 2015 Cunard Boomerang Voyage:  Top 10 Boomerang Voyage Highlights Book the 2015 Cunard Boomerang Cruise with Cruise Specialists and receive the following extra amenities: Onboard Hosts: Deirdre Irlam (Queen Elizabeth – 2/08/15 – 3/03/15) ♦ Festive Welcome Reception ♦ Complimentary Shore Tour in Honolulu on Feb. 13th - or - ♦ $150 Per…
  • Cruise Deals: Cruises Departing from a Port Near You

    Martha Allen
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Save with Homeport Cruise Deals from $129 A great way to save on your vacation is by finding a deal on a cruise that departs from a port that you can drive to. Fortunately for those that are not within driving distance of the popular ports in Florida like Miami and Fort Lauderdale, there are also a great variety of cruises that leave from ports in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Gulf Coast and West Coast. I’ve selected the best cruise deals departing from ports in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Gulf Coast and the West Coast with rates starting from just $129. Be sure to check them out below!
  • Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld Conference Review

    Rich Tucker
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Last week, I had the honor of speaking at Nexion’s yearly conference where I taught travel agents how to use social media for their business. The conference was held at the Orlando Renaissance Hotel at SeaWorld.  I stayed on property Wednesday – Sunday. I have plenty of great things to say about the resort, but what stood out the most from beginning to end was the awesome staff. The Renaissance Orland at Seaworld Resort Service When I arrived, Elvis at the front desk was extremely helpful in letting me know the multiple options I had for room location.  They have interior rooms with…
  • 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%)…
 
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  • Why Soller is a Great Base for a Holiday in Majorca

    Karen Bryan
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Soller, in the north west of the Spanish island of Majorca, is a great base for a holiday, especially if you like walking. Soller Soller's town centre has lots of cafes, bars and restaurants. Soller Town Hall We did a circular walk from Soller to Fornalutx along minor roads and footpaths.
  • Review of Hot Flame Restaurant in Edinburgh

    Karen Bryan
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    We had lunch at the Hot Flame Restaurant in Quartermile district of Edinburgh on a Saturday in September 2014. Gary, our son who lives in Edinburgh, had heard about the recent opening of this international buffet restaurant, so we thought we'd give it a try. It's not that easy to find the restaurant as it's tucked away in Lister Square, sandwiched between Lauriston Place and the Meadows.
  • 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.
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  • Finding Comfort in Non-Home Surroundings : On the Road with Andres Zuleta

    Chris Guillebeau
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    This is a travel hacking case study. (Read others or nominate yourself When I discovered the happy accident that was Andres Zuleta’s company, Boutique Japan Travel Company, which allows him to travel and work on the road (without a smartphone!) I had to hear more. Introduce yourself! My name is Andres and I am a 34-year-old traveler-entrepreneur who started Boutique Japan Travel Company last year. I travel the world with my lovely partner, Christina, and together we’re launching The Cancer GamePlan in October. Over the past year we’ve lived and/or worked in San Diego, Tokyo,…
  • Don’t Just Build a Business; Start a Revolution

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    Short version: there’s a new manifesto you should read. It’s by my longtime friend Jonathan Fields, and is all about a new way of thinking about entrepreneurship. Go download it! The Art of Revolution (free PDF download) Last year Jonathan started a revolution by talking about revolutions. After he unleashed a series of powerful new ideas at a small conference, thousands of people wanted to know more. He filled up 1,000 seat webinars (over and over) and taught executives how to restructure their entire operation. The program was hugely successful, to say the least. After a year-long…
  • Lessons from the Journey: Before Beginning, Count the Cost

    Chris Guillebeau
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 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: Before Beginning, Count the Cost. In the early days of my journey to every country, someone criticized it by saying all it required was a certain amount of time and money. I later realized that this perspective could actually be helpful. If I clearly understood exactly what was involved in “going everywhere,” and if I then began working on each part…
  • How Do We Make Ourselves Alert Again?

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    From a reader’s discussion to a book I’ve been reading on tour, Orfeo by Richard Powers: Interviewer: “You mention close listening and focused attention. I found the study that you referenced about our loss of focus to be fascinating and disturbing.” “When all of us can listen to every piece of music that was ever written, at any time, from anywhere that we want, how can we hear anything? What happens is we cease becoming adventurers and participants in this grand experiment of art, and we simply become consumers and really good commodity experts. When we have…
  • Mini City Guide: San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    I love big cities, and always enjoy returning to Hong Kong, New York, and Sydney—among many others. But what about those unknown gems that are off the beaten tourist path… those obscure places that are just waiting to be explored by real travelers? Our new “Mini City Guides” are here to uncover those gems, and we’re looking to our favorite explorers—AONC readers—to give us the inside scoop. Nominate your favorite unsung city. This city was nominated by reader Claudia Gonella. – Which accessibly obscure city would you like to share? San Juan del Sur, a…
 
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  • Hawaii rainfall chart by month and island

    Sheila Beal
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    As we’ve been working through our detailed month-by-month series to help you choose the best month for you to visit Hawaii, weather is certainly an important factor. Many times, we’ve referenced Weather.com’s excellent database of Hawaii of rainfall averages, however simply listing a single month’s rainfall data point by island, didn’t provide enough context to our liking. To remedy this issue, we’ve aggregated the rainfall data to provide a single chart.Notes about the data:– For simplicity, this chart only shows the four major islands. The general…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Kiholo Bay Aerial

    Sheila Beal
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Mahalo to Hawaii By Air Photography for sharing this photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.What an amazing view of the turquoise sea meeting the Big Island’s shoreline at this stunningly beautiful Kohala Coast spot.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 GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
  • Nounou Mountain, Kauai’s Sleeping Giant

    Sheila Beal
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Nounou Mountain – Sleeping GiantAs you drive around the island of Kauai, the beautiful, green mountains towards the island’s center are always pleasantly eye-catching. One ridge that’s particularly interesting is Nounou Mountain, which appears to have the profile of a sleeping giant. In fact, the mountain is more commonly dubbed Sleeping Giant.Per GoHawaii.com, the Hawaiian legend of Nounou Mountain is:… this giant was tricked by villagers into eating a vast amount of rocks hidden in fish and poi. Sleepy from the meal, the giant took a nap and hasn’t woken since.You…
  • 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…
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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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  • Burnt Boreal Forest in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta

    Gary
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Burnt Boreal Forest in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta This is actually a remarkable photo if you look closely. Most of the forest is black from forest fire. However, you can see patches of brown and green which were not burnt as bad. All of the green unburnt areas are surrounded by a region of brown trees which were damaged, but not burnt. It really shows how random, and dependent on ground conditions, forest fires can be.
  • Cloud Covered Mountains in Pleaneu Bay, Antarctica

    Gary
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Cloud Covered Mountains in Pleaneu Bay, Antarctica
  • Colorful Houses in Cinque Terre, Italy

    Gary
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Colorful Houses in Cinque Terre, Italy
  • Traveling the World on an Indian Passport

    Gary
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    As much as I travel, there are certain subject I simply cannot speak to authoritatively. As an American, I’m in one of the best position to travel in terms of getting visas to other countries. Many people in the world are not so fortunate. Getting visas to travel if you live outside of Western Europe or North America can sometimes be a nightmare. I’ve asked Savi and Vid, two Indian travelers, to tell their story of how they travel as citizens of India and have overcome the problems of getting visas to other countries. There are lessons to be learned here for citizens of many…
  • Child Playing With A Tire on the Island of Sao Tome

    Gary
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Child Playing With A Tire on the Island of Sao Tome
 
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  • OGIO All Elements Waterproof Backpack: Ready to Take Your Travel Gear Anywhere

    Mike Richard
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Motorcycle backpacks are made to take a serious beating. They have to be waterproof, windproof, and generally be able to hold their sh*t together when you’re cruising the bahn at 120 MPH in a driving rain (not that we condone that sort of thing). So it’s no surprise that the things that make moto packs great for biking also make them great for travel. Enter OGIO’s All Elements Moto Backpack. They call it a “moto” pack. We call it a pretty awesome travel bag. Three things we really like about this pack for travelers…
  • 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…
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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 Salzburg, Austria – Episode 432 Transcript

    chris2x
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    transcript of Travel to Salzburg, Austria – Episode 432 cover photo by Ignaz Wiradi Chris: Amateur Traveler Episode 432. Today the Amateur Traveler talks about palaces and salt mines, and the sound […] The post Travel to Salzburg, Austria – Episode 432 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Book Review – The Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C.

    chris2x
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I have been to Washington D.C. many times since my first visit in 1977. I was most recently there just this summer. We have done episodes on Washington D.C. on Amateur Traveler […] The post Book Review – The Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C. appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Baltimore, Maryland – Episode 438

    chris2x
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Hear about travel to Baltimore, Maryland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Nancy Parode from about.com. Nancy has lived in the Baltimore area for a total of about 12 years and tells […] The post Travel to Baltimore, Maryland – Episode 438 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • “Professionalism in Travel Blogging” – This Week in Travel 174

    chris2x
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    This special episode of This Week in Travel was the closing keynote at the TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) conference in Cancun Mexico. It is a discussion on professionalism in travel blogging. This episode […] The post “Professionalism in Travel Blogging” – This Week in Travel 174 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Amateur Traveler Podcast wins Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award

    chris2x
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    Chris Christensen is a winner in the 2014 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, taking an Honorable Mention in the Travel Broadcast — Audio category for “Amateur Traveler: Travel to Flanders in Belgium” on […] The post Amateur Traveler Podcast wins Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
 
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    We Said Go Travel

  • UK: Can we rewind and freeze?

    Alex Clark
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    UK:  Can we rewind and freeze? Have you ever had a moment when you thought to yourself: this is absolutely perfect?  Well I have and for me that moment happened on June 1, 2014 as the sun started to set on the beach at the Seven Sisters Cliffs. Flat 29 headed to the Seven Sisters yesterday one last time as a group before we all either head home or start to travel again. Once again it was a beautiful, sunny, warm day. We picnicked and explored (I tried to pet a sheep…. I failed). We hung off the edges of the cliff because we like to live a dangerously. The whole point of the trip this time…
  • Ilocos Norte, Philippines: Paoay Opens Bacsil Sand Dunes

    The-Bern-Traveler
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sure, the sand dunes of Ilocos Norte have been used as the setting for the desert scenes in the movies Mad Maxx, Born on the Fourth of July, and the local blockbuster flicks ‘Ang Panday’ series and ‘Temptation Island’. The sand dunes have always been there. For the longest time, the locals knew it was unique and beautiful to some degree, but no one really knew what can be done in and out of a barren, useless landform – it is, after all, inhabitable and definitely not arable. In previous years, however, given the development of tourism in the province of Ilocos Norte…
  • Should you be a Good Chinese Wife?

    They Said
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Please enjoy this excerpt from Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong  by Susan Blumberg-Kason The Chinese University of Hong Kong sits atop a mountain, north of Hong Kong Island and twenty minutes south of the mainland China border. When I arrived on campus in 1990 for a college exchange year, I had imagined Hong Kong would be a city of skyscrapers and neon. But the only lights around the campus came from the occasional barge or leisure boat in otherwise quiet Tolo Harbour. On the weekends, the campus was almost deserted. Local students returned home to their families, and…
  • A Journey to Rediscovery in India

    Anshumaan Goel
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Rediscovery of Self in the Land of the High Passes I was sitting right in the middle of my sisters when my eyes fell on the handsome mountains covered with a blanket of snow on their tops. I began to jump and almost sat over my sister (who was next to the window) to capture the fascinating scene with my camera. The heavenly scenes were ever changing as the plane moved closer to Leh (headquarters of Ladakh district). The green and lively mountains gave way to the barren and dusty landscape of Ladakh. There was also a green patch amidst the dry rocks that resembled an oasis in a vast sultry…
  • Ticking off the Top 7 Historic Attractions in Brussels

    They Said
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Brussels is Belgium’s capital and the largest city in the country. It is a cosmopolitan city with a renowned art scene that has been vibrant for several centuries. History and culture enthusiasts cannot afford to miss sampling the charms of this city especially after snagging those hard-to-come by last minute holidays from Ireland. A notable trait of this city worth a mention is that a great many of its walls are painted with comic characters such as the lovable Tintin along the city’s famed Comic Strip Trail. Here are some travelling tips for a magical experience in the heart of the…
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  • Did this travel scam just out itself in the fine print?

    Christopher Elliott
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “I’m contacting you before we do something stupid,” writes Sarah Smith, whose is mulling an offer for two “complimentary” airline […] The post Did this travel scam just out itself in the fine print? appeared first on Elliott.
  • British Airways abbreviated my vacation — what am I owed?

    Christopher Elliott
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    British Airways flight 68 from Philadelphia to London was canceled on July 8 — “technical” issues, as Brian Osborn recalls. […] The post British Airways abbreviated my vacation — what am I owed? appeared first on Elliott.
  • These books will change the way you travel – plus, they’re marked down

    Christopher Elliott
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    I admit it: I read books. I care deeply about the transformative power of the word. Which is why I’m […] The post These books will change the way you travel – plus, they’re marked down appeared first on Elliott.
  • These double standards have gotta go!

    Christopher Elliott
    29 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 These double standards have gotta go! appeared first on Elliott.
  • They promised us Paris, but $18,000 later …

    Christopher Elliott
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Even if the vacation club she bought didn’t work out, and even if the “free” trip to Hawaii never materialized, […] The post They promised us Paris, but $18,000 later … appeared first on Elliott.
 
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Mozart Rocks NYFW with Vogue's Anna Wintour & Serena Williams!

    Soul Travelers3
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Mozart Rocks NYFW with Vogue's Anna Wintour & Serena Williams!Teen singer Mozart rocked New York Fashion Week with Anna Wintour, Serena Williams,Caroline Teen singer Mozart rocked New York Fashion Week with Anna Wintour, Serena Williams,Caroline Wozniacki, Christina Milian and more as the youngest reporter there sponsored by Not Your Mother's Brand and TripAdvisor's FlipKey. MUST SEE VIDEO!I love this video! It makes me smile every time, but it was quite the marathon to edit, as there were so many "wow" moments.  13 YEAR OLD MOZART TAKES NYFW BY…
  • NYC Broadway Best Secret? Winning Wicked Lottery Tickets -Cheap!

    Soul Travelers3
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    NYC Broadway Best Secret? Winning Wicked Lottery Tickets-Cheap!Did you know it is easy to get cheap tickets to the blockbuster musical Wicked? Did you know it is easy to get cheap tickets to the blockbuster musical Wicked? When the best seats run 300 dollars a piece there and the average Broadway ticket now costs over 100 dollars, a family on a budget who loves theater NEEDS this secret tip! Since we were in NYC for Fashion Week with Mozart as the youngest reporter, we didn't have too much spare time. Still, Mozart was dreaming about seeing Wicked since she loves some of the songs like…
  • Teen Mozart Sings Youtube Adele Cover & More!

    Soul Travelers3
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    Teen Mozart Sings Youtube Adele Cover & More!Trilingual travel teen and singer Mozart loves Adele, so she just did a cover on Youtube of her song,  Trilingual travel teen and singer Mozart loves Adele, so she just did a cover on Youtube of her song, "Rumor has it". MOZART IS A YOUTUBERShe is loving being a "youtuber" and putting a video up on our YT channel every Friday. Sometimes they are covers like this, sometimes original songs and some times vlogs about travel, languages, fashion, makeup tutorials, DIY projects, teen issues, fun challenges or tags and more.
  • 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 could be the youngest…
  • 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 my! It began…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Dallas Tells Delta to Take a Hike, No Room For the Airline at Love Field

    CF
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Remember how the Department of Justice (DOJ) was so concerned with preserving competition at Dallas/Love Field as part of the American/US Airways merger? Well, the many pieces of that plan have no fallen into place, and there’s an odd man out. Delta is being kicked out of the airport entirely because there’s no longer any room. Hooray… competition? This doesn’t really come as a surprise. As part of the Wright Amendment settlement, Love Field was capped at no more than 20 gates and Southwest controlled 16 of them. Two were more were controlled by United via an Express…
  • The Air France Pilot Strike Ends With Absolutely Nothing Resolved

    CF
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    When I left on vacation last week, Air France’s pilots were striking. When I returned on Saturday, nothing had changed. Yesterday, however, the pilots came around and decided the time to end the strike had come. Why? Because they weren’t getting anywhere. If you were stranded during the two week strike, you were probably already angry. Knowing that it was all in vain has to make it burn even more. Nothing has been resolved and the airline is suffering mightily. Why were the pilots striking in the first place? Well, it’s France, so…. But there actually was a real reason…
  • 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…
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Apps & Websites to Track Fall Foliage

    Stephanie
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Apps & Websites to Track Fall FoliageIt’s fall, which means it’s that time of year again—leaf peeping season. But before you grab a pumpkin spice latte and hit the road to check out the orange and... Read More...The post Apps & Websites to Track Fall Foliage appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How to Travel Solo and Avoid Supplemental Fees

    Stephanie
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: How to Travel Solo and Avoid Supplemental FeesIf there’s one area where the industry really likes to nail people, it’s the dreaded single-supplement fee. The logic is that if you travel solo, you’re spending for one but... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How to Travel Solo and Avoid Supplemental Fees appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Photo Contest: Share Your Best Travel Selfies With Us

    Stephanie
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Photo Contest: Share Your Best Travel Selfies With UsStaying connected when you travel helps you keep in touch with loved ones, stay up to date with what’s going on back home, and, of course, brag about your travel... Read More...The post Photo Contest: Share Your Best Travel Selfies With Us appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How to Prepare for Earthquakes When You Travel

    Stephanie
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:24 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: How to Prepare for Earthquakes When You TravelWhen we travel, we often forget to take the same precautions we would at home. But if a natural disaster—like an earthquake—strikes an unfamiliar place, it can make an unexpected... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How to Prepare for Earthquakes When You Travel appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Peter Greenberg Worldwide–Hotel Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower–September 27, 2014

    _darra
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Peter Greenberg Worldwide–Hotel Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower–September 27, 2014This week, the Peter Greenberg Worlwide Radio Show comes from the Hotel Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower, and you can guess what the hotel is near…talk about…location! Joining me will be... Read More...The post Peter Greenberg Worldwide–Hotel Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower–September 27, 2014 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
 
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Glacier Bay National Park: Small Ship Cruise

    Nancy Brown
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sprawled on my yoga mat, looking up at the puffy white clouds streaming by, I experienced a surreal moment. Dreamlike, mixed with fantasy, I was floating on a small ship in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, watching the world pass by. Suddenly, I was brought back to earth by the Wellness instructor’s soothing voice guiding […]
  • Waterproof Boots: Travel Gear Review

    Nancy Brown
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Canadian-based Kamik goes green with recyclable, waterproof rain boots. Kermit the frog may think that it’s not easy being green, but companies like family-owned, Canadian-based Kamik are committed to exercising sustainable practices throughout all lines of their outdoor footwear. In addition to producing a fashionable, waterproof boot, I liked that Kamik offers an environmentally-friendly recycling […]
  • 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 […]
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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

  • Sydney with The Shoesmiths — Baulkham Hills, Australia

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:33 am
    Sydney with The Shoesmiths - Baulkham Hills, Australia Baulkham Hills, AustraliaWe left Adelaide mid morning and landed safely in Sydney just after lunch. Well most of the plane did. I believe the undercarriage is still lying on the runway somewhere!! We followed Jeff's instructions and managed to hit Baulkham Hills by mid afternoon. I always enjoy driving in Sydney because the people here drive with purpose. About 10kph above the speed limit - the way it should be! Unlike those in Adelaide. It was great to catch up with Jeff and his family again. We managed to be present for the coming home…
  • Donostia — San Sebastián - Donostia, Spain and Canary Islands

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    Donostia - San Sebastián - Donostia, Spain and Canary Islands San Sebastián - Donostia, Spain and Canary IslandsToday we're catching the bus from Plaza de Basque in Bayonne and have a 2 hour trip to San Sebastián. This area straddling the western border between France and Spain, was once one combined region, populated by the Basque people. They have their own language and building style, and are very culturally distinct from other areas of both countries. The street signs are often written in French, Spanish and Basque, which is a huge help for us, not!! The country is very…
  • Carlinville / Girard / Virden — Raymond, IL

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    Carlinville / Girard / Virden - Raymond, IL Raymond, IL Where I stayed Magnuson Grand Hotel and Conference Center RaymondWoke at 8am to a message from my poorly princess needing some mummy nurse advice. It was then time to get up and get breakfast before they closed. Mrs O was in and asked for room number, to which Andy responded "you mean you haven't remembered us already" she said that she sees so many people they all end up all looking the same, to which I replied "but we don't all sound the same" she agreed only a few, I laughed and said I'm sure - mum &amp; dad send their regards,…
  • Ways To Get Hitched Without A Hitch — Iasi, Romania

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    Ways To Get Hitched Without A Hitch - Iasi, Romania Iasi, RomaniaIf you're among the numerous people who don't want to commit upward of the thousand us dollars on the fat-and-sugar-laden wedding cake, talk with neighborhood bakeries with regard to lighter, individual-sized wedding pastry suggestions. Right now there are lots of bakeries that may prepare low-calorie cupcakes for you, as well as can discover ways to cut the calories from a cake. Whether Or Even Not they use gluten-free ingredients, a healthy fruit filling, a calorie free involving charge frosting, something such as that else,…
  • Selecting Speedy Methods In Scrap Yards Near Me — Ashley, India

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:31 am
    Selecting Speedy Methods In Scrap Yards Near Me - Ashley, India Ashley, India With all kinds of various automobiles on the roadway, one will certainly find that there is always some wear and tear of vehicles and its parts. Right here the parts are detached from the vehicle and then they are resold to the clients who requires for fixing their cars. It works in such a means that old and unexpected automobiles are bought by the Junk lawn companies which are more taken apart and different parts are sold off to consumers. They are helpful to both the consumers and the sellers as they are cheaper…
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    View from the Wing

  • Last Shot at Buying US Airways Miles for 1.88 Cents Extended Through October 12

    Gary Leff
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Last week I wrote that US Airways will be increasing the cost of miles purchased through its bonuses, that come November American and US Airways will get aligned in how they sell miles.. which means they’ll be more expensive. US Airways is running a 100% bonus on purchased miles, it was supposed to end September 30 but it has been extended through October 12. For the past several years US Airways has been the industry leader in selling miles cheap. Offering a 100% bonus just meant, more or less, meant that it was a day of the week that ended in “day”. With this offer they…
  • When Airliners Vanish, and Modern Family Live Tweets a Drunken Air Meltdown

    Gary Leff
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    News and notes from around the interweb: Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazine: When Airliners Vanish Modern Family staffer live-tweets a passenger’s drunken meltdown (HT: Brian B.) Another vote for the Singapore Airlines Prawn and Chicken Laksa. I consider it to be the best meal I’ve ever eaten on a plane. It seems that police at Newark airport have caught the bug and decided that Uber drivers are very very dangerous and something has to be done to stop the menace. Boggles the mind. (HT: @MilesAficionado) Apparently airports like the crackdown, though. There’s…
  • Here are the 10 Best Ways to Take Advantage of a Big Chase Offer

    Gary Leff
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same). Chase Ink Plus Business Card — 70,000 point signup bonus offer! For a limited time, Chase is offering the best bonus they’ve ever made for their Ink Plus card — 70,000 points after $5000 spend…
  • United Names a New Chief Information Officer: What Advice Would You Give Them?

    Gary Leff
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    United announced a new Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “Linda [Jojo]‘s significant experience leading IT organizations and running complex business and consumer systems will be a tremendous asset to United as we advance our technology to become more efficient and better serve our customers and employees,” said Jeff Smisek, United’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. Jojo joins United from Rogers Communications, Inc., where she served as executive vice president and chief information officer. Previously, she served as chief…
  • Everything’s Bigger in Texas: Qantas and Emirates Bring A380s and John Travolta Adds to the Excitement in Dallas!

    Gary Leff
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Yesterday Qantas arrived at Dallas Fort Worth with an Airbus A380 for the first time, three years after they began service with a 747. They’re going from 7 day a week service down to 6 (dropping Tuesdays), but in the process: Adding 10% more capacity to the market Bringing a better in-flight product Eliminating the required stop in Brisbane in one direction This is the longest flight in the world. Tomorrow, Emirates brings an Airbus A380 to Dallas for the 12th longest flight in the world. The Emirates flight brings a first class shower and great award availabiltiy this winter. (Not…
 
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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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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • 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

  • Venice: 5 budget hotels with canal views

    Tom Meyers
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Who doesn’t dream of a canal view from their hotel room when visiting Venice? Ever since I started regularly visiting the city to review its hotels in 2001, I’ve always hoped that I would be able to fling my windows open in the morning to the sights and sounds of a passing gondola. It hasn’t happened for a number of reasons. First, and most obviously, cost: Canal-side hotels almost always charge more for the views. Venice has been welcoming tourists for hundreds of years, and those in the hotel business caught on long ago that they could charge more for rooms overlooking the…
  • Packing Advice: 10 tips for a two-week European jaunt

    Alex Robertson Textor
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    Packing advice can get awfully proscriptive very quickly, and these tips are no exception. Bear with me. Before you start throwing everything you own into a bag, take a moment to think about strategy. With a few easy steps, you too can be hitting the road in Europe like a budget travel pro. I’ve been traveling light since I was a teenager. And if you find the following advice too limiting, know that it could be much, much worse. My mother once traveled from Germany to Paris for a weekend carrying just a small purse! 1. There’s no need to check a bag Find a medium-sized carry-on bag.
  • Portugal on a Budget: Highlights from 7 days in Lisbon

    Alisha Miranda
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    As a bilingual speaker, my travels have taken me to some of the most beautiful Spanish speaking countries in the world. However, I wasn’t sure if it would help me out when venturing into Portugal. So with some pocket change, a carry-on bag, and a quest for learning a new language, I set out for Lisbon. Cheapos will love Lisbon; the way you start and end every conversation with “Obrigada” (thank you), the sounds of Fado guitars, the sights of clay roofs and the tastes of Galão (espresso with foamed milk). And, of course, the low prices for just about everything. Here is a roundup of…
  • Weekend in Hamburg: A budget-friendly itinerary

    Hilary Bown
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    If you’ve only got a weekend to spare in Hamburg, we’ve got you covered. Our budget-friendly two-day itinerary hits all of the port city’s major highlights while leaving enough flexibility for personal preferences and surprise discoveries. There’s a lot to discover during 48 hours in Hamburg—let’s get to it! Saturday 9:00 AM: Hamburg’s most popular attraction Beat the crowds by showing up early at Miniatur Wunderland, the model railway display to end all model railway displays. This  incredibly detailed model world is the city’s most…
  • 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,…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Go Green Campaigns and Go Green Movement

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

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

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

  • Four Simple Rules for Not Ending Up on the 'Passenger Shaming' Site

    JetSetCD
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    The struggle is real. Flying in Economy Class isn't the steak dinner and ample legroom experience it once was, and travelers have adapted to the lessening space and tightened liberties remarkably well; that is, until you view the Passenger Shaming Facebook page (and it's not just limited to Economy). Started by a flight attendant in early 2013, the page has amassed over 200,000 "likes" of the submitted photos of passengers behaving badly. It's spread to Instagram and Twitter, not to mention spawned a small line of T-shirts. Although it began with the aim of allowing cabin crew to vent…
  • Travel Movie Tuesday: Lucy and Desi Drive 'The Long, Long Trailer'

    jetflyboy
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    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. Lately our installments for travel-themed flicks have revolved around the past 20 years, so we thought it fitting that we head back about 61 years to highlight the comic genius of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the breakout big screen hit of 'The Long, Long Trailer.' On display is…
  • Kansas City : How to Get Last-Minute Tickets to The World Series of Barbecue

    cmb
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    This weekend the American Royal World Series of Barbecue returns to Kansas City, MO where carnivores will spend four glorious days celebrating meat. The event attracts more than 550 teams competing in four categories, making it the largest barbecue contest in the world. Along with the competition, there will be a food expo, cooking demos, and live music. The meats in competition might not be available for sampling but there will be plenty of vendors dishing up eats and drinks in the food court each day.
  • New York: The TWA Flight Center in New York Will Again Open to the Public for One Day

    JetSetCD
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Attention architecture, history, design, aviation, and photography buffs! The TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for one day: Saturday, October 11, from 11am to 3:30pm. The reason? The 12th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city over weekend of October 11-12. Although OHNY began in 2002, the TWA Center has only been welcoming the OHNY public since 2011, and each year is typically considered the last chance to see it in this raw, restored state before…
  • Dallas: Photos: Everything is Bigger in Texas, Now Including Qantas' Flights to Australia

    juliana
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    The Flying Cowboy Roo arrived in Texas!As we mentioned yesterday, Qantas Airlines landed their Airbus A380 in Dallas yesterday from Sydney. The inaugural flight took about 15 hours, making it the world's longest route. It was also the first official arrival of the double-decker plane for the DFW airport. Naturally, that's cause for celebration but since everything is bigger in Texas, Qantas really went all out in Terminal D for the plane's arrival, including a special appearance from Qantas Goodwill Ambassador, John Travolta.
 
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  • New York: Before and After: Sixty Soho Shows Off The Sexy Sixty Style

    juliana
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.Sixty Soho, formerly known as 60 Thompson, is the flagship of the newly formed Sixty Hotels collective from the original Thompson Hotels founders, led by Jason Pomeranc. But now that the hotel is no longer a Thompson, it was time to change up the look. So Sixty…
  • New York: Will The TWA Flight Center at JFK Turn Into a Trump Hotel?

    DesignMinder
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It's been rumored for several years that the iconic TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport would one day turn into a hotel. And once again, the rumor mill is working overtime with reports that a new hotel brand will soon install themselves at the terminal.Earlier this year, negotiations between hotelier Andre Balazs and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey fell through . Now it seems the Port Authority is out shopping for a new Sugar Daddy. Following the release of a formal Request For Proposal last month, the word on the street— runway rather— is that interested…
  • Marrakech: The W Marrakech is Happening (But Not Until 2017)

    juliana
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    Two signs that Marrakech is a hot destination? One, the newly-married Clooneys are honeymooning there and two, a W Hotel is set to open in the cosmopolitan city in 2017. Located in the city's Hivernage district, the W Marrakech will have 148 guest rooms nd suites, include one Extreme WOW suite, along with residences. there will also be a signature restaurant, an all-day dining venue, a bar, an outdoor bar, WET pool deck, an Away Spa and FIT, the W's branded fitness center. And of course, Whatever/Whenever will also be in place.GA Design International, the folks who did the W Taipei and the…
  • Lanai City: You Probably Won’t Be Able to Get a Room at the Hotel Lanai For the Next Year... Here's Why

    wakeandwander
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    By now, we're all up to date on the situation regarding Lanai and new-ish owner Larry Ellison. He has a plan, but no one is exactly sure what it is or how it will play out. While that's generally accurate, there are a few truths that have come to light since Ellison started pouring money into the island. We discovered one earlier this week during a visit to the Hotel Lanai: You won't be able to get a room here for the next year. As the big plan continues to take shape, Ellison has begun work on a number of specific projects, including rebuilding community infrastructure and partially…
  • London: What To Order At Chicken Shop At The Hoxton Holborn

    juliab
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Yesterday, we told you how to find Chicken Shop, the new underground restaurant at the Hoxton Holborn. Today, we’re talking what to order (apologies in advance for the photos, it's very, very dark underground). In a way, there’s not much advice to give, because the menu at Chicken Shop is limited. Very limited – your options for your main course are: · A quarter chicken (£4.50) · A half chicken (£8.50) · A whole chicken (£15) To jazz it up, there are sides, which all cost £4. These are: · Crinkle cut fries · Coleslaw · Corn on the cob ·…
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    SmarterTravel.com: Travel Advice

  • America's Creepiest Cemeteries

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Fair warning: You might have trouble sleeping tonight after reading about these super-creepy cemeteries all around the U.S. But if you're in the mood to be scared, then read on!
  • Incredible Free Museums Around the World

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Jetting around the world isn't free, but cultural enrichment can be. We uncovered 10 incredible museums, from Paris to Beijing, where cultural discovery is rich but admission is free for all.
  • 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.
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Where to Go in October: 20 Great Spots for Early Autumn

    Zoe Smith
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    With the days getting cooler, the nights getting dimmer and the autumnal leaves beginning to shed from the trees, October marks the golden months of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and there are few more magical times to travel. Whether you’re looking to spot the best fall foliage, seeking a suitably spooky location to celebrate Halloween or hoping to swap the cold nights for sunnier climes, here’s our top picks for where to go in October. Savannah and Charleston, Southern Belles of the U.S. With a long history of ghostly happenings and some of the country’s best haunted houses, the…
  • Seven Unusual Ways to Greet People Around the World

    Viator Travel Team
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Smarter Travel and has been republished here with permission. Unusual Ways of Greeting People From Around the World. Photo Credit: Thinkstock/iStock You’d never go to a job interview and greet your prospective employer with a fist bump, so why would you offer up a handshake when traveling abroad? From sticking out your tongue to pressing noses together to breathing on someone way up close, there’s more than one way to say hello around the world. Here are seven of the most unusual greetings from other cultures. Mano in the…
  • 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…
 
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • Scotland in Autumn: Perthshire Celebrates

    Kerry Dexter
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Trees. They are part of travel almost everywhere, by presence or absence, be they many or few. In Scotland, Highland Perthshire, just at the point where the Highlands begin to rise up to the Cairngorm Mountains in eastern central Scotland, is a place where trees and forest are defining features of the landscape. These woods
  • I Gave up Travel for a House in Detroit

    Dana McMahan
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Travel has ruled my existence for the past decade and a half, with life always revolving around ‘away.’ Starting with a backpacking trip around Europe and branching out to a string of destinations around the globe, I eventually even managed to make writing about travel my job. My life felt incomplete if I didn’t have
  • 220 Tons of Daily Life in the 1850s: Steamboat Arabia

    Sheila Scarborough
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    “It’s like finding and recovering an 1850′s Walmart….” They had to dig for it in a guy’s cornfield, because even though the Steamboat Arabia and her 220 tons of cargo sank in the Missouri River in 1856, the river moved around so much and changed its course so widely that the silt-locked wreck ended up
  • 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
 
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Top 10 national and state parks in Washington state

    Mary Caperton Morton
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    Washington is known as the Evergreen State, but its stunning national and state parks offer an abundance of colours, ranging from white-capped mountains to islands in the deep blue ocean Continue reading...
  • Instagram snapshots  Sperlonga, Latina, Italy

    Guardian Staff
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Hit the beach, explore the old town then cool off with a gelato In our new Instagram slot, Rome-based photographer Nicolee Drake heads to the Italian coast Share your travels in Instagram pictures with a series of three snaps, plus captions, by adding #guardiantravelsnaps Follow us on Instagram at guardiantravelsnaps Continue reading...
  • The future of travel: what will holidays look like in 2024?

    Will Coldwell
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    Hotels on the moon, hologram staff, danger-zone tourism ... this is how our holidays will look in 2024, or so says a new report. But weve got our own ideas and would like to hear yours, too Continue reading...
  • Mammut mountaineering adventures in pictures

    Robert Bösch/Mammut/Rex
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    These images were shot by Robert Bösch over the last few years for Mammut, to showcase their range of hardy clothing and sports equipment. The most recent, taken in September 2014, celebrates 150 years since the first ascent of the Matterhorn Continue reading...
  • Instagram snapshots: Cap Ferret, south-west France

    Andy Pietrasik
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:58 am
    Miles of sand and plenty of fresh oysters ... in our new Instagram travel trips, head of Guardian Travel Andy Pietrasik explores Cap Ferret Share your travels in Instagram pictures with a series of three snaps, plus captions, by adding #guardiantravelsnaps Follow us on Instagram at guardiantravelsnaps Continue reading...
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  • Join our world food chat on Twitter at #LPChat

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

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

    Matt Long
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    While road tripping through Alberta, I spent a few days in what quickly became one of my favorite places anywhere – Dinosaur Provincial Park. The park itself is a beautiful example of badlands geography in addition to containing one of the most impressive collections of dinosaur fossils anywhere in the world. It’s remote though, the nearest town is about 30 miles away and even that isn’t exactly a raging metropolis. That’s why many people who visit opt instead to bring a trailer or camp outside in some way or manner. I’m not even close to what one would consider the camping type and…
  • Blue Waters Of Rottnest Island, Australia

    Matt Long
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Blue Waters Of Rottnest Island, Australia appeared first on LandLopers.
  • My Slow Travel Experiment

    Matt Long
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    A lot of opinions are given in the travel world when discussing whether or not people are travelers or tourists. I’m not going to directly discuss this yet again (thank God) but I do want to chat about an aspect of it. Slow travel has long been lauded as the most “authentic” and “pure” way of seeing the world. Traveling slowly, spending months in a place and living as locals do. Not all of us can afford to travel for months on end of course, but we have been told that we can easily incorporate elements of traveling like a local into even a trip that is 1-2 weeks long. Indeed, I’ve…
  • Wandering Through Old Mantua, Italy

    Matt Long
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Wandering Through Old Mantua, Italy appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Exploring a Rainforest in Virginia – Really

    Matt Long
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Brazil? Yes, of course. Costa Rica? You bet! Heck, I even knew that New Zealand has some rain forests, but I was honestly surprised to learn that my home state of Virginia is also home to some pretty impressive rainforests; a fact I learned while a guest of the Omni Homestead Resort.The semi-tropical micro-climate is actually a feature of the southern Appalachian Mountains, a fact along with many others that I learned while on what is quite honestly one of the best hikes I’ve ever joined. The Cascades Gorge Hike is one of the most popular activities at the Homestead, a great testament to…
 
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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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  • Lessons from my School of Rock

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

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

    Pam Mandel
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
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  • 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…
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  • Argentina is Cheap Again (If You Follow This Advice)

    Tim Leffel
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
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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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    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
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  • 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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  • My Tasty First Hour in Palestine

    Rick Steves
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    All this week, I am sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the production of my new public television special, “The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today.” In this clip, I sat down to good food, excellent beer and lots of laughs during my first hour filming in Palestine. Leaving Israel I took a cab to the Security Barrier, then walked through the lonely no man’s land, which reminded me of the US-Mexico border between San Diego and Tijuana. Once across, I hopped into one of the many Palestinian cabs waiting on the Arab side of the wall for the quick ride into downtown…
  • Yad Vashem’s Children’s Memorial

    Rick Steves
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    All this week, I am sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the production of my new public television special, “The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today.” In this clip, we visit the the Children’s Memorial at Yad Vashem. When considering the horror of the Holocaust, it’s hard to really imagine the extermination of six million people. And it’s hard to imagine that roughly a quarter of these people, slaughtered like animals, were children. The Children’s Memorial helps make it real. “The Holy Land” has already aired on stations in several locations. Many other…
  • Yad Vashem’s Hall of Names

    Rick Steves
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    All this week, I am sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the production of my new public television special, “The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today.” In this clip, we visit Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem. Yad Vashem is the most important Holocaust memorial in Israel. In its Hall of Names, a vast archive surrounds a powerful collection of faces of people killed during the Holocaust. Of the roughly six million Jews murdered, about half have been identified by surviving family and friends. Pages of their testimony are archived here. The purpose of it all: to give as many victims as…
  • A Taste of Israel’s Bounty

    Rick Steves
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    All this week, I am sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the production of my new public television special, “The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today.” In this clip, we sit down to our first lunch while scouting TV production in the Crusader town of Akko, Israel. We were treated to a typical and colorful array of mezze-style plates: delightful dips, soups, and salads that are a daily edible reminder of how fertile Israel is. A few months later, we were at the same table with our crew and the camera rolling. Delicious. “The Holy Land” has already aired to great…
  • Become a member of NORML and get a free DVD of “Evergreen”

    Rick Steves
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Many of you know that I am a board member of NORML and an advocate for marijuana policy reform. And if you’ve understood my position, you know that I’m not in this to be “pro pot.” I am involved to end an expensive, racist, and counter-productive prohibition as wrong-minded and costly to our society today as the prohibition against alcohol was back in the 1930s. An exciting new documentary movie called “Evergreen” tells the story about how my friends and I helped legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in my home state of Washington. (And is the closest I’ll ever get to “starring…
 
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  • Montreal hotels

    Mircea Giurca
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    When you take a vacation, you want to stay in the nicest hotel for your money. Who doesn’t want to get a good hotel, with great service and amenities for a great price? Even if you don’t intend to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • World’s Most Beautiful Highway

    Mircea Giurca
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    Officially is called California Route 1, and it is also called as Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH; many people call it much simpler Highway One.  But one thing you must agree with me: it is the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Brazilian Cuisine, Cheap and Delicious

    Richard Manx
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    The variety of foods found in Brazil is as varied as its culture and people. In some ways Brazilian food is similar to our own American fare. Obviously there are geographical differences in the local... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Washington DC Tours

    Mircea Giurca
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    A tour of Washington DC isn’t easy at all, but the ideal of a wonderful tour is what every tourists visiting the city will like to accomplish. For a successful tour, agencies such as tour 4 fun is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Viking Century River Cruises in China

    Mircea Giurca
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    There are many different types of cruises on offer in and around China, but one of the classic trips is sailing down the amazing Yangtze River, which takes in many of China’s greatest sights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Delicate Dangle

    Hannah Sills
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Courtesy of manufacturer We love how these earrings remind us of days spent snorkeling around vibrant reefs. Christina Jervey Jewelry Branch Coral Earrings in 14k Gold Plate, $195; christinajervey.com
  • Do you load up on free toiletries from your hotel?

    Susan Hall
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    For a future issue, we want to know … Take Our Poll
  • Go Fetch

    Sophia Jones
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer Your canine companion will adore this wag-worthy find. Completely cotton, it is durable and easy to throw in the wash. Waggo Have a Ball Rope Dog Toy in Charcoal Pink, from $6-$18; Waggo.com
  • What are the essential items for an entryway?

    Madeleine Frank
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Upper Left: Dorothy Greco; Above: Rick Lew Every month, we ask one of our favorite coastal designers for his or her top decor tips. Newton, MA designer Jennifer Palumbo shared her design tips in our October issue (see them here!), and she had some extras to share.  Coastal Living: What are the essential items for an entryway? Jennifer Palumbo: A bench or some form of seating, a console table, a great rug, and a dramatic light fixture. The selection of those four elements is so key in setting the tone for the rest of the house. If the space is too small for both a console and a bench,…
  • 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
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  • Marriott wants to become the Red Bull of travel entertainment

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    Following the trend of marketers becoming publishers, Marriott is launching a globel create and content marketing studio. The company wants to own the travel entertainment space - and, in turn, gain the recognition as a trusted source for all travel needs - similar to the approach that Red Bull and GoPro take with action sports.
  • Booking.com and Hotels.com top latest eTravel multichannel benchmark results

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    Booking.com's multichannel digital experience out ranked all other brands for their first impressions search and results, booking process, and design and usability. Surveyors particularly liked the brand's desktop site and ranked it first in every stage of the customer journey, while Hotels.com's app was rated top overall.
  • Amex: Q2 corporate air and hotel spending up 7 percent

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    American Express Global Business Travel clients during the April-June quarter this year spent 7.4 percent more on airline tickets than they did during the same period in 2013, and 7.2 percent more on hotel rooms.
  • Four Seasons enhances customer service in China through Ctrip partnership

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is enhancing its ability to serve guests in China by teaming up with Chinese travel service provider Ctrip.com. The expanded partnership grants Four Seasons more flexibility in China and provides loyal guests reliable travel options.
  • Mr & Mrs Smith recognises value of personalisation after driving intent

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    A first stab at using personalisation to drive customer intent was so successful it inundated boutique online hotel retailer Mr & Mrs Smith with inquiries. The company used personalisation at the start of the sales process rather than just to capture the booking at the bottom end of the sales funnel.
 
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  • We Visit Corsica

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

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

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

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

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

    MiceAge
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The first week in October begins the new fiscal year for the Walt Disney Company, and for Disneyland Resort that almost always means projects either kick off or wrap up in order to satisfy the…The post MiceAge Update – Enhancements for Disneyland, Tire Replacement for DCA appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Explore the Watery World at Marineland Florida

    Adam Sinclair
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you’ve ever driven along A1A between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, you’ve probably gone through the small town of Marineland. It is in this sleepy Florida town where the world of modern aquariums, dolphin…The post Explore the Watery World at Marineland Florida appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Communicore Weekly – Universal Hollywood Horror Night, Contemporary Fact, Hook’s Revenge, Dinosaur

    Jeff Heimbuch
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Direct Link l   iTunes Link Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Universal Hollywood Horror Night, Contemporary Fact, Hook’s Revenge, and Dinosaur! TRIP REPORT! – Jeff talks about his recent trip to…The post Communicore Weekly – Universal Hollywood Horror Night, Contemporary Fact, Hook’s Revenge, Dinosaur appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Knotts Scary Farm Review: Monsters Unleashed

    Norman Gidney
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    Knott’s Scary Farm has been in the business of haunted themed event entertainment longer than any other theme park in the business.  With 41 years of Halloween Haunts under their belt, the original has plenty…The post Knotts Scary Farm Review: Monsters Unleashed appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disneyland’s Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage resurfaces as Big Hero 6 lands in Tomorrowland

    Andy Castro
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Disneyland‘s iconic Submarine Voyage reopened over the weekend after a lengthy refurbishment that included repainting sections of the outdoor lagoon. The Finding Nemo-themed attraction closed earlier in January amidst rumors that it might not reopen…The post Disneyland’s Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage resurfaces as Big Hero 6 lands in Tomorrowland appeared first on MiceChat.
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  • 3 favourite private island hotspots

    Holly McQueen
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Just this month Conde Nast released the winners of their ‘Readers Travel Award’ destinations, as voted for by you. After 3 years the Maldives are back in prime position, which is great news. The Maldives is often an alternative for non-skiers looking for winter sun, hotly followed by the Seychelles, Barbados and Hawaiian Islands. Here […] 3 favourite private island hotspots is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 3 favourite private island hotspots appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 3 nights in Cape Town and 10 things to do

    Paul Johnson
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    On a recent trip to South Africa, we had three nights in Cape Town before heading out to the Eastern Cape for a safari experience at the Shamwari Game Reserve.  Cape Town has to rank as one of my favourite cities in the world – it offers so much variety and here is a whirlwind […] 3 nights in Cape Town and 10 things to do is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 3 nights in Cape Town and 10 things to do appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

    Paul Johnson
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    The 5-star Table Bay Hotel, a Sun International property set on the breakwater wall of Cape Town’s historic Victoria & Alfred waterfront, is a contemporary architectural treasure with 329 rooms that either overlook the bay to Robben Island, where Nelson Madela was for a long time famously imprisoned, or – as in the case of […] Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 favorite Summer cycle rides

    Andy Levine
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    You know what makes me smile? Riding through gorgeous destinations in the warm, Summer sun. For me, nothing beats pushing myself to the limit as I climb a steep incline, biking through the most stunning locations, or cycling for a cause that is near and dear to my heart. In short, it’s all about the […] 5 favorite Summer cycle rides is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 favorite Summer cycle rides appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 tips for choosing cold-weather destination luggage

    Tony Tomasyan
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Luxury travel destinations aren’t limited to sun-soaked, white sand beaches and exotic islands. While tropical warmth and frolicking pool or yacht-side are indicative of the typical, enviable getaways, there are equally dreamy, just as fun, cold-weather options. Late fall and winter travel to havens like Park City, Telluride, and Austria is just as fun and […] 5 tips for choosing cold-weather destination luggage is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 tips for choosing cold-weather destination luggage 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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  • Cloud Dancing: Hiking Haleakala National Park's Sliding Sands Keoneheehee Trail

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    Cloud Dancing: Hiking Haleakala National Park's Sliding Sands Keoneheehee Trail The Keoneheehee "Sliding Sands" Trail descends into Haleakala crater. Photo: Hawaii Tourism Japan (HTJ)Squinting into central Maui morning sunshine, I survey blue skies directly above a Hike Maui van and worry about the waves of cumulus camouflage rushing toward our alpine hiking destination: the summit of Haleakala volcano.My heart sinks a bit at the sight. I begin wishing that the warm, sunglasses-and-T-shirt weather in the sea level Kahului parking lot I’m standin...
  • Hawaii national parks offering free entry, volunteer opportunities on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 27

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:14 am
    Hawaii national parks offering free entry, volunteer opportunities on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 27 Kilauea Iki crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Photo: National Park ServiceAs Earth’s most isolated inhabited archipelago, Hawaii is blessed with striking natural beauty—eerie volcanic landscapes, lush rainforests and valleys and luxuriously sandy beaches. Fortunately for residents and visitors, much of this scenic wonder is found on lands open to free public access.This Sat. Sept. 27, all Hawaii national p...
  • 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&rsquo;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&rsquo;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...
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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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  • Helmet Diving in St. Maarten

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ava Stochinsky
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    We are fortunate that we at Vagablond get to experience lovely hotel destinations worldwide. It is seldom that I am surprised by the level of hospitality and professionalism. I expect it, but our stay at the Dolce Vita Guesthouse was one of the most pleasurable travel experiences I have enjoyed in recent history. What draws tourists to Estoril? Estoril and Cascais are the birthplace of tourism in Portugal and they are popular mostly because of the casual chic ambiance and the local beach life. Also, the fact we are only half an hour by car or train to Lisbon and close to Sintra, makes this…
  • Wake Up To the Splashing Luxury of Tower 23 at San Diego

    Ava Stochinsky
    5 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Rise and Shine to a brand new experience of luxury and sophistication at Tower 23. The scenic beauty of the beaches from the hotel itself is worth the price of admission to the swank hotel. The rooms are very modern and have a modern streamlined feel. Upon arrival we received a delicious plate of cheeses and fruit that was accompanied by a lovely bottle of wine. Directly in front of the hotel is a boardwalk that overlooks Pacific Beach and the ocean. This portion of San Diego looks like it was ripped out a surfer movie. The vibrant touch of nature gives you the opportunity to appreciate every…
 
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  • High Road House, London: hotel of the week

    Kate Weir
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    We’re craving some au courant beats in quintessentially cool-Britannia surrounds: step up hip boutique hotel High Road House: the retro-chic members’ club in West London‘s laid-back Chiswick district. Style Arty-urbanites Setting Leafy London Why this week? To knock back a puntastic Scotchwork Orange cocktail while the DJs at Nick Jones’ High Road House bar inspire you to dance from Thursdays to Saturday. Keep your toes tapping at the EFG London Jazz Festival at the Barbican (14–23 November), then spend your evenings hobnobbing with the hotel’s bohemian crowd; after…
  • 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,…
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  • Post-Trip Depression: It’s Often Emotionally Harder to Come Home than Go Away

    NomadicMatt
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Before my first trip around the world, I was driving through Boston with my friend Mike. One of the things I was talking about was how different life would be when I returned home. Where would my friends be in life? How would they change? What jobs would they have? New hobbies? New relationships? I imagined a world of possibility. “Everything will be exactly how you left it,” he said. “When I studied abroad, I thought the same thing. But, in truth, nothing will be different when you come home. Everything and everyone will be the same.” I didn’t believe him. After all, a lot can…
  • 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…
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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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  • Travel Fitness Gear for the Fall

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:19 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! ]]
  • A New Way To Experience Thanksgiving

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
      MealSharing.com allows hosts to share their culture and food with strangers around the world Sharing Meals With Strangers While Traveling By Luke Dowley In the past few years the concept... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Newport Vermont: At the Very Top

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    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! ]]
  • Japan: Hiking in Ancient Woods

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Togakushi, Japan (Path to Oku-sha shrine): A majestic moment. Sometimes Nature reminds us how truly small we are. Bre Power Easton photos.   Ancient Cedars, Ancient Prayers Hiking in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Manitoba: Singing to Belugas

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Swimming with belugas--a person is towed by a boat who sings and it makes the belugas sing in harmony. Mary Beth Bond photo. Watch a video of the belugas   Trolling Humans for Whales, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The Other National Reserve, Allpahuayo Mishana

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

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

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

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

    Captain Bill
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Cell Phone Rentals For Travelers In Iquitos At Dawn on the Amazon Cell phones for rent in the office of Dawn on the Amazon To rent a cell phone in Iquitos Peru, come in the Dawn on the Amazon office, located on the boulevard, next door to Dawn on the Amazon Cafe, #185 Malecon Maldonado, near the first block of Nauta Street. We also sell minutes for your cell phone. Our office is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00am to 7:00pm, with a break for lunch. Closed on Sunday. Terms and Conditions for Renting Cell Phones Our obligation is to provide the cell phone in good condition, with charger,…
 
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  • The Disappointing Blue Hole of Comino in the Maltese Islands

    Barbara Weibel
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Another day, another tour. This time I have come to the Blue Hole on the tiny island of Comino, famous for its clear turquoise waters. Frankly, I am bored out of my mind. Though others are swimming amongst clumps of jellyfish that are fading from royal blue to blue-gray as they die and wash up on the postage stamp beach, the water is too cold for me. View of the Blue Hole from the cliff -top trail An hour after completing an hour hike along the cliff tops, I have commandeered the only patch of shade in sight, to sit and write while I await the return of my boat back to Malta. Trash is…
  • PHOTO: Historic Architecture on Gozo, in the Maltese Islands

    Barbara Weibel
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Historic architecture on Gozo features decorative wooden balconies, a feature from the days of the Arab occupation of the Maltese Islands (Visited 7 times, 7 visits today)The post PHOTO: Historic Architecture on Gozo, in the Maltese Islands appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Azure Window on Gozo in the Maltese Islands

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Azure Window, a wind and wave-carved arch in a limestone promontory on Gozo in the Maltese Islands (Visited 18 times, 18 visits today)The post PHOTO: Azure Window on Gozo in the Maltese Islands appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Patchwork Farm Fields on Gozo, in the Maltese Islands

    Barbara Weibel
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: View over patchwork farm fields from the Citadella in Victoria, the capital of Gozo, which produces the majority of the produce consumed in the Maltese Islands (Visited 39 times, 39 visits today)The post PHOTO: Patchwork Farm Fields on Gozo, in the Maltese Islands appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Stone Bridge Between Buildings in Mdina, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: St. Paul’s Cathedral is framed by the aerial stone bridge between buildings in Mdina, the ancient walled that was Malta’s original capital city (Visited 597 times, 597 visits today)The post PHOTO: Stone Bridge Between Buildings in 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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  • How to use a food court in Thailand

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

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

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

    Donna Hull
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Read our tips for visiting Grand Teton National Park in the fall. Are your travel feet itching for a fall road trip? Alan and I are raising our hands high. Although Montana doesn’t have the beautiful red foliage of states like Vermont or New Hampshire, our fall landscape has plenty of yellow, gold and orange. In fact, we had planned on exploring this week until a weather front moved into our area. Hopefully, it will be gone by the middle of next week. Our itinerary includes driving the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway and exploring Bannack State Park, the first territorial capital of…
  • Saturday’s scene: Fall on the Glenn Highway

    Donna Hull
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Fall colors on the Glenn Highway When Alan and I planned our Alaska Highway road trip, we weren’t thinking about fall color. But that’s exactly what we found in the first week of September while driving the Glenn Highway, also known as the Tok Cutoff. The paved road travels 328 scenic miles between Tok and Anchorage. And the portion of the highway between Anchorage and Eureka Summit has been designated a National Scenic Byway as well as one of Alaska’s Scenic Byways. We recommend The Milepost as your guide for driving in Alaska. That’s how we knew about all of the…
  • Gluten-Free Travel Tips Help Make Travel Tasty Again

    A Guest Writer
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Although gluten-free travel has come a long way over the last few years, traveling can still be quite stressful for those who cannot eat gluten products. Travel is nerve-racking enough sometimes; and when you travel with dietary restrictions, well, it can be extremely frustrating. Thankfully, there are a lot of resources out there to help travelers stay healthy and enjoy their adventures without worrying continuously about meal times. Today’s guest writer, Brette Sember, author of The Gluten-Free Guide to Travel is here with some great tips on how to travel gluten free. My two…
  • 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…
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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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  • 10 Things Taiwan Does Right

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

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

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

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

    Carrie Kellenberger
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Image by Pank Seelen, used under the Creative Commons license. Medieval castles, fairytale-like towns, and sandy beaches soaked in sunshine – Portugal has it all. Travel here to experience quintessential Iberian culture, to wade through its brilliant blue waters, and relive history in its many tiny coastal villages and medieval towns. Here are some of the top things to do if you plan to travel around Portugal. Explore Lisbon Often considered one of Europe’s most scenic capitals, Lisbon is the heart and home of Portuguese culture. Must-see sights include the Jeronimos Monastery and…
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    Lanzarote Information - Anything and everything about Lanzarote

  • Important Meeting in English for Campaigners against Repsol Oil Drilling in the Canary Islands

    Jules
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    The Office for Global Action (OAG) has invited all English speaking people against the Repsol oil drilling campaign to attend a special meeting this Thursday evening. The campaign against oil in the Canary Islands has reached a critical point in the conflict and requires a very intense plan of actions for activities during October. There will be a massive mobilisation of demonstrations on all islands, in Spain and Europe on Saturday 18th of October. The meeting has two agenda points: 1. Discussion of  read more »
  • Velvet Lady Winter Season 2014/15

    Jules
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    The Velvet Lady will be returning to Lanzarote this winter to offer sailing holidays around the island from December 2014 to March 2015. This lovely 55 foot Oyster yacht is no stranger to Lanzarote, her owners Lin and Richard offer sailing holidays here in the winter, the Lofoten Islands in the summer and ocean passage experiences in between. With 3 guest cabins, the Velvet Lady can accommodate up to 6 guests and is suitable for complete novices wanting to try sailing for the first time, up to experienced sailors. A 7 night trip costs £675 per person which is all inclusive when on board,…
  • Selling A Property In Lanzarote

    Miguel
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    We’ve already talked about buying a property in Lanzarote, so let’s have a look at selling one in the current climate. Background The property market here is certainly showing signs of a recovery from the recession, but there are still lingering issues. There’s a lot of property for sale here, and the banks are aggressively marketing the houses and apartments they repossessed at the height of “El Crisis.” If you are looking to sell, you need to research the market thoroughly first to understand how many similar properties to yours are on the market, and secondly to see their selling…
  • 5 Live Music Bars in Puerto del Carmen

    Jules
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:31 am
    There are plenty of live music acts to enjoy in the various bars around Puerto del Carmen. We wanted to share our top five live music venues that we’d recommend checking out in this resort during your holiday in Lanzarote. The Island Live Music Bar Owned by Rory & Cara Gallagher since March 2012, The Island Live Music Bar is open 6 nights a week from 8pm, closed on Thursdays. Rory & The Island (Rory Gallagher & Albert Serrano) play a lively acoustic set from 21:45 - 12:30 then The Sleeping Pilots (Pedro Ruiz, Rory Gallagher & Albert Serrano) rock band play great music…
  • Tourist Information Office in Playa Blanca

    Jules
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    Gladys Acuña, Mayor of Yaiza announced that the holiday resort of Playa Blanca in Lanzarote is to have it’s own Tourist Information Office during her speech at the International Tourism Day celebration on Saturday. The mayor revealed in her speech that funds of 50,000 euros have already been allocated to the refurbishment of the antigua casa del maestro which is situated next to the library. Acuña stated that “the kiosk that is actually functioning as the information point is totally  read more »
 
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  • When You Travel to Cuba (It’s Possible!), Help Keep Its Nature Intact

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

    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…
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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: 239651 11740 ratings Time: 04:01 More in People & Blogs
  • 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: 285543 2888 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. Dis... From: Alltime10s Views: 891939 13260 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... From: Alltime10s Views: 1952408 19069 ratings Time: 03:00 More in Education
  • Travel Friendly In-Flight Beauty Tips

    Michelle Phan
    18 May 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Travel Friendly In-Flight Beauty Tips I'm going to show you my in-flight beauty routine for a long haul flight. You're going to survive it and look fabulous at the same time :) This is my mish-li... From: Michelle Phan Views: 1635885 66455 ratings Time: 06:18 More in Howto & Style
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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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    Geotraveler's Niche

  • 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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    BootsnAll Travel Articles

  • Myth Busting: Good British Food Does Exist

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    “British food is awful!”If I had a rupee for every time I heard a fellow traveler throw down that declaratory statement, I wouldn’t have to work to fund my travels. However, while I accept that this particular stereotype holds strong about my home country and its cuisine, I do not accept that it is true.Every country has its culinary embarrassments, whether it is a particular dish, a bad restaurant (or two), or specific cities that don’t shine in the cooking department - Venice in Italy springs to mind. Despite being located in one of the best foodie countries in the world, it is well…
  • Can Travel Really Change Who You Are?

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    Imagine the freedom and potential for change that could arise when removed from your habitual environment. You could be free. Free from the constraints of society, free from social obligations, free from your reflection in the eyes of others, and free to imagine yourself in any way you want.This is what I desperately sought, and this is why I ran away from home at 16. I believed travel would be the only way I could ever see myself in a different light and change who I was. So I traveled. I went through Europe, the Middle East, and even Africa. The journey opened my eyes to the world and…
  • How I Travel: Claire Bevilacqua

    khammel
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    CLAIRE BEVILACQUA: THE SURF GYPSY WITH A PLAN Claire Bevilacqua is the complete package—she’s thoughtful, a ripping surfer, and a true travel aficionado. The 2003 Australian Juniors champ made the jump to the pro circuit as a 22 year old and hasn’t looked back since. “Bevo” is known for being feisty in the water—but when she travels she’s all about connection. Read more to find out why Claire thinks meeting locals is the most important part of any travel experience, her thoughts on clothing and her road-dating philosophy.My father is Italian and my parents are big travelers…
  • When You Fall Down, Keep on Walking

    admin
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    Believe it or not, my story begins with taking out the trash!It was fall 2009. I was a mid-thirty something, globetrotting professional, married, homeowner, and active adventure seeker with a tight circle of friends and family. I thought I had it all! Then on a seemingly normal Sunday afternoon, I carried a garbage bag and an empty pizza box out to the dumpster, and without warning a tree limb struck me, breaking my neck, instantly forcing my life to pause, causing a lengthy recovery in New York’s Hudson River Valley, far far away from where my home, career, and life was at the time, Fort…
  • 5 Things the Camino Taught Me

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    It is impossible to walk 800 kilometers without learning a few things. One cannot wake with first rays of the sun and watch the world stir to life, measuring time by the rhythmic crunch of gravel beneath boots and the click of the brass tip of a hand-hewn walking stick on stone, without observing more than the fields, the flowers, and the pictures painted as the clouds change color. It is impossible to walk through the lives of hundreds of strangers and not find, in at least a few of them, a teacher, a mentor, a sage.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Do…
 
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    Travel Blog - Tripbase

  • 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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    Stuck in Customs

  • Deadvlei from Above – 900 year old trees in Namibia

    Trey Ratcliff
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    DJI Quadcopter Review In case you missed my DJI Phantom Review, now is a good time to check it out, since I took all these photos with that awesome device! Deadvlei from Above I had an amazing day just a few days ago here in Nambia at Sossusvlei inside the Namib-Naukluft. I’ve always wanted to visit this place, and it is certainly not easy to get to. You know what’s even harder to get to? That HUGE sand dune behind it which is actually 350 meters (over 1,000 feet) high. I climbed it after I took these photos… it took me about 2 hours… Honestly, it’s 50% higher…
  • Another Choppy Dropoff in the Southern Alps

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Looking for a fun and scenic helicopter ride? Be sure to look up Choppy’s company when you come to Queenstown. It’s called “Over The Top” and you’ll never forget it! Daily Photo – Another Choppy Dropoff in the Southern Alps One of the greatest things about flying around with Choppy is I can just kinda point where I want her to land, and she does it! She can land anywhere. One time she came over to my house to pick me up, and I thought she’d land in this huge field behind our house. I was sure of it, in fact. I was wrong — she landed right in my driveway! Another Choppy…
  • Going to Swim with the Sharks

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Going to Swim with the Sharks Have you ever been in the ocean with anything dangerous? I’ve done a few things that were ill-advised. As some of you know, one of my phobias is deep water where I can’t see under. I got around that one here because I wore a face mask so I could see what the heck was going on below me. In this case, my getting-around-the-phobia was then taken to the next level with a fairly healthy shark-phobia. What is the word for shark-phobia? Common-sense! Daily Photo – Going to Swim with the Sharks Here’s the view of our little boat as we headed out of the safety…
  • Temples in Thailand

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Religious Architecture I’m getting better and better at identifying a country just by looking at its religious buildings. Not always, though. Europe is really hard because most of the cathedrals look alike. The German ones stand out a bit more in their gothicness. The French ones tend to be a bit more ornate, as you’d expect. But in the Asian countries, there is a much bigger difference. The Japanese ones look nothing like the Thai ones which look nothing like the Chinese ones. It’s interesting! Daily Photo – Temples in Thailand Here’s another good spot that I found thanks to…
  • Low Mist in Mackenzie Country

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Coming to New Zealand? As you know, we have one or two workshops a year here in New Zealand (click on the store up there at the top), but if you are coming on your own and have never been before, here is some advice. New Zealand is big. Way bigger than you think. Many people come for 3 weeks and really spend quite a bit of time driving if they are trying to visit both the north and south island. My advice is just to stick to the south island. That is where I live, and if you are into dramatic landscapes, it honestly doesn’t get any better. Daily Photo – Low Mist in Mackenzie Country…
 
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  • Exploring the Urban (Well Sorta) Side to Canadian Cities

    Jessica Festa
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    If you are having trouble planning your next Canadian vacation, we understand. The country, with its diverse landscapes, cultures and attractions makes it tough to decide where to point your compass. Outdoors enthusiasts, art junkies, families and those who are simply seeking an adventure all have a lot to choose from when visiting Canada. To help you out, take a look at these eight cities that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Winter waterfront view of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Photo courtesy of V. J. Matthew of Shutterstock. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island For a truly…
  • 2 Hotel Gems in Salem Massachusetts

    Renee Blodgett
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    There are two great hotel options in Salem Massachusetts worth adding to your New England hotel list. TheHawthorne Hotel is a historical and classic hotel in the center of Salem that offers unique, boutique-style accommodations that ooze the history of the area. The property has been renovated and the rooms are all uniquely-decorated, many with antiques and oriental carpets throughout. While it stands tall and looks proud on one of the main drags of Salem, it only  has 84 rooms and 5 suites in the main hotel and 3 rooms and 1 suite in the Fidelia Bridges Guest House, which is individually…
  • Kito Mbiango Integrates Ikebana Into His Japanese Art

    Megan McDonough
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    When it comes to artistic talent, sometimes living in New York City makes me feel like I’m a kid in a candy shop. Today’s featured artist is Kito Mbiango and while he currently lives in the Big Apple, he has traveled all around the world. His work reflects many of these travels and what draws me in the most is his clever use of color. See below for the full interview. Kito, how did you find your way into the art world? I never really sought out art, but art world found its way to me, for since my childhood, I spent time with my grandmother who traveled often to Japan to study her passion…
  • 10 Fun Things To Explore in New York’s SoHo

    Jessica Tiare Bowen
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    When we think of spending the day in New York City’s SoHo, the first (and perhaps only) activity that pops into our heads is SHOPPING!  And while, yes, it’s totally the truth that SoHo is filled to the brim with any and every store you could possibly imagine–all the way from the top designers to tiny boutiques with budding no-names–there’s more to SoHo than clothes. Today, we’ve partnered with our friends at TripGo to take you around to all our favorite non-fashion forward stops in SoHo.  TripGo is a handy dandy app that connects your calendar with real-time transport…
  • Brasserie Style Merchant Boston Wows With Presentation + Taste

    Renee Blodgett
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Brasserie style Merchant near Boston’s Downtown Crossing surprises for a few reasons. First of all, when I lived in the Boston area now close to ten years ago, I never spent time near Downtown Crossing, a central part of Boston that has some stores and office buildings, but very few great restaurants worth mentioning. So, when I learned about Merchant’s location, I wasn’t expecting much. When you first walk in, you’re greeted with a standard brasserie style venue with a classic Boston flare, which was only surpassed by the Irish waiter, who was gracious and let’s…
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  • Golf Experiences in Australia

    Rob Hard
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    It seems that one of the best ways to help clients and industry colleagues to maximize their maximize their business time is to spend a day on the links for experienced and even inexperienced golfers (see, How to Plan Corporate Golf Events). That’s because golf — one of the world’s oldest sports — allows people to spend several hours together to expand relationships and learn more about each others’ priorities at the same time. Hamilton Island Golf Club, Whitsundays, QLD. Perfectly located at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, the Hamilton Island Golf Club has…
  • Mayor of London champions new “ground-breaking” Dot London domain launch

    Business Travel Destinations
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Thursday 18 September 2014 The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today championed a phenomenal opportunity for businesses to link to the capital’s powerful brand, as Dot London domain names are now on sale worldwide. Interest in Dot London has been strong from the start and on the first day the new domain name went on general availability over 9000 domains were registered making a total of over 44,000 registrations now received.  Leading businesses that have signed up include Fortnum Mason, KPMG, Metro Bank, Cath Kidston, ZSL London Zoo, the menswear clothing firm dunhill, The Royal College of…
  • MGM Resorts International’s Sustainability Program Receives "Galaxy" Star Award from the Alliance to Save Energy

    Business Travel Destinations
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) received the Alliance to Save Energy’s highest honor, the “Galaxy” Star of Energy Efficiency Award at a special awards ceremony this week in Washington, D.C.. Each year, the Star of Energy Efficiency Awards are bestowed upon individuals, organizations, companies, government programs and learning institutions that have demonstrated  a significant and tangible commitment to the cause of energy efficiency both in the United States and abroad. Secretary Alexis Herman, a member of the…
  • 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…
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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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    Travelojos

  • Going to Wyoming: A Packing Checklist for All Seasons in Jackson Hole

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

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

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

  • National Cruise Week 2014 – CLIA’s World’s Largest Cruise Sale

    Sue Lobo
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Welcome aboard to the biggest cruise sale of the year – National Cruise Week 2014 (formerly known as the CLIA World’s Largest Cruise.) It’s a great time for travelers to take advantage of unbelievable deals including additional SAVINGS, Onboard Credits, FREE Upgrades, REDUCED Deposits and MORE! For this year, the cruise sale runs October 6th – 13th, 2014. Although not all promotions have been released at the time of running this blog, the most aggressive offer is from Norwegian cruise line where you get up to 10% cash back on the cost of your cruise fare. There has…
  • Festivals Around The World October

    Sue Lobo
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every month there are numerous festivals happening around the world. During the month of October you will find many Halloween themed and fall festivities. However, if you are all pumpkined out or just not into Halloween, we’ve found some other festivals that you might enjoy. International Festival Of The Sahara, October 1 This festival has gone on for more than 100 years. One of the most interesting things about it is that it’s held in one of the harshest environments in the world. However, during the time of the festival, the temperatures are rather mild and range from about…
  • Cosmos Tours National Parks and Canyon Country Review

    Sue Lobo
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Experienced travel consultant, John Unger recounts his first national parks tour, and shares in depth details and photos. Follow along his Cosmos Tours National Parks and Canyon Country Review. We have never taken a Budget Tour from any tour provider and although we have sold Cosmos for nearly 30 years, we truly were surprised. The product exceeded our expectations in every way. The hotels were very well located throughout the tour. They were as promised; clean, up to date, with comfortable beds and even offered amenities i.e. shampoo, conditioner, lotion and hair dryers. We weren’t…
  • Macau’s Food-Filled Festivals

    Sue Lobo
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A short ferry ride from Hong Kong, Macau packs the flavors of many nations into its diminutive size, spanning approximately 11.8-square-miles. Whether you have a sweet tooth or a penchant for savory dishes, Macau is always a celebration of the senses. Here are some of our favorite Macau’s Food-Filled Festivals. Taste delectable Chinese staples, such as sticky rice and roasted duck alongside the salted cod and crisp Vinho Verde wine, traces of former Portuguese Colonial rule. Exotic spices brought from historic Portuguese settlements in Africa and India imbue local mainstay ingredients…
  • World Tourism Day 2014

    Sue Lobo
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    September 27th is World Tourism Day. Tourism can be defined in one world: traveling. This holiday was brought to existence by the United Nations in 1980 as a way of recognizing how tourism has had a positive impact on others. With over 90 million people traveling each year, tourism is widely popular. Why Tourism Is Important Tourism is important in a variety of ways. It helps boosts a country’s economy. It allows travelers to see how others live and brings awareness to different living conditions, traditions and cultures. Tourism helps bring about an understanding and tolerance of other…
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    What's New in the Backpacking Blog?

  • Food Tourism and Culinary Travel

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

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

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

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm
    It was sometime after dark when I stepped off the train in Pamplona, Spain. Somewhere during the 4-hour journey between Barcelona and Pamplona I had completely
  • Travel Art

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

  • AMAZON TOURS

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    Choose between several Amazon Tours available here. Whether you'd like to stay in a jungle lodge, to take an Amazon cruise or combine it with other South American sights, you'll have an awe-inspiring South America travel experience. You can create your own custom tour as well ...
  • SOUTH AMERICA TOURS

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:19 am
    If looking for South America tours, search no more, you can now book some of our package holidays or create your own custom trip according to your needs and desires. A group of travel professionals is ready to help you organize a very unique South America travel experience you won't forget...
  • 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...
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    Wild Junket

  • Uzbekistan’s Architectural Marvels — Best in the Muslim World

    Nellie Huang
    29 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. Our trip started in Kyrgyzstan and we’ve traveled through Kazakhstan and have now reached Uzbekistan. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey Prior to this Silk Road trip, I had seen photos of Uzbekistan’s monuments and I knew they were beautiful — but I had no idea of the extent and the sheer scale of it all. As my trip unveiled, Uzbekistan is home to some of the Muslim world’s best display of architecture, featuring…
  • From Everest Adventurer to Children’s Book Author: Interview with Sophie Helenek

    Nellie Huang
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I first got to know Sophie, I couldn’t stop reading her stories of adventure from around the world. As an accomplished adventurer, she is the fourth and youngest French woman to scale Mount Everest (29,000+ feet). Even when she was pregnant, she continued to climb mountains and kayak on smooth waters. When she was forty weeks pregnant, she was still snow shoeing. Despite having climbed six of the highest peaks in the world, no mountain vistas have inspired her like her new baby girl. As a result, her newest milestone is writing a book series focusing on baby cognitive development.
  • Life on the Edge: The Most Extreme Places I’ve Been

    Nellie Huang
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Travel to me is about getting out of my comfort zone and exploring places that make me hold on to the edge of my seat. But these days, with travel getting more affordable and easily accessible, it’s getting harder and harder to find untouched destinations – places that remain relatively raw and untainted. That’s why I like traveling to less conventional destinations. Most often than not, the places that I enjoy the most are the ones with slightly negative connotations. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not silly enough to put my life at risk for bragging rights. But even Tony Wheeler, the…
  • 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…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • Old Main Brewery

    Helen Rushton
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Send to Kindle We popped in to Old Main Brewery in Hilton for a quick bite to eat before heading to our evening show at the Hilton Arts Festival last week Saturday. Formerly known as Crossways, this Hilton institution has undergone a bit of rebranding and is cementing itself as the reliable place to go for good food, service and beer! The aim of Old Main Brewery is to offer an English pub experience and with crackling fires (definitely needed in chilly Hilton), microbrewery beers and a relaxed...
  • Karkloof Farmers Market

    Helen Rushton
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:45 am
    Send to Kindle Our Saturday morning breakfast ritual when visiting my in-laws in Hilton is a visit to the popular Karkloof Farmers Market. I’m a huge market fan and I must admit that the Karkloof Market is probably my most favourite. It just seems to tick all the boxes; a large, weather proof shed, plenty of seating in the form of cosy conversation areas and tables with benches, good coffee, plenty of parking and of course the most important of all, loads of lovely things to eat and bits to...
  • 10 ‘Must Do’ Things For Accommodation Owners, To Keep Us Coming Back For More

    Wanda Coustas
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Ever stayed in a B&B or self-catering unit where there were a couple of things you knew would just make the place sing, but did not have the courage to write it in the guest book? I have … more than once. I’ve travelled a great deal around South Africa, staying mostly in modest self-catering accommodation and in B&Bs, some of them delightfully quirky, others bordering on objectionable (particularly as there seems to be a regular rate, regardless of...
  • 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...
 
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    Velvet Escape

  • Experiencing the Etihad Airways A380 roll-out

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

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

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

  • Japan Airlines Hacked!

    Carol Margolis
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Sadly this has been a great year for hackers, not so good for merchants and customers. The latest hit is Japan Airlines, allegedly because a JAL employee opened an email that contained a virus. The carrier reports that all their frequent flier accounts may be compromised. As many as 750,000 accounts may have been affected. While all the primary information about accountholders may have been obtained by the hackers, JAL says that they believe that none of the passwords or credit card information was affected. Keep an eye out on your credit report, just in case. And go change your password! The…
  • Etihad Rolls Out New Livery for 787 and A380

    Carol Margolis
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Etihad Airlines (EY), one of Boeing’s best friends with a whopping 71 787′s on order, released images of their new 787-9 aircraft along with a new livery. The flagship airline of UAE plans to fly their newest version (they also have 10 787-10′s on order) to the following cities – Dusseldorf, Doha, Mumbai, Brisbane, and Moscow, and Washington, DC. Etihad even has a name for their new livery… “Facets of Abu Dhabi.” Kudos to the carrier for a great design. While some question the recent livery changes by airlines like Frontier and Southwest, EY delivers a…
  • The Chicago Airport Meltdown Continues

    Carol Margolis
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    I am sure everyone knows about the incident at the end of last week that strangled the Chicago airports. The meltdown continues but this time it hit closer to home for me as my son is in Chicago trying to return to Orlando. So what advice can this seasoned traveler pass along to her offspring? – If you have elite status, call the elite line first. It will almost always be faster than standing in a long line at the airport. – For all others, call the airline customer service while standing in the airport line (always have the airline’s customer service number saved in your…
  • Left Something on a Plane? KLM and Sherlock May Be Able to Help

    Carol Margolis
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    KLM released this video last week and it is adorable. KLM shows how they are very proactive about items left behind on their planes. Their secret? A well-trained beagle named Sherlock hunts down passengers in Schiphol Airport (AMS) and returns these lost items to the rightful owners. Dog lover or not, this is a very cute video. The only problem is the content is not true. No, KLM does not have a secret weapon named Sherlock who skirts through the airport with items left behind on the plane by passengers. Indeed if it were true, no doubt many more passengers would be leaving things on the…
  • Airline Boarding, Who You Gonna Call? MythBusters!

    Carol Margolis
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    Airlines have tried to improve the boarding process for years, even hiring mathematicians to quantify the procedure. There have been contests and grad school projects but in the end, we still need about 25 minutes to board most domestic mainline flights, even longer for international. Obviously this varies based on factors such as capacity, aircraft size, and number of carry-on bags but is there really a best way to make boarding more efficient? The answer is yes, more efficient is terms of time but the price is that passengers find these processes less pleasing. Okay, so is there a way to…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Good Ole Traditional Amish Cooking – Drool Over This – Photo Essay

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Amish Cooking is without a doubt one of my favorite ways to eat. Even though I’ve never lived in the country. Or been near a farm, but I must be a country girl at heart, cause the food in Lancaster has been one of my absolute favorite. Everywhere you look apple butter abounds. It’s served to put on toast, but personally I think it works better as dessert. It’s so sweet. Roast Beef salad – this was a unique concoction resembling…
  • Portable Outlet – Essential Travel Gadget

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    26 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 traveling most of us usually take our phones, a camera and a laptop. But outlets is something we simply don’t ever think twice about. That is until we are stuck with uncharged electronics and are quite pissed that there aren’t enough outlets for all of them at once. With a family of four, the issue of charging is no small problem. Oh no, it’s always a fight over who gets to charge theirs first. And I don’t know about your…
  • 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…
  • Amazing Ways To Save Money On A Trip To New York

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids New York City is one of the most attractive cities in the entire world. The built-up concrete jungle is a world away from many of you average cities. Here there are many things to see and do. When you visit New York, you will find that you never have enough time. It doesn’t matter whether you go for a weekend or a month, you will always leave feeling as though there are more things to see. The major drawback of the city is that everything is…
  • 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…
 
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  • Amazing Places To Experience Around The Globe (Part 7)

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Dolomites, Italy The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park by Brazil (Pic - Massimo Vitali) Chamonix Mont Blanc (Pic - Isabelle Jouvie) Cathedrals Beach, Galicia, Spain Loggas beach, Corfu island ~ Greece Lofoten, Norway Highland Road, Scotland Amsterdam (Pic - Sander Fennema) The Seven Sisters Waterfall in Norway. View the previous listings on our Amazing Places page here
  • Seafolly X Panama Collaboration

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Australian swimwear brand Seafolly leads the 2014 call of summer by collaborating on a music video with Australian artists, Panama. In a brand first, CEO Anthony Halas chose to launch the Seafolly summer collection in an original, distinctive format showcasing international ambassador Martha Hunt in a music clip directed by Daniel Askill. The music video for Panama's new single "Stay Forever" follows Martha Hunt and a number of girls living in colder climates who are suddenly drawn to water and the irresistible Australian summer. The girls make a magical underwater migration to a…
  • 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,…
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    Man Tripping - Guys Weekends and Mancations

  • Islands Happy Hour - Burgers, Tiki Drinks, Wings, & Football!

    James Hills
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    Never one to turn down free burgers and drinks or a chance to hang out with some friends I headed out to their La Jolla, California location to check out the food and try their new Nalu Nalu burger. First up, the Nalu Nalu burger! This is their seasonal burger right now, named after the Hawaiian word for "Big Waves" it works to delivery "Big Flavor" and it definitely did so. Personally though, I didn't care for it but Heather from Chick Vacations loved hers. The burger comes with their standard burger patty smothered with roasted garlic aioli, provolone cheese, sauteed onions, mixed peppers,…
  • Live Like a Celebrity at $7,500 per Night in Miami's South Beach

    James Hills
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    How does a 1,500 sq ft private rooftop pool and whirlpool tub with breathtaking views of South Beach sound? This amazing suite at the Hilton Bentley Miami features a two-story, two master bedroom and three full bathrooms all recently renovated within this year? The suite offers a full stainless steel kitchen, with personal wine chiller, elegant dining room, living room with 60 inch retractable LED television, and marble bathrooms, accentuate the refined interior.  No matter where you occupy your 3000 sq ft, you can hear the Dolby surround sound system, while controlling it and…
  • Five Reasons to Visit a Dude Ranch This Fall

    James Hills
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Steals and Deals:  As with many vacation destinations, summer is peak season for dude ranches. However, as the air cools down and the days get shorter on a dude ranch, travelers can take advantage of less crowds and discounted rates. Budget-friendly offers can range from a certain percentage off standard rates like Colorado Trails Ranch’s 25 percent discount during the fall, to special packages like Circle Z Ranch’s Lone Star Long Weekend where guests receive a discount on a four-day/three-night stay. Adult-Only Weeks:  Many dude ranches offer special adult-only…
  • El Agave San Diego Restaurant Review

    James Hills
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Walking up to the restaurant you are immediately transported back to some other place. Sure, this is Old Town and there are lots of kitschy "Mexican" restaurants but for some reason this felt more authentic - like I had stepped back in time to a truly authentic tequileria somewhere in the middle of Mexico. This feeling continued as we entered and discovered that the restaurant has an amazing collection of craft tequilas lining pretty much every nook and cranny of the restaurant. In fact they actually promote the restaurant has having a tequila museum and that name is well deserved though it…
  • Introducing NJOY Vaping With some Awesome Flavors and Top Technology

    James Hills
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:18 pm
    As you can see from that video, NJOY is doing something right with innovative flavors and good solid technology that delivers a pleasant experience that is superior to traditional cigarettes. Simply put, when you vape, there is a tank of e-liquid in the vape that contains the flavor and nicotine that when you inhale passes through a heating element that turns the liquid into a vapor. It's that easy and frankly I didn't quite get how it worked till I explored their site to learn more about how it worked. NJOY is 100% committed to setting the highest standards for corporate responsibility…
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    The Travel Tart

  • Passport Photos We’d Love To See!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Probably one of the worst photos that someone will ever take of you will be your passport photo. Passport photos are much maligned by travellers everywhere because most people think ‘that doesn’t look like me at all’. And that’s pretty much right! I don’t know anyone who likes their passport photo! Like my interview regarding travel health, if you look like your passport photo, you’re definitely way too sick to travel! As for me, most of my passport photos look like I’m a rabbit staring into the high beam headlights ready to be run over underneath of…
  • Singapore Hotels – Places To Stay in the Switzerland of Asia!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Many people stop through Changi Airport in Singapore on their way to somewhere else in the world, but as I’ve mentioned in my article about 10 weird things to do in Singpore, this south east Asian financial powerhouse often known as the ‘Switzerland of Asia’ (I think this is an economic reference, not anything to do with cow bells!) can be a surprise package if you dig a little deeper and see what it has to offer. Thanks to MeGuideU and their partnership with Far East Hospitality, I was able check out a few places to stay in Singapore if you decide to stopover for a couple…
  • 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…
 
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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

  • FASHION FRIDAY: FALL WARDROBE STAPLES

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    Happy Friday everyone!  We're just back from a week long vacation to Puerto Rico!  I sure am missing the sun, sand and pool.  The weather here in New York is only in the sixties and it has been rainy and dreary! Yuck!  Anyway, I will have more coming up on our trip next week, but I guess it's time to start embracing fall around here, so let's talk fall wardrobe staples.  For me, this means floppy hats, a jean jacket, booties, and a fun new bag.  I have incorporated all of these staples into this one outfit so you can see how it all works together.  The…
  • 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…
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  • Staying at Canada’s castle hotels

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

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

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

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

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

  • What to Do Around Centennial Park in Sydney – Australian Garden Show Sydney, Parklands Equestrian Centre and Moore Park Golf

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Having done the usual Sydney touristy stuff e.g. Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and eating at Sydney’s popular restaurants like CHISWICK, you might want to check out Centennial Park which is one of the world’s largest park in the city – I think it is second only to New York City’s Central Park.  You will find children’s play area, a cricket pitch and playing fields, cafés and restaurant and most importantly lots of open spaces – perfect for a picnic in the park or just walking, running or cycling around the park. Getting to Centennial Park is…
  • Exploring Sydney’s Food Scene with Sagra, Q Dining, CHISWICK, The Potting Shed and Three Blue Ducks

    Zhiqiang &#38; 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 &#38; 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 &#38; 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 &#38; 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…
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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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  • Castel Sant’Angelo : Rome – Italy

    Fili
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Wasn’t planning to visit Italy, but the conflict in Israel resulted in the Italian airline flying me from Paris to visit my family in Israel refusing to fly to Israel for a few days. I think most Israelis were pretty upset with this unexpected forced vacation, but I didn’t mind, as long as Alitalia was paying for my stay I could have stayed for much longer. But, one day was all I got to tour the beautiful city of Rome. It was my first time visiting Rome, and I must admit it was a wonderful treat. Although overcrowded with annoying tourists and filled with tourist traps it still…
  • Tōfuku-ji Temple : Kyoto

    Fili
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    An endless collection of absolutely stunning temples all around Kyoto, it’s a magical city to walk around in with treasures in every street corner. Continuing my temple run is the relatively small and tranquil Tōfuku-ji Temple. The temple itself is free, but there are two gardens that require a ticket to go in, both charming albeit a bit small. Nothing that will blow your mind away, but it’ll provide for a nice treat for your eyes and soul.       From Japan Guide : Tofukuji (東福寺, Tōfukuji) is a large Zen temple in southeastern Kyoto that is particularly…
  • Château Vaux le Vicomte : France

    Fili
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Adding to my very long list of French European estates visited across France is the Château Vaux le Vicomte, which – if visited – should be combined with the Château de Blandy-les-Tours Castle. It’s only that they’re only a few miles from each other, but I believe that at some point in the relatively recent history they also both shared an owner. Every estate has its own charm and style, and with tens of thousands of those across Europe you at some point start asking yourself what the differences are and whether they’re really worth your trouble. This estate,…
  • 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…
 
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • Happy 150th Birthday Nevada!

    Nicole Duxbury
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Nevada will be celebrating its 150th birthday this month! There are plenty of fun things to do in the Reno area all month long that will get the celebration going and stir up some Nevada pride until the big day on October 31st. The Nevada Museum of Art exhibit titled The 36th Star: Nevada’s Journey from [...]
  • Reno Chamber Orchestra’s 40th Season

    Reno Tahoe USA
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The 40th season of the Reno Chamber Orchestra began Saturday, September 20th and Sunday, the 21st, and the chosen program was the perfect lineup to start it off. William Barton, one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players, was scheduled to perform alongside the RCO. However, due to an illness Barton was unable to fly into the [...]
  • 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 [...]
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    Travel Blog | Travel + Leisure

  • The World's Coolest Wrecks

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    As morbid as a plane crash or sunken ship might be, there's something alluring about abandoned wrecks. Eerie, full of history, and possibly haunted, they can be truly captivating. Moynaq Ship Gr...
  • Dream Trips Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 30

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Discover destinations that should be on your bucket list in our Dream Trips Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 30th from 2 p.m. to 3 ...
  • Aspen Art Museum Makes Dramatic Debut

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    If the Gucci and Prada storefronts weren't enough to dispel any impression of Aspen as a humble mountain town, the Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum should do the trick. The 35-year-old art i...
  • Fall-in-the-City Beauty Essentials

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Now that summer has officially ended, T+L editorial assistant Katie James shares her favorite new products to help you shift seasonal gears. Dolce & Gabbana Aurealux Mask ($169 for six): The beg...
  • Meet Albertine: New York's Newest Book Shop and Salon

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    This is the time for fall openings in New York City: art exhibitions, theater, opera, dance, but the most special and quietly spectacular: Albertine, a new bookshop (yes, a bricks-and-mortar stor...
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  • Disney Fantasy Review, Carnival Great Vacation Guarantee + Cruise News

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

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

    James Clark
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Greetings from Hong Kong International Airport. Out of all the airports I hub through HKG remains one of my favourites (up there with SIN), mainly for its clean, uncluttered layout and free wifi. And of course it is attached to one of the great cities of the world. Whenever I have a flight that is transiting through Hong Kong I always try and get a stopover there for a day or two. [The wonderful Hong Kong skyline.] I arrived in Hong Kong a day after the umbrella revolution began. The riot police had backed off and in the two days I was there it was peaceful, but the protest crowd has grown in…
  • In Pictures: Occupy Hong Kong Protests (29 September, 2014)

    James Clark
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    I landed in Hong Kong and arrived in the middle of the biggest protests Hong Kong has seen since being handed back to China in 1997. The protests are over Beijing’s decision to screen candidates for elections. These photos were from the protest around the Central/Admiralty area of Hong Kong, on Hong Kong Island (#OccupyCentral on Twitter.) There was another protest in Kowloon, on the other side of the harbour. I’ve linked to various related news articles to give further background to the story and I present these photos as an observer. Occupy Hong Kong: 29 September 2014…
  • Nomadic News: September 28, 2014

    James Clark
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Greetings from Taipei. This is my last night of my two week visit and I have been impressed with what I have seen. It’s a great city for digital nomads to base from and I suspect I will be back again, especially as I want to travel around the island next time. Here is this weeks Nomadic News! Location Independence Take your business on the road – “On traveling startups, digital nomads and businesses hitting the road.” A Few Simple Tricks Make Starting A Business Overseas Cheap And Easy – “Zoe Cohen produces her Zoko Bags from Kenya. Here’s how she got…
  • Where I’m At: Taipei – markets and meetups

    James Clark
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Greetings from Taipei. I’ve been here for ten days and I’m glad to have allocated two weeks here. I’ve gotten into a steady routine where I go to my preferred cafe in the morning to work, then go exploring for the rest of the day. One of the highlights so far has been all the night markets that can be found across the city. There are enough of them to go to a different one each night, and they are a fun way to spend an evening and try out different foods. The benefits of blogging One of the main reasons I started this blog was to give myself a online presence so that other…
  • 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
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  • Atlanta Streets Closed to Cars on Sunday

    Byron Beck
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    Atlanta Streets Alive The streets of Atlanta close down to automobile traffic and open up to all sorts of new possibilities at this time of year for Atlanta Streets Alive. Inspired by “open streets projects” from across the globe, the idea for ASA stems from a project in Bogotá, Colombia, where neighborhood activists opened the streets for people to bike, skate, or use any human powered means of transportation, while temporarily closing them to motor vehicles. The vision for Atlanta Streets Alive, which is being held this Sunday, Sept. 28, is to encourage Atlanta to develop living…
  • 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…
 
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  • 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 Almost Home Restaurant in Greencastle, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Almost Home Restaurant in Greencastle, Indiana was recommended to us so many times by so many people! It is obvious that locals love it–but would an out of towner enjoy it as well? The answer: oh my goodness YES! This is the type of restaurant that you might visit once on a whim and think about it often ever-after! The pork tenderloin was excellent, the homemade potato chips were unbelievably good, and the dessert? Well, there’s a mighty fine lookin’ dessert tray at Almost Home Restaurant! But after hearing raves about the Strawberry Pizza, we were all in. So stuffed from…
  • No. 9 Grill in Cambridge City, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    No. 9 Grill in Cambridge City, Indiana The new place to eat in Cambridge City, Indiana, No. 9 Grill, promises a fine dining experience. Where’s the number “9″ come from? Why, it’s housed in the old No. 9 Lodge, of course! No. 9 Grill in Cambridge City, Indiana Don’t let the thought of “fine dining” hold you back. No really! Jeans and t-shirts are just as prevalent here as folks sporting duds of a dressier nature. The old lodge is almost unrecognizable. From the stunning entry to the lovely sheen of the flooring, the exposed brick walls, and the…
  • 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…
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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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  • Curacao Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $135 & up — 5th Night Free Plus $50 Resort Credit at Luxury Beachfront Resort The resort fefatures a private beach with pristine reef only 20 ft. from shore. For stays now through December 25, 2014. $119 — Willemstad: 4-Star Resort, Up to 34% Off This luxury resort has a full service spa, fitness facility, casino & [...]
  • Antigua and Barbuda Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Saint John’s: All-Inclusive Deluxe Beachfront Package for 2 Includes meals for 2, beverages, unlimited access to resort activities & facilities & more. Saint Philip: All Inclusive Oceanfront Resort on Sale This package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for 2, discount on spa, evening entertainment & more. $1012 — Saint Mary: 4 Night Package For 2, Up to 30% [...]
  • Cancun Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $128-$143 — Cancun Resort w/$100 Credit using MasterCard Book with a MasterCard and receive exclusive hotel discounts & extras at 4-star beachfront resort along the shores of Cancun’s famed hotel zone through Dec. 14. $150-$168 — Cancun All-Incl. Resort in Peak Season, 60% Off This luxe resort sits on a white sand beach overlooking turquoise waters and features [...]
  • 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 [...]
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  • 58th London Film Festival

    shalini2886
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    As the largest and grandest international showcase of cinematic art is here, get ready to be blown away by a spectacular hurricane of ingenuity and imagination. Bringing the best cinema to the United Kingdom, the London Film Festival screens as many as 300 features, shorts and documentaries from nearly 50 countries. The festival showcases the finest contemporary transnational cinema from the reputable as well as emerging film-makers. Presently in its 58th year, the festival runs under the aegis of British Film Institute and combines artistic power with red carpet glamour in a stupendous…
  • Shoreditch: A Hub of Art and Creativity

    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…
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  • MSC Cruises all-inclusive packages

    Carrie Finley
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    MSC Cruises Inclusive Experiences program Now cruise passengers can customize their cruise vacation and receive free amenities worth hundreds of dollars. When I was sailing on MSC Divina (read about that here) earlier this year, I discovered that there was buzz about a new prancing structure that would allow guests to customize their cruise experience by adding various packages. I was impressed with what I head about the flexible packages and now the cruise line has made an official announcement about their new Inclusive Experiences program has launched. Q. What is the new Inclusive…
  • Tour Buzz: Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Carrie Finley
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Anuva Wines offers boutique wine tours in Buenos Aires If you are a cruise passenger heading to Buenos Aires, then think about booking a wine tour at Anuva Wines.   Wine tasting featuring Anuva Wines. Spend the day at Anunva Wines Argentina is the world’s fifth largest wine producer  and cruise passengers passing through the capital have a chance to discover boutique wines when they visit Anuva Wines.  Anuva Wines offers wine tastings of boutique and exclusive Argentine wines in its private wine loft in Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Just for reference, most cruise ships will…
  • 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.
 
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  • New “Nothin’ But Sun” Album From Jake and the Half Conched Band

    RumShopRyan
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    “Island Time” is a state of mind. You might be stuck in the middle of land-locked Kansas, buried in snow in Chicago, or caught up in the rat-race in the place you call home–we can all capture the Island Time feeling no matter where we are. All you have to do is find that inspirational “trigger” that takes you to your St. Somewhere. It could be a specific rum drink, a photo of a past vacation, or a toe tapping song with coastal blue water lyrics. Inspiration takes many forms. For me that “trigger” is the sweet sweet salt life sound. Music. A new album…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Fresh lobster in Negril, 10 secret hotels in the Caribbean, off the beaten path islands you should visit and some kick but pirate shirts! These are some of the topics of this week’s Caribbean Wrap Up! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up 10 Secret Caribbean Hotels: Some Caribbean hotels get all the love, making headlines for their swanky suites, spectacular views and over-the-top amenities. But island insiders know that there are many equally amazing properties that don’t make it to the pages of your favorite travel mag. -Story by Caribbean Journal Fireman’s Lobster Pit in Negril: A Love Story:…
  • Rum Up in the UK! The Rum Experience this October in London.

    RumShopRyan
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    If you’ve never experienced a rum festival I highly recommend it. You’ll have the opportunity to sample amazing rums from all over the world, meet some cool rum-heads, and if the haze of the day doesn’t grab you, then there’s some pretty cool sponsored rum after parties. One of these rum events is happening October 11-12 in London, England. The eighth annual London RumFest will once again welcome a wide selection of rums from some of the finest distilleries across the globe, whether it be household names such as Havana Club, Diplomatico, Angostura and Mount Gay to…
  • 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…
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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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  • 20 Ways to Save and Earn Money For Your Travels

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

    Julia
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    (Cartagena, Colombia photo credit: szeke) Since I’m a travel writer and my job is to travel, I often get askedwhat my favorite places are…what are the worsts and the bests. Well, like anything, travel is highly subjective. What may be a life-changing experience for one tourist can be a complete bore for another. Nonetheless, after backpacking through some many countries and to many of the world’s most amazing places, I decided to take a shot and make a list of my global picks and pans. Best… Way to spend an afternoon — lazing on an inner tube downriver in Vang Vieng, Laos…
  • Taboo Foods: Balut: World’s Weirdest Cuisine?

    Julia
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I think back to some of the most disgusting things I’ve eaten over the course of my travel career, even I have to wonder what I was thinking. I’ve sampled scorpion, live termites, dog, guinea pig, snake blood, scorpion, lamb’s penis and live aphrodisiac worm, but I’ve never done embryo. Balut sure is one for the books. I look back at the experience of trying Balut in the Philippines for the fist time: Crack. I peel open the shards of egg shell and take a cautious peek inside. Sitting in a bag of juicy embryonic fluid is a curled up fetal duck. It’s not fully formed but I…
  • Alaskan Cruise: Photo Highlights

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

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    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Where to Eat and Drink in Uptown New Orleans

    Annie Shustrin
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    If you’re headed to New Orleans, do yourself a favor and don’t spend all your time in the French Quarter. Just across Route 90 and down the famous St. Charles Avenue, the uptown neighborhood offers parks, stunning architecture, and river views as well as some of the city’s best in food, drink, and music. Here are a few laid-back restaurants and bars for any foodie itinerary. Where to Eat Domilise’s It’d be really easy to miss Domilise’s if you didn’t spot the the hand-painted wooden sign hanging over the entryway. This neighborhood restaurant, a New Orleans favorite, has…
  • How to: Save During Oktoberfest in Munich

    Tommy Burson
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Oktoberfest – officially kicking off in Munich today for a week — is expensive. From the €10 euro beers to three-foot pretzels to $100+ costumes, if you’re going to do it right, the celebration isn’t anywhere near cheap. So why would any thrifty traveler include this Germany pitstop on their itinerary? In short, it’s an unbeatably festive, uniquely preserved Bavarian tradition. When else do you get to join thousands dressed in traditional garb clanking steins and singing to the accordion tunes of a live Lederhosen-clad band? And it’s much more than just…
  • Cruise Tracker: Sweet Deals, Pro Poker, Culinary Sailings, and More

    Donna Tunney
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? We’ve got the latest on new deals, onboard programming, and special itineraries in this week’s weekly cruise news column.  The cruise industry is gearing up for its annual CLIA Cruise Week on October 6 through 13, when members of the Cruise Lines International Association will roll out a slew of incentives for booking a vacation at sea — so if you’ve been considering a cruise, this is the time to do your homework. Twenty six cruise lines, both ocean and river, are participating this year with special promotions like cabin…
  • Amazing Art Museum Hotels Around the World

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Lots of hotels have impressive art collections, but these ones go a step further and function as stand-alone museums as well as accommodations. Benesse House, Japan The Tadao Ando-designed Benesse House is located on the tiny Japanese island of Naoshima, a fishing community turned “art island” that hosts the Setouchi Art Triennal and is home to several permanent art installations and excellent museums. Guests of the Benesse House are granted access to the museum even after typical hours and have exclusive access to a six-seat monorail that runs up to the hotel’s Oval…
  • Deal Alert: 25 Percent Off Luxury in Verona

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Salviatino Collection’s five-star resort, Palazzo Victoria, invites guests to check into its chic Verona accommodations by offering a 25 percent discount off the best available rates, now through March 31, 2015. Located in the heart of Verona, and just steps from the city’s famed Roman Amphitheater, the stylishly restored 14th century villa property is designed from three historic villas. No two rooms in the hotel are alike. Guests can enjoy an aperitivo in the local-frequented Victoria Club Bar, then indulge in a classic Italian dish created from locally sourced ingredients at the…
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  • Where to Eat and Drink in Uptown New Orleans

    Annie Shustrin
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    If you’re headed to New Orleans, do yourself a favor and don’t spend all your time in the French Quarter. Just across Route 90 and down the famous St. Charles Avenue, the uptown neighborhood offers parks, stunning architecture, and river views as well as some of the city’s best in food, drink, and music. Here are a few laid-back restaurants and bars for any foodie itinerary. Where to Eat Domilise’s It’d be really easy to miss Domilise’s if you didn’t spot the the hand-painted wooden sign hanging over the entryway. This neighborhood restaurant, a New Orleans favorite, has…
  • How to: Save During Oktoberfest in Munich

    Tommy Burson
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Oktoberfest – officially kicking off in Munich today for a week — is expensive. From the €10 euro beers to three-foot pretzels to $100+ costumes, if you’re going to do it right, the celebration isn’t anywhere near cheap. So why would any thrifty traveler include this Germany pitstop on their itinerary? In short, it’s an unbeatably festive, uniquely preserved Bavarian tradition. When else do you get to join thousands dressed in traditional garb clanking steins and singing to the accordion tunes of a live Lederhosen-clad band? And it’s much more than just…
  • Cruise Tracker: Sweet Deals, Pro Poker, Culinary Sailings, and More

    Donna Tunney
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? We’ve got the latest on new deals, onboard programming, and special itineraries in this week’s weekly cruise news column.  The cruise industry is gearing up for its annual CLIA Cruise Week on October 6 through 13, when members of the Cruise Lines International Association will roll out a slew of incentives for booking a vacation at sea — so if you’ve been considering a cruise, this is the time to do your homework. Twenty six cruise lines, both ocean and river, are participating this year with special promotions like cabin…
  • Amazing Art Museum Hotels Around the World

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Lots of hotels have impressive art collections, but these ones go a step further and function as stand-alone museums as well as accommodations. Benesse House, Japan The Tadao Ando-designed Benesse House is located on the tiny Japanese island of Naoshima, a fishing community turned “art island” that hosts the Setouchi Art Triennal and is home to several permanent art installations and excellent museums. Guests of the Benesse House are granted access to the museum even after typical hours and have exclusive access to a six-seat monorail that runs up to the hotel’s Oval…
  • Deal Alert: 25 Percent Off Luxury in Verona

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Salviatino Collection’s five-star resort, Palazzo Victoria, invites guests to check into its chic Verona accommodations by offering a 25 percent discount off the best available rates, now through March 31, 2015. Located in the heart of Verona, and just steps from the city’s famed Roman Amphitheater, the stylishly restored 14th century villa property is designed from three historic villas. No two rooms in the hotel are alike. Guests can enjoy an aperitivo in the local-frequented Victoria Club Bar, then indulge in a classic Italian dish created from locally sourced ingredients at the…
 
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  • Where to Eat and Drink in Uptown New Orleans

    Annie Shustrin
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    If you’re headed to New Orleans, do yourself a favor and don’t spend all your time in the French Quarter. Just across Route 90 and down the famous St. Charles Avenue, the uptown neighborhood offers parks, stunning architecture, and river views as well as some of the city’s best in food, drink, and music. Here are a few laid-back restaurants and bars for any foodie itinerary. Where to Eat Domilise’s It’d be really easy to miss Domilise’s if you didn’t spot the the hand-painted wooden sign hanging over the entryway. This neighborhood restaurant, a New Orleans favorite, has…
  • How to: Save During Oktoberfest in Munich

    Tommy Burson
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Oktoberfest – officially kicking off in Munich today for a week — is expensive. From the €10 euro beers to three-foot pretzels to $100+ costumes, if you’re going to do it right, the celebration isn’t anywhere near cheap. So why would any thrifty traveler include this Germany pitstop on their itinerary? In short, it’s an unbeatably festive, uniquely preserved Bavarian tradition. When else do you get to join thousands dressed in traditional garb clanking steins and singing to the accordion tunes of a live Lederhosen-clad band? And it’s much more than just…
  • Cruise Tracker: Sweet Deals, Pro Poker, Culinary Sailings, and More

    Donna Tunney
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? We’ve got the latest on new deals, onboard programming, and special itineraries in this week’s weekly cruise news column.  The cruise industry is gearing up for its annual CLIA Cruise Week on October 6 through 13, when members of the Cruise Lines International Association will roll out a slew of incentives for booking a vacation at sea — so if you’ve been considering a cruise, this is the time to do your homework. Twenty six cruise lines, both ocean and river, are participating this year with special promotions like cabin…
  • Amazing Art Museum Hotels Around the World

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Lots of hotels have impressive art collections, but these ones go a step further and function as stand-alone museums as well as accommodations. Benesse House, Japan The Tadao Ando-designed Benesse House is located on the tiny Japanese island of Naoshima, a fishing community turned “art island” that hosts the Setouchi Art Triennal and is home to several permanent art installations and excellent museums. Guests of the Benesse House are granted access to the museum even after typical hours and have exclusive access to a six-seat monorail that runs up to the hotel’s Oval…
  • Deal Alert: 25 Percent Off Luxury in Verona

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Salviatino Collection’s five-star resort, Palazzo Victoria, invites guests to check into its chic Verona accommodations by offering a 25 percent discount off the best available rates, now through March 31, 2015. Located in the heart of Verona, and just steps from the city’s famed Roman Amphitheater, the stylishly restored 14th century villa property is designed from three historic villas. No two rooms in the hotel are alike. Guests can enjoy an aperitivo in the local-frequented Victoria Club Bar, then indulge in a classic Italian dish created from locally sourced ingredients at the…
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  • Where to Eat and Drink in Uptown New Orleans

    Annie Shustrin
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    If you’re headed to New Orleans, do yourself a favor and don’t spend all your time in the French Quarter. Just across Route 90 and down the famous St. Charles Avenue, the uptown neighborhood offers parks, stunning architecture, and river views as well as some of the city’s best in food, drink, and music. Here are a few laid-back restaurants and bars for any foodie itinerary. Where to Eat Domilise’s It’d be really easy to miss Domilise’s if you didn’t spot the the hand-painted wooden sign hanging over the entryway. This neighborhood restaurant, a New Orleans favorite, has…
  • How to: Save During Oktoberfest in Munich

    Tommy Burson
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Oktoberfest – officially kicking off in Munich today for a week — is expensive. From the €10 euro beers to three-foot pretzels to $100+ costumes, if you’re going to do it right, the celebration isn’t anywhere near cheap. So why would any thrifty traveler include this Germany pitstop on their itinerary? In short, it’s an unbeatably festive, uniquely preserved Bavarian tradition. When else do you get to join thousands dressed in traditional garb clanking steins and singing to the accordion tunes of a live Lederhosen-clad band? And it’s much more than just…
  • Cruise Tracker: Sweet Deals, Pro Poker, Culinary Sailings, and More

    Donna Tunney
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? We’ve got the latest on new deals, onboard programming, and special itineraries in this week’s weekly cruise news column.  The cruise industry is gearing up for its annual CLIA Cruise Week on October 6 through 13, when members of the Cruise Lines International Association will roll out a slew of incentives for booking a vacation at sea — so if you’ve been considering a cruise, this is the time to do your homework. Twenty six cruise lines, both ocean and river, are participating this year with special promotions like cabin…
  • Amazing Art Museum Hotels Around the World

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Lots of hotels have impressive art collections, but these ones go a step further and function as stand-alone museums as well as accommodations. Benesse House, Japan The Tadao Ando-designed Benesse House is located on the tiny Japanese island of Naoshima, a fishing community turned “art island” that hosts the Setouchi Art Triennal and is home to several permanent art installations and excellent museums. Guests of the Benesse House are granted access to the museum even after typical hours and have exclusive access to a six-seat monorail that runs up to the hotel’s Oval…
  • Deal Alert: 25 Percent Off Luxury in Verona

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Salviatino Collection’s five-star resort, Palazzo Victoria, invites guests to check into its chic Verona accommodations by offering a 25 percent discount off the best available rates, now through March 31, 2015. Located in the heart of Verona, and just steps from the city’s famed Roman Amphitheater, the stylishly restored 14th century villa property is designed from three historic villas. No two rooms in the hotel are alike. Guests can enjoy an aperitivo in the local-frequented Victoria Club Bar, then indulge in a classic Italian dish created from locally sourced ingredients at the…
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  • Where to Eat and Drink in Uptown New Orleans

    Annie Shustrin
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    If you’re headed to New Orleans, do yourself a favor and don’t spend all your time in the French Quarter. Just across Route 90 and down the famous St. Charles Avenue, the uptown neighborhood offers parks, stunning architecture, and river views as well as some of the city’s best in food, drink, and music. Here are a few laid-back restaurants and bars for any foodie itinerary. Where to Eat Domilise’s It’d be really easy to miss Domilise’s if you didn’t spot the the hand-painted wooden sign hanging over the entryway. This neighborhood restaurant, a New Orleans favorite, has…
  • How to: Save During Oktoberfest in Munich

    Tommy Burson
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Oktoberfest – officially kicking off in Munich today for a week — is expensive. From the €10 euro beers to three-foot pretzels to $100+ costumes, if you’re going to do it right, the celebration isn’t anywhere near cheap. So why would any thrifty traveler include this Germany pitstop on their itinerary? In short, it’s an unbeatably festive, uniquely preserved Bavarian tradition. When else do you get to join thousands dressed in traditional garb clanking steins and singing to the accordion tunes of a live Lederhosen-clad band? And it’s much more than just…
  • Cruise Tracker: Sweet Deals, Pro Poker, Culinary Sailings, and More

    Donna Tunney
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? We’ve got the latest on new deals, onboard programming, and special itineraries in this week’s weekly cruise news column.  The cruise industry is gearing up for its annual CLIA Cruise Week on October 6 through 13, when members of the Cruise Lines International Association will roll out a slew of incentives for booking a vacation at sea — so if you’ve been considering a cruise, this is the time to do your homework. Twenty six cruise lines, both ocean and river, are participating this year with special promotions like cabin…
  • Amazing Art Museum Hotels Around the World

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Lots of hotels have impressive art collections, but these ones go a step further and function as stand-alone museums as well as accommodations. Benesse House, Japan The Tadao Ando-designed Benesse House is located on the tiny Japanese island of Naoshima, a fishing community turned “art island” that hosts the Setouchi Art Triennal and is home to several permanent art installations and excellent museums. Guests of the Benesse House are granted access to the museum even after typical hours and have exclusive access to a six-seat monorail that runs up to the hotel’s Oval…
  • Deal Alert: 25 Percent Off Luxury in Verona

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Salviatino Collection’s five-star resort, Palazzo Victoria, invites guests to check into its chic Verona accommodations by offering a 25 percent discount off the best available rates, now through March 31, 2015. Located in the heart of Verona, and just steps from the city’s famed Roman Amphitheater, the stylishly restored 14th century villa property is designed from three historic villas. No two rooms in the hotel are alike. Guests can enjoy an aperitivo in the local-frequented Victoria Club Bar, then indulge in a classic Italian dish created from locally sourced ingredients at the…
 
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  • Feel Myanmar Food Restaurant – Everything You Want & More

    Mark Wiens
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Feel Myanmar Food Restaurant is easily one of the most famous restaurants for local Burmese food in all of Yangon. But I have to admit, when I first arrived, inside my head I was a little puzzled, if not disappointed… Walking in, I saw little deep fried foods, chicken, a gelato stall… But the last thing I […] Feel Myanmar Food Restaurant – Everything You Want & More is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Feel Myanmar Food Restaurant – Everything You Want & More appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Breakfast Curry, Or Tor Kor Market, & Chokchai 4

    Mark Wiens
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ari (อารีย์) Morning Ari, located in between Victory Monument and Chatuchak, is just one of the many areas of Bangkok. It’s not as busy as an area like Silom or Sathorn, but it does have a nice mixture of businesses, office buildings, condos, and neighborhoods. It’s kind of a trendy area in Bangkok, home to numerous […] Breakfast Curry, Or Tor Kor Market, & Chokchai 4 is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Breakfast Curry, Or Tor Kor Market, & Chokchai 4 appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • 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.
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  • Japanese Idiom: Start with a Dragon end with a Snake

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

    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…
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  • Book Review : Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

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

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

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

    Cam Hassard
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    Cafes, bars and restaurants continue to sprout out of Berlin’s gentrifying neighbourhoods like spargel in the summertime. Kreuzkölln, the apex of gritty Kreuzberg and Neukölln, and its surrounds, remain a lure for Berlin’s flock of international émigrés, students and creatives. It’s no secret that the borough offers some of the best and cheapest options in […]
  • Back in Time to Villeneuve les Avignon

    Cam Hassard
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Peppered with gorgeous towns, lush vineyards and sweeping rural scenes, Provence remains one of France’s most sought after getaways. While soaking it all up through the window of a romantic TGV train remains an alluring option, we decided to hit the road and satiate our wanderlust in a hired black Volvo. While it wasn’t quite […]
  • 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 […]
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  • JLR Freelander2 offroad adventure video

    Shrinidhi Hande
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Here's one more post on my LandRover Experience. Main purpose is to show you the video I made and share some additional photosWatch the video below, which depicts what all off road  we tried during Landrover Experience in Chennai a week ago While I am at it, let me share some more photos clicked at the venue..This red RangeRover Evoque wasn't part of our convoy that did off roading-could have added some real colours to the otherwise boring combination of white, black, silver and gray coloured SUVs.LandRover Defender: Defender is much more rugged and capable SUV compared to freelander. It…
  • Bangalore-Hogenakkal from Karnataka side (Via Attibele-Denkanikottai-Anchetti)

    Shrinidhi Hande
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:06 pm
    My last 2 visits to Hogenakkal were from the regular route via Tamil Nadu side- Krishnagiri- Dharmapuri route. This route from Bangalore is much longer, heavily tolled and tourist vehicles will have to pay interstate permit fee. Still many prefer this route either because they are not familiar with the alternative or prefer highways to scenic country side routes.There is another way to reach Hogenakkal from Bangalore. This one is much shorter and extremely scenic, but the road is narrower. I wanted to try this route from sometime and finally it materialized last weekend. From Bangalore I took…
  • Book Review: Catching the departed by Kulpreet Yadav

    Shrinidhi Hande
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    Catching the departed is a fiction/thriller by Kulpreet Yadav, with a plot centred around terrorism and investigative journalism, taking place around Mumbai, Delhi and a village in Haryana.An ex-army person, Andy Karan, currently works as investigative journalist for a popular magazine. Its editor, who gets tip off about a possible sleeper cell in a village few hundred kms from the capital and sends off Andy to investigate more. As Andy tries to uncover more, he faces death threats, more people die and suspense deepens as to who is behind this and what would happen next.Story was fairly…
  • "God is a Gamer" by Ravi Subramanian: Book Review

    Shrinidhi Hande
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    I just finished reading “God is a Gamer”- Ravi Subramanian’s latest thriller. Like his previous thrillers (Bankerupt, Bankster, Devil in Pinstripes, The Incredible banker etc), Ravi Subramanian’s latest thriller is fairly entertaining. This book is focused around the idea of Bitcoins, the virtual currency in the online world. Coupled with a series of interwoven plots of gaming industry, a Bank (how can Ravi’s novel not involve a Bank), A US Senator and few elements from the criminal world, God is a Banker keeps you glued to the plot. I finished God is a Gamer in 2 sittings…
  • 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…
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  • Quote of the Week: Seeing the Sun Go Down

    Tracey
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    If the photos that we receive from solo travelers across the world are any indication, this week's quote from Murakami is bang on: there is something irresistible about a sunset, and every one is worth seeing. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • What’s Past is Prologue: uncover your strengths for a great solo travel future

    Janice
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Understand your strengths. Discover your abilities. Build confidence. Here are five ways to do so before stretching and living your solo travel dreams. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Atacama, Chile

    Guest
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Comparing the landscape to Mars, this Solo Travel Society member considers Atacama to be the most amazing place that he has traveled...so far. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Heading for Base Camp, Nepal

    Guest
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    A Solo Travel Society member heads for Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal. What a stunning backdrop to his photo! A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Stopped in My Tracks on the Rocky Mountaineer

    Tracey
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Rocky Mountaineer is considered one of the world's best train travel experiences. Even still, I was surprised by my reaction. 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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  • Africa's amazing off-the-beaten-path places

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

    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…
 
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  • Is It A Luxury Apartment Building Or A Hotel? Hotels With Gorgeous Apartment-Style Rooms

    Julie Ruditzky Loffredi
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    For those looking to ditch the typical 300-square-foot hotel room in favor of a more spacious pad, you are in luck. These days, more and more hotels are catering to the ever-growing crowd that seeks a home-away-from-home vibe by offering guests super-sized suites with tricked-out amenities. Whether its granite kitchen countertops, extra wiggle room, stunning views, added bathrooms, or a bevy of French doors — these hotels all give that spacious apartment vibe any claustrophobic would approve of. And to be clear, these feel less like our tiny studio apartments in NYC and more…
  • The Very Best Party Hostels Around the World

    Lara Grant
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    This post originally appeared on Yahoo! Travel. Traveling can be expensive. After all, hotels, transportation, dining, and sight-seeing add up quickly! But one way to lessen the financial load is to opt for hostels over hotels; these budget-oriented spots have an undeserved bad rap. Sure, they’re usually bare bones when it comes to accommodations, but they often offer a fun, vibrant scene that can really add to a guest’s overall traveling experience. Primarily geared toward young, party-oriented travelers who don’t mind sharing rooms with strangers, hostels can be a…
  • Cottages, Inns, and B&Bs…America’s Most Adorable Hotels

    Alex Creange
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Don’t get us wrong, we love a good mega-resort just as much as the next person. But sometimes the large crowds, all-you-can-eat buffets, and 24-hour casinos make for an overwhelming stay. When we seek quieter, more intimate getaways, we head to these cottages, inns, and bed-and-breakfasts for some R&R. Hidden Pond, Maine If you’ve ever dreamt of living in the wilderness, but cringe at the bare bones nature of Thoreau’s stay in Walden, then consider Hidden Pond; it’s got all the seclusion and beauty you crave, with the upscale amenities you can’t live without. Spread over…
  • Actors to Chefs to Sultans: 9 Unlikely Hotel Owners

    Jane Reynolds
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Owning and operating a hotel is a full-time job, and many of those who devote their lives to the hospitality industry specialize in all things hotel — and that’s it. But there are some unlikely faces in the exclusive “hotel owners of the world” club (hey, it probably exists) that got their starts in other industries; in fact, most of them have their hands in many pots and own their hotels while simultaneously acting, directing, cooking, designing, singing, running a country….you name it! So here we bring you nine surprising hotel owners, from chefs to sultans.
  • Where Does Paul McCartney Hang in the Bahamas?

    Jane Reynolds
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This property is NEW on Oyster! With 25 freestanding cottages along a 20-acre bird sanctuary, this hilly resort is one of just a handful of hotels on Harbour Island. Understated sophistication is the vibe here; the grounds are peaceful (except for the roaming roosters), and the occasional celeb, such as Paul McCartney and his family, can be found bunkering down in the Banyan Tree Estate Home (shown above). Most guests seem happy to spend their days simply soaking up the sun at Pink Sands Beach — a beautiful and unspoiled three-mile stretch of sand from which the resort takes its…
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips

  • Take A Walk On The Wild Side – 5 Scenic State Parks of North Carolina

    Guest Author
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    There are of course the many famous beaches along the east coast; their beauty attracting people from all over. But I’m not exactly a beach person; my natural refuge is ideally surrounded by an endless variety of vegetation instead of sand and water. To my surprise, North Carolina has no shortage of incredible state parks. I’ve made it a task to visit every state park within NC, so here's a look at the remarkable landscapes they offer:The post Take A Walk On The Wild Side – 5 Scenic State Parks of North Carolina appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • Discover Svetac – Home of Rare Black Coral and Pirate Queen Teuta

    Guest Author
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    The Croatian Adriatic waters are some of the most exciting parts of the world any tourist would long to visit. Having earned the title of "An Unforgettable World-Class Sailing Destination", this country has grown to become a famous tourist destination in Europe and the world as a whole. Croatia is home to an extensive archipelago that contains at least 1000 islands. Most of these islands are deserted, isolated and forested giving this beautiful country an adorable pristine nature. Island Svetac is one of these hidden treasures.The post Discover Svetac – Home of Rare Black Coral and…
  • America’s Favorite Fall Foliage Trains

    Susan Kohlback
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    This year why not let someone else do the driving while you sit back and relax with nothing to disturb your leaf-peeping revelry. We've pulled together a guide to America's favorite rail journeys that travel past the country's most stunning fall foliage vistas. Whether you have one day to spare or a week, here are the best train routes for doing some serious leaf peeping. From New England, to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the narrow gauge rails of the west, there's spectacular foliage scenery all along the way.The post America’s Favorite Fall Foliage Trains appeared first on Wicked Good…
  • 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.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world. (J. LeCarre) — View's better smack in the middle of the action! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Ramona
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life. (E. Hoffer) — Complacency never makes a real difference in the world. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. (L. DaVinci) — The second is sharing that understanding with others. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-27-2014

    Ramona
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Who knows the heat of a poet's heart when tangled in a woman's body? (V. Woolf) — Passion and estrogen, a dangerous mix! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-26-2014

    Ramona
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. (H. Bergson) — Think and act like a woman and you'll beat them all! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-26-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    30 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world. (J. LeCarre) — View's better smack in the middle of the action! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    29 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life. (E. Hoffer) — Complacency never makes a real difference in the world. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Ramona
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. (L. DaVinci) — The second is sharing that understanding with others. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Ramona
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Who knows the heat of a poet's heart when tangled in a woman's body? (V. Woolf) — Passion and estrogen, a dangerous mix! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-26-2014

    Ramona
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. (H. Bergson) — Think and act like a woman and you'll beat them all! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-26-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • 8 Essential Android Apps for Working on the Road

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

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

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

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

  • Baby Travel – Flying and Airports 101, A How-To Guide for a Successful Airplane Trip with Baby

    LiLing Pang
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    It’s 3am and I’m lying in bed tossing and turning. Tomorrow is our first flight with our 2-month-old; we’re flying to Houston for a good friend’s wedding. Little munchkin seems to have finally fallen asleep again but I’m wide awake and anxious. Have I packed everything? What if baby starts crying on the plane and doesn’t stop? What if baby can’t fall asleep? Should I bring the stroller, the bjorn, the sling, or the moby wrap? Maybe I should bring them all! Although my eldest is now 5, I remember those sleepless nights worrying about our first few trips with our first baby as…
  • Where to Stay for Family Friendly Getaways from Portland, Oregon

    Carrie Yu
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    My kids are only in first grade and kindergarten now, but our daily lives are already getting busy! Between homework, swim lessons, doctor’s appointments, my husband’s work schedule, and my own to-do list, our days frequently pass in a blur of activity. This means that we have to be more intentional about scheduling family time. For us, one of the best ways we’ve found to enjoy time together is to take short weekend trips and spend our days doing things together as a family. To help inspire your family to do the same, here are some ideas for great resorts and destinations…
  • October: Enjoy A “Kids Are Free” San Diego Vacation

    Katie Bodell
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:27 am
    San Diego is one of my all-time favorite places. Sitting on the southwestern corner of the continental United States, the ocean town boasts miles of coastline, nearly perfect weather, and a wealth of family-friendly cultural, historic, and entertaining activities. Oh, and free Octobers. That’s right, October is the best month for families to visit this city, because kids get free entrance and admission to a plethora of San Diego attractions; here are a few of my favorites. San Diego Museums The San Diego Museum Council is offering kids 12 and under the chance to learn about history,…
  • Favorite Trains & Railroads that Kids Love – Weekly Digest – 9/26/14

    Michelle McCoy
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Favorite Trains & Railroads that Kids Love Friday September 26, 2014 From Thomas The Train to old, narrow gauge railways, these are fun places to climb onboard.  Best Places to See Trains Arizona | Chicago | Colorado | Georgia | Los Angeles & Central CA | New Jersey | Northern California | Pennsylvania | San Francisco, CA | Texas | West Virginia | Western Washington …scroll down to find more great places to go for free Share your scoop and write…
  • Best Travel Apps for Families

    Amy Whitley
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    This is a Paid Endorsement. All opinions are my own. Last spring, we rounded up the best apps for traveling with kids. This list included games, entertainment, and distractions for travel days, but what about those tools we need as parents? Read on for our Trekaroo editors’ picks of best travel apps for families that help Mom and Dad get from Point A to Point B. Sponsor Spotlight – RoamRight RoamRight protects traveling families – plain and simple. Whether you are taking the kids to Orlando for a fun family vacation or exposing them to another culture entirely, RoamRight…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Newman’s Own Snack Sticks for Dogs

    Cindy Schultz
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Mushu loves her gig as a reviewer for Chewy.com! This month she got to try Newman’s Own Organics Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Snack Sticks Dog Treats. About Newman’s Own Organics Snack Sticks Newman’s Own Organics was created in 1993. Their Holistic formulas are based on the newest concepts in animal nutrition. Each food is a unique blend of proteins, whole grains, vitamins and minerals that maximize palatability, digestibility and nutrient assimilation. All of the foods contain at least 70% certified organic vegetables and grains. All Newman’s Own Organics products…
  • Turn It Up Tuesday 54 and Giveaway

    Cindy Schultz
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I am so glad to be back “in the office” blogging again. I had an amazing time last week volunteering in the phone center for Shareathon 2014 at The JoyFM. This radio station is near and dear to my heart and it it a vital part of my Salvation story. I feel it is an honor to give 2 weeks a year, one in the fall and one in the spring to help support Florida’s best not-for-profit, non-commercial Christian radio station. Now I am back to work for 2 and a half weeks before I head off to a blogging conference! This is our last week celebrating Turn It Up Tuesday’s…
  • September Beauty Box 5 Review

    Cindy Schultz
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Wow! September has gone by so fast! This month’s Beauty Box 5 shipment was great! I love 3 of the products, like 1 and…
  • Frozen-The Songs CD Giveaway

    Cindy Schultz
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”We have talked A LOT about all things Frozen here in the last few weeks. I adore the music of Frozen which was written by…
  • Crockpot Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

    Cindy Schultz
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    We eat a lot of Buffalo wings. They are something everyone in the family likes so when I found this Crockpot Buffalo Chicken recipe, I had to give it a try. With this being my 50th birthday year and the 50th anniversary of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce it just seems appropriate that I would feature another recipe that includes a Frank’s product. Crockpot Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches Scroll down for printable recipe. Ingredients 1-1.5 lbs shredded chicken (thawed if you have some stockpiled in your freezer) 12oz bottle Frank’s Red Hot Wings Buffalo Sauce 1 packet Hidden…
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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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  • Hands-On Review of Photoshop Elements 13 and a Giveaway!

    Brendan van Son
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    This week, I got my hands on a copy of the latest version of Photoshop Elements: PS13 which released on September 24th.  As you might now, I started out editing photos exclusively with Elements.  As such, I’m always excited when I get my hands on the latest copy.  And, like last year when Photoshop Elements [...]
  • My Iceland Photo Story

    Brendan van Son
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Over the past couple years, I think it’s safe to say that my photography skills have improved. Obviously, I’ve still got a long way to go, and I’ll likely never be completely happy with my work; I don’t think any artist really is. Part of my personal process for improvement is to always set up [...]
  • 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 [...]
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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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  • 自分は何者か

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    その場合、かなり良い方です。 メールを送っても返事がなくて退会処理してくれなかったり、いい思いをしてる人だっていっぱいいますからね。通常であれば18歳以上の女性・男性なのですが、両手をあげてよろこんでしま人もいるようですが、問い合わせフォームから退会したいと明記きて送信する方法です。フランスなどヨーロッパの方まで本当に様々です。…
  • ガンガン引き伸ばしをかけてくる

    admin
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    、 続いて2つ目。そういった話ではないのです。一般女性は、同様のサービスを展開できるかもしれない。 もし相手が挙げていたファッションに候補などがなくとも、これらは経験によって徐々に自分なりの方法を確立させて行くものなので、「24H安全サポートがあるかないか」という見分け方があるのです。 ・架空の請求をしてくる:使ってもいないのに、お見合いサイトなどで恋人を募集している人にとってお見合い お断り…
  • もったいないですよね

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    26 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
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    15 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
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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

  • Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2014 in Chicago

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    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago, Illinois, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival teasers this week September 23, 2014 This week Hyde Park Jazz Fest is all over the news! Tune in at the following times to hear teasers of a few of this weekend’s performances and hear more about the Festival. Tuesday, September 23 WGNTV, Midday News Music Lounge Marquis Hill Blacktet performing Wednesday, September 24 Fox News, Noon News Geof Bradfield performing WTTW, Chicago Tonight Dee…
  • German American Pub Crawl 2014 in Lincoln Square in Chicago

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Oktoberfest is a 16–18 day festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It’s generally held from late September to the first weekend in October. It’s one of the most famous events in Germany, with more than five million attendees. Oktoberfest (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Oktoberfest is an important part of the Bavarian culture and has been held continuously  since 1810. Many cities around the world hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modeled after the annual Munich event. Oktoberfest (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, you can…
  • Shaw’s Oyster Fest Block Party 2014 in Chicago

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    560 W Grand Ave at the river Friday September 26, 2014 The 26th annual Oyster Fest Block party offers attendees the chance to enjoy the freshest oysters on the half shell and boat-loads of delicious food provided by Shaw’s Crab House, ice cold beer from Goose Island, wine, and live music! To purchase tickets click here. General admission includes entry only. Free for kids 12 and under. VIP ($75) gives raised stage view, cash cocktail bar and private bathrooms. Event Schedule 9/22: OYSTER MONDAY KICK-OFF PARTY ALL WEEK: SELECTED HALF-PRICE OYSTERS | LIVE MUSIC 7-10PM (Chicago only)…
  • Oktoberfest 2014 at St. Alphonsus in Chicago

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Augustiner beermat: “Münchner Reinheitsgebot – 500 Jahre” (Photo credit: mdid) A German boot-shape beer-glass 中文: 德国靴形啤酒杯,当靴尖朝外喝到底部时,酒会突然喷出,用来对不清楚的朋友开玩笑。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   ;de: Kronkorken mit Aufdruck “500 Jahre Münchner Reinheitsgebot 1487 – 1987″ einer Augustiner-Bierflasche (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Date: Friday – Sunday; September 26-28 Time: Friday: 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm Location: Southport & Lincoln Ave…
  • Savor the Central Coast of California Food and Wine Festival 2014

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Photo of Hearst Castle outdoor pool (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Chef Central Seminar Stage — Reserved Seating Saturday, September 27, 2014 Sunset Cooks11:30 am – 12:15 pm 25.00 Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani Does Duck1 pm – 1:45 pm Sold Out Celebrity Chef Tanya Holland Creates Creole Shrimp and Grits2:15 pm – 3 pm 25.00 Lamb Butchery Demo with Napa Valley Lamb3:30 pm – 4:15 pm 25.00 Sunday, September 28, 2014 Sunset Cooks11:30 am – 12:15 pm 25.00 Italian Flavors with Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani1 pm – 1:45 pm 25.00 Chicken and Waffles with Celebrity…
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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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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • The Cemetery Owned by No One: Philadelphia's Abandoned Mount Moriah

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    Gate of Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia (all photographs by the author) Philadelphia's Mount Moriah Cemetery has been officially closed and abandoned since 2011, its 380 acres now overgrown, the over 85,000 graves consumed by an encroaching forest. Incorporated in 1855, it was once among the most elite of the Victorian cemeteries. Now you're lucky if you can find a family member's grave without rubbing against poison ivy.  How such a significant place fell into such ruin is complicated, and years after its last burial it's still effectively without an owner. A…
  • Incredible Photographs of the Monumental Power Station That Electrified the Manhattan Rails

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    Main Support Frame of Engine Unit, March 20, 1902. (Courtesy of New York Transit Museum) The steam-powered trains that first provided New York City with mass transit quickly became a sooty mess, rumbling over the elevated tracks above the streets and leaving dark clouds in their cacophonous wake. So in 1900 construction began on a massive new facility that would use alternating current (AC) electricity to propel the transit lines of the Second, Third, Sixth, and Ninth avenues in Manhattan. An exhibition at the New York Transit Museum in downtown Brooklyn…
  • Haunted Houses: Tokyo's Real Estate Listings with Problems

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    A well & water bogie spirit (illustration from "Books and Bookmen," 1899, via Internet Archive Book Images) The Japanese are renowned for the supernatural — the yokāi (roughly "monsters"), and yūrei ("ghosts"). The ghosts and monsters of Japanese tradition still infiltrate and live in the Japanese conciousness, with school children telling stories about yokāi first mentioned a thousand years ago, alongside some that were only invented during the 20th century. Remakes of Japanese films such as The Ring and The Grudge have also helped to introduce these stories to…
  • Objects of Intrigue: The Spiders Who Spun in Space

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    Anita in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (photograph by beccapie/Flickr) Alongside the huge airplanes and spacecrafts in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is a small spider who went to space, the name "Anita" stuck onto her preserving jar. Anita and her companion spider Arabella were part of an experiment to see if spiders would weave their webs once propelled out of the Earth's atmosphere. Spiders are known to use the weight of their bodies to coordinate their web weaving, so a change in gravity was something scientists were interested…
  • Join Kcymaerxthaere and Atlas Obscura on the Road to a Parallel Universe in the Midwest

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    From August to September, Eames Demetrios, Geographer-at-Large for Kcymaerxthaere, is serving as the Geographer-in-Residence at Atlas Obscura. Read his previous posts & discover places in a world parallel to our own here. It is dawn in west Michigan and tomorrow, at 8:30 AM (getting coffee at 8), some intrepid folks will begin their journey of story from Michigan to Indiana, and thence to the 9th Annual All-Kymaericas Kcymaerxthaere Spelling Bee in Paris, Illinois. Never been to a parallel universe spelling bee before? Here is what one looks like. DON'T miss it. ArtPrize in…
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    Atlas Obscura

  • Mark I in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With today's technology, crunching numbers seems like a sort of effortless magic, but the earliest computers such as Harvard's Mark I, America's first programmable computer were massive contraptions, that used punch cards and difference engines to calculate their numbers too large or complex for our puny human minds. The Mark I was designed in 1937 by a Harvard graduate student, Howard H. Aiken to solve advanced mathematical physics problems encountered in his research. Aiken’s ambitious proposal envisioned the use of modified, commercially-available technologies coordinated by a…
  • Magic Forest in Lake George, New York

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Magic Forest is a small fun fair in upstate New York that is a gold mine of unique Americana from a bygone era including the world's largest Uncle Sam figure and the nation's only remaining diving horse. Created in 1963, the Magic Forest amusement park has not changed a great deal since then. The park is one of the final surviving example of the kind of simple, kid-friendly rural amusement park that were once ubiquitous in the heyday of Route 66. There are all the classic rickety carnival rides that shake, spin, and generally work hard to make riders nauseous, alongside the quaint…
  • Earthships in Tres Piedras, New Mexico

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On a sprawling mesa just northwest of Taos, New Mexico, architect Michael Reynolds has spurred the development of a series of off-the-grid homes, nicknamed “Earthships.” These homes use passive solar technology, wind power, recycled water, old tires, car batteries, glass bottles and pretty much every off-the-grid technology there is except the kitchen sink. Most of the earthships are low-rise, single-story structures that are long and narrow, with one side generally built into a hill and its opposing side being two walls of glass, with plants usually occupying the space between…
  • Bowerman's Nose in Devon , United Kingdom

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Jutting abruptly out of a grassy field in Devon, and standing out even among the other rocky formations nearby, the tall stone spire known as Bowerman's Nose is the center of a legend that tells of a hunter who was turned to granite by a coven of annoyed witches.  As the story goes, a hunter named Bowerman was out hunting with his hounds when they came across a circle of witches broomstick deep in a magic ritual. An apparently clumsy hunter, Bowerman is said to have upended the witches cauldron which was super frustrating to them because they would have to start their ritual over. To…
  • Mussenden Temple in Castlerock, Ireland

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Modeled after Rome's famed Temple of Vesta, Ireland's Mussenden Temple was built by a wealthy earl as his library by the sea, but his desire to create a beautiful piece of cliffside architecture may have been a bit overzealous and the temple has been threatening to topple into the sea almost since it was built.  As an ostentatious addition to Downhill, the estate of the Fourth Earl of Bristol, Frederick Augustus Hervey the replica temple is a model of lovely classical architecture. The domed folly was constructed in honor the earl's cousin who ironically would not even live to…
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    Vivamost!

  • Giulio Ricciarelli & Alexander Fehling talk about The Labyrinth of Lies

    Véronique
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    “It was a dream come true working with Gert Voss,” says emotionally Alexander Fehling. At the Zurich Film Festival Meet & Greet the Filmmakers today, I sat down with the director of The Labyrinth of Lies, Giulio Ricciarelli, and the main actor, Alexander Fehling. Both had much to say about their new film, a historical drama based on the Auschwitz trials (Dec. […] The post Giulio Ricciarelli & Alexander Fehling talk about The Labyrinth of Lies appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Figure skater Sarah Meier to retire following Art on Ice 2015

    Véronique
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    “Sarah Meier will be going on her farewell tour with Art on Ice in February. “After that, figure skating at this high level is over for me,” confirmed the 30-year- old from Bülach, Zurich. Sarah Meier experienced the highlight of her career in 2011 when she finally took the much-coveted gold medal at the European […] The post Figure skater Sarah Meier to retire following Art on Ice 2015 appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY

    Véronique
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:40 am
    123 minutes – USA Summary: the Kadam family moves from India and settle down in the South of France in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. Hassan the second son of the family is a genious cook . The family opens an Indian Restaurant, Maison Mumbai, just across the street from a Michelin star Restaurant Le Saule […] The post THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • 20th Gourmesse: October 10th-13th

    Véronique
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    If you have never been to the Gourmesse, it is a good year to go as the gourmet fair is celebrating its 20th anniversary. During four days over 170 exhibitors will show their products at the congress house in a 4000 m2 space. The fair offers interesting workshops and events about food and wines and live […] The post 20th Gourmesse: October 10th-13th appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • 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!.
 
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    Passport Luxury Travel Blog | Kiwi Collection

  • Proust Travel Questionnaire: Bojana Sentaler, Sentaler Outerwear

    Joy Pecknold
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bojana Sentaler has lived in four cities on four different continents—Belgrade, Dubai, Lima and Toronto. The latter, her current place of residence, means she's familiar with cold winters, which is why in 2009 she launched an eponymous line of cozy-chic coats made of Peruvian alpaca. The well-traveled designer and mother takes a short break from her non-stop schedule to answer our Proust-inspired questionnaire.
  • Photo Essay: Strolling Vienna in Late Summer

    Eva Zhu
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Vienna is a land of music, art, culture and all things sophisticated. It’s beautiful year-round, but particularly spectacular in the summer. On a recent trip, Eva Zhu soaked in some Viennese sun and city sights. St. Stephen’s Basilica in all its glory. A statue stands guard at the Hofburg Palace. Getting lost in the summer […]
  • 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.
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    Business Travel Guru

  • Virgin Australia Business Class Suite Pictures

    Ben Hoffman
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    The Australian Business Class seat race is heating up with details of Virgin Australia's state of the art Business Class Suite being released, which will be introduced into the airlines Domestic East Cost to Perth and Boeing 777 International routes.
  • ANZ Frequent Flyer Credit Card 50,000 Bonus Point Offer

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

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

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

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

  • China: Chengdu Laochemi 100km Road Race

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

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

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

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

  • KGB Museum Vilnius

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

    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…
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    Downtown Traveler

  • Celebrating 10 Years of Terror: 5 Reasons to Visit NYC’s Blood Manor Haunted House

    Claudia Oddo
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Today’s post is written by Claudia Oddo, a New York City-based writer and editor of NewYorkerAbroad.com. This was her first time visiting a New York City haunted house. You haven’t experienced NYC nightlife until you’ve partied with the undead. This week I attended an exclusive press preview for one of NYC’s most prominent haunted houses, which does not open to the public until October 3rd. Before leading visitors on a spooky tour of the haunted house, Blood Manor actors flooded into the press party– sneaking-up behind guests and crouching under tables– giving…
  • PHOTOS: 5 things to do in Newport Rhode Island

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

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

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

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

  • Modernist Architect, the Genius of Lluís Domènech i Montaner

    Lily Heise
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    Hospital de Sant Pau by Luis Domènech i Montaner A definite cultural highlight of Barcelona is learning more about its remarkable architecture, especially from the “Modernista” era, Catalonia’s Art Nouveau dating from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Gaudi often steals the limelight, however, many local experts feel that the most “Modernista” architect was actually Lluís Domènech i Montaner, featured along with Gaudi during our new Modernista Masterpieces walk. To find out what made him so quintessentially Modernista, we’ve surveyed our Barcelona…
  • 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…
 
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  • A Tribute To Discomfort

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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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    Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write

  • Insta-recap: September on Instagram

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

    Guest Poster
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write In my many trips to southwestern France, the Pyrenees have always been a highlight, standing out distinctly in my memory above many other places and experiences. Whenever my host family asks what I’d like to do, my answer is always the same. “The mountains!” I reply. The Pyrenees Mountains to be more specific. Gorgeous views of peaks and valleys, a relaxed atmosphere caused by the abundance of locals living a simpler and more relaxed life, and a never-ending list of new things to do have made it one of my…
  • 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…
 
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  • Untrammeled By Man

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

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

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

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

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

  • Milan Graffiti Art Surprises

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

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Pretty Chiavenna Palazzo Perfect for Families When Italy typically calls to someone for vacation, the big cities are usually on the other end of the line. Rome. Venice. Florence. But once you’ve been to at least one of those and if you were fortunate enough to have the chance to explore further, you’ll latch on to the secret of the larger regions (Think Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Lombardy) and smaller towns. When we did a family travel trip to Italy years ago, it was Siena that stole my heart. It was unexpected. The Colosseum is impressive and Florence’s David blew me away,…
  • 2014 SATW Lowell Thomas Award Winner

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    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 Greenwood Davis
    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 Greenwood Davis
    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…
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    Chic Traveler

  • Video: 60 Seconds in Iceland

    video
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    It was supposed to be purely a vacation to Iceland for videographer Jon Whittle. But then he landed in “the most stunning landscape I’ve ever encountered.” Out came his gear. No, this is not your typical vacation video.
  • AARP Travel Offers New Travel Resource for Boomers

    Donna Sundblad
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Baby Boomers and older travelers have a new resource to help them make travel plans. AARP Travel is a comprehensive travel site designed specifically with boomers in mind. It’s free and works well for those who like the idea of one stop shopping. Users can use the site for destination ideas or to plan and […]
  • Video: Travel Destinations You Don’t Need a Car to See

    video
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Enjoy the nature and outdoors at these must-see destinations that you can leave your car behind.
  • Enjoy Authentic Banh Mi Sandwich in NYC

    Donna Sundblad
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    For those looking for authentic Vietnamese food in NYC, Banh Mi Saigon is known for its traditional Vietnamese sandwiches and appetizers. Banh Mi is the Vietnamese term for bread and while it can be used for many forms of bread, it is most often used specifically to describe the baguette. With this in mind, you’ll […]
  • Video: Glacier Hotel Prepares for Tons of Winter Snow

    video
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Many Glacier Hotel is now preparing for lots of winter snowfall. Every year the hotel closes it’s doors, boards up it’s windows, weather proofs everything inside and hopes to make it through the grueling winter.
 
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  • The First Burning Man Video I’ve Seen That Made Me Wish I Had Gone

    Matt Stabile
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    I have to say, the videos and images that I’ve seen coming out of Burning Man this year haven’t exactly blown me away or helped to relieve that nagging feeling I’ve been getting since at least last year that the event has officially jumped the shark. Of course, coming from someone who has never been himself, I’m not in much of a position one way or the other to judge whether an event that I probably had only heard of about 5 years ago has departed from its original “coolness.” But there hasn’t been much I’ve seen or heard that has made me think…
  • The Emerald Isle Was Not Easy

    Brit Weaver
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:59 pm
    I wish I could say that I saw all the coasts of Ireland, but I only saw two. In between I saw rainbows and fields of rapeseed, and it was beautiful. The week-long trip went smoothly, but for some reason the journey was not easy. First thing upon arrival: learn to drive on the opposite side of the road. Shift changer in the left hand, roundabouts, tight roads, a knack for napping behind the wheel: all primary challenges that needed to be overcome. I had to drive the 40 minutes to the county of Kildare, home to the small town of Kilcock. No Dublin, no hotel. I was living with an Irish family…
  • 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…
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Poznan Old Market Square

    Laurel
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    The original can be found here: Poznan Old Market Square. Please read the original. I LOVED Poznan's Old Market Square. It's one of the prettiest market squares I've seen anywhere in Europe. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Hiking Laber Mountain to Schartenkopf to Oberammergau

    Laurel
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    The original can be found here: Hiking Laber Mountain to Schartenkopf to Oberammergau. Please read the original. Laber Mountain is a great hike in Oberammergau and offers great views of the Ammergau Alps and the monastery in Ettal. Here's what you need to know: Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • 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

    Laurel
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The original can be found here: Exploring the Western Coast of Finland. 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
 
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  • Escape of the Week… Riad al Bartal

    Lyndon
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Though Marrakech gets much more international attention, bustling and compelling Fes is equally intriguing and besotting. Considered to have one of the most authentic medinas in the Arab world, the sprawling city is the cultural and religious heart of Morocco, and its medieval maze of exotic souks and alleyways is not to be missed. Amongst all of this is Riad al Bartal, an architecturally impressive guesthouse of zellig tilework and carved columns, with a beguiling serenity that contrasts with the dusty hubbub of the streets outside. This riad was one of the first boutique openings in Fes and…
  • Top 10… September Special Offers

    Lyndon
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The days may be getting darker and the leaves may be starting to curl and brown, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to lock away the suitcase or consign the passport to the drawer, particularly when there are offers like these calling you to distant shores.  We’ve picked 10 of our favourite September offers – from Scotland to Sri Lanka – to help you grasp a bit more summer sun, or just drop away from life’s usual pace for a couple of days. And don’t forget, if there’s nothing that takes your fancy here, you can search all of the offers across our…
  • Easy Escapes for October

    Emily
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    As the leaves start to turn from green to red to golden brown and frost dusts the grass with silver, we’d suggest you avoid any end-of-summer-blues with an escape to the picturesque English countryside, a sunny sojourn to Sicily or an adventure in the alien landscape of central Turkey. We’ve scoured the globe for great prices, so all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing… Pig out in the UK – £208.50 per person (3 nights, 7-10 October) The Pig near Bath Autumn makes the…
  • 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…
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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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  • Ali + JB's Blue Ridge Mountain Wedding at Grandfather Golf and Country Club | Boone NC Photographer

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    “Where could it be?!” Ali wondered. “When were you last wearing it?!” one of the bridesmaids questioned as we attempted to solve this conundrum.We were all perplexed as we retraced her steps to the ceremony site. Somewhere along the way Ali’s veil blew off and it was nowhere to be found.Since we were so clueless, I ended up looking back through the wedding pictures to see when I photographed her wearing it last. I confirmed that she had it on while making her way to the altar but it disappeared before she walked down the aisle.The mystery of the lost veil didn't last long, though,…
  • How Spontaneous Adventures Can Strengthen Your Relationship

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

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

    Andy
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    I saved my biscuit just for him. I know I shouldn’t encourage him, but he’s unbelievably cute and his gentle touch on my finger as he reaches for the packet, melts my heart. But then the gentle caress turns frantic and he grabs at the biscuit and tries to wrest it from my hands. Not content with the small bites I’m offering, he tugs hard, his nails digging into my hand as he levers himself for better balance. With a force that completely belies his size, he wrenches the entire packet from my hand and races off with it, leaving me feeling mugged, and in fits of giggles. We…
  • Dreamy Mljet National Park in Pictures

    Jack
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    We’ve not written a lot about Mljet in Croatia. Not much happened when we were there. But why not write about a destination because nothing much happens? Especially when that is precisely part of the charm. We walked a lot, we sighed a lot, we soaked up surroundings that were Garden of Eden beautiful. It exists in my mind like a hazy dream. The View Our hotel, the Odisej, felt as though it was still a bit of a throwback to Eastern bloc days, a wee bit out of time. Not a disaster, but not as good as other places we’d stayed in Croatia. From our balcony we did, however, have this…
  • Travel Moments, Gold or Wood in Sri Lanka?

    Jack
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    We’d been travelling on a cramped bus for hours. It was hot and dusty and we were sticky and tired. Eventually we reached our hotel in Habarana, a convenient inland base for exploring Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa on Sri Lanka. As we arrived, an elephant lumbered past the entrance carrying a roll of cane in its trunk. Once inside we watched a troop of monkeys use the roofs of low buildings as launch pads to reach the pool area where, we discovered over the next couple of days, they regularly made anarchic assaults; outwitting staff every time and leaving the place as though a typhoon had…
  • 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…
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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

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    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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  • Fodor's Travel Tastemaker: Chef and Cookbook Author George Mendes

    news@fodors.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Next week, George Mendes, chef and owner of New York City's Michelin-starred Aldea, releases My Portugal: Recipes and Stories, a cookbook that follows him on both an actual road trip and a cultural journey through the country of his heritage. (Mendes was born in Connecticut and raised there by his immigrant parents.) With 125 recipes culled from family history and dishes of his own design, the book is meant to showcase the simplicity and range of Portuguese cuisine for the home cook, but never fear: If you're not handy in the kitchen, you can pick it up for the stories and the…
  • Travel Quote of the Week: On Traveling Considerately

    news@fodors.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Who doesn't love an inspiring travel quote? (As if we need any more reason to hit the road.) Like what you see here? There are plenty more travel quotes where this came from. Check us out on Pinterest. And tell us what you thought of this quote on Twitter or Facebook.
  • 15 Jaw-Dropping Hotels in the Caribbean

    news@fodors.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Choosing the right hotel is an important part of any successful vacation, but there’s something about the Caribbean, more than other parts of the world, that makes you want to find the perfect property. More than 7,000 islands are found in the Caribbean, 13 of which are independent islands. That means there’s no shortage of hotels to consider booking when you’re planning a trip to the region. To help you out, we’ve selected 15 of our favorite Caribbean properties, all of which appear on our 2014 Fodor’s 100 list. Read on to see 15 jaw-dropping properties where…
  • Where to Find Amazing Asian Food in British Columbia

    news@fodors.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s not necessary to cross the ocean for incredible, authentic Asian cuisine anymore—all you need to do is head north to Vancouver and Richmond (just south of Vancoucer) in British Columbia. With an Asian population of about 50% and climbing—including those with Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Filipino backgrounds—the Metro Vancouver area is home to an authentic, mouthwatering food scene boasting a handful of veritable trails for specific ethnic and regional cuisines. To help navigate, we offer five distinct regional…
  • Fodor's Week in Travel: The High Life

    news@fodors.com
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Travel is an ideal way to experience a lifestyle you may not be used to, especially when it involves seeking out high society—or just a new high. This week, we've covered multi-million dollar estates, swanky cocktail bars, London's newest fine-art exhibitions, and pot tourism in Washington. Let our weekly roundup inspire you to reach for new heights, whatever they may be. 10 BEST HOME ESTATE TOURS IN THE U.S. The lavish homes of some of America's most elite families offer tours for starry-eyed visitors who want to see how the one percent lives. See which homes are on…
 
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  • The beautiful sites of the Aveyron – Itinerary

    Iain Mallory
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory I will be joining a group of prominent bloggers for a short trip to the lovely region of the Aveyron, in France for the period 1-3 October, 2014. This is the organised by Tourisme Aveyron in association with Magellan PR, and is the same area as my first ever press trip in 2011, so returning […] The post The beautiful sites of the Aveyron – Itinerary appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Working Together; Bloggers and PR Agents

    Iain Mallory
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory New media has been around for several years now, and blogging has become accepted by many agencies as a practical tool to promote their product. Professional bloggers are now charging for their services, and providing an excellent return on investment for clients that are employing their services. Mallory on Travel, has been fortunate enough to […] The post Working Together; Bloggers and PR Agents appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Kihnu, Cultural Time Warp in Estonia

    Iain Mallory
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Waiting at the small ferry port of Munalaid, Estonia for a boat to take me to the island of Kihnu in the Gulf of Riga, the tone seemed set for the visit. Asking around, the few people present didn’t speak English, and weren’t able to offer any advice regarding the journey to the island. Eventually a […] The post Kihnu, Cultural Time Warp in Estonia appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Bird Stalking Adventures on the River Goyt

    Iain Mallory
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Carrying a camera everywhere is sensible for photographers, and bloggers. There are few more disappointing moments for a photographer, than missing a great opportunity; recording special moments is what they live for. For that reason my Samsung compact accompanies me everywhere, a constant companion, including when walking the dogs along the nearby River Goyt. This is a favourite […] The post Bird Stalking Adventures on the River Goyt appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from Sunrise in the Sultanate

    Iain Mallory
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Grabbing the camera, already setup on the tripod, and heading out to the balcony, the hazy sunrise over the peaks of Jabal Shams, in the Sultanate of Oman provided good reason to smile. We were staying at the aptly named “The View”, an Indian owned resort which overlooks the town of Al Hamra, and treats […] The post Postcards from Sunrise in the Sultanate appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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  • How to Find Cheap Flights When Your Flight Dates are Flexible

    FareCompare
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Editor’s note: We updated this popular post as of Sept. 29, 2014 and loaded it with fresh information and useful tips. One thing hasn’t changed, though – it’ll still help you find the cheapest airfare deals available. Flexibility is a wonderful thing – especially when it comes to travel. The more flexible you can be, the more you’ll save. [Check out the video below] LISTEN: More great tips from ace expert Rick Seaney. See the latest airline sales on the Deals Blog Flexibility Savings: Shopping and Flying Follow these six rules to find cheaper airline…
  • 5 Reasons to Take a Connecting Flight over a Non-Stop

    Anne McDermott
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Next time you shop at FareCompare, try this: Once you see the fares to your destination, be sure to look at the upper left of the FareCompare page where it says “Stops.” A quick glance will show how  connecting flights can often save you money. LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney has a bonus reason and it’s a good one. 5 Reasons to Fly with Connections 1. It’s cheaper Let’s be clear: Connecting flights are usually cheaper than non-stops, often significantly cheaper but not always. Some quick examples for routes we priced for October flights. Los Angeles –…
  • Simple Guide to When to Pack and When to Leave for the Airport

    Anne McDermott
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    This is all about what to pack and when, and timing your departure so you won’t be late and miss your flight. The author swears these four steps are really simple. Step One: Figure out what to wear, what to carry The day before departure, lay out clothes you’ll travel in: Include everything – shoes and socks, underwear, belt, scarf, whatever The day before departure, lay out items to hold or have on your person: Umbrella Jacket Book and/or electronic device Paper boarding passes and printout of itinerary Passport and/or visa Wallet Glasses Phone and charger cord Snacks…
  • Best Outdoor Adventure Destinations

    Anne McDermott
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Where can you find outdoor adventure? Sometimes in your own backyard (just search your state’s tourism site). But if you want an adventure you won’t find at home, we’ve got six suggestions - in no particular order. Click the city name to find the best flight deals. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney says you don’t have to be a lumberjack to love this list. Vancouver, Canada This British Columbia gem offers plenty of adventurous nightlife (dining and shopping, too) but it really shines when it comes to the great outdoors. Take your pick between the mountains and the…
  • U.K. Travelers Guide to Getting Around the U.S.A.

    Anne McDermott
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    If you plan to visit the United States on holiday, you may be wondering how to get from city to city, state to state or – for the truly adventurous – from the Atlantic to Pacific. Getting Around in the States You have a lot of options including several low-cost airlines, buses, some train service. Big cities also have subways, taxis, municipal buses and the increasingly popular Uber car service. A good app for city visitors is HopStop which pinpoints your closest public transportation options, plus walking times, directions and more. But if you want to do as Americans do, get…
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    Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky

  • Top 10 spa hotels in the world

    Michelle Dunn
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
    There is little more indulgent than holing up in a luxury hotel with a sublime spa for all your pampering needs. Tropical Sky uncover the world’s most blissful retreats designed to relax, revitalise and rejuvenate. 10. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris The scene: One of the largest spas in Paris, this glamorous beauty retreat is decked out … Top 10 spa hotels in the world is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 rooftop bars in Bangkok

    Justin Mewse
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    There’s simply no better way to escape the relentless hustle and bustle of Thailand’s first city other than to disappear up on the roof. The capital’s rooftop bars are some of the very best in the world and if you’re looking to discover the secret doors and lengthy lift time then check out our top 10 rooftop bars in Bangkok … Top 10 rooftop bars in Bangkok is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Exploring Cancun

    Nicola Dunkinson
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    Margarita’s, fajitas, beaches, bars and tequila maybe the things that spring to mind when thinking about Cancun. The Mexican holiday mecca offers all of the above and much, much more. It is a great place to be based for a beach holiday and to enjoy a vibrant nightlife, along with exciting day trips and adventures all on the doorstep. Take … Exploring Cancun is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • 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
 
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    The World on Wheels

  • A First Class Exit All the Way - Almost...Saying Goodbye to Jamaica

    Darryl Musick
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's been a fun and very quick week here on the island of Irie but now it's time to go home.Check out goes smoothly, much better than check-in a week ago, and...just as we really start to get the hang of getting Tim into and out of the car...we put him in for one last trip back to the Montego Bay airport.One last tip to the bellman who helped us pack the car and off we go.Checking in at Hertz, the attendant tried to tell me there's a new scratch underneath the front bumper. I don't see anything different than when I picked it up but he keeps insisting. I tell him I've got enough travel…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Oktoberfest!

    Darryl Musick
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's just about time! Come along as we go on location to Southern California's biggest and best... Watch the Video and Come to Oktoberfest with Us! This is one of our local versions, at least. The Phoenix Club is a private German cultural club in Anaheim, California...just up the street from Disneyland. Each year they have one of the largest celebrations in Southern California.Come along and watch the video as we drink German beer, each German food, and have a great time.PS...there's still four more weekends of Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club. It ends the last weekend of October. Click on the…
  • Hungry? The Food of Jamaica

    Darryl Musick
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Previously...Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.Before I get too deep in this post, I know that little of what follows would be considered true Jamaican cuisine. It's just a tour of the selections we had while on an "all-you-can-eat" vacation with no limits on when or where we could dine.Starting off in the buffet, we could mingle with the proletariat in the main buffet or stick with those in our wing in the Palmyra buffet.  On arrival, that's what we did...go to the Palmyra for dinner.  The nicer, a la carte restaurants would come later.Breakfast was at the main buffet, which had a vast…
  • TRAVEL TIPS - Tipping

    Darryl Musick
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    This edition of Travel Tips is well named because it deals with that minefield known as tipping!All you really need in Punta Cana...room keys, towel tickets, and tip money.First, know that just about anywhere you go, you will be expected to tip at some point. Some places more that others. While there are places that tipping is inappropriate...Japan comes to mind...most destinations will have someone that expects one.For me, when in doubt, I leave something to let the person know I appreciate their service. I've yet to see someone return the money I've given them.So who do you tip? The list…
  • 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…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

    Briza
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Oh, how I love San Francisco! Recently I went to an amazing park called Golden Gate Park. The playground is seriously beautiful! As soon as I saw it, I wanted to go down the slide with all of the five year olds. Is that weird? I mean just look at it!     I haven’t even gotten to the best part:   I don’t know why I’ve never seen these in other parks! You see how all of those kids have cardboard, that is key to not RIPPING YOUR PANTS!  These little five year olds outsmarted us, I did have a hole afterwards…  I won’t tell you where… Right next…
  • Creeks and Sandwiches in Oregon

    Hye Sung
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
      A few weeks ago, a few friends and I decided to bike to Troutdale, Oregon, which is about 12 miles from my house in Portland. After an hour or so of biking, we reached the creek and spent the whole afternoon floating on the river, laying out in the sun, and fighting the fairly strong currents of the river. Though I brought some gatorade, a peanut butter sandwich, and rice crackers, I was famished, and therefore pretty cranky. Thankfully, I got an Italian soda, some amazing Oregon strawberry ice cream (Tillamook is slowly becoming one of my favorite ice cream brands), and a hot dog, and…
  • Paddle Boating On Bear Mountain

    Lindsey M
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Bear Mountain New York is a great place to make a day trip whether with family or friends. Bear Mountain entertains many families with its affordable prices and beautiful scenery. For less than $20, you can paddle boat on their lake for an hour. Even if the water is not warm, you are still able to take the boats out, and can admire the leaves changing this time of year. Along with Paddle Boating, you can also bring a picnic lunch, or grill with the many grills placed all around the lake. You can also bring your bikes and ride around the lake or put on your sneakers and hike the trails of bear…
  • Kayaking and Rafting While its still Warm!

    Lindsey M
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
      Even though it is the end of September, the weather is still warm enough to get a good beach day or a rafting trip in! Over this past weekend, I took a trip to French town Nj to go white water rafting with a few friends. We were expecting the water to be really cold, but it was in the 80′s, so the water felt great! If you do not want to get wet on your river adventure, you can always rent a kayak where you will stay dry. This is a great time of year to get out on the water while the leaves are changing. There are many benefits to heading out during this season to raft, but the…
  • Apple Picking in Warwick NY

    Lindsey M
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Taken in Warwick NY on September 27, 2014 Fall is a great time of year to get outside and spend time with family. There are so many things to do that are affordable and family friendly. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is head up to Warwick New York and go apple picking. Warwick is home to some of the best farms in the North East, and it is worth the trip. Apple picking is usually priced around $20-$25 for a bag to fill up with all the different apple choices on the orchard. As the season goes on, different types of apples come into season, so you can go anytime from now until it…
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    Packsmith

  • Why and How to Wear a Hip Belt… Even Though It Doesn’t Look Cool

    Fred Perrotta
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Remember in high school when everyone wore their backpacks by a single shoulder strap? We were all too cool to wear two straps. Ergonomics was for nerds. One strap was plenty to carry a bunch of heavy books… right? Oh, teenagers. Thankfully we all grew up and started caring about the comfort of our gear. Except for one thing… We still see travelers’ hip belts dangling around their legs. Their overworked shoulders sag under the weight of their backpack. A good hip belt is a boon for comfort, even if you aren’t carrying an 80L hiking bag. Your backpack can weigh up to 10…
  • 3 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Your Backpack’s Zippers

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

  • Exeter Customs House inside (Exeter)

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    Exeter Customs House inside - Exeter visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Exeter 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 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…
  • Mount Rouse in Penshurst (Penshurst)

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Mount Rouse in Penshurst - Penshurst visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Mount Rouse in Penshurst' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:View from Mount Rouse over Penshurst
  • Arosa Lakeside in Summer (Arosa)

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Arosa Lakeside in Summer - Arosa visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Arosa Lakeside in Summer' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from GraubÃŒnden.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:This resort in the Swiss canton of GraubÃŒnden is well known as a ski paradise for the rich and famous, but this was taken around mid-summer's day with very few tourists to be seen. The lake is the Obersee, which at 1734m is overlooked by the Weisshorn peak at 2653m, and the Hörnli…
  • 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
  • Cathedral Close, Exeter (Exeter)

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    Cathedral Close, Exeter - Exeter visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cathedral Close, Exeter' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Devon.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:Next to Exeter Cathedral is this row of ancient buildings steeped in history. The Royal Clarence Hotel was built in 1770 on the site of Sir Walter Raleigh's family town house, and is said to be the first hostelry in England to be known as a hotel. The black and white building with the purple shutters is the once famous…
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    Disney Guide | Unofficial Disney World Guide | Disney World Unofficial Guide

  • Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Menehune Bridge

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    If your little ones love water, the Menehune Bridge will be a favorite destination at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. This 2,200 square foot interactive water play zone designed for keiki under 48 inches features two junior-sized water slides, spinning gourds and a climbing wall! As with most water activities in the resort’s Waikolohe Valley, it is free to guests. During a visit to Aulani, Cultural Advisor Kahulu De Santos shared with me the Menehune legend that provides the inspiration for this aquatic play structure. I’m excited to pass the story along as part of our…
  • Halloween Celebration Begins at Disneyland Park Paris October 1

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Halloween is on its way to Disneyland Park (Paris), with the return of the park’s Disney’s Halloween Festival on October 1. During the event, which runs through November 2, guests can watch The Maleficent Disney Villains Promenade or Mickey’s Halloween Celebration (which features Disney characters dressed in Halloween costumes), visit their favorite villains in Maleficent’s Court, or take photos in one of the park’s many seasonally decorated photo locations. Here’s a sneak peek at the fun. Halloween Celebration Begins at Disneyland Park Paris October 1 by Jennifer…
  • Tilt-Shift Video: Four Nights on a Disney Cruise

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We know how much you love to see our exclusive tilt-shift videos, a “miniature scale” of the fun you can have at our parks and on our cruises. Our first tilt-shift video gave you a glimpse at a journey on the Disney Wonder, and to this day, it is one of our most popular videos. Now, we want to show you some of what you’ll experience over four nights on the Disney Dream sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida to the Bahamas. From Broadway-style stage shows and meet and greets with Disney friends, to fun in the sun at Castaway Cay and a relaxing day at sea, every member of your family will…
  • Set Sail for the New Castaway Cay Challenge Finisher Medal

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    We hear it all the time, “It’s all about the bling!” Well today, Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend runners who registered for the Disney Cruise Line Castaway Cay Challenge will not be disappointed as we reveal the treasure waiting for them at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. The inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge takes place in January 2015. Hundreds of runners are combining the excitement of participating in a marathon weekend event with a four-night cruise aboard the Disney Dream. After running their event at Walt Disney World Resort, challenge participants set sail on a…
  • Delicious and Seasonal: Harvest Apple Salad from Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure Park

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Fall is here – the season for California apples – and elegant Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure park is taking advantage of the bounty with this beautiful Harvest Apple Salad, which also includes the richness of duck confit to match the tart, sweet apples. Confit (pronounced con-fee) may sound daunting, but it’s basically a French term for slowly roasting the duck while it’s submerged in liquid – in this recipe it’s duck fat and olive oil. This is one of those recipes that takes time, but the reward is a rich, bright salad that’s perfect for a…
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    WordPress.com News

  • Engaged, Inspired, and Ready to Build a Better Web

    Michelle W.
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Automattic is a distributed company — we all work from wherever we are. Right now, “where we are” is 197 cities around the world: New Orleans, USA. Montevideo, Uruguay. Tokyo, Japan. Vilnius, Lithuania. Once a year, we get together somewhere in the world to meet, work alongside, learn from, and laugh with one another in an exhilarating, exhausting week called the Grand Meetup. This year, 277 Automatticians descended on Park City, Utah, for seven days in mid-September. I flew across the country to spend time in a mountain lodge with a bunch of strangers I met on the…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Eighties

    Ben Huberman
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A theme named after the decade that gave us daring teen comedies and cutting-edge synth pop was bound to be a crowd-pleaser. And indeed, in the few weeks since Eighties was released, it’s garnered tens of thousands of fans who are using it on their sites. Eighties may have been created with personal bloggers in mind, but its balance of striking visuals and flexible design makes it a good choice for anyone looking for a memorable, easy-to-customize website. Here are some of the theme’s most noteworthy features, already expertly used by our favorite Eighties early adopters. A…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 5

    Mark Armstrong
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    We’re back with another collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress! You can find our past collections here — and you can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations. Publishers, writers, keep those stories coming: share links to essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making (Tim Maly, Quiet Babylon) After a successful “creators’ conference” in Portland, Maly asks some tough…
  • Around the World in Eight Photos

    Krista
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Join us as we explore the world through 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…
 
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    Italy to Los Angeles and Back

  • 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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  • Staycation @ Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    When it comes to staycation, there is a nice selection of hotels to luxuriate in, get pampered with 5-star services and satiate the appetite with culinary delights by celebrity chefs. It’s purely rest and relaxation for a short retreat without the hassle of crossing borders. That’s why these days the lazy traveller in me enjoys […]
  • Holiday to Xi’an with Tigerair

    Eunice Khong
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    Recently launched on 15 May, Tigerair is the only direct flight from Singapore to Xi’an, home to the terracotta warrior army, the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. With a rich historical heritage, Xi’an is an important cultural, industrial and educational hub in the central-northwestern part of China. Operating 3 times weekly, the 5.5 hour Tigerair […]
  • 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 […]
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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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  • Book Review : Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

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

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

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

    Joseph Olson
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    If you’re reading this then chances are you’ve already spent some time researching a trip to South America. You’re likely well aware of the many online sources of information, reviews and tour planning tools available to the consumer. But while many travel enthusiasts are familiar with websites like Trip Advisor and Wikitravel, fewer have typically heard of the […] The post TrustPilot Reviews Offer Independent Analysis for Prospective South America Travelers appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Lord of Miracles Festival in Lima Each October

    Joseph Olson
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The Lord of Miracles festival (Señor de los Milagros de Nazarenas) takes places each October in Lima, Peru, leaving the city awash in purple and drawing an audience from across the continent. The festival runs October 18-28 with the main event days being the 18th, 19th and 28th. Those are the days that large portions of […] The post Lord of Miracles Festival in Lima Each October appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • This Week Only Antarctica 50% Off in November and December

    Joseph Olson
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Don’t be left out in the cold on this amazing Antarctica travel opportunity If you’ve been dreaming of a trip to the seventh continent of Antarctica, you might not find better pricing than this…EVER! From Monday, September 22nd through midnight on Friday, the 26th you can book an 11, 12, or 20 night Antarctica cruise […] The post This Week Only Antarctica 50% Off in November and December appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • 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.
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    The Traveller

  • Lord Howe Islands – An Island Paradise

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Lord Howe Islands in Australia is one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations, an island paradise which is situated 660 km from the east coast of Australia and is way out in the middle of the Tasman Sea.The duration of travel to the island by a short flight is less than two hours from Brisbane,Port Macquarie or Sydney. Private planes fly from all parts of the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia and the island’s cargo ship leaves from Port Macquarie every fifteen days. It has been named after a British admiral, Lord Howe and around 350 inhabitants have made it their home and several…
  • Make Money on Your Next Vacation

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:47 am
    Travel writers and bloggers know that they can make money on every trip they take. They post detailed reviews of every hotel and attraction they visit, and they may also receive money from some companies for posting positive reviews. While this might sound like heaven to you, those writers usually spend so much time jotting down notes and recording their experiences that they don't actually enjoy themselves. You can use travel programs to save money and make money at the same time.Visit Escape and Earn to make money on your next family vacation.How it WorksWhen you enroll in a travel program,…
  • Versailles, Paris

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:33 am
    Versailles Known for its Site – Chateau de Versailles Versailles, a city on the western edge of the French capital city of Paris is now part of the metropolis in the Ile de France region and is well known for its site of the vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV which was earlier a royal hunting lodge. Besides this, it was also one of the wealthiest cities near Paris. The Palace of Versailles, known also as the Chateau de Versailles had many historical events, one being the signing within the Hall of Mirrors on June 28 1919, of the Peace Treaty between defeated…
  • Nicaragua – Largest country in Central America

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Nicaragua is a country which is officially the Republic of Nicaragua and the largest country in Central America. It has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea in the east and the North Pacific Ocean towards the west with Costa Rica to the southeast together with Honduras to the northwest.It has an area of 130,373 square km and has the largest freshwater body in Central America, which is Lago de Nicaragua or Cocibolca. Managua is the capital city of Nicaragua where around one quarter of the nation’s population reside in the capital city thus making it the second largest city and metropolitan…
  • Santorini, Greece

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Santorini – Largest Island of a Circular & Small ArchipelagoSantorini, an island in the southern Aegean Sea is around 200 km southeast towards Greece’s mainland and is the largest island of a circular and small archipelago bearing the same name as well as the remainder of a volcanic caldera. Santorini has been named by the Latin Empire during the thirteenth century which is referred to Saint Irene, from the old cathedral’s name in the village of Perissa, a contraction of the name Santa Irini.Prior to this, it was known as Kalliste – `the most beautiful one’, Strongyle, `the…
 
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    Travel Deeper with Gareth Leonard | Tourist2Townie.com

  • Rio de Janeiro 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

  • Border Crossing 101: Paso Canoas, Costa Rica to Paso Canoas, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Border Crossing 101: Paso Canoas, Costa Rica to Paso Canoas, Panama Crossing international borders in Latin America is rarely easy or pleasant (why do they always smell like pee and desperation?). Things are even more complicated when you’re driving across borders in your own vehicle as part of an overland road trip. Theseborder crossing 101 travel tipswill help you travel from Paso Canoas, Costa Rica to Paso…
  • Central America’s Most Infamous Jungle – Darién, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Central America’s Most Infamous Jungle – Darién, Panama Mention the Darién Jungle or the Darién Gap or just plain Darién and images of impenetrable greenery filled with hostile critters and even more hostile interlopers (drug runners, guerrillas and others) spring to mind. Like most places, however, there’s more to Central America’s most infamous jungle, which straddles the border…
  • Our Latest Work: An SATW Win, Colombia’s “Liquid Rainbow”, Best Bed in Bogota & Luxury on the Rails in Ecuador

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Our Latest Work: An SATW Win, Colombia’s “Liquid Rainbow”, Best Bed in Bogota & Luxury on the Rails in Ecuador You know what makes freelance travel journalists like us happy? New outlets for our latest work and we’ve got two to tell you about this month. But first, something that makes us even happier: We’re delighted to let you know that the Selling Pablo feature we did about…
  • 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…
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    Barbados Vacation Specials

  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Fall Sale

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Book now for travel before October 19, 2014 at the rate of US$ 66.00 per night; travel between Oct 19th and December 20 at US$ 92.00 or travel after December 21, 2014 at special rate of US$ 150.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Book now and save

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Book now for travel before October 19, 2014 at the rate of US$ 66.00 per night; travel between Oct 19th and December 20 at US$ 92.00 or travel after December 21, 2014 at special rate of US$ 150.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
  • Direct Car Rentals: This Week's Special

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    FREE DAYS SPECIALS! Get FREE DAYS in OCTOBER on ALL models! E-Mail NOW for extra discounts on weekly rates. Barbados Island Inclusive coupons accepted. Best Value Guaranteed. Book on-line NOW and save!! (promo code DR1490) 
  • Sandy Bliss Condominiums: Free Pass @ The Beach House!

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Our guests will be given complimentary passes to use the facilities at The Beach House. This pass entitles holders to use of the Beach House’s large pool, a great restaurant and even for a small fee, the use of one of six tennis courts. 
  • Coral Sands Beach Resort: Staycation

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    If you reside in Barbados we offer arate of US$150.00 + tax per night basedon double occupancy. One child 12 andunder stays free. This offer is subject to availability. 
 
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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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    GoNOLA.com

  • Insider’s Guide: 2014 New Orleans Film Festival

    Lauren LaBorde
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Locals know that the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF), held Oct. 16-23 2014, is a treasure. A festival befitting Hollywood South but without the hefty price tag or impossible-to-access events, NOFF includes a mix of future Oscar winners, Louisiana made-films, and stuff you probably won’t see anywhere else. There’s also a good chance you might run into an actual celebrity, … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA TV: Shopping on New Orleans’ Magazine Street

    Lauren LaBorde
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    All month we’ve been sharing our favorite places to shop in New Orleans, and many of those places are located on Magazine Street: there’s world-class antique stores, locally owned shops, and boutique outposts of national chains. You can find trendy clothing, NOLA-centric goods, stuff for the home, and gifts for just about everyone. In our latest episode of GoNOLA TV … Read the rest -»
  • Celebrating Seafood: Where to Find Fresh Louisiana Seafood in New Orleans

    Lauren LaBorde
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    The Louisiana Seafood Festival is coming up on Oct. 10-12, featuring live music, cooking demonstrations, an Oktoberfest beer garden and of course plenty of Louisiana seafood. But because we’re located in proximity to waterways that provide us with great seafood, you can enjoy this local treasure every day. Here’s a few places to find fresh seafood in New Orleans. Fresh … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Recipes at Home: Garlic Clove Shrimp

    Sara Watson
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Garlic clove shrimp (photo: courtesy Borgne) With Louisiana Seafood Fest around the corner, we’re craving the salty, briny bite of fresh seafood. For the fest itself, we’ll have to wait until Oct. 10, but in the interim, chef Brian Landry of Borgne in the CBD has cooked up a phenomenal take on seafood tapas. His seared, garlic clove shrimp hits … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Find: New Orleans Holocaust Memorial

    Lauren LaBorde
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    All art is subjective in its interpretation. But Yaacov Agam’s Holocaust Memorial sculpture in the Moon Walk at Woldenberg Park really does look different depending on your viewpoint — and that’s by design. Agam’s optical and kinetic sculpture, which is a both somber and hopeful tribute to Holocaust victims and Jewish people, is our GoNOLA Find for this week. Yaacov … Read the rest -»
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    Vagobond

  • 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 Retro Sunday: Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Palace of the Parliament (the former Palace of the People – Casa Poporului) in Bucharest, the world’s largest civilian building Silent Retro Sunday: Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest is a post from Sophie's World
  • Andersen Hotel: Chic and urban in Copenhagen

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    I had certain reservations when I heard Andersen Hotel was located on the corner of Helgolandsgade and Istedgade. I’ve been in Copenhagen a million times, but rarely in this part of town. In fact, last time I was here, I was with of a group of curious fresh-faced teens, all gawking at the world of adult entertainment. Istedgade, you see, used to be the street to go for sex shops and prostitutes; Copenhagen’s own little Reperbahn or Red Light District (minus the red lights). These days, things have changed. Well, not absolutely everything. There’s still the occasional sex…
  • 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
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  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for feeds.feedblitz.com. The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
  • New: RSS Image Enclosures Now Visible

    Phil Hollows
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A funny (peculiar, not haha) thing about major media site RSS feeds is that not only are the feeds often little more than a plain text (and so kinda boring) sentence, but also that their RSS feeds tend to include thumbnail images as enclosures. Enclosures are the part of a feed typically used for podcast media files, and the problem with stashing an image as an enclosure is that most people won’t see it, since the picture isn’t part of the main content. As a result, the feed and downstream feed usage (e.g. email subscriptions) are much less engaging for us carbon based life…
  • The FeedBlitz API: Workflow for Building a Plugin

    Phil Hollows
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The goal of this example is to show you what API calls to make so you can programmatically add a subscriber’s email (and other information) to a list at FeedBlitz. Let’s assume you’re developing a plugin for WordPress; any WP plugin developer should be able to integrate with FeedBlitz! The example below isn’t limited to plugins, of course; it can work with any web site, product or service you can extend programmatically.  You use simple Web requests, so it’s pretty easy for a web developer to do. Prerequisites The user of your plugin will need: A FeedBlitz premium account At…
  • The FeedBlitz REST API

    Phil Hollows
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    The REST API is an XML-based API. It is, like FeedBlitz itself, complex and at times may be challenging to use. For simple use cases, such as integrating a FeedBlitz subscription mechanism into your site or service, we recommend using one of the APIs I’ve already covered this week, or a plugin / widget that has already done the work for you. If you’re building such a plugin, widget or tool, then depending on your use cases you may need to delve into the REST API in some depth. Programming Required: Yes API Key Needed: Yes Best suited for: Web developer, plugin developer Skill level:…
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  • Knuckle Soup for the Soul — Neamt County, Romania #priNeamt

    Raymond Walsh
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Neamt County, Romania I thought there would be more wheelbarrows. I’m not quite sure why, but like many first-timers to the country, I came saddled with three notions of Romania: Gypsies, Dracula, and Poverty. Romania’s GDP. As one of the trip organizers was quick to point out, not all Romanians are Gypsies, and not all Gypsies are Romanian. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  My second notion was shot down rather quickly as well. Short of a single cartoonish Dracula mug spotted in a roadside gift shop, I was hard-pressed to find any evidence of Bram Stoker’s spawn in these…
  • Good Vibrations: Fleshing Out the Antique Vibrator Museum

    Raymond Walsh