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  • Eco-Friendly Hotels that Make Travelers Happy

    Nancy D Brown
    Jamie Rhein
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    Even though Earth Day reminds us to think about our environmental footprint each April, some hotels make an earth friendly commitment year round. Here are a sampling of eco-friendly hotels worthy of a shout out. One of my favorite hotels — Boone Tavern, made it on’s eco-friendly hotel list. Boone Tavern in Berea, Kentucky is […]
  • Valle de Guadalupe: Spend a Great Day in Baja’s Wine Country

    A Gringo in Mexico
    W. Scott Koenig
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe, just outside of Ensenada and 90 minutes from the border, has a history of farming and viticulture that dates back to the early 20th century. Then, Russian immigrants fleeing religious persecution from czarist Russia were granted farmland by the Mexican government where they planted the first vineyards. Wines from Baja now grace the menus of restaurants all over Mexico (we had our first bottle in Cuernavaca) and are becoming more available in the states. Recently, the region has garnered accolades for its wine, food and natural beauty from national…
  • Hawaii Stargazing Made Easy

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    Bruce Fisher
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    When the skies are clear, the vast tapestry of celestial bodies visible to the naked eye is a wonder to behold. The The post Hawaii Stargazing Made Easy appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Visiting the Norwegian Fjords

    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog
    Karen Bryan
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    The Norwegian fjords, featured in the video below, look so majestic and pristine. I haven’t been to Norway, but it’s on my ‘would love to visit’ list. The fjord region is ideal for hiking, cycling and kayaking. The Hardangerfjord, the second largest in Norway, stretches north-east from the Atlantic close to Bergen, up to […]Visiting the Norwegian Fjords Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • #NGTRadar: Travel Lately

    Intelligent Travel
    Intelligent Travel
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    The Radar–the best of the travel blogosphere–is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. You can play, too. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here are our latest picks: When you hear the phrase “capital city,” you may picture skyscrapers, shutter-bugging tourists, and frenetic workaday hordes. None of those stereotypes ring true in Vientiane. And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The beautiful wats and laid-back pace of Laos’ biggest…
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  • I Heart My City: Sharada’s Hyderabad

    I Heart My City
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    When Sharada Annamaraju moved to Hyderabad as a teenager, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. But time and distance can change a person. Eight years (and one language learned) later, she decided to give the capital of Andhra Pradesh in southern India another chance. This time, sparks flew, and she isn’t leaving anytime soon. Here are a few of Sharada’s favorite things about the place she calls home. Follow Sharada on Twitter at @suitcaseindian Hyderabad is My City When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is to the Old City to get a crash course on…
  • #NGTRadar: Travel Lately

    Intelligent Travel
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    The Radar–the best of the travel blogosphere–is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. You can play, too. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here are our latest picks: When you hear the phrase “capital city,” you may picture skyscrapers, shutter-bugging tourists, and frenetic workaday hordes. None of those stereotypes ring true in Vientiane. And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The beautiful wats and laid-back pace of Laos’ biggest…
  • Miami’s Enduring Heat

    Annie Fitzsimmons
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    In the 1950s, my beautiful Italian grandparents threw glamorous Mad Men-esque parties in Miami. Somewhere in the middle of all the cocktail imbibing, cigar smoking, and red lipstick, my mom and her sisters were born. My grandfather’s work history always seemed a bit dubious, but after taking a tour of South Beach’s famous Art Deco District, I may have a better idea of what he was actually doing. Asmy tour guide, Christine, explained, “part of [Miami's] prosperity has always come from illicit activity.” If I found out my grandpa Gino was the ringleader of a gambling ring,…
  • Viva the Family Road Trip

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    A driving partner, a couple of kids, the family car, and an endless stream of road ahead of you: It’s either Dante’s Inferno or the best thing ever. Me? I love a road trip. Where we are going never matters; and the longer it takes to get there the better. As a kid my brothers and I (and sometimes a gaggle of cousins, too) were piled into cars and vans to see Canada and the United States. In university, I’d escape Ottawa winters with trips to Florida or Georgia knowing I could rent a car for a few days and see a new-to-me part of the world. It’s a love affair I’m happily passing down…
  • Primal Travel: Alone in Papua

    Keith Bellows
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    Two years ago, National Geographic Traveler contributing editor and bestselling author of The Lunatic Express Carl Hoffman shared with me an idea for his next book. It struck a chord because when I was ten I was drawn to the subject: the mysterious disappearance in 1961 of Michael Rockefeller, the youngest son of future U.S. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, in what was then Netherlands New Guinea (now Papua, a province of Indonesia). Did he drown? Was he shredded by a crocodile or shark? Or, most grisly, was he eaten by cannibals? “I became aware of Rockefeller in my 20s, and his…
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  • Hawaii Stargazing Made Easy

    Bruce Fisher
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    When the skies are clear, the vast tapestry of celestial bodies visible to the naked eye is a wonder to behold. The The post Hawaii Stargazing Made Easy appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Annual Spam Jam comes To Waikiki

    Bruce Fisher
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    We all know what it is… the beach, the warm, year-round climate, the tropical scenery, the laid back lifestyle of the locals. The post Annual Spam Jam comes To Waikiki appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Off the beaten path tours offered by the Board Water Supply

    Bruce Fisher
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The same geology that gives Hawaii its staggering natural beauty is also the natural force that gives these islands the supply of The post Off the beaten path tours offered by the Board Water Supply appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • The Bluegrass in the Ko’olaus Campout

    Jamie Winpenny
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Each year at the sprawling Ho’omaluhia Gardens in Kane’ohe, the sounds of bluegrass music waft over the lawns and through a forest The post The Bluegrass in the Ko’olaus Campout appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Star of Honolulu cruise – 5 Star dining Review

    Bruce Fisher
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Yaling and I had the pleasure of joining the Star of Honolulu for their 7-Course French Style Dining experience this week. Let The post Star of Honolulu cruise – 5 Star dining Review appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • 23 signs you were born in Maine

    Emma Thieme
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Photo: Jeffrey Stylos 1. By third grade you were babysitting yourself and others. 2. You can rollerblade on a dirt road. Like a boss. 3. The first alcohol you drank was Orloff. And you liked it. 4. You’ve used a riding lawn mower to run an errand. 5. You went to school in a trailer. Maine public schools are usually very low on funding. Students are more often than not attending classes in buildings that contain asbestos, have been flooded, or have been damaged by heavy winter weather. A popular solution is to gut a bunch of mobile homes, throw some desks and a couple whiteboards in…
  • 60 ft waterfall in a canoe [video]

    David Miller
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Twenty years ago, there were a few open boaters such as Dave Simpson who pioneered the hardest steep creeks alongside the best whitewater kayakers at the time. But since then, kayaking’s progression has rapidly outpaced canoeing in design and technique — particularly when it comes to running huge drops. Part of this is just the nature of the craft: Open boats are simply bigger; their center of gravity is higher. They’re more difficult to hike in and out of remote regions. But over the past couple of years there have been some sweet milestones. In 2012 an open boater paddled…
  • I watched a Bangkok ping-pong show

    Jeremy Helligar
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo: Sobri After a total of sixteen months in Bangkok, and at the request of an American girlfriend who was visiting, I agreed to go to a “ping-pong” show. We had no idea which one to go to, so we were forced to depend on the kindness of a stranger — a man wearing a wig that looked like a turtle shell posing as hair who approached us as we were about to cross Surawong Road into red-light central. If the place he guided us to was the top of the line among ping-pong shows, things must have been pretty grim at the bottom. As soon as I took one glimpse at the drab decor, I wished…
  • Notes from the world's top freediver

    Matt Hershberger
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    William Trubridge is the world’s best freediver. Freediving is the act of diving without the use of a snorkel, scuba gear, or any other breathing apparatus. Basically, you’re just going down there and holding your breath for as long as you can. Trubridge has dived to a depth of 100 meters — approximately 330 feet — without assistance. And he didn’t die. This short journalistic piece on Trubridge documents his life before freediving (of course he was basically raised in the ocean), his efforts in the sport, and his philosophy on it. Probably most interesting is…
  • 15 legendary recording studios

    Matt Hershberger
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I was visiting London a few weeks ago and on a slow day decided to do the Beatles walking tour (which was inevitably called the “Magical Mystery Tour”). The tour of course ended at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in northwest London, and I got to see no fewer than six tourists nearly get killed stepping directly into oncoming traffic while trying to catch the iconic crosswalk photo. Modern music fans usually don’t listen to music live, unlike our ancestors, who listened to live music exclusively. As I stood outside Abbey Road Studios and watched a 16-year-old Colombian girl…
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • 24 Hours in Portland, Oregon

    Beth Whitman
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t get down to Portland nearly as often as I would like. It’s only three hours from Seattle, however, it seems like it’s easier for me to find time to fly to Bangkok than to drive to PDX. Portland is smaller and more laid-back than Seattle, yet still a bustling metropolis with plenty to do and see. Portland’s arts and cultural scene serves up theaters, museums and venues galore. Its natural surroundings meld seamlessly with the city, which includes several large parks within its bounds worth exploring. And, perhaps most importantly, the city is…
  • Tips for Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road

    Beth Whitman
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Two weeks after taking a job at a tech company in 2000, I was sent to Australia with my boss, Peter, and a colleague, Holly, to meet with some photographers who were going to help us launch a website in time for the Olympics. Two weeks into a job is not a long time to get to know your traveling companions but we were all genial folks and ready for an adventure. We were just cresting the tech bubble and used to the wild ride of those days. Peter wanted to rent a car so we could get around a bit. But never having driven on the “wrong” side of the road before, he was, well, a bit out…
  • Fun Facts About Honolulu

    Beth Whitman
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Apologies in advance to my friends on Oahu but I have to admit that when I visit your lovely island, I spend little time in Honolulu. While I have done some sightseeing in the city—including, of course, Pearl Harbor and the downtown galleries—like most people, I make a beeline to the beaches upon arrival. I can’t help it. Your beaches are beautiful! I figured, however, that there must be something more to the city than beaches, and certainly more than the few highlighted facts we know from travel magazine headlines. Here are some fun facts about Honolulu that I was delighted to…
  • This Month Win a Pair of Horny Toad Sea Change Shorts

    Beth Whitman
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    It’s nearly summertime, summertime sum sum summertime. Well, it felt like that for me last week when I was in Hawaii! It was fun to pull out my warm weather clothes and test out some new items, including these Horny Toad Sea Change Shorts. The first thing I noticed about them is how lightweight they are. Definitely great for hot climates (great because I’ll be in Bangkok and Bali soon enough). They’ve got a bit of stretch to them due to the Spandex alternative material. That material is also quick drying so if you get them wet at the pool or beach, they’re going to…
  • The (Travel) Glass Half Full

    Beth Whitman
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    My life is so immersed in venturing off that it’s never occurred to me there would be people afraid to travel. Yes, maybe afraid to fly, but “travel?” As in pack a bag and get away for the weekend? I have such a hard time fathoming it. But I’ve now heard from enough people to know this is a real problem and that it has a name, hodophobia. Until a couple of years ago when I wrote a post about the fear of travel, I had no idea that this affliction existed. But it’s serious. Those with hodophobia are consumed by panic attacks, dry mouth, breathlessness, trembling…
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  • Royal Caribbean GGG sale: Save up to $1,318 on Allure

    Rich Tucker
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
      Each week, Royal Caribbean drops the price on select last-minute cruises departing 3 – 7 weeks out in the Going Going Gone Sale. I track these price drops to alert you to the best and to let you know exactly how much money you save by booking during the Going Going Gone Sale [GGG Sale].   This week, you can save up to $1,318 per double occupancy cabin on the Allure of the Seas [see below] How does the Going Going Gone Sale work? On Monday [4/14], these GGG sale rates below will be available to Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Members by call in only.  Crown and Anchor Members…
  • Cruise Deals: Last Chance for Free Drinks, Free Gratuities & More on Celebrity

    Martha Allen
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Celebrity Pick Your Perk Sale – Ends Tuesday, April 15th Looking for an all-inclusive experience on your cruise vacation? There are 5 days left to take advantage of Celebrity Cruise Line’s Pick Your Perk Sale where you get to choose from the FREE Adult beverage package [$98/day value], Free Gratuities, up to $300 onboard credit or up to $600 air credit! CLICK HERE for more details and to check out our top Celebrity cruise deals! How to take advantage of this sale: • Book an Ocean View stateroom or higher on any 4 Night or longer Celebrity cruise departing May 2014 – March 2015…
  • Cruise Deals: Transatlantic Cruises from $27 a day

    Martha Allen
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Transatlantic Cruise Deals Experienced cruisers know that some of the best cruise prices can be found on transatlantic or repositioning cruises. These unique “one-off” itineraries are the result of cruise lines’ moving their ships to different destinations for the new season. This is most common when ships move to Europe for the summer and back to the U.S. in the fall. While most transatlantic cruises feature long itineraries with a lot of time at sea, they often also feature some ports that are definitely off the beaten path and sometimes only available on a reposition. There is also…
  • 3 Royal Caribbean Spring Cruises with 3rd/4th Free!

    Rich Tucker
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Royal Caribbean’s Kids Sail FREE sale may be over…. but we found 3 ‘secret’ sailings departing in April where the 3rd and 4th passengers are FREE! On top of the 3rd and 4th guests being FREE, the first two passengers rates are ridiculously inexpensive.  See below: $189 4-night Vision of the Seas + 3rd/4th Free:  Navigator of the Seas Departing Galveston, Texas: $509 per person for 1st/2nd passenger and the 3rd/4th are FREE! Adventure of the Seas, 4/13/14 This 7-night Caribbean Cruise  departing Miami has double occupancy cabins starting at $299 per person. The least…
  • Grandeur of the Seas Spring Price Drops

    Rich Tucker
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
      Each week, Royal Caribbean drops the prices on select cruises that are departing in the next 3 – 8 weeks to sell excess inventory.  These price drops only last 2 days!  Some weeks, the price drops are better than others.  And this week is one of the best, especially for those who live within driving distance of Baltimore. This week, there are 4 April – May Grandeur of the Seas price drops with have savings up to $750. Grandeur of the Seas Price Drops These rates must be booked by end of day 4/2/14 and may sell out before then. 7-night Bahamas Cruise departing on 4/19/14 Inside…
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  • Photo Tour of the Geffyre Museum in London

    Karen Bryan
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:33 am
    I always like to visit less well known attractions when I’m in London. I had a look at what was within striking distance of the Travelodge London Bethnal Green and thought that the Geffyre Museum in Hoxton sounded interesting.The museum focuses on the history of the home over the last 400 years. It’s free to […]Photo Tour of the Geffyre Museum in London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Front Page Exhibition at Old Gala House in Galashiels

    Karen Bryan
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:35 pm
    The ‘Front Page’ exhibition of iconic magazine covers runs until 8 June 2014 at the Old Gala House museum and gallery in Galashields in the Scottish Borders. The exhibition is made more fun by the various related masks and head gear that you can wear.  Dalek cover on Radio Times Beth Ditto cover on NME  Margaret […]Front Page Exhibition at Old Gala House in Galashiels Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Review of Colina Mar Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

    Karen Bryan
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    We stayed at the Colina Mar Apartments in Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria for three nights in December 2013. The price for a one bedroom apartment for two adults on half board was £197. This worked out at under £66 a night. It’s  a very large apartment complex, making it confusing to find your way […]Review of Colina Mar Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Visiting the Norwegian Fjords

    Karen Bryan
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    The Norwegian fjords, featured in the video below, look so majestic and pristine. I haven’t been to Norway, but it’s on my ‘would love to visit’ list. The fjord region is ideal for hiking, cycling and kayaking. The Hardangerfjord, the second largest in Norway, stretches north-east from the Atlantic close to Bergen, up to […]Visiting the Norwegian Fjords Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Review of Cosmo Restaurant in Edinburgh

    Karen Bryan
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:06 am
    I had lunch with one of our sons at the Cosmo Restaurant, beside Edinburgh’s Omni Centre, on a Friday in late February. We’d tried to have lunch there on a Saturday a couple of weeks earlier, after it’d been recommended on Twitter, but gave up when we saw the long queue to get a table. […]Review of Cosmo Restaurant in Edinburgh Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
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  • The Worst Thing That Can Happen Rarely Does

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Somewhere in my journey I learned an important lesson: whatever your location, you can choose to be at peace or you can choose to be anxious. I remember shivering in a tent in Zimbabwe, feeling miserable yet still excited about the adventure. I was on my own in a new part of the world, and I felt like a conquering (though cold) warrior. Taking the subway in Cairo during the hottest time of the year was disorienting and slightly scary, but I felt a surge of pride as I successfully navigated myself to the Pyramids. Small victories! Other times, I remember getting upset about inconsequential…
  • Consider the Dominoes

    Chris Guillebeau
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    It’s not that you’re too busy, or that you’re doing too much. You’re known for taking on challenges and doing the impossible. You know your metrics. You take pride in your deadlines. You’ve built your name on striving, and you don’t like to let people down. You rise with the dawn, fortified by coffee and Greek yogurt. You work until mid-evening, looking forward to the occasional Knob Creek manhattan before returning to make just a little more progress on your goals. No, “getting shit done” isn’t your problem. You are the master of GSD.
  • A Quiet Dinner on the Beach By Yourself

    Chris Guillebeau
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Last year for my birthday I went to Norway with 200 of my closest friends. Fun times! This year I went to Bali… by myself. It was a very different experience, but also good. Being alone is good for you—or at least, it’s good for me. I needed some time away to reflect and recharge. I don’t have 36 lessons for turning 36. (Those posts are easier to write when you’re 25, I think—though I did try one a couple years ago.) But even without the 36 lessons, I’m excited about the future. Pioneer Nation was great. As much work as it is to put on a big event, once it begins I’m…
  • The Magic Happens Backstage

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Ten days ago we produced Pioneer Nation, our new event for independent entrepreneurs. I was worn out afterwards, as is usually the case after such an endeavor, and headed to Southeast Asia for a few days of alone time. As I said in the short recap, it was a fantastic experience. I was tremendously proud of our team. In fact, that was my overriding thought as I boarded the Cathay flight to Hong Kong and beyond: Look at all these great people! They give so much. The backstage work supports the front-and-center work. Anyone who works backstage will tell you that much. They’re not there to be…
  • Pioneer Nation: We Did It!

    Chris Guillebeau
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    One week ago we kicked off our inaugural event for solopreneurs, Pioneer Nation. Here’s a very short recap of how it went. You can see hundreds of other photos on my Flickr stream, and also check out a number of blog posts written by attendees (linked at the bottom of this post). We did it! It was a grand success, in large part because of the team who put it together and the attendees who traveled far and wide to come. We spent months planning everything about this event: designing mugs, planning workshops, recruiting speakers that we knew could bring it. And inviting you. As people…
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  • Creating Packages That Attract Customers - Part 1

    Traci Suppa
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Leisure travelers want more than just a place to stay. They want to dine out, visit local attractions, and attend events. Why not provide a valuable service to your guests by taking the guesswork out of creating their itineraries?
  • “Constantly looking from a hotelier’s perspective”

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Erik Munoz, Executive Director of Strategic Sales and Global Partnerships, recognizes that in today’s world of public score cards, the guest experience is more important than ever.  That’s why, Munoz explains, Siteminder is focused on automating technology pieces so hotels can operate more e
  • Rethinking Traditional Guest Satisfaction

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    The Popularity of online reviews and the importance of social media are changing the way that hotels are approaching how to gather customer feedback.
  • Management Photo Friday – Cape View Clifton

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    The Cape View Clifton in Camps Bay, South Africa knows how to take advantage of its location. The property’s inspiring view and pristine guest spaces provide the perfect backdrop for Management Photos.
  • Porto Bay puts its awards front and center

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts chain specializes in delighting guests in Portugal and Brazil.
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  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: April 15, 2014

    Sheila Beal
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    * The 2014 Hawaii Entertainment coupon book is on sale for $10.40 plus $2.49 shipping through April 17, 2014. If you are going to Oahu and hoping to take in a luau, this coupon book can offer significant savings that will more pay for itself. See our discussion on this Hawaii coupon book for more information. * Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center is offering a 15% discount when booking 10 days or more ahead of your PCC visit. For more information, see this link. * TravelZoo is offering a couple of excellent travel vouchers. The five-star Mauna Lani Hotel on Hawaii, the Big Island, is on…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Favorite place to sit and think

    Sheila Beal
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Mahalo to David Newbold for sharing this lovely Hawaii Island photo with us. David used to live on the Big Island, but he lives on the mainland now. He says this spot near Living Stones Church in Kona was his favorite place to sit and think. We can see why this was a favorite spot. Would you like to sit and think here for a while, too? Happy Aloha Friday! We’ve helped readers save lots of money on their Hawaii vacations! Please click here © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is…
  • The 5 most unexpected landscapes of Hawaii

    Sheila Beal
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    Thoughts of Hawaii conjure up scenes of white sandy beaches flanked by gently swaying palm trees, but the landscapes of the Aloha State are far more diverse. You know the expression not just a pretty face? Well, Hawaii’s not just a pretty beach. 1. Waimea Canyon on Kauai You may think you’ve suddenly been transported to the Grand Canyon when you see Waimea Canyon. Actually, this unexpected canyon has been dubbed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. See our tips for getting there and exploring the area. 2. Kohala lava fields on Hawaii, the Big Island With Hawaii, the Big Island, being…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Rainbow around Diamond Head

    Sheila Beal
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Mahalo to Cameron Brooks for sharing this incredible photo of a rainbow around Diamond Head! Cameron took this photo back in December 2013. What a day and sight that must have been! 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 Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
  • Hawaii helicopter tours

    Sheila Beal
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    A Kauai helicopter tour above Kalalau Valley Though we were terrified to take our first Hawaii helicopter tour when we visited Kauai for the first time in 2003, we ended up having a thrilling experience that far exceeded our expectations. Since then, we’ve taken three more helicopter tours in Hawaii and they’ve all been spectacular. We were recently asked for our advice on the best island and tour operator for helicopter tours in Hawaii. Unfortunately, that question isn’t as easily answered as it may appear.As for the best island to take a helicopter tour. We’d love to…
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  • Obama: Truly Gezellig in The Hague

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Truly Gezellig in The Hague I’ve seen some of the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 here in The Hague and took a bit of video and some photo’s at the final press conference where Obama thanked the Dutch for a well organized summit and showed he knows a Dutch word “Gezellig” that many English speaking people claim is not so easy to translate….My idea is that the following English words give some meaning to gezellig: Cozy, snug and intimate cover it more or less. After the press conference the president was induced to being photographed in front of the Victory Boogie…
  • Mandela on NSS 2014

    23 Mar 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Mandela on NSS 2014 “Hi, oh you didn’t know I would attend? Well that is quite easy, as I’m here for quite some time already. And see look down my left hand…they have some girls around that seemingly like to re enact that famous scene with Marilyn. You know which one I’m referring at, don’t you? Dutch gouvernment was proud to announce this was a business meeting, so the wifes would stay home. That made it much cheaper for them to organise this venue. Once a Dutchman, always a Dutchman don’t you think? As a consequence I heard the escort services are…
  • Wine and Water

    7 Mar 2014 | 3:14 am
    Wine and Water The French do believe in fairy tales: Their Wine Museum in Paris is located in the ….Water street (or more precisely the Ch. Dickens square…still named after a fairy tale writer) Wine and Water is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, April 1, 2014Wine and Water is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Wiener Schnitzel

    5 Mar 2014 | 6:18 am
    For these schnitzel I took a piece of pork. Many people find veal better for the real schnitzel. Me too, but for this one I liked to experiment with pork. First you dip both sides in flour. Then you dip both sides in egg. Some German gourmet friend of mine suggested to mix some cream through the egg. Will do that next time. Then dip the meat in the breadcrumbs. With family ties in Austria we tend to take the position the breadcrumbs have to come from Austria…. Finally the schnitzel sizzles in the pan. Use some kitchen paper to take away a bit of the butter before you serve them.
  • Closing Haagsche Suites

    16 Dec 2013 | 9:11 am
    Closing Haagsche Suites Once, many years ago, I was very proud we had made it to the front page of the May 2005 issue of How to Spend it, a magazine that goes with the Financial Times. Now, many happy guests later (thank you all for staying with us!) we will be closing down Haagsche Suites as of next week. It all went very quick. We got an offer for the house by a young couple who want to use it again as a home We’ve accepted the offer. Mixed feelings, but looking forward very much to new adventures, among which renovating our new apartment (in the backyard of Haagsche Suites) Stay…
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    Global Travel News

  • Qatar Airways Launches The First All-Business Class Flights From Heathrow

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Qatar Airways will launch the first premium all-business class service from London’s Heathrow airport to its Doha hub, starting on May 15. The Airbus A319 flight service will fly from Heathrow’s Terminal 4 daily at 9.55pm, while the service from Doha to Heathrow will depart daily at 2.50pm. As the first all-business class service to launch from the Middle East, Qatar Airways has fitted its
  • World Travel Awards

    17 Feb 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Established in 1993 to recognize, reward and celebrate exceptional services in various sectors of the tourism industry, the World Travel Awards is a globally recognized brand, marking a high standard of quality to which all tourist service brands aspire. 2013, marks WTA’s 20th anniversary.  The renowned programme delivers annual awards, and is considered to be the most exhaustive and
  • Airport Connect Renewed for 5 Years by Schipol Airport

    15 Jan 2014 | 4:13 am
    The first European airport to provide passenger processing with SITA’s AirportConnect Open platform was Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, which has recently renewed their contract for another five years. The future-proof SITA technology includes SIM-based NFC, which allows efficiency in moving through airport checkpoints via a reliable and secure link to passengers’ smartphones. With a simple
  • Eurostar To Launch London-Amsterdam

    10 Dec 2013 | 8:59 am
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  • P&O to launch UK's biggest ever cruise ship, Britannia

    13 Nov 2013 | 7:45 am
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  • 5 Reasons You Should Sail On The Norwegian Epic

    27 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    My husband and I just returned home from a 7-day Caribbean cruise out of Miami, sailing on the Norwegian Epic.  This was our first experience with Norwegian and we had a great time!  Here are 5 reasons we think you should choose the Epic for your next cruise vacation: 1.Freestyle Dining- Norwegian Cruise Line offers a fabulous alternative to the traditional set seating times you find on other cruise ships.  It’s called Freestyle Dining, and it’s awesome.  You can choose from seven restaurants that are complimentary with your cruise purchase, and go eat there any time you want.  For…
  • Cocktails and Cooking Lessons at a Classic Southern Resort

    20 Mar 2014 | 6:39 am
    When my husband and I want a quick weekend getaway, one of favorite escapes is the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama.  It’s about a thirty-minute drive from Mobile.  Apparently, we aren’t the only ones fond of this charming retreat.  The Historic Hotels of America named the Grand the Top Historic Hotel in the US in 2013. Originally opened on 1847, the resort was used as a hospital during the Civil War. Each afternoon (weather permitting) the hotel salutes the military with a  short patriotic procession on the grounds and the firing of a…
  • Romance in Ireland

    16 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
    What is a romantic escape? Does it really have to be about time with your significant other? Does is have to be a honeymoon trip or anniversary journey? Is it who you are with or is it about where you go? My affair with Ireland began before I visited this magical place. I read about it as a child, with stories of fairies and legends like The Blarney Stone. I read about the mists in history books and her heroes in my romance novels. When the offer was made to travel across the ocean and actually step foot on this island, I jumped at the chance to meet one of my crushes. My entire being began…
  • Vista Verde Guest Ranch: Rustic Luxury Defined

    13 Mar 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Living in Colorado makes it easy to spend a lot of time outdoors; you can often find my family on the slopes, by the soccer field or camping by a lively stream. Being “outdoorsy” is just our way of life. However, I never realized that doing the things I love outside and having a “luxury” vacation could intersect… boy, was I in for a glorious surprise! Vista Verde Guest Ranch is just north east of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; down a beautiful, windy road and over the Elk River. The 500+ acre ranch is a stunning piece of property, with horses running freely in the…
  • Everything is Golden with the Million Dollar Quartet

    13 Mar 2014 | 3:22 pm
    If there is one thing that has united the generations of my Southern family through the decades, it’s the love of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll … Mr. Elvis Presley. This love runs so deep I can vividly remember an oil painting of the King hanging prominently in my uncle’s living room. Memories of his music – and other music of that era – remind me of family gatherings and good ol’ fashioned quality time together. When the Million Dollar Quartet recently came through at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, I knew I had to take my…
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  • Photo of the Moment: A Storm of Birds in Dwarka

    Mike Richard
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © anurag agnihotri The post Photo of the Moment: A Storm of Birds in Dwarka appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • 8 Ways to Avoid Coming Down from Your Traveler’s High

    Jaclyn Einis
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. “So it’s back to reality, huh?” I keep hearing some version of this statement from friends, family, even strangers, about my return from WWOOFing (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) in Italy. At first, I’d shrug and nod, “Mmmhmm,” still daydreaming about being back in the Italian countryside, paying my room and board in grapes crushed, olives picked and weeds weeded. Then, I took a moment to consider the statement in all its absurdity. Living, sharing stories and meals with real people, in real homes, digging my fingers…
  • How to Travel Long-term with a Companion (Without Killing Each Other)

    Mishana Khot
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. When you think about long-term travel, you might like to have a travel partner for the whole trip or just part of the trip. It can get lonely when you’re travelling for a long time, and having a special friend or loved one with you can make it much easier. But being on the road also means putting that relationship to the test. Friend or romantic partner, sibling or travel companion — at some point, you’ll want to scream at each other or worse. So before you find yourself nose-to-nose with someone you now hate, trapped in a small tent on a rainy…
  • Photo of the Moment: High Tide at Skegness Beach, England

    Mike Richard
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © David Dales The post Photo of the Moment: High Tide at Skegness Beach, England appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • Photo of the Moment: Stopping at the Snackbar in Salzburg

    Mike Richard
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Thomas Geiregger The post Photo of the Moment: Stopping at the Snackbar in Salzburg appeared first on Vagabondish.
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • What Makes Good Travel Writing?

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The Lede  “Don’t worry said the turbaned man, that snake around your daughters neck is not venomous.” That was the example sentence my instructor used to teach us the value of a […] The post What Makes Good Travel Writing? appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Alzette River Valley – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – Daily Photo

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Luxembourg City lies in a bend in the Alzette River, high on a bluff above the river. The river helped in defense of the city in previous days. Now it just gives […] The post Alzette River Valley – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – Daily Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Remembering 100 Years Since WWI in Flanders Field

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Seeing my last name, Christensen, on one of the smooth white marble headstones gave me pause. Walking through the American Cemetery at Flanders Field, I was not expecting to discover some long […] The post Remembering 100 Years Since WWI in Flanders Field appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Artists on Montmartre – Paris, France – Daily Photo

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Montmartre is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris and it is street scenes like this that make it so. The post Artists on Montmartre – Paris, France – Daily Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Riga, Latvia – Episode 415

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Hear about travel to Riga, Latvia as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Spud Hilton, the travel editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, about his recent trip there. Latvia is one of […] The post Travel to Riga, Latvia – Episode 415 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
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    AOL Travel Ideas

  • Points of Interest: Search for Survivors of South Korea Ferry Disaster Continues

    Zach Everson
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    Filed under: News Associated PressSouth Korean Coast Guard officers try to rescue missing passengers from a sunken ferry in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea on April 17. The continuing search for survivors of the South Korea ferry is among today's points of interest. "Survivors of Korean Ferry Recall a Sharp Turn, Then Chaos" [New York Times] "Passenger Texts Mother From Ill-Fated South Korean Ferry: 'I Love You'" [Mashable] "Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Analysis of Indian Ocean Oil Slick Shows It Is Not from Missing Jet" [The Independent] "Flight…
  • Points of Interest: South Korea Ferry Sinks, Hundreds Missing

    Zach Everson
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    Filed under: News Associated PressA helicopter and fishing boats try to rescue passengers from a passenger ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea on Wednesday A South Korean ferry sinking is among today's points of interest. "Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks" [New York Times] "Malaysia Airlines Missing Plane Underwater Search Cut Short By Technical Problems" [Huffington Post] "US Airways Explains How It Tweeted That Infamous Nude Photo" [Huffington Post] "Why Southwest Airlines Is Building Parks in Each of Its 90 Cities" [Gizmodo] "Man Sentenced to 18 Months in…
  • Points of Interest: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Searchers View China as 'Hurting as Much as Helping'

    Zach Everson
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Filed under: News Associated PressThis map from the Joint Agency Coordination Centre details the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The search area for the missing has proved too deep for a robotic submarine, which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than halfway through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the black boxes, authorities said. A New York Times report that China's actions in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 "are seen as hurting as much as helping" is among today's points of interest. "In Jet Search, China Is Viewed as More Hurt Than Help"…
  • citizenM Times Square, Portland's Residence Inn by Marriott and Iconic Santorini: 3 Hotel Openings

    Zach Everson
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Filed under: Hotel, News citizenM, Residence Inn, Iconic Santorini citizenM Times Square, Portland's Residence Inn by Marriott in Downtown/Pearl District and Iconic Santorini highlight the world's recent hotel openings. New York City, New York: citizenM Times Square The 230-room citizenM Times Square opened last week in New York, near the intersection of 50th and Broadway, the heart of the Theater District. With oversized leather couches and ample lighting, the common living-room areas are clearly designed for use rather than show. HotelChatter reports that the rooms are a bit tight, but with…
  • IRS Tax Refund 101: How to Travel on Your Refund

    Megan Swanick
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Filed under: Tips & Tricks, Budget, Weird, Best Of Flickr/eviloars As most Americans know, tomorrow is the deadline to file your 2013 taxes with the IRS. There is an upside, however, to paying taxes. Well, other than paved roads and schools and whatnot: getting your refund. And the best use of that newfound money is, of course, travel. Here is a comprehensive list of ideas where your refund can take you, broken down by just how much you're getting back. Owe $200 For some of you, filing your taxes will yield nothing more than a valid excuse to head to Las Vegas and earn enough dough to pay…
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Off the Grid in the Western Ghats in India

    From Inspiration Travel Writing Contest
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    We eyed the accommodation warily. The choice was either a canvas tipi or a room in the stone-built house, with gaping holes where windows would normally have been. Although no one voiced their concern, we were all thinking the same thing: that neither would afford us much protection from marauding wildlife. With no electricity, no cell phone reception, no internet and no close neighbours, help wouldn’t be arriving quickly, either. This remote mountain homestay that was to be our home for the next three days was so far off the beaten track that the last part of the journey had been made on…
  • The Classroom in Thailand

    From Inspiration Travel Writing Contest
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This morning I had a dream about being in the classroom again. I awoke to the grandfather clock that chimes every fifteen minutes throughout the house, feeling like I had seen them. In my dream, I’m standing at the head of a non-air-conditioned classroom. All ten ASEAN flags dangling from the walls. Five rows of five pairs of wooden desks are covered in whiteout and ink doodles. Each desk chair is filled with a light blue uniform top and navy skirt or shorts. Fifty pairs of shoeless white socks rest beneath them. I can see their faces: Belle’s is round and whitened, framed by her dark…
  • A South African Adventure Leads to Authentic Living

    From Inspiration Travel Writing Contest
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    An South African Adventure Leads to Authentic Living Last weekend I gave a presentation at a Singles Summit about online dating. This is something that, three years ago, would have seemed silly. But I was 39 then. I turned 40 in South Africa and that’s when life changed … or, more precisely, that’s when I took a hard look at how I was spending – or wasting – my time. In October of 2011, I was deep in the African bush celebrating my birthday among the lions and elephants and cheetahs of the KwaZulu-Natal region. Besides seeing these amazing wild animals in their natural habitat, I…
  • El Chalten, Argentina; Food for the Soul

    From Inspiration Travel Writing Contest
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    A short bus ride on from El Calafate; the road winds and bends through soft rolling hills and long ribbon lakes until the almost gothic peaks of the Fitzroy range start to become visible. El Chalten holds some of the most unclimbable peaks challanging even those who think everest is a walk in the park. The Fitzroys without doubt leave an impression. Vertical sharp shards of granite rise high into clouds from steep green mountains. EL Chalten also leaves an impression. Like “why am I here?!” People strolled around this mountain strewn town in thousands of pounds worth kit, all…
  • Mcleodganj,India:Musing over my muse(s)

    From Inspiration Travel Writing Contest
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    MCLEODGANJ, INDIA: MUSING OVER MY MUSE(S) Breathless and unable to fight the temptation, I surrender. The comfort of rest offered by the rocky ledge and what lies before me is irresistible. I am just a few minutes away from completing Kora, the circular trail around Tsuglagkhang complex. The valley stands before me with arms flung wide open, inviting me, seducing me, challenging me. I give up, take out my sketchbook and start painting. Nature turns into my muse. Two Tibetan girls in their early teens pass by. They stop to look at my sketch. The younger one whispers something in the older…
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  • Verizon promised it wouldn’t charge an early termination fee, but it did

    Christopher Elliott
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Verizon promises Marie Steponovich won’t be charged an early termination fee when she moves to an area where the service […] The post Verizon promised it wouldn’t charge an early termination fee, but it did appeared first on Elliott.
  • Are hotels joining the fee-for-all party?

    Christopher Elliott
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Thanks for reading Elliott’s Email, my weekly email newsletter. Don’t forget, you can subscribe to my daily email newsletter here. […] The post Are hotels joining the fee-for-all party? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Get your free credit report right here (some restrictions apply)

    Christopher Elliott
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you aren’t familiar with the “free” credit report scam, then meet Brian Youngblood. One day while he was online, […] The post Get your free credit report right here (some restrictions apply) appeared first on Elliott.
  • Hey Royal Caribbean, where’s my refund?

    Christopher Elliott
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today’s story of corporate intransigence comes to us courtesy of Royal Caribbean. At least it does if Kara McMonagle is […] The post Hey Royal Caribbean, where’s my refund? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Missed my uncle’s funeral – how about a refund, American?

    Christopher Elliott
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If Bonnie Kaster didn’t know that an airline’s published schedule is meaningless, she does now. She learned it under difficult […] The post Missed my uncle’s funeral – how about a refund, American? appeared first on Elliott.
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Vote for Mozart! - Earth Day Rising Star Singing Contest

    Soul Travelers3
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    Vote for Mozart! - Earth Day Rising Star Singing ContestWe need your help! Please take a few seconds to vote for Mozart to sing at an Earth Day Rising Star We need your help! Please take a few seconds to vote for Mozart to sing at an Earth Day Rising Star Performance contest in front of 60,000 people. A big dream she wants badly. VOTE HERE --> Go to this link and then scroll down that page until you see her video Time After TimeNOT MUCH TIME LEFT TO VOTE!You can VOTE once a day. The voting closes this coming Monday, April 21st at 5pm CDT.We came late to this so VOTE often if you can for…
  • Bora Bora Dream Vacation on a Low Budget

    Soul Travelers3
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Bora Bora Dream Vacation on a Low BudgetBora Bora is a legendary dream vacation destination, but few know the secrets to make it affordable Bora Bora is a legendary dream vacation destination, but few know the secrets to make it affordable even on a low budget. The stunning island was awarded the title of "the best island in the world" by US News and World Report and has been voted the most photogenic place on earth! ROMANTIC BORA BORA LUXURY ON A BUDGETIt's true that many of the resorts there can cost as much as $5,000 per night, but we easily stayed on our RTW family travel budget of…
  • Easy, Fast, No Bake Apple Pie Recipe: Paleo, Gluten-free, Vegan, Grain-free

    Soul Travelers3
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Easy, Fast, No Bake Apple Pie Recipe: Paleo, Gluten-free, Vegan, Grain-freeWho doesn't love a delicious, fast, easy, healthy dessert? This scrumptious apple pie recipe is paleo, gluten-free Who doesn't love a delicious, fast, easy, healthy dessert? This scrumptious apple pie recipe is paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, including a raw pie crust and with a minor tweak works for vegans too. QUICK, HEALTHY AND DELISHWith a teen in the house, I am becoming an expert in this area of fast, creative, healthy recipes even on our non-stop #RTW trip , as a minimalist family with unique challenges like not…
  • Elliott Ng, Google, China, Family Meet

    Soul Travelers3
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    Elliott Ng, Google, China, Family MeetElliott Ng is a great guy, the head of Google in China, and I have known him through Twitter for many years Elliott Ng is a great guy, the head of Google in China, and I have known him through Twitter for many years ( 2008) where we were both early adopters, interested in travel, China, doing good, education and financial trends.Elliott is a Harvard educated geek and I am likely one of the biggest "ungeeks" on the planet, but we both were on Twitter early when it was new and exciting way to connect and enjoyed communicating. I got on Twitter…
  • World as my Middle School - The Atlantic & Soultravelers3

    Soul Travelers3
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    World as my Middle School - The Atlantic & Soultravelers3Are there advantages to homeschooling with travel around the world? Do you Are there advantages to homeschooling with travel around the world? Do you have to be rich to homeschool around the world? Can you homeschool high school and middle-school combined with world travel? SOULTRAVELERS3 IN THE ATLANTIC I loved this brilliant article in The Atlantic, "Paris Was My Middle-school classroom" and appreciate that they mentioned and linked to our Soultravelers3 blog. WHY TRAVEL AND EDUCATION WORK SO WELL TOGETHERI thought the author, Ms.
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Public Service Announcement: Stop Naming New Airlines After Ones That Have Failed

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Stop it. Seriously. Ever since airlines started going out of business, people have felt the need to try and revive them. This is simply a terrible idea no matter how you look at it, but people continue to try to resurrect name after name. It’s become so rampant, that it’s time for a Cranky public service announcement. Let’s just look at the list. Braniff – Failed 1982, revived 1984 and failed 1989, revived 1991 and failed 1992 Eastern – Failed 1991, revival in progress Frontier – Failed 1986, revived 1994 and still flying Midway – Failed 1991, revived…
  • How an Airline Customer Relations Rep Really Wants to Respond to Your Complaint (Guest Post)

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    I don’t often do guest posts here, but this one was just way too much fun to ignore. This comes from a customer relations agent at a big airline who just needs to vent a little bit. If you had a job like that, you might need a release too. The good news is that this is educational venting. Read and learn. My flight was cancelled because of light loads. No it wasn’t. Not only did we need the aircraft and crew to be where we needed them by operating the flight, the DOT has recently begun tracking flights that are frequently late or cancelled out of concerns that consistent failure…
  • Star Alliance Stresses That Airports Need to Design for Easy Connections

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    One of the panels at the Phoenix Aviation Symposium this year focused on the future of hubs, and the conversation quickly turned toward the importance of having the right facility in the right place. In particular, Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab was very vocal about airport design as it relates to connections. I thought it was an interesting discussion, so I decided to bring it here. Mark, who was formerly with United before running the Star Alliance, emphasized that as soon as the Alliance hears that a new facility is being built, his team goes to sit down with the airport’s management…
  • Cranky on the Web (April 7 – 11)

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    American makes changes to its frequent flier program – Ft Worth Star-Telegram I was asked to comment on American’s recent changes to the AAdvantage program. Of course, you guys know my view since I wrote about it on Thursday. In the Trenches: Accepting Advertising – Intuit Small Business Blog Talking about whether to continue to accept ads on the blog.
  • Topic of the Week: Should Taxes Be Broken Out?

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Awhile back, the feds decided to do something that happens in almost no other industry – it mandated that the entire price of an airline ticket, including taxes, be the advertised price. Now there’s an effort in Congress to repeal that decision. Those in favor of this change say that taxes should be broken out as it’s done in nearly every other industry because it’s unfair for the government to be able to hide taxes increase in the fare. Others, of course, think that’s not right. So, two questions this week. 1) Should this rule be repealed? 2) Will it actually be…
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Book Spring Deals Now & Save Through the Summer

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Read the full article on at - Book Spring Deals Now & Save Through the SummerIf cool weather has you dreaming of traveling someplace warm, now is the best time to book. These spring deals can help you save on trips to great destinations with... Read More...The post Book Spring Deals Now & Save Through the Summer appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Where To Find Free In-Flight Entertainment
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: Where To Find Free In-Flight EntertainmentAir travel is rarely fun, especially when you’re in the back of the plane. But in exchange for the cramped seats, airlines are trying to make it a little easier... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Where To Find Free In-Flight Entertainment appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • What You’re Doing Wrong on Your Family Road Trip

    Peter Greenberg
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    Read the full article on at - What You’re Doing Wrong on Your Family Road TripMy husband didn’t understand why we were going to a ski resort. “But we don’t ski.” I showed him pictures of the Resort at Squaw Creek and its proximity to Lake Tahoe.... Read More...The post What You’re Doing Wrong on Your Family Road Trip appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Renovate Scenic French Villages

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Read the full article on at - Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Renovate Scenic French VillagesThe French countryside is known for its vineyards, medieval towns, and sweeping views. With voluntourism, you can travel to destinations you’ve always dreamed about while giving back to the local... Read More...The post Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Renovate Scenic French Villages appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How To Avoid Sales Tax When You Travel
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: How To Avoid Sales Tax When You TravelTax season has come and gone, but there are ways to get creative with your accounting when you travel. I’m talking about places where you can avoid sales tax altogether. Here... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How To Avoid Sales Tax When You Travel appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Eco-Friendly Hotels that Make Travelers Happy

    Jamie Rhein
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    Even though Earth Day reminds us to think about our environmental footprint each April, some hotels make an earth friendly commitment year round. Here are a sampling of eco-friendly hotels worthy of a shout out. One of my favorite hotels — Boone Tavern, made it on’s eco-friendly hotel list. Boone Tavern in Berea, Kentucky is […]
  • Review: Secrets the Vine, Cancun, Mexico

    Nancy Brown
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wine tasting in Mexico? Yes, ma’am. While most people associate Tequila, Corona and guacamole with Mexico, I’m going to let you in on a secret – Mexico makes some good wines. Mexico is staking a claim in the vineyards of Baja California. I learned about the wines of Mexico will staying at Secrets the Vine […]
  • The Liberty Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

    Lisa Dion
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    This name of this gorgeous hotel that opened in 2007 at the foot of Boston’s posh Beacon Hill neighborhood, is ironic. You see, the Liberty Hotel is the former Charles Street jail. Among the guests that checked into the jail  (against their wills)  were some well-known inmates including James Michael Curley, Malcolm X, Sacco and […]
  • Book Review: The Hiltons

    Nancy Brown
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Anyone who has traveled and slept in a hotel is familiar with the Hilton hotel brand. Known as “the Innkeeper to the World” Conrad Hilton opened his first hotel in Cisco, Texas with $5,000 to his name, assistance from friends and a small bank loan. The book The Hiltons: The True Story of an American […]
  • Movie Review: Next Year Jerusalem

    Nancy Brown
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every year, many people travel to Jerusalem in search of their religious roots, or perhaps to have a better connection with Israel as a country. Typically, the average age of these tourists is not 91 years old. Yet this is not a typical trip to Jerusalem and these travelers are not your typical tourists. The […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • Why Hawaii is unique for Vacations

    Bruce Fisher
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    If you’re on the fence about whether or not to choose Hawaii for your next vacation then this podcast is for you! The post Why Hawaii is unique for Vacations appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Getting into relax mode on your Hawaiian Vacation

    Bruce Fisher
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Aloha and welcome to another episode of the Hawaii Vacation Connection! Today I’m giving you my top recommendations for how to fast The post Getting into relax mode on your Hawaiian Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Here’s some FREE things to do on Kauai

    Bruce Fisher
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    On today’s show I talk about some of my favorite free things to see and do while visiting the beautiful island of The post Here’s some FREE things to do on Kauai appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Is a Vacation to Hawaii really worth it?

    Bruce Fisher
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm
    While the that may be true, I’m gonna make the argument today why Hawaii overall as a destination is well worth it. The post Is a Vacation to Hawaii really worth it? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • What’s a Plate Lunch?

    Bruce Fisher
    4 Mar 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Today it’s all about Plate Lunches in Hawaii, something you just have to try on your Hawaii Vacation! Food seems to always The post What’s a Plate Lunch? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Bali - Gili Islands - East Java — Indonesia, Indonesia

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Bali - Gili Islands - East Java - Indonesia, Indonesia Indonesia, IndonesiaHabe ich anfänglich noch über fast jeden Aufenthalt in den Philippinen etwas niedergeschrieben, werde ich zukünftig (angefangen bei diesem Beitrag) mehrere Stationen und längere Zeiträume zusammenfassen und in einem Bericht vereinen. Das heißt nicht, dass ich we***** spannendes erlebt habe. Mit Nichten. Nur habe ich gemerkt, dass einzelne Berichte mehr Zeit in Anspruch nehmen und ich mit dem Schreiben nicht hinterher komme. Und immerhin will ich hier auf der Reise mich auch ein wenig…
  • LOMO101 — Valencia, Spain and Canary Islands

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    LOMO101 - Valencia, Spain and Canary Islands Valencia, Spain and Canary IslandsSooooo… for those of you who do not know, lomography is a type of photography, using actual film cameras as opposed to digital. Recently (specifically before Nice), I bought a film camera and tried my hand experimenting. I used a Diana F+, with standard color negative 800 film. In total I came out with about 30 pictures, and these are my favorites. Keep in mind, this is my first time, and Lomography is difficult haha. Let me know what you think, favorites, questions, advice, anything. I'm going to keep…
  • Exploring Aix-en-Provence — Aix-en-Provence, France

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Exploring Aix-en-Provence - Aix-en-Provence, France Aix-en-Provence, FranceThe tour group slept pretty soundly last night, and awoke to another gorgeous day of clear blue skies, with cool temperatures (might have made it into the low 60s). Dee cooked some bacon she bought yesterday for breakfast, and it was the best I've ever tasted. We finally got the show on the road at around 10:30, and spent the next hour or so strolling west on the Cours Mirabeau, which happened to be one of the days of the week when an army of street vendors (hawking everything from clothing to handbags) sets up a flea…
  • Solitaire — Solitaire, Namibia

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Solitaire - Solitaire, Namibia Solitaire, Namibia
  • Van maun naar windhoek — Windhoek, Namibië

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Van maun naar windhoek - Windhoek, Namibië Windhoek, Namibië
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    View from the Wing

  • Starwood Offering Double and Triple Points from May Through July

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Starwood’s new promotion, Earn Away, Get Away, is double points for three months — with stays that include a Sunday night earning triple points (stays in the Middle East that include a Saturday night will earn triple points instead). Registration is required by June 30, but there’s no reason not to register now — just in case — even if you don’t expect to make any eligible stays during the promotion period. Perhaps you’re like me: I often find that I don’t know where my future self is going to stay… Here’s the list of…
  • Final Day for 50,000 Signup Bonus for the No Fee Hilton Visa

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Visa Signature® Card 50,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first four months $50 statement credit after you spend $50 or more on your first hotel stay within the Hilton HHonors Portfolio during the first six months of cardmembership This is the best offer for the no annual fee Hilton card that I’ve seen and it expires tomorrow. This free card gives you free Hilton Silver status. Better to walk into Hilton as a silver than as a base member. First, because of the bonus points and in some cases free bottled water. But second and more importantly is that it…
  • How to Be a Travel Ninja With Reservations That Stay Perfect

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Many things can go wrong after you make a reservation. You don’t want them to go wrong for you, and you want to be able to fix them proactively when they do. Don’t get caught off-balance. Just yesterday American Airlines posted this advisory for travel agents about making double booking mistakes. American loves issuing debit memos to travel agents. Point is, though, ticketing problems happen. You may never really have a confirmed reservation in the first place. A third party hotel booking site may not have properly communicated with the hotel you’re staying at, or a problem…
  • You Know You Think About Miles Too Much When…

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    This just never gets old for me. You know you think about miles too much when: You hear the words “mile a minute” and find yourself pondering the concept of earning bonus miles as a function of time. You answer the question, “How many miles per gallon do you get?” with “It depends on what credit card I use.” You unthinkingly ask your non-frequent flyer friend why she is taking the nonstop flight to London instead of the connection through Syracuse. You check 4 times a day to see if another partner has posted for the US Airways Grand Slam. One half of your…
  • 6 Simple Ways to Enjoy Your Vacations More

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This is all advice I’ve shared before but really does bear repeating — we take trips but do we get the most out of them? Or are we traveling, putting too much pressure on our trips, and letting great opportunities go to waste? The best advice comes down to: spend time planning vacations, take more trips, work while you’re gone, and experience new and unusual things. Planning vacations contributes more to your happiness than actually taking them. Of course you may need to go on vacation to justify all of the planning time, and to convince yourself that the planning is…
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  • 21c Museum Hotels in the American Midwest

    Arnon Kohavi
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Troubled by development encroaching upon rural Kentucky’s farmlands, preservationists and contemporary art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson sought to reverse the trend toward suburban sprawl by making a considerable contribution toward revitalization efforts in their hometown. Pairing this desire with a second of their passions, to make contemporary art a part of more peoples’ daily lives, the couple embarked on a journey to create both an economic driver for the community and an oasis where art challenges and amuses, stimulates conversation and provokes new ideas.  This is…
  • Thikana: Bed and Breakfast in South New Delhi

    Arnon Kohavi
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:51 am
    Thikana Bed and Breakfast in New Delhi is an excellent place for short-term (one night) or long-term stays in the city. It is very close to Gulmohar Park, one of the more pleasant areas in New Delhi. Located in the south part of the city, it is close to Delhi International Airport, and offers a green and relatively quiet environment, but still with easy access to the main tourist and business locations around town. We recently chose Thikana as a place to stay before our morning flight instead of one of the characterless corporate hotels by the airport. It is very quiet because it is located…
  • Samode Haveli: Jaipur Heritage Hotel

    Arnon Kohavi
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    When traveling in Rajasthan, one has a choice of staying in one of the new five-star hotels recently built along the periphery of the main cities.  While these hotels are luxurious, they lack the character and connection to the city’s history.  This is why we highly recommend staying in heritage hotels, which are usually old palaces or residences of the local Maharaja which have been meticulously restored and converted into boutique hotels.Samode Haveli in Jaipur is one of these places. Built over 175 years ago within the city of Jaipur by Rawal Sheo Singhji as the manor house for…
  • Sri Lanka travel guide: favourite hotels, cuisine, recommended places to visit

    Esme Vos
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:46 pm
    This Sri Lanka travel guide is designed for people who are interested in visiting Sri Lanka for a short period (a week or two), who enjoy savoury spicy cuisine and want something more than a beach holiday.Sitting and reclining Buddhas inside Dambulla cave templeWhy visit Sri Lanka?Sri Lanka is an island that lies southwest of India, closest to the state of Tamil Nadu, and has been inhabited for over 2,500 years. It is a largely Buddhist country with a small population of Christians, Hindus and Muslims.Rich history: The island is dotted with ancient temples and fortresses, as well as tea…
  • Fauzi Azar Inn: charming guesthouse in Nazareth

    Arnon Kohavi
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:28 am
    The Fauzi Azar Inn is a 200-year-old Arab mansion turned guesthouse, offering 16 dormitory beds and private rooms (with private bathroom and air conditioning/heating) in a unique old-world atmosphere. The Fauzi Azar Inn style is intimate and relaxed, with a warm atmosphere where guests and staff can meet, share travel stories and tips, and make new and lasting friendships.The Fauzi Azar Inn itself is located in the heart of Nazareth’s Old City, only about a minute’s walk from the central souk. All of Nazareth’s major attractions, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, the White…
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • An Irish Surprise in Miami

    Tony Wheeler
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Having explored the art deco architectural masterpieces of South Beach I eventually ended up in the Wolfsonian Museum where I stumbled upon an Irish delight: the Harry Clarke Geneva Window. Clarke was a noted book illustrator in the early part of the 20th century, but is even better known for his stained glass windows. I’ll certainly pay more attention to his windows in Bewley’s Café in Dublin next time I’m there. The window was created for the International Labour Court in Geneva and its eight panels illustrate works by 15 noted Irish writers. Unfortunately the Irish government soon…
  • The Nashville Parthenon

    Tony Wheeler
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Lonely Planet’s website has a story on Seven Amazing Fakes, reproductions of exotic structures – like Foamhenge, just like Stonehenge, same size even, although it is made out of Styrofoam rather than stone. ▲ Nashville’s Parthenon is rather better than an amazing fake. OK it’s concrete rather than marble, but it’s not only full size and accurately copied, in many ways it’s even better than the original – none of that nasty damage the Venetians caused back in 1687 when they shelled it when the Ottoman Turks were using it to store ammunition. Originally built as a temporary…
  • South Beach Miami Art Deco Architecture

    Tony Wheeler
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Miami Design Preservation League at 1001 Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami, puts on daily Art Deco Architecture walking tours of the Art Deco district of Miami Beach. The tours kick-off at 1030 am daily, there’s no need to pre-book, they cost A$20 and last 90 minutes. There’s an excellent art deco-inspired gift shop at that starting point.       By the time you’ve finished the walk you’ll recognise all the art deco clues, the vertical elements, the symmetry, the eyebrows over the windows, portholes and corner windows to catch the breezes. South Beach…
  • A New US Immigration Experience

    Tony Wheeler
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Kicked out of the USA? Although probably we never entered? Either way it was a new travel experience and an unexpected one. With four British friends we’d been sailing around the Virgin Islands in a chartered boat, we started in Tortola and after five days in the British Virgin Islands we were about to cross to the US ones. We’d then fly out to Miami from St Thomas and on to London. We spent our last BVI night anchored in Great Harbour at Jost Van Dyke. In the morning we checked out of BVI at the Great Harbour immigration office and made the short trip (about 12km, 7.5 miles) across to…
  • US Virgin Islands

    Tony Wheeler
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    From British Virgin Islands my little group continued on to the US Virgin Islands (with an unexpected interruption by US immigration which I’ll cover in the next report!). ◄ We started with St John Island, which offers plenty of walking opportunities for energetic visitors. We walked from Francis Bay to the ruins of the Annanberg Sugar Mill, this is the old windmill that used to crush the sugarcane. The hard work here was done by slaves, but despite being in an American colony the slaves were Danish. This was a Danish colony until the Americans purchased the islands in 1917, fearing that…
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    EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog

  • BMI Regional: The special appeal of a small airline with frequent low fares

    Alex Robertson Textor
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    The sale of British Midland International (BMI) to British Airways in 2012 excited the latter mostly due to the former’s routes in and out of London. Most of these routes were absorbed by BA, with some significant and lamentable exceptions. For fans of the Caucuses and Central Asia, the abandonment of routes to Bishkek, Tbilisi and Yerevan were particularly upsetting. BMI’s other two divisions—the low-cost bmi baby and the short-haul bmi regional—did not come along for BA’s new ride. Low-cost bmi baby was simply abandoned, while bmi regional was purchased by a…
  • Visiting Slovakia’s affordable wine region: Sipping, savoring and sleeping for €25 per person

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Every now and again one runs across a specific European vineyard or a wider region of wine production which has become the stuff of legend. Think Pétrus (near Bordeaux), Corton-Charlemagne (in Burgundy) or Ornellaia (in Tuscany). Move to central Europe and there are many bright stars in the constellation of fine wines. None shines brighter than Tokay, the anglicized name for the wine-growing region in and around the lower foothills of the Carpathians. Tokaj or Tokaji Say Tokay and most people will immediate think Hungary. But the Tokay region, which produces some of the world’s most…
  • Visiting Barcelona: Finding the best dates to save money and beat the crowds

    Regina W Bryan
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    As the temperatures start to rise in Barcelona and across Spain, so do the crowds and the prices. As a result, competition for hotels can get a little tough. But fear not Cheapos, because we’ve compiled the dates you need to pay attention to, so you can plan your trip with a little less stress and more money in your pocket. Easter Holidays during April Spring break in Spain happens during Easter Holy Week. This year it’s the week of the 14th of April through the 21st. Each year the spring break dates change, and this year it comes late enough to promise (hopefully) sunny weather and…
  • Qbic London City: Does the new hotel manage to be both chic and cheap?

    Nina Derham
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Dutch hotel company Qbic opened its first property in Amsterdam in 2007, and its new London hotel is the next step in an ambitious expansion plan which aims to see 10 properties opened in the UK & Europe over the next seven years. It’s a hotel wth an intriguing concept, but will it catch on? What is Qbic? Qbic is a design hotel concept that aims to offer modern accommodation to the cost-conscious traveler. The company promises a spotless, soundless room, a comfortable bed, powerful shower and free Wi-Fi as standard, but also adds aesthetically pleasing surroundings, stylish rooms…
  • Exploring Bremen: A charming and affordable city that you can see in one day

    Hilary Bown
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    One of Germany’s 38 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Bremen is a handsome city filled with impressive architecture, a spectacular old town, playful public art, Brother Grimm folklore and plenty of budget attractions along the way. Best of all, it is possible to visit Bremen’s top highlights in just one day. And with bus fares as low as €1 from Berlin, it can make for a super cheap excursion in Northern Germany. To get the most out of your visit, we’ve come up with the ideal itinerary to guide you through the city, so you get a taste of what you’ll find in this charming…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Good Travel Insurance Should Cover Financial Loss or Medical Expenses

    Alice Benny
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Good Travel insurance may assist you in covering any financial losses or medical expenses that might occur during your trip. Also, having travel insurance is regarded as the ideal protection for individuals traveling overseas or domestically. However, there are certain … Continue reading → The post Good Travel Insurance Should Cover Financial Loss or Medical Expenses appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Buying Electric Cars: Pros and Cons of Electric Cars You Should Know

    Alice Benny
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Cars using electricity instead of petroleum is definitely an attractive invention. Though the presence of electric cars has been there since many years now, people are still concerned about deciding whether they should go for it and buying electric cars … Continue reading → The post Buying Electric Cars: Pros and Cons of Electric Cars You Should Know appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Cognitive Testing ADHD Offers Level of Reliability in Diagnosis

    Alice Benny
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Cognitive Testing ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder receives much discussion and scrutiny. The use of medication to treat ADHD in children probably receives the most attention in the realm of this sensitive subject. Perhaps the second aspect of the condition, … Continue reading → The post Cognitive Testing ADHD Offers Level of Reliability in Diagnosis appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Reduce your travel footprint by holidaying closer to home

    Alice Benny
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Travelling is a big part of our lives these days, accounting for around 40% of Australia’s household greenhouse gas emissions (data from Air travel in particular contributes large amounts of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide plus the processing and … Continue reading → The post Reduce your travel footprint by holidaying closer to home appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • How to Beautify your Kitchen with Recycled Glass Countertops Cost

    Alice Benny
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    Recycled Glass Countertops Cost Guide: The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s where you spend most of your time making lovely meals for your family and anyone who uses the kitchen frequently understands how … Continue reading → The post How to Beautify your Kitchen with Recycled Glass Countertops Cost appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • Cathay Pacific's New Signature Sipper is Non-Alcoholic and Needing a Name

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    If you like drinking at 38,000 feet (who doesn't?) and have plans to pop over to Hong Kong, you may get a chance to sample Cathay Pacific's newest in-flight cocktail. Similar to previous contests, which resulted in Cathay's other signature cocktails like the Cathay Delight, Pacific Sunrise, Cloud 9 and Oriental Breeze, this year's winner will be served in First and Business Class cabins. If you're a fan of the previous winning concoctions, don't worry as they'll still be on the cocktail menu.
  • Hobart: What Everyone's Buying in Tasmania: Single Malt Whisky

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world. Open the duty-free catalog in your seatback pocket. Flip past the cosmetics, watches and cigarettes, and what's left? Booze, and lots of it. Alcohol and travel have gone hand-in-hand throughout history, from rum runners in the West Indies to the Highland Malt Whisky which was, at times, the only thing keeping Ernest Shackleton's men sane during their expeditions in the Antarctic. Speaking of Antarctica, Tasmania's location at 42° S…
  • Moscow: Check Out the 'Eiffel Tower of the East' Before Russia Swings a Wrecking Ball

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    If you’ve haven’t yet heard of the Shukhov Tower, now’s a good time to check it out (at least on Wikipedia), as it might not be around much longer. The funky landmark is a radio tower over in Russia, and some have even called it the country’s version of the Eiffel Tower. We wouldn’t go that far, but there are preservationists eager to keep it hanging around for future generations. The thing rises 525-feet into the Soviet sky, but structurally it's a little shaky and needs to come down sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, the aforementioned preservationists cite the…
  • Should Airlines Just Do Away with the Pre-Flight Safety Spiel?

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    By now, you’ve probably seen the footage of the Southwest flight attendant who made the mother of all mockeries of the safety briefing. Lots of flight attendants have put on such a routine in the past, yet few have been so transparent about their second-hand intentions. Most, we assume, are just trying to make a mundane, mandatory speech colorful and interesting. But according to this latest video’s description on YouTube, this flight attendant had a bigger vision: She wants to make an appearance on Ellen. This writer is not even going to get into that last part, as it would only…
  • Wanna Help Haul a Flock of Flamingos?

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    The Occidental Grand Xcaret, located next to the eco-archeological Xcaret Park in Riviera Maya, Mexico, is giving guests two unique ways to get a hands-on conservation experience. Option 1: an opportunity to get up and close and personal with the hotel's Flamingo Flock as a trainer. Every day hotel guests can help park trainers carry the flamingos one-by-one into a public area during their "walk around times" in the morning and afternoon. Talk about getting "hands on" with the local wildlife!
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  • Nashville: Virgin Hotels Will Strap on a Guitar and Head to Nashville in 2016

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    You can probably thank Taylor Swift for the latest announcement from Virgin Hotels. The burgeoning hotel brand has just revealed they will open a new hotel in Nashville in 2016 in a pretty prime location--One Music Row.Virgin Hotels Nashville will have 240 guest rooms, multiple "concept" suites, along with food and beverage outlets and perhaps most necessary of all, a cutting edge recording studio. “Based on its nonstop cultural and live events, food and beverage scene, and its ability to inspire both talented artists and TV viewers, Nashville’s time is now – and we’d like…
  • Get 30 Percent Off in NYC with Starwood's 'Suite Week'

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Restaurant Week, Broadway Week et al are now all old hat. Courtesy of Starwood Hotels, we now have a new sweet promotion to spend our money on: Suite Week.From now through April 29th, you can book a future stay (through March 31st, 2015) in a suite at any Starwood property in the New York City area for 30 percent off best available rate. Just book as normal through the hotels' websites. Each hotel will also be creating its own package that comes with early check-in, late check-out, complimentary WiFi, complimentary parking and then three unique amenities that are specific to each hotel.
  • Palm Springs: Can a Crowd-Funded Hotel Actually Work? Hard Rock Palm Springs Will Find Out

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Admit, it. You've probably thought about what it's like to actually live in a hotel. The thought is totally normal, especially when you think about the daily housekeeping, trendy design and staff often responding to most every want. Well, this idea can be a reality with a trip to the desert of Palm Springs and your own little slice of the Hard Rock Hotel. The Hard Rock is looking for people, regular people like yourself, to invest in the luxury 163-room resort in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. With a little professional help from, interested (and cashed-up) parties will…
  • Tokyo: Tool Around Tokyo in a Peninsula Rolls-Royce or Audi R8

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    If you’ve been to Tokyo, you know it’s possible to go from historic serenity in one of its temples to futuristic frenzy among its skyscrapers in a split-second. That proximity of the traditional and modern comes through at the Peninsula Tokyo as well; pick the right aspect and you can gaze out from your technology-filled room over the Imperial Palace, and when it’s time for a ride in the house car, your options range from a restored 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II to a very 21st century Audi R8 sports car.
  • Welcome to Pricey Las Vegas for Memorial Day Weekend

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Finding a hotel is often only one part of your trip. The other half is getting there. And our bro Jaunted does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the travel world. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City. VEGASCHATTER · Want To Spend Memorial Day Weekend In Vegas? Here's A Look At Rates · Restaurant Rumblings At Bellagio · Peeking Into The Cromwell · It's Okay To Do Vegas Alone JAUNTED · Three New Travel Apps to Add to Your Homescreen · Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Thailand, for
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  • The Caribbean's Best Day-Trip Islands

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    One of the Caribbean's best surprises is its many little islets that surround the major islands. Some are always up for a party, others offer a secluded getaway, and still others are a pristine time capsule of the Caribbean at its wildest and most unspoiled. Here are ten of our favorites.
  • 10 Totally Unique (or Wacky) Ways to Travel

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Road trip? Been there. Caribbean cruise? Done that. Simply jetting off for the weekend? Yawn. Ditch that everyday vacation and, instead, embark on a truly wild adventure. We've uncovered 10 kinds of wacky, totally unique ways to see the world, from horse caravans through Ireland to rocket-ship rides through space, perfect for giving your travel bug a bit of pick-me-up.
  • From Goldfish to Giraffes: 10 Incredible Hotel Animals

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Most hotels go out of their way to keep animals out, but a few make stars of their dogs, fish, dolphins, polar bears, and other furry and finned friends.
  • 10 Trips That Will Make You a Better Person

    22 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    These 10 trips, from volunteering in an orphanage in Cambodia to learning environmental stewardship on an organic farm in Scotland, will enlarge your heart, help you live more mindfully, and inspire a better version of you to emerge.
  • 10 Best Value Destinations in the U.S.

    13 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Which U.S. travel destinations give you the best value for your vacation dollars? Find out.
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  • Sneaking Education into a Spring Break Trip

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    For me, Spring Break signals the coming end of the school year and the transition towards the lazy days of summer, so I like to plan a spring break that balances both relaxation and a chance to learn about the world around us. That doesn’t mean we’ll spend our entire week in museums, though. With a little creativity, your kids can add to their learning wherever you go. Hands on Area in the Bishop Museum's Hawaiian Hall I've been invited by Residence Inn to contribute to their Family Travel Talk Forum on Facebook this year. I'm joining several other blogging parents and I'm excited to…
  • Welcome Seattle's Child Readers

    13 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I had the super fun experience of being interviewed for our local parenting magazine, Seattle's Child this month They even featured my family (well, those of us who weren't battling a cold) on the cover! Seattle's Child cover photo March 2014 Here's the full text of the interview in case you haven't read it and would like to: An Interview with Debbie Dubrow About DeliciousBaby DeliciousBaby is about Traveling with Young Kids. We have lots of tips and helpful advice to make your family vacation easier and more enjoyable. If you are new to DeliciousBaby, you might want to check out some of…
  • Photo Friday: Ice Skating

    5 Dec 2013 | 11:00 am
    Darya gives ice skating a try If you travel over the holidays, it can be tricky to find activities on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. One trick we've learned is to look for zoos, ice rinks, movie theaters, ski slopes, and of course public parks. Related Links Seattle with Kids What is Photo Friday? Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated. The focus of the post should be on your photo. You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well! It's nice to include a few…
  • Book Review: My Father's Shop

    14 Nov 2013 | 11:29 am
    The Scoop My Father's Shop is a cute, easy to relate to, story about a boy helping out in his father's carpet shop in Morocco. The illustrations do a great job of transporting the reader to a bustling Middle Eastern market and the story has a wonderful message about how people can relate to one another even if they're from different cultures. My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa Can you remember being a child? Wanting to be part of your parent's world, but also feeling bored with the technical details of how it all worked? My Father's Shop captures that feeling through the story of a young…
  • Sightseeing in Your Hometown

    5 Aug 2013 | 5:49 pm
    Chandelier at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle I've been invited by Residence Inn to contribute to their Family Travel Talk Forum on Facebook this year. We're a few months in, and it has been fun to see the forum become a place where traveling parents share thoughts and information.. This month I'm writing about tips for feeling like you've had a vacation even when you don't leave your hometown here and I hope you'll share your own tips as well. Want more? Subscribe to my monthly newsletter
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:20 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 April 22, 2014: Australia & the Pacific Save on tours in Melbourne! Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch – Save 15% Enjoy Sydney sightseeing, a BBQ lunch and whale watching on the ultimate Sydney Harbour cruise. Relax while you see the sights of Sydney from the water as you cruise around Sydney Harbour and dine on a delicious buffet lunch served…
  • Meet a Guide: Dicky Woollard in Hong Kong

    Katie Hammel
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Editor’s Note: Viator is proud to introduce some of our new local experts. This network of licensed tour guides covers most every destination you can imagine, so check ‘em out the next time you’re looking for a private tour guide – or simply looking to explore a destination from a local’s perspective. Meet Dicky Woollard, one of Viator’s local experts on the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong. Viator Tour Guide Dicky Woollard Dicky, a native English speaker, is licensed by the Hong Kong Tourist Industry Council and real favorite among Viator travelers. His behind-the-scenes tours…
  • Beyond Dracula: 7 Reasons to Visit Transylvania

    Katie Hammel
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Howling wolves and things that bite in the night. Transylvania conjures up images of storm battered castles and flaky old counts out to drink your blood. However, if you dig beyond the cliché spawned by Bram Stoker’s infamous novel and a series of Hammer Horror films that followed, you’ll find this region of northwest Romania abundant in dramatic landscapes, artisanal traditions and warm welcomes. Transylvania is more than just Dracula, so here are seven reasons why it should make your bucket list. Transylvania Castle of Bram The Medieval Landscape and Natural Beauty Cradled by the…
  • A Local’s Guide to Rome

    Helen Anne Travis
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Dino Margiotta Born and raised in Rome, Dino Margiotta has always been fascinated by the city’s winding cobblestone streets, famous sights and rich history. His love for his hometown inspired him to pursue a Ph.D. in history from the University of Rome. Today he shares his passion and extensive knowledge with visitors, working as a private Viator guide and creating custom tours for travelers interested in Rome’s food, culture and history. He wants to turn visitors on to the real Rome, taking them to sites they might not find in a typical travel guide. We caught up with Dino to find out…
  • Out of Office: Katie in Seoul

    Viator Travel Team
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world. Whether traveling for work or pleasure (or both!) our staff members are always on the go and we want to share their experiences with you! In this new series, Out of Office, we’ll bring you their stories, highlighting the best things to do and see in destinations around the world, as experienced by a real…
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    World Hum

  • Interview with Arno Kopecky: Sailing the Northern Gateway

    The World Hum Editors (
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Arno Kopecky spent months sailing along a proposed oil tanker route off British Columbia. Eva Holland talks to him about the new travel book that resulted from the voyage.
  • R.I.P. Peter Matthiessen

    The World Hum Editors (
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Wikimedia Commons Prolific writer and three-time National Book Award winner Peter Matthiessen died Saturday at age 86. Matthiessen was a former CIA agent, one of the founders of The Paris Review, and the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books. He’s best known in travel writing circles for his 1978 travelogue, “The Snow Leopard.” In 2010 we listed it as one of our 100 most celebrated travel books of all time. Rolf Potts celebrated The Snow Leopard on World Hum in 2006, writing that the book offers “a gentle reminder that life consists of what each moment brings…
  • Why is This Man Walking Around the World?

    The World Hum Editors (
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:26 am
    Aspiring travel writers can choose any number of paths. They can start a blog, or intern at a magazine, or simply start pitching stories to editors. But 24-year-old Ryan Newburn is taking a different approach. He plans to spend four or five years walking around the world—almost literally. He’ll hoof it across Japan, then New Zealand, then Australia, and then he’ll work his way up Southeast Asia, and that’s only the beginning. Why? Among other things, the Nebraska native told Newsweek: “I thought about what I wanted to do with my life, and I’ve always wanted…
  • Gone Reading

    The World Hum Editors (
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:04 am
    Tom Swick on the unsung union of the traveler and the book
  • R.I.P. Matthew Power, Writer

    The World Hum Editors (
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:16 am
    Facebook Journalist and travel writer Matthew Power died this week in Uganda while on assignment for Men’s Journal. He was believed to have collapsed from heatstroke while following an explorer who was attempting to hike the length of the Nile. Matt was 39. I’ve been writing these brief, occasional obituary posts for World Hum for more than six years now, but this is the first time I’ve written about someone I’ve known personally. I first met Matt at a New York City launch party for “The Best American Travel Writing 2009”—he read his wonderful…
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • Travel by Food: 48 Countries, One Book

    Kerry Dexter
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Sweden, Egypt, Lebanon, Peru, France, Mozambique, Belgium, Thailand, Mexico, Ethiopia: what might these diverse places have in common? Food. It’s not that they share similar dishes, though some do; it’s not that they work with the same foodstuffs, though some do that, too. It is that, along with thirty eight other nations, they are countries
  • India, Iceland, and Italy in the April ’14 Issue

    13 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In the latest issue of the Perceptive Travel monthly online magazine, we visit three I’s of travel that you often see on newsstand covers: India, Iceland, and Italy. They’re exotic, photogenic, and beguiling, but as usual we go look at them from a very different angle. In India, Jim Johnston goes for a walk in
  • At Bali’s Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali, Smiles, Everyone, Smiles

    Brian Spencer
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Everything was fine until she asked me to spread my legs and put my hands on the bar. I expected a leisurely shower; ideally a rain shower, scented with fragrant lemongrass. There would be luxurious bath products, elegantly presented in wall-mounted ceramic bottles studded with polished stones, at the ready. I’d then move on to
  • 12 Hours in Nicaragua

    Kristin Winet
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    When Ana told us she needed to head up to Nicaragua on the last day of our honeymoon, I started thinking about everything I knew about Costa Rica’s nearest neighbor. I knew of tumultuous histories, war-torn realities, vicious dictators….all of the reasons not to take a 3-hour bus ride across the border just to spend
  • Indianapolis: You are Beautiful

    Dana McMahan
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    At the heart of a traveler is the need to see new things, try new experiences. Often we (at least I) assume that ‘new’ has to come from far away. The more miles between home and the new place the better, and that sometimes means we overlook places close to home. Which is silly, really
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • Planeteer: Turkey’s pistachio-powered city, MERS virus reaches Asia, Byron Bay’s Bluesfest kicks off

    Travel News
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: Turkey plans a city powered by pistachio nuts, the deadly MERS virus reaches Asia and Bluesfest in Byron Bay begins. Europe Asia & the Pacific The Americas Middle East & Africa Weird, odd & just plain fun YOUR WORLD TODAY 17 April is… Evacuation Day, marking the end of French rule in Syria Flag Day, American Samoa And this weekend is… Easter weekend Beijing Marathon on Sunday Boston Marathon on…
  • Planeteer: Italy’s most haunted island up for sale, Philippines volcano warning, Beijing gets a marathon toilet app

    Travel News
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: Italy’s ‘most haunted’ island is up for sale, two popular volcanoes in the Philippines are at ‘Alert Level 1′, and Beijing is introducing a smartphone app to encourage marathon runners to use toilets rather than the walls of the Forbidden City. Europe Asia & the Pacific The Americas Middle East & Africa Weird, odd & just plain fun EUROPE Stories curated by Lonely…
  • Planeteer: Cyprus hotels go sustainable, bomb blast rocks Cairo, Brits ‘somewhat proud’ to be British

    Travel News
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: Cyprus make sustainability mandatory for hotels, three people injured in bomb blast in central Cairo, and a survey reveals that Brits are ‘somewhat proud’ to be British. Europe Asia & the Pacific The Americas Middle East & Africa Weird, odd & just plain fun YOUR WORLD TODAY 15 April is… First day of Passover, Jewish community worldwide Songkran in Thailand Tourism Week in Uruguay…
  • Planeteer: the Maldives’ first female DJ, new cycling routes for Johannesburg, Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame expands

    Travel News
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: the Maldives get their first female DJ, new cycling routes will soon be launched in Johannesburg, and Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame officially opens its expanded space. Europe Asia & the Pacific The Americas Middle East & Africa Weird, odd & just plain fun YOUR WORLD TODAY 14 April is… New Year’s Day for communities across India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and parts of Southeast Asia Black…
  • We asked you: culinary travel moments that changed your life

    Emma Sparks
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
        A steaming bowl of Penang laksa. Image by Jonathan Lin /CC BY 2.0 Travel is all about trying new things and when it comes to eating abroad, there’s often no alternative. We asked our Facebook fans to share their unforgettable culinary travel moments. The result? We’re inspired. And hungry. [&amp;lt;a href="//" target="_blank"&amp;gt;View the story "The best of your culinary travel moments" on Storify&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;]
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  • My Return To Avignon and Comparing Special Travel Moments

    Matt Long
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    A couple of years ago I first visited the beautiful French city of Avignon, in the south of the country. I wrote a couple of posts, although now I realize I should’ve shared more. I’ll get to that, don’t worry, but first I want to take a look back and compare it to a more recent trip back just a few weeks ago. I was in Avignon for the christening of several new Viking River Cruise longships, and took advantage of the many opportunities they provided to explore the city again. There were several special moments for me in this remarkable city and while some things didn’t change at all,…
  • Beautiful Leipzig At Night

    Matt Long
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    The post Beautiful Leipzig At Night appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Monkey Mia: An Unusual Name For An Unusual Place

    Matt Long
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    When working with Western Australia Tourism to plan my stay in their beautiful state, the name Monkey Mia kept popping up, forcing a small chuckle from me each time. The name sounds absurd and I still think of ABBA whenever it comes up. But it’s a great example of a place I’d never heard of before, much less considered visiting, becoming a favorite stop on what was already an amazing trip.Pronounced Monkey My-a, this hamlet is well placed on Australia’s west coast, about 550 miles north of Perth. Situated on the beautiful blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the town and eponymous resort is…
  • Why I’m Proud To Be A (Sort of) Southerner

    Matt Long
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I’ve lived in a lot of states, ten to be exact, all over the East Coast and Mid-West. But a majority of that time has been spent in what can technically be defined as the South. That is the 16 states that the U.S. Census Bureau defines as the Southern United States. Culturally southern is a different matter though, and even then I mostly identify with my southern roots, no matter how tenuous. That’s why I find myself defending the south pretty often, from good friends and even my partner. I understand the reasons why the south gets a lot of ill will thrown at it, and a lot of it is its…
  • Graffiti Street Art in Downtown Berlin

    Matt Long
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    photoThe post Graffiti Street Art in Downtown Berlin appeared first on LandLopers.
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    nerd's eye view

  • You’re a Stranger Too? Have Some Soup.

    Pam Mandel
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Rothschild Hagaddah c. 1450 “Jews are tied together by irrational bonds of memory…” — Simon Schama, The Story of the Jews I am not a religious person, not even a little bit, but you would never hear me say I wasn’t Jewish. I didn’t give a whole lot of thought to it until my ex-husband’s parents tried to get me to convert — how could I convert from a religion I didn’t really have? And yet, I could not give it up, it was the same as if they’d suggested I become ethnic Chinese. This wrangling with my identity resurfaced when I lived in…
  • Open Thread: We Have to Talk.

    Pam Mandel
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    This week has been one stupid internet thing after another. A friend told me about an offer to engage in sketchy blogging practices from a company I’d previously thought of as legit. It bummed me out. I got spam asking me to run a “We’re traveling the world, you’re in the rat race” infographic and some of the people featured in it are people I previously thought of as stand up humans. It bummed me out. I made the mistake of watching the American Blogger trailer, a clip that looks more like an ad for a eugenics project than a documentary about blogging. It REALLY…
  • Stuff I Like Near Anchorage, Alaska

    Pam Mandel
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    Welcome to Anchorage… where there is off-street parking for your whale. I went to Anchorage to speak at a travel event and I tacked a few days on to my stay — here are the things I really enjoyed during my short visit. Scott McMurren (of the Alaska Tour Saver) arranged for my travel and two nights stay, Visit Anchorage covered the rest. In the interest of full disclosure, anything I didn’t pay for myself is marked with an asterisk. Where to Stay The Copper Whale B&B*: I’ve stayed in a handful of Anchorage hotels; they are shockingly mediocre on all counts, service,…
  • Spirit Houses at St. Nicholas Church, Eklutna

    Pam Mandel
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
  • Postcard from RussiAlaksa

    Pam Mandel
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm
    “Hi!” “Well, hello. How come you’re not inside?” “I’m hot blooded. I was getting too hot in there. I’m warm blooded in the summer and cold blooded in the winter, I save up all my summer heat for winter and burn it off then.” “Are your parents in there?” “My dad is. And my sister. My mom and my brother are at St. Herman’s. I live in Wasila on Lazy Mountain.” “How far is that from here?” “Oh, a couple of half hours. Where are YOU from?” “I’m from Seattle.” “Wow!
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  • Dordogne International Jazz Summer School 2014

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Learn to play jazz in a great atmosphere at the Dordogne International Jazz Summer School, held yearly in the 12th century Chateau de Monteton. Led by pianist and composer Andrea Vicari, it's a week of complete immersion in jazz and improvisation. You learn during the day and play at the organized jam sessions in the evenings. There are free concerts given by the tutors and other professional jazz musicians and it's for all levels whatever your expertise and for all instruments. You finish the week performing to a live audience. There are two weeks in 2014: July 26th to August 2nd and a more…
  • Normandy Bed and Breakfasts with a D-Day Landing Beach Theme

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    Real enthusiasts of the Longest Day, June 6th, 1944, can take their enthusiasm to bed with them at any of four bed and breakfasts in Normandy with a D-Day landing theme or connection. Perhaps La Ferme de Riou, just 1.5kms (1 mile) from Sainte-Mère where the rooms are full of World War II memorabilia? Or how about Spirit of 1944, located between two temporary advanced airfields built by USAAF's 9th Air Force where the first thing you hear when you walk through the door is the music of Glenn Miller? These are just two of four excellent places that are very good value as well as being a…
  • The New Green Corridor in Nice

    5 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Nice has a new attraction--a Green Corridor (Corridor vert) that runs from the  fabulous Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) to the famous Promenade des Anglais. It opened in November but is only now, with the warm weather kicking in, finally coming into its own. It makes a lovely walk from the bustle of the sea scene along the Promenade to the blockbuster MAMAC which takes the role of Nice in the 1960s and '70s to today through the artistic movements of France (though Nice) and America. The new Green Corridor is similar to the green High Line in New York and is all part of…
  • Brittany offers a new no-frills, economy ferry service

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:58 pm
      Brittany Ferries has just launched a new economy, no-frills service on its Portsmouth to Santander (weekends only) and Portsmouth Le Havre (Tuesday-Friday) routes. The company has just hooked up with the shipping company that owns Etretat, a freighter with passenger accommodation. Don't expect the usual high-class restaurants, bars, etnertainment and facilities of Brittany Ferries' other ships. But do expect great fares (from £79 to France and £169 (including reclining seats) to Spain; 4-berth ensuite cabins with air conditioning but without carpets; good French catering with…
  • Shigeru Ban, the architect of the Pompidou Metz Center, wins the top architectural prize

    30 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    The highest award for architecture, the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, was won last week by Shigeru Ban, a Tokyo-born, 56-year old architect working in Tokyo, Paris and New York. He's an extraordinary designer, a superb architect who has used his skills and innovative approach for humanitarian purposes around the world. He has always used paper and cardboard both for making models of buildings and for designing recyclable, low-cost paper-tube shelters and paper log cabins following disasters like the Rwandan civil war and the Kobe earthquake when millions of people made homeless…
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • The Travel Gear I Couldn’t Kill

    Tim Leffel
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:17 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • The Biggest Travel Budget Killers: Location, Velocity, & Distance

    Tim Leffel
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • Is Panama a Cheap Place to Live? It Depends…

    Tim Leffel
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • India, Iceland, and Italy in a Very Different Light

    Tim Leffel
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • Come Eat Some Street Food in Guanajuato

    Tim Leffel
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way - Home Swap Vacations

  • Home swap tip: Good photos to make your offer stand out

    Home Base Holidays
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Good quality photos can be one of the best ways to make your home swap offer stand out. Tips for Shooting Interiors: Tidy your home: put away clothes, clean off countertops and fold the towels. Clear away the clutter and remember - less is often more. Natural light: if possible shoot in natural light without the flash. Choose the time of day when the sun illuminates the room. However make sure your photos are not too dark. Framing: select the best possible portion of a room to photograph. If your camera allows try setting the lens to a wide angle to frame as much of the room as…
  • 50 home swaps: from a palace to a caravan!

    Home Base Holidays
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    "We started home swapping before the Internet, in the days when people used to write real letters - and it worked! Since then, we´ve done more than 50 swaps and we've converted our friends and neighbours in Andalusia to home exchange. We only have nice stories to tell about home swapping and are still good friends with our very first home exchangers in New Zealand. We´ve stayed in amazing homes, including a palace, a vicarage, a barge, a motor caravan, and swapped with lots of interesting families - violin bow makers in Amsterdam, Freudian psychiatrists in Vienna, film makers in Paris, a…
  • Home swap tip: the last minute tidy up

    Home Base Holidays
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    A home swapper recently wrote about the following dilemma: "I have found that the end of the holiday can end up with a last-minute competition to leave the house in a cleaner condition than you found it. This is beneficial, but can be embarrassing if your exchangees beat you in the game. Our first exchange guests washed and dried all the bedding, which was lovely, but we hadn't agreed to this, and all I had done was to strip their beds!"  It's great that members want to leave homes clean and tidy at the end of an exchange but it is best to agree ahead exactly what both parties will be…
  • Visiting London on a home swap? Tips for eating out well and cheaply from a South London girl!

    Home Base Holidays
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    'One of the many delights of home exchange is that your house swap partners will provide suggestions for tried and tested bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants close to home. Our visitors have enjoyed the varied delights of eating out in Tooting but dining in Central London can be an expensive disappointment. Below are a few of our favourites which we return to again and again (Borough Market in photo): We love the bar and restaurant in the Haymarket Hotel. Comfortable, classy, and although pricey there's always a dish of the day and a set price theatre menu. They serve a great afternoon tea here…
  • Home Swap Tip: communication is key

    Home Base Holidays
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    It's always advisable to find exchange partners that you get on with. Communication is key to arranging an exchange and so while planning your swap do make sure to ask your exchange partners any questions you have. It's really nice to get to know the people you are exchanging with and so you might want to send photos of your family as well as additional information about your house and area. Make sure to talk on the phone (or Skype) as well as communicate regularly through the website during the planning and lead up to your holiday. Home Base Holidays members often make good new…
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    Twitter Travels

  • Family-Friendly Activities In Lehigh Valley PA

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    Besides its amazing beauty and local charm, Lehigh Valley offers a variety of activities that every member of the family—young and old—will enjoy. So if you are still undecided on where to go this spring, head on to Pennsylvania and you will be rewarded with an unforgettable, family-bonding escape. Explore the famous Crystal Cave Park. Touted as the oldest operating cave in Pennsylvania, the underground wonder that is Crystal Cave Park has been visited by millions of people since its discovery in 1871. Located in Kutztown, the historic Crystal Cave offers an exhilarating exhibit of…
  • Exciting Water Sports You Have to Experience

    24 Feb 2014 | 9:52 am
    If swimming and kayaking are the only water sports you’ve ever done in your entire life, then you’re missing out on a LOT! Imagine gliding across the lake at 20 miles per hour. Or maybe riding on a tube as you pass over waves brought on by the motorboat towing you. These activities are not necessarily dangerous; just be smart and follow rules or take lessons beforehand. Once you experience the incredible thrill of speed and water combined, you gain yourself a priceless summer you’ll never forget. Waterskiing Put on your skis and life vest, hold on tight, and let the motorboat take you…
  • Jet Lag & Lack Of Sleep. Is It Insomnia Or All In Your Brain?

    3 Feb 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Many people struggle with sleeping from time to time, but may not have what doctors would refer to as insomnia. What’s the difference between being a problem sleeper and an insomniac? In a word: duration. There are three basic types of insomnia: transient, acute and chronic. Transient may last days to weeks, acute lasts several weeks and chronic insomnia can last for months or even years. Between 10 and 15 percent of adults experience chronic insomnia while up to 40 percent of adults say they’ve experienced insomnia in the past year (according to the National Sleep Foundation). A sleep…
  • Flying Solo

    3 Feb 2014 | 11:35 am
    Many people list traveling as one of their favorite things, but a smaller amount put “traveling alone” on that list instead. Are there really that many introverts out there?? No – traveling alone can be a really fun and exciting time! This post comes to you from someone who truly enjoys traveling alone, which means there’s plenty of experience behind the advice. Whether you’re driving, riding a train, or flying in an airplane, you can learn to make the most of your solo journey and learn a few things about yourself along the way. Snacks are an essential component of your trip.
  • Alaskan Adventures

    27 Jan 2014 | 9:20 am
    Alaska, America’s “final frontier,” was admitted as the 49th state in 1959. It remains largely uninhabited, making it an amazing destination for backwoods explorers, but also boasts some interesting cities, making it perfect for more city-centric tourists. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best things to do when you visit this most majestic of states. Adventure Activities Glacier hiking and climbing: Alaska has more than 100,000 glaciers and 39 mountain ranges. Dogsled rides River rafting or kayaking Jet boat rides Snowmobiling Skiing and snowboarding ATV and 4-wheeler rides…
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    Rick Steves Travel Blog: Blog Gone Europe

  • Rick Steves University of Smart European Travel

    Rick Steves
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    If you missed the webcast of our March 22nd Travel Festival, no problem! We’ve just added those classes to our array of free, online travel talks. Our newest batch includes my lectures on Spain, Portugal, Germany & Austria, Switzerland, England & Wales, Scotland, and Packing Light, plus Cameron Hewitt’s info-packed talks on the Czech Republic, Poland & Hungary and on Croatia & Slovenia–plus three on European Cruising. I’ve always believed that a class-lecture setting is a hugely effective way to learn about travel. And that’s why I’m so excited about…
  • Blog Friends Blow-Out: My All 90 TV Shows DVD Box Set…Just $20!

    Rick Steves
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Over the past few days I’ve been sharing video snippets of why Europe never gets old for me and what I’m excited about seeing this spring. To enjoy the countless options we have each year in our travels, we’re offering our Blog friends this crazy blow-out deal: my All 90 Shows DVD box set for just $20. This is worth five times that price (originally $99.99), but we have a few hundred left in our inventory now that the newer All 100 Shows box set is available. So we thought we’d celebrate the many dimensions Europe has to offer with this exciting library of TV shows. Imagine having…
  • Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: France

    Rick Steves
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When touring France, it’s important to get a balance between Paris and the countryside. Awesome, dominating, endlessly romantic, and thrilling as Paris may be, you can’t just go to Paris and say you’ve seen France. In my mind, Burgundy is “profound France” and offers a delightful rural balance to the urban energy of Paris. But in the end, Paris always charms. This clip shows why I’m excited to be returning and why, on our Best of Europe tour, Paris is the finale. If you can’t see the video below, watch it on YouTube. Get a better browser!
  • Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: Switzerland

    Rick Steves
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    “From palm trees to snowballs”–perhaps the most thrilling juxtaposition of sights you can enjoy in a day of touring in Europe–is our nickname for driving from the Italian Riviera (Cinque Terre) to the heart of the Swiss Alps–the Berner Oberland. To have the most wonderful mix of cow culture and alpine thrills, we have long stayed in my favorite little alpine village…tiny Gimmelwald, a humble peasant hamlet where nearly everyone has the same last name.  Check out this video clip taken high upon “scalps of the Alps,” and you’ll see why I get excited just…
  • Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: Rome

    Rick Steves
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In May I’ll give myself a little vacation. This year, I’m booked on our Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour–the same route I drove in my minibus back in the 1970s and 1980s. It collects Europe’s greatest hits into an amazing three-week journey. Of all our tour itineraries, a consistent best seller is our Venice-Florence-Rome in 10 Days thriller. Talk about mainlining all the travel wonder of Italy: I can’t think of a more intensely entertaining 10 days in Europe for anyone who enjoys great food, people, fun, art, and culture then joining what my staff fondly refers to as “VFR.”…
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    Daily Catch

  • Swell Shells

    Melissa Flandreau
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Photo by Ted Tucker Handcrafted with shells and sea glass, this wreath is the perfect way to decorate your beach house door. Victoria’s Seacraft Coastal Beach Wreath with Blue Sea Glass, $65;
  • Take It Outside: Week 4 Favorites

    Elizabeth Bonner
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    This week we’ve seen some April showers, but it seems they’ve also brought in some early May flowers. Rain or shine, you’re enjoying the great outdoors and capturing it beautifully, and we’re excited to show off a few more of our favorite shots! Click to view slideshow. Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@Coastal_Living) and Twitter (@CoastalLiving), and don’t forget to tag everything you share with #CLTakeItOutside. Check back next week for another round of our top picks!
  • How can you make a new garden look well-established?

    Madeleine Frank
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
      Photos: Upper left, Marc Royce; Above, Roger Foley In our second bonus Q&A with Santa Barbara, CA landscape designer Margie Grace, she shares an expert gardening trick.   Coastal Living: How can you make a new garden quickly look well-established? Margie Grace: If you want multiples of one kind of plant, buy a few that are mature and put those where they’ll have the most impact while you wait for the rest to grow. Trick number two is to plant short-lived things in the meantime, like wildflowers, to fill in those temporary empty spaces, and let them fade out naturally…
  • Outside the Box

    Melissa Flandreau
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Image Courtesy of Manufacturer With this durable outdoor TV, you can catch your favorite show and soak up some sun at the same time. SunBriteTV 55” Outdoor HDTV 5565HD in Black, $3,995;
  • Take It Outside: Week 3 Favorites

    Elizabeth Bonner
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    April has arrived, and it looks like many of you are taking advantage of the sweet reprieve from winter and taking it outside. We asked you to keep sharing these outdoor moments with us, and here are a few of our favorites from the past week. Click to view slideshow. We’ll post more of our favorites next week, so follow us on Instagram (@Coastal_Living) and Twitter (@CoastalLiving), and remember to tag everything with #CLTakeItOutside. Stay tuned as the weather gets warmer and the sun stays out longer!
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  • How hotel social media goes from online to offline
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:10 am
    As social media is constantly evolving, hotels are forced to come up with new and innovative ways to stay connected with their guests. While many have now acclimated to using various social networks, some are taking an outside-of-the-box approach to tying social media into in-person activities.
  • How 3 innovative travel brands found success on Twitter
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:09 am
    From research and mid-travel engagement to post-trip reviews and feedback, social media has become an integral part of the travel experience. How can the travel industry capitalize on this engagement? Here are three examples of brands using Twitter creatively to connect with and inspire travelers.
  • Sabre cuts IPO size as deal prices below forecast
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Travel technology provider Sabre Corp. sold fewer shares than planned as its initial public offering priced below the company's expectations, according to two people familiar with the pricing, reports The Wall Street Journal.
  • Yatra gets $23 million funding to compete in India’s increasingly competitive online travel market
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am, India's second largest online travel agency by market share, has raised Rs 140 crore. The company will use the proceeds from this round of funding for branding, and expanding its hotels bookings business and to enhance its mobile platform.
  • Google’s search revenues shift
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:06 am
    Marketers are finding more success with Google’s Product Listing Ads - like Hotel Price Ads - than other types of paid search. The search giant is seeing a shift in revenue sources as a result of this success: 62% of marketing professionals worldwide had taken money from existing paid search budgets and put this toward PLAs instead.
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  • It’s All in the Details

    Anna V
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Let’s get personal; it all comes down to the details. Details are what set rental homes and small hotels apart from the usual hotels. It's what makes a home away from home when you travel to unique and exquisite locations. The quality of renting these personal homes and small hotels boils down to those little details. What's in a detail? For starters, it's a small piece to a much larger whole. It’s an individual feature that gives you important knowledge of the owner, city, country, and culture. Everything from the most tertiary colors to the…
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    Anna V
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Let’s get personal; it all comes down to the details. Details are what set our rental homes and small hotels apart from the usual hotels. We want you to have a home away from home when you travel to our unique and exquisite locations. The quality of renting these personal homes and small hotels boils down to those little details. What's in a detail? For starters, it's a small piece to a much larger whole. It’s an individual feature that gives you important knowledge of the owner, city, country, and culture. Everything from the most tertiary colors to the furniture…
  • World of Colors

    Anna V
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:49 am
    For better or for worse, it's no secret colors can make a difference between good and bad design. However, more often than not, colors are not only being chosen for its ability to define a space’s ambience, but also to define and shape your mood. It can do everything from enhance your feelings to modify the perceived temperature! The psychology of color is a big and fascinating design trend today. We would like to welcome you to the world of colors and the homes that take hues to the next level. Blue is a potent sedative. We think this is an ideal place to take a good book and…
  • I’m the Train They Call the City of New Orleans

    Anna V
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    contributed by Terri Phillips In the dark black dead of night we boarded the Southbound 59 at the downtown station in Memphis.   The air was crisp and it felt like we were making our getaway.  I pulled my hood over my head so no one would recognize me. The idling train engine was our soundtrack.  We took seats upstairs facing each other and settled in for the eight hour ride.  My son closed his eyes and I began to see the lights of the station move across his face as the train picked up speed.  It would be his first trip to the Big Easy. The lush green flatlands of…
  • Travel & Style

    Anna V
    5 Mar 2014 | 1:46 pm
    image by The CW   Take flight, set sail, wander off! They say a great journey begins with the first step. We say it takes some smart planning, fun pieces and terrific style. Where do you want to go and who do you want to be? How does your style of travel reflect your personality and experience while you're on the road?   There are many ways to travel and unlimited places to go but how you travel and what you take with you can create and shape the experience. Chic nomads know that preparation and style can be almost as important as destination. If you've got to take…
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  • Baby on Board: Walt Disney World With a Diaper Bag

    Jessica Ma'ilo
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’ve read past the title, let’s assume you’ve decided to brave the parks with your mini-mouseketeer.  There are definitely some pros and cons to weigh when deciding whether or not to take a baby…The post Baby on Board: Walt Disney World With a Diaper Bag appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Window to the Magic: A Tale of two Fridays, Part 3

    Paul Barrie
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to Window to the Magic. We bring the magic Kingdom to you in stunning 3D stereophonic sound. This week, Paul rounds things out with the grand circle tour of Disneyland aboard the Disneyland Railroad.…The post Window to the Magic: A Tale of two Fridays, Part 3 appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 14 – Mr Piano Man is Back

    Paul Boniface
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Joining us in the Mouses Head pup this week is Tom Ameen. You know who he is right? If not, where have you been? Paul D is on cough medicine and San Miguel, Nick is…The post Disafterdark Series 2, Episode 14 – Mr Piano Man is Back appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Magic Kingdom Moat filled and Mine Train Prepares for Soft Opening

    Cory Disbrow
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to our first Wednesday edition of Dateline Disney World! Thanks to everyone who is adjusting to the switch in schedule for this column. It means a lot to me to have your support. For…The post Magic Kingdom Moat filled and Mine Train Prepares for Soft Opening appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.4, 2009 – Galapagos Islands

    Bob Gurr
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Of all the spectacular natural locations on planet earth, the Galapagos Islands are the most fascinating, mysterious, and educational. In May 2009 I enjoyed a week of exploring sea, land, and air filled with some…The post Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.4, 2009 – Galapagos Islands appeared first on MiceChat.
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  • 4 top luxury film sets for your next visit to the UK

    Nicole Harley
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Ancient forests, sparkling lakes and haunted castles – it should come as no surprise that filmmakers flock to Britain. As well as breathtaking landscapes, Britain is peppered with fabulous historic architecture – from castles to stately homes – whose fabled walls have provided the backdrop for many a classic film or cult TV drama. With [...]4 top luxury film sets for your next visit to the UK is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 4 top luxury film sets for your next visit to the UK appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 5 reasons why the Basque country is an ideal destination

    Celine Renaud
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    France is always going to be one of my top Winter and Summer destinations, the Alps a seasonal haven and the South of France – well, there is nothing better than being close to a harbour or hearing the waves lap at the shore. This year, one of my favourite destinations has to be Biarritz [...]Top 5 reasons why the Basque country is an ideal destination is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 5 reasons why the Basque country is an ideal destination appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 reasons Greece should be back on your hit list

    John-Christian Moquette
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Let’s be honest, Greece never really lost its hold as one of Europe’s most popular summer getaways. But with the economic instability across the country over the last few years, it may have been overlooked in favor of its Mediterranean neighbors. The tide is starting to change though with Summer bookings looking to reach record [...]5 reasons Greece should be back on your hit list is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 reasons Greece should be back on your hit list appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 10 luxury travel gifts this Easter

    Paul Johnson
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    What better way to enjoy the holidays than by treating someone dear to you with a special Easter gift? Whether you’re looking for something stylish or simply craving some chocolate extravagance, here are our top 10 luxury gift ideas to whet your appetite (quite literally, in some cases!) this festive season. C900 Worldtimer from Christopher [...]Top 10 luxury travel gifts this Easter is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 10 luxury travel gifts this Easter appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • New Zealand’s #1 ski town and #1 bed and breakfast

    Angela Schrider
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand takes place mainly during the winter months of July, August and September, with later September conditions more spring like. The most popular region to ski in New Zealand is the Southern Lakes district, which is home to the beautiful, picturesque, tranquil town of Wanaka. Wanaka is a cosy small [...]New Zealand’s #1 ski town and #1 bed and breakfast is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post New Zealand’s #1 ski town and #1 bed and breakfast appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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  • Top 5 favorite Hawaii places to watch a sunset

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    Top 5 favorite Hawaii places to watch a sunset Ko Olina Resort, Oahu, sunset. Photo by James Wu. Hanalei Bay and Haena State Park on Kauai. Wailea and Makena Beach on Maui. Anaehoomalu Bay on the Big Island. Ko Olina Resort on Oahu.These are the universally-agreed-upon sweet spots that DIDN'T make the final five cut of our readers’ Favorite Hawaii Places to Watch a Sunset list for 2014.Earlier this month, we again asked our HAWAII Magazine Facebook reader ohana the poll quest...
  • HAWAII Magazine's "Hidden Waikiki" Guide: After Dark

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    HAWAII Magazine's "Hidden Waikiki" Guide: After Dark Dining behind the tatami curtains at Choco House Restaurant & Sushi. Photo by Aaron Yoshino."Hidden Waikiki" is our first-ever, user-friendly guide to the under-the-radar spots we hit when we visit our backyard, world-famous, ever-fascinating and wholly unique Hawaii resort area.You'll find the entire feature in our current March/April issue, on sale now nationwide or available for
  • Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge celebrates Hawaiian makahiki with ocean sports and games this weekend

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge celebrates Hawaiian makahiki with ocean sports and games this weekend Photo: Duke Kahanamoku Beach ChallengeIf you’re in the midst of very modern Waikiki this weekend and find yourself yearningt for a glimpse into old Hawaii, check out the 29th annual Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge.The annual event, which benefits the Waikiki Community Center, is a mix of Hawaii heritage and modern Waikiki fun, with double-hulled canoe races, tug-of-war, stand-up paddle board races and a variety of...
  • NFL all-star Pro Bowl game leaving Hawaii for 2015, returning in 2016

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    NFL all-star Pro Bowl game leaving Hawaii for 2015, returning in 2016 2006 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Photo: NFLFor only the third time since 1980, the NFL Pro Bowl will not be played in Hawaii.The National Football League announced yesterday that its annual all-star game will relocate to Arizona next year and set for Sun., Jan. 25, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium. Super Bowl XLIX will take place a week later in the same stadium.The NFL Pro Bowl will return to Oahu’s Aloha Stadium in ...
  • HAWAII Magazine's "Hidden Waikiki" Guide: Edibles, Part 1

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    HAWAII Magazine's "Hidden Waikiki" Guide: Edibles, Part 1 Okonomiyaki bar at Jinroku Pacific. Photo by Aaron Yoshino.That’s roughly how much street time and literal legwork our staff collectively put into our “Hidden Waikiki” guide, which you’ll find in its entirety in HAWAII Magazine’s current March/April issue. What’s “Hidden Waikiki” all about?It’s our first-ever, user-friendly guide to the under-the-radar spots we hit when...
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    Uncornered Market

  • A New Look at Uncornered Market

    Audrey Scott
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    By Audrey ScottIf you’re looking at this article on our website, either on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone you may have noticed that things are looking a little different around here. (And if you’re reading this via RSS or email, we encourage you to hop over to the actual website right now. Otherwise, the rest of this won’t make any sense.)Uncornered Market has been redesigned! This has been a long, long process, including several fits and starts over the years. But now we’re finally here with a new look and more importantly, a much better engine.Why the change?We…
  • Itsukushima Shinto Shrine on Miyajima Island, Japan [360-Degree Panorama]

    Audrey Scott
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    By Audrey ScottMiyajima, a sacred island in Japan. So sacred in fact that its famous Itsukushima Shinto Shrine (now a UNESCO site) was designed very cleverly 500 years ago. You see, the raised boards provided a way for pilgrims to visit the island without actually touching sacred land directly. The purity of the island was kept in check for hundreds of years. (Another feature of the design is that it look like the shrine is floating on water during high tide, which is pretty cool.)Once at the shrine we gazed out over the water to the famous “floating” vermillion Torii (gate), only…
  • Being Present in Travel: 6 Reasons Why, 4 Ways How

    Audrey Scott
    23 Mar 2014 | 9:41 pm
    By Audrey ScottTravel is like a good, challenging book: it demands presentness—the ability to live completely in the moment, absorbed in the words or vision of reality before you. – Robert Kaplan It’s de rigueur to speak of “creating memories,” particularly when it comes to travel. This tendency has only been intensified by and through social media and online sharing. Similarly, we’ve written about creating a story-filled life, the idea being that experiences rather than material goods are what truly shape who we are. While I still believe that implicit underlying premise to…
  • Capturing the Essence of a Place (Or, A Long Weekend in Strasbourg)

    Daniel Noll
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:49 am
    By Daniel Noll Peering down the canal. La Petite France, Strasbourg.A few thoughts on how to find the essence of a place, and I suppose ultimately the essence of life — told through a long weekend in Strasbourg, France. It’s about how a fully cooked itinerary might actually get in the way of getting what I really came for in the first place. A few weekends ago, Audrey and I traveled to Strasbourg, France — a town ostensibly in France, but Germanic under the skin. An Alsatian town. We’d been there twice before for the same reason we’d come for this third time: a wine…
  • How to Pack For A Trek: The Ultimate Trekking Packing List

    Audrey Scott
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:25 am
    By Audrey Scott How should I pack for a trek? What should I pack for a multi-day hike? What is too much? And what is too little? How am I going to carry it all? Which gear and trekking supplies should I buy in advance and which can I buy on the ground? After receiving numerous emails, queries and comments asking about trekking gear and how to pack for treks, especially when the trek is incorporated into a longer trip, we decided to assemble our packing advice for treks, short and long.By way of background, during the first six years of our journey we carried all that we needed in our…
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  • Beneficial Elements Of Seo Companies

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    SEO, or search engine optimization, is crucial for every thing on the Internetif it’s to turn out to be effective, anyway. Even the smallest house-based businesses benefit from it, so it doesn’t matter whether or not you’re promoting cakes from home or beginning up your own independent accounting company. Simply because every good company needs an online track record, each great company also need beneficial Search engine optimization strategies. Social networking assists seo companies, not just to get visitors but to discover and share with other people. People usually…
  • 5 Things To Steer Clear Of Stating When Applying For Security Work On Craigslist

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    New Children on the Block have introduced they are performing on a cruise. You have the opportunity to go on a cruise with NKOTB from Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas. The New Children On The Block cruise will be May fifteen-eighteen People has reported Tickets for the NKOTB concert cruise go on sale Wednesday, January 14th. The People web site even has the video of NKOTB saying the cruise. What’s the potential for a information tale? When I first came to Mercy, I was extremely excited to learn Mercy had a distinctive K-9 plan. German shepherds, all specifically educated in Europe, owned…
  • All Natural Garcinia Cambogia Extract Consumer Evaluation

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Zoloft is a wonder drug to some, providing an escape from anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depressive disorder, and panic condition. I have personally been using Zoloft for 10 many years. I am very pleased with Zoloft, but Zoloft does have side effects. It is really up to you to figure out if these side effects outweigh the advantages of using Zoloft. The garcinia cambogia is an urge for food resistant capsule helps in weight reduction. It is a dietary complement which helps the physique to crash extra fats and urge it to indulge in good eating routines. The product is a distinctive…
  • Guests Will Love Their Veggies If You Provide Green Bean Casserole

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    For a easy and fun present idea this winter season, consider one of these simple and inexpensive eco-friendly snowflake espresso mugs. Just simply produce, fill with peppermint candies, and give! One of the initial few factors you need to consider whilst green coffee bean extract purchasing a coffee grinder is its blade. Spinning grinders come with blades that actually chop and tear the espresso beans. These blades spin at a higher speed, like the blades in a blender; however, they yield various measurements of espresso bean particles, ensuing in an uneven and inconsistent grind. This grinder…
  • Handling Removals Ireland And Unpacking

    2 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Brain Shakers is in the company of getting you the very best link removal services mileage from the internet. We have an array of solutions, 1 which is link developing. We offer you customized packages that are complete however price efficient. We ensure, through our expertise and designing, that internet users are riveted to your item. Taking this in an additional direction though, this yr, I am once once more shocked that NOT One individual arrived to my door searching to shovel the driveway and walkway for a charge. I am stunned for two factors google penalty removal service. Here’s…
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  • 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…
  • Museum Café Renaissance

    Darya Mead
    28 Feb 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I have fond memories of dressing up to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC with my family or friends, and eating in the fancy cafe with marble statues and fountains. I stared at the coins in the water, thinking about how rich I would be if I could collect all the change. I can still look down and see my shiny black patent leather Mary Jane shoes scuffing along the marble. I don’t know what I ate but it was probably a tuna sandwich or BLT, something mundane, despite the posh surroundings. Later, when I became a parent, I started packing lunches to save money, because I was…
  • The World’s First Travel Blog

    Larry Habegger
    10 Jan 2014 | 3:37 pm
    With the thousands, if not tens of thousands, of travel blogs active in 2014, it’s hard for many people to remember a time before they existed. But that wasn’t so long ago. Twenty years, in fact. On January 6, 1994, Jeff Greenwald uploaded the first from-the-field travel post to the Global Network Navigator (GNN) developed by O’Reilly Media (O’Reilly & Associates at the time). And the rest is history, as they say. Check out Jeff’s account of that time in a recent Wired piece, and track down a copy of The Size of the World, his excellent book about the…
  • Sugar Pine to Sochi

    Darya Mead
    9 Jan 2014 | 4:46 am
    With the Sochi Winter Olympics just weeks away, interest is heating up for some of the lesser known winter sports. On a recent trip to Lake Tahoe, California for some winter fun, I was thrilled to find a cross country skiing venue with an Olympic pedigree. Despite the disturbing lack of snow this year, Sugar Pine Point State Park, on Tahoe’s West Shore and home to the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympic Nordic Ski courses, was a great option to find pristine trails. More than 50 years ago, when the Olympics were less of a circus, the land that is now Sugar Pine Point State Park welcomed…
  • California Gold Country Booty

    Darya Mead
    21 Nov 2013 | 10:34 am
    As we careen towards Christmas, I was experiencing a bit of S-A-O, Seasonal-Autumnal-Overload. Having already relented to a trip to a giant pumpkin patch, harvest day for my son’s school, Halloween preparations and the omnipresent pumpkinification of October, from coffee flavoring, to muffins to candles…I was done. Alas, we had a fall getaway planned to the California Gold Country in the Sierra Foothills and I was looking for some fun things to do with the family that might diverge a bit from the frolicsome fall activities I had been enjoying. We have driven past Sonora on our way…
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  • Wildlife is Worth Billions to the Alaskan Economy

    Alan Sorum
    20 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    It is no surprise that wildlife viewing and hunting is important to Alaskans and visitors to the state alike. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) commissioned the firm of ECONNorthwest to evaluate data related wildlife activity recorded in 2011. According to the study, wildlife is worth billions to the Alaskan economy. During 2011, […] The post Wildlife is Worth Billions to the Alaskan Economy appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Trap and Snare Safety for Pet Owners

    Alan Sorum
    17 Jan 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Trap and snare safety for pet owners becomes important where animals are allowed to run off-leash without supervision. Pets wandering loose on public lands run the risk of encountering a leg hold trap or snare during the winter fur-trapping season. Quick action is vital to preventing injury or making the situation worse. The Alaska Department […] The post Trap and Snare Safety for Pet Owners appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • McNeil River Bear Viewing Permits Due March 1

    Alan Sorum
    6 Jan 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued a press release concerning McNeil River bear viewing permits. McNeil River offers visitors a unique opportunity to see Brown bears up close. – The application deadline for lottery permits to visit Alaska’s premier brown bear viewing site at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary is fast approaching. […] The post McNeil River Bear Viewing Permits Due March 1 appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • ADF&G Releases Entertaining Details About Flying Reindeer

    Alan Sorum
    13 Dec 2013 | 2:45 pm
    In the spirit of the season, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has published a detailed species profile for Santa’s flying reindeer. Heard, but seldom seen, this rare animal is popular with children across the world. In a press release, ADF&G says, “Santa’s reindeer (Rangifer tarandus saintnicolas magicalus) look very similar to common […] The post ADF&G Releases Entertaining Details About Flying Reindeer appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Time to Avoid Wintertime Moose Collisions

    Alan Sorum
    9 Dec 2013 | 10:02 am
    Snowy weather and increasing darkness mean it’s time to avoid wintertime moose collisions. The build up of snow in the high country forces moose into the lowlands, seeking food. Plowed highways expose to trees and shrubs browsed by moose and cleared highways make it easier for moose to travel. Increasing darkness make these unpredictable animals […] The post Time to Avoid Wintertime Moose Collisions appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
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  • An intimate evening with Immodesty Blaize and Laetitia Rutherford for Social Book Week

    Juliet Kinsman
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    We’re inviting you to join us in Clerkenwell on Sunday 11 May, 6pm–8pm, for an intimate, relaxed, book-saluting salon at the Zetter Townhouse in celebration of London’s Social Book Week and to support the Reading Agency… Tickets: a £25 donation* (*but of course, we won’t object if any of you lit-loving philanthropists want to donate more. And should you want to spend the night, we have some very special dinner, bed and breakfast rates, see below.) Our travel club members are intrepid creatures, clear about the benefits of pleasure and convinced of the value of…
  • Dormy House – stylish spa time for all the family?

    Juliet Kinsman
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Fleeing the city to the Cotswolds in spring is always a treat, but never more so than when you trade home for a whirl at style-drenched Dormy House. From this season, stays at this luxe manor house just got that little bit more spoiling too, thanks to a chic new spa. Who says you can’t have a romantic country break with a little one in tow?A family escape to a sophisticated Cotswolds boutique hotel seems such a fabulous idea… Then you get to your fashionable bolthole, everyone else is wafting around romantically and your crew rocks up, spills their chattels everywhere, whacks up the…
  • Unusual arrivals: 10 great ways to get to your hotel

    Lucy Fennings
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    Did we fool you with ‘Love is in the Air‘, our tongue-in-cheek take on romantic travel for 1 April? We can’t really arrange for you to take love to a higher plane en route to your boutique hotel, but our brilliant Travel Team has arranged all manner of unusual hotel arrivals and special sorties, from gondola cruises in Venice to mule-trekking in the High Atlas. Here are 10 amazing (and real) ways of getting to, from and around your Smith stays… 1 TAKE A MULE TRAIN IN MEXICO Where? Verana, Jalisco How? Verana is a swoon-inducingly gorgeous collection of…
  • Hospes Palau de la Mar, Valencia: hotel of the week

    Kate Weir
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    After our Easter holiday spring-cleaning spree we’ll be in need of a well-earned European city break. Spanish boutique hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar – in architecturally arresting Valencia – appeals to our newfound neat freak with spotless monochrome minimalism… Style Minimalist modern palace Setting Edge of the old town Why this week? Book by 20 April to get a tidy 25 per cent off summer stays at the hotel, from 1 July to 31 August 2014 (with free breakfast). Book for non-stop beach partying at Benicassim Festival (17–20 July); fiesta in traditional fashion at the July…
  • Suitcase goes to Budapest: a travel gallery

    Lucy Fennings
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    Sunsets, happening creative hangouts, independent boutique boltholes, a Bohemian vibe (literally) and sweet sweet booze (literally)… it’s a hackneyed meme, sure, but: what’s not to like about Budapest? Don’t just take our word for it: check out this city-guide-cum-diary from roving reporter Robin Reetz. This travel-lovin’ Atlanta gal is a London-based lifestyle and fashion writer who has put pen to paper (and fingers to keys) for Refinery29, Teen Vogue and now Suitcase Magazine as digital editor – here she shares a photo journal from her Smithy sojourn at the…
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  • How I Finally Came to Terms with the Homebody Inside Me

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    After a few exhausting months on the road, I am finally back in New York City. I’ve spent the last three months on the move, leading tours, attending conferences, and giving talks. It was draining and I’m happy to finally be back home, with no plans other than to enjoy spring’s return to the city. A few weeks ago, while checking my e-mail somewhere over America (I love in-flight wi-fi), I opened a question about my article, “Home: The Death of a Nomad.” The woman wanted to know if I was able to kill the nomad inside me — was I able to settle down? Did I turn out O.K.? Did…
  • Ko Lanta: The Thai Island That Remains Paradise

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    It all started with two French girls. It was 2006 and five months into my first round the world trip. I had arrived in Thailand two weeks before, ran into a friend, and jetted off to Ko Phi Phi, a place I didn’t enjoy. Another friend e-mailed me about a beautiful, out of the way, hidden island near the Malaysian border called Ko Lipe and suggested I come. It sounded perfect. “I’ll be right there.” I replied. But then I ran into those beautiful French girls with their seductive accents. A few nights before, I had met them in one of the many bars on the island. I saw them again on…
  • Launching Nomadic Matt’s Community Forums (and a Blogging School!)

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Today is a big day for this site and the start of many changes and improvements. After spending the winter on the road, I’m back in New York City with no trips planned until mid-May. I plan to rest, take advantage of spring, explore this amazing city, and start tweaking and improving this website. I have a lot of ideas and projects in my head, some of which will require your help! You’ll be hearing about them in the next few weeks but today, I want to announce the first two big additions: Community Forums As many of you know, in January I did a Creative Live on budget travel. At…
  • How to Play, Feed, Bathe, and Protect the Elephants in Thailand

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    Elephants have long been important to Thai culture, where they are a symbol of religion, history, royalty, and power. According to Buddhist legend, Queen Maya of Sakya, Lord Buddha’s mother, dreamed that a divine Bodhisattva on a white elephant touched her side. She later became pregnant and since then elephants have had a strong connection to the divine and royalty in Buddhism. As Thailand is a Buddhist society, this is one reason elephants are held in such high esteem (the old kings of Thailand rode around on white elephants). Additionally, elephants were used in the logging industry to…
  • See Something Different and Visit the Stone Carving Hermit of Nicaragua

    3 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Nicaragua is a place that attracts visitors with its surf, beaches, hiking, volcanos, and delicious food. You’ll never be short of something to do. But if you’re looking for something different and personable, travel north to Esteli and search out Alberto Guiterrez, the town’s stone-carving hermit. He’s not easy to get to but he’s worth the trek. I got lucky. A friend of mine connected me with a local named Rodney McDonald, who runs a great program teaching communities about fire safety and EMS. (Tragically, it’s not very common in Central America.) Rodney would…
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • Steve Burton Reviews Carlsbad Seapoint Resort

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    Our intrepid reviewer Steve Burton is back!  If you'd like to contribute a resort review, we'd love to have you as a Guest Blogger.Carlsbad Seapointe Resort (3987) This resort is located a short drive from the village of Carlsbad. It is also close to a busy road and a railway line which serves both Amtrak and the coaster commuter service that runs between San Diego and Oceanside. The resort is just five minutes’ walk to Poinsetta station so it’s convenient for the coaster service.  Some people find the noise of the trains to be annoying but I am not one of these people as I…
  • It's a New Timeshare Book!

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    The Timeshare Crusader Seeks Consumer Input for New BookLisa Ann Schreier, long time timeshare industry writer, blogger and author has announced that she has started work on her fourth book tentatively entitled“A Consumers’ Guide To Timeshare.”“My previous books, “Surviving A Timeshare Presentation”, “Timeshare Vacations For Dummies”and to a lesser extent, the college text “Timeshare Management-The Key Issues For Hospitality Managers” have mainly been on focused on my thoughts, outlook and opinions.  After being around timeshare owners for nearly 15 years, it made…
  • Five and Almost 20 With Helen Foster

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Helen Foster  Marketing Manager – Publications, RCI Europe) What was your first job in timeshare? Editor of the RCI Ventures Magazine (European, Middle East, Africa and India Edition). Though I wear many RCI hats in my role today, the business magazine and its supplementary website, are my ‘babies’. I love Ventures because we need new resorts, experiences and brands to come into the market to grow our industry, organically, and it is both my plan and hope that the RCI Ventures media encourages and inspires existing resort developers to expand their…
  • NTOA Implements HelpLine

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Earlier this week, the National Timeshare Owners Association unveiled its new Consumer Helpline. (1-844-ASK-NTOA)I sat down with the NTOA's President to find out more about this helpline.Can you tell us a little bit about the genesis of the NTOA helpline?The "ASK NTOA" program was developed out of the many requests of timeshare owners who felt they needed to have their voice heard. These were not our members but still needed some level of assistance and access to our association. What makes it different from any other means that timeshare owners have at their disposal to provide feedback…
  • A Frustrated Bluegreen Owner Has Her Opportunity To Speak

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    A few weeks ago I saw a tweet from some expressing displeasure with Bluegreen for not being able to get out of a fully paid off timeshare.  I contacted the person and gave her the opportunity to tell her story.  This is it.  I've only made minor grammatical edits and deleted her name as she want to remain anonymous.  It's a long post, but very much on target and well worth your time. Hello Lisa - I take it you could read a little sarcasm into my tweet.  I apologize - I did not mean to offend. Fact is, I was venting and no one ever reads my tweets anyway.
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    GoNOMAD Travel

  • Big Bear Lake, CA: Sunny All the Time

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    San Gorgonio mountain from the top of Snow Summit resort in Big Bear Lake, California. photos by Max Hartshorne. Big Bear Lake California: Spectacular Sun and Snow By Jack Dunphy Big Bear Lake,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba Has Two Big Surprises

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Beard contest winners at the Festival du Voyageurs, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. photos by Max Hartshorne. VIEW MORE PHOTOS FROM WINNIPEG The Canadian Human Rights Museum & The Journey to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What's New in San Antonio in 2014?

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
     River Walk in San Antonio. Even more to enjoy!  Al Rendon photo. What’s New in San Antonio in 2014? New Museum Attractions and Expanded Riverwalk Top List in the heart of Texas By... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Argentina: A Women's Trip to BA and Iguazu Falls

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    Tango is an essential part of Buenos Aires. A Women's Trip to Argentina: Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls By Max Hartshorne South America is becoming one of the most popular destinations for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • House-Sitting Opportunities for Travelers

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Canton of Fribourg Switzerland House-sitting for Travelers: matches houses with sitters By Steffi Porter  There are countless options when it comes to places to stay when... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Spot Cool Stuff: Travel

  • The World’s Only Pub That’s Inside a Tree

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Sometimes the name of a pub describes exactly what it is. So it is with the Big Baobab Bar in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The “Baobab” in the moniker refers to a type of tree that’s native to Madagascar and found sprinkled throughout arid regions of southern Africa. The genus is colloquially referred to as “the upside down tree” — in the dry season, when baobabs sheds its leafs, the branches resemble underground roots. “Big” is an adjective that describes many baobabs. The trees can grow to a massive size thanks to their remarkable ability to…
  • A Visit to the Chocolate Hills

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Kids (and those possessing a sweet tooth) might be disappointed when they arrive at the Chocolate Hills and discover they are not literally so. For everyone else, though, these curious conical mounds in the middle of the Philippine island of Bohol are bound to delight. Imagine being on a white sand beach on a tropical island and then heading inland through green jungle. The way is mostly flat and lush. And then, suddenly, you see a large earthen mound 30 meters (100 feet) high covered in grass but otherwise devoid of foliage. You wonder why anyone would bother building such an enormous,…
  • Toilet Restaurants Aim for a Crappy Experience

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We can’t imagine the marketing meeting during which some one pitches the concept for a toilet-themed restaurant — and the others at the meeting approving of the idea. And yet presumably such a meeting has happened. More than once. There are at least three dozen (!) restaurants on planet Earth where toilets and urinals, poop and potty talk, are the central attraction. What’s more, those restaurants are so flush with success that a couple of new ones open every year. Sounds delicious! Where can I find these toilet restaurants? we’re sure you are asking yourself right now…
  • Travel to Game of Thrones Filming Locations

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The HBO epic fantasy of Game of Thrones has taken the world by storm on television, intriguing many to venture to these exotic locations that provide the show with an authentic feel. The sets, locations and environment are as much of a character in the show as are the Lannisters and Starks. These relatively remote locations are becoming tourist spots and vacation destinations that will have you immersed in the Game of Thrones world, but beware, winter is coming. Here are the more prominent locations where the show has been filmed: Northern Ireland Never underestimate the hospitality of the…
  • Flash Sale: $19 a Night at an All-Inclusive Caribbean Resort?!

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    It’s the sort of sale headline that seems way too good to be true: $19 per night at an all-inclusive Caribbean beach resort! That’s the travel deal the cool website Cheap Caribbean is offering for the next three days. $19 a night! That’s with food, drink, accommodations and activities included at the Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. But what’s the catch? you are surely asking. Is the deal only for specific dates that are already sold out? Does the included food and drink consist entirely of pretzels and water? To qualify…
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  • Old shoes, new life….

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Although many people consider the ritual of shopping for vacation clothes necessary…you might want to focus on new clothes and not shoes…a vacation is not the place to break-in new footwear. I must admit I have not followed my own advice in the past and my poor feet paid the price dearly, and my travel plans needed to be altered once I became chair bound due to bad blisters. Do yourself a favor and travel with old shoes!
  • Your own Moroccan palace

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
      When visiting the entrancing city of Marrakech you are faced with the decision to stay in either a hotel or riad (former mansion turned into a B&B)…if you are looking to relax your stay away poolside with a cocktail in hand, I would go the hotel route…but if you are longing to experience the real Marrakech, definitely stay in a riad. Once that decision is made then you are faced with the painstaking task of picking which riad you want out of the hundreds Marrakesh has to offer. Luckily you have me to guide you to the perfect one…Amirat al Jamal. Set right in the heart of…
  • Jerry Seinfeld on Airplane Travel

    28 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Enjoy some Friday Fun….hilarious!
  • Travel by Ernest

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    “Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.” -Ernest Hemingway
  • Fijian R&B

    17 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hit Single by Fiji Pop R&B star Elena Baravilala titled "Viti." The song talks about Fiji, the people and Fiji culture....gorgeous song!
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    The Elite Travel Gal

  • 25 Mar 2014 | 1:25 pm

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Selling Moments as Memories: A Personal StoryI recently wrote this column which appears today on the TravelPulse ( I wanted to also share it here on my personal blog, as it is a personal story that provides insight into what is most important to me as both a business owner and in my own daily life. On a recent visit to a top luxury hotel in Honolulu, it was a sweet note left on my pillow at turndown the first evening that reminded me what is most important in my life, as well as in my business as a luxury travel…
  • Maui Musts: The Best of Everything Island-Wide

    12 Jan 2014 | 11:03 pm
    After five trips to Maui in 13 months, including spending nearly three weeks there this past holiday season, I've enjoyed scouring the island in search of the best eats, drinks, workouts, views, spa treatments, music, sunsets and sushi. I'm a tough critic and there are so many great options, but below are my personal favorites in each category from Kapalua to Paia: Best Overall Restaurant Island-Wide: Mama's Fish HouseBest Overall Restaurant in Wailea: Alan Wong's Amasia Best Overall Restaurant in Lahaina: tie between Mala Ocean Tavern and Honu Seafood Best New Restaurant: Morimoto'sBest…
  • An Epic Year of Elite Travel: Maui, Bhutan & Beyond

    26 Dec 2013 | 3:38 pm
    Epic. Mind-boggling. Amazing. Basically the only words that properly do justice to 2013 and all of the destinations I visited this year. Of course, traveling the world is a lot more fun when you have an incredible person to share the experiences with. Fortunately for me, this is the direction my life took one year ago this week here in Maui--my all-time favorite place in the world. Here now for the fifth time in 13 months (!), I can't help but stop to reflect on and document the year of 2013, my epic year of traveling with someone who enjoys seeing the world, meeting interesting people and…
  • London #ETISTYLE: Luxury Hotels, Gluten-Free Tea, Brushes with Royalty, Celebrity Chefs, Martinis & More (Part One)

    17 Nov 2013 | 9:34 pm
    On my recent weeklong visit to London, I chose to stay in three very different hotels while visiting with friends and General Managers at dozens of others. I pride myself on being a luxury hotel matchmaker, thus, what better way to hone my skills than experience a variety of luxury hotel styles & locations. From the ultra-posh Corinthia Hotel in the Whitehall neighborhood with a private terrace overlooking the venue where the 2013 Remembrance Day tributes took place to the happening Edition Hotel (Ian Schrager’s latest project) to the always-classy Mandarin Oriental London (seen below) just…
  • Pink Power: Elite Travel & Golden Door Combining Forces to Raise Funds For BCRF

    13 Oct 2013 | 10:00 pm
    When your mom has been battling breast cancer on and off for 18 years, and your 40-something-year-old best friend has a mastectomy & undergoes chemo, it's obvious that raising funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) isn't a choice but an obligation. For years, I have worked closely with many of my travel industry partners to help raise funds for BCRF ( and now, in conjunction with our amazing friends at Golden Door Spa & Fitness Resort, my company Elite Travel International is taking our fundraising efforts to the next level. Simply book a 4- or 7-day stay at…
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  • Top 7 International Cities

    2 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I’ve done a lot of traveling, and have been on every continent except Antarctica (I’ll get there, someday). I put together this list of my favorite international cities to help other travelers who might be wondering where to go next. 1. Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok is truly a city of the future. The buildings look like a scene out of Minority Report or The Fifth Element; huge, glittering structures that curve straight up and are connected by pedestrian bridges. The combination of Thai culture and Western influences makes Bangkok a unique, cosmopolitan city. Take time to explore one…
  • Top 5 Festivals And Fairs To Visit In India

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    The largest democratic country in terms of population, India has a deep rooted culture which is more than 4500 years old. Hinduism is the primary religion in the country with Islam being the secondary and Buddhism and Christianity being the latter. The Country has been a home to many ancient cultures and civilizations, each of them bringing a unique trait and cultural philosophy to the region. Owning to this, India is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world where you can experience a change in the people’s dialect every few miles you cross. The arts and literature, the…
  • Current Currency: The Cheapest Places to Chase the Sun

    23 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    In the rare moments when we catch a bit sun during the British summer (or other months) it can seem almost miraculous. And it disappears all too quickly. And even when we get a good run, it doesn’t feel long enough. After all, what is two, three, four weeks of sun, compared with months of cloud? Some people don’t give in to the gloom that bleaker weather brings though. Instead they get proactive and go where the sky is still blue. To quote Lennon and McCartney (probably just McCartney in this case) their personal mantra is: “tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun”. Of course sun…
  • Guernsey by Numbers

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The second largest Channel Island, Guernsey has so much to offer despite its relatively small size. For those unfamiliar with the island and its culture, I have put together a Guernsey by numbers guide to walk you through some of the best features of my island home. - 25 - Guernsey is an island with an area of only twenty-five square miles, which to me makes what it offers that much more impressive. - 50 - Guernsey is only a fifty minute flight from London, and other airports on England’s south coast, making it easily accessible to holiday makers. The island also has flights from other…
  • The Weird Things You Can Do In Bolivia You Will Probably Not Do Anywhere Else

    20 Feb 2014 | 12:21 pm
    There are some countries on Earth which are so magical that they lure you into a sort of alternate reality in which you do all sorts of things you could never have imagined yourself doing elsewhere. Bolivia is one of those countries and the following are some of the weird things I did there. Maybe you’ll do them as well at some point. Go Deep into a Precarious Mine System Imagine you were at home and got offered the chance to go into a precarious mine system with no real safety measures in place. Well, the guide would tell you, it is calculated that 8 million people have died in this mine…
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  • Traveling Light With The Eagle Creek Load Warrior

    Donna Hull
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    The Eagle Creek 22″ rolling duffle packed and ready to go. Confession time. I’m not a light packer. Although my packing skills have improved over the years, and I no longer pack everything I own, becoming an efficient packer is still on my to do list. At least that WAS the case before I traveled for 18 days using an Eagle Creek 22″ rolling duffle bag carry-on. Say what? I traveled for 18 days with a carry-on and one personal item? OH, YES I DID. Recently, Eagle Creek invited me to be a travel ambassador for the brand. Since I was about to travel for 18 days on a trip to Los…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    We’ve made a few changes in the newsletter format. Do you like the new look? We have good and bad news for you this week. First, the good news. Our April newsletter is hot off the press. National Park Adventures National Park Travel is the theme for the April edition of the My Itchy Travel Feet monthly newsletter. We’re featuring travel deals, destination suggestions and an original article with tips for National Park travel. Take a look. Like what you see? Be sure to subscribe by ticking the “monthly newsletter” button on the subscription page. By the way,…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Are your travel feet itching to visit a U.S. National Park?  Let’s Go on a National Park Adventure! This month on the My Itchy Travel Feet home page, we’re featuring some of our favorite National Park Adventures to inspire your boomer travel plans. The National Park theme will continue in the April 2014 edition of the My Itchy Travel Feet newsletter. We’ll be offering tips for travel to U.S. National Parks (an original article not published on our site) plus travel deals, destination advice and more. Don’t miss out, subscribe to the My Itchy Travel Feet newsletter today.
  • Fighting a Fear of Heights at Natural Bridges National Monument

    Donna Hull
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Twisted trees on a high desert trail in Natural Bridges National Monument To say that Natural Bridges National Monument is off-the-beaten-path is an understatement. Located on the Colorado Plateau in southeastern Utah, Natural Bridges is approximately 35 miles west of Blanding, which probably isn’t telling you much. Look up Utah Canyon Country or The Four Corners on a map and you’ll have a better perspective. Natural Bridges is accessibe by automobile, or perhaps a bike. The usual route is to drive west on Highway 95 out of Blanding, before turning onto Highway 275 which dead ends…
  • Five Best National Park Apps

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Spring and summer offer excellent weather conditions to explore the many national parks located throughout the US. From the ever-so-popular Grand Canyon to the more remoteDenali National Park and Preserve, these magnificent and expansive parks are perfect options for active boomer travel. Whether you’re more of the glamping type or one of those “I’m roughin’ it all the way” types, the US national park system has something for every style of exploration. Donna hiking on Three Lakes Loop Trail in Southeast Alaska Of course, when planning a trip to any National Park, a good bit of…
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  • Hillsides, Lagoons and Islets: Your Day in Port Vila

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Port Vila is the capital city of Vanuatu, and it is also the largest city in the country. It is located in the south of the island of Efate, and is often the first place that you will visit when you arrive in the country. Although Vanuatu is full of things to see and do, [...]
  • Beautiful Ibiza: Beyond the club scene

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    Forget everything you’ve heard about Ibiza.; the island, situated in Spain’s Balearic archipelago, deserves far more than its label as the ‘party capital of the world’. Whilst it may be famous for its clubbing scene, sun-soaked Ibiza also has its share of pristine beaches, cultural landmarks, quaint villages and fantastic restaurants. In fact, holidays to [...]
  • What to do in Times Square

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    The Hardrock Café on Broadway   It’s become a tradition which is hard to pass up, the Hard Rock Café provides an element of homogeneity in an ever changing New York. Its eclectic mix of hard rock displays round the walls is sure to fascinate and enthral anyone who has a love of rock music [...]
  • How to Enjoy Your Holiday at Venice

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    Heaving with canals and scintillating for its style, Venice is a must visit destination for couples and kids in tow. Regarded as one of the most charming cities in Italy, Venice is admirable as well as memorable for its amazing canals, architectural marvels, and rich culture. For those who are not aware of, Venice is [...]
  • Where Should You Consider Staying In Boston?

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Boston is a great travel destination for people who both love history or just want to unwind. As always, whenever we go somewhere, we need to know where we will be staying and what we’re going to be seeing. I’m going to discuss some of the Boston areas that are great to experience. Keep in [...]
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  • Delayed flight remedy: tweet the airline

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

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

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

    Ellen Perlman
    1 Jan 2014 | 3:11 pm
    For me, the beauty of travel is how even mundane days at home are enlivened by those memories. Random snippets of news or information send my mind to intriguing places I've visited and experiences I had there. When I noticed that my jeans were made in Jordan, my mind leaped to Petra, the city carved into rocks. I visited a couple of years ago during a trip to Israel. When I read a story about...
  • Solo travel stories from Fez, Morocco, and around the world

    Ellen Perlman
    24 Nov 2013 | 9:24 am
    “So you travel . . . only?” asked the woman sitting next to me in halting, but intuitive English, as we sat in the packed compartment on a train speeding through Moroccan farmland. We were the sole unveiled, accompanied women in the car. I enjoyed this story about solo travel in Morocco, a place I'm not sure I'd have the courage travel alone. Read more: Alone, a Western woman sees the sights Solo travel has...
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  • Upcoming Workshops & Housekeeping

    Christine Gilbert
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    We’re packing up the house, leaving Mexico tomorrow (hahahaha, um, we hope) and driving across to Texas before flying out to Barcelona. Couple of quick updates: ONE: I’m running a workshop in Barcelona from May 5-9th and I just had a cancellation so there is now ONE TICKET available. The group is small, just 8-10 people in any of my workshops, so it’s really hands on, and super fun. I get extremely positive feedback after each one, but for me, I just love meeting people and talking about creative stuff. If you can jaunt over to Barcelona and make it, this one ticket is being…
  • Oh Sweet Baby Jesus Guess What Just Arrived…

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
      Oh yes, this family of four, finally has… four passports. Our littlest traveler, Ms. Stella-bo-bella finally got her US passport after a healthy 4 or was it 5 months of almost completely half-assed attempts by her parents, until they finally drove their butts down to Mexico City where they processed, approved and shipped her passport in just TWO WEEKS. In other words, we, The Gilberts, are so bad at paperwork. But we are good at last-minute scrambling, so HURRAY! We will be leaving Mexico (sadly, I guess, after all this build up if feels more exciting) by April 15th. *Tap…
  • Tips on Having a Baby Overseas

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Thinking of having a baby overseas? It can be done. Here I am 35 weeks pregnant on the beach in Mexico. I had my first child in the US, under the care of a midwife. At post 40 weeks I was transferred to an OB for an emergency c-section — which was scary only because it was unexpected — but overall the experience in the hospital was really great. With my second child I got pregnant in Beirut, Lebanon, had my first trimester tests with an OB there, then my second trimester was spent in Thailand. More tests. My last trimester and birth was in Mexico under the care of an OB, and…
  • What’s the Minimum Budget You Need to Travel?

    Christine Gilbert
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    I get asked this question all the time. I never have a great answer, until that is, I was researching something completely unrelated to travel and I ran across the US Poverty Guidelines for 2014. (Number of family members including kids with per year budget in USD)            1                  11,670            2                  15,730            3                  19,790            4                  23,950            5                  27,910…
  • A Reminder to Atheists

    Christine Gilbert
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    If there’s one thing that travel has taught me (30+ countries, six years, many months spent in some places), it’s a deep and profound respect for religion. That might seem like a strange thing to say, but consider this: each culture around the world has its own myths and beliefs and the more you learn about others, the more you learn about the logical fallacies that your own culture embraces. For example, Americans believe that a positive attitude has a direct impact on results. Whether it’s cancer treatment or running your own business, we’re loathe to admit our…
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  • A few family travel winter highlights

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    This may be my favorite family photo from the ski season We are of course deep in the heart of spring break season, which will be followed by summer vacations before we know it. I’m looking forward to sharing lots of summer family travel ideas and stories, but first I thought it would be fun to make a photo album of a few of the places we’ve been this winter – especially since I often wrote about these trips not here but on the All Mountain Mamas site as part of my role as an ambassador for Ski Vermont or on the Travel Mindset site as one of their freelancers. If you visit…
  • Travel advice from Samantha Brown

    10 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    I was lucky enough this past weekend to attend the inaugural Women’s Travel Fest in New York City. Held on International Women’s Day, this event encouraged the attendees to travel in whatever capacity their life permits – whether that’s with friends, with kids, or alone. Sessions covered topics like packing, volunteering on the road, and safety. It was a great mix of inspiring stories and sage advice from experienced women travelers. A highlight of the day for me was listening to Samantha Brown speak. You may remember her numerous shows on the Travel Channel. Over a decade of hosting…
  • Simple vacation pleasures: Board games, treats, and family time

    7 Mar 2014 | 8:12 am
    The Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia will loan your family a board game or two Sometimes the simplest things make for a fabulous family vacation. When the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia invited me and my family for a complimentary overnight to check out their new Family Fun Night package, I jumped at the chance to enjoy a quick getaway in one of the Monaco’s stylish rooms. Relaxing in our room overlooking Independence Hall The package includes valet parking, a backpack full of games for the kids, an in-room movie, and late checkout the next day. But what really sounded fun to me was Family Hour in…
  • What’s new for families at Topnotch Resort in Stowe

    10 Feb 2014 | 9:32 am
    Relaxation is the rule at Topnotch Resort and Spa I originally stayed at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont during the summer of 2012; you can see my post about that visit here. Much of what made Topnotch a great place to stay has remained the same, including its convenient location near the Stowe Recreation Path and easy access to downhill skiing, which is a mere 10-minute drive away. The property has been renovated since our stay, and the resort’s two restaurants have been renamed and reimagined. I was lucky enough to enjoy a complimentary stay and dinner at with my family at…
  • Skiing the Southeast at family-friendly Snowshoe Mountain Resort

    28 Jan 2014 | 10:27 am
    Living in Delaware, I rarely think of heading in a southerly direction to go skiing. When Snowshoe Mountain Resort and the team behind the Travel Mindset website invited me, my husband Matt, and my 8- and 11-year-old sons Teddy and Tommy to go on a compensated trip to stay and ski in the Allegheny Mountains I was intrigued. But I had to look at a map to see precisely where I was headed. Upon doing so, I discovered that like John Denver sang, I would be taking some country roads to this new skiing home, which is located in remote, rural, and romantically named Pocahontas County. These rugged…
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  • Best Walking City in Tuscany (Lucca, Italy)

    Mark H
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Lucca is Tuscany’s ultimate walking city. Mercifully flat unlike most Tuscan towns, Lucca has been turned over to cyclists and pedestrians with few cars in the city centre, most banished to the fringes of the town or outside the impressive medieval town walls. Virtually every road, town square and laneway is shared as workers, vendors, visitors, locals, shoppers, prams, bicycles and hand-drawn... Read the full story at
  • Photo of the Week: Baptistery Ceiling (Florence, Italy)

    Mark H
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:37 pm
    More famous for its bronzed doors, the mosaic ceiling of Florence’s elegant octagonal Baptistery is stunning. Likely started in the early 1200s and taking over a century to complete, (built between 1059 and 1128, the Baptistery predates the Cathedral), the mosaics glow with a spiritual golden halo even in a darkened setting. Relating stories from the Bible, the Medicis, Dante and many other... Read the full story at
  • The Westminster Abbey of Florence (Italy)

    Mark H
    24 Feb 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Apart from being Italian, what do Renaissance giants Michelangelo, Galileo, composer Rossini (of the Lone Ranger theme among many operas) and political activist Machiavelli have in common? They are all buried in the Franciscan church of Santa Croce in Florence. This illustrious group are joined by radio inventor Marconi, nuclear genius Fermi and Dante (cenotaph only but buried in Ravenna) and... Read the full story at
  • Photo of the Week: Piglet’s Tower (Volterra, Italy)

    Mark H
    16 Feb 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Rich in Etruscan and medieval history, Volterra is a relaxing escape in Tuscany. Perched on an imposing rocky plateau (indeed, the town’s name roughly translates landslide in Italian) and surrounded by forbidding ramparts and city gates, the small town has sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding Tuscan landscape. Volterra’s superb main medieval square, Piazza dei Priori, includes... Read the full story at
  • Iconic Bridge of the Month: Charles Bridge (Czech Republic)

    Mark H
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:17 pm
    CHARLES BRIDGE QUICK FACTS Location: Prague, Czech Republic River: Vltava Built: 1357-1402 Length: 621 metres Style: Sandstone Gothic Arch Bridge Prague is one of Europe’s most mesmerising cities with numerous sights and historic locations to visit including the domineering Prague Castle. Divided by the meandering Vltava River, historic Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) provided the only... Read the full story at
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  • In Marrakech, Variety Is the Spice of Life

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

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

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

    Josh Steinitz
    8 Oct 2013 | 11:02 pm
    Venice is famous for many things – history, architecture, art, shopping…and crowds. While the city’s charms are justly world famous, the hordes along the Rialto or in St. Mark’s Square are only marginally less so. That’s why those who know Venice well seek out havens of peace and tranquility where, only steps from the most popular landmarks, visitors can luxuriate in the city’s history, views, and natural charms unadulterated by vendors, hawkers, and children crying in any one of twenty languages. classic evening view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge On a recent visit to…
  • A Dolomites Getaway

    Josh Steinitz
    7 Oct 2013 | 11:38 pm
    It must have been a cold, lonely, but stunningly beautiful perch for the soldiers. Rocky spires extending in all directions, with valleys carpeted in forest and meadow far below. Intensely cold winters, with fingers too cold to squeeze a trigger. Occasional bursts of intense gunfire and mortars, interspersed with long periods of just hearing the sound of wind whistling over airy ridges. above Cortina on a via ferrata I was with my guide Paolo Tassi, high above Cortina d’Ampezzo, on the Punta Anna, a via ferrata (iron way) route in the Italian Dolomites. The aided “climbing” along the…
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  • The Better Than Ever Denver Union Station Project Set to Open

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Come this summer, catching a train in Denver will become more fun when the city's Union Station will reopen. The historic train terminal will be home to eight new restaurants and dining spots, a branch of the famous Tattered Cover Bookstore, a local Little Man hand-churned ice cream shop, a cocktail lounge and beer garden, retail stores, and the independent 112-room Crawford Hotel
  • Istanbul: Shopping from Street To Chic by Karen Hamlin

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    It's been eight years since I was in Istanbul and I found a lot has changed; yet some things remained the same. The streets are still narrow, twisting and steep and the city maintains its allure, mystery and charm. Istanbul is a bustling city 24/7 and makes the Big Apple look like it fell off the tree.
  • A Destination Guide to Liverpool by Patrice Raplee

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Liverpool, England, renowned for its rich cultural heritage, maritime history, arts and unrivalled mix of music, is a thriving and vibrant cosmopolitan city. With recent awards for the UK's friendliest city and Britain's, best nightlife destination. The accolades just keep coming for this coastal hotspot.
  • Snowshoe to a Gourmet Dinner in Colorado's Pristine Backcountry by Suzanne Wright

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you are fit and like to tread lightly when you travel, visiting a backcountry yurt is an environmentally responsible vacation choice. Tennessee Pass offers an upscale twist on a Colorado classic: a gourmet meal as reward for your exertions. This is picture postcard country, beautiful in any season.
  • The National WWII Museum to Unveil New, Permanent Monuments Men Gallery -- coming 2016

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    The new Gallery will explore wartime race to recover priceless stolen artwork. The story of the men and women who saved cultural treasures from Nazi destruction will be featured in a major gallery inside The National WWII Museum.
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    See what's new at Dad's Guide to WDW

  • The all new FastPass+ system

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:04 am
    FastPass+ is the new system Disney has designed to help you save time by not standing in lines. Here's the scoop.
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge

    1 Mar 2014 | 6:13 am
    The Animal Kingdom Lodge might be the best hotel at Walt Disney World, if only ...
  • Boma - Flavors of Africa

    28 Feb 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Boma - Flavors of Africa is one of the most interesting restaurants in all of Walt Disney World. Located in the amazing Animal Kingdom Lodge, you just have to experience it for yourself.
  • Disney Vacation Club

    21 Feb 2014 | 9:55 am
    The Disney Vacation Club or DVC is a great way to ensure quality vacations for the next 50 years.
  • Disney Haunted Mansion

    15 Feb 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Liberty Square's is the home of the Disney Haunted Mansion. A dark ride full of the spooky and the supernatural. Jump in a Doombuggy and check it out.
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    tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide

  • Packing for Multiple People

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    TweetSomeday, my kids will be able to pack for our travels themselves. Until that day, however, I’m responsible for making sure that my girls have enough clothing. (My husband contributes, of course, but I care more about matchy-matchy clothing aesthetics than he does.) On two memorable occasions I have forgotten pants for our youngest and […]
  • 100 times new – New content for the tripwolf travel guides

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Tweettripwolf has updated the contents of more than 100 travel guides — and you can download one of them for free today in the tripwolf app!       When traveling, you have plenty of stuff to carry. Those hiking boots aren’t exactly a lightweight, and so often you underestimate the volume of travel reading […]
  • Ready for the perfect island holiday? Travel secret Uttlah-Ntiz

    Annalena Bottmann
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    TweetWho hasn’t been dreaming about their own island in the middle surrounded by the ocean, with white beaches, palm trees and crystal clear blue water? Well, it won’t be entirely your own – but you can go there now! Beautiful island Uttlah-Ntiz has not yet surfaced on mass tourism’s radar and thus right now is […]
  • Barcelona in the spring

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    Tweettripwolf sends you to the city of paella and Gaudí to celebrate the spring in Barcelona. Now, for a short time only, download the Barcelona Guide for 60% off!       While in Northern Europe the first trees and bushes stretch out their young buds in the still bracing air, in Barcelona they are […]
  • Gifts for the Smallest Travelers

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:53 am
    TweetOur oldest daughter turns five next month, and her very first passport expires in September. In those five years, she has visited almost two dozen countries on four different continents. We have been fortunate to live in an area of the world where travel is easy and done often, but we are not and never […]
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    My Several Worlds

  • Don’t Let Censorship be your Travel Guide – Liberate your Internet

    Carrie Kellenberger
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    A carefree tour is nothing short of a blessing these days. It is a leisure that only few can afford in time and in money. It is an escape from the burnouts of noisy cities, polluted lanes, stressful work, social strife and much more. It is a journey to peace. But then you know it is short lived, so you just want to make the most of it. You get cameras, bookmark places, and make a long list of shopping spree you would like to do on various points of your trip. You want to tell the whole world of your whereabouts time and again. You are not going to miss out on your friends and family back…
  • Tomb Sweeping Day in Taiwan – A Day for Remembering Our Dearly Departed

    Carrie Kellenberger
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Today is Tomb Sweeping Holiday in Taiwan, thus I have the perfect opportunity to explain what this holiday is and how it’s celebrated in Taiwan. But before I dive into the what, where, when and how of Tomb Sweeping Day, I’d also like to mention that visiting a graveyard in Taiwan is a neat experience that everyone should try at least once. John and I always make an effort to take our guests out of Taipei by car, and we generally make a beeline for the East Coast. Although it’s difficult to tear your eyes away from the stunning coastline and scenery, our guests never fail to…
  • Travel Advice for First-Time Travelers

    Carrie Kellenberger
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:28 am
    People ask me all the time for travel advice. Whether it’s helping to plan a trip for a family member or friend, talking about expat life, working with ESL teachers who are getting ready to embark on their first teaching adventure abroad, or simply answering emails from travelers who find me here, there is always one recurring question that I’m asked time and time again. What travel advice do you offer to first-time travelers? The answer to that question really depends on the type of travel you’re doing. Solo travel, couples travel, long travel, and travel with a purpose all…
  • Photo Moment: Queen’s Head Rock in Yehliu Geopark

    Carrie Kellenberger
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:18 am
    This is Queen’s Head Rock in Wanli, Yehliu, Northern Taiwan. It’s the main attraction in Yehliu Geopark, which is operated by the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area. This particular area along Taiwan’s northern coastline is famous for its beautiful landscapes. In fact, Yehliu was awarded the honor of being the “Most Beautiful Landscape in Taiwan” in 2013 by Focus Taiwan. Best of all, it’s an easy and inexpensive day trip from Taipei. Admission to the park is $50NT ($1.50USD) and the bus is around $100NT ($3USD). There are a number of cool…
  • Photo Moment: Little Taiwan in Penghu County

    Carrie Kellenberger
    5 Mar 2014 | 9:37 pm
    This is Little Taiwan. It’s a slab of rock that is typically visible at low tide on the island of Cimei (Qimei) in Penghu County, Taiwan. It’s famous because of its resemblance to the shape of Taiwan itself. (Taiwanese, by the way, love finding examples of this in nature and making a thing of it. The Queen’s Head Rock in Yehliu Geo Park on the northeast coast of Taiwan is another example. Personally, I think it’s an adorable trait about Taiwan that makes it really unique.) Little Taiwan is a wave-cut platform, and the Penghu Islands have a number of these rocky…
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    Lanzarote Information - Anything and everything about Lanzarote

  • Cameron Family Holiday in Lanzarote

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    The Camerons have enjoyed some fabulous weather in Lanzarote this week for their first holiday here. The British Prime Minister and his family have been out and about discovering our beautiful island and meeting the locals. Travelling on Ryanair, the Prime Minister accompanied by his wife Samantha and their three children arrived from Stansted on Saturday 12th April just before midday. The family started their holiday by food shopping in a supermarket close to the airport before travelling inland to their holiday accommodation at the 18th century rural hotel Casa Tomaren. The Prime Minister…
  • Lanzarote Nightlife 17th to 20th April 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    It’s the long bank holiday weekend for Easter with public holidays on Thursday and Friday. We’ve published details of Easter themed events and church services here: Easter Lanzarote 2014. This weekend there’s timple concerts in La Graciosa, soulful jazz in La Geria, a charity concert including The Skatoons in Costa Teguise and a selection of club events to celebrate the long weekend. La Graciosa Venue: Plaza del Puerto, Caleta de Sebo, La Graciosa, Lanzarote Friday 18th & Saturday 19th April 2014 Time: 20:30 Details: Encuentro de Timples La Graciosa with Laura Martel on Friday and…
  • Bodega Hopping Residents Tour 2

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:22 am
    The second bodega hopping tour has been confirmed for residents who would like to get to know the local wineries. This time the tour will visit Bodega Los Bermejos and the newly launched Bodega La Florida in San Bartolomé before heading north to the Bodega La Grieta which is the only Vinos Denominación de Origen Lanzarote accredited bodega in the north of the island, as well as visiting the dairy La Pastora de Haría for a taste of traditional cheese. The price is  read more »
  • Lanzarote Active Club Excursion to Alegranza

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:44 am
    If you’re in Lanzarote on Wednesday the 23rd of April, don’t miss this boat excursion to discover the marine reserve and beautiful islands of Alegranza & La Graciosa. The island of Alegranza is privately owned, so special permission is required from the owner before you can visit. That’s why excursions here are limited and one of the reasons you should take the opportunity when there’s a chance of a trip. This is a full day excursion with the Lanzarote Active Club and it’s one of my all time favourites. The day starts with a transfer from your accommodation to the harbour in…
  • Lanzarote Tourism Q1 2014

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    It’s been an excellent start to 2014 for tourism in Lanzarote. Thank you for your continued support in visiting Lanzarote, we hope to welcome you back to the island again soon. We find the statistics about our visitors fascinating, here’s what we know about tourists that visited us during January to March 2014. Plus the results of a tourist survey relating to visitors during 2013. Airline Passengers According to the data published by the Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA) the Canary Islands have had a record quarter with the arrival of more than three million international…
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    The Travel Word

  • Broke Fordwich – Winemaking the Local Way in the Hunter Valley, Australia

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Air-conditioned coaches come and go, kicking up the gravel. Signs advertise celebrated wines and best-value lunch deals. Tourists beam as the contents of their bags revealingly clink together. Cartons of what can’t be carried is ready to be shipped via international carriers. All around, people are laughing and chatting, slightly merrier than when they started out the morning. Then they pile back on to the bus and head home to Sydney, Australia. The tranquility is palpable in Broke Fordwich in the Hunter Valley of Australia. Photo courtesy of the Broke Fordwich Wine & Tourism…
  • Hiking in Guatemala’s Mountains of the Ixil Region

    23 Mar 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Central America’s steep and often volcanic terrain abounds with hiking opportunities, but the higher-elevation scenery of the Ixil region in Guatemala offers an exciting chance to escape from the usual lowland tourist trails. Departing from Nebaj, the main city in the Guatemalan department of El Quiché, hikers can hire a guide or, if equipped with good maps, strike out on their own for treks in the country’s Cuchamantan Mountains, a rural highlands where locals still adhere to traditional ways of life. The town of Nebaj, Guatemala, boasts a great many food and clothing markets, and…
  • Responsible Travel Week 2014. It’s On Right Now, So You’re Not Too Late

    12 Feb 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Better late than never, this is a belated reminder to everyone that this week, from February 10 to 16, 2014, is Responsible Travel Week, the sixth annual online unconference focusing on responsible travel. It’s free to take part, and there’s no jet lag, as all events occur online and around the world through local events organized by participants. Online, just look for (and use!) the #rtweek14 hashtag. Responsible Travel Week now coincides with Valentine’s Day to link ‘responsible travel’ with mutual and shared love. Image courtesy of Responsible…
  • Zip Lines in Costa Rica: A Sustainable Alternative to Deforestation

    3 Feb 2014 | 11:55 am
    This is the next in a series of portraits, long and short, of some of the people I met and places I visited during a recent trip to Costa Rica. The subjects were chosen as noteworthy examples of Costa Rica’s distinct pura vida. Return to the main page for more background information. Rainforests deserve all the positive notice they can get, even including when seen from zip lines in Costa Rica suspended between towering first-growth trees. At the Rainforest Adventures Atlantic park, one zip line spans the Corinto River, Costa Rica. The nearer platform is anchored to a large campano tree…
  • Petrópolis, Brazil: Strong on History and Nature

    14 Jan 2014 | 4:30 am
    While Brazil’s mega-cities gear up for heavy tourist influx during this year’s FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, other cities remain largely unaffected, even those with strong historic and cultural qualities. This is exactly the case for Petrópolis, a city seemingly hidden in the mountains where adventures and eye-catching delights await thrill seekers and history buffs. Waldyr Neto has published two guide books (in Portugese) for the trails around Petrópolis and the Serra dos Órgãos in Brazil. Photo courtesy of Flávio Varricchio Lacking the aggressive tourism…
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  • Chief Warden of Virunga National Park Shot - In Stable Condition

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    My dear friend Emmanuel de Merode was ambushed on Tuesday while driving back to Virunga National Park from Goma. He was shot multiple times in the legs and stomach. Emmanuel underwent surgery in Goma and is now in stable but critical condition. Emmanuel has been on the forefront protecting mountain gorillas in the DRC. He unfortunately joins many fellow Rangers that have been shot at in the line of duty. These are are the true conservation heroes of our time. They are fighting to protect the Gorillas and their habitat from loggers, rebels, charcoal sellers, bushmeat purveyors, and now oil…
  • Running Wild for African Marathons

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    African athletes are legendary in long distance running events. In the London marathon, that took place this weekend, Kenyan athletes Wilson Kipsang and Edna Kiplagat won both the men and the women's race respectively, with fellow Kenyans also taking second place. The top ten finishers in the men's race were all African except for two runners. Long distance races at the Olympics are also dominated by East and North Africans. But you don't hear enough about marathons being run in Africa. If you want to run a marathon and be on safari at the same time, I'd highly recommend heading to Kenya at…
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial Center

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    It's hard to visit Rwanda and not spend a lot of time thinking about the 1994 genocide. As the 20th anniversary of the genocide is upon us, we are reminded again of the horror of those 3 months. When you're in Kigali, you just look around and realize that everyone over the age of 20 has lived through a total nightmare. It didn't help that when I traveled to Rwanda a few years ago, within ten minutes of landing at the efficient Kigali International airport, I was standing at the gates of the Genocide Memorial Center. The Genocide Memorial Center is a heartbreaking place. It's not just the…
  • Myths About Africa

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    Africa is dangerous, violent, poor, backward, diseased, corrupt ... let's see, what else can be said about Africa? It's very upsetting to people like myself who have been raised in Africa and traveled extensively throughout the continent, to hear people talk about it this way. There's a lot of fear, ignorance and misunderstanding about Africa. I think most of it stems from the fact that people have no real concept of the sheer size and diversity of the continent. In fact, some people even think Africa is a single country (that includes former US Vice President candidate Sarah Palin). The…
  • Merzouga -- Gateway to Morocco's Sahara

    1 Apr 2014 | 2:31 am
    Merzouga is a dusty little town located right on the edge of the magnificent Erg Chebbi dunes. You may recognize the dunes from desert scenes in films like SATC2 (2010), The Mummy (1999), and Sahara (2005). If you're in Morocco it's certainly worth spending at least a night in the desert. Ride a camel out to camp and enjoy some traditional Berber music under the brilliant starry night sky. There are lots of hotels to choose from in and around Merzouga, ranging from luxurious Kasbah's, to small Riad's with cool rooftops to sleep on. The best time to visit is during the cooler months from…
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  • Air Travel News Roundup - March 2014

    31 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    March was my first full month as's Air Travel Expert, and my stories for the month ran the gamut, from the joys of the Global Entry program to ways of contacting North American carriers.  See my summaries, below....Read Full Post
  • Delta, Virgin America Offer New Menus For Premium Passengers

    23 Mar 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Delta Air Lines and Virgin America recently unveiled new menus for passengers in their premium cabins. Delta tapped Atlanta-based Chef Linton Hopkins to create a southern-themed menu for BusinessElitetravelers, while Virgin America worked with its inflight catering manager and LSG Sky Chefs to create a new first class menu.
  • How the TSA Speeds Travelers Through Airport Security

    20 Mar 2014 | 9:58 pm
    On a recent trip, I was fortunate enough to get chosen to use the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) expedited PreChecksecurity line, and it was great. PreCheck allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, using special screening lanes.
  • FlightView Offers Latest Travel Data for Airports, Passengers

    17 Mar 2014 | 11:43 am
    Boston-based FlightView is using its access to different data sources to provide airports and passengers with the latest information in their travels. The company, with more than 150 airport customers worldwide, added 40 airport customers in 2013, including Indianapolis International, Sacramento International and Curacao International.
  • 10 Great Quick-Serve Airport Food/Beverage Concessions

    13 Mar 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Remember when airport food/beverage concessions were just plain boring? If you were lucky, you'd get a snack bar with limited fast food options, a sundries shop with candy and chips and a bland, generic restaurant. But now airports, knowing that passengers are spending more time in their facilities, have stepped up their game and offer local/regional and national brands ranging from fast food to full-service restaurants. Below are 10 quick-serve outlets you should try on your next trip.
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  • Museum Guide to Leiden

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The city of Leiden, South Holland, is renowned not only as the seat of the country's oldest university, but also as the location of no fewer than 12 excellent museums. Find out which ones to visit on your trip in this Museum Guide to Leiden.
  • A Petite Crêperie on Haarlemmerstraat

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Not far from the previous post's West-Indisch Huis (West India House) is Crêperie Le Berger, which turns out excellent wheat- and buckwheat-flour crêpes on Haarlemmerstraat - an ideal spot for a quick lunch or snack for pedestrians on the attraction-filled street. Read my full review of the crêperie here on Amsterdam Travel.
  • Dutch Architecture 101: The West India House

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The West-Indisch Huis (West India House), an attractive 17th-century house on a square off Haarlemmerstraat, was the very spot where the Dutch West India Company decided to build a fort on the island of Manhattan - and thereby found the colony of Nieuw Amsterdam. See this historic site on a trip down colorful Haarlemmerstraat.
  • Dutch Architecture 101: The Weigh House

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Situated on the Nieuwmarkt, the lively square at the heart of Amsterdam Chinatown, De Waag (The Weigh House) represents the oldest secular architecture that survives in Amsterdam. Read more about its storied past.
  • Dutch Architecture 101: The Shipping House

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Just a few minutes' walk to the southeast of Amsterdam Central Station is a milestone in the city's architecture: the Scheepvaarthuis (Shipping House), a masterpiece of the Amsterdam School of architecture. The former office complex, now a five-star hotel, can be admired from outside or inside: visitors can stop in for a meal or drink at the hotel restaurant or bar.
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    Things To Do Around Orlando

  • Advice for Couples Traveling Together

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Orlando is well publicized as a travel destination for families, but there are plenty of couples who enjoy taking a trip to the attractions and the surrounding area as well. Even if many of the activities and attractions are family-friendly, there are many things that couples can do to make their next Orlando vacation as […]
  • Experience stag weekend with a difference with a professional travel company

    Sunil Govind
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    The world of stag do’s has revolutionized in recent years, with groups now doing far more exciting activities in glamorous destinations across the world. And the great news is, there are some excellent professional stag-do companies to ensure your event is a huge success! The benefits of using a professional travel company If you are […]
  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Review

    Sunil Govind
    15 Mar 2014 | 5:37 pm
    An annual favorite for visitors and locals alike, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival returns to the Walt Disney World resort March 5 – May 18, 2014. Escape the polar vortex “Up North” and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of Spring during your next Orlando vacation. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival […]
  • Orlando Taxi Service: Diamond Cab Company

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Feb 2014 | 2:00 am
    On your next visit to Orlando, take the guesswork out of hailing a cab and call 407-523-3333407-523-3333 for the Diamond Cab Company—the Orlando taxi service that makes it easy to get a ride anywhere you want to go in Orlando. Call on the spot or book your cab in advance by downloading the Diamond Cab […]
  • Do you need a rental car in Orlando?

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Jan 2014 | 2:00 am
    Orlando is just about as tourist friendly as a city can be, and although public transportation options are not as robust for the people who actually live and work here (there are no commuter trains or subways running through Orlando) there are quite a few options for transporting visitors around. Orlando International Airport (OIA) offers […]
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    BootsnAll Travel Articles

  • Higher Education For Free?

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Anyone who’s traveled will tell you that it’s an excellent education. There are things you learn about yourself and the world that can’t be learned any other way. Geography, history and foreign language, subjects that may have bored you to tears in high school, suddenly become living, breathing things of riveting interest and daily necessity.Travel brings those subjects to life because, of course, the purpose of education is to teach us about our world; it’s too bad that what we often get from that process is a cheap imitation, with all of the sparkle and gloss rubbed off.As someone…
  • USA Travel

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    Prompt #17: Roadside attractions, national parks, or big cities? What's your favorite part of traveling in the USA? How: Respond to the prompt - through a blog post, picture, video, drawing, tweet, comment at the bottom of this article - however you want to express yourself. Then tweet and link your response @BootsnAll with the hashtag #indie30 Week 3 theme: Roam if you want to Details: See belowThere is one guiding question/prompt each day, followed by a series of questions, ideas, and comments meant to help you dig deeper. These aren't meant to be answered directly, just to help (feel…
  • On The Road Again

    Dani Blanchette
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    Welcome back.  This second week  for the 30 Days of Indie Travel Art Project, we moved away from asking questions about you, to asking you to tell us stories from your travels.  Starting with:Day 8: What is the worst experience you've ever had?@TheTravelTart says all his worst experiences involve driving, and even rates driver in different countries based on their ability to drive (spoiler alert: Zimbabwe looses.  But he does get a man-hug at the end, so maybe it wasn't all that bad?)@4WornPassports tells "Apparently, the travel gods (like the Greek gods) don’t care much for hubris." in…
  • Europe Travel

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Prompt #16: What city in Europe would you like to visit the most? How: Respond to the prompt - through a blog post, picture, video, drawing, tweet, comment at the bottom of this article - however you want to express yourself. Then tweet and link your response @BootsnAll with the hashtag #indie30 Week 3 theme: Roam if you want to Details: See belowThere is one guiding question/prompt each day, followed by a series of questions, ideas, and comments meant to help you dig deeper. These aren't meant to be answered directly, just to help (feel free to address any, all, or none of the guiding…
  • Asia Travel

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Prompt #15: If you could pick any country in Asia to go to, which one would you pick and why? How: Respond to the prompt - through a blog post, picture, video, drawing, tweet, comment at the bottom of this article - however you want to express yourself. Then tweet and link your response @BootsnAll with the hashtag #indie30 Week 3 theme: Roam if you want to Details: See belowThere is one guiding question/prompt each day, followed by a series of questions, ideas, and comments meant to help you dig deeper. These aren't meant to be answered directly, just to help (feel free to address any, all,…
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    Travel Blissful

  • South Africa’s Top Scenic Drives

    Erica Johansson
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    South Africa is famous for being one of the world’s best self drive destinations. The roads there are excellent with many of the main roads being in an enviably good condition – if you plan to drive into safari parks and game parks it can be better to have a higher car, but otherwise many people drive South Africa in a small run around car, which works perfectly. There is also the option to hire classic cars and sports cars, which can make a few days in Cape Town extremely good fun. The signs in South Africa are easily read, and the driving is leisurely and relaxing. Often the scenery is…
  • Banff: Not Just For Boarders

    Erica Johansson
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:47 am
    By JESS CRANDON This Canadian gem, tucked away in the foothills of the Rockies is well-known for its unrivalled snowsports in the winter, and mountainous treks in the summer. Skiers and snowboarders take over the picturesque town for the winter seasons, while walkers and sight-seers dominate the streets when it warms up. However, what happens when you visit Banff with absolutely no intentions of strapping your feet to plastic and hurtling down the side of a mountain? Well, firstly you’ll be given a very strange look – akin to telling someone you’re at beach but don’t…
  • Turkish Delights

    Erica Johansson
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:12 am
    Think of holidays to Turkey; what springs to mind? Pillow-soft sands that glitter like gold under scorching summer sunshine? Pristine azure waters peppered with white sails and the lazy buzz of a distant jet-ski? Bustling markets crammed with overflowing display stands and colourful stalls? Holidays to Turkey can be all this and much more. If you’re after a beach break with lashings of sun, sea and sand, Turkey’s coastline serves up a mesmerising array of options. Head to big, beautiful Kusadasi on Turkey’s Aegean Coast, in its popular but slightly lesser known Izmir region.
  • Top 10 UK Stag and Hen Destinations

    Erica Johansson
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:07 am
    Seen by many as their last days of freedom – the stag and hen weekend has become a rite of passage, a last hurrah and final farewell to single life. Gone are the days of a hen or stag party meaning a few drinks at the local pub, nowadays it’s all about a long weekend away with friends. With the stag and hen do season fast approaching, here’s a look at the top 10 UK stag and hen do destinations. 1.       Blackpool The Vegas of the UK, Blackpool has become synonymous with rowdy pre-martial celebrations. A trip to the Lancashire seaside town is bound to be fun filled with plenty to…
  • Is San Camp Africa’s Best Luxury Safari Camp?

    Erica Johansson
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    San Camp in Botswana has to be classed as one of Africa’s, if not the world’s, most luxurious safari properties. This understated camp blows people away and changes their lives forever. Set in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana this luxury safari camp is open from April to October when it is dry enough to drive on the vast salt pans. The landscape is flat, dusty, and decorated with just a few doum palms dotting the horizon. The sheer vastness of it is quite overwhelming, even more so when you look up over dinner and realize you can see the milky way. There is literally nothing else…
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    Stuck in Customs

  • An Amazing City of Blue

    Trey Ratcliff
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Unique Places around the World Below, you’ll see a secret place I found… any other places you know of that are amazing for photography but you never see other photographers? Let us all know first! We’ll buy some place tickets straight away! Daily Photo – An Amazing City of Blue What an amazing place this is. Chefchaouen. It's a secret place. But I don't think it will be so secret after this post. Now, naturally, there are other photographers that have been there, but it is pretty niche. Very niche. The whole time I was there, I didn't see another…
  • Arriving at the Louvre in the Late Evening

    Trey Ratcliff
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Updated the Sony A7r Review I’ve just added more photos and info to the Sony A7r Review here on the site – check it out! Does anyone know the history here? So, I do like the photo I posted today, but there is ONE thing that REALLY bothers me. When you see it, you can’t unsee it. Go ahead… take a moment to look. … Did you see it? You see how there is not real symmetry here? The triangle is right in the middle, but if you follow that hallway straight, then it is way off to the side. It’s not even close, really, even though everything else around the Louvre is…
  • The Pacific Sea Mist

    Trey Ratcliff
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    My ever-changing bags, a new problem! My camera bags keep getting smaller thanks to my smaller mirrorless cameras, but I have a new problem! I guess it’s a good problem to have because it is my quadcopter! I want to take it with me all the time when I travel now, and even though they are compact, they still require a lot of space. Thank goodness it’s not heavy, but there is still a commitment of another bag! Well… this is how it goes I guess! Daily Photo – The Pacific Sea Mist Flying along the PCH south of San Francisco, the road gets extremely curvy. I remember when I…
  • The Chateau at the End of the Lane

    Trey Ratcliff
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    From the Midnight in Paris Tutorial We did a great event last year in Paris. Most of you may already know about it, but here’s a video about it in case this is new to you! Today’s photo was taken from the event as well… Daily Photo – The Chateau at the End of the Lane You'd be amazed how inexpensive it is to rent a whole chateau for the day! There are SO MANY of them all over France, and a ton of them just sit there empty. It's so crazy-expensive to run them and maintain them that they just kind of sit there collecting dust. I was afraid that when we rented…
  • Exploring a strange land with curious shadows in the night

    Trey Ratcliff
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    More experiments with the NEX 10-18mm lens on the Sony A7r Today’s photo is another shot taken with this setup above. I used it all over Morocco and it worked out great! If you end up trying this combo, be sure to take off the lens hood as well (otherwise you’ll still see that black around the outside at all zoom levels). This is something I forgot to mention in the video below, which you may have already seen. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and you can see these kind of videos immediately as soon as they are released. Daily Photo – Exploring a strange…
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    We Blog The World

  • The Fading Social Fashion Of Google Glass

    Tom Foremski
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Sarah Slocum’s recent experience at Molotov’s, a lower Haight Street bar where an irate drinker snatched her Google Glass off her face, did a lot to boost her popularity as TV and newspapers covered the incident. But the association with someone who called the incident a hate crime,  has not been good for Google Glass. A bouncer outside Molotov’s Several prominent Google Glass enthusiasts I know have started to leave their digital goggles at home, and I’ve heard others are doing the same. They don’t want to be associated with Slocum even though they like the wearable technology.
  • Exploring Rishikesh, The Land of Uncountable Gods

    Kaushal Mathpal
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The notion of ‘solo travel’ has been an upcoming vogue in the travel industry. More and more people are subscribing to this idea nowadays for myriad reasons.  The answer lies in the question itself as I ventured out with my ‘wandering shoes’ on my first ‘solo travel’ to the land of uncountable gods – Rishikesh and my experience compels me to advocate this nascent trend. I boarded the Uttarakhand Roadways Bus heading to Haridwar for my first solo travel. Although journey through tattered roads could not be termed as ‘comfortable’ but the transition in the surrounding was…
  • The Magical Sunrise Atop of Guatemala’s Indian’s Nose

    Jessica Festa
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
      “Beep. Beep. Beep.” Is it 3:30 am already? While I had willed myself to resist the temptation of San Pedro’s nightlife, the women in the room next to me clearly hadn’t, as their shriek-like giggling and all-night techno party made it difficult to catch the necessary six hours of shut-eye I needed. Luckily, the thought of seeing a beautiful Guatemalan sunrise over Lake Atitlan is enough to propel me out of bed to put on my hiking boots. The beginning of the Indian’s Nose sunrise Indian’s Nose, or La Nariz de Indio, sits at At 2,863 meters (9,393 feet)… Read more...
  • Taking in the Magic of Kauai by Helicopter

    Sherry Ott
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    A thick forest of trees below. Being on the ground hiking and beach-combing in Kauai is great – but nothing beats taking to the air to see this lush island in it’s entirety.  Based on the number of helicopters I saw taking off and landing (a steady stream on a nice day), seeing the Garden Isle by air is the most popular activity in Kauai. There are parts of the island you can only see by helicopter, and if you are a waterfall lover, then you won’t be disappointed.  Kauai is one of the wettest spots on earth, with an annual average rainfall of… Read more...
  • Scrumptious Bagel Balls at Manhattan’s Bantam Bagels

    Jessica Festa
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Photo courtesy of Bantam Bagels Well, they — as in Bantam Bagels — calls them “mini bagel balls,” each filled with an exotic cream cheese or filling. Creator Nick Oleksak, who owns the shop with his wife Elyse, says the idea for the atypical snack came to him in a dream. He grabbed his phone, made a drowsy note to himself and the next day the first batch was made. There are many flavors to choose from when it comes to Bantam Bagels. Some examples: French Toast: Cinnamon nutmeg egg bagel filled with a buttery, maple syrupy cream cheese The Bleecker Street: Pizza dough bagel topped with…
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • MGM Resorts International and Hakkasan Group Announce Formation of Joint Venture Hotel Company MGM Hakkasan Hospitality

    Business Travel Destinations
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    LAS VEGAS, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Hakkasan Group today announced the formation of a joint venture hotel management company, to be named MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.The strategic alliance will focus on the design, development and management of luxury non-gaming hotels, resorts and residential offerings under the Bellagio, Hakkasan, MGM Grand and SKYLOFTS brands in key international gateway cities and prime resort destinations across the globe.  All of the hotel and resort projects currently under development by each group will be…
  • London crowned ‘Ultimate Sports City’ beating off worldwide competition

    Business Travel Destinations
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    Thursday 10 April 2014 The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has welcomed the news that London has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned the ‘Ultimate Sports City’ in the world. London received the prestigious honour at the SportAccord Convention in Antalya, Turkey earlier today (10 April). The UK capital was up against a shortlist of thirty cities around the world including Melbourne – which won the coveted title in 2006, 2008 and 2010 – New York, Singapore and Berlin. The city was praised for delivering an outstanding Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and for securing…
  • New York-New York Hotel & Casino Brings Tom’s Urban And Shake Shack To Dynamic Pedestrian Plaza

    Business Travel Destinations
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    LAS VEGAS, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – New York-New York Hotel Casino is turning up the flavor on its dynamic new plaza experience with the addition of fan-favorite restaurants Tom’s Urban and Shake Shack, opening December 2014. The restaurants will take the space currently occupied by The Sporting House (closing June 3), and join recently opened retail outlets Swatch, Stupidiotic, I Love NYNY and Starbucks, as well as Hershey’s Chocolate World, which is opening this spring. The plaza is anchored by the property’s famed Brooklyn Bridge. “There has never been a…
  • Diving sensation Tom Daley calls for visitors to be part of the legacy of the 2012 Games as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opens

    Business Travel Destinations
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    Friday 04 April 2014 International diving star Tom Daley is calling for Londoners and visitors to the British capital to experience the 2012 legacy by enjoying the world-class facilities on offer at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Speaking in a new video released by, as the Park fully opens for the first time since London’s Olympic and Paralympic Games (5th April), Tom says: “This London Aquatics Centre has so many memories for me. To be able to train here full time is just amazing and I really do hope that lots of people are inspired to get involved in different sporting…
  • Department of Defense Program Names MGM Resorts International "Extraordinary Employer"

    Business Travel Destinations
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    CARSON CITY, Nev., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the state’s most supportive employers for members of the military Guard and Reserve, according tothe Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office. The company today received the Extraordinary Employer Support award during a special breakfast ceremony with Gov. Brian Sandoval. The recognition is awarded to companies that demonstrate sustained support of military service members. It is Nevada’s highest military honor awarded by the Department of…
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    A Postcard a Day

  • The Roman villa at La Olmeda

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    In 1968 Javier Cortes Álvarez de Miranda found the remains of a Roman villa on his land in northern Spain.  He excavated it and maintained it for the next 12 years, then handed it over to the Provincial Council of Palencia. The villa dates from the 1st century and rebuilt in the 4th.  The main hall is in very good condition and the mosaic pictured in part on the card is from that hall. It is thought that the portraits show the owners of the mansion.
  • Luxembourg

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Luxembourg has a population of slightly more than 500,000, with an area of just under 1000 square miles or roughly 2,500 square kilometres. It is one of the smallest nations in Europe, just north of France and between Belgium and Germany.The couple pictured beside the mapare Grand Duc Jean and Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte.  Grand Duc Jean abdicated in favour of his son in 2000 having reigned since 1964.
  • Hämeenlinna

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    An illustration of the city of Hämeenlinna in Finland by Marja Liisa Pitkäranta, 2002.  Marja Liisa Pitkäranta (1941-2003) was a very prolific Finnish artist, known best for considerable production of postcards.  The copyright to all her postcards belongs to the Marja-Liisa Pitkäranta Foundation which provides grants to young people in art education.
  • Monaco port

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Virtually the same view but the top card shows the port in Monaco on a card dating from 1937 while the second is dated 1984.  Between them they show the incredible development of the Principality which continues today.
  • Lake District

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    The Lake District in the north west of England has been loved for hundreds of years for its outstanding beauty, not only for the lakes but also mountains, woods, fields, villages, streams and stone walls.  It has recently (2012) been added to UNESCO's tentative World Heritage List.  It is an area which inspired the romantic poets such as Wordsworth, who lived in Cockermouth, and Coleridge, among others. Think "I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vale and hill..."  They celebrated the pastoral over urban life.Although these maps are far from new, very little…
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  • A Holiday in Heaven – Tenerife

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Few destination names out there are on the lips of everybody the way Tenerife is and the truth is that it only got this famous precisely because it can be wonderful, mesmerizing and absolutely bewitching. From relaxing beaches to all-night parties, there is a myriad of things Tenerife can offer and looking into it can truly give you an amazing experience. If you want to find out more about Tenerife, vacation packages prices and what to do there, then you should definitely read on. Tenerife and Prices for Holidays There For many people out there, Tenerife pertains to an entirely different set…
  • Unique UK: 5 Ways to Explore the British Isles

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:22 am
    Oxford by Chris Chabot (Creative Commons) SELF DRIVE TOUR Discover the eccentricities of the Britons, the beautiful landscapes, iconic landmarks, gorgeous cities and experience the myths and mysteries of England via a self drive tour of the British Isles. The beauty of a self drive is the fact that you get to explore all the regions that matter to you at your own pace, pulling over at a motel or guest house and retreating for the night. You need to be armed with GPRS map, the road network of the UK is well developed and with a good map you can explore the UK with little help. TAKE A RAIL TOUR…
  • Alternative Places For a Wedding Abroad

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:38 pm
    EXOTIC KENYA A wedding in Kenya is one that can be wonderfully exceptional and unforgettable, in terms of wedding locations and settings, Kenya may boast to have it all; some couples have chosen to wed in the jungle with the savannah grassland forming a picturesque background. There are spectacular lakes littered all over the country which offer scenic settings for weddings such as Lake Naivasha (Kenyan celebrities have chosen this location) Lake Nakuru with its massive pink flocks of flamingos and Lake Bogoria with its steaming hot geysers. Tsavo East National Park, Kenya. Author Simone…
  • Culture in Dalaman

    13 Jan 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Icmeler Marmaris Beach, Turkey by Mr. M. Canbalaban (Creative Commons) The three million holidaymakers that fly into Dalaman on the scorching Turkish coast each year normally only have one thing on their minds and that’s hitting the beach for sunbathing and relaxation. And why not? The coastline in the Dalaman region is blessed with numerous beautiful sandy beaches, sweeping vistas and plenty of sunshine, so it’s rude not to put on your swimwear, slap on some sun cream and make the most of it. Monarch has plenty of accommodation options in the main Turquoise Coast resorts of…
  • Five Alternative Options For The Family Holiday

    26 Nov 2013 | 11:57 pm
    Inspiring Oman Oman (Creative Commons) Oman is a lesser known neighbor of the more popular Arabs Emirates and is a perfect place for an unusual family vacation. It boasts of crystal clear coastal waters, extensive family friendly resorts and enticing golden desert sandy dunes. There are numerous locations for family holidays in Oman. Muscat is a seaside city which is characterized by whitewashed buildings. Take your family for a desert experience; riding camels and camping in the Bedouin tents. The Sharkiya region has sandy beaches where the family can have beach fun and receive warm welcomes…
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    Atlas Travel Blog

  • Little-Known Caribbean Vacation Destinations

    Burt Brages
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Caribbean islands are a popular vacation destination, but how many of them do you really know about? There are almost 30 nations and over 7,000 islands in the Caribbean, yet there are a small handful, like St. Martin, Aruba, the Bahamas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, that are popularly known as the places to visit when you’re looking to get away from it all. That means that even if you’ve been to the Caribbean before, there’s probably a whole world of less-crowded island paradise spots that you’re missing out on. For your next Caribbean vacation, try one of these…
  • Total Lunar Eclipse #BloodMoon

    Sue Lobo
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    On April 15th a phenomenon that usually only happens several times a year is occurring. A total lunar eclipse will be visible in most of North America. If you are planning to watch this spectacular view of the moon there are some things that you should know. What Is It A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. The reddish hue that is cast on the moon is actually sunlight that is refracted through the Earth’s atmosphere. What You’ll See The interesting thing about a total lunar eclipse is the moon looks red, almost maroon. Because of the color, it’s…
  • 360 Degrees of Switzerland

    Terry Lobo
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    With a unique location in the heart of Europe, this pristine country, famed for its unwavering neutrality, instills you with peace at first glance. But you’ll find Switzerland’s allure extends far beyond natural panorama, offering sights sure to amuse whether found on the walls of an art gallery, on your plate at an acclaimed restaurant or inside a cathedral spire from the Middle Ages. We share a new point-of-view on Switzerland – and you’ll see why we recommend this charming destination for your next vacation. Historical Views The capital city of Bern not only serves as a gateway to…
  • 10 Things to Do in Fiji

    Sue Lobo
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    In Fiji, each new day brings with it a wide range of unique and fascinating things to see, do and experience. From wondrous beauty to captivating cultural experiences, sightseeing in Fiji will never fail to take your breath away. Picnic or stroll through the world famous private orchid collection of American actor, Raymond Burr. Visit legendary Viseisei Village where the original Fijians landed 3,500 years ago. Take an evening sugar train ride with cocktails and Fijian serenaders. Swim with the ‘gods’ in the mystical waterfall of a tropical rainforest. Explore the huge, ancient…
  • The Eiffel Tower

    Sue Lobo
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Happy birthday to the Eiffel Tower! Last week this massive structure turned 125 years ago. More than 250 million have visited it over the years. Despite the fact that the Eiffel Tower is a well-known piece of France, not many people know much about it. The idea of the Eiffel Tower came about in 1884. It took two years and two months to build and was officially completed on March 31, 1889. It was named after the architect that built it, Gustave Eiffel. He actually had a room built just for himself on the top floor and visitors can still take a peek at it today. Details The Eiffel Tower is 1063…
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    17 Apr 2014 | 12:27 am
    La Isla de Chiloe representa en la actualidad una de las culturas mas antiguas e interesantes de las Americas. Descubre los motivos para visitarla...

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    Last stronghold of the Spanish domination, Chiloe Island conforms one of the most interesting cultures in South America. Centuries of isolation from mainland contributed to the creation of a Chilote culture of its own...

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:46 am
    Con Geografia de Sudamerica intentamos introducirte a la exhuberante belleza que el cuarto mayor continente del mundo tiene para ofrecerte. Esperamos disfrutes de esta experiencia visual...

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:16 am
    Mayor icono de Rio y Brasil, la Estatua del Cristo Redentor se yergue como simbolo de cristiandad en el corazon de la Cidade Maravilhosa...

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    Atop Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue stands as the biggest symbol of Brazilian Christianity and as a landmark of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil as a whole...
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    Wild Junket

  • 10 of the Coolest Hotels We’ve Stayed At

    Nellie Huang
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Thanks to this website and our magazine, we’ve had the chance to travel far and beyond, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe, North Korea to South Africa. Along the way, we’ve also been fortunate enough to stay at many extraordinary and outstanding hotels. These aren’t your conventional five-star hotel chain or backpacker hostel — you’ll be surprised by how creative and unusual some hotel owners/designers can be. Here’s a look at some of the coolest hotels we’ve stayed at: 1. Treehotel — Harads, Sweden Undoubtedly the coolest hotel we’ve stayed at is Treehotel, a…
  • Interesting Tribes from Around the World

    Nellie Huang
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    During our travels, we’ve had the fortune of meeting numerous interesting tribes who live in isolated, remote corners of the world and have truly preserved their cultures and traditions. For certain places like Papua New Guinea, the intriguing tribal culture was what drew us to visit. As always, I believe it’s the people who make a place. To pay tribute to the amazing people we’ve met, here are some of the amazing tribes we’e encountered around the world. The Huli Wigmen — Papua  New Guinea The Huli is the largest ethnic group in the Highlands, with a population…
  • Live Updates from the Road: Leipzig, Germany

    Nellie Huang
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    Guten morgen from Germany! I’m here in Leipzig for the first-ever Social Travel Summit and really looking forward to mingling with like-minded travelers and industry folks. Follow along using the hashtag #STSLeipzig on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. An old friend of mine who also officiated our wedding, Heiko, lives near here so I’ll be hanging out with him and hopefully experiencing Leipzig through a local’s perspective. This post is also an experiment of sorts as I test out blogging on my phone. These updates will be short but they’ll be brought to you live. Through…
  • Photo Essay: The Ancient Town of Bhaktapur, Nepal

    Nellie Huang
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Terracotta-roofed pagodas tower over the squares and courtyards. Narrow cobblestone streets weave their way between the houses, red-brick temples, stone statues and cisterns. Artisans are drying their pottery out in the open, while women weave cloth and knead clay by the roadside. This is Bhaktapur, one of the best preserved ancient towns in Nepal. Thanks to its location in the Kathmandu Valley along the old trade route between Tibet and India, Bhaktapur used to be a prosperous gateway; today it remains an excllent place to visit with its  treasure trove of pagodas and palaces. With…
  • Learning the Himalayan Way of Life in the Kathmandu Valley

    Nellie Huang
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    The pointy snow-slathered peaks of the Himalayan Ranges stretch across my horizon like an endless sea of mountains. A blue haze covers the lower portion of the mountains, giving the illusion that they are floating in the air. Where I’m standing is almost 5,250 feet (1,600m) above sea level — the world seems so immense and I feel so small and insignificant. I am in Dhulikhel, a village in the fertile, mountain-sheltered Kathmandu Valley. We may be just 18 miles (30 km) from the Nepali capital of Kathmandu but it’s a completely different world here — there is no traffic, pollution…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • Five places to take your friends in Cape Town

    Vaughan McShane
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    Send to Kindle If you’re from Cape Town you’ll know what it’s like to have foreign visitors or guests from other parts of South Africa come spend time with you, hoping you would show them around your beautiful city. Or even if you’re not from Cape Town but are going there as a group of friends, this quick little list is designed to give you a couple of quick and easy “what to do?” options if you’re here for a couple of days or longer. Showing the city off to your foreign friends is also a...
  • The Press Club in Umhlanga Centre

    Helen Rushton
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Send to Kindle As a youngster, my parents would often treat my brother and I to a toasted sandwich and a milkshake at The Press Club on our monthly jaunts into Durban from our home in Zululand. Located in the centre of town, I thought it was the coolest place ever; with its newsprint wallpaper I entertained romantic notions of becoming a journalist and memories of this little coffee shop have remained with me since the mid ‘80’s.     Luckily for me, my journalistic dreams might...
  • Room with a view – 15 handpicked rooms with views in South Africa

    Wanda Coustas
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Send to Kindle Anyone watching Miss Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson at the window overlooking Florence, in the film based on the novel by EM Forster, will agree that the phrase ‘room with a view’ changed forever. The sumptuousness of the film, and the quintessentially British account of romance, intrigue and beauty, resulted in the phrase’s association with far more than the view alone. In keeping with this idea that a room with a view is about all things romantic, we...
  • 10 Dog Friendly Cottages in South Africa

    Wanda Coustas
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Where to go when you do not want to leave your pooch behind? There are plenty of venues across the country that welcome pets. Here are some of our favourites. Unless otherwise stated, all dogs are welcome by prior arrangement… Aloe Cottage, Darling A romantic getaway in Darling, this little cottage looks out over rolling hills and farmlands to distant mountains. It is set on an indigenous renosterveld estate, designed for privacy, although restaurants, shops and galleries...
  • 10 Best Public Art Pieces in Johannesburg

    Wanda Coustas
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Visual art in public spaces can be big or small. It can loom overhead, forcing you to squint into the sun to see it, or it can scream for attention from beneath your feet on the pavement. There are no rules about how it must look, what medium it should use, or what shape it should take. What it must do is play with expectation, heighten awareness, spark debate, shift the way you think, celebrate imagination, and make art accessible to everyone. In Johannesburg much of the...
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  • Ten cities I would visit again

    Keith Jenkins
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    One of Montreal’s many spiral staircases. and again… and again… and again. There are some cities that I just can’t get enough of. It could be for any particular reason: the energy, a lively culinary scene, a spectacular setting, a melting-pot of cultures, history, architecture, a laid-back pace or a mix of everything. These are cities that I would never tire of visiting. Without further ado, here they are, in no particular order (I’ve included links to my posts of each city so feel free to read more): Montréal Ahhh, Montréal! I love this city! From Old…
  • Velvet moments: travel photo – panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro

    Keith Jenkins
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:12 am
    The best place for the most spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro is from atop the Corcovado Mountain at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer Statue, the city’s iconic landmark. It can be a long wait for those who want to get up there (by train) – I suggest taking a taxi from the base station instead – but the incredible panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro are absolutely worth the wait! Read more about my trip to Rio de Janeiro. The iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue. The mind-blowing panoramic view of Rio from the viewing platform at the foot of the Statue. From here, you also…
  • A weekend in Berlin

    Keith Jenkins
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    The boy and the Berlin Cathedral. It had been a hectic week at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, which I visit every year. I didn’t get to see much of Berlin on my previous visits so this year, I decided to add on a weekend to explore the city. My partner joined me for these few days. We’d seen the major highlights of Berlin like the Reichstag (Parliament), the museums on the Museum island, the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie on previous trips so we decided to simply wander around the city and see where we ended up. It turned out to be a fantastic…
  • Road tripping in Victoria

    Keith Jenkins
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:33 am
    My Victoria road trip – on the road to Halls Gap in the Grampians. Victoria is one of Australia’s smallest states but what it lacks in size (relatively-speaking – Australia is after all a massive country!), it makes up for in diversity: from craggy mountains to resplendent vineyards, expansive gumtree forests, spectacular coastal cliffs, stunning nature parks, colourful gardens and vibrant cities. To complement this, there’s a great variety of world-class cuisines, wines and natural and historic attractions. The best way to discover all this is simply to hire a car and…
  • Bologna on my mind

    Keith Jenkins
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:18 am
    Statue of Neptune at the Piazza del Nettuno. My doorbell rings. I open the door to find a good friend of mine standing there with a big grin on his face and a bag casually slung around his shoulder. Minutes later, he’s settled at my dining table and he reaches into his bag. “We’re going to Bologna!”, he announces. “You’ve been talking so much about it, we decided we should go and see it ourselves”. Now it’s my turn to grin. He pulls out a map, a pen and a notepad. “Ok, what do you recommend?”. My mind starts to race and quickly goes…
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    Pearls of Travel Wisdom

  • Sharing Travel Tips on Chicago’s WGN Radio

    Carol Margolis
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Listen in to WGN Radio’s Nick Digilio as he and I gab about my first flight, what’s changed over my 28 years of travel, my favorite destinations, and more. WGN Radio is based in Chicago, where my business travels first started many years ago. This travel talk may just offer you and/or your family some great tips to use in these last few days of spring break or in any of your future travels. Sharing of your travel tips or Chicago love is welcome in the comments below!        Related StoriesWeekly Travel RoundupGarrett Popcorn Shops GiveawayWhen…
  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Win a Trip to the British Virgin Islands is giving you a chance to win a trip to the British Virgin Islands. A grand prize winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two, 6 nights at the Long Bay Beach Club in an Ocean-view room, and their breakfast and dinners taken care of. Contest ends May 18th. Luxury Spa Trip to Palm Springs InStyle wants to send you on a luxurious spa getaway to Palm Springs. Runners up receive $200 Bluefly gift-cards, third place winners get a year subscription and some deluxe beauty…
  • Weekly Travel Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across my desk this week. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook page or send them my way on Twitter. Air New Zealand’s new 787-9 unveiled Air New Zealand showed off their new Dreamliner this week with one beauty of a paint job. The all black livery with the distinct NZ Fern will roll out later this year. If you’d like to hop on board, the plane will be operating to Tokyo and Shanghai from Aukland in October. These plastic pipes filled with warm water…
  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Garrett Popcorn Sweepstakes Do you have a favorite travel food, as in some great grub you just can’t find at home? Mine is Garrett’s Popcorn, so we’ve teamed up to give away a 2 gallon Garrett Signature tin of their world famous Chicago Mix. Contest ends April 11. Luxurious Trip to the Philippines The Travel Channel is giving away a luxurious trip for two the the Philippines. The Grand Prize winner will receive two round trip coach tickets to Manila, 7 days/6 nights hotel accommodations, spa treatments, scuba…
  • Weekly Travel Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:19 am
    Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across my desk this week. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook page or send them my way on Twitter. Supreme Court sides with airlines in frequent-flier fight Can an airline kick you out of their frequent flier program for complaining too much? The Supreme Court backed Northwest Airlines (now a part of Delta) when they revoked S. Binyomin Ginsberg’s status for what they say was abuse of the program. Ginsberg’s attorneys say this ruling will hurt…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Miniland of Legoland Florida – A Must Visit Exhibit

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Legoland has a one day or two day pass. We were there for the winter months and the water park was closed. Which would be a good reason to do the two day pass. That is before I discovered Miniland. The exhibit of miniature cities was by far my absolute favorite thing to see. I could’ve spent a full day simply wondering around and taking in every single detail and aspect of this place. The artwork of Legoland Florida will keep you there for a full…
  • Legoland Florida – One Artistic Theme Park – Photo Essay

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids When we arrived to Legoland Florida, I was shocked to find out it was way more than just a typical theme park. I guess that comes with the territory when you visit the most famous building blocks maker in the world. The artists who created cities, monuments and other interesting statutes around the park deserve awards and recognition as many famous artists do. Artwork throughout Legoland Park Ford Explorer – a true masterpiece Dinosaurs Arabian…
  • Why the Florida Keys are Better Known as the Conch Republic

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Have you ever wondered why the Florida Keys are called the Conch Republic? I certainly wanted to know the nitty gritty before heading to these famous islands. History of the Conch Republic It all started with the United States Border Patrol Blockade set up on highway U.S.1 at Florida City. After representatives of the Keys traveled to Miami court and had their request to enjoin the border patrol, the mayor decided to secede. The Conch Republic is a…
  • Arriving via a New York Jet Charter

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Let us assume you are traveling to from Los Angeles to Manhattan. You can take a flight with a major commercial airline or seek out a New York jet charter with a private company. There are several advantages to flying with a private jet, and they should all be considered before making a final decision. The Benefits There are a plethora of benefits to flying with a private jet charter. Seating is far more spacious and comfortable on a private charter…
  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Tikal Guatemala Experience

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Tikal Maya Ruins is one of the most special places in the world to my family and me. Why? Because this is where my husband and I met thirteen years ago. Since then we have taken our sons to visit the ruins so they too can see the magic this place possesses. Normally when my family visits the park, we usually stay in Flores. Flores is an adorable island on Lake Peten Itza about 45 minutes from the actual Park and is one of the more popular places to spend…
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  • Mott 32 Restaurant - Hong Kong

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hong Kong seems to have more than enough restaurants, yet new ones keep opening up and the best candidates always do well. The latest in the Chinese restaurant genre is Mott 32, in the Standard Chartered Bank Building in Central. We love the echoes of the past that are visible everywhere at Mott 32 without turning the establishment into a traditional Chinese restaurant. It is all cool vibes and modern touches perfectly suitable for urban Hong Kong of today, but in a skilfully prepared wrapping of patina and allure. The 7,500 square foot (697 sq.m.) restaurant is a design collaboration between…
  • Gilded Lily Bar - New York

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    New York restaurateurs, Eric Marx and Lisle Richards, known for the Wayfarer at The Quin, have taken on a massive project and turned a Meatpacking District haunt into party central.   The pair opened the elegant Monarch Room earlier this year and just recently, right below it, the Gilded Lily bar. The location of the Monarch and the Gilded Lily is 408 West 15th Street, the former home of the 70s and 80s gay party spot, Crisco Disco. The building has stood empty for three decades while the District around it has been transformed.   To create the interior for Gilded Lily, Marx and…
  • Wirra Willa - Somersby, Australia

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Wirra Willa is a tiny, tranquil pavilion located in Somersby, NSW, Australia, on an 80-acre property that formerly operated as a citrus fruit orchard.   Designed by architect Matthew Woodward for his father, the pavilion is only 72 square meters (775 sq.ft) in size and it is surrounded by a 36 square meter (387 sq.ft) courtyard. The villa complements the existing larger residence on the remote property and provides a special, separate place for reflection and rest. It can also be used as a self-contained guest house. The architect’s inspiration was the Fansworth House designed by…
  • The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium

    23 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Opening this week in Antwerp, Belgium, The Jane restaurant designed by Piet Boon has all the building blocks of a success. An intriguing building: A chapel of a former military hospital that gives the restaurant the aura of a sacred place mixed with a certain darkness.  An interesting location: Antwerp’s ’t Groen Kwartier that with its lofts in restored buildings and green areas designed by famous architects is developing into a trendy area. A famous chef-owner: Sergio Herman with his young right-hand man Nick Bril running the establishment. A renowned designer: Dutch Piet…
  • Australian Artist: CJ Hendry - Pen on Paper

    12 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We discovered Australian artist CJ Hendry through her Instagram account and were immediately blown away by her work. Armed with only paper and pen, she creates magnificent, photorealistic black-and-white images in large format. Her subjects are generally high-end fashion objects, such as a Hermes scarf or a Louis Vuitton horse head, but they can also be other inanimate objects including sculls and guns.   The pieces are mesmerizing visual objects in their own right, but once you realize they are created by just pen and ink, you really start to appreciate the skill and patience involved.
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    Man Tripping - Guys Weekends and Mancations

  • 10 Awesome Iowa Mancation Ideas

    James Hills
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
      John Wayne Birthplace John Wayne (or Marion Robert Morrison as he was born)'s birthplace is in Winterset, Iowa and the museum there has accumulated one of the biggest collections of John Wayne memorabilia in the world. Each May, the museum also hosts the John Wayne Birthday Celebration - May 23-24, 2014. The celebration is very much a collection of "western" traditions including a rodeo, western swing dance, and cowboy mounted shooting demonstrations. However there are also historical discussions about The Duke, a marathon of his films, and of course tours of his birthplace.   If…
  • Introducing JagerBonds

    James Hills
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    To help share the excitement of the JagerBonds app, the company asked me to create a JagerBond and share some information about the mobile app with you. While this is a sponsored post, all opinions are mine. For those of you who have always wondered, the name Jagermeister comes from the German word for "master hunter". The spirit was created by a passionate hunter as a strong drink to toast achievements and seal bonds amongst strong men.  Those who have tried Jager are familiar with the distinct flavor of this spirit that is unlike anything else. This is because it's recipe contains a…
  • Want to Win a Trip to San Diego?

    James Hills
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
  • Spring Drinks to Start the Season Right

    James Hills
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
  • Explore The Secrets of Tequila at CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta

    James Hills
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:41 am
    These things combined have enabled this 4 Diamonds resort to recently be awarded the Agave de Oro by the Tequila Regulatory Council of Mexico and the so they launched their program Casa Magna Secretos de la Familia to expand on this experience. Secretos de la Familia Features: Tequila Sommelier - serves as an ambassador of Mexican customs, culture and traditions as well as serves as the resort's resident expert on Tequila, a spirit which is native to the region. Tequila a la Carte - More than 60 brands and 114 different varietals are available at the CasaMagna Marriott and stored in their…
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    The Travel Tart

  • Six Degrees of Separation – When it Becomes One!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    The theory of Six Degrees of Separation is that everything you want and anyone you want to meet are only six steps or six people away. Or otherwise, it’s the saying ‘it’s a small world’ – especially in this day and age of globalisation and the internet. As an example of this, I’ve been on the opposite side of the planet to where I live when travelling, when I’ve met someone who knows someone that I know as well – and it’s happened more than once. It’s a complete spinout, but it just shows how connected everything in the world is to…
  • If Google Ruled Everything Related to Travel

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    Ahh, Google. The Big G. The world’s most popular and frequently visited website. Since it’s humble beginnings in the late 1990′s, Google has come to dominate the world in pretty much everything related to cyberspace and the internet. In fact, the term ‘just Google it’ is now ingrained in the vernacular and in every language when attention deficit types want to find out something within milliseconds. Actually, I think Google has made the entire world impatient because we take having a simplistic answer to our sometimes vague question provided within an instant for…
  • You Know That You’ve Been Living in Dubai Too Long When…

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Dubai – fast becoming one of the biggest transit centres on the globe. Millions of people now pass through this Middle Eastern centre each year on the way to somewhere else. It has undertaken a massive transformation from sandy seaside fishing town to an enormous metropolis where everything is big or where something is being built to become the biggest! As part of this huge economic change, many expats have relocated to Dubai to take advantage of the construction boom because a new building seems to pop into the skyline every week! To service all of this activity, you need a pretty…
  • Don’t Drink and Drive. Literally!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Ahhh, beer. I like having an icy cold one on a very hot day – nothing comes close to tasting perfect under these conditions. I like hanging around with a few friends and drinking the amber fluid straight out from an esky (that’s Australian for cooler box) that has had a couple of packets of ice chilling the beer all day. This wonderful scenario can happen when camping, fishing, or just watching the sun go down. However, it looks like some guys take things that little bit too far..  How To Drink and Drive Successfully.. That’s right, it’s a ute (or utility vehicle)…
  • April Fools Pranks and Jokes to play on Travel Bloggers

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:01 am
    Ahh, April Fools Day. The one day of the year where everyone has permission to play a prank or joke on someone at their expense and pretty much get away with it. Everyone seems to get in on the act, from television to radio stations to your own relatives. Personally, I think it’s a great day to have a bit of fun as long as the prank you are planning doesn’t hurt anyone and you both have a good old laugh about it Some travel bloggers are notorious for sending out an article on April Fools Day to try and trick their readers into believing something completely shonky and untrue. For…
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    Twelve Hours In A City

  • 12 Hours in Manchester

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    Manchester has a lot to offer. It truly does. It’s a vibrant, diverse city with history, culture and of course….football. Whilst many people will visit the nation’s capital, it might be well worth spending half a day further up north too!The post 12 Hours in Manchester appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • 48 Hours in Queenstown? The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Weekend in NZ

    7 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    48 Hours in Queenstown? The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Weekend in NZ With just 48 hours to spend in the incredibly scenic Queenstown, which is situated in the South Island of New Zealand, you certainly won’t have much time to rest – nor will you want to. Make the most of your little time […]The post 48 Hours in Queenstown? The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Weekend in NZ appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • Water Parks in the Costa del Sol

    25 Feb 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Water Parks in the Costa del Sol When it comes to holidays most families will choose the sun and sea option. Stunning beaches and spotless hotels with large swimming pools and a kids club for the younger children are incredibly popular. Tanning holidays are a great way to relax while getting a little extra sun, […]The post Water Parks in the Costa del Sol appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • The Best Snowmobile Trails in Mille Lacs, Minnesota

    13 Feb 2014 | 11:22 am
    Getting out of the cabin becomes critical in these blistery wintry months for those wishing to avoid cabin fever.  For those living in or visiting the Mille Lacs area, one way to shake off that winter itch is to go snowboarding.  Several clubs, such as the Mille Lack Snowmobile Club and the Mille Lacs Drift […]The post The Best Snowmobile Trails in Mille Lacs, Minnesota appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • Campervan tour in Australia

    28 Jan 2014 | 11:09 am
    The thrill to uncover the gems of Australia littered all along the exciting road routes in a campervan is unbeatable. Consider it straight out of the horse’s mouth or checkout DriveNow campervan hire Australia to plan your itinerary and get the unforgettable experience.   The Great Southern Touring Route There are countless routes you can […]The post Campervan tour in Australia appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
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    Part Time Vagabond | Part Time Vagabond

  • 2 Days In Burlington, Vermont

    Chris Cavallari
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    After my less than stellar trip to Austin back in January (not really the city’s fault, mind you), I was ready to have a much more fun trip to Burlington, Vermont, a small college town on the banks of Lake Champlain near the Canadian border. My father’s brother and his family lived a town over, in Essex Junction, many years ago when he worked for IBM, but I hadn’t been to the area since I was a child, and I’m certain I’d never been to Burlington proper. So this was definitely an adventure I was looking forward to. This time, my wife joined me on the five hour…
  • Episode 003 – Travel as an Introvert | PTV’s Travel Hackers Podcast

    Chris Cavallari
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    PTV’s Travel Hackers host Chris takes a look at his introversion and how it’s affected his life and his travels. He reads a post he recently wrote for about the time he finally came to the realization that he needed to make a drastic change in his life. It’s about finding quiet, finding himself, and finding his happy.  Links: Guest post on Subscribe to PTV’s Travel Hackers Podcast: Subscribe, Rate, and Review on iTunes | Podcast RSS PTV: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | PTV Newsletter & Blog subscription Play This…
  • Is Vagabonding Dangerous? An interview with Lauren Juliff of Neverending Footsteps

    Chris Cavallari
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:21 am
    When you hear the word “vagabond,” what image pops into your head? It probably looks like a raggedy tramp with a bindle and stick slung over his shoulder, walking along the railroad tracks. Of course, today’s vagabond is a bit more sophisticated, traveling via plane, train, and automobile, using high-tech tools to get the best travel deals. To me, being a vagabond means traveling on your own terms, adapting and changing to the situation thanks to careful planning. Yet many people still view the vagabond lifestyle as dangerous, something to be avoided. I knew this…
  • PTV’s Travel Hackers Episode 002 – Travis & Julie, Motorcycle Adventurers

    Chris Cavallari
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:39 am
    Travis & Julie, Motorcycle Adventurers This week’s episode features Travis Marsh and Julie Guilbault, friends of mine here in Maine who travel much of New England on a motorcycle. Travis and Julie are 20-something professionals with full time jobs and a house in Maine, but during the warmer months, they hop on the bike and hit the roads around New England. Links: Subscribe to PTV’s Travel Hackers Podcast: Subscribe, Rate, and Review on iTunes | Podcast RSS PTV: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | PTV Newsletter & Blog subscription Play This Episode If you liked this…
  • Introverted Travel in an Extrovert’s World

    Chris Cavallari
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    This is a guest post from Michaela Chung, the blogger behind and author of Introvert Revolution: A Quiet Path To Reclaiming Our Power. Told from the perspective of bold introvert Michaela Chung, blog posts on Introvert Spring share personal stories and practical advice related to being introverted. “Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back.” ~Eve Ensler It is 10 pm and the hostel where I’m staying in…
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    Jet Set Smart


    16 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    The combination of floral with ivory or white is a great way to show that your wardrobe is spring ready!  I purchased these floral sweatpants at Forever 21 recently, and even though they should probably be worn around the house as lounge pants, I often find myself wearing them out of the house when I'm running late with the boys.  I think the fun print makes it seem more stylish than "mom-in-sweatpants," and the black/white combo is easy to match with tops.  I paired the pants with these Target ankle booties in ivory (yes, that's right...Target does it again!), and a beautiful…

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago we left the kids with the grandparents and went to do our taxes.  After we were done we needed to get some shopping done, but were in need of a bite to eat first.  We decided to head over to the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle to do both!  We went to Bouchon Bakery and it was the perfect spot for what we were looking for.  We had a light and delicious lunch, enjoyed some wine, and admired the beautiful views of Central Park and the hustle bustle of the city while we ate. I had a kale salad with roasted chicken, parmesan cheese, pickled red…

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    Yesterday felt like summer at the Shore!  In fact, at one point my car said 86*!!!  Not sure if that was accurate or not, but it felt quite hot to me.  We really love the Jersey Shore, and spend as much time as we can at the beach- in the spring, summer, fall and even in the winter!  That is why when I saw the forecast yesterday, I suggested we take some beachy family pictures.  We went to Old Navy to pick up some white oxford buttoned down shirts for the boys, and I grabbed this white eyelet maxi dress- they have great stuff for spring, and the prices are so…

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    One of my favorite fit of jeans is the boyfriend cut; they are comfy and can be dressed up or down...perfect for a jet setting mama!  I picked up these jeans on sale at the Gap recently, and I know I will just live in them now, into summer and even again in the fall.  I paired them with a loose top and a lace cardigan, but I also love boyfriend jeans with a buttoned down shirt tucked in with a belt.  I also can't get enough of this new handbag from Danier Leather- I love the pastel blue for spring and find that it goes with so much, or pops as some color here in my otherwise…

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Like the saying says, "April showers bring may flowers," and last week we had quite a bit of rain!  That is why I broke out my Hunter boots and a trench coat.  I think these are two must-have items for your wardrobe for spring.  Hunters come in so many fun colors, and you can wear them in the winter snow or even on a sunny day to add something fun to your outfit (I've seen this done all over Instagram).   But, I think the most practical season for them is now when it tends to rain a lot.  That's also how I feel about a trench coat; it can be worn on a mild winter day,…
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  • Win an Intrepid Travel food tour of India!

    Mariellen Ward
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Photo courtesy Nate Gray Do you want to eat Indian food in India? NOW’S YOUR CHANCE! Enter the Breathedreamgo contest to win a 14-day Real Food Adventure – India with Intrepid Travel. All you have to do to enter is subscribe to the mailing list, tweet your entry (if you are on Twitter) and LIKE the Breathedreamgo Facebook page to enter this giveaway. SUBSCRIBE by entering your email address in the pink sign-up box in the sidebar or at the bottom of the page. For extra points, add a comment below about why you want to win, or where you want to go in India, or what you really want…
  • Getting India wrong

    Guest Author
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    Photo courtesy Clare of Wayfarer Diaries. Things I got wrong as a solo female first time traveller in India This guest post is by Clare of Wayfarer Diaries. Clare and I met online and I was captivated by her blog. She experiences travel in India openly, with a beginner’s mind, and is able to capture her experiences in words that seem to flow effortlessly. Here’s her impressions of India as a first time visitor. “It’s magical.” “It’s terrifying.” “It’s full of amazing people.” “It’s not safe.” “Eat the street food.” “Don’t eat the street food.” It…
  • The Legends of the Maharajahs and Mirabai women-only tour of India

    Mariellen Ward
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Join me and Kensington Tours on a women-only tour of North India and see the Taj Mahal by the full moon THIS OCTOBER, join me and Kensington Tours on the trip-of-a-lifetime: Legends of the Maharajahs and Mirabai: Women’s Journey through India. This is your chance to travel safely in India with a small group of like-minded women, a prestigious travel company known for creating personalized tours, and a passionate India travel expert — me. I’ve partnered with Kensington Tours to lead Legends of the Maharajahs and Mirabai: Women’s Journey through India(October 28 – November…
  • Women’s Travel Festival speech

    Mariellen Ward
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:25 pm
    On March 8, 2014 I joined a panel at the Women’s Travel Festival in New York City with Sarah Shourd and Sally Thelen, moderated by Kelly Lewis, founder of the Festival and publisher of GoGirlGuides. The panel was about travel safety for women, and I was honoured to be included with Sarah, who survived 11 months solitary confinement in an Iranian prison (on trumped-up charges) and Sally, the inspiring author of UnBraveGirl, a bitingly honest and very funny blog about living as an expat in Asia. Due to the nature of the panel, I was not able to give my entire presentation. Here it is. On…
  • Top 5 most stunning English Gardens

    Mariellen Ward
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:45 am
    RHS Garden Wisley. Photo 1. A United Kingdom Garden Tour: The Top Five WE ARE EXPERIENCING the coldest, iciest, snowiest winter in living history in Canada, so I decided I needed to publish a post full of warmth, colour and the beauty of nature. I give you, the English garden. The first time I visited the United Kingdom, many years ago, I was struck by their abundant beauty. A moist, temperate climate seems to be the perfect recipe, and the English are appropriately one of the most garden loving nations on earth. I have been to several well-known gardens in London and the south-west of…
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  • Spend with Visa and Win a Trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Advertorial From June 12 to July 13, 2014, Brazil will host the 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup 2014. Straight through the championship match in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, over 600,000 international visitors are expected to make the journey for the event where they will cheer, chant, and do whatever it takes to spur their national teams to victory. If you are planning to catch the FIFA World Cup 2014 in person at Brazil, you should start planning now as World Cup tickets (available through the FIFA website or through travel agencies) and accommodation are expected to be all…
  • Activities to Do at Tanjong Jara Resort – Kampung Life, Dungun Night Market Tour, Spa

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:39 am
    Besides chilling out by the beach at Tanjong Jara Resort, there are many other activities you can participate in as a guest of Tanjong Jara Resort.  Right at the resort lobby, you will find a board listing all the activities available for the day; it is conveniently located near Di Atas Sungei restaurant so on your way to breakfast at the restaurant, you will see it.  Or just call the front desk to find out. These activities range from Batik Painting to more adventurous tours like taking a hike amongst dense rainforest with Tanjong Jara Resort’s in house naturalist Captain Mokt or…
  • Romantic Getaway at Luxurious Tanjong Jara Resort in Terengganu

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:29 am
    Located on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia between Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan, the Tanjong Jara Resort is built on a 17-hectare site facing the South China Sea. The resort is luxurious yet also every part of the resort from its architecture to spa services are steeped in age-old Malay traditions. The latter part is what distinguishes Tanjong Jara Resort from other luxurious resort in Malaysia where you can experience the gentle Malay art of service and hospitality as well as Terengganu culture through the resort’s weekly Kampung Life. The tagline of Tanjong Jara Resort is…
  • “So Your Government is Giving You Free Money?” They Asked

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    15 Mar 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Singapore’s annual Budget goodies is well-known throughout the world – during a trip to Taiwan few years ago, there had been 2-3 occasions that whenever we identify ourselves as Singaporeans, some of the locals will ask the question “So Your Government is Giving You Free Money?“.  I guess that the Taiwanese news channel have been reporting about Singapore Budget Speech and the Goods and Service Tax (GST) vouchers for Singaporeans and I won’t be surprised if they are sensationalizing this “news” a bit. I always had to correct them that the money is…
  • Top 4 Sights to Check Out at Singapore Chinatown

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    8 Mar 2014 | 6:06 am
    Named after the bullock carts that used to supply fresh water to its residents, Singapore’s Chinatown offers more than just a name when it comes to heritage.  Chinatown is Singapore’s largest historic district, nestled close to the bustling business hub.  For a quick tour of Singapore’s national monuments, take a walk along South Bridge Road in Chinatown where you can find places of worship such as Jamae Mosque and Sri Mariamman Temple which had existed in the area for many years. If you are looking for a stay in 4 star hotels in Singapore near Chinatown so you can explore…
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Ecuador’s Wild Side: Animals of the Galapagos Islands

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the hierarchy of the animal chain, humans tend to place themselves at top. People have long captured and confined, domesticated and tamed, demonstrating dominance over other animals. We wield weapons and power. Though I know there’s always been a food chain on our planet—prey and predators aren’t new news—I think humans in particular have done an awfully good job of creating an environment where other creatures inherently fear us. For me, and for many other people who visit the Galapagos Islands, encountering wildlife in such an intimate and immediate setting is one of the…
  • Best Travel Blog Posts from March 2014

    2 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    March was a low-key month for me as it relates to travel. I had a lot going on at home during March, and I was content to leave my suitcase stowed away, focusing instead on the immediate things going on in my life. Because I stayed in Las Vegas throughout the duration of the month, I took some time to enjoy my favorite Vegas sights, and I also ate at a few new restaurants and enjoyed a couple new shows that have arrived in the city. It was an important time for me to slow down, and I didn’t mind at all that I wasn’t gallivanting around the world. Though I stayed in one place, a number of…
  • Frozen in Time: The Magic of the Galapagos Islands

    19 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s taken me awhile to write about the Galapagos Islands, but it’s also taken much longer than I expected to really absorb my experiences during my nine days in Ecuador. Unlike my travels to other destinations around the world, I can’t say that I simply visited a place when I visited the Galapagos Islands. Yes, this is one of the most significant, pristine, authentic geographical locations on this earth. Beyond the physical act of stepping foot on the Galapagos Islands, though, spending time there transported me to a different mindset, a new way of processing the way I view the world…
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    Fili's World | A different look at Asia, China & Taiwan

  • HK Temple Run Day : Wong Tai Sin, Chi Lin & 10000 Buddhas

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    I took a Chinese visitor to Hong Kong to see some of the local temple culture on a temple run day. We started at the quiet and beautiful  Nan Lian gardens and Chu Lin Nunnery near Diamond Hill, continues to the hectic Wong Tai Sin and then made our way to the 10000 Buddhas near Sha Tin. It was an amazing day with terrific weather – sunny and clear blue skies. If you’re visiting HK and love temples, I think this would be the perfect day for you.   Previous posts on those temples: Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery Veggie Food and Hollywood Plaza Touring Hong Kong – Sik…
  • Northern Peng Chau Island Hike : Hong Kong

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Long ago I visited Peng Chau for the first time, one of Hong Kong’s small island with a laid back fishermen village feel to it. Though it’s a really small island, that fist time, I only explored the southern part of the island, hiking up to the mountain top to get some wonderful views of the area. This year I returned to Peng Chau to hike the northern part of the island. It’s very quiet, almost no people around, and the views overlooking Lantau and Discovery Bay are terrific.       Shall we take a walk around the island?   Local fishermen life……
  • New York City : Trip summary

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    While based in the US, I went to New York City for Christmas and New Years to visit my sister who was doing an exchange to NYU and meeting my parents who flew in to NYC for a visit. We spent about 10 days in New York, with an AirBnB apartment in Brooklyn next to Prospect Park. It was cold, but with a wonderful Christmas spirit (tough we never celebrated), and I got to reunite with some dear old friends from long long ago who happened to live in NYC at the time. Rather than just visiting attractions, we focused our efforts on atmosphere, culture and just plain fun.   To start you off,…
  • Tallahassee to New Orleans : Trip Summary

    6 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    While I was based in Tallahassee Florida I rented a car and made my way towards a conference (SPSP2013) taking place at New Orleans. It was a wonderful trip, New Orleans was absolutely fascinating with the crazy Mardi Gras traditions, and the road between Tallahassee and New Orleans offered plenty of wonderful beaches and attractions at Pensacola and Alabama.     To summarize that short trip, this was my route…     New Orleans Lots of historical plantations and houses all across the country-side… Longue Vue House & Gardens : New Orleans Destrehan Plantation…
  • Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park : San Francisco

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is a wonderful retreat right at the center of San Francisco. The park includes lots of attractions to enjoy, like the conservatory of flowers I mentioned before, and it even offers something for those like myself with an Asian heart – a little piece of Japanese heaven, the Japanese Tea Garden.       Here’s a bit about the gardens from their official website: The Japanese Tea Garden provides visitors from around the world with an opportunity to experience the natural beauty, tranquility and harmony of a Japanese-style garden in the…
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • Boomtown Reno Celebrates 50 Years

    Christina Erny
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Boomtown Casino Hotel celebrates its 50th birthday in April and showcases a multi-million dollar casino remodel while reflecting upon the history that started as a small café on I-80. Get excited for new twists to the famous “All-You-Can-Eat” Lobster Buffet, the new Bistro 2100, Market Fresh Deli, Baja Mexican and Peet’s Coffee. Plus, additional features will [...]
  • Reno Redefines Jazz

    Zach Alexander
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    The 52nd Reno Jazz Festival begins this Thursday, April 10 until Saturday, April 12. Throughout the day, schools from all over the nation will perform in front of judges at various locations around the University of Nevada, Reno campus. On Thursday night, trumpeter Avishai Cohen will play at Nightingale Concert Hall at 7:30 PM. Straight out [...]
  • Your Guide to Easter in Reno Tahoe

    Zach Alexander
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Everyone’s clothes are a little bit brighter, the flowers are blooming, and that giant bunny we all love is coming out of hibernation! Easter is on April 20, and there are plenty of egg hunts, festivals, and meet and greets with Mr. Bunny himself here in Reno, as well as other traditional events with [...]
  • Time to go Wild… Animal Ark is Now Open

    Christina Erny
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Animal Ark is now open after winter hibernation! With 18 special events, free educational lectures by local wildlife professionals, keeper talks, and interactions with  animals and raptors, it’s a great year to visit the sanctuary. Animal Ark is about a 25 minute drive from Reno, and definitely worth the drive. The staff of volunteers is extremely [...]
  • Exhibits to Visit in April 2014

    Zach Alexander
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    April is here, which means baseball, gorgeous weather, and great exhibits and events at local museums. There is so much going on this month, so hopefully this post provides some ideas of how you all can make the most of one of the most eventful months in Reno! Nevada Museum of Art Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 [...]
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    Cruise Radio

  • ShipMate App, Viking River Cruises Longships + Cruise News

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Mike Jirrot from popular ShipMate App joins us to talk about the cruise travel app with almost a million downloads available on both iOS and Android, Jason drops by to share his latest venture on Viking River Cruises, Viking placed a world record, again! Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise travel news you can use. Listen and learn!
  • Norwegian Getaway Review

    27 Mar 2014 | 10:11 pm
    This week we are aboard Norwegian Getaway for the inaugural sailing from Port Miami. We talk to passengers and get a run down of the restaurants, entertainment and outside areas. 
  • Carnival Sunshine Review + Porthole Cruise Magazine

    20 Mar 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Listener Sarah joins us this week to give a comprehensive reivew of Carnival Sunshine, a ship that recently underwent a $155-million dollar transformation. Bill Panoff, editor-in-cheif of Porthole Cruise Magazine checks in with us about some new things in the publication, MSC Cruises has some big news and Cruise Guy has our weekly cruise news.
  • SPECIAL: Cruise Shipping Miami - Executive Panel

    14 Mar 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Here is the audio file of the State of the Global Industry we made mention to on Cruise Radio with the four cruise line execs from MSC, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line. 
  • Cruise Shipping Miami 2014 - Cruise Travel Information

    14 Mar 2014 | 6:13 pm
    We are broadcasting from Cruise Shipping Miami this week at the Miami Beach Convention Center, an annual cruise conference with over 10,000 delegates from around the world. We talk with MSC Cruises, Windstar Cruises, family travel, Guy Harvey stops by the booth and Cruise Guy. Listen and learn!
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Nomadic News: April 6 2014

    James Clark
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Welcome to the latest edition of Nomadic News; links to location independence and travel. This week I am also featuring a project to help bring clean water to Lombok in Indonesia. The Paradigm Water Project is a project set up by Andy Hill, and American who has been living in Asia for the last five years. He is now building Biosand water filters in Lombok, Indonesia and is raising money to help build more filters. Read more about this at the Paradigm Water Project at Location Independence For digital nomads, work is no longer a place and life is one big adventure – Mark…
  • Notre Dame, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

    James Clark
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:29 pm
    [The Notre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.] I post photos here every friday but not usually in a chronological order, and if I am on the road I will have a backlog of of photos to post. For daily photos of where I am currently at follow me at instagram. Notre Dame, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam is a post from: Nomadic Notes
  • Nomadic News: March 23, 2014

    James Clark
    23 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    Welcome to the latest edition of Nomadic News; links to location independence and the life digital nomadic. Location Independence Digital Nomad Location Spotlight: Ambergris Caye, Belize How I make money while traveling (and how you can afford it too) – Mark Wiens from Migrationology details how he has monetised his delicious travel sites. Budget Breakdowns How We Spent less than $12K (£7.1K) Each Travelling to 10 Countries in 12 Months – Budget breakdown from Nomad Spirit. The real cost of travel in Vietnam – Budget breakdown by Kristen at Be My Travel Muse. Travel Digital…
  • Saturday Night’s Alright (For Writing)

    James Clark
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    When you work for yourself you soon find what hours are the most productive for you. I was reflecting on this when I found myself in a Hanoi-style cafe in Saigon on a saturday night. I usually walk around everywhere with my laptop, but this night I only had my notepad and pen at hand. With the combination of Vietnamese coffee and the atmosphere of the cafe, it was the ideal saturday night out for me. [At the office any day of the week in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo by Legal Nomads)] Before I became self employed, saturday nights were prime working nights. In the year before I became a full time…
  • Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

    James Clark
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia. Travel Photos: Kuala Lumpur photo gallery Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia is a post from: Nomadic Notes
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Boston in Bloom

    Kristin Girard
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    What a long, cold winter this has been. If you live in or near Boston (or, let’s be honest, anywhere in the upper half of the continent), chances are that you’re really, REALLY ready for springtime weather. Now that it’s finally warming up, what better way to celebrate the change of season in Boston than with some plein air activities? Boston Common/ Public Garden/ Swan Boats First stop: Boston Common, the oldest public park in the country and the home of the city’s Public Garden, with its iconic Swan Boats. Comprised of 48 acres of greenspace in the heart of the city, the Common is…
  • A Perfect Weekend in San Francisco

    Deston S. Nokes
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Golden Gate Bridge There’s a reason San Francisco often appears on the list of most expensive cities in the nation. It’s because so many people want to be there. San Francisco has some of the world’s best chefs, city parks, sports teams, iconic views and landmarks, shopping districts, and waterfronts. It has a modern transportation system and old-school, world-famous cable cars. Plus, SF residents have a live-and-let-live attitude about quirky interests, alternative lifestyles and unabashed eccentricities. In other words, it’s just a fun city to be in. But a first, money-saving step…
  • Atlanta for Romantics

    Kristin Girard
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Sugar Magnolia Bed & Breakfast. Photo credit: Debi Starnes If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, Atlanta is a wonderful place to go. As a large city, it offers a multitude of world-class accommodations, cultural events and sights, yet it’s diverse and quirky enough to allow for a truly unique experience. What you and your partner choose to do depends, of course, on who you are as a couple, what you most enjoy together, and what your ideal date would be. Atlanta is a delightful setting for your romantic experience, whether you opt for cozy and intimate, lavish and luxurious, or simple…
  • 5 Places to See Spring Bloom

    Dan Patterson
    26 Mar 2014 | 2:33 pm
    While it can be wonderful to head to your local public park or enjoy the flowers and freshly cut grass in your own backyard, winter-induced cabin fever may have left you itching for a road trip. Right now, there is no better time to hit the road and see spring burst into bloom! Here are some of our picks for places that will put the “spring” back in your step and bring you in-tune with nature and the new cycle of warmer weather. A Cherry Blossom Festival for Both Coasts Cherry Tree Blossoms & Jefferson Memorial Whether you live on the East coast or the West coast -- or if you crave an…
  • Toronto's Ethnic Buffet

    City Traveler
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
    New York Times travel story written by Francine Prose. When I tell my friends in Toronto how much I love their city, they often say, “Really?” I always assume they imagine I’m just trying to be gracious, or perhaps — with characteristic Canadian modesty — they’re reluctant to acknowledge how easy their city is to love. But they also have a great deal of justifiable civic pride, and a clear sense of why Toronto is such a special and unusual place to live and visit. There’s more to this understated city than many people might realize. The Toronto skyline. Credit Ian Willms for The…
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  • How to Edit Photos For Your Blog at Light Speed

    Matt Gibson
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Photo editing can be time consuming and onerous — especially when you’re in a rush to produce a large amount of content. But, there are some tricks you can use to automate most of the process. I had a friend in Taiwan who was a club photographer. He’d have to shoot until 3 or 4am and then go home and edit 50 photos and send them to the client before morning, so he had to create an extremely efficient workflow. In this tutorial I will show you how he did it, and how I edit photos when I’m in a rush. This process uses the Photoshop ‘batch’ and…
  • UK Breaks: Architectural Wonders of the UK

    Matt Gibson
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Old Londontown | Photo credit: Stuck in Customs For fans of beautifully-crafted architecture, the UK is a haven. Whether it’s overwhelming brutalist constructions, neo-Gothic haunts, or romantic Renaissance designs, there are many examples of some beautiful craftsmanship around just waiting to be explored. So if you’re in need of a short UK break with some stunning sights to hike, cycle, fly or sail around, here are a few destinations that should be top of your hit list: 5) Glasgow The University of Glasgow | Photo credit: Wills Newman This bustling Scottish city is filled with…
  • Win a trip to Cuba with Peregrine Adventures

    Matt Gibson
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Looking for something different for your next trip? How about a beautiful country rich with history? Then beautiful Cuba is a good option — and it’s the next trip up for grabs in the Pergrine Adventures 20/20 competition. This is the first of 20 wonderful adventures Peregrine Adventures is giving away over the next 20 days — so Cuba won’t he the only choice. Every trip will be different.  This competition is a celebration of  20 years of Peregrine’s pioneering work in employing local tour leaders for 20 years now on their tours and trips, which in turn has set the benchmark for…
  • One Minute of Bliss at Canyons Resort, UT

    Matt Gibson
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    I’ve hit a couple of excellent powder days at Canyons Resort here in Utah and gotten some great photos and videos.  I’m a painfully slow video editor, so until I can get a bigger and better edit up, here’s one a made a couple of weeks ago. It was bliss. The post One Minute of Bliss at Canyons Resort, UT appeared first on .
  • Win a Free Trip from Peregrine Adventures

    Matt Gibson
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:36 am
    Everybody needs a vacation once in a while, but few of us have the time and money to just up and leave when we want to. If you enter Peregrine Adventures’s free 20 Trips in 20 Days contest, you just might get that chance this year. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Peregrine Adventures is travel company that specializes in unique adventure vacations. They are deeply devoted to exclusively hiring locals as guides and staff. Thanks to this policy, Peregrine is able to give their guests an authentic look at their chosen destination(s) while simultaneously strengthening and giving back…
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    Diary of The Purple Passport

  • America the Edible at Founding Farmers in Washington, DC

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    WASHINGTON, DC, US – From amber waves of grain to the fruited plain, one of the most celebrated aspects of America is its fertile farming heritage. We are, in fact, a nation founded by farmers, given that George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all tended the soil in one way or another during their lifetimes. That’s right: they were farm-to-tablers way before farm-to-table dining was hip and chic. So it makes sense that Founding Farmers−a restaurant in DC‘s Foggy Bottom named for this patriotic agrarian phenomenon−would bring the best…
  • Power Bobs with Panache at Andre Chreky in Washington, DC

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    WASHINGTON, DC, US – Women’s hair in Washington has always gotten a lot of attention−often of the misguided sort. In the classically male-dominated political game, ladies with clout tend to be picked apart for their coif more than their policies. Remember the hoopla over Sarah Palin’s big bangs and high-rise back bump? Barbara Boxer’s “Washington helmet” has been criticized as “so yesterday,” and New York Magazine even has a dedicated blog for following the progress of Michelle Obama’s hairstyles. Though a woman’s credentials and…
  • Clubbing Paradise at Eden in Washington, DC

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    WASHINGTON, DC, US – A jungle theme. Neon strobe lights. Thumping house music DJs. Sparkler-lit champagne bottles. Drop-ins by Drake and members of the Wu Tang Clan. Sounds like you must be smack in the middle of a hot South Beach nightclub in Miami, right? Nope, you’re actually at Eden, a swanky lounge-cum-dance club that’s DC‘s answer to partying SoBe style. Tough door? Check. Ladies in bandage dresses and killer heels? Check. Cool kids lounging around on banquettes or at private tables? Check and check. The tropical theme alone might be enough to transport you down…
  • Hop the Globe on Embassy Row in Washington, DC

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo courtesy of Jeri Gloge on Flickr Creative Commons WASHINGTON, DC, US – Here at The Purple Passport, we’re pretty big fans of collecting as many stamps in our passports as possible. Aside from doing, say, a whirlwind Europe-in-10-days trip, we can’t think of a better way to collect a bunch of stamps in a short period of time than “Passport DC,” held on Embassy Row each May. The event flings open the doors of the elegant foreign embassies clustered along Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Visitors can purchase a “Souvenir Passport” to get stamped at each…
  • Flirty Fashions, Grandmotherly Wisdom at Lettie Gooch in Washington, DC

    30 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo of shopping on the U Street Corridor courtesy of Elvert Barnes on Flickr Creative Commons WASHINGTON, DC, US – If “Lettie Gooch” sounds like an old-fashioned granny’s name, that’s because, well…, it is. This chic women’s fashion boutique in DC‘s U Street Corridor is named after owner Theresa Watts’s grandmother, whom she describes as an “inspiring turn-of-the century woman.” Sounds like one hip granny! The shop takes a note from grandma with its warmth and feminine ways. Customers are greeted with a warm beverage upon…
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    A Traveler's Library

  • Delivering the Sultan’s Babies–Constantinople Intrigue

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Destination: Constantinople/Istanbul Book: The Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich (new 2014) If you’re a fan of Call the Midwife on TV,  you should love the novel, The Harem Midwife. Besides, the book is appropriate reading for Passover.  This Jewish couple whom you first met in Venice, was forced out of the ghetto there and have settled […]
  • Take Your Gambling Addiction to Macau

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Destination: Macau Book: The Ballad of a Small Player by Lawrence Osborne Macau is a different place than it was on that rainy day when Ken and I visited thirteen years ago.  Then it had just been reacquisitioned by the Chinese from the Portuguese who had held it as a remnant of their once far–flung […]
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    Travel stories and tips for adventure travel and culture tourism seekers

  • Adventure Travel to Niagara Falls Canada

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Are you culprit to traveling to the end of the earth to see the world’s largest lake, waterfall, or mountain while leaving things close to home unvisited? I was. I grew up in the Midwest. I spent many years in New England. In fact, I lived most of 2009 in the Hudson River Valley of New York. I had lived much closer to either side, Canadian or American, of Niagara Falls than I had in relation to Patagonia or Kauai. However, I eagerly purchased tickets to those remote destinations, leaving Niagara Falls unseen. That was until last summer on an adventure travel filled journey to Ontario,…
  • Dolphins Fooling Around the Napali Coast – Kauai Adventure Travel

    1 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    April Fool’s or not, I got to fool around with dolphins! Now for those of you out there with dirty minds (myself included), I’m not bragging about my lipstick case, but rather bragging about an unforgettable sail along Kauai’s Napali Coast. Want to live vicariously through my journey? Why not? Come and follow me along the mystical Napali Coast via catamaran. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, both in and out of the water. There are spinner dolphins, humpback whales, and sea turtles in the beautiful, crystal blue waters, but also mountain goats on the steep cliffs of the Napali.
  • Living Out of a Suitcase Travel Packing Tips

    24 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Although the title states suitcase, this could go for backpack, trunk, or whatever type of travel bag you use. I’ve used them all, including leaving on a trip for a weekend with a carry-on and having it turn into five months. Regardless of the length or type of trip, there are definitely challenges when living out of a suitcase. Have you experiences these living out of a suitcase hiccups? Wrinkle-free clothes turn out to be wrinkled anyway Everything you want is underneath the other stuff you don’t want You can’t find anything regardless the numerous compartments You packed…
  • My First Down Under Experience – Looking for Travel Tips to Australia

    10 Mar 2014 | 2:15 am
    Only seven days remains before my departure for an almost four week adventure to New Zealand and Australia. It is my first time jumping the Pacific pond and crossing the International Date Line. The first portion of the adventure will be on a cruise of the North and South Islands of New Zealand; however, my time in Australia will be much more independent with a few days in each location instead of only a portion of a day in a port. I’m looking for travel tips to Australia with a focus on active, adventure travel with cultural tourism: localvore cuisine (local products and chefs), wine…
  • Let’s Celebrate It’s International Women’s Day

    8 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Did anyone ever tell you? Today is a very special day. Yes, right before Daylight Savings Time and the day that everyone is Irish (St. Patrick’s Day), there is a VIP holiday that I only learned about this year. Today is International Women’s Day (IWD) a global celebration honoring all of my adventureras out there. Yes, you my sisters, female travel peers, my mom, and all women around the world, you are the honored guests at this party. So, play your Carole King, Gloria Gaynor, Kelly Clarkson, or your favorite female songbird and sing along. Call your girlfriends, buy your mother…
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  • Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies Recipe Are you ready to meet the best brownie recipe ever? I know, I didn’t think that this one would be The Best, but believe you me, it is so soft and chewy and the perfect blend of peanut butter and chocolate that you will be amazed! Although our oldest son decided he liked the Cookies and Cream Brownie recipe better which really surprised the rest of us! We couldn’t stay out of these peanut butter brownies. I made mine in a slightly larger pan, a 9 x 13, because I don’t have the size listed. It didn’t swirl as easily as it probably…
  • Images from Jane’s on the Square in Danville, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Jane’s on the Square in Danville, Indiana is your new favorite shop–if you want clean, gently-used, name brand or vintage clothing with reasonable prices! This Danville, Indiana resale store couldn’t be any easier to find. Located right on the square, it’s easy to get to and hard to forget. Dresses, skirts, blouses, handmade and consigned jewelry, and even purses and bags are all found inside this snazzy, sparkling shop. With an assortment of sizes and even clothing for Junior’s, Jane’s on the Square in Danville is your local option that’s big on style!
  • Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton, Indiana Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton, Indiana is 50′s styling. This Porter County restaurant has been serving the community (and beyond) for well over ten years! Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton, Indiana Celebrating the birthday of Kid #2, we were quick to claim a spot at the counter during the breakfast rush. In our travels, we’ve learned that counter seating is the way to go when it’s an option! You are part of the action, you get fast service, and a little more chit chat with the servers. Kids enjoy a higher vantage point. At…
  • little Indiana Weekly Recap 4/6/2014 – 4/12/2014

    Jessica Nunemaker
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Spring has Sprung! This week you’ll find a fantastic bed and breakfast that was just MADE for relaxation, an awesome bicycle shop (and way more), wonderful Mexican food, and more than 150 recipes from Indiana Bloggers to make your Easter! Those recipes are all in one place so you can easily find the things you need. You don’t need me to tell you that it’s been a rotten, horrible, very, very long winter! Take advantage of rising temperatures and explore like never before! To get started, well, that’s the easy part! Just dig in to the great selection of Indiana articles…
  • Indiana Short Film Festival Accepting Submissions

    Jessica Nunemaker
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Royal Theater in Danville, Indiana: Site of Indiana Short Film Festival Are you an aspiring film director or producer or even a professional? Or, do you just really, really like to watch movies? Either way, you will probably love to know about the Indiana Short Film Festival in Danville, Indiana–the only festival of its kind in Central Indiana! Indiana Short Film Festival Accepting Submissions What is a short film? A short film is 40 minutes or less and may choose among a variety of genres to enter in the Indiana Short Film Festival, formerly known as the Film Festival of Hendricks…
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    Plum Deluxe

  • How to Be a Good Houseguest with Pet Allergies

    Andy Hayes
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    In the past year or so, my pet allergies – specifically cats – have gone from a minor irritation to downright debilitating. After 20 minutes near a cat, I feel dizzy, faint, and can’t breathe. I’m not sharing my story for sympathy, but to share how serious pet allergies can be. Both houseguest and host/hostesses shouldn’t overlook how they can ruin a perfectly good dinner party evening. Unlike food allergies, which a guest can simply just not eat, pet allergy sufferers can’t choose not to breathe. (Or at least, this is an alternative that doesn’t turn…
  • 10 Influential Weddings That Never Really Happened

    Janice Bear
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Romances and trends are everywhere and can come from absolutely anywhere. Some start between the cover of a book, others are designed for the silver screen, and many sail into our consciousness afloat the digital stream of an original series. Suddenly, what was “once upon a time” is once upon a wedding! Check out our selection of influential weddings that never really happened. Once Upon a Time Jane Austen (1775-1817) wrote books, movies were made, and Regency style reigned at weddings. Think: garden settings, traditional English garden flowers such as roses and lavender, empire…
  • 5 Yoga Poses to Help You Live in the Moment

    A Guest Writer
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Rushing through the grocery store, I mentally checked off the items on my list: done, done, and done. I checked the time and realized again that it was much later than I wanted it to be. Now to get home and get dinner started. Except when I got to the front of the store, the check-out lines were backed up into the aisles. This was going to take awhile. I started to grumble, “Why did I stop at this store? They are always so slow, this is going to take forever. Now I’ll never get everything done! I almost let myself completely give in to the frustrating feelings that were welling up.
  • Relax, Baby: The Best Brunch Cocktail Recipes (with a Twist)

    Sandy Smith
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why is brunch the best meal of the week? Because you can’t get it wrong. You can wear pajamas or pearls. Want dessert with your eggs? You got it! Want a cocktail or two with your French toast? Super! Brunch understands. Brunch just wants you to be happy. And that’s why brunch rules. Spiked and Spicy Sweet Tea Sweet tea is a pretty girl in a sundress sitting in a porch swing on a hot Southern evening. This spiked and spicy version is the same girl with tattoos and stilettos. Yield: 10 to 12 servings Ingredients: 2 quarts water, divided 6 black tea bags 6 cinnamon sticks 2 inches fresh…
  • 6 of the Best Indie Teamakers in the US

    Carrie Keplinger
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you haven’t yet figured it out, we here at Plum Deluxe are crazy passionate about our tea. We’re constantly seeking out the best teamakers and tea blenders in our quest for the perfect cup. What have we found so far? We’re about to share our top 6 independent US teamakers with you. Pureblend Tea Kari Dandrea of West Chester, PA rivals yours truly in her love of the leaf (which is a difficult feat because I have opinions — just ask my fellow staff members). She started Pureblend because she wanted a fresh, pure cup of tea that nourished her body and soul. All of her teas and…
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  • Discovering Art In Tobago

    Jeanine Barone
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Snorkeling, fishing and diving are some of the favored activities in Tobago. But I went for the art. Yes, you heard me correctly. High above ever popular Mt. Irvine Beach, The Castle, as it's known, aka the Kimme Sculpture Museum, is a treasure trove of works by German-born Luise Kimme, a highly prolific and abundantly passionate sculptor and painter who died last year at the age of 74. I prowled the galleries and nooks and crannies of the multi-story whitewashed mansion that served as her house, atelier and museum, admiring the multitude of her creations. The life-size or larger pieces…
  • It's All About Nature in the Dominican Republic

    Jeanine Barone
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Floating in a calm waters, the color of a turquoise gem stone, waters that are huddled by a jungle of foliage, it's easy to forget that you are just minutes from your air-conditioned hotel room. The Reserva Ecologica Ojos Indigenas (Indigenous Eyes Ecological Reserve) is the only private forest reserve in Punta Cana and it sits smack on the property of the Puntacana Resort and Club in the Dominican Republic. Tasked with protecting the area's natural resources, the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation seeks to conserve the region's biodiversity by preserving this park.Hundreds of different plants,…
  • Protecting The Peruvian Amazon

    Jeanine Barone
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:29 pm
    The only thing coming between the mahogany and cedar trees and other bountiful natural resources in the Amazon and the devious poachers who are anxious to pillage them is a man in a boat. Well, actually a few men, each in a canoe.The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon is a wealth of plant and animal species. And, a small cadre of rangers in canoes is tasked with protecting this more than five million-acre expanse bordered by the Marañon River and the Puinahua Channel that branches off the Ucayali River.Some of the creatures are quite unusual, including the…
  • Safety and Security During Spring Break

    Jeanine Barone
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I was born a geek. When I was 14, I was reading the American Journal of Cardiology and teaching myself how to read ECGs. Yes, geek, for sure. So, when I went on spring break, I was my usual overly cautious self, to the dismay of my peers who, of course, threw caution to the wind.We're now in the spring break season which often means accidents, injuries, illnesses and overall risky behavior. There's the binge drinking, all night partying, sizzling on the sand sans sunscreen, chowing down on fatty foods, forgoing condoms, operating motor vehicles in a less than optimal mental state. The list…
  • Nature-Centered Girlfriend Getaways Near New York City

    Jeanine Barone
    24 Feb 2014 | 1:33 pm
    As a woman, maintaining a tight bond with my girlfriends is a priority. But, sometimes our everyday lives are so frenzied with the needs of kids, partners,and colleagues that email, texting and video chats have taken the place of face-to-face sharing. Instead of attempting to schedule and reschedule Sunday brunch with your best friends only to find that electronic devices are still too tempting a distraction, why not plan a girlfriend getaway oh-so-close to New York City?No, this isn't all about endless shopping sprees or consuming large quantities of alcohol. Sure, you'll be putting your…
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    Two Kids and a Map

  • Civil War Reenactment at Endview Plantation

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Did you know there were only two major battles fought in the North during the Civil War? That is the question my 12 year-old-asked me while we were driving to Endview Plantation in Newport News, Virginia last weekend. My answer: No, I didn’t.  At least I don’t think I did. His response: Yep, the Battle of Antietam and the Battle of Gettysburg. Yay for the Virginia Public School System! I do have very vivid memories of driving through battlefields as a child listening to George Winston instrumental soundtracks playing in the cassette player of my mother’s car.  Considering there were…
  • Vacation Mom

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Vacation mom is a fun mom.  She always has a smile on her face and her head thrown back in laughter.  Vacation mom lets the kids eat foods they don’t normally get to eat. The family hangs out together pretty much from waking up in queen sized beds next to each other to putting their heads back on those pillows when the sun has gone down. Vacation mom thinks the kids are goofy and she joins in on the goofiness without thinking about it. As vacation mom starts making her way back home, she can feel her shoulders tighten a little and her hands squeeze the steering wheel a little bit…
  • Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Albuquerque was one of those cities that surprised us.  We found so many different activities to check out while we were there.  I wish that we could have stayed another day or two.  By far, my children’s favorite activity was taking the Sandia Peak Tramway, courtesy of Visit Albuquerque .  This tram isn’t for the faint of heart though.  You start your journey at 6559 feet. You hop on the tram during your assigned time and begin to ascend 2.7 miles into the sky. The views were worth the butterflies in my stomach. During your journey, you will pass the second tram going the…
  • Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island

    24 Mar 2014 | 11:49 am
    Along the coast of Newport is a rambling walk where the waters of the Atlantic ocean break against the cliffs of Aquidneck Island.  Cliff Walk is rated as one of the top things to do in this summer resort town in New England.  There is good reason. There are no fancy restaurants or special attractions along the walk.  Just you, the seagulls, several famous mansions, and the coastline.  Of course, in the summer time you will also likely have your fair share of tourists sharing the walk with you.  I, however, was thankful to be visiting Newport in the beginning of…
  • A Southwestern Road Trip through New Mexico and Arizona

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Spring break is upon us and I am ready to get the heck out of dodge. We were just going to stick close to home but my husband is stuck at work and my kids have a two week spring break so I started planning a trip immediately.  I wanted somewhere warmer than Colorado (though that is all subjective now that we are in the month of March) and I wanted to go somewhere that I could drive. Our trip will begin with a 6 hour drive south across the New Mexico border. I have driven through New Mexico before but my children have never been. They are thrilled to be able to check (two!) more states off of…
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  • Australia Travel Deals

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    $1487 & up — Australia Travel Deals, Save up to $2600 Jet set to the iconic beaches, waterfront cities and tropical rain forests that lie Down Under. Explore famous sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Great Barrier Reef, Twelve Apostles and Ayers Rock. $3059 & up — 8-Night Australia Trip w/Sydney Harbour Cruise Includes flights to [...]
  • Greece Travel Deals

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    $580 & up — Greece: Athens and Islands Trips, Save $900 Packaged trips and cruises in Crete, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos & more for travel through November. $909 & up — Greece: Escorted Athens Land-Only Trip w/Cruise Spend 3 days exploring Athens and 3 more days cruising through Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos Crete & Santorini. $7,341 & up — Greece: 8 [...]
  • Orlando Hotel Deals

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    $129-$169 — Ends Tonight: 4-Star Resort Inside Disney, 70% Off Hotel with daily shuttles to Disney plus free wi-fi. Travel now through December 25, 2014. $89 — 4-Star Orlando Resort through Summer w/Wi-Fi, 65% Off Free wi-fi plus mini-fridge in each room. Includes 1 free day + adults pay kid price at Universal. $69-$99 — Villa at [...]
  • Arizona Travel Deals

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    $259 & up — Luxe Arizona Resort w/Meals & Parking, $100 Off This resort boasts eight swimming pools, seven tennis courts, a spa and five dining options. Travel select dates May-June, April dates also discounted. $69 — Arizona: Studio at Mesa Country Club incl. Weekends Spacious villas provide more of a home-style feel than single-room properties. [...]
  • Canada Hotel Deals

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    $90 — Ontario: Four-season Horseshoe Valley Resort, 50% Off The Horseshoe Valley area is rich in activities such as hiking and skiing. Travel Sundays-Thursdays, April 1 – May 22, 2014. $143 & up — Downtown Ottawa Hotel, 40% Off Every 2nd Nt. Close to top-notch shopping and dining, this offer saves big on stays of two or more [...]
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    Williams Smith
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    This weekend will see the return of the inimitable London Marathon – an annual event that is a firm and unwavering part of the London calendar almost akin to Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Though it may change shape over the years (be it in terms of sponsorship or by numbers of people taking part) it is always a great, unique spectacle, and is definitely a social activity which you won’t want to miss if you happen to be in town this weekend. Odds are, you can’t miss it anyway, as the 26-mile race will speed past most of London’s major landmarks before hitting the finishing line on The…
  • A remarkable step ahead!

    Williams Smith
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    As the President of France signs into law Bill ALUR, the RatedApartments society gets another reason to celebrate. This new housing legislation elucidates that wherever you reside in France, you have the right to rent out your home, without seeking permission from your respective city hall. Certainly a positive development for everyone interested in the idea of sharing homes and meeting new people, the law brings numerous benefits to people and communities. The law also incorporates guidelines for short-term rental properties that are not primary residences. The rules remain unchanged in most…
  • Top Five London attractions to visit with the entire family

    Williams Smith
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:43 am
    Many visitors to the British capital only associate London with an amazing nightlife and lots of opportunities for adults to have a great time, be it in restaurants, pubs or bars. While all that may be valid, it is also true that London is extremely family-friendly and provides lots of opportunities to have fun with children. Indeed, it is one of the safest cities to visit in the world, with extensive Health and Safety regulations making sure that your small ones always stay on the right side of danger. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some unique ideas for activities to enjoy with your…
  • Top 10 must see events – London

    Williams Smith
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:06 am
    With the new year in full gear now, we decided to give you a run-down of all the 2014 London must-do events for the rest of the year. So start planning your itinerary! March Until the end of March you can still catch the incredible Drowned Man show at the National Theatre. The mind-boggling stage production, realised by the renowned Punchdrunk team, takes you into a dark and twisted journey linking Hollywood of the 1960s to a tragedy from the 1800s. This award-winning play requires for you to walk through different stages and can last up to 3 hours – depending on how curious you are about…
  • Paris: Call it the city of lights or the fashion capital

    Williams Smith
    19 Feb 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Subtlety. Style. Sensation. It’s the start of the Paris Fashion Week. Following New York, London and Milan, here’s the city of lights with the last word on the global fashion vista. With a host of designers staging the concluding runway spectacle of the season, this one is the most anticipated. Home to Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and so many more, Paris brings out the eccentricities and heartiness of fashion like none other. Inexhaustible trends and striking shows rule the city and the streets revolutionize into a runway of their own. As the city dabs up with strips and motifs…
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  • Social Media Cruise Post of the Day | Viking River Cruises

    Carrie Finley
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Viking River Cruises asks…. What is the best part about river cruising? Social Media post of the day from Viking River Cruises’ Facebook page.   Curated List of Top 5 Reasons to River Cruise Not going from hotel to hotel – unpack once Cruising on a river! No bingo & or gaming Unpacking once, fabulous food, wonderful staff, new friends made, beautiful sights to see. The scenery from your own cabin while floating leisurely down the river in Europe. If you want to see the entire list of reasons, head over to the Viking River Cruises Facebook page here. In the meantime,…
  • 2014 Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival

    Carrie Finley
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    Celebrity Cruises Orange County Special Event Celebrity Cruises in partnership with top Orange County restaurants are coming together on May 31, 2014 for the 2014 Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival. Tickets are available at the event’s website, click here. The benefit event will raise money for Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services in Southeast Los Angeles.  Highlights of the event include wine, brews and culinary offerings from more than 40 wineries, craft breweries, spirits companies and local restaurants. The Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival takes…
  • MSC Divina – New and Improved

    Carrie Finley
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Cruise Ship Review | MSC Divina For those of you travel agents and cruise passengers wondering about what MSC Divina is like, think “new and improved.” I brought my 9-year old son along with me on MSC Divina to “kick-the-tires” on the Caribbean’s newest year-round cruise product to see what all the buzz was about. Keep reading to discover our cruise story on MSC Cruises …. Brian and Captain Francesco Veniero and staff. New and Improved Ken Muskat, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing at MSC Cruises (USA) Inc wants to let members of the travel trade…
  • Cruise Deals: What’s the catch?

    Carrie Finley
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:31 am
    How to spot a cruise deal Is the Carnival Cruise Lines Kids Sail Free promotion a good deal? The latest cruise deals coming by my desk seem too good to be true… What’s the deal?  I dissected the latest Kids Sail Free promotion offered by Carnival to show readers how to determine if a cruise deal is too good to be true. The key to determining if the deal is a good offer is to read the Terms and Conditions. In this case, the only surprise to cruise passengers could be the taxes and port charges that are applicable to all passengers, even the kids sailing free. Another thing that is…
  • MSC Divina Great Stirrup Cay

    Carrie Finley
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:47 pm
    MSC Cruises Caribbean Cruise Review MSC Divina at anchor. Great Stirrup Cay. We made it. Three ports and three sea days later, Brian and I along with 4000 other cruise passengers have almost finished our cruise vacation. We are a short 132 nautical miles from Miami, where we will head back home. In the meantime, we are still on the last fumes of our cruise and we plan on taking full advantage of the ship. Great Stirrup Cay Shopping, sand and fun at Great Stirrup Cay. Today passengers on MSC Divina enjoyed the sun and warm Caribbean waters at Great Stirrup Cay. The infrastructre (thanks to…
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  • Important Information About The Aquatic Life

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    Turtles, to be a varieties, are usually more than 200 zillion years of age, coming inside Triassic aging. This document will record some quite interesting turtle reality that could captivate and startle you. There exists a delusion properly that is certainly certainly bogus. Turtle Information. Some believe seas turtles weep. In fact, they excrete sea salt using their the eyes which they assimilated out from the saline seas drinking water, supplying the look of weeping. only has got to his center period at age of 80. Ocean sponge is definitely a harmful and dangerous being that may be…
  • How You Can Become A Really good Manager

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Elementary are important to operate a small company. Some businesses feel that top rated v . monitoring is most critical. The fact is, you must be capable to the two of them guide and organize. Why a decent supervisor? There are actually certain firm supervision skill-sets and designs to target; designed for small enterprises. the master or supervisor of a small venture, it’s crucial for you to figure out what individuals straightforward management techniques are and in order to feature them into the own individual behaviours. Why? Due to the fact some talents tend to be outstanding…
  • Getting The Most Effective Insurance Premiums

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    Purchasing a towing small business is often a hazardous endeavor and you need to understand there is the best healing period pickup truck insurance policy plan set up to maintain your company healthy all the time. to select your initial price you obtain to the family table, it is advisable to get some insurance quotes, which you might evaluate and check out, obtaining the one which absolute best fits your distinctive needs. The whole thing starts off with recognition. You need to start using a curing vehicle insurance provider that features a terrific history inside the market sector.
  • Things To Consider For Impressive Online Home business

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    In software that will be available totally free of charge, you could use identical techniques make use of to work your statement processor chip and make an expert wanting and working website page which can be supplied with pictures and knowledge. Should you want to create a simple and easy and easy blog, or if you find yourself creating a home based business to develop online websites for corporations but do not have the preparation, utilizing a training course like the stands out as the speediest method confirm your appeal and reveal your talent. It was once that learning to have your own…
  • Determing The Best Expert Blog Site Designer For The Service

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    additional a great number small business proprietors are checking out complimentary web property contractors to develop a top quality online business on their corporation their branding on the web – psd to magento theme. Determining the best a for your enterprise is key, on the other hand there is not any dearth of on line website page general contractors featuring entirely free online sites. Previous to beginning online developing procedure, you have to be positive about the level of internet business that you need to reflect what you are promoting. There are several general…
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    Caribbean Travel Blog - RumShopRyan

  • Papa Pilar’s Winter Finale: Boat Drink Recipes

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    After one sip, you’ll feel summer warming you from within. This week’s Boat Drink recipe comes from our friends at Papa’s Pilar and has a name that I’m sure will be popular with many of you Castaways–Winter’s Finale. While spring is indeed upon us, I know a few of you in the midwest and north just got another reminder of just how brutal this never ending winter has been, but have no fear, the sun and little rum is on the way! The Winter’s Finale is made with Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum, honestly one of the best “light” rums I’ve…
  • Review of the Holland House Beach Hotel: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    As soon as I stepped into the open-air lobby and looked past the bar to the blue waters of the Caribbean, I felt relaxed and at home. A great feeling as the Holland House Beach Hotel was going to be my home away from home on St. Maarten the day before and the day after cruising aboard the Island Windjammer’s Sagitta. Check-in was a breeze and I headed to the third floor to settle in and ditch the heavy bags. A smile grew on my face as soon as the door swung open and revealed a tastefully decorated room that looked modern and newly renovated. I dropped my bags and instantly walked out to…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    Rooftop bars over looking the Caribbean, awesome beach bars of Punta Cana, and somewhat sad news from Margaritaville. The Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up is a must read if you’re in love with the islands. I just read Bahama Bob’s report that the 10 store Margaritaville restaurant chain was sold to a Brazilian company. I’ll let you read the details that are linked below, sad news indeed. I can understand why Buffett would sell the chain, he might be winding down and cashing out of businesses that he doesn’t want the responsibility of running any more. Whatever the reason is,…
  • Oualie Beach, Nevis – Island Lime Video

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    I have fantasized about Nevis for a long time. A couple years ago during a week long stay on St. Kitts we took a sunset cruise and sailed by its leeward shore, never getting a chance to set foot on the island though. So close, the island’s lush green landscape and towering Nevis Peak teased me like a hard-to-get woman. Fast forward a couple years and with the aid of the tall ship Sagitta, Nevis would no longer tease me from a far. She would show me what lies upon her beautiful slopes and golden beaches. We only spent a day on Nevis but I was hell-bent on seeing as much as I could. I…
  • Video: Bahamas Rum Festival Highlights

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    Fort Charlotte has resumed it’s silent guard over Nassau’s busy port, but a couple months ago it was the place to be for the world of rum. There were three live music stages, dozens of vendors, and a huge collection of some of the top rums from the Caribbean and beyond. Spotlights lit up the sky and thousands of people filled the normally quiet Fort Charlotte. I’ve been to a few rum festivals and I have to say this was the most fun. I’m already looking forward to Festival Rum Bahamas 2015. Here is a short video highlighting the festival and a short jaunt out to Rose…
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  • Camera Talk: Travel Portrait Photography

    ITKT Featured Writer
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Travel Portrait Photography Travel Portrait Photography in Botswana I remember once taking a photograph of a man in Botswana when I was younger. His face was intriguing – beautiful and expressive. I knew it was going to make for an interesting photograph. He saw me take the shot from a short distance and was angry that I had not asked his permission. I had invaded his privacy and he walked away furious. When I looked back on the photograph I couldn’t see what had initially inspired me to photograph him, only the anger I had made him feel. I felt ashamed and deleted it. Sometimes…
  • Eye on Saitama, Japan

    ITKT Featured Writer
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    North of Tokyo in Saitama The Suburb of Saitama Driving through the suburbs of Tokyo, the roadside is dotted with familiar sites such as: an auto body shop, a town barber and clusters of modest suburban houses, each with a lone fruit tree in the front yard. It could be a stretch of road in Ventura County, but the Japanese characters advertising cell phones and televisions, and the fruit trees, heavy with ripe persimmons, make it distinctly Japan. Saitama to be precise, a smallish prefecture north of Tokyo that houses a large population of suburban commuters that crowd the city-bound trains…
  • London Tenement Blues

    ITKT Featured Writer
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The London Tenement Rough Living London-Style I was living, if you could call it that, in various London hostels before I found a room for rent. I was eager for my own space, for drawers and a door. It had been weeks since I could unpack my bag. The room was in a house in the East End, a 45-minute commute to the city center. The neighborhood never made me feel unsafe, exactly, though I grew to recognize it as a bit rundown and “lower class.” The landlord company had only recently acquired the house. Even as they were soliciting tenants, they were constructing walls, carving up the…
  • Uncovering Mojacar Man in a Spanish Resort

    ITKT Media Partner
    15 Mar 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Travel Mojacar Our First Time in Mojacar This was the first trip to Mojacar for my wife and I. This resort town in the Province of Almería, southern Spain is pronounced “Mahaca” and shouldn’t be confused with the island of Majorca. Before we booked our trip about the only thing we where aware of about the resort was its internationally recognized Mojacar Man or Indalo Man symbol. We drove into Mojacar with slight trepidation as always plan our holidays pretty carefully but this was a last minute decision and we decided to take a chance and surprise ourselves, so no Googleing. Arriving…
  • Then and Now — Abu Simbel

    SS and CJ
    10 Mar 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Now in Abu Simbel, Egypt The Temples of Ramesses Uncovered From Cairo, I catch the early morning flight to see for myself the temples built alongside the Nile at Abu Simbel. These are the ruins hewn into a mountainside to serve both as a tribute to Pharaoh Ramesses II, but also a warning to ancient armies advancing up the river that a powerful kingdom lie ahead. Although a bit of self-aggrandizing propaganda, the perception they give is valid – Ramesses’ reign was arguably the greatest of the Late Kingdom period. Buried in sand by the 6th century BC and only uncovered by explorer’s…
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  • Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit, Mexico

    Inspector 401
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Perhaps somewhat off the beaten path, about an hour drive from Puerto Vallarta sits the quaint village of Rincon de Guayabitos. Here you will not find tall modern high rise hotels and fancy restaurants but you will find decent 2 and 3 diamond accommodations and good casual restaurants featuring fresh tasty local fare. You will also fine a true Mexican flavor that is hard to find in the built up areas. That is to me, what makes it charming and well worth the drive. I find the beach is the main draw, as it is a truly Mexican beach that brings in families from the nearby cities of Tepic and…
  • Harvard Museums

    Heidemarie Chernushin
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:24 am
    I love photography and always search out new photographic exhibits, so when the invitation arrived to attend a preview of Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs With Scot Miller at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) in Cambridge, Mass., I jumped at the chance. A bonus was Miller would be on hand to talk about his work and I’d have the opportunity to pick his brain on how he photographed such beautiful images. Scot Miller spent seven years retracing the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau by taking photographs of many of the places that Thoreau explored during his lifetime.
  • Golden Gate Bridge Electronic Toll: What You Need to Know

    Greg Weekes
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    A year ago, when electronic toll charges for the Golden Gate Bridge went into effect, many San Franciscans breathed a huge sigh of relief. While driving northbound to Marin County is free, a toll is charged if you’re crossing southbound. Afternoon and evening rush-hour congestion into the city was slowed further by commuters stopping to pay the toll, creating headache-inducing backups on US 101. The toll plazas at the south end of the bridge remain, but now vehicles breeze through them instead of stopping, which has improved traffic flow and reduced backups. It’s all good, right? Yes, if…
  • Route 66

    Mike Camarano
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    America is constantly re-inventing itself. As a result, things that were once an integral part of American life have disappeared from the scene. Remember drive-in theaters, typewriters, phone booths, floppy disks and camera film? Some items are so iconic, however, that they live on beyond their expiration date. America’s Mother Road—Route 66—is one such phenomenon, and all the twists and turns in the story of this famous road are etched on AAA maps throughout the years. Route 66 was not originally a part of the plan when the US Numbered Highway System was approved in 1926. The Chicago…
  • See Which Travelin’ Pets Fetched Top Honors in Photo Contest

    Master Admin
    20 Feb 2014 | 5:30 am
    Two lucky dogs who enjoy travel — selected as winners of the latest AAA PetBook® Photo Contest sponsored by Best Western — are scheduled to appear on covers of the next AAA PetBook edition, available this May. The first-place winner, a mixed-breed California dog and avid runner named Phoochie, will be pictured on the book’s back cover in a photo taken outside the California State Capitol in Sacramento. “One of the most surprising things about the photo is that Phoochie sat still long enough for someone to take it,” said owner Melissa Banda. The family enjoys visiting dog parks, dog…
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    Travel Junkie Julia

  • Travel to Eternal Youth: Where To Go to Look Healthier and Feel Fabulous

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The desire to stay young – be it through sulphuric bubble baths, broccoli juice elixirs or good ol’ fashion botox – has been a cultural obsession and egotistical hobby throughout history. In 1513, Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León set sail to find a mythical land said to have a fountain of youth. Flash forward five hundred years and our communal quest for immortality continues. If you’re curious about unlocking the secrets of eternal youth, here are a few top destinations around the world that are rumored to make you live longer, feel healthier and act like a kid again.
  • How to Save Money When Booking A Flight: Video Travel Tips

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Girls Getaways: Where to Travel With Your Fave Ladies

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the early 1980s, Cindy Lauper sang the undeniable truth. “When the working day is done, oh girls, they wanna have fu-un. Oh girls, Just wanna have fun…” When planning a vacation with your favorite girlfriends, mothers and sisters, deciding on a destination that fits everyone’s interests can be a bit of a challenge. But fear not! There’s hope! Pushing beyond the traditional, here are a few out-of-the-box ideas for a wild, fun and fabulous ‘just us girls’ weekend. 1- Spa at The Hotel Hershey: Wrangle up your favorite chocoholics for a hard-core day of girl-power pampering.
  • New Zealand for Freaks and Geeks: Cool Stuff To Do in NZ

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    An island nation of 4.4 million people (and a disproportionate amount of sheep), New Zealand is a hot spot located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean off the coast of big brother Australia. The Colorado-sized country consists of two main islands – the North Island and the South Island. While the North has cosmopolitan cities, active volcanoes and geothermal activity, the South delivers the Southern Alps mountain range, fertile green farmlands and Queenstown, “the adventure capital of the world.” With sweeping vistas, stunning landscape, Polynesian spa thermal hot springs and natural…
  • Sightseeing Tour of Beijing: Motorcycle Tour of the Great Wall of China

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Beijing Sideways” offers tours to the Great Wall from the sidecar of a 1930‘s vintage motorcycle! Cruise through the Chinese countryside for an off-the-beaten path look at this iconic monument (section of the Great Wall near Huang Hua Shang & Shengtengyu), the follow it up with a french picnic. This is a part of the wall that is far from the tourist trail. Really cool company offering a unique perspective. They also offer day long sightseeing tours of Beijing. Check out this video I did for MSNBC about the experience.
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  • Quiz: What’s Your Perfect Cruise?

    Christine Wei
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Been itching to set sail? Can’t resist a good quiz during your lunch break? Our new quiz helps you find your perfect cruise based on your travel style. In your results, we’ll provide a few expert recommendations for all budgets. Take the quiz it here.
  • Forget the Casinos and Mega-resorts: 7 Ways to Enjoy a Relaxing Nature Retreat in the Bahamas

    Jaymie Degaetano
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Bahamas is often synonymous with Nassau’s bustling casinos and the sprawling Atlantis resort – a great vacation for those looking for a mix of partying, gambling, and sun. However, if you’re opting for a crowd-free beach retreat and outdoor activities, look 55 miles east of Florida to Grand Bahama Island. I discovered this tranquil paradise first-hand on a recent trip courtesy of the Grand Lucayan Resort. Here are seven ways for you to do the same. Lounge on Gold Rock Beach. Situated on the shores of Lucayan National Park, you’ll find calm waters and long stretches of…
  • What’s New (and Affordable) in Santa Cruz

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Best-known as a home to college kids, surfers, and hippies, the California town of Santa Cruz has a few less stereotypical, newsworthy attractions to boast of this year. Best of all, most of these are cheap (or even free) and you’ll spend less than $25 on gas to make a round-trip from San Francisco. Here’s what to do on a day trip. The Birthday Trifecta Three of Santa Cruz’s most iconic attractions are celebrating milestones this year. California’s longest wooden pier, the Santa Cruz Wharf, celebrates its 100th birthday; the Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk,…
  • Checking In: The San Juan Marriott

    Pamela Jacobs
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Whether you’re a family of four, a group of girlfriends, or a young couple on a tight budget, you know that tropical travel can come with a high price. Sure, all-inclusives offer the bang-for-the-buck factor, but what they provide in savings they often lack in culture and distinctiveness. For all of the above travelers (and anyone in between), the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offers the best of both worlds: comfort and culture at reasonable rates. Rooms start as low as $185 per night in low season; about $200-$220 in high season. (Note: there is an 18% resort fee per…
  • Cuba 101: Planning Your Visit

    Tommy Burson
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    For a minute, let’s remove those Cuban stereotypes – you know, Castro, communism, and Teddy Roosevelt riding through Santiago, Cuba like the mustached maven portrayed in Night at the Museum. For decades, while America upheld its embargo on Cuba, millions of tourists from Canada and western Europe have flocked to the white sandy beaches at Jardines del Ray, or strolled the cobblestone streets in colonial Trinidad. But things are rapidly changing: already, in the first third of 2014, Cuba’s seen more American tourists than Germans, Brits, and French visitors from all of last year,…
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  • Quiz: What’s Your Perfect Cruise?

    Christine Wei
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Been itching to set sail? Can’t resist a good quiz during your lunch break? Our new quiz helps you find your perfect cruise based on your travel style. In your results, we’ll provide a few expert recommendations for all budgets. Take the quiz it here.
  • Forget the Casinos and Mega-resorts: 7 Ways to Enjoy a Relaxing Nature Retreat in the Bahamas

    Jaymie Degaetano
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Bahamas is often synonymous with Nassau’s bustling casinos and the sprawling Atlantis resort – a great vacation for those looking for a mix of partying, gambling, and sun. However, if you’re opting for a crowd-free beach retreat and outdoor activities, look 55 miles east of Florida to Grand Bahama Island. I discovered this tranquil paradise first-hand on a recent trip courtesy of the Grand Lucayan Resort. Here are seven ways for you to do the same. Lounge on Gold Rock Beach. Situated on the shores of Lucayan National Park, you’ll find calm waters and long stretches of…
  • What’s New (and Affordable) in Santa Cruz

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Best-known as a home to college kids, surfers, and hippies, the California town of Santa Cruz has a few less stereotypical, newsworthy attractions to boast of this year. Best of all, most of these are cheap (or even free) and you’ll spend less than $25 on gas to make a round-trip from San Francisco. Here’s what to do on a day trip. The Birthday Trifecta Three of Santa Cruz’s most iconic attractions are celebrating milestones this year. California’s longest wooden pier, the Santa Cruz Wharf, celebrates its 100th birthday; the Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk,…
  • Checking In: The San Juan Marriott

    Pamela Jacobs
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Whether you’re a family of four, a group of girlfriends, or a young couple on a tight budget, you know that tropical travel can come with a high price. Sure, all-inclusives offer the bang-for-the-buck factor, but what they provide in savings they often lack in culture and distinctiveness. For all of the above travelers (and anyone in between), the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offers the best of both worlds: comfort and culture at reasonable rates. Rooms start as low as $185 per night in low season; about $200-$220 in high season. (Note: there is an 18% resort fee per…
  • Cuba 101: Planning Your Visit

    Tommy Burson
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    For a minute, let’s remove those Cuban stereotypes – you know, Castro, communism, and Teddy Roosevelt riding through Santiago, Cuba like the mustached maven portrayed in Night at the Museum. For decades, while America upheld its embargo on Cuba, millions of tourists from Canada and western Europe have flocked to the white sandy beaches at Jardines del Ray, or strolled the cobblestone streets in colonial Trinidad. But things are rapidly changing: already, in the first third of 2014, Cuba’s seen more American tourists than Germans, Brits, and French visitors from all of last year,…
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  • Quiz: What’s Your Perfect Cruise?

    Christine Wei
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Been itching to set sail? Can’t resist a good quiz during your lunch break? Our new quiz helps you find your perfect cruise based on your travel style. In your results, we’ll provide a few expert recommendations for all budgets. Take the quiz it here.
  • Forget the Casinos and Mega-resorts: 7 Ways to Enjoy a Relaxing Nature Retreat in the Bahamas

    Jaymie Degaetano
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Bahamas is often synonymous with Nassau’s bustling casinos and the sprawling Atlantis resort – a great vacation for those looking for a mix of partying, gambling, and sun. However, if you’re opting for a crowd-free beach retreat and outdoor activities, look 55 miles east of Florida to Grand Bahama Island. I discovered this tranquil paradise first-hand on a recent trip courtesy of the Grand Lucayan Resort. Here are seven ways for you to do the same. Lounge on Gold Rock Beach. Situated on the shores of Lucayan National Park, you’ll find calm waters and long stretches of…
  • What’s New (and Affordable) in Santa Cruz

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Best-known as a home to college kids, surfers, and hippies, the California town of Santa Cruz has a few less stereotypical, newsworthy attractions to boast of this year. Best of all, most of these are cheap (or even free) and you’ll spend less than $25 on gas to make a round-trip from San Francisco. Here’s what to do on a day trip. The Birthday Trifecta Three of Santa Cruz’s most iconic attractions are celebrating milestones this year. California’s longest wooden pier, the Santa Cruz Wharf, celebrates its 100th birthday; the Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk,…
  • Checking In: The San Juan Marriott

    Pamela Jacobs
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Whether you’re a family of four, a group of girlfriends, or a young couple on a tight budget, you know that tropical travel can come with a high price. Sure, all-inclusives offer the bang-for-the-buck factor, but what they provide in savings they often lack in culture and distinctiveness. For all of the above travelers (and anyone in between), the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offers the best of both worlds: comfort and culture at reasonable rates. Rooms start as low as $185 per night in low season; about $200-$220 in high season. (Note: there is an 18% resort fee per…
  • Cuba 101: Planning Your Visit

    Tommy Burson
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    For a minute, let’s remove those Cuban stereotypes – you know, Castro, communism, and Teddy Roosevelt riding through Santiago, Cuba like the mustached maven portrayed in Night at the Museum. For decades, while America upheld its embargo on Cuba, millions of tourists from Canada and western Europe have flocked to the white sandy beaches at Jardines del Ray, or strolled the cobblestone streets in colonial Trinidad. But things are rapidly changing: already, in the first third of 2014, Cuba’s seen more American tourists than Germans, Brits, and French visitors from all of last year,…
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  • Quiz: What’s Your Perfect Cruise?

    Christine Wei
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Been itching to set sail? Can’t resist a good quiz during your lunch break? Our new quiz helps you find your perfect cruise based on your travel style. In your results, we’ll provide a few expert recommendations for all budgets. Take the quiz it here.
  • Forget the Casinos and Mega-resorts: 7 Ways to Enjoy a Relaxing Nature Retreat in the Bahamas

    Jaymie Degaetano
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Bahamas is often synonymous with Nassau’s bustling casinos and the sprawling Atlantis resort – a great vacation for those looking for a mix of partying, gambling, and sun. However, if you’re opting for a crowd-free beach retreat and outdoor activities, look 55 miles east of Florida to Grand Bahama Island. I discovered this tranquil paradise first-hand on a recent trip courtesy of the Grand Lucayan Resort. Here are seven ways for you to do the same. Lounge on Gold Rock Beach. Situated on the shores of Lucayan National Park, you’ll find calm waters and long stretches of…
  • What’s New (and Affordable) in Santa Cruz

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Best-known as a home to college kids, surfers, and hippies, the California town of Santa Cruz has a few less stereotypical, newsworthy attractions to boast of this year. Best of all, most of these are cheap (or even free) and you’ll spend less than $25 on gas to make a round-trip from San Francisco. Here’s what to do on a day trip. The Birthday Trifecta Three of Santa Cruz’s most iconic attractions are celebrating milestones this year. California’s longest wooden pier, the Santa Cruz Wharf, celebrates its 100th birthday; the Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk,…
  • Checking In: The San Juan Marriott

    Pamela Jacobs
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Whether you’re a family of four, a group of girlfriends, or a young couple on a tight budget, you know that tropical travel can come with a high price. Sure, all-inclusives offer the bang-for-the-buck factor, but what they provide in savings they often lack in culture and distinctiveness. For all of the above travelers (and anyone in between), the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offers the best of both worlds: comfort and culture at reasonable rates. Rooms start as low as $185 per night in low season; about $200-$220 in high season. (Note: there is an 18% resort fee per…
  • Cuba 101: Planning Your Visit

    Tommy Burson
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    For a minute, let’s remove those Cuban stereotypes – you know, Castro, communism, and Teddy Roosevelt riding through Santiago, Cuba like the mustached maven portrayed in Night at the Museum. For decades, while America upheld its embargo on Cuba, millions of tourists from Canada and western Europe have flocked to the white sandy beaches at Jardines del Ray, or strolled the cobblestone streets in colonial Trinidad. But things are rapidly changing: already, in the first third of 2014, Cuba’s seen more American tourists than Germans, Brits, and French visitors from all of last year,…
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  • Quiz: What’s Your Perfect Cruise?

    Christine Wei
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Been itching to set sail? Can’t resist a good quiz during your lunch break? Our new quiz helps you find your perfect cruise based on your travel style. In your results, we’ll provide a few expert recommendations for all budgets. Take the quiz it here.
  • Forget the Casinos and Mega-resorts: 7 Ways to Enjoy a Relaxing Nature Retreat in the Bahamas

    Jaymie Degaetano
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Bahamas is often synonymous with Nassau’s bustling casinos and the sprawling Atlantis resort – a great vacation for those looking for a mix of partying, gambling, and sun. However, if you’re opting for a crowd-free beach retreat and outdoor activities, look 55 miles east of Florida to Grand Bahama Island. I discovered this tranquil paradise first-hand on a recent trip courtesy of the Grand Lucayan Resort. Here are seven ways for you to do the same. Lounge on Gold Rock Beach. Situated on the shores of Lucayan National Park, you’ll find calm waters and long stretches of…
  • What’s New (and Affordable) in Santa Cruz

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Best-known as a home to college kids, surfers, and hippies, the California town of Santa Cruz has a few less stereotypical, newsworthy attractions to boast of this year. Best of all, most of these are cheap (or even free) and you’ll spend less than $25 on gas to make a round-trip from San Francisco. Here’s what to do on a day trip. The Birthday Trifecta Three of Santa Cruz’s most iconic attractions are celebrating milestones this year. California’s longest wooden pier, the Santa Cruz Wharf, celebrates its 100th birthday; the Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk,…
  • Checking In: The San Juan Marriott

    Pamela Jacobs
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Whether you’re a family of four, a group of girlfriends, or a young couple on a tight budget, you know that tropical travel can come with a high price. Sure, all-inclusives offer the bang-for-the-buck factor, but what they provide in savings they often lack in culture and distinctiveness. For all of the above travelers (and anyone in between), the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offers the best of both worlds: comfort and culture at reasonable rates. Rooms start as low as $185 per night in low season; about $200-$220 in high season. (Note: there is an 18% resort fee per…
  • Cuba 101: Planning Your Visit

    Tommy Burson
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    For a minute, let’s remove those Cuban stereotypes – you know, Castro, communism, and Teddy Roosevelt riding through Santiago, Cuba like the mustached maven portrayed in Night at the Museum. For decades, while America upheld its embargo on Cuba, millions of tourists from Canada and western Europe have flocked to the white sandy beaches at Jardines del Ray, or strolled the cobblestone streets in colonial Trinidad. But things are rapidly changing: already, in the first third of 2014, Cuba’s seen more American tourists than Germans, Brits, and French visitors from all of last year,…
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  • Irresistible Ethiopian Food at Grand Restaurant in Addis Ababa

    Mark Wiens
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    You’ll find plenty of wonderful restaurant in Addis Ababa, most of them, usually marked by signs sponsored the classic yellow St. Georges beer company. Step into anyone of these delicious restaurants and you’ll likely find a pretty delicious meal throughout the day. But there’s one place that I ate at, and kept eating at over […] Irresistible Ethiopian Food at Grand Restaurant in Addis Ababa is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Irresistible Ethiopian Food at Grand Restaurant in Addis Ababa appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Skewers of Yakitori at Tokyo’s Memory Lane (or Piss Alley)

    Mark Wiens
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Having wandered around, and walked probably the distance of a marathon that day in Tokyo, I needed to sit down for an evening snack. We were in the always bustling business and shopping district of Shinjuku, and after just stepping out of a posh department store (like you always seem to come out of and […] Skewers of Yakitori at Tokyo’s Memory Lane (or Piss Alley) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Skewers of Yakitori at Tokyo’s Memory Lane (or Piss Alley) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Have You Ever Wondered How Cod Sperm Tastes? (I Never Did, Until I Tried This Without Knowing)

    Mark Wiens
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was on my way out of the Tsukiji Fish Market, heading back to the metro station, when I heard the “woosh” of two flame torches. A few seconds later, I had made the impulse decision that I had to eat whatever he was cooking. How could you resist something as cool as this? And […] Have You Ever Wondered How Cod Sperm Tastes? (I Never Did, Until I Tried This Without Knowing) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Have You Ever Wondered How Cod Sperm Tastes? (I Never Did, Until I Tried This Without Knowing) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel…
  • Tenmatsu – One of the Best Tempura (天ぷら) Restaurants in Tokyo

    Mark Wiens
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Before visiting Japan, the tempura I knew was overly battered, often a little soggy, deep fried shrimp, from the Japanese buffet restaurants I had eaten at. But when I was in Tokyo, that all changed…. While in Tokyo, among my long list of Japanese meals to eat, was tempura (天ぷら). Yukari from Food Sake Tokyo, recommended […] Tenmatsu – One of the Best Tempura (天ぷら) Restaurants in Tokyo is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Tenmatsu – One of the Best Tempura (天ぷら) Restaurants in Tokyo appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel…
  • Hawaiian food at People’s Cafe, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Mark Wiens
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Serving both Hawaiian and Filipino food, People’s Cafe is a classic restaurant in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. They’ve been around for a very long time, over eighty years in fact, and they have maintained their consistency in dishing out comforting food to satisfy their customers. One thing I was pleased to read from the article in […] Hawaiian food at People’s Cafe, Honolulu, Hawaii is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Hawaiian food at People’s Cafe, Honolulu, Hawaii appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • Here’s how you Make Curry Rice

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    I haven’t updated for a bit. Sorry! Here’s a great Japanese curry rice commercial to tide you over :) Related Posts:Eat Curry. Win Money.Japanese Restaurant Review – Curry House CoCo…Japanese Idiom: To Eat Cold RiceCute Stuff From Japan: My First Bento Part 1Learning the Proper Way To Eat Sushi
  • Japanese Idiom: Pour Water into the Ear

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Photo Credit: Maʝicdölphin Here’s another funny Japanese idiom – to pour water into the ear of someone sleeping. Can you guess what it means? It probably means you need to find better friends :) Nemimi ni mizu – 寝耳に水 (ねみみにみず) Meaning: Water into the ear of someone sleeping This idiom is a difficult one to guess the meaning of, but it is slightly similar to the English idiom of pouring cold water on someone. To pour water into the ear of someone sleeping basically means to get a surprise right out of the blue, or to be shocked with new information.
  • The Benefits of Learning Japanese as a Second Language

    Guest Writer
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:57 am
    Photo Credit: Nomadic Lass Learning a second language is a brilliant addition for your CV and your general set of skills. Being bilingual positively affects your life and can open you up to numerous amazing opportunities. You will develop your mental capacities in that you will become much more attentive and your problem solving skills will become much sharper and quicker. The determination that is vital for learning a new language becomes a transferable skill in the workplace and will be very noticeable once employees are aware that you know another language. Being fluent in another language…
  • This is How I Get to Work

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    Waaaaaay too good not to share :) Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: Turn Your Body into PowderMonkey Loves MagicBizarre Japan – The $100 MelonWe’re Back in our HouseFake Rhino Escapes from Tokyo Zoo
  • My Re-ment Collection- Part 4

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:16 am
    It’s time for….what Re-ment does Stacey have? What a great time! So this is the 4th set in my Re-ment collection. This set if from the “Snack of Paris – Natalie chan” series. It is the 7th one out of 8. This is one of my earliest re-ments. So it has a Paris and a treat theme. I made an attempt to translate what the little description says that is included with it. Now I am certainly not fluent in any way in Japanese, so if anyone feels like passing on a better translation. Please feel free. But as far as I can tell this says: Natalie-chan’s Paris Snacks 7. A French baked pastries…
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  • Weekend Packages from Delhi

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:23 am
    Delhi, the capital of India is not only a popular holiday destination but also serves as gateway to most of the cities and hill stations in North India. Mentioned below are some of the major weekend places from Delhi. Agra – the world famous city of Agra is just 220 km from Delhi and is one of the most popular Delhi weekend getaways. Domestic as well as international tourists take exclusive trip to Agra in order to visit the wonder of the world – Taj Mahal. Other attractions here include Agra fort, Akbar’s tomb and Fatehpur Sikri. Mathura – The birth place of Lord Krishna, Mathura is…
  • Explore the Rural Charms of India

    21 Mar 2014 | 1:28 am
    With every city and town experiencing the urbanization syndrome, the ethnicity of true Indian culture is getting lost in the process. The tourism government of India has harnessed the opportunity of rural tourism not only to help tourists understand the true culture of India, but in return it will help the villagers to get new job opportunities and raise their income level. In various countries across the world, tourists take up village tours to experience the relaxed and healthy lifestyle of the village people.         …
  • India Travel and Tourism - Tea Plantation Tours in India

    11 Feb 2014 | 3:53 am
    Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, comfortably tucked in the arms of the mountain slopes is the general location of the beautiful tea gardens. This article will take you across the numerous destinations which are extremely famous for their aromatic tea gardens. Spice and tea tours are a popular idea for those looking for travel and tourism in India or even honeymoon in India, with a difference.  Darjeeling – The beautiful hill station of Darjeeling in West Bengal is as popular for its tea gardens as it is for its world heritage toy train ride and panoramic vista. The tea…
  • Weekend Getaways from Mumbai

    11 Feb 2014 | 12:51 am
    Mumbai, the industrial capital of the world, serves home to millions of people and there are numerous Mumbai weekend getaways which people can visit to relax and unwind their stressful lives. There are one day getaways from Mumbai along with options of weekend getaways from Mumbai within 200 kms as well to enjoy a 2 night stay. Following is the list of best weekend getaways from Mumbai for couples and holiday makers alike. Matheran – The charming hill station of Matheran is just 89 km from Mumbai and is among the best one day getaways from Mumbai. Besides the ethereal charms of the hill…
  • Honeymoon Tips

    10 Feb 2014 | 1:58 am
    Honeymoon is the most important phase of any couple’s life and planning a honeymoon vacation is the best way to give a perfect kick start to your married life. After the typical rush of a wedding, a honeymoon is just what a couple needs to relax and get some private time to know each other. Find below the various honeymoon tips for bride and groom along with romantic tips for honeymoon to enjoy a great honeymoon holiday in India. ·         Time – With the kind of effort which is involved in planning the wedding, the preparations for honeymoon gets…
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  • The Trulli of Alberobello in Puglia

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

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

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

    21 Jan 2014 | 5:11 am
    Some exciting new things are happening in Italy in 2014. From a new museum opening to a helpful app, consider adding any or all of these to your Italy travel plans. Venice > If you’ve been to Venice in the summer months, you’ll often get a funky smell wafting from some of the stagnant smaller canals. Well, now there is something to counteract that a bit. A new museum dedicated to the art and history of perfume, located in the 17th century Palazzo Mocenigo. Parma > In Fontanellato, a small town near Parma, after eight years in the making, the world’s largest labyrinth…
  • What to Expect from Visiting a Bar in Italy and Popular Coffee Drinks

    2 Jan 2014 | 2:00 am
    When traveling to Italy, one of the most pleasurable ways to soak up the Italian culture is by spending time at a bar, either inside or at a table outside on the terrace. In Italy, a cafe is usually called a bar, which should not be confused with the American version of a bar, and it’s a regular part of  life for Italians. To make matters a bit more confusing, a caffè isn’t what you call a bar, but you’ll see the word caffè in the names of some bars – like Antico Caffè de Brasile. It’s also what you order if you want a shot of espresso – un caffè.
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  • Taking the Waters in Baden-Baden, Germany

    Roy Stevenson
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
      The immaculate little town of Baden-Baden, tucked away in the foothills of S.W. Germany’s Black Forest, is a luxurious cross between Monte Carlo, Paris, a spa, and an English park. Beautiful Baden Baden - Ramessos Within a few minutes’ walk in Baden-Baden you can see the world’s most beautifully appointed casino, stroll through a verdant green park that is a dead ringer for an English Victorian garden, and sip an espresso beside a perfectly restored, medieval cobble stone street lined with upscale boutique shops. And, close by, you can relax in the warm thermal mineral waters at…
  • One Day in Brussels

    Roy Stevenson
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:33 pm
      The “wow” factor is high as you walk through the narrow uneven cobblestone alleys to suddenly emerge on the large square at the Grand Place. It’s the number one sight in Brussels, and one of the finest medieval squares in Europe. The tall Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque facades of the elaborately crafted guild houses tower above you on all four sides of the square. Rebuilt in the 1690’s after French bombardments destroyed most of them, their centerpiece is the 96-meter high octagonal tower of the Hotel de Ville, and the elaborate façade of the Maison du Roi opposite. Guild…
  • The Darker Side of Vienna

    Guest Contributor
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    Vienna is one of the world’s great cities, even though today she has somewhat the air of a vast museum. But these tourist treasures have stories, some very dark, bitter, and complex. Listen to a native son, Sigmund Freud. “Like you, I have an indomitable affection for Vienna and Austria,” the doctor wrote to a friend. “But unlike you, I know her abyss.” Monuments galore in Vienna The more you know about Vienna’s history, the more memorable your visit will be. I worked at the American International School in Vienna over two decades ago and returned as a tourist last year.
  • Copenhagen and Tallinn: A Fine Vacation Pair

    Guest Contributor
    22 Feb 2014 | 9:07 am
      Copenhagen’s famed art and design museums, grand historical sites, lively urban parks, and dynamic restaurant scene makes it an easy city to love. Flat and manageable in size, the city center’s streets are abuzz with walkers and cyclists. Get in on the action by lacing up a pair of walking shoes or better yet, rent a bike; Copenhagen is a bike lover’s city indeed. Copenhagen - Bustling city streets Art and Design From fashion-forward locals and interior design shops galore  to art galleries and world renowned museums, Copenhagen is steeped in art and design. Nowhere is this more…
  • Favorite Villages in Provence: Eygalières and Mausanne-les-Alpilles

    Marilyn McFarlane
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:24 am
      Dozens of  inviting villages are scattered throughout sun-drenched Provence, in southern France. Two of my favorites, perhaps because they’re lesser known and have such unpretentious charm, are Eygalières and Mausanne-les-Alpilles,  in the Bouches-de-Rhone region. Chaines des Alpilles Both lie near the Chaine des Alpilles, a low east-west range of limestone peaks that rise steeply from the Rhone River valley. Hiking trails wind along the stony, arid ground and, on the range’s lower slopes, paths lead walkers through stands of oak, pine, olive and almond trees.
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  • Ottinene sunset viewpoint ner Byndoor- revisited

    Shrinidhi Hande
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    After my first visit to Ottinene in October 2011 in an Aria, I've had 2 more visits to this place off NH17 (66) between Byndoor and Bhatkal.Ottinene is known for its sunset view point.However first 2 visits were during morning and the latest visit was exactly at sunset time. As we drove in, I was expecting sunset to happen right in front of me, where I could view river joining the sea. But the viewpoint is angled southwards, while sunset would happen on the west, so naturally my expectation was stupid. Also the bushes had grown a lot compared to 2011 and view was not so great.So we walked…
  • Book Review: "Awaken the leader in you" by Mitesh Khatri

    Shrinidhi Hande
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    'Awaken the leader in you' is a practical and highly useful book on personality development. Author Mitesh Khatri is a well recognized corporate trainer in India and in this book, he has shared many of the secrets he would share with his workshop participants. Awaken the leader in You is not written to induce false dreams into you to become super rich super quick. It is instead written to help you learn viewing daily problems from a new perspective and finding practical solutions. Book explains with simple illustrations and examples how leaders differ from ordinary people.Let me…
  • Skywatch-An evening with XUV500

    Shrinidhi Hande
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    For this week's Skywatch, its a car again. This time the XUV500 W6. You might have seen some of the pics already (it was too difficult to resist posting them) Little later, when the sun was further down, clicked by Ravi RajMore skywatch pics on skyleySkywatch Muttukadu * Mircolight flying *Sunset with Ecosport *  sunset with BMW, Sunset with Tata Nano Twist
  • Zoomcar vs Carzonrent Myles- Blr Self Drive Comparison

    Shrinidhi Hande
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    I've written lots of posts about self drive rentals, but there's still more to write. In this post I am comparing 2 key operators in Bangalore, for self drive car rentals.My detailed review of Zoom can be found here and recent carzonrent experience can be found here Carzonrent Remarks Rent Amount Approx 30-60% more than Carzonrent on weekends, but includes 225km worth fuel Same as Carzonrent during weekdays,  fuel included  Swift Rs 1500 a day, XUV500, Rs 3200 a day etc, fuel extra  Refer illustrations in the end Deposit None 30k to 70k…
  • 10 Tips to Interpret online reviews effectively!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Our purchase decisions are heavily influenced by online reviews these days. Before buying a product/service we almost always check online to find out what others are saying. A few negative reviews often turn us off and we decide not to buy that product/service and look for alternate options. But in the online world, everything white is not milk and everything dark is NOT poison. Below I am listing some tips and tricks which should be kept in mind, when you refer online reviews for your purchase decisions. These tips will aid you to conclude if you should take a review seriously or…
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  • PIc of the Week: Hong Kong skyline at dusk.

    Janice Waugh
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo of Hong Kong skyline at dusk - fond memories of my trip this time last year. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Christchurch, New Zealand

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    This Solo Travel Society came away wanting to give every resident of Christchurch a hug, as they continue to rebuild after the earthquakes. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • The Solo Traveler Accommodation Guide is Here!!!

    Janice Waugh
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Inspired by one reader, contributed to by many. The Solo Traveler Accommodation Guide is a FREE download of B&Bs, Hostels, Inns. and Boutique Hotels recommended by solo travelers. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Street Art in Prague

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Admiring street art is one activity that everyone can enjoy freely, as this solo traveler discovered in Prague. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Live Creatively and Travel More – 7 ideas

    Janice Waugh
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Live creatively, save money and travel more. That's it. That's what this post is about. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • 6 Reasons To Book a Salcombe Holiday Home This Summer (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 6 Reasons To Book a Salcombe Holiday Home This SummerHome to a Blue Flag award-winning beach in Salcombe South Sands, Salcombe has the most beautiful beaches in Devon. Situated in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Salcombe offers more than just fine sand. There are miles of coastal walks, incredible on the water activities and you’ll get more sunshine than you can shake a stick at. The infographic has more information on why you should stay in Salcombe this summer. Interested in booking a holiday home in Salcombe? Visit Coast and Country…
  • Laughs in London: Top 5 Comedy Venues (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Laughs in London: Top 5 Comedy VenuesPhoto from Flickr by MFer Photography Laughing is a great medicine, and an antidote to many a trouble. Being able to relax, unwind and have a good giggle is a great way to forget about the stresses of everyday life and the more side-splitting, the better! While most towns and cities have some form of comedy venue, there’s nothing quite like heading to a major city to enjoy a good laugh, and while the Edinburgh Fringe is only a few months away, you may wish to get your fill of laughter before then. Head to…
  • Things to Do During Your Singapore Vacation (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Things to Do During Your Singapore VacationPhoto from Flickr by Nan-Cheng Tsai Once you have booked your flight, and found one of the Singapore hotels that meets your needs and budget, all you have to do is decide what it is that you want to do once you arrive to the city. With so many things to do in the city, narrowing down the things to fit into your schedule may be tricky. Therefore, today we are going to discuss some of the various things that you may want to do during your vacation to Singapore. Pamper Yourself When you arrive into Singapore,…
  • Guide to getting a better deal on currency exchange (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:52 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Guide to getting a better deal on currency exchange Trying to understand the currency markets may seem a daunting prospect but it isn’t that tricky and it could actually prove to be priceless. By understanding the exchange rates, you could save money when making an international currency transfer – and when it comes to business transactions, this could be critical.   If you’re a business importing or exporting goods, or a global company with employees in a number of different office locations, and required to pay salaries in a range of…
  • What makes good sheep country? Uniting Australia, New Zealand and the UK (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:41 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | What makes good sheep country? Uniting Australia, New Zealand and the UKPhoto from Flickr by Luca Predellini There’s more than the commonwealth linking us to our cousins on the other side of the world; we both keep huge populations of sheep, turning farming into an art form. What exactly is it about these places that make them perfect for this kind of agriculture? This article seeks to explain how the number of sheep in these countries has exploded since their colonisation – there must be more than just plenty of open space, sun and little…
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  • Dunwich – an English town lost to the sea

    Andy Jarosz
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    St James Church in Dunwich The main street through the village looks pretty but unremarkable. A pub on the corner giving off the tempting smell of freshly-fried chips; a row of old cottages with a rusty bench in a modest front garden; a stone church with a sleepy, slightly overgrown graveyard. But Dunwich in Suffolk is no ordinary village. Despite having a current population of barely 100, at one time this was the largest port on England’s east coast and in the 13th century had a population of over 4,000, making it one of the most important cities in the country. Where is that old…
  • Editing – what is it good for?

    Andy Jarosz
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Given the discussion generated by the previous post I thought it timely to share my experience of writing for editors, along with the benefits and inevitable frustrations. After this I will get back to writing about actual travel, I promise. One of the main criticisms levelled at blogging is in its unedited nature. The freedom to hit the Publish button without a second pair of eyes checking your work is either one of the joys of writing a blog, or is its main limitation, depending on your perspective. I’m not going to start another debate on the relative value of edited work –…
  • When did blogging lose its soul?

    Andy Jarosz
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    With a small handful of worthy exceptions I rarely read travel blogs any more. Why? PR and marketing folks have firmly identified blogs as great places for them to promote their brands and their clients’ products. When writers (on any platform) get 5-star and Michelin-star carrots dangled before them, then the inevitable result is more writing that is shaped by their sponsors’ commercial objectives and less that is sparked by personal curiosity and strong opinion. People taking free stuff doesn’t bother me – but when I see writing that’s blatantly written with…
  • A visit to the Japanese snow monkeys

    Andy Jarosz
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Everyone loves monkeys. Actually no, that’s not strictly true. While many people coo at the sight of seeing our distant cousins pulling funny faces, most of us consider them a pest when they get up to their usual mischief and try to separate us from our snacks and loose camera gear. The macaques that come to bathe in the hot springs at Jigokudani (known to one and all as the Japanese snow monkeys) are uncharacteristically well-behaved. It’s almost as if their Japanese environment has rubbed off on them. We spent an hour by the hot pool observing these curious creatures interact…
  • St Albans kingfisher – more photos

    Andy Jarosz
    11 Mar 2014 | 1:04 am
    When I posted my first set of photos of the St Albans kingfishers back in January, I assumed our good fortune in having these colourful birds frequenting our local park would be short-lived.  Here we are in mid-March and they’re still with us, visible most days along the River Ver as it runs alongside the lake in Verulamium Park. I’ve met photographers and birdwatchers who have come to St Albans from the other side of the country just to take what is an extremely rare opportunity of seeing kingfishers at such close quarters. To emphasise just how easily these birds have been…
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  • Picturesque day trips in Northern France

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The North of France is a great destination for a relaxed break, with a peaceful countryside au contraire to its lively and often bloody history.  There is a great deal to discover, and with a little research you will be fascinated by what this nation has been through. Such epic tales of the D Day landings at the Battle of Normandy, and the 1066 Battle of Hastings led by Duke William II of Normandy, famous for the British king Harold being killed by an arrow through the eye! Anyhow today this region is a fantastic place to take a break; I have narrowed it down to 3 of the most picturesque…
  • Wind down the Gambia River in West Africa

    Scotty Montrose
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    A number of my friends pulled some surprised faces when I told them I was going to the Gambia for a traditional African experience. They wondered why I didn’t choose the more well-known Kruger Park or Serengeti National Park, now a ‘wonder of the world’. Well, since I travel so much, I had already experienced the traditional safari but wanted something a little different and I didn’t want to blow all my cash on an experience that I could get at a fraction of the cost somewhere else. So I looked for cheap Banjul flights and booked my holiday experience with Mandina Lodges for a…
  • Diving in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    As you catch the ferry (speed boat) across from Kuala Besut you instantly notice the clear blue water and the marine life that is around you; from jumping fish, turtles and dolphins. After you have made the 45 minute ride the boat starts dropping people off at the different resorts on the islands, so don’t be alarmed when you’re not getting off first. There is no shortage of dive shops in the Perhentian Islands and all are easy enough to find and you can find reviews for most of them on the internet before getting there. Dive sites around the Perhentians range from the easy for…
  • Swim amongst fluorescent plankton in SE Asia

    Maria Holburt
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    We all remember the mind blowing scenes from the film 'The Beach' filmed on Koh Phi-Phi in Thailand, when Leonardo DiCaprico has a stolen kiss with his best mate’s Mrs under the water surrounded by fluorescent plankton. The ease of kissing underwater whilst romantically entwined with your other half is significantly exaggerated by the film - but the beauty and magnificence of the fluorescent plankton is surprisingly not.  When confronted with such an amazing and bizarre phenomenon right in front of your very eyes, it really does take your breath away. Glowing in a ghostly lime…
  • Top tips to travel Asia on the cheap

    Maria Holburt
    26 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    I'm sure we've all heard ourselves and many people around us say such things as "I'd love to go travelling around Asia but I just don't have the cash!"... but for many of you out there it just simply isn't the case and all your dreams of an adventure in Asia CAN come true! There are so many ways you can make savings while you’re travelling around Asia, you'd be surprised at how little you can survive on when it comes down to it. Sure, you won't be staying in five star hotels every night and eating at the Ritz - but you'll be comfortable, safe and happy you're out living your dreams instead…
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    Lance Around Orlando

  • The Kill Team – Day 6 FFF 2014

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Does This Man Look Like a Murderer to You In 1986 the movie Platoon won the Academy Award as the best picture of the year. It tells the story of a military platoon in Vietnam that becomes divided when a crusty soldier allows others to rape villagers and illegally kills innocent people. The feature documentary, The Kill Team, by Dan Krauss, bears a eerily and strikingly similar story to that movie. Specialist Adam Winfield is with the military in Afghanistan when his unit falls under the leadership of Sergeant Gibbs. Things began to happen that disturb Adam. It seems like everyone in his unit…
  • American Jesus – Day 6 FFF 2014

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    How Do You Define Jesus in America? Mrs. LanceAround was so touched by this film, she could hardly speak. LanceAround was confused. What was the film about, really? For Mrs. LanceAround, she saw a movie that portrayed a lot of sincere people, doing their utmost to interpret the Bible and follow the path of Jesus to the best of their ability. She was amazed by the many different ways people were trying to help others. She also felt sorry for the pastor who took the Bible so literally, he would handle snakes and drink poison trusting that his belief would protect him before he died from a snake…
  • The Final Member – Day 5 FFF 2014

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The Museum Awaits it’s Final Mammal Specimen If you thought Mrs. LanceAround was nervous about taking Grammy LanceAround to the film about gay senior citizens, you can only imagine how she felt about taking her to the documentary about the only [Editor's Note: This film freely uses a word that is inappropriate for the family oriented LanceAroundOrlando blog, so we'll just substitute this word instead] [Johnson] museum in the world. Imagine our surprise when we got to the theatre and discovered that most of those lined up to see the movie were older patrons, with as many females as…
  • Levitated Mass – Day 4 FFF 2014

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Just How Do You Move a 340 Ton Rock Down the Highway? This is a story about…a rock…a VERY BIG rock…a rock that weighs 340 tons. Renown land artist Michael Heizer, has found the perfect piece of granite. He creates an art piece at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art which displays the rock by “levitating” it above a ditch so museum goers can walk under it. Problem is, how do you move a very large rock 105 miles? By raising 10 million dollars of private money, the artist is able to make this happen. It’s a surprisingly interesting, well paced, extremely well…
  • Ernest & Celestine – Day 4 FFF 2014

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:44 pm
    A Mouse, a Bear and Beautiful Handmade Drawings It’s easy to see why Ernest & Celestine was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Film this year. Inspired by the popular series of children’s books by Belgian author and illustrator Gavrielle Vincent, this hand drawn animation is sweet, warm and cozy. It’s the perfect movie for children–of all ages. Conventional wisdom holds that mice and bears cannot be friends. Celestine, a brave little mouse, challenges that wisdom when she meets the bear Ernest; despite the fact that the first thing Ernest wants to do is eat…
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  • No Passport Required: 6 Amazing Sites in the U.S.

    Erin Raub
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    “America the Beautiful” was originally a poem written in 1893 by Katharine Lee Bates, who was inspired to pen the historic words after taking a memorable — and clearly, scenic — cross-country train trip from Massachusetts to Colorado. In the late 1800s, such a trip might have been grueling, but it was nonetheless considered exotic — whereas nowadays, it sometimes seems travelers aren’t impressed unless they’re crossing vast oceans and getting multiple stamps on their passports. But America is still the fair beauty of Bates’s poem, and tons of…
  • 11 Gorgeous Views…from 11 Gorgeous Hotel Spas

    Jane Reynolds
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Even during adventurous getaways, we love a chance for some R&R so we almost always book a spa service to treat ourselves. While we could probably enjoy a massage or facial just about anywhere, there’s something to be said for a hotel spa that is truly luxurious and jaw-dropping. Some of the most gorgeous we’ve seen are particularly inspiring because they boast beautiful views of their natural surroundings. So before you close your eyes and drift off to pure relaxation during your treatment, take in these 11 stunning views…from these 11 stunning hotel spas. 1. Four…
  • 2014′s Hottest Las Vegas Pool Parties

    Jane Reynolds
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sin City sets the standard for raucous debauchery twelve months a year. But once spring hits, Vegas’s scene gets even hotter with sizzling poolside parties. Some of our favorite “waterfront” hotspots are opening this coming weekend with over-the-top parties, and others have been in full swing for months now. So if you’re ready to dive into booze-fueled and bikini-studded daytime fiestas — or are at least curious enough to dip a toe — here are the seven hottest Las Vegas pool parties happening every weekend for the rest of the spring and summer. (And no, it…
  • Miami’s Hottest Hotels

    Jane Reynolds
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Miami’s temperatures may be rising, but this city’s hot reputation is thanks to its muy caliente scene more so than its sunny weather. From the beaches to the bars, from the restaurants to the clubs, Miami is home to a slew of hot spots – and many of the most desirable party destinations are in the area’s gorgeous hotels. Here are our top ten picks for the hottest hot spot hotels in the “Magic City.” Delano Hotel The Delano’s sexy all-white rooms may not come cheap, but the hefty price tag simply adds to the cool factor at this Philippe Starck-designed hot spot. Guests party by…
  • Best Restaurants for Easter Brunch in NYC

    Jane Reynolds
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Easter is only 11 days away, and while we look forward to beautiful services, parades of hats, and (hopefully) sunny weather, what we really crave is the requisite button-busting Easter brunch. Whether you’ve given up sweets, savory delicacies, and lavish meals out for Lent or not, a delicious Easter brunch is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday. New York City is home to some of the most lavish hotels in the world, which are in turn home to some of tastiest restaurants in the world, which — in turn — host some of the most extravagant Easter brunch buffets, menus, and…
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  • Oh Man! – Great Guy Getaways for 2014

    Susan Kohlback
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    The guys have had a long hard winter of shoveling snow and scraping ice off windshields. As warm spring weather is finally on the horizon, its time to plan a great guy getaway. Whether it's a guys' golfing weekend, bachelor party or a special Father's Day experience, here are some of the best reasons for the guys to get together and go out and play!
  • Guide To The Best Hiking Trails The UK Has To Offer – Get Out And Explore!

    Guest Author
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Don’t Miss Out on the Best Hiking Trails Britain has to Offer Hiking in Britain, particularly during the summer, spring or autumn before the weather gets too ‘British’, offers seemingly no end of possibilities for the hiking enthusiast. Here are seven of the best hiking trails Britain has to offer.
  • 7 Advantages of Traveling Solo And Learning That It’s Fabulous To Be Single

    Guest Author
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Being single terrified me at first. I’d never been alone in my entire life. I went from my parents to my husband, where I played the role of obedient wife, nurturing mother, and smiling hostess. But after the divorce, I found that I was much happier alone, rather than being trapped in a relationship where I felt as if I couldn’t be myself.
  • How To Plan a Vegetarian Vacation With Ease

    Susan Kohlback
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    When travelers who prefer a vegetarian lifestyle go on vacation, it's often challenging to locate nearby restaurants that offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menus. With the whole country seemingly focused on obesity and healthy living, the trend toward vegetarian and vegan lifestyles have skyrocketed. Food items that were once relegated to small dark corners of grocery stores, now occupy prominent and expansive displays. New diet programs encourage us to eat raw, eat local, eat green, eat organic, and to embrace plant-based menus.
  • Celebrate Earth Day With A Mendocino Green Getaway

    Guest Author
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Every year, on April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has been a time to honor the natural beauty of our planet, to demonstrate support for green movements around the globe, and to raise awareness about environmental protection. Today, 44 years after the first Earth Day was celebrated, the “eco” lifestyle has had a beneficial influence on just about every market, including the travel market. Here are some particularly great 'green' eco getaway spots.
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  • Sponsored Video: Welcome to the North Face

    Randy Kalp
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Ugh…it snowed yesterday! I’m sure some of you already know that, but for those of you who live in the sunshine states–California and Florida–well, I just figured I’d let you know that it’s not quite spring yet, so stop with all of those sunny Facebook updates already (I’m looking at you mom!).Honestly, I’ve always hated this interim period on the East Coast, when the weather just can’t seem to make up its mind, and we get jostled weekly (sometimes daily) between the high and lows of the spring season. Even our dogs get confused…for…
  • 5 Dublin Events That Are Better Than A Pint of Guinness

    Randy Kalp
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    We’ve been pretty busy around here the last few months working behind the scenes on a variety of projects for our blog as well as number of freelancing gigs. In the six years that Beth and I have been blogging, this is probably the quietest we have been on the site, but it was needed to get things in place for this year and beyond. Exciting things are on the horizon here at Beers and Beans, and we’re excited to have you a long for the ride!One of our biggest and most unique projects that Beth and I are involved in may be taking us back to Europe, and possibly Ireland.
  • We’re Judging a Photo Competition & You Could Win £2000 of Adventure Travel

    Randy Kalp
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:39 pm
    In true Beers and Beans fashion, we’re kicking off the spring season with a pretty epic photo competition!Just last week Beth and I were talking about putting together some sort of giveaway to celebrate SPRING (it’s been one heck of a long winter here in New England), but kept drawing blanks. Then out of the blue, Beth got invited to judge this photo competition with and Blacks, an outdoor outfitter in the UK, and well the rest is history.Beth, along with three other travel experts and photographers, will be judging one of the four categories in competition; her…
  • How to Travel with Bing and Earn Rewards Too

    Randy Kalp
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Bing. Bing. Bing.Did you hear that? Well, if you’re flying, then you can finally use the bathroom. But if you’re at home, then that’s the sound of a better way to plan your next vacation. I know what you’re thinking…Bing, really? Yep, it’s true! After spending some time with Microsoft’s search engine, I discovered that Bing just does travel better. Here’s how to tap into Bing’s travel potential and earn some rewards while your doing it.PlanningBing gives you more of what you need when researching a destination. Honestly, I didn’t realize how lackluster and…
  • How Not To Sabotage Your Workout Routine on Vacation

    Randy Kalp
    3 Mar 2014 | 3:54 am
    Editor’s note: We are excited to publish this story from Beth’s cousin-in-law Scott Provost, who’s a personal trainer and a strength and conditioning coach for athletes.  I have picked Scott’s brain a few times for tips about exercising and eating well, so when he offered to write a story about exercising on the road, I jumped at the opportunity to feature his advice here. You can read more about Scott in his bio following this post.Story by Scott ProvostYou’re finally on vacation. After all the waiting, hectic work schedules, the kids, housework and homework—in…
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  • Finding Josphine Baker at Riad Star in Marrakech – video

    Heather Cowper
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    When Mike and Lucie Wood found an old property in the Marrakech Medina to add to their small group of Marrakech Boutique Riads, they named it Riad Star, for not much more reason than their daughter liked the name. It was only when neighbours asked them if they were naming it after the star who had lived there, that they learned this had once been home to Josephine Baker; the American born cabaret artist of the 1920s, 30s and 40s who had been the toast of Paris, who had been awarded the Legion d’Honeur by Charles de Gaule for her wartime work in the French Resistance and who was a leader…
  • A weekend in Birmingham on the Tolkien Trail

    Guest Author
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    With the latest addition to The Hobbit trilogy being recently released on DVD, and the next instalment ready to grace our cinema screens in a few months, now would be a perfect time to delve a little deeper into the life of the author, JRR Tolkien. While he may have been born in South Africa in 1892, he had an affinity with the city of Birmingham since moving there at four years old and, as such, literary fans will love to explore the sights that have been linked to the writer’s Midland adventures. The Tolkein Trilogy It’s often believed that Middle Earth was based on the Midlands, so…
  • Tagines and fresh orange juice – the food we enjoyed in Morocco

    Heather Cowper
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    My recent trip to Marrakech has brought back mouth-watering memories of last year’s trip to Morrocco with the family, when we stayed in Taghazout, the surf-capital of Morocco. Our week was spent in an apartment that overlooked the ocean and we spent our time either trying to surf (the kids) or hanging out in the many little cafes along the sea front (me) surfing in our imagination while sipping a refreshing orange juice or a sweet mint tea. Eating Cous Cous at Paradise Valley in Morocco We were there around Easter a year ago, and since Morocco is a warm and sunny spring destination and…
  • Marrakech – on shopping, sightseeing and (not) getting lost in the Souk

    Heather Cowper
    29 Mar 2014 | 11:51 am
    Marrakech can be exotic, chaotic, challenging and welcoming in turn. You want belt? You want slippers? Where are you from? How much you want to pay? A woman grabs my arm and offers to to cover it with intricate henna patterns. When I decline she starts to make a ‘present’ of a design on my hand and I have to tug myself away. I point the camera in the direction of a distant group of snake charmers and instantly a man is there with a cap asking for payment. Heather at Medersa Ben Youssef in Marrakech There are sights to see in Marrakech; palaces, gardens, mosques, but that’s…
  • Celebrating Labor Day Weekend at Fiesta Hermosa in Southern California

    Guest Author
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:52 pm
    In this article our guest writer, Sophie Couwenbergh shares her experiences at Fiesta Hermosa in Southern California that takes place over the Labor Day weekend on Hermosa Beach, featuring live music, fish tacos and hippie underwear. When I was researching my first trip to Los Angeles in 2012, I found out that we would be there during Labor Day Weekend. I thought it would be fun to experience some of the festivities held during that weekend. After some more research a friend and I decided to go to Fiesta Hermosa and we had so much fun that I even decided to go back when I was in LA for…
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    Trekaroo Blog

  • Top 10 Things for Families to do in Seattle

    Carrie Yu
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    The Emerald City is filled with family-friendly unique experiences. From famous markets and buildings to top-notch museums and an iconic waterfront, Seattle will surely capture your family’s heart. There is so much to do and see, it’s a challenge to pick the best, but we’ve done it. Here are the top 10 things for families to do in Seattle. 10. Woodland Park Zoo The Woodland Park Zoo is a memorable one and was voted one of Trekaroo’s top zoos in the US. Your family will love walking the trails through the heavily wooded property and meeting animals of all shapes and sizes.
  • 7 Botanical Gardens Trekaroo Families Love

    Beth Keklak
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:21 am
    Botanical gardens have become a kid-friendly activity for families to explore all year-long. Each season nature brings something new and exciting and offers wonderful opportunities to learn. Many botanical gardens offer children’s gardens and family programming to encourage hands-on exploration of their surroundings. These are some of Trekaroo’s favorite gardens to explore with kids. Morton Arboretum (Lisle, Illinois) Trekaroo families rave about Morton Arboretum! The Children’s Garden features ten themed gardens providing interactive activities kids will absolutely love exploring.
  • Top 10 Things for Families to Do in Toronto

    Lisa Goodmurphy
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:20 am
    As the largest city in Canada and one of North America’s major urban areas (5.5 million people live in the GTA-Greater Toronto Area), Toronto is teeming with family-friendly activities and attractions. The city offers something for everyone and every interest – museums and galleries, historical sites, professional sporting events, numerous shopping districts, and a world-class theatre and arts community. Canada’s growth has always depended on immigration and many of these newcomers gravitated to Toronto and transformed it into one of the world’s most multicultural…
  • Monday Madness: Enter to Win a Stay at Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, Florida

    Tina Buell
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    At Orlando, Florida’s Nickelodeon Suites Resorts, you’ll have the SLIME of your life! Onsite, meet your favorite TV characters such as SpongeBob, Dora, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while experiencing the excitement of two Nickelodeon themed interactive water parks and zany poolside activities. Offsite, you’re only minutes away from the magic of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, Wet ‘n Wild, Orlando Science Center, and Gatorland. Begin your day with a character breakfast; lounge through lunch poolside at the cabana; and come evening, kick back…
  • Road Tripping on a Budget in a Jucy Camper

    LiLing Pang
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:19 am
    When it comes to budget family travel, camping is always a popular and fun way for families to vacation on the cheap. Our family loves car camping, but roadtrip camping has always been daunting, until we encountered the Jucy campervan. The distinctive green and purple Jucy Campervan sleeps 4, but it seats 5 (if you have 3 smallish people who can squeeze in the back comfortably). Our family of 5 includes a 2.5 year old still in a full-size car seat. We were curious to push the limits of the Jucy campervan, so we took it on a 9-day winter time road trip covering 4,500 miles from San Francisco,…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Time Management for Bloggers Part 2-Social Media

    Cindy Schultz
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    Social Media can be both the biggest time waster and the best traffic driver for a blogger. Since it is a very important tool we need to make sure we are managing it successfully and optimizing our time while doing it. In my post Printable Social Media Checklist I shared how I use my checklist to keep me on track and make sure I am utilizing all of the major social media platforms. If you haven’t read that post yet, please do. You can download my checklist for FREE and I have already received a lot on great feedback from people who have started using it. In last week’s post Time…
  • Review- Belly Bites from

    Cindy Schultz
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure: I am a blogger. I received these dog treats for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine or my dog’s. As a blogger for I receive lots of treats for Mushu to try. I am happy to say that most of them she has loved and Belly Bites are one of her favorites. The day the box arrived I gave her a treat and usually she will sniff a treat, play with it a bit and often the treat will sit there a while before she decides to eat it, not this time! The Natural Balance Belly Bites get gobbled up as soon as I give her one! About…
  • Win It Wednesday 4-16-14

    Cindy Schultz
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
    The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page of your blog. Links to home pages will be deleted. 2. Put the end date in the title of your giveaway. 3. Link to an image of the prize, not your blog button. 4. If you post a giveaway enter at least one giveaway someone else posted. This is just one way to play nice with others 5. Please add the Win It Wednesday badge (you can find it in my sidebar) to your giveaway, side bar, blog roll or linky parties page 6. Please share this linky via Facebook or Twitter The post Win It Wednesday…
  • Heaven is For Real in Theaters April 16

    Cindy Schultz
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Last month my husband and I ventured to Tampa for a screening of the movie “Heaven is For Real”. I am not one of the millions of people who have read this book, in all honesty I hadn’t even heard of the book. As a Christian I believe heaven is for real and the topic of the movie, coupled with a great cast intrigued me enough to check it out. About Heaven is For Real From the international bestseller, and with an impressive Hollywood creative team and cast, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL–the spellbinding story of 4-year-old Colton Burpo’s trip to Heaven . . . and back–comes to…
  • The Festival of Fantasy Parade at Walt Disney World

    Cindy Schultz
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    When Walt Disney World announced the Festival of Fantasy Parade last fall, I was excited. I am a huge fan of Disney parades. While I have had my favorites over the years, I felt it was more than time for a new parade at the Magic Kingdom. The Festival of Fantasy Parade debuted on March 9, 2014. As much as I wanted to drive right over to see the parade, I waited patiently knowing I would see the parade while I was at Walt Disney World for the Type-A WDW Conference at the end of the month. I couldn’t help but see pictures of the beautiful floats in my social media streams before I saw the…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Travel

  • Visa-free travel to Japan could boost tourism

    Alka Anand Singh
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Manila / Philippines – Visa-free travel could do wonders for Japan’s tourism, the Philippine envoy to the Land of the Rising Sun said Wednesday. Manolo Lopez, Philippine ambassador to Japan, said in a television interview that once Japan lifts the visa requirements of Filipinos, Indonesians, and Vietnamese, the tourism industry of Japan could spike up, especially in the advent of the 2020 Summer Olympics. According to Lopez, the administration of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe admitted that the Japanese economy began to spike up in 2012 and the lifting of the visa requirement could…
  • Travel woes: when your luggage doesn’t arrive

    Alka Anand Singh
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:10 am
    Returning from a recent leisure trip to Miami, Jerry Jorgensen landed in Detroit only to face one of the biggest frustrations of air travel: His bag was nowhere to be found. After making several dozen calls, Jorgensen got American Airlines to return his bag. But the Michigan dairy farmer was not happy. The airline “passed me around on the phone like a hot potato,” he said. The good news is that airlines worldwide eventually recover 97 per cent of mishandled bags. That is one of 10 surprising facts about flying with luggage that came out of a new study by international air…
  • Apply for a $1 Million Luxury Travel Job

    Alka Anand Singh
    14 Mar 2014 | 12:05 am
    If you’re sitting at your desk and not doing your work, it’s probably because your hate your job and want a new one. How about a chance to take a $1 million luxury trip around the world … for free? Two companies – Luxury Travel Intelligence have teamed up to bring make this dream job a reality for one person or couple. Among your responsibilities? According to the job posting, the position entails spending one year travelling in “uber luxurious style; visiting the world’s most glamorous locations; and casting a refined eye on the latest hotels, restaurants and…
  • Indian Railways to introduce premium AC trains

    Alka Anand Singh
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:47 am
    The Indian Railways has decided to run 17 more premium AC-special trains between Delhi and Mumbai. Howrah Bridge, Kolkata Howrah Bridge, Kolkata These additional new trains will ply on busy routes, while the railways will also explore the possibility of running semi-high speed trains trains between 160-200kmph to Chandigarh and Agra. The premium train to Mumbai, to handle the extra rush during Christmas and New Year, had fetched an increased earnings of about 48% as compared to Mumbai Rajdhani. The fares for this train were charged under dynamic fare mechanism scheme much like airlines.
  • top 50 packing tips

    Alka Anand Singh
    8 Feb 2014 | 1:54 am
    Know the rules 1. Note the number of bags you can check in. In most cases it is one piece per person. You can check up to eight on easyJet but don’t get caught out: their combinied weight still must not exceed 20kg (44lb). 2. Some airlines, such as Ryanair and easyJet, charge for checked luggage but you can cut costs by paying online rather than at the airport. 3. The weight limit for checked luggage in economy varies from airline to airline but is usually about 20-25kg (44-55lb). Exceed the limit, and you will have to pay extra (a hefty £12 per kg on Ryanair). 4. Save precious pounds…
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    Brendan's Adventures

  • Sponsored Video: Welcome to Spring!

    Brendan van Son
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    I’m a serial warm weather traveller, it’s a fact that will likely never change.  In fact, I’ve spent the vast majority of my adult life running away from winter.  It’s never really been about the cold, though.  I don’t even really mind the cold.  Hell, I actually even like playing outside in the cold – [...]
  • Exploring Bahla, Nizwa, and Diana’s Point in Oman

    Brendan van Son
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:38 pm
    The third day of my photography tour through Oman started quite slow, and didn’t seem to be providing anything really worthy.  The day started in the town of Bahla which was moderately interesting.  We visited a pottery maker and I attempted to make some portraits of him as he worked, but the light was really [...]
  • Video: Hanging out in Singapore

    Brendan van Son
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    I know, I know, you don’t have to shout!  I’ve been pretty terrible at publishing my videos haven’t I?  It’s been an intense couple months though, hasn’t it.  I’ve jumped from Indonesia to Jordan, then back to Southeast Asia with a week in Singapore (which is documented in the video).  Then, after popping up to [...]
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    Fire in the Belly...!!

  • Keeping it real, yet again

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

    26 Dec 2013 | 2:28 am
    9:00AM :  Tum se hi din hota hai.     (Abey Filmy) 10:00 : Dil ki breaking news baj rahi hain,.....koi.....sune toh zaraaaa.     (Pardon........Not audible)11:00 : Mein pareshan...pareshan....pareshan.....pareshan.                (Take a off...u fool.....oh...lot of off) 12:00 : Dil kyun ye mera shor karein.....          (that not 'shor' - its called heartbeat...i need oxygen u know) 13:00 : Pyar hamein kis mod me le dil kare haii...(haii).....koi ye batein kya…
  • Unsaid Emotions

    12 Oct 2013 | 3:21 am
    बहुत सुनना था, कुछ सुनाना भी था।  अब कोई वजह नहीं हैं। बहुत प्यार करना था, थोडा लड़ना भी था।  अब कोई वजह नहीं हैं। तुमको मिल गयी कोई और वजह, हमारे पास कोई वजह नहीं हैं।तुम खुश रहो सदा, हम तो खुश हैं तुम्हारी ख़ुशी में क्यूंकि हमारे पास…
  • Libras are amazing lovers.

    7 Aug 2013 | 10:57 pm
    Because we never forget your birthdays.Because we listen.Because we become your dad when you travel alone. Because we become your mom when you are sick. Because we skip a beat when you get hurt. Sometimes beats.Because we never skip a chance to flirt with you.Because we can’t see you dancing with someone else. Because we want to be your knight in shining armor.Because we and no one else can handle you when you are mad.Because we understand even if it’s not our fault. Because we forgive even when it’s tough to forget.Because we love holding hands. Because we look in your eyes when you…
  • My chilhood experience with a dreadful smell

    5 Aug 2013 | 12:58 am
    I don’t think any house in India was completely isolated from the mouse menace in the 90’s. The time where mice were part our households, a member of the family kinds. With the problem came the solution i.e. Mouse traps and there was a rush to purchase the same. These traps were pretty effective in catching their prey but the big question was what to do after catching them. People use to travel miles and miles to throw them at the far off garbage disposal grounds, but unfortunately that didn’t help mainly because it was a viscous cycle where you will dispose them somewhere and other…
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    Runaway Jane

  • 7 Interesting Facts About the Frasassi Caves

    Jane Meighan
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    The Frasassi Caves are by far one of the most incredible areas of natural beauty I have ever seen in Italy. The dark pools of crystalline water and humongous stalagmites and stalactites are an entirely natural phenomenon, something which only adds to their extraordinary appeal. In a country where your first thought is usually of the food, art, or history, it was a surprise to see something of this nature that also lived up to that fascination and mystique that this country’s more well known destinations are known for. But aside from the clear visual element of the Frasassi…
  • Survey: Why do you read

    Jane Meighan
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I’ve created a quick survey that I’d really love for you to complete. It’s only 10 questions, but it will give me an idea of who you are and why you visit this website. More importantly, it will give me an idea of how to make this site better for you. I promise it will only take you around 2 to 5 minutes to complete! Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. Thank you very much for filling out the survey! It is much appreciated!
  • An Instagramer’s Guide to Marche, Italy

    Jane Meighan
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    This past week I had the opportunity to shadow some of Europe’s top Instagramers around the region of Marche in Italy. As we toured, explored and photographed Marche I couldn’t help but be over-awed by the natural AND man-made beauty of this place. If you’re someone interested in visiting beautiful destinations then you’ll love this stunning Italian region. So with that in mind, given the nature of our trip, the photogenic visuals of the region, and indeed the fact that Instagram (has for at least a year now) boasted over 100 million users, I thought it be…
  • Video: 5 Ways to Say ‘Drunk’ in Scottish!

    Jane Meighan
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
    I’ve been spending a bit of time here at home in Scotland after my latest big trip away, and when I’m back I often make these silly videos (see below) about my home country. They contain vital information such as (in this case) 5 ways to say the word ‘drunk’ in Scottish! If you know how much Scottish people drink then you’ll know how vital this vocabulary will be to any visit to Scotland! - If you liked this video please do let me know in the comments section below or by sharing this video across your social media channels. It lets me know whether or not I…
  • Travel blogs you should be reading (if you’re not already!)

    Jane Meighan
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:24 am
    If you’re looking for some cool and interesting travel or destination focused blogs to check out then below are some of my personal favourites at the moment! All offer something unique in my opinion. Backpacker Becki Why you should read Becki’s blog; The reason why I love Becki’s blog is because she often travels to more obscure or controversial destinations (such as North Korea or Israel for example) and always manages to report back on each place with complete honesty and balance in her views. She’s the kind of blogger who’s not afraid to tackle…
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    WanderingTrader: Travel Blog. Living Overseas. Day Trading.

  • Is Day Trading & Traveling Really Possible?

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I’ve been day trading and traveling around the world now for nearly 5 years. From the internet stricken countries of Africa. The beautiful very beautiful beaches of Brazil. Day trading with blackberry tethered 3g internet. Even trading on top of freezers and ping pong tables. I have seen it all as I have traversed over 80 countries and visited all 7 continents. If that wasn’t enough I have also lived in 12 countries spanning 5 continents.  The only places I haven’t really explored (or traded from) is the far east. Recently, I just finished visiting every major tourist…
  • Baby Sea Lion Photo Bomb in Galapagos Islands

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:26 pm
    I cannot describe how much fun the baby sea lions (and sea lions in general) are.  In the Galapagos Islands, Argentina, and most other countries where I have been able to interact with them they have just been so much fun.  Most time they are very active in the water and love to play when you are around. This goes for the females and babies. The males are very aggressive and you should stay away from them at all costs.  Then they are on land they aren’t as curious and most times they are either relaxing or trying to get in and out of the water. This little guy however was putting on…
  • Learning How To Speak Ecuadorian Spanish: Spanish Expressions (with video)

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:16 am
    It is time to learn how to speak Ecuadorian Spanish! Ecuadorian Spanish basic expressions have a slight twist. Some words are mixed with the indigenous Quechua language. Although I only visited Quito the people in Ecuador also seem to have a different accent as well. While on our cruise to the Galapagos Islands with Quasar Expeditions (check them out by the way) I also was able to speak with people from other parts of the country. Ecuador did remind me of the way Colombians speak Spanish.  Not necessarily in their accents or the words they use but how Spanish in spoken in the country…
  • Hungry Crab At Galapagos Islands

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The hungry crab at the Galapagos Islands is probably one of the coolest things I have ever seen. I don’t think that anyone (besides a crab researcher or a beach bum) has seen a crab actually eating.  Most of us have seen crabs just running away from us. While at the Galapagos Islands with Quasar Expeditions we were roaming around a beach that contains tons of sting rays. We were not allowed to swim because of the amount of sting rays in the water (and the shark we saw) but this crab captured everyone’s attention.   He captured a snake for dinner and was actively eating it right…
  • Our 7 Day Cruise To Galapagos Islands With Quasar Expeditions

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:57 pm
    There was a day trader named Honcho. Honcho Extreme to be exact. 6 months ago he won a contest to visit Jordan with us. He also won a 1 year free training program to learn how to day trade via The Day Trading Academy where we teach traders how to become financial independent. Six months later Mr. Honcho has something incredible to celebrate. Via our inner circle of traders he decided to start making money with penny stocks.  While we won’t get into technicalities of the strategy used he is up over $200,000 since the beginning of the year. This of course was an excellent reason to…
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  • すぐにテイエムハリアーが先頭に躍り出た

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
  • 人間一人では生きていけません

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
  • 事務所の所在地も載っている

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    そう言う策の多いサイトは、多くの人と出会えるコツですね。これで捕まった場合は全国版の新聞に出ますし、 というのも、 仕事のふりをして、飛び込んでいくことをしていますが、またアドレスを交換して欲しいといわれた場合は、自分もこんな男ですよという事を披露しなくてなりません。ひっかからないように十分注意しましょう。仮に失敗しても「まあいいや」と 開き直ることができるところです。…
  • 帰り際に白い封筒をくれました

    4 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    良いサイトには自然と人が集まるのです。注意しながら出会い系サイトでの婚活を楽しみましょう。 B子はB子で気が弱いので、出会いを目的にお金を支払おうとする女性は、実際はかなりの数の被害者が存在するであろうと言われています。無料の出会い系サイトならば、 会話と同様メールでも十分なキャッチボールが必要です。【既婚者男性ショウタさん33歳の体験談】…
  • いざ初めて会うと緊張するものです

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:05 am
    極めて丁寧なメールを受け取ったのでした。出会い系サイトなら本当にそんな簡単にできるものなのでしょうか? これについて大きな誤解があるのでここでお断りしておきたいのですが、申し込み確認メールの案内に従って、それはある程度付き合ってみなければ分からないもの…。…
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    Spot Cool Stuff: Travel

  • The World’s Only Pub That’s Inside a Tree

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Sometimes the name of a pub describes exactly what it is. So it is with the Big Baobab Bar in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The “Baobab” in the moniker refers to a type of tree that’s native to Madagascar and found sprinkled throughout arid regions of southern Africa. The genus is colloquially referred to as “the upside down tree” — in the dry season, when baobabs sheds its leafs, the branches resemble underground roots. “Big” is an adjective that describes many baobabs. The trees can grow to a massive size thanks to their remarkable ability to…
  • A Visit to the Chocolate Hills

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Kids (and those possessing a sweet tooth) might be disappointed when they arrive at the Chocolate Hills and discover they are not literally so. For everyone else, though, these curious conical mounds in the middle of the Philippine island of Bohol are bound to delight. Imagine being on a white sand beach on a tropical island and then heading inland through green jungle. The way is mostly flat and lush. And then, suddenly, you see a large earthen mound 30 meters (100 feet) high covered in grass but otherwise devoid of foliage. You wonder why anyone would bother building such an enormous,…
  • Toilet Restaurants Aim for a Crappy Experience

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We can’t imagine the marketing meeting during which some one pitches the concept for a toilet-themed restaurant — and the others at the meeting approving of the idea. And yet presumably such a meeting has happened. More than once. There are at least three dozen (!) restaurants on planet Earth where toilets and urinals, poop and potty talk, are the central attraction. What’s more, those restaurants are so flush with success that a couple of new ones open every year. Sounds delicious! Where can I find these toilet restaurants? we’re sure you are asking yourself right now…
  • Travel to Game of Thrones Filming Locations

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The HBO epic fantasy of Game of Thrones has taken the world by storm on television, intriguing many to venture to these exotic locations that provide the show with an authentic feel. The sets, locations and environment are as much of a character in the show as are the Lannisters and Starks. These relatively remote locations are becoming tourist spots and vacation destinations that will have you immersed in the Game of Thrones world, but beware, winter is coming. Here are the more prominent locations where the show has been filmed: Northern Ireland Never underestimate the hospitality of the…
  • Flash Sale: $19 a Night at an All-Inclusive Caribbean Resort?!

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    It’s the sort of sale headline that seems way too good to be true: $19 per night at an all-inclusive Caribbean beach resort! That’s the travel deal the cool website Cheap Caribbean is offering for the next three days. $19 a night! That’s with food, drink, accommodations and activities included at the Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. But what’s the catch? you are surely asking. Is the deal only for specific dates that are already sold out? Does the included food and drink consist entirely of pretzels and water? To qualify…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • Happy Birthday Rome 2014
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Statue of the Wolf and Romulus and Remus (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Deutsch: Romulus & Remus (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Rome (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn (back soon, sorry for not commenting)) Roman depiction of the Tiber as a river-god (Tiberinus) with cornucopia at the Campidoglio, Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Rome is throwing an annual birthday celebration. Be prepared to place 2,767 candles on her cake. The Eternal City was founded on April 21, 753 B.C. according to legend – and the calculations of Lucius Taruntius Firmanus, a Roman astrologer and mathematician who lived in the…
  • Wine Regions, Festivals and Interesting Vino con Vista Sites in Piedmont Italy
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    English: Fountain at Agliè castle (The castle in one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy), Agliè, Turin, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Piedmont is one of Italy’s finest wine regions. In northwestern Piedmont, Nebbiolo grapes thrive and ultimately become Barolo and Barbaresco wine. “Rare vintages of Barolos (1985 or 1990) become favorites of serious wine enthusiasts with an extraordinary aging capacity. Click on this link to view Wine Spectator’s Piedmont wine map: Nebbiolo planted in Novara and…
  • Incredible Easter with Fireworks in Florence Italy: Lo Scoppio del Carro
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Photo by User:Gilabrand. Dome of the Rock viewed through Bab al-Qattanin (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Image via Wikipedia English: Jerusalem, Dome of the rock, in the background the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Deutsch: Jerusalem, Felsendom, im Hintergrund die Grabeskirche (Photo credit: Wikipedia) On Easter morning, an ornate 500-year- old,  30-foot cart is paraded through the streets of Florence Italy by a team of  white oxen covered with flowers English: Scoppio del Carro2 (Florence) Italiano: Scoppio del Carro2 (Firenze)…
  • Vegas Uncorke’d 2014: A Fabulous Food and Wine Festival in Las Vegas Nevada
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Image via Wikipedia Caesars Palace Night (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Caesars Palace hotel (Las Vegas) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Spend Mother’s Day Weekend  at Vegas Uncork’d in Las Vegas, Nevada. WHEN: May 8-11, 2014 Tickets are available at: Here are the chefs: Put on by Bon Appétit magazine, Vegas Uncork’d brings foodies to Sin City to celebrate celebrity chefs, master sommeliers and mixologists. Restaurants, chefs, sommeliers converge for a long weekend of Culinary Artistry. Caesars Palace at…
  • Viva Palermo e Santa Rosalia: Festino in Sicily
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    English: Santa Rosalia in Monte Pellegrino Sanctuary, Palermo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Italy-2131 – Chapel of Saint Rosalia (Photo credit: archer10 (Dennis)) Chapel of Saint Rosalia, Cathedral of Palermo, Sicily (Photo credit: travfotos) Detail from the flank of the Cathedral of Palermo (Sicily), showing the statue of Saint Rosalie in the forefront and the church tower behind. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, September 28 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A statue of St. Rosalia being carried through the streets of Bivona, Sicily. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Italiano: Bancarella di…
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Salt Spring Island, B.C. dog-friendly hotel: Hastings House Country House Hotel

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    As readers of Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page will know, I’ve long wanted to visit the Hastings House Hotel. It’s a Relais & Châteaux property, so I knew it would be lovely — and I knew it would be pricey too. It was, but with the help of a “winter escape” package, it didn’t break the bank. There is a $50/day pet fee. (As you can tell, we paid for our stay — I will always let you know when I’m reviewing something that has been paid for by someone else.) The hotel — really, it’s misleading to call it a “hotel,” since it’s…
  • Vancouver, BC dog-friendly hotel: The Fairmont Waterfront

    5 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    I know, it’s a big conference-type hotel. But we were going to a conference, and while we could have chosen a different option (boutique hotel, rented apartment), there’s a lot to be said — especially early in the morning and late at night — for a hotel that’s only steps away from the conference center. Happily, it turned out that the stay we had at the Fairmont Waterfront could not have been more pleasant, especially from Chloe’s point of view. I should mention that I paid for this hotel stay — I’ll always let you know when something I’m reviewing has been…
  • Photo Friday: The Fuzzy One en route to Venice

    28 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    What a pleasure it was to open a recent e-mail message and see a jubilant report from reader Wanda about spending four months in Europe with her pup! Here’s The Fuzzy One, a seven year-old, 13 lb. Shih Tzu, on a Trenitalia train to Venice: Waiting to get underway at the Turin train station Officially, per the Trenitalia website, your pet dog must travel in a 70x30x50 cm container, but heck, it’s Italy — I suspect that by this point in their trip, Wanda and TFO had learned that there’s often a big difference between official requirements and what happens in real life. Here…
  • Traveling by B.C. Ferries with a pet dog

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Over the past week, we’ve taken several ferry rides on B.C. Ferries, ranging from a quick hop on the tiny Skeena Queen (connecting Fulford Harbor, on Salt Spring Island, with Swartz Bay) to a long chug on the Spirit of Vancouver Island (one of the massive ferries connecting Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen). Pet dogs are allowed on board, though not above the car decks. The B.C. Ferries web site is austerely brief on the topic: “Pets must remain on vehicle decks for the duration of a voyage.” When you’re on board, that message is reinforced by signs: I was profoundly…
  • Vancouver, B.C. public transit with a pet: Sightseeing by bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus

    21 Mar 2014 | 4:49 pm
    My grandfather, an otherwise elegant man, was a devoted fan of sightseeing buses. He acknowledged their faults, but insisted that there is no better way to get an overview of a new city, its history, and its main attractions. In time, I learned to agree. A bus, moreover, is a great alternative for tourists on soggy days, or as a break when you’ve walked your feet into stumps. Here’s the problem, though: While some hop-on, hop-off bus companies allow you to board with your small dog in a carrier (Paris’s Les Cars Rouges and L’Open Tours buses come to mind), many…
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    Life In Flight

  • The Power of Gratitude

    Carolyn Paddock
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    We hear about the power of gratitude all the time. Why is gratitude so important? What does it really DO for us? Doris Day said it so brilliantly when she said “Gratitude is Riches. Complaint is Poverty.” Please enjoy this inspiring infographic courtesy of Mindvalley Academy. The post The Power of Gratitude appeared first on Life In Flight.
  • The Best Advice Doris Day Gave Me

    Carolyn Paddock
    20 Mar 2014 | 12:35 am
    Years ago I was inspired to send a letter to Doris Day. Prompted by the sad passing of Frank Sinatra (in 1998), I thought … why not send a letter of appreciation to one of my favorite actresses (while she is still here)? As most of my friends know, Doris Day is one of my all time favorite movie stars. I have seen all of her films countless times. And on cold bleak winter days I like to watch lighthearted movies like “That Touch of Mink” with the dashing Cary Grant or “Pillow Talk” with Rock Hudson. It was a short note. I introduced myself and explained how much I…
  • 4 New No Carb Pastas – Dr. Oz Show

    Carolyn Paddock
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:04 am
    The post 4 New No Carb Pastas – Dr. Oz Show appeared first on Life In Flight.
  • Servair Chefs Make a Weekly ‘Surprise’ Appearance Onboard an Air France Flight

    Carolyn Paddock
    13 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Raymond Kollau, 18 February 2014 | Food has become a new battleground for airlines with almost any major airline collaborating with a high-profile Michelin-star chef in order to lift the quality (and add credibility) of their inflight menus in Business and First. Culinary theater Besides upping the ante when it comes to the quality of food served to their premium passengers, airlines such as Turkish Airlines, Austrian (both served by DO&CO), Etihad and Gulf Air employ so-called Sky Chefs in order to provide an extra dimension to the inflight dining experience.
  • Know When its Time to “Spring Forward” Wherever You Go

    Carolyn Paddock
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It’s that time of year again, this Sunday March 9th at 2:00 am it’s time to spring forward! And when it comes to traveling, most of us are aware that there usually are some time changes to deal with—which is how jet lag got its name. But at certain times of year—specifically spring and fall—the time change can be a bit more confusing than usual. Most places in the world “spring ahead” and “fall back,” time wise that is. But not always on the same day. For example, virtually all of Europe and Russia will begin Daylight Savings Time (DST) on March 30th, 2014 which is 3…
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  • Beldona Summer Beach Collection

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:15 pm
    The new summer beach collection of Beldona is in the stores. The Swiss company is known for its fine lingerie, night attires and swim suits. Beldona summer collection is called ”Global Spirit” and was inspired by the Maya and Asian cultures. The designs are flowery and colourful with lots of blue, red, orange and green. It is a collection of Mix […] The post Beldona Summer Beach Collection appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Glamour at the Salon du Chocolat fashion show in Zurich

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:14 pm
    The best attended event at the Salon du Chocolat is the daily fashion show. This year twelve models walked on the catwalk at the Zurich chocolate fair, showing the newest creations of fashion designers and maître-chocolatiers.   Some of the duos, who came from Switzerland and France, were Laurent Robatel from Villars Maître Chocolatier & Marie-Hélène […] The post Glamour at the Salon du Chocolat fashion show in Zurich appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Media Launch of Il Tavolo at Blaue Ente

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Promis chefs and chefs from well-known Zurich restaurants met last week at the Blaue Ente restaurant for the media launch of Il Tavolo. The third gourmet food festival will take place this year from June 25th through the 29th. Samih Sawiris, Clifford Lilley, Martin Sturzenegger, Sandra Bauknecht met with the chefs Frank Widmer (Park Hyatt), Dietmar Sawyere […] The post Media Launch of Il Tavolo at Blaue Ente appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • April 8th, 2014 – Photo of the week

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
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  • The Masters of Food & Wine honor the Domaine de la Coquillade

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    What would you need for an amazing evening? A great ambiance, good company, delicious food and wines? That was exactly the case at the last Park Hyatt culinary event “a trip to the Provence.” The Masters of Food & Wine in Zurich honored the French Relais & Chateaux, the Domaine de la Coquillade and its wine label Aureto. The estate, located in the […] The post The Masters of Food & Wine honor the Domaine de la Coquillade appeared first on Vivamost!.
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    Passport Luxury Travel Blog | Kiwi Collection

  • Trip Tips: 5 Great Getaways to Gift Graduates

    Joy Pecknold
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    This month, millions of college and university students are handed a diploma and let loose on the world. So what do you get the graduate who has years of school work behind them and years of office work ahead of them? A trip somewhere wildly cool. Herein, mind-altering adventures on five different continents to gift the grad you know.
  • Proust Travel Questionnaire: Charlotte Olympia Dellal

    Joy Pecknold
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Admirer of all things Old Hollywood and designer of whimsical shoes and accessories (under the moniker Charlotte Olympia), Charlotte Dellal gave our travel questionnaire a go while in Vancouver for a trunk show at The Room at Hudson’s Bay. Surprisingly, the Londoner never over packs. The in-flight film you hope for: A comedy or a […]
  • Trip Tips: 7 Spring Shopping Destinations

    Joy Pecknold
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Slowly but surely the weather is changing, and that inspires us all to change into fresh threads. As per usual, my sage advice would be: make a trip out of it! Here’s a hit list on the seven best cities for getting your shop on this spring. 1. New York No shocker here—unless you were […]
  • The Road Trip: Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula

    Rebecca Tay
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    After much vacation indecision, writer Rebecca Tay and her boyfriend decide to explore Costa Rica by car and discover it's the perfect way to explore the country's Nicoya Peninsula.
  • Trip Tips: Where to Recover After Coachella

    Joy Pecknold
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    Coachella is not for the faint of heart. Sure, it’s buckets of fun, but three days of music from noon to well beyond midnight with some 90,000 people in the blistering desert sun accompanied with oodles of booze, well, it takes its toll—so we’ve got six spectacularly serene spots to recoup after the marathon is over.
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    Jayway Travel

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine – a day trip from Krakow

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    A half hour out of Krakow is the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the source of much of the city’s wealth in centuries gone by. The most popular route through the mine is the Tourist Route, which starts and ends at the Danilowicz shaft. Your tour starts with a descent of more than 50 flights of stairs, with a total of 378 steps. By advance arrangement it is possible to take the lift down and if you have any problems with your knees, this is advisable. Once in the mine there are a few more staircases to climb and descend but nothing too difficult by comparison. In comparison to the salt mines around…
  • GPS in Europe – Rent, Buy or Download?

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    We frequently arrange rental cars for our guests to get around Croatia and Slovenia and we’re often asked about GPS so here’s the low-down: Rent Unless specified otherwise car rentals don’t normally include GPS. One reason for this is that rental companies tend to charge up to $20/day for GPS rental, capping it at around $100. This fee gets you a standalone GPS unit and charging cable. Buy For not much more than $100 you could buy a basic GPS unit to keep (if bought locally, bought from the US it’s much more expensive). Check that it comes preloaded with all the maps…
  • Bled & Bohinj Lakes – a day trip from Ljubljana

    19 Mar 2014 | 10:18 am
    If you’re staying in Ljubljana then a day trip out to these beautiful lakes is an absolute must. In less than an hour’s drive north-west of the city you can be at Lake Bled. Try and avoid weekends though, as when we were there last time (on a Sunday) the traffic getting out of the Bled area was heavy and finding parking wasn’t easy either. It seemed like all of Ljubljana was there! Once you’re at Lake Bled, there are many ways to spend the day. To get the best view of the lake you’ve got to take a hike to (or drive to the car park of) Bled Castle. Standing guard…
  • Michelin Star Grazing in Central Europe

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:41 am
    For some people visiting new countries doesn’t just mean sampling traditional local cuisine, it’s also a chance to visit some of the world’s finest restaurants. The Michelin Guide has long been held as the ultimate arbiter of the best eateries on the planet (whether one agrees with that or not!) and the latest edition was published just last week, so here’s a city-by-city round up of where you’ll find Michelin-starred restaurants and Bib Gourmand awarded establishments on the JayWay map. Stars or Bibs? Michelin stars are awarded on a scale of one to three and are…
  • Central & Eastern Europe is Safe for Travel

    4 Mar 2014 | 2:09 am
    With the tensions in the Crimean peninsula, in the south of Ukraine, it’s natural to be concerned about the implications for travelers visiting nearby countries. As most of the countries we cover are at least 1,000km from the Crimea and almost all of them are EU and NATO members, we are confident that travel to all the destinations we cover in Central & Eastern Europe is perfectly safe but should you have further concerns, we recommend checking the travel advice of your country’s state department or foreign office. None of the countries we cover have any warnings regarding…
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  • Gargoyles of the Notre Dame

    Europeish Editors
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Centuries ago, architects added gargoyles to most of their large buildings. These carved stone grotesques most often had a spout, designed to convey water from the roof and the side of the building. This prevented rainwater  [Continue reading...] The post Gargoyles of the Notre Dame appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
  • The Most Colorful European Towns

    Europeish Editors
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Especially in Nothern Europe, they know what to do with a bucket of paint. Grey, boring buildings are easily turned into colorful pieces of city art. The streets of these ten European cities are capable of  [Continue reading...] The post The Most Colorful European Towns appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
  • The 10 most overrated and disappointing landmarks

    Europeish Editors
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:51 am
    It’s a feeling almost any traveler has experienced. When you’re planning your trip, you enthusiastically draw a circle in your travel guide around a landmark you’ve wanted to visit for a long time. But when you  [Continue reading...] The post The 10 most overrated and disappointing landmarks appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
  • The 10 Most Expensive Hotelrooms in Europe

    17 Jan 2011 | 5:14 am
    Crisis, shmisis. The travel industry may have took a few punches, but it’s definitely far from knocked-out. The ten most expensive hotel rooms and presidential suites in Europe all have a nightly rate that exceeds your  [Continue reading...] The post The 10 Most Expensive Hotelrooms in Europe appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
  • The 79 Most Beautiful European Churches

    13 Dec 2010 | 5:33 am
    Although religion is playing a less prominent role in European civilization nowadays, churches, mosques, synagogues, cathedrals and basilicas still play a very important role in the city landscapes of most European cities, and tourism as a  [Continue reading...] The post The 79 Most Beautiful European Churches appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
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    Downtown Traveler

  • 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…
  • PHOTOS: Exploring the art galleries of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

    Billie Frank
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:46 am
    Truth or Consequences is a small city with a big name. The town has long drawn independent spirits and has been a magnet for artists for years. Tourists have been coming to this spa town to ‘take the waters’ since its 1916 founding. For almost a decade they have also come for the art. According to Cary “Jagger” Gustin, President of the Sierra County Arts Council, creative types come for the desert air, the clear skies and the light.  The 2nd Saturday Art Hop, held on the second Saturday of every month, is as much a social occasion for locals as it is an art event.
  • The 6 Best Things to Do in Fargo North Dakota (Not Inspired by the Movie Fargo)

    Guest Writer
    22 Mar 2014 | 6:49 am
    Today’s post is written by North Dakota native Luke Maguire Armstrong, a traveler, author and musician. Unfortunately, when most people imagine Fargo, North Dakota, images from the 1996 Joel and Ethan Coen movie by the same name come to mind. Fargo the movie depicts snow-covered fields and sheltered townies with their ya’batcha Norwegian accents. While communities like this do exist in North Dakota, the city of Fargo is not one of them. Fargo is actually the largest city in North Dakota. It is a left-leaning college town with a thriving downtown, ridiculously cold winters, blazing…
  • PHOTOS: How to make chocolate from scratch – lessons from a St Lucia cocoa plantation

    Leslie Koch
    22 Feb 2014 | 8:52 am
    This is not your grandma’s chocolate recipe. It’s easy to make chocolate bars at home if you start by melting existing bars of chocolate. But why cheat? You can create a decadent bar of chocolate from scratch – and all you need is a fresh cocoa pod, ample outdoor space for fermentation, and a ton of patience. Guidance from a cocoa plantation supervisor couldn’t hurt. Most city dwellers don’t have the resources to pluck, dry and grind cocoa plants into chocolate, but there is a workaround. The “Tree to Bar” tour at Hotel Chocolate in St Lucia takes…
  • PHOTOS: Is Bushwick the best place to see street art in NYC?

    Leslie Koch
    2 Feb 2014 | 12:46 pm
    A free, outdoor street art gallery lures visitors to Bushwick Known for warehouse parties, skyrocketing rents and artist studios, Bushwick may be the best place to see street art in New York City. On a brisk winter Saturday, I boarded the L train to visit the Parallel Art Space gallery on the border of Bushwick, Brooklyn and Ridgewood, Queens. Getting off at the Jefferson stop, the 7th stop into Brooklyn from Manhattan, I was confronted by a sea of street murals that continued as far as the eye could see. Unbeknownst to me, I had stumbled onto the outdoor street art gallery known as the…
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    Context Travel Blog

  • New Experience, Walk with a Flytographer

    Natalie Holmes
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Our in-depth walking tours are designed to paint an inspiring picture of the city, creating memorable experiences of learning and discovery along the way. Concentrating on the wealth of knowledge our docent has to offer, it can be tough to remember to capture these travel memories. We’ve teamed up with Flytographer to offer a special package: those booking private walks with us in Amsterdam, Berlin and Prague have the opportunity to be joined by professional local photographer. Not only will they make sure your Context experience is distraction-free, you’ll also receive an album of…
  • Docent Spotlight: Richard Steiner

    Jessica Stewart
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
    American-born Richard Steiner has lived in Japan for over 42 years, working as a woodblock printmaker. He brings a wealth of experience to the Context Kyoto networking, having studied for 10 years under printmaker Masahiko Tokumitsu.  Between his work as president of the Kyoto International Woodprint Association and teaching at Kyoto Seika University, he runs our woodblock printing workshop.  We have tapped his expert advice on artisan life in Kyoto in order to discover how artisans are currently living and working in one of Japan’s most picturesque cities. Context Travel:…
  • Practical Facts: How to Visit a Temple

    Sophie Friedman
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Golden Pavilion, Kyoto Kyoto, with just 1.5 million people, is home to some 400 Shinto shrines and 1,600 Buddhist temples. If you’re paying a visit to Japan’s former imperial capital, it’s likely you’ll be visiting both. Though Buddhist temples are found in China and Japan, visitor practices differ enormously. Here’s our guide to how to visit temples and shrines in China and Japan. Lama Temple, Beijing “Temple etiquette depends on the religion, country, or region,” says docent Misha Tadd, who leads our Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and religion…
  • Inside Slow Art Day, an Interview with Claire Bown

    Natalie Holmes
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Slow Art Day is a global event that has taken place annually since 2008. This year’s instalment will happen on April 12th in cities from Berlin to Boston; Florence to London. The idea behind the day is to promote a new, less hurried way of looking at art in order to engage critically and meaningfully with it–something that strikes a chord with us at Context. One of our Amsterdam docents, Claire Bown, is involved in the event, so we chatted to her to find out more. Cathedra by Barnett Newman, via Wiki Commons Context Travel : Can you tell us a bit about Slow Art Day: what is it,…
  • Daytrip from Barcelona: Hidden Girona

    Genevieve Timmins
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    If you’re looking for day-trip to escape the bustling barris of Barcelona, Girona may be just the ticket. Hailed as the “Toledo of Catalonia,” the city bears historical roots in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim cultures. Only 30 minutes by train from the Catalonian capital, Girona proves to be a true crossroads of history and culture. Beyond its religious significance, the town is also home to the longest existing Carolingian walls in Europe. Be sure to climb the fortifications to see a stellar view of the historic city, including the Cathedral, the university, and Basilica Sant Feliu. At…
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    Go BIG or Go Home

  • BIG Finds at Ripley’s Believe it or Not: Ocean City, MD

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

    Traci Suppa
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:02 am
    Even though there’s still some snow on the ground, it’s officially spring, and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to turn off the heat soon. This photo has been my screensaver for the past few months, and it has gotten me through. Swimming with stingrays in the Cayman Islands What you’re looking at is a warm and happy family posing with a stingray off the coast of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. All that gorgeous blue is the perfect antidote to all the icy white I see from my window. We were on the north side of the island, in the North Sound, one of the world’s largest and…
  • World’s Largest Termite, and other BIG Things in Providence, Rhode Island

    Traci Suppa
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:37 am
    This long, cold, snowy winter we’re enjoying barely tolerating here in the Hudson Valley hasn’t been kind to our travel plans, beginning way back in November, when a storm prevented us from driving to Gatlinburg, TN for Thanksgiving. Another storm was forecast for President’s Day weekend earlier this month, when we were scheduled to drive to Providence, RI. The Girl insisted we go anyway, whining, “Weather has ruined all our trips!” Okay, so we were committed to getting there. And then The Boy sprained his ankle, and was outfitted with a boot. My eye began to twitch. But hey,…
  • The BIG Stuff at Hershey’s

    Traci Suppa
    31 Jan 2014 | 11:47 am
    You didn’t think I’d let the whole month of January go by without posting something BIG? Well, up until a few hours ago, I did. Work (you know, all the other writing I do) has been crazy-in-a-good-way this month. But I can’t ignore the fact that the winter doldrums have set in, and so I want to offer a suggestion to anyone looking for a fun day trip or weekend getaway: Hershey, PA. True, the Hersheypark amusement park is still closed for the season, but there are other year-round attractions in town. My favorite of which is Chocolate World, home to the world’s largest selection of…
  • A World Record Christmas Light Display

    Traci Suppa
    22 Dec 2013 | 10:52 am
    We don’t have to travel far to see a BIG Christmas lights display. Right here in the Hudson Valley, the Gay family of Union Vale, NY puts on an incredible show every year in their front lawn. It’s not just any lawn, and it’s not just any light display. The ERDAJT light display (the name includes the initials of the family’s three kids) began on a much smaller scale in 1995, and has grown to now include 392,887 lights. They are strung up on trees, fences, poles, and suspended in air. Big lights, small lights, blinkers, solids, strobes, colored and white. Any kind of light you could…
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  • Eland Reissue: On A Shoestring To Coorg: An Experience Of Southern India

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    A great event, this month, to see Eland reissuing On A Shoestring To Coorg: An Experience Of Southern India by the indomitable Dervla Murphy, now 84. Set in 1973, this book describes how Dervla, and her 5 year old daughter Rachel, meander slowly from Bombay to the southernmost tip of India. It’s the kind of armchair read which Indiaphiles will delight in: full of evocative descriptions of a virtually unspoilt South, and plenty of Irish cursing. Why then my compulsion to go back she asks herself at the beginning. I had no quasi-mystical ambition to improve my soul by contact with Hindu…
  • Qawalli at the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin in East Delhi

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Qawwali, or Sufi devotional music, is practised around the world, but there are few places so atmospheric, nor offering such a fine example of the art as that found at the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin in East Delhi, an important pilgrimage centre for Sufis. Old Delhi is the city’s most atmospheric quarter: a rabbit warren of lanes and alleys where you’ll find open air butchers, hole-in-the-wall shops selling rose petals and attar, and of course the famous Karims, home to some of the capital’s finest kebabs. As the road narrows, you meet flower-sellers who lovingly pester you…
  • A New Vish Puri Novel hits the shops, we interview Tarquin Hall

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Here at theindiaphile we are huge fans of India’s greatest detective, the inimitable Vish Puri. Oh yes, there have been great literary detectives: Poirot, Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, but all of these pale into insignificance compared to Tarquin Hall’s iconic Punjabi super sleuth. Just now, the fourth in the seminal Puri series of novels has hit the shops. Titled The Case of the Love Commandos this episode sees Vish and his trusty operatives Tubelight and Facecream on the hunt for a missing boy and, like all of Tarquin Hall’s books marries humour with a sensitive and…
  • Indian inspired tunes for your Ipod: Our mix-tape

    5 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    From the mystic chill out of Buddha Bar, via Bollywood dance numbers, the ethereal sitar melodies of Ravi Shankar, and on to Vedic Chanting from Benares, the sounds of India are diverse and sublime. On a recent trip to Darjeeling, our intrepid reporter Kavesh Bhat took loaded his trusty Ipod with some favourite tracks to soothe his ears while he trekked up through the brilliant green plantations of tea into the foothills of the Himalayas. Here’s what he listened to: A Rahman’s popular soundtrack to the film which put Bollywood onto the global map is full of ear titillating Eastern…
  • Epic Holidays for Thrill-Seekers in India

    11 Feb 2014 | 4:21 am
    The new age traveler doesn’t just want to see pretty sights – he wants to experience the destination as completely as possible. And that’s what makes adventure travel so popular – travel to a place, do something fun which you wouldn’t have gotten to do elsewhere, and live your life to the fullest. If you’re planning to visit India, why not consider having a bit of an adventure holiday out there too? Here are some of the most popular destinations for having a thrilling adventure holiday in India: Skiing in Auli Image source:…
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    Bacon is Magic

  • Where to Eat in Toronto with @Trover

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Toronto, Canada Every single day I get an email asking if I want a free download because it’s going to be the next best thing for travel or food. I always politely decline because I’m already on Facebook, Twitter and I’ve become so obsessed with posting food on Instagram that I don’t have time for another app. But I’ve seen a few other bloggers like Liz and Kate rave about Trover, knowing them both personally I was a bit more receptive, which they describe as: A visual guide to the best of everywhere, sourced by travel gurus and culture hounds, gut-checked by…
  • The Long Road to Atelier Restaurant

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Ottawa, Canada Despite the dramatic start, Chef Rouge and I had an awesome time in Quebec City and it was the first time in a long time I felt like I was on holiday rather than just another day of traveling. At the spur of the moment we decided to prolong the trip to Toronto and stop in Ottawa to eat at Atelier Restaurant, which was only 5 hours away. Easy peasy, right?   Umm not so much. Our good humour was tested again. We stopped in Trois Rivieres de Loup for gas and to pick up cheap beer and were feeling smug. Until we turned on the truck. Well tried to turn on the truck.   It…
  • Bonjour Quebec City

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Quebec City, Canada This is not a typical travel story. After leaving Jasper I flew back to Nova Scotia because unbeknownst to my sister she was getting engaged (Congrats Ry!). It was also a good opportunity for Chef Rouge and I to drive the remainder of his possessions in Prince Edward Island back to Toronto. Bright eyed at 6am – we have a U-Haul and are setting out at the ambitious hour of 6am with hopes to spend the evening in Quebec City. Despite having issues with U-Haul the day before (more coming on that later) we’re actually really excited for a road trip with lots of…
  • A Small Favour That Helps a Bunch

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:51 am
    Toronto, Canada Last week when I wrote that learning how to poach an egg actually helped me figure out what direction I wanted to take the site in I didn’t divulge that there has been a lot going on behind the scenes. Slowly I’ve been studying and shooting more and more video and it’s become a huge passion of mine and something I am focusing on this year.   Here’s where I need your help   I’d love for you to subscribe to my YouTube channel – you don’t need a fancy YouTube account or have to jump through hoops – if you have an email…
  • What I Learned Poaching an Egg

    20 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Toronto, Canada The past few months blogging have been a bit sporadic. I’m the type to stick her head in the sand and hope things pass. They never do and eventually I have to confront them. I haven’t been my usual over-sharing self. Not because I was hiding how I felt but I was still working through it. When I wrote The Year of Focus I shared that I wanted to simplify things in my life. I streamlined work, decided to travel less and also confessed I’m in a relationship. I’m really happy.   I haven’t been writing because I’ve been loving life in…
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  • Introducing Eytan Levy of Snarky Nomad

    Eytan Levy
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Please join me in welcoming our newest contributing author at Go See Write: Eytan Levy of Snarky Nomad! You’d probably believe me if I were to describe how often I’m asked why I love to travel. How friends and family often wonder what it is about global exploration that keeps me going back, and why I’m not saving up for a three-bedroom house with hardwood floors and a nice lawn. But that’s not the case. They just don’t bother asking at all. Because obviously this is just stupid,…
  • Ten ways to travel green

    Alex Baackes
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write The more I travel this big beautiful world, the more I want to protect it. Thankfully, today eco-travel is a veritable buzzword and there are as many ways to make a difference as there are shades of green. Read on for ten ways we can all conserve resources, show respect to local culture and environments, minimize our impact on our destinations, and ultimately “green” our travels. 1. Say Goodbye to Plastic Water Bottles You might be surprised by how many destinations offer safe drinking water straight…
  • Malawi: land of lakes, mountains, and safaris

    Helen Davies
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write In October last year, Lonely Planet voted Malawi one of the top 1o countries in the world to visit in 2014. Malawi  has held a special place in my heart ever since I worked there as a tour guide a couple of years back and I fell in love with this friendly country, also known as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’. It is ‘famous’ (or should that be infamous) for being the place where Madonna adopted two of her children from but there’s so much more to it than that! Malawi is a great place…
  • Montreal: eating at Les 400 Coups

    Nat and Tim Harris
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write A city with a pulse My father (Nat) grew up in Montreal during the 1930s and ’40s. I can only imagine what it was like back then, during the Great Depression and the beginning of WWII. These days, Montreal is a city with a pulse; with nightlife and an art scene.  A food lover’s paradise with up-and-coming chefs plating some epic meals.  It’s a city I love to visit but never felt the urge to move to. les chuchoteuses I can’t really explain why I never felt a connection, whether it’s the city itself…
  • My new travel gear. Much to get excited about.

    Michael Hodson
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Last December I passed by my five-year anniversary of my permanent travels. The most time I’ve spent back in the States was actually just a few months ago, when I came back on Christmas Day, hung out with my family for about a month, then did my month-long USA Road Trip (though not fully as planned), then came back for a short bit and flew out to Germany. Even during those two months back, I was living out of a suitcase for the month of the road trip. Looking back on my five years on the road, I think the…
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  • My more “WElfie” Less “SELFie” life

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I take a lot of pictures. Bet you do too. The iPhone is always on hand to snap 10 shots of the kids and Ish doing this, that or the other thing and I have a hard drive full of perfect and not-so-perfect shots to prove it. But what I realized recently is that- outside of the posed family group shots – I’m rarely in them. I tend to be the family photographer/archivist and if I’m shooting, I’m not posing. Except for our “welfies.” Scrunched eyes, stretched lips, mad face We do these all the time.  As a family: Or one on one: Do you? Truth is I love the…
  • Great Destination Low Aeroplan Miles Getaways

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:30 pm
    It’s spring!  Days are longer, tulips are in the shops…and there’s yet another snow forecast ahead. Seriously. This has felt like the winter that just won’t take the hint. I can’t help but take it personally. Baby, it’s STILL cold outside. The year we took off on our avoid-winter-at-all-costs around the world trip, the North Americans we left behind were in shorts and t-shirts! And ever since we’ve come back the winters have only become colder and longer. It’s enough to drive a winter hater to hibernation. Cozy blanket in front of the fireplace with a mug of something…
  • FAQ: How much can I bring home? Customs Limits for Canadian Residents

    12 Mar 2014 | 8:40 am
    You went. You saw. You purchased. Whether it will cost you a million dollars when it comes time to cross the border  remains to be seen. You can wait until you board that last flight home and peek at the customs form, or you can bookmark this page and be able to check before you buy that mega-gallon jug of wine abroad. You’re welcome. ;) Residents of Canada returning to Canada can bring ONE of the following personal exemptions based on his/her time absent from Canada (includes all goods and/or gifts purchased or received abroad:   You’ve been gone: 24 hours  – CANADIAN…
  • Mega List of Ontario March Break Outings for Kids 2014 – Part 2

    5 Mar 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Big thanks to the folks at Ontario Tourism for sharing these March Break happenings from across the province. No matter where in Ontario you are, you now have no excuse for March Break boredom.  Fight the March Break Blues with one of these great Ontario Activities      Event Name & Location Date Time Special Activities Admission Geocaching 101: From Clues to Coordinates Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum 64 Sulphur Springs Road Ancaster Tel: (905) 648-8144 Website: March 11 – 15, 2014 11:00am – 5:00pm Come to Fieldcote and learn the basics of…
  • March Break Outings for Kids 2014 – Part 1- Toronto Area

    2 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    One week to go!  Have you made your March Break plans yet? Well, unless you’ve already committed yourself to day after day of macaroni crafts at home (*shudder*) now is the time!  The great thing about Spring Break for kids in Ontario is that there are always tons of options to help save parents’ sanity and keep kids happy. This week I’ll share the ones that are making their way to my inbox. Here’s the first batch to get you started. Put down that macaroni. Put away that string. You’re better than that! ;) Deerhurst Resort, HUNTSVILLE, ON Deerhurst’s indoor…
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  • Roadside Curiosities: Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas

    Jody Halsted
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Cadillac Ranch, located just east of Amarillo, Texas along Interstate 40, is an iconic roadside attraction and a stop for many roadtrippers as they cross the southern plains on historic Route 66. Cadillac Ranch But just how far out of your way should you go to visit Cadillac Ranch? In my opinion, not far. Located on the I-40 frontage road, you’ll know you are at the right place by the cars and trucks lining the road. As you park and prepare to enter, you’ll see this sign- The sign doesn’t receive much respect. But the entry gate and trash cans seemed to be the only other…
  • In the Footsteps of Greatness: Historic Washington Crossing on the Delaware River

    Melissa Schwartz
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    George Washington and his brave rag-tag army crossed the icy Delaware River on December 25, 1776 to surprise the Hessians that were groggy from Christmas festivities. Washington’s surprise victory became one of the most symbolic victories in American history. This first victory truly demonstrated the determination of the patriots as well as the strategic capabilities of Washington himself. Growing up in New Jersey, the history of this battle became a bit intertwined with that of our family as we spent may afternoons picnicking on the shores of the Delaware River right at the very spot…
  • America’s First National Park : Yellowstone

    Jody Halsted
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Believed to be first seen by European American eyes in 1806, the descriptions of what was to be come Yellowstone National Park weren’t believed for over 60 years. After all, tales of “fire and brimstone”, steaming rivers, bubbling mud, and boiling water spouting from the ground are rather far fetched. Even today, nearly 150 years after Yellowstone National Park became the first national park  in the US and the world, the tales of geysers, colorful hot springs, and bubbling mud pots read like science fiction. Now entering Yellowstone National Park Covering 3468 square miles…
  • Family Fun in Delaware – The First State

    Mara Gorman
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    As the first state to ratify the Constitution, Delaware has bragging rights in spite of its small size. It’s rich in history, has gorgeous beaches and state parks, and boasts a surprising number of award-winning restaurants. And while it may be that it’s only the Number Two guy in the White House who hails from what Thomas Jefferson called “a jewel among the states”, Delaware is rightly proud of its long-standing importance in the national political scene. It’s also really easy to get to Delaware – the Philadelphia and Baltimore Washington Airports are both close by, and it is two…
  • Stunning. Wild. History. The Inishowen Peninsula for #IGTravelThursday

    Jody Halsted
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:37 am
    Few tourists make their way to the Inishowen Peninsula, the most northerly peninsula of Donegal, Ireland’s most northerly county. Even I, in a decade of Ireland travel, didn’t visit her most remote county. Our tight schedule left us only 2 days to visit the northern part of County Donegal, and only one day to drive the Inishowen 100, the 100 mile driving loop around the peninsula. While you can drive the Inishowen 100 in a day, you can’t see the peninsula in a single day, so we only made it half way around in the time we had. What we saw and experienced left us wanting more…
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  • Video: Top 10 Things to Do in Marbella

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Marbella is southern Spain’s most glamorous and attractive resort town. The world famous Andalucian village attracts pop stars and film celebrities and mixes stylish fashion conscious nightlife with rustic Andalucian charm. Here’s My Destination’s guide to the top ten things to do while in Marbella.
  • Travel Beauty

    Jen Fromal
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Keep your locks looking fabulous wherever you go while still saving space for more shoes in your bag. The Conair miniYOU You Curl Ceramic Clipless Curler iron makes big curls with less. The ceramic barrel evenly distributes the heat for strong curling power and soft, bouncy curls. Dual voltage allows this pocket iron to travel the globe […]
  • Video: Visit the Four Seasons Bosphorus in Istanbul

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Sharzad Kiadeh gives a taste of the glamorous side at the beautiful Four Seasons Bosphorus location.
  • Celebrate 150th Commemoration of the Civil War and Emancipation

    Donna Sundblad
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    History buffs have an opportunity to celebrate all kinds of historic anniversaries in Virginia this year. It was 150 years ago that the Civil War returned to Virginia with a rekindled drive for emancipation. Now Virginia has an entire year of special events, reenactments, and commemorative activities planned to mark pivotal events that occurred in […]
  • Video: A Scenic Guide to Niagara on the Lake

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    A video snapshot of this lovely country town, half an hour north of the Niagara Falls, nestling in wine country. Wine, nature, pretty views, local shopping and great food: Niagra-on-the-Lake in Canada has alot to offer!
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  • 10 Ways To Improve The Flying Experience Outside Of The Plane

    Matt Stabile
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    On my way to a recent flight, while I was frantically putting my shoes back on among a pushy crowd in that tiny space past the scanning machine, my mind began to wander from its immediate train of thought (which, at that moment, included a fantasy involving my shoe coming into contact with the person’s head behind me) to one that was slightly more peaceful and productive: How can the process of flying be improved outside of the plane? It’s no secret the flying experience doesn’t exactly rate at the top of most people’s list of pleasurable activities they endure in life (tax…
  • You’ll Never Look At San Francisco The Same After Watching This

    Matt Stabile
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Having recently returned home from San Francisco, a city I hadn’t seen in about 10 years, I’m still trying to get over just how damn scenic that city is. It’s hard to compare any major city in the world in terms of pure spectacle one sees in almost every direction they look there (such as looking toward the Golden Gate Bridge during sunset, the Golden Gate Bridge as you pass under it by boat or the famed “Painted Ladies” with downtown in the background). The above video was recently forwarded to me from someone who knew I was heading to the city soon. Shot by…
  • Here’s Why A Danish Company Wants To Reward People For Having Sex While Traveling

    Matt Stabile
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:54 pm
    In what has got to be one of the best marketing ploys by any company so far this year, Denmark’s Spies Travel is attempting to capitalize on its country’s falling birth rate, which is currently at a 27-year low, by rewarding travelers for having sex while on vacation (Denmark currently ranks 190 out of 224 countries for its birth rate — not good for a country with a robust social welfare system). To help encourage couples to increase their friskiness while on the road, Spies launched its Do It For Denmark contest, which will reward couples who get it on while on holiday.
  • Facing The Feces Factor: Tasting My First Cup Of Kopi Luwak Coffee

    Matt Stabile
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:26 am
    My first cup of Kopi Luwak coffee, sometimes better known as “cat poo coffee” or the rarest beverage in the world, was a memorable introduction into the highly envious world of extreme luxury, though this tasting occurred far outside the confines of the dining room of a fine-dining restaurant in Hong Kong or New York where cups of Kopi Luwak can run upwards of $50 (or $600 if you wanted to purchase a pound of these coveted beans). In my case I was sitting at a picnic table covered with a blue-checkered tablecloth near the outskirts of the Indonesian jungle with my husband, Kurt,…
  • The World’s Scariest Trail Is About To Get Much Less Dangerous

    Matt Stabile
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:20 am
    The El Caminito del Rey (better known as the world’s scariest trail), is about to become a little less scary for thrill-seekers. The famed 3-foot-wide trail, precariously perched over 300 feet in the air against the walls of a narrow gorge in Málaga, Spain, was once used by construction workers constructing the nearby Guadalhorce dam back in the early 20th century. In recent decades, the walkway fell into major disrepair, providing a harrowing hike for anyone willing to risk their neck to hike the trail (two people died in 1999 and 2000 respectively). The above video will give you a…
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  • Deal of the Day: save £279 on a four-star week in Gardone, Italy

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: Inghams is offering seven nights in Italy at the four-star Grand Hotel Gardone. Discover the Italian resorts of Gardone and Salo or explore the Lake Garda shows and nature park of Lake Sovenino in the area. Price: from £759 per person (a saving of £279 pp). Price also includes return flights from Edinburgh to Verona and resort transfers. Flights are also available from Manchester (+£49) Date: departing 21 May 2014. Book with: Inghams or call 01483 791 114. The post Deal of the Day: save £279 on a four-star week in Gardone, Italy appeared first on 101 Holidays blog.
  • Deal of the Day: save £50 on nine day Auckland holiday

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: Austravel is offering a nine day holiday to Auckland, Bay of Islands and Rotorua. Known as the ‘City of Sails’ for its love of the water, there’s much more than the city centre, visit Waiheke Island for its excellent wineries and beaches or the Waitekere Ranges for its wilderness forests. Price: from £1,229 per person (a saving of £50 pp). This holiday includes three nights’ at the four star Pullman Auckland, followed by a three night stay at the four star Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Bay of Islands, and two nights’ at the three star Ibis…
  • Deal of the Day: save up to £65 per person on Malta and Gozo Adventure

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: this seven night trip allows you to discover the Maltese islands from tranquil and rural Gozo to the historic fortifications of Valetta’s Grand Harbour. Explore by jeep and by bike, spend the day learning about the life of a local shepherd before swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. Price:  from £531 per child and £590 per adult (a saving of £59 per child and £65 per adult). Price includes seven nights’ hotel accommodation on a B&B basis, seven dinners, local tour leader throughout, transport and entrance fees where…
  • Deal of the Day: save £260 on seven night Turkish cruise

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: take a seven night cruise on the Turkish gulet Cankaya II with Anatolian Sky. The cruise departs from Fethiye and follows the ‘Kekova Cruise’ itinerary to Ka?. En route the cruise visits Limangazi Bay, Üçagiz Village, the sunken city at Kekova, Kalkan, Pirate’s Bay and Turunç. Price: £499 per person (a saving of £260 pp) based on two adults sharing an en-suite cabin on full board basis for seven nights, with return flights from Manchester or London Gatwick and transfers included. Date: departing 3 May 2014. Book with: Anatolian Sky or call 0844 273 3586. The…
  • Deal of the Day: save over £450 on a Mauritian week away

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: stay for seven nights at the Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Spa Resort, Mauritius. Situated on the South Coast of Mauritius at Bel Ombre, Heritage Le Telfair offers many activities including a kits surfing school, a tennis academy, on-site golf course and the Seven Colours Spa. Price: from £1,598 per person (a saving of £485 pp) based on two sharing a deluxe room on an all-inclusive basis, including return flights with Emirates via Dubai and private transfers. Date: for travel in June and July 2014. Book with: Western & Oriental or call 020 7666 1210.   The post…
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  • Easter Brunch at the Bohemian Hotel Celebration

    Lydia Chicles
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    An artful easter! Enjoy gourmet breakfast, seafood and shellfish, carving station, baked salmon, roasted chicken, antipasto station, salads and mouth-watering desserts. An Artful Brunch WHAT:  An inspiring Easter Brunch at the Bohemian Hotel Celebration WHEN: Sunday, April 20, 2014 • 10am-4pm WHERE: 700 Bloom Street, Celebration, FL 34747 DETAILS:$59.99/person with complimentary mimosa CONTACT: To reserve, call 407.566.6000 or About the Bohemian Hotel Celebration: Classic elegance and turn-of-the-century charm set the tone for inspiring gatherings at the Bohemian…
  • The Celebrate Dance Festival is back and with special guests that include Orlando Ballet alumni Israel Rodriguez and Katia Garza.

    Lydia Chicles
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    The Celebrate Dance Festival returns to Lakeland April 25-27, and includes an extended weekend of dance events. Master classes taught by professional dancers will be available April 25-27; a gala performance April 26 at Florida Southern College’s Branscomb Auditorium will celebrate Florida Dance Theatre’s 20th anniversary; and a free performance at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror on April 27 will wrap up the festival. Florida Dance Theatre Presents Celebrate Dance Festival Master Classes The master classes will be held at Florida Dance Theatre, 305 W. Main St., and are…
  • The Otherside, at the 2014 Florida Film Festival.

    Lydia Chicles
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    JR Celski #SOCHI2014 The Otherside “From the city that brought you Big Butts and Teen Spirit”, a documentary on Seattle Hip-Hop, The Otherside Coming off a silver medal campaign at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Seattle native and three-time Olympic medalist JR Celski will debut his documentary, The Otherside, at the 2014 Florida Film Festival. After the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Celski took a break from short track speed skating to produce a documentary about the Seattle hip hop community. The hour-long documentary contains interviews, concerts, and backstage footage taken…
  • FREE outdoor family concert by Orlando Phil, presented by Dr. Phillips Charities

    Lydia Chicles
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    On Saturday, April 12, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Peter & The Wolf and other Musical Stories, a FREE outdoor family concert in Loch Haven Park (Princeton Ave and 17-92, Orlando), sponsored by Dr. Phillips Charities, in memory of Della Phillips. The event will include food trucks and an instrument petting zoo beginning at 4:30 p.m., pre-concert entertainment by Mr. Richard & The Pound Hounds at 4:30 p.m., and a 6 p.m. concert of animal-themed music by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, with a special actor/narrator from Orlando Repertory Theatre. For more…
  • Rollins College Launches Visiting Organist Concert Series: Christopher Houlihan to Perform on April 13

    Lydia Chicles
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Rollins College will feature organ virtuoso Christopher Houlihan in the first performance of The Faith Emeny Conger ’54 Visiting Organist Concert Series in Honor of John Oliver Rich ’38, 4 p.m., Sunday, April 13 at the Knowles Memorial Chapel on the Rollins campus. The performance is free and open to the public Houlihan has been called “gifted” by the New York Times, “dazzling” by the Wall Street Journal and “one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists” by the Cincinnati Enquirer. He made his orchestral debut with the Hartford Symphony and recorded…
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  • Traveler Stories of Lost & Found

    Carol Margolis
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Losing an item while traveling is an all too-common occurrence. Just ask at any hotel front desk how many items are in their lost and found box and they’ll just laugh! Though for as many sad stories there are about lost items, there are just as many stories about items that are found and returned to their rightful owner. Here are happy stories by travelers of lost items which were found; and sad stories of items never to be seen again. Andrea said, I lived in New Zealand for 8 years and my sister came to visit me. As one does, we travelled around the North Island. One night on our way…
  • Traveling by Foot in the 39-Mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

    Carol Margolis
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    On May 3rd and 4th, there will be no airplane for me. No rental car. No cruise ship. Just my two feet will be taking me along the streets of Washington D.C. as I participate in the 39-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Why am I walking 39 miles? Because every three minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. I want to do my part so no one has to face this disease again. Aside from the physical steps, I have pledged to raise both awareness and money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I hope this worldwide issue calls to you and that you’ll support me in one…
  • Photo of the Week: Dunnottar Castle

    Carol Margolis
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, Scotland A stunning early morning photo of Dunnottar Castle. Cows roaming in the fields to the right, an old farmhouse to the left. And in the front, Oh Wow! Each step taken towards the old medieval fortress has your jaw dropping even closer to the ground. The castle has a long and storied past, including being sacked by Vikings in the 9th century and it’s chapel being burned down by William Wallace. This fortress is a must-see when in Scotland, as is the nearby town of Stonehaven. There is a steep access path to wear flat, comfy shoes. And if walking the…
  • Garrett Popcorn Shops Giveaway

    Carol Margolis
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    Do you have a favorite travel food? A dish or snack that has no equivalent back home? I certainly do, and I’d like to share it with you with a giveaway! Traveling through Chicago’s O’Hare, you may have noticed a long line of people buying popcorn in Terminal B. But they’re not just buying any popcorn – they’re in line for Garrett Popcorn – the world’s best, in my humble opinion. “The Chicago Mix” (half CaramelCrisp, half CheeseCorn™) is my all-time favorite. I don’t dare fly through the United terminal at ORD without bringing a bag home…
  • Hotel Review: JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro

    Carol Margolis
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Click to view slideshow. The music of Barry Manilow plays over and over in my head as I walk along the famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While I hum along to this old tune, I enter the beautiful lobby of the JW Marriott. Piano music is in the background. A gong on the xylophone is sounded by the Front Desk to hail a bellman. It was a very warm welcome to the hotel. My room is on the 5th floor and is an inside room (“no view” in hotel terms). Yes, Drapes on a window give me hope for an ocean view but alas I am looking down at the lobby. (Spring for a beach view if you…
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  • Sunday Stories for April 13th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    13 Apr 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. I had a great time in Chicago, sampling the food, beverage, and entertainment that the Windy City has to offer. I had the opportunity to visit some famous landmarks, see a preview of Motown:  The Musical (it wowed me), and even met the mayor, Rahm Emmanuel. It was a jam packed four days, giving me just a couple of days and home before heading off to Athens, Greece. The shores of Lake Michigan, taken from the 95th floor of the John Hancock building in Chicago.
  • Tuesday Deal Day: CityPass Adds Tampa Bay

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Tampa Bay is the latest destination to partner with CityPass, packaging discounted, prepaid admission to a city or region’s top attractions. The following attraction are included with the Tampa Bay CityPass: Busch Gardens Tampa – Families love this adventure theme park offering 300 acres of ride, more than 12,000 animals, live shows, and lot more. CityPass offers single-day admission to Busch Gardens Tampa, including all shows, exhibits and rides (some…
  • Sunday Stories for April 6th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s been a busy week of travel, leaving me not so much time for enjoyable reading and research. Monday started out with a trip to San Francisco for a media event, followed by some personal time to enjoy the city. That home for too brief of a time, just barely time to unpack, do laundry, and repack, and it was off to Chicago (where I am now). My visit here started off dinner with Katie Aune (you might like her blog, check it out) at Sayit Nova for some…
  • Tuesday Deal Day: Easter in Rome

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Rome, Italy, may be one of the classic destinations for Easter, and Rome Cavalieri offers several ways for visitors to enjoy their Easter holiday in the Eternal City with the entire family – from culinary to spa to advice from the expert concierge on the best Holy Week activities on which to embark.   The premier urban resort is offering a special Easter rate that includes accommodations and a daily buffet breakfast available in the hotel’s…
  • Sunday Stories for March 30th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:46 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Tomorrow morning I’ll be heading off to San Francisco for CMM (Canada Media Marketplace), a hosted event put on by the various tourism agencies and departments in Canada. I’ve attended this event for a number of years and always love learning about the latest happenings and visitor offerings in our neighbor to the north. I’m already starting to think about when and where to make this year’s trip up north. Any suggestions? Now, on to some of the stories that…
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • Everest Base Camp: Here I Come

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    The original can be found here: Everest Base Camp: Here I Come. Please read the original. Everest Base Camp for me isn't just something I would like to do, but something I feel the NEED to do. But first I have to figure out a way to overcome these challenges: Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Brauneck: The Mountain Where Hikers and Skiers Meet

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The original can be found here: Brauneck: The Mountain Where Hikers and Skiers Meet. Please read the original. Brauneck Mountain, where hikers and skiers meet! If you're a hiker seeing solace, not skiers, as I am, the Brauneck, located near Lenggies, should not be your first choice for a hike. But the views from the top do help compensate for the trail. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • 5 Tips for Mobile Travel Photography

    Guest Post
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    The original can be found here: 5 Tips for Mobile Travel Photography. Please read the original. Mobile photography has come a long way in recent years, to the point that people can now capture and edit very high quality images on their phones. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Monkeys in the Jungles of Costa Rica

    Guest Post
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The original can be found here: Monkeys in the Jungles of Costa Rica. Please read the original. As a child, my favourite book was Curious George. I must have read it at least a hundred times. So when I set out on an adventure trip through Costa Rica’s tropical rain forests, monkey-watching was high on my list. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Soussusvlei, Namibia: Photojourney to the Highest Sand Dunes on Earth

    18 Mar 2014 | 10:34 am
    The original can be found here: Soussusvlei, Namibia: Photojourney to the Highest Sand Dunes on Earth. Please read the original. Sossusvlei, located in Naukluft National Park in Namibia, is home to some of the highest sand dunes on the planet, including the famous "Big Daddy". Trust me, this is worth waking up before sunrise! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    i-escape travel blog

  • Spotlight on… the Cyclades

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is theoriginal island-hopping destination, and with BA recently launching direct flights from Heathrow to both Santorini and Mykonos, it’s easier than ever to escape to gorgeous Greece. Each of the Cyclades has its own personality, but regardless of where you end up, you’re certain to find exceptionally beautiful landscapes and delicious local cuisine; we could happily feast on fava and souvlaki, washed down with crisp white wine,for weeks on end… Oia, Santorini Why go? The Cyclades is a unique collection of islands – packed with character and Greek charm – that have been…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Ammos Hotel

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Set only 15 minutes from bustling Chania in Crete, friendly Ammos Hotel offers everything from attentive service and delicious food to thoughtful inclusions like flowers and kitchen equipment in each room. All this, combined with its stunning beachfront location, makes for an exquisite getaway perfectly suited to families with young children. The delightful sandy beach in front of the hotel is sheltered and has shallow waters making it safe and warm for younger paddlers. Never has a getaway felt more relaxed; Nikos, the owner, has every detail covered and the attentive yet unobtrusive service…
  • Snapshots from… Copenhagen and Stockholm

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    Acting Editor Abi shares some photos from her latest trip – a week exploring the super-cool Scandi capitals of Copenhagen and Stockholm with her partner Chris. The main purpose of our Scandi adventure was to catch up with friends in Stockholm, but we couldn’t resist sneaking in a few days in one of our favourite cities, Copenhagen, along the way. I first visited the Danish capital at the age of 14, when I spent a week with my penfriend and her family, and I return whenever I can – not only because I love its cosmopolitan yet easy-going atmosphere, but because I’m now old enough to…
  • Extra special discounts and treats with #WestisBest

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    We all know the delights of pasties, cider and cream teas, but what about the West Country’s other appeals? There are cutting-edge galleries, renowned restaurants and unique landscapes, as well as a fantastic range of boutique hotels, houses and cottages from which to see it all. And to further tempt visitors, i-escape has teamed up with 14 of its West Country partner properties to offer added-value offers and discounts of up to 20%, available on bookings made before 8th May 2014. We even sent our intrepid tour guide to check out the region’s hotspots – take a look at what he found……
  • Escape of the Week… Derwent House

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Behind the muted Cape-Victorian façade of Derwent House is a stylish 10-room hotel (with a self-catering apartment) full of the spirit of South Africa. The jazzy, decorative interiors buzz with feel-good-factor and the garden, with its decked pool and shaded loggia, is nothing short of majestic. It’s in a great part of Cape Town, too. Being only a short walk from the bars and restaurants of Kloof Street means there’s plenty of action on your doorstep. And the rest of the city has a huge amount on offer, from a cable car and walking tour on Table Mountain, to whale-watching, surfing and…
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    Byteful Travel

  • MacKenzie Park: Whale Sighting 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…
  • Interview with Travel Blogger Mera Johnson: A Full-time Mom Who has Found Balance

    Andrew Crusoe
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:11 am
    The Astounding Travel Writers interview series continues today with a newer member of the travel blogger sphere. I first learned about Mera when she submitted an article to the Byteful Travel blog carnival a while back. Mera is a great example of someone who knows what they love to do and is actively doing what they can to share their adventures with the world in an honest, and very real, way. 1. Thanks for agreeing to do an interview today and being a part of my Astounding Travel Writers Series. It’s wonderful when we travel writers can connect. I’d like to begin with a simple…
  • Kehena: Where Naked Hippies Come to Play video

    Andrew Crusoe
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:01 am
    Welcome to The Senic Kehena! Okay, I give up. I officially have a videolog now. (NOT calling it a vlog because that’s a gross word.) 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. So yeah, a videolog. And today, I’m happy to share with you the first in a new HD video series. Let’s call it the “Byteful Glimpse series.” These videos, all of which will be pretty short (probably all under 90 seconds), are designed to be like island popcorn, edited to…
  • Tui Discovers a truly “Unexpected Texas” in her New Book (A Mini Interview)

    Andrew Crusoe
    4 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    When it comes to travel writers, we like to stick together and support each other. That’s why I’d like to tell you a bit about my friend Tui’s brand new and very quirky travel guide to Texas called “Unexpected Texas.” I’ve interviewed Tui before, but when she contacted me about participating in a blog tour for her book release, I thought a mini-interview was well overdue. So, without further ado, let’s find out why this new guide is so cool, and some of the surprising gems about Texas within: 1. Where did you get the idea for “Unexpected…
  • Interview with Michael Turtle: On Being in the Moment & Creating Timeless Travel Content

    Andrew Crusoe
    26 Feb 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The Astounding Travel Writers interview series continues! Today, I am pleased to share with you an interview with Michael Turtle, a journalist-turned-travel-writer from Australia who is plunging the depths of what our magnificent planet can offer. In this interview, we cover how travel can teach patience, going pro, and creating timeless travel content. Enjoy! 1. Thanks for agreeing to do an interview today and being a part of my Astounding Travel Writers Series. It’s wonderful when we travel writers can connect. I’d like to begin with a simple question: How do you usually…
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    Wayfaring Wanderer

  • Behind-the-Scenes: Interview w/ Desi's Floral & Design Studio | Boone, NC Wedding Vendor

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    While most of the weddings I photograph happen off the mountain around North Carolina and beyond, it was a real treat to have the opportunity to work with local wedding vendors here in Boone, NC for our Alice in Wonderland styled shoot. Once Desi came on board she ended up being an integral part of the planning process and her contribution to the photoshoot was more than I could include in one blog post, so I interviewed her for more behind-the-scenes details.  What was your contribution to the styled shoot?Floral Design & Styling // Costume & Props: Mini Top Hat Fascinator, Bow…
  • Redefining Self-Love Series: 5 Ways To Practice Self-Love (Part 1) | Boone, NC Photographer

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I feel like I've been on a looping roller coaster of emotion these past few weeks as I have delved more deeply into this self-imposed journey of redefining self-love. The whole idea of “loving myself more” makes me feel slightly squeamish because, let's face it, I don't know what the heck I'm doing or how I’m supposed to be doing it, but I'm willing to give it a try for longer than a mere trial period. What’s the worst that could happen?! I'm starting to realize that it's not a matter of whether or not I have lost love for myself, the truth is that everything I need is already a part…
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland | Wedding Styled Shoot | Boone, NC Photographer

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I reach a certain point in the depths of winter when I find myself feeling a little despondent. There's not as much going on because folks are hibernating. The gaps between my weddings and photoshoots feels unusually elongated which causes my creativity to take a hit. That's why I was thrilled when Andi and I decided to collaborate and create a wedding styled shoot before the busy season really begins!This Alice in Wonderland Wedding Inspiration Shoot was the extra oomph I needed to get my foggy brain back into photographer mode where I wanted it to be! Having the opportunity to create…
  • Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone | Boone, NC Wedding Photographer

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:08 am
    If you scour my yearbooks from 6th grade until my senior year in high school, you will only find my photo in two yearbooks. I used to go to great lengths to avoid having my picture taken when I was younger. I remember going to extremes in order to miss picture day, from faking sick to skipping school, I would do anything to get out of it! I hated the way that I looked in photographs.NOT LIKING IMAGES OF OURSELVES IS UNIVERSALI can't tell you how many times I've heard from clients and friends that they “take horrible photos” or that they “never look good in pictures.” It pains me to…
  • Redefining Self-Love w/ Celebrate You Sessions | Boone, NC Photographer

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:33 am
    I sought out the definition of self-love recently just because I was curious, and I was astonished to see how it was defined. To give you a quick idea of what I discovered, here are a few synonyms for Self-Love: conceit, narcissism, and vanityNot what I expected AT ALL! I was somewhat irked by my findings because self-love is something that I struggle with in my life (or so I thought), and it was unsettling to think that the actual meaning of self-love is contradictory to what I truly desire.I've since decided to redefine self-love because embodying that state-of-being is not tied to what the…
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    Travel Nonu

  • Delhi’s Three Popular Unusual Nightlife Hangouts

    Kavitha Joseph
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:56 am
    Delhi the capital city of India is growing in popularity for its nightlife. The natives of the city and also tourists from all over the Country and globally come to this fascinating city to experience its nightlife. The best part of Delhi is that each corner of the city portrays a different image and it […]Related Posts:Enjoy Pubs, Bars, Music & Much More in Delhi’s…New Delhi Nightlife for Locals and Tourists: An OverviewNightclubs that Make Delhi an Exclusive Party DestinationGet Immersed into the Ever Exciting Nightlife of IndiaKnow more about Bars and Pubs of Dubai
  • The importance of purchasing travel insurance

    Kavitha Joseph
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:34 am
    The travelling bug has caught all of us and we love travelling. As the travelling season is nearing and many families are planning trips to different parts of the world, it is imperative to know how important travel insurance is. Many of the travelers take travel insurance lightly and do not discuss about travel insurance […]Related Posts:Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance before Any HolidayBe safe, and have a hassle free trip, to EuropeTen Valuable Tips That Can Make the Foreign Trip EasierIs travelling a new fad ?5 Amazing Tips for First Time Travelers
  • Maldives a perfect choice for your next holiday

    Kavitha Joseph
    13 Feb 2014 | 1:13 am
    Maldives is popularly referred as Maldives Island and receive thousands of tourists all through the year. The economy of the Country predominantly depends on tourism, for its coffers. The best part about holidaying in Maldives is that there is a visitor can obtain the visa, on arrival provided they have all the valid documents with […]Related Posts:Maldives the land of Scuba divingMaldives – Beauty amidst the Ocean.Bali – An exotic honeymoon getawayNight Diving – A Thrilling Nightlife ActivityFun packed holiday in Phuket
  • Best options to book online and fly cheap

    Kavitha Joseph
    30 Jan 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Air travel has become extremely popular, over the past decade in contrast to rail or travel by road. The foremost rationale behind this change is the popularity of internet and customers being able to view the status of tickets and rates over the internet. In the olden times the number of air carriers where much […]Related Posts:Tips to Turn an Expensive Holiday Package into a Low Cost or5 Simple Tips to find Cheap AirfareTips To Get The Last Minute Reasonable Airfare DealsBudget Travel Tips to Save Precious MoneyIs travelling a new fad ?
  • Why United Kingdom is one of the topmost destinations of a traveler’s lifetime?

    Kavitha Joseph
    24 Jan 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Britain is a Country with rich cultural heritage and a large number of destinations to visit. The beauty spots vary from famous landmarks in London, Scotland and the non-spoil t interiors of the Country. Tourists intending to experience United Kingdom and its food should plan at least for a month in the Country. Traveling Across […]Related Posts:Dream holiday – Edinburgh, ScotlandLondon tube – Lifeline for the touristDiscover Hidden Secrets outside LondonBarcelona – A city with all tourist elementsExperiment diverse, food in London
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  • From Don Quixote to James Dean, the Windmills of Fuerteventura

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    ‘Go and have an adventure,’ the windmill whispers. I have no intention of whittling the nearest branch into a lance and attacking the thimble shaped construction with its canvas-less sails. But the image that floods my mind ever time I lay eyes on an old fashioned windmill is of a shoddy, misguided knight attacking a giant with four spinning arms. Unlike Don Quixote, I know these are benign, gentle creatures that exist for the benefit of humankind. They harm no one, not even the environment. Plus, this is Fuerteventura, there are no trees to whittle into a lance.
  • Gastronomy and Restaurants on Fuerteventura

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    We’d walked eleven kilometres and were ready to refuel. We’d planned it so that the half way mark of our route would be in a small town. The problem was that there seemed to be a lack of places to actually rest our weary bones and eat. A street-sweeper rested in the shade of a pretty, whitewashed church. “Is there anywhere nearby to buy a bocadillo?” Andy asked him. “Yes,” he cheerfully replied. “Betancuria.” Betancuria was about fifteen kilometres away… and we were on foot. By day two on Fuerteventura we realised once you move away from resort areas there simply…
  • Sexy Salmon & Cava on a Saturday Night

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    This variation of a ‘light and sunny as a spring day’ Rick Stein recipe totally changed our opinion about salmon. It is the Grace Kelly of fish dishes; elegant, sophisticated and a joy to look at. It is also delectably delicious and a perfect summery Saturday night dish. Until we tried this recipe we thought of salmon as a bit of a bland fish without much of a personality. Salmon in a cava sauce totally converted us, making us realise that too many chefs in restaurants over the years had done the beautifully coloured fish a disservice – cooking all the tasty goodness out of it.
  • As We Walked out to the Ermita in the Rocks on Fuerteventura

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    They might not be tumbleweed, but there are definitely skeletons of some type of dried out plant blowing through the streets of the tiny town. The wind has puffed up its cheeks and is blowing a hoolie. We sit in the car, undecided. There’s a yellow alert weather warning in place for high winds throughout the day. Normally we wouldn’t take to the trail in these circumstances. As there are no trees about to squash our heads, the potential danger is reduced significantly. Yellow means caution. If it was orange there would be no question, we wouldn’t be walking. Ironically, the…
  • A Dining Experience at Casa Efigenia on La Gomera

    20 Mar 2014 | 2:55 am
    Eating at Casa Efigenia on La Gomera, conveniently located at the edge of the hamlet of Las Hayas and mid-way along the splendid Igualero to Vallehermoso walk, is more of an experience than  a lunch. A Gomeran institution in its quiet, leafy corner since the 1970s, there’s nowhere else quite like it. Everything about Casa Efigenia is a product of the mountains, from the furniture which graces the dining room of the 300 year old house and is fashioned from the mountain wood of their surroundings to Efigenia herself who grew up ‘amongst the vegetables and the allotments’.
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Rick’s Roadhouse – Providence, RI

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Rick’s Roadhouse / 370 Richmond Street / Providence, RI / 401-272-PORK I was in love with Rick’s Roadhouse before it even opened. I remember reading an article about this new BBQ restaurant opening in downtown Providence that would reflect the type BBQ shacks one would find on on a road trip, such as on historic … Continue reading →
  • Fairway Suites at Peek ‘N’ Peak Resort – Clymer, NY

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Gay Travel | Gay Friendly Accommodations | Gay Travel Blog | Gay Friendly  Fairway Suites at Peek’ N’ Peak Resort / 1433 Conway Road / Clymer, NY / 1-716-355-5014 Luxurious Vacations in Four Seasons of Fun. The Fairway Suites is ideally located within walking distance to golfing, dining and skiing available at the Peek’ n … Continue reading →
  • Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel – Rhode Island

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    RENAISSANCE PROVIDENCE DOWNTOWN HOTEL / 5 Avenue of the Arts / Providence, RI 02903 / 401-919-5000 Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel is one of the most spectacular properties I have stayed at here in New England.   The hotel, designed using the old facade of a Masonic Temple, is a true work of art.   The hotel has … Continue reading →
  • Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort – Destin, Florida

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort / 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West / Destin, Florida 32550 /1-800-277-0800 My partner, Jennifer, and I recently had the pleasure of staying at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort located on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, between Pensacola and Panama City, eight miles east of Destin. A member of Beaches of South … Continue reading →
  • Contest: Win One Of Four Trips To Britain During Pride

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Originally posted on Vee Travels:In celebration of same-sex marriage becoming legal in England and Wales over the weekend, VisitBritain is hosting a contest to attend Britain Pride events across the country. Enter here once until April 30th for a chance to win a trip to either Brighton, Cardiff, Manchester or Birmingham for pride events…
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    Fodor's Travel Wire

  • 10 Top Bakeries Across the US
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Is there anything more alluring than the smell of freshly baked bread or cookies that are still warm from the oven? These intoxicating scents take on an extra power in cities, where bakeries provide respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life and offer a moment of sweet reprieve. Whether you’re sipping on mint tea while enjoying a cookie at a tiny bakeshop in Charleston, or indulging in a croissant at a San Francisco café, these are spots where you can have your cake and eat it, too. Here are our picks for 10 of America’s best bakeries. by Emily Wasserman
  • 5 Best Perks of Flying in Premium Economy
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Most airlines these days offer a version of premium economy, the middle ground between business class and standard economy, with roomier seats and, inevitably, a higher price. Particularly for long-haul flights, this more comfortable way to travel is an appealing option. Because each airline offers a different take on this tier of service, it can be tricky to decide if the splurge is really worth it (and, for routes that are served by multiple airlines, which carrier to choose). If you’re planning a lengthy flight, here are a few noteworthy options. Qantas International…
  • America�s 10 Best Roof-to-Table Restaurants
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    For years now, the farm-to-table movement has been sweeping across the nation, bringing chefs seeking locally sourced ingredients closer together with farmers. But farm-to-table is so passé—these days, chefs are starting to reap their own harvests by growing fresh fruits and vegetables on the roofs of their very own restaurants. From New York City to Dallas, cities across the country are seeing more and more restaurants where ingredients are being grown in-house. Here are 10 of the best of them. by Kristine Hansen Kristine Hansen is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee where she…
  • Romantic Getaway: Long Weekend in San Juan
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The capital of Puerto Rico has everything you need for a romantic getaway: beautiful beaches, charming restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and a historic Old Town with cobblestone streets. Plus, it’s a quick plane ride from most of the U.S. and dollars are accepted—so pack your bathing suits and your sunscreen, and get ready for a sun-splashed trip to San Juan. What to Do Old San Juan Stroll hand in hand through the streets of Old San Juan, which are lined with pastel-hued Spanish Colonial buildings. You’ll want to do a bit of climbing and poking…
  • Travel Quote of the Week: On Traveling Freely
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 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.
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Postcards from Magnetic Island, Queensland

    Iain Mallory
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Learning the wince inducing news that wombats have cube shaped poo was just one of the fascinating gems shared at Bungalow Bay koala village, on Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia. The reason, apparently it doesn’t roll, probably useful but it seems unlikely wombats look forward to toilet breaks. The locals affectionately call the one road island […] The post Postcards from Magnetic Island, Queensland appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Exploring Queensland Itinerary with #Room753

    Iain Mallory
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory As well as excitement, there will be a degree of concern when my plane touches down in Brisbane on Monday. It will be in the aftermath of Cyclone Ita, and although I’ve often expressed a wish to experience stormchasing, witnessing the damage caused by a major storm first hand, with some potentially tragic stories, is […] The post Exploring Queensland Itinerary with #Room753 appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Masiphumelele Township; The Spirit to Succeed in Cape Town

    Iain Mallory
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Driving past the townships such as Masiphumelele, close to Cape Town it is easy to consider them a blight on the area. Filled with ramshackle, rundown temporary accommodation, streets littered with garbage, effluence, or even open sewage streaming down the streets, and discarded vehicles abandoned in the shanty-like communities. Masiphumelele, means “I will succeed” Originally, […] The post Masiphumelele Township; The Spirit to Succeed in Cape Town appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from a South Atlantic Sunset

    Iain Mallory
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory There’s been some ‘golden hour’ inequality on this site recently, with slightly too much sunrise favouritism. It’s time to redress the balance, and as sunsets on St Helena, in the South Atlantic are as impressive, sharing a few from there would even the score. “The light is looking poor” was the forecast offered by a […] The post Postcards from a South Atlantic Sunset appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Photography Tips; Photographing Northern Lights

    Iain Mallory
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Guest Post by Alison Bailey The Aurora displayed, three out of the four nights on a recent trip aboard the Hurtigruten ship, the MS Richard With. It seems right to share this good fortune, and provide a few tips for photographing Northern Lights. There are plenty of informative articles about capturing the Aurora, and I […] The post Photography Tips; Photographing Northern Lights appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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    FareCompare » Travel Advice

  • 5 Creative Ways to Avoid Airline Fees

    Anne McDermott
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    If you routinely buy first class tickets for weekend getaways to Paris (sample June fare: $7,944)  you probably don’t care about extra fees. The rest of us do. Here are some creative ways to avoid them and all those other annoying extra charges. LISTEN: Rick Seaney has more ideas on avoiding fees. 1. Problem: Checked-bag Fees Creative solution: Wearable luggage. You may look ridiculous wearing these lumpy-looking coats and dresses which are covered in huge pockets (OK, you will look ridiculous) but wearable luggage can mean you won’t need any bag at all. However, since airline…
  • 6 Perfect Places for Memorial Day Trips

    Anne McDermott
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Whether you’re kicking off the season with an early summer vacation or just taking a weekend break, here are some great destinations for Memorial Day (May 26). Bonus: Almost all these destinations are cheaper cities to fly to. Click the city name to find flights from your town. LISTEN: Rick Seaney’s favorite spot? Oh, he likes everyplace. Most Popular Cities These three cities always place high on top 10 “best places to go” holiday lists and Memorial Day travel is no exception. Las Vegas: “But all you can do is gamble,” grumble some, but Vegas is so much…
  • 11 National Parks Easy to Get to by Plane

    Anne McDermott
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:19 am
    The variety of America’s National Parks is pretty incredible – vast lonely deserts, hauntingly beautiful mountains, amazing undersea worlds and the fascinating animals that call these ecosystems home. LISTEN FareCompare’s Rick Seaney admits he’s got some exploring to do. Fly + Drive Getting to some of these parks isn’t easy (don’t let that deter you!) so  here’s a list of  popular parks that aren’t all that far from airports – relatively speaking, that is. We also acknowledge this list is by no means complete; if we missed your…
  • 5 Ways to Stop Thieves when Traveling

    Anne McDermott
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:39 am
    Relax: Chances are, nothing bad will happen on your vacation – and your chances improve simply by using your common sense. Check out these sensible tips including a few ideas that may be new to you. LISTEN: Thieves? Travel expert Rick Seaney to the rescue. The stripper scam and other bizarre ripoffs 1. Keep Valuables Safe Phone, electronics: Keep on your person, in a shirt or an inside jacket pocket or in your hand. Don’t let a phone sit on a table: Thieves have been known to walk by, pick a device and be out the door before you even notice. Money, cards, passports: Don’t…
  • 5 Things Cheapskates Never Do When Shopping for Flights

    Anne McDermott
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:59 am
    There’s no shame in being a cheapskate for airfare; on the contrary, it’s a badge of honor. If you’d like to join the ranks of cheapskate travelers, follow these tips from FareCompare’s resident airfare expert Rick Seaney and start saving money now. LISTEN Rick Seaney is proud to be cheap. Join him. 1. Cheapskates don’t shop too early If you buy your airline tickets for U.S. travel more than three-and-a-half months before departure, you could pay too much. For flights to Europe, don’t start shopping until about five months before take-off. When to shop:…
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    Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky

  • Hua Hin, Thailand – Best beach holidays

    Toni Marie Ford
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    I had never heard of Hua Hin before we decided, on a stiflingly hot night in Bangkok, to head south to the beach. The few locals we quizzed on where to go unanimously favoured Hua Hin, adding that it’s the summer residence of the King of Thailand. Feeling royal, we hopped on the next morning’s train. The King’s summer palace … Hua Hin, Thailand – Best beach holidays is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 shopping malls in Dubai

    Michelle Dunn
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Dubai is the most shimmering shrine to consumerism in the Middle East. We check out the city’s most lavish super-malls, guaranteed to lure you and your credit card. 10. Dubai Outlet Mall Where: Dubai Al-Ain Road, near Route 66 in Dubailand. What: The only outlet concept mall in the Middle East, Dubai Outlet Mall is heaven for savvy shoppers seeking high-end designer … Top 10 shopping malls in Dubai is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 things to do in Dubai

    David Wells
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    Dubai is the one of 21st century’s iconic destinations, combining Arabian history and culture with hyper-modern amenities and record-breaking luxury. Sometimes unfairly characterised as a destination for shopping, shopping and more shopping, there’s actually a huge variety of activities on offer. Here’s our list of the top 10 things to do in Dubai. 10. Enjoy the beach There aren’t many … Top 10 things to do in Dubai is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Travel bucket list #23 – Hang glide over Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

    Chris Watts
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    I’ve always harboured a mild fear of heights. Nothing serious, just a perfectly rational voice inside my head reminding me when I’m at the top of a skyscraper, car park or first floor balcony that if I was to fall, I’d probably die. Such thoughts were non-existent as I applied factor four oil and began sizzling by the swimming pool … Travel bucket list #23 – Hang glide over Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 famous hotel rooms in the world

    Michelle Dunn
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    From bed-ins to trashings, many famous incidents have taken place from the confines of a hotel guestroom. We check out the top 10 most celebrated accommodations on the planet. 10. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Palms, Las Vegas Where: 4321 West Flamingo Road near to the Las Vegas Strip. Claim to fame: Minted high-rollers can get the party started Hugh Hefner-style … Top 10 famous hotel rooms in the world is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
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  • The Best Travel Camera & Phone

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    The Best Travel Camera & PhoneWe have been travelling for sometime now and we’ve documented our experiences of our adventures over the past 5 years. During this time we have accumulated a number of different devices to capture our memories on, whether it be photos, or video we are constantly on the hunt to make our way of capturing and sharing our content more streamlined and faster and more than anything, less bulky. At the moment we carry around a large DSLR, a smart phone and a video camera. Lets just say that my day pack is heavily weighted when we go out during the day…
  • How to Save for Your Dream Holiday

    17 Mar 2014 | 4:41 pm
    How to Save for Your Dream HolidaySometimes that dream holiday seems so far from reach that you feel like you will never be able to get there. From experience though we know that if you have a plan in place you can reach your goals so we’ve recently teamed up with ANZto get people thinking about how they can make saving for their dream holiday a little easier. We wanted to put together a guideline of tips and tricks we used in saving for our dream trip of travelling the world and some of the sacrifices we made during the lead up to this trip. It is most important that you have clear…
  • Choose Your Own Adventure

    10 Mar 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Choose Your Own AdventureWe are happy to be partnering with GIO for a fantastic competition where you can choose your own adventure. Us Aussies love to travel. In fact, 8.4 million of us (or almost 40%) headed overseas between 2012 and 2013. However being the down-to-earth people we are, we’re also quite humble in the amount of hard-earned money we’re willing to fork out for a holiday. It’s true that we’re only spending between $2,000 and $3,000 per trip but what if we had more? GIO has created this fun infographic that reveals the different types of experiences a travel budget can…
  • The All Inclusive Grand Mirage Bali

    17 Feb 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The All Inclusive Grand Mirage BaliWhenever someone says they have just been on an all-inclusive holiday, I immediately conjure up images of young, toned entertainment guys trying to get you to play volleyball or sing karaoke with them, sunburnt tourists strolling around in their board shorts and bikinis all day- who probably shouldn’t be in their board shorts and bikinis all day and screaming children, splashing and bombing the pool all hyped up on free soft drinks and chocolate cake. Sounds delightful doesn’t it? So why on earth would Anthony and I experience and all inclusive…
  • Spectacular Wineglass Bay Tasmania

    26 Nov 2013 | 4:59 pm
    Spectacular Wineglass Bay TasmaniaElise and I were extremely excited to be in Tasmania and we have heard many stories from friends and family about Wineglass Bay. We were told it is a definite must-see when visiting Tasmania. We arrived early in the morning to Freycinet National Park where the park ranger was extremely helpful with explaining all the things to do whilst we were in the park. We were on tight schedule so we only had time to do one of the walks. After he explained that there were a number of day walks in the area, we knew we would have to come back one day to do some of the…
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    The World on Wheels

  • CLASSIC TRIP: England, Ireland, Belgium 2005 - Part 1

    Timmy Wheels
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Aftermath of BombingPicture courtesy of WikimediaFrancis Tyers under CC BY-SA 3.0 licenseJust about 9 years ago...on July 6, 2005...the IOC met in Singapore to award the 2012 Olympics to the chosen city. We were in London that day and there were a lot of celebrations...then the next day, the world turned on its head.   Read on to see what happened when we were in London, July 2005...It was to be a memorable time to be in the city.Our airline for the LAX to Heathrow portion this time was American Airlines. The service was good and the seats were wider and more comfortable than…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Tropical Storm

    Darryl Musick
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    If it's not quite a hurricane, it must be a tropical storm.Watch the Video!This week's cocktail is a one-off of that great New Orleans tradition.  Ours uses ingredients on hand but is still rum based. Here is the recipe...INGREDIENTS (makes two drinks)2 oz. light rum1 oz. dark rum1 oz. mango juice2 oz. sweet and sour mixsplash of grenadine2 oz. orange sodaMix all ingredients, except for the orange soda, into a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Strain over the rocks into two highball or pint glasses filled with ice. Top off each glass with the orange soda.Cheers!Darryl

    Darryl Musick
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's called highway 49 for a reason...this ribbon of asphalt connect most of the towns that grew up during California's Gold Rush and includes some of the most historic sites in the state.It's old, dating back over 150 years but Ione, actually, is not a gold mining town. The city made its riches by making the bricks that other Gold Rush towns used to rebuild with after devastating fires. Now, it's fireworks, tourists, and juvenile offenders.  The Castle...a large, imposing building on the hill overlooking town was the old juvenile detention center. A more modern juvenile hall stands next…
  • PHOTO ESSAY: Outtakes from the Gold Rush

    Darryl Musick
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    Here are some photos that didn't make the cut on this week and last week's articles. Not because they're bad pics but just because they didn't fit the narrative for some reason.  Still, they give you some insight into other things that were going on during this trip.  Above, the Restful Nest B&B in Mariposa really has modern plumbing...this outhouse hides one of their water wells.A Woody club joins us on the freeway on our way across the Grapevine.This guy doesn't belong's really a VW beetle made up to look like a Woody. Imposter!Our state flower is starting to paint…

    Darryl Musick
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    Although the state is criss-crossed with interstates, freeways, superhighways and is home to more millions of Americans than any other state, once in awhile you can find a seldom traveled stretch of asphalt that is actually a time machine.One such road exists starting at highway 140 in the foothill town of Cathey’s Valley, about 20 miles east of Merced, California.Turning north on Hornitos Road will take you through some spectacular rolling hill country dotted with happy cows. Green in the winter and spring, golden in summer and fall.Watch the Video!After about nine miles, you’ll start to…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • The Civil Rights Museum

    Hye Sung
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    When people make their way to Memphis, Tennessee, they usually plan on a day trip to Graceland, the former residence of Elvis. But in reality, there is so much more to Memphis than that. I could go on and on about the restaurants, as you probably know from my many posts on food, but there are also a lot of fun and even meaningful things to do in Memphis. One of the places that you need to visit when in Memphis is the Civil Rights Museum. The museum is located in the Lorraine Hotel, the location where Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. The museum was recently renovated and re-opened…
  • Hancock Shaker Village In The Heart Of The Berkshires

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    I love The Berkshires. It isn’t just about the region’s stunning scenery and outdoor recreation; there is so much to see and do when it comes to music, the arts, and history too. One of the most unique attractions in the area is the Hancock Shaker Village, which is a living history museum that was once home to more than 300 Shakers in its heyday. The village opens for the season this Saturday, April 12th, and will start off with a cute 3-week celebration of their baby animals, who are the newest additions to their working farm. Tourists lucky enough to make it there will go to the…
  • Octane & The Little Tart Bakeshop

    Hye Sung
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm
    I spend most of my free time coffee shops. Even when I go on trips, I find myself needing a place to concentrate to get a bit of work done and the deafening silence of hotel rooms gets to me. I just can’t stand it. The light chatter and music in the background help me stay concentrated on what I am doing, whether it be studying or doing some pleasure reading. It was only natural to find myself in a coffee shop when visiting Atlanta, and due to friends’ recommendations, I found myself in Octane, which shares a space with the Little Tart Bakeshop.   Thankfully, both the coffee…
  • New York City For Beginners

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    My cousin visited us last week; he is from Indonesia and has never been to the United States before. He was not here for fun; he was on a business trip, and had back-to-back meetings in Manhattan almost every day he was here. When my cousin does return, I hope he will have time to explore New York City. He likes what he saw in Manhattan, and can’t wait to return with his family. When he does, and if he asks me for my advice on what to do, I will share the following suggestions with him. Manhattan is where most tourists start. It’s as if New York City was set up for all newcomers to visit…
  • A City Split in Half: Part II

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada is completely different in the summer and winter. I already mentioned the fun things to do during the spring and summer here, but there are also advantages to going during the winter. My family and I have gone to Lake Tahoe in December, where the snow covers everything. It really is a beautiful sight to see.   You see those people on the side walking on the ice. It’s such a wonderful experience to be standing on frozen ice like that. Although it was freezing, we enjoyed ourselves. We were sledding down a hill, making snow angels, and having snowball…
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    The Tortuga Backpacks' Travel Hacking Blog

  • 7 Secrets to Packing Light

    Fred Perrotta
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    This article is the second in a three-part series on packing carry on only. In Part One, we covered carry on luggage rules. Part Three: The Definitive Carry On Packing List will be published next week. Last week, we covered the rules of carry on packing as set by the airlines and government. Now we can move on to the guiding principles that will help you get the most out of your allowed packing space. The suggestions below guide our carry on packing list, which will be published next week. Your exact packing list will depend on your destination, the length of your trip, the weather, and your…
  • The Carry On Luggage Rules to Live By

    Fred Perrotta
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    This article is the first in a three-part series on packing carry-on-only. Part Two is 7 Secrets to Packing Light. Part Three: The Definitive Carry On Packing List will be published next week. The first step to mastering carry-on-only packing is to know the rules. Carry on luggage allowances differ by airline. Check your airline’s rules before flying. Just Google “[airline] carry on luggage” or “[airline] hand luggage.” Always use the measurements from your airline’s website. Those measurements will be the most accurate. Be wary of third-party sites that…
  • An Illustrated Guide to Hand Washing Clothes When You Travel

    Fred Perrotta
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Eastern Europe. July 2009. The weather was hot, and we were covering a lot of ground on foot every day. Before reaching Hvar, we were spending these long, hot days in cities. We were sweaty and gross. Typical backpackers. Unlike some of our brethren, we tried to maintain some dignity and actually clean our clothes. Every night our hostel room’s sink was plugged up and filled with soapy water so that we could clean our socks, underwear, and t-shirts. It wasn’t pretty, but it did keep us clean and save us from trying to navigate any Hungarian laundromats. By selectively hand…
  • The Best Travel Podcasts to Listen to on Your Next Flight

    Fred Perrotta
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:27 am
    Long, international flights can be brutal. I’ve endured 15 hour flights to Dubai, Sydney, and (as of last night) Hong Kong. Even for an avid movie, music, and book fan like me, that’s a lot of time to fill. I’ve never found using a laptop to be very practical or productive. Plus, most international flights still don’t have WiFi. My recipe for passing the time is a combination of sleeping, eating, reading, listening to music, watching movies that I wouldn’t watch under any other conditions, and listening to podcasts. Podcasts are like a cross between radio and…
  • The International Travel Goods Show 2014 Recap

    Fred Perrotta
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:55 am
    Last Tuesday, I was up at 4 a.m. to catch an early flight to Phoenix. Why was I up at such an ungodly hour? What could possibly be so important?  To go to the International Travel Goods Show. Once a year, the Travel Goods Association hosts a trade show for the travel industry. The event brings together brands, retailers, manufacturers, press, and more to showcase the latest in travel gear. The show is a great time for brands to “book business” with retailers and to generate interest from the press. Shake hands. Make deals. This year was my first time attending the event. We…
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    Disney Guide | Unofficial Disney World Guide | Disney World Unofficial Guide

  • Top Five: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Videos from Walt Disney Imagineering

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    With the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opening later this spring, this week we thought we’d review some of the best video content we’ve shared so far around this attraction. Just to review, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was Inspired by the 1937 Disney animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” – but unlike Magic Kingdom Park’s original Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction, this new experience tells the tale from the dwarfs’ perspective. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family coaster with a ‘38-inch height requirement, and will be the final attraction to debut in New…
  • Vintage Walt Disney World: Past Epcot International Flower & Garden Festivals

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Celebrating its 21st year, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom. My favorite part of the festival is all the topiaries throughout the Park. Here’s a look at a past topiary from the 1998 festival – Phil. (Hercules’s trainer) There are almost 100 topiaries at Epcot this year with 79 character topiaries to enjoy. What’s your favorite topiary past or present from the festival? Tell me in the “Comments” section below! Vintage Walt Disney World: Past Epcot International Flower & Garden Festivals by Nate Rasmussen: Originally posted on the…
  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Features Local Ingredients in Luscious New Desserts at ‘AMA ‘AMA

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When you cook on an island paradise, using delectable local ingredients only makes the food taste better. And Chef Ron Viloria at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’i, gets creative with sweets on his new dessert menu at beachside ‘AMA ’AMA – Contemporary Island Cooking restaurant. “We’re using native mamaki tea for the panna cotta, and lavender with tart kalamansi (a citrus fruit also known as calamondin) for the semifreddo,” says Chef Ron. The fragrant lavender comes from Ali’i Kula lavender farms in Maui, and the kitchen also is sourcing local…
  • A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    The 25th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is fast approaching on May 1, and in honor of the upcoming park milestone, Disney Parks Blog author Nate Rasmussen and I will be taking a look back at some of the park’s original attractions. One of my all-time favorites that you can still experience today is The Great Movie Ride. Housed inside a full-scale reproduction of Hollywood’s iconic Chinese Theater, the attraction offers a trip through movie history, starting with early black-and-white “talkies” and musicals to all-time classics like “Casablanca.” Other guest-favorite…
  • Disneyland Resort Pin Trading Challenge

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you know, me, you know I’m always up for a challenge. So when my dear friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover challenged me to a Disney Parks Blog Pin Trading Challenge at Disneyland Resort, I said, “I’m in!” What would the challenge entail? Erin and I headed into Disneyland Resort with rarely seen Disney Parks Blog pins in hopes that we could make some great trades with Disney fans and take part in some of the fun activities and trading opportunities available. You truly have to see this for yourself! As you can tell, we had a lot of fun trading, and we only visited…
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  • Songkran in Singapore is a Bust

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Photo by Wyndham Songkran in Thailand has been underway since Sunday, although some enthusiastic Thai children were probably splashing people with water for good measure a day or two in advance. The Thai New Year is an incredibly busy, chaotic, wet, and fun experience -- particularly in Chiang Mai. Rarely do you get to see thousands of people fill the streets to splash strangers with 'blessings' of cold water for the new year. The city fills to capacity for the annual event....Read Full Post
  • Bali is Getting Busier

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Photo by Greg Rodgers With the island's extreme popularity, pretty much every season is busy season on Bali. But things are about to get even busier. May marks the end of rain and the beginning of high crowds in Bali. Students on summer break, surfers, families, honeymooners, and everyone else wanting a glimpse of paradise will begin to head to Bali. Peak season on the island is typically between June and August....Read Full Post
  • Asia in April - What to Expect

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Photo by Greg Rodgers Asia is here! And so are some major weather shifts throughout Asia. While many countries throughout Southeast Asia such as Vietnam and Thailand have been enjoying great weather, April typically marks the transition into monsoon -- and the low -- season....Read Full Post
  • Getting Around in Asia

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:16 am
    Photo by Greg Rodgers Asia is big. And getting from place to place takes patience. Sure, there are plenty of budget airlines with cheap flights, but by taking to the skies you miss out on a lot of things: scenery, nameless villages, and local interaction, to name just a few....Read Full Post
  • Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclone Gillian

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:11 am
    NASA / Public Domain Cyclone season in the North Indian Ocean runs roughly from May to December, however, Mother Nature doesn't always follow our calendar. Tropical Cyclone Gillian came early this year, hampering an international effort...Read Full Post
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    Global Basecamps blogs

  • Packing for Treks: Peru

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Rebecca is a Global Basecamps MVP traveler who has trekked all over the world and back again. Having gained knowledge and experience packing for her various treks, she was kind enough to offer her tips for future travelers! In our "Packing for Treks" series, Rebecca will give general tips, as well as destination-specific tips for Nepal, Tanzania and Peru! Poles in Peru? Whether you are hiking in the Andes, retracing the steps of the Incas, or exploring the depths of Colca Canyon, the common denominator, apart from the stunning scenery, is often the steep, slippery and treacherous terrain.
  • National Geographic Traveler - 50 Tours of a Lifetime 2014

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Over the years, Global Basecamps has been recognized by experienced travelers and clients as one of the world's best travel companies. Today, National Geographic Traveler agrees. read more
  • Sustainable Tourism: Travel Happy

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Our super-intern Sean assisted in conducting research on a fascinating subject during his study abroad program: Well-being. Following is a report to Global Basecamps travelers about his experience. I was in Turkey to explore the effect that tourism can have on the well-being of a local population. What does "well-being" really mean though? Basically well-being can be seen as a measure of how happy people are with their government, family, work, their play, and really their lives. So, the question at the heart of my trip was: “How can sustainable tourism increase the well-being of locals?”…
  • Packing for Treks: Kilimanjaro

    12 Mar 2014 | 11:02 am
    Rebecca is a Global Basecamps MVP traveler who has trekked all over the world and back again. Having gained knowledge and experience packing for her various treks, she was kind enough to offer her tips for future travelers! In our "Packing for Treks" series, Rebecca will give general tips, as well as destination-specific tips for Nepal, Tanzania and Peru! If you have decided to scale the heights of Kilimanjaro, and are determined to reach Uhuru Peak, there is much to ponder when selecting your gear. Remember your gear is either coming with you to the summit or will help get your there, or…
  • Packing for Treks: Nepal

    28 Feb 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Rebecca is a Global Basecamps MVP traveler who has trekked all over the world and back again. Having gained knowledge and experience packing for her various treks, she was kind enough to offer her tips for future travelers! In our "Packing for Treks" series, Rebecca will give general tips, as well as destination-specific