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  • Wine Harvest In Champagne – Through The Eyes of The Grape Pickers

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    Paige Donner about.me/paigedonner @localfoodwine
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Champagne Harvest, France photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014 by Paige Donner Vendangeur is what a grape picker in France is called. And if you enjoy drinking your champagne and your Beaujolais, these people are your heros. Many of us in the United States still harbor romantic notions of experiencing a wine harvest, preferably in the vineyards, joyfully picking grapes from morning ‘til dusk with a friendly group of brethren. Those dreams are completely unrealistic, especially in Champagne. In Champagne harvest is industrialized, even if the picking is still done by hand. At least 100,000…
  • Here are the top 20 #travelstoke images of the week (March 22, 2014)

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    Katka Lapelosová
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    MATADOR LOVES ITS FANS, and one of the coolest ways we show it is by posting your photos on our Instagram account. These pictures provide a daily dose of inspiration, and challenge us to photograph the world in innovative ways. Each week we’ll highlight our favorites from followers who have tagged their images with the official Matador hashtag, #travelstoke. Check out these epic shots from Costa Rica, the Grand Canyon, camping out under the northern lights, and beautiful Paris at sunset. 1. Lake Tahoe, by @tiffpenguin, who caught this awesome sunset at Bonsai Rock. A photo posted by…
  • Hotel Review: Delano Las Vegas

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    Nancy Brown
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Formerly known as THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Delano Las Vegas was renovated and rebranded in September of 2014. Unlike its formal predecessor, Delano is more hip and inviting, yet embraces a desert modernism sense of style. When guests walk into the inviting lobby, they literally are invited into the hotel. While much less obtrusive than […]
  • Woman's solo Alaska adventure (vid)

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    Doree Simon
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube IF you’ve ever doubted whether you could rough it alone in the wilderness, this video may be the dose of inspiration you need to boost your confidence. Take a journey through Alaska with this solo female backpacker as she hikes, bikes, wades, hitchhikes, slips and dances across the vast wilderness. It’s like Wild, but further north. Or Into the Wild, but with a happy ending, and it may just leave you itching to pick up a tent and hitchhike your way to Alaska.
  • The Best Coupons in the 2015 Hawaii Entertainment Book (& giveaway)

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    Sheila Beal
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    The Hawaii Entertainment Book can help you save money on your Hawaii vacation expenditures for dining and activities — mainly for an Oahu vacation. If you’ve wondered if the book is worth the purchase, we thought it would be useful to comb through our book to list the coupons that caught our eye for use on a Oahu vacation.DiningThere are dozens of dining coupons from Burger King to nice local restaurants. Here are the two that we’d most likely use while vacationing on Oahu:– $10 off a $40 or more purchase at Chart House restaurant. This waterfront restaurant is located…
 
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  • Seven Perfect Days in Belize

    Costas Christ
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    I have been traveling to Belize every year for more than a decade and am already planning my next trip. Why? As the only English-speaking country in Central America, as well as one of its smallest (it’s about the size of New Jersey), Belize is surprisingly easy to navigate. Local residents are fun-loving, friendly, and appreciate nature; nearly half of the country is protected rain forest, including Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Reserve, the world’s first wilderness sanctuary for jaguars. Just offshore lies the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, teeming with marine life and…
  • Instagram of the Month: Mount Cook

    Tyler Metcalfe
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    A photo posted by ! Johan Lolos World Explorer (@lebackpacker) on Mar 22, 2015 at 10:31pm PDT Johan Lolos (on Instagram @LeBackpacker) has been roaming the globe with a pack on his back and a camera at the ready since 2013. He’s currently making his way across New Zealand, and sharing photographs from his escapades on Instagram. Here’s a peek into how he got this winning shot of a hiker in Mount Cook National Park: Tyler Metcalfe: You’re from Belgium. What were you doing in New Zealand in the first place?  Johan Lolos: I’m in the midst of traveling around the world.
  • The Postcard Project

    Amy Alipio
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    “Are postcards obsolete?” asked a recent article in the Washington Post Travel section. Well, it depends on who’s answering. I’ve been collecting postcards since I was a little kid—keepsakes from my own travels as well as postcards friends and relatives have sent me. In fact, they’re the only thing I collect—aside from half-used hotel toiletries—when I’m on the road. That makes me, I found out, a deltiologist. I file the postcards more or less alphabetically by state and country in a sturdy green plastic carrying case that used to hold collectible wildlife cards…
  • Why Conservation Tourism Matters

    Katie Knorovsky
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    First, they fell in love with each other—then with the fauna of Africa. National Geographic explorers-in-residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have spent the past three decades captivating audiences with their rare footage and photographs of big cats. Now, they’re taking aim at a different kind of challenge: conservation tourism. By occupying land that might otherwise be poaching grounds, the husband-and-wife team’s Great Plains Conservation safari camps in Botswana and Kenya give lions, leopards, elephants, and other wildlife a chance at survival. At least for now. Here’s a look…
  • I Heart My City: Lynda’s Dubai

    I Heart My City
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Back in 2010, Houston-born schoolteacher Lynda Martinez traded the Gulf of Mexico for the Persian Gulf—with two sons in tow—when her husband was offered a job in Dubai. Though her “heart is still in Texas,” Lynda has grown fond of her current home base and shares the love on her blog, Longhorns and Camels. What does Lynda like best about living in one of the most diverse cities on Earth? Being able to “build friendships with people from all over the world, sample cuisine from far-flung places, and learn about a variety of customs.”  Here’s a look…
 
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  • “A Slice of Danger” in Chinatown

    Jamie Winpenny
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Film noir, pulp fiction, and 1920s detective novel intrigue have landed in the Chinatown Arts District in the form of A Slice The post “A Slice of Danger” in Chinatown appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Ward Villages Courtyard Brunch in Kakaako

    Jamie Winpenny
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    As Kakaako continues to climb skyward and new businesses, restaurants, and development plans take shape, there are ever more reasons to visit The post Ward Villages Courtyard Brunch in Kakaako appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Makaha Valley Country Club Golf: Worth the Drive

    Jamie Winpenny
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    Along the Oahu’s Waianae Coast, the famous Makaha Beach and Yokohama Bay further up the coast are the most popular destinations for The post Makaha Valley Country Club Golf: Worth the Drive appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Four Seasons Lanai exceeds expectations

    Bruce Fisher
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    I was fortunate enough recently to be offered a spot on a mini blogger tour for Island Air that included a free The post Four Seasons Lanai exceeds expectations appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Saint Patrick’s Day in Honolulu

    Jamie Winpenny
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Hawaii is probably not the first place most people think of when it comes to Saint Patrick’s Day. Cities like New York, The post Saint Patrick’s Day in Honolulu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • Here are the top 20 #travelstoke images of the week (March 22, 2014)

    Katka Lapelosová
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    MATADOR LOVES ITS FANS, and one of the coolest ways we show it is by posting your photos on our Instagram account. These pictures provide a daily dose of inspiration, and challenge us to photograph the world in innovative ways. Each week we’ll highlight our favorites from followers who have tagged their images with the official Matador hashtag, #travelstoke. Check out these epic shots from Costa Rica, the Grand Canyon, camping out under the northern lights, and beautiful Paris at sunset. 1. Lake Tahoe, by @tiffpenguin, who caught this awesome sunset at Bonsai Rock. A photo posted by…
  • 16 images that show just how insane the Holi festival in Utah can get

    Michael Bonocore
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    THIS WEEKEND, thousands of young adults descended on Spanish Fork, Utah to attend the Utah Festival Of Colors. The festival, which occurs at the Krishna Temple, is a an adaption of the well known Holi Festival in India, which is meant to usher in the spring time. The festival is known for its lively music and vibrant color throws, which occur every hour. 1 All photos by author. 2 3 Don't miss: 22 reasons Utah is the most underrated state in the US 4 5 6 7 8 9 Intermission 173 The 20 coolest towns in the US by Matador Team 1 13 incredible Utah adventures you’ve probably never heard of by…
  • 17 places Coloradans love

    Michael Bonocore
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Colorado has some of the sweetest wilderness areas, ski towns, rivers, and just diversity of terrain in the country. Over 60 million visitors flock to the Rocky Mountain State every year; here are some places residents would rather steer some of that traffic away from: Maroon Bells Fall at Maroon Bells by Toby Harriman on 500px Mount Evans Sunrise above the Clouds by Casey McCallister on 500px Interstate 70 A Colorado Sunset by Mike Olbinski on 500px Dallas Divide Stormy Weather at the Dallas Divide by Matt Kloskowski on 500px Double RL Ranch near Ridgeway Double RL Ranch by Jason Hatfield on…
  • Woman's solo Alaska adventure (vid)

    Doree Simon
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube IF you’ve ever doubted whether you could rough it alone in the wilderness, this video may be the dose of inspiration you need to boost your confidence. Take a journey through Alaska with this solo female backpacker as she hikes, bikes, wades, hitchhikes, slips and dances across the vast wilderness. It’s like Wild, but further north. Or Into the Wild, but with a happy ending, and it may just leave you itching to pick up a tent and hitchhike your way to Alaska.
  • 24 reasons why Florida is awesome

    Ailsa Ross
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Photo: John B. Kalla 1. Calle Ocho shows other festivals how it’s done. Every March, Cuba meets Miami in a massive party covering 23 blocks and attracting a crowd of a million. The crowning event of the ten-day annual Carnaval Miami, this blowout began in 1978 to celebrate Miami’s growing Cuban culture, and Samba music, mojitos and ceviche make this the party to end all parties. 2. It’s home to the original underwater hotel. Before Dubai and Fiji got in on the action, there was Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo. 3. The seafood is baller. Apalachicola oysters and big Gulf of Mexico…
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  • Vibram Bikila EVO Shoes ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Depending on whom you listen to, you might think that minimalist or barefoot running (and walking) is completely passe. A fad that’s gone the way of Crocs. But for those of us who got hooked on this style, we remain fanatics and there’s little changing our minds. As you likely know, I really only started […] The post Vibram Bikila EVO Shoes ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Tapping Into Your Potential

    Beth Whitman
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about possibilities and boundaries. The possibilities to accomplish things we never dreamed of and the self-limiting boundaries we put on ourselves on our way to pursuing certain goals. Many of us tend to talk ourselves out of doing something before we even think through what the end results might […] The post Tapping Into Your Potential appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • REI Venturi T-Shirt ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    A woman I know told me that when she shops for travel clothes, the first place she goes to is the activewear department of a store. You know, the area where you find yoga, running and hiking clothes. I thought that was a brilliant idea and did a little head slap that I hadn’t thought […] The post REI Venturi T-Shirt ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Icebreaker Quantum Long Sleeve Zip Hood ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    You might recall from my post in the fall reviewing the Icebreaker Tech Top that I’m a relative newcomer to the Icebreaker bandwagon. It wasn’t until I really started hiking in warm weather that I “got” the value of merino wool. I hiked day after day on the Snowman Trek in that Tech Top and […] The post Icebreaker Quantum Long Sleeve Zip Hood ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Women’s Travel Fest ~ What I Learned

    Beth Whitman
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    A couple of weekends ago, I attended (and spoke at) the Women’s Travel Fest (WTF), this year held in San Francisco. The weekend consisted of two full days of speakers and workshops. I participated on two panels on Saturday – one on women’s travel safety and an Expedia panel focused on No Excuses. More in-depth […] The post Women’s Travel Fest ~ What I Learned appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
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  • Blue Whale GoPro Drone Video

    Rich Tucker
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:59 pm
    For those of you who are subscribed to CruiseSource, know I have love affair with Travel related GoPro Drone Videos.  Even better when it involves the sea or islands. The ease at which GoPro Cameras and drones are able to give us a new perspective on destinations  is pretty amazing. This Whale GoPro Drone Video gives a breathtaking new perspective on these majestic creatures.  Watch for yourself: Share Whale GoPro Video Info: This video includes Blue Whales, Gray Whales, and MegaPod of common dolphins.   According to Captain Dave, the Blue Whale was about 80 feet long! This video was…
  • Spring Break Party Cruise Videos – 2015

    Rich Tucker
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Our 6th Annual Spring Break Party Cruise is in the books and thanks to GoPro Camera’s and creative college students, we have a Spring Break Party Cruise video showing our 2015 college spring break cruise from the Spring Breakers perspective. SpringBreakPartyCruises.com also known as Carolina Nightlife Spring Break Party Cruise is a partner promotion with Carolina Nightlife, CruiseDeals.com and All Aboard Travel. 2015 Spring Break Party Cruises Videos This awesome video [for entertainment purposes only] created by one of our attendees on the 2015 Spring Break Party Cruise.   In 2015,…
  • Anthem of the Seas Conveyance Video

    Rich Tucker
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Here is a Quick Video from Meyer Werft, the ship builder of the Anthem of the Seas.  This ‘VinfoGraphic’ shows the Anthem of the Seas Conveyance along with interest facts about it.     The Anthem of the Seas Schedule Where will the Anthem of the Seas start sailing from?  From April – October 2015, the Anthem of the Seas will sail roundtrip from Southhampton with several variations of 3 to 16 night voyages.  Click here to view. When will the Anthem of the Seas be in the US?  On October 27th, the Anthem of the Seas will start her 8-nt Transatlantic Voyage from…
  • TRENDING NOW: Google Flights for travelers

    Rich Tucker
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Thanks to last week’s Huffington Post article about the Google Flights, it is now trending on Facebook. The article lists 6 things that Google Flights can do better than your human travel agent. The number 2 item on the Huffington Post list is go with the ‘I’m feeling lucky’ feature on Google Flights and let Google select your destination for you. Really? This feature is interesting… but how many people are going to actually go on a trip based on clicking the I’m feeling Lucky’ button on Google Flights?  And how is this any better than asking…
  • Best Marriage Proposal of 2015? 365 days in the making.

    Rich Tucker
    7 Mar 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Watch as Dean completes his year long proposal on the beach in Aruba. Warning, plenty of Facebook comments indicate that you may tear up on this one. So, is the best part that they are in Aruba or the commitment Dean made to create a marriage proposal that lasted 365 days?  Either way, Aruba is a perfect place to cap off the proposal.
 
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  • Visiting the British Library

    Karen Bryan
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:07 pm
    The British Library is a great place to visit. It’s located close to King’s Cross railway station. The cloakroom and lockers are free (but you need a £1 coin as a deposit for the lockers). It states at the entrance that you can store a suitcase the size of airline carry on luggage. However I […]Visiting the British Library Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Terrific Trees in Europe

    Karen Bryan
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    Europe is full of beautiful and interesting trees, alive, dead and artificial; here are some of my favourites. Edinburgh Castle was looking lovely framed by cherry blossom trees in late April. Cherry Blossom Trees in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle I did a double take when I spotted these orange cows suspended from trees in […]Terrific Trees in Europe Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Photo Tour of Little Venice in London

    Karen Bryan
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:25 pm
    I was never quite sure where Little Venice was. When I stayed at the Colonnade Town House, it was only a five minute walk to Little Venice. The nearest Underground Station is Warwick Ave, a three minute clearly signed walk from Little Venice. Paddington station is also close by. The map of Little Venice was […]Photo Tour of Little Venice in London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • A Touring Holiday from Poitiers to Bordeaux in France

    Karen Bryan
    8 Mar 2015 | 11:12 pm
    I’ve been thinking about visiting the Bordeaux area in France for ages. As Ryanair have direct flights from Edinburgh to Bordeaux and Poitiers (which lies around 160 miles north of Bordeaux), I thought that a 7 day leisurely self-drive touring holiday between the two cities sounded good. Poitiers Poiters and Bordeaux are both in the […]A Touring Holiday from Poitiers to Bordeaux in France Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Photo Tour of the Fergusson Gallery Perth Scotland

    Karen Bryan
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:40 pm
    The Fergusson Gallery in Perth showcases the work of the Scottish Colourist painter John Fegusson and his partner, dance pioneer and artist, Margaret Morris. The gallery, which opened in 1992, is housed in a former waterworks building. John Fergusson was born in Leith, Edinburgh. He spent a large part of his life in France in […]Photo Tour of the Fergusson Gallery Perth Scotland Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
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  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XXXIV

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. The Most Advantageous Places to Visit with American Dollars — An updated report highlighting Mexico, Argentina, and some of Europe The Economics of Busking — Notes on best practices and how much money you can expect to make How to Tell the Difference Between Planes — Do you know that there are only two double-decker aircraft? This infographic will teach you how to spot all the major aircraft types “Disco Dog”: The smartphone-controlled LED dog vest — Take…
  • Ending Soon: Last Chance for 70,000 IHG Hotel Points

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    InterContinental Ruijin hotel in Shanghai, China. Link: 70,000 IHG Hotel Points A while back I mentioned a limited-time offer for 70,000 IHG hotel points (normally 60,000 or fewer). The deadline for the big bonus is coming up, and this is one that’s definitely worth looking at if you’re eligible. 70,000 points in the IHG network can be used for at least two nights at nicer properties, or up to a week or longer at budget properties. Personally, I’m in the “life is short” department—I have plenty of points these days and would use this bonus at the nicer places. But I used to be…
  • 40 Years Later, I Set Out to Walk the Camino de Santiago: Nancy Liddle’s Quest

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Nancy wasn’t sure she could complete an 850-kilometer walk on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. But she did, and discovered something about age in the process. Here’s how it happened. Introduce yourself and your quest. My name is Nancy and last year I fulfilled my 40-year-old dream to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Being 56, relatively unfit, single, and never having walked more than 10 kilometers in my life was intimidating, but I did it. Was there a reason you delayed your quest for so long? A few reasons. For…
  • Non-Conformity and Adventure in Europe: The “Alive in Berlin” Conference

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Last year I spoke at a number of worldwide events, but only one was in Europe. The organizers are bringing it back for another round, and a limited number of tickets are now available. I like events of this size: not too small, and not too big. If you’re in the neighborhood, broadly speaking, or if you’re up for an overseas adventure, Alive in Berlin is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people and learn more personal development. Oh, also: Berlin is an awesome city! I don’t think I’d ever spent much time there before (I’d been to Germany dozens of times, but…
  • “If you have to ‘give back,’ maybe you took too much in the first place.”

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    I heard someone say that recently. I don’t remember the context but I really liked the sentiment. This whole concept of “giving back”—it kind of implies a certain arrogance. It suggests that everything we’ve received comes from our own hard work, and that we are deserving of whatever wealth or status we hold. I don’t wish to overstate this critique or go on some sort of campaign against people who use those words. I’ve used them before too, and I think they’re in the biographical section for some of my books: “Chris Guillebeau blah blah blah also ‘gives back’ through…
 
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: Pipeline on a fifteen-foot day

    Sheila Beal
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    Mahalo to Jason Matias Photography for sharing this photo with us. Jason took this shot on the North Shore of Oahu at Ehukai Beach Park, which is more commonly known as the Banzai Pipeline. The waves on this day were reaching heights of approximately fifteen feet.Andy and I have “wave watched” at the Banzai Pipeline many times and it never ceases to amaze. If you visit Oahu in the big wave season (winter months), we recommend you plan some time on the North Shore to observe these large, powerful swells rolling to shore. In fact, we include North Shore wave viewing on our popular…
  • The Best Coupons in the 2015 Hawaii Entertainment Book (& giveaway)

    Sheila Beal
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    The Hawaii Entertainment Book can help you save money on your Hawaii vacation expenditures for dining and activities — mainly for an Oahu vacation. If you’ve wondered if the book is worth the purchase, we thought it would be useful to comb through our book to list the coupons that caught our eye for use on a Oahu vacation.DiningThere are dozens of dining coupons from Burger King to nice local restaurants. Here are the two that we’d most likely use while vacationing on Oahu:– $10 off a $40 or more purchase at Chart House restaurant. This waterfront restaurant is located…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Hawaiian moonset

    Sheila Beal
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Visitors and locals of Hawaii love taking sunset photos, but it’s rare to see a moonset photo. Mahalo to Dave Newbold for sharing this unique photo of the moon setting. Dave took this photo from Kailua-Kona on Hawaii, the Big Island on March 5th.Happy Aloha Friday!
  • The Andaz resort at Wailea – where modern design meets Maui

    Sheila Beal
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Hawaii’s first Andaz property, Hyatt’s high-end hotel brand, is Wailea’s newest hotel. We had the opportunity to stay at this resort. We left with the impression that it’s really a unique hotel in Hawaii — very modern and eco-conscious with useful amenities.LocationAndaz Maui at Wailea has a beautiful oceanfront location by Mokapu Beach Park within the Wailea resort area. See this Google Map to explore the area.The beachfront path in front of the resort hugs the colorful Wailea coastline. It’s popular for scenic morning walks.Shopping, golf, tennis, spas…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Hauula Sunrise

    Sheila Beal
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Mahalo to Chad Christensen for sharing this beautiful picture with us for Aloha Friday Photos. He took this photo at sunrise from Hauula on Oahu.Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
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  • Amsterdam Expands in the 17th Century

    GJE
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Amsterdam Expands in the 17th Century is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, March 24, 2015Amsterdam Expands in the 17th Century is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Minka

    GJE
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    Minka from Birdling Films on Vimeo. A poetic documentary found on Made with Kickstarter, a series by the New York Times, about a Japanese farmhouse, taken apart an rebuilt by an American Journalist, John Roderick, Japanese and China correspondent for the Associated Press and his Japanese adopted son. Minka is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Sunday, March 15, 2015Minka is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90

    GJE
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 I took this photo of the painting of the Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 by Hendrik Willem Mesdag in the Groninger Museum. I’m not sure whether the painting belongs to its collection or not. I took the photo to use it for a post here about Hendrik Willem Mesdag, an important Dutch painter of the The Hague School. We have a panorama in The Hague, Panorama Mesdag and we have the Mesdag Collection in The Hague, a small museum which consists of his former home and studio’s, but also of the small museum he built himself for his own art…
  • Quote of the Day (20) – no D.O.M. but S.S.C.

    GJE
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:14 am
    Long time no quotes, but here is one;-) I’m not a Dirty Old Man, but a Sexy Senior Citizen is an apt sign I saw at the back of a car. Quote of the Day (20) – no D.O.M. but S.S.C. is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Monday, February 9, 2015Quote of the Day (20) – no D.O.M. but S.S.C. is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Skull Speakers

    GJE
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    I’ve visited IMM Cologne yesterday, mainly hunting for chair news. However, I noticed these skull docking stations on display. They come in 7 colors if I’m counting right. I won’t disclose more about the manufacturer than I did here already (think ALT…). I believe it is something you don’t want to use in your home, but many may disagree with me. At least they are interesting photo objects… Skull Speakers is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, January 27, 2015Skull Speakers…
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  • Beau Rivage Entertainment Lineup 2015 @BeauBiloxi

    CajunMama
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    We just got the lineup for the amazing headliners at Beau Rivage in Biloxi! Beau Rivage Resort & Casino’s 2015 entertainment calendar is full of exciting headline acts for every taste. Whether it’s the biggest comedy stars or iconic legends, the 1550-seat Beau Rivage Theatre showcases incredible artists from every genre. Additional acts will be added regularly throughout the year. Please check beaurivage.com for entertainment updates. All headline shows are in the Beau Rivage Theatre. Tickets for select performances are on sale now and can be purchased at (888) 566-7469 or…
  • Road Trip with @Enterprise Rent-A-Car {plus giveaway}

    CajunMama
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    It’s that time of the winter where cabin fever has surely set in and many families are itching for a road trip adventure. Here in Louisiana we’ve just celebrated the Mardi Gras Carnival season, which is actually a family friendly experience. With Mardi Gras season over, it doesn’t mean the end of Good Times, it’s only a prelude to the springtime festivals and fun happening all around Louisiana. With just a few weeks left of winter, we’re chomping at the bit to get out of the house and take a winter road trip. While my family loves to take road trips in our own…
  • Carnival Vista to offer new options for family cruise travel #TakeInTheVista

    CajunMama
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Yesterday Carnival Cruise Lines revealed details and images of the highly anticipated Carnival Vista. While we’ve been waiting to see what’s new, the offerings for families is more than we could imagine. The Carnival Vista builds on the success of previous Fun Ship 2.0 offerings along with being Carnival’s most innovative ship ever. Currently being built by Fincantieri in Montfalcone, Italy, this newest Fun Ship is scheduled for an inaugural season beginning May 2016 with Mediterranean and European itineraries. The Carnival Vista will then grace the port of New York until…
  • Holiday Romance : Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans City Park

    CajunMama
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    The holiday season can be filled with presents and family and parties and chaos. For many people, the holidays can also be a time of reflection and nostalgia and TRAVEL! My kids are teenagers now and using them as an excuse to enjoy Christmas lights is no longer valid. It’s time for me to admit that at 41 years old, I still find holiday light displays as magical and romantic as a night sky full of starlight. And adding a few nights away from home even adds to that romance! There are spectacular light displays found all over the US during this time of year, but closer to home for us is…
  • Shop and Drop at a Hotel

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

  • Travel New York: 5 Things to Do in Niagara Falls in Winter

    Mike Richard
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Contrary to what the calendar and silly weathermen might be telling you, winter isn’t completely over yet (is it ever in Western NY?! I’m kidding, Buffalo. I love you …). Unfortunately, unless we’re talking about Aspen or you enjoy mild hypothermia, winter is rarely the ideal time to visit anywhere. Which is why you might not think of Niagara Falls when it comes to winter travel. But it turns out that the combination of almost nonexistent crowds and pristine natural beauty in Western New York in winter make it one of the best…
  • Photo of the Moment: Flower Power in North Holland, Netherlands

    Mike Richard
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Martin Fisch The post Photo of the Moment: Flower Power in North Holland, Netherlands appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • 7 Ways Travel Makes You A Better Friend

    Amanda Kendle
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:18 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Travel can really change you. It certainly has changed me in a lot of ways and I’d like to hope these changes are all for the better. I do think that one of them is that travel has helped me learn to be a better friend to the people in my life — yet another advantage of getting out there and seeing the world! See if this applies to you — here are seven ways that travel has made me a better friend: #1: Better Communication After living and traveling in numerous places where English wasn’t the first language, and I didn’t speak the local…
  • How to Explore the Best of Boston in Just One Day

    Mike Richard
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Blue Man Group, Whale Watching, the New England Aquarium … we’ve seen a lot of Boston this year, thanks in large part to our role in the Viator Ambassadorship. But we’ve always loved the city and figured, why not see a bit more? So we grabbed Viator’s Boston CityPASS and took another day trip to the city. The gist of CityPASS is simple: you get one deeply discounted pass that provides access to some of the city’s best, most popular attractions. For Boston, these include: New England Aquarium Museum of Science Skywalk…
  • Photo of the Moment: Fog in the Valley, Colorado

    Mike Richard
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Zach Dischner The post Photo of the Moment: Fog in the Valley, Colorado appeared first on Vagabondish.
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    Adventure Girl

  • 8great San Antonio

    Fern Decena
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:26 pm
    San Antonio is not just about the Alamo. It’s one of America’s best little cities to shop, explore and eat some of the best restaurants from Tex-Mex to artisan foods. We sent writer, Fern Decena to uncover some of the best San Antonio has to offer. Here’s her faves! 1.  The Do Seum The San Antonio Children’s Museum (soon to be the Do Seum) is an amazing new, 65,000 square foot space, spread over 5.5 acres, due to open this June. Over 300,000 visitors are expected to visit the facility, annually, and certain to captivate children and adults, alike. The Do Seum is “hands-on”…
  • Gin-Colored Waters and the Art of Bonefishing in the Cook Islands

    Stefanie Michaels
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:41 pm
    As I board the small boat resting peacefully on Aitutaki’s powdery sand shore, vivid reminders of a recent fishing expedition in Botswana come flooding back to me. It was work. All of it – the casting, the trolling, the endless hours of waiting for nibbles on the end of a flashy hook – all for nothing fishy. Between my lack of casting stamina and eventual disheartened interest in bringing back a prize catch, I surmised that day on the Chobe River that “luck” is not on my side when it comes to the sport of fishing. Yet, here I am hitting the gin-colored waters of the Cook Islands to…
  • Hawaii deals are on FIRE!

    AdventureGirlMGR
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:34 pm
    The coconut wireless has been abuzz around the Hawaiian Islands with travelers stumbling upon lower than usual airfare deals to Hawaii this spring. You heard that right: Deals. To Hawaii!! There’s been a major increase in the number of domestic flights to Hawaii this year, making flying to all of the Hawaiian Islands more convenient and more affordable than it’s been in years. Airlines are scheduled to fly a record 18,800 flights from the U.S. Mainland to Hawaii in the first half of 2015, and airlines have lowered airfares to help fill these additional flights. Our online searches are…
  • AdventureGirl.com’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

    AdventureGirlMGR
    5 Feb 2015 | 4:50 pm
    *Click on images for full screenshots It’s that time again, the holiday for love. Love isn’t just for the coupled, but also for kids, moms, dads, friends, and other family members. Remember being a kid and getting those cheeky paper Valentine’s cards from school friends? Made you feel good, right? So, just don’t stop short if you’re in a relationship, spread the love around! Here are some gifting ideas we picked that offer a wide variety of options to show someone you are simply thinking of them. We also wanted to add an entrepreneurial aspect to the gifts we…
  • Renewing my vows thanks to American Express

    Stefanie Michaels
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    When American Express came to me last year and asked me to come on and work with them on their Platinum For A Year program, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I’ve been a Platinum cardholder since 1994 and rely heavily on the card for all my purchases, business needs, travel adventures and then some. Being on the road more than 150 days a year, means that I use my card a lot. It’s my go to card for everything travel—booking airfare, hotels, and one of my favorite perks, pulling it out overseas because it saves me on any foreign transaction fees. However, when it comes to personal…
 
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Colorful Guanajuato Mexico

    Tim Leffel
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Panorama of the colorful city of Guanajuato Mexico by Tim Leffel, an expat in the city. The post Colorful Guanajuato Mexico appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Episode 453 Colorful Buildings – Campeche, Mexico – Daily Photo Travel to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Episode 453 Transcript
  • Travel to North Carolina – Episode 461

    chris2x
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    Hear about travel to North Carolina as the Amateur Traveler talks to Karen Dawkins of familytravelsonabudget.com about the Tar Heel State. We cover from Mount Mitchell in the west to the Outer […] The post Travel to North Carolina – Episode 461 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to the Outer Banks of North Carolina – Episode 151 Travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Western North Carolina – Episode 345 Cypress Swamp – Charleston, South Carolina – Daily Photo
  • Visas, Denials and Wasp Spray – This Week In Travel Episode 185

    chris2x
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:56 pm
    This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt and Jen Leo are joined by this week’s guest: Dave and Deb from ThePlanetD.com Subscribe on iTunes | Become a Fan on […] The post Visas, Denials and Wasp Spray – This Week In Travel Episode 185 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: This Week in Travel #33 – The Victory Lap Corey Taratuta in “Buying Friends in Ireland” – This Week in Travel 110 Jeff Jung and “Kung Fu Airlines” – This Week in Travel #81
  • Travel to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Episode 453 Transcript

    chris2x
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    transcript of Travel to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Episode 453 Chris: Today the Amateur Traveler talks about markets and muralists, funicular and street food as we go to […] The post Travel to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Episode 453 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Episode 453 Travel to Oaxaca, Mexico – Amateur Traveler Episode 174 Transcript Travel to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico – Amateur Traveler Episode 163 Transcript
  • GrafiffiMundo Tour of Street Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    chris2x
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Graffiti is virtually everywhere in Buenos Aires. This is one of the first things you notice about the city. 31 years ago Buenos Aires had no graffiti problem. Of course they also […] The post GrafiffiMundo Tour of Street Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Review – Hotel Vitrum – Buenos Aires, Argentina Travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina – Episode 378 Review: Los Angeles to Buenos Aires by Serdar Sunny Unal
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Wine Harvest In Champagne – Through The Eyes of The Grape Pickers

    Paige Donner about.me/paigedonner @localfoodwine
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Champagne Harvest, France photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014 by Paige Donner Vendangeur is what a grape picker in France is called. And if you enjoy drinking your champagne and your Beaujolais, these people are your heros. Many of us in the United States still harbor romantic notions of experiencing a wine harvest, preferably in the vineyards, joyfully picking grapes from morning ‘til dusk with a friendly group of brethren. Those dreams are completely unrealistic, especially in Champagne. In Champagne harvest is industrialized, even if the picking is still done by hand. At least 100,000…
  • Making Family Travel Easier and #PrettyGreat!

    Rissa Gatdula-Lumontad
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Gone are the days when family travel was considered a luxury. With the wide-range of travel promos being offered today, and (thanks to the internet) easy online booking process of airlines, hotels, tour operators and travel agencies, families are now going places to have unique experiences together. And it looks like the upward trend will continue. A study commissioned by the Embassy Suites Hotels indicates that millennial parents take trips with their kids significantly more than older generations, and 38 percent of them do so three or more times a year. The difficulty of traveling with kids…
  • Want to Learn a Language Before You Travel? It Just Got Easier

    Wendy Jackler
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    One of my favorite parts of traveling is getting to meet locals and learn about new cultures. And, if I can, I like to communicate as much as possible in the native language of where I’m going. I took Spanish in high school and I’ve been able to get by a little when I’ve traveled to Spanish-speaking countries, but except for those trips, I never practice and my Spanish is pretty rusty. And when I travel to places that primarily speak other languages, I usually get a phrasebook or buy an app and wing it. But now that there are easily accessible web-based language lessons, I decided to…
  • “Realization,” Italy: Blood and Sacrifice Part 4

    Jeffrey
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Read Parts I, II, and 3 “Realization,” Italy: Blood and Sacrifice Part 4 Salvatore’s team won the game and as was custom after every game of calcetto we headed to a pizzeria to celebrate. It wasn’t about the celebration of victory it was about the celebration of life and being with close friends. Nicolas and Salvatore hadn’t seen each other in seven years. We arrived in Brindisi the day before after a rough and snowy twenty-four hour drive from Gaeta.   One of the things I love about Italians and Italian culture is that you can arrive on a moments notice and within thirty…
  • March 2015: Dublin, Gratitude & the Oscars

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Exciting March 2015 updates from Lisa & We Said Go Travel: United Airlines took me to the Oscars! (video, article) My article for International Women’s Day: Do you Travel #LikeAGirl? I wrote for FLINK about Michael Lynch from American Idol. Sharing about TRAVEL and #WHTravelBloggers on Wharton Business Magazine: Making Study Abroad an Educational Imperative We Said Go Travel & I are in the book on blogging from First Site Guide in Ch 7. I am a top 19 Blogger to follow:from Blogging in Paradise: “Lisa runs the wildly popular and stupid prolific blog We Said Go Travel.
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    Elliott

  • How can JetBlue be so wrong — and so right?

    Christopher Elliott
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    What happens when there’s a fundamental disconnect between a customer and a company? You end up with a case like Maria Mendoza’s, where everyone is right — and everyone is also wrong. Mendoza and her family recently flew from Newark to Orlando so her husband could compete in a...
  • Should Kristen West say “yes” to this offer?

    Christopher Elliott
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    Kristen West paid $4,163 for two “very expensive” tickets to visit Brazil for the World Cup last year. She never made it. “I was denied entry [to Brazil] because of visa issues,” she says. West contacted her travel agency, Brazilian Express Travel, which assured her,...
  • New owner is “game” for fixing old company’s mess

    Mitch Lipka
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    After a Boston sports apparel business goes belly-up, a customer wants to know if he can get a refund from its successor. Question: I recently received a promotional e-mail from GameDayBoston.com for 15 percent off my entire order using a promo code. At checkout for my $74.44 order, the promo code...
  • Warning! This Comcast modem “upgrade” may act like a virus

    Bob Sullivan
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    While Comcast is pushing new modem/router gadgets at subscribers around the country, some consumers are complaining that they are being tricked into ordering new modem/routers that come with a monthly fee. Also, in many cases, customers who simply click on a link in an email to learn more...
  • Attention, American Airlines passengers! This merger ain’t over until it’s over

    Christopher Elliott
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you think the merger between American Airlines and US Airways is all over but the shouting, think again. There’s been plenty of excitement so far, from a heated congressional hearing to a controversial settlement agreement with the Justice Department in 2013, which cleared the world’s largest...
 
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  • Wanted: Somebody To Go Back In Time With Me

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:51 pm
    This week on the Reply All podcast, Radiolab’s Lynn Levy looks at a story of Internet memes, murder, regret, and time travel .​
  • Spacecraft Travel ing Close To Light Speed Should Be Visible With Current Technology

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    Interstellar travel may be the stuff of science fiction but it’s straightforward to calculate that it should be possible given the ability to travel at a significant fraction of the speed of light. These kinds of speeds may even be achievable with near future technologies and the tax dollars to make them work.
  • Around The World In 18 Offensive Gestures

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
    Wherever you're travel ling, the number one thing you don't want to do is upset the locals — here's how to avoid offending them with your gestures.
  • How TripAdvisor Is Changing the Way We Travel

    16 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    Research almost any travel destination and you'll probably wind up on travel -industry Goliath, where passionate people praise and denounce everything from romantic getaways to cockroach-infested hotel rooms. But who can you trust?
  • How A Teenager Travel s To Join The Islamic State

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Turkish Airlines allows children over the age of 12 to travel alone. According to both airline regulations and current United Kingdom legislation, nothing stops a teenager from purchasing a one-way ticket to Istanbul and boarding the flight alone. Airport employees are not asked to detain such travel ers, and in fact doing so would breach government legislation.
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Working on the Road:The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom by Nora Dunn & Chris Guillebeau

    Soul Travelers3
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Working on the Road:The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom by Nora Dunn & Chris Guillebeau Who wants more freedom? Who likes to travel? Want to know how to travel the world on a low budget? Who wants more freedom? Who likes to travel? Want to know how to travel the world on a low budget? Then don't miss our long-time colleagues Nora Dunn and Chris Guillebeau's latest book - "Working on the Road:The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom". THE UNCONVENTIONAL GUIDE TO FULL-TIME FREEDOM We're featured in this cool guide and give all our…
  • Stunning Sunrise Photo

    Soul Travelers3
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    Stunning Sunrise PhotoAs we springforward and enjoy spring break, this stunning photo of a sunrise warms the heart with spring As we spring forward and enjoy spring break, this stunning photo of a sunrise warms the heart with spring colors! I love sunrises and spring so hope it brightens your day and week. Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world. ~Virgil A. KraftSunrise and QuotesMorning Inspiration Quotes and sunrise Related articles Chinese New Year in Asia 农历新年 春节 Snow and Ice Closes Dallas Down! Challenges of Parenting a Musically Talented Child
  • Challenges of Parenting a Musically Talented Child

    Soul Travelers3
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Challenges of Parenting a Musically Talented ChildThere are challenges when you are raising a musically talentedchild and they just increase when  There are challenges when you are raising a musically talented child and they just increase when you do it while traveling around the world and as parents without any musical training. It's truly understandable why she is the first child since Wolfgang Armadeus Mozart to do extensive world travel with a violin and piano as it is no easy feat, especially with parents who are not musicians!If you look closely at this photo…
  • Snow and Ice Closes Dallas Down!

    Soul Travelers3
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Snow and Ice Closes Dallas Down!Not like the snow storms on the East Coast or Snowmageddon 2015,  but half an inch of snow closed down Not like the snow storms on the East Coast or Snowmageddon 2015, but half an inch of snow closed down Dallas and brought a little bit excitement to all. Mozart had to rush out  and make some snowballs. I grew up in Michigan and lived in NYC, so I've seen my share of snowstorms, but NEVER saw such a little bit close down everything. Schools are closed, offices are closed. I guess everyone is out making snowmen! Or cleaning off the snow on their…
  • Chinese New Year in Asia 农历新年 春节

    Soul Travelers3
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Chinese New Year in Asia Have you spent Chinese New Yearin Asia? To really understand the Spring Festival Year of the Sheep Have you spent Chinese New Year in Asia? To really understand the Spring Festival Year of the Sheep, one has to be in Asia and better yet be Chinese! The next best thing is to live in or do extended travel in Asia and participate in how millions celebrate this holiday.In America I never thought much about Chinese New Year and didn't know what "Kung Hei Fat Choy" or "Gong Xi Fa Cai" meant. Unless you are a Chinese American, it is not a big holiday in America. Thanks to…
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  • Thinking About Mental Illness and the Crash of Germanwings Flight 9525

    CF
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    When an airplane goes down, it usually takes a long time before we know what happened. So it’s shocking on many levels that we already seem to be zeroing in on what happened to Germanwings flight 9525 just last week. The circumstances surrounding what appears to have been a brutal mass-murder have created a lot of questions, many focusing on mental illness. Mental illness is something that doesn’t get discussed enough, and this crash is just another in a long line of opportunities to try to find a way to better deal with this problem. What we know for sure is that Germanwings 9525…
  • Cranky on the Web – Nobody Will Insure My Employees

    CF
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    In the Trenches: When Nobody Will Insure Your Employees – Small Business Center I have been trying for months to find a way to provide health insurance to my employees, and I have finally given up. It’s simply not possible, and that is just ridiculous.
  • Topic of the Week: What Does Orlando Say About Emirates’ Strategy in the US?

    CF
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Airlines add new routes all the time and I don’t blink an eye, but every so often something surprising happens. Emirates has announced daily service from Dubai to Orlando in September. This is on top of the new second daily service that was announced to Seattle. (Coincidence that it’s 2 daily 777s instead of 1 daily A380 to the city where the 777 was built? No way.) So what do you think about this move? Does Orlando make sense? Why would the airline start it during the single weakest month for tourism there? Let’s hear your thoughts.
  • The First Big Test: How American and US Airways Prepared to Merge Their Frequent Flier Programs This Weekend

    CF
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    In any airline merger, there are a million different things that have to come together and countless decisions to be made. But few of these things have a major customer impact. In the American/US Airways merger, we’re about to see how the first of the major impacts: the frequent flier programs are combining this weekend. If this sounds easy, it’s not. Here’s how this is all coming together. In this particular merger, American’s AAdvantage program is the surviving program. If you have an AAdvantage number, you keep it. If you have a US Airways Dividend Miles (DM)…
  • Why Does United Change Its Flight Numbers So Often? (Ask Cranky)

    CF
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    It’s time for another Ask Cranky question, and you United frequent fliers will probably be very interested in this one. Hey Cranky, Really curious about something; hoping you can answer it on your blog (or otherwise). Why does United have flight numbers that seem to change day to day / week to week? Maybe I’m imagining it, but it seems more haphazard than other airlines’ flight numbering schemes. See e.g. on United’s timetable PDF, all the 7:44AM flights from FLL to DEN. There are a bunch of different listings — a few of them share flight #s, but most of them…
 
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Discovering Banana Wine in Rwanda

    PeterGreenberg.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Discovering Banana Wine in RwandaIt’s one thing to crush grapes to make wine. But what about making banana wine? Contributing writer Rachel Weil recently traveled to Rwanda, where bananas are traditionally used to make... Read More...The post Discovering Banana Wine in Rwanda appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: It’s Getting Easier to Use Your Miles to Buy One-Way Tickets

    PeterGreenberg.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: It’s Getting Easier to Use Your Miles to Buy One-Way TicketsIt used to be that airlines only wanted you to use frequent flyer miles for round-trip tickets, if and when you could redeem them at all. But things are changing. Delta... Read More...The post Travel Tip: It’s Getting Easier to Use Your Miles to Buy One-Way Tickets appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Why You’ll See More People at the Airport This Spring

    PeterGreenberg.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Why You’ll See More People at the Airport This SpringIf you think air travel is tough now, just wait. The numbers are showing that air travel this spring is reaching its highest levels in seven years. Here’s what this means... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Why You’ll See More People at the Airport This Spring appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • What Investigators are Searching for in Germanwings Crash

    PeterGreenberg.com
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - What Investigators are Searching for in Germanwings CrashOn Tuesday morning, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps en route from Spain to Germany. Prior to the incident, the plane reached a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet—but... Read More...The post What Investigators are Searching for in Germanwings Crash appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Where You Can Travel While the U.S. Dollar is Strong

    PeterGreenberg.com
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Where You Can Travel While the U.S. Dollar is StrongThere’s some good news for travelers this year. The U.S. dollar is strong and holding, which means countries that were once out of your price range may now be within... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Where You Can Travel While the U.S. Dollar is Strong appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • MGM Grand Guests Stay Well in Las Vegas

    Nancy Brown
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Back in the day, a trip to Las Vegas meant late nights in smoke-filled casinos and cheap all-you-can-eat buffets on the strip. Today, travelers to Las Vegas are more health conscious in their dining choices and their tolerance to second-hand smoke. With that in mind, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has expanded its offering of […]
  • Hilton Huanying Program Welcomes Chinese

    Nancy Brown
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hilton Hotels have mastered the art of making guests feel comfortable during their travels. However, if you’ve ever traveled to a foreign country where you don’t speak the language and the customs are different, you know a smile and warm welcome can go a long way. The company recently introduced the expansion of their Hilton […]
  • Hotel Review: Delano Las Vegas

    Nancy Brown
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Formerly known as THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Delano Las Vegas was renovated and rebranded in September of 2014. Unlike its formal predecessor, Delano is more hip and inviting, yet embraces a desert modernism sense of style. When guests walk into the inviting lobby, they literally are invited into the hotel. While much less obtrusive than […]
  • U-Dig Fossils: Well Worth the Drive in Utah

    Jamie Rhein
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:31 pm
    A few years ago, before our dinosaur bone digging days, an episode of Cash and Treasures on the Travel Channel peaked my interest in digging for trilobites. The episode took place at U-Dig Fossils in Utah, and since we were heading through Utah anyway, I talked my husband into the detour. It is a detour. A roughly 52 […]
  • How to Rent a Harley in Las Vegas

    Nancy Brown
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    There’s more to Las Vegas than casinos, night clubs and the neon lights of the Las Vegas strip. If you prefer the wide open roads of the Nevada desert, you’ll want to know how to rent a Harley in Las Vegas.     Las Vegas Harley-Davidson The first thing you’ll need to do to begin […]
 
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • Tips for traveling to Lanai

    Bruce Fisher
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Today I offer up a few tips about traveling to Lanai. A few days ago I was treated to a overnight stay The post Tips for traveling to Lanai appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Foods to try on your Hawaii Vacation

    Bruce Fisher
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    If you’re traveling to Hawaii in the near future and don’t know what know what foods you must try………. you’re in luck!! On The post Foods to try on your Hawaii Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hiking to Lava on the Big Island

    Bruce Fisher
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Ever since Mark Twain’s famous journey to Hawaii in 1866 as a correspondent for the Sacramento Union, the Kilauea lava flow has The post Hiking to Lava on the Big Island appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Fun Shows in Hawaii

    Bruce Fisher
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    It’s not all about luaus and hula when it comes to entertainment in Hawaii. There’s a long list of staged productions on The post Fun Shows in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Hotel Prices are CHEAPER when compared to similar destinations

    Bruce Fisher
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:57 pm
    If you think Hawaii hotels rates are high, think again, because we’re actually CHEAPER when you’re talking about how they compare to The post Hawaii Hotel Prices are CHEAPER when compared to similar destinations appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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    Station Casinos Blog

  • Gamblin’ Fan’s Glossary Part 2

    Benjamin Barber
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Hey gang, we’re back with another set of gambling slang to share with you. Parimutuel Betting This term is just fun to say. With origins in French, Pari Mutuel loosely translates to “mutual betting.” Probably won’t see that on the SAT, kids, so feel free to forget it. For extra fun, plug your nose and … Continue reading Gamblin’ Fan’s Glossary Part 2 → The post Gamblin’ Fan’s Glossary Part 2 appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Jackpot Patrol | We Love Locals

    Benjamin Barber
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    At Station Casinos, We Love Locals. We really do. You’ve seen the commercials and witnessed our commitment to service in our resorts, hotels, and casinos. Instead of saying how much We Love Locals, we decided to show our love with cold hard cash. (Cash is the best way to demonstrate affection… right?) Jackpot Patrol Jackpot Patrol … Continue reading Jackpot Patrol | We Love Locals → The post Jackpot Patrol | We Love Locals appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Win UFC 187 Tickets Playing Your Favorite Table Games at Santa Fe Station

    Benjamin Barber
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Do you enjoy the thrill and action of the Ultimate Fighting Championship? Do you like to play blackjack, craps, roulette or other forms of table games? Now is your time! Rise to the challenge and head on down to the pit inside Santa Fe Station! UFC Ultimate Fan Giveaway The rules are simple, play table … Continue reading Win UFC 187 Tickets Playing Your Favorite Table Games at Santa Fe Station → The post Win UFC 187 Tickets Playing Your Favorite Table Games at Santa Fe Station appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Coyote Moon | Game of the Week

    Benjamin Barber
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Looking for a howling good time? Then Coyote Moon may be the game for you. Join the pack and immerse yourself in this vibrant world of the American Southwest. With tiles of humming birds, lizards, deer, and even a sun bleached bovine skull, the outdoor desert theme permeates the game.   Coyote Moon features a 5-reel, … Continue reading Coyote Moon | Game of the Week → The post Coyote Moon | Game of the Week appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Gamblin’ Fan’s Glossary

    Benjamin Barber
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Eavesdropping on veteran bettors can be confusing if you’re new to the scene. There is a special vernacular associated with sports betting, poker, and table games. We’re going to cover some of our favorite terms and sayings each week and share them with you! Got a favorite word or saying you’d like to add to … Continue reading Gamblin’ Fan’s Glossary → The post Gamblin’ Fan’s Glossary appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
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  • Cable cars — Langkawi, Malaysia

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Cable cars - Langkawi, Malaysia Langkawi, Malaysia Still a little tired but well rested (the beds are awesome) we went down to breakfast; very quiet with small variety. We set out to go to the Mardi Agro Park a short distance from the hotel.... Although we accidentally ended up on the other side of the island (some 30km away). It ended up being near the cable cars where we were going tomorrow, so we did that instead. All of our hearts melted when we saw a group of monkeys playing on the side of the road - dads first real experience of them! As soon as we saw the cable cars dangling over a…
  • Hobo Handbags — Rogers, Canada

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    Hobo Handbags - Rogers, Canada Rogers, CanadaA handbag does not need more whistles and bells making it more stylish or elegant. In fact, these kind of hand bags add sexy and sophisticated looks. Designer hobo bags offer timeless style that can last through many seasons of usage. These handbags are available in many styles and sizes, with affordable designer labels and brands. They may be quite simple hand bags that will make you sophisticated, while often having trendier colors, better construction and finer materials that will perfectly fit your taste and preference. You could choose what…
  • Domus Aurea — Roma, Italy

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    Domus Aurea - Roma, Italy Roma, ItalyThe district of Monti where Stephan and Julie are staying is close in to the Colosseum with narrow cobbled streets full of small antique, jewellery, dress shops and bars and restaurants. Julie showed us round and we shared 3 different pastas for lunch before we raced down to meet the tour we had booked of Emperor Nero's grand palace called the 'Golden House' because of the gold leaf covering most of the decor. Nero had this giant and imposing building constructed of brick and concrete after the fire in 64AD which destroyed the palace buildings on the…
  • Skilled Flood Deterioration Repair Companies — Mumbai, India

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:25 am
    Skilled Flood Deterioration Repair Companies - Mumbai, India Mumbai, India Pretty much a variety of all natural calamities are certainly inescapable, wherein the €not so fortunate' everyone is impacted to many different extents. Floods, undoubtedly one of these kinds of disasters may be disastrous in some cases, at the same time at in other cases, you can get likelihood, though part, for curing of cutbacks incurred. However for the altered types, deluge damage repair can become the superior main concern from the 60 minutes. So much in fact that distressed people, seem every now and then…
  • A newsy day, — Edisto Island, SC

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    A newsy day, - Edisto Island, SC Edisto Island, SCGood Morning! We all slept in a little but quickly managed to get out there for our brisk morning walk. Robert was ready to jog down the beach and show us his style. Dolphins, sunshine, kites again. It was a good morning to just keep on going and get those 10,000 steps in, which by the way is approximately 6 1/2 kilometres. The way we are eating down here we must keep up the exercise! We all return at different times with our rosy cheeks. The rest of the morning was spent reading the New York Times that Robert brought with him from the plane.
 
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  • Editor’s Choice – Great Museums for Your US Trip – Part 2

    millwardesque
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    If you missed part 1 in our series about museums to visit on your USA summer trip, we’ve been going state-by-state to find some shining examples of can’t-miss museums to add to your vacation plans no matter where in the United States you’re headed. In part two of the series, we’re covering the remaining states from...
  • Editor’s Choice – Great Museums for Your US Trip – Part 1

    Fraser
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Summer road trip season is right around the corner! Whether you drive, cycle, or fly, you may find yourself looking for a great museum to visit in the U.S., and we’ve got a list of options to get you thinking, planning, and hopefully fitting some great American culture into your trip. In this two-part series, we’ll...
  • Osama vs Travel – The post 9/11 effect on travel

    stefvankessel
    7 Sep 2011 | 2:00 pm
    The 9/11 attacks have had a long lasting effect, particularly on travel. Here is a look how travel has changed in the past 10 years. Embed this on your site:
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  • Great Golf Destinations Worldwide with Great Attractions for Non-Golfers

    Anne McDermott
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    You want your buddies (or maybe spouse) to join you on a special trip to the Masters, but not everyone’s crazy about golf. All of you can still have fun thanks to this list of famous golf tournaments and world-class courses plus terrific non-golf attractions. Don’t miss the video on traveling with golf clubs at the end. Click the city for cheap flights. Click the other link for fun stuff. Upcoming Golf Tournaments & Fun Stuff See how Golf Digest ranks these iconic courses. Augusta, Georgia: The Masters - April 9-12. Augusta is also fun if you want to visit studios, specialty…
  • Q: What is a Flight Attendant’s Job? A: Not What You Think

    Rick Seaney
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    We occasionally hear from upset passengers because of flight attendants supposedly not doing their jobs. Sometimes that means a cabin crew member didn’t assist with stowing a bag; sometimes that means a cabin crew member was grumpy (gee, just like you and me). Find cheap flights fast But here’s the crux of the issue: Do you know what flight attendants are supposed to do, and what they aren’t supposed to do? LISTEN: Some flight attendant anecdotes. What Flight Attendants Do A flight attendant’s focus is – in a word – safety. Their jobs have evolved over the…
  • Cheap Flights for the Boston Marathon and Other Big Races Worldwide

    Anne McDermott
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    What makes the Boston Marathon special? Let us count the ways. LISTEN: Travel tips from a real-life marathoner. Boston Marathon – April 20, 2015 Everything about the Boston Marathon is special from its hilly New England terrain to its sometimes interesting weather (from snow squalls to 100 degree temperatures), but mostly because it’s such a proud tradition: Runners have been sprinting along Boston’s 26 mile, 385 yard course since 1897, making it the oldest annual marathon in the world. As always, the race will take place on Patriot’s Day, a Massachusetts holiday…
  • Why Airline Seat Maps Only Show Bad Seats

    Rick Seaney
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    After most of us purchase airline tickets, we choose where we’ll sit on the plane. We try to, anyway. What used to be a simple task is now a game of hide and seek. Let me explain what’s going on and what you can do about it. LISTEN: Rick Seaney has more seat tips.  Be sure you have the cheapest seat and cheapest flight What Airline Seat Maps Don’t Show Airline seat maps do not always show all available empty seats because that is up to the discretion of the airline. Airlines wield this discretion with sophisticated computer systems that decide what to show and what not to…
  • Backpacking Travel: Best Places to Go Around the World

    Anne McDermott
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    What is a backpacker? It could be anyone. It could be you. All that’s needed is a sense of adventure (and it need not be extreme) plus a willingness to travel light. A packpacker hikes and climbs, but a backpacker also gets on planes and trains or rents a car. Backpacking is a group activity with friends or family; backpacking is perfect for solo travelers. Backpacking is for everyone. Now all you need are some places to go, and that’s where we come in with several countries plus ideas for special trails and climbs. Click the destination to find the cheapest flights.
 
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  • Limited-Time 60,000 Point Signup Bonus for Hilton Visa

    Gary Leff
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:34 pm
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same). There’s a new better offer available through April 30 for the no fee Hilton HHonors Visa Signature with 60,000 points after $1000 spend within 4 months. The card earns 6 points per dollar with Hilton; 3 points…
  • How to Make Money Booking Award Tickets for People

    Gary Leff
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Reader J. Clifton asked, What is a good way for someone to get into award booking? After getting involved in this hobby, I’ve thought it might be a fun way to earn some extra money. I’m a big fan of developing multiple income streams, don’t quit your day job but trading idle time for a side business can really make a difference at the margin. And one way to know what skills you have that could be marketable is to ask what questions are people always asking you, or things they’re asking you for help with? If one of those things is how to use their miles and points, you may…
  • How American’s Account Merging With US Airways Helps With Lifetime Elite Status

    Gary Leff
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:34 pm
    My US Airways miles have been combined into my American AAdvantage account. They started with Dividend Miles members who did not have an AAdvantage account Then transitioned members who had matched their AAdvantage and Dividend Miles accounts. They continue with those who may have had accounts in both programs but didn’t link their accounts. The data combination will continue for a few days, with sweeps to ensure completion and some upgrades still to post. With this progress made, bobbieddie asks, Gary – I just received my summary from AA re: the transfer and for the first time saw…
  • When Once Isn’t Enough: These Banks Will Give You Credit Card Bonuses Multiple Times

    Gary Leff
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same). Reader Steve asked about how to get credit card bonus twice (or more), You already provided a useful answer to me when I asked about Chase some time ago (thanks!), but I think it could prove useful more generally if…
  • Stackable Hotel Discounts for Big Savings, Award Space to Europe for the Whole Family, and BigCrumbs Back to Life!

    Gary Leff
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    News and notes from around the interweb: Stackable promotion codes for booking hotels at a discount. These make TravelPony useful again. Amazing award availability using Star Alliance miles (United, Aeroplan, etc) for business class seats on Turkish Airlines and Swiss from Montreal and Toronto this coming November through January. The BigCrumbs cash back shopping portal is now MainStreetSHARES. Instead of straight cash back, your online shopping earns a share of company revenue, and your shares get you a piece of any payout if the company is acquired. (HT: Free Frequent Flyer Miles) How to…
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  • How Finding Your “Why” Can Change Your Life

    kim
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Imagine a world where you are INSPIRED to go to work. Imagine waking up on Monday morning and not DREADING the day ahead. Imagine that your vision board has become a REALITY. When Rob and I  first had the idea for Jet Set Life, god, TEN years ago (can it be that long? wow!), it was fueled by wanting something more in our life. Jet Set Life was a way for us to express our passion for travel and our love of being Global Citizens. We wanted to share our love for cultures, cool places and amazing experiences with everyone. We literally started this company on a whim and over the years, it has…
  • Jet Set Life’s Guide to Miami Music Week

    kim
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Miami Music Week is exactly what it sounds like, a week long ode to music, particularly dance music. The streets of South Beach are filled with music loving people of all ages, neon $100,000 cars splashed with artist logos and there are massive parties on every corner. With so much going on, how do you know where to stay, what to do, where to party etc..? Well, that’s where we come in handy! We’ve been hitting Miami Music Week (MMW) for the past few years so we’re putting together a list that will make your experience oh so much better. When is MMW 2015: Late March, exact…
  • Casa Velas: Adults-Only Luxury Boutique All-Inclusive in Puerto Vallarta

    kim
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Sometimes during the stressful work day, you dream about getting away with your significant other for a laid back, chill in the sun and get pampered style vacation. Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta is the perfect luxury, boutique all-inclusive that can turn that dream into a reality. I know what you’re thinking, we used the words “luxury” and “boutique” in the same sentence as “all-inclusive”, must be a typo. Nope. It’s not. And yes, usually when you think “all-inclusive” you think mediocre food, watered down drinks and so-so service.
  • You choose your life, no?

    kim
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    “You choose your life, no?” That line came from a very smart hotel entrepreneur we met in Marrakech. And, the more I travel, the more I find the truth in it. Everyone lives their life in a different way. Sadly, in America, the so-called “norm” is the 9-5 workday, with one week vacation, you purchase a house in the burbs and have 2.3 kids. If that works for you, great! But if it doesn’t feel like “your dream life” should you buckle to the pressure to conform to what “society” thinks is right? Hell no! Rob and I sometimes get snarky…
  • JSI 024: A Big Announcement, Living La Dolce Vida in Roma and More of Rob’s On-Camera Blunders

    JSL
    22 May 2014 | 5:17 am
    In This Episode: In this episode: This week we have a big announcement! Then we’re taking you on our Vacanze Romana, inside our favorite Rome boutique hotel, more of Rob’s on-camera blunders and lastly, giving you a taste of Rob’s first original music production creation! Audio Only Player: http://jetsetlife.tv/JSI/itunes/podcast/2014/05/JSL_Podcast_24.mp3 Where to Stay in Rome: JK Place Roma The JK fragrance we love:  Dr. Vranjes AMBRA Are We Connected? Jet Set Life Facebook Jet Set Life Twitter Instagram @JetSetLife Jet Set Life YouTube Can’t get enough of Rob &…
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  • Why Uber succeeds: taxis, breach of trust and democracy

    Esme Vos
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:51 am
    I started using Uber only this year, after becoming so fed up with taxis in many cities I’ve lived in and visited around the world. Let me explain my conversion as simply as I can. When I get into a taxi, I expect all of the following: (1) clean passenger seats with functioning seat belts; (2) air-conditioning; (3) a courteous, honest driver who helps me with my luggage (doesn’t need to speak English, but it helps); (4) credit card machine that works; and (5) a trunk (or boot) that is free of debris and the driver’s personal effects so that my luggage can fit in.
  • The Nadler Soho: still my London favorite

    Esme Vos
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    The Nadler Soho remains my favorite hotel in London. I wrote about The Nadler in 2013 and on a visit to London two weeks ago, I had a chance to reevaluate my earlier review. The good news is The Nadler Soho is even better this time around. I found the staff more attentive and helpful. The chocolates that they provide in the room come from Paul A. Young, a local chocolatier whose shop is close by (if you have not tasted his chocolates, go down there and buy a few for yourself). The rooms are still quiet and spacious, with firm, comfortable beds. Wi-Fi is free of charge and fast, without…
  • Casa Leto Boutique Hotel St Petersburg

    Arnon Kohavi
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Centrally located, next to the State Hermitage and St Isaac’s Cathedral, Casa Leto in St Petersburg is a small, exclusive, family-owned boutique hotel providing excellent accommodation and friendly service. The rooms have a classical style and evoke the atmosphere and grandeur of old St Petersburg. With high ceilings, plasterwork and original antiques, it often serves a location for fashion and film shoots. Casa Leto is located in one of the most desirable locations in St Petersburg, a few minutes walk from Nevski Prospect and the Hermitage museum. St Isaac’s Cathedral,…
  • The Norman Tel Aviv

    Arnon Kohavi
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:24 pm
    Yes another luxury boutique hotel has opened in Israel.  The Norman Tel Aviv is a fusion of 1920s elegance and unparalleled service, housed in two historic buildings, superbly restored to their unique architectural heritage. Facilities include a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art fitness room, Wellness Center, and a selection of world-class fine dining restaurants.There are 50 unique luxury accommodation choices, housed in two iconic restored buildings. The main building at 25 Nachmani St features 30 individually designed guest rooms. At 23 Nachmani St, the executive all-suites building offers…
  • Son Brull Boutique Hotel Mallorca

    Arnon Kohavi
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Hotel Son Brull in Mallorca is one of the best hotels that we recently visited, and a well-deserved entrant into our top 10 list.  Here is why we loved our stay at Hotel Son Brull:1) Top level service and attention: upon our arrival, the owner of the hotel personally greeted us and wished us a good stay offering to assist us in any possible way.  Everything in our hotel experience seems well-planned with attention to the smallest detail, which I consider to be the highest form of luxury.2) Tranquil location: Hotel Son Brull is situated in an old restored monastery, surrounded by 40 acres…
 
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  • A Southern Robin on my Shoe

    Tony Wheeler
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    On my final day on the Routeburn Track in New Zealand I encountered a number of southern robins or bush robins. They look just like the English robin red breast, except they’re bigger and more robust looking and sport yellow breast feathers instead of red ones. The English robin likes to hang around gardeners, hoping they’ll fork up some tasty worms. In similar fashion the New Zealand robins look out for walkers, hoping they’ll stir up some insects or even bring some along, clinging to their clothes. Since I’d destroyed one of my walking shoes on the penultimate day of the walk I was…
  • A Gear Failure & a Gear Fix

    Tony Wheeler
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Just before starting out on the Routeburn Track I saw a warning about shoe failure, make sure your walking shoes are in good shape. Well I thought mine were, I’ve got a few pairs of walking shoes and the ones I chose for my New Zealand walk had done some hard miles over the years, but still looked in good shape. They went up to Mueller Hut and back just fine and completed Day 1 of the Routeburn looking good. Half way through Day 2 I noticed the sole was detaching from the left shoe, right in the middle at the instep. I started walking more carefully and checking the situation regularly.
  • Walking in New Zealand – Mt Cook & the Routeburn Track

    Tony Wheeler
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:22 am
    I don’t have the best of luck with New Zealand walking. Walking in Nepal the weather has always been beautiful for me. In England I’ve had some miserable days between the sunny ones. In New Zealand they always seem to turn the rain on when I arrive. ▲ The final steps to Mueller Hut Well not at Mt Cook where the weather was superb. With my two walking companions we did a helicopter flight up and around Mt Cook, landing on the upper reaches of the Tasman Glacier, before we got down to serious walking. No way were we planning to climb Mt Cook, but we did intend to walk up to Mueller Hut…
  • The Old Ways

    Tony Wheeler
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    I finally got around to reading Robert Macfarlane’s much acclaimed (and best selling) walking account – the ‘Book of the Year’ for many critics. Much of the The Old Ways follows the old routes of Britain, including offshore routes both by boat and on foot. That includes ‘the deadliest paths in England,’ the routes which venture offshore into territory which can very quickly submerge under an incoming tide. The Broomway, Macfarlane notes, is responsible for 66 graves in one churchyard alone. The walking also takes him overseas, including some strolls with Raja Shehadeh’s in…
  • Four Books, one Movie – drugs, drones, Hitler, India & Pakistan, Snowden

    Tony Wheeler
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Four books which have caught my attention, although I’ve only read reviews. Plus one movie, which I have seen. • Chasing the Scream, the First & Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari, a summation of why this is another war – like the War on Terror – which is absurd and unwinnable. The back and forth on the Bali 9 and the threatened execution of the two ‘ringleaders’ has certainly brought the whole absurdity up all over again. Legalise the stuff, there may be some costs in one direction, but I think there will be far more savings in the other. The Age/Sydney Morning…
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  • Bus company mergers in Germany: What does it mean for budget travelers?

    Hilary Bown
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    Two of Germany’s biggest long-distance bus operators, FliXBus and MeinFernBus, recently announced that they are merging. So how will this affect consumers? Since the 2013 liberalization of a law preventing most long-distance bus service in Germany, the market for Greyhound-style travel around the country has been booming. Steep competition between new carriers has led to low fares on some routes starting at just €1 as well as a rapid expansion of service to both nationwide and international destinations. Much like the low-cost carrier boom a decade earlier, the uncertainty of the…
  • 7 Ways to Make Your Travel Dollar Even Stronger Abroad

    Tom Meyers
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    For American tourists heading to Eurozone countries, the news just keeps getting better. When I wrote this piece celebrating the strong dollar back in January, the euro had stumbled to $1.17 for one dollar, the lowest it had been since 2006. As of today, the euro will cost you only $1.07. (For the latest rate, click here.) This is indeed great news for American budget travelers, as everyday charges that you’ll incur during your trip will be much, much less (in dollar terms) than they were just last year, when the euro hovered in the $1.30s for most of the year. And compared to the…
  • Generator Hostel comes to Paris with rates as low as €25

    Bryan Pirolli
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    The Generator group, a trendy budget hotel and hostel chain that operates locations from London to Berlin, has recently made news with the opening of its giant, 920-bed hotel. Coinciding with a falling euro, the hotel offers a great new option for Paris-bound budget travelers. But who is this Generator Paris for? And what exactly does it offer? We recently stopped by to investigate. Make no mistake, the vibe at the Generator is calculated to appeal to younger travelers, although the prices and views might just attract visitors of every age. The hostel is located at Place Colonel Fabien,…
  • Budget tips for visiting Stonehenge from London

    Frances Ambler
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    The monumental and mysterious stones of Stonehenge are a quintessential symbol of Britain, as much as the red telephone box or double-decker bus. A record 1.3 million visitors visited Stonehenge last year, but how can you join them without busting your budget? If you’re thinking of making a day trip from London, you have several options, from using a tour company to going on your own. We’ll help you get there, book your admission tickets, tell you how to get up close to the stones, and save a few British pounds along the way. Basics Address: Wiltshire, England (8 miles north of…
  • Flash: €10 Ouigo TGV tickets now on sale for summer travel

    Tom Meyers
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Heading from the Paris region to the south of France this summer? Now’s the time to snag the cheapest train tickets of the season, as Ouigo, France’s low-cost high-speed train, released 100,000 tickets for summer travel today for €10. Book early, as the price will increase once these ultra-cheapo seats disappear. As I mentioned in my post last year about Ouigo, the low-cost TGV service is an incredible deal, given that it whisks you from the Paris region to popular southern destinations (Avignon, Aix en Provence, Marseille, Lyon) in just a couple of hours. If you’re…
 
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  • What is the impact of recycling ~ Am I Making a Difference?

    Alice Benny
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    What is the impact of recycling? Does it really make a difference? Americans spend over $50,000 annually on household expenditures. It is no wonder that it is sometimes easy to forget to recycle the small things such as newspapers, jugs, toilet paper rolls and junk mail. However, the accumulation of everyday office, household and retail… Read more The post What is the impact of recycling ~ Am I Making a Difference? appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • How to Make Your Life More Environmentally Friendly

    Greg Head
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    More and more individuals are starting environmentally friendly living, and thankfully, businesses and governments the world over have followed suit as well. Alternative sources of energy like hydro, solar panels, and wind turbines are all being developed and operated. Lifestyle changes are being made by individuals and families too. Using modes of transportation with lower… Read more The post How to Make Your Life More Environmentally Friendly appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Favorite Green Traveler

    Kimberly
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Looking for unique Valentine’s Day gifts? Nothing says romance like a corporate-created holiday about love. I have to admit, however, I enjoy getting gifts and eating nice meals. So part of me appreciates this mid-February excuse to do it. This year, rebel against the commercialism of Valentine’s Day by getting one of these sustainable (and… Read more The post Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Favorite Green Traveler appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Things to do in Prescott, Arizona with Your Kids

    Dawn Head
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    When it comes to exploring new places, I like traveling by car best and being on the road to Prescott, Arizona with your kids. Recently, I packed up the family to visit Prescott, Arizona. It’s a small city with a picturesque downtown and plenty of outdoor recreation. With lots of things to entice the kids,… Read more The post Things to do in Prescott, Arizona with Your Kids appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Top 5 Ways Gyms Can Go Green and Save Money Too

    Alice Benny
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    It seems like most industries have jumped on the eco-friendly bandwagon. Everywhere you look, there are LEED certified hotels, museums and office buildings. Companies of every type are looking for new and innovative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We believe there are ways gyms can go green too. There are many Benefits for Gyms who… Read more The post Top 5 Ways Gyms Can Go Green and Save Money Too appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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  • Weekend Reads: Airplane Safety Takes Center Stage in Media

    wakeandwander
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    This week, the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 dominated mainstream news coverage. It is the latest in a string of high-profile crashes to occur in the past two years but this crash was not due to mechanical failure.It has been determined that the Germanwings co-pilot was hiding a severe mental illness from his employer and may have deliberately crashed the plane by locking out his co-pilot from the cockpit. That's news to unsettle even the most fearless fliers. And once again the tragic incident has brought airline safety under the microscope. It's hard to watch mainstream news coverage…
  • Los Angeles: Is L.A.'s Pac-Man Street Art Just a Clever Commercial for Adam Sandler's New Movie 'Pixels'?

    cmb
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Pac-Man seems to be having a resurgence, at least in Los Angeles. Last week, a new piece of street art appeared in L.A.'s Art District featuring Pac-Man eating pac-dots as "Pinky", the pink ghost, chases him down the street to a sign that reads “GAME OVER.” Though it's unclear who created the new piece, there is some speculation it could be a commercial tie-in for the new Adam Sandler movie Pixels, which is not only about 80s video games, but also released a new trailer last week.
  • State Department to Eliminate Extra Passport Pages

    JetSetCD
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    A standard US passport is only 32 pages. Considering it's supposed to last you through 10 years of travels, that's a pretty poor expectation the U.S. Department of State has for its citizens. Thankfully thing are looking up, as The Points Guy received a hot tip from Allied Passport today that, beginning this December, standard passports will increase to 52 pages. At the same time, the ability to order extra pages will go away, meaning once you've filled your book you'll need to re-apply and pay for a whole new passport.
  • Ashford: Low Snow Pack Means You Climb Mount Rainier Earlier This Year Than Ever Before

    Charyn Pfeuffer
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    The climate is ‘a changing. After this winter’s record high temperatures around much of the U.S., there’s not much room for argument from global warming skeptics. Nine states in the West had one of their top 10 warmest winters on record. So there’s that. While Washington skiers bemoaned the lack of snowpack this year, hikers can rejoice that many area trails and campground are opening unseasonably early, including Mount Rainier National Park (MRNP). This year, mountain trails and passes at Mount Rainier are opening earlier than ever before due to exceptionally low snow…
  • 4 Red Light Districts Around The World That Are Slowly Disappearing

    ClassicTom
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Given these gentrifying times where old buildings and neighborhoods get new life as either hotels or shopping centers, it's no surprise raunchy, crime-ridden neighborhoods are disappearing. Consider Times Square in New York, which through the ‘70s and 80s, consisted of porno shops and peep shows. Today, it’s about the only place in NYC where restaurants overcharge $15 for french fries.However, the exact opposite has happened in Amsterdam where the red light district has not only maintained its roots but also welcomed the tourists, while simultaneously becoming the city’s…
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  • Hollywood: First Look at Mama Shelter Los Angeles, Opening on May 15

    juliana
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Voilà! At last, we have a room photo of the forthcoming Mama Shelter Los Angeles located in the heart of Hollywood. We've been tracking this hotel's progress since we first learned of its existence (and exact location) back in August. But now, you can finally begin to plan your night with Mama in LA.Room rates will start at $139 a night on May 15. Currently, booking is not working on the hotel's website but we expect that to be in action very soon. The ground floor of the hotel is set to be a free-flowing reception area, lobby, bar and restaurant (from chef Benjamin Bailly of LA hotspots,…
  • Madrid: A Look Inside Madrid's Hotel Villa Magna

    Janice Tober
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Don’t you love it when a hotel does a reno and decreases the number of rooms rather than increases them? The Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid (part of Leading Hotels of the World) renovated the property between 2007 and 2009 and we mean gutted it – demolishing everything but the building’s façade and the floors – and took the room count from 182 to 150 rooms and suites. This leaves you with some of the most spacious rooms in Madrid. Madrid-based interior designer Thomas Urquijo is the master planner behind the design, which is best-described as contemporary elegance. There's a…
  • Charlestown: Paradise Beach, a New All-Villa Resort, is Now Open in Nevis

    lindamarsicano
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Move over Four Seasons Nevis! There’s a new luxury player in town, albeit a much smaller one. The boutique villa resort Paradise Beach Nevis is open for business – and its seven three- and four-bedroom villas look like paradise indeed. The beachfront property is the former Villa Paradaiso, which had only a six-year run before it closed in 2008. Over the course of a two-year renovation, the roofs have been rewoven and furnishings updated under new ownership. Built with Indonesian-thatched roofs, hand cut exposed beams and 20-foot vaulted ceilings, the suites can accommodate up to…
  • Hong Kong: Why is There is a Bus Balancing Off the Roof Terrace of The Peninsula Hong Kong?

    CharlesYap
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    We are fans of cool hotel art, and even more so when it’s a contemporary and quirky installation on a historic hotel façade, like the one you see here displayed at the
  • Montevideo: This Could Be a Game-Changer: Inside Montevideo's Alma Historica Hotel

    juliab
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Last month – was it really so long ago? – we showed you the view from the rooftop terrace of the Alma Historica, Montevideo’s newest hotel (it opened in January), and its first luxury boutique property. Appetites whetted? Hopefully so, because we promised to go inside. Let’s do it. The Alma Historica is a restoration of a centuries-old palazzo with a couple of new floors (and that roof terrace) tacked onto the top. Where most hotels in Montevideo seem to be either new and slightly boring, or old and on the road to decay – if, admittedly, often in a rather beautiful…
 
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  • Spectacular Rainbow Beaches with the World's Most Colorful Sand

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    After a long, hard winter where everything was colored in white (and then gray, and then black) snow, you deserve some color in your life. Escape to these seven spectacularly hued beaches, where you won't believe the color of the sand.
  • 10 Bargain Caribbean All-Inclusive Resorts

    12 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Nothing beats the Caribbean when it comes to blissful beach days, and nothing compares to an all-inclusive for convenience. But prices can be all over the map, with some resorts topping out at thousands per night. So we went on the hunt for top-quality resorts with awesome amenities that offer surprisingly affordable rates.
  • Europe's Cheapest Cities This Year

    9 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    The time to go is now. But Europe is a big place. So where should you visit to make the most of the strong dollar?
  • Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:01 pm
    We have the perfect sunny cure for your winter-weather gloominess. TripAdvisor, our parent site, just released its 2015 Travelers' Choice Awards for Best Beaches.
  • 9 Places That Are Surprisingly Cheap This Year

    20 Feb 2015 | 5:04 am
    Call it the year of the bucket list. A strong dollar in destinations around the world is making this an amazing time to go farther and do more for much, much less in 2015.
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  • Six Awesome Things to Do in Copan, Honduras

    Viator Travel Team
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    The primary reason people visit Copán in Honduras is to experience a part of one of the greatest Mayan civilizations that ever existed. The ruins at Copán contain some of the most beautiful pre-Columbian artifacts and once served as the civil, political, and religious center for the entire Copan Valley. While day trips to the archaeological site of Copán are common from Guatemala City and Antigua, the nearby city of Copán itself is also an option for travelers who want to stay close to the Maya site. Copán Ruinas offers several hotels in town, and these provide easy access to other…
  • Europe’s Cheapest Cities This Year

    Viator Travel Team
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Smarter Travel and has been republished here with permission. Try some of the less tourist-heavy but equally gorgeous places in Europe like Vilnius, Lithuania. (Photo: Shutterstock) You’ve heard it a lot in the last few months: Europe is cheaper than it’s been in a long time. The time to go is now. But Europe is a big place. So where should you visit to make the most of the strong dollar? Every year, PriceofTravel.com updates its Europe 3-Star Traveler Index. It’s a snapshot of the current cheapest cities in Europe for…
  • 8 Reasons to Visit Belfast Now

    Viator Travel Team
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    Come to Belfast! The time of ‘The Troubles’ has passed, and Belfast no longer tops the Travel Advisory List where it was once lumped with Beirut, Baghdad, and Bosnia. This Northern Ireland city is busy redefining itself and here are eight reasons to witness Belfast’s dynamic comeback now: One of the famous Belfast ‘Troubles’ murals 1. The Troubles Tour  ‘The Troubles’ refers to thirty years of conflict between Protestants who wanted to continue allegiance to the United Kingdom and Catholics who preferred to become part of the Republic of Ireland. Cab driver tours roam…
  • 8 Most Extreme Florida Adventures

    Viator Travel Team
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    Florida isn’t just about relaxing on the beach, margarita in hand, toe-tapping to Jimmy Buffet. It’s also one of the country’s premier destinations for extreme, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. From shark diving in the Florida Keys, to racing a Lamborghini in Miami, to skydiving in Tampa, there’s no shortage of adventure opportunities. Here are just eight of our favorite experiences for adrenalin junkies: Lemon shark in the Florida Keys #1: Dive with Sharks in the Florida Keys Thanks to one of the world’s largest barrier coral reefs, the Florida Keys boast more species of sharks than…
  • 7 of the Best SCUBA Diving spots in Southeast Asia

    Viator Travel Team
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Many visitors to Southeast Asia take advantage of the amazing SCUBA diving available and either get certified, take a liveaboard diving trip to maximize underwater time, plan the entire vacation around fabulous diving spots, or all three. When it comes to clear, warm waters, vibrant corals and underwater diversity showcasing both large and micro ocean life, Southeast Asia is undeniably one of the best regions of the world for SCUBA addicts. The following are five of the best places to dive in Southeast Asia, based on visibility, animal-life, corals, and probability of seeing rare species of…
 
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  • The U.S. Interstate Highways, Ranked

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    The common road-tripper’s wisdom tells us to steer for America’s secondary highways to really see the country—and doing so has resulted in travel writing classics like William Least Heat Moon’s Blue Highways. But over at MapQuest, Robert Reid argues that we shouldn’t give up on the interstate so fast. “No interstate can outrun what’s outside the window—a desert, a Rockie, a swamp, a beach, or witness that change in lighting of a southwestern dusk, or the size of a western sky, or even the steamy air in a southern night,” Reid writes.
  • ‘A Walk in the Woods’ Premieres at Sundance

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    The long-awaited film adaptation of Bill Bryson’s travel classic, “A Walk in the Woods,” has landed—it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last week. It stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as Bryson and Katz, and The Hollywood Reporter calls it “a fun, geriatric version of Wild.” Here’s reviewer Todd McCarthy: Anyone expecting this epic journey to result in profound insights into the human condition will be disappointed; at a certain point, whether the men reach the physical end of the trail or just hop off when they feel they’ve…
  • R.I.P. SkyMall?

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    The company behind everyone’s favorite in-flight catalogue filed for bankruptcy last week. It’s not 100% clear yet if this spells the end for SkyMall’s presence on our flights—a Shark Tank savior may be riding to its rescue—but the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi went ahead and wrote an obituary anyway: SkyMall was never the first thing you grabbed on a long, dull flight. It was a surrender, coming somewhere over Wyoming, after you’d been softened up by the lulling rhythms of the airline’s official in-flight magazine (“Walt Disney: Man of…
  • Call Your Mother. Seriously.

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    Abbie Kozolchyk visits a most unusual theme park in Singapore
  • Cuba, Undistilled

    The World Hum Editors (eva.jt.holland@gmail.com)
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Tired of hearing pundits pontificating about Cuba, Chris Ryan wanted to see the island for himself -- before the coming of Best Western and American Express
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  • In Manila, a Famous Brooklyn Pizzeria Deserves Better (But Thanks for the Free Booze)

    Brian Spencer
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    We thought something might be wrong when our server offered free beer. Four free beers, to be precise. “Excuse me, sir,” he said, “but do you like beer?” Nobody had ever asked me such a thing; it’s like asking a pedo vacationing at Disney World if he remembered to pack an extra memory card for
  • I’ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day at Detroit’s Motown Museum

    Sheila Scarborough
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    Step, step to the left. Step, step to the right. Channel your inner Temptations smooth moves and footwork. “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May. I guess you’d say, what can make me feel this way? My girl!” There we were, a gaggle of Motown
  • Quilting in Kentucky

    Mike Gerrard
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    Kentucky. The Bluegrass State is famous for derbies, bourbon, bluegrass and… quilt-making? Yes, the bite-sized city of Paducah in Kentucky is a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art, and only two other US cities are on that UNESCO list: Santa Fe and Iowa City. Paducah is also home to the USA’s National Quilt Museum. Now
  • On Global Post-Tourism and Travelized Gentrification

    Brian Spencer
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    If you’re curious about the state of Berlin–the formerly “cool” side of it, that is, and as seen from the well-informed perspective of a young freelance writer who is basically an expat despite his German citizenship–look no further than Thomas Rogers. His series of long-form essays on the matter, published in Rolling Stone, New Republic,
  • Favorite Travel Apps From SXSW Interactive

    Sheila Scarborough
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    One of the features of the massive SXSW (South by Southwest) Interactive tech conference in Austin, Texas is the variety of community-based one-hour meet ups that are part of the conference schedule. It’s an effort to help people find their tribes among 30,000+ registrants plus hundreds of panels. Fans of the paranormal, Latina entrepreneurs, podcasters,
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  • Dubai International airport: a love story

    Kamila Shamsie
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Once upon a time, Kamila Shamsie thought she would die of boredom in an airport terminal. But then something happened… Continue reading...
  • 10 of Europe's best national parks … that you've probably never heard of

    Will Coldwell and Isabel Choat
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    These national parks offer extraordinary landscapes and wildlife – and far fewer tourists than the continent’s more famous beauty spots. Have you visited a national park in Europe? Tell us about it in the comments belowTop 10 alternative city breaks in EuropeThe best of the UK’s national parksIt may be one of the oldest protected areas in the Alps, but the wild lakes and mountains of Gran Paradiso national park often get overlooked by tourists, who are more likely to visit northern Italy’s more popular destinations: the lakes of Como, Maggiore and Garda. In the summer, visitors can…
  • Cyclist attempting to break long-distance record is hit by moped

    Kevin Rawlinson
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Steve Abraham, who is trying to break the record for the longest distance covered in a calendar year, may need an operation after an accident in Somerset Continue reading...
  • Istanbul’s new creative hub retains Ottoman flavour – for now

    Amanda Ruggeri
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The Fener-Balat quarter, once the little Greece of Istanbul, is now one of the city’s trendy design districts and regaining the international feel of its pastIstanbul city guide: essential sights, and where to eat, drink and stayJust two miles north along the Golden Horn from Eminönü – the quarter known for Topkapi Palace, tour groups and Hagia Sophia – lies another Istanbul altogether. In the side-by-side quarters of Fener and Balat, lines of drying laundry stretch across steep, winding streets. Century-old Ottoman houses lean against each other in a kaleidoscope of reds,…
  • The alternative Poland on show in Wrocław

    James Hopkin
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The spirit of resistance is alive and well in the post-punk underground of Wrocław, once Poland’s ‘fortress of Solidarity’ and set to be European Capital of Culture in 2016Hubert the anarchist is showing me around Centrum Reanimacji Kultury (CRK), a non-profit post-punk commune epitomising the spirit of resistance in Wrocław (pronounced “Vrots-wav”), Poland’s fourth largest city. CRK’s courtyard is covered in street art, including early work by Mariusz Waras (aka M-City), and from rehearsal rooms I can hear violinists playing music that reminds me of Warsaw Village…
 
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  • Join our Paris vs. Barcelona debate on Twitter at #LPChat

    Emma Sparks
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    ** Update: In light of the tragic incident concerning Germanwings flight 4U 9525, we will no longer be running this #LPChat on 26th March.** Do you have a penchant for Paris? Or is Barcelona more your bag? It’s difficult to choose between these two European heavyweights – which is why we’re inviting you to help us decide! Choose your team and bring your best tips and pictures to our Paris vs. Barcelona debate.. Which city will come out on top when it comes to beauty, gastronomy and wow-factor? That depends on your tweets. The best tweeter will win Paris and Barcelona…
  • #LPChat: your tips for travelling as a family

    Emma Sparks
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    Here at Lonely Planet we believe in kick-starting the travel bug young! We know that many of our fans on Twitter haven’t stopped travelling since becoming parents (and we applaud you for it), so we held an #LPChat dedicated to sharing tips for exploring the world with kids in tow. Co-hosted by our kids brand, @lpkids, and our adventurous friends, @familyonabike, we discussed family travel memories, hopes, plans and tips. The result was inspiring, and educational. Warming by fire in Alberta, Canada. Image by Mark Read / Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine For more inspiration, visit our…
  • Storify: off-piste in the French Alps

    James Smart
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:06 am
    James Smart strapped on his snowboard and went in search of powder in La Plagne, France – here’s his behind-the-scenes trip diary, featuring powder-packed descents, a petrifying Olympic bobsled run and the odd stop for lunch. Chez Laurette restaurant, near La Plagne. Image by James Smart / Lonely Planet   You can follow James on Twitter, and read his guide to skiing off-piste here.
  • Lonely Planet Kids: Adventures in… competition

    Emma Sparks
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:57 am
    We’ve got a brand new creative challenge for your travellers-in-training. This month, we’re thinking about all different kinds of places. Noisy places, busy places, famous places… even smelly places! Follow the instructions below for the chance to win a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books. THE TASK Click here to download the LP Kids activity sheet. Print out and complete the activity sheet, filling in the blanks and adding some colour to the page. The most creative and inspiring entry will win a selection of Lonely Planet Kids books, including an Adventures in… kids…
  • LP Pathfinders: top posts from February 2015

    Emma Sparks
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    Gondolas on the canal, Venice. Image by Matt Munro / Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine   This month our Lonely Planet Pathfinders have been frolicking in cavernous, subterranean playgrounds in Wales; tackling sheer rock faces in the name of adventure, meeting a few rare Californian Condors along the way, in Arizona; and capturing the magnificence of Venice on camera. Off the beaten canyon: exploring Grand Canyon’s hidden gems – Peter Watson The Grand Canyon is a perennial feature on all the ‘Top Travel Experiences’ lists – but what if you want to get away from…
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  • My First Time In Budapest: Seeing the Best of Pest

    Matt Long
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:57 pm
    I knew I’d like Budapest, even before I visited it just felt “right” to me. It has all the elements of a great European city that I love: culture, great food, beautiful architecture and plenty of personality. All of this I somehow divined from research and nice photos, and so when I finally first set foot in the Hungarian capital, I was ready to be awed and luckily for me, I was.My partner and I arrived in Budapest a day before our Viking River Cruise was scheduled to depart on a Christmas market trip along the Danube. An extra day in Budapest was key not just to acclimate to the new…
  • Massive Mosque of Muhammad Ali in Cairo

    Matt Long
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:51 pm
    The post Massive Mosque of Muhammad Ali in Cairo appeared first on LandLopers.
  • In The Still Of The Night: A Photo Series

    Matt Long
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:57 pm
    This week the FriFotos theme is NIGHT, something I don’t often photograph. I have managed to pull out my camera a few times though as the moon and stars made their evening appearance, including these night photos I’ve captured on my travels.NorwayPetra, JordanBrusselsParisPerth, AustraliaMarrakechBologna, ItalyNew OrleansNuremberg GermanyDesert camp in JordanBordeaux, FranceTokyo, JapanCuracaoTaipei, TaiwanViennaMore Northern Lights The post In The Still Of The Night: A Photo Series appeared first on LandLopers.
  • My Favorite Hikes And Walks Around The World (So Far)

    Matt Long
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:56 pm
    It’s funny, at home I fall into a set routine and honestly don’t deviate from it that much. That routine almost never includes hikes and walks; I use my car as often as I can. When I travel though, something changes. A part of my personality reemerges from its hibernation, an active part, a part of me that loves to get out and not just see the world, but to be a part of it. So that’s probably why I find myself on so very many hikes and walks whenever I travel, from light city escapades to more daunting, day-long efforts. I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite hiking and walking…
  • Inside The Beautiful Oslo City Hall

    Matt Long
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:51 pm
    The post Inside The Beautiful Oslo City Hall appeared first on LandLopers.
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  • 7 Ways To Save Africa’s Rhinos

    Chris Mears
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The clock is ticking. If we don’t get on board and stop the rhino poaching crisis these horned mammals could well become extinct by 2026. We have little more than a decade to make the necessary changes so whether you’re heading off on safari or want to give your support to rhinos from your sofa, here are seven ways to make a difference. 1. Book an adventure on the continent: You don’t need to be a volunteer to make a difference. Every traveller who pays park fees in Africa is contributing to ongoing conservation projects. Your tourist dollars will help to fund the basics…
  • How To Best Plan Your Train Travel In Spain

    Sandra Vallaure
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    You are probably considering traveling in Spain with the train. But you still have many questions and are unsure on whether this is the option that best suits your needs. For instance, based on your trip itinerary, will you be better off buying point-to-point tickets or a rail pass? If it’s a rail pass, which one is better? A great trip starts with good planning, so keep reading for some helpful tips. Whether you are traveling alone, with your family or with a large group, you will learn how to get the best price and book your reservation. Below is a list of the most frequent questions you…
  • The hiatus is over!

    Craig and Linda
    4 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    Where have we been for the last year? We discuss why we took a year off the Indie Travel Podcast and our plans for 2015 To listen, hit play below or find episode 296 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud: We’ve had a lot of really encouraging tweets, Facebook messages and emails over the last year, while we took a hiatus from the show. Thanks so much for your support; we miss you! We were in the midst of a new business for Craig, and the start of a Master’s program for Linda, in addition to a rather domestic year, that saw us spend the bulk of our time in two cities. As well as…
  • Travel dairy: On the road again — to Alcala

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

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

    Pam Mandel
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    I spent a Saturday afternoon auditing a class at the Seattle Barista Academy — I was there to write a story for an inflight magazine. Alexa, the coffee goddess who runs the course was a patient and entertaining instructor, I was charmed. I was also worried that I was going to freak out when faced with my home coffee situation because I Have Been Doing It All Wrong. Turns out that while I enjoyed learning how to pull a perfect shot and how to control the variables that affect that shot, I’m likely to keep doing it wrong. The seals on my machine are going and the steamer has never…
  • Full Color

    Pam Mandel
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    Best Road (not a value judgement, the name of the road) tulip field. Though it was a good road. It freaked my eyes out to be standing in so much color. On prior visits to the Skagit Valley flower fields I’ve seen mostly tulips — the reddish flowers in stripey rows of green leaves seem to vibrate even on days when there’s not a breath of wind. It’s a complementary color thing — theorists and arts school types will nod, like, “Oh, yeah, that…” but you’ll find them gazing off towards the horizon, as hypnotized as someone who’s got no…
  • Easter Candy, Graz

    Pam Mandel
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    The post Easter Candy, Graz appeared first on nerd's eye view.
  • The Man with the Yellow Star

    Pam Mandel
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:23 am
    He was wearing a battered leather coat, the kind with pockets with flaps and a belt and wide lapels. Buttons, not zippers. It was brown. 1940s city, not 1950s biker. He had a Groucho Marx ‘stache, still dark, and Einstein hair reaching out in all directions like static. Maybe he was 60, maybe a well preserved 70? His hands were flying in the air between him and the younger woman next to him. She held the lead of an enormous white fluffy dog. I watched them out the cafe window, the dog yawned and sat down. “Look at that big fluffy dog…” I said to J. and then I stopped.
  • Flea Market, Vienna

    Pam Mandel
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    The guy behind the card table is turning a watch over in his hands. “It’s broken,” he says, to the guy that insists that it’s not, that it’s a good watch, that it’s just the watch band that needs replacement. “No,” says the guy behind the card table, this pin on the side needs fixing, see, it’s hardly worth my time to take it apart, so, three Euros, I am not going to give you more than three Euros for it.” The woman in the headscarf is shouting at the guy pointing at the flat screen monitor. “Look, you think I’m some kind…
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  • Americans May Be Getting Better at Reading a Map

    Tim Leffel
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:40 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • It’s Finally Going to Get Easier to Visit Indonesia

    Tim Leffel
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • How to Enhance Your Travel Budget With Free Flights and Hotels

    Tim Leffel
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
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  • Are Your Electronics Ready for the Rigors of the Road?

    Tim Leffel
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:03 am
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  • Holiday Visit to Chernobyl, 7 a.m. Baseball in Cambodia, & Biking Through Bountiful Oregon

    Tim Leffel
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
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  • House-sitting - an alternative to home exchange

    Home Base Holidays
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    Q: What an unbelievable concept!  I have recently sold everything in Australia to travel. I really wish I had seen your site a year ago. Do you have any services for couples looking to house sit as our houses have been sold so we can't swap homes? I would be extremely interested. – John S. A: Although home exchange is by far the most common reason members join Home Base Holidays, there are a number of other options, including house-sitting offered or wanted. Click here to go directly to the search page. Browse Listings (on the left): To check members currently including ‘House-sitting…
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    Home Base Holidays
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Arrange a Summer Home Swap and enjoy free accommodation Read the latest Home Swappers Newsletter Featured home swaps: Cottage in Cornwall & stunning sea-view home in Ibiza. Member’s trip report: lovely home exchange in Cornwall Home exchange Q&A: can I arrange more than one exchange? Member offer: join Australian home swap for free Sign up to Home Base Holidays and start planning your home swap vacations! Enjoy free holiday accommodation and travel like a local.
  • Free things to do in London, starting with staying for free on a home exchange

    Home Base Holidays
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    “We all know that a home exchange is just about the best way to see anywhere at all, but in places where accommodation prices are high, such as here in London, it's a way of having a holiday which really comes into its own, not just because there are no hotel bills but because you don't have to keep eating out all the time. But there's so much you can do in London that's absolutely free. And I don't mean just the famous museums and galleries. There are, for example, many smaller, sometimes less well known museums and galleries which are also free. Two of my favourites are the Guildhall Art…
  • Live like a local – March home swap newsletter

    Home Base Holidays
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    Home exchange holidays - live like a local Read the latest Home Swappers Newsletter Featured listings: three bedroom apartment with pool and spa in St Lucia, Caribbean; charming 300 year old cottage in Devon, England Win a Kobo eReader: our winning entry trip report Trip report: beautiful home in lively Spanish village Home swap tip: want to take Fido with you? Exchange offers just in: Ghent, Belgium; London, England; Vancouver Island, Canada Read articles in this issue in full and previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive the newsletter…
  • Budget friendly Paris - things to do & free accommodation

    Home Base Holidays
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:56 am
    Paris is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world and attracts many visitors with its great variety of historical sights and entertaining attractions. Paris, also called the City of Light, is located in the north of France on the river Seine and is home to the world's finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics. Being the Capital of Fashion and world centre of gourmet restaurants, luxury goods and high-end hotels it is one of the most expensive cities to travel to. With our budget-friendly guide to Paris you can enjoy a pleasant stay in Paris without…
 
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  • Meet Fellow Travelers in Your Town on Ricksteves.com’s Travel Group Meetings Forum

    Rick Steves
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:36 pm
      Ricksteves.com may have my name on it, but it’s yours, too — a thriving meeting place where independent-minded travelers can meet, compare experiences, and share travel dreams. I’ve always enjoyed the notion that we’re all in the same travelers’ school of hard knocks, and it’s perfectly legal to share notes. And our lively Travel Forum community — so buzzing with activity — is made to order for exactly that. Whether it’s advice on a rail connection, a pesky scam you uncovered in Barcelona, or the perfect spot for a picnic overlooking the Seine in…
  • Warning: This Video Contains Violence to Guidebooks

    Rick Steves
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Each year at this time, I perform a ritual sacrifice of guidebooks before heading off on a two-month research trip. If you don’t want to see a travel writer giddy with boxcutter joy as he slits the spine of his latest guidebooks, don’t click play. But out of this destruction comes new life, as we set out to bring forth a new season of lovingly updated Rick Steves guidebooks.     Between now and the end of May, I’ll be in Greece, Italy, and France, plowing under the old and bringing forth the new — all so we can enjoy happier travels. And for those who’d like to travel…
  • Rick Steves Travelers’ Café — A “Third Place” Where Travelers Inspire Travelers through Blogs and Journals

    Rick Steves
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    When I was in my twenties, my first really big media break came when I was invited to New York City to be on Arthur Frommer’s cable TV show. I remember Arthur putting his arm around my shoulder, looking into the camera, and — as if introducing me to the world —declaring, “Ladies and gentlemen, Rick Steves, the new Steve Birnbaum, Eugene Fodor, Temple Fielding of the travel guide industry.” I couldn’t believe my ears. I was just a scruffy kid who loved to travel and share my experiences. I was scrappy for publicity, and here Arthur was using his show to boost me. (By the way, those…
  • Sharing the Wonder of My First Solo Trip in 1973: Greece

    Rick Steves
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    On my first solo-trip to Europe, in 1973 — just after high school graduation — I wrote postcards home nearly every day. I packed so much information onto each card it was a challenge to read them without a magnifying glass. Looking back on these exuberant little reports back to my family (42 years later!), I can see a travel writer in waiting. While the writing is pretty goofy, the passion for experience was solid. Here’s a card from Greece. 8-17-73 My dear folks back home. This is the roving reporter writing. How’s everything with you? That’s a stupid question ‘cause you can’t…
  • My Sister, the Iditarod Musher

    Rick Steves
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    Photo credit: Nancy Pease Dear travelers, Sometimes I enjoy thinking that I’m “roughing it” and “off the beaten path.” But I’ve never done any travel as rough and untouristy as my sister, Jan. She’s a couple of frigid days into her fourth Iditarod race. She and her dogs are doing great — and I’m so proud of her. With the disturbingly warm weather lately, the route was shifted north, starting from Fairbanks, after a slushy ceremonial start in Anchorage (shown in this photo). As it’s not allowed for mushers to be reporting in from the trail, communications will be…
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  • Travel Adventure: Tips on understanding the backcountry weather

    Mircea Giurca
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:14 am
    When you go on long adventure getaway on the backcountry for some mountain climbing or camping, the weather can get quite unpredictable. Being in an isolated location, the weather forecast is not a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 Ways to see Budapest, Hungary on a tight budget

    Mircea Giurca
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Budapest Hungary is considered as one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. Aptly it is called Queen of the Danube as the old Buda is on the right bank of the river while Pest sits on the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 20 Summer Travel Ideas

    Mircea Giurca
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:10 am
    We love the sun, sand, and the water but the summer is long and we just have to come up with more ideas to have fun and make sure the season is well spent. Here are some travel ideas that you may... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Madrid hotels

    Mircea Giurca
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Madrid is a fabulous part of the world. It offers something for everyone. Have kids? Madrid has great attractions for the kids. Love to shop and look at art? Then you’ll think you’re in heaven. And... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Travel Guide: Paris holiday in July

    Mircea Giurca
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:02 am
    A Paris holiday in July can get pretty exciting. We remind you that tourism in the City of Lights is at its peak this month and their museums and other Paris best destinations can get pretty crowded.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Meet the March Color Madness Final Four!

    Susan Hall
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    Our 2015 March Color Madness final four has almost been decided, and so far it’s a beautiful mix of ocean-going shades. Today’s color clash is Coral vs. Key West Blue, two quintessentially beachy hues that we are smitten with. Which of them will round out our final four? Help us decide by voting today! Take Our Poll Which hue will be crowned Coastal Color of the Year? Vote through Monday for your favorite!  
  • A Big Idea for Bunk Rooms: This One has Space to Stretch Out (and Plenty of Prep Appeal)

    ellenmcgauley
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Each year, we design our Coastal Living Showhouse to inspire new ideas for beach houses from coast to coast. We like to pair fresh looks with clever design solutions, indoors and out—after all, isn’t the beach the best place to clear your head and creative?   Photo by Tria Giovan Take this design idea from last year’s Showhouse in Coronado, California, which offers a smart twist on a favorite space-saver—the beloved bunk room. Showhouse designer Betsy Burnham and architectural designer Dorian Lytle devised these built-ins to fit two queen beds and two full beds. They’re a…
  • This Rustic Cottage Will Surely Decrease Your Stress Levels

    ellenmcgauley
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    By editor-in-chief Antonia van der Meer The living room windows in this British Columbia house open wide to invite the outdoors in. We all instinctively know that being close to nature can decrease our stress levels and improve our moods. This rustic cottage, designed by its owner, April Tidey, is a case in point.   Photo by Lisa Romerein The color palette is purposely crafted to reflect the tall grasses just outside and draw the eye outward to the amazing view. Furnishings are relaxed and unfussy. An easy grouping of midcentury modern chairs feels right at home in this setting. Rattan…
  • Yellow Walls, Red Chandelier, & Green Chairs: Bright Colors Energize This Lakefront Home

    ellenmcgauley
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    By editor-in-chief Antonia van der Meer What is it about bright colors? I feel like a magpie, incapable of turning away and drawn helplessly toward the sparkle. On the coast, the same hues seem richer and even more magnetic, as if they get souped-up power from the blue skies and water views beyond. The right combination of colors always energizes and engages me.   Photo by Mark Lohman Take this rainbow of rooms in a family’s summer lake cottage, designed by Kathryn Chaplow, for example. Its owners, sensitive to the dark days that can dampen spirits in northern Michigan, chose to take…
  • Natural Decor Captures the Magical Spirit of Beach Houses

    ellenmcgauley
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    By editor-in-chief Antonia van der Meer I’ve found that the simplest, least complicated design elements are often the most soothing. This glass vase contains nothing more than two green palm fronds, and yet it completely captures my attention.   Photo by Lisa Romerein Arranged on a side table along with a leather-bound book and a decorative object, the grouping forms a beautiful still life. This photograph is from a chapter on Balance in my new book, Beach House Happy (Oxmoor House, spring 2015), and it is a clear example of the ways in which beach house decor can add serenity and…
 
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  • Sharing economy on the brink of disrupting business travel

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
    The foundations of the business-travel ecosystem are under more strain than ever before. U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 billion on business travel in 2015 (up 6.2 percent from last year), but how they spend that money has become a source of tension and uncertainty.
  • Airbnb: The threat most hoteliers are ignoring

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:09 am
    When PKF-HR’s Mark Woodworth asked 1,200 Hunter Hotel Conference attendees if this threat was on their radar, only five raised their hands. Such hubris is even scarier than the threat itself, writes Hotel News Now.
  • Ctrip becomes hotel tech provider

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:08 am
    Ctrip last week said it was setting up a new platform that focuses on software development, content distribution and market intelligence for the hotel industry. The new company, JointWisdom, will provide property management systems to hotels.
  • Hotels reserve spending for online reputation management

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:07 am
    Optimism about business profitability had risen among hotels studied worldwide by TripAdvisor between 2013 and 2015. And due to the importance of online ratings and reviews, those in this group were most likely to invest those extra dollars in online reputation management.
  • Personalisation tops agenda at Economist’s Future of Travel conference

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:06 am
    The sessions of last week's conference in Madrid, titled 'The Future of Travel', explored issues such as the future of seamless travel; investment in travel and hospitality; social media and the traveller of the future; and leveraging the advantages of technology.
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  • Goodbye to The Gypsy's Guide

    Angela K. Nickerson
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    After many years and a few thousand posts, it is time for a renaissance. So today's post is the last here on The Gypsy's Guide. You'll find me from now on at: www.piningforrome.com.Join me there! And did I mention I have two upcoming trips to Italy? Come along! All the details are on Pining for Rome!Thanks to all of my faithful readers! Ciao!
  • Travel to Italy with Angela Nickerson

    Angela K. Nickerson
    7 Feb 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Journey to Michelangelo’s Rome with author Angela K. Nickerson as your guide.October 8-18, 2015 or February 11-21, 2016  The proposed itinerary includes:8 nights at a charming hotel in Rome dinners in some of Rome’s best restaurantsdaily excursions with Angela as your guide a private tour of the Sistine Chapel escorted visits to Rome’s highlights including the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Roman Forum as well as places beyond Rome including Hadrian’s Villa and Ostia Antica For more details visit: Journey to…
  • Journey to Michelangelo's Rome: Venice Add-On

    Angela K. Nickerson
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:50 pm
    As you think about traveling on one of my Michelangelo's Rome trips, consider adding a few days in Venice, one of Italy's most fascinating cities. Renaissance Venice: Add-On [Proposed Itinerary; Subject to Change]October 18-23, 2015 or February 21-26, 2016 Day 11: Travel First Class on the Eurostar from Rome to Venice The train will be met by a water taxi which will take us to our accommodations. After everyone is settled in, we will take a walk through the neighborhood and have dinner together at a local restaurant.Dinner together at a local restaurant. Day 12: San Marco and the…
  • Journey to Michelangelo's Rome: Florence Add-On

    Angela K. Nickerson
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Thinking about joining one of my groups in Rome this year? Consider starting your journey in Michelangelo's hometown, Florence, on the Florence: Add-On trip.Michelangelo’s Florence: Add-On [Proposed Itinerary; Subject to Change]October 4-8, 2015 or February 7-11, 2016Day 1A: Fly from USA to Florence, Italy Day 2A: An Introduction and Michelangelo’s Origins Your plane will be met by a driver who will take you to Hotel Benivieni, our accommodations for our stay. Once every one has arrived and is settled in, we will gather walk through the city center and on to Casa Buonarroti, our…
  • Dates Announced: Journey to Michelangelo's Rome with Angela

    Angela K. Nickerson
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:47 pm
    I have two trips to Rome scheduled: October, 2015 and February, 2016. I hope you'll think about joining me! Michelangelo’s Rome [Proposed Itinerary; Subject to Change]October 8-18, 2015 or February 11-21, 2016Florence Add-On: Your trip could start with the optional 4 days in Florence. Read on here for more!Day 1: Depart USA for Rome Day 2: Arrival in Rome, the Eternal City Your plane will be met by a driver who will take you to Hotel Santa Maria, our accommodations for our stay. Once every one has arrived and is settled in, we will gather walk through the city center.We might…
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  • Pop-up Pads

    Marian
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    At Been Seen, we love creative design, and when we find it coupled with sustainable building it truly inspires us! Like our very own “The Pods” hotel, this pop-up pads are made for the modern nomad. Comfortable, stylish and eco friendly, we are definitely dreaming of carefree vacations! Eco-Hotel + Drop L have created this removable modular hotel rooms inspired by the organic shapes you can find in nature. This lightweightunits can be placed and removed in different terrains without leaving a negative impact on the environment. A fabulous room with a view that disappears into the…
  • Visit California, it’s amazing.

    Marian
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:41 pm
      Explore California. From Yosemite to Big Sur, from San Francisco to Los Angeles, we discovered cool places to stay in California. Find all the options at Vacation Rentals California.
  • The Modern Desert (Palm Springs Then & Now)

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

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

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

    Norman Gidney
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Disneyland’s Castle continues to get bedazzled in preparation for the 60th anniversary Diamond Jubilee celebration. While still a work in progress, there is some cause for concern. It’s not all ...The post It’s So Shiny Disneyland Update appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Maintenance on Paris Tower of Terror is Terrifying

    Max
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    We have part one of a massive Disneyland Paris Resort update thanks to Max at DLP Welcome. Today we focus on Walt Disney Studios. (Hint: The maintenance on The Twilight ...The post Maintenance on Paris Tower of Terror is Terrifying appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Fast and the Furious Zooms into Universal Studios Hollywood with Movie Marathon and New Attraction

    Norman Gidney
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The AMC theater at Universal Studios Hollywood’s CityWalk is holding a special event to celebrate the arrival of the new Furious 7 movie. Advance screenings of Furious 7 will be held starting every ...The post Fast and the Furious Zooms into Universal Studios Hollywood with Movie Marathon and New Attraction appeared first on MiceChat.
  • The Sweep Spot #150 Trip Report, and Listener Questions

    the sweep spot
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    In this episode we welcome a friend and listener of to the show. He hasn’t been to Disneyland in over 40 years, so we asked him what he did, thought, ...The post The Sweep Spot #150 Trip Report, and Listener Questions appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Twisted Colossus Update

    Norman Gidney
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:10 am
    The Twisted Colossus project at Six Flags Magic Mountain is rolling along.  With the major transformation of the wooden classic, and the refurbishment of the floorless coaster, Scream, Magic Mountain ...The post Twisted Colossus Update appeared first on MiceChat.
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  • Suite of the week: Locker Cottage, Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, Porto Ercole, Tuscany

    Paul Johnson
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    Suite name: Locker Cottage Location: Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, Porto Ercole, Tuscany, Italy Size of accommodation: 220 sq m / 2368 sq ft Cost per night: From 1,800 euros What makes it special: It’s a cottage that innovates the idea of Tuscan country house with a glamorous and eclectic touch, offering a panoramic location between the sea villages of […] Suite of the week: Locker Cottage, Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, Porto Ercole, Tuscany is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Suite of the week: Locker Cottage, Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, Porto Ercole,…
  • Planning a trip to Southern California?

    Janice Nieder
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    What’s new in Southern California? Lots! If you’re planning a first timer’s trip to Southern California in the next few months (when the weather is sheer perfection) you probably already know that you want to spend a day at the beach and perhaps even do a little surfing. And of course, you’ll want to see […] Planning a trip to Southern California? is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Planning a trip to Southern California? appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Europe’s 3 most exclusive ski resorts

    Rebecca Taylor
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    You don’t have to be a millionaire to ski, you can search out a bargain, have a great week in the snow, it can be done, but in some resorts you’d definitely feel like the kid at the sweetshop window, looking in to a world way beyond your means. If you’re not in the wealthy […] Europe’s 3 most exclusive ski resorts is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Europe’s 3 most exclusive ski resorts appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 10 luxury hotels in Brazil

    Simon Williams
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Brazil is a country blessed with outstanding natural beauty, some of the biggest sights in the world and has a superb array of luxury hotels to complement. It can be argued that many of the best hotels in the country are in Sao Paulo, the economic and cultural hub of Brazil, and certainly there were […] Top 10 luxury hotels in Brazil is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 10 luxury hotels in Brazil appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 6 locations for luxury sweet treats in Toronto

    Elaisha Green
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Taking your sweet tooth to Toronto this summer? The biggest city in Canada has been carving a name for itself among the travel-foodie community. There are so many spots in the city you can visit to get your sugar fix. Gourmet doughnuts, cupcakes and macarons have been trendy desserts in North America for over 3 […] Top 6 locations for luxury sweet treats in Toronto is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 6 locations for luxury sweet treats in Toronto appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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  • 12 Years Of Travel: A View With A Room, Bangkok Tree House

    Chris Mitchell
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Bangkok is always full of surprises, and this jungle treehouse near the centre of the city typifies Thai creativity and playfulness A View With A Room, Bangkok Tree House 30 March 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: The Bangkok Tree House feels a bit like a mirage – only 30 minutes from downtown Bangkok, this resort rises out of the jungle right by the river. Rooms are styled as Nests, and each room is actually your own three storey cottage, the top floor being a stargazing platform. The crowning glory is A View With A Room, where you can spend the night under the stars and above the jungle,…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Octopus, Hin Daeng, Thailand

    Chris Mitchell
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    You may not be able to step into the same river twice, but revisiting a place can be even more rewarding than the original visit Octopus, Hin Daeng, Thailand 24 March 2010, 5 Years Ago This Week: “Curiously enough, one cannot read a book; one can only reread it.” Vladimir Nabokov’s famous quote, from his Lectures in Literature, has become most applicable for me to travel. That is, the places I feel compelled to go back to – Angkor being an obvious example, also Petra in Jordan – are the places that somehow speak to me, often in ways I cannot articulate in any…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Schwezigon Paya Temple, Bagan, Myanmar

    Chris Mitchell
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Solitude in the Magic Hour at one of Myanmar’s most sacred temples Schwezigon Paya Temple, Bagan, Myanmar 13 March, 2007 8 Years Ago This Week: This photo is one of my favourites. I took it pretty much by accident. I arrived in the late afternoon with no thought about it being what photographers call the magic hour, when the sunlight starts to burnish everything it touches and nature basically does the work for you. At the time, I don’t think I even knew what the magic hour was back then. I was still learning photography and was growing intensely frustrated at not being able to…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Night Diving At Maaya Thila, Maldives

    Chris Mitchell
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    The aquatic incident of the curious turtle in the night-time 8 March 2009, 6 Years Ago This Week: I’m not a big fan of scuba diving at night. It’s not so much fear of the dark as fear of missing out on sundowner drinks. That said, there are some dive sites that just have to be seen after sunset and indeed are more famous for their night dives than the daytime aquatic life. One such place is Maaya Thila in the Maldives, an iconic pinnacle of rock that harbours all manner of life during the day but then does a full cast change for the evening performance. Bobbing around on the flat…
  • 12 Weeks Of Travel: Failing To Climb Mount Kinabalu

    Chris Mitchell
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Many travellers will tell you effusive stories about climbing Mount Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo. I am not one of them. View from Mount Kinabalu 29 February 2004, 11 Years Ago This Week: This cloud shot was taken at Laban Rata, three quarters up Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago. While Kinabalu is 4095 meters high, it’s hugely popular with tourists as it can be climbed without mountaineering gear. The Wikipedia page and various guide books describe the climb as “easy”. It’s certainly the most difficult easy thing I’ve ever done.
 
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  • How Street Food is the Ultimate Travel Guide: 40 Favorite Street Food Dishes

    Audrey Scott
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    By Audrey ScottThailand, our first street food love. If it’s only food porn you seek, go here. Otherwise, if you enjoy elaborate threads linking travel satisfaction and street eats, read on.Food and travel, one of life’s great experience intersections. Although we enjoy our share of refined cuisine and elaborate meals at restaurants, it’s often our street food quests — raw on-the-ground journeys that convey authenticity — that yield some of life’s most revealing moments and enlighten us in unexpected ways. Food generally serves as a natural gateway to a more profound understanding…
  • Traveling, Working, and Staying Together on the Road: Our Story

    Daniel Noll
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    By Daniel NollLast year, we were asked by BBC Travel to share the story of how we — as a married couple — quit our jobs to travel the world. The editors asked that we focus on the decisions we made together and offer some tips and advice for traveling couples and others considering making the leap. They requested also that our perspective reflect not only the highs of our journey, but also some transparency on the struggles we’ve experienced along the way.No small feat to squeeze these various charges into one piece, but I think we did.In honor of relationships, in all manner of their…
  • Haitian Food: From Pwason to Pikliz

    Daniel Noll
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    By Daniel NollBefore recently traveling to Haiti, I had little concept of Haitian food. Sure, I had a sense of what it could be: island-informed, African-influenced, of Caribbean character, maybe even a hint of French. As with the country’s language, Haitian food has a sense of the Crèole, that is a blend of influences. Mixed roots and spices, basic yet zippy, simple and grounded by the reality of the tropics and the back-story of its African heritage, yet touched with a hint of French complexity. Black mushrooms, spices, bergamot, and more at the Marché en Fer in Port-au-Prince. Take…
  • 8 Ways Empathy Can Improve Your Travels…And Your Life

    Daniel Noll
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    By Daniel Noll On your next trip, don’t forget to pack your empathy.Whether on stage or on the page, I often assert that, “travel can not only improve each of our lives, but it can also make the world a better place.” I suggest this instinctively, but then I have to step back and ask myself, “Well, how exactly does travel do that? One of the pathways in my experience is through motivating a practice and expression of genuine empathy, or “the experience of understanding another person’s condition from their perspective.” Listening to, understanding and connecting with the…
  • Our Offbeat Hot List: 8 Destinations You’re Not Considering…But Should

    Audrey Scott
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    By Audrey ScottThere are plenty of “2015 Hot Travel Destination” lists circulating, even though the dust has settled a bit on looks forward. As we field questions about our own favorite destinations, most memorable experiences and where we recommend people to travel this year, we thought we’d add a twist to the traditional 2015 travel lists and share some places that might not be on your travel radar — but maybe should be. In travel marketing speak, one might call these emerging, recovery or even under-discovered destinations. But in our experience, they are simply…
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  • Journaling Your Trip | The Write Way

    World Wide Will
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    I am a big fan of journaling before during and after a trip and not just because I have a travel blog. Actually, it is because of journaling that I ended up with a travel blog. Keeping a dedicated journal for a trip makes it easy to plan before the trip, navigate and experience the most out of your trip and, the best part, remembering your trip in all of its details. I am in the process of planning for a 2015 trip to Peru this summer to explore one of my biggest "hit list" destinations, Machu Picchu.
  • When Your Destination Turns into a Disaster

    World Wide Will
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Shingles, typhoid, malaria, seizures, broken ribs, dehydration, heart attack, rabies, car crash, frostbite, stroke, torn ACL, pneumonia, concussion These are just some of the medical disasters that can happen while traveling domestically or internationally. Travel insurance only goes so far. The question is, if you are hospitalized far from home, will it go far enough? Most kinds of travel insurance will only get you to the closest hospital. To get home, to your hospital, you need something more. You need MedjetAssist.
  • Safari Trip Turns into a Cape Buffalo Attack – International Travel Assistance

    World Wide Will
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Travel insurance only goes so far. The question is, if you are hospitalized far from home, will it go far enough? Most kinds of travel insurance will only get you to the closest hospital. To get home, to your hospital, you need something more. You need MedjetAssist. If Mr Thanhauser had not been a Medjet member he would have had to stay in Johannesburg for rehabilitation instead of returning to his home hospital in New York.
  • English Football through American Eyes- Letter from the President

    World Wide Will
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    By: Roy Berger, MedjetAssist President/CEO Being American and a sports fan, I got it honest, so to speak. Like the rest of us, I’m not much of a soccer guy except once every four years. Soccer to most Americans is like reading a rental car contract. Yet there’s something about watching…
  • The CRE Superbug

    World Wide Will
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    How is CRE spread? To get a CRE infection, a person must be exposed to CRE germs. CRE germs are usually spread person to person through contact with infected or colonized people, particularly contact with wounds or stool. CRE can cause infections when they enter the body, often through medical devices like ventilators, intravenous catheters, urinary catheters, or endoscopes.
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    Vagablond

  • Tom Colicchio`s Heritage Steak :: Las Vegas

    Ava Stochinsky
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:22 pm
    This is my Vegas go-to restaurant. The menu is not overdone, i.e. good selection but not so large that the kitchen is in mass production mode. We ordered a 8oz A5 Wagyu strip to share as an app. One bite and it ruined any other steak I will ever eat again. Recommend any of the steaks, I had the halibut from the restaurant week prefix, both were good portions and prepared exactly as we ordered. Great selection of drinks and wines. Some of their infused drinks were absolutely sublime.Service is spectacular and sides are just as amazing as the cuts of meat. The service was perfect. The servers…
  • The Liberty Hotel – Boston, Massachusetts

    Ava Stochinsky
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Luxurious…yes. Elegant…yes. Comparable to any other hotel…nope. The Liberty Hotel is a perfect storm of all the elements you would expect from a historical landmark turned luxury hotel. The Liberty Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood near just a stones throw from the Charles River and its Esplanade. What was once the Charles Street Jail is now a hotel that is beyond compare to anything in Boston. After two years of renovations the hotel opened in September 2007. If there is a movie being filmed in town chances are the cast and crew will make an…
  • Telegraph Hill Luxury Robes

    Ava Stochinsky
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    If you are looking for a special gift for pretty much anyone, look n further than one of the luxury robes offered by Telegraph Hill. The robe I chose was the Chocolate Seersucker. It is made of 100% miccrofiber, and may be one of the most comfortable garments I have come across. The microfiber was not only great feeling but was a very beautiful color. The terry lining was the perfect feel without being too thick. The weight is heavy enough to cause it to drape nicely. This is a perfect choice for anyone who dislikes the bulkiness of a total terrycloth robe, yet wants coverage and comfort.
  • Chteau Le Pin Pomerol 1999 – Taste the Great and Pricey Garage Wine

    Lara Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    If you like to taste wine then this will certainly catch your attention. Chteau Le Pin Pomerol 1999 will cost you around $908. This is one of the finest quality wines that is a quality of garage wine. Chteau Le Pin is a family venture of the Thienpont family. It is a small vineyard located amidst the Pomerol plateau. Although there is no official classification of Pomerol but it has become the cult collectors wine, defying all the conventional classification. The quality and price has established it to the level of best quality wines of Bordeaux. In clay soil, the vineyards are not more than…
  • Home Away From Home Series – Dolce Vita Guesthouse Estoril

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

  • Glacier Change from Icefield to Ocean Affects the Future

    Alan Sorum
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Glacier icefields cover a significant part of Alaska and they effect the state’s resource based economy. Power generation, tourism activities and fish productivity are all influence by the behavior of glaciers. Glacier change from icefield to ocean affects Alaska’s future. Shad O’Neel, a researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey has coauthored a paper that begins […] The post Glacier Change from Icefield to Ocean Affects the Future appeared first on Information About Alaska.
  • Arctic Charting Operations Planned for 2015

    Alan Sorum
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    As the waters of Alaska see increasing use due to thinning ice, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced plans to conduct Arctic charting operations from Unimark Pass in the Aleutian Islands through the Bering Strait into the Chukchi Sea during 2015. Working with the Coast Guard to collect hydrographic data, the organization […] The post Arctic Charting Operations Planned for 2015 appeared first on Information About Alaska.
  • Hetta Logging Camp Medevac

    Alan Sorum
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Petty Officer 2nd Class John Kline, an aviation survival technician from Air Station Sitka, and two loggers from the Hetta Logging Camp prepare Nick Brazil, 55, for transport to Ketchikan from the camp 17 miles east of Hydaburg after a logging accident July 28, 2011. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew were […] The post Hetta Logging Camp Medevac appeared first on Information About Alaska.
  • Ocean acidification risk assessment for Alaskan fisheries

    Alan Sorum
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    Alaska is dependent on a healthy marine environment to preserve its commercial fishing industry and the traditional subsistence harvest of seafood. Researchers are anticipating rapid changes in temperature and ocean acidification of the waters that support Alaska’s fisheries. A study has recently been published that promotes the use of an ocean acidification risk assessment for […] The post Ocean acidification risk assessment for Alaskan fisheries appeared first on Information About Alaska.
  • 2014 Valdez Silver Salmon Run Failure Examined

    Alan Sorum
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    Causes of the Valdez Silver salmon run failure that occurred in 2014 are being examined by the local fish hatchery. Hatchery management with the Valdez Fisheries Development Association (VFDA), a private non-profit salmon hatchery in Prince William Sound, have been investigating the weak return of Coho or Silver salmon to the region that occurred last […] The post 2014 Valdez Silver Salmon Run Failure Examined appeared first on Information About Alaska.
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • Laluna, Grenada: hotel of the week

    Laura House
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    No time like the present to start working on that base layer for your summer tan, and we’ve just the spot for that: Laluna hotel, a design den off the well-trod tourist trail in Grenada. STYLE BALINESE-BOHO BEACH COTTAGES SETTING GREEN HILLS, WHITE SANDS WHY THIS WEEK? We’re craving a fortifying dose of honest-to-goodness Vitamin D, and if there’s a jaw-dropping ocean view with that, even better. When it comes to a secluded tropical paradise with the ultimate spots for sunbathing – beside a private plunge pool steps from your suite or a palm-tree shaded sunlounger a saunter from…
  • Travel gallery: Hotel La Escondida in Penáguila, Spain

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    There’s a brand-new boutique hideaway in the Spanish hills: La Escondida hotel near Alicante (it’s only an hour’s drive from the airport, but feels like an entirely different land altogether). Super-hands-on owners Yvette and Terry Venables (yes, that Terry Venables) have created a countryside bolthole with tons of historic features – every room has beauteous beams up above – and plenty of modern delights: indoor and outdoor pools, for instance, and first-class food from their creative and expert chef. The neighbouring stable provides horses to ride and the acres of…
  • Castaway à la carte: Smith’s desert-island dining picks

    Kate Weir
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    If you want the greatest island-set love affair since Tom Hanks drew a face on a volleyball, a secluded meal in an OMG setting is essential. We discovered a tasty new spin on sundown romance at Mauritian boutique hotel 20 Degres Sud and sought out unique gourmet breaks that think outside the beach when it comes to destination dining… 20 Degres Sud in Mauritius has aphrodisiac beach-and-bay views as standard – but it pushes the boat out for loved-up meals (quite literally): Lady Lisbeth, the hotel’s 1930s sailboat (pictured above), has original fittings and a…
  • Zeavola, Thailand: hotel of the week

    Richard MacKichan
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    Turn your phone off, ditch your shoes and revel in the simple beach beauty of Zeavola, the award-winning sustainable stay on the shores of Koh Phi Phi… STYLE RETRO BEACHSIDE VILLAS SETTING PRISTINE NORTH SHORES WHY THIS WEEK? Solar eclipses don’t happen every day, so this week we’re in awe of the natural world. And boutique hotels don’t come more, well, natural than Zeavola, a wood-hewn beach base in Koh Phi Phi. Its eco-conscious approach hasn’t gone unnoticed either, with the resort picking up two major sustainability awards in recent weeks for its efforts both…
  • Picture yourself here… SXSW in Austin, Texas

    Amelia Mularz
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    Crack open a craft beer and hold on to your straw Panama hat. We’re taking you to Austin, where SXSW is in full funky swing. Can’t make it to South Congress Avenue this year? No sweat. Here, we bring the tunes to you … While there are festive happenings all over the city, our favourite SXSW outpost is Hotel San José – a quirky hideaway that’s stocked with fun extras like typewriters, Polaroid cameras and bikes to borrow. Beginning today, the hotel hosts its own four-day extravaganza, appropriately named South X San José. Transforming the property’s parking lot into a…
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    Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

  • Updates from the Book Tour #2

    NomadicMatt
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Hello from Las Vegas! It’s day sixty-six of the #fiftyaday book tour. Last week, after driving over 5,000 miles through a dozen states, I watched the sun set marvelously over the Pacific. After two months of traveling, I made it across the country. It was one of those “I can’t believe I really just did that” moments where you look back and realize the adventure you had and all you’ve done. There was a sense of pride and accomplishment as I watched the sky change various hues of purple that night. Now, I’m heading up the Pacific coast to Seattle before heading back to New York…
  • How to Spend 4 Days in New Orleans

    EricaV
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    New Orleans. NOLA. The Big Easy. A city by many names, all conjuring the jovial “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”) attitude towards life the city is famous for. New Orleans is filled with scrumptious French-inspired Creole and Cajun food, live jazz music, street performers, and an appreciation for all the temptations of life. Life is lived well here in the Big Easy. I first visited in 2006 on a road trip across the country. It was post-Hurricane Katrina and the city was in bad shape – buildings still laid vacant, trash was strewn on the…
  • Discovering Purpose on a Farm in South Africa

    NomadicMatt
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    On the second Wednesday third Thursday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s a topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. After a day of herding cattle in the South African bush, I collapsed on the couch in the farm cottage. I’d just snake-crawled under electric fences, body to ground so close I left an impression in the earth, jumped over streams and tip-toed through marshes as I herded the cattle. They mooed, carefree, and looked at me suspiciously as I moved…
  • Living Les Bons Temps At Mardi Gras

    NomadicMatt
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    As I threw beads over the wrought-iron balcony of Bourbon Bandstand in the French Quarter, I looked down at the crowds: strangers in elaborate costumes toasted drinks, laughed, and danced with each other as streets bands performed jazz. Everyone moved as if part of a well-rehearsed stage production performed countless times before. “Mardi Gras is certainly wild,” I thought. “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”) Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is the day before Lent, in which you live like it’s your last and indulge in the temptations of life.
  • 7 Common Travel Myths That are WRONG (and Why I’m Giving Hands On Help Now)

    NomadicMatt
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    Years ago, the website Earth Porm reposted my article “The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke,” and in January, social media maven and actor George Takei shared the post with his eight million Facebook fans (as a huge Star Trek geek and Sci-Fi nerd, I did jump up and down a bit with joy). As I went through the comments on George’s Facebook post, I was shocked and saddened by the mean and dismissive comments as well as by the misconceptions about travel people hold. Here are some examples: The comments made me realize that despite all the detailed websites and books on how…
 
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • Don't Get Taken In A Timeshare Tax-Deduction Scam

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    The timeshare related fraudsters hell bent on separating you from your hard earned money do not take a break and seem to come up with ever more clever ways of taking advantage of you.With tax season here, I've heard from an increasing number of consumers who have been promised a tax deduction of upwards of $25,000 if they “donate” their unwanted timeshare…for a hefty fee of up to $5,000 of course.Legitimately donating a timeshare is almost impossible and trying it usually results in an IRS audit and fines.Here are some tips and things to remember before doing business with anyone…
  • The Return of the Vacation Education Series

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    Back in 2008, the timeshare exchange company Dial An Exchange invited me and a few others within the timeshare community to speak on all matters of timeshare issues at their Vacation Education Series in Phoenix.  I had a great time and the nearly 250 timeshare owners provided great questions and subsequent feedback about these no-cost, no-selling informative meetings.Dial An Exchange repeated this again a few years later in Orlando and again, timeshare owners appreciated the information provided by myself and the other guest speakers.Flash forward to 2015 and Dial An…
  • You Can Talk About A Seismic Shift Or Cause It

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    At how many public symposiums, events, conferences, meetings, etc.  did Apple executives talk about the need to invent "a better portable music system" or a "game changing cellular phone"? How many press releases did they circulate saying that they understood that there was a need to change these things?NONE.They just did it and changed the world forever for the better.There's a lesson in there.Contrary to what everyone says, it doesn't take everyone to "be" a seismic shift.  It takes executives and leaders at one company to cause a seismic shift.  Not everyone at every…
  • The 11 Most Common Timeshare Mistakes

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    1)    Buying the first one you seeThere are approximately 6,000 timeshare resorts out there and there is no such thing as the “best” one.  Don’t get caught in the trap of purchasing the first one you see or look at online.  Also, remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it generally is.2)   Believing everything you hear, good or badThis goes from the salesperson trying to sell you the timeshare, to your neighbor who says that all timeshares are crap.  It is YOUR money, it is YOUR vacation and it is YOUR decision.  Read reviews, talk to…
  • Bye, Bye Red

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    Ah, the “good old days” of categorizing timeshare weeks by color.  Remember hearing “Orlando is all red, all the time” or “the reason you can’t trade your week is that you own a green week”?If you’ve owned a timeshare for any length of time, you may yearn for these times, or worse, not know that neither RCI nor Interval International uses color codes anymore. RCI used to use a red/white/blue system, where red weeks were the highest in demand.  Interval International used red/yellow/green, where again, red weeks were the highest in demand.While color codes were…
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    GoNOMAD Travel

  • Tracking Elephants in Namibia

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Desert elephants drinking photo by Regen Jamieson  Tracking Elephants in Namibia By Kristi Girdharry "Why elephants? Now there is a question..." starts Dr. Keith Leggett, leader of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Antarctica: A Sensory Overload!

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Zodiac cruise near Cuverville Island. Zaid Mahomedy photo. Journey to Antarctica: Advice from Travelers By Max Hartshorne We spoke to three travelers who have taken trips to Antarctica to find out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dijon and Champagne Photo Gallery

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Dijon and Champagne France: Glorious Names for a Golden Part of the Country Photos by Max Hartshorne  Enjoying Champagne at the Arboxygene Perching Bar in the foret de Brise Charette, in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Korea: Getting Muddy in Boryeong

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
      Mudfest participants in Boryeong, South Korea. Drew Goldberg photo. Glorious Mud  on Korea's Most Beautiful Beach Boryeong Mud Festival in Korea By Drew Goldberg Last weekend, I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Peru: A Tea Drinker's Dilemma

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    A porter on a trail in Peru. The Curious Case of Coca Leaf Legality: Coca Tea in the Andes By Laura Elise The South American Andes hold many surprises for the uninitiated pallet: llama burgers,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Dawn on the Amazon Captains Blog

  • My elusive quest to support Amazon forest conservation and communities

    Captain Bill
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    By Campbell Plowden, Executive Director, Center for Amazon Community Ecology Campbell Plowden My first foray into Amazon conservation was a three month trip in 1986 through Brazil and other countries to get a first-hand look at the drivers of deforestation. I visited logging and ranching operations, and toured the giant Carajas iron ore mine, Balbina dam and colonization projects to see how these development schemes were transforming the region’s landscape. I also spent several weeks in the jungle and dry coastal forest of Peru to document how men caught parrots and other wild birds for the…
  • Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises Number One On TripAdvisor

    Captain Bill
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises ranks number one on TripAdvisor Good news. I joined TripAdvisor over seven years ago, in October 2007. It took a lot of time to figure out how to list Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises, and I agonized over which category was most appropriate, (there is no cruise category), and after much thought and worry, I listed Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises under Things to do in Iquitos – Activities. I paid almost no attention to TripAdvisor back then. It was over a year before we got our first review, and over another year before we got our second…
  • How You Can Help The Children

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

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

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

  • PHOTO: James R. Thompson Center in Downtown Chicago

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago houses offices of the Illinois state government. The sculpture in front of it is titled “Monument With Standing Beast.” (Visited 43 times, 43 visits today)The post PHOTO: James R. Thompson Center in Downtown Chicago appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago

    Barbara Weibel
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Museum of Contemporary Art, on Chicago’s downtown Gold Coast (Visited 34 times, 34 visits today)The post PHOTO: Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Sculpture on Northerly Island, Chicago

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: One of a series of metal sculptures on Northerly Island, located on the south side of the Loop in downtown Chicago (Visited 70 times, 70 visits today)The post PHOTO: Sculpture on Northerly Island, Chicago appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • VIDEO: Centennial Olympic Park Fountain in Atlanta, Georgia

    Barbara Weibel
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
        The Centennial Olympic Park fountain in downtown Atlanta, Georgia was constructed in preparation for the 1996 Summer Olympics. At its centerpiece are five Olympic circles embedded in the pavement, from which waters spout in syncopation with songs such as Chariots of Fire and Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon. The Olympics are long gone, but the Centennial Olympic Park fountain remains, entertaining millions of visitors each year with the free show four times a day, 365 days a year, at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Visited 34 times, 34 visits today)The post…
  • The Ebb and Flow of Life

    Barbara Weibel
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The tide is ebbing. I had hoped my father would live to see another spring and summer. To enjoy his final pontoon boat rides on the river. To see the trees bud out and watch the deer sneak surreptitiously into the yard under the cover of darkness. But the pull of the moon is strong and the tide is receding a bit more each day. My heart aches with each little thing he can no longer do. He says he is suffering from “Daddy Syndrome” – he’s taken care of his children for more than 62 years and suddenly we are taking care of him. This role reversal has been more painful for…
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    Spot Cool Stuff: Travel

  • The Best Sandals Resort in Jamaica

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Which is the best Sandals resort in Jamaica? That was the seemingly simple question we set out to answer when we first began to research the review article you are currently reading. Sandals, as you may know, is a chain of all-inclusive beach resorts with properties in a handful of Caribbean countries including St. Lucia, the Bahamas, Grenada and Antigua. The country with more Sandals resorts than any other — there are seven altogether — is Jamaica. But which of those seven Sandals should I choose for my vacation? you might be asking. With that specific question in mind — and with a…
  • Plane Spotting, Caribbean-Style

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

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

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

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    Next to the reception desk of The Veranda House on Nantucket Island there’s a large photo from the 1880s of the bed and breakfast. It shows well-heeled guests hanging out on the namesake verandas, admiring the view of the historic town center and the waters of the Nantucket Sound beyond. Since that photo was taken the fashions have changed. The quality of photographs has greatly improved. But guests today still hang out on those same verandas. They still enjoy the view of the town and the water. They are still drawn to the iconic lodgings by its history. The Veranda House, after all,…
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    The Longest Way Home | Travel Blog

  • Introducing the best guidebook to the Kathmandu Valley

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
     The evolution of travel guidebooks continues The latest edition to my Nepal guidebooks has arrived. My quest to deliver something new, helpful and special to the guidebook scene in Nepal has a new entry. Unlike my guidebook to Kathmandu city, this new guidebook is for the entire region. There is no other place like the Kathmandu Valley on earth. It deserves a dedicated guidebook. Not only that but it deserves a guidebook that everyone from this era can make the most of. With Nepal’s electricity rationing and lack of good WiFi along with mobile apps don’t get the job done. Print…
  • The Buddha Statue with Diamond Eyes – Luang Pho Petch

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Inside Luang Pho Petch is a chamber which contains the Buddha statue with Diamond Eyes A Diamond Eyed Buddha in Sukhothai It’s always nice to discover something not in a guidebook or map (until now). A little place called Luang Pho Petch (Luang Po Ta Petch) is one of those places. It’s located just south of the impressive Wat Si Chum along the main road. The shrine/building/temple itself is hidden behind some trees on the corner of a courtyard with a few monks sitting around. Luang Pho Pho Petch is quite small and obscured behind some trees There’s a reason why everything…
  • Thai Food: Pork with Morning Glory & Basil

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Succulent pork with fresh crunchy morning glory and aromatic basil leaves Pork with fresh green crunchy Thai vegetables is something special There are some Thai meals which deserve special attention. Pork is usually cooked well in Thailand. And, Thailands blend of spices and herbs are world renown. However it’s the mix of these fresh vegetables and herbs in many dishes which often bring a Thai meal up to world class standards. In this case the main vegetable is morning glory and the herb is basil (fresh leaves).  To tell the truth the only negative thing about this dish was that they…
  • Visiting Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai Thailand

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm
    A sitting Buddha is a part of the impressive and beautiful Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai, Thailand Wat Mahathat is one of Sukhothai’s best temples Completed during the 13th century Wat Mahathat served as the royal palace and administrative capital for the Sukhothai Kingdom. It still remains the largest of all the ruins in Sukhothai’s Historical Park. When visiting Wat Mahathat approaching from the front is visually impressive as the still moat waters in front of it reflect the ruins behind. This moat was said to represent the outer wall of the universe. Standing buddha and Chedi at…
  • Thai Roast Duck on Dumplings

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Lean roast duck in Thailand Thailand has great roast duck I’ve always tried to like duck, but it’s usually either too greasy or comes in a fairly sparse dish. Because of this I didn’t think much of it when I kept seeing it on Thai menus. Then one random day I decided to give it a go. It was a good decision. For my first roasted duck meal I was served up a tender juicy slices of roast duck on a bed of steamed dumplings served with spinach and noodles. Not only did the meal look good but it tasted great too. What does roasted duck taste like in Thailand? The duck itself was…
 
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  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    Still smiling after 64 days at sea with Silversea Cruises. Our Grand Pacific Voyage on Silversea Cruises officially ended yesterday. Wow! Talk about 64 days flying by. Alan and I have returned home vowing to put some of the lessons we learned on the sea to use in our every day life, including spending more quality time together, finding more time to relax and weaning ourselves from too much Internet usage. What has travel taught you? Send us an email to share your travel insights. And be sure to check back next week for Alan’s article about visiting the Mighty Mo in Oahu. It’s a…
  • Active Getaway to the Adirondacks

    A Guest Writer
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:25 am
    We’re always on the lookout for a good off-the-beaten-path area to explore and New York’s Adirondacks has quite a few options for anyone looking for active boomer adventures. Thankfully, today’s guest writer, Brette Sember, is well-versed in the ways of upper state New York and is here to show us all that this beautiful area has to offer. New York’s Adirondacks is the perfect place for an active boomer weekend getaway, but because it’s such a huge area (the state park alone takes up one-third of the entire state of New York), don’t expect to see it all. Lake George is…
  • News for the Week

    Nicole
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    Sunrises at sea are the best! Donna here: Today Silver Spirit calls on the last port of this cruise — Hilo on Hawaii’s Big Island. Yesterday, we explored Lanai in a 4×4; and, in Ohau, Alan visited the battleship, Missouri. Five more sea days and then our South Pacific journey comes to an end. Can you believe it? Of course we’ll still be posting on Instagram and Facebook, so don’t forget to take a look! And here’s Nicole with the rest of our News for the Week: This Week’s Articles Love NYC, but looking to venture out of the Big Apple? Why not explore…
  • Cruising Milford Sound With Silversea Cruises

    Donna Hull
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    Silver Spirit begins her journey into Milford Sound. The steep-sided cliffs of a fjord mark the entrance to Milford Sound on the West Coast of New Zealand. Standing at the railing on Silver Spirit’s Deck 9, Alan and I marvel as the scenery unfolds in a vertical landscape that undulates in a wave of rugged mountains. Waterfalls — too numerous to count — tumble from the lush, rain-forested cliffs. With an average annual rainfall of 286 inches, we’re cruising in one of the wettest places on earth. Misnamed a sound, Milford is actually a fjord created by glaciers during the ice age.
  • Off the Beaten Path in Finger Lakes

    A Guest Writer
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Although New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US, there is actually way more to the state than just the Big Apple. Today’s guest writer, Brette Sember from Travel Shopper Expert, is taking us upstate to the beautiful Finger Lakes region. Finger Lakes is quite popular as New York’s largest wine producing area. However, it’s the many active travel opportunities in this area that will truly quench your travel thirst. New York’s Finger Lakes region is often cited as a great wine tasting getaway. Granted, there is a great wine trail, but…
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  • Blogging, Writing, Photography & Productivity Workshops

    Christine Gilbert
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    I’ve been traveling across Turkey, working on book edits and enjoying one of the sweetest cultures I’ve encountered, a sort of gentle interlude while Drew does the film tour. Quickly that’s ending and the rest of this year is taking shape. Drew and I have put together the 2015 workshop schedule, working on logistics and getting everything ready. I’m super excited to finally announce all the dates and workshops for the 2015 year. This is probably the best line up we’ve had since I started doing this back in 2011. Each one represents a highlight of the year for me:…
  • Troy: A Reminder that Stone Carvings are Forever

    Christine Gilbert
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    I took the kids to Troy. I didn’t think about it when I planned the trip to Turkey, but when I saw it on the map, something deep inside me, perhaps from 9th grade English class when we read Homer, really, really wanted to go. There’s a giant wooden horse at the entrance, where you can climb in and pretend to be a hiding solider. My kids ate chocolate given to them by the taxi driver and looked out the windows unimpressed. Outside, Cole steered us away from the Turks-in-Costume, clearly the intention is to get you to pay a small ransom for a staged photo, but really Cole was just…
  • Dispatch From Los Angeles

    Christine Gilbert
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Drew sends an update from the film tour: I am now consumed with two thoughts; 1 – I don’t have any idea what I am doing, and 2 – I really miss my family. Throughout high school, I was on the track team. My event of choice was the 400 meter dash, just one lap around the field. I would run my little heart out, then around the 200 meter mark, everything would go into cartoonish slow motion as I watched everyone else slowly outpace me no matter how hard I pushed myself. I would finish strong, but I hit a wall halfway through that made it feel like running through mud. Nearly…
  • Two Years with Stella

    Christine Gilbert
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Two years ago today, I was pregnant in the morning and had Stella in my arms by the afternoon. I still marvel at her the same way and think, “I get to keep her.” The post-birth feeling with both of my kids has been this disbelief mixed with the sense that maybe you’re getting away with something. “So… I can just take this baby home with me? You’re just going to let us walk out the door with this child, no questions asked?” Yes. They will. And then you can do whatever you want. Like take your daughter to Turkey, where they treat her like visiting…
  • A Snow Day in Istanbul

    Christine Gilbert
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:33 pm
    A snowstorm hit Istanbul, so I bundled up the kids and headed over to the Galata tower. It’s a tourist destination, but with the bad weather, the line that wrapped around the building the day before had disappeared. We walked up to the front door, paid the fee and took the elevator to the roof. It was VIP treatment for the price of braving the cold. Of course the snow and wind was so intense that I couldn’t brave the thin balcony that runs along the edge, where you can view of the entire city. Instead I peaked out at the white-washed cityscape from behind glass and ordered tea.
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  • Singing the World Awake

    Burton Sauls
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Vocalist Heather Houston (Santa Cruz, CA) and Host Pat Keown (Beaufort, SC)  discuss the CD tour: "Singing the World Awake Community Sing with Prayers for the Water", offered as a gift to our community by Threshold Singers of the Lowcountry. April 18th, 2015  6:30-8:00pm with reception following. Port Royal Sound Foundation 310 Okatie Hwy, Okatie, SC 29909      Click for Map. Contributions of gratitude are appreciated but not necessary. Here's a beautiful flyer for this event. More about Heather…
  • I want iTour Beaufort

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

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

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

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

    Cathy
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    We were back in Palm Springs over the New Year and it seems mean not to share what was, for us, a highlight of our Southern California trip. Like most highlights, this one came about by recommendation from a local – Mr ‘party starter’ himself, the very lovely Alex Goldy from the very cool Ace Hotel (the place to stay in Palm Springs if you are not, as we were, AirBnBing it). So, it was New Years Day, the day after the night before at the Ace New Year’s Eve party and, hangovers be damned, we were on a mission to explore the famous Joshua Tree National Park. A National…
  • Atlantis The Palm, review and video

    Cathy
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Normally on a beach you’d be facing the sea but here, settled on my sun lounger, the view before me is a city skyline complete with a sweep of skycrapers. I look left and, in the distance, yet more dramatic skyline with the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa standing proud in the centre. Look right and way off into the distance there are yet more buildings and construction. I sip my cocktail and ponder this man made wonder… when I was last in Dubai, 12 years ago, none of this was here…none of it. Such is the pace of construction in Dubai, that the Jumeirah stretch of coast and…
  • Atmosphere Kanifushi, review and video

    Cathy
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    The second leg of our Maldives adventure took us from the oldest island resort (Kurumba) to one of the newest, Atmosphere Kanifushi. Built on a previously uninhabited island, the resort opened in December 2013 and has since made its presence felt in the UK market with high profile advertising and an energetic PR campaign. Lying in the Lhaviyani Atoll, getting there involves a seaplane transfer from Male International Airport. To fly there direct takes 30 minutes but, be aware, more distant resorts often have to share their transfers so you may well find yourself, as we did, stopping off at…
  • Kurumba, Maldives – review and video

    Cathy
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:09 am
    Kurumba Maldives was the very first resort to welcome international visitors back in 1972. It was the start of something big! In just over 40 years, the number of island resorts in the Maldives has grown to well over a 100. Needless to say, competition between them is fierce and the older resorts have to constantly reinvent themselves to keep up. Looking back at pictures of its early days, its clear that Kurumba has done just that. Where there were originally shacks made from coconut palms, there are now 5 star luxury guest rooms. Its not a big island (you can zip around it in a buggy in 15…
  • Cheap London Hotels

    Cathy
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Attending the travel jamboree that is World Travel Market in London this week, I faced my annual dilemma of whether to commute to the show daily from my home or stay up in town. The daily trip to Excel takes at least 2 hours (assuming Southern Rail/DLR behave) so this year, with evening events also on my agenda, I decided to hunt down the best value London accommodation. My first thought, being a big fan, was to check out Airbnb. I’ve had some great experiences renting through Airbnb and it is usually way cheaper than hotel options. With an ever expanding army of hosts looking to take…
 
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  • The 8 strangest Easter traditions in the world that really made us scratch our heads

    ana
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    TweetThis article was translated from the Spanish version.   Just like every year around this time, we’re preparing for Easter – and although some people take off on vacation, others use this time to keep up ancestral traditions. They take part in rituals already well-know from childhood, marveling at religious processions and tucking in to […] The post The 8 strangest Easter traditions in the world that really made us scratch our heads appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • 5 cruise itineraries that will make your heart beat faster

    Christin
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    TweetThis article was translated from the German version. Cruises offer not only comfort, but also the opportunity to see a tremendous amount of the world – often in a very short time and without much (of your own) effort. Cruise ships these days are more like small cities, and offer everything a passenger could want […] The post 5 cruise itineraries that will make your heart beat faster appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • 5 blossoming places to welcome spring

    Lena
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    TweetThis article was translated from the German version.   It’s time to shake off the dust of winter! The first few days of spring have arrived, and as the sun begins to warm our skin, the vacation atmosphere is slowly gaining momentum. Spring is just a little bit nicer in the following places.     […] The post 5 blossoming places to welcome spring appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Iceland in winter – who would do that to themselves? A country in white and blue

    Lena
    8 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    TweetThis article was translated from the German version. “You’re flying to Iceland in February? Are you crazy? But it’s so dark there this time of year, and way too cold!” These were the kinds of shocked reactions that were thrown at me before my vacation to Iceland in February – in many cases even from […] The post Iceland in winter – who would do that to themselves? A country in white and blue appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Solo or in company – what’s the best way to travel?

    tripwolf
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    TweetIt’s a question of taste and the traveling circumstances: how many people does it take to have the best journey possible? Whether you decide to travel alone, with a partner or a whole gang – every one of these combos has its own advantages and disadvantages.     Traveling alone – Between freedom and boredom […] The post Solo or in company – what’s the best way to travel? appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
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  • How Walt Disney's Love of Trains Changed the World

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Walt Disney with the locomotive created for Disneyland.Walt Disney loved trains, and because of that, the world is a better – and happier -- place.  Walt was fond of saying that his empire “started with a mouse.” And indeed, his creation of Mickey Mouse did make him a fortune.  But the idea for Mickey Mouse came to him while riding a train.It’s quite possible that if Walt was not such a railroad buff, Disneyland and none of the other 11 Disney theme parks would exist.   Certainly, if not for Walt, four old beaten-up steam locomotives that did decades of work…
  • The Great Adobe Castle of the Santa Fe Trail -- Bent's Fort

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Traders and guides on the Santa Fe Trail at Bent's Old Fort during one of their many re--enactment events.Few roads in history have conjured up romantic images like the Santa Fe Trail.  It lasted only 60 years, from 1821 to 1880, but for that short time it was America’s first international highway.  And the most colorful.  Across 900 miles of open prairie, from Missouri to Old Mexico, the Santa Fe Trail became one of the most important commerce roads in the world, bringing goods from Europe -- wool, silk, iron tools and cotton cloth -- to Mexico and returning with furs,…
  • San Francisco -- the City in a Park

    27 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    From Presidio National ParkMost cities have parks inside them.  But San Francisco is a city inside a park.   And an 80,000-acre national park at that.  Along the coast, in the bay, on the other side of the bay, and even right through the heart of the city, San Francisco is surrounded and cut by a series of national parks and monuments that have preserved the beauty and history of the area. Today, you can see an island prison that was once home to the gangsters Al “Scarface” Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelly.  You stroll the wooden deck of a century old sailing…
  • Around Northern Italy by Train

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

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

    Guest Writers
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Over the years, Ibiza has earned a reputation as the clubbing capital of the world. During the busy summer months, the very best of Europe’s DJs congregate on this gloriously sun-kissed island in the Balearics, drawing revelers from around the world. The destination even attracts celebrities including the likes of P Diddy, Kate Moss and Dizzee Rascal. The birth of a phenomenon A premier spot for party holidays on the island is the town of San Antonio, or Sant Antoni de Portmany. It is home to the now world-renowned Café Del Mar, which gave birth to the genre of chill out tunes and set in…
  • Living with AS and the Walk Your AS Off 2015 Walk-A-Thon

    Carrie Kellenberger
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:49 pm
    If you saw me in December 2014, then you’d know that I had been battling an autoimmune flare since mid-July. December and January were my worst months, although the month of July also ranks right up there for being completely miserable. The doctors weren’t sure how to bring my inflammation levels down, and I was acting as a guinea pig while they tested out the right combination of drugs to bring my system back into a state of normalcy. (Well, normal for me. Believe me, it’s not anywhere close to normal normal.) The only problem, though, was that I had a massive reaction to…
  • Happy Year of the Goat! Another Chinese New Year in Taiwan

    Carrie Kellenberger
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:53 pm
    It’s the Year of the Goat.  We are celebrating our ninth Chinese New Year in Taiwan. Well, technically it’s our sixth if you count the times we left Taiwan for a beach vacation, but you know what I mean! Additionally, I’m two years into my first full zodiac cycle in Asia. I moved here in 2003 and saw the completion of my first 12-year zodiac cycle last year. 13 years ago, SARS was just getting started in China when I moved there, and 12 years ago, it was drawing to an end. Interesting, huh? Anyways, today is Chinese New Year’s Day. The Year of the Goat officially…
  • Taiwan Hot Springs Guide: Wulai Hot Springs, Northern Taiwan

    Carrie Kellenberger
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:23 am
    Wulai is an aboriginal village in Northern Taipei about an hour outside of Taipei. It is best known for its natural hot springs and Atayal aboriginal culture, and I consider it to be among the most picturesque towns in Taiwan. The town is named after an Atayal phrase that translates to boiling water or hot and poisonous. This is the Atayal’s term for hot springs, and the natural hot spring water that bubbles up along the riverbanks of the river that divides this gorgeous little area are clear and odorless. The hot spring waters here nourish the skin, assist with muscle pain, promote…
  • Taiwanese Shanshu – Where the Mountain Ferns and Vegetables Grow

    Carrie Kellenberger
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    I come from haunts of coot and hern,I make a sudden sally,And sparkle out among the fernTo bicker down a valley. – Alfred Tennyson Of all the exotic vegetables and fruits that Taiwan offers, one of my favorite greens is a mountain green that is known here as shanshu. The rest of the world likely knows it as a common house plant, but I bet most people don’t know that you can eat it. This lovely green fern is known as Asplenium nidus or the South Pacific Bird’s Nest Fern, and it is typically found in humid environments, like the rain forests of Taiwan and of eastern…
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  • 7 Mistakes To Avoid In Lanzarote

    Miguel
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    We’ve put together a list of the mistakes people most commonly make on their holiday visit to Lanzarote, in the hope we can help you avoid some or all of them! Drinking spirits like you do back home! We don’t have set measure for a gin and tonic or a whisky and dry – the bar person simply pours the drinks into a glass, and we’re generous by nature here in Lanzarote. It means your drink might be a treble or a quadruple measure compared to what you buy in your home country. Couple that with our low booze prices and it’s a recipe for getting legless! If you are a spirit drinker, maybe…
  • English Cinema in Lanzarote 30th March 2015

    Susana
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    There is a brand new movie in English next week at the cinemas in Lanzarote, although only on Monday as it’s a holiday for Easter on Thursday. At 19:40 Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals  read more »
  • Ironman Lanzarote 2015 - What You Need To Know

    Miguel
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:41 am
    Lanzarote’s largest sporting event takes place this year on Saturday May 23rd. We’ve put together this “crib sheet” for those of you visiting the island over that period, so you know what to expect! Ironman Lanzarote is known as one of the world’s toughest sporting events, and acknowledged as the most demanding triathlon. The three main components of that are the huge climbs and strong winds on the bike, and the soaring temperatures that always accompany the run phase. Here are the key points:  read more » The event starts at 0700 in the morning on Playa Grande…
  • Easter in Lanzarote 2015

    Jules
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Easter is more about religion than chocolate eggs, chicks and bunnies in Lanzarote. We have a long fiesta weekend although our bank holidays are held on Thursday and Friday before the weekend rather than Friday and Monday as in the UK. You can buy Easter eggs and goodies on the island, Maceys supermarket in Tías imports them from the UK and have a large selection available from mini eggs to luxury gift sized eggs, plus hot cross buns and Easter greeting cards. Please click on the poster image above for details of Easter services within the municipality of Tías. Anglican Parish Church St.
  • 5 Foods To Try In Lanzarote

    Miguel
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:38 am
    Almost everyone who comes to the island has tried our famous local dishes like Canarian Potatoes or perhaps Estofado. But there are some things we eat here that you may not have tried, so here are some suggestions for you, and we’ve also suggested where to go for our favourite version: Bocadillo de Pescado   Yes, it’s a fish butty! Often served for breakfast, it consists of a thinly sliced fillet of white fish, which has been lightly coated in breadcrumbs and fried, then served in a bread roll, smothered with aioli (garlic mayonnaise.) Our favourite place to eat these is at Bar…
 
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  • Making the World Your Global Classroom

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]I always rather enjoyed science class in high school, but that hour-and-a-half lecture at the university, right after lunch, was quite the snooze-fest. The professor would be rattling on about the photosynthesis process and scribbling chemical equations on the blackboard, which to me seemed more like math than biology, and I’d be trying to keep my eyes open with imaginary toothpicks.After all, science should be studied in the field, hands-on, not from a tiny, uncomfortable chair in a faceless auditorium. Looking at flowers and seed pods in the cloud forest – now that would be an…
  • Indie Travel Guide to the Yukon Territory

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]The Yukon Territory may not be on your dream destination list. Words outsiders typically use to describe it include: remote, freezing, and barren. With Antarctica being so trendy these days among extreme travelers, it doesn't get a whole lot of attention from the usual set of travel role models.Well, I'm here to tell you that the Yukon should be on your dream list. It's a place with the vastness and power to change your perception of who you are on this planet. Contrary to popular belief, the Yukon is not in the middle of nowhere; it is a mysterious expanse wherein you realize that…
  • Why Graduating Seniors Shouldn’t Follow the Crowd

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Graduation is a monumental milestone. Whether it is from high school, university, or a grad school, it’s a pivotal moment, a fork in the road, a point of transition and change. Most of us are palpably aware of the fact that the next steps we take will affect the course of our lives, but few of us have a grip on just how profoundly. [/section] [banner type="red" subscribe="hide" description="hide" title="Be the first to register for Plan Your RTW Trip in 30 Days-Student Edition" button="Sign up here for this free e-course"…
  • Planning a U.S. National Parks Trip

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]From the famed Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Great Smoky Mountains which spread through Tennessee and North Carolina to the more obscure Isle Royale in Michigan and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska, the U.S. National Park Service offers visitors the opportunity to hike, bike, climb, and camp some of the country’s most beautiful and bizarre natural features.If you haven’t had a chance to check out one of the country’s national parks but would like to see what all the fuss is about, there’s no time like now to fill your water bottle and set out to…
  • Do You Want to Open Your Own Hostel?

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]"We should open a hostel!"How many of you have uttered that statement before?Opening a hostel is not an uncommon dream among travelers who return from a trip around the world, and in principle, it sounds like a great idea: get to sit around all day swapping travel tales with everyone who passes through your hostel door and get paid for the pleasure.But is the dream the same as the reality?At 31 years of age, after several years living in Taiwan, studying architecture in London, and undertaking his own travels through Europe, Asia, and Africa, Japanese born Nobu Tabata did exactly…
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  • Five Reasons to do a Dreamy St. Barts Holiday

    Ashyln Molly
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:59 pm
    St Barts is one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean and in the world. It is therefore no wonder people from all over the world flock to this amazingly breathtaking island to spend a few days of unimaginable peace, joy and excitement while enjoying the picturesque views, the sophistication and the landscape. A holiday cannot be a holiday without great accommodation, however; dreamy holidays require nothing less than the pure spectacular that is St. Barts.. Renting one of the many dreamy St. Barts holiday villa rentals to complete the dreaminess of your holiday is something that will…
  • Things to do in Rio de Janeiro City, Brazil

    Ashyln Molly
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Rio de Janeiro is the second biggest city in Brazil and is the most happening place in the country. The marvelous partying, vibrant culture, awe inspiring natural aesthetics and the mouth watering fresh foods make this place a great tourists spot. Every year, millions of tourists are attracted by the city’s offerings, especially the world famous Carnival. The city is also known as “A Cidade Maravilhosa” or “The Marvelous City”. If you are visiting the city for the first time, you should note down some activities that are famous in Rio de Janeiro and make arrangements accordingly. On…
  • What you should look for in a luxury hotel

    Ashyln Molly
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    When you think about what you want from a luxury hotel, what goes through your mind? After all, you are going to be paying top dollar to live like a king or queen for a bit, so you want to make sure you are getting exactly what you want. For some guests it is all about the cuisine and the service, not to mention a range of facilities such as swimming pools, health and beauty spas, and other relaxing recreational activities like golf, horse riding and top quality entertainment for the evening. For others it comes down to the design, the hotel’s architecture, how its interior design features…
  • Explore the Essential Part of Sydney

    Ashyln Molly
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:02 am
    A trip to Sydney is an essential part of any Australian holiday, and the country’s largest city is often labeled as one of the most beautiful in the world due to its idyllic balance of architecture, iconic landmarks, beautiful harbour, botanic gardens and impressive skyline. A truly vibrant city that is full of a consistent buzz and high degree of energy, Sydney will have something to captivate you regardless of whether you’re an Aussie visiting from interstate or an international visitor from overseas. The city is so large and full of things to do that there are a wide range of…
  • Whistle Stop Guide to Seattle

    Shannon Boyce
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    It may be on the western tip of America, but if you are ever given the chance you should without hesitation jump at the opportunity to go to Seattle. Yeah the weather isn’t great, but the coffee is, and so to are the sports and landmarks. Below are a few places of note in Seattle.  Space Needle By  KWDesigns  The Seattle Space Needle is an observation tower that gives you uninterrupted panoramic views of the city. Opened originally for the 1962 World’s Fair, the 184 metre tower has gone on to become synonymous with the Seattle skyline. With its unique shape restricting it height, it…
 
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    Stuck in Customs

  • Approaching another Glacier in Antarctica

    Trey Ratcliff
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Big Lightroom Preset Sale is Tomorrow! 24 hour away, set your browsers for stun! Okay, that was dumb… but yes, set your calendars (for fun). Daily Photo – Approaching another Glacier in Antarctica It's hard to get a sense of scale here, but let me just tell you that it is huge. It's the kind of huge that makes me feel as insignificant as I know I am in my heart of hearts! The whiteness and towering nature of it all just makes me dizzy, even thinking back on being there. Each of those ice-boulders you see is way too big to climb over and the effort of walking up to…
  • April’s Lightroom Presets coming in 2 days!

    Trey Ratcliff
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Set your Cal! They are only half price for 24 hours! Here’s the Lightroom Presets page that will tell you more about them… and here’s a little video! Daily Photo – And the Lights Spiral Down This is one of my favorite photos from Dubai, I must say! I keep coming back to it over and over again, and it gives me great pleasure! I would love to live in a home surrounded by these. Or at least have one or two rooms absolutely full of them. I've only seen a few of these stores around the world, and they have such a plethora of them in these locations that I picture…
  • A windy day at the Forbidden City

    Trey Ratcliff
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Beijing From Above Today’s photo is related to this video I made below! You can read the whole story about the incarceration here on the blog! Daily Photo – A windy day at the Forbidden City Here's my assistant in China, getting wind-blown and umbrella-inverted at the Forbidden City. As much as I like to tease her for being a rather useless assistant who could carry little more than an African swallow, she did get me out of incarceration with her fast-Chinese-talkin'. It wasn't too long after this that we ended up behind lock & key for flying the quadcopter in…
  • Periscope Up! Join me for Wine, Cheese, and Photo Questions Tonight!

    Trey Ratcliff
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:59 am
    Experimenting with Periscope Time/Date: – 9 PM Friday PT, 11 PM Friday CT, Midnight New York and EST! – (5 PM New Zealand Time Saturday) You guys know I’m an early-adopter of sorts. I had a GREAT experiment with this new app for iPhone/iPad called Periscope, which is connected to Twitter and allows me to broadcast live any time. Download Periscope for Free here. Basically, any time I choose, I can choose to broadcast live and share what I see, ask questions, or answer questions. I’m gonna experiment again tonight, so come join me and help me explore this! Right now,…
  • the angry mouth opened as the sea ice cracked a smile

    Trey Ratcliff
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Explorers of Yore I don’t know how those old-timers did it! A long walk from here would get me over to Shackleton’s famous hut in Antarctica. While I was in there, I saw a small dark room. It was amazing! How people back then could take photos then go back to a frozen dark room to edit them is simply beyond me. I barely had enough energy to take out my SD card and put it into my laptop to import into Lightroom! Daily Photo – the angry mouth opened as the sea ice cracked a smile Here, it is a crisp morning. I'm on a cliffside on the edge of an Antarctic volcanic island…
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  • Unique Travel Excursions & Lodging Beyond Belfast

    Sherry Ott
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – a fun Northern Ireland attraction Belfast is one of the up and coming destinations that seems to be gracing many ‘must visit’ lists . Yet as great and gritty as Belfast is, don’t stop there, keep going North! There are many reasons to go beyond the city and see the other Northern Ireland attractions along the coast and in villages. When I ventured out of Belfast, I found myself experiencing and enjoying Gin, Gusts, Giants, and Gastronomy. Will Travel For Gin My favorite travel moments are the ones that are unplanned and spontaneous. And that’s exactly…
  • 4 Pizza Spots to Hit in Chicago

    Jessica Festa
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Big cities are often known for a special local dish, and Chicago’s specialty is pizza. Everyone has a favorite, and every restaurant has its own twist. Below are some fan favorites. Try them all and pick your own: 1. Deep-Dish Number 1: Uno/Due Just a couple of blocks off the Magnificent Mile, Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Duo are perfect pit stops after a day of shopping. Back in 1943, Uno was one of the first to serve the deep-dish-style pizza that has become a favorite among Chicago natives, and continues to offer a family friendly atmosphere over 70 years later. The menu also contains…
  • Portugal Travel: The Artisanal Guide To The Azores

    Jessica Festa
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    While there’s much to explore in the Azores — hiking, bird watching, surfing, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, history — one of the focuses of my recent trip there was local artisan culture. After visiting the islands of São Miguel, São Jorge and Pico, here are what I found to be the most worthwhile artisan experiences for culture carnivores: Sorting black tea by hand at Gorreana Tea. Gorreana Tea fields Old fashioned machines used to process tea on Sao Miguel 1. Visit Europe’s Only Tea Plantations São Miguel boasts being the only place in all… Read more...
  • Finding Some Solitude In Mykonos Greece

    Jessica Festa
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    Greece is one of my favorite travel destinations. In fact, I’ve gone every year for the past three, always starting in Athens and then choosing different islands to travel to. On my last trip, Mykonos was one of these islands. I’d heard so many great things about it — numerous friends had told me it was their favorite; however, when wandering I was surprised to find how completely overrun with tourists and chain stores, not to mention how expensive, it was. That’s not to say there weren’t things to love about Mykonos. Along with the whimsical windmills and secluded beaches like…
  • Women on Motorcycles are Changing Culture & Opinion

    Jessica Festa
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Whether it’s for freedom, adventure, spiritual experience, confidence, independence, or community, women are taking to motorcycles with an increased voracity. Three years ago, Debra Teplitz, 44, decided to silence the voice in her head that said, “Nice Jewish girls from the North Shore of Chicago don’t ride motorcycles.” Like so many women who are learning to ride in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond, Teplitz has confronted personal challenges, societal stereotypes, and cultural expectations to embrace the freedom and independence of motorcycling. For many female riders, mastering a…
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  • Congress, Meeting and Event Sector Gathered in Istanbul

    Business Travel Destinations
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    One of the most important gatherings of congress, meeting and event sector, ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition, was organized at Istanbul Congress Center on February 26-28, 2015. Within the exhibition, the most prestigious awards of the sector, ACE of M.I.C.E. Congress, Meeting and Event Awards found its owners. ACE of M.I.C.E. General Manager Volkan Ataman takes a selfie with awards winners during the ACE of M.I.C.E. Awards Ceremony, February 27th, at Halic Congress Center. Courtesy imageFrom left to right: Prof.Dr. Semih Baskan, Okan University Acting Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (moderator);…
  • CCMIT 2015 – China Conference, Meeting & Incentive Travel Forum

    Business Travel Destinations
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:38 pm
    The meetings, incentives, conventions and events (MICE) industry  in China has continued its journey of prosperity and growth. CCMIT show organizers explain that in a post expo era, China has seen an increasing number of marketing events, corporate annual meetings, incentive travel and incentive team activities which have become the momentumfor MICE. As a result, the practitioners in MICE industry are demanding a platform for communications and learning, in order to present more outstanding events with a limited budget to meet theirends of brand building, customer relationship maintenance…
  • The International Eventex Awards ReOpened For Entries Until January 30, 2015

    Business Travel Destinations
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    Eventex Awards 2014 reopened for entries until January 30, 2015 due to the great interest after the expired deadline. The organizers received a record number of registration requests after the International Event Awards closed for entries which evoked the decision to extend the entry process until the end of January. More than 100 entries from 35+ countries were registered so far in the 10 event and now 4 event tech categories. A People’s Choice Event Technology is added to the event technology categories, so the public can evaluate the top event tech solutions. Among the companies, taking…
  • International Calling Apps Review

    Rob Hard
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    If there’s one expense associated with our smart phones that we can do without it’s the roaming fees for making international calls when we’re on the road (or even at home). Depending on your wireless plan, international calling could cost you about $30 per month (annual contract required) and $1 per minute to check voice mail, call home or even reach out to a client. Courtesy of Apple Inc. To be fair, when business travelers are on the road for work, it’s important to have excellent access. But many executives are also aware that they need to watch the expense…
  • Discussing Holiday Party Etiquette with Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano during WGN Business Lunch Hour

    Rob Hard
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Bob Sirott (left) and Marianne Murciano (middle) of WGN Radio with Rob Hard (right) in Chicago. Courtesy image Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano of WGN radio in Chicago had me to join them this week to share tips about etiquette mistakes at the holiday party. Roughly 90 percent of all companies tend to host holiday parties (the slight majority are held in the evening), and we all know someone who has enjoyed to the levels of excess with their food, drink and even dress. The truth is, most people need to remember that they are at a company event. While it’s a way for your boss and…
 
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    A Postcard a Day

  • British gardens

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    A set of stamps was issued in 1983 to celebrate British gardens.  Not just any gardens, you'll notice, but gardens of stately homes.  They show very nicely the changing style over the years.  The only one I've visited myself is Sissinghurst.  I can recommend it as being well worth a visit.This is a post for Sunday Stamps, in its new home at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.
  • Ready for Spring

    29 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The weather is finally getting warmer and people are tending their gardens.  I no longer have a garden, so I tend my pots on my balcony.  I have to recycle and reuse my pots because space is limited.  I noticed today one lonely miniature daffodil emerging where I was expecting mint to grow. It must have been incomplete recycling.The postcard was sent to me very recently from Germany.This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's, The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  Just click on the button to visit her and join in.
  • Neuschwanstein Castle - winter

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Neuschwantstein Castle must be one of the most unmistakeable and most photographed castles in the world. they must do a roaring trade in postcards because it doesn't look like anyone could take a casual snapshot very easily.  The airways around it must be buzzing with helicopters.Although the castle is of course in Germany, the card came from Russia and was published in Russia.  I like this dramatic winter view.  Six years ago (so long!!) I posted another card showing it with autumn colours on the trees.
  • St Ursanne, Switzerland

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    Saint Ursanne is exactly the sort of place I'd love to visit. It's in the Jura canton of Switzerland, almost in France.  Although France also has a Jura département, it is Doubs which adjoins the Jura Canton.St  Ursanne is a medieval village with an old abbey and outstanding cloister.  The houses date from the 14th to 16th century.  It owes its name to an Irish monk, Ursan, whose hermitage can be visited if you wish to climb the 180 steps up to its cave.
  • County Clare in Ireland

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:11 pm
    It's a map so it must be Monday!As you can see on the card, County Clare is on the west coast of Ireland.  Clare is probably best known for the Cliffs of Moher, also pictured on the card.
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    Travelojos

  • The Best Places In The World for Spa Breaks

    Brandy
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Today’s world is not a relaxing place, as pressure placed on workers in the new economy has pushed many to their physical and emotional limits. As such, relaxing holidays that are tailored to their needs are in demand like never before. While it is possible to go around the corner to a tanning salon or to the clinic of a registered massage therapist, there is no respite for the mind and body than getting away to a place where the everyday stressors of people’s lives are stripped away and replaced with palm trees, 1,000+ year old colonial architecture and exotic treatments that…
  • Where are the best areas for luxury travel in New Zealand

    Brandy
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Being one of the best nations in the world when it comes to a boasting a variety of different natural scenery, it’s no surprise that New Zealand luxury travel is booming these days. From subtropical beaches in the north, to soaring snow-capped peaks in the south, there is much to choose from. What are the best areas for luxury travel in New Zealand? The three destinations profiled below have much to offer the discerning traveler: all you have to do is to choose which one meets your needs best. 1) Queenstown Nestled up against the shore of picturesque Lake Wakatipu between the peaks of…
  • A Romantic Guide to Venice Italy

    Brandy
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    With its iconic canals and cobblestone alleyways, it’s not hard to see why Venice is a permanent fixture on lists of the world’s most romantic cities. Couples who visit the Italian city always have high expectations, but simply being in Venice won’t help you fall for your partner all over again. Whether you’re still in the honeymoon phase or looking to spice up a long-term relationship, these romantic tips will help you make the most of your time in Venice. Book a Beautiful Hotel When you’re a couple in love, a hotel is much more than a place to lay your head at night. It’s a…
  • Top Middle Eastern Dishes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Brandy
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    If you are going to travel to Dubai, or any other country for that particular matter, it is highly recommended that you try their local cuisine. Aside from saving huge amounts of money on travel expenses, going local also means learning more about their culture and making your tummy extremely happy. As one of the top tourist hotspots in the world, there are a lot of restaurants in Dubai that serve yummy breakfastlunch, dinner, and even snacks. No matter how high or how low your budget is, you will definitely find a place to eat.  For those who are going to this city for the very first…
  • New Orleans: An Exciting City Full of Adventure

    Brandy
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Photo by Jason Karas via Trover New Orleans is touted as “The City of Second Chances” and is a fascinating destination. You’ll find a city full of influences from around the world including Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe. You can fill your nights in dark jazz clubs, discover history in the downtown neighborhoods, and of course, take in your fill of local culinary delights such as gumbo and jambalaya. The Big Easy is as charming as it is influential and you’ll find cheap flights to New Orleans and no lack of cheap hotels in New Orleans. From many of these hotels, you can set your…
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    Atlas

  • The Newest National Monuments

    Sue Lobo
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Recently President Barack Obama declared 3 new sites national monuments. All three of these places are an important part of American history and help tell the story of America. They include an industrial district, internment camp and a canyon. Pullman District, Chicago This 203-acre site was the first industrial town that was planned in the U.S. It was built by George Pullman in the 1800’s. Its site has a railway car company that dates back to 1867 as well as a variety of buildings and houses. This district is so significant as it was the home to the first strike in the 1890’s…
  • Siesta Beach Just Voted The Best Beach In The U.S.

    Sue Lobo
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    As we know, Florida has a lot of great beaches. Siesta Beach was recently named by TripAdvisor as the best beach in the U.S. It is located in the city of Siesta Key which is also home to some of the best beaches in the world. This isn’t the first time that Siesta Beach has received an award. In 2004 The Travel Channel gave it the prestigious honor of having The Best Sand Beach in America and in 1987 it earned the title of having “the whitest and finest sand in the world” in The Great International Beach Challenge. Here’s what make Siesta Beach and Siesta Key popular…
  • The Hyperloop System

    Sue Lobo
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    One of the drawbacks of traveling is that it can take a significant amount of time to get from one destination to another. Between the amount of time waiting in the airport and the time on the actual plane, that can take up most of the day for some commuters. In the future there just might be an alternative to long plane rides called the Hyperloop System. What It Is The Hyperloop System is basically a tube transport system. Individuals can travel at a high rate of speed that isn’t possible with airplanes. Sound impossible? It’s not, since entrepreneur Elon Musk, is hard at work…
  • Israel’s Grand Overtures

    Sue Lobo
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Making an imprint on the world’s stage, Israel’s artists, performers, dancers and musicians have thrust the country into the spotlight. Classic companies like the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and contemporary groups like modern dance troupe Batsheva make Israel a performing arts mecca and flourishing home to international festivals. Many of these festivals have garnered world-class repute, but few have received as much global acclaim as the Masada International Opera Festival. Be in the front row of the thriving art scene at this sensational open-air celebration of opera, held…
  • Holland’s Tulips in the Spring

    Tina Becci
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    When you think of Holland, also called the Netherlands, what comes to mind? Windmills? Wooden shoes? Tulips? If it’s the last one, you’re in good company. Many tourists flock to Holland every March through May to see the springtime blooms that have made the region famous. Are you planning on visiting Europe this spring? If so, here are some ways that you can see the cheerful tulips of Holland. The Keukenhof Gardens  If you want the full tourist experience of seeing the tulips of the Netherlands, then you should make time in your itinerary to visit Keukenhof. As you drive in,…
 
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    TRAVEL BLOG

  • HAIKU DECK PARAGUAY TOURISM

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Through Haiku deck Paraguay tourism we aim at visually introducing you to some of the country's amazing sights, wildlife and moments in the life of its people.
  • HAIKU DECK PARAGUAY TURISMO

    14 Mar 2015 | 3:50 am
    En el corazon de Sudamerica, Paraguay esconde una belleza salvaje. El siguiente Haiku Deck Paraguay turismo aspira a introducirte visualmente a algunos de sus atractivos.
  • HAIKU DECK AMAZON RAINFOREST

    11 Mar 2015 | 2:26 am
    Haiku Deck Amazon rainforest is a visual introduction to the Amazonia, largest remaining tropical forest. It covers abou 2/3rds of the South American continent.
  • HAIKU DECK SELVA AMAZONICA

    8 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
    La importancia de la selva Amazonica es tan grande que las palabras no alcanzan para definirla. El siguiente Haiku deck intenta darte una aproximacion visual a ella.
  • HAIKU DECK BOLIVIA TOURISM

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    Through Haiku Deck Bolivia Tourism we explore one of the true wonders of South America, land of fascinating cultures and superb landscapes. Discover more...
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    Wild Junket

  • Sand Dunes and Great Surfs: Wale’s Secret Adventure Travel Hotspot

    Guest Blogger
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Five experiences that make Bridgend County a hidden gem for adventurous travelers You may not have heard of Bridgend County, sandwiched snugly between Cardiff and Swansea along Wales’ stunning coastal path, but this is a destination that has been making waves as a hidden spot for adventure travelers. The county is home to some of the tallest sand dunes in Europe, Wales’ best surfing beaches, lush valleys and exhilarating mountain bike routes – all just three hours from London by train, bus or car. Surf like a Champion Far less well known than British surf hotspots like New Quay and…
  • Exploring Lanzarote’s Nature — Volcanoes, Blowholes and Hidden Coves

    Nellie Huang
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    We are walking in the mar de lava – sea of lava – where massive blankets of solidified lava lie at the foots of Montaña Blanca, Lanzarote. Since seeing hot molten lava flowing off Guatemala’s most active volcano, Volcan Pacaya, I’ve become somewhat of a volcano buff. Sadly, there’s no sign of red burning lava flowing here, the volcano has after all been dormant for the past three hundred years. But there’s more to Lanzarote than bubbling lava. The volcanic activities have also created some of the island’s most interesting nature spots in the form of  outlandish…
  • Do You Have the Wanderlust Gene?

    Nellie Huang
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s been almost three months since my last trip, the longest time ever in the last eight years since I made traveling a way of life. When I found out I was pregnant, I knew the time to slow down had come. In fact, it came at the right time — after so many years of intensive travel, I was ready to take things slower and grow some roots here in Granada. But despite the urge to settle down, I somehow can’t seem to fight my travel addiction. I spend 80% of the time thinking about travel — like where to go this summer, where to bring the baby on her first trip, and how to reach my goal…
  • Personal Updates: Taking A Baby Hiatus

    Nellie Huang
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Today is my estimated delivery date, the day we’ll possibly welcome our baby into this world! The past three months have felt way too long (shortest pregnancy ever! Read why.) — partly because I haven’t been able to travel, but mainly because I’ve been really looking forward to seeing our little bub. It almost feels like the waiting game is about to end, and that we’re transitioning into a different stage in life. Alberto has been the best husband in the world, being extremely involved and supportive. He’s even more excited than I am about this baby, and his positive attitude is…
  • Traveling When Pregnant — Don’t Let that Baby Bump Stop You!

    Nellie Huang
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    As a full-time travel writer, I spend quite a fair bit of time on the road. And because of my hectic schedule and lifestyle, I somehow missed the signs that the universe was throwing at me and only found out I was pregnant at six months! (In case you missed it, here’s the announcement post.) Back in November, I had just returned from a short jaunt to Sri Lanka when I realized I was pregnant. I had spent the past six months traveling on an overland trip in Central Asia, camping out in Mongolia, and walking the Camino de Santiago. I had even gone paragliding in Granada and canyoning in…
 
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  • 15 Top Cape Town Instagrammers To Follow

    Wanda Coustas
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle A picture paints a thousand words. Or more accurately: a picture is worth a thousand words is a fitting phrase to describe how a picture tells a story just as well as wordy, descriptive text (the latter quote was adapted into the former by David Gates (of Bread fame) for the album: Manna). I’d even go as far as saying that today pictures speak louder than words. To coin a Chinese proverb: one picture is worth ten thousand words. Which is why Instagram is so big. Snap a...
  • 30 Things To Do In The Cape Winelands

    Wanda Coustas
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The essence of the Cape Winelands is wine tasting. You will discover, however, that there are so many wine estates jostling for your attention that you need something other than wine estates as your yard stick for selecting which ones to visit. For this reason we’ve put together a list for you of 30 things to do in the Cape Winelands. Select what interests you most, and then visit the wine farms closest to you. Alternatively, choose one of the winelands’ villages ...
  • 7 Ancient Forests in and around Cape Town

    Wanda Coustas
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Once upon a time, before the fynbos evolved, much of the south-western Cape, and indeed Southern Africa, was palm forest. Rainfall patterns and climate changed, and more robust trees replaced the palms forming magnificent forest. Today forests are southern Africa’s smallest biome. The ancient, once-huge forests are still in evidence in only 0.5% of Africa. You will find what remains in sheltered, remote pockets in mountain ravines or on river banks; the trees’...
  • Durban’s Top 10 Foodie and Lifestyle Markets

    Wanda Coustas
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Durban is brimming over with food and lifestyle markets. Craft and flea markets, farmers’ and organic food markets, indoor markets, open-air markets – whatever your preference. They manage to combine live music, foodies, crafters and enthusiasts in a way that keeps the locals coming back for more. In Durban and want to know which markets to go to – here are the city’s top 10 …   Durban Food Market Held on the last Saturday of every month from 08h00...
  • 30 Things You Need To Do Before You Can Call Yourself A Capetonian

    Wanda Coustas
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Before you call yourself a Capetonian, there are 30 things you need to do in order to earn this title… 1. Climb Table Mountain You’ve actually hiked the mountain, not done it by cable-car (anyone can do that!). Favourite hikes include: Skeleton Gorge to Maclear’s Beacon, Upper Cableway Station to Maclear’s Beacon, Platteklip to Upper Cableway Station and the Pipe Track.   2. Buy something for your home in Woodstock Because the furniture,...
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    Velvet Escape

  • A nation of big smiles

    Keith Jenkins
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    It’s a nation of big smiles. It’s one of many reasons why South Africa has a special place in my heart: the spectacular nature, melting pot of cultures, amazing food and wines, and yes, the big smiles! This video, produced by Caspar Diederik, shows us what it’s like to Meet South Africa, and experience its majestic landscapes, vibrant cities and the many smiles visitors encounter around this great country. Meet South Africa from StoryTravelers on Vimeo. In 10 days we travelled from Johannesburg to Upington and Springbok in the west, down to the south western point of…
  • Ten things to do in Reunion Island

    Keith Jenkins
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Awe-inspiring mountain scenery Réunion Island looks like a tiny speck in the Indian Ocean on Google Maps but zoom in and you’ll find a spectacular island with towering mountains, breathtaking canyons, aquamarine lagoons, colourful towns and villages and stunning waterfalls. An overseas French department, Reunion is a gorgeous mix of French, Asian and African influences. It truly is an enchanting island; a mecca for adventurers and hikers or for those seeking an active holiday infused with lovely beaches, awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating cultures. If you’re visiting for the…
  • Velvet moments: Amsterdam in one photo

    Keith Jenkins
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    It was a sunny winter day and I happened to pass the back of the famous Flower Market in Amsterdam. I’ve walked down this stretch a million times but I guess with the bright sunshine, this scene, which I’m so familiar with, looked fresh and, well, new! I stopped to admire the gorgeous houses and the colourful floral walls of the Flower Market. I snapped this photo and then realised that this scene of the houses, flowers and bicycles really is so typical of Amsterdam. There’s a canal in there somewhere too. Hehe! Saying that this sums up Amsterdam in one photo is stretching…
  • Exploring Curacao

    Keith Jenkins
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:07 am
    Kura Holanda in Willemstad, Curacao I stepped out of the airport and immediately felt the warm breeze. It was one of the first things I discovered about Curacao (map) when I visited the island many years ago: it’s always breezy. It took a while to finally return to this beautiful island in the Caribbean but feeling that breeze again brought back lots of great memories. Curaçao is a long island with a coastline that’s indented with numerous bays and coves. Its capital, Willemstad, is situated on both sides of St. Anna Bay, a channel of water that leads to the immense Schottegat…
  • Exploring the Itria Valley in Puglia

    Keith Jenkins
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:06 am
    Trulli can be found all across the Itria Valley. The Valle d’Itria or Itria Valley is situated in the heart of the region of Puglia, in the ‘heel’ of the Italian peninsula (map). This area is characterised by charming villages, historic towns, wooded slopes, vineyards, mile after mile of olive groves and the intriguing ‘trulli’ (whitewashed, cone-roofed houses) that dot the countryside. The trulli are the first things that will grab your attention as you travel through this area – they sure lend an almost fairy-tale like element to this beautiful valley!
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  • Passport Holders – My One Travel Amenity Indulgence

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Traveling with two kids in tow has taught me to simplify my life as much as possible. And it all starts with organization. The best way I found to organize all the paperwork, passports and flight info is to keep it all in one large passport holder. But honestly, it’s bad enough I’ve lost the majority of my identity since having kids, being called (Son’s name) mom, not even by my full name anymore. Now, even my traveling documents…
  • The Florida Aquarium – Afternoon for Kids

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:16 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids One of the fun things about Tampa is that everything is so close to one another you can easily fit several fun activities for kids in one day without overtiring them or driving them around too much. A good, easy day with kids would be to start at the Glazer Children’s Museum. Have lunch either at Ulele Restaurant or Columbia Restaurant (two of the most iconic restaurants in Tampa). And top off the day by visiting The Florida Aquarium. Photo Tour of…
  • Eat Like the Native Indians of Tampa at Ulele Restaurant

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:29 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids From my brief visit to Tampa, Florida I can sum it up like this: Tampa is on the up and up! Everywhere you look there is construction going on, remodeling, re-inventing, and reinvigorating a city that at one point was one of the most important cities in the Northern Hemisphere for cigars and other culturally rich areas. However, after the embargo with Cuba a lot of the city was left unused or almost forgotten. Until now. Visiting the city, you will…
  • Learning Adventure – Visit the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa, Florida

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids When traveling with kids, I find that the children’s museums, where ever available, is a great starting point to teach kids about the local culture and history. Visiting the Glazer Children’s Museum was an immediate intro to what Tampa, Florida was about, from an easy and fun perspective.  And you get to learn some stuff you would never know. For instance, did you know that the first commercial flight in the entire world was from St.
  • 14 Reasons you Should Give Up your Job and go Campervanning Around Australia

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Wow, it’s been a while – hasn’t it? When was the last time you grabbed your beach towel, hit the sand, and soaked up some sun? Too long. That’s how long. Here’s 14 reasons you need to give up your job and go campervanning around Australia: Photo by: ian mcwilliams 1. You’ll get that special sixth sense that only people travelling seem to get, where everything makes sense and you figure out exactly what you want and how you can do it. 2.
 
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  • Interactive Floating Flower Garden

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Last November, TeamLab, a Japanese collective of architects, designers, artists, programmers and engineers, installed a large-scale retrospective of its work at the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo. The two main interactive digital art exhibitions of the retrospective – “Digital Art” that toured the world in 2014, and “Learn and Play! teamLab Future Park” experience park for children – have been so popular at the Miraikan that the show has been extended till May 1, 2015. In addition to the two exhibitions, the…
  • Gold Souk Building, Beverwijk Bazaar - The Netherlands

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Two basic ideas – one gold and one black - result in dramatic impact in the new Gold Souk building at the Beverwijk Bazaar in The Netherlands. Rotterdam-based Liong Lie Architects had the cool opportunity to design a brand new hall for the gold dealers and goldsmiths that offer their wares each weekend at the Goudstraat (Goldstreet) at the Eastern Market of the famous Bazaar.   The designers based the uneven shape of the building on a raw piece of gold. They covered the façade with gold-tinted panels with a triangle pattern. The panels are placed in different orientations so…
  • Humming Puppy Yoga Studio, Prahran, Melbourne

    15 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Humming puppy? That’s quite a kooky name for a luxe Melbourne yoga studio – the humming is a nod to the Arup audio engineer designed sound system that delivers an exquisite hum soundtrack around the yoga studio; the puppy is a nod to the ubiquitous downward dog yoga pose. Clients leave a nondescript inner-city Prahran side street, climb a set of industrial stairs into the studio (known here as a shala) and enter a cocooned space where every detail of the design – custom lighting, soundtrack and interiors is geared towards preparing yogis physically and mentally for their…
  • CJ's Hendry's 50 Foods in 50 Days Series On Hermes Plates

    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Solitary confinement, food, high end design, prisoners on death-row, final meals, twenty-four hours, and fifty days. It sounds like the subplot for a quirky action film yet instead it’s actually an artistic collision of the senses, represented through beautiful one-of-a-kind hand drawn art. “50 foods in 50 days” is CJ Hendry’s newest collection and it’s a bold endeavour for an artist who continues to deliver the unexpected. At first glance it is French designer plates and mouth-watering foods. However, the collection is so much more than just an exploration of…
  • Anthony Gargasz Metallic Faces

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Contextually it’s pivotal, an artistic exploration of the metaphysical, developed in the digital; all rhymes aside, Los Angeles based artist Anthony Gargasz,’s new collection ‘Metallic Faces’ simply cannot be ignored for these three reasons. Fifteen years ago there was no such thing as ‘Photoshop art’. The thought that art could be generated on computers would have made traditionalists cringe. However, what Anthony has managed to achieve by using his background in digital design is breathtaking and its art in the finest sense of the word. His work is far…
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  • Great American Road Trips That You Need To Do At Least Once!

    James Hills
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:06 pm
    A few months ago we got a chance to test drive the "not a minivan" Kia Sedona and while it was fun to drive around the streets of Dana Point, I couldn't help but feel that where it would really shine would be on a long road trip.  Between the peppy engine, comfortable seats, great complement of electronic gadget, and some bad-ass passenger seats that recline almost like International First Class airline seats this is the car that you would want to drive if you were wanting to see America with your best friends. San Diego to ...
  • A VIP Las Vegas Guys Weekend At Aria - Part 1

    James Hills
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:14 am
    I now know what it means to be a Vegas VIP - it is an experience unlike any other I've ever had the opportunity to experience and the best part was that I got to share it with 6 of my best friends and fellow bloggers! We did a LOT of stuff in just three days, but this is the city where excess is normal and you can always recover once you get home. Our home base for the weekend was Aria but we also explored Mandalay Bay, Mirage, and Bellagio.  Las Vegas has changed tremendously over the ...
  • Five Days in Fiji On A Father and Son Mancation

    James Hills
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Fiji for a mancation with kids? You've got to be joking! Right? - no, seriously, why not pick this amazing South Pacific Island for a Father-Son Getaway to teach important life skills such as fishing, hiking, rowing, and have some good wholesome fun enjoying 5-star service, fine food, and maybe even a sports massage on the beach. Kids grow up fast, so this is a great opportunity to spend time together on an adventure that you will both remember fondly for the rest of your life.  Frankly I had never really considered Fiji as anything more than a playground for ...
  • 10+ Awesome Mancation Ideas in North Dakota!

    James Hills
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    North Dakota isn't the easiest state to get to, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing to do there. In fact, if the great outdoors is what you are looking for, North Dakota has that in spades - fishing, hiking, camping, hunting and the authentic "Wild West" experience too! Beer and wine tasting What guy doesn't like beer? Microbreweries have been very successful in North Dakota and there’s a bar stool waiting for you. Ten breweries across the state offer everything from stout to cider, and there’s always the option to grab a growler to-go. Add some sophistication to the trip and take…
  • Burgers, Beers, and Basketball at MGM Grand Las Vegas Guys Weekend!

    James Hills
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:17 am
    The MGM Grand Las Vegas is the second largest hotel in the world by number of rooms and since it opened up in 1993, the hotel has transformed from the loose theme based on the Wizard of Oz into what I found last week - an AMAZINGLY COOL sports and entertainment themed experience that was about as awesome as you could possibly get for a Vegas guys weekend. It could have been that we happened to be there during the PAC 12 Championship basketball games and the contagious excitement from thousands of excited fans, alums, and players but I suspect ...
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  • South Africa News Humour – Telling It Like it Is!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:54 am
    Here is an article about satire which relates to a very funny cartoonist who has a sharp wit for telling things as they really are. I love satirical cartoonists. In Australia, we take it for granted that we have creative individuals who are allowed to take the piss out of our politicians without the fear of being imprisoned, or sued that much! But if you think about it, the funnier something is, the closer that send up is to the real story. That’s the way humour works. How many times have you almost pissed your pants at something funny, thinking ‘yes, that’s so true!’…
  • Bunch Of Flowers – How To Keep Them Fresh!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Today I have a funny travel photo of a nice bunch of flowers that was sent in to me by Joe who runs I Want To Go There. You can also follow him on Facebook. Joe says ‘I have had the travel bug since 1996. First trip to Quebec City, Canada. Since then several countries in Europe, the Caribbean Islands, West Coast of the US, The Rocky Mountains, New York City, and the Beautiful Hudson Valley in New York State where I live. More stops in the Caribbean coming up this summer and Paris and Venice in 2016. As for photography, I got my first camera when I was 4 and haven’t stopped taken…
  • Fresh Meat Market Mayhem!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    I like a big steak now and then. There’s nothing like have a large chunk of fresh meat being barbecued over hot wood coals. Sure, it makes one feel like a caveman, but it makes me feel very satisfied afterwards! I love having a long siesta after a big feed and a couple of beers. And as part of those big feeds, I also love eating all sorts of food when I travel, and this includes meat – even the more unusual dishes like cows nose in satay sauce, pig intestines and chicken head. Previous meat themed articles that have I’ve written about previously include: Wagyu – Worlds…
 
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  • FASHION FRIDAY: HERE WE SNOW AGAIN!

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    It's the first day of Spring today and Old Man Winter is preferring to stick around!  That's right...more snow today!!!  When will it end?  We snapped these pictures a couple of weeks ago and I didn't know if I would ever post them because the weather was warming up and it seems Spring was coming, but with this forecast...I thought why not?  At least it's supposed to warm up tomorrow!  These are also the first pictures I've posted on the blog with my new bangs.  I wanted to do something different and thought I'd give them a shot.  I'm not too sure how long…
  • LAKOTA WOLF PRESERVE

    10 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    (Photo Credit: TripAdvisor.com)Imagine getting up close to wolves, foxes and bobcats to see how they live in the wild?  Maybe it's because the PBS show Wild Kratts has been such a hit in our house, but I think it sounds pretty cool, and it's something we've been wanting to do with the boys for awhile now.  The Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, New Jersey is the only wildlife preserve of its kind in the state.  The preserve is owned and run by two people who have raised and cared for the animals themselves.  At the preserve you get to go on an educational tour and stand on…
  • A GETAWAY TO CRYSTAL SPRINGS

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:37 am
    Last week we packed up the car and headed away as a family to Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, New Jersey.  We wanted to take Richie skiing for his 4th birthday, and we picked Crystal Springs Resort because it's not too far away, and the mountain and resorts are very close to each other with a shuttle bus that takes you to and fro. Mountain Creek is where you ski, and then there are a couple of resorts to chose from nearby- Minerals Resort and Spa and Grand Cascades Lodge.  We stayed at Grand Cascades Lodge.  Minerals Resort and Spa is what they consider more of a "family…
  • FASHION FRIDAY: ADDED COLOR

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:15 am
    TGIF!!!!!!!!  So happy it's the weekend!  Today's outfit is pretty basic, sort of my "momiform" of what you can find me in on a daily basis running around with two little ones- jeans and a comfy top.  I always tend to gravitate toward black, but here I added color by way of some new pieces I got from the Stella & Dot spring line.  Added color can help make an outfit pop, it can add new life to an outfit you've worn a dozen times, and it helps make your mood pop too, especially with the winter we've been having!  The good news is, Spring is just 21 days away and…
  • BEST BANANA MUFFINS

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:19 am
    Hey guys!  I've got a little recipe post for you today.  It's for banana muffins (I know- easy, nothing fancy), but I promise you...this recipe really does make the BEST banana muffins ever!!!  I have made banana muffins at least a dozen times in the past, and after a bit of tweaking, I have found the recipe that I will continue to make.  My kids absolutely love these, and ask for them all of the time!!!BEST BANANA MUFFINS RECIPE:Ingredients:1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanilla1/2 teaspoon cinnamon3…
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  • Mirabai Expedition 5: Releasing the bonds of love

    Mariellen Ward
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Mirabai ExpeditionThe Dwarkadesh Temple spire in Dwarka Unravelling the mystery of Mirabai In the final part of the Mirabai Expedition, I follow her footsteps to the seaside town of Dwarka where she disappeared while singing in the temple, leaving only her sari wrapped around the Krishna murti The long drive across flat, featureless and very hot west Gujarat is broken only by a stop at a business hotel, inexplicably located in the middle of nowhere. We stop for chai and pakodas, in an empty, airless, and featureless hotel coffee shop. The only guests…
  • Mirabai Expedition 4: In the footsteps of royalty

    Mariellen Ward
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:12 pm
    This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Mirabai ExpeditionChittorgarh Fort Mirabai’s unbelievable story becomes real on the ramparts of mighty Chittorgarh Fort RAJASTHAN IS THE ‘LAND OF KINGS,’ a desert state with a rich history of chivalrous rulers, silk-road trade routes and romantic tales. Fantastical palaces and sand-castle forts, loping camels and screeching peacocks, women in neon-bright saris and men in bulbous turbans. Rajasthan is all your fantasies of India writ large, and the setting for many of India’s epic stories, including the improbable tale of…
  • 30 reasons to #LoveIndiaTravel

    Mariellen Ward
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
    Danielle Winter 30 travelers and bloggers share their love for travel in India with photos and stories GENDER INEQUALITY ISSUES and several high-profile rape cases have distorted the perception of India in the media. The result is that some potential travelers are choosing to bypass India in favour of other less infamous destinations. As a long-time traveler to India, I think this is unfortunate. I know many, many travelers, including lots of female solo travelers, who love to travel in India. Without taking away from the brutality of these incidents and need for societal change, India is…
  • Celebrating Women’s Day in India

    Mariellen Ward
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:21 am
    Women dancing at Aurovalley Ashram’s anniversary celebrations Amid all the bad news, let’s celebrate the strength and beauty of women in India (and everywhere) MARCH 8 IS INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day. It’s also my birthday, so I take special note of it every year. And this year, as the world spotlight is again on India’s attitudes towards women, and a debate over a documentary about the horrific Delhi Gang Rape is raging, I want to take a moment and celebrate the women of India. Social activism is important … and so is telling stories about every day…
  • Chasing Paul Theroux at the Jaipur Literature Festival in India

    Mariellen Ward
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    Travel Writer Paul Theroux at the Jaipur Literature Festival. When you interview a travel writer you need to have terrible things happen to you MY LONG TIME DREAM to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival came true this year. I pitched Conde Nast Traveller India on interviews with Eat, Pray, Love‘s Elizabeth Gilbert and travel writer Paul Theroux, and arrived in Jaipur with a media pass in hand on a cool, late January day. Also wanted to meet and interview Devdutt Pattanaik, well known in India for many books on mythology, and founder William Dalrymple, who is one of my favourite…
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  • Review of Beauty and the Beast Musical at Marina Bay Sands Mastercard Theatre Singapore

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped in a Beast body by a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. It does not matter if you have or have not have seen the 1991 Academy-Award winning animated Beauty and the Beast feature film (or cartoon) – the Beauty and the…
  • 3 Holiday Destinations in Malaysia for Weekend Bus Trips

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    There are many bus companies that travel from Singapore to different destinations in Malaysia e.g. transtar, 707 Express, Five Stars Express, Billion Stars so booking bus tickets used to involve either going down to People’s Park Complex where the offices for these bus services are located or calling them one by one to compare prices and timings.  With BusOnlineTicket.com – a one stop portal for most Singapore-Malaysia route bus services, you can book your bus ticket online and compare prices, timings and even services offered onboard the buses e.g. whether meals will be served…
  • Enjoying Sembawang Shi Fu Ge 食福閣 Zi Char with Foodpanda Home Food Delivery Service

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    I hate calling food delivery hotlines to order food e.g. pizza – during busy periods, you waste lots of time waiting on hold and when you finally get hold of someone on the line, you have to pronounce your orders clearly (especially if there are many similar dish variations) or worse, you have to decide on the spot when the restaurant staff reads out the entire menu to you.  Even after you have finished ordering your food, you might just realised that there isn’t enough cash at home to pay the delivery guy and you have to scramble to put together all available cash at home! With…
  • Dining in a Chapel – The White Rabbit Dining Review

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Dining at The White Rabbit in Dempsey is quite an experience – not only do you get to savour delicious food and admire the beautiful restaurant interior decorations, you can also expect great service from the attentive restaurant staff. It is for these reasons that The White Rabbit was the winner of the Singapore Experience Awards Best Dining Experience category in 2009 and has since qualified multiple times as a finalist in 2011, 2013 and again for the same category in the 2014 Awards. The White Rabbit is housed in an old Ebenezer Chapel that has been restored to its former glory with its…
  • Review of Black Pork BBQ Restaurant at Seogwipo, Jeju Island

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    We tried quite a few Jeju yummy delicacies during our 4D3N trip in Jeju e.g. abalone porridge and grilled mackerel, black pork tofu kimchi hotpot and the pork ramen at Jeju city – the black pork BBQ was my favorite.  This black pork BBQ restaurant came at the recommendation of our Feliz Telcon hotel reception staff – I don’t know the name of the restaurant but I do have the GPS coordinates i.e. 7628588 so just key the number into your rental car Korean GPS and it should bring you there – it is located in the Seogwipo area so it will be quite out of the way if you are…
 
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  • The Creative Muse: A Book, a Place, a Conference

    JoAnna
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Imagine art embedded within snail mail. This blog post was originally going to be about a book I recently read, a book about letters and art called More Than Words, but then I realized I have so much more to say, much of it leading back to my inner muse and a kick start to creativity. We’ll get back to the book in a moment. So I’ll start with this: I’ll never have time to read all the books in the world that I’d like to read. I’m endlessly thankful for Goodreads, because I no longer find myself scribbling book titles on scraps of paper, then stuffing them in my desk drawer, where…
  • New Year, New Goals

    JoAnna
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Goal: Slow down and unplug.Translation: Let’s paint! Some people (like my husband) are not big fans of setting New Year’s resolutions. I am definitely not one of those people. Even as a little kid, I liked the idea of starting over, trying again and, as far as resolutions go, literally opening a fresh journal to a new page in life. For years, my resolutions read like a laundry list with tasks like writing in said new journal every day, but as we all know, just saying you’re going to achieve something doesn’t mean you’re going to do it, especially if that goal doesn’t fit into…
  • The Night Before Christmas: A Thanksgiving Story

    JoAnna
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    Here we are, the day before Christmas, and I haven’t yet written about Thanksgiving. I’ve been meaning to share our Thanksgiving story for a few weeks now, but the days have just slipped out from beneath me. And I can’t possibly write about Thanksgiving after Christmas, so here I am on Christmas Eve, sipping a cup of coffee at our rented home in Ocean Shores, Washington, writing about our November holiday in Arizona. Per usual, we decided to get out of town for Thanksgiving. By that time of the school year, we’re ready for a break from our daily grind. School has usually lost its…
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  • Ten years of world travel

    Fili
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    How time flies. Ten years ago today, March 20th 2005, I left my home country for an unknown adventure to roam around the world. At the time, people who knew me found it hard to imagine me as a long-term traveler, and I would joke that I’ll probably be back in a couple of weeks or never at all. Many, including myself, never really thought the second option was possible. The longest I’ve traveled on my own prior to that trip was for a week or two of business trips to the United States. At the time, I had a fairly successful career in IT, I had just graduated an MBA degree from a…
  • Visions of Los Angeles : California

    Fili
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:29 pm
    A conference at Long Beach provided the much needed escape from the mid-western ice cold winter, and a chance to revisit the wonderful city of Los Angeles. Some people dislike L.A. for all sorts of reasons, but I’m sure that any person spending months over in the middle of nowhere freezing northern little town would welcome all that L.A. has to offer – warmth, city life, beach life, endless entertainment, beautiful natural scenery, and much more. I could not get enough of it all. Understandably, I spent a fair amount of my time visiting the beaches. While it was too cold for a…
  • UCLA campus : Los Angeles – California

    Fili
    7 Mar 2015 | 8:52 pm
    During my last visit to the Los Angeles area to attend a conference in Long Beach, I made a short visit to the University of California Los Angeles campus to get a feel of what a warm sunny ivy league world-class university campus looks like. Suffice to say I soon become quite jealous, the architecture, the open areas, the class-rooms, the diversity of the students, the weather – everything was just very impressive. In my field of research, UCLA hosts some of the best scholars in the world, both in terms of depth and numbers.   Below is my quick tour of the campus, mainly…
  • Illinois Old State Capitol : Springfield

    Fili
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    To get away from my middle of nowhere Champaign over in the often (somewhat justly) overlooked mid-west, I made my way over to the Illinois capital city of Springfield, marketed as the ‘city of Lincoln’ and the capital city of the ‘Lincoln state’. There are a few interesting attractions in the city surrounding the (peculiar) life of Lincoln, but there are a few things that aim to go a bit beyond that. For one, this is the capital city, which means it has a capitol building. Don’t expect much, it’s rather small compared to the bigger more well-known states…
  • National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Pompidou : Paris

    Fili
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Paris, without doubt, has some of the best museums in the world. The Louvre is perhaps the most well known, but when it comes to more contemporary art the National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou is as good as it gets. Set in one of the most peculiar structures ever built in strong contrast to its historical surroundings, this museum hosts some of the world’s best contemporary art – which is the type of art I enjoy the most.       The Paris tourist info introduces: Situated at the heart of Paris in the Marais district, the Pompidou Centre reveals its…
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • Easter Festivities in Reno Tahoe

    Corie Cartano
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Hoppy (almost) Easter! Our area has a multitude of events for kids and adults alike to have a great Easter holiday. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly Easter egg hunt or a more competitive scavenger hunt, Reno Tahoe has it all. Here is what’s happening in and around Reno Tahoe: Underwater Egg Hunt: March 28, from [...]
  • SALE: San Jose to Reno Tahoe – Alaska Air

    Christina Erny
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Deal alert: Fly from the Bay Area (San Jose, CA) to Reno Tahoe from as low as $69! Hurry! Book by March 30, 2015. Restrictions apply. BUY NOW! Flights from Seattle to Reno are also on sale – fly from as low as $119. Book by March 30, 2015. Restrictions apply. BUY NOW!
  • Take Me Out to the Ballgame: The Aces Are Back!

    Corie Cartano
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    What better way to kick off the start of spring than with America’s favorite pastime? Reno’s own baseball team, the Reno Aces, is back! The highly anticipated 2015 season starts April 9 with an away game against Albuquerque and the home opener game on April 17 at the Aces Ballpark, also against Albuquerque. The Aces season [...]
  • Five ways to take on spring in Reno Tahoe USA

    Christina Erny
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    First day of spring is officially Friday. Thrillist just named the region as one of “The 13 Destinations You Absolutely Need to Visit This Spring” (picks span the entire world), but don’t just take their word for it, test it out yourself. Time to warm up to new activities in the area with the changing [...]
  • Road Trip Reno Tahoe!

    Christina Erny
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The “Reno Loop” was highlighted this week by Yahoo! Travel as one of their 7 Most Amazing Under-the-Radar Road Trips in the U.S., and a couple weeks ago, you might remember Condé Nast Traveler listing Reno Tahoe on their 5 Drivable Destinations Offering Great Value This Season. Road tripping to and around Reno Tahoe is [...]
 
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  • Carnival Sunshine Repositioned + Carnival Freedom Review

    cruiseandblog
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    It was recently announced that Carnival Cruise Line is repositioning Carnival Sunshine to New York City, seasonally June - Oct. 2016. Terry Thornton is the S VP of Itinerary Planning for Carnival and talks to us about the move, the itineraries and the future of Carnival Magic.  Jason Leppert joins us to give us a review of Carnival Freedom, his latest six-night Western Caribbean cruise from Galveston, Texas. Jason gives us a comprehensive review of dining, public areas, entertainment and staterooms of Carnival Freedom.  
  • 16 Cruise Tips + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    On this episode Ben Souza from CruiseFever drops by to talk about 16 cruise hacks that every cruise vacationer should know. Ben covers everything from onboard dining, before you cruise tips, drinking on your cruise and excursions.  Cruise Guy stops by with Cruise News on Virgin Cruises lawsuit, Royal Caribbean’s new ship Anthem of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas, Holland America’s upcoming ship, Viking River Cruises heading to the Mississippi River and Carnival Cruise Line moving more ships. 
  • Princess Cruises Partners with Oscar-Winning Composer Stephen Schwartz

    cruiseandblog
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
    Princess Cruises today announced a first-of-its-kind cruise industry partnership with three-time Oscar winner and composer of Wicked, Pippin and Godspell Stephen Schewart. The cruise line’s new relationship with such a major creative talent from Broadway and Hollywood includes a multi-year agreement to oversee the creative development of four new musicals to debut across the fleet over the next several years.   During his 40-year career, Schwartz has won four Grammys, three Academy Awards for “Best Song” and “Best Score” for Pocahontas and “Best Song” for The Prince of…
  • Carnival Journeys + Norwegian Dawn Review

    cruiseandblog
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Matthew Clark and his family are from Pittsburg, PA and took a well deserved winter cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn, on a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise. Matt gives a bow to stern review, covering: embarkation, suite life, dining, entertainment, ports, and first timer tips! Hear this Norwegian Dawn review! Carnival Cruise Line just announced Carnival Journeys, a series of longer than normal cruises that offer destination immersion and onboard enrichment. Terry Thornton, VP of Itinerary Planning for Carnival Cruise Line is on the show to talk to us about Carnival…
  • Norwegian Epic Cruise Review & Caribbean Port Shopping

    cruiseandblog
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Listener Kabir just returned from a sailing aboard Norwegian Epic, taking him on a seven-night jaunt around the Western Caribbean. Kabir gives us a full Norwegian Epic review, including embarkation, the stateroom, dining options, entertainment and shares his tips and secrets. Bill Panoff, president and CEO of Fort Lauderdale-based PPI Group, began his career as a cruise director and went into cruise publishing. Bill took his company a step further and now has over 60 port shopping lecturers. No one knows cruise port shopping like Bill. Bill joins us to answer a listener question about…
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  • Nomadic News: March 29, 2015

    James Clark
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Greetings from O. R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg where I’m in transit after spending a wonderful week in Namibia. I was travelling around for most of the time and I barely used the internet, so I haven’t updated the blog or checked my emails in a while. What I did do though was go camping and see some of the animals that make Africa famous. I have a few hours at the airport and I’m already dreaming about new destinations around Southern Africa. While I was offline most of the week here are some of the interesting travel and location independent related links…
  • New Country Day: Namibia

    James Clark
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Country: Namibia Date: 21 March, 2015 Visiting anywhere in Africa in 2015 wasn’t even on my radar a month ago, and now here I am in Namibia. I was invited here by the Namibian Tourism Board at short notice, who asked if I wanted to visit the filming locations of Mad Max 4 (Mad Max: Fury Road), which was shot here recently. Having lost count of the amount of times I have watched the first three Mad Max films in my youth, my answer was hell yes! I Arrived at Windhoek International Airport to find out that today is Namibia’s 25th anniversary of independence. There was a United States…
  • Nomadic News: March 15, 2015

    James Clark
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Greetings from Bangkok. I’m back in Thailand for a week after my quick visit back to Australia. I did a country roadtrip last week and missed the weekly news, so here is this fortnights edition of Nomadic News. Living Abroad Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? Second Passports The man who helps countries turn investments into passports for the rich passports.IO – database of 2nd passport, residency, and citizenship in countries worldwide Travel The Wanderlust Gene: Why Some People Are Born To Travel Google CFO Patrick Pichette on why he quit his job to…
  • Where I’m At: Melbourne – In Australia for my annual visit

    James Clark
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    [Marvellous Melbourne.] Greetings from Melbourne. I’m back in Australia for my annual visit which involves visiting family and sorting through a years worth of mail that still gets sent to me. Melbourne is such a great city and I can see how I lived here for so long. Every time I return though I feel less like a resident and more like a visitor. Friends have moved to the outer suburbs which become time consuming places to visit without a car, and my old stomping ground of St. Kilda feels like a completely different place to me. These days I feel more at home in Saigon or Bangkok than I…
  • My best ever airport immigration experience

    James Clark
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:54 pm
    There are so many stories online of horror airport immigration experiences that you could start a Tumblr and never run out material (http://shittyairportexperiences.tumblr.com/ is free if you want to be the person to start that Tumblr). In my years of international travel I’ve had some memorably bad border control experiences (some of which were my own fault) which I could add to said Tumblr. Most of the time though immigration experiences are uneventful. You are usually greeted with an officer looking to assert their authority on the situation and only the most sober yes/no answers…
 
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    City Traveler Blog

  • 10 Cool Things to Do in Philly

    Deston S. Nokes
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    If you visit Philadelphia, you know the first things your friends will ask: Did you see the Liberty Bell? It’s easy to find, just across the street from Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. But there’s so much more to the city than just a cracked dinger. The next time you’re in Philly, here are 10 memorable, fun activities to help you fall head over heels for the City of Brotherly Love. 1) Pay homage to a founding father: One of the top Philadelphia CityPASS attractions, Franklin Institute explores the legacy of one of our nation’s most brilliant…
  • Brewin’ U.S.A.: The Nation’s Best Brewery Tours by Region

    Dan Patterson
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    There’s a reason why Ben Franklin coined beer as the proof that God loves us and wants to be happy. As one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, dating all the way back to 3500 B.C., this wonderfully flavorful concoction was instrumental in the formation of civilizations, serving as the backbone for many religious gatherings and festivities. The art of brewing has taken many different shapes since the beverage was popularized and spread through Europe by Germanic and Celtic tribes in early 3000 B.C., but one thing remains true: nothing quite compares to a cold mug of suds after a hard…
  • Flower Shows Bound to Brighten Winter Weekends

    Paula Peters Chambers
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    A friend in North Carolina recently shared, via social media, a picture of daffodil shoots emerging in his yard. It will be weeks before those shoots mature into blooms, but their presence is encouraging. This time of year can be hard. The cheery brightness of the holiday season is past, and, for many, the worst winter weather is upon us (or threatening). Sure, warmer climates offer a respite, but the difficulty and expense of reaching a sunny, warm locale may prove prohibitive. Instead, you can visit a place where spring is in full bloom – and it may be in your own town. Photo credit:…
  • Scope Out San Francisco’s Best Spots for Seafood

    Dan Patterson
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Farallon San Francisco is known for its colorful neighborhood culture and melting pot atmosphere. Sometimes known as the “City by the Bay,” San Fran is also a beacon for those who savor seafood – whether they live within one of the various neighborhoods that comprise its 231 square mile city borders, or are tourists just passing through. While San Francisco offers a wealth of museums and opportunities to see fine art, as well as a touch of the unusual scattered throughout the city, its seafood dining options are beyond measure. CityPASS has narrowed the field to just a few of San…
  • A Piece of Atlanta's History Looking to the Future

    Joan Cirillo
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Photo credit: Underground Atlanta The 26th annual New Year’s Eve Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta launched what could be a final year of shopping, eating, events and attractions at the historic downtown landmark as it is today. Renowned as the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Southeast, the drop of the 800-pound fiber and foam peach down the Underground’s 138-foot tower draws an estimated 175,000 spectators. The drop is the first of a year’s worth of activities and attractions at the six-block Underground Atlanta site, with its 12 acres and three levels of shopping,…
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    A Traveler's Library

  • DETOUR: Going Somewhere and Somewhere Else

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Detour Sign Dunedin FL (Photo from WikiMedia.org) We are flying from Arizona to Florida to attend my grand daughter’s wedding. Nice trip. Exciting event.  However it seems that every time I have an opportunity to go Somewhere, I can’t help thinking about the opportunities—to go Somewhere Else. Soon I’ll be sharing our trip to Somewhere Else. Do you think that way, or do I have a detour built into the routing of travel thoughts in my brain? Here are some examples. OHIO TO NEW YORK Our sons with my husband’s grandmother in Ohio, 1966. In the 1960’s, once a…
  • Are You One of the 20%?

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    The Whole World This article may explain why you get that travel itch. Or are we just Neanderthals? Let me know what you think. Original article: Are You One of the 20%?©2015 A Traveler's Library. All Rights Reserved.
 
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    Travel stories and tips for adventure travel and culture tourism seekers

  • Less than 24 Hours in Seattle – Unbeatable Seattle Travel Tips

    MsTravelingPants
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Whether you are on your way on a cruise leaving from Seattle, on your to or from the Hawaiian Islands, or delayed on business through Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEATAC), I have unbeatable Seattle travel tips for a less than 24 hour stay in Seattle. Don’t stay in the airport cleaning out your email or eating some lousy airport food. All these travel tips are all quick, easy to get to, FUN, and some worth repeating on your next layover. Light rail: Get to and from downtown Seattle from SEATAC for a mere $3.00 leaving every 15 minutes within five minutes walking from terminal. This is cheaper…
  • Changes in Cuban Travel from My Viewpoint

    MsTravelingPants
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    Although I’m not Cuban nor am I a Cuban-American, I have had the privilege of witnessing many of Cuba’s recent changes right before my eyes. How has a Wisconsinite with no Cuban heritage gotten this glimpse of Cuba? I was in the right place at the right time. I started in 2013 as a tour director for people to people tours, escorting Americans through four major cities in Cuba: Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Trinidad, and of course Havana. In that year alone, I spent over eighty days in Cuba. Some people have claimed to travel around the world in eighty days. Instead, I decided to dive…
  • Traveling to Cuba – Changes that I’ve Witnessed Over My Multiple Trips

    MsTravelingPants
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    When I share with any American that I have traveled to Cuba, I’m involved a lengthy conversation about how, isn’t it illegal, what it’s like, and if I have any Cuban cigars. Especially with the recent good news of U.S.-Cuban relations gradually opening up, my inbox has been overflowing with shared articles about the changes and predictions about the future. I have been writing about Cuba as well as leading legal people-to-people tours for Americans since 2013. I have spent over 80 days in Cuba. And, I will be going to Cuba for my first trip since the news was announced in…
  • Surviving the Road to Hana – Travel to Maui

    MsTravelingPants
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    The Road to Hana is world renowned for being one of the most beautiful and romantic drives. If you travel to Maui, it would be a sin not to drive the Road to Hana. The trick is to survive it! Last month, I braved the Road to Hana with my PIC (Partner In Crime).  I didn’t necessarily feel romantic as I rode along the 52 miles of narrow roads with 617 sharp, windy, and hairpin curves and 56 bridges. Yes, it was an intense sensory experience for my PIC and I, but only at times romantic. It was the most spectacular, unpleasant ride I have ever that I had chosen to do. I wasn’t…
  • World’s Prettiest Mountain Destinations

    MsTravelingPants
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    Some of my favorite destinations have been in the mountains, whether in Torres del Paine in Patagonia or the Rockies. For the New Year, I challenge you to cross off some adventure travel from your bucket list. In order to inspire you with three destinations that are currently on my bucket list, I asked a peer travel writer and adventure lover, Cheryl Staunton to discuss the world’s prettiest mountain destinations. Go ahead Cheryl! Inspire some bucket list adventure travel in 2015! World’s Prettiest Mountain Destinations Clear air, stunning views, outdoor activities, the sense of…
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  • Westchester Township Museum in Chesterton, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Brown Mansion in Chesterton, Indiana Historic Brown Mansion was given new life as the home of permanent exhibits as part of the Westchester Township Museum in Chesterton, Indiana. There’s so much to say about Brown Mansion and the Westchester Township Museum that I figured I could lure you into a visit just by posting my image of Brown Mansion above. Did it work? I thought so. But just in case, let me give you a rundown of the history and contents of this awesome home turned office turned museum. Brown Mansion in Chesterton Brown Mansion in Chesterton, Indiana Dining Room It’s…
  • Images from Finley’s Antiques and Collectibles in Tell City, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tucked inside a charming little space, Finley’s Antiques and Custom Framing in Tell City, Indiana makes the most of this lovely building! Antiques are from floor to ceiling–and just wonderful pieces. This is not a flea market or junk shop. A true antique shop, this Perry County business also specializes in area history. They’ve got wonderful images for sale of the town in its early days. You know how much I enjoy Indiana history. If you think it’s all dry and boring, you had the wrong teachers! Trust me, this state has some incredible historical figures, events, and…
  • Images of Downtown Winchester

    Jessica Nunemaker
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s hard to take your eyes off of the amazing Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana, isn’t it? That one just has everything: wonderful architecture and a great story to go with it! What? You missed my article about the “Calendar Girls?” A group of senior bridge card players decided to “bare all” in order to save the courthouse from demolition by backwards town officials. You can read about the Calendar Girls right here. However, if you do stop gawking at the courthouse for five minutes, you can enjoy quaint downtown Winchester. This town has a…
  • Gallery 115 in Madison, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Classy all around, Gallery 115 in Madison, Indiana is a unique, multi-purpose space! It’s part art gallery, part studio, and part cafe. There’s a lot going on inside of this wonderfully useful small business. Madison, Indiana Art Gallery Gallery 115 in Madison, Indiana Exterior Channeling a hip and sleek 1920s — 1940s kind of vibe, it looks so good! The ceilings are high and covered in wonderfully detailed tin, what I can only assume is original to the building as was common in those days. Combing the sunshine of the tall windows and the comfortable warmth that only comes…
  • Images from The Viking in Monon

    Jessica Nunemaker
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    You pop inside, place your order at the counter, then have a seat, and wait for your name to be called. It doesn’t get any easier than that at The Viking in Monon, Indiana and, as you can probably tell from that scrumptious image of the pork tenderloin sandwich I had–it doesn’t get much tastier either! That is one fabulous sandwich. It’s thin and hangs out of the bun. It’s hard to know just how to dig in to the thing but I did just fine. Our boys, of course, thought that was hilarious. I went into my detail when I originally posted about The Viking but I thought…
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  • Luxury Hotels with Budget Prices

    Tony
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates is a city that focuses on attracting visitors. It boasts one of the most expensive and amazing-looking hotels in the world with a self-proclaimed seven stars, as well as many other resorts and hotels that are not cheap. However, the city is a fun place to visit, and there are five-starDubai hotels that offer affordable prices. When to Visit Dubai As with most vacation destinations, the weather plays a big part in the travel industry in Dubai. From May through September, the temperature is almost always higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit with 90 percent humidity.
  • How to Make your Partner Feel Loved While You Are Travelling

    Tony
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    When you travel, whether your work frequently takes you far from home or you are undertaking a bucket list backpacking, it can be difficult spending so much time apart from your partner. While you can talk, text or Skype, when you spend so much time apart, it can be hard to feel really connected. Here are some ways to reconnect across the miles and make your partner feel loved while you are travelling. Set Reminders on their Phone The age of the love letter is not dead, it has just undergone a technological transformation. Before you leave, take the time to add reminders or set alarms on your…
  • Things to include on your holiday checklist

    Tony
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Holidays. The very word might put a smile on your face. Being able to snatch a week or two away from the stresses and strains of everyday life can help you to relax and unwind, and it provides you with a chance to see the world. However, if you’re to get the very most from your vacations, some careful planning is required. Before your next adventure, it’s worth taking a look at the following checklist. Choose the perfect accommodation It’s difficult to enjoy even the very best holiday destinations if your accommodation isn’t up to scratch. So, before you book your vacation base, do…
  • 4 Reasons You Should Visit St. Martin

    Tony
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    One part French, one part Dutch, St. Martin is truly one of the most unique island destination in the Caribbean. Cultural diversity isn’t the only reason to escape to this slice of paradise. This Caribbean nation boasts some of the best attractions found down South, and any true seeker of fun-in-the-sun should consider it for their next truly unforgettable holiday getaway. A Beach For Everyone The island of St. Martin is covered in miles of white sand complemented by turquoise blue ocean lapping up at its shores. The island’s different beaches are as diverse in characteristics as its…
  • Excellent Fitness Ideas Requiring Little Commitment

    Tony
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    Keeping fit while travelling can be difficult, especially when you’re not staying in the same place for long. There often seems no point forking out for a gym membership if you’re not going to make the most of it, joining a sports club when you know you’ll have to leave before you really get into it or purchasing equipment that you’ll soon need to get rid of. All exercise requires some level of commitment but there are good options available to travellers, gap year students or anyone else looking for a fun way to keep fit without committing too much. Running Clubs Like walking,…
 
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    Plum Deluxe

  • How to Invest In Yourself

    Andy Hayes
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    There’s a lot of talk lately about investing in yourself. Unfortunately, we almost always seem to obsess focus on the financial act of investment, not the overall concept of investing in yourself. Here’s the definition I use of invest: devote (one’s time, effort, or energy) to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result Whenever I’m wanting to get an overall picture of my life, I go back to the basic tool many life coaches use, the wheel of life. It comes in various versions and permutations, but here’s a basic version: Let’s…
  • Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Curry with Naan and Creamy Coconut Rice

    Nick Church
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
    This feature was brought to you by Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads. I was just saying the other day that although I’m not a vegetarian, when it comes to curries, I prefer to go veggie. Tofu and vegetables taste so good in a curry as they soak up those rich spices and flavors. While sometimes curries can seem intimidating – especially if you’re hosting guests for dinner or making a special meal for your beau – but really, they are just as easy as making a pot of chili. Give this curry recipe a try. I started with two of my favorite veggies, and paired them with creamy…
  • Letter from the Teamaker: Meet Our New Spring Signature Blend Teas

    Andy Hayes
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    This is the first in a series of letters from our founder and teamaker with personal stories and insights from Plum Deluxe HQ behind our latest offerings. With our monthly tea subscription club now in over 30 states, we’ve been pretty busy around here trying to get our hands around that incredible growth – thank you so much for telling your friends about the best tea club ever!  Having said that, this month we also released our initial line of cute tea mugs.  This one, tea in the rain, is the best seller so far: Because of the intensity of everything going on, we have decided…
  • Historic Tea Parties You Wish You Could Have Attended

    Janice Bear
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    When you hear “tea party,” you might think one of three things: politics, Boston, or little girls with plastic food. When we hear “tea party,” we think: social hour, tea cocktails, and movie nights. Just as there are hundreds of different tea varietals, there are hundreds of ways to brew and serve a cuppa. Take, for example these five milestones in the 300-plus years tea has been part of the Western social scene. 1662 Opinions vary regarding when and how tea was introduced in Europe, but, while its appearance is indeed important, its popularization is more interesting. After all, that…
  • 5 Dinner Party “Hacks” to Upgrade Your Night

    Andy Hayes
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:12 am
    I haven’t decided how I feel about the term “hacks.” We’ve got life hacks, dinner party hacks, kitchen hacks, sleep hacks, wine hacks, bathroom hacks… there isn’t much of our lives the Internet hasn’t hacked. (The irony…) Originally, I had set out to drum up an exhaustive list of dinner party hacks. You know, like, 500 dinner party hacks or something. But that felt a little intense, and exhausting. Instead, I decided that you have more than likely explored our dinner party & entertaining section enough that you’ve got a good handle on…
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  • Cool App To Frame Your Instagram Photos

    Jeanine Barone
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    Here today, gone tomorrow. That's what it sometimes feels like after uploading images to Instagram or Facebook. They  don't have any sense of permanence. My Instagram gallery includes many lovely, evocative images from my travels. And I've had people ask me if they could buy them framed to hang on their walls or to give as a gift to someone. There's an app for everything, right? Why not an app for getting your dreamy photos off your iPhone or iPad, have 'em framed to hang on your wall? Instantly Framed to the rescue.chapel along the Camino de Santiago - credit: Jeanine BaroneThis free…
  • My Fave National Wildlife Refuges

    Jeanine Barone
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Not much wildlife made it into "Wild," the Reese Witherspoon movie based on Cheryl Strayed's solo, thousand-some-mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. That is, unless you count some of the shady people her character meets along the way. In real life, it's the four-legged, winged and finned creatures in our nation's wild places that provide treasured experiences for ourselves and our children -- whether it's prowling for owls, digging for crabs, learning to photograph flocks of cranes, or following the tracks of a bobcat. In America, wildlife links us with our past and…
  • Anguilla In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    Just 25-minutes from St. Maarten by ferry, Anguilla is blessed with some three dozen white sand beaches. I visited 20 of 'em, beaches for all personalities, whether you want nothing but utter solitude or prefer to wine and dine and socialize. And for all activities, whether you're a thrill seeker who wants to kite surf or you're eco oriented and interested in finding sea turtle nesting sites. With a low-key, intimate vibe; gourmet but unpretentious dining; and a sense of anonymity, if that's what you desire, Anguilla might very well be one of my favorite Caribbean islands. This should YouTube…
  • Surprise Discoveries in Portugal's Centro Region

    Jeanine Barone
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    Just an hour drive from buzzing Lisbon is a region brimming with hilltop stone villages, long stretches of sandy beaches, vast expanses of pine forests and agricultural fields and plenty of historical features. This is Portugal's Centro region that's home to one of the oldest schools of higher education in the world, the University of Coimbra. (It also may have been the inspiration for Hogworts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.)On my recent visit, I explored blooming gardens that are perfect for bird watchers, the ruins of a monastery that flooded for…
  • My Favorite Car-Free Islands in Europe

    Jeanine Barone
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    Who doesn't love islands? But I'm quite particular, favoring those that harken to an earlier time, when cars didn't exist as the primary means of transportation. Yes, I search out car-free islands because it's these landscapes where I can feel free to explore in a pollution free environment, without the squealing of brakes or the honking of horns, where I can depend on human-powered locomotion to visit historic sites or just peacefully prowl around coves, hamlets and green spaces. You never know what you'll discover when you're not in a rush.I recently wrote an article for National Geographic…
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    Two Kids and a Map

  • It is Going to Be a Colorado Summer

    Jen
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:06 pm
    In August, I went back to work full-time as a teacher librarian. At the same time, my husband switched jobs and is working much longer days. Because of this, we feel like we have become the perfect example of those people working for the weekend and we haven’t been able to do much traveling. Part of that is work and life but part of it is my fault. I am just so tired at the end of the week that the last thing I can think about is traveling and coming home to a dirty house, an empty fridge, and a work week ahead of me. I have vowed to be much better during the school year but first,…
  • Hiking a Colorado 14er with Kids

    Jen
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Winter is still upon us but I am thinking about the hiking that I am going to do this spring and summer. I have a date with a mountain. A mountain that bested me in July of 2014. It was a lofty goal. And I don’t mean for my kids. I was more worried about myself on the trip up a 14er. Colorado 14ers are mountains that are above 14,000 feet. There are over 50 14ers in Colorado and they rank from a drive up the road to a rigorous hike to a mountain climb. We picked Mt. Bierstadt, a 14er that is known for being a great first timer hike. And by first timer hike, they mean a hiker who hikes…
  • Sunday Family Pajama Brunch at Keystone

    Jen
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    We have visited a lot of the ski resorts within an hour or two driving distance of the front range of Colorado and we love each of them for different reasons. We haven’t found one that is as family friendly and kid centered as Keystone Ski Resort. I am a huge advocate of going places because I want to and I know that my children will be just fine. I don’t need a place that caters to my kids but, sometimes, it is nice to be able to sit back and relax while the kids enjoy their kid-centered activities. Keystone Ski Resort is a pro at doing this. At Keystone, kids are king. Bighorn…
  • Winter Park Scenic Snowcat Tours

    Jen
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:08 pm
    I have said over and over that before we moved to Denver, I thought ski resorts were for skiing. I hadn’t spent much time at ski resorts and didn’t realize how much the offer for the non-skier. For the past couple of years, I have tried to find time to take a snowcat tour but I just couldn’t justify the cost for the whole family and didn’t really want to go by myself. This Christmas, my mom was in town and we spent some time in Winter Park, CO for the holidays. I decided that this was the perfect excuse to take a snowcat tour and we made a girl’s day out of it.
  • Six Reasons Families Will Love Keystone Resort

    Jen
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Keystone Resort offers so many great activities that the whole family will love. While exploring Keystone, there were a number of things that I felt made our ski day go much more smoothly. Free Front Row Parking in the River Run Parking Lot Right Next to the Gear Wagons I don’t know about you but I find the hardest part about skiing together as a family is just getting to the ski lift. By time the kids have pulled on the ski pants (because, you know, the drive up is much more comfy when you aren’t in your ski pants), the jacket, and the gloves to strapping on those ski boots, I often feel…
 
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  • Easter in United Kingdom

    Ratedapartments.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Introduction Easter is a festival which gives the UK two bank holidays, thereby making it a Bank Holiday weekend (April 3, 2015 to April 6, 2015). Whether you plan to party all weekend or celebrate Easter by stuffing your mouth with chocolates, it’s time to get on with planning. Here are some of the ways you can celebrate this springtime holiday. Go cracking! Easter Services Attend an Easter service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church or Westminster Alley for orchestral music and live choral. At Trafalgar Square, you can learn about the story of Easter. Here, a live…
  • The Legendary Head of the River Race

    Ratedapartments.com
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Event Date: March 29, 2015 at 12:00 One of London’s longest-running sporting traditions, Head of the River Race is a processional rowing race held every year on the River Thames in London. Founded by Cambridge and Tideway oarsman Steve Fairbairn, it takes place on the 4.25 mile (6.8 km) Championship Course from Mortlake south bank of the River Thames to Putney in South-West London. 400 crews from all across the globe take to the waters of Thames to participate in the historic event. The race was considered as a way for crews to perform long rows during winter. It is generally held on the…
  • Saint Patrick’s Day

    Ratedapartments.com
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Celebrated annually on and around March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day is the death date of the well recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. It was in the early seventeenth century that the day was made an official Christian feast day. The day is observed by the Anglican Communion, the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick’s Day celebrates the culture and heritage of the Irish in general. From public parades and ceilithe to film festival, food festival and comic events, the day brings masses together in a festive spirit. Attracting as many as…
  • A Rated Guide to Shoreditch, London

    Ratedapartments.com
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:11 am
    Chapter 5 : Shoreditch Anyone can fall short of words when it comes to describing the spirit of Shoreditch. Unmatched in energy, Shoreditch takes art and originality to another level. Located in the East End of London to the north of the City of London, this inner city district draws thousands of people from all parts of the world. Read more and you’ll know why! Attractions Nearby A stroll in Shoreditch is an art tour. So to say, Shoreditch is an attraction by all means! Once desolate, Shoreditch today is an artistic society that blooms with art galleries, trendy bars and numerous music…
  • BUSINESS TRAVEL SHOW 2015 – A REVIEW

    Ratedapartments.com
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:09 am
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin The Business Travel Show in London is Europe’s largest with over 250 exhibitors and 6,500+ industry professionals attending the event. This year, BTS took place in Kensington Olympia and apart from the chocolate overload that everyone experienced, the event gave valuable insights to our industry, current news and trends and the future of business travel. When we entered the venue, we were instantly surprised by how big and buzzing it was. Agents and suppliers within our industry, airline and train companies as well as hotel providers filled up the entire…
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  • Photo Album: The Faces of Cruising

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Cruising: a look a the people who make cruise dreams come true. If it was not for the people who work on the ships then I would not have so many happy memories from past cruises. It’s really the connection to the individuals on the ships that keeps me coming back. The ship is a […] The post Photo Album: The Faces of Cruising appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • iVoyage: Silversea Cruises Athens to Venice

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Piraeus (Athens), Greece to Venice, Italy on Silver Spirit Get ready to sail Aug 3 -12, 2014. Live iVoyage cruise report aboard Silversea Cruises’ Silver Spirit. Experience Athens, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Kotor, Venice and more. Join Carrie Finley-Bajak, the chief experience officer at CruiseBuzz.net as we sail from Pireaus across the Aegean Sea and up […] The post iVoyage: Silversea Cruises Athens to Venice appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • #TWChats: Foodie travel edition

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Travel Weekly chat about food  The topic: Foodie travel. Travel Weekly’s monthly Twitter chat #TWchats is sure to dish up some cruise buzz. Our well-rounded list of co-hosts includes journalists from Travel Weekly, Travel Age West, and travel brands like Azamara Club Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Paul Gauguin, A+K, Kimpton, Luftansa, Tauck, Cox & Kings, Holland […] The post #TWChats: Foodie travel edition appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
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  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    I just love it Friday slaps me in the face. A busy week flies by, and the next thing you know it’s Friday, how did that happen? SLAP! This week’s Caribbean Wrap Up will tease with you the world’s most expensive rums, take you on a beach bar tour of Pinel Island off St. Martin, dazzle you with the night moves of the Bahamas Rum Festival, take you through Marigot Bay on St. Lucia, and put you out to sea for a sunset celebration in Grenada. Care to be inspired? Read the following. Cheers. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up The 10 Most Expensive Rums in the World: The Spirit Business…
  • Honey Go Drink Recipe: Boat Drinks

    RumShopRyan
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    After one sip, you’ll be dancing with the locals. Spring has finally arrived. Time to shake off the cabin fever and soak up a little Vitamin D. This week’s Boat Drink recipe is a flavorful concoction that will put a little spring time pep in your step. It’s refreshing, it’s sweet, and it goes down way too easy. Let me introduce you to the Honey Go. Honey Go Boat Drink Recipe Ingredients: 2 oz. Flor de Cana 7 ¾ oz. Passionfruit puree ¾ oz. Lime Juice 1 ¼ oz. Honey Syrup 10 mint leaves Mixing Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    The pull is growing strong. It’s hard to explain. There’s something in my DNA. There are walls that need to be overcome, but it will happen. Is it the color blue? Is it the wind in the sails? Maybe it’s just the freedom. The pull is growing strong. Maybe it’s reading stories like the ones that populate this week’s Caribbean Wrap Up. Rum, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, the Caymans, and the mystical Saba–all of them are pulling. I know this salty Castaway isn’t alone, you feel the pull as well. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Rum Bahamas Awards: The 2nd…
  • A Caribbean Cowboy Singing on the Sand

    RumShopRyan
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    Certain locations and atmospheres were just made for particular musical artists. Madison Square Garden and Jay-Z, Key West and Jimmy Buffett, the Jersey Shore and Bruce Springsteen–these musicians are ingrained into the DNA of these places. Seeing them perform there would be be bucket list type material. Mr. Kenny Chesney’s roots grew in the soil of eastern Tennessee. And while seeing him in Nashville or the University of Tennessee stadium would be epic, there’s a better place. That place is defined as the the coast of somewhere beautiful. A place where the sand and sea…
  • How To Sail a Yacht – Beginner Basics

    RumShopRyan
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    Hey Castaways. This is a guest post by Janice Collins, a blogger and writer who also loves to sail on weekends. Cheers! Learning to sail any vessel on the water takes plenty of time and practice, but it offers fantastic rewards and experiences by the end. From small boats to yachts, power boats and dinghies, mastering the basics is key to an enjoyable sailing experience. Building a Strong Foundation Once the basics are known, sailing is simply a case of building upon existing skills through time on the water and using guidance from experts of how to improve technique. In many ways, the…
 
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  • 10 Ways to Eat Corn on the Streets of Mexico City

    ITKT Media Partner
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Exploring Corn in Mexico City Corn and Mexico Corn has been a staple in the Mexican diet since long before Europeans ever got their hands on American gold, and it should come as no surprise that this delicious grain remains prominent in modern Mexican cuisine. Mexico City, the second largest city in the world, is brimming with street vendors offering up corn in mysterious and delicious forms, from familiar cobs to fermented drinks. If you are headed to Mexico City, prepare yourself for corn like you’ve never seen it before. 1. Tortillas Flatbreads made from unleavened corn flour, tortillas…
  • The E-EZY Selfie Stick/Monopod, a review

    SS and CJ
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Trying out the E-EZY Selfie Stick/Monopod The Pitch The “Newest selfie stick – with Audio Cable connectivity requires no charging or Bluetooth connectivity. It’s easy to set up so you can enjoy the freedom and practicality of the NEW EEZ-Y Selfie Stick. It is compatible with Apple iPhone 6Plus, 6, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4 with iOS version ≥iOS5.0 and Samsung, LG, Sony Smartphones with Android version ≥4.2.2.” – The Manufacturer My First Impression When I opened the package with the E-EZY it exceeded my initial expectations. Made from solid ABS thermoplastic with a sturdy metal…
  • In The Know: Torino, Italy

    ITKT Featured Writer
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
    Torino, Italy: What to Know Formerly of Olympics Fame 2006 host of the Winter Olympics. Home to Italy’s most successful football (soccer) team, as well as the European Capital of Sport for the year 2015. The city that Italians say has the best chocolate in the country. Birthplace of a shockingly small number of names that non-Italians would recognize. Of course, I’m talking about Torino, Italy – Americanized to be Turin. A forgotten city when compared to its country-mates of Venice, Florence, and Rome, Torino has less of an ancient past and more of a mid-millennial history. Covered in…
  • All Roads in Italy Lead to Bologna

    Devin Galaudet
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    A Road to Bologna Discovering Bologna, Italy I sat on the computer staring at the screen mapping out my Italy trip with my wife. I wanted to visit Ljubljana and San Marino, Venice and Rome. I wanted a major city with sites and history. I discovered Bologna by accident – and not in a good way. The seventh largest city in Italy was conveniently located in the north of the country. It was a bigger city, had lots of options and an old section of town with loads of history. Still, when I mentioned stopping in Bologna and using it as a hub for an Adriatic adventure, I was met with several well…
  • A Garden in Fiesole

    ITKT Featured Writer
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Fiesole, Italy The Sights in Florence I sat soaking up the sun in a small walled garden. Tumbling geraniums held the moss-covered stones together as they did most of this hillside town. The drone of bees left the air heavy. Once formal garden paths weaved through one another as they rambled towards a statue of the Virgin, standing forgotten in the center of the garden. A rose branch crept out to tenderly embrace her. Autumn sunshine danced through the trees, with midges floating contentedly in the warmth of its wake. Below me, the Duomo rose above the purple haze of Florence. Church bells…
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  • My New Book! Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel

    Julia
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    I’m super excited to announce my new book! It’s called  Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel and it taps into my real-life around the world experiences backpacking to over 80 countries, across all seven continents. In this book, I aim to inspire and empower future travel junkies to travel further, play harder, say “yes” to new experiences and channel their inner badass. I share tried-and-true travel tips and advice for the next generation of adventurers. With chapters on scoring cheap flights, maximizing air miles, using the best travel apps, surviving solo travel and…
  • New York Times Travel Show Cheat Sheet: Money Saving Travel Websites and Apps

    Julia
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    If you missed my presentation this year at the New York Times Travel Show, or caught the talk and just wanted to refer back, here are a few of the websites I mentioned. These are great travel websites and apps that save you money on flights and hotels; as well as ways to save money by tapping into the shared economy. Money Saving Websites for Flights: -Check out Dohop, Skyscanner, Momondo, Hipmunk, Kayak -Sign up for Fare Alerts -Follow Airfare watchdog on Twitter -Yapta.com (will alert you if there’s a drop in airfare, so you can get $$ back) -Hopper.com (tells you  best times to fly and…
  • A New Year of Travel: Looking Ahead to 2015

    Julia
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Happy New Year Travel Junkies!! With the holiday season behind us it’s time to put away the Christmas tree decorations and the Festivus pole to embrace a brand new year. With the encroaching new year comes an opportunity for reflection. A chance to look back, honor your actions and efforts of the previous year, give yourself a little pat on the back (or a kick in the butt), before moving on to your 2015 goals. As I look back at my own 2014, I can certainly say it was a life changing one. I got married in one of the world’s most romantic destinations called San Miguel de…
  • Holiday Travel Survival Tips

    Julia
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:38 pm
    It’s that time of year again. When the lineups are long, the TSA security check lines are rife with cranky passengers and the winter weather wreaks havoc on travel schedules everywhere…yes it’s holiday travel time! Yay! Fear not! Here a few handy travel tips and apps that can help alleviate your travel stress this holiday season. -Stay organized: TripIt is a free app that organizes all of the details of your trip (from car rentals to flights) in one concise itinerary. -Kill Time: If your flights do get delayed use GateGuru, an app that tracks flights and has information on…
  • 20 Ways to Save and Earn Money For Your Travels

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

  • Get Out of London and Spend a Weekend in Newcastle

    Tommy Burson
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Tommy Burson First stop London. Second stop Edinburgh. Is there even a third stop on a typical UK vacation? Of course there is, even if London and Edinburgh tend to get the most attention. London alone attracts about 15 million more visitors than the second closest English city. But the next time you’re there, we suggest getting out of the city and spending the weekend in Newcastle, northern England’s capital. Much discovery awaits there, considering its struggle for visitor numbers to approach anything near the one-million mark — somewhat surprising, considering that the…
  • Checking In: What It’s Like to Stay at a California Seaside Film Location

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Terranea Resort Soaked in sunshine with a calm and relaxing vibe, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula doesn’t feel like a movie set, despite serving as the backdrop for several popular films. Pirates of the Caribbean, Pearl Harbor, and Charlie’s Angels are just a few box office hits that have utilized the property. No shock though — especially on the latter. After spending a few nights at the resort, we definitely felt like we were in heaven. Here’s what you need to know. What’s Hot: If you’re not already out taking a cycling class or whale watching by…
  • Deal Alert: Brazil Business Class Flights at a Nice Price

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Pixabay/ckirner Most fliers pay for coach seats (read: least expensive option) on airlines and use the rest of their travel budget towards a hip hotel or a nice meal out. But what if you paid just a little bit more – to settle into a plush seat in premium business class? That’s the idea of a flash sale hosted by TAM Airlines and happening right now. Book fares through midnight on April 6 — from New York City, Orlando, and Miami, to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil — and nab huge savings. The Details The overall travel period for this promotion is April 2 through…
  • 6 Free & Almost Free Things to Do in Glasgow

    Tommy Burson
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Tommy Burson Not long ago, Glasgow resembled Detroit — once proud city in the midst of a depression that was characterized by liquor, drugs, and crime. Today, Glasgow is possibly the trendiest city in the UK, catering a booming arts scene and a musical surge reminiscent of Motown in Detroit. Despite the Scottish hotspot’s growing popularity (and the all-mighty pound), there are still lots of free or nearly free ways to enjoy all the culture to be found here. These are some of our favorites. Glasgow School of Art The magnum opus of Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie…
  • 18 Gestures That Can Cause Offense Around the World

    Yahoo! Travel
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    By Sophie Forbes for Yahoo! Travel Flickr/Ben Ostrowsky One of the main problems travelers face is communicating with the locals. Even if you never leave home without your trusty phrase book, communication is as much about nonverbal cues as it is about talking. In fact, people rely more heavily on hand gestures and body language when in situations where they are unable to verbally interact with someone. But did you know that not all hand gestures mean the same thing in every country? In some places, gestures that we use on a daily basis in the U.S. to portray positive emotion or agreement,…
 
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  • Get Out of London and Spend a Weekend in Newcastle

    Tommy Burson
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Tommy Burson First stop London. Second stop Edinburgh. Is there even a third stop on a typical UK vacation? Of course there is, even if London and Edinburgh tend to get the most attention. London alone attracts about 15 million more visitors than the second closest English city. But the next time you’re there, we suggest getting out of the city and spending the weekend in Newcastle, northern England’s capital. Much discovery awaits there, considering its struggle for visitor numbers to approach anything near the one-million mark — somewhat surprising, considering that the…
  • Checking In: What It’s Like to Stay at a California Seaside Film Location

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Terranea Resort Soaked in sunshine with a calm and relaxing vibe, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula doesn’t feel like a movie set, despite serving as the backdrop for several popular films. Pirates of the Caribbean, Pearl Harbor, and Charlie’s Angels are just a few box office hits that have utilized the property. No shock though — especially on the latter. After spending a few nights at the resort, we definitely felt like we were in heaven. Here’s what you need to know. What’s Hot: If you’re not already out taking a cycling class or whale watching by…
  • Deal Alert: Brazil Business Class Flights at a Nice Price

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Pixabay/ckirner Most fliers pay for coach seats (read: least expensive option) on airlines and use the rest of their travel budget towards a hip hotel or a nice meal out. But what if you paid just a little bit more – to settle into a plush seat in premium business class? That’s the idea of a flash sale hosted by TAM Airlines and happening right now. Book fares through midnight on April 6 — from New York City, Orlando, and Miami, to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil — and nab huge savings. The Details The overall travel period for this promotion is April 2 through…
  • 6 Free & Almost Free Things to Do in Glasgow

    Tommy Burson
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Tommy Burson Not long ago, Glasgow resembled Detroit — once proud city in the midst of a depression that was characterized by liquor, drugs, and crime. Today, Glasgow is possibly the trendiest city in the UK, catering a booming arts scene and a musical surge reminiscent of Motown in Detroit. Despite the Scottish hotspot’s growing popularity (and the all-mighty pound), there are still lots of free or nearly free ways to enjoy all the culture to be found here. These are some of our favorites. Glasgow School of Art The magnum opus of Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie…
  • 18 Gestures That Can Cause Offense Around the World

    Yahoo! Travel
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    By Sophie Forbes for Yahoo! Travel Flickr/Ben Ostrowsky One of the main problems travelers face is communicating with the locals. Even if you never leave home without your trusty phrase book, communication is as much about nonverbal cues as it is about talking. In fact, people rely more heavily on hand gestures and body language when in situations where they are unable to verbally interact with someone. But did you know that not all hand gestures mean the same thing in every country? In some places, gestures that we use on a daily basis in the U.S. to portray positive emotion or agreement,…
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  • Get Out of London and Spend a Weekend in Newcastle

    Tommy Burson
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Tommy Burson First stop London. Second stop Edinburgh. Is there even a third stop on a typical UK vacation? Of course there is, even if London and Edinburgh tend to get the most attention. London alone attracts about 15 million more visitors than the second closest English city. But the next time you’re there, we suggest getting out of the city and spending the weekend in Newcastle, northern England’s capital. Much discovery awaits there, considering its struggle for visitor numbers to approach anything near the one-million mark — somewhat surprising, considering that the…
  • Checking In: What It’s Like to Stay at a California Seaside Film Location

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Terranea Resort Soaked in sunshine with a calm and relaxing vibe, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula doesn’t feel like a movie set, despite serving as the backdrop for several popular films. Pirates of the Caribbean, Pearl Harbor, and Charlie’s Angels are just a few box office hits that have utilized the property. No shock though — especially on the latter. After spending a few nights at the resort, we definitely felt like we were in heaven. Here’s what you need to know. What’s Hot: If you’re not already out taking a cycling class or whale watching by…
  • Deal Alert: Brazil Business Class Flights at a Nice Price

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Pixabay/ckirner Most fliers pay for coach seats (read: least expensive option) on airlines and use the rest of their travel budget towards a hip hotel or a nice meal out. But what if you paid just a little bit more – to settle into a plush seat in premium business class? That’s the idea of a flash sale hosted by TAM Airlines and happening right now. Book fares through midnight on April 6 — from New York City, Orlando, and Miami, to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil — and nab huge savings. The Details The overall travel period for this promotion is April 2 through…
  • 6 Free & Almost Free Things to Do in Glasgow

    Tommy Burson
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Tommy Burson Not long ago, Glasgow resembled Detroit — once proud city in the midst of a depression that was characterized by liquor, drugs, and crime. Today, Glasgow is possibly the trendiest city in the UK, catering a booming arts scene and a musical surge reminiscent of Motown in Detroit. Despite the Scottish hotspot’s growing popularity (and the all-mighty pound), there are still lots of free or nearly free ways to enjoy all the culture to be found here. These are some of our favorites. Glasgow School of Art The magnum opus of Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie…
  • 18 Gestures That Can Cause Offense Around the World

    Yahoo! Travel
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    By Sophie Forbes for Yahoo! Travel Flickr/Ben Ostrowsky One of the main problems travelers face is communicating with the locals. Even if you never leave home without your trusty phrase book, communication is as much about nonverbal cues as it is about talking. In fact, people rely more heavily on hand gestures and body language when in situations where they are unable to verbally interact with someone. But did you know that not all hand gestures mean the same thing in every country? In some places, gestures that we use on a daily basis in the U.S. to portray positive emotion or agreement,…
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  • Get Out of London and Spend a Weekend in Newcastle

    Tommy Burson
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Tommy Burson First stop London. Second stop Edinburgh. Is there even a third stop on a typical UK vacation? Of course there is, even if London and Edinburgh tend to get the most attention. London alone attracts about 15 million more visitors than the second closest English city. But the next time you’re there, we suggest getting out of the city and spending the weekend in Newcastle, northern England’s capital. Much discovery awaits there, considering its struggle for visitor numbers to approach anything near the one-million mark — somewhat surprising, considering that the…
  • Checking In: What It’s Like to Stay at a California Seaside Film Location

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Terranea Resort Soaked in sunshine with a calm and relaxing vibe, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula doesn’t feel like a movie set, despite serving as the backdrop for several popular films. Pirates of the Caribbean, Pearl Harbor, and Charlie’s Angels are just a few box office hits that have utilized the property. No shock though — especially on the latter. After spending a few nights at the resort, we definitely felt like we were in heaven. Here’s what you need to know. What’s Hot: If you’re not already out taking a cycling class or whale watching by…
  • Deal Alert: Brazil Business Class Flights at a Nice Price

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Pixabay/ckirner Most fliers pay for coach seats (read: least expensive option) on airlines and use the rest of their travel budget towards a hip hotel or a nice meal out. But what if you paid just a little bit more – to settle into a plush seat in premium business class? That’s the idea of a flash sale hosted by TAM Airlines and happening right now. Book fares through midnight on April 6 — from New York City, Orlando, and Miami, to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil — and nab huge savings. The Details The overall travel period for this promotion is April 2 through…
  • 6 Free & Almost Free Things to Do in Glasgow

    Tommy Burson
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Tommy Burson Not long ago, Glasgow resembled Detroit — once proud city in the midst of a depression that was characterized by liquor, drugs, and crime. Today, Glasgow is possibly the trendiest city in the UK, catering a booming arts scene and a musical surge reminiscent of Motown in Detroit. Despite the Scottish hotspot’s growing popularity (and the all-mighty pound), there are still lots of free or nearly free ways to enjoy all the culture to be found here. These are some of our favorites. Glasgow School of Art The magnum opus of Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie…
  • 18 Gestures That Can Cause Offense Around the World

    Yahoo! Travel
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    By Sophie Forbes for Yahoo! Travel Flickr/Ben Ostrowsky One of the main problems travelers face is communicating with the locals. Even if you never leave home without your trusty phrase book, communication is as much about nonverbal cues as it is about talking. In fact, people rely more heavily on hand gestures and body language when in situations where they are unable to verbally interact with someone. But did you know that not all hand gestures mean the same thing in every country? In some places, gestures that we use on a daily basis in the U.S. to portray positive emotion or agreement,…
 
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  • Get Out of London and Spend a Weekend in Newcastle

    Tommy Burson
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Tommy Burson First stop London. Second stop Edinburgh. Is there even a third stop on a typical UK vacation? Of course there is, even if London and Edinburgh tend to get the most attention. London alone attracts about 15 million more visitors than the second closest English city. But the next time you’re there, we suggest getting out of the city and spending the weekend in Newcastle, northern England’s capital. Much discovery awaits there, considering its struggle for visitor numbers to approach anything near the one-million mark — somewhat surprising, considering that the…
  • Checking In: What It’s Like to Stay at a California Seaside Film Location

    Hilary Sheinbaum
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Terranea Resort Soaked in sunshine with a calm and relaxing vibe, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula doesn’t feel like a movie set, despite serving as the backdrop for several popular films. Pirates of the Caribbean, Pearl Harbor, and Charlie’s Angels are just a few box office hits that have utilized the property. No shock though — especially on the latter. After spending a few nights at the resort, we definitely felt like we were in heaven. Here’s what you need to know. What’s Hot: If you’re not already out taking a cycling class or whale watching by…
  • Deal Alert: Brazil Business Class Flights at a Nice Price

    Kristine Hansen
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Pixabay/ckirner Most fliers pay for coach seats (read: least expensive option) on airlines and use the rest of their travel budget towards a hip hotel or a nice meal out. But what if you paid just a little bit more – to settle into a plush seat in premium business class? That’s the idea of a flash sale hosted by TAM Airlines and happening right now. Book fares through midnight on April 6 — from New York City, Orlando, and Miami, to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil — and nab huge savings. The Details The overall travel period for this promotion is April 2 through…
  • 6 Free & Almost Free Things to Do in Glasgow

    Tommy Burson
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Tommy Burson Not long ago, Glasgow resembled Detroit — once proud city in the midst of a depression that was characterized by liquor, drugs, and crime. Today, Glasgow is possibly the trendiest city in the UK, catering a booming arts scene and a musical surge reminiscent of Motown in Detroit. Despite the Scottish hotspot’s growing popularity (and the all-mighty pound), there are still lots of free or nearly free ways to enjoy all the culture to be found here. These are some of our favorites. Glasgow School of Art The magnum opus of Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie…
  • 18 Gestures That Can Cause Offense Around the World

    Yahoo! Travel
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    By Sophie Forbes for Yahoo! Travel Flickr/Ben Ostrowsky One of the main problems travelers face is communicating with the locals. Even if you never leave home without your trusty phrase book, communication is as much about nonverbal cues as it is about talking. In fact, people rely more heavily on hand gestures and body language when in situations where they are unable to verbally interact with someone. But did you know that not all hand gestures mean the same thing in every country? In some places, gestures that we use on a daily basis in the U.S. to portray positive emotion or agreement,…
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  • Bo Kho – Vietnamese Beef Stew in Saigon at Bò Kho Út Nhung

    Mark Wiens
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Who else loves beef stew? Located on a corner, within the small lane neighborhoods of Saigon, Bò Kho Út Nhung is a restaurant that’s known in the area for their beef stew, in Vietnamese known as bò kho (bo kho). During my stay in Saigon, after eating at various other restaurants in the same neighborhood, and... [Read More] Bo Kho – Vietnamese Beef Stew in Saigon at Bò Kho Út Nhung is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Bo Kho – Vietnamese Beef Stew in Saigon at Bò Kho Út Nhung appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Pilgrimage Worthy Congee and Braised Duck in Saigon

    Mark Wiens
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Not all congee (rice porridge) is created equal. Some versions are very plain, others are flavored with tiny bits of minced pork and organs, and some with a soft boiled egg – which can all be very good. But when I was in Vietnam, I ate, what is now, one of my favorite versions of rice... [Read More] Pilgrimage Worthy Congee and Braised Duck in Saigon is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Pilgrimage Worthy Congee and Braised Duck in Saigon appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • The Lunch Lady – Saigon’s Celebrity Street Food Stall

    Mark Wiens
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Undeniably, one of the most famous street food stalls in all of Saigon is the legendary Lunch Lady. During the course of my trip to Saigon, I ate an incredible amount of delicious food, but I couldn’t leave without getting a taste of the noodles dished out by Nguyen Thi Thanh – the Lunch Lady herself. Anthony... [Read More] The Lunch Lady – Saigon’s Celebrity Street Food Stall is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post The Lunch Lady – Saigon’s Celebrity Street Food Stall appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • A Weekend of Eating in Singapore with Chowzter

    Mark Wiens
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Chowzter is global community of local food experts (bloggers) who each share photos and articles about food in their own local city or community. I’ve been the Bangkok representative now for a number of years. For the past couple of years Chowzter has hosted a food awards event, where a number of food bloggers get... [Read More] A Weekend of Eating in Singapore with Chowzter is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post A Weekend of Eating in Singapore with Chowzter appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Banh Cuon Hai Nam – Vietnamese Rolled Noodles in Saigon

    Mark Wiens
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Banh cuon, or Vietnamese noodle rolls, are yet another delicious food to try in Vietnam. Although banh cuon is a northern Vietnamese dish, it’s widely available throughout the south as well, and you’ll find it frequently throughout Saigon. When it comes to a light meal or a snack, banh cuon is one of my favorite... [Read More] Banh Cuon Hai Nam – Vietnamese Rolled Noodles in Saigon is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Banh Cuon Hai Nam – Vietnamese Rolled Noodles in Saigon appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • The Shabu Shabu Spirit

    Travis
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    I’ve only been out for shabu shabu once, but from this video I now know that I totally blew it! Related Posts:How to Eat SushiLet Your Dog Take Your Cows for a WalkOne Japan – VideoDancing from all 47 PrefecturesCat Dress Up in Japan
  • Renting a Mobile Phone or Data Sim Card in Japan

    Travis
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Photo by Miki Yoshihito A few months back I visited Australia and decided it would be a good idea to pick up a local mobile and data sim card to use in my phone while I was travelling. While transferring from Sydney to Melbourne I walked into the first cell phone store I found in the airport a picked up a sim card from my mobile. Total price was about $40 and it took maybe ten minutes. I wish it was going to be that easy in Japan. The mobile phone and data sim card rental situation in Japan Four years ago when we visited Japan for a two month stay, the ability to get my hands on either a…
  • Learn to Use Chopsticks with Chopstick Man

    Travis
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    I’m not a chopstick expert. It is always a little depressing when Stacey receives complements for her chopstick skills while I get little more than a silent stare. I guess I’m doing it so wrong that there is no help for me. Until now that is. Now we have Chopstick Man to show us how it’s done! By the way Chopstick Man, why so grumpy all the time? Is it because of my deplorable chopstick skills? Please don’t be angry with me Mr. Chopstick Man :( Related Posts:The Amazing Voyage of OtokichiThe Best Resources for Learning to Speak JapaneseLearning the Proper Way To Eat…
  • Tomato Feeding Robot

    Travis
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    Two things you’ll never find me doing, jogging and eating tomatoes. Related Posts:Japan’s Coffee Making RobotRobotic Comedy DuoFacetime While Eating RamenJapanese Idiom: To Eat Cold RiceMy Re-ment Collection- Part 3
  • Japanese Idiom: Hold Someone’s Drum

    Travis
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Photo Credit: hank_rhoads I’m sure you’re familiar with the English idiom “to beat one’s own drum”, and at first inspection I thought this Japanese idiom was the same thing. But while there’s some similarities, the results are much different. Taiko o motsu – 太鼓を持つ (たいこをもつ) Meaning – To hold someone’s drum This Japanese idioms means that you’re flattering someone by holding their drum while the make a bunch of noise. So you can see it has a lot of similarities to banging your own drum except you’re…
 
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  • Posh London Has a New Home: The Beaumont Hotel

    Guest Contributor
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    London: globally significant for being a central hub of finance, culture, history – not to mention shopping. As such, there is no shortage of fabulous places to stay when hopping across the pond. However, we’ve fallen especially hard for one newly opened hotel, with a crush so intense we can only compare it to seeing Love […]
  • 5 Reasons to Try Turkish Wine While in Turkey

    Mattie Bamman
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Need five reasons to drink Turkish wine on your next visit to Turkey? The country’s wines are quickly growing in prominence worldwide, and it’s no wonder why. First, the world’s very first wines were likely made in the region. Second, Turkey ranks sixth in the world in total grape production. Third, the only countries that […]
  • A Visit to Deva Castle in Romania

    David Hill
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Deva, a city in Romania’s Transylvania region, has an evocative hilltop fortress that pays testimony to many past conflicts – military and religious. Deva’s extensive ruined castle perches atop a volcanic hill 370 meters high. That makes it easy to see from anywhere in town, especially with the large white letters that spell DEVA around […]
  • In Dublin’s Fair City You’ll find Guinness and Beer Aplenty

    Roy Stevenson
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Faith and begorrah! Conquering Dublin’s renown Temple Bar pubs just can’t be done. To be sure, it’s not really the sort of place where you should attempt to stagger from bar to bar, slugging back a quick beer at each (although many have tried and failed). It’s more the place where you go to sit […]
  • Chocoholics Unite in Cologne, Germany!

    Guest Contributor
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    Lovely pastel colored buildings and quaint cobblestone streets greet you as you pull into the charming city of Cologne, Germany on an AmaWaterways cruise of the beautiful Rhine River. Although Cologne may look like it dates from medieval times, much of the city was destroyed during WWII and restoration began in the late 1940’s. The […]
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  • Mercedes Benz Zoomcar GLA Class Kannada article

    Shrinidhi Hande
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Mercedes Benz Zoomcar GLA Class Kannada article in this week's VijayaNext.Read it online here or English version here.  View more photos of GLA Class hereRead other print articles here
  • Toyota Etios G Diesel Review

    Shrinidhi Hande
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    I had booked a ford Figo from Carzonrent Chennai but got an upgrade to Etios G diesel as Figo was not available. With that, I realized that I had never driven a diesel version of Etios.  In 2012 it was G Petrol variant from Avis, in December 2014 it was a relative's V Petrol variant again.So happy with the upgrade, I set off for my drive. Our drive was to Pichavaram, some 200kms from Chennai. On the way, we diverted to check out Sadras Dutch Fort, Chinn-Veer beach etc and in total I logged about 500kms in 24 hours.This post shares a few thoughts about the Etios diesel sedan, much of…
  • Jeremy clarkson will be missed in topgear

    Shrinidhi Hande
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    News just in states that BBC has decided NOT to renew contract of Jeremy Clarkson, one of the hosts of BBC's very popular auto show- Top Gear.[News]Jeremy was the senior most of the 3 hosts Top Gear had and talked more than the other two. He opened most of the shows, gave funny one liner about stig, introduced guests and dropped some bombshell at the closing moments of the show.Image sourced from Telegraph articleJeremy hated manual labor of any kind, his idea of Off-Roading was "Power and Speed" and overall the laziest of the 3 hosts- but that probably was what differentiated top gear from…
  • Plan Your Travel Online At Surprisingly Cheaper Rates

    Shrinidhi Hande
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    E-commerce has changed the outlook of people when it comes to online shopping. People enjoy a peaceful and tension free shopping sitting at their home or office or anywhere they feel like without any hassle. This sector has boomed in so much that people now prefer to do anything and everything online. So is the case when it comes to travelling as well. There are plenty of online travel sites that cater to the various needs of travelers including booking flight, bus and train tickets, hotels and even food.As we all know, there are plenty of sites including MakeMyTrip, Yatra, Musafir,…
  • Interview wth Brinda Malhotra, Head of CSR, Aircel

    Shrinidhi Hande
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    I had an opportunity to do an email interview with Brinda Malhota, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Aircel. She had been working closely on the Save the Tigers campaign that Aircel spearheaded. I used this opportunity to ask some questions about the tiger conservation and related topics, based on little knowledge of tigers that I had.     Q1: Congrats for the success of the ‘Save tiger campaign. Whom do you attribute this success to? Government? Forest department? Public? (While we public might have promoted the cause online, we haven’t done much on the ground for…
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  • Solo Travel Destination: Falkland Islands

    Guest
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    The Falkland Islands are a perfect destination for solo travelers who love nature and enjoy getting up close and personal with birds and animals. The post Solo Travel Destination: Falkland Islands appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: The Catacombs of Paris

    Guest
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    This eerie shot was taken by a Solo Travel Society member during a walk through the Catacombs in Paris. The post Pic of the Week: The Catacombs of Paris appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • New York’s Lower East Side: History and a Swashbuckling Dog

    Janice
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    A day in New York's Lower East Side offers a peak into the immigrant experience and a parade of pups. The post New York’s Lower East Side: History and a Swashbuckling Dog appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: Out of Your Comfort Zone

    Tracey
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Today's Travel Quote focuses on the ability of solo travel to push us out of our comfort zone and release us from the expectations of others. The post Travel Quote of the Week: Out of Your Comfort Zone appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Fuhgeddaboudit: The Sounds of Travel

    Janice
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Travel is a multi-sensory experience yet the visual is often considered the most important. Let's take a moment and consider the sounds of travel. The post Fuhgeddaboudit: The Sounds of Travel appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
 
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  • A Guide to Posting Parcels Abroad

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | A Guide to Posting Parcels Abroad Parcel Travelling the world as a backpacker can be incredibly enriching and liberating. However, the sense of freedom that comes from packing light can often be more of a hinderance than a help. If you find yourself missing something – be it an essential document, seasonal clothing, or prescription medicine – never fear. With TNT Direct, it’s easy to send parcels worldwide quickly, with 2-3 day international delivery options available. Here’s a quick guide to the dos and don’ts of international…
  • Do’s and Don’ts to Keep Fit While Travelling

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Do’s and Don’ts to Keep Fit While Travelling Jogging When you’re travelling, it can be hard to keep up your level of fitness. Especially if your travels don’t have a strict schedule, it can be difficult to establish and maintain a fitness routine. While it can be hard to build a particular focus into a travel workout, damage control can be easy. With a little discipline, it can be easy to stay fit, even when your schedule is in flux.   Do: Prepare Having a fully-fledged fitness routine down before you embark on your travels makes…
  • How to Pack Right for Outdoor Travelling

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | How to Pack Right for Outdoor Travelling Travel Packing light and packing right can be quite the struggle, particularly if you are facing unknown territory. Travellers who prefer the great outdoors must be prepared for any eventuality, and it can be difficult to pack light when you must allow for a range of physical activities and weather types. Here’s a quick guide of the best things to pack for an outdoor adventure.   Jacket For intrepid explorers, a high quality jacket is an absolute must. The ideal jacket is warm, windproof, and…
  • Tips for getting about in the city of Dubai

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Tips for getting about in the city of Dubai Photo from Flickr With an estimated economy of around $6.7 trillion according to Thomson Reuters, Dubai is currently one of the most exciting, thriving and lucrative places to be in the Middle East. That said however, despite being one of the most liberal places in the area, it’s important to realise that the emirate and city is at the heart of a Muslim country and one that is steeped in tradition, religion, conservative value and Arab culture. So for those who are constantly on the move and fancy…
  • Surviving South America – Flights & Sightseeing

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Surviving South America – Flights & Sightseeing South America Is made up of some of the most beautiful countries in the world. Unlike Europe, which is famous for its historical wealth, South America is rich in natural beauty and its charm is its rough and ready look. Don’t get me wrong, there are also many architectural wonders in some of South America’s most renowned capitals. However, the things to love about this part of the continent are the motorway shacks selling fruit and vegetables, the old-style transport, the run down…
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    501 Places

  • An oversized lunch in an Aqaba home

    Andy Jarosz
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    This post is part of the Digital Nomad project with National Geographic Traveller. The greeting was warm and unfussy. After a long drive back to Aqaba it was a pleasure to stretch out, sit in the shaded courtyard and do nothing more energetic than sip tea while our host busied herself with preparing lunch. We were at the home of Ghada Al Fayoumi, and were about to enjoy home-cooked bukhari – a traditional Aqaba dish made with rice and lamb, mixed with spices and beans. An initiative is being developed in Aqaba to offer visitors the chance to have a meal in a typical family home. The…
  • Over the edge: our first abseiling adventure

    Andy Jarosz
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    This post is part of the Digital Nomad project with National Geographic Traveller. I try not to look down. The only thing between me and a 20 metre drop into the gorge below is the rope to which I’m attached; but thinking about that isn’t going to help. Instead I focus on trying to move slowly backwards and making my way down the wall as if I was back-stepping along the beach; but the dangers posed by my natural clumsiness are never far away. We are in Wadi Mukheiris, a narrow canyon which starts at around 200 metres above sea level and empties some 600 metres below into the…
  • Petra beyond the façades

    Andy Jarosz
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:58 am
    This post is part of the Digital Nomad project with National Geographic Traveller. When we came to Petra for the first time in 2009, we spent the few hours we had at the site rushing to see the most famous parts of the site before making a premature exit and returning to Amman. We had more time to spend on our second visit, and although we visited most of the same sites that we’d previously seen, it proved a far more rewarding experience. The first thing I noticed as a repeat visitor to Petra is just how quiet the place was. We came on the trail from Little Petra which enters…
  • Hiking from Dana to Petra

    Andy Jarosz
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    This post is part of the Digital Nomad project with National Geographic Traveller. No pain, no gain. My feet and my calves were letting me know in no uncertain terms that I’d far exceeded my normal level of physical activity. By the end of the second day I’d covered around 40 kilometres on uneven paths, climbing up to over 1,000 metres above sea level on at least 3 occasions before dropping to valley floors and walking along dried river beds and through narrow canyons. It was the promise of the reward at the end which motivated me to keep walking and scrambling for the three…
  • Petra Kitchen – taking a stab at Jordanian cooking

    Andy Jarosz
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:25 am
    This post is part of the Digital Nomad project with National Geographic Traveller. “Not like that – watch me.” I stood back as Tariq took over with my chopping knife and within seconds had reduced my onion to pieces barely larger than grains of sand. After he’d delivered a few instructions to our group and we’d got the measure of his cheeky grin, we gave as good as we got and soon our table was enjoying a healthy dose of banter – just as well for a group of strangers standing in close proximity with sharp knives. I was at Petra Kitchen, a cookery…
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    Eyeflare Travel Articles and Tips

  • Hariharalaya Retreat Center in Siem Reap

    Jack
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Retreat centers are a great way to start you on a new path of understanding or to help you remember ways of reconnecting with your higher self. Hariharalaya Retreat Center in Siem Reap is one of South East Asia’s best options if you are considering an intensive course in yoga and meditation. What do they do? Hariharalaya Retreat Center host a range of courses from 5 days to 21 days that take you through a series of steps that help teach you ways of reaching personal inner peace. From daily yoga classes and meditation courses to massage and body language discussions - you’ll be…
  • A weekend in Bologna

    Jack
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Flights booked? Check. Travel insurance? Check. Passport? Check. Appetite for delicious Bolognese food and culture? Definitely check! Here you can find all the information you will need on what to do on your first weekend trip to Bologna, the beautiful capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. Recommended time to jet off: June or July, though of course it is beautiful any time! Art and Culture Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna If you are keen to learn all about Bologna’s history and art, then the ‘National Gallery’ is the perfect place to start. Dating back to 1808 the…
  • Lapping up the Christmas spirit in Lapland, Finland

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

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

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

  • Florida Film Festival (FFF) Preivew 2015

    LanceAround
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Matthew Curtis and Mrs. LanceAround Discuss This Years Films Florida Film Festival 10-19 April 2015 Enzian Theatre, Maitland, Regal Cinemas Winter Park Village 20 & RPX, and various other venues LanceAround: Once again, as is our annual tradition here at the LanceAroundOrlando Blog, we’re here with Matthew Curtis, Programming Director for the Florida Film Festival. Every year we ask him to tell us what his five favorite films are for the Florida Film Festival…and he can never do it. Matthew likes all the films. He does not want to be pinned down and forced to select his…
  • Advice From a Vacation Rental Homeowner, Part 2

    LanceAround
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Impressive Crane Outside David & Heather’s Florida Vacation Home [Editor’s Note: In today’s Part 2 guest blog, Heather Newham shares about the natural wildlife she discovers when her and her husband, David, enjoy their vacation rental home. It’s wonderful to read a post by someone from the United Kingdom; complete with references that may sound strange to American ears, such as a “villa” instead of a “home” or “rubbish bins” instead of “trash cans”–LanceAround] We are so lucky to have a villa in Crescent Lakes…
  • Advice From a Vacation Rental Homeowner, Part 1

    LanceAround
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Heather & David Love the Holiday Lights Around Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel [Editor’s Note: Today’s guest blog is from Heather Newham. She, along with her husband David, are from the United Kingdom. They own a vacation rental home right beside Disney World. Today she provides some insights on free activities at Disney World. –LanceAround] From Heather… We spent 3 weeks at our villa in Crescent Lakes during the winter Holiday Season. It’s our home in Florida, and we try to visit it at least twice a year, because we love it. Holiday Lights on Jeter Bend…
  • The Best of Enemies

    LanceAround
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    The Best of Enemies Mrs. LanceAround has a vivid memory of her first encounter with extreme prejudice. When only 5-years-old and living in a poor southern town, Mrs. LanceAround’s poverty stricken family had to hire a young, inexpensive helper to assist her pregnant mother with household chores. One day, the kind, black female helper took Mrs. LanceAround onto a city bus. As she held her hand up the steep bus steps, the large elderly white bus driver, in a voice filled with anger and hatred, demanded the young black servant make a quick retreat to the back of the bus. He then leaned to…
  • The Face of God

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

  • The Sneaky New Way Airlines Are Raising Fares

    Guest Contributor
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Photo Courtesy of SmarterTravel By Ed Perkins, SmarterTravelFare bundling is the increasingly common airline practice of offering different levels of economy fares that provide different combinations of features at different prices. And like so many changes to the airline industry, bundling will help airlines more than consumers.Most carriers charge for a laundry list of formerly free services, such as checked baggage, advance seat assignments, onboard snacks and beverages, pillows and blankets, ticket changes, early boarding, and access to seats in rows with extra legroom or seats…
  • The Latest Travel News You Should Know

    Jane Reynolds
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Photo Credit: Adam Fagen Every Friday, we're updating you on the most recent hotel and travel news that you should know. Because it's always nice to be the person with the latest.D.C.'s National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing, and runs through April 12, when the blossoms are expected to be at their most beautiful. This weekend, fun activities include the Blossom Kite Festival, the 49th Annual Cherry Blossom Rugby Tournament, and a concert featuring music by Piazzolla, Rodrigo, and Beethoven.The world's most dangerous walkway reopens tomorrow. Located in the village of El Chorro in…
  • 10 Best Parks To Have a Picnic This Spring

    Lara Grant
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    Spring has sprung! Though some areas around the world seem to be stuck in winter (cough, New York), fresh flowers and farmers' markets are on the rise. After being cooped inside for months, the best way to enjoy the weather is to head outdoors with family and friends. A picnic with good food and better company in a green-filled park is a great spring activity for all ages. Here are 10 of the best parks for toting a picnic basket and spreading a blanket this season. Champ de Mars, Paris Dennis Jarvis via Flickr Take a trip to Paris and you'll likely make a stop at the Champ de Mars. The huge…
  • 9 Chic Hotels Within Walking Distance of the Eiffel Tower

    Megan Wood
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    The City of Love is well-known for its walkability. The ability to stroll with ease through green parks, over historic bridges, and past Gothic architecture (and maybe into a cafe for a croissant or two) is a major perk. But Paris is also a sprawling metropolis, and it may be tempting to stay on the outskirts and depend on public transportation to shuttle to and from the sights. We say, forget that and upgrade to one of these nine hand-picked hotels that are within a 15-minute walk from their front doors to the base of the Eiffel Tower. Strap on your Louboutin stilettos and be prepared…
  • Spend the Night in a Teepee-Inspired Luxury Suite

    Megan Wood
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    The Buffalo Bill Suite at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak The Cliff House at Pikes Peak is proud of its Western past. In the 1800s, the hotel was a stagecoach stop and famous past overnight guests included P.T. Barnum, of the Barnum & Bailey circus, and Charles Dickens. Today, the hotel is the most luxurious in Pike's Peak. It offers a restaurant that serves local beef, an expansive ballroom, and epic views of the Rocky Mountains. Suites have been designed to reflect past celebrity visitors. Our favorite is the Buffalo Bill Suite, designed to mimic a teepee. It has a pointed ceiling…
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips

  • World’s Most Dramatic Kayak Destinations – 6 Unforgettable Kayak Adventures

    Guest Author
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    6 Unforgettable Kayak Adventure Tours at some of the world's best kayak destinations. Kayaking offers an immersive, up-close experience with some of nature’s most awe-inspiring landscapes. The sense of excitement and freedom, moving through the water and paddling towards the horizon, is counterbalanced by an equal sense of peacefulness and quiet. Whether you are a beginner or experienced paddler, here is a roundup of some of the most stunning destinations whose splendour is best revealed by kayak. The post World’s Most Dramatic Kayak Destinations – 6 Unforgettable Kayak…
  • Surf The World! Best Surf Cities Around The Globe

    Guest Author
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    Great Cities For The World's Best Surfing Experiences - Grab Your Board and Soar! Waves not only produce beauty and excitement, they create magic for those who ride their power. If you are looking for a great surf town for your next vacation then the following list of the world’s best surf towns will guide your way. All are not necessarily picked because they have the best waves, but because they also have superb hotels, welcoming locals, amazing nightlife, soul-satisfying cuisines and lots of fun activities! The post Surf The World! Best Surf Cities Around The Globe appeared first on…
  • Northern Lights Tour To Iceland For Just $699!

    Susan Kohlback
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Will This Be The Year You See The Northern Lights? Incredible Sale - Norther Lights Tour to Iceland for just $699 per person! For the next 8 days, go-today is offering an unbeatable vacation package to Iceland for travelers wanting to enliven the 2015/2016 fall/winter season. For just $699 per person, ordinary Americans can transport themselves from the dreary boredom of a cold, blah East Coast to an Arctic world of thermal pools, glaciers, geysers and frozen waterfalls. Bookings must be made by March 30, 2015 – so get cooking. The post Northern Lights Tour To Iceland For Just $699!
  • How To Have An Adventurous Action-Packed Weekend in Wales

    Guest Author
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    The national history of Wales is told by its dramatic medieval ruins, abandoned castles, thrilling mountainous landscapes and horrific coastal cliffs. Wales is also valued for its pristine waters and primeval flora and fauna. Thanks to these natural wonders, Wales turns out to be a perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Here are eight activities that guarantee an unforgettable weekend in Wales. The post How To Have An Adventurous Action-Packed Weekend in Wales appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • Have The Most Stylish Holiday of Your Life in Scandinavia

    Guest Author
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:28 am
    Scandinavia has all the elements your need for the most exciting and stylish holiday of your life! Scandinavia is a vast Northern European territory with a diverse culture and a wide range of wildlife. The classic image of this beautiful region is the endless fir forests, maybe the wilderness and definitely the coastal amazing fjords. Scandinavia is situated in Northern Europe and is comprised of Norway, Denmark and Sweden. It is a unique place where you can experience an almost endless choice of different delights. The post Have The Most Stylish Holiday of Your Life in Scandinavia appeared…
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is? (F. Scully) — The sweetest rewards require the longest reach. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. (J. Kabat-Zinn) — When a storm hits, grab your wetsuit and hang ten! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Love consists in this: 2 solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. (R. Rilke) — Connection is as vital as oxygen. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Courage doesn't roar. It's the quiet voice saying 'I will try again tomorrow.' (Radmacher) — Softly refusing to give up. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Forever is comprised of nows. (E. Dickinson) — Immortality comes from always living in the moment. Siempre vive! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is? (F. Scully) — The sweetest rewards require the longest reach. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Ramona
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. (J. Kabat-Zinn) — When a storm hits, grab your wetsuit and hang ten! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    27 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Love consists in this: 2 solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. (R. Rilke) — Connection is as vital as oxygen. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015

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    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Courage doesn't roar. It's the quiet voice saying 'I will try again tomorrow.' (Radmacher) — Softly refusing to give up. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Forever is comprised of nows. (E. Dickinson) — Immortality comes from always living in the moment. Siempre vive! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • A Spring Forward Guide to Cruise Cocktails

    Randy Kalp
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    We didn’t travel much this winter. There was a trip to Key West in February with Beth’s sister and brother-in-law that will go down as legendary, and then another to Provincetown, on Cape Cod in January. But, for the most part, we spent a lot of time working on the East Coast, as the snow piled higher around our basement window. If you haven’t heard, this winter has been a record breaker in Boston and the South Shore. That’s where we are at the moment, the South Shore…good old Plymouth, Mass…America’s hometown. The snow started falling in mid-January and kept going into March.
  • Explore the Elements Photo Contest Entry

    Bethany Salvon
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    I was kindly nominated by Ken Kaminesky to enter the Explore The Elements photo contest put on by Thomas Cook. The photo contest is looking for photos from four themes: Earth, Water, Fire & Air. The prizes are great with a grand prize being a £5,000 travel fund! As part of the competition I also need to nominate 5 other bloggers. I am nominating: Christy from Ordinary Traveler Kenin from The Constant Rambler Brandon from Eye & Pen Peter Parkorr from Travel Unmasked Dylan from The Travelling Editor Good luck everyone! Here are my four images. I hope I have a chance at winning! Earth…
  • Balance needed. I forgot the password to my baby

    Bethany Salvon
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm
    2015 goal: More of this. Update: Failing miserably.   It’s 4:58 pm and I just realized I forgot my own password to log into Beers & Beans. Holy cow. Have our lives gotten that crazy? Has it really been a month since either one of us have been able to sit down and write a post? My eyes welled up instantly. It’s like forgetting your own baby at the train station. That’s what Beers & Beans is to me – my baby. And I forgot it. Actually I didn’t forget about it – I am a worse kind of mother. The kind that thinks about their kid each and every day…
  • Cruise The South Pacific Wed. (Feb. 4) With @PaulGauguin on Pin-Up Live!

    Randy Kalp
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:37 pm
    We’re in the heart of winter now. The Super Bowl is done. Snow accumulation is now measured in feet not inches and wind chills are well below zero here in Plymouth, Mass. So what better way to warm up, than with a Pin-Up Live! about cruising the South Pacific. After getting hit with two snowstorms in less than a week, we can’t wait to talk about something other than blizzards, white outs, and travel bans. The South Pacific has been on our must-see list for a long time, so it’s a real pleasure to welcome Paul Gauguin Cruises as our special guest host this week, along with…
  • 9 Reasons Why You Should Enter To Win A Free Cruise For Every Year of Your Life

    Randy Kalp
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:59 pm
    We’re having quite a week here in New England! A massive storm graced us with more than two feet of snow; the Patriots are in the Super Bowl; and Beth and I are in Provincetown for a couple of days in a self imposed writers retreat. With so much going on this week, we wanted to make sure to remind you guys about the incredible contests Carnival is currently running, because the prizes are terrific and it would make our year if one of you won. The Prizes: A Free Cruise Every Year For The Rest Of Your Life 100 Days of Free Cruising An Ocean View Cabin On a 3, 4, 7 or 10 Day Cruise Pretty…
 
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  • Sea views and springtime in St Mawes – our weekend in Cornwall

    Heather Cowper
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    There’s something magical about waking up in Cornwall in springtime with a view of the Fal estuary from your bedroom window. “Tide’s in” says Guy as we open the curtains and lie in bed watching a tanker chug past St Anthony’s lighthouse and the St Mawes ferry heading for Falmouth. From our luxury holiday house, the aptly named Dreamcatchers booked through St Mawes Retreats, we have a view of the sea over the slate rooftops of the cottages, where people are waking up this fine morning. I can walk out from the living room, through the French windows, onto the…
  • Six of the best coffees around the world

    Heather Cowper
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    Are you a coffee lover like me? It’s the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans that hits your nose first and then you take a sip of hot, sweet coffee. Ahhh, the day starts to feel better already. But perhaps for you it’s a tiny cup of strong, black expresso, ending the meal perfectly like a full stop at the end of a sentence. Or a frothy cappuccino to eat with a sweet pastry for breakfast like they do in Spain. However you like it, a great cup of coffee is full of ritual as you watch a skilled barista operate those shiny machines that woosh and hiss, or the buzzy atmosphere of…
  • A weekend getaway at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego

    Guest Author
    14 Mar 2015 | 2:20 am
    In this article our guest author, Susan Foster shares her girl’s weekend getaway at the historic Hotel del Coronado, set by the sea in San Diego, California. My friend Cherie and I traveled quite a bit together in college and for some years afterwards. These trips came to a halt during the years we raised our children. Recently however, we have enjoyed a girl’s weekend getaway together every-other year. A perk of midlife has been the significant upgrade in the accommodations we can now both afford! Susan and friend Cherie at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego This year’s…
  • Plan your girlie trip to New York with Aer Lingus + win 2 flights to NYC!

    Heather Cowper
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    New York New York. It’s a city that has so far escaped me, but one that I now have in my sights since I can fly there so easily from the UK with Aer Lingus. Starting at my local airport of Bristol (or any one of 19 airports across the UK) I can fly via Dublin where I’ll be pre-cleared through customs and arrive at New York with more time to enjoy and less time to stand in queues. You’ll be even more interested when you hear about the competition they are running to win two return flights to New York plus £1000 spending money. If you’re tempted, read on to find out…
  • Flying Première class to India on Jet airways – is it worth it?

    Heather Cowper
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    Is it worth flying Première class with Jet Airways to India if you get the chance? Of course that’s a silly question. Who wouldn’t want to be pampered with individual service, plenty of legroom, restaurant quality food and a glass of champagne? But if we assume that your flight is not being paid for by the company and you’re deliberating on whether to treat yourself to Première Class to start the holiday in style, then it’s worth looking at what you’ll get for the extra cost. On my recent trip to India flying with Jet Airways I flew economy class on the way…
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  • Monday Madness: Enter to Win a Vacation at The Wigwam in Phoenix, Arizona

    Tiffany Vaughn
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:19 am
    For over 85 years, Arizona visitors have enjoyed the rustic beauty of The Wigwam, located just outside the city of Phoenix. Recent renovations help this historical hotel shine like new. Guests can relax or play in southwestern splendor with four sparkling pools (including one with watersides), stunning gardens and golf courses, award winning restaurants, and spacious guest casitas. The Wigwam combines Old West ambiance with modern luxuries which makes for a perfect family vacation. Family Friendly Amenities Trying to choose a favorite experience from our family’s recent Wigwam visit is…
  • Adventures by Disney Reviews: A Roundup of our Favorite Family Vacations

    Katie Bodell
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:32 am
    Adventure is out there!” -from the Disney-Pixar film UP Vacations with Adventures by Disney are truly some of the most magical family vacations offered. With an exceptional attention to detail, knowledge of family touring needs, friendly and welcoming tour guides, and top-notch tours and accommodations, a vacation with Adventures by Disney means your family will be in the best hands while touring the best places on earth. Adventures by Disney currently offers expertly planned and guided vacations in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Central and South America, as well as vacations closer…
  • Guide to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

    Katie Dillon
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    When trekarooing to Hong Kong, at visit to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is a must. Recent additions to the park have drastically increased its overall size, and unless it’s a holiday or the summer time, guests who are accustomed to other Disney parks around the world will find it less crowded and easy to navigate. The good news is that the relatively low price of admission makes the park doable for even just a half day, if you’re pressed for time. Follow this guide to one of Hong Kong’s celebrated amusement parks at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Location and Tickets Hong Kong…
  • Disney Cruise to Alaska

    Melissa Moore
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    For a 4-year-old, Disney cruises are all about dance lessons from Snow White, tea and cookies with Ariel, and Mickey ice cream bars for dessert after every meal. For me, the mom of two young children, the highlights of my Alaskan cruise was the opportunity to share the views of crystalline-blue glaciers with my kids and also the freedom to dine at Palo’s brunch buffet sans children. Most travels with young children are full of adventure, but a Disney cruise to Alaska is one of those rare adventures that is also a vacation. Alaska Day Excursions There are many splurge-worthy,…
  • Disney Week: Walt Disney World Tips for First Timers

    Sharlene Earnshaw
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Disney World is huge and a bit overwhelming. It makes Disneyland look like a city park by comparison. Visiting Florida’s Disney resort is a dream vacation for many families and we hope our Walt Disney World tips will go a long way to take the stress and confusion out of your vacation planning. Share your two cents and explore the tips and recommendations of many other Trekaroo parents in the Walt Disney World Review Guide Planing a Disneyland trip instead? Here’s our Disneyland Resorts Tips for First Timers. Let’s get started with tips on deciding when to go. WALT DISNEY WORLD…
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  • Have Fun with the Show Your Disney Side App

    cindy
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Last summer I introduced you to the Aurasma app which you could use at the Disney’s Frozen Summer Fun event. Recently Disney unleashed a new app to help you show your Disney Side anywhere! The new Show Your Disney Side App is available only in the Apple App Store, is a free app that lets you transform your selfie into a Disney character. I started seeing these pictures pop up in my Facebook stream and I just had to try it out. The Show Your Disney Side App is simple to use: Open the app Choose from Frozen, Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean or Disney Villains Choose your character Frame…
  • Peanut Butter Cup Trifle Recipe

    cindy
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”One of the new-to-me desserts I discovered after spending time on Pinterest was the trifle. A trifle is a layered English…
  • Win it Wednesday 3-25-15

    cindy
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today is a rough day around here, Jordan heads back to the mission field with The 99. I am so proud of him going back to complete his second year but his extended winter break makes it harder for me to let him go again. Add to that the fact that I am not able to take him to the airport today and that makes this mama a bit sad. Jordan has been offered a new position with The 99, IF he agrees to stay through November instead of ending his service in July as originally planned. He is praying about this decision and will discuss more with the director when he arrives in Tulsa. Please pray for his…
  • Freeman Beauty Makes Beauty Affordable

    cindy
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free from Influenster in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”One of my favorite beauty treatments is a good facial. I have never had a professional facial but over the years I have tried many at home facial…
  • Turn it Up Tuesday 79

    cindy
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This week is one of the craziest weeks of the year for me. Each Spring and Fall our Christian radio station, TheJoyFM holds their fundraising drives. Since they are a listener supported, non-commercial station it takes we, the listeners to financially support our station. Friendraiser 2015 begins Tuesday at 6am! I am a volunteer in the phone center for the fundraisers. I work the full shifts so 6am-8pm Tuesday thru Friday this week! I know it is crazy, but it is a lot of fun and it is just one way I can support something that means so much to my family and I. Spring is finally here! Can you…
 
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  • Do you like Change?

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:17 am
    For many of us, the answer would be a vehement No. This ‘us’ includes me as well. I am not a change averse person but in general I am happiest being my ‘Crocodile-Self’. (Crocodile-Self: Imagine a crocodile lying at a pond shore, happily enjoying the warmth of a beautiful sunny day for hours together, without entertaining a change as small as batting an eyelid)Alas, for us crocodile-selves, harsh reality is that change is the only constant in life. While doing my graduation, I never thought that I’ll move out of city to pursue further studies. Somehow it was never in…
  • Summer of 90’s

    22 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    It was the era, when we didn’t have the internet; we had comics. Summer holidays was the time which was eagerly awaited by all. The time where after a competitive cricket match session eating ice-cream together while analyzing the match like Harsha Bhogle would make us tremendously happy.  We used to have a plan for every specific time of the day, used to start our day early with a warm up cricket match + swimming session. Heavy breakfast of parathas with overflowing butter…yummy. True happiness. Due to the scorching heat, afternoon was spent playing cards, music dhamaka, ludo,…
  • Together. Companionship.

    15 Mar 2015 | 2:32 am
    Together. Companionship.Ordinary words right? We use them in our day to day life, but their significance is often lost to us. Power of these words is realized in that moment when we are unknowingly or knowingly, searching a shoulder to lean on, a nonjudgmental ear to hear us out and a living soul to walk side by. Every one of us experience this wonderful moment at least once in our lifetime. I had my first with this moment, way long back in 2005, when I was doing my post-graduation in a different city, away from home. But before I start my narration, let me build up the setting for it. So we…
  • Healthy Child is a Happy Child; leading to a Happy Home.

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

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Every single out there is looking for a suitable date and the problem is, the person whom he/she is looking for a date is not asking. Sad isn't it, don't worry, if he/she is not asking then you take the initiative and ask, but you need to ask the right questions. Enough said; Let us start the convo now.Conversation:Hi, if you think your are smart please answer these simple questions for me:-What is the first name of the actor in 'Hitch'?What comes after alphabet 'T'?What is the opposite of 'stop'? 3 strikes and you are?To get the area of the rectangle you multiply length x ....?Complete…
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  • 23 Best Travel Tips After 5 Years Of Traveling The World

    Marcello
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Best Tips For World Travel These are my best travel tips after traveling around the world for more than 6 years. After having the opportunity to visit over 80 countries, all 7 continents, and living in 12 countries across 5 continents, I’ve learned a few things along the way. Traveling around the world has always been a passion of mine. I remember I would proclaim in college that one day, ONE DAY, I would be day trading and traveling around the world. Everyone would tell me how crazy I was or would just brush me off. I took a few trips to Iceland and Costa Rica, but it wasn’t until I took…
  • Sulawesi Attractions: The Magical North

    Maria Laborde
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Kungkungan Bay Resort, provided by management Sulawesi attractions: the magical North. This is a guest post from friend and fellow travel blogger Maria Alexandra from LatinAbroad.com. Right in the middle of The Coral Triangle in Indonesia lies Sulawesi, the 11th largest island in the world. With over 600 different species of coral and more than 3000 different fish species, its waters are, hands-down, the most biologically diverse onEarth. In fact, this area proudly claims about 20% of our planet’s reefs. Legendary among diving and underwater photography enthusiasts, Sulawesi is still…
  • Experiencing Laid Back Miami

    Marcello
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:17 pm
    A lot changed for me in 2014! I definitely traveled a lot less and created my first home base in Medellin, Colombia. I was a bit burnt out by travel to be honest and the traders we train at the Day Trading Academy were becoming more and more profitable. It was time to semi settle down? Every year I visit the United States to do fun things like file my taxes (get your billions back America!), visit my mother, aka Madame WanderingTrader, and buy super cheap things at Wal-Mart. I haven’t been back to the United States outside of once a year for the past six years. I decided to change…
  • Best ​Things To Do In Nicaragua: Tourist Attractions

    Maria Laborde
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    The best things to do in Nicaragua-tourist attractions. This is a guest post from friend and fellow travel blogger Maria Alexandra from LatinAbroad.com. Nicaragua vs. Costa Rica — this was my dilemma when planning a Central American adventure trip. Naturally, Costa Rica popped up everywhere as the adventure and ecotourism hotspot of the region. Upon further research though, I discovered that Nicaragua is too often overshadowed by its more developed neighbor — and unjustifiably so. In fact, I found that the many things to do in Nicaragua are comparable to those in the CR: and can…
  • House Hunters International – I Bought A Penthouse!

    Marcello
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This House Hunters International Episode features the new penthouse we purchased in the city of eternal spring, Medellin, Colombia. I bought this property for all of our traders that we teach at our sister site http://thedaytradingacademy.com. The vision now has changed since I first started traveling around the world. The goal initially was to visit every country in the world in addition to every continent.  Because I get so much pleasure out of seeing other people live their dreams I decided it would be more fun to travel with an army of day traders. I was able to visit all 7 continents.
 
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  • そのこと自体が安全性が証明されていると言えましょうせフレ探す女子大生サラリーマン

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    利用料を払わずに登録可能な中高年向けのせフレ募集掲示板の数が多くなってきていて、初めてせフレ募集掲示板というものを使用しようかなという未経験者であっても、使いやすくなってきているという声をよくききます。 とにかく多々あるせフレ募集掲示板をやってみるということなら、あなたの条件にピッタリの素敵な女性を見つけだしてください。運命の相手との出会いテクニックの初歩に関してご紹介します。…
  • 他人の婚活状況を教えてもらいましょう福岡で熟女と合コン

    admin
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:34 am
    会社に入ってから出会いがない、と自己弁護しつつ、事実から逃げ出そうとしてもどうしようもありません。出会いの好機はひとりで手にするものだといった気持ちが成功への道しるべなのです。 配偶者のいる人やシニア・中高年の方には、だいたい年が近い人と出会いたいという人も、少なくないのですが、そういう人は、中高年に特化した掲示板機能が充実している熟女出会い系や恋愛サイトを選択するのがぴったりです。…
  • こすぷれエロイプチャレンジしやすいシステムです

    admin
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:50 am
    最近話題のskype掲示板といった所で、殆どの人の利用目的は?であれば、言うまでもなくいわゆるセフレ探し、浮気相手を捕まえたい、といったものばかりになるのではないでしょうか。 あなたがスマホを使用中なのでしたら、一度は人気のエロイプ向け掲示板を利用してみてください。いわゆるskype掲示板に比べて、取りかかるまでの手軽さから、チャレンジしやすいシステムです。…
  • 引いてしまいますセフレ10代

    admin
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:33 am
    配偶者のいる人や熟年層、中高年の層で、同じくらいの年齢の人との出会いを希望している方も、大勢いらっしゃるわけですが、そういう人は、中高年に特化した掲示板を用意しているような婚活サイト、やれるアプリ等を探し出して利用しましょう。 近頃では一般的になったSNSで異性との出会いを願う人がどんどん増えていて、実際にSNSでいい出会いをした人も多数いると聞きます。…
  • オンリーワンの機会と感じることすらあるでしょう既婚女性の出会い

    admin
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    自らが興味を持っている領域の集まりなどにあちこち参加してみると、意識しなくても同じ趣味を持つ人たちとの出会いが多くなるのです。迷うことなく仲間を作ってみましょう。 「最近人気の無料出会アプリ無料を試してみたい」というお望みについてはよいのですが、登録する以上は、「精一杯綿密に選り抜いてから」というやり方にしてください。…
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  • The Best Sandals Resort in Jamaica

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Which is the best Sandals resort in Jamaica? That was the seemingly simple question we set out to answer when we first began to research the review article you are currently reading. Sandals, as you may know, is a chain of all-inclusive beach resorts with properties in a handful of Caribbean countries including St. Lucia, the Bahamas, Grenada and Antigua. The country with more Sandals resorts than any other — there are seven altogether — is Jamaica. But which of those seven Sandals should I choose for my vacation? you might be asking. With that specific question in mind — and with a…
  • Plane Spotting, Caribbean-Style

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

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

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

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    Next to the reception desk of The Veranda House on Nantucket Island there’s a large photo from the 1880s of the bed and breakfast. It shows well-heeled guests hanging out on the namesake verandas, admiring the view of the historic town center and the waters of the Nantucket Sound beyond. Since that photo was taken the fashions have changed. The quality of photographs has greatly improved. But guests today still hang out on those same verandas. They still enjoy the view of the town and the water. They are still drawn to the iconic lodgings by its history. The Veranda House, after all,…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • Chicago Holy Name Cathedral Holy Week and Easter Schedule 2015

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    29 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    English: Roman Catholic monks of the preparing to light the Christ candle prior to mass]] at St. Mary’s Abbey in (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Christ washing the feet of the Apostles. Icon of Pskov school. Русский: Омовение ног (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Christ Washing the Feet of the Apostles by Meister des Hausbuches, 1475 (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin). (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “During Holy Week the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his life on earth, beginning with his messianic entrance into…
  • Incredible Easter with Fireworks in Florence Italy: Lo Scoppio del Carro

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    28 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    English: Capture of Jerusalem during the First Crusade, 1099, from a medieval manuscript Deutsch: Mittelalterliches Gemälde der Belagerung Jerusalems durch die Kreuzfahrer 1099 Suomi: Jerusalemin valtaus 1099. Keskiaikaisen käsikirjoituksen kuvitusta. Polski: Zdobycie Jerozolimy podczas I krucjaty (1099 r.) – rysunek ze średniowiecznego rękopisu Italiano: Conquista di Gerusalemme durante la Prima Crociata, nel 1099, da un manoscritto medievale (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Photo by User:Gilabrand. Dome of the Rock viewed through Bab al-Qattanin (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Image via Wikipedia…
  • Semana Santa in Seductive Segovia Spain: Holy Week and Easter Traditions

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    27 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Segovia Cathedral • Catedral de Segovia (Photo credit: jesuscm) Image via Wikipedia Segovia (Photo credit: ferlomu) Segovia -Ayllón_2 casa del Cordón (Photo credit: ferlomu) The Ancient Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain, by Nicolás Pérez. September 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Segovia is a seductive English: Aqueduct of Segovia, Spain Français : L’aqueduc de Ségovie, Espagne (Photo credit: Wikipedia) UNESCO World Heritage Site in Spain that is imbued with the spirit of an old Castillian town. It was declared a UNESCO site in 1985 and it is protected by the Eresma and Clamores…
  • Easter and Holy Week Rituals in Sicily: Buona Pasqua

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    26 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    English: Cathedral of San Giorgio, Modica, Sicily, Italy. Français : Cathédrale San Giorgio, Modica, Sicile, Italie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   English: Coat of Arms of Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Coat of arm of Sicily (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A baroque church in Modica (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Many towns in Sicily have a   Petralia Sottana, Sicily (Photo credit: Wikipedia) strong tradition of religious rites and ceremonies that date from the Spanish Domination of the 15th-17th centuries. These rites are demonstrated during mystic Holy Week…
  • Elaborate Holy Week and Easter Rituals in Toledo Spain: Semana Santa

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    25 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    English: A five-segment panorama of the Tagus River in Toledo, Spain. Taken with a Canon 5D and 24-105mm f/4L lens. Français : Vue panoramique du Tage à Tolède, en Espagne. Panorama obtenu en assemblant 5 clichés faits avec un appareil Canon 5D et un objectif 24-105mm f/4L. Română: O panoramă alcătuită din cinci fotografii a râului Tagus din Toledo, Spania. Realizată cu un Canon 5D şi obiectiv de 24-105mm f/4L. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Image via Wikipedia English: Toledo, Puerta de Bisagro (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: House of El Greco (partial view) : Toledo, Spain.
 
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Across the U.S., staying in pet-friendly La Quinta and Drury hotels

    Mary-Alice
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Chloe and I had some experience with La Quinta and Drury hotels when we began our cross-country road trip (here’s my post about the La Quinta near O’Hare, and here’s one about the Drury Hotel near the Nashville airport), but we had a lot more when we ended, and it was all good. The big road trip of February/March 2015, in pink Post-It notes As you know from previous posts, we recently drove from Tampa to Seattle along the southern and western edges of the United States. We sought out La Quinta and Drury hotels, and stayed elsewhere when we had to. The Drury chain is…
  • Arizona’s Saguaro National Park with a dog: Workable and gorgeous

    Mary-Alice
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Left to my own devices, I would have skipped Tucson’s Saguaro National Park. “Saguaros,” I would have said to myself, “I’ve seen ‘em” — and I have, on the drive from Phoenix to Sedona, and lovely they are. Also, I would have added, with Chloe along a national park will be largely off limits. How wrong I would have been! And how lucky I am, in so many ways, that illustrator Chandler O’Leary was guiding the Good Ship Dodge-Chrysler Minivan across the country, and that she is a devoted fan of national parks. The fact is, there is plenty for a…
  • Reader’s report: Dog-friendly cruise on the Rhine and Mosel Rivers

    Mary-Alice
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    Last July, I wrote a post about a company offering dog-friendly river cruises in Europe. Reader Jenna had brought the cruises to my attention, and last fall she and Tara, her French Bulldog, went on one. I met Jenna and Tara in person in October 2013, when they hosted me and Chloe for breakfast in Paris — which was just as elegant as it sounds. Jenna writes a wonderful Facebook page about their travels, and kindly agreed to contribute this post to Dog Jaunt. I love this collage Jenna posted on Tour de Tara Four Paws on Deck: Dog-Friendly European River Cruises “I’ve just…
  • Two dog-friendly hotels with vintage charm in the Texas hinterland

    Mary-Alice
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Actually, “hinterland” might be an understatement. Chloe and I and our friend Chandler recently drove from Tampa to Seattle the long way, via Palm Springs, a route that includes the entire width of Texas. Day 14 in Texas (I exaggerate, but not by much) took us from San Antonio nearly to El Paso, and for most of that day we were so far behind the back of beyond that our phones just gave up. The situation (please note that I don’t call it a “problem,” because heavens, that part of Texas is really lovely) was compounded by the fact that we chose to detour to…
  • Which seat works best with an in-cabin dog? [Virgin America A-319]

    Mary-Alice
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:37 pm
    We fly on Virgin America several times a year, but always, to date, on one of their Airbus 320 planes, never on an A-319. In fact, I’d concluded they only had A-320s, so my tape measure was well of out reach when I saw the A-319 emergency card. Here’s what I used as an alternative, which proves that where there’s a will, there’s a way: That middle hieroglyphic, for example, means that the middle seat space was 2 card-widths wide PLUS up to that bold line (nope, x-ed out, actually the bold line NEXT to it). I’ve had resourceful readers tell me how many of their…
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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • Places You Can No Longer Go: The Tyburn Tree

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
  • Places You Can No Longer Go: Barnum's American Museum

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
     
  • Way Off The Grid: 6 Earthships That You Should Know

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    The EVE Project Earthship in Taos (photo by Sarah Richter / Flickr) It's perhaps not surprising that a structure called "Earthship" has been around since the '70s—and that, like similarly vintaged trends of Birkenstocks and juicing, they never quite died. They only faded away.  Earthships are designed to be entirely off-the-grid and self-sustaining, constructed from reclaimed and recycled materials and making use of natural resources. The term originates with architect Mike Reynolds, a pioneer of "radically sustainable living," who coined it in…
  • The United Islands of America: Rest Ashored

    17 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    “Hair Apparent” hair salons. “Legal Grounds” coffee shops. “Dew Drop Inn” motels. America’s business owners can’t seem to resist a good pun. The same goes for vacation homes; a house at the beach without a clever name is a dereliction of duty, making you suspect that the owners are lazy, or worse, unimaginative, letting their chance to plant a flag go by.  (Wordplay on Tybee Island, Georgia. Photo by Anna Marlis Burgard.) My notes and photo collections from the Islands of America grand tour are peppered with examples of punny vacation house…
  • ISIS and Iconoclasm: The History of the Museum Smash

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Visiting the Baghdad Museum website is now a journey into a black screen that reads, simply:   This statement is quite literal. Recent weeks have been painful for anyone with even a passing interest in art and culture—a melee of irreversible destruction, intent on wiping out stores of cultural artifacts in Syria and Iran. Using heavy equipment, explosives, and a vast army of disciples and paid laborers, the Islamic State has engaged in iconoclasm at a truly alarming pace and scope; many academics fear there will soon be nothing left. Centuries-old books: burned. Priceless statues…
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    Atlas Obscura

  • Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival in Kettlewell , England

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Every August since 1994, the bucolic English village of Kettlewell has been invaded by an army of whimsical straw men that post up in residential yards, on rooftops, and in hidden corners. Despite what could be the set-up for a horror movie, the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival is actually a warm-hearted event that the entire village leans into. The traditional festival began in 1994 with a fundraiser to raise money for the tiny hamlets and homesteads in the area. Surprisingly the call for homemade scarecrows seemed to strike a chord and over 100 were created by the people of Kettlewell. Ever…
  • Temple of All Religions in Kazan , Russia

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Located in the Russian city of Kazan, the colorful Temple of All Religions, or Universal Temple is mish-mash of architectural flourishes culled from most of the major world religions to create an uber-complex where all religions can come together in harmony.  Established by philanthropist Ildar Khanov in 1992, the site is not actually a chapel in the traditional sense but is instead a center meant to stand as a symbol of religious unity. Khanov was an active proponent of rehabilitation services and, having overseen a few in his lifetime, built the center with the help of patients he…
  • Truckhenge in Topeka, Kansas

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Angling up towards the sky as though they have just burst from beneath the ground, the antique trucks that make up Ron Lessman's Truckhenge are just the tip of the naive art iceberg on his eccentric farm. Lessman originally created Truckhenge in 2000 as a response to the county officials who were trying to get him to clean up his land. In response to an order to "pick the trucks up" he elevated the aging vehicles by burying one end in the ground, attached to a heavy concrete base. This tipped the remainder of the vehicle up into the air, and Truckhenge was born. The outspoken Lessman…
  • Timexpo Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Timexpo Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut celebrates the history and craftsmanship of the Timex company, although you would be hard pressed to tell that from the outside which is guarded by a cartoonish Easter Island moai statue.  The large Timexpo building holds a sprawling collection of timepieces, artifacts and ephemera from Timex's long past that dates back to 1854. Among the collection are clocks and watches ranging from historic Waterbury clocks, to commissioned military timekeepers, to a whole exhibit centered on the Mickey Mouse watch phenomenon. The Timex exhibits across the…
  • The Big Oak in Thomasville, United States

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The massive tree known to the locals of Thomasville, Georgia as "The Big Oak" has been standing on the same spot for over three centuries despite branches breaking under their own weight and a number of truck accidents. The Big Oak stands on a Thomasville street corner where its long, gangly branches have spread out in all directions. The tree is what is known as a Live Oak which means it maintains its foliage throughout the year, and it was one of the first of its kind to be registered in the Live Oak Society, an organization that tracks the history and health of the rareish trees.
 
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    Life In Flight

  • “You Are Here Now Because You Are a Survivor.”

    Carolyn Paddock
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Not long ago I attended a facinating talk by Dr. Norman Rosenthal. He was invited to speak about his latest book called “The Gift of Adversity.” I didn’t know much about Dr. Rosenthal, but I loved his positive approach. After an impressive introduction Dr. Rosenthal energetically took the stage and warmly greeted the audience with his charming South African accent. Within the first 30 seconds he said something profoundly simple and incredibly powerful. “You are all here now because you are survivors.” I am a survivor… Almost immediately I felt myself grow…
  • 4 New No Carb Pastas – Dr. Oz Show

    Carolyn Paddock
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    The post 4 New No Carb Pastas – Dr. Oz Show appeared first on Life In Flight.
  • “What Happy People Know…”

    Carolyn Paddock
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    I want to be happy! No doubt,  you’ve heard these words before. And you have probably have said them yourself more than once. Happiness = Nirvana. Right? I hear this very phrase from my clients, some of who are at a crossroad and want more from life after years of hard work and sacrifice. Happiness is often at the top of their list. But what exactly is Happiness? Is it a place, a thing, a relationship, a position, a title, and can you buy it? And why is it so damn elusive at times? Do you have to wait “until X happens” that you be happy, or is it only for some people…
  • What You Can Do When Someone’s Upset

    Carolyn Paddock
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Claudia and I have a deal. When she’s really annoyed and needs to vent, she calls me. Beyond being a very close friend – Claudia is one of my “Trust Tree” friends – it’s been our deal for 18 years. Our pact started because one afternoon, when things weren’t going the way she wanted them to go she just let it rip. To my delight I discovered that when Claudia is all riled up, she’s a bit like Jerry Seinfeld with a razor sharp wit but yet somewhat self-deprecating.  After she had vented her frustrations, I was doubled over (from laughter). My laughing made her vent even more,…
  • 7 Insider Tips for Seamless Holiday Travel

    Carolyn Paddock
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    It’s here. The holiday season. Traveling isn’t for the faint of heart, especially at this time of year when airports are full of people trying to take their well-deserved vacations, and winter weather can throw a wrench in the works. If you’ve ever noticed that airline crew members seem to glide effortlessly through chaotic airports, shoot through the security lines and rebound flawlessly after travel snafus, you’re on to something. I’m going to share a few of our secrets, both in booking flights and what to do when bad weather starts rolling in, so that you can…
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    Vivamost!

  • Photo of the week, March 24th, 2015

    Véronique
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
    The post Photo of the week, March 24th, 2015 appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Shadowland at the Zurich Maag Halle: 20% discount for Vivamost readers

    Véronique
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    14-19 April 2015 Maag Halle Zurich “In 2009, the US dance company Pilobolus celebrated the German-language premiere of their show Shadowland at Zurich’s MAAG Halle, before setting out on a triumphant European tour. In every city in which they performed, the troupe was met with sell-out shows and enchanted spectators. Today, in Europe alone, over […] The post Shadowland at the Zurich Maag Halle: 20% discount for Vivamost readers appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine

    Véronique
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:21 am
    The 5 stars hotel, Park Hyatt, is hosting a Masters of Food & Wine on March 27th and 28th. The Masters of Food & Wine events exist at the Park Hyatt hotels since 2010. This time for the gourmet dinner the Zurich Park Hyatt invited the Italian winemaker and owner of La Ghersa winery (Piedmont), Mr. Massimo Pastura. Here is the […] The post Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Art On Ice 20th Jubilee

    Véronique
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:57 am
    If one would have told the two CEOs of Art on Ice, at its beginning, that their ice skating gala would become the most successful show in Switzerland, they would have never believed it. The preparations for the first show in 1996 were not easy for the former figure skater, Oliver Höner, and his friend […] The post Art On Ice 20th Jubilee appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • The Bellamy Brothers & Gölä enchant the Volkshaus in Zurich

    Véronique
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:29 am
    The Bellamy Brothers do not need anymore introduction after more than 50 albums in 40 years of musical career. The legendary American duo, made of Howard and David, has been rocking crowds all over the world with their beautiful country and pop songs. The cowboys brothers, originally from Darby in Florida, got famous with their 1976 hit “Let […] The post The Bellamy Brothers & Gölä enchant the Volkshaus in Zurich appeared first on Vivamost!.
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    Passport Luxury Travel Blog | Kiwi Collection

  • 10 Questions: Mark Eletr, Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa

    Joy Pecknold
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Mark Eletr of Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa in Abu Dhabi. Best hotel room at the property: My personal favorite is the two bedroom Family Villa at Al Sahel. It […]
  • 10 Questions: Dietmar Koegerl, Niyama

    Joy Pecknold
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Dietmar Koegerl of Niyama in the Maldives. Best hotel room at the property: All of the beachfront and waterfront studios and pavilions are very chic yet ultra comfortable—we like to describe […]
  • Destination Spotlight: Ushuaia, Argentina

    Daniel Szelényi
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:41 pm
    The remote archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, 14,000 kilometres from Europe off the tip of the South American mainland features the world’s southernmost airport and city, Ushuaia. It has thus every right to be considered el fin del mundo, the end of the world.
  • 10 Questions: Jorge Manzur, Puente Romano Beach Resort Marbella

    Joy Pecknold
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Jorge Manzur of Puente Romano Beach Resort Marbella in Spain. Best hotel room at the property: Our beachfront suites are really amazing, but if I have to pick one, the Imperial […]
  • The List: 8 Astounding Ocean Views in the Mediterranean

    Joy Pecknold
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Is there any point in having a Mediterranean holiday without a wicked view of the Mediterranean Sea? Precisely. Here to help, a list—accompanied by jaw-dropping images, of course—of eight great properties that offer astounding panoramas of Europe’s most aquamarine waters. Amalfi Coast, Italy: Casa Angelina In the small fishing village of Praiano, Casa Angelina contrasts […]
 
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    Jayway Travel

  • Movies set and shot in Budapest

    Jacy Meyer
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Budapest is beautiful. Gorgeous buildings, grand boulevards, it’s a photographer’s dream. And film producers see a lot to love there too. The city has become a major film destination in Central Europe for producers interested in replicating just about any European city. Government incentives, lower labor costs and a diversity of architecture contribute to its allure. Where should you go to check out the movie sets? In the past few years, Hercules (2014), starring Dwayne Johnson, A Good Day to Die Hard (2012) starring Bruce Willis and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) starring Tom…
  • Where to Buy Event Tickets

    Charlie
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Once you’ve booked your Central & Eastern Europe vacation package the next thing to do is work out what you’re doing with your spare time. We’re often asked by our guests where they can buy tickets for cultural events, festivals and concerts so we’ve compiled this list of the most comprehensive and official sites for buying event tickets online in most of the countries we cover. Austria Tickets for events at the Volksoper, Vienna State Opera and Burgtheater, among other venues that are part of the Austrian Federal Theatres organisation should be purchased from…
  • Kaziukas Folk Fair in Vilnius

    Charlie
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Held in Vilnius annually in early March, the Kaziukas folk arts and crafts fair dates back to the early 17th century. The fair occupies a large part of the city center, from Gediminas Avenue, Cathedral Square, Pilies Street, all the way to the Orthodox Cathedral and almost to the borders of the Uzupis neighborhood. Whoever you turn you’ll find stalls, pavilions, and processions! Perfect for lovers of handmade souvenirs, the arts and crafts on display at the fair includes knitted clothes, baskets, wooden toys, metalwork, pottery, wooden sculptures and paintings, much of which…
  • Bucharest’s Palace of Parliament

    Charlie
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    Described by its detractors as a giant Stalinist wedding cake, Bucharest’s Palace of Parliament, also referred to as the People’s Palace, is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon.  Architect Anca Petrescu was just 28 years old when she designed this gargantuan edifice on the orders of Romania’s feared dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. She wasn’t the only architect to work on it of course, she led a group of 700 Romanian architects in crafting every last detail of the still-unfinished building which was begun in 1983. Ceausescu called it…
  • Berlin’s Nazi Architecture

    Tadeas Riha
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    Editor’s note: Architecture student Tadeas shares with us his pick of 5 still-standing examples of Nazi architecture in Berlin. At the end of the post you’ll find a map with the locations marked, for you to explore on your own. Few cities in the world are as charged with historic meaning as Berlin. The violent forces of the 20th century did more to take away from the city, but they also contributed to the evolving structure of this metropolis.  Beginning in 1933, Adolf Hitler and Albert Speer dreamt of a metropolis worthy of the new German empire. Their plan was so grand and…
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    Downtown Traveler

  • How to take a baby on the New York City subway – tips for new moms

    Leslie Koch
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Germs, crazy people and tons of stairs are just a few reasons I hesitated to take my newborn baby on the New York City subway. I’ve been more adventurous than some of my new-mom friends; I took my baby to Target when he was one week old and bundled him up for brisk stroller walks in arctic temperatures. (I envy those moms with Spring and Summer babies). Still, the subway seemed like an insurmountable obstacle until I met Noelia, a new mom who was going on regular subway trips to the New York Public Library and various museums with her newborn. She offered me some excellent advice and…
  • Review: What to expect at Blackout Haunted House in New York City (Halloween 2014)

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

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

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

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

  • TBEX Deep Travel Blogger Contest

    Natalie Holmes
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    Deep Travel is about going farther, asking better questions, and opening your eyes to the nuance and detail of place.  At Context we believe that deeper travels enhance our cherished global citizenship. We’ll be at all three TBEX events in 2015 (Europe, Asia, and USA), and as part of our participation, we’re running a blogger contest with some exciting rewards. To kick things off, our first competition is linked to TBEX Spain, which takes place in Lloret De Mar on April 29 to May 2. (Check out our PRE- and POST-BEX selection of walks in Barcelona). What’s involved? All you need to do…
  • Five Off-Beat French Cheeses

    Lindsay Poulin
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
      For the dairy lover, strolling through any French market’s cheese aisle is a thing of beauty. Well-known standards such as brie, camembert, and chèvre reign supreme; found in many varieties and dishes around the country, this trifecta has rightly earned their place of prominence. For those looking for something different, though, there are thousands of other, lesser-known types of cheese and varieties available. Thus we present five off-beat French cheeses, curated by Paris docent Preston Mohr of Paris by the Glass, and which he often shares on our Baguette to Bistro: Culinary…
  • Practical Facts: Using Shanghai’s Metro

    Sophie
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    Shanghai Metro is the world’s longest, covering 548 km across 337 stations and 14 lines. Compare that to New York, whose subway system covers 368km. Weekdays see more than 8 million people riding the metro in Shanghai, roughly equivalent to the population of New York City. Why should you ride the metro over taking a taxi? You’ll avoid wasting precious time in the gridlock that cripples Shanghai’s streets. Cost Shanghai Metro has an excellent website with a fare calculator. Journeys under 6km cost 3. To go from downtown Shanghai to Hongqiao Railway Station or Hongqiao Airport…
  • From Paris to Rio with Lily Heise

    Jessica Stewart
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    Lily at the Great Wall of China A native of Canada, Lily Heise has been with the Context family for 8 years, including one year as a docent before she joined our staff to first run the Paris office.  Since then she’s expanded the Context reach to Madrid and Barcelona and is currently our expansion manager, helping bring in-depth walking seminars to new cities across the globe.  Lily is also an accomplished writer, reporting on France and other destinations.  We caught up with Lily after some recent adventures in South America to get her insight on what new programs we can look…
  • Why You Should Visit Istanbul in 2015

    Katie Nadworny
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:37 am
    One evening this winter, during an anomalous snow storm, I was walking down the backstreets of my Istanbul neighborhood. The snow was falling thick and heavy, perfect for snowball fights and building snowmen. But instead typical snowmen, I kept passing snow SCULPTURES—creatures and monsters and animals carved out of the snow by people too excited and creative to settle for mere snowmen. I live in Kadikoy, a funky neighborhood on Istanbul’s Asian shore full of artists and students and families and retirees—a liberal, creative, colorful part of Istanbul that often gets left off the…
 
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  • 48 Hour Food Guide: Restaurants in Portland

    Ayngelina
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Portland is weird…and rad! Over 3 days we ate at 15 restaurants in Portland and one farmers market – we could have kept going if we had more time, Portland is a great city for food lovers. Check out the video of food in Portland we made, you won’t believe all the places we visited: Get the Guide This is a very long post. If you’re planning a trip to portland we’ve created a FREE PDF with links to our favourite restaurants in Portland and other details you should know. Portlandia Portland is the kind of city you need to see to believe. Don’t be surprised…
  • How to Shuck Oysters with a Hockey Puck

    Ayngelina
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    I feel fairly confident in the kitchen but when it comes to oysters I shy away because I’ve never learned how to shuck oysters. That all changed when I met Dave, having cooked on the East Coast he’s shucked more oysters than he cares to remember and shared a secret with me. It’s easy to shuck oysters with a hockey puck. And if you’re Canadian like us, there’s always a hockey puck nearby. The rubber coating helps keep the oyster in place, which means the oyster doesn’t slip and you end up shucking your hand. Watch this video to see how to shuck oysters with…
  • Best Things to Do in Montreal? Eat!

    Ayngelina
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    Montreal, Canada We’ve been so busy with Loka Snacks we weren’t able to celebrate Dave’s one-year anniversary in Toronto – unfortunately it falls on February 14th and we were working on Valentine’s Day. So when Intercontinental® Hotels Group gave us IHG® Rewards Club points to celebrate we knew there were so many things to do in Montreal we had to go there! Unfortunately we don’t have 2 available nights this month, but that didn’t hold us back, instead of delaying the celebration we decided to have as much fun as we could with 24 hours in…
  • Whey Fermented Beet Carpaccio Recipe

    Ayngelina
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    One of the great things about Loka Snacks, is seeing what Dave comes up with each week. Although last week people loved his gobi manchurian dish, we found great beets this week so we served this whey fermented beet carpaccio. The fermented beets have an awesome flavour, not quite as acidic as pickled beets but not as mushy as roasted beets. This may be my favourite way to eat them. Although I still love the raw beet salad I make too. I loved the dish so much I really wanted to share this beet recipe that requires some patience but is well worth it. The fermented beets are roasted for 3…
  • An Unfussy Approach to Wine

    Ayngelina
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    The more time I spend in Grey Bruce County the more I realize it’s almost like medicine for living in the city. We take things far too seriously, get caught up in hype that doesn’t really matter and sometimes you lose sight of the small things that really do matter.   Watch a Day at Hoity Toity Cellars So a day at Hoity Toity Cellars was the perfect intervention. Normally visiting a winery can be quite a serious thing. You sit and listen to the winemaker, they talk to you about the process, about pairing wine and how to drink it. Hoity Toity Cellars takes a different…
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  • A Monster of a Day

    Nat and Tim Harris
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write An hour North of Rome you’ll find the little town of Bomarzo. At first look it doesn’t seem like anything special, but a few meters from the town is the Sacred Wood, also known as Parco dei Mostri (Monster Park). It might sound like the type of place that you’d read about in a classic German fairy tale, but it’s not scary at all. The park is laid out on several acres and has been there since the sixteenth century when it was built by Pier Franceso Orsini, an Italian nobleman, as a memorial to his wife.
  • A new perspective on the Big Apple

    Michael Hodson
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write New York is the city that people will know about, and the major sights such as the Statue of Liberty and Times Square are what everyone will see on their first trip to the city. One of the things that changes with the number of visits to the city is that you start to look a little deeper, and it is easy to see that there is a whole lot more to New York than just the major sights. On my most recent trip to the city, I decided to take an alternative look at the city and try a few experiences that I haven’t…
  • Seeing Italy on foot with Walks Of Italy

    Michael Hodson
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Italy is an amazing country and one which offers a variety of history, culture and great food to anyone visiting. And, as a country with a strong tourist industry, there are plenty of tour options available. While it is possible to see the country through the window of a tour bus, the benefit of taking a walking tour is that you can really immerse yourself in your surroundings – and being able to explore on foot gives you a lot of freedom to see the best of the country. There are plenty of different walking…
  • Historical sites to see on Corregidor Island in the Philippines

    Michael Hodson
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write This small island lies near the entrance to Manila Bay, and has become a tourist attraction because of its history in the Second World War – it was one of the most important strategic locations in the Pacific. Without control of Corregidor, the Japanese forces couldn’t rely on control of Manila Bay, and the US and Filipino forces put up a spirited defense of the island during the Battle of Corregidor in 1942. Ultimately, though, the island and its strategic role were finally lost to Japan on 6 May…
  • Beating back travel burnout in Thailand

    Syd Schulz
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write I had some serious misgivings when I booked my plane ticket to Thailand last October. I had just returned from Italy and spent a nightmarish 45 hours trying to get home and vowing to never book another confusing plane ticket again. Hell, maybe I was over flying all together. I was definitely done done DONE with United and their crappy customer service. Two days later I was invited to go to Thailand with my boyfriend Macky and his family for the holidays, and so there I was, buying another plane ticket with half a…
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  • Travel Deals: Banff – Cortes Island – Philadelphia

    Admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Photo Credit: Greenwood Davis. I love getting away in the Spring. As the ground begins to thaw and the snow tucks itself away for another year, you can breathe a little easier knowing that you likely won’t get snowed in at the airport. If you are looking to get away in the coming months, or are looking forward to booking your summer travel plans, our deals this week might help you select your next travel adventure. Deal #1: Chicks in the Sticks – A Women’s Outdoor Retreat at The Outpost at Warden Rock If escaping the bustle of the city with your best gal pals, throwing on your…
  • Your Guide to Travelling in Philadelphia

    Admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Showing brotherly love alongside the famous Swann Fountain in Philadelphia, one of many picturesque spots on the gallery- and museum-laden Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Photo by Heather Greenwood Davis. It is the city of brotherly love and one of my favourite places to visit in the United States of America. With so much culture to explore – from art galleries and museums to outdoor sculptures, Philadelphia is a destination for families and culture-seekers. If you are looking to explore this city located in Pennsylvania, these tips will help. This post originally appeared in the Toronto…
  • The Biggest African Safari Mistake: #GlobeTrotWed

    Heather
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:44 am
    The thing that no one ever tells you about an African Safari is that it can be as uneventful as it can be exciting. The adrenaline you can work up just thinking about your first safari can mean that your heart is racing long before you get there. About an hour into the drive things may start to change. What was extraordinary – that antelope, zebra or baboon – you saw in the wild for the first time only moments ago can start to feel less special when you’ve spotted it for the third time around. It’s then that you will realize that a safari is not like a zoo.  The…
  • 5 Things to See and Do in Thailand

    Admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    A photo from my family’s trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand. I’ve been exploring the beautiful landscape of Thailand, and re-experiencing the amazing culture of this country along with other travel bloggers from around the world (you can follow their experiences and mine on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #DiscoverThainess and #TBEXASIA2015). Stay tuned for more travel stories that will inspire and guide your own trip to this country located in South-East Asia but in the meantime, here’s a look back at a piece I wrote for the Toronto Star on why you should travel to Thailand. 5…
  • March Madness 2015 : #GMRoadTrip2Indy

    Heather
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    If all that you think of when March rolls in each year is that February is over and April is almost here, then you don’t live in my house. In my house, and for every year that I have known my husband Ish (25 this year but who’s counting?) , March has meant something altogether different. March is for Madness. High-flying, college basketball  madness. And it has begun. Ish brought home our March Madness brackets earlier this week. The boys, who’ve known the ritual since they were able to hold a pencil, have dutifully filled in their picks. My empty bracket sits on the dining…
 
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  • Getting Off the Interstate in Clear Lake, Iowa

    Jody Halsted
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    If you’ve ever traveled along Interstate 35 in northern Iowa, you have definitely noticed the town of Clear Lake. The last major exit as you drive north out of Iowa, or the first major exit as you enter Iowa from Minnesota, for most travelers Clear Lake is a cluster of gas station chains and fast food restaurants. What most miss is the charming resort town just a short distance from the interstate. Three Quick Tips in Clear Lake, Iowa Though I have often passed through – and by through I mean stopping at a gas station for fuel or a quick bite- Clear Lake, I haven’t spent any…
  • Fun St. Patrick’s Day Activities + Other Ireland Articles

    Jody Halsted
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    I have this crazy love of Ireland. In case you didn’t know, I publish an entire website dedicated to Ireland family travel. Ireland Family Vacations is a resource filled with tips, interactive maps, and vacation services. So you can imagine that I receive a lot of requests for articles and quotes this time of year. Fun St Patrick’s Day Activities in Your Area published by Minitime (and syndicated to Today’s Mama) You’ve likely heard that “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day,” but beyond your local parade there doesn’t seem to be much going on that you can take…
  • Is a Family Zipline Adventure for You?

    Jody Halsted
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    I am terrified of heights. And of falling. And yet, I love ziplining. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still incredibly scared when I begin- but the exhilaration soon takes over and I’m enjoying the unbelievable freedom that comes from flying over trees, canyons, and heart-stopping views. Suited up for ziplining! Helmets, gloves, and my GoPro! Our first family zipline adventure was a single line over a canyon- and I was terrified!- as you can see in the video below: Our second adventure was much better- and more intense! A 10 line zip, it began with short lines barely suspended…
  • Looking for Winter Fun? Take the Family to Mankato, Minnesota!

    Jody Halsted
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Learning to ski at Mount Kato Trying to avoid the winter blahs? Attempting to not hibernate like a bear? Or maybe you just need to combat cabin fever with a quick – and fun!- family getaway? My family found plenty of winter fun in Mankato, Minnesota. We embraced the activities Mankato had to offer, and had an amazing weekend! Family Winter Getaway in Mankato, Minnesota published by Des Moines Moms Blog I’m not fond of winter, though I am resigned to it. Growing up in Iowa, moving to Minnesota, then returning to Iowa, it’s obvious I’ve made my choice to deal with the harshest…
  • RV Rental Tips for Your Family Vacation

    Jody Halsted
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Class C RV we rented from Road Trip RV Adventures It’s easier than ever to take an epic family road trip in an RV! National and local rental companies abound. You can even rent an RV from a private owner in your area. But before you go, it’s important to separate RV fact from fiction. Before we purchased our RV, we rented one for a local company where I picked up a few handy RV rental tips that may help you decide on the perfect RV for your family’s vacation. Fact & Fiction: Renting an RV for Your Family Vacation published by Minitime RV Fiction: An RV is a cheap…
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  • Video: 10 Serene Lakehouses to Escape to This Summer

    video
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Plunge into summer by renting one of these waterside home rentals.
  • Coeur d’Alene – the Golf Resort with the Floating Green

    Donna Sundblad
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Coeur d’Alene golf course in Idaho is known for many upscale specialty touches. For instance, custom luxury golf carts enjoy heated seats, tilt steering wheels, chrome wheels, and more. This course is situated in a gorgeous setting with Lake Coeur d’Alene views on almost every hole. It’s not just upscale, it’s an experience and […]
  • Video: The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    video
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Visit Peru with your kids and learn about all the travel possibilities to Machu Picchu, for example by train, by bus or a four day hike.
  • Hike Koko Head Crater Trail

    Donna Sundblad
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Oahu’s Koko Head Crater is a volcanic cone located along the island’s shore in the outer neighborhoods of Honolulu. At one time it was a defensive lookout for the U.S. military, but was abandoned long ago. What remains of the railroad track has now become a trail. It measures 642 feet in height, just a […]
  • Video: Take a Family Cruise in the Caribbean

    video
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Go on a Caribbean Cruise with your Kids and experience the festive atmosphere, the water park and check out the goofy golf course for a great vacation with the kids.
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    TheExpeditioner Travel Site

  • 10 Must-Try Budget Desserts In Turkey

    Matt Stabile
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    After traveling the world as a nomad for a few years now, I’ve learned that it isn’t always pretty, especially when it comes to tasting a country’s most popular dishes. When you’re on a tight budget, you are typically limited to freeganism, bulk foods that can easily be carried and prepared (like pasta) or cheap things from a corner shop or grocery store. Desserts and other non-essentials are rarely included in the allowance, unless you are lucky enough to find a particularly cheap cafe or bakery. Most people travel in order to gain a new experience in a new place, and food should not…
  • Top 10 Places For Spring Break

    Matt Stabile
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    As can be seen by this infographic from CheapOair, many of the usual suspects come out on top for the most popular destinations for the youngsters to get their Spring Break on (Orlando, Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale). But, there are a few standouts that pop up every year around this time, including Jamaica, San Juan and Mexico City. Where are you heading for Spring Break this 2015? By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at…
  • The Sound Of Music And Rain In Salzburg

    Matt Stabile
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    When the airport of a city or town is named after a local but deceased celebrity, upon arrival in said city one can expect a challenge in avoiding the posthumous paraphernalia and celebration of the eponymous home-grown hero. For example, touching down at Liverpool’s John Lennon airport, one can expect to be inundated in the city center with the numerous seedy joints with by-lines claiming to be “John’s favorite bar,” hotels with names such as “Hard Day’s Night,” and promoters lingering on each street corner with the intention of luring hapless tourists on trips…
  • The Last Untouched Wonder: The Story Of Antarctica

    Matt Stabile
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:23 am
    As one of the last untouched wonders of the planet, a visit to Antarctica is an inevitably large “tick” off anyone’s bucket list. Paradoxically, this unstirred mystique has caused a stirring spike in tourist arrivals. From 2013 – 2014, the exotic and frozen tundra saw over 37,000 visitors arriving to tour Antarctic waters for pleasure on boats carrying anywhere between 5 to over 2,000 passengers. This is quite a lot, considering the continent has never been home to a native human population. A Peaceful (And Therefore Brief) History Despite the hubbub from Western society…
  • The 5 Ways to Read The Directions to Happiness by Bruce Northam

    Luke Armstrong
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:53 pm
    At the not-very-tender age of 35, travel writer Bruce Northam hitchhiked America from coast to coast one more time to bring awareness to the fact that it could still be done in spite of the negative P.R. the practice was receiving in the ’90s. By that time, Bruce had already been hitchhiking for two decades. His new book, The Directions to Happiness, is a lifetime of accumulated lessons given across his 30 years spent traveling in and out of 135 different countries. His “country math” was done reluctantly. As he told me, “Roaming the world should be a matter of art,…
 
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  • Get All The Details About Kimpton’s Nightcap Program – Free Booze

    Alana Johnson
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Kimpton’s hotels will begin offering free booze as an added amenity. Here you will find all the details from the official Press release. It details more information on the expansion and current participating hotels.
  • 15 Quick Ways To Beat Jet Lag

    Alana Johnson
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Fifteen quick ways to beat jet lag like you’ve never seen it before. There are several of tips out there on jet lag, but this is especially comprehensive and I thought I’d share it with Smart Women Travelers. via Thomas Cook
  • What Else Do You Need To Know About Booking Your Hotel Room?

    Alana Johnson
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    There may be one more thing you need to know about booking your hotel room. Regardless of how you book your overnight hotel accommodations, always become a member of  the hotel’s loyalty program before you make the reservation. Booking your hotel room-Executive King Hilton Bandung SmartWomenTravelers.com This can be very helpful to you in many ways, from better rooms to upgraded amenities. The more you stay at a particular hotel chain, the better the benefits. Some of these may include a nicer room, a better view, free bottled water, quicker check-in and checkout, access to the…
  • Uh Oh, I’m Gonna Be Late For My Flight

    Alana Johnson
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    What if you are running late for your flight? Don’t panic. Or panic just a little but don’t get carried away. It won’t help you or anyone else. Here’s a little insider secret. Shhh, don’t tell anyone. Airline’s have been known to hold up a plane departure for certain elite status flyers or dignitaries. I’m not talking about an hour here, but if that passenger is running a few minutes late, the boarding doors may remain open a bit longer. Of course, these “special” travelers slink into first class so no one gets to see who they are but you know it is a passenger delay…
  • Holiday Road Trip Tips for You and Your Pets

    Carol Margolis
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Is that your dog with his head hanging out the car window? With millions of drivers on the road this holiday season, many family pets are traveling as well. Here are a few holiday road trip tips to get you and your furry friends on your way. According to AAA about 99 million Americans are traveling throughout December and January. Unlike previous years, 91% of those travelers are taking to the road. I’m inclined to believe this may have something to do with plummeting gas prices, which are lower than they have been in the past five years. In fact it is the longest period of continual price…
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  • Maine Maple Sugaring Weekend

    Ray Deleo
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Maine Made Maple Syrup Did you know that this is the busiest time of year for Maine’s Maple Trees?  Even with worst of winter in ten years, Maine has something sweet to offer, as the maple sugaring season got underway this past  weekend.  This year the SAP has started late  and and is flowing slowly but should be flowing abundantly within the next few weeks.  The trees are tapped, and in a good year, one large forty year old Maple Tree may produce as much as 60 gallons of sap. Maine Sugaring Taps It takes about 40 quarts of the sap to get one quart of the golden maple syrup that you…
  • Portland Maine Brew Festival

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

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

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

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

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    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 month of travel for me, hopping between time zones (and continents) like jet lag was a figment of my imagination. While most of the time it was, this month, for the first time that I can remember, jet lag laid me low and interfered with my ability to enjoy several of my traveling days. Is it because I’m getting older? A combination of back an;d forth over a short period of time? Maybe it was merely situational. Whatever it was,…
  • Sunday Stories for March 15th, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Last week I traveled to Germany for ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel and tourism show, followed by a long weekend in Stockholm on the way home. I’ve been to Berlin before – the event is great, the city only so-so – but it was my first trip to Sweden. Stockholm is a wonderfully charming city, so look for some upcoming posts about it over the next couple of months. Now, on to today’s recommended reading: Pets Allowed A look at the…
  • Tuesday Deal Day: Variety Cruises Starts 7 Night Aegean Mosaic Itinerary

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Variety Cruises launches its new seven night Aegean Mosaic itinerary this summer, departing from either Athens or Istanbul onboard the 36-cabin mega yacht, Variety Voyager. The cruise covers both mainland port cities, as well as islands, as it travels between Greece and Turkey. Santorini This Variety Cruises itinerary includes the ancient cities of Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus to the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini. The Variety Voyager provides an exclusive…
  • Sunday Stories for March 1st, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I’m packing up – or trying to – and getting ready to head off to Berlin in the morning. It’s been two years since I’ve been there, and last time the weather looked like this. Since I do have to be out and around, I’m packing plenty of warm clothes, but doing so makes me realize that I really don’t have clothes for this type of weather. Especially the type of warm clothing that gets you through business meetings as well as…
  • Happy Kahlua Day

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:50 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I think I first tasted Kahlua, the coffee flavored, rum-based liqueur from Mexico, in some sort of coffee drink whose purpose was more to stave off winter chill, rather than to tantalize my taste buds. It took many years into adulthood, and many trip to Mexico where I brought home Kahlua as the value proposition souvenir that it is, before I understood the many other ways to enjoy it. Kahlua dates back to 1936 Pedro Domecq combined rum, vanilla, corn syrup, and…
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  • Wine Recommendations for Spring Barbecues

    gen
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    Spring is in the air! And what better way to celebrate it then with friends, family, food and wine outdoors? Spring can be a wonderful season: cities hum with the sound of family and friends moving outside to drink and dine on pavements cafes, the weather can be gorgeous but not stifling and BBQ’s are dusted off and fired up. It’s time to start marinating, planning and smoking your favorite foods; alfresco dining is one of the real joys of the first warm spring weather, and something we should all do as much as possible, while that sun lasts! Traditional wisdom dictates that beer…
  • Top Ten Most Expensive Champagnes

    gen
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Want to Splash out on Posh Bubbles? Here is a list of our suggested top (and most expensive) Champagnes…. There is no questioning the marketing genius of the major Champagne houses. They have ensured that the name Champagne continues to carry almost mystical properties for the vast majority of us, and it is undoubtedly true that the top Champagnes are wonderful wines – luxurious, delicious and extremely glamorous. But the magic, meticulous hard work and rigorous selection contained in a bottle of Krug or Cristal would be nothing without the promotional genius of these so called Grande…
  • Top Spanish Wine Cocktails

    gen
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    Recommended Cocktail Recipes from Spain- Liven up your dinner parties! Riotous, colorful celebrations are very much a part of Spanish life, and no Spanish party is complete without a great selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. Indeed, alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) drinks are an integral part of Spain’s gastronomic and cultural traditions; the country has been growing grapes for many centuries. Many drinks festivals run throughout the year, including the Vinoble Wine exhibition this May in Jerez and the Feria de la Manzanilla, a surefire way to get very well acquainted with gorgeous…
  • Cellar Tours Fave Restaurants in Burgundy and Beaujolais for Wine Lovers

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

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

    Anna
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    In need of blissful indulgence? This foodie hotel in Venetian Rethymno on Crete’s north coast has all the ingredients you’ll need: sumptuous suites, creative Cretan cuisine and a romantic rooftop Jacuzzi. Our favourite time for a romantic escape is the shoulder season (May-June or September-October) when you can escape the crazy crowds but still enjoy sunshine and warm seas. Rooms: The suites are housed in a trio of 16th-century buildings, in which traditional beamed ceilings and stone walls sit alongside flamboyant chandeliers and high-back suede chairs. Junior Suites have open-plan…
  • i-escape’s family travel plans 2015

    Lyndon
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    2014 was an i-escape baby boom: we welcomed 3 little ones, who have all recently turned one. Bundles of toddler energy, it’s no surprise that all 3 sets of parents are very ready for their 2015 holidays! The first to share her plans is Head of Bookings, Kate, who is mum to Flynn, 4 and Jori, 1 Our 2015 plans are the last for many years that won’t be dictated by school holidays. We’d usually take a late summer holiday in September when the crowds have all left and the temperatures have cooled, but this year that month will be fraught with starting-school-shenanigans for my 4-year-old.
  • Easy Escapes for April

    Melissa
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:25 am
    Everyone at i-escape loves an excuse to unwind, so this week we’ve chosen super-easy, great-value getaways to bring about inner peace and tranquillity. No need to thank us; all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing. The Cornish Coast is Calling – £190 per person (3 nights, 17-20 April 2015) The Old Quay House An early spring break allows you to enjoy Cornwall’s beautiful coastline without the crowds. Head to Fowey, where glorious views of its famous estuary can be seen…
  • Escape of the Week… Hotel V Frederiksplein

    Lyndon
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    ‘Well-priced’ and ‘central’ are not descriptions that often co-exist when talking about hotels, but Amsterdam’s Hotel V Frederiksplein also manages to throw ‘stylish’ and ‘friendly’ into the mix. Set on the edge of Amsterdam’s horseshoe of canals, just a couple of stops from the museum district, it’s the perfect springboard into this vibrant city. The bigger sister to Hotel V Nesplein, Frederiksplein shows off the 19th-century building’s history while stamping its own distinct style on the interiors (hence the stunning round copper fireplace in the lobby). Rooms: The…
  • Meet our Bloggers: Lori of Wild & Grizzly

    Lyndon
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    After introductions to Fritha from TigerlillyQuinn and Lucy from Dear Beautiful, we now welcome Lori from the lovely blog Wild & Grizzly. Lori is the next in line of our small selection of fantastic family and lifestyle bloggers who will be joining us to explore the i-escape collection. In fact, you can read about her recent i-escape trips to Amsterdam and Berlin on her blog. Your blog in one sentence… “Wild & Grizzly is a UK lifestyle blog where mama meets cool. It’s inspired by design, travel, interiors and style, while exploring the wilds of motherhood.” Wild & Grizzly…
 
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  • A Dangerous Jump, Richardson Beach, Big Island Hawaii video

    Andrew Crusoe
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Our explorations of Richardson Beach on the Big Island continue today with a very short video that will give you a good idea of some of the strange and delightful things you can expect to find there. Of course, all drainage flows to the ocean, and in this video, I jump a tiny chasm and get all overdramatic, as per usual. Probably the weirdest video under a minute that you’ll see all day. And our explorations of Richardson aren’t quite over just yet… Stay tuned for more. Share & Enjoy. Transcript: Me: That’s where the children have fallen in… and died. Me: And now, the…
  • A Hawaiian Transgender Sea Turtle video

    Andrew Crusoe
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:11 am
    The Byteful Glimpse series continues today with a transgender sea turtle video, taken at the lovely Richardson Beach just outside of Hilo on the Big Island. Why transgender? Well, you’ll just have to watch the video to find out. (And no, the data in this video wasn’t enough to confirm that, but it’s possible! Transgendered creatures have gotten a bad rep in the past, and today I want to set the record straight. This turtle was super cool.) Share & Enjoy. Transcript Me: You can tell by the tail? Really? All right, I stand corrected. The Lady: Males have longer tails because…
  • Live Violin & Hang drum music at ‘La Hiki Ola’ Kava Bar video

    Andrew Crusoe
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    On my way back from a short adventure in the North, I passed by the wondrous “La Hiki Ola” Kava Bar in downtown Pahoa. I still can’t remember exactly why I was compelled to go up the narrow steps to the seldom-seen upper floor of the Kava Bar, but perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised since, as you’ll see in the video timestamp, this all happened almost exactly one year ago. In any case, I found myself in the midst of a remarkable performance. Zhu the violinist, her boyfriend, and Dave, the owner, were jamming in a most zen-like and relaxing way. I found the music entrancing, and…
  • The Most Valuable Lesson I learned on Hawaii: Are you truly safe here?

    Andrew Crusoe
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Why do you attach your sense of well-being to stuff? It’s an old question, certainly. And whenever I ask myself, I always come back to one thought: no matter how much material success I may have in this life, everything I see is temporary. That certainly doesn’t stop us from attaching our sense of security to what we have attained, especially if it’s taken us a significant amount of time and/or effort to attain. Indeed, attaching our sense of safety to possessions is the epidemic of the modern age, at least in the Western world, where materialism is the status quo. But when I think…
  • Climbing otherworldly Banyan Trees on the Big Island (Near Rainbow Falls, Hawaii)

    Andrew Crusoe
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Just two days after I saw a stunning ocean vista, I found myself in Hilo, the largest city on the Big Island. I love Hilo, partially because it has some of the best food on the island, but also because it has a flippin’ gorgeous waterfall… within city limits. And how many US cities can say that? If you ever find yourself on the Big Island, this is a place you really can’t miss. It’s pretty easy to find, too. All the maps have it, and once you get there, just take the lefthand trail up and around to find the grove of Banyan trees, which are basically the best trees in the world to…
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  • My Entrepreneurial Adventure: Getting Laid Off Was A Good Thing!

    13 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I took a solo-trip to Hawaii for my 29th birthday back in 2009. It was a pretty big deal to me because I hadn't ever done anything like that before—my first plane ride didn't happen until 2007! As I aimlessly drove all over the island of Oahu along Highway 1 in my rented jeep, I experienced a sense of freedom that I had never felt before. Unbeknownst to me, this trip would end up changing my life. During my time on the beautiful island of Hawaii, I discovered that I craved more freedom in my everyday life, not just while I was on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. It was on that trip with my toes…
  • Spread the Word & Earn $100! | Become a Wayfaring Wanderer Wedding Ambassador | Boone NC Photographer

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    How often do you survey people you know for the best plumber or electrician, or the best place to eat when you go out of town? Chances are you've texted a friend or posted a status message on social media asking for help. It just makes sense to get a suggestion from someone you know, right?! No matter what new advertising opportunity presents itself, there’s still nothing better than a good old fashioned word-of-mouth recommendation.It makes the decision making process a little easier for couples in need of a wedding photographer or someone to capture their engagement pictures when they…
  • Sneak Peek: Design Your Dream Wedding Planner Printable Designed by Boone Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    So, you're engaged but now what? You've announced it to all of your friends and family, officially changed your Facebook status, and had a huge party to celebrate with all your loved ones, but what comes next? Thinking about a budget and the guest list and the venue and the catering and the cake and the invitations is starting make your head spin, am I right?!Design your wedding day the free spirited way! This wedding planner is for newly engaged couples and/or brides ready to begin planning their wedding day with ease. It's a guide to help make planning the perfect wedding less stressful and…
  • Katie + Dom's Winter Engagement Photo Adventure by Boone Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    Braving bitter winter temperatures isn’t something that every couple is willing to do for the sake of a beautiful backdrop for their engagement photos, but I am so very thankful for flexible folks like Katie and Dom because going on adventures is what it’s all about!It’s no secret that I love photographing outdoor engagement photos no matter how unpredictable the Boone weather might be. There’s just something special about shooting outside that will always excite me whether I’m discovering some beautiful backlight during golden hour or combating a blizzard that’s creating a wicked…
  • PUBLISHED: High Country Wedding Guide Featured Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Styled Shoot

    13 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    It's been nearly a year since a handful of local Boone wedding vendors got together and took on the challenge to photograph an Alice in Wonderland wedding themed styled shoot in the dead of winter. It was a pretty crazy idea to pull all of this together in under a month, but we had such a great team, and everything happened so seamlessly throughout the entire project, so it was a dream to bring this conceptual shoot to fruition.I'm so pleased to share that the Alice in Wonderland styled wedding shoot was published in the High Country Wedding Guide this year! YAYAYAYAYAYAY! Happy dance…
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  • Serving Food on Wood in Restaurants, Trendy or Traditional?

    Jack
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    There’s a social media campaign at the moment called we want plates, which is a light-hearted crusade against trendy restaurants that serve food on wood, slates and all sorts of imaginative/quirky/pretentious alternatives to conventional plates. Sometimes serving dishes can border on the bizarre which, for me, adds a talking point to a meal. I like imagination and the more ‘out there’ the better. I also get a kick out of pretentiousness when it’s so over the top it’s fun. In the Celler de Can Roca we watched a gastronomic experiment as a local poet ate a bowl of…
  • The Surprising Flavours of Fuerteventura

    Jack
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    I don’t like coach excursions. I know they’re a convenient and hassle-free way for some people to get to see more of a destination than they would otherwise. But they’re not for me. There’s usually too much herding going on and not enough time to be able to appreciate things. It can be a bit like being allowed a bite of a meal, but that’s all. So, when the coach drew up outside of the Hotel Elba Palace on Fuerteventura my heart fell. The hotel had arranged the trip and all we knew was that it involved the ‘flavours of Fuerteventura’. We thought it was…
  • Slow Food Takes Time at Eataly

    Andy
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    How difficult can it be to buy a bottle of olive oil? I thought it would be nice to bring a good bottle of olive oil home from my Milan trip, a tasty reminder of some of the fine Lombardy cuisine I’m enjoying. But I only have a few minutes in which to choose one and I’m faced with seemingly infinite shelves stacked with bottles whose labels are so visually appealing I’m tempted to start collecting them. Every variety on display has an information ticket telling me where it comes from, how it tastes and what foods to pair it with. I could just as easily be in the wine…
  • Highly Recommended, Restaurant Lungo Mare in Zadar

    Jack
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Why have we never reviewed Lungo Mare in Zadar before I wonder? Maybe we subconsciously didn’t want to share it. It was the first place we ate in Croatia and I had possibly the best goat cheese gnocchi I’ve ever popped into my mouth. Lungo Mare Had it not been late and had it not been recommended by Ivan from Amico Apartments where we were staying, we’d have probably ignored Lungo Mare in our haste to get to Zadar old town. It sits on sweet Maestral Bay, partly hidden by the trees that lend shade to its sunny terrace. It’s a pretty spot, but Zadar’s historic…
  • Steak Haché in France, More Than Just a Burger

    Jack
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    I have to confess I ordered a steak haché in a cosy, cool little brasserie in Beauvais because I thought I was asking for a local dish that had been concocted in the bourgeois streets around us. There was sound logic in my reasoning. The brasserie was located on Place Jeanne Hachette. H-A-C-H-E-T-T-E; surely a connection and the inspiration for the name. I didn’t know what a steak haché was. But it was late, we were hungry and I had to make a hasty decision as there was a definite vibe that the brasserie was coming to the end of its shift (it was only 9.30pm, but French town dining…
 
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Loews Miami Beach Hotel

    gaytravelinformation
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    Loews Miami Beach Hotel | 1601 Collins Ave | Miami Beach, FL 33139 | 1-877-563-9762 Miami is one of the world’s most exciting destinations. A tropical paradise co-existing with world-class dining, renowned nightlife, vibrant arts and all things cutting edge. During my last visit I was lucky enough to stay at the extravagant, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, … Continue reading →
  • Sponsored: Visit Britain’s Love is GREAT Campaign!

    gaytravelinformation
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    Made up of England, Scotland & Wales, Great Britain is one of the most exciting destinations to visit in the world!  It is also one of the most welcoming destinations for visitors of all ages, ethnicities and sexual preferences.  Read our article spotlighting Visit Britain’s Love is GREAT campaign by clicking HERE.  LoveWall Facebook Twitter Instagram … Continue reading →
  • Loews Don CeSar Hotel – St. Pete Beach, Florida

    gaytravelinformation
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Gay Travel | Gay Travel Information | Gay Friendly St. Pete Beach | Gay Friendly St. Petersburg | Gay Friendly Florida Loews Don CeSar Hotel St. Pete Beach | 3400 Gulf Blvd | St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 | 1-800-282-1116 There are hotels and then there are — GRAND HOTELS. The historic, 4-Diamond, Loews Don CeSar … Continue reading →
  • International House – New Orleans, LA

    gaytravelinformation
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    International House / 221 Camp Street / New Orleans, LA 70130 / 1-504-553-9550 Pulling up to International House with my wife this past May, I knew we were in for something  truly special.  International House is an impressive century-old, 12-story Beaux arts building. It’s first incarnation began in 1906 as the Canal Louisiana Bank & … Continue reading →
  • Destination St. George – NYC

    gaytravelinformation
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    New York, NY (March 4, 2015) – Spring 2015 will mark the groundbreaking of the largest commercial waterfront development in New York City’s history and a redefinition of the city’s harbor.  Located steps from the Staten Island Ferry, St. George will become a world-class destination offering unparalleled shopping, dining, culture, and entertainment, all concentrated in one square mile, making … Continue reading →
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  • How to Choose the Right Cruise for You

    news@fodors.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Cruising has become so much more than a means of island hopping around the Caribbean. These days, you can enjoy world-class dining, spas, zip lines, a meeting with Mickey Mouse,  golf, or even a ride on a water coaster, all while on the ship! Due to a seemingly endless array of options, choosing the right cruise can make or break your vacation experience. With new cruises, itineraries, and amenities being unveiled all the time, finding the right cruise can seem like a daunting task—especially for first timers. Here are a few tips to help take out the guesswork and help you find the…
  • 10 Most Unique Mini Golf Courses in the U.S.

    news@fodors.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Ditch the broken-down windmills and decaying fake grass for a more thrilling golf experience. With moving obstacles, inventive themes, and other quirky touches, these mini golf courses located throughout the country stand out from the rest. The next time you’re on vacation or looking for a new activity to spice up the weekend, be sure to visit one of the most unique mini golf courses in the U.S. By Annie Bruce
  • America's Best Spring Flower Festivals

    news@fodors.com
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    As the spring season revs up this year, festivals across the country make celebrities of their green-thumbed citizens. From a town that showcases 4.5 million tulips a year to a remote island filled with lilacs, the country’s best spring flower festivals celebrate the season and provide a good reason to stop and smell the roses. By Zachary Laks
  • Spring 2015 Guide to Paris

    news@fodors.com
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    There's more than love in the air this spring in Paris, as the city's top museums and cultural spaces unveil a scintillating roster of new events and exhibitions. Plus, the best of the new boutiques, restaurants, and an exclusive new hotel. NEW BOUTIQUES Verbreuil This charming, new under-the-radar boutique near the Luxembourg gardens offers some of Paris's most beautiful handbags, all handcrafted in France. Structured designs recall the great classics with an edgy contemporary refinement, crafted in softest fine-grained calf with crocodile and python accents. Opened mid-February,…
  • 7 Reasons Cruising Is a Great Way to See the World

    news@fodors.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Once upon a time, taking a cruise was simply a means of island-hopping around the Caribbean. Today, however, cruising offers so much more than that one kind of getaway. In fact, many top cruise lines now offer itineraries to far-flung and exotic destinations like the French Riviera, the Amazon, and Africa. There are other advatnages, too: Cruising is one of the most cost-effective ways to travel to hard-to-reach locations and a great way to check off several places on your bucket list in one trip. In recent years, high-end cruise lines have upped the industry standards with…
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  • Fifty Shades of Grey in the English Lake District

    Iain
    8 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    IainIainMallory The English Lake District is a favourite part of the British Isles for many people, the rolling countryside, rugged fells dotted with attractive mountain tarns, picturesque villages and of course lakes. Regardless of the time of year, or conditions it has a special appeal, but parking up in Ambleside with a heavy drizzle falling it […] The post Fifty Shades of Grey in the English Lake District appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Hall Hills Cottages Review – English Lake District

    Iain
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    IainIainMallory Taking the 40 minute drive along the quiet, snow lined country lanes from Keswick to the Hall Hills cottages, one thing became clear; the accommodation is secluded. Located near the town of Dalston among the less visited fells of the northern Lake District it is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the […] The post Hall Hills Cottages Review – English Lake District appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Planning A Winter Road Trip in Iceland

    Iain
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    IainIainMallory Guest post by Alison Bailey It’s Iceland, it’s December,  it’s cold and snowing, having spent several days holed up in Reykjavik courtesy of a hurricane Iain and I are planning to escape, and circumnavigate the island. Originally intending to drive anticlockwise around Route N1, a circular road that makes a circuit of the island possible, but the weather wasn’t […] The post Planning A Winter Road Trip in Iceland appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • The Land Rover Experience at Eastnor Castle

    Iain
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    IainIainMallory “Just ease the vehicle over the edge, down the hill, and remove your foot from the brake” were the words of advice offered by Rob, my LandRover Experience guide at Eastnor Castle. The idea is to allow the on-board electronics and hill descent control system of the Discovery 4 do it’s thing, and descend the […] The post The Land Rover Experience at Eastnor Castle appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Balancing The Budget; Living With Travelling

    Iain
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    IainIainMallory I am fortunate to be a professional travel blogger. This allows me to visit both exotic, and adventurous destinations, staying in high-end hotels, villas, or lodges with the expenses covered by the client. This hasn’t always been the case, like most people I have had to balance paying my everyday living costs with a passion […] The post Balancing The Budget; Living With Travelling appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
 
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  • Great Golf Destinations Worldwide with Great Attractions for Non-Golfers

    Anne McDermott
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    You want your buddies (or maybe spouse) to join you on a special trip to the Masters, but not everyone’s crazy about golf. All of you can still have fun thanks to this list of famous golf tournaments and world-class courses plus terrific non-golf attractions. Don’t miss the video on traveling with golf clubs at the end. Click the city for cheap flights. Click the other link for fun stuff. Upcoming Golf Tournaments & Fun Stuff See how Golf Digest ranks these iconic courses. Augusta, Georgia: The Masters - April 9-12. Augusta is also fun if you want to visit studios, specialty…
  • Q: What is a Flight Attendant’s Job? A: Not What You Think

    Rick Seaney
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    We occasionally hear from upset passengers because of flight attendants supposedly not doing their jobs. Sometimes that means a cabin crew member didn’t assist with stowing a bag; sometimes that means a cabin crew member was grumpy (gee, just like you and me). Find cheap flights fast But here’s the crux of the issue: Do you know what flight attendants are supposed to do, and what they aren’t supposed to do? LISTEN: Some flight attendant anecdotes. What Flight Attendants Do A flight attendant’s focus is – in a word – safety. Their jobs have evolved over the…
  • Cheap Flights for the Boston Marathon and Other Big Races Worldwide

    Anne McDermott
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    What makes the Boston Marathon special? Let us count the ways. LISTEN: Travel tips from a real-life marathoner. Boston Marathon – April 20, 2015 Everything about the Boston Marathon is special from its hilly New England terrain to its sometimes interesting weather (from snow squalls to 100 degree temperatures), but mostly because it’s such a proud tradition: Runners have been sprinting along Boston’s 26 mile, 385 yard course since 1897, making it the oldest annual marathon in the world. As always, the race will take place on Patriot’s Day, a Massachusetts holiday…
  • Why Airline Seat Maps Only Show Bad Seats

    Rick Seaney
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    After most of us purchase airline tickets, we choose where we’ll sit on the plane. We try to, anyway. What used to be a simple task is now a game of hide and seek. Let me explain what’s going on and what you can do about it. LISTEN: Rick Seaney has more seat tips.  Be sure you have the cheapest seat and cheapest flight What Airline Seat Maps Don’t Show Airline seat maps do not always show all available empty seats because that is up to the discretion of the airline. Airlines wield this discretion with sophisticated computer systems that decide what to show and what not to…
  • Backpacking Travel: Best Places to Go Around the World

    Anne McDermott
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    What is a backpacker? It could be anyone. It could be you. All that’s needed is a sense of adventure (and it need not be extreme) plus a willingness to travel light. A packpacker hikes and climbs, but a backpacker also gets on planes and trains or rents a car. Backpacking is a group activity with friends or family; backpacking is perfect for solo travelers. Backpacking is for everyone. Now all you need are some places to go, and that’s where we come in with several countries plus ideas for special trails and climbs. Click the destination to find the cheapest flights.
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  • Making the Best of a Bad Situation - Solvang, California - Part 2

    Darryl Musick
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
     Click to see Part 1 of this report... “This reservation is for March.”Not what I want to hear while standing in the lobby of the Royal Copenhagen Inn in February on a busy Solvang weekend. It is my fault, though.  I didn’t thoroughly check my reservation as I tell all of you to do. I was certain it said February 23 but it was there in black and white on the printout…March 23.It’s a rare weekend getaway without Tim for Letty and I. Getting someone to stay with him is not easy to arrange. There are less than a handful of people who can do it and last minute family…
  • The Cocktail Hour - Daiquiri

    Darryl Musick
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Watch the Video!Hemingway's favorite drink.  Originated in Cuba and named after Playa Daiquiri near Santiago.  Although popularized by the El Foridita Bar in Havana, it was invented at Venus Bar in Santiago by Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer.  Supposedly, the bar ran out of gin but had a lot of rums, limes, and sugar...three things that are in abundance in Cuba.Besides Hemingway, the drink became popular during World War II as rum was one of the few commodities that was not rationed.  This week, we present it in it's historical incarnation.  It's not…
  • Meeting Murphy's Law in Solvang, California

    Darryl Musick
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    It’s like something out of Tolkien. Shady, moss covered rocks protect a meandering stream. Large fonds of ferns fill in the empty spaces between the sycamores and oaks. A narrow canyon opens up into a sylvan glen. Sixty feet up, a stream of water cascades over a green, moss covered, mineral buildup that took millions of years to form.Middle Earth? No, Central California. This is the opening act to our weekend away. It’s our anniversary and we’ve just been able to find some help to take care of Tim so Letty and I can have an overnight respite. This year, we’re heading to Solvang, about…
  • ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS: Monaco

    Darryl Musick
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Our ratings are...Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.Here's Monaco...The Casino - Fully accessible. Accessible entrance it to the side of the main entrance. Long pants, dress shirt, and jacket required to…
  • CLASSIC TRIP - Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado 1997

    Darryl Musick
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    I hope you don't mind one more post about Colorado (see our Salute to Colorado at the link). This trip from 1997 was Letty and Tim's first trip to the state...way over at the other end near the Four Corners.  Enjoy...After driving across a third of the country, I was worried we'd be shut out at our destination. As much as we celebrate the ADA, the fact remains that a majority of our natural resources are still inaccessible. This happened to us at the Grand Canyon (great views from the rim is about it) and what was now worrying me as we approached Mesa Verde National Park in the…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • The Pittock Mansion

    Hye Sung
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    The Pittock mansion was built as the private residence of The Oregonian published Henry Pittock. It is a château in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon, with 22-rooms, sitting on 46 acres.   Some claim the mansion is haunted by Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana. People have supposedly sensed their presence, as they proudly claim the mansion as their territory. After all, the Pittocks came from pioneer stock and built a huge financial empire. Their mansion was their everything. It was as if their whole lives led up to their home. That being said… the house is overwhelmingly…
  • Remembering Hanauma Bay in Hawaii

    Briza
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Looking back at all of our family pictures, I found our scrapbook on Hawaii. My favorite pictures came from Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. This is a very touristy place, due to its stunning natural features. You can literally see all the reef because the water is so clear! Once you are down there, you can see how there is snorkeling gear being sold there, in case you didn’t bring your own. Beforehand, you are asked to watch a video about wildlife safety, because these creatures are in their natural environment and they are only there for visitors to see not touch. Remembering back, I…
  • La Bufadora.

    Briza
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Every time we go to Mexico, we always visit Ensenada, Baja California. You’ve probably been there from a cruise that you’ve been on, or maybe from when you pass through when you go to the beaches in Baja California. One of our favorite spots is always visiting la Bufadora,or the Blowhole. The Pacific water is never warm, so when you get splashed, you’re freezing. Although, you do feel freshened up on those hot, humid summer days. We have gone a couple of times where the blowhole isn’t it’s usual self and there isn’t any water being sprayed. So if you do end…
  • New York, New York – on the West Coast

    Caroline
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    We all know and love the giant East Coast city of New York, NYC. So much so, that Vegas has a hotel themed after the big apple. New York, New York is a hotel on the end of the famous strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. Like all of the hotels on the strip, the theme doesn’t just stop at the name. New York, New York recreates the famous city sky line of tall buildings for the exterior of hotel, with the Statue of Liberty front and center. You’ll notice a roller coaster (think Cooney Island) is in the mix of the concrete jungle. Yes, the coaster is real and guests can ride for a small fee.
  • Bird Land

    Joshua Goldstein
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Although I have traveled to several places in China, I personally have never been to the tropical island of Hainan, where I experienced many new adventures and excursions in December of 2014. Surrounded by the South China Sea, Hainan is located 469 km southwest of Hong Kong. Even though it was December, the temperature was hovering around 70 degrees and along the streets, there were many palm trees and bright flowers creating a tropical paradise. On this splendid day, my grandparents and I went to a local bird park located between Haikou and Sanya. Entering the park, I was enthralled by the…
 
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  • Speed Up Your TSA Screening

    Shannon Whitney
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are a few inevitable things in life: death, taxes and getting caught behind the slooooowest person in line for airport security. Although you can’t control the lady in front of you with three children under four, a diaper bag, a stroller and six car seats, there are some quick tricks to get you through the checkpoint and on your way.  In the meantime, be patient with those moms and all the other casual travelers who take it slow, not everyone has it down to a science. Use these ideas to speed up your next TSA screening (Transportation Security Administration) in the US. Other…
  • The Dapper Dude Packing List: Paper Maps, Pomade, and Beard Soap

    Shawn Forno
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve seen a ton of great travel tips for stylish ladies – which is awesome – but what about us fellas? If I see another scruffy guy in zipper pants/shorts and hiking boots at the Eiffel Tower I’m gonna lose it. It doesn’t have to be that way, guys. You can look great on the road – even with a carry on! Up your travel game with this dapper dude packing list full of essential grooming, wardrobe, and style tips to ensure that you’re the best dressed guy at your hostel. Grooming Looking good starts with basic grooming and hygiene, but that doesn’t…
  • Packing Makeover: Pack Lighter for Greece & Turkey

    Jessie Beck
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Like any travelholic, I’m a sucker for listicles full of tips on how to pack lighter while traveling. Heck, we’ve even unveiled seven secrets to packing light right here on the Packsmith blog! At the same time, what travelers actually do to get their packs down to just the right size is fairly unique to the individual. Even if these tips supposedly work for everyone, no two travelers end up packing the same. At Packsmith, we’ve applied these tips to life by taking a look at the bags of real travelers, taking real trips, and what’s inside them, finding ways to simplify…
  • How Packing Light Changes Your Mindset

    Laura Lopuch
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I threw open my closet and surveyed its contents. So many choices, so many options. The number of hangers blew my mind and I was shocked to recognize my excess. My backpack gaped on my bed, clothes hanging out its open mouth. In the last two weeks, I had been a tortuga — a tortoise carrying my home on my back, wandering through cobblestoned European streets. What I needed, I had. What I didn’t have, I did without or figured out an alternative for. My home was limited to four flimsy fabric walls, a limited amount of space, and whatever I could carry. Too big, heavy, or bulky? No…
  • Travel Like Batman: 15 Travel Hacks for Everyday Items

    Shawn Forno
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    You know who’s the king of carry on travel? Batman, that’s who. Seriously though, think about it. The Dark Knight battles psychopaths who spend their ample free time thinking up new ways to kill him, yet he always comes out on top. Poison gas? Batman has the antidote. Rampaging lava monster? He’s wearing a flame-retardant cape. Chained to a cement block at the bottom of the river? Mr. Wayne pops that little scuba rebreather thing in his mouth and it’s all good. And where does he keep all that cool stuff…his utility belt. Batman Doesn’t Check a Bag Not only is…
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  • Heart of the Parks Information Centre (Tintinara)

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Heart of the Parks Information Centre - Tintinara visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Heart of the Parks Information Centre' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from South Australia.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of the Heart of the Parks Tourist Information on the Dukes Highway in Tintinara, South Australia. Tintinara with a population of about 250 is located on the Dukes Highway in the Coorong District Council area. Tintinara is surrounded by the Mount Boothby conservation Park, Mount Rescue…
  • Tower Hill Lookout (Warrnambool)

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Tower Hill Lookout - Warrnambool visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Tower Hill Lookout' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Extinct volcano Tower Hill near Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
  • Looking To Suilven (Glencanisp)

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Looking To Suilven - Glencanisp visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Looking To Suilven' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Assynt.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:Another rough guess on the gm coordinates, this panorama was taken just of the path to suilven, if only the picture could convey how strong the wind was, it took 3 tries to take the picture, the wind pushed me off my feet and it was hard to stand up, I've never felt wind like it in my life. A truly extraordinary location, experienced…
  • Path To Suilven (Glencanisp)

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    Path To Suilven - Glencanisp visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Path To Suilven' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Assynt.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:Another rough guess on the gm coordinates, taken on the glencanisp to suileag bothy path, a rugged and wild place.
  • Path Towards Suilven (glencanisp)

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    Path Towards Suilven - glencanisp visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Path Towards Suilven' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Assynt.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:Taken on the path towards suilven, the gm coordinates are a rough guide as it's hard to remember the exact location, it's a really interesting area, the day before this was taken suilven wasn't even visible very changeable weather, but a really worthwhile area to explore.
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  • Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

    admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    We’ve been looking back at key moments in Disneyland history as we prepare to celebrate 60 years of memories and magic during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. And this week, Erin searched the archives and put together a fascinating time-lapse video of Disneyland construction. Check out Erin’s original story and let us know about your favorite part of the video. This week, we also revealed our 2016 Disney Cruise Line summer sailings, announcing our first-ever British Isles cruise, plus ports of call in more than 15 European countries. Along with the British Isles, our tour of…
  • This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Sneak Peeks at Polynesian Fun at Walt Disney World Resort

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    This week, we shared a few peeks inside the changes happening at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Our author Amanda Adler shared a look inside the amazing new bungalow rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World Resort. Gallery A Look Inside the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows view all She also gave us a look at the view guests can expect at night in this week’s “After Dark” series. Pam Brandon gave us another sneak peek at the highly anticipated Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, which…
  • Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Pins Will Dazzle You

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    You just had an incredible first look at the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration merchandise coming this May, and here are a hundred more reasons – as there are more than 100 pins (yes, you read that correctly) being released during the celebration. Looking to start your very own Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration pin collection? Pin enthusiasts, collectors and traders will find dazzling new starter sets, trading accessories (lanyards, lanyard medals, a lanyard pouch, trading bag), mystery packs, collector’s packs as well as open and limited edition pins, boxed sets, framed sets…
  • Jedi Knight and TIE-fighter Pilot D-Tech Me Figures Premiere at Star Wars Weekends Starting May 15, 2015

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    I’m excited to announce that two new D-Tech Me figurines – a Jedi Knight and a TIE-Fighter pilot – are premiering at Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this year. First introduced in May 2012, Star Wars – D-Tech Me is a 10-minute experience that uses the world’s highest-resolution, single-shot 3D face scanner created by Imagineering scientists with Disney Research labs. The captured image is later sent to a high resolution 3D printer to create the figurine. This year, the experience will be located inside Darth’s Mall, near Streets of America across from Studio…
  • Much-Anticipated Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Opens at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Enthusiastic fans of Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel are celebrating the soft opening March 28 of the East Coast version. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is located off the main lobby of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort; the adjacent Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace offers views of the marina and Seven Seas Lagoon. Official opening is set for late-April, when the coveted Tiki souvenir glassware arrives. (Tiki fans go bananas for the collectible mugs.) As soon as the official date is set, we will share on the Disney Parks Blog. Gallery Much-Anticipated Trader Sam’s Grog…
 
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  • The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

    Mark Armstrong
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series. Her blog also happens to be a must-follow on WordPress.com: She gives glimpses into her current work (she’s doing a Seinfeld book next) and she’s refreshingly transparent about the business (and hard truths) of being a freelance writer in 2015. I spoke with…
  • New Themes: Saga and Satellite

    Caroline Moore
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our two newest free themes, Saga and Satellite: Saga Saga, designed by the talented Justin Tadlock, is a theme tailor-made for writers, by a writer. The theme’s impeccable typography and attention to detail make for an enjoyable reading experience, and with support for large featured images and multiple post formats, Saga is flexible enough to be used as a photoblog, a personal journal, or a tumblelog. Read more about Saga on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes! Satellite…
  • Press Publish Livestream

    Andrea Middleton
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Kathy Cano-Murillo will present on how she became A DIY Success. Press Publish, the very first blogging conference organized by WordPress.com, will be held in Portland, Oregon, this Saturday. (Psst! We’ll be in Phoenix hosting Press Publish on April 18th, 2015.) Erick Prince-Heaggans will present Around the World in 80 Posts. Because this is the first event of its kind, we’re eager to get as much feedback from attendees as possible. And since it’s not always easy for people to travel to attend conferences, we’ve decided to bring Press Publish Portland to you (or at least to your…
  • This April in Blogging U.: The Return of Writing 101!

    Michelle W.
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This April, we’ll be offering Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit and push you as a writer, while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus. What is Writing 101? Writing 101 is a four-week course that runs from Monday, April 6, to Friday, May 1, 2015. Each weekday, you’ll get an assignment that includes a writing prompt and an optional “twist”; prompts are your topic inspiration for the day, while twists push you to experiment with writing techniques and tools. Who else is…
  • New Themes: Resonar and Scrawl

    Takashi Irie
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m pleased to present two new free themes designed especially for longform writing. Resonar Designed by yours truly, Resonar is an elegant blog theme with full-screen Featured Images. It’s perfect for blogs about fashion, food, or design, and the layout works especially well for longform features with large images. The combination of gorgeous images and beautiful typography creates posts that make an immediate visual impact. Read more about Resonar on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Scrawl Scrawl,…
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  • SG50 Weekend Staycation @ Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:56 am
    Recently we were invited back to our favourite staycation hotel, Pan Pacific Singapore, for fun and food over the weekend. What we like most about the location is that it’s connected to Marina Square Shopping Mall, Suntec City and Millennia Walk where you can find plenty of shopping and restaurants. Pan Pacific Singapore is conveniently […]
  • Dinner with the Entertainer at Club Meatballs

    Eunice Khong
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong With thanks to the Entertainer for their dinner invitation to the Club Meatballs, it was a meat-licious night where diners can have a choice to mix-and-match between 5 types of meatballs, 5 types of sides and 5 types of sauces – a ballsy menu indeed. Located at China Square […]
  • Huang Ah Ma, The Oriental Spa Chamber

    Eunice Khong
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    Huang Ah Ma, The Oriental Spa Chamber is owned by homegrown wellness chain Mary Chia, providing face and body spa therapies for both men and women. Just a stone’s throw away from Chinatown MRT (Pagoda St exit), Huang Ah Ma is conveniently located at Porcelain Hotel, nicely tucked away from the hustle bustle of Chinatown. […]
  • The Muslim Quarter of Xi’an

    Eunice Khong
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Owing to its history as the starting point of the ancient Silk Road, traders and students from the Arabic countries arrived in Xi’an 1,000 years ago. Locally known as the Hui ethnic people, they settled down on the present Moslem Street aka Huimin Street (回民街) or Muslim Quarter – now a must-visit of Xi’an for […]
  • The Entertainer 2015 Singapore Mobile App

    Eunice Khong
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:43 am
    With the Entertainer Singapore mobile app on hand, there’s so much to smile about. With hundreds of Buy-1-Get-1-Free offers from dining and leisure activities to spas and wellness in Singapore as well as free night offers at luxury hotel accommodations in worldwide destinations, we get to enjoy unbeatable savings 7-day a week, all year round […]
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  • Beach extensions for your safari

    5 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    Safari Holidays are, without doubt, a once in a life time experience. However (now don’t laugh at us please) they can also be quite hard work at times. Routine at the camps is fairly structured and rigid; rise at dawn (first call at 0400am), 4 hour game drive, followed by breakfast, relaxation time and then another 4 hour game drive late afternoon. Dinner is usually served at around 7.30pm. After a few days on safari your children (and you) will be ready for a change of pace and it can be very welcoming to kick back and relax. The question is, where to go and what to combine your safari…
  • Our Trademark Cape Town Experiences

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:23 am
    It can be a bit over-whelming knowing where to start when visiting a city like Cape Town - there is just so much to see. We pride ourselves on having a truly unique offering in Cape Town, which we couple with lovingly hand-picked accommodation. There are so many different ways of getting under the skin of Cape Town and we have taken great pride in selecting some of the best experiences with the best guides. There is no real substitute for spending a day with a local guide. Not only are you helping to support the local economy, but you are also getting a chance to speak to someone who has…
  • The Best Safari Camps in Africa for Families

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:14 am
    Many lodges and safari camps claim to be family friendly, but few actually are. We are all parents ourselves and take pride in visiting and selecting safari camps and lodges which are genuinely family friendly, but also offer something unique for parents as well. Read on to discover our favourites.  1) Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya Our favourite family friendly camp in Kenya, if not the whole of Africa, Laikipia offers an off the beaten track intimate wilderness safari experience. The camp is ideal for families, children can go on adventure walks, swim, raft and fish in the river and…
  • Unmissable Road Trip Adventures

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    We believe that time spent in a car on a road trip is a means to an end. What you really should be doing, is getting out there and experiencing the landscape and breathing in the fresh air. Most National Parks have a road infrastructure that means that you can drive to the view points and tick them off, without getting a sense of the place. So we say, ditch the car and go exploring.  Where you rest your weary head at the end of the day is just as important, so we have paired each of our favourite adventures with some of our favourite places to stay, where you can sit back and relax…
  • Our Top 5 Family Friendly Hotels in the USA

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    Travelling together as a family can be an immensely bonding experience, full of quality time and a chance to reconnect as a unit. Where you sleep at night and relax after a day out exploring can have a major impact on the enjoyment of your holiday. The majority of hotel accommodation in the USA is in large hotels, which tick all of the boxes for facilities, but can leave you feeling less than inspired about sleeping arrangements - you either all have to cram in one room together sharing beds, or you have to split across rooms. We have chosen our five favourite hotels that offer something a…
 
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  • St. Patrick’s Day in Buenos Aires is a Hidden Pot of Gold

    Joseph Olson
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Buenos Aires, Argentina is recognized as an important South American city for many reasons. This is the home of beautiful dancing such as the Tango. This is the place where world-class wine and beef are served to perfection daily. There may be nowhere on earth where the people are more passionate about the game of soccer, and […] The post St. Patrick’s Day in Buenos Aires is a Hidden Pot of Gold appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • SouthAmerica.travel Moves to New Seattle Office Location

    Joseph Olson
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    SouthAmerica.travel relocates to the Central Business District in beautiful Seattle, Washington We’ve moved! SouthAmerica.travel 1904 3rd Ave, Suite 930 Seattle, WA 98101 Click here for directions (We validate parking!) To the left is the Securities Building, located along 3rd Avenue in downtown Seattle, WA. This is the stellar new home for the company headquarters of SouthAmerica.travel. For those […] The post SouthAmerica.travel Moves to New Seattle Office Location appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Terry and Sue Explore the Southern Cone of South America

    Guest Author
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:15 pm
    SouthAmerica.travel clients Terry & Sue recently explored the Southern Cone of South America on a trip that included a Patagonia cruise and time spent in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Please enjoy the daily accounts of their adventures, as chronicled by Sue, who also took many lovely pictures. A huge thanks to Sue from her Travel […] The post Terry and Sue Explore the Southern Cone of South America appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Luxury Savings at Belmond Copacabana, Das Cataratas Hotels

    Laurie Liaume
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    One of the advantages of SouthAmerica.travel being well-connected throughout South America includes the opportunity to bring our customers savings at some of the most luxurious hotels on the continent. Thanks to our special relationship with the Belmond family of hotels, we are able to offer 5-star accommodations without the 5-star price tag. Read on to learn more about […] The post Luxury Savings at Belmond Copacabana, Das Cataratas Hotels appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • South America is the Happiest Place on Earth

    Laurie Liaume
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Paraguay leads the world for the third consecutive year atop the Gallup Positive Experience Index, proving that South America is the Happiest Place on Earth! Move over, Disneyland, because South America may just be a happier place than even the Magical Kingdom itself! Once again, eight of the top 10 happiest nations in the world are […] The post South America is the Happiest Place on Earth appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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  • The Top 4 Hill Stations in India

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    YELAGIRI A MINI HILL STATION A hill station Yelagiri which is famous in Tamil Naidu and is surrounded by orchards andGreenery,it is a perfect place for people who enjoy the weather at a hill station and ready to explore the surrounding nature.The best place preferred by all families and couples is Yelagiri hills for the excellent climate and scenery’s.Thishill station is preferred for its nature parks,trekking and rowing activities,which also makes it a perfect picnic spot for the young and the old.NAINITAL A TOURIST GET-AWAY The hill station is situated in Uttarkhand.If anyone…
  • Alaska, A Land Of Midnight Sun

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    On March 30 1867, the US agreed to purchase Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollarsThe name Alaska was taken from Aleut word “alaxsxaq” that refers to the object to which sea is directed. This is translated as “GREAT LAND”. With beautiful scenic beauty, enormous ice-age glacier and abundant wildlife, there is nothing like this beautiful place Alaska on this earth.The capital of Alaska is Juneau. In Alaska there is a famous reservoir named as ‘THE PRUDHOE BAY’ where a large oil and gas reservoir was found on the Arctic coast. From the commercial point of view there are many…
  • Forts in Maharashtra: Murud Janjira

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    There are many forts in Maharashtra. These Forts were mainly ruled by Shivaji Maharaj. There are Forts located around the sea also on the hill tops. Here is one of the fort described below.MURUD JANJIRA: It is one of the marine forts situated in the middle of the Arabian Sea. In Arabic the word Janjira means Jazira for island. It is situated on the oval rock near the port town of Murud. Murud is a small village in Raigad District and Janjira is some few kilometre away from Murud. To go to visit Janjira we have to take a sailboat from Rajapuri jetty. Janjira fort was ruled by the…
  • The Blue Hills of Assam

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Assam is a state located in the northeast part of India.Another name ofAssam is also asama which means peerless. It also falls on the Eastern Himalayas.It is known as a home of lordBrahma. If seen on the map Assam state is in the shape of a Y laid on its side or we can say it is a land consisting of valleys, plains and rivers. Something very interesting is that Brahmaputra River is the only male river in India.Assam is an epicentre for earthquake and terror affected state. Earthquakes and floods are very common in Assam. This state is divided into 27 districts. The main capital of Assam is…
  • Cab Services – Chennai

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    Chennai has been popularly known as the gateway to South India and is the capital of the Indian State of Tamil Nadu and has several amazing sites to explore.  To get around and explore this amazing destination, the services of chennai cab service would be essential wherein the person intending to take an expedition could utilise the best cab service in chennai which are available with various options to suit the requirement of the travellers. There are a good number of rental services that provide good cab rental services which could be appropriate for travellers, package tours,…
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  • The Next Travel Adventure Awaits

    Gareth
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    When I created my five-year travel plan (five years ago), Brazil was supposed to be the final trip. I thought working at the World Cup and living in Rio de Janeiro would be the perfect climax to all my Latin America adventures. From there, I’d return to the States, start the next business, find a wife and begin making little townies. What happens however, when your passion becomes your business? What happens when your last trip only strengthens your desire to continue, to get better, to do more? You go to Mt. Everest of course! The Goal: Mt. Everest Base Camp (photo via rei.com) Next…
  • Travel Deeper – Brazil

    Gareth
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    Five years of traveling deeper in South America, and it all led me to this… One of the most incredibly difficult and absolutely amazing years of my life – Living and traveling in Brazil. The goal was to live in Rio de Janeiro, travel around the country, participate in Carnaval, and somehow work at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Through many setbacks and roadblocks, I managed to meet a lot of great Brazilian people who helped me travel deeper and live my dreams over the course of a year living in Brazil. This video is the visual story of how it all happened and how I went from sitting at…
  • Amazon Rainforest Adventures

    Gareth
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    There are certain places on this planet that seem almost like fiction. Unreachable destinations that you expect to only see in story books and documentaries. The Amazon Rainforest in northern Brazil was one of those places for me. So when I had the opportunity to come to Brazil, I wasn’t going to miss the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream. My experience began in the gateway city of Manaus, where the journey into the jungle proved to be a task unto itself… I took a taxi from the airport down to the city’s main harbor to catch a ferry across the Amazon River. We passed giant…
  • Recife Living & Porto de Galinhas Beach

    Gareth
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Recife is the capital of the Northeastern Brazilian State of Pernambuco. It has been called the “Venice of South America,” and also dubbed one of the most dangerous cities in Brazil. The beach in the Boa Viagem neighborhood is said to be the most shark infested water in the world, and Recife’s carnival celebration is ranked among the best anywhere. They say; don’t go in the water, don’t go out at night, but make sure you stay for carnival! With all these mixed reviews and emotions, I had to come to Recife and write my own story about this place. I spent time in…
  • Curitiba Parks & Private Parties

    Gareth
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    Voted as one of the best places to live in Latin America, Curitiba has developed into a city that has made others green with envy. Boasting a well-oiled transit system and more parks than 101 Dalmatians could cover, the city is as efficient as it is refreshing. Five days in Curitiba and it lifted and shifted my perception of Brazilian cities completely. I explored the beautiful parks, walked around the city and crashed a few local parties that shaped my Curitiba experience in a great way. Read all about my Curitiba trip on the Visit Brasil blog, Crashing a Culinary Moment in Curitiba and Five…
 
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  • Photo Journal: Exploring Dubai & Abu Dhabi

    Chelle Roberts
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    I recently spent a few days in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Here are some of the trip photos capturing the people, culture, history, food & bold architecture of the UAE.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • 9 Practical Tips For The Solo Travelista

    Chelle Roberts
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Here are 9 practical solo travel tips to help travelistas boost their confidence, avoid loneliness on the road and navigate cultural differences.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • 13 Women in Black History With a Passion for Travel

    Chelle Roberts
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:10 am
    We are celebrating 13 women in black history who challenged social norms, broke boundaries and pursued wild dreams to experience the world.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Round The World In 40 Days: A Photographic Journey

    Chelle Roberts
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
    I took a 22,000-mile round the world trip for 40-days, to 7 countries on 3 continents. Here's the journey captured in photographs.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Interview With An Expat In Italy: Dr Tamara Pizzoli

    Chelle Roberts
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    We love books that expose children to the world at an early age. So, when we discovered the international alphabet book M is for Marrakech, and learned it was created by a brown girl living abroad, we had to hear the rest of the story. Dr. Tamara Pizzoli shared how she faced a life-changing moment, ... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
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    Trans-Americas Journey

  • Cartagena Hotel Guide: Sleeping in Colombia’s Sexiest City – Cartagena, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Cartagena Hotel Guide: Sleeping in Colombia’s Sexiest City – Cartagena, Colombia We didn’t know it at the time, but our very first destination in Colombia turned out to be Colombia’s sexiest city. Cartagena has drawn us back again and again with its languid Caribbean vibe, intense history and gorgeous restored Colonial architecture in a sprawling historic center which has been a UNESCO…
  • Photo Essay: Sunsets and Landscapes of the Galapagos – Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Photo Essay: Sunsets and Landscapes of the Galapagos – Galapagos Islands, Ecuador When people travel to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador they assume they’re going to get great photos of wildlife–we took thousands of them (which we kindly edited down to this 21 shot selection of gorgeous Galapagos animals). But even when there are no critters in sight, the epic daily sunsets (and sunrises) and…
  • Photo Essay: Eric’s Favorite Galapagos Wildlife Shots – Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Photo Essay: Eric’s Favorite Galapagos Wildlife Shots – Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Eric took nearly 4,000 photos during the 24 days we spent in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador last year. It took nearly that many days to narrow things down to a few hundred stand out photos, including this selection of Eric’s favorite Galapagos wildlife shots. Eric took hundreds of pictures of sea lions in the…
  • The Beauty of Bourbon – Cartagena, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:39 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - The Beauty of Bourbon – Cartagena, Colombia After nearly eight years on the road we can honestly say that we don’t miss much from home besides friends, family and bourbon– so much so that we made a visit to the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto, Kentucky a priority when our Trans-Americas Journey was still in the US. Karen contemplated moving into the Maker’s Mark distillery during…
  • Our Latest Work: Eating & Drinking in Colombia, Ecuador’s Last Iceman & Luxury Comfort Food

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Our Latest Work: Eating & Drinking in Colombia, Ecuador’s Last Iceman & Luxury Comfort Food We been on a roll in Colombia…probably a Kaiser roll. The restaurant and chef scene there proved so tasty that we extended our stay and got to work on a bunch of pieces about the cuisine scene in the country’s capital for The Latin Kitchen including top tips for surviving Andres Carne de Res…
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  • Bajan Car Rentals Ltd: EASTER DEALS!!!!!!!!!!

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    EASTER DEALS. discounts offered on ALL direct bookings. Free 2nd driver and free permits! Quote ORGEASTER15 email - contactus@bcrbarbados.com Tel - 246-426-2667 
  • Sea-U Guest House: Brilliant Barbaos - Save big with free nights

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    Enjoy summer with peace & quiet, stunning ocean views, soothing breezes you only get on the east coast and endless walks on Bathsheba beach, a Top 10 Caribbean beach nominated by readers of USA TODAY. First night free with stays 4 nights, first two nights free with stays 7 nights; from US$ 447. Valid May 9 - Oct. 31. 
  • Sea-U Guest House: Brilliant Barbados – Save big with FREE nights

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    Enjoy summer with peace & quiet, stunning ocean views, soothing breezes you only get on the east coast and endless walks on Bathsheba beach, a Top 10 Caribbean beach nominated by readers of USA TODAY. First night free with stays 4 nights, first two nights free with stays 7 nights; from US$ 447. Valid May 9 - Oct. 31. 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Spring Sale

    17 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Book now for travel before April 15, 2015 at the rate of US$ 106.00 per night or travel after April 16th 2015 at special rate of US$ 79.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Book now and save

    17 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Book now for travel before April 15, 2015 at the rate of US$ 106.00 per night or travel after April 16th 2015 at special rate of US$ 79.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at reservations@allseasonsresort.bb for details. 
 
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  • Travel Tip: How to avoid getting ripped off by Airbnb!

    Manuel Pfister
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    I need to preface this brief post by saying that Airbnb is great in concept and it often gets you superior accommodations at superior prices. However, the company is run by greedy, big business assholes that will screw you whenever they get the opportunity. As it is the fees they take are rather hefty for being nothing more than a glorified Craig’s List of homes, apartments and rooms for rent short term but that’s OK; compare it to other options and if it’s cheaper or offers you something that suits your needs better you take it. You do have to really read the fine print…
  • Top 10 life and travel tips for The Single Dude

    SDT Team
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Now that we have a library full of helpful travel tips, destination guides, travel stories and more that’s nearly 300 articles strong we thought it was about time to list our top 10 tips for The Single Dude. This is just a brief summary, be sure to follow the links to get all the details on how best to make these tips work for you. Escape the corporate prison. Let’s face it, you aren’t free, you can’t travel and you can’t enjoy life if you’re chained to a cubical inside some corporate prison. You’ve got to escape! Move abroad. The US and many other…
  • How Fiverr is screwing their buyers and sellers out of an additional 10% on many gigs

    Clint Westwood
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:01 pm
    When I first discovered Fiverr it seemed like a pretty cool concept. There is all this shit you can get somebody to do for just $5. It also seems like a nice way to make some quick cash for a Single Dude Traveler, at least I thought so until I figured out how much of a cut they take. A whopping 20% to be exact, or at least that’s what they want you to believe. The reality is they are taking 30% on all $5 gigs and they’re doing it in a super dishonest fashion. As a seller, when you sell a standard $5 gig, this is what you see: What fiverr shows sellers Exactly what you would expect…
  • America is a bad boyfriend!

    Clint Westwood
    13 Feb 2015 | 12:56 am
    What a perfect analogy for what a shitty, overbearing, tyrannical disaster the US has become. It’s hard to laugh about such a serious topic but it’s either laugh or cry. It’s time for decent, intelligent, thinking people to jump ship. Soon it might be too late.
  • Has “Fat Acceptance” now become “Fat Encouragement”?

    The Jesus
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:47 am
    We’ve discussed the obesity epidemic in the US and the western world in general over, and over, and over, and over. It seems like it just keeps getting worse and worse. We used to question “Fat Acceptance” but now I can’t help but wonder aloud, is “Fat Encouragement” the new movement in the west? Is this really the way we want to encourage future generations to live their lives? According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), United States has already rocketed past an obesity rate of one third of the population with an overall obesity rate of 34.9% (or…
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  • Our Favourite New York City Attractions For Families

    Corinne
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    We crammed a lot into our long weekend in New York City. I was surprised just how child and family-friendly everything and everyone was. I’ve been to New York plenty of times for work and for fun, but I had never really played tourist before, so it was awesome visiting these iconic New York City attractions for families for the first time with my kids. All of these places are pretty centrally located, close to many great New York hotels, so cab rides likely won’t be necessary unless you really want to teach the kids to hail one down. At the American Museum of Natural History…
  • Best Hotels for Big Families in New York City

    Corinne
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:10 pm
    New York City is not exactly renowned for spacious or affordable hotel rooms, but contrary to popular belief, there are actually lots of NYC properties with rooms big enough for multiple kids, and are also well-located and won’t drain your retirement fund. So don’t hesitate to book those flights to New York; the best New York family hotel options offer rooms that will not only fit all your kids, but welcome them too. Best Western Holiday House, NYC Comfortable and Affordable Suites at Best Western Hospitality House Located steps from all the action in East Midtown, this converted…
  • Family Travel Ideas – New Experiences and Adventures

    Corinne
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Little Bubblemakers From our very first trip as a family of three, to our very first trip as a family of four, those journeys were really about just being somewhere different. If the opportunity to relax came up, well that was a bonus. Fun? Of course, but a different kind of fun from what we were used to. Seeing the world with a baby or toddler in tow can feel totally daunting at first, but my family is living proof that those travels get easier and easier. And now we’re at this place where we can actually do stuff. Now my family travel ideas include things like learn an activity…
  • Visiting Ellicottville, NY with Kids

    Corinne
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:53 pm
    The priority for our Family Day Weekend getaway from Toronto was learning to snowboard as a family at a beginner-friendly ski resort that was less than a four-hour drive. And discovering Ellicottville, NY was a delightful surprise and I was glad we took the time to explore a teensy bit when we weren’t ripping it up at Holiday Valley. If you have a pre-conceived idea of what Western New York is like, you’ll likely be as surprised as we were by Ellicottville–or E-ville as the cool kids call it. Growing up in Toronto and watching Buffalo TV stations, I get excited seeing road…
  • Airport Security Screening Tips for Flying With Kids

    Corinne
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Escaping this spring break? Flying with kids? Follow these airport security screening tips! If you’re like us and the thousands of Canadians who’ll be escaping this never-ending winter for spring break, the Canadian Air Transport Security (CATSA) has advice to share that will help you go through security in no time. Family friendly tips… Good news! When you’re travelling with children under the age of two, you can bring liquids such as milk, breast milk, and juice that exceed the 100ml restrictions in carry-on baggage. Just have the containers ready to present to screening…
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  • The Fascinating Tofino Bog Trail

    Audrey
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    The Shorepine Bog Trail is just 800 meters long, but it’s one of the most fascinating trails in the Pacific Rim National Park. It’s completely different looking than the rain forest landscape through the rest of the park. Looking like a cartoon scene from Dr. Seuss it’s full of stunted and dwarfed trees that have been wind swept into all kind of disfigured and unique shapes. To protect the delicate landscape the entire trail through the bog is along a built up boardwalk. Most of the ground surface is covered in carpet of Sphagnum moss that can be several meters thick and is up…
  • Choose The Elephant Park You Visit In Thailand Wisely

    Audrey
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:13 am
    We urge anyone wanting to go to an elephant park in Thailand to do their research before they go. Many of them are exploiting these endangered animals.  They have elephant shows forcing them to do stunts and tricks. The animals are often mistreated extremely overworked. Throughout our travels in Thailand there was one name that kept coming up and that’s the park we choose to visit. We had an amazing experience at the Elephant Nature Park. Elephants In Thailand Were Originally Used For Logging Thailand was once riddled with elephant camps that keep them for logging purposes. They were…
  • What It’s Like To Stay At The Elephant Nature Park

    Audrey
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    Stay As The Elephant Nature Park As A Guest Or Apply To Be A Long Term Volunteer The Elephant Nature Park is situated on a large piece of property along a river and back dropped by mountains. It’s located approximately one and a half hours drive outside of Chaing Mai. At any given time there are several guests staying at the park as well as long term volunteers. We booked a stay of 2 nights and 3 days. It was enough to give thorough experience of the park. We were not obligated to help our during our stay, but it is a working park with a lot to do. Help is always appreciated and…
  • Nanaimo Bathtub Races And Marine Festival

    Audrey
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    For more than forty years the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island has been famous for a wacky tradition of racing bathtubs. Yes, you read that correctly we’re talking about actual motorized bathtubs that are raced in the choppy waters of the Pacific Ocean.  In 1967, Frank Ney the mayor at the time started the races as part of Canada’s 100th birthday celebrations. He very proud of his city and wanted to showcase all its features and beauty to the world. During the festivities he would dress in a classic pirate outfit and tour the town touting sayings such as “hells bells and…
  • Neck Point Park, Another One Of Nanaimo’s Ocean Front Beauties

    Audrey
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Neck Point is another spectacular Nanaimo ocean front park that sits just north of Pipers Lagoon. Like it’s neighbouring park it offers stunning views of the Strait of Georgia, the coastal mountains and Mount Baker in Washington State. The park is named after the gravel bar that connects to a rocky head out in the ocean. It’s full of photographic opportunities, a bird watchers paradise and a popular diving spot. Ocean wildlife is abundant, sea lions and otters can be spotted playing in the water and sometimes Orca whales and dolphin pods pass by. There are 36 acres of rocky…
 
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    GoNOLA.com

  • Easter in New Orleans is Different: Three Ways to Celebrate

    Sara Watson
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    As with many holidays, New Orleans observes Easter in its own special way. Those who practice the Catholic faith recognize Easter as the end of Lent; many others consider the holiday a marker of the transition into spring: Easter presents opportunities both religious and secular to enjoy the holiday. This year, Easter coincides with Passover, which starts on Good Friday, … Read the rest -» The post Easter in New Orleans is Different: Three Ways to Celebrate appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • Cray’s Anatomy: GoNOLA Breaks Down the Crawfish Boil

    Sara Watson
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Unless you’re living under a rock (kinda like the crawfish do), you know it’s crawfish season – that magical time of year when tasty, freshwater crustaceans are available all over the city. Whether you plan to host your own crawfish boil or share some obscure crawfish facts amongst friends, consider this guide your best resource. The 5 Key Takeaways 1. … Read the rest -» The post Cray’s Anatomy: GoNOLA Breaks Down the Crawfish Boil appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Rebecca Rebouché

    Ann Marshall Thomas
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “I feel it’s a privilege to be in a relationship with New Orleans, despite how difficult that relationship can be at times,” says Rebecca Rebouché, an artist who makes, in her words, “allegorical paintings of the natural world.” Rebouché was born in Franklin, Louisiana, but has spent most of her life in New Orleans making art. Rebecca Rebouché in a … Read the rest -» The post My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Rebecca Rebouché appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

    Sara Watson
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Eat, repeat. This weekend in New Orleans is chock full of foodie opportunities, from the annual Hogs for the Cause in City Park to NOLA FoodFest in French Market. An Easter egg hunt in City Park satisfies any candy cravings while a performance from comedian Chris Gethard sates an appetite for comedy. Voracious book readers can attend Tennessee Williams New … Read the rest -» The post GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
  • GoNOLA Interview: Grand Marshals of New Orleans Pride Festival

    Dustin Woehrmann
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Josh Canfield and Reed Kelly are both Broadway performers from New York and contestants from the most recent Survivor series – Survivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water. Dubbed by their fans as the “Broadway Boyfriends,” these two became engaged in January and have now been chosen to lead the New Orleans Pride Festival in 2015. Photo … Read the rest -» The post GoNOLA Interview: Grand Marshals of New Orleans Pride Festival appeared first on GoNOLA.com.
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  • Dubai for Cheapos – Yup! You don’t have to be a millionaire…

    Vago Damitio
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    When people think of Dubai, they usually imagine Formula 1 Grand Prix races, millionaires, James Bond, fancy hotels on man made islands, indoor skiing, and well – let’s just say –... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Secret Treasures in Clearwater, Florida

    Guest
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Freelancing isn't easy work, but sometimes the rewards are great. This guest post comes from Denise, a freelancer in Clearwater, Florida You Might Also Enjoy: 10 Cheap Things To Do In Florida The... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Traveling with Kids in Cuba – Pure Heaven!

    Guest
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Cuba is a kid friendly destination for families. You Might Also Enjoy: What am I doing here? Visiting the Pyramids of Egypt on… What am I doing here? The Moroccan Atlantic 7 myths about... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Italian Road Trip: How to Eat Your Way Through Calabria

    Vago Damitio
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Living in a city with excellent public transport, it can be easy to forget that some places just aren’t do-able without a car. Italy has a decent national rail system but, practically speaking, it... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • 7 Architectural Wonders of Florence, Italy that are not to be missed

    Vago Damitio
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Those who are seeking the Italian Renaissance, need only look upon the palaces, buildings and squares of Florence for each of them are masterpieces. You Might Also Enjoy: 5 Ways to Experience... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
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  • Silent Sunday: Giraffes at the Klein Karoo in South Africa

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    Giraffes at the semi-desert Klein Karoo in South Africa’s Western Cape province Silent Sunday: Giraffes at the Klein Karoo in South Africa is a post from Sophie's World
  • 11 things to do in Dubai

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Curious about dashing Dubai? Well, here’s a nice little list for you of things to do in the most famous city of the United Arab Emirates. 1. Travel from the past to the future in an abra A not-to-be-missed experience in Dubai is crossing Al Khor (the Creek) in a water taxi, locally known as an abra. These traditional boats will take you from one side of the creek to the other in a matter of minutes – from the old souk to the business district. And the price? Only 1 dirham. In fact, if you only do one thing in Dubai, this is it. 2. See the sun set over the Arabian Desert Long…
  • Silent Sunday: House at hastily vacated Pyramiden in Svalbard

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    A ramshackle house at Pyramiden, a hastily vacated Soviet settlement in Arctic Svalbard Silent Sunday: House at hastily vacated Pyramiden in Svalbard is a post from Sophie's World
  • Mtskheta, UNESCO in Georgia

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    As in Armenia and the rest of the Caucasus, the world heritage sites in Georgia are churches and monasteries, all about religious history and architecture. On my final day in Tbilisi, I hopped on a marshrutka for the half-hour trip to Mtskheta. This town has been continuously inhabited for more than 3000 years and was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kartli. Mtskheta is Georgia’s ancient soul Armenia adopted Christianity as state religion in 301 and is considered the world’s first Christian country. But its Caucasian neighbour wasn’t far behind. Just a few years…
  • Silent Sunday: Destroyed by war, Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Destroyed by war, ruin of a house, Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina Silent Sunday: Destroyed by war, Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a post from Sophie's World
 
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  • 7 Inspiring (but Completely Fake) Famous Travel Quotes — plus 2 that were almost never famous at all

    Raymond Walsh
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    We take for granted that a lot of what we read on the internet is the gospel truth. But sometimes, it just ain’t so. In 1902, the German psychologist William Stern conducted a series of experiments involving storytelling. He enlisted a group of subjects and asked them to share a story, whispering it down the line from one person to the next. What he found was that oftentimes the text of the original tale was altered or shortened, sometimes so much so that the final telling bore little resemblance to the original. It’s the basis for the kid’s game Chinese Whispers (or…
  • Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Media Shares

    Raymond Walsh
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am
    Welcome to the Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 as shared on Social Media! I wanted to curate a list of travel blog posts that did well last year, and thought since so many PR companies and tourism boards are placing more and more emphasis on social media, I figured that would be a good place to start. I canvassed as many travel bloggers as I could reach via email, Facebook, and Twitter — I even wrote a post soliciting submissions. The result was pretty overwhelming, and I received almost 500 submissions. From “listicles” to long reads, and from food to photography, the…
  • Calling All Travel Bloggers! Submissions Wanted for Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014

    Raymond Walsh
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares If you’re not a blogger, you’ll probably want to skip over this. So here are some pretty pictures of cats instead. If you are a travel blogger, read on… I’m in the process of compiling a list of The Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares, and I’d love for you to participate. If you’ve had a travel blog post that’s done exceptionally well on social media in 2014, I hope you’d like to submit it for consideration for the list. Your article must have been published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 to be…
  • Warsaw Uprising Museum: A (Tasteful) History of Slaughter

    Raymond Walsh
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:08 pm
    War is not sexy, and museums dedicated to it even less so. All things considered, It’s hard to pull off a good war museum, if not downright impossible. It’s got to be interesting. It’s got to be interactive. And it’s  got to do its job — honour the fallen, while informing and enlightening the masses. But perhaps above all this, its got to avoid being boring. The Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego) succeeds in all of these. I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t know much about the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Okay, I’ll be honest, I…
  • The City that Cats Built

    Raymond Walsh
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Cat City, Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia “The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.” — Doug Larson The city of Kuching may not have been literally built by cats, but its certainly built its tourism reputation on the backs of them. Cat statues, cat souvenirs, and cat attractions inhabit a remarkable amount of real estate here. In fact, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting something feline-themed. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one.) Even though I am not a cat person (I come from a long line of dog folk), I do…
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  • Italian cuisine in Manuel Antonio

    6 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Italian cuisine in Manuel AntonioIn the mood for some Italian food while in Manuel Antonio? Head over to Gondola Restaurant.  The atmosphere is very laid back and simple but the food bursts with flavor.  Start with the caesar salad that comes with homemade croutons. I had the mahimahi with pesto mashed potatoes and broccoli in a lemon sauce which was incredible, one of the best fish dishes I had on the trip! The bolognese pasta…View On WordPress
  • Where to eat in Guanacaste: Ostra

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Where to eat in Guanacaste: Ostra
  • Where to eat in Guanacaste: Ostra

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Where to eat in Guanacaste: OstraIf you are vacationing in Guanacaste a dinner at Osta Restaurantlocated at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is a must!  The hotel itself is beautiful and has a similar in style to the four seasons with a number of pools and a killer view.  To start make sure you make a reservation for this exotic indoor/ outdoor restaurant specializing in Seafood (otherwise you won’t make it through the front gates!).View On WordPress
  • Where to stay in Guanacaste Costa Rica: Four Seasons

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Where to stay in Guanacaste Costa Rica: Four SeasonsFor this years ‘winter trip’ we decided to explore two different regions of Costa Rica: Guanacaste and Manuel Antonio.  Over the next few weeks I will be posting all sorts of tips, restaurant reviews, cool things to do in Costa Rica, the best surf spots and more!  To kick things off, let’s start with where to stay in Guanecastse.  First off, getting there is easy, fly into Liberia airport and…View On WordPress
  • Wine bar in Itaim: Vino!

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Wine bar in Itaim: Vino!As you know I am always on the hunt for a good wine bar and to my surprise only 2 blocks from my apartment I discovered Vino!A wine bar, restaurant and store all in one = great find! When you walk in the front area feels and looks like a wine store with the walls lined with wine bottles and 2 long high tables that look like they could be perfect for tasting sessions.  There is also a large…View On WordPress
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  • Free Stay Friday

    Adam Hutcheson
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    For this week’s #FreeStayFriday, we’re taking you to the brand-spanking new Hotel Gotham An impressive new hotel in the heart of Manchester, Hotel Gotham makes for one seriously cool stay. Aside from the stylish suites in Art Deco surroundings, there’s also a trendy restaurant and private bar and club with its very own roof terrace. …Tall, dark and mysterious. So, if you’d like to win a one-night stay here with breakfast for two people, make sure youjoin in this week’s #FreeStayFriday Here’s a reminder of how you can get involved: On Friday 27th…
  • School’s Out in Snowdonia: Active and Unusual Family Adventures

    Kirstie Pelling
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    With the country’s mightiest mountain at its heart, Snowdonia is a great place for an Easter Adventure. There are some world class attractions within a few miles of each other that provide an instant shot of adrenaline and a strong sensation of being alive. Kirstie Pelling ‘bears’ all to pick out four active, unusual adventures… Survive the Bear Grylls way You haven’t lived until you’ve covered yourself in mud, commando crawled through mud, made a hut out of sticks and mud, and done an assault course in the… well, you know where I’m going with this. The…
  • Seeing the Tulips of Amsterdam at Keukenhof Gardens

    The Quirky Traveller
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Holland’? Windmills, clogs, waffles, cheese, art, tulips? Well, all of these things and more are on display in the Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, in the heart of the Dutch bulb fields. Each autumn more than seven million spring flower bulbs are planted – not just tulips but crocuses, daffodils, narcissi, hyacinths and lilies – all in preparation for Keukenhof Gardens’s two month opening in spring, and covering over 30 hectares including 15 kilometres of footpaths. When I visited for the day I found a floral world of colour, scent…
  • Eat – Drink – Stay – Play: The Hottest Happenings for March

    Martin Solly
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    And just like that we’re in March. Wow. It’ll soon be Christmas y’know. Along with March comes the spring erm, snow – if this week is anything to go by. But don’t let that put you off venturing out and about to enjoy some of March’s hottest happenings, like these… MARCH EAT // London – Bó Drake US Korean street food continues its London takeover apace with new East Asian BBQ and smokehouse, Bó Drake. Just opened on Greek Street in Soho, Bó Drake owner Jan Lee used to be in Scottish dance-punk crossover band Sh*tdisco. But we’re pretty sure he’d describe his…
  • Spend a Night in the LateRooms.com Bubble

    Martin Solly
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    So you’ve heard of a room with a view, right? Well we’re about to take that to a whole new level –  a 360° view level – with the LateRooms.com Bubble. ‘Clearly’ the best hotel going, LateRooms.com is giving YOU the chance to stay in the LateRooms.com Bubble at a UK event, occasion or location of your choice. Want to set up right outside the ground of your favourite football team? Fancy plonking yourself on top of a mountain? Or maybe you’d rather the bubble than a tent at an upcoming festival? The choice is yours to spend an exclusive…
 
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    Midwest Guest

  • Photo Friday: Confederate Surgeon, camera club winner

    Dominique King
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here is an image I captured during a shoot with the Motor City Camera Club at a Civil War camp and battle re-enactment weekend at Wolcott Mill Metropark in Ray, Michigan. I first used a full-color version of this image in a story here on Midwest Guest last autumn about the event. I decided to change it into a sepia-tone monochrome image in Lightroom and enter that version in the camera club's January judging. It placed second in the Digital Photo (Monochrome General) category, Beginner Division for January 2015. Which version do you like best? The re-enactment event is one that happens…
  • Discover the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio at Discovering Ohio

    Dominique King
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Carousels aren't just kid's stuff--so I learned at the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio. I often think of it as a the quintessential kids' carnival ride, but the carousel originally started out as a training device for knights back in medieval days and became a romantic ride for adults in Victorian days before becoming a kiddie favorite with the arrival of the 20th century. Check out what I learned about these machines and the craft of creating the beautifully carved animals that populate many classic carousels with my story about the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky at the Ohio…
  • Pontiac Metro Park in Defiance, Ohio-Chief Pontiac's birthplace?

    Dominique King
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    We live within 15 miles of Pontiac, Michigan, so a small historical marker claiming to sit on the site of the famous Ottawa Indian chief Pontiac's birthplace  immediately caught my eye and aroused my curiosity as we drove along the Maumee River on Route 24/424 (a.k.a. River Road) near Defiance in northern Ohio. The marker says Pontiac was born here in 1712 and that he "incited Pontiac's Conspiracy" where a federation of Native American tribes, aided by the French, "threatened British supremacy" in the area. The united effort organized by Pontiac happened in 1763. By 1769, Chief Pontiac…
  • Oak Openings: Toledo Metropark and national treasure

    Dominique King
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Oak Openings Preserve is, at 3,600 acres, the largest property in Toledo Ohio's impressive Metropark system, but it's actually part of a larger region known as the center of biodiversity in Ohio.   The metropark and preserve takes its name the surrounding region, just west of Toledo, which at 130 square miles is 23 times the size of the park itself and home to over 125 animals and plants classified as endangered by the state of Ohio. It includes the northwest portion of Lucas County, just south of Ohio's border with Michigan, as well as portions of Ohio's Fulton and Henry counties.
  • Explore the Rivera Court at Detroit Institute of Arts with new iPad app

    Dominique King
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    We're planning to head on down to the Detroit Institute of Arts in coming weeks to check out the museum's new exhibition featuring the art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, but while we're waiting for a good opportunity to go see the show, which runs from now through July 12, I'm checking out the museum's multimedia tour of Rivera's famed Detroit Industry murals.     De Temps Antan at the 2012 Concert of Colors   Rivera's murals are in a spacious court as a focal point at the museum. I remember them always being there, and they often provide a backdrop during major events at the…
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    Beyond Beirut

  • The Guest List

    TK
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    I spent the better part of the day editing our wedding guest list. Even though we had a basic one ready, we need to make it better before we finalize our venue search. By Lebanese standards, our wedding is tiny. But I prefer to look at it as intimate: having the people we truly care about and love surround us on our big day. Plus, our budget is also tiny compared to the Lebanese average, so a few limitations will come a long way. We’re already a bit over our guest limit. But then again, this is Lebanon. If I had a dollar for every time I heard things like “we need to invite X…
  • Falling in Love to Firestone

    TK
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    I don’t feel like writing much today and there’s only so many things I could think of at a time, so I couldn’t come up with a post. That being said, there’s this song that’s been stuck in my head for a week now- a song that I feel will forever be associated with the wedding planning process and the whole new point of view. That song is Firestone by Kygo and features Conrad on vocals. I particularly started liking this track after reading a comment on Youtube that said “This song makes you want to fall in love.” I couldn’t agree more! The vocals…
  • Horror Stories: The Engagement Edition

    TK
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    I was talking to a friend today about our respective engagement parties and how they turned out, when I realized that I had a lot of so-called horror stories from the day (the one year anniversary is fast approaching!). We all do so I thought it would be fun to share them within the scope of Beyond Beirut. The Dress We weren’t doing anything fancy. Just a typical engagement at home with our families, and then we decided to have a cute dinner for our friends at one of our favorite restaurants. Because the occasion was so simple, I wanted a simple dress. The result of many futile…