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  • Boat Drinks: The Pilar Rum-Rita, Mix With A Twist!

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    RumShopRyan
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
    After one sip, you’ll be fishing the stream. Margaritas have a special place in my my heart. They taste fantastic and it’s impossible to have a bad time when there’s one sitting in front of you. But as you know, rum translates to island time in a glass, so more often than not a refreshing rum punch will find its way to my lips. In saying that, margaritas have been on my mind more and more lately. Castaway Crystal and I have been venturing up to Captiva Island to a charming little hole-in-the wall place called Cantina Captiva that just happens to serve a mean margarita. Both…
  • 8 Fantastic Fall Family Getaways

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    Erin Gifford
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:23 pm
    It may be the first day of September and the kids may be back in school, but now is a great time to start thinking about a fall getaway. September and October, also know as “shoulder season,” are great months for families to travel while enjoying fewer crowds and lower prices on hotels and attractions. As a bonus, the weather is still quite nice, so there are lots of good travel options. From driving around New England to explore the fall foliage to flying to the Caribbean for one last beach getaway, you and your kids deserve one last escape before the weather cools down and the winter…
  • 10 Amazing Coastal Cliffs You Must See Around the World

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    Terry Lobo
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:03 am
    Coastal cliffs are often formed my erosion from waves. Since the world is made up of 70% water, these cliffs can be found all over the world. They are often breathtaking to see for yourself as they are generally quite an amazing site. There are 10 amazing coastal cliffs that tourists flock to each year.  Park Paracas, Ica, Peru These cliffs can be found inside of the Paracas National Reservation. The cliffs are 600 feet long. The erosion of them has led to the formation of red sand beaches that provide an interesting backdrop against the cliffs. Etretat, Northwestern France These gray…
  • Hi-Fine Steak Restaurant Near Phu Rua, Loei

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    Martyn
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:28 am
    The Hi-Fine Steak Restaurant is seven kilometres from Phu Rua on the Loei-Dan Sai mountain road. It’s an out-of-the-way restaurant, attracting passing trade and deserves to be a lot busier than it seems to be. The food is good, the restaurant has inside and outside seating, and the view from the rear garden overlooking Loei’s high-reaching landscape is beautiful. My Thai … Continue reading Hi-Fine Steak Restaurant Near Phu Rua, Loei → (Visited 1 times, 15 visits today) The post Hi-Fine Steak Restaurant Near Phu Rua, Loei appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Behind the scenes: What it takes to keep Seattle-Tacoma International Airport running

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    4 Sep 2015 | 3:48 am
    Wonder what it takes to keep a busy airport going? See what goes on at Seattle's airport.         
 
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  • Instagram of the Month: Lake Wanaka

    Tyler Metcalfe
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:14 am
    All you have to do is to keep putting one foot in front of the other A photo posted by Olly (@ollygreen_) on Aug 30, 2015 at 11:42pm PDT When he’s not on the clock at his day job, Oliver Green (on Instagram @ollygreen_) roams the globe with a thirst for adventure and a camera at the ready. He’s currently exploring the South Island of New Zealand and brought himself—and his great photographic eye—to our attention by tagging his photo with #NatGeoTravelPic on Instagram. Here’s a peek into how he got this winning shot of Lake Wanaka:  Tell us where you’re from. I am…
  • Just Back: Amsterdam

    Intelligent Travel
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:01 am
    National Geographic Traveler features editor Amy Alipio (on Twitter @amytravels and on Instagram @amyalipio) recently returned from a long weekend with her young daughter in Amsterdam Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words: Outdoor adventure:Biking is an essential part of Amsterdam culture (some 63 percent of locals bike). So I let my nine-year-old daughter persuade me to rent our own two-wheelers, despite my total lack of experience with city biking. We went with Green Budget Bikes because it was close to our hotel. The bikes came in an acid green color…
  • Reader Recs: Favorite European Getaways

    Megan Heltzel
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Europe has long been atop many travelers’ wish lists. With shoulder season upon us and favorable exchange rates still holding strong, there’s never been a better time to make that dream a reality. To help pare down the options, we asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite European getaways—and share they did: Cole G. starts us off about an hour’s drive west of Bordeaux, in Cap Ferrat. “It’s a little French secret getaway,” he writes. Small crowds, secluded beaches, and top-notch restaurants make this seaside resort…
  • I Heart My City: Pamela’s Vancouver

    I Heart My City
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Pamela Olmstead has wanderlust in her heart. “I love to travel and see new places, and because Vancouver is my hometown, it’s always the one I’m running away from,” she says. “But every time I leave and return home, I fall in love with this city [all over again].” When she’s not exploring the world, she works with several travel groups focused on welcoming newcomers to British Columbia’s largest city. When she’s not on the clock, she busies herself studying biology and blogging about her favorite Vancouver haunts and goings on for Spotted by…
  • Three Loopholes That Could Ruin Your Vacation

    Christopher Elliott
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:05 am
    Your travel contracts are riddled with enough surprise clauses to ruin a vacation. Outwit the lawyers by studying these loopholes. Checked Luggage? Not our problem. Airlines are happy to charge for a checked bag, but there’s a long list of items for which airlines aren’t liable on a domestic flight, including antiques, artifacts, artwork, books, china, computers, software and strollers. Kind of makes you wonder what they actually do cover? Short answer: clothes and toiletries, mostly. Cruise itineraries are merely suggestions. Companies can skip port stops anytime during the trip,…
 
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  • Injured Child On A Hawaii Vacation? There’s help

    Britt
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:55 am
    If you’re traveling to Hawaii with children, you’ll likely be doing some pretty adventurous stuff. And, when kids have adventures, there’s always The post Injured Child On A Hawaii Vacation? There’s help appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Oahu Museums Highlight Hawaii

    Britt
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:10 am
    After a fulfilling Hawaii vacation, many visitors leave with happy memories, tons of pictures, and, sometimes, a bad sunburn (ouch!). But, how The post Oahu Museums Highlight Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Island: Bold and Beautiful

    Britt
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    Hawaii Island (also known as the Big Island) is a spectacle of nature. From the molten lava flowing from Hawaii Volcanoes National The post Hawaii Island: Bold and Beautiful appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Found! Upscale North Shore Lodging

    Britt
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Gone are the days when visitors to Hawaii only came to to sun and surf near Honolulu. Instead, many visitors are taking The post Found! Upscale North Shore Lodging appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Waikiki Beach Re-Opens for Swimmers

    Britt
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:46 pm
    If swimming in the ocean off the world-famous Waikiki Beach was on your “to-do” list while on vacation, there’s good news! The The post Waikiki Beach Re-Opens for Swimmers appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • Indonesia has the greatest ocean on earth, and these 13 photographers prove it

    Katie Scott Aiton
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    1. Jellyfish selfie, Palau Selfie with style in Jellyfish lake by Parnupong Norasethkamol on 500px 2. A wall of fish, Komodo Island Got some Fish by Thomas Conrad on 500px 3. Duck diving in Bali Duck dive by Arti Firsov on 500px 4. Giant turtle, North Sulawesi Big T. by Andrey Narchuk on 500px 5. Cruising at Uluwatu, Bali Tim Latte at Uluwatu by Tom Ellis on 500px 6. The Thysanostoma Thysanura jellyfish Thysanostoma thysanura II by Jean François Lacilla on 500px 7. Young barracuda swarm, Barracuda Point, Sipadan Swarm Theory by Alex Solich on 500px 8. Padang Padang, Bali Padang –…
  • How to eat sushi

    Matt Hershberger
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    WE HERE IN THE WEST ARE RELATIVELY new to the idea of eating sushi. So it’s understandable that we have no clue what we’re doing when it comes to sushi etiquette. But there IS a right and a wrong way to eat sushi, and if you want to travel to Japan and eat some delicious sushi without looking like a completely oblivious idiot, you’re going to need to learn it. Fortunately for us, Peter Arkle, a New York-based graphic designer, created this infographic to help break down the do’s and don’ts of sushi etiquette.
  • 9 reasons you should never date an Israeli guy

    Stephanie Kempker
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Photo: Israel_photo_gallery 1. He only eats salads. But his salad game is on point. He chops his vegetables super tiny, which somehow makes the final product taste so much better. He’s such a salad master, he even eats them for breakfast. But you don’t have to worry, his breakfasts usually feature 10 other platters for you to choose from, if breakfast greens aren’t your thing. 2. He’ll use up all your hot water. Those years in mandatory military service also translated into an unparalleled appreciation for the luxury of having a shower whenever he feels like it. So, indulge he does,…
  • I’m an ‘unskinny Asian,’ here’s what that’s done to my self esteem.

    Juliana Chang
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Photo: David D Growing up as an Asian American, I knew I would never have the long legs or double-lidded blue eyes of the models that graced the TV screens and magazines covers. I recognized early that it would be biologically impossible for me to achieve the majority of Western beauty standards, and I was okay with that. Instead, I contented myself with believing I could do fairly well by Asian standards. My nose was upright, my hair was sleek and straight. Surrounded by petite Asian adults, I also assumed that I would grow up to be the same as them. Effortlessly, easily, thin. Then puberty…
  • 21 questions only Utahns can answer

    Rachel Rueckert
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Photo: Rachel Rueckert 1. How do you make fry sauce? 2. How do you pronounce Tooele? 3. Why might someone’s car be covered in Oreo cookies or silly string before prom? 4. What does the symbol of a beehive represent in Utah? 5. What does “Stockton to Malone” reference? 6. Why are there crowds of people in the Salt Lake Airport baggage claim holding “return with honor” signs? 7. What color of Jell-o is Utah best known for? 8. Who showed up in Utah and declared, “This is the place?” 9. How does a local say 9,000 South? 10. What do we celebrate on July 24th? 11. How does a local say…
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  • Papua New Guinea Mt. Hagen Singsing 2015

    Beth Whitman
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:57 am
    Whenever I return from Papua New Guinea, I’m quite literally speechless. While on our tour to PNG, we attend no less than two different singsings (festivals) over three days and during that time we see about 100 tribes from around this half-island nation. Each tribe wears traditional festival outfits that distinguish them from other villages. […] The post Papua New Guinea Mt. Hagen Singsing 2015 appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Best Things to Do in London

    Beth Whitman
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    In June, Jon and I took off for London to experience as much of the city as we could in about eight days. That seems like a long time to be in a city, right? But there was so much to do, that we still had things on our list that went unexperienced. (Bwaaaaa – […] The post Best Things to Do in London appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Ahnu Serena Sandal ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:13 am
    Summer has been glorious in Seattle and, as a result, there have been lots of opportunities for me to wear my Ahnu Serena sandals. Adorable, right? But not only are these great to have in Seattle’s warm weather, they are lightweight and small enough to pack away for any warm weather destination. With travel to […] The post Ahnu Serena Sandal ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Tips for Opting Out at the Airport

    Beth Whitman
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    With the exception of two times, I opt out of going through the millimeter wave scanners at airports in the U.S. Those two times were both when I was at an airport for a layover and had to leave the terminal and re-enter but had a tight connection and didn’t feel like I had time […] The post Tips for Opting Out at the Airport appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
  • Why Travel Insurance is Important

    Beth Whitman
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:55 am
    This post is sponsored by Allianz Travel Insurance. I’m happy to be working with these folks as it gives me an opportunity to talk about the importance of travel insurance for everyone. For years I’ve carried a policy that covers me for emergency needs during my international travels. Fortunately, I’ve never had to use it. […] The post Why Travel Insurance is Important appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
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  • Top 4 Upcoming Luxury South America Cruises

    Rich Tucker
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:38 am
    For adventure, romance and elegance, there’s nothing like a luxury cruise. These outstanding trips invite you to uncover the mysteries of South America. 66-night Circle South America Silversea Cruises Departing January 15, 2016 For 66 days, you’ll be captivated by this unique and colorful continent. The 540-passenger Silver Spirit, sailing from Fort Lauderdale, will provide a heavy dose of pampering in the Caribbean before the excitement of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. You’ll cross the Panama Canal, and be awed by the majesty of the Andes rising above Chilean fjords. Buenos Aires is just…
  • Hurricane Danny Cruise Impacts – 2015

    Rich Tucker
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    [I will keep this page updated with Hurricane Danny cruise impacts – just bookmark it and scroll down to the bottom] UPDATED IMPACTS BELOW at 8:15 AM 8/24/15 Hurricane Danny is the first 2015 hurricane predicted to make landfall in the Caribbean which means there could be some impacts to cruise itineraries caused by the storm. We cruised last week on the Freedom of the Seas – we planned it knowing that it was Hurricane Season.  The great part of cruise vacations vs. land based vacations during hurricane season is that a cruise can navigate around the storms.  Many times when…
  • Caribbean Seaweed Problem Update

    Rich Tucker
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    Last week, my family went on a 7-night Caribbean Cruise on board the Freedom of the Seas. Prior to leaving, I got a little concerned by all of the reports about a growing Caribbean Seaweed Problem or as Yahoo! Travel called it a ‘Caribbean Seaweed Invasion’ This cruise was my nieces first cruise and I did not want it to be ruined by Seaweed. So, I wrote a blog post prior to departing asking cruisers if they’d seen a lot of seaweed on their recent cruises. I got a lot of response on Facebook where I learned that Mexico is having the most issues. I did get a few responses…
  • How Bad is the Seaweed in the Caribbean?

    Rich Tucker
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    San Salvador Island, Bahamas – 2008. This weekend, we are departing on the Freedom of the Seas 7-night Caribbean Cruise and I just received a text message from my mother-in-law with a link to an article about a Caribbean Seaweed Invasion posted a couple of days ago on Yahoo! Travel. Not quite believing the hype, but still a little concerned I did a quick Google Search for How Bad is the Seaweed in the Caribbean?  I found articles dating back to 2012 talking about the Caribbean Seaweed Crisis.  There have been similar articles every year about a growing problem of seaweed in the…
  • 10 Highlights of 2017 Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise

    Rich Tucker
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    With the premium accommodations of the Holland America ms Prinsendam and a spectacular itinerary, the 2017 Grand South America and Antarctica Cruise is a dream cruise vacation. Setting off from Ft. Lauderdale, this highly-rated cruise ship will show you the best features of the entire continent of South America.  After traversing the Panama Canal, you’ll be dazzled by the sites of Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, among other scheduled ports and countries. You will cruise along the Amazon River and the Antarctic Sound, with stunning views of the most memorable scenery offered around…
 
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  • Visiting Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseille on the Tourist Train

    Karen Bryan
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:47 pm
    There are two trip options on the Marseille tourist train, a visit to Notre Dame de Garde or a tour around the Old Town. One ride on one of the routes is included in the price of a Marseille City Pass which we’d purchased. As we felt that we could easily walk around the Old Town, […]
  • Exploring the Grounds of the House of the Binns in Scotland

    Karen Bryan
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:49 pm
    When I stayed at the Premier Inn Edinburgh South Queensferry, I decided to go for a walk in the grounds of the House of the Binns, which lies off the A904 between South Queensferry and Bo’ness in central Scotland. The current house was built by the Dalyell fmaily in the early 17th century. The house […]
  • Review of Hotel Kyriad Nice Centre Gare

    Karen Bryan
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:28 pm
    We stayed at the Hotel Kyriad Nice Centre Gare for three nights in mid April 2015. I booked on the ebookers website during a 20% off hotels promotion. The price I paid was £129 for a superior room, equivalent to £43 per night, on a room only basis. However, there was an additional City Tax of […]
  • Overcoming Things Which Annoy Business Travellers

    Karen Bryan
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:35 pm
    This is a sponsored article brought to you in association with IHG Business Advantage. I related to several of the things that business travellers find annoying in an article by IHG Business Advantage. Below are my tips on overcoming these annoyances. Last Minute Flight Delays and Cancellations Flight delays and cancellations are an integral part of […]
  • Review of Airth Castle Hotel in Scotland

    Karen Bryan
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:46 pm
    I booked one night at the Airth Castle Hotel in Stirlingshire, Scotland on the ebookers app. Through the combination of a 15% ebookers hotel discount code (earned through leaving a review for an earlier hotel stay booked through ebookers), £3.79 of credit earned through the ebookers Bonus+ reward scheme, and a 10% mobile deal discount, I paid […]
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  • How Much Is Your Time Worth? This Free Tool Will Show You

    Chris Guillebeau
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:06 am
    Link: How Much Is Your Time Worth? Deciding how you value your time can help you make decisions. But how do you really know what your time is worth? It’s partly a hypothetical question, because you don’t always get to choose how much money you’ll make or how much free time you’ll have. And it’s partly a practical question, because sometimes you do get to choose. Life is all about making choices, some of which are exclusive and limit us from other opportunities. A free tool guides you to your own answer of “How much is your time worth” in both hypothetical and…
  • What to Do When You Have No Idea What to Do

    Chris Guillebeau
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:05 am
    Great new book out! Tess Vigeland’s Leap is a brave new book about leaving a job you love (or one you don’t really love) to find something better. *** What’s it like to quit your job with no backup plan—and not just any job, but a nationally-known, prestigious position as the host for NPR’s Marketplace show? That’s what Tess Vigeland did recently, and two years ago she spoke at WDS 2013 to give us the first version of the story. “What everybody wanted to know was… what are you going to do next?! And I had the lamest answer of them all: I don’t…
  • “My Car Is My Home, the Planet Is My Backyard”: On the Road with Bruno Caumette

    Chris Guillebeau
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself For almost two decades, Bruno Caumette has made his home in a Toyota Land Cruiser. He’s been around the world once and is currently working on his second voyage. His stories are touching—and his photos are incredible. Introduce yourself! I was born in France, but by now I’ve spent as much time outside of my birth country than in it. In 1998, after working for fifteen years, I bought myself an old Toyota Land Cruiser, converted it into a home on wheels, and set off on the road. I was heading for Africa, but beyond that…
  • How to Change When Change Is Hard: Lessons from a Timid Mouse

    Chris Guillebeau
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    I was coming back from a run up and down Mount Tabor in Southeast Portland. I know the route well. It’s about a 5-6 mile loop from my house, depending on which path I take. More often than not, when I’m home for a while I run it at least once a week. As I neared my neighborhood toward the end of the run, I noticed a cat in a driveway. Being a cat person, I often say hi to felines when I see them out and about on my run. Cats being cats, sometimes they follow me for blocks, intent on being my friend for life, and other times they can’t be bothered to acknowledge my presence. This cat, I…
  • 100 Days Without Fear: A Daily Video Experiment

    Ashley Mudra
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A few months ago, Michelle Poler moved from Venezuela to New York to pursue a Master’s Degree. While she was there, she started a project called 100 Days Without Fear to systematically combat the things that she was afraid of. This fun project recently wrapped up with daily videos of her teaching a Zumba class, crowd surfing, posing nude for a drawing class, interviewing strangers, and attempting dozens of other interesting tasks. Check out a few of them below or directly on the project page.       Hat Tip: Booooooom
 
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: A golden glow as sailboats slow

    Sheila Beal
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    Mahalo to Beth Rood for sharing this beautiful sunset photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. She took this photo while visiting Waikiki Beach in August. The palm tree and sailboat silhouettes in contrast with the extraordinary golden sky all combine for a one-of-a-kind sunset moment at the end of a wonderful day on Oahu.<sigh>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…
  • Kauai Weather Guide

    Sheila Beal
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:58 am
    Poipu, KauaiWeather patterns can be an important part of deciding when to plan your Kauai vacation. We want to provide you with plenty of Kauai weather data to help you make an informed decision.Before we dive into the details, bear in mind that weather history is a fairly descent predictor of future weather. It’s the best tool we have. However, an unusual weather pattern could easily change the actual weather experience. That is true of any destination, not just Kauai.Average Kauai TemperaturesLet’s start with the high and low temperatures. The following graph shows the average…
  • New series starting: Weather guides to the Hawaiian Islands

    Sheila Beal
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:52 am
    Over the years we’ve answered many questions about weather on our Hawaii weather page. Even though that page covers quite a bit of data, we thought it would be helpful to create individual island weather guides for convenience and to cover more details.Before the series gets started, we’d like to hear your Hawaii weather questions. We’ll try to answer as many of your weather-related questions as possible in this new series, so please comment below with your questions.© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using…
  • Aloha Friday Photos: A sign of aloha from Hawi

    Sheila Beal
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    Mahalo to Dave Newbold from Hawaii Island for sharing this neat photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Dave tells us that he found this surfboard-shaped sign in Hawi (pronounced hah-vee) on the North Shore of Hawaii Island. It sure does say “ALOHA” to us. 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.
  • Hawaii vacation news & deals: August 25, 2015

    Sheila Beal
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    *  Maui Jim is hosting a Take Me to Maui sweepstakes which includes airfare for two, hotel accommodations, rental car and a pair of tickets to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament. This giveaway is open to legal U.S. residents who are age 18 years or older.  See sweepstakes rules and enter here.* Our partner TravelZoo has a voucher deal for a 1-bedroom condo stay at the Cliffs at Princeville on the North Shore of Kauai. You can combine multiple vouchers for extended stay. The options are as follows:$459 voucher for three nights = $153 per night$699 voucher for five nights =…
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  • Speeding RWS 70 – Sail AMS 2015 – 1

    GJE
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    In the early morning of Wednesday, August 19, 2015 I boarded a typical Dutch steel motor yacht which was rented by a friend who had invited 3 couples for a tour from Zaandam to IJmuiden and back in order to see the parade of the Tall Ships participating in the Sail Amsterdam 2015 event. From 8.00 hr on to 10.00 hr the Noordzeekanaal would be saileable from Amsterdam To IJmuiden only and the other way around from 10.00 hr till approximately 16.00 hr it would be one way traffic from IJmuiden to Amsterdam. No freight was allowed at all during the parade. Directions were given that the absolute…
  • New Banner

    GJE
    6 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    The photo “Surfing in Scheveningen” gets a lot of views on Flickr. Therefor I’ve used it as my new banner. It was not easy to take the photo as the wind tried to pull the camera from my hands and was blowing so hard it was almost impossible to take a steady shot. Therefor I’ve had to crank up the iso value a lot to be able to have a decent short shutter time to compensate for my moving camera. Last update: Friday, August 7, 2015New Banner is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Seabourn Odyssey in Venice

    GJE
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Recently I’ve been in Venice for the 2015 Biennial. But also I have taken various photo’s of Cruise ships and find it interesting to do some research on the ships and the cruise companies and share it with my readers. Venice is one of the top Cruise destination. As far as I can tell it can have up to 10 large cruise ships moored. Usually they do Venice in one day and sail on. They dwarf the old city when they are heading to the Adriatic. I’m not a cruising type myself, as I become claustrophobic with too many people on a ship. Especially embarking and debarking when they are…
  • 10 Questions for Carol Perehudoff – Interview 49

    GJE
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:29 am
    I have asked Carol Perehudoff of Wandering Carol, a real funny Luxury Travel Blog, my 10 questions: Carol and hubby at the Gritti Palace Hotel in Venice 1) Who Are you? I’m Carol Perehudoff, aka Wandering Carol, at WanderingCarol.com – a luxury travel blog for those who love to laugh. A former freelance travel columnist with the Toronto Star, I’ve written for many publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Royal Wings and enRoute Magazine, and was voted a Top 10 Luxury Travel Blogger in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. 2) What do you like about what you…
  • Monica Bonvicini

    GJE
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    At the Venice Biennial Monica Bonvicini, born in Venice, but living and working in Berlin, had a complete room in the Arsenale with chainsaw installations in concrete with dripping rubber. The brochure says: In Bonvicini’s hands, industrial materials are used to create a humorous critique of male power symbols. It keeps me thinking. Last update: Friday, July 17, 2015Monica Bonvicini is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
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  • 5 Things You’d Never Expect to Find in Central Florida

    MarvelousMiniMama
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Central Florida is a pretty cool place; I mean, just the theme parks alone could keep you busy for weeks!  We all know about the roller coasters, the mouse ears, and the sea life we can find in that area, so you’re probably wondering how I could possibly offer to show you something really unusual.  Trust me, you would be surprised!  I know I was. I have been to pretty much every theme park and attraction that central Florida offers, but the experience I am about to share with you was so fabulous and unique that I’m dedicating an entire article to this one place alone.  Yes, that’s…
  • Wonderful Winston-Salem, NC

    RollingMama
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:36 am
    Sometimes, we all need a fairytale weekend.  While I wasn’t whisked away on a white horse, my husband did drive us across several state lines until we reached the rolling hills of Winston-Salem, NC.  You know the weekend is going to be special when the gentleman opening your car door introduces himself as the butler.  Larry was delightful, but I secretly thought I should call him Lawrence. Our home for the weekend was Graylyn www.grayly.com.  The centerpiece of the 86-room boutique property is the manor house, a fine example of Norman Revival architecture, which is typically found…
  • Discovering Daytona Beach

    MarvelousMiniMama
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    If you’re looking for a romantic weekend by the ocean, look no further than Daytona Beach.  Located on the Atlantic coast of Florida and just a few hours south of Jacksonville, Daytona Beach is an easy drive down Interstate 95.   My husband and I recently headed down there for our anniversary, and we discovered much more than just great views and amazing seafood!   We fell in love with Daytona Beach and the surrounding area; check out our list of favorite eateries, attractions and shops! The Beach Of course we have to mention the beach itself!  Miles and miles of gorgeous shoreline,…
  • Treasure Hunting in Tallahassee

    MarvelousMiniMama
    26 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    Most people recognize Tallahassee as a fun college town and the capital of Florida, or perhaps a pit stop along Interstate 10.  I thought much the same until recently, when I decided to grab my kids and my mother-in-law and stop to explore all the hidden treasures that this area has to offer.  I was more than pleasantly surprised! Tallahassee’s location makes it a great place to take your family for a long weekend; it’s close to Florida beaches and not far from the Georgia and Alabama borders, so vacationers from neighboring states can easily travel there for a getaway. Tallahassee has…
  • South Padre Island’s Beautiful Birding Center

    RollingMama
    21 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Far, far away at the tip of Texas, lies South Padre Island (SPI). This laid back beach community on the Gulf of Mexico boasts the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center www.southpadreislandbirding.com.  The fifty acre complex, next door to the convention center, is a serene escape for humans and a lovely stop for the hundreds of birds migrating from northern Central America and southern Mexico. One of nine World Birding Center sites located throughout the Rio Grande Valley,  the SPI Center is a stunning five story structure with sweeping views of Laguna Madre, beaches, dunes, and the…
 
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    Everything Everywhere Travel Blog

  • Ancient Roman Floor Mosaic in Paphos, Cyprus

    Gary
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Ancient Roman Floor Mosaic in Paphos, Cyprus Camera NIKON D300S ISO 200 Focal Length 60mm Aperture f/11 Exposure Time 1/1250 One of the best ancient Roman ruins in the world is in Paphos, Cyprus. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Paphos site has been inhabited since the neolithic area, but the ruins which are currently evident are mostly from the Roman era. Today Paphos is still a populated city and is one of the largest cities in Cyprus and a popular tourist destination.
  • Solitary Tree in the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

    Gary
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Solitary Tree in the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia Camera NIKON D300S ISO 200 Focal Length 18mm Aperture f/5 Exposure Time 1/4000 South Australia is often the forgotten state in Australia. It is often overshadowed by the states in the east and the giant Western Australia. It is too bad because there is a lot of great stuff to see in South Australia. The Fleurieu Peninsula is a great wine producing region and as you can see in the photo, it is a landscape very different from much of Australia.
  • Visitors Outside the Louvre in Paris, France

    Gary
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Visitors Outside the Louvre in Paris, France Camera NIKON D300S ISO 640 Focal Length 24mm Aperture f/5 Exposure Time 1/1600 The Louvre is one of the greatest museums in the world and it is almost impossible to visit the entire museum in a single day. In addition to the amazing collection inside the museum, the building itself and outside the museum has much to see. In addition to former royal palace, there is also the new(er) glass pyramid in the courtyard designed by I.M. Pei.
  • This Week in Travel – Episode 194

    Gary
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:27 am
    This week’s guest is Don George, travel writer, editor and author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George Subscribe on iTunes This Week’s News: Note asks Yellowstone to train grizzly bears – UPI.com Baby rescued from inside locked hotel safe Flight escorted by FIGHTER JETS after cabin crew put passenger’s cat in bathroom and she threatened to ‘bring the plane down’ Delta Air Lines Bans Big Game Hunting Trophies Surf’s up in North Korea Picks of the week: Gary – Torngat Mountains National Park Chris – Aerb 3in1…
  • September 2015 Desktop Wallpaper

    Gary
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    This month’s image of the North Arm of the Saglek Fjord in Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador. 1920×1200 | 1920×1080 | 1600×1200 | 1680×1050 | 1600×900 1440×900 | 1280×1024 | 1280×800 | 1024×768 iPad | iPhone 6 | iPhone 6 Plus | iPhone 5 2560×1600 (MacBook Retina 13″) | 2880×1800 (MacBook Retina 15″)
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    Vagabondish

  • The “Best” One-Star Yelp Reviews of National Parks

    Mike Richard
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:21 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I’m endlessly fascinated by really, really bad reviews on sites like TripAdvisor, Yelp, etc. More specifically: undeserved one-star reviews, especially at places like The Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. This recent article from Mother Jones doesn’t disappoint. A sample: Zion National Park Zion National Park © Cyril Fluck “Scenery is grand and huge and up in the air and distant and impersonal.” ?! Talk about missing the point. The post The “Best” One-Star Yelp Reviews of National Parks appeared first…
  • 37 Hours in Harrisburg/Hershey: Day-Drinking, Paddling, and Geeking Out in Small Town Pennsylvania

    Mike Richard
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. When I say Pennsylvania, you think …? Cheesesteaks, insane Eagles fans, and Rocky’s totally rad climb up the steps of that fancy museum in Philly, right? Rabid Fans © US Presswire Totally understandable. But there are actually other cities in Pennsylvania! The cities of Harrisburg and Hershey don’t get nearly the same love as Philadelphia, yet they’re both fantastic in their own right. Harrisburg’s downtown core, in particular, has rapidly grown over the last five years to include fantastic craft breweries,…
  • Jimmy Fallon Reads His Favorite #WorstRoadTripEver Tweets [Video]

    Mike Richard
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. If you’ve ever gotten two hours into a road trip with someone and found yourself wanting to strangle them, you’ll appreciate this … The post Jimmy Fallon Reads His Favorite #WorstRoadTripEver Tweets [Video] appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • Why Buffalo Is the Ultimate Destination for Frank Lloyd Wright “Architourists”

    Kelsey Machado
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. As an interior designer and lover of architecture, I’m a huge Frank Lloyd Wright fangirl. How can I not be? Frank Lloyd Wright is responsible for this: Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, Pennsylvania © Carol M. Highsmith … and this: New York City's Guggenheim Museum (design by Frank Lloyd Wright) © Sunny Ripert So needless to say, I was thrilled when I had the chance to spend a few days in Buffalo, New York. Wait, Buffalo? That’s right. Buffalo, NY is a Frank Lloyd Wright-lover’s dream city. In the early days of…
  • Travel Japan: The Obscure UNESCO World Heritage “Site” You’ve Never Heard of

    Mike Richard
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:32 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. UNESCO’s List of World Heritage sites has become something of a “bucketlist starting point” for many travelers. Among many of the world’s most famous landmarks, the list includes: Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America. What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on…
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    Adventure Girl

  • Let’s Play for Pink!

    Stefanie Michaels
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    VIEW the Official Invitation here! Media Contact: Stephanie Hamburger Executive Director Play For P.I.N.K shamburger@bcrfcure.org ph: 646-497-2605 Spread the word at #PFPKapalua, #BeTheEnd, @BCRFCure Elite Travel International is helping the fight against breast cancer with the Play for P.I.N.K. Kapalua charity tennis and golf tournament on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Set for the weekend of October 9-12, 2015, the tournament will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) with 20% of every room night booked via Elite Travel International at a hotel sponsor, including Montage…
  • Let’s Play for Pink Invitation!

    Stefanie Michaels
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Hope you can make it! We’ll have a blast and it’s for a good cause!  Stef
  • A Foodie Haven on Mykonos

    Stefanie Michaels
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    This June I travelled to Greece, and one stop was the island of Mykonos. Dubbed the “party isle,” I was actually looking to explore it for what my European friends call it, the “foodie isle.” Due to the jet set, who happily make it home for months at a time during the peak summer season, chefs and restaurateurs have set up shop and making names for themselves within this bevy of islands euro zone. So, when investigating which places to dine at, I turned to American Express Platinum Card Concierge to help me plan my night of dining out, including finding a restaurant, setting up the…
  • The US Open & Greg Norman

    Stefanie Michaels
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    Last week kicked off to be such a fun one for me. I was invited to the US Open in Tacoma, Washington. Not only was I able to visit the pre-launch day of The Centurion Lounge pop-up lounge by American Express located near the 13th hole, (open to Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members attending the U.S. Open tournament), but inside this awesome space, was some really sweet perks. Throughout the week, Card Members get to recharge inside the pop-up lounge (literally, there are charging stations for cell phones), learn fitness tips from professional golf trainer Sean Cochran, putting practice…
  • 8 Great: The best things about Hotel Arts Barcelona

    Rachel Peace
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:07 pm
    There’s no better time to head to Europe! With the strength of the dollar surging, US travelers are at a huge advantage. London, Paris, Milan and Rome are all traditional hotspots on the bustling content. For today’s authentic travelers, the intrigue lies in going against the flow and exploring less-hyped destinations. With that in mind, a city to put on the 2015 bucket list is Barcelona, Spain. The destination draws culture connoisseurs, foodie explorers, fitness fanatics, beach bums, architecture addicts and more. Below are eight great reasons for the informed traveler to check out…
 
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Travel to the Philippines – Episode 475 Transcript

    chris2x
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:44 pm
    transcript of Travel to the Philippines – Episode 475 Male: Amateur Traveler Episode 475. Today, the Amateur Traveler talks about rice terraces and caverns, hanging coffins and an island named The Best […] The post Travel to the Philippines – Episode 475 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to the Philippines – Episode 475 Travel to the Island of Cebu in the Philippines – Episode 457 Transcript Travel to the Philippines – Episode 201
  • “The Way of Wanderlust” – This Week in Travel 194

    chris2x
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest: Don George – Travel writer, edit and author of […] The post “The Way of Wanderlust” – This Week in Travel 194 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: for Chris Elliott and Family “Away is Home” – This Week in Travel #91 Don George and Pam Mendel in “Hug a Pilot on the Tarmac” – This Week in Travel #99 Live from Meteora Greece – This Week in Travel 176
  • Travel to Santa Barbara, California – Episode 481

    chris2x
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
    Hear about travel to Santa Barbara, California as the Amateur Traveler talks to Heather Simon from wellplannedtravel.net about the “American Riviera”. “Santa Barbara is incredibly beautiful. It’s called the American Riviera because […] The post Travel to Santa Barbara, California – Episode 481 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Mission Bell – San Juan Bautista, California – Daily Photo Winter Beach Day – Santa Cruz, California – Daily Photo Beach and Boardwalk – Santa Cruz, California – Daily…
  • Ontario Road Trip – Episode 474 Transcript

    chris2x
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Transcript of Ontario Road Trip – Episode 474 Chris: Amateur Traveler episode 474. Today the Amateur Traveler talks about national parks, the first nations, and wilderness as we go on a road […] The post Ontario Road Trip – Episode 474 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Ontario Road Trip – Episode 474 Flatiron Building – Toronto, Ontario – Daily Photo Kingston, Ontario – Episode 87
  • United States UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Episode 480

    chris2x
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hear about the United States UNESCO World Heritage Sites as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt from Everything-Everywhere.com and The Global Travel Conspiracy podcast about these best of the best sites. […] The post United States UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Episode 480 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to San Antonio. Texas – Episode 310 Travel to Georgia – Episode 152 Looms from the Industrial Age United States – Lowell, Massachusetts – Daily Photo
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    We Said Go Travel

  • The Chinese Immigrant’s Great-grand Daughter In Nepal

    Marjorie Hanam
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:11 am
    My mum once said that I take after her grandfather, whom she thought of as being very adventurous. He was the one, who more than a hundred and thirty years ago left China and set sail for Singapore to start a new life.They say the middle child marches to his or her own drum beat.Took me a while to realize that I found the freedom to be me when I traveled not as a tourist but as a bagpacker. My favourite place to do this? Pokhara, Nepal. Learning how to make macramae jewelry, hanging out with other travelers, writing travel articles or completing that half finished novel you started writing…
  • Zipkick Bloggers: Mar Pages

    They Said
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
          Zipkick Bloggers: Mar Pages from Once in a Lifetime Journey Where was the first place that you traveled that made you think WOW—travel is amazing (think history book come to life or …..) Kenya. I was there for work, at the very beginning of my expat career, about ten years ago. It was simply fascinating to spot giraffes from the plane while descending for landing or to see zebras from the office. Working with a multi-national team and supporting a client who was also multi-cultural, I realized how incredible everything was and how fortunate I was to be living such…
  • Goats & Milk in Ukraine

    R.J. Fox
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:05 am
    Goats & Milk in Ukraine   by R.J. Fox Before we went to get the milk, my finance Katya and her mother, Elena, decided that it was best for me to wait outside as they entered the small, village grocery shop outside of Dnipropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine. We were in search of edible meat and cheese. While I waited, I noticed a goat chained to a fence. I decided that I had to take its picture. As I began snapping, an elderly man with a long, white beard came waddling up, angrily waving his finger at me, shouting something in Russian. “Nyet, Russkiy,” I said, pleading my case, but the…
  • Back to Basics in the Mexican Jungle

    Camilla Day
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    “It’s called the Rainbow Gathering”, repeated the seemingly innocent blonde-haired girl, as we perched on the pavement amidst the hustle-and-bustle of Mexico City’s largest market: El Mercado de la Merced. “It’s hard to explain exactly what it is… I can’t even tell you where it takes place”. I felt that familiar sense of intrigue that comes with envisioning something so completely unfamiliar, a rousing excitement, which urged me to find out more. “You’ll just have to try and find this place yourself”, she said, as a faint smile spread across her face. The idea grew in…
  • Stratford-upon-Avon – The Perfect Cultural Day Trip from London

    Traveling Cricket
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    William Shakespeare, author of “Romeo & Juliet” and giver of spine shivers to pretty much all students who have had the pleasure to study his works, was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. Personally, I’ve always been a fan and when the opportunity to visit London has surfaced, I immediately wanted to figure out a way to get to the famous birthplace of one of my favorite playwrights. You know how you tend to think of a favorite quote in any given situation? Or is it just me? Anyway, as I was putting together the details for my day trip from London to Stratford-upon-Avon, I immediately…
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    Elliott

  • Expedia: “If you get this call, please hang up”

    Joseph Luther
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Expedia: “If you get this call, please hang up” The post Expedia: “If you get this call, please hang up” appeared first on Elliott.
  • These rewards flights weren’t meant to be, but where’s my refund?

    Heather Dratler
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:30 am
    Charlene Ozawa racked up the rewards in her United MileagePlus account before finally cashing in those miles for two separate flights from San Francisco to New York, one in October of this year and one in May 2016. And that should have been the end of the story. But then United stopped flying to...
  • A real success story: Expedia’s executive contacts are back!

    Christopher Elliott
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    We hear from readers almost every day who are helped by our executive contacts information. But can the information on this site actually change a company's customer service culture? The post A real success story: Expedia’s executive contacts are back! appeared first on Elliott.
  • Hey United Airlines, is this what you mean by an ‘exclusive’ club experience?

    Janice Hough
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    One of the smartest, or luckiest, travelers I know bought a Pan Am Clipper Club lounge lifetime pass for himself and his spouse in the 1980s. The cost, about $1000 total. At the time, an annual fee for Pan Am and other clubs was less than $100, with a nominal, if any, fee for spouses. The post...
  • Downgraded on my Priceline flight

    Christopher Elliott
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Douglas Bentele thought he lucked out when he scored two business class tickets to Paris for just $1,400 each. But now Priceline has bad news for him: He’s actually sitting in economy class. The post Downgraded on my Priceline flight appeared first on Elliott.
 
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    Digg: travel Stories

  • Pants Cut From A Different Cloth

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    Hate choosing between clothes that are comfortable and clothes that are stylish when you travel ? Us too. Thankfully, Betabrands’ Best Travel Pants make it so you don’t have to.
  • Private Jet Travel By The Numbers

    15 May 2015 | 12:06 am
    Private-jet travel has long been synonymous with luxury, but in recent years it’s become something else: big business.
  • 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.
  • Queens Crowned America’s No. 1 Travel Destination

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    The New York City borough best known for Archie Bunker, loud jetliners and the lovable losing Mets has been called the king of U.S. travel destinations.
  • This Is An Actual Academic Paper About Tracking Time Travel ers Online

    3 Jan 2014 | 7:30 am
    According to a real study conducted by pair of physics professors at Michigan Technical University, there may be a way to locate time travel ers—and it involves Twitter.
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Teen Mozart's Speech on Travel at Dallas Public Library!

    Soul Travelers3
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Teen Mozart's Speech on Travel at Dallas Public Library!As the world's most well-traveled child,Mozart had unique insights for her speech at Dallas Library! As the world's most well-traveled child, Mozart had unique insights for her speech at Dallas Library! I don't know of another child who has traveled the world non-stop for 10 years and she wants to use her gifts at public speaking and singing to help and inspire others. 14 year old Mozart loves public speaking and was the youngest speaker at The Global Education Conference at 13, youngest reporter at New York Fashion Week at 13 and…
  • The Top 10 Reasons to Travel with Kids

    Soul Travelers3
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    The Top 10 Reasons to Travel with KidsWhat could be more fun than seeing the world through your child's eyes?No better education for our global  1) KIDS MAKE IT MORE FUN!What could be more fun than seeing the world through your child's eyes? I loved traveling the world as a single, as a couple and with groups, but nothing beats traveling the world as a family.  2) TRAVELING IS MORE EDUCATIONAL THAN A TEXT BOOKThe world is getting smaller and there is no better education for our global citizens of the 21st century than world travel. Mozart has had little formal schooling yet she…
  • Travel to LA Without a Car?

    Soul Travelers3
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Travel to LA Without a Car? Can you travel to Los Angeles without a car? How hard is it to get around in LA if you don't have a car?     LA WITHOUT A CAR Can you travel to Los Angeles without a car? How hard is it to get around in LA if you don't have a car? Today it certainly can be done, YES, even though Los Angeles is definitely a car city. Surprisingly, in 2011, The Brookings Institution ranked Los Angeles at the top of its list of 100 metro areas offering public transportation to the carless public! WHY NO CARSince we've been traveling the world for 10…
  • Road Trip Across America

    Soul Travelers3
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    Road Trip Across AmericaWho doesn't dream about an exciting road trip across the USA?America is full of magical places    Who doesn't dream about an exciting road trip across the USA? America is full of magical places and family travel by car means skipping high air fares and having time to bond, creating awesome travel memories. Summer vacations and road trips go together like peanut butter and jelly.  For many years we did road trips in Europe that we loved, so will do more, and Mozart is one of the most well-traveled kids in the world, but lately we've…
  • Teen Singer Mozart's Speech at NAACE Conference to UK Educators!

    Soul Travelers3
    12 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    Teen Singer Mozart's Speech at NAACE Conference to UK Educators!14 year old trilingual singer/songwriter Mozart was asked to speak to over 250 UK educators at the NAACE Conference 14 year old trilingual singer/songwriter Mozart was asked to speak to over 250 UK educators at the NAACE Conference 2015 about her unusual worldschooling education where we allowed the entire planet to be her classroom.  Mozart has had an education like no one else on earth, so they were interested in getting her perspective since she is a pioneer in what is becoming a growing trend.   WORLD…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Topic of the Week: How Important Should Operational Performance Be for Spirit?

    CF
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:45 am
    At the Boyd conference this week, Spirit gave a long presentation about its efforts to educate people about its unbundled strategy and why it’s good. I buy that, but other than a bullet point talking about how people value “reliable” service, not once did the airline mention its operational woes. June was awful with half of its flights being delayed, so I had to ask the question publicly. What does Spirit consider to be reliable? The answer was the same I’d heard before. June was a really bad month due to a variety of factors, and they’re getting better. They…
  • Across the Aisle From Virgin America’s CEO on His Plan to Force Legacy Carriers to Let Him Use Their Feeder Networks

    CF
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:45 am
    I was at the International Aviation Forecast Summit (more commonly called the Boyd conference) earlier this week and had the chance to sit down with several airline execs. One that I hadn’t planned at all was a sit down with Virgin America CEO David Cush. On stage, he spoke about his idea to have the Department of Transportation (DOT) force legacy airlines into allowing other carriers like Virgin America access to their feeder networks. Crazy? Maybe. Likely to happen? Probably not. But he’s ready to start pushing for this, and I thought it was certainly worth sitting down to learn…
  • SAS is Returning to Los Angeles, a City with Which it Has Surprisingly Deep Ties

    CF
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:45 am
    On March 14th of next year, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) will begin flying to LAX for the first time in 20 years. While a new international route is generally not a huge deal at LAX, there is something special about an SAS return. There are few airlines that have such a unique connection to Los Angeles as does SAS. SAS first started flying back in 1946 as a clunky partnership between one airline from Denmark, one from Norway, and one from Sweden. The goal was to coordinate international traffic. This went on for a few years before the airlines merged in 1951, including another Swedish carrier…
  • Who the F*&@ is OneJet?

    CF
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    It’s been awhile since I’ve written one of these posts, because there really haven’t been many new entrants worth profiling. OneJet, however, caught my eye when it came on the scene earlier this year. This is a very different kind of airline than we’re used to seeing. Will it work? I’m not sure, but I’m glad the airlines is giving this a shot. After months of trying, I finally had the chance to speak with founder and CEO Matt McGuire to learn more about the plan. The original idea behind OneJet was to fill in the service lost over the last several years in…
  • Cranky on the Web – Getting Upgraded, Horrible Hotel Fees

    CF
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    Flying Coach? 5 Tactics for Getting an Upgrade. – Entrepreneur I was asked for my thoughts on how to get upgrades without paying for them and in general I said it just doesn’t really happen much anymore. That’s especially true if you have no status with an airline. But, the author still was able to cobble together some tips for those who want to chase the elusive free upgrade. Hotels on track to collect record surcharges and fees this year, report says – USA Today How’s this for a shock? I’m quoted with consumer advocate Charlie Leocha in this story and we…
 
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Travel Tip: Visiting Places Once Considered Dangerous Destinations

    PeterGreenberg.com
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Visiting Places Once Considered Dangerous DestinationsThe geopolitical world is shifting, and with it opens up new destinations for travelers who are willing—or daring enough—to visit them. Of course, you’ve heard about Cuba opening up now... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Visiting Places Once Considered Dangerous Destinations appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Voluntourism Spotlight: How You Can Help Others By Donating Old Soap

    PeterGreenberg.com
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:06 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Voluntourism Spotlight: How You Can Help Others By Donating Old SoapIf you plan on visiting Orlando or Las Vegas in the near future, consider spending a few hours volunteering at Clean the World, a foundation whose mission is to save... Read More...The post Voluntourism Spotlight: How You Can Help Others By Donating Old Soap appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How You Can Save On Airfare & Hotels in September

    PeterGreenberg.com
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: How You Can Save On Airfare & Hotels in SeptemberSummer’s over, but for smart travelers, September is truly the magic month. Airlines have to fill seats, and that’s when you can save on airfare. They usually start at the... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How You Can Save On Airfare & Hotels in September appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Radio Guest List—The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona—September 5, 2015

    _darra
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Radio Guest List—The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona—September 5, 2015This week on the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show, we broadcast from The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. Joining us is Richard Bangs, Co-Founder of Mountain Travel Sobek and the “father... Read More...The post Radio Guest List—The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona—September 5, 2015 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Can You Bring Alcohol On a Cruise Ship?

    PeterGreenberg.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:21 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Can You Bring Alcohol On a Cruise Ship?Can you bring alcohol on a cruise ship? The rules vary depending on the cruise line and type of alcohol. Here’s what you need to know. Starting at the end... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Can You Bring Alcohol On a Cruise Ship? appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Water Aerobics Posterior Hip Replacement Tips

    Nancy Brown
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Three years ago I inaccurately considered myself a hearty and healthy 47 year old mom of three almost adult boys. My “to do list” consisted largely of items to be done for my family, very low on the list was time spent on me. I had no time to be ill or lame. Life marched […]
  • The Seaside Inn, Falmouth, Massachusetts

    Lisa Dion
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:43 am
    This post was contributed by Lisa Crovo Dion Ever since I was a youngster, I’ve spent summers on Cape Cod, Ma. It’s a magical place of windswept dunes, beautiful beaches, roses and hydrangea blooms, and shingle style cottages surrounded by white picket fences. I’ve been keeping up the tradition with my San Francisco kids, who […]
  • Children’s Book Review: Gladly Giraffe

    Nancy Brown
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Gladly Giraffe by Catherine Meade, Illustrated by George Masi We absolutely loved this clever story about the kind Gladly Giraffe. Ella, age 6, enjoyed the rhyming nature of the story most, while Hadley, age 3, was a fan of the colorful illustrations and the idea that all of the animals were nice to one another. […]
  • Knee Replacement Tips for Recovery

    Nancy Brown
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I think we all hear it at some point in our life. “You will know when you need to get your knee replaced.” I knew in February of this year. I was walking across the street in Kauai, Hawaii and all of a sudden, click. I knew immediately that I could not put any weight […]
  • Vagabonding Through Retirement: Part Memoir, Part How-To

    Jamie Rhein
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:59 pm
    When the opportunity to review Vagabonding Through Retirement:Unusual Travels from our Paris Houseboat came my way, I took it. Written by couple Bill Mahoney and Ina Garrison Mahoney, the book is a loosely woven journey through the Mahoneys’ post retirement years. Their journey started with the purchase of a Dutch houseboat that they docked in Paris, France to use as […]
 
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  • Medieval Days (Giornate Medioevali) in Poggio di Otricoli

    A Road Retraveled
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:47 am
    One of the joys of visiting Italy is experiencing history during historical festivals – primarily Medieval, which is one of the most significant (and fascinating) eras of Italy’s history, traces of which you see in many of Italy’s towns and villages that have been originally built during this time and still exist today perfectly preserved and populated by modern Italians. One of such small villages is Poggio di Otricoli. And thousands of people arrived here each day to experience the Giornate Medioevali (Medieval Days) festival.       POGGIO DI OTRICOLI…
  • The Magic of Celtic Harp (Valerio Mauro)

    A Road Retraveled
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
      Autumn in Italy means many opportunities for festivals: truffle festivals, wine festivals, and as in our case….a chestnut festival in the lakeside town of Bracciano (just about 1 hour outside of Rome in the countryside). This is how I came to meet the talented Valerio Mauro who enchanted everyone wit his Celtic Harp. Cultural and historical festivals in Italy celebrate ancient traditions, change of seasons, harvest times, and they honor significant holidays.  Often times the Medieval and Renaissance eras dominate the theme, and enhanced with historical music, reenactments and games…
  • Sbandieratori – Italian Flag Throwers

    A Road Retraveled
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    All over Italy festivals take place throughout the year in celebration of historical events, change of seasons, harvest times, and special holidays.  In the fall you have wine festivals, truffle festivals, and even chestnut festivals – as the one that took place in the lakeside town in Bracciano on a sunny Sunday in early November. The main attraction: the Sbandieratori – Italian Flag Throwers! The Medieval and Renaissance eras dominate the theme, costumes, crafts, music, games, and performances. One of the highlights of any such festivals are the sbandieratori – or flag…
  • How to make Piadina – Romagna style

    A Road Retraveled
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Buon giorno and welcome to A Road Retraveled! In this episode we enjoy the beaches of Bellaria Igea Marina, and Nonna Violante will show us in her cooking class how to make the famous Piadina – the unbelievably delicious flat bread that is nationally recognized one of Romagna’s official traditional foods! Bellaria Igea Marina Bellaria Igea Marina Beach   Bellaria Igea Marina is a charming seaside town along the Adriatic sea in Italy’s Romagna region. Miles and miles of sandy beaches, fresh sea air, relaxing atmosphere, family-style hospitality, and delicious local cuisine…
  • Traditional Italian Music from Romagna

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

    Benjamin Barber
    7 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Hey gang, it’s almost football season and you know what that means… Football Contest! We have a brand new game for everyone this year, Gridiron Glory. Come get your share of the glory today. Join for Free! That’s right, the Read More ... The post Gridion Glory | New Free Football Contest | Station Casinos appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Family Friendly Travel Options in Las Vegas

    Kelsey Higgins
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Las  Vegas has a reputation for the more adult oriented lifestyle and wild nightlife, but at Station Casinos we haven’t forgotten about your kids! There are so many things to do in Las Vegas for children and adults of all ages outside of Read More ... The post Family Friendly Travel Options in Las Vegas appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Texas Station 20th Anniversary

    Kelsey Higgins
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    It’s been a great year here for us at Station Casinos, and to make it even better this month is the celebration of Texas Station joining the family twenty years ago! Texas Station is one of the most unique properties Read More ... The post Texas Station 20th Anniversary appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • 3:2 vs 6:5 Blackjack | A Devil in the Details

    Benjamin Barber
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The Pros Know Seasoned Las Vegas blackjack connoisseurs have watched casino after casino shift from classic 3:2 Blackjack to 6:5 over the years. To gain further insight, we spoke with Station Casinos’ VP of Casino Operations Bill Burt who said, “I Read More ... The post 3:2 vs 6:5 Blackjack | A Devil in the Details appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • A Bunch of Mother’s Day Brunches 2015

    Benjamin Barber
    6 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Hungry for brunch this year on Mother’s day? Show her you care with our amazing lineup of Mother’s Day Brunches. T-Bones Chophouse Mother’s Day Brunch T-bones has put out another spectacular Mother’s Day Brunch menu. The smoked prime beef strip Read More ... The post A Bunch of Mother’s Day Brunches 2015 appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
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  • Pink dolphins — Manaus, Brazil

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Pink dolphins - Manaus, Brazil Manaus, Brazil Where I stayed Amazon Ecopark Lodge Manaus What I didRiver dolphinsWake early (4am) Shouldn't of gone to bed early! Eventually 7am clicks round and we head to breakfast, another wonderful spread and certainly needed in my empty stomach! Enjoyed a long breakfast and downed a number of drinks, in preparation of another hot day. We spend the first 20 mins at the natural pools, but the water is too cold for Casey, so we have to head back to the beach. Spend the morning enjoying the sunshine and the refreshing river, the girls try their hands at…
  • Black waters — Manaus, Brazil

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Black waters - Manaus, Brazil Manaus, Brazil Where I stayed Amazon Ecopark Lodge Manaus What I did Palacio Rio Negro ManausSo we are up early - becoming a habit but not in any hurry, able to have a long luxurious breakfast and then check out, grab a taxi and get to the airport before 9.30. We have another plane ride this morning, this time heading further north this time to Manaus. The flight is a strange one, we are going via Porto Velho, this time we have only been given 1 boarding card.... We land in Porto Velho and 90% of the people get off, the rest of us just sit in our seats as the…
  • Charming Lectoure — Lectoure, France

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Charming Lectoure - Lectoure, France Lectoure, FranceWith so many charming towns to visit, we find it difficult to decide which one to head to first. Thankfully, the area is fairly simple to navigate, and we've only been lost once, maybe twice - a record for us! No matter what time of day we venture out, the roads are empty, very curvy-top-se-turvy - so my driver feels compelled to barrel down them !! The scenery is typical of wine country, rolling hills with vines as far as one can see. I must admit we've seen more dramatic scenery in Italy, towns like Pienza and Chianti. The views in this…
  • Days 15 - 17: Paris — Paris-15E-Arrondissement, France

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Days 15 - 17: Paris - Paris-15E-Arrondissement, France Paris-15E-Arrondissement, FranceDay 15: The train to Copenhagen airport was easy and at the check in area we received help from a staff member and bypassed the self service kiosks as 'seniors' do! Arrived early at CDG airport but had to wait a bit for the bags, but special to see our name held up by our driver waiting to greet us, unfortunately his English non-existent. Still we sat back and enjoyed the service right to the door of our fantastic apartment and our host, Josephine. It is a very short walk to the busy hub, a 6 way…
  • We didn't learn — Cuiaba, Brazil

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:35 pm
    We didn't learn - Cuiaba, Brazil Cuiaba, Brazil Where I stayed Amazon Plaza Hotel Cuiaba What I didMore wildlifeSo its another early morning, due to the heat, its early activities, and today's takes place at 7.30, another horse ride - oh joy. The kids love it. I put up with it, Sarah not wanting to risk her shoulder (2 ops already this year) decides to walk along with us. 15 mins in Sarah reverses her decision and heads back the heat is intense today! The ride goes smoothly until a caiman walks nearby, my horse has a slight panic and wants to trot, the bugger... Take a wide path and get…
 
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  • Making TravelPod Better: August 2015 edition

    millwardesque
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:27 am
    Autumn is nearly upon and August has come and gone, so here’s a list of some of the most important things we improved on TravelPod last month: We’ve (finally) removed the flash requirement for all of our photo-uploads, so you can now upload profile photos, trip photos, and do mass-uploading of blog photos directly from your mobile device! The TravelPod iOS...
  • A Year of TravelPod Travel Blogs

    Fraser Cole
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    With new TravelPod blogs appearing every day as our members travel the world, we thought it would be interesting to see what what all the blogs from one year would look like when we mapped them out together.
  • Holi: A Burst of Color

    Fraser Cole
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Who wouldn’t love taking a day to fling handfuls of colored powder and water at friends and strangers alike in a jubilant celebration of spring, forgiveness, and renewal? Perhaps that’s why the ancient Hindu festival known as Holi is celebrated not only in South Asia where it originated, but throughout the world as well. Luckily...
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • Fly Big, Fly Short: Save on Holidays, Save Anytime

    Rick Seaney
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    This handy little trick will help anyone who can exercise a little (or a lot) of flexibility, especially when choosing destinations. It could save a bundle during the holidays and it’s very simple. Keep reading, after the podcast. LISTEN: Rick Seaney’s podcast has more. Fly Big, Fly Short for Savings What this means: Fly big: Fly between two large airports, preferably hubs. This includes both departure and destination airports. Fly short: Limit flight times to roughly 90 minutes or less. Such routes typically have lots of airline competition which keeps prices low, but it also…
  • Video Podcast: Rick Seaney’s Crazy Dollar Days, Phone Fun, Trip Tips

    Anne McDermott
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
    In his latest video podcast, FareCompare CEO and celebrated travel expert Rick Seaney chats about hot topics with a common theme: cutting costs through cheaper flights. For more of Rick’s money-saving tips, see the following blog posts: Cheap Flights for Fall: Welcome to Crazy Dollar Days How to Plan a Trip from A to Z Waste Time on Your Phone, Watch Airfare Drop $200 (Sometimes) VIDEO: Rick Seaney on keeping it cheap. The post Video Podcast: Rick Seaney’s Crazy Dollar Days, Phone Fun, Trip Tips appeared first on FareCompare.
  • Cheap Flights for Fall: Welcome to Crazy Dollar Days

    Rick Seaney
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    Earlier this year, I revealed 2015’s post-summer magic date to fly – Aug. 25 – which marks the start of the August Deal Zone. The good news is, airline sales covering this cheaper time to fly are available now. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney has more details. Crazy Dollar Days: The Deals Some of the deals we’re seeing are reminiscent of those zany ads of yesteryear proclaiming “crazy dollar days”. Check out some of these fall sale prices found in our Deals Blog during the week of Aug. 16. Cincinnati – Orlando, from $25 one-way Washington, D.C.
  • Waste Time on Your Phone, Watch Airfare Drop $200 (Sometimes)

    Anne McDermott
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:59 pm
    The key to saving money by wasting time on your phone (maybe by looking at a cat video) is where you waste this time. We suggest the airport. Sometimes it will save you $200. Sometimes less, sometimes more. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney knows all about fun with phones. Connecting Flights: Waste Time in Airport The point: Waste time at an airport during a connecting flight. Here’s why: Connecting flights are often cheaper than nonstop flights. This isn’t always true – that’s why you must compare prices – but connecting flights are often cheaper. Often less…
  • New Travel Tips: Video Podcast with Travel Expert Rick Seaney

    Anne McDermott
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    It’s seems like FareCompare CEO and company co-founder Rick Seaney is always on a plane, but whether he’s in the air or on the ground he loves to share his knowledge. That’s what our new video podcasts are all about. We’ll try to post a new one each week, depending where in the world is Rick. Video Podcast: Military, Complaints, Cash & Carry-ons This week, Rick Seaney (and yours truly) discuss military discounts, how to file complaints, cash vs. credit cards and carry-ons vs. checked bags. Above all, Rick offers tips on his favorite topic: how to find a cheap…
 
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    View from the Wing

  • US Airways A319s Will Be Getting New Seats, Extra Legroom Starting Next Month

    Gary Leff
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:34 am
    With the process of draining down the US Airways schedule, looking towards having only American Airlines flights starting October 17, there's going to be some confusion over whose aircraft are you flying. That's relevant because American and US Airways aircraft have different interiors -- different number of first class seats, different seats, seat power, and legroom. That's about to start changing. Continue reading US Airways A319s Will Be Getting New Seats, Extra Legroom Starting Next Month...
  • Why We’ll Miss US Airways, and Why The Airline Plus “Hang Up Call Back” Were the Two Greatest Things In Travel

    Gary Leff
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:04 am
    Yesterday I helped a work colleague with a cancelled flight. Their US Airways travel was cancelled, and leading up to the Labor Day weekend most options were sold out. US Airways said they couldn't re-accommodate until this afternoon which meant missing an important family event. They said nothing was available on other airlines, either, and that they could only rebook on US Airways or American in any case. What do you do under those circumstances? Hang Up, Call Back: The Four Most Important Words in Travel, and Maybe Even in Life Continue reading Why We’ll Miss US Airways, and Why The…
  • Aeroflot Status Matches Available Plus Holiday Inn Pancake Selfies and $10 Free at NY Restaurants

    Gary Leff
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:04 am
    I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Aeroflot Status Matches Available Plus Holiday Inn Pancake Selfies and $10 Free at NY Restaurants...
  • Iron Maiden Will Pilot Their Own 747 On New World Tour

    Gary Leff
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickenson isn't just known for heavy metal. He invested in building the world's largest aircraft and setting up Air Djibouti. Continue reading Iron Maiden Will Pilot Their Own 747 On New World Tour...
  • Watch a Former United Boeing 757 Get Torn Apart for Recycling

    Gary Leff
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Watch a former United Airlines 757 get cut into pieces. Some planes get parked in the desert. This 25 year old aircraft is actually going to be recycled. Continue reading Watch a Former United Boeing 757 Get Torn Apart for Recycling...
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  • 7 Top Hotels Around the World

    Arnon Kohavi
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    From time to time, we come across outstanding hotels and locations that are difficult to beat. Here are our current 7 top hotels around the world: Nakamanda Resort, Krabi Thailand – Contemporary Thai interiors and perfect service make this our favorite Thai beach resort. Quiet, intimate and relaxing. Son Brull Mallorca – Modern design in a restored […] 7 Top Hotels Around the World is a post by Arnon Kohavi on Mapplr - Hotel reviews, travel guides, shopping guides.
  • Top 7 Favorite Regions in the World

    Arnon Kohavi
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Here are our top 7 favorite regions in the world. These are the place we go back to again and again: Sud Tirol: Italian food and hospitality with German punctuality. Sounds like a perfect match. This region in Northern Italy is a paradise for winter skiing, summer hiking and cycling, with excellent food and hospitality. […] Top 7 Favorite Regions in the World is a post by Arnon Kohavi on Mapplr - Hotel reviews, travel guides, shopping guides.
  • Kyoto shopping recommendations 2015

    Esme Vos
    28 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Just back from Japan with the latest Kyoto shopping recommendations! Here’s where to shop in Kyoto for Imabari towels, makeup brushes, organic skin care,  tea, incense and room wear. (1) Iori for Imabari towels Once you have used Imabari towels, you’ll never go back to your old towels. I was converted to the famous towels […] Kyoto shopping recommendations 2015 is a post by Esme Vos on Mapplr - Hotel reviews, travel guides, shopping guides.
  • Market House Hotel Tel Aviv near Jaffa flea market

    Arnon Kohavi
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    The Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk HaPishpushim) has transformed itself in the last few years from a treasure trove of antiques, hand-made and second-hand items into a trendy area of shops, galleries and restaurants. Many of the old Arabic houses that were standing in ruins for many years have been renovated, and late last year on Beit […] Market House Hotel Tel Aviv near Jaffa flea market is a post by Arnon Kohavi on Mapplr - Hotel reviews, travel guides, shopping guides.
  • 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; […] Why Uber succeeds: taxis, breach of trust and democracy is a post by Esme Vos on Mapplr - Hotel reviews, travel guides, shopping guides.
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  • Bulgarian Communism – US Republican Communism?

    Tony Wheeler
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    I took a ‘Communism Tour’ in Sofia, Bulgaria – meet outside the Palace of Justice at 4pm on Sunday. Twenty Five years after the fall of Communism it’s pretty clear they’re still trying to come to terms with what it was all about. ▲ The sign and logo for this old Corecom store still stands. Back in the Iron Curtain era Corecom shops sold all those much demanded and unavailable western goodies, like jeans. One problem: you had to pay with US dollars. A second problem: it was illegal to possess US dollars. ‘So we had a shop,’ our knowledgeable guide said, ‘where you could buy…
  • The Shard – from a 777

    Tony Wheeler
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    So often the views out the window are superb, like on Cathay Pacific CX-257 from Hong Kong to London last week. We started off by flying south out of Hong Kong, before turning north and flying right over Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. We continued north across China, passing east of Beijing, but almost directly overhead Taiyuan where I stayed for a night a couple of years ago. Then it was north across Mongolia (been there too), lots of desert until we got north towards the border with Russia. We flew to the east of Ulaanbaatar and once we were over Russia pretty much followed the…
  • The Warwick Writing Prize & Skyfaring

    Tony Wheeler
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:51 pm
    I’m one of the five judges for the 2015 Warwick Prize for Writing and yes, I am a graduate of Warwick University. The panel of judges is chaired by A L Kennedy and include Robert Macfarlane, I recently read his enchanted walking book The Old Ways. It’s not my first time as a judge on a literary prize panel, I chaired the panel for the 2012 Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award. We have 13 books to read on the Warwick longlist and the winner can be fiction, non-fiction (there’s even one book of poetry on the longlist), but there’s a theme and this year it’s ‘instinct.’ The…
  • Lights of Mankind

    Tony Wheeler
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    Lights of Mankind – it’s one of those books which you pick up as a remainder and you think ‘why didn’t this get more attention?’ Views from the International Space Station – a few years ago I went down to Baikonur in Kazakhstan to see a tourist go up to the station for a couple of weeks. They’re views at night, like the cover photograph with the brightly lit Nile River running up to Cairo and then Alexandria at the mouth of Nile, where it spills into the Mediterranean Sea. Off to the right, to the east, is brightly lit Israel. Or this view of the Straits of Hormuz, that…
  • Airline Seating – at the sharp end in particular

    Tony Wheeler
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:12 pm
    There’s constant discussion about how many seats airlines can stuff in. They all seem intent on shoving in one more across the aircraft or squeezing the ‘pitch,’ the distance between one row and the next, in order to get more passengers on board. But that’s back in economy which essentially doesn’t look any different today than it has any time in the past 30 or more years. ▲ Economy – and nothing but economy – in Ryanair on my recent trip to Turin. Economy is still usually just lots of people sitting shoulder to shoulder. We complain about how many people are crammed into the…
 
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  • Paris: 25 free things to see and do

    Bryan Pirolli
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:41 am
    You really don’t have to spend much money at all to enjoy Paris. Sure, food and a hotel will require a bit of an investment, but if you play your cards right, you can soak up the best Paris has to offer without dropping an extra euro. (And if you follow this guide, you can cut your hotel bill way down, too.) Here’s our official “Top 25” list of our favorite sights and activities in Paris that are completely free. Now let’s explore Paris… gratuit! 1. Bird market On Sundays, just steps from Notre Dame, the exotic bird market takes Paris by storm. All sorts of…
  • A budget guide to Utrecht, Netherlands

    Audrey Sykes
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:07 am
    A student town with a healthy dose of canals, cafes and character, Utrecht offers a look into life in Holland that’s laid-back and breezy. And at just 30 minutes from Amsterdam by train, it makes a great day trip or overnight getaway! The city is very walkable, so don’t stress about spending money on transport around town. Another bonus is that most of the city’s attractions are free, and wandering the city itself is probably first on the to-do list. Related: 5 Easy and affordable day trips from Amsterdam | A budget guide to Haarlem, Netherlands Here are some of our best tips for…
  • 5 Cheap eats in Vienna

    Sarah Silbert
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    When you think of budget food destinations, Vienna might not be the first place to pop into your mind. However, Vienna is surprisingly rife with inexpensive eating options. In addition to the ubiquitous döner kebab that is always a reliable choice, you’ll find cheap pizza, traditional Austrian food at excellent prices and more than a few vegetarian options. Our cheap picks run the gamut from cozy pub grub to pay-what-you-wish Pakistani fare. Here are five of our favorites to keep in mind for your next trip to Vienna. 1. Tunnel Florianigasse 39 Neighborhood: Josefstadt Website If it’s an…
  • Rome: 25 free things to see and do

    Nicole Arriaga
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    Though visiting Rome can be quite expensive when compared to other European capitals, there are plenty of things to see and do in the capital that won’t break the bank. Sometimes, in fact, our favorite places to visit, wander and explore in Rome are absolutely free! Here’s a list of 25 activities that won’t cost one euro cent: 1. Churches Some of Rome’s finest artwork and architectural design on display can’t only be found in museums. In fact, the creative masterpieces of some of the Bel Paese’s finest, Michelangelo, Bernini, Borromini and many others are actually found inside…
  • Paris: 10 money-saving tips for first-time visitors

    Bryan Pirolli
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    Your first time in Paris can be stressful, to say the very least. In fact, there are many thing we wish we had known before our first trip. Among the many stresses encountered when planning your Paris visit is anticipating the costs–how much is this trip really going to cost, and what can you do about it? Like most major cities, Paris can be quite pricey, especially for first-time visitors who don’t know the little “tricks of the Cheapo trade.”  Fortunately, a little bit of planning before you land can help you save some serious euros while still experiencing the best…
 
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  • Best Travel Pants for Women that are Stylish and Comfortable

    Dawn Head
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    When you are traveling you want clothes that are comfortable and do not get dirty or creased easily. For those traveling light or going away for long periods, it is important that their pants are easy to wash, multi-functional, lightweight, fast drying, crease resistant and durable. If you are a woman, the best travel pants… Read more The post Best Travel Pants for Women that are Stylish and Comfortable appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Fitbit One vs Fitbit Zip ~ Here’s What’s Great about Them

    Dawn Head
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:44 am
    Here’s the lowdown on the Fitbit One vs Fitbit Zip. Learn about the differences between these best-selling Fitbits so that you can buy one with features that are important to you and that will meet your needs. Learn how these easy-to-use devices can help keep you motivated and why they are fun to use. Why buy a Fitbit… Read more The post Fitbit One vs Fitbit Zip ~ Here’s What’s Great about Them appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Fitbit vs Jawbone ~ Which is Best for Your Needs?

    Dawn Head
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:56 pm
    There are now dozens of fitness trackers and trainers available. Many firms have entered the market, and now there is a lot of competition. Companies have to continually work to maintain their edge over their competition and continue to invent better products and features. This is great for consumers because it means that there are many choices… Read more The post Fitbit vs Jawbone ~ Which is Best for Your Needs? appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Best Travel Pants for Men for Any Occasion

    Greg Head
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Best Travel Pants for Men If you are looking for men’s travel pants this is definitely the page for you. We have searched the market and have come up with a list of the best travel pants for men who love to travel or just be comfortable in day-to-day activities. Best Travel Pants for Women… Read more The post Best Travel Pants for Men for Any Occasion appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 11 Tips to Prepare for International Travel

    Katie
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Regardless of how many times you’ve traveled domestically, preparing for an international trip can be overwhelming. There are so many things to think about, including customs, border crossings, visas, how to get around while you’re there, and, of course, long plane rides. But international travel can be rewarding and exciting, and sometimes even stress-free. Here… Read more The post 11 Tips to Prepare for International Travel appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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  • The Beginner’s Guide to Food in Ljubljana

    Sasha Heseltine
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Discover Ljubuljana’s culinary delights. Ljubljana Food Basics The Slovenes adore food and the ceremony of eating with family and friends; they are proud of their national cuisine and one of the best-loved sayings is “love comes through the stomach.” Their food is heavily influenced by the country’s history and surroundings. Arising from the ashes of the bitter break up of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, tiny Slovenia is a wealthy country with a healthy GDP and a small, sophisticated capital city. At a cultural crossroads in Europe — Slovenia is surrounded by Italy, Croatia,…
  • How To: Road Trip By Campervan

    Katie Hammel
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:17 am
    Road Trip By Campervan Campervan road trips don’t run on gas—they run on unbridled freedom. It’s heeding the call of the open road and its maze of possibility, where every junction, twist, and turn can lead to new adventures. It’s the feeling of being self-sufficient and gloriously untethered, where an itinerary, route, or destination can literally change on a whim. It’s spending time with your fellow passengers and bonding out on the road—incubating relationships that just need a little air to grow. It’s finding small towns and getting lost and impromptu roadside stops, and…
  • Travel With Viator: What’s Happening in September

    Viator Travel Team
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    September means it’s time to soak up the last of the summer’s rays as well as celebrate seasonal happenings like Oktoberfest. Whatever your fancy, let us help you find the best deals and tours so you can happily head into autumn. What’s Happening This Month Athens, Greece See sights including the Delphi Tholos on a four-day classical Greece tour. Journey through history on a classical four-day tour of Greece from Athens, taking in significant archaeological sites at Olympia, Delphi, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Meteora. Book and travel by the end of November and you get an upgrade to first…
  • How to Spend a Week in Nicaragua

    Viator Travel Team
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    If you have a week to travel Nicaragua, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one location — consider a multi-day adventure that lets you see some of the country’s best sights and attractions. If you want to see as much as possible, here are some ideas on how to spend a week in Nicaragua. See the Best of Nicaragua in Five Days The Cathedral of Granada in Nicaragua Explore the best of Nicaragua on a five-day tour of Managua, León and Granada. You’ll visit famous sites like the Cathedral of Granada, Masaya Volcano National Park, the UNESCO-listed Ruins of León Viejo,…
  • Top 10 Things to Do in Transylvania

    Sasha Heseltine
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
      The mythical land of Vlad the Impaler, Transylvania is the wild frontier of once-secretive Romania. It’s a mysterious region encircled by the Carpathian Mountains and is rapidly opening up to the West. It’s home to enticing Saxon-cum-Baroque cities, medieval villages, fortified churches and magical castles. There’s so much to see and do, but here are our picks for the top 10 things to do in Transylvania: 1. Brasov Historic Brasov, Transylvania. As the major – and most beautiful – city in Transylvania, historic Brasov was fortified in the Middle Ages by Saxon invaders from…
 
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    World Hum

  • The Accidental Hitchhiker

    The World Hum Editors (jim@worldhum.com)
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    In Samoa, Celeste Brash gave a ride to a man she didn't know. Their encounter will stay with her forever.
  • The 2015 Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference

    The World Hum Editors (jim@worldhum.com)
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    This year’s Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference—or as many justly call it, summer camp for travel writers—kicks off Thursday in Corte Madera, California. If you’ve ever wanted to study travel writing with a host of accomplished writers and editors, this is the time and place. The four-day conference features classes and panel discussions about the art, craft and business of travel writing and photography—and, just as importantly, hours of conversation over wine and dinner. I’ll be on the faculty, along with World Hum contributors…
  • How a Taxi Ride Changed a Writer’s Life

    The World Hum Editors (jim@worldhum.com)
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    Layne Mosler's memoir, "Driving Hungry," chronicles her cab-centric quest for great meals and experiences. Jim Benning asks about it.
  • A Not-So-Literary Tour of South-Central Mexico

    The World Hum Editors (jim@worldhum.com)
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Peter Ferry made the trip based on a story he'd heard about Hemingway's Lady Brett Ashley, but in Taxco, nothing was quite what it seemed.
  • The U.S. Interstate Highways, Ranked

    The World Hum Editors (jim@worldhum.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.
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • The Day Before I Left for London

    Brian Spencer
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:09 am
    The last thing I did on the day before leaving for London was drink a tumbler of Chivas Regal—two shots on the rocks, watered down a little with water—on the couch with my cat, who sat on my lap in the same manner in which she has done for the past 17-plus years that we’ve been friends. It was a nice way to end the day because we wouldn’t see each other again for at least three months, but don’t worry, this isn’t a short, sappy story about the bond between a grown man and his grown cat, because nobody
  • New York City: Make My Day

    Kerry Dexter
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Pope Francis has a visit to New York City on his schedule. Do you? If you are planning such a trip or speculating or dreaming about such a journey, Lonely Planet’s Make My Day New York City offers an unusual way to sort out your choices and organize your days as you think about what you’d like to see. Thinking about what people enjoy about electronic travel guides and how the best of those things might work in print, the folks at Lonely Planet came up with the idea of creating a series of city guidebooks s that are, physically,
  • Moments from Istanbul: The Women’s Hamam

    Jennifer Walker
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The steamy dome cupolas of the Turkish bath, accented by pin-pricks of light, are a living symbol of Ottoman architecture and heritage. The history of the Turkish bath and the cultural mythology enveloping the hamams of Istanbul like the warm steam of its marble chambers have fascinated me since my teens. I had never been to Istanbul before this summer, but I have bathed in a hamam prior to my visit. However, my first experience bordered on harassment in a flaking old bath in a small village in western Turkey. I was a 17-year-old girl and my male masseur enthusiastically tried to…
  • An Imperial Pint of Singapore Craft Beer News, Updates, and Shocking (Non-Sexual) Allegations

    Brian Spencer
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    Singapore celebrates SG50 with a festive downtown parade – There is absolutely nothing cool about it — its shopping mall setting, its bland decor, its depressing corporate-drone clientele — but the mouthful that is Moa Tiki New Zealand Bar & Grill still belongs on craft beer boozers’ radar. First, aside from those rare occasions when the gastrobar’s owner shares a keg or two, this is the only place Singa-pouring (hiyo!) draft beers from Marlborough-based Moa Brewing Company. Quality varies, but there are always at least seven beers on tap, including the…
  • Where Is the Rock in YOUR Town?

    Sheila Scarborough
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:41 am
      We had guests over. After a nice wood-fired pizza dinner at the perfectly-named Fire in the Hole on Main Street in our historic downtown, we spent time at sunset throwing rocks at a local creek, which also happens to contain a big landmark. A rock. A rock with its own plaque. There really is a round rock in Round Rock, the fast-growing town where I live that is about 15 miles north of equally fast-growing Austin, Texas. You can see it in the photo above, sitting in Brushy Creek as it has for centuries, including all the years that it
 
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Following the Volga – Thom Wheeler's journey through 500 years of Russian history

    Interview by Gemma Bowes
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:10 am
    En route to a wedding in Astrakhan, writer Thom Wheeler traced the length of the 2,200-mile Volga river, by foot, boat, bus and trainThe Volga river slices through the heartland of Russia and covers a diverse set of cultures. You could probably travel its length in a week if you jumped on trains.I took two months doing it, partly for romantic reasons. My childhood friend Vicky was marrying another friend of mine, Dimitri (whom I met while working in St Petersburg), in Astrakhan, at the end of the river, close to the delta. They met when she came on a trip I was running to St Petersburg.
  • Winter to summer in Siberia: then and now – in pictures

    Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:47 am
    These images of the Yenisei river in Siberia show the stark contrast different times of year bring to the same scene. Reuters photographer Ilya Naymushin recorded seven locations in winter and again in summer Continue reading...
  • All aboard Scotland’s new Borders Railway

    Lucy Gillmore
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 pm
    The UK’s longest new domestic railway for 100 years aims to promote the charms of south-east Scotland to tourists who normally head straight for the HighlandsTake a road trip along Scotland’s new North Coast 500 routeIf you didn’t win a Willy Wonka-esque Golden Ticket in the recent competition, you won’t be aboard the first departure of the Borders Railway train on Saturday. Normal (paying) customers can travel on the longest new domestic line constructed in a century – from Sunday.To celebrate the opening, three VIP trains will run on Saturday, between stations decked out with…
  • World view: Tie the knot at The Hangover chapel, Las Vegas

    The Guardian
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:54 am
    It sounds like something you’d regret, but maybe that’s the point. This month Madame Tussauds Las Vegas opened the first wedding chapel inspired by the one in hit comedy film The Hangover. And being Vegas, you can actually get hitched there, with Elvis as the minister and ‘Phil’ and ‘Alan’ wax works as witnesses. It’s pitched at ‘daring couples’ and costs from $1,500 for a basic package Continue reading...
  • The best of Alsace, France: readers’ tips

    Guardian readers
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:45 am
    Readers offer top tips for biking and hiking, plus hotels and restaurants, in this picturesque corner of eastern FranceWith almost 1,000km of cycle routes and paths, Alsace is a cyclists’ paradise. There are routes for all abilities and bikes, all signposted with great clarity, amid sun-kissed rolling hills and vineyards – though go prepared for frequent showers. Start at Strasbourg, and head down the flat valleys to the wonderful medieval streets of Colmar, for an easy, scenic start. Bike hire from €20 at day at Strasbourg’s many youth hostels.Routes and accommodation at…
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from August 2015

    Seb Neylan
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:41 am
    Every month we share the best Instagrams from our Pathfinders community. August’s captures have a touch of romance about them – a sense of the sentimental, and span the globe from northern Sweden to the depths of Pakistan’s Hunza Valley. SEATTLE, USA ‘While Seattle‘s Union Station is no longer in use as an actual train station (it now houses the head office for Sound Transit), the occasional visitor in its grand hall harks back forlornly to the golden age of rail in America.’ – J Lee, dis/embarked Why we like it: The lovely curve of the ceiling first…
  • Just back from… Catalonia

    Louise Bastock
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Maria is all smiles trekking through Catalonia’s stunning scenery. Image courtesy of Maria McKenzie Maria McKenzie, Social Communications Coordinator at Lonely Planet, has just returned from an action-packed road trip around Catalonia in Spain. In a nutshell…  My boyfriend and I decided to venture beyond Barcelona and take a look at what Catalonia has to offer. The result? Astounding scenery (sometimes so gorgeous I had to question whether we were in Spain and not Canada), some delicious regional cuisine (vermouth and jamón aplenty) and a double dose of village life in the mountains…
  • Lonely Planet Kids: around the world competition

    Maria McKenzie
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:09 am
    From tropical islands and astounding natural landscapes to bustling cities and incredible architecture, the world is undoubtedly one big and fascinating place. So, for this month’s Lonely Planet Kids creative challenge we’ve teamed up with Scribblitt to embark on an educational yet creative journey around the world. Follow the steps below for a chance to win a copy of the new edition of Lonely Planet Kids The Travel Book and a Scribblitt voucher to publish your own hardcover book! Three sets are up for grabs! THE TASK Grab your pencils, pens and crayons and print our activity sheet by…
  • Family travel snap: LP’s Foreign Rights Director, Clare Mercer

    Imogen Hall
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    This month’s travel snap is proof that all Lonely Planet employees love to travel. We’re talking to Clare Mercer, head of our foreign rights operation and a woman with a thirst for intrepid travel (her honeymoon was spent on an extended break trekking across the Spiti valley in Ladakh and – before kids – Clare would think nothing of jetting off to Uganda for a quick travel fix). In the last few years she’s added three companions: husband Colin and children Alec and Annie. WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THIS PHOTO? Cape Cod and Provincetown especially had been highly…
  • Pathfinder pics: Fraser Island, Australia

    Maria McKenzie
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:44 am
    LP Pathfinders Caz and Craig of Y Travel Blog recently visited Fraser Island, Australia, documenting their travels on Instagram. Here some highlights from the trip, plus a travel tip or two, in their own words. ‘Stretching over 120km, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. Created hundreds of thousands of years ago from sand that drifted over from mainland Australia, breathtaking freshwater lakes, shimmering creeks and patches of lush rainforest are found at every turn. The island is great for wildlife spotters too; the purest dingos in Australia can be found on the…
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    LandLopers

  • A Food Lover’s Guide to North Carolina (With A Lot Of Donuts)

    Matt Long
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Earlier this summer, I spent a week driving around Eastern North Carolina. As a former Virginian and longtime DC-resident, I had no excuse avoiding North Carolina for as long as I have, but the road trip was a good first effort in correcting that mistake. Not unlike my home state of Virginia, North Carolina is also large and not just big, but it varies a lot by region. The coastal communities couldn’t be more different from the towns tucked away in the mountains and everything in between is a different universe altogether. While I certainly couldn’t tackle the entire state in just one…
  • Panoramic View Of The Columbia Valley, British Columbia

    Matt Long
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:50 pm
    The post Panoramic View Of The Columbia Valley, British Columbia appeared first on LandLopers.
  • 7 Perfect Moments in Burgundy and Provence France

    Matt Long
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Exploring France is always something I enjoy doing. I think as people we just connect with some places over others, and France is high on my list of countries I truly enjoy exploring. That’s why when Uniworld Boutique River Cruises invited me to join them on their weeklong cruise through Burgundy and Provence, I really couldn’t say no. There’s no bad area to visit in France, not really, but the southern and southeastern regions aren’t just amongst the most beautiful, they’re also what many of us think of when we think about France and French culture. As always, while traveling I…
  • Peaceful Beach Along The Eastern Shore of Virginia

    Matt Long
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:50 pm
    The post Peaceful Beach Along The Eastern Shore of Virginia appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Four Times When I Was A Horrible Tourist

    Matt Long
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Let me start this post by defining the title a little more succinctly. Today, I’m writing about times when I didn’t visit a new city or region well – not when I actually acted poorly. No, I want to talk about times when I either was too scared to try something new or when I simply didn’t prepare to the degree I should have. I was a bad tourist and I fear that I wasted travel opportunities; experiences that are more precious to me than almost anything else. Travel is always, always an opportunity to better ourselves no matter where we may go, and to waste those opportunities is a…
 
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    Indie Travel Podcast

  • Cervantes and tapas: the Alcalá de Henares podcast

    Craig and Linda
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Every year, the King of Spain pays a visit to Alcalá de Henares, to present the country’s most prestigious literary award: the Miguel de Cervantes prize. Why there and not one of Spain’s larger and more well-known cities like Madrid or Barcelona? Because Alcalá is the birthplace of the aforementioned Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote and the Spanish-language equivalent of Shakespeare. Alcalá has more than just this one claim to fame: it’s also a UNESCO world heritage site and boasts the longest porticoed street in Europe. It was originally founded by the Romans,…
  • Is indie travel right for me?

    Linda Martin
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    As you might have guessed, I’m a strong proponent of independent travel. Yep, that’s where the “indie” in “Indie Travel Podcast” comes from. But travelling independently isn’t for everyone. In this article, I want to discuss the pros and cons of going it alone versus going with an organisation. That said, independent travel doesn’t have to be done alone. Craig and I travel independently all the time, but rarely go solo. In this sense, independent travel really means organising all aspects of your trip yourself, rather than choosing an…
  • How to celebrate the Haro Wine Fight

    Linda Martin
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    “Estos son de Nueva Zelanda, ¡son de Nueva Zelaaaanda!” The hastily-adapted lyrics didn’t really fit the tune, but there’s something charming about a vanload of Spaniards singing to the world that three of the passengers (us) were from New Zealand. It was eight thirty in the morning and there were thirty of us crammed into a van designed for ten, on our way to throw wine at each other and at anyone else in the vicinity. Craig, Janine and I had planned to walk down to the bridge and catch the bus with all of the regular tourists, but a group of Spaniards waiting by the…
  • Travel diary: nine days in Prague

    Linda Martin
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    We had modest plans for Prague: hole up in a hotel for the length of our stay, do a couple of Context tours, and spend our last evening with some Kiwi friends. We were going to be wonderfully productive and not very social… we failed on both counts. We weren’t in Prague to be tourists, rather to fill up the nine spare days between finishing a housesit in Berlin and starting another in the UK. However, at the last minute our friend Charles (who Craig travelled with in the Baltics) invited us to stay with him, and of course we said yes. We also said yes to all his suggestions: meals…
  • How to see Berlin in a day podcast

    Linda Martin
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:53 am
    “Ow!” Craig was right to exclaim, because I’d just punched him on the arm. “What was that for?” “We never went to Berlin,” I said. “Ah,” was his only response. We were on the plane to Perth after two and a half years in Europe, and every few months during that time I’d suggested we go to Berlin for a weekend. “But we can always go to Berlin,” Craig had argued. He was right, we could always have gone to Berlin, but we never did. And now we were flying away, Berlinless. Luckily, we were back in Europe within a couple of years and Berlin was high on the list of priorities…
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    nerd's eye view

  • Dahlia Obsessions

    Pam Mandel
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    Jeff Sandys was gently pulling each petal of a miniature dahlia and pasting it into a 10×10 grid. There’s a raffle and the winner who guessed the number of petals on this particular flower would win, “Oh, I don’t know, I think it’s 25 dollars,” Jeff said, waving his long hands. “Do you grow?” Counting Petals Jeff is the president of the Pacific Northwest Dahlia Association. When I told him that I do grow, but I’m a terribly lazy gardener, he gave me some good advice. “If you’re not going to dig them up, when they start to sprout…
  • Mount Rainier, August

    Pam Mandel
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:08 pm
    The snow has receded so much from the peak of Mount Rainier that the caldera — the round crater of the volcano — was visible, a thin line of black stone against the white of what little snow there is. The snow pack is half what it should be this year and 50 inches less than the lowest number on record. The road at Sunrise Point The data on the snow pack came from the rangers at the visitor’s center in Sunrise on the northeast side of the peak. Also:  the gestation period for elk is about eight months, longer than it is for bears, the sup-alpine fir holding up the sky were…
  • Some Thoughts After Book Passage 2015

    Pam Mandel
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    Mark, Stephanie, Andy, Juliane, Anna, and Lisa (via my Instagram feed) 1. Things Happen at Writing Conferences In the middle of my second day at the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, I went to get coffee. I shared the counter with a Bay Area literary agent. “What are you doing here?” the agent asked, and then he saw my faculty tag. “Oh, you’re teaching. What are you teaching?” I told him about the class I was co-teaching and asked about his time at the conference. “Are you taking pitches?” “Why, do you have one?”…
  • The Endangered Roadside Diner

    Pam Mandel
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:29 pm
    It was 104 degrees and I did not want chicken. I wanted a Cobb salad, maybe, or a Niçoise, so I blew past the chicken place. I also liked the idea of pie because I always like the idea of pie, though I am trying to eat like an adult slightly more often. I wanted to be in a place where pie was an option for me to refuse. But after the chicken place, there was nowhere to stop. I drove past places where diners used to be, their signs were cracked, their reader boards held nothing but a random vowel, the OPEN sign was there, propped in the window, but the windows were curtained with spider webs…
  • What the Sam Hill?*

    Pam Mandel
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:07 pm
    You can reach the Maryhill Museum by shorter routes than mine, but I needed a road trip and was not in a hurry.  I crossed the north side of Mount Rainier, spent the night in Yakima, and then, continued south on 97, past wheat fields and giant white wind turbines and little fenced cemeteries which must have been once associated with now absent towns. The road went past ghost towns, real ghost towns where the gas stations were overrun by blackberry vines and the diners were boarded up. The road went past horses clustered under the shade of a single tree and cattle paddocks, and then, west to…
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • Sahara Dialogues, Mexican Wildlife, and Hiking with Teddy Roosevelt

    Tim Leffel
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:50 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!
  • Where the Travel Bargains Will Be in 2016

    Tim Leffel
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:30 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!
  • Why You Should Update Your Travel Gear Now

    Tim Leffel
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:21 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!
  • Hey You Stressbuckets: Take a Vacation Already!

    Tim Leffel
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:03 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!
  • Cheap Travel Clusters Around the World

    Tim Leffel
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:24 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!
 
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Pet in residence? An important check before home swap guests arrive

    Home Base Holidays
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    You’ve tidied and cleaned your home thoroughly to make it as welcoming and comfortable as possible for your home exchange guests. But, if you have pets, please be extra vigilant and check carefully for signs of fleas on your pet or in your home; any cat or dog can pick up fleas so it is in no way a reflection on the cleanliness of your home and, while your pet is in the home, the odd flea may not even be noticed. Take your pet out of the home though and hungry fleas will leap on the next source of food – your guests! Here at Home Base Holidays we’ve only had a couple of reports of fleas…
  • Home Swapping and being a Digital Nomad

    Home Base Holidays
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:50 am
    Home swapping has become increasingly popular in recent years with more and more people discovering the benefits of choosing to swap homes rather than pay for expensive hotels or rentals. Many people choose to arrange a home swap for shorter periods such as a week or two but many people also choose to arrange exchanges for longer periods of 3+ months. This can be a particularly good option for people who have flexible work that is location independent. With technology enabling us to be connected almost anywhere there has been a big rise in people choosing to work while they travel and live a…
  • Win a Kindle Paperwhite + 3 Home Swap Memberships

    Home Base Holidays
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:22 am
    Home Base Holidays is offering the chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite + Home Swap memberships (worth £49) for three runner ups. We're looking for photos that best encapsulate your favourite travel experiences. It could be a shot of your children eating ice-cream on a beach, a selfie in front of a famous site or beautiful scenery, or, if taken on a home swap, your family enjoying dinner in your hosts' home. The sky's the limit - you choose! How to enter:  If you're not yet a member first sign up to a free home swap trial with Home Base Holidays Send us your favourite vacation photo to…
  • Home Swappers Newsletter + Win a Kindle Paperwhite

    Home Base Holidays
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Home Swappers newsletter: Travel the Home Exchange Way Featured home swaps: Victorian home in London, Villa in Belesta France, Swiss chalet and an artists home in Guanajuato, Mexico Competition: Win a Kindle Paperwhite + 3 home swap memberships to be won (worth £49 each) Home swap trip report: sea view home swap in Brighton Read the newsletter: Home Swappers Newsletter Find your perfect home swap vacation: join Home Base Holidays  | The home swap offer in the above photo is a fantastic sea view Caribbean home swap in Sauteurs, Grenada. Related articles Home Swappers: the home exchange…
  • Rugby World Cup 2015 – too late for a home exchange?

    Home Base Holidays
    15 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Q: I’d love to see a game or two in the Rugby World Cup this year. Is it possible to arrange a home swap? – Terry, France A:  Time is getting short to arrange a home swap (the World Cup runs from 18th September to 31st October) but, if you are open to arranging a swap in or not too far from one of the UK host cities, it should still be possible to find members interested in an exchange at this time. You can see full details of the host cities and fixtures on the official Rugby World Cup 2015 website. Click here to search for home exchange offers. Cardiff: After selecting Europe, choose…
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    Rick Steves' Travel Blog

  • Weekly Video Travel Bite: Prague

    Rick Steves
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Now that I’m back from Europe, I’ll be sharing a random video clip each week to fuel your travel dreams. This week, we visit Prague and take a close look at Alfons Mucha’s Art Nouveau masterpieces. (Watch the complete Prague episode online for free on our website.)
  • Home Sweet Home Run!

    Rick Steves
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:20 am
    I’ve been on the road for four months out of the last five. It’s been a great year of traveling, with 3.5 hours of new TV produced (Easter — airing next spring; Martin Luther and the Reformation — airing in the winter of 2016/17; and three new public television shows on Germany — part of our 10-episode Season Nine, airing in October of 2016). I also enjoyed researching and updating our guidebooks (in Greece, Rome, Florence, Tuscany, South France, and South England), which helped me scout new TV episodes (for Tuscany and South England) and refine our newest Rick Steves Europe Tours…
  • Wrapping Up One Hundred Days in Europe

    Rick Steves
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:50 pm
    My summer trip is finished. I’m flying home. And to wrap up my Hundred Days of Europe blog, I threw a bunch of final images against the wall, and these are the ones that stuck. In Europe, brides are given wild “Hen Parties” before their wedding day. You see them throughout northern Europe. They provide a fun challenge for my “selfie” skills. The thing I like least about filming our TV shows is wearing jeans and long-sleeved shirts (that’s my wardrobe) in the hot and mucky heat. For “continuity,” I have to wear the same shirt for as long as I’m in a particular town. Some…
  • Hamburg: Mighty Harbors, Repurposed Bomb Shelters, and Designer Embankments

    Rick Steves
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    My last stop in Europe this year is Hamburg. After weeks of filming in scorching heat, heavy rains finally slammed us — and after three socked-in days, I had to change my flight and hope for better weather. I’ve never had to do this before, but it gave us a gorgeously sunny day to finish our show and continue our deception that it is always sunny in Europe. (By the way, it cost me $310 to change my flight one day before on British Air.) In spite of the rain, we found ourselves enamored with Hamburg. It’s one of the great unvisited cities in Europe. Hamburg’s harbor is mighty,…
  • Pretzel Love in Germany

    Rick Steves
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    When I’m in Germany, it just feels right to have a pretzel lying beside my main dish, or to enjoy a big, frosty lager with a big, salty pretzel close at hand. The pretzel culture is near and dear to Germans, as you’ll find in your travels. Even after decades of travel, it’s so fun to still be learning fun little factoids about the cultures we visit. It never ends! In Dresden, my German friend explained that the dough woven into a pattern in a pretzel represents the way our thumbs cross when we fold our hands in prayer. Most of our work is in the old centers of great cities. Staying…
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    Daily Catch

  • View of the Day: Coco Bay Resort, Antigua

    Susan Hall Mahon
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:51 am
    “Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.” —Roger Babson Coco Bay Resort, Antigua, by @camachoanu via #CLPicks on Instagram     For a chance to have your photo featured as our View of the Day, follow us on Instagram at @Coastal_Living and tag the image with #CLPicks. Listen to more beach music all day with Coastal Living Radio. More Caribbean Love: Antigua Escape The Best Caribbean Beach Bars Amazing Caribbean Homes
  • Book Review: The French Beauty Solution

    rachaelburrow
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Looking for a good read? I just finished Mathilde Thomas’ (the founder of the skincare line Caudalie) book The French Beauty Solution. It gives insight into how beauty products are made and what your skin really needs and craves. One thing that I’m dying to try out from the book are Mathilde’s homemade recipes for masks–they are made from ingredients straight from the pantry. She also shares her grape detox for the skin, which I’m planning on doing at some point this fall, so stay tuned for a review on that to come!   Image courtesy of Amazon.com The…
  • View of the Day: Inlet Beach, Panama City Beach, Florida

    Susan Hall Mahon
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:08 am
    “The sea lives in every one of us.” —Wyland Inlet Beach, Panama City Beach, Florida by @childs_lauren via #CLPicks on Instagram   For a chance to have your photo featured as our View of the Day, follow us on Instagram at @Coastal_Living and tag the image with #CLPicks. Listen to more beach music all day with Coastal Living Radio. More Florida Love: Ponte Vedra Home Makeover Perfect Weekend in Pensacola 22 Beautiful Florida Rooms
  • Swimsuit + Coverup: Chic in Black

    rachaelburrow
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    As fall swiftly approaches, we are trying to squeeze every last bit of summer out of the season that we can. Hence, another fabulous swimsuit and coverup combination you have to try before cooler weather swoops in.   Image courtesy of Everything But Water Sophisticated yet sexy, this black one-piece’s plunging neckline and small cut-out lend this classic suit an unexpected twist. Proenza Schouler One Piece Bandeau, $475   Image courtesy of manufacturer Simple stripes, built-in pockets, and gold bead detailing give this dress personality–don it as a coverup for a day at…
  • View of the Day: Southampton, New York

    Susan Hall Mahon
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:36 am
    “Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” — Michelle Held Southampton, New York, by Associate Photo Editor @lensstone   For a chance to have your photo featured as our View of the Day, follow us on Instagram at @Coastal_Living and tag the image with #CLPicks. Listen to more beach music all day with Coastal Living Radio. More Hamptons Love: Insider’s Guide to the Hamptons For Sale: Charming East Hamptons Cottage 6 Gorgeous Hamptons Houses Spotted by Our Homes Editor
 
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    HOTELMARKETING.COM

  • Personalization in hospitality not a destination but a journey

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:10 am
    Effectively executed, personalization is an integral part of the journey to guest loyalty and advocacy. Yet the sheer velocity of change in the travel and hospitality context, data and guest sentiment creates an engagement challenge of immense and complex proportions. A multifaceted approach is needed to take advantage of the industry’s wealth of data and content.
  • Hotels have advantage in travel manager talks

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:09 am
    The tug-of-war that defines the relationship between hoteliers and corporate travel planners lies squarely in the hands of lodging providers as 2015 winds down. But they must remember the ebb-and-flow that goes along with the economic cycles.
  • Watch Microsoft describe Outlook’s integration with travel suppliers

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:08 am
    Most business traveler practically live in Microsoft Outlook. Why not add travel services like mapping, online booking and rich itineraries? It took seven years of envisioning what the future might look like, but Microsoft has now partnered with three separate travel and technology suppliers to make his vision a reality.
  • Priceline expanding its restaurant reservation booking business

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:07 am
    Priceline has acquired AS Digital, a leading provider of restaurant table and reservation management solutions. Based in Australia, AS Digital will expand The Priceline Group's global footprint in the digital restaurant reservation booking business, following the Group's acquisition of OpenTable in 2014.
  • Hospitality on the go; Airbnb messaging comes to Apple Watch

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:06 am
    Traveling is the ultimate on-the-go activity, and Airbnb's new Apple Watch app makes it simple for hosts and guests to manage a new or upcoming trip and communicate with each other instantaneously.
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    Kathika Travel Website

  • Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles – Travel Photo of the Moment

    traveldesk
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:55 pm
    The Travel Photo of the Moment is of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles Griffith Observatory is a popular attraction in the Los Angeles area. Located in Griffith Park on Mount Hollywood, the Griffith Observatory is a great place view of the Los Angeles basin, as well as the slatwall panels. This post originally came from Kathika Travel Blog. Stop by and read our most popular travel blog posts. Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles – Travel Photo of the Moment
  • How to Avoid Being Stranded at the Airport

    traveldesk
    2 Mar 2011 | 10:54 am
    How to avoid being stranded in the airport, in the US, an increasing number of flights are canceled or delayed on a regular basis, this is a becoming a common problem more travelers have to face. This winter’s severe snowstorms caused thousands of flights to be canceled costing the airlines an estimated $150 million in losses, […] This post originally came from Kathika Travel Blog. Stop by and read our most popular travel blog posts. How to Avoid Being Stranded at the Airport
  • Travel Sites and Cancellation Policies

    traveldesk
    29 Nov 2010 | 8:29 am
    One thing most travel websites have in common is that their cancellation policies are often overlooked. When cancelling or changing their flight plans, people tend to get confused about why they’re being charged. In some cases, you’re mostly being charged by the airline itself and the service you’re using is simply abiding by their supplier’s […] This post originally came from Kathika Travel Blog. Stop by and read our most popular travel blog posts. Travel Sites and Cancellation Policies
  • Visiting the Pyramids at Giza

    traveldesk
    13 Oct 2010 | 11:09 am
    Many people from around the world go to Egypt each year to visit the Pyramids at Giza. Located west of the city area of Cairo sits the Giza Plateau, in a valley near the famous Pyramids. These pyramids display the ancient civilization of Egypt at its best, along with the famous Sphinx. For transportation to […] This post originally came from Kathika Travel Blog. Stop by and read our most popular travel blog posts. Visiting the Pyramids at Giza
  • The Travel Photo of the Moment is of Chateau de Chantilly

    traveldesk
    12 Dec 2009 | 8:00 am
    The Travel Photo of the Moment is of Chateau de Chantilly and was taken by Panoramas The Chateau de Chantilly is a historic chateau located in the Chantilly, France, that is composed of the Grand Chateau and the Petit Chateau. The former was destroyed in the 1870s during the French Revolution and rebuilt and the […] This post originally came from Kathika Travel Blog. Stop by and read our most popular travel blog posts. The Travel Photo of the Moment is of Chateau de Chantilly
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    Been-Seen

  • California Road Tripping

    Marian
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:31 pm
    When someone says road trip, I can be packed and ready to leave in 5 minutes. This might say something about where I’ve been, more likely about where I hope to go. A full tank of gas, a good friend and a vague plan is my salvation. We left early in the morning with fog still covering the sloping mountains of Topanga. The car hugged the side of the mountain as we winded down the curves towards the Pacific. With the sky slightly out of focus and as pale as the sea, we headed north on the Pacific Coast Highway. After a pit stop in Malibu for a fruit salad from John’s Garden, we headed up…
  • Relax with Sveglio

    Marian
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    What an amazing creation! This week we want to introduce a new dynamic outdoor furniture designed by Jason and Jules Henry. Two brothers from Big Sur, California that took inspiration form the wild and eclectic community they grew up in and turned it into creative self-expression. Volo (I fly in Italian) is a perfect reminder of life’s motion and balance. We are in love with the design and know that it will work perfectly in many of our Modern Boutique Homes.  What a cool outdoor piece to read under a tree, watch the sunset or nuzzle up and look at the stars. We can’t help…
  • 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…
 
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    MiceChat

  • Universal Studios Hollywood Harry Potter and More

    Norman Gidney
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:21 am
    Universal Studios Hollywood is set to explode next year with a flurry of new things to see and do.  Today we’ll share the latest pics and news from the park. Among them is the new…The post Universal Studios Hollywood Harry Potter and More appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Yesterland: DCA Then & Then & Now – Grizzly Peak Airfield

    Werner Weiss
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Two years ago, Yesterland ran comparison photos of Condor Flats in its early years and 2013. Condor Flats is now Grizzly Peak Airfield—so Yesterland added a third photo for each subject. It’s a dramatic change,…The post Yesterland: DCA Then & Then & Now – Grizzly Peak Airfield appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Fab News: Get Your Geek On

    Shelly Valladolid
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hi there ho there MiceChatters and Fabtopians! Lots of news bites for you today. MiceChat Hits the FandomVerse! Terri Hardin, Dusty Sage and The Fabulous Disney Babe Shelly Valladolid – hey! That’s me! will be…The post Fab News: Get Your Geek On appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Halloween Arrives at the Magic Kingdom – News and Photos

    Cory Disbrow
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Welcome back to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a trip to the Magic Kingdom, where Halloween bunting has already been hung on Main Street. Let’s scare up a quick update! And that wraps…The post Halloween Arrives at the Magic Kingdom – News and Photos appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disney News Round Up: So Much To Do

    Anthony Hays
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to this week’s Disney News Round-Up! Due to our fantastic forum upgrades we will be covering the latest news and upcoming special offers MiceChat is bringing to its fans. Even though the forum are…The post Disney News Round Up: So Much To Do appeared first on MiceChat.
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    A Luxury Travel Blog

  • 3 classically luxurious hotels in the Caribbean

    Emily Whittington
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:22 am
    Our selection of ultimate luxury hotels in the Caribbean features three of the Caribbeans timeless classics. From an iconic luxury hotel in Jamaica, a premium all inclusive property in Antigua and a family owned boutique in Grenada our ultimate luxury hotels are classically luxurious with fine dining, spacious accommodation and most importantly… outstanding service. These […] 3 classically luxurious hotels in the Caribbean is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 3 classically luxurious hotels in the Caribbean appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Canada: the local perspective

    Tom Marchant
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:32 am
    Canada, as vast, wild and seemingly impenetrable as it is, presents itself as a never-ending list of incredible experiences. Yet, even if you were to return year after year for the rest of your life, chances are you’ll not tick everything off. Yes, it’s that big. So, in 2015, we turned to the local population […] Canada: the local perspective is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Canada: the local perspective appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Special feature: JA Manafaru, Maldives

    Paul Johnson
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:56 pm
    I don’t make this statement lightly when I say it is difficult to find fault with JA Manafaru. Situated at the northernmost atoll in the Maldives, this luxury island resort is about as close to perfect and as you’re ever likely to find anywhere in the world, and our first glimpse of this idyllic island […] Special feature: JA Manafaru, Maldives is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Special feature: JA Manafaru, Maldives appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Photograph of the week: Santa Monica Muscle Beach

    Paul Johnson
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:40 am
    A young man uses the exercise rings on Santa Monica’s Muscle Beach at sunset. Located just south of Santa Monica Pier and dating from the 1930s, this is the original Muscle Beach; its more famous sibling, two miles south in Venice, was not established until the 1950s. In the past, Hollywood stars such as Kirk […] Photograph of the week: Santa Monica Muscle Beach is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Photograph of the week: Santa Monica Muscle Beach appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Three ‘brasseries’ on the outskirts of Paris

    Didier Moinel Delalande
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    I already wrote two previous articles advising a few places to have a nice dinner or a nice lunch in Paris. Today I will mention three more. Yet, the difference this time is that they are on the outsirts of Paris. As you may know Paris is encircled by the Boulevard Périphérique. The gates of Paris are the access […] Three ‘brasseries’ on the outskirts of Paris is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Three ‘brasseries’ on the outskirts of Paris appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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    Travel Savvy Mom » blog

  • Best audio books for family road trips

    Jamie Pearson
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    If you're heading out on a family road trip, or really any drive longer than 30 minutes, an Audible Gold Digital Membership for kids' audio books is a lifesaver. The post Best audio books for family road trips appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
  • Is the New York Pass a good deal?

    Jamie Pearson
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    My kids and I hit Manhattan this summer with a fistful of complimentary 10-day New York Passes to find out if they were a good deal for visitors. The post Is the New York Pass a good deal? appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
  • Best baby and toddler travel gear

    Jamie Pearson
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Travel crib? Travel stroller? Travel high chair? Here's what you're really going to need when traveling with a baby or a toddler. And before you pull out your credit card, try to borrow. The post Best baby and toddler travel gear appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
  • Packing light when traveling with kids

    Jamie Pearson
    7 May 2015 | 12:24 am
    Like many of you, I never checked bags before I had kids. I traveled all over the globe without ever spending a moment at the dreaded airport baggage carousel. The post Packing light when traveling with kids appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
  • 5 reasons my family can’t get an early start on vacation

    Jamie Pearson
    5 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    Travel guidebooks have long extolled the virtues of getting an early start. Want to beat the heat and the crowds? Get out of bed and get going. The post 5 reasons my family can’t get an early start on vacation appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
 
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    Cleared for Takeoff - The Triporati Blog

  • Summer of Lakes

    Darya Mead
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    One of my favorite things in the world is to plunge into a lake, preferably in the mountains, fed by snowmelt. The Pacific Northwest drought and climate change have sadly warmed the temperature of many of these glorious lakes. The upside is that swimming is more pleasant. It used to be, numbness and a deep bone chill was assumed after a mountain lake dip. This summer, as I embark on a big birthday, I was feeling a bit shy, or let’s say not really embracing the idea of a blowout celebration. I have never reveled in birthday glory, despite being a Leo, a theatrical being, and anything but a…
  • Peach Picking Plan Comes to Fruition

    Darya Mead
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:52 pm
    I have wanted to pick stone fruit since I moved to California more than twenty years ago. In the interim I have picked blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, apples and some cherries from my urban backyard tree. The lure of fuzzy pink peaches, iridescent plums and, as comedian Mel Brooks would say, “I love a nectarine; It’s half a peach, half a plum, it’s a hell of a fruit” is tantalizing. Dreams of picking fruit, fresh off the tree dance in my head, particularly in summer. One of my happiest memories was wild camping in Provence waking up in our tent under a reine claude…
  • Justice & Soul in Cambodia

    Darya Mead
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    I recently went for my thrice annual hair trim, and I love these sessions because my hair guy and I talk books, music, film and travel. I’ve sent him my top recommendations and links to things I have discovered and we always discuss details of his travels and reading list. So this time, I asked if he had any fun trips planned and he said he was headed to Cambodia in the fall for a working/volunteer vacation. Intrigued, I asked if it was teaching English, building infrastructure or joining a medical support program. He said he was so excited to be teaching Cambodian sex traffic survivors…
  • Woman in Gold—the Travels and Travails of one Famous Painting

    Darya Mead
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I saw the film Woman in Gold recently, a true story starring Helen Mirren as an octogenarian Austrian Holocaust survivor seeking to reclaim her aunt’s famous portrait. The title painting, called “Woman in Gold” for many years so as not to name her aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, and to obscure her Jewish heritage, is now so well-known it is featured on fridge magnets and mugs. I visited this painting and other Gustav Klimt works in Vienna’s Belvedere Palace Museum many years ago, lingering in front of my favorite works for what seemed like hours. At the time, I was obsessed…
  • Thaw Out in Cozy New York Haunts

    Darya Mead
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    I packed silk long underwear, my warmest pants, boots, socks and other sundry cold weather gear for a last minute trip to NYC. It’s been years since I have visited my home town in February, and this year I was told the relentlessly arctic weather was unprecedented. Multiple images of the frozen Hudson River and moaning on Facebook made me truly ponder what to bring and how I was to survive the deep freeze. Once there, I was pleasantly surprised that my California outdoor gear was fine, better than fine, I actually enjoyed the blistering cold. I gave up on the outdoor ice skating idea, but…
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    Vagablond

  • The Liberty Hotel – Boston, Massachusetts

    Ava Stochinsky
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:41 am
    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…
  • The Morgan – Dublin, Ireland

    Ava Stochinsky
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Quite simply if you are going to Dublin and want to stay in the trendiest area, you need not look further than conveniently hip Morgan Hotel. The Morgan Hotel is one half of the Fitzpatrick Lifestyle Hotels set up in 2001 by Paul Fitzpatrick to create a portfolio of design focused boutique hotels. I found the entire vibe of the hotel to be contemporary and uncluttered, there was a simple elegance that ran throughout the property. We had a room at the back of the hotel. It was quiet enough, but the Morgan is not to blame for the early morning ritual of empty kegs being rolled down the alley.
  • ALT Hotel :: Toronto

    Ava Stochinsky
    11 Jul 2015 | 2:18 am
    It’s a boutique no frills hotel, but still has the bells and whistles. ALT boasts of individuality, as expected of a boutique hotel. If you are stopping over for a night in Toronto this is the perfect place. You easily get into the shuttle train and after a quick ride walk across and right into the hotels lobby. They have a gourmet grab and go area with food available at all hours, which is great if you’re arriving from a late flight and hungry. Part of the Germaine series, perhaps a smidge of an oxymoron but it is a no-nonsense boutique luxury hotel. Most business travellers…
  • Shutters on the Beach :: Santa Monica, CA

    Lara Smith
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Simply put, Shutters on the Beach is a wonderful little oasis in the mist of Santa Monica and its beach. This hotel is in a perfect location on the Santa Monica boardwalk. The staff took care of us in a way that we felt like royalty. From the initial valet service, the checkin and our daily room service. The attention to detail was not lost on us. If we did have to choose just one thing we loved the most…it would be the beds. You will have one of the most comfortable sleeps of your life. Imagine a ginormous Nantucket style home plunked on the Santa Monica shore. The 198 rooms reinforce…
  • Surf in Style with Marc Newson’s Designer Nickel Coated Surf Boards

    Bhavesh Bhatia
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Surfboards are originally invented in Hawaii. These were mostly made from the local woods. However, in recent times the boards are mostly made from polyurethane foam covered in a few layers of fiberglass cloth and then coated with polyester resin. However, the most costly surfboards are a bit different from the regular one in their price as well as the materials used. The famous Australian designer Marc Newson created these expensive surfboards. There were only ten of these limited edition boards were available. Crafted as a work of art, these exclusive pieces can be used for proper surfing.
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    Information About Alaska

  • Geologic Map of Baranof Island

    valdez
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    Roughly the size of Delaware, Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska is the smallest of the ABC Islands (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof) Group. Home to the community of Sitka, these island is known for its Brown bear and Pacific salmon populations, temperate rain forest and extensive wilderness acreage. Recently the United States Geological Survey (USGS) published […] The post Geologic Map of Baranof Island appeared first on Information About Alaska.
  • Revenue Cutter Bear in Alaska

    valdez
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    A painting by James A. Mitchell III depicting the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear, around 1890, patrolling off the coast of Alaska. Image courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard. The post Revenue Cutter Bear in Alaska appeared first on Information About Alaska.
  • Tularemia Warning for Alaskans

    valdez
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Recently the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced in a press release that a resident of North Pole has contracted Tularemia or Rabbit Fever and issued a tularemia warning for Alaskans. This man became ill after skinning an Arctic hare earlier in the year. The agency notes that Colorado is reporting its largest […] The post Tularemia Warning for Alaskans appeared first on Information About Alaska.
  • Alaska Fish and Game Online Store Opened

    valdez
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:25 pm
    The State of Alaska has opened the Alaska Fish and Game Online Store operated by its Department of Fish and Game. This site will allow a person to purchase and print out a number of different hunting and fishing license products and facilitates the ordering of other items that need to be shipped to the […] The post Alaska Fish and Game Online Store Opened appeared first on Information About Alaska.
  • Glacier Change from Icefield to Ocean Affects the Future

    valdez
    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.
 
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef: hotel of the week

    Kate Weir
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:10 am
    The Great Barrier Reef‘s perennially clement temperatures rarely deviate from a delightful 27°C; but spring has officially sprung in Australia, so we’re using that flimsy – yet perfectly valid – excuse to book our deliriously sun-starved selves a beach break at luxury resort One&Only Hayman Island. Follow in our sand-dusted footsteps to swim in award-worthy pools and dip a snorkelling fin in the Great Barrier Reef… STYLE LOW-KEY TROPICAL LUXE SETTING ICONIC PRIVATE-ISLAND RETREAT WHY THIS WEEK? The northerly tip of the Whitsunday Islands is particularly lovely at…
  • New for September: Smith hotels in New York, Cartagena, Sri Lanka and beyond

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:25 am
    This month, our global hotel gatherers have a world-wide array of stylish stays for you to add to your travel wish list. Read on to meet our new favourites… NORTH AMERICA
  • Postcard from Brazil: Bahia’s most tranquil home from home

    Tamara
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:14 am
    Ever been somewhere that you genuinely didn’t want to leave? Usually, at the end of a holiday, I feel rested and ready to return, look forward even to having my own bed and things around me. Not this time. Brazil, Trancoso and Uxua Casa felt like home from the minute I stepped off the plane to the moment we reluctantly got in our cab for the airport. The kids went feral: disappearing upriver on paddle boards to explore; riding horses along the most perfect stretch of sand I’ve ever seen; spending many elated hours wave-jumping and boogie-boarding; and holding what locals told…
  • Lime Wood, New Forest: hotel of the week

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Welcome to autumn. September’s arrived, and with it comes a yearning to pull on a jumper and our favourite pair of wellies and start stomping around the woods. But we’ll need a particularly lovely retreat to call home, of course: Lime Wood hotel in Hampshire fits the bill… STYLE Mannered modern manor SETTING New Forest’s ancient capital WHY THIS WEEK? There’s no better season to enjoy the English countryside than autumn, when the last rays of summer sun are still shining, the long winter nights haven’t quite taken hold. And if long hikes through the trees…
  • Forget first class, all-you-can-fly private air travel is where it’s at

    Amelia Mularz
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Surf Air, which has been compared to Netflix for its monthly membership and Uber for its ease of booking, makes private flying feasible for those of us without a mogul-sized salary. Read about our first trip on the trend-setting airline and see where we’d fly next… I have never been early for anything in my life – I’m very much a made-it-by-a-minute kind of girl (twice I have arrived at weddings to see the bride already mid-march down the aisle). So imagine my surprise to show up for my first Surf Air flight 60 minutes before takeoff (like a well-behaved traveller) and…
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    Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

  • Camera Gear: How to Not End Up With the Wrong Equipment

    NomadicMatt
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five part series on taking better travel photos. Many of you are looking to improve your photography so Laurence is here to help us do just that. Part one in the series went over the basics while part two was on taking the perfect shot. In this post, Laurence goes in-depth on how to pick the perfect camera and gear for your trip. There is a belief that better photography gear will equate to better photographs. While this is certainly the case in specific situations, the reality is that it is the skill of…
  • The 9 Best Places to Teach English Overseas

    NomadicMatt
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    Every year, tens of thousands of people go overseas and teach English. Young and old, they go for many reasons: to learn about a new culture, make some money to travel, seek adventure, or just experience something new. The time I spent teaching English in Asia was life changing. In Thailand and Taiwan, I learned that I could make friends and start a life in a strange place, as well as adapt and thrive in a different culture. It gave me a confidence that nothing else before it had. Yet with seemingly millions of places to teach, where are the best places to go? What countries provide the best…
  • Travel is a Privilege

    NomadicMatt
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    Let’s face it: not everyone is able to travel. Whether it’s money, family obligations, or circumstance, travel is out of reach for a large percentage of the world’s population. In the “quit your job to travel the world” cheerleading that happens so often on travel websites (including this one), we often forget that it’s not easy for everyone. Years on the road have shown me that for many of us, our inability to travel is part a mindset issue (since we believe travel is expensive, we don’t look for ways to make it cheaper) and part a spending issue (we spend money on things we…
  • How NOT to Let Anxiety Stop You From Traveling

    NomadicMatt
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    When I was younger, I was very socially awkward. I got anxiety trying to talk to strangers. Travel forced me to get over that and become what is termed a “learned extrovert.” It’s sink or swim on the road and, since I wanted to travel and be on the road so much, I decided to swim. For many, it’s an even harder challenge. My friend Lauren of Never Ending Footsteps suffered such bad panic attacks when she was younger that she barely left the house, developed an eating disorder, and never took public transportation. Today, Lauren writes in-depth about her panic attacks, how travel helped…
  • How to Gain the Support of Your Friends and Family

    NomadicMatt
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Once a month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This month’s column is about dealing with unsupportive friends and family who think you’ll end up like the movie Taken. I swallowed hard as I sat across from her, hoping the news would go over smoothly. I’d been sitting on the information for months and had finally worked up the courage to tell her. “Mom,” I began, “I’m quitting my job to travel the…
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • Ever Wanted To Travel To Portugal? You Will After This.

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:13 am
    Today in the timeshare blog, we're delighted to reprint this wonderful review of 10 Great Portuguese Treasures directly from our friends at Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket (http://www.timeshare-hypermarket.com/) a wonderful resale company based in the UK.  Give them a look!TEN GREAT PORTUGUESE TREASURES!You don’t have to fly half-way round the world to find some truely awe-inspiring beaches and costal curiosities that make for stunning holiday snaps. Perhaps the most beautiful coastline in Europe, the Algarve is awash with beauty spots that perhaps don’t always get the fame they…
  • What You Need To Known When Buying A Timeshare-Part 3

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:20 am
    Well, we've talked briefly about understanding all the terms and conditions as well as those pesky annual fees.Today, it's Special Assessments. Are there any special assessments, and if so, what are they, and what are they for? Although the developer or the HOA does have the right to levy special assessments, individual owners are entitled to know what the assessment is for.  If the resort has levied multiple special assessments throughout the years, it might be an indication of financial instability.This thread will resume on Monday.  Tomorrow we take a break as we'll have a Guest…
  • What You Need To Know When Buying A Timeshare-Part 2

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:10 am
    Yesterday's tip was to be certain you fully understood all the terms and conditions of the contract.Today's tip:Be certain to ask what the current maintenance fees are, what is the five (5) year history of those fees and what do they cover?In 2014, the average maintenance fees for a US based timeshare was $845.  Anything 25% higher or lower than that warrants some additional questions on your part. If the fees have risen annual for the past five years anything more than 10% per year, again, stop and ask some more questions.  If you don't get an answer in writing to either of those…
  • What You Need To Know When Buying A Timeshare

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:14 am
    New month.  New start.For the next two weeks, I'll be sharing vital information about what you need to know when buying a timeshare.Each day I'll share a tip and then recap with the entire list.  Ready?  Good.Number 1 Do you understand all the terms and conditions of the contract? In particular, the financial terms should be clearly discernible as well as when you will be able to use the timeshare.If you don't understand, or something seems fishy...do not proceed.  Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
  • Celebration/FestivaRCI/Update

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    Back in July, this is what I heard:ORDER: the parties shall file their motion for preliminary approval of the settlement agreement by August 7, 2015; in the event this matter has not been fully resolved by August 7, 2015, the parties shall appear in person for a status conference on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Signed by Judge John Antoon II on 7/8/2015.Yesterday, this: Lawyers for all parties attended a status conference in person with the judge on August 14, 2015.  The parties advised that though an agreement in principle has been reached for a proposed settlement, several…
 
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  • Trinidad: A Road Trip Through the Island

    4 Sep 2015 | 8:47 am
    A Road Trip Through Trinidad By Karen Johnson Steelpan players are common sites in Trinidad. As I landed at the Piarco airport in Port of Spain, Trinidad, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • India: A Near Death Experience

    3 Sep 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Staring Death in the Face Karma Roads in India An incredible view near Manali India. Matthew Stone Photos. By Matthew StoneA colorful street in India for shopping and eating. Read More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Spain: Zaragoza, The City of Delights

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:07 am
    Zaragoza Welcomes You With ‘Delights’ La AljaferiaBy Inka Piegsa-Quischotte La SeoImagine my smile of anticipation when, sitting on the coach to Zaragoza, I found out that the central... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Vienna, Austria: Discover What's New

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:54 am
    What's New in Vienna?  Plenty of New To Do in the City for 2015 Sunset in Vienna. Österreich Werbung/Filmspektakel.at Photos.By Danielle Aihini Vienna has been ranked one of the world's most... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Iceland: Walking On The Center of The Earth

    2 Sep 2015 | 7:08 am
    Hiking the Majestic Snaefellsjökull in Iceland Is it the portal to center of the Earth? Hikers climb Snaefellsjokull Glacier. Jackie Sheckler Finch Photos. By Jackie Sheckler Finch   Today I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • PHOTO: Medieval Reenactor at Boldogko Castle in northern Hungary

    Barbara Weibel
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Reenactor portrays a medieval knight at Boldogko Castle. Even though it one of the most fascinating castles in Hungary, it is little known and even lesser visited. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)The post PHOTO: Medieval Reenactor at Boldogko Castle in northern Hungary appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Vineyards in Tokaj Wine Region of Hungary

    Barbara Weibel
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Vineyards cover the hillsides in the Tokaj Wine Region of northern Hungary, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site (Visited 30 times, 30 visits today)The post PHOTO: Vineyards in Tokaj Wine Region of Hungary appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Untouched Hungary – The Zemplen Protected Landscape

    Barbara Weibel
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Most visitors to Hungary focus on the popular tourist destinations like Budapest and Lake Balaton, but with the help of my Hungarian friend, Zsuzsa Mehesz, I’ve had the great good fortune to see untouched parts of the country. On my most recent visit, she packed me into the car and headed for the Zemplen Protected Landscape in the northeast corner of Hungary. We began with lunch in the Tokaj Wine Region, a small plateau of volcanic soils near the Carpathian Mountains, so famous for its sweet wines that it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even under dingy skies, the view of…
  • PHOTO: Jewish Shoes Sculpture in Budapest, Hungary

    Barbara Weibel
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Jewish Shoes sculpture on the banks of the Danube memorializes Jews in Budapest, Hungary who were shot and dumped in the river by Nazis during World War II (Visited 114 times, 114 visits today)The post PHOTO: Jewish Shoes Sculpture in Budapest, Hungary appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • For Eastern Hungary, the European Union May Be A Broken Promise

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    My friend, Ambrus, pointed out the black flag hanging just outside the church door. Someone has died in Panyola. Later, I mentioned this to his wife, Zsuzsa. “Yes, I know, they rang the bells,” she said. Curious, I asked if the bells had been rung once for each year of age of the deceased, as they used to do in some smaller parishes in England. “No, here the bells tell us if it was a man, woman, or child.” This tiny village in Hungary’s far eastern Szatmar County has changed little since I last visited, nearly two years ago. It’s half-dozen streets are home to about 500…
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  • Gai Jatra – Nepal’s cow festival to celebrate the dead

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    Gai Jatra in Kathmandu – Festival of the Cow and remembering the Dead   Given the year, the 2015 Gai Jatra (Gaijatra / Sa Paru) festival in Nepal is perhaps one of the most meaningful events of the year for many families who lost loved ones. The festival has a long history dating back further than its 17th century modern day interpretation. The mean of Gai Jatra is literally – Gai – “Cow” and Jatra – “Festival”. A young girl dressed as a cow during Gai Jatra (the cow face is printed on the colorful headdress) So what do cows and the…
  • Is China still allowing foreign tourists to visit Tibet?

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The Potala Palace Lhasa, Tibet Yes, you can visit Tibet in 2015/2016 but here are some things to know first One of the most popular questions I get is how to travel from Nepal to Tibet overland. It’s a very easy thing to do as that previous link to my guide will show. Likewise from mainland China into Tibet it’s also very easy. Due to strict permits and security checks there really is only one option – take a tour. However, since the 2008 uprising in Tibet, China has constantly changed the regulations, document requirements and outright closed off access to Tibet for…
  • It’s okay to eat vegetarian food in Thailand

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Avocado Salad in Thailand I am a carnivore. The type that’s nearly always hungry if they don’t have meat in a meal. I do eat loads of vegetables though. But, always with meat. In Thailand dishes are usually quite small to begin with so I’ve never once thought of “just” ordering a vegetarian dish. I’d be starving afterwards. That all changed on my most recent trip to Thailand. Stir fried rice with mushrooms and vegetables (my octo-vegetarian option) I’d eaten a late breakfast and was waiting at a restaurant with a coffee. It was lunch time and I knew…
  • Nepal in two weeks: planning a visit with a 14 day itinerary

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Looking to spend up to 14 days in Nepal? From the golden loop to the sliver triangle and more. Here are the itineraries you need to make the most out of your trip! Can you have a great time in Nepal with only two weeks? Long trips to Nepal are the best way to get the most from this great country. However this is not always possible with today’s working lifestyle. I’ve already written a popular one week itinerary for Nepal. However, if you have 14 days you’ll fit twice as much into your trip plan which is even better! With new budget airline routes from Bangkok, Kuala…
  • Sukhothai temples at night

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    The magnificent Wat Sa Si at night Visiting Sukhothai Historical Park at Night Most people only think about visiting Sukhothai Historical park during the day. I highly recommend you try to visit it at night when it is lit up beautifully. You’ll get all the temples in a beautiful setting & see few people One of the reasons very few people visit Sukhothai historical park at night is that there’s very little information about it being open at night. Including at the park! Saturday night lights at Sukhothai Historical Park During peak season in Thailand the authorities at…
 
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  • Staying Connected With the Grandkids Thanks to TracFone

    Donna Hull
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:05 am
    For the next six months, I’ll be reporting my experiences using one of America’s largest no-contract wireless services as a TracFone brand ambassador (sponsored). Whether you’re traveling or the family’s spread out across the country, technology enables you to stay in touch with the push of a button, especially if you’re using a wireless phone like the Alcatel Pop ICON smartphone from TracFone. Or do you already own a smartphone? TracFone’s innovative program, Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP), makes it easy to keep your phone and stay connected with the family at an affordable price.
  • Top Five Scenic Road Trip Apps

    Nicole
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    We all have our favorites when it comes to choosing our preferred way of travel. Some may love to fly the friendly skies while others prefer to take their time on a slow, but scenic train ride. And while we will go anywhere by land, sea, or air, we always find some of our best travel experiences are made while out on the open road, boomer road trip style. Alan and Donna were driving a four-wheel jeep while cruising through the incredible Lolo Pass Although taking a scenic road trip could mean different things to different people, this is where we really look for off-the-beaten-path travel…
  • Reliving Childhood Stories in Nova Scotia

    A Guest Writer
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Thinking about exploring amazing Nova Scotia? Thankfully, you’ll find a lot of travel information out there about this destination’s most popular attraction and wonder of the world, The Bay of Fundy. However, today’s guest author, Debi Lander, from ByLanderSea takes us back in time as she recalls how Nova Scotia’s most unique tourist attraction allowed her to relive some of her favorite childhood stories. Wouldn’t it be fun to share these attractions and the books with your grandchildren? Sounds like a perfect Grandparents Day celebration to us. As a young child,…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    From Donna: Nicole, My Itchy Travel Feet Assistant Editor, is on vacation until the end of August, lucky girl, so it’s just me clueing you in on our News for the Week.  Ouray is a fun off-the-beaten-path adventure in Colorado and a beautiful fall road trip. Alan and I are about to pack up and head back to Montana after ten days at the Oregon coast. It’s been a relief to escape smoky skies in lieu of walks on the beach, seafood dinners and watching whales from the condo window as we worked. The new mobile-friendly website design is coming together. I’m excited about finally…
  • Exploring Idaho’s Wilderness at Mackay Bar Outfitters & Guest Ranch

    Donna Hull
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:05 am
    A jet boat whizzes up the main channel of the Salmon River after leaving Vinegar Creek boat ramp near Riggins, Idaho. Alan and I are cruising along with another couple for the hour ride to Mackay Bar Outfitters & Guest Ranch. The boat slows down to maneuver beyond a group of rafters and then slows down again when Buck Dewey (jet boat driver and co-owner of Mackay Bar Ranch) spots a black bear lumbering across the hillside. And then there’s the turn into the rapids and the big “whoo-hoo” from us as a wave of water sprays over the boat. Wild West scenery accompanies a jetboat ride on…
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  • A Quick, Romantic Getaway… With Myself

    Christine Gilbert
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:29 pm
    I’m sitting in first class (“preferido”) on the train from Madrid to Barcelona, drinking cava, watching the Spanish plains roll by and thinking to myself, “Wow, this is the most romantic work trip of my life.” I’ve been in a contemplative place all summer and as my window for slacking off (as I had been doing almost all summer long) closed, I had to be a big girl and pack up my things to travel to Spain and teach two workshops I had set up last spring. It felt exactly like that. I “had” to go, but I wasn’t ready. The summer had slipped away and I wasn’t done pouting yet.
  • Getting Your Head Together as a Creative

    Christine Gilbert
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:49 pm
    I’m in the thick of it. It’s not quite depression, but it sort of is. It’s not “not liking my life” either. It’s like being a little lost. I’m searching for clarity but I can’t quite find it. This happens to me all the time. Maybe it’s just coming down from an intense year. Last year this time we were biking across Europe, then I rewrote a good portion of my book and sent it to the publisher. We were chosen as National Geographic Travelers of the Year in the fall. We had the film tour in the spring and I spent three months on my own with…
  • How We Found Home

    Christine Gilbert
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    The next day at Disney, we had a wonderful time. It’s hard to believe looking back as these photos we were just 24 short hours away from upending our lives. Click to view slideshow. By the end of the day we were all full. Just stuffed with joy. But I still felt like we were on the precipice. I couldn’t really think about what happens next, to wrap my brain around moving to Peru over Barcelona, to get a handle on yet another big move, to yet another unknown city, in yet another foreign land. I just wanted to sleep. Stella did plenty of that as my proxy: The next day we were driving…
  • When It’s Time to Evaluate if “Working Anywhere” is Really Worth It

    Christine Gilbert
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:36 pm
    I was going through my photos from Disney and I found this series of shots we took — I had completely forgotten about them. It was the second day and we spent 45 minutes waiting in line for the Toy Story parachute drop ride. So did this guy: Do you see him? Let’s look a little closer: “Oh hi, don’t mind me, I’m just working on my HP laptop while waiting in line at Disneyland Paris with my kids, balancing this beast of a machine on the top of my front-facing backpack. This is normal. Nothing to see here. My life is fine. Don’t ask me questions…”…
  • This Is Not My Beautiful Life

    Christine Gilbert
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
      Hello, Stella. You see, you go to Disney for the kids, but really, it’s for the adults, who are straight-up junkies for the joy-of-children. When we arrived, we were in a weird spot. Our friend just died, leaving behind two beautiful babies, about the same age as our kids. Drew had been at their house six weeks before, for the NYC film festival screening and it kept hitting us, over and over again. “Wyatt is gone.” We met our friend Kayt in Disneyland and it was fun. But Drew and I felt like ghosts, moving around this massive theme park, hanging out with a friend that…
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  • Win Free Flights to Hawaii on Virgin America

    Beat of Hawaii
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Virgin America flights to Hawaii from San Francisco are about to take off. Service to Honolulu commences November 2 and flights to Maui begin on December 3. Today you can win free Hawaii vacations,... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
  • 2015/2016 Update | The Cheapest Time to Fly to Hawaii

    Beat of Hawaii
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    Our four-step 2015/2016 guide to Hawaii travel deals features the best time to fly to Hawaii and how much you can expect to pay. Just updated in August 2015 with our latest tips. We’ve included... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
  • Flights to Hawaii from Vancouver $304 RT

    Beat of Hawaii
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:04 pm
    An evening fare war just broke out that will save you 50% or more between Vancouver and either Maui or Oahu. Act fast to catch this brief wave of great pricing on flights to Hawaii from Vancouver.... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
  • Hawaii Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Duke Kahanamoku

    Beat of Hawaii
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Stand Up Paddle Surfing remain all the rage in Hawaii. It is brought to mind courtesy of Google, which today featured the image of Duke Kahanamoku, to honor the 125th... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
  • Hawaii Deals From Charlotte, Dallas and Miami ~$250+ Each Way

    Beat of Hawaii
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:59 pm
    More Hawaii deals this afternoon, courtesy of airline hub wars, which are providing great opportunities for some value packed Hawaii vacations over the next 330 days. Yesterday we had American... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
 
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  • Zydeco: Roots music of southern Louisiana

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    If it's the weekend, the sounds of song and dance are resonating out of the large halls and small bars along the bayous of Southwest Louisiana. The dance floors are full of men, women and children grooving to the mix of blues, pop and French music performed by Zydeco musicians. All have one thing on their minds: passing a good time, cher!
  • Cavendish Hotel in London: Posh luxury with Duchess of Jermyn Street history by Patrice Raplee

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    The fabulous Cavendish London Hotel, situated in the heart of historic St. James's on Jermyn Street, is one of the city's most centrally located hotels. With a fascinating 200-year history, royalty and artists to actors and politicians have visited the Cavendish.
  • Guinness Storehouse in Dublin One of Europe's Top Destinations: Here's what you can see, do, drink

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    What is it about the Guinness Storehouse that has it competing with the likes of the Eiffel Tower and the Acropolis. It's a unique experience -- fun, educational, and tasty.
  • Stroll Through the Castle and History: Kenilworth Castle by Edd Morris

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Kenilworth Castle, considered to be one of the best examples of an English Castle, and a fine ruin to explore, was actually built over several centuries. Much of the castle remains were constructed under the watchful gaze of Robert Dudley 1st Earl of Leicester, and confidant of Elizabeth the 1st.
  • Europe's Top 5 Scenic Rail Journeys

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    As air travel has become more and more of a hassle, train travel is becoming an viable alternative. Remember it's the journey, not the destination -- railroad journeys are an unique experience, and they can take you to your destination as well.
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  • How To Save Money On Your Non Refundable Hotel Room

    tripwolf
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:02 am
    TweetPowered by Roomer. When planning to travel, booking a hotel room in advance is highly recommended. However, your plans may be interrupted and you may find yourself stuck with a non-refundable hotel room. Don’t you wish you could sell your hotel room to another person who may need it? Well, Roomer has made it possible for […] The post How To Save Money On Your Non Refundable Hotel Room appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Hearty tagine, delicious couscous and sweet mint tea: This is how good Morocco tastes

    Kathi
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    TweetTranslated from the German version of this article. Moroccan cuisine is said to be one of the best in all of Africa, maybe even the world. And with the incredible variety that makes its way to the Moroccan table, it’s no wonder. Delicious stews are conjured up over an open fire, sweets fruits such as […] The post Hearty tagine, delicious couscous and sweet mint tea: This is how good Morocco tastes appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Where to in Southeast Asia? Your decision-making aid for your next trip

    Kathi
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    TweetTranslated from the German version of this article.   You’re planning a trip to Southeast Asia, but just can’t decide on a country? No problem! Today we’ll tell you what’s waiting for you in Thailand, Cambodia, and other countries, so you can make the right decision. Myanmar After decades of isolation, Burma has experienced a […] The post Where to in Southeast Asia? Your decision-making aid for your next trip appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Staying healthy while traveling: Top tips for a worry-free vacation

    tripwolf
    15 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    TweetTranslated from the German version of this article. The anticipation for your upcoming vacation is rising: Sun, summer, sand and sea aren’t far away! If course, we don’t usually associate the best season of the year with illness or injury. But be careful: If you want a worry-free start to your vacation, and to stay […] The post Staying healthy while traveling: Top tips for a worry-free vacation appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • The most beautiful rock formations around the globe

    tripwolf
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    TweetTranslated from German version of the article. Over thousands and millions of years, nature has used its impressive strength to craft majestic rock formations: Mountains that look like stacked pancakes, rock windows through which you can look out at the open sea, gigantic canyons and hills reminiscent of chocolate. Today we’ll take you on a […] The post The most beautiful rock formations around the globe appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
 
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  • Istanbul: Small Budget, Good Times

    Guest Writers
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:37 am
    Turkey is the meeting point of two continents where you can indulge in the best of Asian and European lifestyle, culture and food! If you book one of the cheap holidays to the capital city of Istanbul that are regularly available throughout the year, make sure you take a look at this guide to help you keep within a low budget. 1. Foodies can immerse themselves into the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of one of the oldest spice markets in the world, Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar. Peruse the myriad spices, herbs, nuts, vegetables and dried fruits. There are also herbal remedy stalls for the…
  • Voodoo Doughnuts Taipei – A New Doughnut King in Town

    Carrie Kellenberger
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Move over Krispy Kreme. There is a new Doughnut King in town! Voodoo Doughnuts from Portland, Oregon has brought their sugary magic-filled doughnuts to Taipei. The shop has been open for about a month and a half for its soft opening in preparation for their grand opening event on July 18, 2015. It’s their first store to open in Asia. As luck would have it, my friends Dean and Hedway live near Voodoo Doughnuts. Hedway spotted their soft opening event while driving by on his scooter one day. He was one of the very first to walk away with a pack of doughnuts during their soft opening in…
  • Taipei Theme Restaurants – Friends Central Park Cafe

    Carrie Kellenberger
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    The latest to join the theme restaurant craze in Taiwan is the newly opened Central Park Cafe, a replica coffee shop on Roosevelt Road that is based on the TV show Friends. Of course, as soon as I heard about it, I had to go. I am a true Monica. For those of you who might need a reminder, Rachel worked as a waitress at Central Perk Cafe in New York. Central Perk was known for its signature orange velvet sofa and extra large coffees. It was also one of the main sets for many hilarious episodes of Friends. (This show never gets old!) Central Park Cafe is crammed full of cool paraphernalia from…
  • 70 Facts About My Invisible Illness You Might Not Know

    Carrie Kellenberger
    1 May 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Today is World AS Awareness Day, and it is typically held on the first Saturday in the month of May. Today’s post is for the millions of people who suffer worldwide from invisible illnesses like Ankylosing Spondylitis. Over the past month, I have been writing and posting about Walk Your AS Off, a global virtual event that has over 60 teams walking in locations around the world. We are walking to raise awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis and its associated family of diseases. May is our Official Walk Month, but my team, The Walking Spondies, has been walking and training throughout the…
  • Where Are You Spending Your Summer Break?

    Carrie Kellenberger
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Ah, summertime. Who doesn’t love kicking back on the beach, sipping at a fruity drink and just enjoying the sounds of life flowing around you? People have been taking tropical vacations since the dawn of civilization. It used to be that in order to ditch the daily grind for a while and take a trip to a tropical hangout you had to either be royalty or have an incredible amount of wealth. Thankfully for you, however, times have changed. Now an amazing tropical getaway is well within the reach of most average people, even if they do require a bit of saving. These days, the hardest part of your…
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    Lanzarote Information - Holidays, car hire and information in Lanzarote

  • Take Something Special Home From Lanzarote

    Miguel
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:14 am
    As well as your memories of a fabulous holiday, its always nice to have something which you can look at each day to remind you of the good times. What better than a piece of hand-made jewellery that says “Lanzarote” every time you look at it?   Our friends at Chevere JR have been making jewellery by hand in Lanzarote for 25 years.  read more »
  • English cinema in Lanzarote 7th & 10th September 2015

    Susana
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:53 am
    There will be two movies available in English next week, shown on Monday the 7th and Thursday the 10th of September: At Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife at 19:40 the newly introduced "Vacation": Rusty Griswold (played by Ed Helms) takes his own family on a road trip to the coolest theme park in the country, "Walley World", in order to spice things up with his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and reconnect with his sons James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins). What could go wrong?  read more »
  • Adult Only Hotels in Lanzarote

    Jules
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:45 am
    There’s a growing trend for adult only hotels on the island, we’ve selected three places to highlight from each holiday resort in Lanzarote. Costa Teguise Meliá Salinas 5* The only five star hotel in Costa Teguise is situated on the beachfront by Playa Las Cucharas. The Meliá Salinas is available for over 15’s only, room styles include Classic (25m2), Premium (25m2), The Level (25m2), Junior Suite (50m2) & Grand Suite (50m2). There’s also 9 garden villas situated on 500m2 plots and the Presidential Garden Villa on a 1200m2 plot. Air conditioning is seasonal and WiFi internet…
  • 7 Things You Probably Haven't Done In Lanzarote, But Should

    Miguel
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:20 am
    Watch The Sunset From Mirador Del Rio Preferably with a chilled bottle of Cava and some smoked salmon sandwiches. Enjoy A Meal In A Sociedad Every village has one, and they are offer great food and exceptional  read more »
  • Cheese & Mojo Making And Caving In September

    Jules
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:59 am
    It’s a year since the Lanzarote Active Club opened a membership scheme for residents living in Lanzarote. Lanzarote Active Club are predominantly focused on our tourist market, they have a weekly excursion calendar offering walks, wine tasting & boat trips for visitors to Lanzarote. We’ve been on many of their trips over the years, they’re very informative with lots of information about the island’s history, flora, fauna and environment. Last year they started a resident club, with some unique excursions aimed at people living on the island who would like to discover more about…
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  • The Joys of Sustainable Travel

    editor
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:05 pm
    THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THOMSON UK As many parts of our world become more and more accessible, so too does the importance of traveling and exploring in a way that not only respects local cultures and environments but helps to sustain it. The goal is to protect the unique qualities of a place so that it can continue to be enjoyed by others and provide a healthy living for locals. While some travelers might hear the term “sustainable travel” and think of a vacation that is limited primarily to outdoor environmental endeavors, there are many more fun activities and options available…
  • A Life-Changing Experience Challenge in Ghana

    editor
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:35 am
    With every trip we take, we bring home stories: how we saw the Northern Lights from the airplane on our way to Reykjavik, Iceland; how it felt like we were being showered with stars as we snuggled into our blankets in Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert; how we realised that yes, balsamic vinegar can be taken to the next level in Modena, Italy. Jiah Ham with William, her host at AfriKids Blue Sky Travel in Ghana. Photo courtesy of AfriKids Blue Sky Travel But the story I brought back from my Experience Challenge in Ghana with AfriKids’ Blue Sky Travel Ltd. was one about people. And it was…
  • The Brutal Truth About Voluntourism – And What to Do About It

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    13 Jul 2015 | 5:18 am
    When you hear the word “voluntourism,” what comes to mind? If you’re like many people, you may picture privileged white people heading to a developing country and doing a few days of service with the aim of inflating their egos while embellishing their Instagram streams. Yuck. This type of surface voluntourism has given the industry a bad rap – and deservedly so. Volunteer vacations should be fun and educational. Here, a volunteer in the Dominican Republic takes a break from building a clinic made of plastic bottles to practice some dance steps with a local youth. Photo…
  • The Fight Against Human Trafficking: A Visit to the Indian Border with Maiti Nepal

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    25 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written before the devastating earthquakes that hammered Nepal. It was intended for publication at a time when the additional burdens of recovery from natural disaster were not foremost in everyone’s mind. Although it doesn’t address the specifics of these pressing needs, it still addresses a concern of critical importance, as times like these are when predators step up their work taking advantage of the weak. It is a time when girls are most at risk. We stood at the border between India and Nepal surrounded by a cacophony of sounds and…
  • The Homestay Initiative in Malawi: Appreciating Local Culture

    editor
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:15 am
    The Responsible Safari Company (RSC) and Youth for Development and Productivity (YODEP) are in the process of designing a Homestay Initiative through which guests can experience authentic village life in Malawi. The hope is that through guests experiencing day-to-day life and taking part in traditional customs, local people will appreciate the importance of safeguarding their cultural practices and traditions, despite the speed with which the world is changing around them. It will also be an income-generating activity for YODEP, sponsored by RSC. At the same time, guests will learn about…
 
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  • Runaway Beach Club Resort

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Travelers looking for vacation rentals near Orlando can look no further than the Runaway Beach Club Resort in Kissimmee-Orlando. In true Florida style, Runaway Beach Resort offers a lush tropical… The post Runaway Beach Club Resort appeared first on Orlandoescape.
  • Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista Reviews Video

    Sunil Govind
    7 May 2015 | 10:05 am
      Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista Reviews #ClarionInnLBV Posted by Floridaescape on Wednesday, May 6, 2015   Reviews via Trip Advisor For Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista Checked into the… The post Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista Reviews Video appeared first on Orlandoescape.
  • Height Requirements for Disney World Magic Kingdom Park Attractions

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Once your children are old enough to appreciate a trip to Disney World (and for most kids, that happens once they start to eat solid foods  and sleep through the… The post Height Requirements for Disney World Magic Kingdom Park Attractions appeared first on Orlandoescape.
  • What Orlando Would Be Like If The Top 6 Podcast About Orlando Didn’t Exist

    Sunil Govind
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Relaxing spas in Orlando – Orlando is known as the vacation capital of the United States, its attractions and amusement parks draw in millions of people in the world. Although… The post What Orlando Would Be Like If The Top 6 Podcast About Orlando Didn’t Exist appeared first on Orlandoescape.
  • Interactive Walt Disney World Resort Map

    Robyn Kurth
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Imagine having all of the magical fun of Disney World at your fingertips. The interactive Walt Disney World Resort Map turns your mobile device into a mini-map to help you… The post Interactive Walt Disney World Resort Map appeared first on Orlandoescape.
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  • 9 fashion faux pas of travel

    Clarke Humphrey
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:48 am
    Like it or not, both locals and other tourists on your next vacation will surely judge you based on what you’re wearing. Even the most fashion-savvy person should take a look at this list and take major precautions. There’s nothing worse than committing a fashion faux pas while traveling – we Americans are already walking on thin ice among the world’s fashion critics. Touristy paraphernalia Ludovic Bertron, I love NY Rat via Flickr CC BY 2.0 Whether you’re eager to represent your hometown or to tell the world where you’ve been (even while you’re still there), we can see…
  • What’s in that carry-on? Our must-bring travel items

    Brittany Dietz
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:42 am
    The travel experts at Cheapflights are offering a peek into their carry-on bags, sharing with you what their must-have travel items are in hope to make your future travels a little easier. Carry-on bag (Image: Melisse Hinkle) The basics Along with the items you need for traveling, and most commonly carry with you daily (i.e., ID, tickets, cell phone and wallet), here are a few more basic items our experts like to keep in their carry-on bags when traveling. Pen and Paper: You might need to fill out paperwork for customs, do the puzzles in the in-flight magazine or take down the phone number…
  • Say cheese: Around the US in 50 nifty photo ops

    Amanda Festa
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The U.S. is full of things to see. From beautiful nature parks to man-made oddities, each state has its own camera-ready attractions begging to be posed in front of. But let’s face it, seeing a dozen of the same boring shot can make even the most die-hard Instagram addict cringe. We scoured the country (or at least, social media) for the best photo ops America has to offer. From purple mountain majesties to replicas of Stonehenge made of everything from cars to corn on the cob. With a country that has more variation than IG has filters, we say, ditch the pretenses, up the kitsch…
  • 4 Programs that will help you breeze through airport security

    Lauren Mack
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:41 am
    You know the drill. Hurry up to get to the airport two hours or more before takeoff only to wait in long, winding security lines at the airport. Get off your international flight, jet-lagged and then wait once more, this time in slow-moving customs and immigration lanes. Fortunately, there are several travel programs that can help you breeze through security and customs lines. TSA Pre✓ and CLEAR are two programs that help propel passengers to the front of and through security lines. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol runs four Trusted Traveler Programs: Global Entry (for international travel),…
  • Find your in-flight fashion personality: 10 awesome outfits for long flights

    Marissa Willman
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Whether you’re jetting across the country or to an exotic international locale, there’s no escaping the fact that your journey is likely to involve more than a few hours in an airplane cabin. Wearing the right outfit, though, can make a long flight seem that much shorter. Whether you’re a fashionista or a comfort-seeker, here are five suggestions for what to wear on a long-haul flight. “First Class Fashionista” If life is a fashion show, let the airport be your runway. Whether you’re catching a red-eye or lounging around during a long layover, you know it still pays to look…
 
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  • Four Fantastic River Trips

    Jennifer Miller
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]I love traveling by boat. Perhaps it’s because I was born on a lake and spent my early day commuting to and from the land based transportation in a wooden boat that my dad built. I find the motion soothing. I love that the world looks different afloat than it does when standing on dry ground. I love that I’m not constrained by road ways, or fences, and instead can move freely in just about any direction. Rivers are my favourite, I think. Forward motion is inevitable as the current sweeps you downstream. Having spent much of my life on a river island, I’ve learned to see the…
  • Top 10 Shark Infested Beaches in the World

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    2 Sep 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Even before Jaws popularized the image of a giant man-eating shark terrorizing an entire town and eating anything and everything in its path, people have long been scared of sharks. And, honestly, rightfully so. I mean, what could be scarier than a man-eating fish? A swimming monster lurking in the water, waiting to attack with its mouth full of razor-sharp teeth? That's just plain terrifying. Or, at least that's what people imagine when they think of shark infested waters. Sharks have long captured the imagination and fascination of humans.[/section] [banner type="red"…
  • Should You Add “Unsafe” Destinations to Your RTW Trip?

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    1 Sep 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Fear is individually unique. One person’s definition of a safe destination can equal another’s worst nightmare. However, regardless of whether you sport a high fear factor or quiver at the sight of your own shadow (I idle somewhere in between), there are certain destinations around the globe that sit at the upper end of the spectrum of dangerous. The reasons that turn a spot into a danger zone are wide ranging, from war, to natural disasters, to terrorism, to violent civil unrest. Whether you're trying to decide if you should include a potential danger zone on your itinerary or…
  • 12 Tips to Haggle Like a Pro

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    31 Aug 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Some people are born to negotiate while others detest the process. When you are traveling it’s quite likely that you’ll find yourself in a situation where you’d like to buy something, but the first price you are quoted is outrageous. In many parts of the world prices of nearly everything are flexible and dependent on how much the seller thinks they can get out of the buyer at that moment. The most common rule of thumb in these places is to ask for a price and then offer half of that in return, but sometimes even half is way more than you’ll need to pay. It’s a game and the…
  • Budget Travel by Bike: How You Can Do It for $14 Per Day

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    27 Aug 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]You’ve been bitten. The travel bug has taken root in your soul. You long for idyllic temples floating in oceans of jungle, beaches with just one set of foot prints, and the rush of stepping off of a plane and being surrounded by a sea of strange. You have no shortage of dreams, it’s the dollar signs that hover over them that give you nightmares. So you begin to research budget travel and find ways to cut costs, but along with costs you cut a big piece of your soul off as well. You can go ‘round the world with boots and a backpack, thousands do, but the limitations of public…
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  • Midtown Vacation Apartment Rentals For An Easy Stay – Enjoy City Attractions To The Fullest!

    Ashyln Molly
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:16 am
    If you are planning a stay in the busy and glamorous city of New York, then why not opt for midtown vacation apartment rentals which are fully equipped with everything that you would want to make your stay in the Big Apple one to remember! The midtown area of Manhattan is one to hold all tourists captivated by its numerous attractions and features. If you have never been to New York, then you will be simply amazed at what is in store for you. A rented apartment is the ideal way to spend a fun holiday time in the city and traipse around the city streets gazing at wonder scenes that will give…
  • 76% of Couples Happy To Wait For Their Honeymoon

    Ashyln Molly
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:27 pm
    It’s meant to be the “icing on the cake” for newlyweds, yet a recent study by a UK online travel agency suggests that honeymoons don’t necessarily take place immediately after the big day anymore. Sunshine.co.uk asked 1,977 men and women from around the UK, all of which were aged 21 and over and also happened to be married in 2014. The aim was to find out all about their honeymoon and immediately the company found out that 88% of respondents had in fact experienced a honeymoon. The big news came around the fact that a mammoth 76% of respondents waited a short period of…
  • You Have to Visit California in the Fall

    Ashyln Molly
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Is there a perfect time to visit California? Many locales would argue that fall is the best season to see the Golden State due to the bountiful harvest, including fresh veggies and fat grapes for wine making. In southern California, the weather stays warm year round, and it’s almost always warm enough for a dip in the ocean. Heading north, the temperatures drop a bit, but the leaves change and the colors are spectacular. Fall certainly has it all. Here’s a look at some of California’s best fall locales, and how you can get those most out of a fall vacation. San Diego in the Fall Average…
  • 8 Great Reasons to Visit England

    Ashyln Molly
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    England is ranked among the greatest tourist destinations in Europe and the world. From the ancient royal palaces to the modern structures, parks, beaches, and special events, you will definitely enjoy visiting most of the of tourist attractions in this great country. Here are some of the things you should do and see when you visit England. Visit Big Ben The Big Ben Clock Tower is one of England’s main tourist attractions. This 150-year old monument derives its name from the massive 13-ton bell in the tower and the man who first ordered for the bell – Sir Benjamin Hall. This tower is…
  • Jaipur – The Capital of Rajasthan

    Ashyln Molly
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is legendary because the ‘pink city’. History has it that in 1876, Jaipur dressed itself pink to welcome Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth, and therefore the name “Pink City” stuck to that. It is high on the itinerary of the traveller visiting India and its shut proximity to the cities of Delhi and Agra makes it half of the Golden triangle. The traveller attractions in Jaipur are the architectural marvels, may be the foremost widespread being the Hawa Mahal, once used as a veil by the royal girls to look at the proceedings on the road,…
 
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  • Exploring Every Possible Path

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Using Tripadvisor I find myself using Tripadvisor more and more on trips to find hotels and places to stay. It’s a very handy resource, I must say… and it gets stronger every day with all the community feedback. Daily Photo – Exploring Every Possible Path There’s a little town beside Yangshuo and I can’t quite remember the name right now! But it was full of these tiny little alleyways and tunnels that darted this way and that. Here’s a quick scene I captured while there… Exploring Every Possible Path Tweet m Photo Information Date Taken CameraILCE-7R Camera MakeSony…
  • Dubai From the Inside Out

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Cutting Off the Tops of Buildings This is a new style of architecture photography I’ve been toying with. I think the instinct is to always capture the entire building, especially the top. But in slicing off the top on purpose, it can give you many more options with composition. Also, the way the brain works, the viewer doesn’t have to see the top to know that it also looks pretty awesome… in fact, their imagination of the continuation of the building may be better than the building itself! Daily Photo – Dubai From the Inside Out Very early one morning we found ourselves halfway up…
  • Hello Farmer Friend!

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Speaking of Burning Man This is where I first came up with the idea of crazy presets… It’s because I walked around the first Burning Man with these orange goggles that made everything look like this. I then set out to see if I could re-create the effect in Lightroom… and from that point, I was hooked! Daily Photo – Hello Farmer Friend! Here’s a very out-of-the-way place on a little river that feeds into the Li River. We walked along it for a while, and even boated along it. It was really awesome to see this guy crossing over the river with his animal on this old bridge… well…
  • Happy September, and Welcome to the September Lightroom Presets!

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Day ONE of a new month, get the new Presets! Pop over to the Lightroom Presets page to grab the new ones at half price… this only lasts 24 hours – it’s something special we do for everyone here on the blog! Daily Photo – Another Epic Dinner in Dubai I’ve eaten at some really beautiful places in Dubai… I spend half the time eating and the other half taking photos. This is a very loungey-kinda-place around a pool. The pool helps keep everything a little bit cool, so you’re not always sweating out the wazoo! Another Epic Dinner in Dubai Tweet m Photo Information Date…
  • Visiting Temples in Thailand

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Now at Burning Man For the next 10 days, I’ll be at Burning Man, so I won’t be super-responsive, or responsive-at-all until I return! I’ll still read and respond to comments, but it will just be a little delayed. I’ve queued up a lot of blog posts with some favorite photos while I am gone so you can stay entertained while I’m off in the woods… Daily Photo – Visiting Temples in Thailand I loved this gal’s super-blonde-with-reddish-highlights-hair (which is rare in Thailand) and those cool tattoos on her back. I saw her kneeling here alone from afar and scurried over quickly…
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  • Breathtaking Wildlife Photography in the African Bush

    Rich Laburn
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:12 pm
    I started the photographic journal series to allow the hobbyist photographic guides to share their photographic styles, techniques and stories. I thought this is a great opportunity for guides and staff, who don’t necessarily post on the blog on a frequent basis, to share their growth in the field of photography. My photographic journey has had a beginning, a monotonous middle and now the forever and ongoing. When I arrived at Londolozi at the beginning of 2013 I took an immediate interest in wildlife photography as I saw it as an opportunity to express myself and share my experiences with…
  • Lisa Hoffman Products, Where Jewelry & Your Senses Meet

    Renee Blodgett
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:37 pm
    We recently discovered the Lisa Hoffman product line, which is a lovely blend of perfume and jewelry and in some cases, both in the same product. For example, take their fun colored fragrance bracelets which come with a scent — yes, really.  It’s such a creative idea! They offer beautifully scented fragrance beads which are eco-friendly and made from pure perfume. Each piece of jewelry comes with refillable fragrance beads so you can easily refresh the scent in your charm. Fabulous!! Each one comes with its own unique fragrance and color so there are plenty of options to choose…
  • Exploring Thailand’s Breaktaking Islands

    Robert Schrader
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Thailand is one of the world’s premier beach destinations, with many of its islands – namely Phuket – garnering at least as much name ID as the Kingdom itself. To be sure, the challenge of taking a beach vacation in Thailand isn’t finding a great island – it’s choosing just one or two among dozens of breathtaking jewels! Whether you’re a party fiend looking to get freaky, a nature lover in search of solace or somewhere in-between, continue reading to learn which Thai island is right for you. Nature Lovers Love These Thai Islands If you’re like me, your objective for your…
  • Set Your Feet Free With Bernardo Boots

    Renee Blodgett
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    Truth be told, I hadn’t heard of Bernardo Shoes before fairly recently. Sure, they’ve been around since 1946 and among serious fashionistas, they likely know the brand — after all, they’re most known for their comfy and stylish sandals, which we’re still dying to test out. We started with a pair of chic rain boots however as we have a couple of rainy stops this summer and fall on our destination list. Let’s be honest, most rain boots are functional but pretty far from stylish. The sleek design of this rain bootie combines fashion and functionality and has a…
  • What Does It Mean to Travel Responsibly & Why You Should Care

    Jessica Festa
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Ultimately, since the rise of ecotourism in the 1980′s, there has been a shift in travel habits — a move from the all-inclusive resort to seeking out natural environments to witness natural wonders. In addition to being sure your travel excursions are culturally respectful and economically ethical — supporting the local economy and its employees — a crucial factor to keep in mind is one’s physical impact on the natural environment. This is especially important for ecotourism in fragile ecosystems. Here’s a quick rundown on what you need to know: What makes an ecosystem…
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  • CCMIT & CCTM

    Business Travel Destinations
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    While in the first half 2015 the MICE industry was still in the making, it elevated the industry to not only link with the giant service providers but also connect with urban development and investment opportunities, as thousands of incentive travels abroad from Chinese direct sales enterprises and numerous top level international summits held in China. Thus the buyers have raised the bars for the services and content. The market players that are capable of utilizing technology and platform to meet the demands and generate the new demands will be more competitive in the near future. When…
  • IMEX America 2015 – Preview

    Rob Hard
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    This year’s IMEX America program will be larger than ever: 50 of the trade show exhibitors will increase the size of their booths; 60 new booths have been confirmed so far, and new meeting and event planners from around the U.S. and the world will show up in Las Vegas from October 13-15, 2015, to network and learn new ways that people will meet in 2016 and beyond. “It is always our goal to deliver increasing value to our exhibitors, hosted buyers and attendees,” said Carina Bauer, CEO of The IMEX Group. “Adding more new exhibitors, new buyer groups and providing new…
  • AirGrub Airport Dining App Review

    Patrick Marshall
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Technology certainly helps make business travel easier, but if an app can help us save time when we’re on the road, that’s even better. And when I’m running late for the airport, I feel rushed when I have to search out a find a ‘grab and go’ restaurant, selecting an item from the menu and then waiting anxiously for the food before running to the gate. The AirGrub airport mobile dining app let’s you order your meal in advance and it’s ready when you schedule it. Courtesy image. A few weeks ago I discovered AirGrub, a new mobile app that helps…
  • Tourist Office of Spain for Business Travel, Meetings and Events

    Business Travel Destinations
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    About the Tourist Office of Spain in Chicago The Tourist Office of Spain in Chicago is one of 32 worldwide offices of TURESPAÑA, Spain´s government tourism promotion authority based in Madrid, and is responsible for promoting Spain as a tourism destination to travel trade, press and consumers in the Midwest USA market. Additionally, it is the branch office in the USA responsible for marketing the business, incentive and meeting tourism product. To that end, the TOS Chicago acts as a liaison between suppliers and DMCs in Spain and the buyer/planner in the USA. A full array of marketing…
  • Hilton Orlando at Orange County Convention Center Hotel Review

    Rob Hard
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    If there’s one thing that goes hand in hand it’s convention centers and business travelers. Located as part of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) district and the International Drive, the Hilton Orlando is contemporary and upscale with 1,417 guest rooms that are decorated in natural colors and soothing tones. Experience Hilton Orlando at OCCC: Courtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy…
 
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  • Autumn already?

    3 Sep 2015 | 4:42 am
    This is a painting by a young Russian artist, Vlad Krachuk, who lives and works in Moscow.  This particular card was chosen because today it felt as though autumn had already started. My fingers are crossed for an Indian summer.
  • Russian Market

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:37 am
    An oil painting by the Russian artist, Sergey Sochivko (1959-).  Although the card says it's a detail of the original, in fact there is very little missing.Sergey Sochivko is from Omsk and well known for his love of the old, and the spirit of the Omsk Siberian Cossacks. His paintings are views of the city of Omsk with its historic buildings and street scenes as a backdrop for fantastical stories.
  • Animals of Africa

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    The shape of Africa made up of all the animals you might associate with the continent, from the largest elephant to the smallest insect.  Maybe not quite the smallest, but there are insects: butterflies and scorpions.  It's fun playing "spot the animal"!  This was sent from South Africa.
  • Fish on stamps

    30 Aug 2015 | 2:28 pm
    These two stamp cards are part of a larger series, British River Fishes, issued in 1983.  The other two which I no longer have were salmon and trout. I've always said that collecting postcards, and in this case also stamp collecting, is educational.  In many parts of France, they fish and eat a river fish called "sandre".  They happily told me it was a hybrid of pike and perch but I see now from the stamp cards that in fact pike and perch are not only different species but different families. So I investigated further and Wikipedia tells me that "sandre" or zander is called…
  • Summer on stamps

    16 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    I tend to think of the seaside and summer going hand in hand though I have to say that actually living by the seaside is starting to put a dent in that association. This summer has been less than spectacular.The top set of stamp cards showing "Seaside Architecture" dates from 2014. It included the bandstand stamp that was Royal Mail's Europa offering for the theme of traditional music. It also included Blackpool Pleasure Beach.Blackpool Tower, part of the Pleasure Beach, was featured in 2011 in the A to Z of Britain series.This is a post for Sunday Stamps, hosted by Violet Sky at "See it…
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  • Must try foods in Rio

    Brandy
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:05 pm
    After trying to find the time in your schedule for some time, you have finally made travel plans to visit Brazil. With your first destination being Rio, you are excited to see all the usual sights, but being an avid foodie, you are even more enthused to sample the food that fuels this nation as well. The following must try foods in Rio will give you the best possible impression of the meals that the common Brazilian consumes on a daily basis. 1) Feijoada Of all the Brazilian dishes that one can sample in Rio, Feijoada is the most popular meal by far. A stew consisting of black beans, beef and…
  • How to Spend 72 Hours in Copenhagen

    Brandy
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:10 pm
    If you have 72 hours to spend in Copenhagen, you’ll easily fill your time in the coolest capital in Scandinavia. The city’s known for its style and design but also offers the visitor history amidst prettily-coloured houses set in cobbled streets. Most sights are within walking – or cycling – distance and you can save money by buying a 72-hour Copenhagen card for free admission to many attractions. Tivoli Gardens  Start your 72 hours in Copenhagen by making a trip to the world famous Tivoli Gardens, where there’s something to please everyone. At night the whole…
  • An Awesome New Way to Save on Travel: Groupon Coupons!

    Brandy
    5 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Everyone has heard of Groupon, you know, the deal-a-day website that has made doing stuff we probably never would have done a reality, i.e. eating at expensive restaurants and enjoying an entire day at a spa, all for bottom shelf prices. Well, they’re at it again, and this time they’ve taken over the coupon world, and gee golly have they gone big! They’ve partnered up with over 9,000 stores, services and retailers and are now offering over 70,000 coupons! The coolest part is you don’t even need to sign up for anything. You can just head to…
  • Where are the best places to buy a home?

    Brandy
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Ever traveled to a place like London, Paris or Miami and wondered, “wow, how awesome would it be to actually have a home here?”. Well, if those thoughts have ever crossed your mind, check out the following infographic which provides some great information about average prices for homes in some select hot spots around the globe. Check it out!   The post Where are the best places to buy a home? appeared first on Travelojos.
  • What are the benefits of using a fuel card?

    Brandy
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Using one of the many available fuel cards in Australia can really be beneficial to your business in terms of administration and controlling costs. This article will look at how fuel cards can benefit your business and make your working day much more straight-forward when it comes to balancing the books. Pay and Reclaim This is the traditional method employed by businesses and is where employees pay out of pocket for petrol and claim back the amounts as expenses. This needs to be backed up by receipt evidence and this means physically handing over the information at some point, whereas a fuel…
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  • Your Guide to the Falkland Islands

    Sue Lobo
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:12 am
    It is estimated that since 2013 the Falkland Islands has doubled in tourism for travelers visiting by cruise ship. Part of the reason why tourism is on the rise in this area is because Norwegian Cruise Line has included stops to Stanley, the capital of the Falklands. To put it into perspective, some of their vessels carry around 1,900 passengers and will stop at Stanley about 9 times throughout the year. For those lucky enough to visit the islands they are in for a real treat as there are a lot of interesting things to see, including some unique wildlife. The Birds The biggest attraction when…
  • 10 Amazing Coastal Cliffs You Must See Around the World

    Terry Lobo
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:03 am
    Coastal cliffs are often formed my erosion from waves. Since the world is made up of 70% water, these cliffs can be found all over the world. They are often breathtaking to see for yourself as they are generally quite an amazing site. There are 10 amazing coastal cliffs that tourists flock to each year.  Park Paracas, Ica, Peru These cliffs can be found inside of the Paracas National Reservation. The cliffs are 600 feet long. The erosion of them has led to the formation of red sand beaches that provide an interesting backdrop against the cliffs. Etretat, Northwestern France These gray…
  • How to Avoid Getting Scammed When Making Travel Plans

    TinaB
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:34 am
    When making travel plans most of us want to get the best deal available. However, if it sounds like you are getting a really good deal that makes you wonder whether it’s real, then it’s probably best to pass. The American Hotel and Lodging Association has estimated that U.S. citizens are scammed out of about $220 million dollars each year when it comes to hotel related bookings. That’s a lot of money! So, how can you avoid falling for a deal that seems too good to be true? Take advantage of the following tips when it comes to travel planning. Compare Prices You can probably…
  • Destinations To Avoid During The Rainy Season

    Sue Lobo
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    For most people, when they go on vacation they don’t want it to rain. A sudden downpour can ruin your sightseeing plans or make taking public transportation very difficult. Some destinations are notorious for the amount of rain that they get, especially during their rainy season. If you are planning to do any traveling soon, here are some destinations that you should avoid. Seattle There’s probably a good reason why Seattle is known as the coffee capital in the United States- it’s often rainy and cool and residents almost always need something hot to warm them up. The rainy…
  • Jungle Cruise Themed Restaurant Coming Soon “The Skipper Canteen”

    Sue Lobo
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:36 am
    It seems that the Disney theme parks have been going through renovations for quite a while now. In addition to the new rides that have slowly been completed, there’s a new restaurant as well. The Skipper Canteen will be offering park goers an interesting experience that is themed after one of their favorite rides. The Theme The Skipper Canteen is going to be themed after the popular Jungle Cruise attraction. This restaurant is rumored to be similar to the Be Our Guest restaurant and will offer table service for dinner and counter service for lunch. Disney hasn’t revealed a lot of…
 
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  • PANTANAL HAIKU DECK

    2 Sep 2015 | 12:32 am
    If fond of ecotourism, bird watching and wildlife observation in general, Pantanal should not be missed, is Brazil's Mecca to see animals in their natural environment.
  • EL PANTANAL

    30 Aug 2015 | 3:40 am
    Ademas de ser el humedal mas grande del mundo, el Pantanal es tambien uno de sus habitats mas exuberantes, por la riqueza en vida vegetal y animal que alberga.
  • RAPA NUI HAIKU DECK

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:08 pm
    If willing to discover one of the marvels of South America, Rapa Nui Haiku Deck will provide you with some visual insight about this fascinating little island.
  • RAPA NUI

    23 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Pocos lugares en el mundo ejercen el misterio y fascinacion que comanda Rapa Nui, uno de los mayores secretos que jamas puedas encontrar en America del Sur.
  • GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

    11 Aug 2015 | 12:27 am
    Galapagos islands are known as the living museum and showcase of biodiversity, the place where Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection was inspired from.
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    Wild Junket

  • 10 Air Travel Hacks to Make Your Next Flight Better

    Nellie Huang
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    You know what my least favorite part of traveling is? Flying. It’s no secret that I hate flying. These days, flying has has become more of a nuisance than a luxury. As airlines continue to cut cost, the quality of in-flight service and comfort level are deteriorating. While it’s easy to find cheap flights these days, it’s harder than ever to find comfortable and pain-free flights. But if you love traveling as much as I do, you’ll have to face the fact that flying is an inevitable part of the journey. As a frequent flyer, I’ve managed to pick up a trick or two when it comes to making…
  • Traveling with Baby — My Packing List and Tips

    Nellie Huang
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    This is a part of my “traveling with baby” series to share our experience with you. We hope to encourage you to show your baby the world too. Let’s face it — Traveling with a baby isn’t easy, but as long as you plan ahead and make some adjustments, traveling with your baby can lead to wonderful experiences. Our five-month-old baby has already been on several road trips around Spain, and we’re now in Singapore on her first trip abroad. She seems to love it as much as we do, smiling and giggling more than usual. (If you’re still not convinced, read my post on why you should travel…
  • An Urban Adventure: Exploring Riga By Bike

    Nellie Huang
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    “Welcome to Riga, our young and small country!” says Artus, our guide for the day. Like many young generation Latvians, Artus is a well-spoken and bright guy, full of ideas and drive. He is one of the partners of E.A.T Riga, an explorers club that aims to show the alternative side of Riga in a fun and exciting way. They pride their tours as fun, active and stress-free. As locals, they know how bikes can be best used in the city, where it is possible to ride and where are the most bike-friendly. “We want you to see that Riga is actually a bike-friendly city. And on this tour, we hope to…
  • On the Road Again — My Upcoming Travel Plans

    Nellie Huang
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    9 months. I can’t believe it’s been nine whole months since I last traveled out of Spain. It feels like an eternity for a full-time traveler. It was definitely great to spend time at home with Baby Kaleya and getting adjusted to this new change in life, but I’m now ready to get back on the road again and start exploring once more. We’ll be bringing her abroad for the first time to see my family in Singapore. You can probably imagine how excited I am! For the next month, I’ll be traveling quite a bit (possibly to make up for lost time) — here’s a look at what I’ll be up to: A…
  • What Makes You Happier — Experiences or Things?

    Kay Rodriguez
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    A warm welcome to our new regular contributor, Kay Rodriguez! Kay is a young globetrotter who’s actually traveled to 21 countries on 4 continents, while pursuing a college degree. She chronicles her adventures on The Kay Days. Kay be writing regularly for WildJunket, sharing travel tips and stories to inspire the young at heart. Throughout my college years, I spent the majority of my time slaving over textbooks while working three jobs on the side to save as much money as possible. Sometimes I’d feel a little bit left out when my friends splurged on new clothes and fancy dinners…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • Top Ten Natural Attractions in the North West Province

    Wanda Coustas
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Whether it is renamed Bokone Bophirima or not will do little to change the muddied perception amongst travellers that North West has little more to offer than Sun City and the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve. Also known as the platinum province, for its production of 94% of the country’s plantinum, this lesser known part of South Africa lies north-west of Johannesburg where it nudges up against Botswana and the Kalahari. Jostling with Gauteng for claim to the Cradle of...
  • Top 4 Snorkelling Spots On Durbans Coast

    Wanda Coustas
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The best thing about Durban is its warm seas. Durban’s ‘all year round summer’ translates into sea temperatures, even in winter, that hover around 20 degrees Celsius. Even Durban’s summer sea temperatures are more akin to a bath than the sea, and you can spend hours in the water without feeling the cold. If this weren’t enough of an invitation (bearing in mind that you may need to live in the sea between January and March as the city’s...
  • Durban’s Ancient Forest – Not Even The Locals Know About It

    Wanda Coustas
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Jocelyn Sutherland’s hands are full of litter when she meets us at the gate to Hawaan Forest. She’s incensed by the dumping of bougainvillea on the edge of the forest’s perimeter fence, and by the litter. ‘Hardly any one local knows about this magnificent forest, ‘ she shares by way of greeting, ‘it is visitors to Durban who want to know more about it, not the locals.’ We’ve met just off the M4 at Umhlanga, one of Durban’s...
  • Top Ten Natural Attractions in Gauteng

    Wanda Coustas
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Completely landlocked Gauteng may be the smallest of all the provinces, but it delivers a hefty punch of vibrant city life in the form of its dominant city, Johannesburg – the country’s economic powerhouse – and its quieter country cousin, the jacaranda-lined streets of the administrative capital of South Africa, Pretoria. The ‘place of gold’ in the north-east of the country may not have any sea or major river about which to boast, but it is...
  • 5 Reasons To Visit Durban’s Beachwood Mangroves (If You Can Wangle A Visit)

    Wanda Coustas
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle A visit to Durban’s Beachwood Mangroves is not as simple as driving up to the gate and taking a saunter along one of two boardwalk trails through the mangroves, as and when it suits you. Durban has closed ranks and protects this National Monument, one of three last remaining bits of mangrove swamp in and around Durban (the other two are the Isipingo Mangroves and the Bayhead Mangroves), rather fiercely. You will need to join the regular tours, either on the evening of...
 
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  • A weekend in Malacca

    Keith Jenkins
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:57 pm
    The 16th century Portuguese A Famosa fort in Malacca. Malacca (or ‘Melaka’ in Malay) is a state with a capital city of the same name situated about a two-hour drive south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Often called the ‘historic state’ of Malaysia, Malacca can trace its history back to the 15th century when Parameswara, a prince from Temasek (present-day Singapore) settled in the area and founded a settlement. Located strategically at the narrowest point of the Straits of Malacca (till this day, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes), Malacca grew rapidly into a…
  • The diversity of Canada in photos

    Keith Jenkins
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:19 am
    Snow-shoeing on Mont Tremblant in Québec. Canada, the second largest country in the world, is a land of great diversity; from the icy emptiness of the Arctic north to the vibrant metropolises of Toronto and Montréal, and from the vast expanse of the Prairies to the impressive peaks of the Rocky Mountains. I’ve been to six Canadian provinces/territories: Ontario, Quebéc, British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and Nova Scotia; and there’s so much more of Canada I’d love to see and experience, like spotting polar bears and swimming with beluga whales in Manitoba, wine-tasting in…
  • Velvet moments: Bo Kaap in Cape Town

    Keith Jenkins
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:28 am
    Cape Town is one of my favourite cities in the world – nothing new for those of you who’ve been following me for a while. With the intense blue of the Atlantic Ocean at its doorstep and the imposing Table Mountain as a backdrop, Cape Town is such an incredibly stunning city! One of my favourite neighbourhoods in Cape Town is Bo Kaap, where many Cape Malays live, a predominantly Muslim community, who were brought to the Cape in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Dutch from parts of Eastern Africa and as far as present-day Malaysia and Indonesia. With its vivid colours, Bo Kaap is…
  • The magic of Bologna in photos

    Keith Jenkins
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:42 am
    Aerial view of Bologna from the plane window. It’s no secret that Bologna, the capital of the Italian region of Emilia Romagna, is one of my favourite cities in Europe. There’s just something about this city that keeps drawing me back. Yes, there are the obvious reasons like the amazing food and historic architecture but I can’t deny that Bologna has a special brand of magic that never fails to weave a spell on me. On my last trip there, I sought to discover what that special something was. My ‘journey of discovery’ began as the plane approached the airport. I…
  • A moment of solitude

    Keith Jenkins
    7 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    When I’m alone Alone on Barra beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. and the only thing I hear are the sounds of nature Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. and the beauty of the place incites nothing but a sigh. Torres del Paine NP – lakes & mountains My body relaxes. Fishing boats, Jimbaran, Bali The noise in my mind is subdued Hot-air balloon flight over the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan. and a serene lightness descends upon me. Twilight in the mountains of Andalucia. A moment of solitude – Keith Jenkins
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Things To Do in Stowe Vermont – Hiking Spruce Peak in Stowe, Vermont Part II

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:35 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Stowe, Vermont is an adorable little town at the foot of two mountains: Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield (the highest peak in Vermont). Even though you can enjoy the town the main reason to visit this part of Vermont is to enjoy what nature has to offer. Especially, the Green Mountain Region. Things to Do In Stowe Vermont – Hiking During the summer months hiking is a huge thing to do in all of Vermont. But it’s practically a must to do in the…
  • Things To Do in Stowe Vermont – Mount Mansfield Toll Road – Part I

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:12 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Don’t you love it when you find something out completely by accident? While my family and I hiked around Spruce Peak during our stay at Stowe Mountain Lodge our guide mentioned, several times, that they have a fleet of Mercedes Benz. Mercedes Benzes? I thought, what does that have anything at all to do with our hike nor staying at the lodge. Was he also a trying to sell us a Benz, sneakily? He so didn’t look like the type. As a matter of…
  • Vermont Travel – Fun Facts Before You Go

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Vermont, nestled in the North East of USA, is a nature’s playground with open minded locals and tons of history. Before going to any place, I love to immerse myself in the history and traditions of each town, city, park and more. Vermont Travel – Fun Facts and Info to Learn Before You Go Vermont History The Abenaki, Mahican and Penacook groups were among the first Native Americans in the Vermont region. In 1609, explorer Samuel de Champlain…
  • What You Need to Know for Barcelona – Before Arrival

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids I bet that by now you have heard about Barcelona and it might even be on your bucket list. This beautiful place is one of the most popular destinations in Spain, and maybe the world. It is the capital of Cataluña and has a long, interesting history. Here you can find a perfect blend between gorgeous buildings (old and new), beaches, culture, gastronomy nightlife and history. Photo by: Jorge Franganillo Just as it happens with every new place you visit,…
  • Mexico 101: A Beginners Guide to Cabo San Lucas

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids You’ve been dreaming of white sand beaches and turquoise waters for weeks now, and you’ve finally decided to book a beautiful beach vacation for your family to a destination you’ve never visited: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. And now you can’t wait to trade your work heels for flip flops and your business casual dress code for a beach casual bikini and cover-up to explore one of Mexico’s top five tourist destinations. Travelling to a new destination…
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  • New CJ Hendry Artworks - Helium Balloon Series

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We are excited to announce that CJ Hendry is working on another super-cool, exclusive series of hand-drawn images: The Alphabet! Never one to take the easy way out, she has chosen to draw shiny, metallic helium balloons. Drawing anything with just a pen is tough enough - impossible formost of us - but to draw massive photographic images of reflective 3D objects is incredible! But in her typical low-key fashion, CJ Hendry says she decided to create the alphabet series from a set of shiny balloons because she "just likes the mirror effect and the reflection of the balloons, but mostly…
  • Apostle Peter and St. Helen the Martyr Chapel, Paphos - Cyprus

    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We hesitate to use words such as charming or sweet here as they might imply excessive cuteness, but the recently completed tiny chapel on Cyprus does have a welcoming, approachable appearance that made us contemplate tiny, cozy spaces. However, we were also immediately aware that this is sanctuary, not some dwelling for friendly trolls. We were also drawn to reflect on visits to small Greek mountain villages where tiny white churches cling to seemingly inaccessible cliffs. And glancing inside and seeing the gorgeous hanging lighting fixtures, we remembered our visits to stalactite caves on…
  • Barrancas House - Mexico City

    17 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We had forgotten how beautiful grey concrete can be until we saw what Ezequiel Farca had done with a 1970s residence in Mexico City. At the same time, we were also reminded of how much we love Farca’s elegant work in general. To start with, the Barrancas House in Mexico City had a lot going for it before Farca came along. It is located on a sloped property so that the four levels of the house, from basement all the way to the top, or second, floor, are all in fact on ground level. In addition, the site overlooks a great wooded area with grown trees and greenery. The house had good bones…
  • Boxing Plus - Taipei, Taiwan

    11 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We have encountered dramatic, elegant and inviting yoga studios, spas and salons, but this is the first time that we’d like to include a boxing center on that same list.   In Taipei, Taiwan, local designer and principal of MW Design, Michelle Wei, has conjured up a dramatic environment for Boxing+ Wellness Center.   Located on the basement level of an industrial building, the entire space of 562 square-meters (6,050 sq.ft or 170 Taiwanese Ping) has an aura of dark strength without being boring or off-putting in a predictable over-masculine way. Instead of the stereotypical…
  • Bubble Photograph By Mathieu Missiaen

    10 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Mesmerizing, intriguing, stunning, elegant. We could not stop staring at this enchanting photographic image of a bubble by Mathieu Missiaen and so we had to have it. The image is called “Bubble” but we keep seeing all sorts of strange worlds in it. This piece has all the hallmarks of an eye-catching conversation piece. It does stand out. It will be noticed in whatever space you’ll hang it. In addition, it has a hypnotizing effect. In its enigmatic core there appears to be an explanation. If you just look at it long enough, you will solve the puzzle. You will figure it out.
 
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    Man Tripping

  • River Rock Casino Resort for an Awesome Vancouver Guys Getaway

    James Hills
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:21 pm
    River Rock Casino Resort is the perfect Vancouver hotel to host a men’s getaway. Not only does it offer five star accommodations, entertainment, a casino, and more, it’s also located close to all of the other action Vancouver has to offer. Which means that whether you want to play a game of craps, or see the city, you’re all set at River Rock Casino Resort. It's also close to the airport so it's super easy to fly into. In fact, I think the unique thing about Vancouver is that it offers a dual opportunity for a guys getaway. On one side it's a fantastic ...
  • VIZIO Sound Bar Delivers Big Sound Without Getting in the Way!

    James Hills
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:50 pm
    In a past life, I had a basement and mancave that was all my own ... I had space to mount big speakers and the time to tune them perfectly for the optimal sound. Today though, I am unfortunately long past that stage and I now live in a loft. Not only do I not have a "TV room" to mount speakers, but if I did it would look strange and out of place hanging there. Plus, space is now a big concern so those big floor speakers of my bachelor days aren't practical either. I've heard of "sound bars" ...
  • NewAir AC-12200E Portable AC Review

    James Hills
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:41 pm
    By conventional wisdom, summer is almost over but for those of us in the South West the hottest months of the year are just beginning. So far, I've survived them pretty well compared to the misery I experienced last year. For better or worse, I live in a loft with no air conditioning and the windows are not able to support a standard window box so I pretty much thought I was SOL and destined to cope with the way I did last year (cold showers and mid-afternoon retreats to sit in the car with the AC going). A couple ...
  • Zwack is Wack! It's Time to Try Something New

    James Hills
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Sure, I love my bourbon, rum and tequila but sometimes it's fun to step out a bit and try something new. I can't count the number of times I've browsed the aisles of the liquor store wondering about a bottle and I am sure you've done the same. Honestly spending $20-$30 to try something new is a small investment compared to the enjoyment you may receive by discovering a new favorite or event sharing the experience of trying something new with friends. That's the category that I put Zwack into. It's not my favorite and I'll probably ...
  • Five Things You Probably Didn't Know about e-Cigarettes

    James Hills
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. Readers must be 18 years of age or older. All opinions are mine alone. #bluPLUS #CollectiveBias e-Cigarettes are super popular these days and so I'm not here to tell you about the "dangers" of smoking. We are all adults here and that's for you to decide what to do with your body. However, as someone who is interested in gadgets and how things work, the concept of an e-cig is sort of fascinating. With that in mind, I set out to check out what the buzz was all ...
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    The Travel Tart

  • Dublin Airport Doodles… Literally

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:18 am
    Anyone who has travelled to Ireland knows that the Irish have a great sense of  humour. I just love going there and turning up to a pub to down a hearty pint of stout, waiting to strike up a conversation with one of the locals and just muck about a bit. Dublin is one of my favourite cities, and I like criss-crossing the River Liffey to lose myself down the streets to see what friendly faces I might come across. I find Irish and Australian humour to be fairly similar – where you don’t take anything too seriously, and there’s nothing like taking the piss to have a bit of fun.
  • Japanese Drinks – Hangover Cure?

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:33 am
    It’s weird drink time! And to the absolute global winner of ‘what the hell is that in the bottle’ goes to Japan! I love Japan because of all the of weird stuff there, which ranges from Engrish to all sorts of devices and gadgets that I’ve never seen before, and would have never have thought of dreaming up! Not just that, but the great variety of tasty food and culture makes me want to go back for a lot more. The locals are always friendly and polite, and the public transport system is by far the best I have ever experienced anywhere in the world. I thought Germans were…
  • Tourist Season – Why You Should Avoid It Like The Plague!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    Tourist Season is pretty much the peak of visitor numbers to a city or region at a certain time of the year. For a big chunk of the time, it coincides with public and school holidays, and is a good excuse for all sorts of travel providers like airlines, hotels and anything else connected to tourism to add the ‘tourist season’ surcharge to all of their rates so that you’ll have to save up for another few years to take your next holiday! And it’s also the time of year where you see gazillions of people taking tacky tourist photos in a tourist trap (sometimes with…
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    Wine Travel Guides Blog

  • Hiking through the volcanic vineyards of Lanzarote

    Wink Lorch
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    By Wink Lorch The vineyards of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands are among a select band of wine regions that can truly be called volcanic. In summer the bright green vines emerge startlingly from the pitch black volcanic soil. It makes an arresting view and the way the vines are grown is intriguing. Lanzarote lies […]
  • Discovering the Delights of Saint-Chinian

    Wink Lorch
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:08 am
    The dramatic Montagne Noire forms the backdrop to the Saint-Chinian vineyards, and to its charming southern French towns and villages. Wine communicator and retailer Paola Tich travelled there to learn more about the two distinctive styles of red Saint-Chinian wine, not forgetting its rosés and unusual white wines. On an early evening in September there’s […]
  • The history, wines and oils of Les Baux de Provence

    Wink Lorch
    14 Nov 2013 | 3:46 am
    Despite its diminutive name, Les Alpilles, literally meaning the Little Alps is a rich and diverse area which makes it a popular tourist destination. During the summer, it may be one to avoid if traffic and crowds are not what you are after, but during the winter the area is calmer, and although some restaurants […]
  • Discovering wine and remembering war on the Gallipoli Peninsula

    Wink Lorch
    23 Apr 2013 | 3:00 am
    By Brett Jones The Gallipoli Peninsula, to the south west of Istanbul, is located in Turkish Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles to the east. In 1980 the Gallipoli Peninsula Historic National Park was founded, encompassing 35,000 hectares of countryside, to protect the military and […]
  • A California road less travelled

    Wink Lorch
    18 Dec 2012 | 3:35 am
    The huge State of California is known for its diverse wine tourism offering north and south of San Francisco. Louise Hurren looks back at experiences of a weekend’s wine tour last summer when she headed to Mendocino, a few hours north of the city. Louise is a wine communicator who lives in southern France. She spends […]
 
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    Breathedreamgo

  • Discovering the heart of Canada in Ottawa

    Mariellen Ward
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:26 pm
    A new Canadian citizen seeing the Parliament Buildings for the first time Canada’s beautiful capital city, Ottawa is the perfect place to begin your Canadian travels WE TURNED THE CORNER on a side street in Ottawa, and boom, there they were, in all their High Victorian Gothic glory, embellished by gargoyles and grotesques, topped by green-tinged copper and intricate spires, every stone of Canada’s Parliament Buildings inspiring awe and patriotism. I watched my friend Ajay stand quietly before them. Originally from India, Ajay became a Canadian citizen only a year ago, and he was…
  • Lakshman Sagar: Feast and fantasy in the Rajasthan desert

    Mariellen Ward
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Mardana, zenana, lake and sunset at Lakshman Sagar A luxury resort with a sublime soul in Rajasthan, India DRIVING THROUGH THE scrubby desert of central Rajasthan, we stop to let a herd of goats pass. The goat herder smiles when I step out of the car to take his photo, his deeply lined face topped with a bulbous turban. I’m in rural Rajasthan, driving through the desert, and we’re miles from the nearest town, historic fort or carved haveli. It’s not the kind of place you would expect to find a luxury resort, and that’s the point. Goat herder in Rajasthan We drive…
  • Celebrating 6 years of Breathedreamgo

    Mariellen Ward
    22 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Me at Taj Mahal, India 2006 What I’ve learned from 6 years of travel blogging: Just doing it is the most important thing August 23, 2015 is the 6th anniversary of Breathedreamgo NONE OF THIS WAS EXPECTED. All of it has been a surprise. Ten years ago this summer, I was saving and planning for a six-month trip to India. It was one of the biggest leaps I have ever taken. But I needed to go, I needed to overcome grief and depression, and I needed to start living my dreams. I knew the trip to India would change my life, but of course I didn’t know how. I started blogging on that trip,…
  • A story for summer

    Mariellen Ward
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
      Summer at the cottage in Ontario, Canada EVERY SUMMER, I start thinking about the cottage. Each type of summer weather brings back a distinct memory of what that particular type of day was like at the cottage. I might be walking in the park or near the lake in Toronto on a clear, bright, sunny day, with fluffy, high clouds overhead, and a crisp breeze snapping sails and flags, and I’ll know exactly what that kind of weather would be like at the cottage. In my mind’s eye, I see the gentle whitecaps on the open lake beyond our protected bay; and I imagine myself in a light sweater…
  • 5 reasons to love Kumaon now

    Mariellen Ward
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Sunrise view of Himalayas from Junoon in the Hills, Kumaon The Himalayas, a man-eating tiger hunter, remnants of the Raj and, oh, those idyllic villages THE LEGEND OF A man-eating tiger hunter, the world’s highest mountain range and a charming holiday hill station are just some of the attractions of lovely Kumaon. A mountainous region in Uttarakhand, North India, I visited Kumaon in March for the first time. I wrote about my stay at Kosi Valley Retreat with Walk to Himalayas here. From Kosi Valley, I spent a night at a spectacular Junoon in the Hills, a gorgeous Airbnb property with a…
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    Singapore Travel Blog

  • Review for Resorts World Genting Behind the Scenes Tour

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Resorts World Genting is almost synonymous with its indoor and outdoor theme parks, which have attracted families for decades. If you’re less keen on rollercoasters, no worries, there’s definitely something for you at the Resorts, and they certainly don’t involve any G-force or safety belts. About the Behind-the-Scenes Tour: If you have ever wondered how the Resorts World Genting attractions are produced, this tour will provide you with interesting insights on the team’s operations- and you might even learn some secrets behind the attractions The tour consists of 4 main sections: (1)…
  • Travel with Peace of Mind with NTUC Income Enhanced PreX Travel Insurance Plan Covering Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    Do you know that most travel insurance do not cover pre-existing medical conditions? This exclusion is usually mentioned in the 10-20 page detailed policy wording document (which most people don’t read) or in fine print on the travel insurance brochure. This means that if you fall ill overseas and this illness is caused by a pre-existing medical condition as determined by your attending doctor, you will need to pay for your own medical expenses (which can be very expensive in some countries like the States) or worse, emergency medical evacuation expenses (which can go up to tens of…
  • Review of Resorts World Genting First World Hotel XYZ Rooms

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    14 Aug 2015 | 3:39 am
    To many, Genting is often seen as the go-to holiday destination for family vacations. A massive entertainment complex, the huge compound comprises of a striking myriad of shops, outdoor and indoor theme parks, concerts, theatres, restaurants… And of course, the distinctive Genting Casino, attracting patrons game-ready to gamble on their annual bonuses- or just the average tourist betting on some spare pocket change. With a hefty RM5 billion investment to develop itself as the region’s biggest integrated resort, Resorts World Genting has recently introduced a plethora of new accommodation,…
  • Online Tools to Plan and Save for a European Vacation

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    14 Aug 2015 | 2:57 am
    Whether you’re looking for world-renowned museums and art galleries, prestigious restaurants, sleepless nightlife, historic architecture, or perhaps all of the above, then you should consider planning a lavish European vacation. It is in Europe that you can hotspots such as Rome, Paris, London, Barcelona, and even Amsterdam, among many others. However, a desire to embark on a European vacation and actually doing so are vastly different. Taking off from work, planning an itinerary, and establishing a budget are just a few of the many tasks that demand your attention before heading out. It…
  • 6 Things You Simply Must Do in Santorini This Summer

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:11 am
    Writer Rachel is a travel addict who aims to visit every continent in the next five years; her favourite places so far are Sikkim, India and Jinja, Uganda. When she’s not travelling she keeps a lifestyle blog over at http://alittlegrey.co.uk. Source: Olympic Holidays Jagged volcanic cliffs plunge into the turquoise Mediterranean Sea, whitewashed buildings, blue-domed churches and ancient ruins make up the island’s stunning architecture, while black and red volcanic pebble beaches sit secluded between rock formations. It’s easy to see why Santorini is considered the jewel in the Greek…
 
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • An Open Book: What I Read in August

    JoAnna
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:45 am
    So many books, and so few hours in the day to read them all. I’m a revolving reader, my nightstand a collection of numerous books in varying stages of being read. There is always one fiction and one non-fiction read in the mix, but there are often many others as well – a quick middle-grade read here, a sketchbook there, the random biography or book of essays – because sometimes I have the urge to jump into something different than what I’ve been reading. Regardless of the genre, it’s not uncommon for me to be reading four or five books at a time, plus I always have one audio book…
  • Thwarted … Again (a Ragnar Trails Tale)

    JoAnna
    13 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    Many moons ago, when we were still living in the Midwest, I read about this crazy overnight relay race that traveled along the Mississippi River. I came up with a list of runners (they were all family members), but not a one showed any real interest in this crazy scheme. It wasn’t until we moved to Las Vegas that my wild idea resurfaced, this time because I discovered such a 24-hour relay race was being unveiled in the very city I lived in. One thing led to another, and before long I ended up as captain of our first Ragnar Relay team for the very first Las Vegas race. The team consisted of…
  • Prom Happened (and Other Teenage Tales)

    JoAnna
    3 May 2015 | 7:07 pm
    I woke up the other morning and it was May … and I have no idea how we got here. Every year flies by, but this one has truly existed in a time warp. I can not believe it is May already. This means a lot of truths are hitting us square in the face: The school year is almost over. Months are becoming weeks and will soon be days. And Ane, our beautiful girl from Norway, will soon be boarding an airplane bound for her home country, and Cory and I will be back to being a live-in family of two. Last night was prom, and Ane and her girlfriends invited me to take their photos before the big night.
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    Fili's World

  • Visions of Panama City

    visions
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:50 am
    In the year I had living in the US I was hoping to venture out to see a lot of central and south America, but as the year came to a close I was becoming aware of the possibility that I’ll be leaving the region without seeing that part of the world. So, looking at the map and checking ticket prices, I made a very last minute decision to visit Panama, without doing too much homework on what Panama has to offer. In the few days I stayed for a bit in Panama City and then ventured out to the islands and the mountains. The most famous attraction in Panama City is, ofcourse, the Panama Canal,…
  • Visions of Vancouver : Canada

    visions
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:44 am
    Last time I visited Vancouver was almost 15 years ago in a former life as an IT professional and part of a weekend trip from Microsoft Redmond country near Seattle. I couldn’t really recall much from that visit aside from the gloomy weather, grey skies with occasional showers, and the surprising number of Hong Kong Chinese everywhere who escaped the handover of Hong Kong from the British to the Chinese. Luckily, this visit to Vancouver around an academic conference was during the summer and so I finally saw Vancouver in full glory. I also got the chance to experience other parts of…
  • Visions of Cancun Mexico : Pyramids

    visions
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:49 am
    Cancun isn’t all white sand beaches and clear blue water. Within a couple of hours drive are some world-class pre-Columbia ruins of the Mayan culture, the Chichen Itza Maya Pyramids and the Tulum seaside Walled City. If you’ve never visited Mexican pyramids before, these are bound to blow your mind away, ancient cities spread over acres with ruins in such an excellent state they you can really get a feel for what the Mayans were capable of. The Tulum Walled City is especially of interest as it’s one of the few ruins that were found next to the ocean, creating scenic visuals…
  • Visions of Cancun Mexico : Beaches

    visions
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:49 pm
    The Cancun area offers some spectacular beaches and sea-related attractions. Booking a flight to another destination (in Canada! from Chicago!), I noticed peculiar pricing that made Cancun Mexico one of the cheapest stopovers. Although it was completely out of the way, I seized the opportunity to go see Cancun as a farewell to Mexico before departing this region of the world. I’ve seen photos of the fluffy white sands and the clear transparent blue beaches, and Cancun has lived up to the expectations. What I wasn’t expecting was just how much that area has to offer beyond that,…
  • Visions of Moscow : Russia

    visions
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:57 am
    Following my Visions of Saint Petersburg showing my excitement about Russia, here are my Visions of Moscow as a tribute to the capital of Russia. I had a terrific hotel right at the center, 5-min walk from the red square, Arbat Street, the Kremlin, and many other Moscovian highlights. Most times it was enough to just set off in a random direction and walk around to discover something wonderful. All of the Moscow center is walkable, and there’s plenty to see. Architecture, art, extravagant shopping malls, posh bars, boutique restaurants, world-class museums, lots of religion with…
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    Reno Tahoe Blog

  • Craft Breweries of Reno Tahoe launch new map

    Reno Tahoe USA
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:01 pm
    POUR ON THE FUN. Greatness is brewing up here in the High Sierra. In fact, Reno Tahoe USA has recently become a West Coast hub for hops, where enthusiasts can rejoice in the art and passion of craft beer. Here, we’ve embraced the small-batch movement, with dozens of local brewers and taverns offering both established favorites and seasonal specialties. This is far more than just a tour for your taste buds. It’s a chance to soak up the culture, history and authentic charm of our region, too. You might find yourself imbibing a finely crafted ale in an authentic train depot or sipping on a…
  • 2015 Burning Man Live Stream

    Christina Erny
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    Burning Man is definitely best experienced on the Playa, but if you’re not able to make it out this year this live stream is an awesome alternative. Tune in throughout the week to see what happens in Black Rock City, the third largest city in Nevada for the next week – the look and feel is constantly changing! No dust included. Welcome home, Burners!! )'( Happening now at Burning Man 2015: The post 2015 Burning Man Live Stream appeared first on Reno Tahoe Blog.
  • The Ultimate Guide to the Largest Barbecue Festival in the Country: Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

    Christina Erny
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Proud to offer people the opportunity to experience the best barbecue in the world, right here in Sparks, Nevada. More than 500,000 visitors and 240,000 pounds of ribs were served in 2014. The wide variety of activities within the event, including the Nugget World Rib Eating Championship, a carnival area with rides and activities, and top-notch entertainment – not to mention the best barbecue in the country – all come together to draw thousands of people to Victorian Square every extended Labor Day weekend. The 27th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will run Wednesday,…
  • Exhibit to Visit: Tahoe – A Visual History

    Christina Erny
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Experience one of America’s most beloved landscapes like never before – through the eyes of 175 painters, photographers, architects, weavers and sculptors. Immerse yourself in panoramic landscapes, sail on turquoise waters, soar to breathtaking mountain views. See Lake Tahoe come alive, artfully, August 22-January 10. The Nevada Museum of Art has organized the first major art historical survey exhibition of painting, Native baskets, photography, architecture, and contemporary art dedicated to Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass, and the surrounding Sierra Nevada region. TAHOE: A Visual History spans…
  • 7 Pictures to Motivate: Hiking in Reno Tahoe

    Haley Gibbs
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Get wonderfully lost exploring the many trails and hidden gems of Reno Tahoe. The post 7 Pictures to Motivate: Hiking in Reno Tahoe appeared first on Reno Tahoe Blog.
 
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    Cruise Radio

  • Why Carry Travel Insurance + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:32 am
    On this episode we get cruise news on:  Amber Cove cruise port  Carnival ups Bermuda sailings  Mobile sees cruise ships again  Holland America tweaks internet plans  Fathom announces first Cuba date Dan from TripInsurance.com is here to answer your questions about travel insurance. Dan tackles questions about cancelation due to loss of a job, weather and how the process actually works. 
  • Crown Princess Review

    cruiseandblog
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    Vicki stops by the share her Alaska cruise review aboard Crown Princess. She goes into detail about embarkation from the Port of Seattle, her impressions, stateroom, onboard dining, ship entertainment, and Alaskan ports of call. 
  • Carnival Conquest Review + Cayman Cable Car Concept

    cruiseandblog
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    John and his family just got back from a five-night Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Conquest. A ship based out of Port Everglades that does five to eight-night sailings. John gives us a complete review of Carnival Conquest, including the kids program that his daughter took part in.  A lot of cruise lines pass Grand Cayman by because it’s a tender port and it would take too long to offload thousands of guests. A company in Grand Cayman has an idea that would eliminate the tender operation. It stems from a cable car concept and will move 20,000 guest per hour from…
  • Carnival Breeze Review

    cruiseandblog
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Bobby and Linda just returned from an eight-night Caribbean sailing aboard Carnival Breeze from Miami. This Carnival ship was launched in 2012 and has a dozen dining and entertainment options, including a lot of Carnival’s Fun Ship 2.0 features. Bobby leaves no stone unturned on this Carnival Breeze review. 
  • Carnival Triumph Review + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    Sonya just returned from a sailing out of Galveston on Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Triumph, a five-night Mexican cruise. Sonya gives us a full Carnival Triump review about the staterooms, post-Fun Ship 2.0 dining, entertainment and ports.  Stewart Chiron has cruise news on:   Escape float out Princess new venue Disney changes alcohol policy  Thoughts on Houston not being a cruise terminal anymore
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Where I’m At: Makassar – Sulawesi

    James Clark
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:12 am
    Where I’m At is my monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next. Greetings from Makassar. Yes, I’m back in Indonesia and visiting the island of Sulawesi for the first time. And after two months of eating all of the pastries in Europe it is good to be back on the noodles. Where I’ve Been August was the month of visiting some of the popular digital nomad cities of Europe. I started in Budapest, then Prague and Berlin. I’ve been a regular visitor to Budapest for years so I knew what to expect there. I hadn’t been to Prague…
  • Libertad Apparel – the travel shirt that doesn’t look like a travel shirt

    James Clark
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:43 pm
    I’m always on the lookout for shirts that look good and are practical for travel. The problem I have with most travel clothes is that they usually look like travel clothes. The checklist of travel-shirt cliches include: – variation of green/beige/khaki (army/explorer colours) – ugly fabric – zips and multiple panels – a big logo of the travel company This is acceptable if you spend most of your travel time in the jungles of Borneo, but for me I’m mostly a slow city explorer. I like to spend time in one place and at least look like I am living there. When I…
  • The Green Citadel of Magdeburg

    James Clark
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:42 am
    I’m a fan of the Austrian artist and architect Hundertwasser. Whenever I find myself in Austria or Germany (where most of his work is) I make a diversion to visit one. In the case of the Green Citadel of Magdeburg I was on my way from Hamburg to Leipzig, and I saw I could go via Magdeburg. The Citadel has a mix of apartments and office space, with cafes and shops on the street level. Yes, people get to live in this wonderful building. The Citadel stands out amidst the drab communist-era buildings that you pass on the walk from the train station. Magdeburg Travel Resources The Green…
  • An hour and fifteen minutes in Hanover (not that I was counting)

    James Clark
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:49 am
    Actually I was counting, but not in the sense that I was counting down the minutes until I could leave. My travels from Hamburg to Leipzig required a change of trains in Hanover (Hannover in German). Rather than wait on the platform I gave myself a mini-tour of Hanover. I had an hour and fifteen minutes and I had to make the next connection, thus the clock-watching. I didn’t know much about Hanover before arriving (I didn’t even know I was going until that morning). I knew it was an industrial city that was high on the RAF to-do list, so there is not much old Hanover to see. Today…
  • Where I’m At: Budapest – 2015 edition

    James Clark
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:57 am
    Where I’m At is my monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next. Greetings from Budapest. I’m back in one of my favourite cities of Europe after a few years absence. The last time I was here it wasn’t on the digital nomad map. Other Eastern European cities like Prague, Sofia, and Bucharest became nomad hubs yet there was little talk of Budapest. On this trip I’ve noticed a small community of location independent workers basing here, and there are some cool cafes that are good to work from. Budapest still remains as a great…
 
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    City Traveler Blog

  • The Pope is Visiting Philly: Here is Everything You Need to Know

    Dan Patterson
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Pope Francis is Visiting Philadelphia (Photo Credit) Seeing the Pope in person is rare for most people, but your opportunity has arrived! Pope Francis is visiting Philadelphia on the weekend of Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th. Here’s what you need to know as you plan your trip to Philadelphia, both to see the Pope and to visit other amazing Philadelphia attractions. Itinerary Saturday, Sept. 26: 8:40am Travel to Philly 10:30am Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (closed to the public) 4:45pm Papal Address at Independence Mall 7:30pm Visit the Festival of…
  • The Beginner's Guide to Atlanta: Travel like a Local

    Dan Patterson
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:09 am
    Atlanta is an amazing city, boasting close to 500,000 residents in the city itself, and another 5 million in the metropolitan area that surrounds it. With so much going on, it can be overwhelming to even know where to start looking for things to do in Atlanta. There are a lot of major tourist attractions in the city, but if you really want to enjoy the hidden gems, try to explore Atlanta like a local. Here are five activities you don’t want to miss on your trip to the capital city of Georgia. Tubing in the Chattahoochee River Chattahoochee River This summertime staple is a much-loved…
  • Romantic Activities for Couples in Seattle

    Dan Patterson
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Space Needle at Sunset Trying to find the perfect romantic getaway, packed with heart-throbbing dates sure to sweep your significant other off of their feet? Love is in the air of Seattle, hanging on the gray clouds enveloping the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, and trickling down below into the city. Fuel the fire of romance with these great Seattle attractions that are sure to heighten the attraction between you and your date. The Space Needle: A Date in the Sky Take your relationship to new heights at the famous Seattle Space Needle. It’s the perfect place to see the entire city,…
  • Boston vs New York: How Does Each City Stack Up?

    Dan Patterson
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:01 pm
    New York City and Boston are situated on the Eastern seaboard and attract millions of tourists from around the world each year. Boston’s Colonial roots mark it as the “Cradle of Liberty,” while New York City’s Statue of Liberty was the first sight many immigrants saw as their ships sailed toward Ellis Island. But, that’s where the similarities end and the delightful differences begin. Boston views itself through the lens of blue-collar pride; it’s a collegial, down-to-earth destination that never takes itself too seriously. New York, on the other hand, prides itself on being a…
  • Hidden Gems Around North America: Let CityPASS Take You There

    Dan Patterson
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    For adventure junkies and treasure hunters alike, the time has come to embark on the ultimate quest. Whether you're a curious parent or a retiree looking for adventure, CityPASS attractions offer many exciting gems. From Atlanta to Toronto, every city has attractions full of hidden wonders and worthwhile treasures. Explore North America's secrets and find your inner pirate. The Helmet Wall The Helmet Wall at Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame Any die-hard football fanatic will have to put this gem on their "must-see" list. Visitors can customize their adventure at this ultimate…
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    National Parks Traveler

  • Mules To The Rescue At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    NPT Staff
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:30 am
    Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, some have four legs. Last week, park mules and a horse transported two injured hikers suffering from dehydration to... For the rest of the story, and a daily dose of national park news, visit www.nationalparkstraveler.com
  • Musings From Lewis And Clark National Historical Park

    Lee Dalton
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:15 am
    It was raining when I got to Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Since I’ve recently had enough rain to keep me satisfied for a good long while, I didn’t go out to the replica of Fort Clatsop... For the rest of the story, and a daily dose of national park news, visit www.nationalparkstraveler.com
  • Section Of Kaymoor Trail Closed Down At New River Gorge National River

    NPT Staff
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    A section of a popular trail at New River Gorge National River in West Virginia has been closed for the forseeable future due to erosion problems. For the rest of the story, and a daily dose of national park news, visit www.nationalparkstraveler.com
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Cape Point Campground To Remain Open Through November

    NPT Staff
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:45 am
    Cape Point Campground at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina will remain open two extra months, through the Thanksgiving weekend in late November. For the rest of the story, and a daily dose of national park news, visit www.nationalparkstraveler.com
  • Grizzly Bear Trapping At Grand Teton National Park

    NPT Staff
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:30 am
    If you're in Grand Teton National Park later this month, keep your eyes open for signs warning about grizzly bear trapping operations. For the rest of the story, and a daily dose of national park news, visit www.nationalparkstraveler.com
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    XpatMatt.com

  • My 4 Favorite Canadian Adventures (So Far)

    Matt Gibson
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Near the peak of Mount Fisher I was asked by Expedia Canada to share my favorite Canadian adventures, but all content and views expressed are 100% my own. Because of my work, I have a lot of online friends — people I’ve only spoken to through chat and email and other written communications. They all know I’m Canadian. I’m fairly well-known online as one of those Canadian travel bloggers. But when first meet people and start to talk eyes widen and jaws go slack. “You really are Canadian.” They’ll say after I let fly a monologue filled with ‘eh’s and ‘oh yeah’s. Since…
  • Why You Need To Go On A Microadventure

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Your author on a microadventure By Guest Blogger Sebastian Solberg I was very fortunate to grow up in the beautiful countryside of New Zealand, surrounded by nature and water. Growing up I was very active exploring and was always the wilderness with friends and family! However I then moved to London at age 19 to pursue a career in the film industry. I’ve now been living in England for 5 years and it took me a year or two to really appreciate how important exploration and adventure is to the human spirit especially when living in the big city! On a swing at sunset At the start of this…
  • The 48-Hour Calgary Adventure

    Matt Gibson
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    This trip was sponsored by Tourism Calgary, but all opinions are my own. In May Calgary Tourism offered me a challenge; to see how many adventure activities I could fit into 48-hours in the city. They’d send a film crew to document it and they’d foot the bill for the project. Would I do it? Hell yes I’d do it. I wasn’t going to turn down my third chance to be in a professional production (this was the first, and this was the second). They asked what activities I wanted to try. “Let me do some research and get back to you.” I replied. My fingers pecked my keyboard with…
  • Resize Photos Instantly on Mac Using Automator

    Matt Gibson
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:19 pm
    In this video you’ll learn how to very quickly resize photos in batches on your Mac in seconds using an application called automator. The automator app mentioned in the post can be downloaded here. And the image optimization program, ImageOptim, can be downloaded here. The post Resize Photos Instantly on Mac Using Automator appeared first on XpatMatt.com.
  • Travel to Thailand: Explore Majestic Temples and Experience the Outdoors

    Matt Gibson
    1 May 2015 | 4:52 am
    Photo by Helen Suk The golden spires of the Thailand’s ubiquitous Buddhist temples juxtaposed with their exotic tropical surroundings and the country’s diverse geography of emerald jungle, aqua waterfalls, white sand beaches, and craggy cliffs, have enchanted visitors tourists who travel to Thailand for decades. Some prefer to spend their time in the popular destination taking photos of temples and markets, while others tend toward the exciting mix of outdoor adventures available in the country’s mountains, rivers, and oceans such as Thailand hiking and climbing. We,…
 
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    A Traveler's Library

  • What is This American Woman with 6 Children Doing in Nazi Germany?

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:48 am
    Where: Germany before and during World War II Book: A World Elsewhere: An American Woman in Wartime Germany by Sigrid MacRae (First published in 2014. NEW in paperback, August 2015.) The year is not over, but I am already betting this will be near the top of my Best Ten Books at A Traveler’s Library for 2015. Pardon me if I gush, but Sigrid MacRae won me over beginning with her prologue, which describes the challenges of writing family history. As you may have noticed, I do a bit of that myself, and putting together oral history, documentation and letters into a real story can be quite…
  • Summer Reads: New Treat for Fans of Emily Dickinson

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    Book: Miss Emily (NewJuly 2015)by Nuala O’Connor Destination: Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S. One more summer read before you put away your summer whites and get back to the work-a-day-world.  What could be more appropriate than a book about a woman who famously decided to wear white every day?  In Miss Emily, Nuala O’Connor a writer well-known in her native Ireland as Nuala ní Chonchúir, makes her American debut with a book about the quintessential New Englander, Emily Dickinson.  And a stunning debut it is. Emily Dickinson Home Museum, Amherst Massachusetts. Photo from…
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    Travel stories and tips for adventure travel and culture tourism seekers

  • Kauai Adventure Travel from Farm to Table with Nani Moon Meadery

    MsTravelingPants
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:49 am
    The farm to table movement of locally sourcing menus in the hospitality industry has been all the rage for years with Chefs like Alice Waters leading the charge. However, one thing has remained relatively untapped, the bar. Mosts bars are set up fairly similarly. The tap beer selection is most likely a combination of local and international favorites with the wine list sporting a local wine if available then a laundry list of international favorites. However, on the Garden Isle of Kauai, one business, Nani Moon Meadery, has taken farm to table to the next level with 100% locally grown,…
  • Sun Surf and Suds with the Kauai Beer Co

    MsTravelingPants
    22 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    When one travels to Kauai, you expect some of the best sun and surf the Pacific can offer. Whether your chosen Kauai adventure be basking on the bow of a catamaran sailing the Napali Coast or paddling out to catch waves with professional surfers in Hanalei, you’ll be ready for happy hour or pau hana with a touch of locally crafted beers from Kauai Beer Co. Having the opportunity to live only blocks from Lihue location, I have witnessed first-hand and tasted its progress since its opening in 2013. With a wide selection of seven drafts and one rotating nitro tap, Kauai Beer Co has brought the…
  • What I Love About Cuba – Travel to Cuba is about more than Old Cars

    MsTravelingPants
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:41 pm
    After a week of big news about Cuba and the United States, I just had to chime in with my two cents. Amo a Cuba (I love Cuba)! Americans that have not been to Cuba and even Cuban Americans that I meet me ask, “What do you love about Cuba?” With all politics aside and not wanting to sound cliche, I love Cuba because of its people. Over multiple trips, nearly eighty days in Cuba, I have become familia with many of my Cuban friends and encounters in Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, and Havana. What I love about each and every one of them is their humor, creativity, genuine warmth,…
  • Hawaii Adventure Travel – Outrigger Canoe Ride Waikiki

    MsTravelingPants
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Having been a canoe paddler and kayaker since I was able to ride on the lap of my father down the Black River or Flambeau River of Wisconsin, there was one canoe ride that I had on my bucket list for many a decade. Now in my second year living in the Hawaiian Islands, I have checked that bucket list activity off my list, an outrigger canoe ride on Oahu on its beautiful Waikiki Beach. In Hawaiian, these slender, hydrodynamically efficient canoes are called wa’a. Unlike the canoe and kayak counterparts that I have become used to, the outrigger canoes have a stabilizer (outrigger) to make…
  • Big Island Hawaii Travel – Kona Brewing Company Tour and Liquid Aloha

    MsTravelingPants
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take the Wisconsin out of the girl.  It means wherever I go, I’m the first in line to sign up for exploring another culture through its cheeses as well as its libations. On one of my most recent adventures to the Big Island of Hawaii, not only did I experience my first night SCUBA dive with amazing manta rays, but I also rewarded myself the following day with a tour of the Kona Brewing Company. I signed up online with the Kona Brewing Company for one of its two daily tours: 10:30am or 3pm.  Although I thought 10:30am was…
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    littleindiana.com » Jessica Nunemaker

  • Superior Selection: Dale’s Steak & Chop in Rensselaer

    Jessica Nunemaker
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Butter Garlic Pork Roast at Dale’s Steak and Chop in Rensselaer, Indiana Every small town needs a butcher like Dale’s Steak and Chop Shop in Rensselaer, Indiana. Really, everywhere needs a butcher! You have to have that place where, when you walk in, they probably already know what you want. A place where they learn the name of your kids and like to tease the oldest about “Butterball,” a word that our 10 year old finds repulsive. You have to love a place that will tease your kid just like you do! Of course, the meat selection is a pretty important part of it too. Like…
  • Spotlight: Remarkable Ruggable Line Perks Up Floors

    Jessica Nunemaker
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    little Indiana received the item below in exchange for an honest view. Opinions remain hers and hers alone. Ruggables Two Piece Rug System What if there was a way to have an attractive, stylish rug in your home that didn’t need any special treatment? What if there was a way to easily care for a rug without a lot of hassle? A rug that it was actually okay to walk on and use, something that didn’t feel like it needed to be put in a tucked away corner, but could handle the every day stresses with ease–and that didn’t require professional cleaning? Let me introduce you to…
  • Super Simple Fire and Ice: One Cool Salad

    Jessica Nunemaker
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Fire and Ice Tomato Salad Recipe Before Adding in the Cucumber With tomatoes beginning to pile up on the counter, I knew I needed to do something about them–and fast! I knew a side salad would be a great fit so I quickly flipped to my old handwritten cookbook, where I long ago copied down recipes I thought I would one day want to prepare for my family. This recipe for fire and ice tomatoes came from my Swedish maternal grandmother, Magel Cummings. I wish I knew if it were a recipe that came out of a cookbook where she contributed, you know those church and school fundraising cookbooks,…
  • Lindy Freeze in Linden: Conquering the Peanut Butter Mountain

    Jessica Nunemaker
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Peanut Butter Mountain specialty sundae at Lindy Freeze in Linden, Indiana When sherbet was available one day, a customer drove from an hour away for it. The chocolate shakes are said to be old fashioned, the kind of shakes that are impossible to forget, that remain in your memory long after the last sip. That’s the kind of place I love to find. That’s the way it is at Lindy Freeze in Linden, Indiana. Indiana Ice Cream Parlor Cherry milkshake at Lindy Freeze in Linden, Indiana Lindy Freeze has been open since 1977. It has changed hands a few times but ice cream and breaded pork…
  • Otterbein Dugout in Otterbein

    Jessica Nunemaker
    9 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
    Ice Cream Sundae at Otterbein Dugout in Otterbein, Indiana Whether you pronounce Otterbein, Indiana like “Otterbean,” “Otterbine,” or “Otterbin,” (and really, I don’t know which way is the right way!) this tiny town has a great stop you might have missed! The Otterbein Dugout is a locally-owned ice cream parlor and quick eats destination located right along Main Street. It isn’t every day that I ask the boys if they want to take a road trip that will include a stop at two different ice cream parlors! I’m sure you could probably hear them…
 
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  • For Your Next Montreal Trip, Rent a Condo

    Tony
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:16 pm
    The second largest city of Canada, Montreal has emerged as one of the vital tourist destinations over a decade or so. It is often said that people who visit this exclusive city is so mesmerized by its beauty that they are compelled to the place again and again. Are you one of those who are planning to visit Montreal soon? Then, it is highly advisable that you rent a condo rather than staying in a hotel. For this, you need to contact a reliable condominium realtor Montreal as soon as possible. It is the apt professional developer who has the entire knowledge regarding the real estate industry…
  • Montreal. A perfect place for foodies

    Tony
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Find out for yourself why foodies love Montreal. The city has the highest number of restaurant per capita in Canada- almost 65 restaurants per kilometer squared- which makes it second in North America close after New York. Menus are heavily influenced by flavors from all around the world, ranging from the finest French cuisine to cheap, local favorites. For bonafide foodies and for people looking for a late night bite alike, Montreal’s a welcoming treat. Top lunch and dining destinations can be found all over the city. Most downtown restaurants are concentrated between Guy and Peel Street…
  • Choose Your Dream Running Vacation

    Tony
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Serious runners don’t leave the running shoes behind when they go on vacation. In fact, the most dedicated runners often choose vacation spots with superb running trails either as the main draw or part of a getaway plan. The United States has some of the finest running vacation destinations in the world. Here are some of the best. Chicago in the summer The 18-mile trek along Lake Michigan’s shoreline is a breath of fresh air. Cool breezes and the Chicago skyline make this a terrific summertime trail. Chicago also offers tons of other attractions, including the Natural History and…
  • Travelling Tips to Ensure Absolute Luggage Safety

    Tony
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    Travelling to some new place is always exciting but at the same time, it is important that you take care of your belongings in an absolute safe manner. You will be obviously become heart-broken or frustrated if your luggage gets stolen or lost while you are on the move. Thus, it is important that you buy the best luggage locks and ensure security of your valuable belongings in an apt and systematic way. It is often said that traveling light is an ideal safety measure. However, in this modern day time when crime is on the rise, this is not enough at all. So, this article has brought to your…
  • Business Travel Tips for Unique Sized Men- What Clothes to Pack?

    Tony
    15 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    So, you tickets are done for your big business meet and you are well prepared with the presentation and everything. Hey, hold on do you really think you are actually ready? The necessity to pack relevant business attire remains a big consideration that needs instant attention. Especially if you are a big and tall man, you need to be all the more conscious and selective while buying clothes. Why to opt for online shop? Since you are already busy with preparations for the business meeting, you obviously don’t have the time to go out and shop. This is where an online store that specializes in…
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  • Tea Time Snack: Crunchy Cocoa Cookies

    Andy Hayes
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Looking to freshen up your tea time routine? Or need to bring a snack to an upcoming party or afternoon tea and want something that will impress? You’ve just found it. Crunchy? Check. Chocolate? Check. Easy to make? Check. The only downside to these beauties is the potential for getting powdered sugar on your shirt as you devour them. These are fabulous with a quick dunk in your tea; my recommended pairing is a cup of Oregon Breakfast (hazelnut orange tea). Crunchy Cocoa Cookies Ingredients: 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate 1/4 cup butter, chopped into small pieces 1 1/2 cups…
  • Comforting Supper Recipe: Tuna + Pea Risotto with Fresh Lemon

    Nick Church
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Everyone has their own comfort food, but if you’re looking for a comforting dinner that’s still healthy and relatively easy to put together, this Tuna + Pea Risotto makes for a great choice, and it’s not quite as heavy as other dishes. Peas are a classic risotto pairing, but today, let’s add in some fresh and healthy protein with tuna — and plenty of parmesan cheese, of course. This risotto feels really good as a filling meal after a busy day, perfect to enjoy over warm conversation. What’s nice is that you’ve got your protein, you’ve got your…
  • 18 Places to Stick Your Chai

    Carrie Keplinger
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    We are excitedly gearing up for chai season — which pretty much lasts from the end of August until February (or maybe that’s just me). That’s a long time, so how to keep things… spiced up? Here are 18 ways to use chai that differ from the usual tea-in-the-cup routine. Food Believe it or not, the spices in chai — ginger, clove, black pepper — work really well with many dishes. Try it out by serving up a healthful Chai Quinoa over a harvest salad at your next luncheon. Or use brewed chai in our pumpkin chili instead of stock and take it to the big chili cook-off (don’t…
  • Earl Grey “Conversation Starter” Tea Cocktail

    Andy Hayes
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:06 am
    When I’m enjoying a cup of Earl Grey tea, I tend to go for a London fog (e.g. Earl Grey latte).  But did you know that Earl Grey makes a fabulous cocktail base?  Much better than those sugary, preservative-laden cocktail syrups. Try this easy-peasy tea cocktail recipe that is just perfect for a dinner party arrival drink — hence the name, Conversation Starter cocktail. Conversation Starter Tea Cocktail Recipe is for 1 serving. .5 oz vanilla vodka .5 oz brandy 1 oz triple sec 5 oz Mindful Morning blend tea, brewed & chilled Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake…
  • Hooked On Vanilla Salt: The Secret Ingredient In Your Favorite Recipes

    A Guest Writer
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever seen a recipe that didn’t call for a pinch of salt? There are not very many! Salt adds texture, plays a role in culinary chemical reactions, and — best of all — adds incredible flavor to sweet and savory dishes alike. You can use sea salt, volcanic salt, fine grain, large flake, and even smoked salts, but nothing will liven up your taste buds quite like vanilla salt. Vanilla… What? Vanilla salt first cartwheeled across my pallet on a tour at the Hawaiian Vanilla Company, the only commercial vanilla farm in the United States. The humble little package was almost…
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  • Packing Tips for the Plane

    Jeanine Barone
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
        With economy seating getting tighter and tighter, there's even more reason to have all your necessities -- especially on long flights -- in a small shoulder or tote bag that easily fits under your seat. I recently blogged that I've managed to go even lighter than ever before in terms of my never-check-luggage packing, carrying a backpack that itself fits under my seat, beside my wee shoulder bag. No climbing over your seatmates during the flight to access your overhead luggage. (On my recent flight from Amsterdam, the person in front of me got up no less than 15 times…
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia in Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    When I told my friends and colleagues that I was traveling to Sarajevo, Bosnia, they all wondered why I was going there. What an odd question. Though many  people still only associate Bosnia and Sarajevo with the war -- though conflicts ceased 15 years ago, I experienced this as a land with a vibrant culture -- Sarajevo has an active contemporary and street art scene -- and a peaceful beauty of the man-made and natural kind. I found numerous tasty vegetarian restaurants, stylish coffee shops, including one where the director of the director of the Sarajevo Film Festival hangs out, and…
  • Rotterdam In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    22 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    When many people think of the Netherlands not much more than Amsterdam comes to mind. But I recently spent time in Rotterdam, a vibrant, creative, spacious city full of energy, edgy art, peaceful green spaces, idyllic bike paths, and awe-inspiring architecture, all without the crowds that flock to Amsterdam. This short YouTube video slide show provides a window into what I loved about Rotterdam. Be sure to check www.jthetravelauthority.com for more travel tips.
  • A Cultural Walking Tour in Queens, New York

    Jeanine Barone
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    What tourist doesn't know that Brooklyn's myriad neighborhoods are often radiating coolness? And what about my hometown borough of Queens? The words hip and Queens aren't usually uttered in the same sentence. Well, that's at least the way I saw it, until I took a walking tour with BQE Tours: The Brooklyn Queens Experience. I signed up for a tour of a neighborhood -- Long Island City -- that I hardly know and that I had a bad experience with just a month before. I had a meeting and gave myself a crazy about of time -- two hours -- to find the venue close to LaGuardia Community College. Not…
  • Travel Security Tips for Women Traveling Alone

    Jeanine Barone
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Traveling alone shouldn't mean sticking close to your hotel and ordering room service every night, or choosing an all-inclusive because you're afraid of going far afield by yourself. I travel all over the world sometimes with a friend, sometimes with a group but, more often, alone. Here are 11 of my top travel security tips for women traveling my themselves. 1. Make sure your accommodation's door as well as any sliding glass doors each have a dead bolt.2. In case your door doesn't come with a dead bolt, hang a portable door alarm around the knob. 3. Try to get a room that's not on the first…
 
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  • The Bellagio is a Cut Above the Rest

    Jen
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:29 pm
    When planning a surprise trip to Vegas for our 15th wedding anniversary, I went back and forth with where I should stay. Which hotel had the best amenities for us at the right price? After much research, I decided to book the Bellagio. It cost me about $200 a night but it included an $80 food credit. This made the cost for two nights a little bit easier to swallow. We arrived in Vegas, caught our ride to the hotel, and stood in line to check in. It was about midnight and we were surprised to find the line practically out the door. It didn’t move very quickly but we were able to take in…
  • Two Hours in Grand Canyon National Park

    Jen
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    Two hours at the Grand Canyon? That seems a bit ridiculous for a national park that is 215 miles and takes five hours to drive between the North and South Rims. But what do you do when you have a massive road trip planned out perfectly and on the morning of day 3, you realize that the Grand Canyon is only two hours out of your way? You reroute the GPS of course! We had a tight itinerary that was more driving than sightseeing. On day one, we drove from Denver, Colorado to Tucson, Arizona. We spent the next day visiting family and then it was time to continue on. The original plan was to leave…
  • Medical Emergencies While Traveling

    Marissa
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    You are planning out your dream vacation: hotel is booked, adventures planned, restaurants scouted out, clothes packed. When putting your clothes in your suitcase, you usually plan for contingencies, right? A sweater in case it’s cool, a swimsuit in case there is a pool or beach, a nice outfit for dinner out. You never know exactly what is going to happen so you try to be as prepared as possible. What about when it comes to your health or accidents? How do you plan for that? Of course, we can never foresee an unexpected injury, or that cold that hits you right in the middle of your…
  • Summer Ski Resort Activities at Copper Mountain Resort

    Jen
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Copper Mountain Ski Resort in the summertime? Yes, please. I still have the Copper Mountain t-shirt that my husband brought home to me. I was six months pregnant with our now 10 year old son and my husband went on a boy’s ski trip weekend. They loved Copper Mountain and we have since visited it a couple of times in the winter time. We have driven past it in the summertime but decided to take the time to visit this summer when Copper Mountain invited us up to try out their Summer Activity Passes. Included in the pass was access to three bungee, one zip line and one go-kart session,…
  • Can You Plan a Surprise Trip and Keep it a Secret?

    Jen
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    A couple of months ago, I had this crazy idea to surprise my husband with a 36 hour trip to Las Vegas for our 15th wedding anniversary. It had been quite some time since we went away together and my brother-in-law offered to watch the kids. I watched the sales, booked the trip, and all that was left was to keep it a secret until it was time to go. Consider how you will fund the trip. This part was easy for me. I have gone back to work and had been putting away some money so I knew what kind of budget I wanted to stick to. I am also in charge of the bills. My husband is very much aware of our…
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  • Azamara wins social media award from Skift

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:18 am
    Skifties 2015 Social Media Awards for Travel Brands Congratulations to Azamara Club Cruises for winning a Skiftie. The boutique cruise line won the following award: Most Effective Brand on Social Media – Cruise Line: Azamara Club Cruises Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / Twitter / YouTube Skift wrote that Azamara paired content with relevant links to drive higher rates of site referrals across its platforms from a […] The post Azamara wins social media award from Skift appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Uniworld is “Top River Cruise Line for Families”

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:33 am
    Uniworld Voted Travel + Leisure’s “Top River Cruise Line for Families” Travel + Leisure has awarded Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection with the title of “Top River Cruise Line for Families” in its coveted 2015 World’s Best Awards. The luxury river cruise line offers guests a variety of family-friendly itineraries that include 13 departures created specifically for families […] The post Uniworld is “Top River Cruise Line for Families” appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • (video) Destination: Cork, Ireland

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    Panoramic City Tour: Cork, Ireland Calling on the port town of Cobh, Ireland, cruise visitors arriving on Azamara Club Cruises had a few options for exploring the area. I chose a Land Discoveries tour offered by the ship to explore the nearby city of Cork. Setting off from  Ireland’s only dedicated cruise terminal in  Cobh, […] The post (video) Destination: Cork, Ireland appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
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  • What if Your Insurance Refuses a Personal Injury Claim?

    Sacha
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:45 am
    Debate time must realize the scenario absolutely and sign up for specified things that can flip the hold within your favor. You have to determine that personal injury lawyer should be certified and experienced enough to fight your event. When a personal injury casualty approaches a lawyer, the lawyer studies and analyzes each of the areas of the case and decides whether a case may be filed for damages. An excellent personal injury lawyer consults the customer during all the stages of litigation. At times, it’s in the very best interest of your client to opt for an out of court…
  • A Background in Speedy Secrets of Best Nitric Oxide

    Sacha
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:45 am
    Choosing the best no2 supplement may be difficult given that there are many options accessible. A lot of people want a product that may be inexpensive and assures top quality final results. Listed here are some nitric oxide supplement supplements evaluations for the very best items on the market. The AAKG nitric oxide dietary supplements include a substance called arginine alpha-ketoglutarate. This formula is supposed to supply the system with electricity and assist the muscle groups to soak up the most level of vitamins and minerals. When l-arginine is unveiled in the blood flow, it can…
  • Thinking About Quick Systems of Men’s Bags

    Sacha
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:25 am
    A women’s clothing is unfinished without the need of รองเท้าแฟชั่น. Which range from variations to different styles purses are available for time, evening, special events and get together put on. Using the possibly-altering fashion trends choosing handbags also has evolved to some large level. A few years back modest purses were actually regarded as being elegant as well as an best design statement. In the current several years the bigger the much better is definitely the design that is quite cool and cool for…
  • An Introduction to Fundamental Aspects of Helena Amram Update

    Sacha
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:05 am
    “He’s best!” gushes one of your own close friends, directing into a grainy picture on the pc, “I fulfilled him on the web!” הלנה עמ-רם work, there’s no question that. However, they’re not fool-resistant. Specialist matchmakers provide you with the very same professional services as those other internet sites, but rather than working with a computer, you’re handling a specialist person. A trained individual that is aware what she or he is doing. Perhaps you’ve been set up well before plus it…
  • Details for Nitric Oxide Supplement Described

    Sacha
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:40 am
    Frequently if we have went to the gym to work out in order to get bigger muscles we shall sooner or later struck a plateau were our company is really not receiving anymore gains from my diet and effort in the fitness center. If you achieve that time it is time for you to look at what is the best nitric oxide booster. You can find very some of them in the marketplace, but to be able to choose one that will give you some really good strong muscle groups it is crucial that you decide on one that really works and never one of those were you might be just emptying our wallets. Exactly what is…
 
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  • Get Ready – 5 Things to Know Before Traveling to Cuba

    RumShopRyan
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Cuba is a country that has not experienced the technological revolution seen in most other western countries, giving this island a fantastic charm, and making Cuba holidays different to your usual summer vacation. When traveling to Cuba there are some things you should know before setting out. Take plug adapters Throughout Cuba the only power outlets available are the two-pronged 220V kind. This means if you are traveling from North America or any country that doesn’t use the same plugs you will need to take an adapter with you. Make sure you pack one before you leave, just in case you…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:58 am
    When in the Caribbean, transportation is always an adventure–boats, planes, switch-back roads, trails. I didn’t set out to do this, but this week’s Caribbean Wrap Up deals with moving around the islands in different ways. You’ll read a excellent story about driving up a mountain road on St. Kitts, hiking up Mount Scenery on Saba, walking around The Gap on Barbados and exploring a trail on St. John. That’s what’s great about the islands, you can have a great time doing and seeing everything, or doing nothing at all. Just depends on what gear you want to…
  • Grace Bay Beach Named a Top Beach Destination for Weddings

    RumShopRyan
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:51 am
    The acknowledgement from Caribbean Journal comes after Grace Bay was ranked as the #2 beach in the world by TripAdvisor earlier in 2015. The island of Providenciales itself received a TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award in 2015 as the TOP island in the world. The Venetian on Grace Bay is offering a special promotion for newlyweds and honeymooners to celebrate this amazing news! To celebrate Grace Bay’s recognition as a top beach in the Caribbean for weddings, the Venetian on Grace Bay is please to offer newlyweds a special offering: $4,000.00 for one week in a one-bedroom…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:11 am
    As beautiful as the Caribbean is, it like nearly all areas of the world is not immune from mother nature’s power. As Tropical Storm Erika soaks the northern Caribbean let’s keep in mind that the human element is the most important and for all affected to be safe. Now for the side of the Caribbean that we all love–beaches, rum drinks and pure escape. Enjoy this week’s wrap up! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up How to Move to St Thomas, US Virgin Islands: It’s a dream for many — picking up and moving to the Caribbean. And every year, many people do just that. Of course,…
  • Boat Drinks: The Pilar Rum-Rita, Mix With A Twist!

    RumShopRyan
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
    After one sip, you’ll be fishing the stream. Margaritas have a special place in my my heart. They taste fantastic and it’s impossible to have a bad time when there’s one sitting in front of you. But as you know, rum translates to island time in a glass, so more often than not a refreshing rum punch will find its way to my lips. In saying that, margaritas have been on my mind more and more lately. Castaway Crystal and I have been venturing up to Captiva Island to a charming little hole-in-the wall place called Cantina Captiva that just happens to serve a mean margarita. Both…
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  • Canyoneering in Los Angeles – Urban Adventures in LA

    Julia
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    Adventure travel writer and solo female travel expert reports on canyoneering in Los Angeles for Outside Television network. Just 20 minutes outside of downtown LA you’ll find Rubio Canyon where there are a series of waterfalls that cascade through the San Gabriel mountains. It’s a great spot for an urban adventure.
  • Live Like a Local in LA: Exploring Abbot Kinney Ave in Venice

    Julia
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
      GQ Magazine called it the “coolest block in America.” Abbot Kinney, a street in Venice lined with hip boutiques, Vegan restaurants and eco-conscious coffee shops lives up to its reputation.  The street draws the artsy and the affluent. Locals mostly, but the in-the-know Canadian traveller will certainly want to make time for an afternoon stroll along this hip strip on their visit to LA As part of my blog series “Live Like a Local in LA” which highlights cool neighborhoods on the West Side of Los Angeles, I’d like to share some of my fave spots along Abbot Kinney.
  • Live Like a Local in LA: Exploring Montana Ave. in Santa Monica

    Julia
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    As the 1982, Missing Persons’ song goes: “Walkin’ in L.A., nobody walks in L.A.” This catchy tune perpetrated the pervasive myth that Los Angeles is all about car culture and no self respecting person would dare….walk (gasp!) A city of urban sprawl and notorious traffic, navigating the City of Angeles sure is easier with your own car. That said, Canadian travellers fear not, there are many neighborhoods across the city that are very foot friendly.  If you stay right in this neighborhood you may not need a rental so you’ll save on that and the car insurance. Don’t forget to…
  • Live Like a Local in LA: Exploring Main St. in Santa Monica

    Julia
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Los Angeles has long been a popular destination for Canadian travellers. This California cultural centre is a hub for all things glitz and glam. The sun, the surf, the sand, the celebrity…you can’t beat it. That said, for the first time traveler, Los Angeles can be a tough city to crack. Many of the city’s finest finds are spread out and hidden to the uninitiated. There are also so many neighborhoods in LA, it’s hard to know where to start your visit. There are the hipster hangouts of Silverlake, the converted lofts turned artsy gastropubs of Downtown and the high-end shops of Beverly…
  • Tips on Packing Like A Pro – Part 2

    Julia
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    With baggage fees and all that bulls@#$, travelers are incentivized to try pack light and pack smart. In my second installment of packing like a pro…yes, you guessed it…MORE packing tips! Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding what to take with you on your next big trip. -Pack a flashlight (I’m obsessed with my headlamp). You never know when there might be a power outage, or a scary campfire story that needs some mood lighting. -Hotel laundry service can be very expensive. During longer trips, it’s often easiest to wash your own clothes. Bring a retractable clothesline…
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  • 5 Reasons to Stay in Ørestad, Copenhagen’s Hot New Neighborhood

    Linda Buchwald
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:09 am
    Flickr/Maria Eklind If you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen and don’t want to stay in the crowded city center, consider its up-and-coming green neighborhood of Ørestad. Development started in 1995 after a team of Finnish architects (ARKKI) won an international architectural competition to plan the district. Though some areas are still in the works, there’s already a lot to see and do. Here are five reasons why it’s a worthy base: 1. There are hotels in every price range. Within Ørestad’s four neighborhoods — Ørestad City, Ørestad North, Amager Fælled,…
  • From $1,175: Roundtrip Flights to New Zealand in 2016

    Christine Dayao
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:35 am
    Flickr/Jason Pratt Is a trip to New Zealand on your bucket list? The latest airfare sale from Air New Zealand just might give you that little nudge to plan a 2016 getaway, for as low as $1,175 in economy class. You’ll have until September 15 to nab flights from 10 U.S. destinations to Auckland and other New Zealand cities, for travel from May 1 to June 21, and July 24 to August 7, 2016. The lowest $1,175 fares depart from Los Angeles. For comparison, its around $200 more on other airlines during the same period — and at least $500 more across the board at the beginning of the…
  • 6 Things to Do in Beaune, Burgundy (By France’s Newest UNESCO Site)

    Katie Hammel
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:02 am
    Katie Hammel Burgundy — specifically the subregions of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune — is one of two French wine regions recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune surround the town of Beaune, which is the unofficial wine capital of Burgundy and makes for a perfect wine country base. The small town, surrounded by medieval walls, is just the right size — big enough to offer a lot of choice in things to do, but small enough to retain its charm and intimacy — and its cobbled streets and maze of alleys are a…
  • 400 Years of Shakespeare: Why Any Bard Fan Needs to Book a Trip to London Now

    Teresa Bitler
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Public Radio International April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. London and other spots in the UK are gearing up to celebrate his life and works. Here’s a sampling of the trip-worthy special performances and exhibits that any Bard-lover should be booking now. Barbican Centre: You still have time to catch Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet (through October 31, 2016) before the Barbican Centre partners with The Royal Shakespeare Company to present King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings (November 7, 2015 through January 24, 2016). The series…
  • 10 Reasons Lima Deserves to Be More Than a Stopover City

    Connie Lee
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    iStock It’s easy to overlook chaotic Lima — Peru’s main international airport — as a mere stopover on the way to exotic destinations such as Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. But to skip the city would be a mistake; these days, Lima’s standing out in its own right. It has an exploding food scene, it’s become one of the leading economies in the region, and it ranks among the top cities to live on the continent. Here’s why the city deserves a few days of your time. 1. The value here is incredible. In 2014 and 2015, the U.S. dollar has been the strongest…
 
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  • 5 Reasons to Stay in Ørestad, Copenhagen’s Hot New Neighborhood

    Linda Buchwald
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:09 am
    Flickr/Maria Eklind If you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen and don’t want to stay in the crowded city center, consider its up-and-coming green neighborhood of Ørestad. Development started in 1995 after a team of Finnish architects (ARKKI) won an international architectural competition to plan the district. Though some areas are still in the works, there’s already a lot to see and do. Here are five reasons why it’s a worthy base: 1. There are hotels in every price range. Within Ørestad’s four neighborhoods — Ørestad City, Ørestad North, Amager Fælled,…
  • From $1,175: Roundtrip Flights to New Zealand in 2016

    Christine Dayao
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:35 am
    Flickr/Jason Pratt Is a trip to New Zealand on your bucket list? The latest airfare sale from Air New Zealand just might give you that little nudge to plan a 2016 getaway, for as low as $1,175 in economy class. You’ll have until September 15 to nab flights from 10 U.S. destinations to Auckland and other New Zealand cities, for travel from May 1 to June 21, and July 24 to August 7, 2016. The lowest $1,175 fares depart from Los Angeles. For comparison, its around $200 more on other airlines during the same period — and at least $500 more across the board at the beginning of the…
  • 6 Things to Do in Beaune, Burgundy (By France’s Newest UNESCO Site)

    Katie Hammel
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:02 am
    Katie Hammel Burgundy — specifically the subregions of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune — is one of two French wine regions recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune surround the town of Beaune, which is the unofficial wine capital of Burgundy and makes for a perfect wine country base. The small town, surrounded by medieval walls, is just the right size — big enough to offer a lot of choice in things to do, but small enough to retain its charm and intimacy — and its cobbled streets and maze of alleys are a…
  • 400 Years of Shakespeare: Why Any Bard Fan Needs to Book a Trip to London Now

    Teresa Bitler
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Public Radio International April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. London and other spots in the UK are gearing up to celebrate his life and works. Here’s a sampling of the trip-worthy special performances and exhibits that any Bard-lover should be booking now. Barbican Centre: You still have time to catch Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet (through October 31, 2016) before the Barbican Centre partners with The Royal Shakespeare Company to present King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings (November 7, 2015 through January 24, 2016). The series…
  • 10 Reasons Lima Deserves to Be More Than a Stopover City

    Connie Lee
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    iStock It’s easy to overlook chaotic Lima — Peru’s main international airport — as a mere stopover on the way to exotic destinations such as Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. But to skip the city would be a mistake; these days, Lima’s standing out in its own right. It has an exploding food scene, it’s become one of the leading economies in the region, and it ranks among the top cities to live on the continent. Here’s why the city deserves a few days of your time. 1. The value here is incredible. In 2014 and 2015, the U.S. dollar has been the strongest…
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  • 5 Reasons to Stay in Ørestad, Copenhagen’s Hot New Neighborhood

    Linda Buchwald
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:09 am
    Flickr/Maria Eklind If you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen and don’t want to stay in the crowded city center, consider its up-and-coming green neighborhood of Ørestad. Development started in 1995 after a team of Finnish architects (ARKKI) won an international architectural competition to plan the district. Though some areas are still in the works, there’s already a lot to see and do. Here are five reasons why it’s a worthy base: 1. There are hotels in every price range. Within Ørestad’s four neighborhoods — Ørestad City, Ørestad North, Amager Fælled,…
  • From $1,175: Roundtrip Flights to New Zealand in 2016

    Christine Dayao
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:35 am
    Flickr/Jason Pratt Is a trip to New Zealand on your bucket list? The latest airfare sale from Air New Zealand just might give you that little nudge to plan a 2016 getaway, for as low as $1,175 in economy class. You’ll have until September 15 to nab flights from 10 U.S. destinations to Auckland and other New Zealand cities, for travel from May 1 to June 21, and July 24 to August 7, 2016. The lowest $1,175 fares depart from Los Angeles. For comparison, its around $200 more on other airlines during the same period — and at least $500 more across the board at the beginning of the…
  • 6 Things to Do in Beaune, Burgundy (By France’s Newest UNESCO Site)

    Katie Hammel
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:02 am
    Katie Hammel Burgundy — specifically the subregions of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune — is one of two French wine regions recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune surround the town of Beaune, which is the unofficial wine capital of Burgundy and makes for a perfect wine country base. The small town, surrounded by medieval walls, is just the right size — big enough to offer a lot of choice in things to do, but small enough to retain its charm and intimacy — and its cobbled streets and maze of alleys are a…
  • 400 Years of Shakespeare: Why Any Bard Fan Needs to Book a Trip to London Now

    Teresa Bitler
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Public Radio International April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. London and other spots in the UK are gearing up to celebrate his life and works. Here’s a sampling of the trip-worthy special performances and exhibits that any Bard-lover should be booking now. Barbican Centre: You still have time to catch Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet (through October 31, 2016) before the Barbican Centre partners with The Royal Shakespeare Company to present King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings (November 7, 2015 through January 24, 2016). The series…
  • 10 Reasons Lima Deserves to Be More Than a Stopover City

    Connie Lee
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    iStock It’s easy to overlook chaotic Lima — Peru’s main international airport — as a mere stopover on the way to exotic destinations such as Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. But to skip the city would be a mistake; these days, Lima’s standing out in its own right. It has an exploding food scene, it’s become one of the leading economies in the region, and it ranks among the top cities to live on the continent. Here’s why the city deserves a few days of your time. 1. The value here is incredible. In 2014 and 2015, the U.S. dollar has been the strongest…
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  • 5 Reasons to Stay in Ørestad, Copenhagen’s Hot New Neighborhood

    Linda Buchwald
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:09 am
    Flickr/Maria Eklind If you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen and don’t want to stay in the crowded city center, consider its up-and-coming green neighborhood of Ørestad. Development started in 1995 after a team of Finnish architects (ARKKI) won an international architectural competition to plan the district. Though some areas are still in the works, there’s already a lot to see and do. Here are five reasons why it’s a worthy base: 1. There are hotels in every price range. Within Ørestad’s four neighborhoods — Ørestad City, Ørestad North, Amager Fælled,…
  • From $1,175: Roundtrip Flights to New Zealand in 2016

    Christine Dayao
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:35 am
    Flickr/Jason Pratt Is a trip to New Zealand on your bucket list? The latest airfare sale from Air New Zealand just might give you that little nudge to plan a 2016 getaway, for as low as $1,175 in economy class. You’ll have until September 15 to nab flights from 10 U.S. destinations to Auckland and other New Zealand cities, for travel from May 1 to June 21, and July 24 to August 7, 2016. The lowest $1,175 fares depart from Los Angeles. For comparison, its around $200 more on other airlines during the same period — and at least $500 more across the board at the beginning of the…
  • 6 Things to Do in Beaune, Burgundy (By France’s Newest UNESCO Site)

    Katie Hammel
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:02 am
    Katie Hammel Burgundy — specifically the subregions of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune — is one of two French wine regions recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune surround the town of Beaune, which is the unofficial wine capital of Burgundy and makes for a perfect wine country base. The small town, surrounded by medieval walls, is just the right size — big enough to offer a lot of choice in things to do, but small enough to retain its charm and intimacy — and its cobbled streets and maze of alleys are a…
  • 400 Years of Shakespeare: Why Any Bard Fan Needs to Book a Trip to London Now

    Teresa Bitler
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Public Radio International April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. London and other spots in the UK are gearing up to celebrate his life and works. Here’s a sampling of the trip-worthy special performances and exhibits that any Bard-lover should be booking now. Barbican Centre: You still have time to catch Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet (through October 31, 2016) before the Barbican Centre partners with The Royal Shakespeare Company to present King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings (November 7, 2015 through January 24, 2016). The series…
  • 10 Reasons Lima Deserves to Be More Than a Stopover City

    Connie Lee
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    iStock It’s easy to overlook chaotic Lima — Peru’s main international airport — as a mere stopover on the way to exotic destinations such as Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. But to skip the city would be a mistake; these days, Lima’s standing out in its own right. It has an exploding food scene, it’s become one of the leading economies in the region, and it ranks among the top cities to live on the continent. Here’s why the city deserves a few days of your time. 1. The value here is incredible. In 2014 and 2015, the U.S. dollar has been the strongest…
 
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  • 5 Reasons to Stay in Ørestad, Copenhagen’s Hot New Neighborhood

    Linda Buchwald
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:09 am
    Flickr/Maria Eklind If you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen and don’t want to stay in the crowded city center, consider its up-and-coming green neighborhood of Ørestad. Development started in 1995 after a team of Finnish architects (ARKKI) won an international architectural competition to plan the district. Though some areas are still in the works, there’s already a lot to see and do. Here are five reasons why it’s a worthy base: 1. There are hotels in every price range. Within Ørestad’s four neighborhoods — Ørestad City, Ørestad North, Amager Fælled,…
  • From $1,175: Roundtrip Flights to New Zealand in 2016

    Christine Dayao
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:35 am
    Flickr/Jason Pratt Is a trip to New Zealand on your bucket list? The latest airfare sale from Air New Zealand just might give you that little nudge to plan a 2016 getaway, for as low as $1,175 in economy class. You’ll have until September 15 to nab flights from 10 U.S. destinations to Auckland and other New Zealand cities, for travel from May 1 to June 21, and July 24 to August 7, 2016. The lowest $1,175 fares depart from Los Angeles. For comparison, its around $200 more on other airlines during the same period — and at least $500 more across the board at the beginning of the…
  • 6 Things to Do in Beaune, Burgundy (By France’s Newest UNESCO Site)

    Katie Hammel
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:02 am
    Katie Hammel Burgundy — specifically the subregions of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune — is one of two French wine regions recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune surround the town of Beaune, which is the unofficial wine capital of Burgundy and makes for a perfect wine country base. The small town, surrounded by medieval walls, is just the right size — big enough to offer a lot of choice in things to do, but small enough to retain its charm and intimacy — and its cobbled streets and maze of alleys are a…
  • 400 Years of Shakespeare: Why Any Bard Fan Needs to Book a Trip to London Now

    Teresa Bitler
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Public Radio International April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. London and other spots in the UK are gearing up to celebrate his life and works. Here’s a sampling of the trip-worthy special performances and exhibits that any Bard-lover should be booking now. Barbican Centre: You still have time to catch Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet (through October 31, 2016) before the Barbican Centre partners with The Royal Shakespeare Company to present King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings (November 7, 2015 through January 24, 2016). The series…
  • 10 Reasons Lima Deserves to Be More Than a Stopover City

    Connie Lee
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    iStock It’s easy to overlook chaotic Lima — Peru’s main international airport — as a mere stopover on the way to exotic destinations such as Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. But to skip the city would be a mistake; these days, Lima’s standing out in its own right. It has an exploding food scene, it’s become one of the leading economies in the region, and it ranks among the top cities to live on the continent. Here’s why the city deserves a few days of your time. 1. The value here is incredible. In 2014 and 2015, the U.S. dollar has been the strongest…
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  • Lin Dong Fang: You’ll Love These Beef Noodles in Taipei

    Mark Wiens
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Taiwan is full of delicious things to eat. And while you can choose from a variety of Taiwanese favorites like... The post Lin Dong Fang: You’ll Love These Beef Noodles in Taipei appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Raohe Night Market: Must Eat When You Visit

    Mark Wiens
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    One of the greatest things about being in Taipei is going to the night markets. I can’t think of anywhere else... The post Raohe Night Market: Must Eat When You Visit appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101: How to Eat Soup Dumplings

    Mark Wiens
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    As a food lover, you’ve probably heard of Din Tai Fung (and maybe already eaten there?). It’s a restaurant that... The post Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101: How to Eat Soup Dumplings appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Kapitan Restaurant: Must Eat Tandoori Chicken in Penang

    Mark Wiens
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Who else loves tandoori chicken? One of the many legendary restaurants in Penang is Restoran Kapitan. While they serve a... The post Kapitan Restaurant: Must Eat Tandoori Chicken in Penang appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Old-School Charcoal Steamboat in Penang at Goh Huat Seng

    Mark Wiens
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    What does a steamboat have to do with eating? Check out that photo above, doesn’t that look like the chimney of... The post Old-School Charcoal Steamboat in Penang at Goh Huat Seng appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • This Makes A lot of Sense

    Travis
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
    More animated Japanese art can be found here. Related Posts:100 Japanese Maids : 1PancakeThe Days of HanakoOtsuskaya – Fabric Store ReviewKawaii FabricJapan Law to Force Workers to go on Holiday
  • Suntory Sending Whisky into Space

    Travis
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    Photo by: ssoosay It’s seems like a long way to go just for the “development of mellowness”, but Suntory is going to be sending some of their whiskey to the International Space station. They hope that the microgravity environment will aid in the mellowing. While I think it be great to try a dram of the stuff when it gets back in several years, I have a feeling it would cost a bit more than my current whisky budget allows :D Here is the full news release. Related Posts:The Days of HanakoJapan Population DropTokyo’s Design Festa GalleryRobotic Comedy DuoOsaka Gets New Glico Man…
  • Wow. Much News! Such Informed.

    Travis
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
    Related Posts:Cat News NetworkHimeji Castle ConstructionSuntory Sending Whisky into SpaceLow Yen Makes it a Great Time to VisitAstro Boy Crossing Signal
  • Using Airbnb for your Japan Vacation

    Travis
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    I’ve written before about the difficulties of finding fully furnished accommodations in Japan. But that was over five years ago and things ave been improving for the better; particularly with the introduction of Airbnb Japan. What is Airbnb? Airbnb probably doesn’t need explaining to most of you. At its core, Airbnb allows people to offer their homes, apartments or even rooms for rent to travellers. The Airbnb website describes it this way: Airbnb is a community marketplace where guests can book spaces from hosts, connecting people who have space to spare with those who are…
  • Godzilla Becomes Japanese Citizen

    Travis
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    After all the hard work he did helping/destroying Japan, it looks like Godzilla has finally become a Japanese Citizen. According to the NYT: Godzilla has stomped so many buildings in Japan that the irradiated monster was appointed special resident of and tourism ambassador for Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. Good on ya mate! Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: Turn Your Body into PowderFree WiFi Hotspots in TokyoWeaker Yen Drives TourismBook Review: Tuttle Travel Pack – JapanPush to Make Japan More Tourist Freindly
 
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  • Italy Travel : Six Essential Tips For Making the Most of Your Trip

    robin
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:10 am
    Year after year, Italy continues to be a top vacation destination for travelers. That’s no surprise to me, someone who’s been enamored since my first trip, continually returns and sings its praises to prospective clients. What’s not to love? Italy is steeped in rich history, grand architecture, food and wine, culture, lifestyle, picture-perfect landscapes and gregarious people. All combined, it’s enough to make the most unfeeling traveler fall in love. And fall hard. But for those who haven’t been, the thought of visiting a foreign country can be daunting and…
  • How to Pack Light for a Two Week, Two Climate Trip

    robin
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    On my most recent trip to France, I knew packing light would be a bit of a challenge. I would be in Paris, which can be finicky in terms of the weather – especially with wind, rain and temperature fluctuations. And then I’d be off to the South of France, which would be much warmer and sunny. The Languedoc boasts 350 days of sunshine a year, but I would be on a barge on the canal, so it might be very hot during the day and then cool down at night. And there was a dress code on the barge – you were expected to dress up a bit for dinner. No ball gowns, but no track suits…
  • 8 Reasons to Take a Canal du Midi Barge Cruise in France

    robin
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    I just returned from a once in a lifetime experience that had been on my France bucket list for quite sometime – a French barge Cruise on the Canal du Midi aboard the Athos. Athos moored along the Canal di Midi Located in the Languedoc region of France, the Canal du Midi is a 300 year old very unique stretch of water and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The canal itself is about 150 miles long and runs from Toulouse to Sète and tops out in the Mediterranean. It was originally designed for trade to transport goods like wheat, textiles and wine by barge, before the invention of railroads.
  • Paris Travel : How to Get From CDG Airport to City Center

    robin
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are many ways to get from Paris’s main airport, Charles de Gaulle, to central Paris.  Depending on budget, travel style, time of day and where you’re staying, one is likely to work better than another.  Here is an overview of the choices you have. Taxi Parisien The standard, good old-fashioned taxi, is still my favorite, most direct, and reliable way of getting from Charles de Gaulle to the center of Paris.  You’ll see signs directing you to the taxi stands at every terminal. It’s always best to make sure you get in line at the taxi stand and only…
  • Top Spots to See Roman Ruins in England

    robin
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The United Kingdom is a land filled with thousands of years of history spanning a multitude of cultures. One of these is the Roman Empire, who ruled over the British Isles for over a hundred years starting in A.D. 43. Eventually the Romans left England around the fifth century A.D., as noted by the BBC, but not without leaving us with a wealth of historic sites and ruins. I’ve already shared where to see Roman ruins in France and also Etruscan ruins in Italy, but for those looking for an Italian or Roman-themed vacation and aren’t quite able to make it to the famous boot-shaped…
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  • A Hike on Hadrian’s Wall Path

    Guest Contributor
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:31 am
    Hadrian’s Wall is one of northern Europe’s greatest remnants of the Roman Empire. It was effectively the northernmost border of the entire empire, which in its heyday extended into three continents. Construction of the wall was initiated by Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD—the wall was more or less complete no more than six years later, […] The post A Hike on Hadrian’s Wall Path appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • Exploring Castles in Bacharach, Germany and Along the Rhine

    W. Ruth Kozak
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    It happened to be a rainy day when I drove with my friends from Mainz, Germany to explore some castles along the Rhine River; but a little rain wasn’t going to stop us from having lots of fun. The views of vineyards growing up the steep river banks and boats plying their way along the […] The post Exploring Castles in Bacharach, Germany and Along the Rhine appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • UNESCO Sites: Top Things to See in Belgium

    Guest Contributor
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    Belgium is home to eleven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but if you take into consideration all individual sites, there are no less than 60. That can be explained as follows: Two of Belgium’s official UNESCO World Heritage Sites are actually made up of several separate sites—there are 17 Flemish béguinages, which are regarded as just one world heritage site, […] The post UNESCO Sites: Top Things to See in Belgium appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • The Unspoiled Isles of the Scottish Outer Hebrides

    Julie H. Ferguson
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    Since I was a child, I’ve dreamed of time-travel— never into the future, always to the past — but the closest I can achieve without magic is traveling amongst history. The Outer Hebrides of Scotland, the Western Isles, proved one of the best destinations to feed my dreams. . They are empty of soaring Gothic […] The post The Unspoiled Isles of the Scottish Outer Hebrides appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • My Love Affair with Great British Food

    Anne Siders
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:07 am
    I love British food. When people ask me what I love about the United Kingdom, what keeps me coming back, I often blurt out “food!” Some people laugh. Most think I’m joking. Britain, they note, is not exactly known for its cuisine. But I beg to differ. Perhaps it’s because I’m a Minnesotan. Midwesterners, Northerners, we […] The post My Love Affair with Great British Food appeared first on Europe Up Close.
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  • Colourful Cariber Flamingo birds at Copenhagen Zoo

    Shrinidhi Hande
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Cariber Flamingos are a variety of African birds that I saw in Copenhagen zoo. With their red+ orange colour they are very attractive. The are always busy cleaning themselves with their beacon, standing on one leg, so it is very difficult to capture their clear neck. See their group picture below- every single bird is busy cleaning itself, has no time to keep its neck up for a moment!
  • Europeade 2015 at Helsingborg, Sweden: Exclusive pics n videos

    Shrinidhi Hande
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:17 pm
    When I went to Helsingborg on August 8th 2015, my first weekend in Europe this year, I was in for a pleasant surprise. There was an event called Europeade going on in Helsingborg. Europeade is a cultural festival where people dance in their European cultural attires. It is an initiative to create and retain European friendship through dance and music. I understand Europeade is a 50 year old
  • Wooden Shoe Museum at Zaanse Schans, NL

    Shrinidhi Hande
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    When I went to the windmill town Zaanse Schans, I visited a museum that showcased wooden shoes. It was interesting to know that wooden shoes were used extensively just a few centuries ago. Officially known as De Zaanse Schans, the Wooden Shoe Workshop was set up in 1974 by Jaap and Ineke Kooijman in Zaanse Schans, Netherlands. The wooden shoes and other wood based products otherwise known as
  • Polar Bear at Copenhagen Zoo

    Shrinidhi Hande
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    Polar bear is one animal I had seen only on TV so far. Recently I could take a close look at them at the Copenhagen Zoo. Here're some photos.  They look very adorable. Closer look shows some bruises and coloured skin Whole day they laze around in a small pond with temperature controlled water. Only when food is given, they come out, stand on rock and enjoy their meals. Otherwise they
  • Zaanse Schans-Netherland's windmill town!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    Zaanse Schans is a small village on the outskirts of Amsterdam, Netherlands. A colleague recommended that I visit this place during my Amsterdam visit. I spent half a day in this town and it was totally worth it. Zaanse Schans is known for its windmills and scenic beauty. These windmills are centuries old and are used for different purposes- such as sawing wood, grinding spices, making dyes and
 
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  • The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things – Introducing Financial Fridays

    Janice
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    Exciting news! In today's post we're introducing Financial Fridays, a new weekly feature on Solo Traveler to help you travel longer, farther and more often. The post The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things – Introducing Financial Fridays appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Wellington, New Zealand

    Guest
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:45 am
    Wellington, New Zealand was the destination for this first-time solo traveler - and she highly recommends it for those who are new to traveling alone. The post Solo Travel Destination: Wellington, New Zealand appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo in Rio – Without a Camera

    Guest
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    Have you ever left the camera at home? This solo traveler spent 5 days in Rio without taking a single photo - and enjoyed the trip in a very different way. The post Solo in Rio – Without a Camera appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Sunset in Vernazza

    Guest
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:44 am
    Check out this gorgeous sunset, captured by a Solo Travel Society member who was enjoying the moment in Vernazza, Cinque Terre, in Italy. The post Pic of the Week: Sunset in Vernazza appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Between Here & There: Finding Places Less Traveled

    Janice
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    There are so many fun surprises that are found when you go to the places less traveled. Here's how to find them. The post Between Here & There: Finding Places Less Traveled appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • Unusual Things To Do In Berlin

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Unusual Things To Do In Berlin Berlin is, without a doubt, one of the coolest places in the world that a person can visit. When you do not want to be stuck doing the same old activities during your next trip to the German capital refer to this helpful guide for tips and pointers. Be sure to use coupons, for example Target coupon codes, while you prepare for the trip. It will save you lots of money and allow to spend more while staying in Berlin.   Unsicht-Bar This is not just a restaurant, this is a dining experience. At this restaurant,…
  • Unique Hotels in Oxford

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Unique Hotels in Oxford Photo from Flickr by by kern.justin Whenever you travel you want to be sure that all of the arrangements you make are going to provide you with the comfort and luxury you want and deserve. This involves not only your travel to the area but the hotel that you plan to stay out during your trip. You want to find a hotel that is going to provide you with the unique combination of fantastic décor and design, a high quality staff and a room and amenities that make it so you never feel like leaving. If you are planning a trip to…
  • Quality Hotels in London West End

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Quality Hotels in London West End Photo from Flickr by UGardener If there is one part of London that you need to make sure you visit during your stay in the city, it must be the West End. The West End contains many of the best attractions that you can find in the city and draws many tourists to the region each year. Not only will you find all of the best attractions here, but some of the best shopping, businesses, government offices, entertainment and dining are also in the area, making it even more popular. You might think that because the West…
  • Reasons for Visiting CEBU in the Philippines

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Reasons for Visiting CEBU in the Philippines Cebu City is considered to be the oldest city in the Philippines. It’s also known as the earliest settlement established by the Spaniards in the country. Today, when one speaks of Cebu, it means relaxation, luxury, pleasure, and fun, all in one island. It has become such a developed cosmopolitan city over the years. Attractive resorts, luxury and budget hotels, breathtaking   mountains, fun activities, outdoor adventures and wonderful restaurants are just some of the things you can experience…
  • Top tips for camping in the UK

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Top tips for camping in the UK Whether you’re going on a road trip in the UK or simply planning an overnight stay, camping is a great way to save money. It also allows you to get out into the Great British countryside, and avoid the hustle and-bustle of hostels, hotels, and B&Bs. If you’re new to camping, check out our tips for finding the perfect campsite and packing effectively, so you can make the most of your outdoor adventure. How to find the perfect campsite Pitchup has a huge directory of campsites, and it’s easy to search by…
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  • What It’s Really Like to Quit Your Job and Move Abroad

    Kelsey Blodget
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:01 am
    Image Catalog, Flickr It's a fantasy that many travelers have on vacation: the dream of never going back. Not many are eager to return to the stress of the office after an idyllic trip, but some adventurous souls actually follow through on the idea, and uproot their lives to make new ones in their favorite vacation spot. Earlier this year, Noelle Hancock wrote a piece for Cosmopolitan titled "Why I Gave Up a $95,000 Job to Move to an Island and Scoop Ice Cream;" the story went viral, garnering more than half a million shares. "I felt stressed, uninspired, and…
  • The Best Family-Run Hotels in the U.S.

    Jane Reynolds
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:03 am
    Earlier this week, we gave you a special peek into the quiet, tucked-away, family-run hotels that help to characterize some of Europe's small towns, and even the streets of its bustling cities as well. But while these sweet hidden gems may be even harder to discover on this side of the pond, they do exist -- our country is home to several hundred boutiques and inns that operate as family businesses; in fact, many of them have been operating as such for generations. A family-run hotel stay can make for a truly unique experience -- which is perhaps why a handful of these properties have…
  • 10 Cities Every Shopaholic Needs to Visit Before They Die

    Riley Kirkpatrick
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:01 am
    We don't know about you, but when we travel to the best shopping cities in the world (or really any city, for that matter), we are pumpedto be able to snoop around for something special to bring home from the trip. Sometimes it's a simple souvenir, other times it's a staple wardrobe item....sometimes it's a splurge, other times it's a steal thanks to the local imports of that destination. But no matter the piece or price, it's something we often treasure -- and we hold those items we bought in the world's top shopping cities in even higher esteem. Some of the spots on our list will…
  • Home Away from Home: Europe's 10 Best Family-Run Hotels and Inns

    Jane Reynolds
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:25 am
    Sometimes it feels like the family-run inns of yesteryear are all but extinct now; larger brands run the hospitality show these days, and even some historic bed-and-breakfasts that have maintained their quaint vibe are nonetheless owned by hotel chains now, meaning no more pleasant interactions with husband-and-wife duos or generations of owners. But "all but extinct" does not mean "extinct," and when we do find family-run hidden gems, they are all the more precious to us. In some ways, we hate to give away our best-kept secrets, but we are too set on having travelers enjoy their vacations as…
  • 9 Reasons You Really Need a Vacation

    Kelsey Blodget
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:01 am
    It's all too easy to make excuses not to plan a trip -- it's too hard to be away from the office, it's difficult to coordinate with the kids, the cost is too high. But workaholics of the world, take note: There are also costs associated with not taking a vacation. According to science and stuff. So stop being a martyr and take some time off, already! For those of you who need help rationalizing the decision, we compiled the top nine reasons why you really need to get away now.  1. A Yearly Vacation Can Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack by 50 Percent. That's right -- taking time…
 
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  • Virginia Beach Just Keeps Getting Better As Summer Turns To Fall

    Guest Author
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:18 am
    What To Do in Virginia Beach as it Keeps on Getting Better in Fall. To begin with, we have water everywhere. We have both the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay at our doorstep. Weather and water form the primary attractions for the city. Tempered by the surrounding water, our weather is mild all year round. Most years, we enjoy our beaches from early April through October. Winter brings rain, but few major storms. No snow plows needed here! Spring comes early and summer stays late.
  • Nine Ways To Tour Sydney Without Going Broke

    Guest Author
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    9 Ways To Save Money While Having A Great Time in Sydney Sydney is known as one of the most amazing cities in the world, and also one of the most expensive. When visiting Australia, Sydney is a can’t-miss destination, but you don’t necessarily have to break the bank while there. Here are a few tips to help save money while you’re visiting Sydney.
  • A Foodie’s Guide to Tasting The Best of Bali on the Cheap

    Guest Author
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    A Foodie's Guide To Tasting Bali on the Cheap! Just hearing the word “Bali” evokes images of towering palm trees, pristine beaches, tree-covered mountains and alluring Hindu temples. When you start daydreaming about this island paradise, often referred to as the “Island of the Gods”, your mind probably doesn’t extend to Balinese foods - although it should.
  • Where To Next, Destination Travel Trends You Should Know About

    Susan Kohlback
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    Ireland's popular vacation escape travel company, Sun Search Holidays, has analyzed how travel trends have changed in recent years - and the changes have happened at a breathtaking pace. Gone are pre-paid phone cards, bulky travel guides, maps and translation books, replaced by ever-smarter digital smartphone technology. Perennial destinations favorites, London, Paris, Rome and New York are going strong, but emerging young-at-heart cities are attracting more and more attention. Have a look at the up and coming trends in travel and hip destinations that are rising in popularity! Don't rely on…
  • Who’s Cruising To Cuba in 2016? Nine Companies Say, We’re Ready!

    Susan Kohlback
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    The anticipation and excitement from American travelers wanting to be among the first to tour Cuba (after nearly 50 years) is almost palpable. With the recent thawing of relations between Cuba and the United States, travel companies are expecting increasing demand for tours to Cuba from the United States. And while a limited number of People-to-People land tours have been operating in the past two years, 2016 will be the first year that cruise lines enter the mix. Soon U.S. travelers will be able to board a ship in southern Florida and cruise to Cuba. We'll take a look at which cruise ships…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-04-2015

    Ramona
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    1 machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of 1 extraordinary man. (E. Hubbard) — Or a woman! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-04-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-03-2015

    Ramona
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Never explain. Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe you anyhow. (E. Hubbard) — Why waste your breath? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-03-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2015

    Ramona
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    PMS: Just before their periods women behave the way men do all the time. (R. Heinlein) — And yet we get chastised for it! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2015

    Ramona
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    People in those old times had convictions. We moderns only have opinions. (H. Heine) — Commitment issues. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    One man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric. (J. Harlan) — Fuck yeah! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-04-2015

    Ramona
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    1 machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of 1 extraordinary man. (E. Hubbard) — Or a woman! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-04-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-03-2015

    Ramona
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Never explain. Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe you anyhow. (E. Hubbard) — Why waste your breath? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-03-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2015

    Ramona
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    PMS: Just before their periods women behave the way men do all the time. (R. Heinlein) — And yet we get chastised for it! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2015

    Ramona
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    People in those old times had convictions. We moderns only have opinions. (H. Heine) — Commitment issues. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    One man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric. (J. Harlan) — Fuck yeah! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • 5 Rockin’ Songs To Fuel Your Summer Road Trip

    Randy Kalp
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    Clark Griswold did it. Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters did it too. So did Hunter Thomson, Kermit the Frog, and tens of millions of Americans in 2014. And, I’m doing it right now. What the heck am I talking about? The great American road trip, of course. Yesterday, I got in my rented Toyota Corolla and head south to Virginia via the Pennsylvania Turnpike with my grandparents and mom. Sadly, Beth and Chachy couldn’t join us as she’s back home in Boston waiting for the arrival of her nephew; however, they’ll be with us in spirit, as they are truly…
  • 6 Things That Made Our Hearts Pound on our Caribbean Cruise

    Randy Kalp
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    “There he goes again,” I thought to myself between heavy breaths. He was a 50-something runner who had the pace of a jaguar. He ran in thigh-high running shorts—you know, the marathon type—a bare chest that dripped salty sea-air sweat, and a pair of nondescript running shoes. He lapped me and everyone else on the cruise ship’s outdoor jogging track that morning. I don’t think he noticed us at all, except when he had to juke and jolt between walkers. He’s a runner, that’s his trip, and he was simply doing his thing. I’m a runner too, but I’m nothing like him. I don’t do…
  • How We Work Together To Plan Our Travels

    Randy Kalp
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:12 am
    Relationships are a funny thing. You start out as two independent souls—each with your own way of doing things. Then over time you become a team, a perfect one-two punch, if you will, that when united is a stronger force than anything you could’ve imagined when you were single. Like a lot of guys, I resisted this notion at first: I don’t want to be BRANDY (Beth + Randy, get it?), I’m Randy dammit. Things changed for me, though, when we started traveling together. First, Beth introduced me to the gorgeous frontier beyond Tijuana in Baja, Mexico, then Guatemala and Oaxaca, and finally…
  • Save Big On Our Speakeasy Hidden Pocket Infinity Scarves #FundonEtsy

    Randy Kalp
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    You’ve heard about them. You’ve seen them. Now is your chance to save $18 on your own Speakeasy travel scarf! A couple months ago Etsy asked us to be part of a new crowdfunding pilot program: Fund On Etsy. It’s an understatement to say we’re excited about so to launch our Fund On Etsy campaign so we’ve decided to give a HUGE discount on our most popular scarves as part of the program. To fund our new studio space, we are offering a discount on our most popular scarves AND free shipping! If you’ve been eyeing one of our hidden pocket travel scarves now is…
  • Join Us For Summer Fun in Telluride Tomorrow (6/17) on Pin-Up Live

    Randy Kalp
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:46 pm
    What did you want to be when you grew up? Lawyer? Pharmacist?  Doctor? Teacher? Not me. I wanted to be a ski bum in Colorado. Man, I thought that would be the life; I’d ski during the winter and mountain bike and fly fish in the summer. I mean have you seen Colorado in the summer? Oh, you haven’t? Well then, you’re in for a surprise. Winter may get most of the praise, but really, summer the Rocky Mountain way is where it’s at. And this week on Pin-Up Live!, we’re going to show you just how awesome summer in Telluride is. It’s our great pleasure to…
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  • A high mountain walk (and a tumble) in the Gaistal Valley, Austria

    Heather Cowper
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:05 pm
    It’s become an annual ritual for my friend Julia and I to take off for a few days in early September for some hiking in the mountains. Over four years we walked the Tour de Mont Blanc and revelled in the high mountain passes and physical challenge. Last year our walk in the Serra de Tramuntana of Mallorca was beautiful but just a little tame. Perhaps a few days hiking with Headwater Holidays in the Tirol region of Austria would give us the chance to test ourselves in the mountains while returning to a comfortable hotel each night and not a bunk bed in sight. Heather and Julia set…
  • How not to eat badly in Venice

    Heather Cowper
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    There’s a saying that if you eat badly in Italy you must be in Venice. Being something of a foodie myself, on my long weekend in Venice, I was determined to search out the best of Venetian food. I’m afraid to report, however, that my food experiences ranged from the average to the mediocre. Since Venice is such a tourist hotspot, and so many of the visitors are there for such a short time, it is all too easy for many businesses not to try too hard. Still with a little research and planning I think that you can find the best that Venice has to offer, so here are my tips to…
  • Visiting Kusadasi and Ephesus – Day 4 of our Azamara Greece and Turkey Cruise

    Heather Cowper
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    After our cruise through the Greek Islands, the Azamara Journey arrived in Kusadasi, a popular holiday resort for the Turks and gateway port for the archaeological site of Ephesus. While most of the guests would undoubtedly be taking a tour of Ephesus, I had visited a few years ago and feared that the heat would be blistering. For something different we opted for one of the Insider Access excursions, which promised a relaxing day learning about Turkish food and culture. On the way our guide, Elif, reminisced about the Kusadasi that she remembered as a child when she would stay in her…
  • Climbing monkeys and flying foxes – in Wilder Kaiser, Austria

    Heather Cowper
    15 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    “We all have a little monkey in us from way back”, jokes Hervé Chayrou, the owner and our instructor at Hornpark, a treetop adventure playground with 8 aerial courses and 14 zip wires over a lake. We’re gathered at a social get together on the first evening of Alpine Sports Week in the Wilder Kaiser valley of Austria, hearing about all the outdoor activities on offer including high wire climbing, mountain-biking and canyoning. Heather and Michael from Bemused Backpacker – Climbing at Horn Park in Wilder Kaiser, Austria But I’m not quite sure whether I…
  • Istanbul the golden – final stop on our Azamara Greece and Turkey Cruise

    Guy Cowper
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:26 pm
    I’m slowly sailing past the Golden Horn at sunrise, listening to the Muezzin calling the faithful to prayer. The Blue Mosque of Istanbul emerges from the early morning haze against a back drop of what has, and will always be, one of the most important cities in the world. As Napoleon said, “If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.” Passing the Golden Horn Even at this hour we are not alone. Behind and in front of Azamara Journey are many other cargo ships of various sizes transiting the straits, as we arrive at the cross-roads of Europe by sea. Built on two…
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  • Traveling With Special Needs Children

    Heather Reed
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    When you sit down and plan out the rest of your life with someone, usually the dream consists of marriage, kids, the white picket fence, lots of laughter, and adventure. Not many people (including myself) actually says, “I hope my child has special needs.” Never the less, according to The Center For Disease Control and Autism Speaks, an overwhelming 1 out of 68 children in the United States have been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Scale and close to 14% of all American children have some sort of special need that impairs development. My family and I have learned that even though you…
  • Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress: Relaxation in the Heart of Busy Orlando

    Karyn Locke
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:04 pm
    You’ve been there before. You know you have. You plan and plan for your family’s visit to the Orlando area, pack and re-pack, secure lodging and park tickets, but forgot to leave time to relax while you’re on vacation! This scenario is so common (my family has been guilty of it as well!) that sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation when you return home. Is there a place in Orlando that lets you do just that- relax? You betcha! Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is a resort that caters to families wanting to slow down and spend leisurely time together without having to go off property.
  • Autumn in New York City with Kids

    Karyn Locke
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:24 am
    Let’s talk autumn. You know, that gorgeous season filled with colored leaves, Halloween costumes, and pumpkin spice everything. It’s the time of year when the sun shining through the leaves still left on the trees gives the world a pretty golden hue and the sound of children running through them making that crunchy sound takes you back to when you were a child. And it’s coming. Now, let’s talk autumn in New York City. Manhattan is jam-packed with non-stop fun in any season, but there’s just something about the mix of the two that draw so many families to vacation there every…
  • Prehistoric Encounters & Dinosaurs with Kids – Weekly Digest – 8/29/15

    Michelle McCoy
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Prehistoric Encounters & Dinosaurs with Kids Saturday August 29, 2015 Roar with the dinosaurs and explore the prehistoric world at these great places with kids.     Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Exhibits with Kids Arizona | Colorado | Connecticut | Illinois & Wisconsin | Montana | Northern California | Southern California | Utah Where is your favorite dino encounter? Write a review today! Photo by Flickr/woodleywonderworks Sponsored Save on these…
  • Visiting Volcanic National Parks with kids: Lassen, Hawaii Volcanoes, and Mt. Rainier

    Sharlene Earnshaw
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:15 am
    What image comes to mind when you think of a volcano? Is it molten lava oozing down the sides of a mountain towards fleeing creatures or a massive boom ash and debris filling the sky like a mushroom cloud? Maybe its a forested, sleeping giant churning ever so slowly towards the next explosion. Volcanoes are all of these images and so much more and our volcanic National Parks are ideal places to explore the diversity of the Ring of Fire. Lassen Volcanic National Park This volcano in northeastern California has not erupted since 1917 but Mt. Lassen is still very much alive and breathing. Lassen…
 
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  • Doritos Dip

    cindy
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Recently we celebrated my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday. Mike is the hardest guy to surprise. Each Christmas morning, he guesses his gifts before he opens them, no matter how they are concealed. My sister bravely decided to throw Mike a surprise party the weekend before his birthday in an attempt to actually pull one over on him. The party was held at his best friend’s house and they were getting him there under the guise of having dinner before watching the Bucs pre-season football game. The party guests parked at the subdivision clubhouse and were shuttled to the party location. All of…
  • SkinIt Review and Giveaway

    cindy
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.I have to tell you that I have been a fan of SkinIt for a while now. Back years ago I had purchased SkinIt skins for our phones and we loved how we could show off our personality with different skins. Honestly, I hadn’t thought about the company in years until I heard from them last month, and I am excited to be working with them now. It’s 2015 and most people own at…
  • 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families

    cindy
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Every now and then I like to bring you awesome deals to help you and your family. Today I have a great deal for you because it is FREE! Who can pass up a price like that? Not me, and hopefully, not you! This deal is even better because it is about being healthy and no matter what that looks like to you and your family, it is something we are all striving towards. It’s tough to know where to go for more information, right? Where should you start? Who should you trust? You end up flailing around, following a few principles and pieces of advice when you have time, but not really having any…
  • Win it Wednesday 9-2-15

    cindy
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Yay! It is finally September! I am excited because tonight is our big kick-off for the fall semester of RiverLife Equip at church. That means to starts are new year of Royal Rangers and Girls Clubs. I oversee these awesome kids programs at our church and I teach the Stars class for 3rd-5th grade girls. I love seeing the children absorb God’s Word each and every Wednesday night. I have been involved with these programs for over 20 years and they are a wonderful way to disciple children. If you are looking for good Christian education for your kids, find a church that offers these programs,…
  • Goals for September 2015

    cindy
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    August was a good month, Yay!! Personally, our calendar was pretty quiet which was nice. We relaxed a lot but we also got some household projects completed, which is great because we have a very busy September/October on the horizon. Review of August Goals Business Pageviews back over 10,000. Thanks to the amazing recipe site Yummly, my Pageviews were over 13,000 and my uniques were over 11,000. Book at least 3 vacations. Where do you want to go? Visit my Travel Quote Page to get started. I didn’t book any vacations August was very slow on the travel front-probably because everyone was…
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  • Magical Mintadian – The Pasta Adventure

    15 Aug 2015 | 5:07 am
    It was one fine boring day in the office when I was doing my favorite time pass by browsing IndiBlogger website. I was reading here and there, indulging in random-thoughts-activation-thereby-killing-boredum on reading various posts when I came across the Indiblogger contest from Delmonte.Now, not everyone knows that I have always loved pasta, to the extent that I have heroically blackmailed (read indulged in emotional appeals/shamelessly bribed) my wife to prepare the same for me many a times. It is another story that, that brave soul had been unflinching to these blackmailing attempts by her…
  • Book Review: Ramayana – The Game of Life: The Shattered Dreams

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:17 pm
    This will be the first time I’ll be structuring my feedback of a book around the most apparent observation which remained unchanged from its start to finish page. This observation can be easily summarized in just two words - ‘Identifiable Mythology’. There have been way too many an adaptations, narrations, translations and evolutions of this great scripture in the past. What makes this book by author, Shubha Vilas, worth of spending your free time and money is the way it makes the epic scripture relatable in today’s time. This combined with the fact that narration remains…
  • 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…
 
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  • Taco Fest 2015 on Southport in Chicago

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    2 Sep 2015 | 8:32 am
    Barbacoa Tacos — “Three corn tortillas filled with your choice of filling, served with lettuce, cilantro, onion and tomatoes” with “Barbacoa – Steamed Beef” as the filling as served by the Nuevo Leon Restaurant at 1515 West 18th Street in Chicago, Illinois, according to their online menu as viewed on 2007-05-30. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Taco festival 2015  September 19 – 20, 2015     Try tacos from 8 restaurants and vote for the best, taste beer, hear live music, and see arts and crafts at Lakeview Taco Fest on Southport Avenue. Donation.   English:…
  • Historic Ukrainian Village Fest 2015 in Chicago

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    Interior of the main dome of St. Joseph the Betrothed Ukrainian Byzantine-Catholic Church, Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Ukrainian Village is a Chicago neighborhood located on the near west side of Chicago. Its boundaries are Division Street to the north, Chicago Avenue to the south, Western Avenue to the west, and Damen Avenue to the east. There are many Ukrainian parishes including the Byzantine-Slavonic style of St. Nicholas Cathedral. Built between November 1913 and January 1915, St. Nicholas is in the heart of the Ukrainian neighborhood south of Wicker Park and along…
  • Ravenswood ARTWALK 2015 Kicks Off Chicago Artists Month

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    Français : Plan de la Ravenswood Branch (Photo credit: Wikipedia) First Friday ArtWalk (Photo credit: Erik R. Bishoff) Ravenswood Art Walk September 19 – 20, 2015 Visit 150 artists in tents and shops along Ravenswood Avenue during Ravenswood ArtWalk. Ravenswood will kick-off Chicago Artists month by hosting their 14th annual ARTWALK. 2015 Annual Tour of Arts & Industry Opening Reception Friday, October 3, 2014 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM Ravenswood Events Center, 4025 N Ravenswood $10 Donation Together, the Ravenswood community and local artists invite you to kick off Chicago Artists’…
  • Venetian Night in Chicago 2015 at Navy Pier

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    English: From top left: Downtown Chicago, the Willis Tower, the Chicago Theater, the Chicago “L”, Navy Pier, the Field Museum, and Millenium Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Navy Pier, Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Chicago Navy Pier from the Lake Guardian (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Giant Wheel of Navy Pier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)         Venetian Night is a parade of illuminated boats with Broadway musical themes set to music and followed by fireworks at Navy Pier’s south dock.             September 12,…
  • Chicago’s Renegade Craft Fair 2015 in Wicker Park

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    Attend The Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker Park today. Here’s my Vino con Vista Video of the event http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1ORosP2S8Y. Craft fair September 19 – 20, 2015 Shop from independent artisans and chefs at the Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker Park. The annual festival features hand-made goods. It was initated in 2003 on Division Street in Wicker Park . Now, it travels all over the country. Events are held annually in five American cities; Chicago (IL), Brooklyn (NY), Los Angeles (CA), San Francisco (CA), and Austin (TX). In 2011, the Renegade Craft Fair will hold…
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  • The American Media's Awkward Fawning Over Hitler's Taste in Home Decor

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:46 pm
    A view of the window in the Great Hall of the Berghof, 1936. (Photo: Bavarian State Library: Heinrich Hoffmann Collection, Picture Archive, Bavarian State Library) When digging through archives for records of female architects and designers active in the 1930s, Dr. Despina Stratigakos, an architectural historian at the University of Buffalo, came across something unexpected. She found old files from the Nazi party–and owing to their notoriously meticulous record keeping–they contained invoices for things like wooden chairs, carpets, and velvet curtains. One name in…
  • Fleeting Wonders: Those Wacky MIT Kids Built A Roller Coaster

    4 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    The newest iteration of the MIT Freshman Orientation Coaster. (Photo: Atlas Obscura) Ah, freshman college orientation—a time of boisterous dorm rivalries, a capella tryouts, and helping your institution's upperclassmen construct a rickety three-dip roller coaster out of wood.  This tradition is particular to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where what is normally a small leafy lawn near the East Campus dorm has become a temporary amusement park.  Pile of lumber + @mit students = build a roller coaster pic.twitter.com/pVihYhV91b — Mike Foster (@mjfoster83)…
  • The New York Prison that Doubled as a Clubhouse For Alimony Cheats

    4 Sep 2015 | 6:16 am
    (Image: British Library/Public domain) Shooting pool. Smoking cigars. Hanging out with a bunch of other divorced guys, crowing about being freed from the shackles of the ol' ball and chain. Not exactly what you would expect to encounter during your average prison sentence, but that’s exactly what it was like inside the New York Alimony Club, a turn-of-the-century prison more formally known as the Ludlow Street Jail. It was here that deadbeat ex-husbands who owed alimony would allow themselves to be jailed just so they could live it up while sticking it to their ex-wives.
  • FOUND: A Very Special Sarcophagus

    4 Sep 2015 | 6:15 am
    The sarcophagus (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority) Inspectors for the Israel Antiquities Authority went on a mission Tuesday night. They had received a tip, Live Science reports, that at a construction site in Ashkelon, an Israeli city on the Mediterranean Sea, construction worked had tried to cover up the discovery of a rare artifact. They woke up five workers who were sleeping at the site, and the workers admitted it: they had found a sarcophagus in the ground, pulled it out with a tractor, and poured concrete over the spot where they'd found it. The sarcophagus, it turned out, was…
  • America's Boom in Abandoned, Vacant Schools

    4 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    An abandoned school (Photo: Nitram242/Flickr) Boynton Beach's old high school is a beautiful building. It was built in 1927, by William Manley King, a south Florida architect of some renown, and if you look closely, you might notice that it has Art Deco lines integrated into its Mediterranean revival form. "I haven't seen any other building in South Florida that tried to blend both styles of architecture," says Rick Gonzalez, president of REG Architects, a firm based in West Palm Beach. The building is undoubtedly unique, but at the beginning of August, city commissioners voted to knock…
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  • The American Media's Awkward Fawning Over Hitler's Taste in Home Decor

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:46 pm
    A view of the window in the Great Hall of the Berghof, 1936. (Photo: Bavarian State Library: Heinrich Hoffmann Collection, Picture Archive, Bavarian State Library) When digging through archives for records of female architects and designers active in the 1930s, Dr. Despina Stratigakos, an architectural historian at the University of Buffalo, came across something unexpected. She found old files from the Nazi party–and owing to their notoriously meticulous record keeping–they contained invoices for things like wooden chairs, carpets, and velvet curtains. One name in…
  • Fleeting Wonders: Those Wacky MIT Kids Built A Roller Coaster

    4 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    The newest iteration of the MIT Freshman Orientation Coaster. (Photo: Atlas Obscura) Ah, freshman college orientation—a time of boisterous dorm rivalries, a capella tryouts, and helping your institution's upperclassmen construct a rickety three-dip roller coaster out of wood.  This tradition is particular to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where what is normally a small leafy lawn near the East Campus dorm has become a temporary amusement park.  Pile of lumber + @mit students = build a roller coaster pic.twitter.com/pVihYhV91b — Mike Foster (@mjfoster83)…
  • Entreprenörskyrkan in Stockholm, Sweden

    4 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Slathered with a gleaming coat of white and a minimalist aesthetic, Stockholm's Entreprenörskyrkan, or "the Entrepreneurs Church" took a former Greek Orthodox Church and turned it into a beacon of entrepreneurial spirit. The cleverly repurposed house of holiness was refinished in 2011 to allow Sweden's thriving community of small businesses a new, beatified place to flourish and grow. Anywhere from 15 to 30 enterprising start-ups can be found populating the former church's central corridor, filling the open-office space with spunky, techie energy. In a particularly delightful touch, the…
  • The New York Prison that Doubled as a Clubhouse For Alimony Cheats

    4 Sep 2015 | 6:16 am
    (Image: British Library/Public domain) Shooting pool. Smoking cigars. Hanging out with a bunch of other divorced guys, crowing about being freed from the shackles of the ol' ball and chain. Not exactly what you would expect to encounter during your average prison sentence, but that’s exactly what it was like inside the New York Alimony Club, a turn-of-the-century prison more formally known as the Ludlow Street Jail. It was here that deadbeat ex-husbands who owed alimony would allow themselves to be jailed just so they could live it up while sticking it to their ex-wives.
  • FOUND: A Very Special Sarcophagus

    4 Sep 2015 | 6:15 am
    The sarcophagus (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority) Inspectors for the Israel Antiquities Authority went on a mission Tuesday night. They had received a tip, Live Science reports, that at a construction site in Ashkelon, an Israeli city on the Mediterranean Sea, construction worked had tried to cover up the discovery of a rare artifact. They woke up five workers who were sleeping at the site, and the workers admitted it: they had found a sarcophagus in the ground, pulled it out with a tractor, and poured concrete over the spot where they'd found it. The sarcophagus, it turned out, was…
 
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  • The European premiere THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY selected to open 11th Zurich Film Festival

    Véronique
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:41 am
    Present are: Director Matthew Brown, producer Edward R. Pressman, actors Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Stephen Fry and Devika Bhise Matthew Brown’s dramatic bio-pic THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY has been selected to open the 11th edition of the Zurich Film Festival. He directed the film from a screenplay he adapted from Robert Kanigel’s novel “The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life […] The post The European premiere THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY selected to open 11th Zurich Film Festival appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Jamie Cullum at the Blueballs festival in Lucerne

    Véronique
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Review and photos from Brigid Schlunegger: Jamie Cullum comes out on the stage with guns blazing. Running from piano to drum and back again, standing on the piano, jumping off the piano, and singing all the while, never missing a beat. Jazz standards from the newest “Interlude” album to original songs from his many recordings are featured. […] The post Jamie Cullum at the Blueballs festival in Lucerne appeared first on Vivamost!.
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    Véronique
    4 Jun 2015 | 3:04 am
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  • Under the spell of Cairo

    Véronique
    2 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    Halt in the land of the pharaohs: when chaos meet culture   cairo is much more than a dirty, congested city overcrowded – garbages everywhere- children’s begging,…
  • Manuella Magnin: Lamb stew with spices and chocolate

    Véronique
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Vivamost is proud to share the lamb stew recipe of the cook Manuella Magnin. Magnin prepared this original recipe for Moët & Hennessy. For each season last year she created one recipe in cooperation with the well-known champagne house. Each was made to pair a wine of Moët & Hennessy’s portfolio. This time it was to celebrate the Spanish wine, […] The post Manuella Magnin: Lamb stew with spices and chocolate appeared first on Vivamost!.
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  • The List: 9 Spectacular Sailing Adventures

    Darren Dunne
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:14 am
    Hoist anchor and set sail for one of these nine hotels that will inspire a maritime caper. Beautiful scenery comes standard, so strap on your sea legs and don’t forget to pack a Herman Melville novel. INDIAN OCEAN Mozambique: Azura Such is the beauty of Mozambique’s Benguerra Island, it was deemed a Marine National Park. […]
  • Insider’s Guide: Planning a Wine Country Road Trip

    Joy Pecknold
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    All roads lead to wine. Isn’t that how the saying goes? No? Well, it should. With the summer maelstrom winding down and autumn approaching, now is a choice time to sit down and plan a road trip through wine country. A wine writer with a street synonym for a last name, Judith Lane is the perfect brain to pick about a grape-centered quest. Read on for her region-by-region pro tips.
  • The List: 10 Big City Breaks

    Darren Dunne
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Whoever coined the phrase “go big or go home,” may not have been thinking in terms of luxury city breaks, but with iconic sights, international cuisine and shops galore, it’s hard to beat a short sojourn in one of the world’s mega cities. Herein are 10 trips—Tokyo, New York and beyond—where boredom simply isn’t an option.
  • The List: Sporting Trips to Take in 2016

    Darren Dunne
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    There are few things in life that get the pulse racing like a live sporting event. Be it the thumping of hooves at the track or clashing of pads on the football field, live sports hold millions in thrall daily. Read on as we list eight events to check out in 2016, along with some of our favorite hotels to stay at while you’re there.
  • Trip Tips: A Big Shiny Guide to African Safaris

    Joy Pecknold
    13 Aug 2015 | 10:06 am
    There’s nothing like your first time—first time taking a safari, that is. Deciding to do one is easy (yes, a resounding yes), but picking a destination is more difficult, what with a long list of magnificent countries to choose from. To help, here’s a handy overview of when to go, what you’ll see and where to stay.
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  • China: My Tibetan MTB Experience

    Bikedan
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    An image I took during my 2-day trip in 2000 Flashback to 2000, in the dead of the winter, I had arrived in Xiahe to check out what is the largest Tibetan village outside of Tibet itself. Xiahe is located on the southern edge of Gansu Province and is the home to the majestic Labrang Monastery, built in the 1700s, where many Buddhist Monks come from afar to spin the prayer wheels as they circumnavigate the temples.  The image of Xiahe in 2000, with its majestic snow-capped mountains and rolling grasslands,  was firmly imprinted on my mind and I had always wished to find a way back to the…
  • Bicycle Races in China: Now a Multitude to Choose From

    Bikedan
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:15 am
    Over the last five years I have lived in China and have witness a stunning growth in the number of cycling races popping up all over the country, providing one with a multitude of choices in any given week.  For an aspiring rider who wishes to experience what life is like as a pro, China would be the best place on earth right now;  if you are a half-decent rider, you can actually win some good prize money to cover your travel plus more. Many events also offer travel subsidies or at the least free-entry and free accommodation in their bid to attract foreigners to races.  The only catch is…
  • Yoga will help your Cycling

    Bikedan
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:24 am
    YOGA – It’s not just for Girls Photos courtesy of Craig Ferguson – http://www.craigfergusonimages.com Yep, that’s right, yoga is good for the guys too and just about perfect for the serious cyclist who wishes to transcend beyond the perceived ceiling! I have been living in China for the past almost five years and in that time I have witnessed yoga becoming increasingly popular amongst Chinese women – its a new fashion fitness trend. But, very few Chinese men are doing yoga – in the past year I have seen one other Chinese male attend the yoga class I regularly…
  • China: Yunnan Colorful Gran Fondo

    Bikedan
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    I have been in and out of China for the last 14 years since first coming in the year 2000, I have witness a stunning transformation of this great nation; not just the economic transformations but a significant shift in the attitudes towards outdoor leisure, particularly cycling. Cycling has always been part of the Chinese culture and it still is a major mode of transportation in today’s modern China.  The cycling events scene has been rapidly gaining in popularity over the last few years, but the problem was most events were short and held on boring un-inspiring circuits. If there was…
  • New Zealand: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

    Bikedan
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the official opening of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail in Lumsden, Southland and witnessed part of what New Zealand is doing with the Cycle Trails Network development to attract more international tourists to experience the beauty of New Zealand on two-wheels. Route 6 Cafe in Lumsden The turn-out in windy, but sunny, Lumsden was its largest in history for the small Southland town that also hosts a stage finish at the Tour of Southland. The first stage of the trail was opened by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English. English led a group of cyclists…
 
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  • 2015 Christmas Markets in Central Europe

    Charlie
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    Mulled wine, cinnamon pastries, gingerbread, roasting chestnuts. The classic tastes of Christmas in Central & Eastern Europe, best experienced wrapped up warm as you stroll around one of the legendary Christmas markets that take place throughout the holiday season in cities across the region. Germany Germany’s Christmas markets usually start in the last week of November and run right up to Christmas Eve. Many Christmas traditions originated in Germany so it’s no surprise that these markets seem to conjure up all the imagery you anticipate from a European Christmas Market.
  • 9 Things you should know about Vis

    Charlie
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:28 am
    Vis, is sometimes referred to as Croatia’s ‘fortress island’, which doesn’t make it sound too appealing but there’s a lot more to the place than that. Vis is the furthest inhabited island from the Croatian mainland and occupies am important strategic position in the Adriatic sea. It isn’t the easiest to get to – the only daily connection is the 2 hour car ferry to Split but there are high-speed ferries to Hvar on some days of the week too. One thing’s for sure, it’s well worth the journey. The Greeks were here A bronze bust of the Greek…
  • Baltic Food Specialities

    Jacy Meyer
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    The European Union has a variety of different programs that highlight and protect special aspects of a country, like food, traditional clothing or festivals. Since trying new food in foreign countries is one of the highlights of travelling, we’ve rounded up some of the specialties from the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The European Union grants these special food products one of three different labels: Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and Traditional Specialties Guaranteed (TSG). The laws protect the names and ways of…
  • 8 Things to avoid in Dubrovnik

    Charlie
    15 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    Dubrovnik is undoubtedly a breathtakingly beautiful place but this makes it very popular with tourists and where there are tourists there are often tourist traps to be avoided. Here’s what we warn our guests to avoid in Dubrovnik and how to deal with it. 1. Piles of people at the Pile gate The old walled city of Dubrovnik’s worst bottleneck is definitely the Pile gate. Situated closest to where the cruise ship shuttle services arrive and the city’s main bus stops so sometimes there are just too many people trying to get in and out when a cruise ship or two have docked. At…
  • Prague On Film

    Jacy Meyer
    7 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    Prague is a beautiful, historic city. Those characteristics, plus its long film tradition (Barrandov, the city’s film studio, is one of the largest in Europe) have made it a hot movie site for local and global productions. Many well-known movies have been shot in Prague, and more often than not, the city is a stand-in for another European city or century. Here’s a mini-film tour of Prague, spots to watch for as you wander the city’s streets. The Bourne Identity (2002) was the first film in a popular series starring Matt Damon. Bourne attempts to spend the night in a Zurich park –…
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    Go BIG or Go Home

  • A Review of Slide the City: What to Know

    Traci Suppa
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    Slide the City By now, you’ve probably seen it on the news. The looooong green and blue water slide, a BIG version of the “Slip n’ Slide” you might have had in your front lawn as a kid. Slide the City is making the rounds through the U.S. and Canada, setting up its slide through sloping city streets everywhere. It even broke the world record for “Longest distance traveled on a slip and slide in one hour” this summer in Fort Worth, Texas. Enthralled with the idea, we bought “early bird” tickets for the July event in Stamford, CT. It’s a pricey investment, even when you get…
  • World’s Largest Outdoor Antiques Show: Brimfield Antique Show, Brimfield, MA

    Traci Suppa
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:49 pm
    I spend more time than I should watching HGTV, and my current favorite show is Flea Market Flip. I’m captivated by the “before and after” transformations of the old pieces they find at antiques shows and flea markets. One of the markets regularly featured is the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. It’s supposedly the world’s largest outdoor antiques fair, so that was all the reason I needed to plan an outing. Brimfield is a small town, with Route 20 (Main Street) running through it. The antiques show, which has run since 1959, is situated on both sides of this road…
  • We’re BIG on Branson!

    Traci Suppa
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    A recent travel writing trip brought me to Branson, Missouri, a beautiful Ozark Mountain town just north of Arkansas. There are many sides to Branson; there’s the historic downtown, the lakes and outdoor recreation, and the lively entertainment strip along Highway 76. Branson is best known for this stretch of theaters, attractions, and restaurants. It’s bright, fun, busy…and dotted with lots of BIG roadside attractions! My rental car made a lot of stops…here are my favorite Branson roadside attractions: The BIG Chair It finally happened! One of my “Go BIG” dreams—other…
  • World’s Largest Miniature Circus: Sarasota, Florida

    Traci Suppa
    15 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    The Big Show Entrance If you played with doll houses, built model airplanes, or created LEGO lands, you understand the fascination with miniatures. As a kid, I took omnipotent pleasure in making these small worlds look and operate exactly the way I wanted them to. As an adult watching my kids do the same, I appreciate the technical artistry and attention to detail reflected in miniature figures and furnishings. We brought this love of little to the Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, Florida, where the world’s largest miniature circus fills 3,800 square feet of exhibit space, and can be…
  • World’s Largest Airboat: Sarasota, Florida

    Traci Suppa
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    If you live in Florida (and I have), alligator sightings are about as rare and exciting as observing a squirrel in its native habitat here in the northeast. But Floridians know that northerners think it’s thrilling to see gators while we visit their sunshine-y state, so a whole subset of the tourism industry has evolved to give us that opportunity. One such business, Myakka Wildlife Tours in Sarasota, sweetens the deal further with a ride on the world’s largest airboat. During our December visit, the weather was perfect for outdoor exploration; sunshine, breezes, and low humidity. We…
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  • Indian E Visa Scheme Comes to the UK at last

    dhuni
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    In an attempt to boost tourism, India is finally opening up it’s E Visa Scheme to the UK, a move which will hopefully lessen the stressful and time consuming business of applying via the current process. The cost will be also reduced from the current fee of £89.44 to £39, and rather than book an appointment at an application centre or provide documents in the post, applicants will now be able to upload documents, pay the balance and track their application online. All in all this is a superb bit of news for frequent travellers to India which should make the process of getting access…
  • The Boob Job Capital of India: How Indian Medical Tourism is Embracing Plastic Surgery

    dhuni
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    As one of the centre’s of India’s economic explosion, it’s little surprise that Mumbai should also bear the title ‘the boob job capital of India.’ Nowhere in the nation is the emphasis so much on physical perfection, nor the entertainment industry so prolific. Young actors and actresses arrive in the city every day, desperate to gain a toehold in Bollywood. And of these thousands only a tiny fraction who possess not only the right acting and vocal skills, but also the right physical attributes, will ever get the chance to see their dream realised. For many of…
  • Interview with Piers Moore Ede on Kaleidoscope City: A Year in Varanasi.

    dhuni
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:26 am
    Can you tell us a bit about what inspired you to write a book about Varanasi? For me, travelling and writing go hand in hand as a means to explore and work through certain things which interest me. It’s a great privilege really to be able to spend a lot of time doing this and, in that sense, the books I’ve done have been snapshots of my mind during a certain period of my life. In the case of Kaleidoscope City: A Year in Varanasi. I’d been in India several years, visiting Varanasi regularly, before it occurred to me to try and write a book about it. On almost every initial…
  • Travelling with your VW Campervan in India: Our Tips

    dhuni
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:29 am
    In the 1960’s, a group of intrepid travellers coined the term the ‘hippie trail’ for the classic overland route from Istanbul to India, crossing Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Lured by tales of the impossibly empty white beaches of Goa, a cheap cost of living, and the promise of an amazing adventure this route became a rite of passage for those coming of age in the counterculture. Brilliantly explored by travel writer Rory Mclean in his book Magic Bus: On the Hippie Trail from Istanbul to India, this route was often undertaken in that most seminal hippy vehicle:…
  • Six Notable Indian Books of 2014

    dhuni
    10 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    Here’s our annual list of some of the best books published by Indian writers in 2014, all of which made it onto the Notable Books of 2014 selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. (1) Family Life by Akhil Sharma. Praise for this book has been widespread with critics reaching for their dictionaries in the hope of uncovering a superlative which hasn’t been used yet. This deeply moving portrait of a family tragedy is full of humour, sophistication, insight and empathy, rightly placing Sharma in the premiere league of contemporary novelists. Certainly the most…
 
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  • Back in Nova Scotia for Fish en Papillote

    Ayngelina
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    I’m back in my home province to make fish en papillote! Actually that’s not true at all, I wanted to surprise my mother for her birthday so I flew home for a few days. Nova Scotia is beautiful in the summer so it’s nice to visit, even if just for a few days. When I come home I become the chef in the family, it’s up to me to make dinner each night but truthfully I enjoy it. Especially as I cook less living with Dave. Cooking is almost like meditation for me, I love chopping vegetables and I don’t mind spending hours in the kitchen. It’s pretty relaxing. So…
  • Pickled Blueberry Recipe

    Ayngelina
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    One of the best things I’ve learned from Dave is that pickles aren’t limited to green beans and cucumbers, while there are plenty of blueberry recipes for cakes, pies and muffins we wanted to share our pickled blueberry recipe. We have lots of pickled fruit at Loka Snacks but blueberries are my favourite, especially with pork. This week we’re serving it with pork hock terrine. Check out our pickled blueberries recipe with BC high-bush blueberries. Blueberries may be one of the world’s healthiest foods, while they are small they are packed with antioxidants: vitamin…
  • Cuban Food: 30 Dishes You Must Try

    Ayngelina
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:52 am
    This Cuban food post is from Claudia Tavani at My Adventures Across the World. When I visited Cuba, I was positively surprised by the quality of the food there. I usually ate at paladares (privately owned restaurants) rather than State owned ones, as the food was always fresher and more interesting, not to mention significantly cheaper. The average price of a meal in a paladar is $7,00 USD, although prices can be more expensive in the most touristic locations such as Trinidad. In any case, the portions are always so big that meals can be easily shared. Cuban food is a blend of many diverse…
  • A Taste of Nova Scotia: Blueberry Grunt

    Ayngelina
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:42 pm
    It’s tough to name something that is “Canadian Food” because the country is so large and each region is different. In Nova Scotia we have a few traditional recipes, for example seafood chowder and blueberry grunt would be in every Nova Scotian cookbook. Loka Snacks recently competed in a blueberry dessert challenge with BC high bush blueberries and the first thing that came to mind was modernizing the traditional blueberry grunt recipe and while I often profess that I don’t like dessert I thought Dave nailed this as he smoked the high bush blueberries and it was a…
  • The 24 Hour Layover: Best Restaurants in Houston

    Ayngelina
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    My tour of Texas with Discover America that brought me to gorgeous San Antonio and Texas Hill Country with a final stop for the best restaurants in Houston for a speedy 24 hours before flying home. I wasn’t really sure what to expect of Houston, while people raved about San Antonio no one really seemed to like Houston and one friend went so far as to call it a dump! So so wrong. It was a whirlwind but with help from Taylor from The Fatted Calf and Mai Pham, a local food writer who knows everything about Houston,  I had an amazing time and would definitely go back.  Here are some…
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  • Is Christ the Redeemer on your bucket list?

    Stephanie Kempker
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Maybe it should be. The most iconic monument of Brazil (and, some argue, South America), Christ the Redeemer is an epic reminder of the power of the Christian faith and also an important symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Almost 2 million tourists visit the statue every year, and many more dream of it. An important line in many bucket lists, Top 10 lists, and must-see attractions when in Rio, Christ the Redeemer is famous for good reason. Voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, the Christ is the tallest…
  • Beyond Istanbul: There’s more to Turkey than its largest city

    Lavi Nair
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Often times, people don’t venture beyond visiting the largest city of a country. In the case of Turkey, this would be a devastating mistake to make. With both Asian and European influence, Turkey is climbing the ranks as a popular destination for travelers and it’s no surprise why. But Turkey’s charm extends far beyond the confines of Istanbul, its largest city. Istanbul’s Blue Mosque Don’t get me wrong; from the jaw-dropping architecture of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia to the cute cafes and…
  • The importance of following your dreams: Introducing Gallop Around The Globe

    Kiara Gallop
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Please welcome Kiara from Gallop Around the Globe, the newest contributing writer here at Go See Write! My love of travel and adventure started at a very young age. I was an inquisitive child with a vivid imagination, who soon learned that she could harness these qualities in order to transform her back garden into a world of excitement and exploration. Our solitary conifer tree provided my gateway to this alternative universe.  If I ran around it nine times in one direction I would enter, and I had to run…
  • 7 biggest surprises about Israel

    Stephanie Kempker
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write When you think of Israel, one of the first few things to come to mind is probably religious. Hosting holy grounds for many religions (including important sites for Jews, Muslims, Christians, and also Baha’is), Israel is a major pilgrimage and worship destination. Maybe when you think of Israel, you think of politics. Israel is also famous (or more accurately perhaps, “infamous”) for the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab conflict, as the rightful ownership of land is questioned, as are…
  • The perfect Tuscany road trip – Part 2

    Nat and Tim Harris
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Part two of our dream road trip through Tuscany starts in the beach town of Viareggio and ends in the mountain village of Colonnata. (Check out Part 1 here!) Viareggio Viareggio In the weeks preceding Easter, this typical Italian beach town has a carnival in which the floats are made of papier maché. The beaches are littered with row upon row of beach chairs adorned with colourful parasols. If beach time isn’t your thing, grab a gelato from one of the vendors and take a walk down the “passegiatta a mare”…
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  • Where to go: Travel Deals and Destinations for September 4

    Admin
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:58 am
    The fall is one of my favourite times to travel; it’s not as crazy as the hustle and bustle of family travel in the summer and you haven’t yet hit the huge prices attached to holiday travel. Thinking about getting away this September? We love rounding up some deals and destinations to inspire you. Here are three: Dive the Cayman Islands If you are a seasoned diver, or an eager beginner, take a look at what’s offered by Legends & Lions in the Cayman Islands. There are week-long trips that offer accommodations, dives and social events. Love Literature? Head to North Carolina Head to…
  • One Last Summer Travel Hurrah

    Admin
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    School is either almost here ( Hello Canada!) or well underway ( Greetings Americans!) and parents the world over are both rejoicing and weeping into their passports! It’s no secret that I love summer! It’s a great season for travel and offers up the perfect opportunity to expand the learning beyond the classroom. Fall has its rewards too though; falling leaves, gentler breezes and a return to familiar routines among them. The downside? Those “familiar routines” can often include worrying about school lunches, hustling to get kids to afternoon lessons and the dreaded math homework…
  • Lessons from our #Expedia RoadTrip

    Heather
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    Lessons from our #ExpediaRoadTrip I love a big idea. There’s something about setting a goal that seems insurmountable and then taking the steps to make it happen that really resonates with me. We did that with our yearlong trip around the world. We did it again with our recent 30-day Road Trip. The boys take in Bryce Canyon, Utah. On the first trip, we were driven by a passion to see the planet and show it to our kids. This time, we were making the journey as seasoned travellers and the goals extended beyond our family. I wanted to find the nuggets of information and destination gems that I…
  • Road Trip Tales: Our Interview with Eric of KART

    Admin
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Our Road Trip Tales, just like our Great Big Summer Road Trip, have come to an end. We are going out with a bang  with this interview with Eric Koczab of KART, which stands for Kick Ass Road Trip. His organization creates customized road trips for adventure seekers.  We know you’ll love learning more about what makes them tick. Photo Courtesy of Eric Koczab, KART. How did KART get started and what was/is the idea behind it? There are several reasons for KART. Firstly, the old cliche ‘find something that you love to do and are good at and try to get paid for it’. After…
  • Road Trip Tales: Jo-Anne Wallace

    Admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    We’re still on the road! This is day 27  of our Great Big Summer Road Trip. What a ride it has been. All along the way we’ve been  sharing  stories from people we are proud to know in the family travel space on the blog. They’ve been kind enough to share their road trip memories and best advice. (You can read the whole series of Road Trip Tales in our road trip gallery.) If this long weekend takes you out on your own road trip I hope that their tips and tricks will help you and your family to enjoy the ride. Our latest road tripper is  Jo-Anne Wallace.  Jo-Anne is a…
 
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  • Video: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Hawaii

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    4 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    Aloha! Leis, Kona coffee, the location of your dream vacation is creeping-up on its Golden Years. Did you know that Hawaii is also the only state to produce coffee? The List’s Donna Ruko shares 5 Things You Didn’t Know about the Aloha State.
  • Cost of a Gondola Ride in Venice Italy More Affordable

    Donna Sundblad
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Venice, Italy, is one destination on most buckets lists. There’s nothing like gliding along the stunning canals of Venice in a gondola to see the sights and experience this unique culture. However, while this may be considered a must-do when visiting Venice, the bad news is that it has also turned out to be more expensive […]
  • Video: Best Sites to See from the Air in America

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    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    Some things are best appreciated from miles above the ground! In celebration of National Aviation Day, TC Newman (@PurpleTCNewman) has 5 of the best places to see from the air.
  • Blow Off Some Steam at Toronto’s Rage Room

    Donna Sundblad
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Battle Sports’ Rage Room in Toronto is a whole new sports attraction located in a Toronto sports bar. For just $20, angry participants can unleash all their pent up anger by smashing things like mirrors, plates, glasses, vases, chairs, and other specialty (mystery items) What Gets Smashed? Participants (known as smashers) who visit the […]
  • Video: 10 Of The World’s Most Anti-Climactic Travel Destinations

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    2 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    Here are 10 of the world’s most anti-climactic travel destinations.
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  • Cambodia Emerges As A World Yoga Destination

    Luke Armstrong
    9 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Many parts of Asia have long been a yoga destination for travelers seeking to deepen their practice or pick it up for the first time. While India, Bali and Thailand have traditionally been the most visited countries for yoga enthusiasts, Cambodia has recently begun to emerge as a country with a host of options for yoga travelers seeking something deeper than the “yoga-lite” which has taken hold in the resort culture. The Khmer Times recently wrote about the emergence of yoga in Cambodia as an opportunity to teach deeper awareness of individual travelers and an economic…
  • The Top 50 Travel Blogs (2nd Quarter: 2015)

    Matt Stabile
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 2nd quarter (April — June) of 2015 ranked by visitor traffic. There are a few other sites that have put together their own lists of the “top” travel blogs. However, each has their own subjective means of ranking sites, using everything from Alexa scores, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, estimated traffic, inbound Google links and even subjective design criteria. My intention was to create the most objective and accurate list of the most popular travel blogs. Therefore, this list is based solely on the number of visitors a travel…
  • On The Road With “David Bowie Is”

    Matt Stabile
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Multi-dimensional artist/mega pop star, with a career spanning 50-plus years, David Bowie continues to ch . . . ch . . . change. This latest version, without Bowie in the driver’s seat, is the traveling exhibition created by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. David Bowie Is brings together music, writings, objects, videos and costumes from Bowie’s massive personal archive. After sold-out shows in London, Berlin, Toronto, Sao Paolo, Chicago, and Paris, the exhibition is heading next to Melbourne. And I will be there — again. Call me weird, but I’ve been following the David…
  • A Cinematic Tour Of Turkey

    Matt Stabile
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    “With My Eyes Closed” is a cinematic tour of Turkey from New Zealand-based filmmaker Justin Heaney. Justin shot this stunning montage of the enigmatic country during the course of two recent trips there, which included stops in Cappadocia and Istanbul. 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 TheExpeditioner.com. The post A Cinematic Tour Of Turkey appeared first on TheExpeditioner Travel Site.
  • 10 Travel Tips Rick Steves Won’t Tell You (Or Doesn’t Know)

    Matt Stabile
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    1) Always Carry A Pack Of Cigarettes And A Lighter (Even If You Don’t Smoke) This is by far my number one piece of advice for solo travelers. I was standing in an alleyway in Bologna when a tall, dark and handsome Italian man came up to me and said something that I mentally translated as, “You must be the American girl I’ve always dreamt of.”Turns out he actually asked, “Do you have a lighter?” As fate would have it, I did not. He turned on his heel and headed to the next prospect. A lost opportunity in my book. From that point forward, I kept a lighter on me and, seeing as I was…
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  • Summer in Vail Colorado

    JD Andrews
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    Hiking with our guide Peter from Walking Mountains Hiking the White River National Forest with Walking Mountains Hiking the White River National Forest with Walking Mountains Hiking the White River National Forest with Walking Mountains Our Guide Peter tells us about the different kinds of mushrooms Hiking the White River National Forest with Walking Mountains Hiking the White River National Forest with Walking Mountains Beautiful Flowers are everywhere Hiking the White River National Forest with Walking Mountains Hiking the White River National Forest with Walking Mountains Hiking the White…
  • Market in Cairo Egypt

    JD Andrews
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:33 am
  • Cheetah Hunting in South Africa

    JD Andrews
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    Cheetah Hunting in South Africa Unlike other big cats, Cheetahs cannot climb trees and have poor night vision.
  • Island of Capri in Italy - Panorama

    JD Andrews
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
  • Golden Statue - Chiang Mai Thailand

    JD Andrews
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
 
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  • Lisbon: Looking Back, Looking Forward

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Monument of the Discoveries, Lisbon, Portugal A little over four years ago, we were planning a trip to Portugal. The plan was to stay in the Lisbon area for a week, before continuing on with another week in Tuscany. It was our first trip to Portugal, and in my Type-A way, I researched and found a place to stay in Cascais near the beach, figured out public transportation, and was charting a list of things to see and do. We were traveling with a friend and every few…
  • Visiting the Ruins of Pompeii: From Tragedy to Tourism

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. On August 24th, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted in a violent two day display that destroyed the city of Pompeii, Italy, and the surrounding area. It is one of history’s largest recorded volcanic eruptions, and a tragedy any measure. The city was buried under ash and pumice for nearly 1700 years, and was presumed lost until its accidental re-discovery in the mid-1700s.   The subsequent excavation of the site provided a peek at what life was like during the…
  • Sunday Stories for August 23rd, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s been another great week in Seattle, and I’m going to extend my time enjoying it with a few days spent downtown. I’ll be checking out the Mayflower Park Hotel, a spot I’ve walked by numerous times, but have never gone in. There will be a review coming. Till then, a couple quick stories to enjoy today. Travel DIY: Create Your Own Packing Lists I’m pretty Type-A when it comes to packing, but this puts me to shame. There are some good…
  • Four Seasons Luxury on Private Jet Tours

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Four Seasons Jet at Boeing Field, Seattle Somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, 52 passengers are embarking on a round-the-world luxury tour the likes of which I can only imagine. The itinerary is an enviable one:  eight countries and 24 days, all in Four Seasons luxury whether inflight or on the ground. The tour starts in Seattle, which was how I got a look at the jet parked at Boeing Field, and then heads off to Tokyo, Beijing, Maldives, Serengeti, Istanbul, St.
  • Sunday Stories for August 16th, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. This is a great time to be in the Pacific Northwest, and I’ve enjoyed sticking pretty close to home this past week. I’ve got a couple of projects that I’m working on – and I’ve reached the stage where everything is almost ready to go, but I just need one little thing and that one little thing is taking forever. Despite my frustration, these are projects that have been on my to-do list for quite some time, and I’m happy that…
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  • 7 Reasons You Will Love Cycling in Myra Canyon

    Laurel
    14 Aug 2015 | 3:29 am
    The original can be found here: 7 Reasons You Will Love Cycling in Myra Canyon. Please read the original. Myra Canyon in Kelowna, British Columbia is a a scenic cycle route along an old railway with 18 bridges and 2 tunnels with views over the Okanagan valley! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Outdoor Adventures | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Adventures in Europe
  • Your Adventure Guide to the Castle Wilderness

    Laurel
    7 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    The original can be found here: Your Adventure Guide to the Castle Wilderness. Please read the original. Your comprehensive guide to the Castle Wilderness, a paradise in SW Alberta where you can hike and paddle without the crowds. It's also an ideal place for wildlife spotting with 59 mammal species! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Outdoor Adventures | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Adventures in Europe
  • The Best Wolverine and Bear Watching in Finland

    Laurel
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    The original can be found here: The Best Wolverine and Bear Watching in Finland. Please read the original. Lentiira is one of the best places for both wolverine and bear watching in Finland! I saw 2 of each on my overnight wildlife safari! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Outdoor Adventures | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Adventures in Europe
  • 64 of the Best Weekend Getaways from Around the World!

    Laurel
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    The original can be found here: 64 of the Best Weekend Getaways from Around the World!. Please read the original. 100+ of the best weekend getaways from travellers around the world! Proof that travel doesn't have to be a far flung getaway, or expensive! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Outdoor Adventures | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Adventures in Europe
  • The Best Wreck Dive in Okanagan Lake

    Laurel
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
    The original can be found here: The Best Wreck Dive in Okanagan Lake. Please read the original. Okanagan Lake is famous for water sports, like water skiing, but treasures also lie below the surface as I discovered on a wreck dive of a rail car barge! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Outdoor Adventures | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Adventures in Europe
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  • Just back from… Iceland

    Lyndon
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    For their 10th wedding anniversary, our Kids Collection Editor Nadine and her husband Colman were keen to escape without the kids for once. And to a destination neither had visited before. Somewhere dramatic, elemental and wild, yet easily accessible from the UK. So Iceland it was. A young country – both in terms of geography and human settlement – whose position astride the North Atlantic Ridge brings fire, and whose latitude just beneath the Arctic Circle brings ice. We descended through steel clouds to land at Keflavik, Reykjavik’s international airport, which is a…
  • Top 5 solo escapes

    Anna
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Proving that stylish holidays are not just for couples, our new ‘So Good for Solos’ collection includes options to suit all tastes and budgets, from a Moroccan mountain guesthouse to a bohemian getaway in Sri Lanka.  Laid-back vibe and communal dining Douar Samra, Morocco This vibrant guesthouse sits in one of the highest villages in the Atlas Mountains, with a sociable atmosphere and a warm, welcoming owner who instantly puts solo guests at ease. Staff can arrange group trekking and horse riding around this majestic corner of Morocco, and evenings are spent swapping stories over…
  • Escape of the Week… The Grosvenor Arms

    Anna
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    A fun take on the country getaway, this coaching inn in the centre of medieval Shaftesbury has been reinvented as a cool hotel with 16 stylish rooms and a buzzy restaurant complete with an authentic pizza oven. Shaftesbury is a pretty Dorset market town with plenty of boutiques, antique shops, delis and cafés, as well as the picturesque (and very steep!) Gold Hill, where the famous sepia-tinted 1970s Hovis advert was shot. Rooms: The rooms are instantly welcoming, with a palette of grey, green and stone accented with mustard or plum. The carpets are soft, the coffee machines fab, the sheets…
  • Top 10 holidays for babies

    Anna
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    In the final instalment of our series looking at hideaways that cater for a particular age group, Kids Collection Editor Nadine selects 10 of the best for babies – and shares some tips for travelling with the newest family member. Babies can be easy to travel with: portable, light, generally immobile, and asleep for good chunks of the day. You can also venture forth outside school holidays, and wherever you go you’ll attract legions of helpful admirers. Conversely, babies need constant feeding and require lots of equipment, even for the simplest of outings. What’s more, parents often…
  • Easy Escapes for September

    Melissa
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:17 am
    Quick, there’s still time to catch some late-summer sun! Choose from a rural idyll in Andalucia or a cool oasis of calm in central Marrakech, or throw caution to the wind and hop on a direct flight to the paradise island of St Lucia – irresistible! 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. Finca Naranja, Andalucia – £392.11 per person (4 nights, 13-17 September) Some of Andalucia’s best scenery sits in the Malaga province; simply head inland to…
 
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  • Stunning San Francisco lights @ Twin Peaks Vista video

    Andrew Crusoe
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:08 pm
    And we’re back. I’ve been formulating some plans and planning some formulations lately, some of which are about this blog. I’m considering putting this blog on hiatus once I finish editing and uploading all of my Hawaii videos. What do you think? Would you miss this site? Serious question, because I’m finding myself drawn to simplifying my life. No doubt that you are aware that most of my focus is going toward MYTH.LI these days and the upcoming books in the Mythic Sci-Fi series. Anywho, if you have any thoughts about that, or today’s video, please use the Facebook comments below,…
  • A Letter to my Friends around the World: What I’ve been Meaning to Tell You

    Andrew Crusoe
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Today’s post is my 300th. To recognize that, I’ve written an open letter to all of you whom I know well but haven’t spoken to in a while. I’m sorry if it’s been a while since we talked. This article is dedicated to you.     Aloha, again. I wanted you to know that I’ve been thinking about you. As you know, I’ve been blessed to live in many different places, invariably meeting fascinating people along the way. Sometimes we become fast friends, and sometimes the tree of friendship grows more slowly. In either case, I always treasured it,…
  • The Zig-Zaggy Bridge over Koi Pond @ Honolulu HNL Airport, Oahu video

    Andrew Crusoe
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Once upon a time, I came across a Japanese koi pond in the middle of an airport. Strung across the large koi pond was a bridge that zigged and zagged across in a most interesting way. And so, I zig-zagged with it! Of course, all of this was nestled conveniently inside the Honolulu Airport, and so I shot a short 33 second video to let you enjoy it too: Transcription Me: Follow the zig-zaggy path, my son! Past the koi pond! Zig! Zaaag! And that’s how you zig-zag. For more: There’s more where that came from! Be sure to check out the wealth of travel videos in the Travel Video page. Read…
  • Exploring Akaka Falls & Magical Banyan Trees @ Honomu, Big Island Hawaii video

    Andrew Crusoe
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Here’s a hot Hawaii minute-long video of a true gem that I’ve been excited to share with you for weeks: Akaka Falls. Easily in my top 3 favorite parks on the Big Island, Akaka Falls State Park is overflowing with lush banyan trees (with intricate roots that you can actually step inside), streams, and, of course, gorgeous waterfalls. The largest of these, Akaka Falls itself, is featured at the end of this short video. The entire place is remarkable, and when I went, it was only a dollar for non-residents to enter! Pretty good deal for my favorite waterfall on the entire island.
  • Hiking Tony Grove Lake 8,000 feet up in Utah Mountains video

    Andrew Crusoe
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    In an unpredictable series of events, I’ve decided to post a video of a remarkable lake bustling with wildflowers, birds, and even June snow. Context: We recently had a friend come visit and took her up to Tony Grove Lake, which is remarkable for many reasons, not the least of which is its 2400+ meter (8000+ ft.) elevation. It was formed by a glacier (of course), and even though it was June, the elevation had preserved whole patches of snow, enough so that we built a tiny snowman next to the green grass. We even saw a Cooper’s Hawk. (And rest assured, I’ll return to the Hawaii…
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  • Design Your Dream Wedding Planning Kit

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    So you're engaged...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 printable 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…
  • 10 Tips for First-Time Airbnb Renters

    16 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    When we set off to go on adventures, Cody and I always look for unconventional places to sleep while we’re away from home. In the past, I’ve had experience using homeaway.com, hostels, campsites, and more to act as our temporary home base. While we’ve stayed many a nights in hotels and motels, it’s just not our favorite type of lodging when we have other options available.I finally decided to give Airbnb a try for our Anniversary Adventure in Asheville, NC a couple weeks ago, and I learned a few tips and tricks for using Airbnb that I'll definitely keep in mind the next time we use…
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Engagement Photo Adventure on Tanawha Trail

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:43 am
    The majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains captivate a lot of people and these two are no exception. Jess and Mike are both transplants that found their way to the High Country—and haven't wanted to leave—like so many other folks in this region that permanently relocate. This is where they've been building their lives together and it's where they plan to remain for many more years. It made perfect sense to select an engagement photo location that highlights what they love about living here. Jess and Mike don't have as much time to go on adventures as often as they would like because their…
  • A North Carolina Backyard Farm Wedding

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:52 am
    They love to write and sing silly songs, they go for hikes in the mountains, they absolutely love to eat good food and drink good libations, and on their wedding day in Creston, NC, Katelyn and Seth managed to encapsulate the spirit of what makes their 9 year relationship so enduring and playful.While Seth is an avid hunter and fisherman that enjoys tying flies and making squirrel foot necklaces, Katelyn is a fashion-forward, Vogue addict that rocks out stilettos any chance she gets. You’d think that they were complete opposites, and in some respects they are, but there’s no denying how…
  • Gideon Ridge Inn Engagement Pictures in Blowing Rock, NC

    11 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    After having to reschedule several times due to the unpredictable mountain weather, we finally managed to squeeze in Katelyn & Seth's engagement shoot last week. Initially, they were hoping to do a snowy engagement session but Mother Nature didn't cooperate with us this winter, so we waited.I checked the forecast, as usual, and it wasn't looking so favorable for later that afternoon so we bumped up the time in hopes of avoiding the storms. And because these two are getting married in just 2 days we had to get their engagement photos done, RAIN or SHINE, this time around!While on my way to…
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  • Travel Moments, An Austrian Walk in the Forest

    Andy
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:11 am
    It was our first trip to Austria. Although the landscape was familiar in a chocolate box sort of way, we didn’t know the foibles of its paths or how its signposting worked. We’d set off from the Agathawirt Hotel in Bad Goisern to cross the meadows at the base of the Dachstein Mountains and had barely been on the trail for 10 minutes when we reached a junction of paths. The path we should be following, the one that went straight ahead to climb into the forest, appeared to fizzle out at houses at the back of the meadow. Over and back we wandered, trying each of the other paths to…
  • The Problem With Off the Beaten Track Places

    Jack
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    We write walking routes relating to various countries around Europe. Researching them takes us to many off the beaten track locations. Some are off the beaten track because many, many people won’t walk 15 kilometres to get to them. If there’s not a convenient road, they’re going to be mass tourism free. It’s hardly a revelation that off the beaten track can really give you an insight into a location. But there’s something we’ve noticed about some people who like to go off the beaten track. Things they ‘discover’ themselves can often have more…
  • Finding Food and Drink in Rural Fuerteventura After Dark

    Jack
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:59 am
    It’s 5.30pm. We’ve been out exploring and have just returned to our base in Betancuria, the former capital of the Canary island of Fuerteventura. It’s a bit of a tradition at the end of a long, hot day of exploration to sink a long, cool beer. The first place we try is just shutting its doors for the day, so is the second. We spy some people sipping cervezas at a third. Bingo. We order our beers and sit in a hot sun which doesn’t seem to know it should be losing its heat by this point. Half an hour later this place would have been closed as well. At two in the…
  • Could do Better, the Parador de la Gomera

    Jack
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    Spirits were soaring. We’d walked a new route into La Gomera’s capital, San Sebastián, which had been challenging and highly rewarding with its mix of ascents and descents, ridge walks, unusual rock formations, surprising plateaus when we expected to be faced by narrow ledges, and a pay-off-stop-you-in-your-tracks view. We strode to the reception of the Parador de la Gomera on happy feet… and were greeted with a welcome which was indifferent at best. I don’t want someone to fawn over me insincerely when I book into a hotel, but I do expect a welcome that is friendly.
  • Silbo, Glass Floors and Tapas at Mirador de Abrante on La Gomera

    Jack
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    I hate it. I hate it when you sweat your way up a lion-faced mountain, get drenched crossing a lake (by rain, there was a bridge), sweat your way up another mountain and cross an alien landscape to reach your remote goal to find there’s a coach spewing out its load, filling the unique place you were planning to have lunch. Hell, there isn’t even a sign pointing to the Mirador de Abrante above Agulo on La Gomera yet. But, as we dragged our dusty, sticky bodies the final few metres across the red earth, we watched an army of tee-shirt/flip flop wearing excursionists from Tenerife…
 
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  • Fifteen Beacon – Boston, MA

    gaytravelinformation
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Fifteen Beacon / 15 Beacon Street / Boston, MA 02108 / 1-877-XV-BEACON Fifteen Beacon is classic movie star handsome. Think Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Cary Grant and James Stewart. This modern, yet historic boutique hotel, located on historic Beacon Hill, is oozing with charm and class. Located in a 1903 landmark Beaux Arts building, Fifteen … Continue reading →
  • Universal Orlando Resort’s 2015 Holidays Celebration!

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    2 Sep 2015 | 1:03 pm
    CREATE LONG LASTING MEMORIES AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S 2015 HOLIDAYS CELEBRATION! Families can enjoy epic holiday festivities and experiences at Universal Orlando from Dec. 5 to Jan. 2 ORLANDO, FLA (August 31, 2015) – Beginning Dec. 5 and running daily through Jan. 2, families can create unforgettable memories as they experience one-of-a-kind holiday traditions at Universal Orlando Resort. … Continue reading →
  • Le Guanahani – Gay Friendly Hotel St. Barths

    gaytravelinformation
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:32 am
    Le Guanahani | Grand Cul-De-Sac 97133 | St. Barthelemy, FWI | 1-800-216-3774 Originally opened in 1986 and expanded in 1991, LGBT friendly Le Guanahani has established itself as a haven of casual luxury, comfort and elegance. An authentic reflection of St. Barth, the hotel has evolved into the island’s finest destination for active travelers, providing … Continue reading →
  • Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Key West, FL

    gaytravelinformation
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Gay Travel Information – Gay Travel Blog – Gay Friendly Key West Casa Marina – A Waldorf Astoria Resort / 1500 Reynolds Street / Key West, FL 33040 / 1-888-303-5717 Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, located on the island of Key West is a work of art! Everything you could possible desire in a … Continue reading →
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Lake Buena Vista, FL

    gaytravelinformation
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    Re-Imagined Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Blends Pacific Island Heritage With Disney Whimsy Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Disney’s Polynesian Resort — a relaxing tropical paradise with lush landscaping, waterfalls and more — has undergone a major re-imagination including a return to its original, 1971 opening day name: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. But that’s not the only news … Continue reading →
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  • Bermuda�s Top 13 Experiences

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    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    From pink beaches to unique lodgings, Bermuda offers terrific experiences that should be on every traveler’s list. Here are Fodor’s top picks for a memorable trip.
  • 5 Reasons to Go to Santa Fe Now

    news@fodors.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:30 pm
    If you’ve ever wondered about the best time to visit Santa Fe, September is definitely in the running. The entire month belongs to festivals—the city celebrates everything from beloved pets to religious icons to the famed chiles that are New Mexico’s claim to fame. It’s harvest time, and there’s an overriding feeling of abundance in the air. Here’s why you should take a trip there soon. The Burning of Zozobra Book a last-minute getaway for this weekend’s Burning of Zozobra. Every year on the Friday before Labor Day, an elaborate festival is held in…
  • 10 New Hot Spots in Paris

    news@fodors.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    No matter how many times you’ve been there, Paris always feels timeless. But in recent years, the city has gone into high gear with a surprisingly robust slate of new openings that have altered the cultural landscape. With eye-catching performance spaces, cute boutiques, and must-visit restaurants and bars, the City of Light feels brighter than ever. If it’s been a while since your last visit to Paris, make sure you don’t miss these ten hot spots on your next trip. By Kate Donnelly
  • 25 Things to Do in New York This Fall

    news@fodors.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    New York City is an exciting place any time of year, but the ideal time to visit is fall. Following the relatively slow summer months, the cultural calendar swiftly kicks into high gear with film festivals, Broadway openings, and more, all while the trees in Central Park turn beautiful shades of orange. It’s not just the city that’s worth a visit in autumn—vineyards on Long Island and Hudson Valley towns will also be at their most picturesque in the coming months. Whether you’re drawn by the high-powered glitz of Fashion Week or the classical offerings at Carnegie…
  • Colorado's Top 12 Experiences

    news@fodors.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    From vibrant cities to gorgeous peaks, Colorado offers terrific experiences that should be on every traveler’s list. Here are Fodor’s top picks for a memorable trip.
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • Fly Big, Fly Short: Save on Holidays, Save Anytime

    Rick Seaney
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    This handy little trick will help anyone who can exercise a little (or a lot) of flexibility, especially when choosing destinations. It could save a bundle during the holidays and it’s very simple. Keep reading, after the podcast. LISTEN: Rick Seaney’s podcast has more. Fly Big, Fly Short for Savings What this means: Fly big: Fly between two large airports, preferably hubs. This includes both departure and destination airports. Fly short: Limit flight times to roughly 90 minutes or less. Such routes typically have lots of airline competition which keeps prices low, but it also…
  • Video Podcast: Rick Seaney’s Crazy Dollar Days, Phone Fun, Trip Tips

    Anne McDermott
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
    In his latest video podcast, FareCompare CEO and celebrated travel expert Rick Seaney chats about hot topics with a common theme: cutting costs through cheaper flights. For more of Rick’s money-saving tips, see the following blog posts: Cheap Flights for Fall: Welcome to Crazy Dollar Days How to Plan a Trip from A to Z Waste Time on Your Phone, Watch Airfare Drop $200 (Sometimes) VIDEO: Rick Seaney on keeping it cheap. The post Video Podcast: Rick Seaney’s Crazy Dollar Days, Phone Fun, Trip Tips appeared first on FareCompare.
  • Cheap Flights for Fall: Welcome to Crazy Dollar Days

    Rick Seaney
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    Earlier this year, I revealed 2015’s post-summer magic date to fly – Aug. 25 – which marks the start of the August Deal Zone. The good news is, airline sales covering this cheaper time to fly are available now. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney has more details. Crazy Dollar Days: The Deals Some of the deals we’re seeing are reminiscent of those zany ads of yesteryear proclaiming “crazy dollar days”. Check out some of these fall sale prices found in our Deals Blog during the week of Aug. 16. Cincinnati – Orlando, from $25 one-way Washington, D.C.
  • Waste Time on Your Phone, Watch Airfare Drop $200 (Sometimes)

    Anne McDermott
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:59 pm
    The key to saving money by wasting time on your phone (maybe by looking at a cat video) is where you waste this time. We suggest the airport. Sometimes it will save you $200. Sometimes less, sometimes more. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney knows all about fun with phones. Connecting Flights: Waste Time in Airport The point: Waste time at an airport during a connecting flight. Here’s why: Connecting flights are often cheaper than nonstop flights. This isn’t always true – that’s why you must compare prices – but connecting flights are often cheaper. Often less…
  • New Travel Tips: Video Podcast with Travel Expert Rick Seaney

    Anne McDermott
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    It’s seems like FareCompare CEO and company co-founder Rick Seaney is always on a plane, but whether he’s in the air or on the ground he loves to share his knowledge. That’s what our new video podcasts are all about. We’ll try to post a new one each week, depending where in the world is Rick. Video Podcast: Military, Complaints, Cash & Carry-ons This week, Rick Seaney (and yours truly) discuss military discounts, how to file complaints, cash vs. credit cards and carry-ons vs. checked bags. Above all, Rick offers tips on his favorite topic: how to find a cheap…
 
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    The Traveler's Way

  • Your Guide to the Dramatic Dalmatian Islands

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    They sit shimmering in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia, mostly unknown to American tourists.  Island hopping around these undiscovered gems onboard a small ship cruise is discovering paradise, over and over again.  Bustling marinas, medieval town squares, sapphire and turquoise beaches, boutique hotels, al fresco dining, and chic bars are all part of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast and islands. I chose a water journey around the islands, but make no mistake…this was no ordinary cruise. My ship of choice was the Diontis of the Katarina Line, a traditionally-styled but modern boat…
  • Cozumel Scuba Festival Adds Routes for Advanced Divers

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:48 am
    The dates of Mexico’s extraordinary dive event, Scuba Fest, have been announced. The Fourth Annual Cozumel Scuba Fest will be held December 8-13, 2015. While the Fest is geared for all levels of divers, including beginners, this year it features new products and routes focusing on advanced-level diving off the Mexican Caribbean Island of Cozumel, and also introduces special advanced diving tours on the Yucatan Peninsula. New at Cozumel Scuba Fest this year is the Route for Advanced Divers a group of nine dives for highly experienced and intrepid divers. It requires love of adventure as…
  • Alaska Boasts Craft Spirits and Breweries

    Anthony Manzanares
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    When you think about craft distilleries and breweries, you may not think of our northermost state, but visitors to Alaska can enjoy an attractive array of offerings from Alaska’s instate distilleries. This emergence is due to a craft distillery bill passed last year, giving distilleries the opportunity  to provide onsite tastings and over the counter product sales. These tasting rooms allow for distillers to interact with consumers directly and for visitors to taste the product straight from the source. The tasting room is also a place for consumers to enjoy custom cocktails made with…
  • Edgar Allan Poe House National Historic Landmark

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    Edgar Allan Poe’s home in Baltimore is where the famous writer transitioned from poetry to writing short stories. He won his first literary award in Baltimore during his residence here. The Edgar Allen Poe House National Historic Landmark is in an excellent state of preservation with much of the exterior and interior original fabric from the 1833-1835 period when Edgar lived there with his aunt, grandmother and two cousins. Visitors walk on the same floors, stairs and wander within the original plaster walls and woodwork that Edgar lived with. Exhibits tell the story of Edgar Allan…
  • Film Festivals Put California in the Spotlight

    Anthony Manzanares
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    Lights, camera, action! As the home of Hollywood and Silicon Valley, where movies and TV are made and animated, California is the home of the film industry. So where better to see some of the world’s most engaging, cutting-edge films than at the amazing array of California-based film festivals. From a focus on environmental topics to Hollywood classics and action sports, the Golden State’s film festivals are the reel deal. Here’s some events to put on your calendar. Palm Springs International Film Festival (January) The Palm Springs International Film Festival is…
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    The World on Wheels

  • CALIFORNIA/NEVADA: Highway 395 and Nevada's Capitol - Carson City

    Darryl Musick
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    After crossing the border we’re no longer in the Golden State. We’ve stepped over to a new metal…the Silver State of Nevada. Coming up on highway 395, the mountains drop away from under the road, giving way to the green expanse of the Carson Valley, guarded on the south by the towns of Gardnerville and Minden.The steep, rocky Sierras still peer at us on the left where they hide the beautiful Lake Tahoe just over that ridge.It’s not long before we roll into the capitol of the state, Carson City.  It’s not a huge place…Vegas and Reno are both much bigger…and before we know…
  • CALIFORNIA - Our Highway 395 Road Trip Moves Into the Cold Country

    Darryl Musick
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    1Although the area seems relatively flat, the snow and trees give a clue. Just a few miles after leaving Mammoth, highway 395 hits the altimeter at 8,036 feet at Deadman Summit.An exit leads to June Lake Loop, a back country of lakes, campgrounds, and the June Lake ski area, also owned and operated by the same folks back in Mammoth. We’ve yet to try it out but I’m told if you don’t like the crowds at Mammoth, June Lake makes a great alternative.Coming down the other side of the summit a very large lake looms in the distance. This is Mono Lake, a brackish, fragile eco-system full of…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Caipirinha

    Darryl Musick
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Picture courtesy of WikimediaDavid Catania under CC BY-SA 3.0 license.And now for something completely different...This week we're trying a new cocktail, one I've never mixed before and, until recently, never even heard of.  The caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil.  It's similar to a daiquiri, but uses cachaca...which we know better as aguardient...instead of rum.  It's also similar to a mojito in that you muddle some ingredients, but uses lime instead of mint.  Think of it as the offspring of a daiquiri and a mojito if you will.It's very tasty and refreshing with a…
  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Highway 395 Kicks it Into High Gear - The Northern Owens Valley

    Darryl Musick
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    It's been 275 miles on the road, probably time to think about somewhere to lay our head. That would be the heart and soul of the Owens Valley, Bishop, California.With a population of just under 4,000, Bishop is the big city of Owens Valley. It's here that you'll find the major services...stores, hospital, casino, fairgrounds, and lodging. You can get clean, comfortable rooms starting at around $60 at the peak season of summer, up to the $140 dollar rooms at the Best Western Creekside Inn, the prettiest and most expensive place in town.It's your choice but we'll not spend too much…
  • ADVENTURES CLOSE TO HOME: In Search of the Mythical Good, Cheap, Steak Dinner

    Darryl Musick
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Went to a restaurant not so long ago and the steak entree's were well north of $50. While I admit, there are places where you get every penny's worth at those prices, a lot of times I just don't want to take the gamble.A little while back, I saw an article looking for the best dollar slice of pizza in New York. With that inspiration, we're looking for the best steak dinner in our little area of Southern California (San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena area) for under $15.For most people, Sizzler would be their first bet. Just a couple of their steaks come in under $15 and I am completely underwhelmed…
 
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • Inspiration from Pinterest: Travel Gifts

    Briza
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Pinterest: the website where I can spend hours and hours on, other than Tumblr. This month I figured I would feature a few of my favorite pins that have to do with my traveling obsession. Basically, it has to do when you aren’t traveling but still want that feel. Maybe you want to decorate your room sharing all of your travel experiences, or selecting a gift for a lover of traveling the world, or maybe you like wearing something with maps. Let’s begin. Map socks, anyone? These socks are pretty cool, if you get lost, you might be able to find your way with your socks. The link for…
  • Texas Knows How to Do Parks

    Hye Sung
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    A few weeks back I made a trip to the Dallas-Forth Worth area and I fell in love. The food, the shopping, the food, the food, the food. Yes, I ate a lot. I made some time in my trip to visit a really cool park, reminiscent of New York City’s 1.45 mile High Line park, but definitely different. Let me explain. In the heart of Dallas, built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul, are over five acres worth of what’s been described as “urban green space.” Surrounded by food trucks and with plenty of space for frisbee and soccer players to share a…
  • Touring Colleges 101

    Briza
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:50 pm
    It’s getting near that time where you have to apply for colleges, do you know what school you want to go to? Have you ever visited the campus? Do you know what you want to major in? All of these major questions are surging but something that can help is visiting universities and colleges. Recently I had the opportunity to go on an east coast college trip where we toured 12 schools. These schools included University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Fordham, NYU, Columbia, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, Tufts, Harvard, and M.I.T. Each of these schools had an Informational…
  • New York on a High School Budget

    Briza
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:03 pm
    New York: The city that never sleeps. There is always something going on. Parties, events, shows, plays, concerts, etc. As a tourist, it’s impossible to do everything in one trip. Much less do it on a student budget. Everything is so expensive! Here are my top 3 tips for doing New York on a budget.           1. Top of the Rock. There’s no need to pay the $60 to go on the Empire State Building, when you can pay half ($30 for adults) to visit the Rockefeller Center. You get an amazing view and are able to see everything from Times Square, the teeny Statue of Liberty, World…
  • 5 Best Coffee Shops in [Southeast] Portland to Get Work Done In

    Hye Sung
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm
    You’re on vacation in Portland, visiting friends, buying vintage clothing, drinking kombucha on tap, doing acrobatic yoga at Laurelhurst Park, watching somebody walk their pet pig, and you realize: You’ve got a paper to write. Or, you’ve got a bunch of emails to send to your boss and co-workers. Or, I need a break from people. One of the best things about Portland is the coffee, and here are some of our favorite coffee shops to get work done and hide out in, if need be! 5) Red Square Cafe (4505 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215) This spot is a bit special for those who need…
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  • Resources for Finding the Best Way to Travel Europe

    Jessie Beck
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Europe is known for having a ton of options for getting around — from discount airlines, train passes, busses, river cruises, and car shares, to more adventurous distance biking, and even an acceptable culture of hitchhiking. You’re free to explore this little continent with whatever mode of transit you want. But, what is the best way to travel Europe? Since you won’t find all of these different ways of getting around Europe sitting nicely on Kayak for you, instead use this list of transportation resources for getting around in Europe to help you find the best way to travel…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Accommodations in North America

    Laura Lopuch
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    I have five internet browsers up — the better to cycle through my hotel award accounts. In little more than three weeks, I’m heading to Montana for my little brother’s wedding. I’m on the hunt for a great hotel room that nails the balance between right price (preferably free, but below $100/night) and correct amenities (full breakfast and WiFi included, please). Yet, I’m coming up short. I can’t seem to find that sweet spot for the weekend’s best accommodations. Has this ever happened to you? If it has, this post is for you. It’s an ultimate…
  • Ditch Your Stuff: 10 Reasons to Travel Light

    Guest Blogger
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    This week we are pleased to present a guest post by Powell Berger a freelance writer based in Honolulu. Powell traversed the continents world schooling her three children and is an expert in packing light. Her website, powellberger.com, showcases her writing. Every summer, I return home from Paris with this magic laundry stain remover all-in-one thing. I don’t know exactly what’s in it, or even the correct way to get the best results since I don’t speak or read French. But I first discovered this magic wand in a rental apartment five years ago when red wine threatened to ruin my…
  • Face Off: E-reader vs Traditional Books

    Shannon Whitney
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are two types of readers in this world. The “old-fashioned”  romantics who live for the smell of stacks and crave the turn of a physical page to see a story unfold. In the opposite camp, the praticals. These readers want an entire library simply a click away. Switching books smoothly and a lighter alternative to a hardback is the obvious option. Both get the job done, but while on the road what do you pick: Traditional books or an E-reader? It’s time for a friendly faceoff. I polled the Team Tortuga Writers to see what people prefer and why. Our group had members of…
  • Travel Apps on Tortuga Team’s Phones (And Other Famous Travelers)

    Laura Lopuch
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    My phone blips a notification: my departure flight’s gate has changed. No need to check the departure boards for the new gate info. An app on my phone has already told me exactly which gate. On the way, I thumb through my TripIt app, double-checking my hotel reservations and transportation directions for when I land. When I went through security this morning, an app on my smartphone held my boarding pass. After checking my ID, the TSA agent scanned the bar code on my phone and, a second later, I was kicking off my shoes and loading my carry on into a tub for the full-body scan. Travel…
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  • Stalagmites in Cave of Bats of Ankarana National Park (Ankarana National Park)

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Stalagmites in Cave of Bats of Ankarana National Park - Ankarana National Park visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Stalagmites in Cave of Bats of Ankarana National Park' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Diana.The Cave of Bats in Ankarana National Park, Madagascar, was an amazing place to visit. There were several types of bats here as well as a small cave crocodile, cave spiders and giant cave crickets. Beyond the cave in one part we came to a chamber with stalactite and stalagmite formations. This panorama was put…
  • Suspension Bridge on Big Tsingy of Benavony (Ankarana National Park)

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Suspension Bridge on Big Tsingy of Benavony - Ankarana National Park visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Suspension Bridge on Big Tsingy of Benavony' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Diana.Panorama photographed by Peter Watts who wrote:View over the suspension bridge on the Tsingy of Benavony walk within Ankarana National Park. This is about 2 hours into the 7 hour hike. Most tour groups turn back on crossing the bridge but there are many amazing views further on the hike. The suspension bridge is quite wobbly.
  • Argent House and Palace Hotel (Broken Hill)

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:39 am
    Argent House and Palace Hotel - Broken Hill visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Argent House and Palace Hotel' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Streetscape of Argent Street cnr Sulphide Street in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. On the southern corner is the historic Palace Hotel, an iconic heritage building from 1889 designed by architect Alfred Dunn from Melbourne. On the southeastern corner is Argent House from 1888 which was stripped of its…
  • Festival des Roses 2015 sur la Place des Jacobins à Lyon 3 (Lyon)

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Festival des Roses 2015 sur la Place des Jacobins à Lyon 3 - Lyon visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Festival des Roses 2015 sur la Place des Jacobins à Lyon 3' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Rhône-Alpes.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:Festival des Roses 2015 sur la Place des Jacobins à Lyon 3 The [[11185,Roses Festival]] takes place every year at the end of May in the city of [[11206,Lyon]], France. This year, Lyon hosted the 17th World Rose…
  • Rhone-Alpes A40- L' Autoroute Blanche (Lyon)

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Rhone-Alpes A40- L' Autoroute Blanche - Lyon visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Rhone-Alpes A40- L' Autoroute Blanche' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Rhône-Alpes.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:Rhone-Alpes A40- L' Autoroute Blanche
 
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  • Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast Experience Coming to Disneyland Park

    admin
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:57 am
    A wild and once-in-a-lifetime experience is coming to Disneyland park. The Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast will take place on select dates from September 21 to December 2, 2015. Your Sunrise Safari will begin with a welcome from the Jungle Navigation Company, Ltd., before you dive into breakfast on the African veldt of the world-famous Jungle Cruise attraction in Adventureland. I would be “lion” if I said this wasn’t a special opportunity — it’s not everyday that you get a chance to dine in the attraction. Your roaring hunger is sure to be satisfied with an assortment of…
  • Adventures in Martinique with Disney Cruise Line

    admin
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:57 am
    The Disney Wonder’s first call on the French island of Martinique is just around the corner. As part of our return to the Southern Caribbean in January, Disney cruisers will have the chance to experience the “Flower of the Caribbean” on exciting Port Adventures that showcase the island’s natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture of French and Creole influence. If you’re joining us in Fort de France, Martinique, here are some of the excursions your family is sure to enjoy: Saint Pierre and Rum Distillery with Lunch – The seaside town of Saint Pierre, once demolished by a volcano…
  • Show Your Back-to-School Disney Style

    admin
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:57 am
    Teachers, we know that back-to-school time is a special time for you so here’s something to make it a little more extraordinary. Show your Disney Style this back-to-school season by adding a little magic to your wardrobe! Minnie Mouse inspired this teacher’s style with subtle accents and accessories. This cute sweater is even decorated with dazzling Minnie icon gems. Want to show off your love for Disney while still keeping a professional look for work? Here’s an outfit for you! Teachers, want to add some extra magic to the school year? Check out Disney Youth Programs to learn more…
  • Disney Parks After Dark: Balloons at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:57 pm
    The sun may be setting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but the fun will continue into the night. Gallery Disney Parks After Dark view all What’s your favorite attraction to experience after dark at this park? Mine is The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, for sure! Tell us yours in the comments section below. Disney Parks After Dark: Balloons at Disney’s Hollywood Studios by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Returns November 13 Through January 6, 2016

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Any time is a good time to start making holiday plans! The Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier when Holidays at the Disneyland Resort returns November 13 through January 6, 2016. The holiday season will sparkle even brighter this year, as the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues to bring even more dazzle to our decked halls. We’ll have more information to share about all of the festive treats, merchandise and entertainment coming with the season, so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog. And for now, mark your calendar for Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, November 13…
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  • A Niche of Their Own: Five Sites to Check Out Today

    Ben Huberman
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    The blogging community is huge and diverse, with thousands of smaller clusters of sites built around shared interests, causes, and passions. It might seem daunting at first — like walking into a party where everyone already seems to know each other — but there are a number of ways to ease your entry into the community, from participating in a blogging event (or even starting your own) to taking one of our free blogging courses. As the bloggers we feature here demonstrate, there’s another way to find your place in the big, wide world of blogging: zoom in on one thing…
  • New Themes: Colinear and Franklin

    Ernesto Méndez
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    On this Theme Thursday, we have two new free themes for you: Colinear and Franklin. Colinear Colinear — our update to the older Coraline — is a squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Colinear supports featured images and six widget areas — up to three in the sidebar and three in the footer. Primarily designed for magazine-style sites, Colinear is a flexible theme that also suits any personal blog or content-rich site. Check out Colinear on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site. Franklin Franklin is a lightweight blogging theme,…
  • Introducing: Our New Action Bar

    Andy Peatling
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    We strive to make all aspects of using WordPress.com streamlined and intuitive, from following a great new blog to editing a post on the go. Today, we’re happy to present the new action bar, which allows you to do all this (and more) no matter what device you’re on. Following and more When you visit a site you’re not yet following, look to the bottom-right corner of the screen and you’ll see this: Clicking on Follow will make it so new posts from that site will appear in the WordPress.com Reader. Becoming a new follower has never been easier, whether you or your…
  • Get Up to Speed at learn.wordpress.com

    Krista
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: learn.wordpress.com. Have you just created a blog or website to: Showcase a personal project? Maybe you’re working on a photo-a-day project, some short stories, poetry, or a memoir? Highlight your business’ offerings and attract new customers? Promote an organization and want to know how to get connected to potential supporters on social media? No matter the reason you created that…
  • Next Stop for Accelerate.LGBT: Dublin, Ireland

    Anne McCarthy
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world. A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Automattic, the Accelerate.LGBT conference series is designed to help diverse businesses and nonprofits optimize their web presence, empowering professionals through focused workshops and hands-on, one-on-one support from Automattic and Google employees. We held our first event in San Francisco this past April, which was a great success.
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  • Western Australia: Swan Valley (Day 1)

    Eunice Khong
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:44 am
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong Over the weekend, I was invited by Tourism Western Australia and The City of Swan for an extended long weekend of food, wine and master classes in the Swan Valley. With just close proximity of a half-hour drive from Perth’s CBD, Swan Valley is an easy gateway to experience […]
  • Spain (Day 7, 8): Madrid

    Eunice Khong
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:59 am
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong Continued from Spain (Day 6): Segovia The final leg of our trip was to Madrid, the capital and largest city of Spain. Starting off from Plaza Mayor, the central plaza in the city of Madrid today. It was built during Philip III’s reign (1598–1621). The plaza is bustling with life. Buskers are entertaining, as usual, […]
  • Spain (Day 6): Segovia

    Eunice Khong
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong Continuing from Spain (Day 5): Salamanca Segovia is arguably one of the places to visit for your bucket list. In 1985, the old city of Segovia and the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Upon arrival to the city, I have no doubt why Segovia should be fiercely […]
  • Don’t Come Home to Dengue

    Eunice Khong
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:55 pm
    As mentioned in the previous post on Dengue in Singapore, have you been doing the ‘5-step Mozzie Wipeout‘ to prevent mosquito breeding at home? I’m currently following the Stop Dengue Now Facebook page, which is really informative: I get updates on the number of cases in Singapore each week as well as the locations of […]
  • Dengue in Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:07 pm
    I always wonder why mosquitoes like me, as if my blood tastes sweeter than others. They come after me for a delicious full blood meal while the rest around me remain unscathed. I thought it could just be a matter of time before an infected Aedes mosquito bites me! A well-fed mozzie struck by my zapper […]
 
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    My Melange

  • Italy Travel : Six Essential Tips For Making the Most of Your Trip

    robin
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:10 am
    Year after year, Italy continues to be a top vacation destination for travelers. That’s no surprise to me, someone who’s been enamored since my first trip, continually returns and sings its praises to prospective clients. What’s not to love? Italy is steeped in rich history, grand architecture, food and wine, culture, lifestyle, picture-perfect landscapes and gregarious people. All combined, it’s enough to make the most unfeeling traveler fall in love. And fall hard. But for those who haven’t been, the thought of visiting a foreign country can be daunting and…
  • How to Pack Light for a Two Week, Two Climate Trip

    robin
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    On my most recent trip to France, I knew packing light would be a bit of a challenge. I would be in Paris, which can be finicky in terms of the weather – especially with wind, rain and temperature fluctuations. And then I’d be off to the South of France, which would be much warmer and sunny. The Languedoc boasts 350 days of sunshine a year, but I would be on a barge on the canal, so it might be very hot during the day and then cool down at night. And there was a dress code on the barge – you were expected to dress up a bit for dinner. No ball gowns, but no track suits…
  • 8 Reasons to Take a Canal du Midi Barge Cruise in France

    robin
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    I just returned from a once in a lifetime experience that had been on my France bucket list for quite sometime – a French barge Cruise on the Canal du Midi aboard the Athos. Athos moored along the Canal di Midi Located in the Languedoc region of France, the Canal du Midi is a 300 year old very unique stretch of water and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The canal itself is about 150 miles long and runs from Toulouse to Sète and tops out in the Mediterranean. It was originally designed for trade to transport goods like wheat, textiles and wine by barge, before the invention of railroads.
  • Paris Travel : How to Get From CDG Airport to City Center

    robin
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are many ways to get from Paris’s main airport, Charles de Gaulle, to central Paris.  Depending on budget, travel style, time of day and where you’re staying, one is likely to work better than another.  Here is an overview of the choices you have. Taxi Parisien The standard, good old-fashioned taxi, is still my favorite, most direct, and reliable way of getting from Charles de Gaulle to the center of Paris.  You’ll see signs directing you to the taxi stands at every terminal. It’s always best to make sure you get in line at the taxi stand and only…
  • Top Spots to See Roman Ruins in England

    robin
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The United Kingdom is a land filled with thousands of years of history spanning a multitude of cultures. One of these is the Roman Empire, who ruled over the British Isles for over a hundred years starting in A.D. 43. Eventually the Romans left England around the fifth century A.D., as noted by the BBC, but not without leaving us with a wealth of historic sites and ruins. I’ve already shared where to see Roman ruins in France and also Etruscan ruins in Italy, but for those looking for an Italian or Roman-themed vacation and aren’t quite able to make it to the famous boot-shaped…
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    southamericatravelnews
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    ちょうど昨日の話しなのですが、私はダイエットをすることにしました。 体重は今、90キロ以上あるのですが、来年の秋ぐらいまでをメドに、20キロほど減らそうと思います。 昔の話をすると、実は高校生の時、私は一度ダイエットに成功しています。 服も今は3L~4Lですが、当時はMサイズを普通に着られていました。 ですがその後、社会人になってからまただらしない生活を送ってしまい、また今のような体重に戻ってしまったのです。…
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  • New Maxwell Street Market, City of Chicago

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Credit: City of ChicagoMaxwell Street Market Maxwell Streetan east west street in Chicago, Illinois intersects with Halsted Street towards south of Roosevelt Road. The Maxwell Street Market is located from Halsted Street to 16th street and though there were many fine stationary departmental stores there, a notable feature of the area was its open air market; predecessor to the flea market scene in Chicago. One can purchase, all legal as well as illegal products here. The Maxwell Street neighbourhood is part of the Near West Side and one of the city’s oldest residential regions. It is…
  • Limelight Marketplace

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Limelight building in 2010Limelight Marketplace Built in 1840 – An Episcopal ChurchLimelight Marketplace is lodged in a building which was built in 1840s and was an Episcopal church, Manhattan’s well-known former house of worshipfor over a century prior to be bought by a commune in 1970. It was sold for $495,000 to Odyssey Institute, a drug counselling organization before one of the New York’s most modern club promoters Peter Gatien bought it for $1.65 million and took charge in 1983.The club had been dubbed Limelight and the famous artist, Andy Warhol had hosted its inaugural party…
  • Villa d’Este, Italy

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Villa d’Este – Deep Influence on Garden Design in EuropeThe Villa d’Este has a deep influence on the development of garden design all over Europe. With its palace and garden, it is one of the most amazing as well as broad illustrations of Renaissance most refined culture. The state-of-the-art design together with the architectural components in the garden namely the fountains, ornamental basins, etc. make this a unique specimen of Italian 16th century garden.It is one of the first giardini delle meraviglie, an early model for the creation of European gardens. Cardinal Ippolito II…
  • Menara KL Tower

    21 Aug 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower – Tallest Freestanding Tower in the WorldThe Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower or MenaraKL is a tall tower situated in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The construction of this huge tower was completed on 1 March 1995 and is utilised for the purpose of communication featuring an antenna which reaches at a height of 421 metres.It is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. The roof of the pod is at 335 metres while the rest of the tower below has a stairwell as well as an elevator to reach the upper area of the tower. It also contains a revolving restaurant, which provides…
  • Macau, China

    18 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Macau – Earliest European Colonies in AsiaMacau is situated towards the southeast coast of China and is a special administrative region of the country. Macau was one of the earliest European colonies in Asia and the last to be abandoned and hence has several visible colonial history than Hong Kong.While walking through the old city, one gets the feeling of being in Europe minus the streets without the people and the Chinese signs around.Besides the city, Macau comprises of the islands of Taipa and Coloane which are linked to Macau via bridges and to one another by a causeway, presently…
 
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  • Istanbul Food Porn (with local models)

    Gareth
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:33 am
    The Internet loves two things: food porn and attractive women. So, while living in Istanbul, where the delicious food and beautiful women are plentiful, I decided to bring the two together for one ridiculously seductive food porn video to get everybody horngry. To make this happen, I teamed up with my good friend (and Turkish food expert) Guney from Walks of Turkey, and we spent the day with three local beauties (Anna, Anastasia and Ivana), eating our way around the Kadıköy neighborhood… Enjoy responsibly. In case you’d like to follow along at home, here’s a few of the…
  • Topkapi Palace Tour

    Gareth
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:20 pm
    The Topkapi Palace was the primary residence for the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years, so it’s as extravagant as it is historic. Today the Topkapi Palace is a UNESCO world heritage site and serves as a museum for holy relics and significant artifacts. Comprised of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings, at it’s peak the royal compound was home to as many as 4,000 people. The most popular area on the premises is the Imperial Harem, which was said to be the private chambers for the Sultan’s mother, wives and family. The colorful rooms and detailed walls are an incredible…
  • The Historic Hagia Sophia Guide

    Gareth
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:26 pm
    This one-time Christian Church, turned Imperial Mosque, turned museum, is said to be the epitome of Byzantine architecture. Located just across from the famous Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia is a beautiful structure with equally as impressive history. The incredible city of Istanbul has been home to many civilizations throughout the centuries, and none have been more influential than the powerful Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. And some of the unique characteristics of these two cultures live on within the walls of the Hagia Sophia. As soon as I walked through the imperial gate into the giant…
  • Exploring the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

    Gareth
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    In 2014, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul was listed as the world’s most popular tourist attraction with over 91 million annual visitors. With 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops, there is literally something for everyone within this amazing maze of consumption. Shopping for everything from lanterns to ladles, its almost impossible to leave empty handed. The Grand Bazaar is one of my favorite places in Istanbul, not only for the variety of products, but the people watching is second to none. I also have this weird obsession with lanterns, and the Grand Bazaar is an enabler. From the Grand…
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise

    Gareth
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    Separating Europe and Asia, and connecting the Black Sea with the Mediterranean, the Bosphorus is the lifeblood of Istanbul. It has served a strategic body of water for the Roman and Ottoman Empires alike, and remains a major shipping and trade port. The Bosphorus cruise starts out by passing under the famous Galata Bridge, where you’ll get great views of the city including the Galata Tower, historic Topkapi Palace and countless mosques. Along the cruise our local guide helped point out many other landmarks as well, like the modern art museum and beautiful Dolmabahce Palace. As we headed…
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  • Photo of the Day: Mount McKinley No More, President Obama Makes Denali Official (again)

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:28 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 of the Day: Mount McKinley No More, President Obama Makes Denali Official (again) Even before we laid eyes on the mountain when our Trans-Americas Journey explored Alaska back in 2007 we were calling it Denali as the Athabascan native people have for generations. In 1886 a gold prospector christened the mountain Mount McKinley after President William McKinley and the US government recognized the name in…
  • Hurricane Katrina Flashback – New Orleans, Louisiana

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:08 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 - Hurricane Katrina Flashback – New Orleans, Louisiana When our Trans-Americas Journey started back in 2006, the very first destination on our so-called itinerary was New Orleans, Louisiana for the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival. In fact, days two through 28 of our journey were spent in and around New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina had ravaged our beloved NOLA just eight months earlier and the city was far,…
  • The Confusing Legend of Pablo Escobar

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:27 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 Confusing Legend of Pablo Escobar Pablo Escobar, narco terrorist and head of the Medellin Cartel, was shot on a roof top in Medellin, Colombia in 1993 ending one of the most violent and profitable crime sprees in history. Despite (or, perhaps, because of) the scale of the murder and mayhem the “King of Cocaine” unleashed, you still see Escobar’s face around Colombia. Take, for example, the…
  • 9 Free Things to Do in Medellin – Medellin, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:59 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 - 9 Free Things to Do in Medellin – Medellin, Colombia We kind of fell in love with the second largest city in Colombia because of the perfect weather and the Texas-sized attitude of the local Paisas. In a previous post, we explained why we love Medellin and also acknowledged that the city is not exactly jam-packed with tourist attractions. There are, however, a variety of things that travelers can do and see…
  • The Biggest Travel Bargain in the World Right Now: Colombia is 40% off!

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:24 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 Biggest Travel Bargain in the World Right Now: Colombia is 40% off! Colombia has been a budget travel bargain for years with plentiful affordable guesthouses and hostels, lots of ways to eat well for less and reasonably priced internal transportation and tours. But Colombia may be the biggest travel bargain in the world right now because everything is basically 40% off for anyone with foreign currency,…
 
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  • Married to Mizz America

    James LaFond
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: Today we bring you a Single Dude Travel first: an original work of fiction by James LaFond. In this story James explores what the future might look like if social justice warriors are allowed to continue continue their campaign to destroy western, civilized society as we know it. “Married to Mizz America” is an excerpt from James’ book, “Happily Ever Under.” We hope to present much more of James’ work in the future (both fiction and non-fiction). We invite you to read our first exchange with James, where we discuss writing, crystallized…
  • Why Dating a Male Feminist Is Like Dating a Bitchy Girl

    Ann Sterzinger
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Male Feminist Like most ideologues, male feminists make me uncomfortable. But because I’m a woman, they make me particularly uncomfortable. Because the most abusive, nasty, and whiny guys I run into into are invariably male feminists. They treat women exactly as badly as they claim all the other guys treat women. They’re selfish and lazy in bed; they use the evils of chivalry as an excuse for making you do their share of the housework as well as theirs; they’ll gladly let you pay for all the groceries in the name of independence. Their idea of empowering you is refusing to pull their…
  • Reject the System

    Manuel Pfister
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:31 am
    The parasite classes are robbing the rest of us blind. It’s time to opt out of this scam. Incorporate in a low tax or no tax jurisdiction. Reduce your taxable income in your home country to the poverty line or less. Stop paying to support these corrupt western governments, the banker scumbags that skim a percentage off the mass looting of western society’s dwindling wealth and the massive and ever growing free shit army (FSA). Why are we paying these leeches to breed? What a terrible idea! Members of the rapidly shrinking productive class need to band together. We need to starve…
  • Liberal Lunacy: University of Tennessee says, “Use ‘ze, xe, xem, xyr, zirs, hirs’ gender-neutral pronouns”

    Clint Westwood
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Yet again, I can’t believe it’s not The Onion (#ICBINTO). This Newspeak comes courtesy of the University of Tennessee’s “Office of Diversity and Inclusion” (yes this is actual a real office). Inclusive Practice: Pronoun UsageAugust 26, 2015 Inclusive Practice Donna Braquet, gender expression, gender identity, gender-neutral, inclusion, Inclusive Practice, LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQIA, Pride Center, pronouns By Donna Braquet, Director of the Pride Center With the new semester beginning and an influx of new students on campus, it is important to participate in making our…
  • How to Hire a Personal Assistant

    Clint Westwood
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In a previous article we discussed some of the many reasons it’s great idea for the single dude to hire a personal assistant but we did not cover how exactly you might go about doing that. Today I would like to share with you my surefire way for finding the perfect personal assistant to suit your needs and your budget. Where should my personal assistant be based? The first question you will need to answer is: Where should my personal assistant be based? If you live in an expensive, western country having a locally based personal assistant will likely be out of your price range unless…
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  • North Carolina: 24 Hours in Charlotte with Kids

    Corinne
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:18 pm
    As with our time in Raleigh, on our road trip across North Carolina our stop in Charlotte with kids was much too brief. The Charlotte Motor Speedway is technically in Concord, so we actually spent less than 24 hours in Charlotte but as is our style, we crammed as much as we could into our too-short visit. A shady and cool spot in Uptown Charlotte We drove in from Concord after sneaking a bit more shopping after breakfast, and made it to “Uptown” Charlotte by lunch. A little stroll to Independence Square — the historic intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets — capped…
  • North Carolina with Kids: Charlotte Motor Speedway Tours

    Corinne
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    Drop the hammer! Inexplicably, one of the things I was most looking forward to on our road trip across North Carolina was the Charlotte Motor Speedway tours. I have never seen a NASCAR race and couldn’t tell you anything about the sport, but I have seen Cars eleventy-billion times and may or may not channel Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder and exclaim, “I’m dropping the hammer!” when I’m about to do something quickly. Plus? Stroker Ace. So, while I may not know any actual real race car drivers’ names, I do get a bit excited about Lightning McQueen and Cole…
  • North Carolina: Raleigh with Toddlers and Kids

    Corinne
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:08 pm
    On day four of our road trip across North Carolina, we packed up and left Nags Head in the Outer Banks and headed west for Raleigh. The drive was a pretty easy three hours, and here and there along the way there were small towns and places to stop for food and restroom stops (mostly McDonalds, natch). I’ll be honest, it was tough leaving the beach, but we were pleasantly surprised after arriving in Raleigh and discovered a state capital that was bustling and bursting with charm and character. Where we stayed in Raleigh: Hampton Inn & Suites, Downtown Raleigh We spent the night at…
  • Nags Head NC: Outer Banks with Kids

    Corinne
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    The first stop of our trek across North Carolina was the Outer Banks, namely Nags Head, NC. The Outer Banks consists of roughly 200 miles of barrier islands and sand dunes that stretch from the Northern Beaches (at the North end, natch) down through to the Cape Hatteras lighthouse at the tip of Hatteras Island. We absolutely loved it. It was hard to start our trip there because it was so hard to leave! Where we stayed in Nags Head NC: View of Nags Head Beach from Jennette’s Pier We spent four days and three nights at the Comfort Inn South Oceanfront. Located directly on the beach, the…
  • WIN! A Drive to North Carolina Family Vacation #CanVisitNC

    Corinne
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    Our summer vacation this year will be an adventure to North Carolina. And you can do it too! From Toronto we will drive to North Carolina, start out in the Outer Banks, and hit Raleigh, Concord, and Charlotte before wrapping up our journey in Brevard and Transylvania County, Land of Waterfalls. And we’ll be driving in style, since the nice folks at Honda are lending us a 2015 Honda Odyssey Touring. Follow along on our trip via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and I hope you’ll be inspired to enter to win our giveaway of a trip just like ours! You can VACATION BIG in North…
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  • My NOLA: 20 Questions with Rightor Doyle of “The Walker”

    Ryan Cochran
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:02 am
    As New Orleans and actor, writer, and producer Rightor Doyle have picked up steam in the film industry, Doyle continues to get back in touch with his roots. The post My NOLA: 20 Questions with Rightor Doyle of “The Walker” appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: My NOLA: 20 Questions with Mark Romig My NOLA: 20 Questions with Nina Compton My NOLA: 20 Questions with Derek and Jon Penton-Robicheaux
  • GoNOLA Tops: Learn to Cook, New Orleans-Style

    Kelley Pettus
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:09 am
    These cooking classes are the key to creating NOLA-inspired dishes at home (and enjoying great food and great company as you learn). The post GoNOLA Tops: Learn to Cook, New Orleans-Style appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: Cinco de Mayo Meets Taco Tuesday Girl Power! Women Chefs of New Orleans Make the Most of Your Midday Meal: NOLA Lunchtime Eats
  • Sports Bar Superlatives: Best Spots to Get Your Game On

    Christopher Garland
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:24 am
    Football, basketball, baseball, college, pro, national: you've got your pick of the best sports bars in NOLA. Go team! The post Sports Bar Superlatives: Best Spots to Get Your Game On appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: Family Affair: Summer Fun in NOLA NOLA’s Got That Je Ne Sais Quoi: European Architecture DesignLoveFest Takes New Orleans: My Trip, Recapped
  • Weekend Picks: Southern Decadence, Louisiana Seafood Festival, and More

    Christopher Garland
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:47 am
    Labor Day weekend is full of everything but work, with tons of leisurely events like Southern Decadence, Louisiana Seafood Festival, Super Fresh Hip Hop Fest... the list goes on. The post Weekend Picks: Southern Decadence, Louisiana Seafood Festival, and More appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: It’s Still Festival Time in New Orleans: New or Notable Summer Festivals High Five to New Orleans Pride Weekend Picks: ESSENCE Festival, Fireworks, and More
  • Drink it All In: NOLA’s Best Non-Alcoholic Beverages

    Lorin Gaudin
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:31 am
    Drink in the flavors of New Orleans with these standout sips, minus the alcohol, but chockfull of quenching spirit. The post Drink it All In: NOLA’s Best Non-Alcoholic Beverages appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: Cinco de Mayo Meets Taco Tuesday Girl Power! Women Chefs of New Orleans Make the Most of Your Midday Meal: NOLA Lunchtime Eats
 
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    Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

  • Café Gerbeaud: Sumptuous sweets and magical mood in Budapest

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:55 am
    On Vörösmarty Square in Pest, Gerbeaud has been around since 1858. Some say it’s touristy and over-priced. Me, I adore the atmosphere of another era in this Budapest cafe: high ceilings with plaster rosettes and crystal chandeliers, silk wall papers, solid brass-footed tables, and heavy velvet curtains separating the different rooms. The Royal Habsburgs came here, as did the ill-fated Empress Sissy. It’s easy to imagine all kinds of goings-on in these rooms over the years: secret assignations, clandestine meetings, whispers across the marble table tops. Being here is like…
  • Silent Retro Sunday: Luna Park seen from Sydney Harbour, 2001

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    Luna Park seen from Sydney Harbour, 2001 Silent Retro Sunday: Luna Park seen from Sydney Harbour, 2001 is a post from Sophie's World
  • 11 most popular Instagrams in July 2015

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    The most popular Instagrams in July come from the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Sweden, Germany and Spain. Let’s get to it: 11. Antwerp mural. Much as I adore Tin Tin, there’s more to Belgian street art and murals than Hergé’s intrepid journo. Here’s a wall in Antwerp. 10 Art Nouveau Pavillion in San Sebastian. During the summer holidays, the Girls and I spent a week in France. One day, we hopped across the border to Spain, specifically to Donostia – perhaps better known as San Sebastian. One of my favourite structures in the Basque city was this Art Nouveau…
  • Silent Sunday: Swedish Squirrel at Skansen in Stockholm

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:31 am
    Swedish squirrel at Skansen in Stockholm Silent Sunday: Swedish Squirrel at Skansen in Stockholm is a post from Sophie's World
  • Norway on horseback

    Catarina Redisch
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:56 am
    By Catarina Redisch in Hemsedal You know I love riding more than anything. Well, I’m just back from a week on the horseback in the mountains of Norway. Often, this means riding from cabin to cabin, but here we rode from mountain resort to mountain resort – got a bit spoiled here. Here’s a little look at Norway seen from the horseback. This part of the country is called Hemsedal, by the way. Hope you enjoy this little video I put together: Do you like riding? Norway on horseback is a post from Sophie's World
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  • 9 fashion faux pas of travel

    Clarke Humphrey
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:48 am
    Like it or not, both locals and other tourists on your next vacation will surely judge you based on what you’re wearing. Even the most fashion-savvy person should take a look at this list and take major precautions. There’s nothing worse than committing a fashion faux pas while traveling – we Americans are already walking on thin ice among the world’s fashion critics. Touristy paraphernalia Ludovic Bertron, I love NY Rat via Flickr CC BY 2.0 Whether you’re eager to represent your hometown or to tell the world where you’ve been (even while you’re still there), we can see…
  • What’s in that carry-on? Our must-bring travel items

    Brittany Dietz
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:42 am
    The travel experts at Cheapflights are offering a peek into their carry-on bags, sharing with you what their must-have travel items are in hope to make your future travels a little easier. Carry-on bag (Image: Melisse Hinkle) The basics Along with the items you need for traveling, and most commonly carry with you daily (i.e., ID, tickets, cell phone and wallet), here are a few more basic items our experts like to keep in their carry-on bags when traveling. Pen and Paper: You might need to fill out paperwork for customs, do the puzzles in the in-flight magazine or take down the phone number…
  • Say cheese: Around the US in 50 nifty photo ops

    Amanda Festa
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The U.S. is full of things to see. From beautiful nature parks to man-made oddities, each state has its own camera-ready attractions begging to be posed in front of. But let’s face it, seeing a dozen of the same boring shot can make even the most die-hard Instagram addict cringe. We scoured the country (or at least, social media) for the best photo ops America has to offer. From purple mountain majesties to replicas of Stonehenge made of everything from cars to corn on the cob. With a country that has more variation than IG has filters, we say, ditch the pretenses, up the kitsch…
  • 4 Programs that will help you breeze through airport security

    Lauren Mack
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:41 am
    You know the drill. Hurry up to get to the airport two hours or more before takeoff only to wait in long, winding security lines at the airport. Get off your international flight, jet-lagged and then wait once more, this time in slow-moving customs and immigration lanes. Fortunately, there are several travel programs that can help you breeze through security and customs lines. TSA Pre✓ and CLEAR are two programs that help propel passengers to the front of and through security lines. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol runs four Trusted Traveler Programs: Global Entry (for international travel),…
  • Find your in-flight fashion personality: 10 awesome outfits for long flights

    Marissa Willman
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Whether you’re jetting across the country or to an exotic international locale, there’s no escaping the fact that your journey is likely to involve more than a few hours in an airplane cabin. Wearing the right outfit, though, can make a long flight seem that much shorter. Whether you’re a fashionista or a comfort-seeker, here are five suggestions for what to wear on a long-haul flight. “First Class Fashionista” If life is a fashion show, let the airport be your runway. Whether you’re catching a red-eye or lounging around during a long layover, you know it still pays to look…
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  • Photo Friday: Castle Hill Light, camera club winner

    Dominique King
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Great Lakes lighthouses are among favorite subjects for my stories and images, but we occasionally have the chance to see some pretty lighthouses from somewhere beyond the Great Lakes. Such was the case as we traveled to Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island a number of years ago, and I captured this image of the picturesque Castle Hill light station in Newport, Rhode Island. I remember it being quite overcast and threatening to rain as we wandered around the lighthouse, looking for some nice vantage points. We ended up having to shove our cameras under our shirts and hustling back to…
  • A taste of Indy

    Dominique King
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here's a quick review of our eating experiences during our recent trip to Indianapolis, Indiana: Georgia Reese's There seemed to be a lot of buzz around the opening a new Georgia Reese's Southern Table and Bar when we visited Indianapolis earlier this summer. The restaurant is the second in a group of eateries opened by retired Indianapolis Colt linebacker and Super Bowl XLI (2006) champion Gary Brackett with his business partner , restaurateur Jeff Smith. The pair bill the restaurant as an upscale urban eatery featuring authentic Southern-style comfort food like fried chicken, shrimp and…
  • Slow food is good food at Wishard Garden in Indianapolis

    Dominique King
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Laura Henderson saw establishing an urban garden near downtown Indianapolis in 2010 as a real opportunity to engage, educate and inspire a whole new audience to think about where their food comes from, how it grows and to share the ideals of the Indy's burgeoning Slow Food Movement. The Wishard Slow Food Garden at White River State Park is a 6,000-square-foot farm plot tucked between a large hotel on Washington Street and the Indiana State Museum. The garden is one of a number of garden plots run under the auspices of the Wishard-Eskenazi Health system and the non-profit Growing Places Indy…
  • White River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo

    Dominique King
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    It is difficult to miss the entrance to the White River Gardens right next to the main entrance of the Indianapolis Zoo, but some visitors still miss seeing the gardens after spending busy day of walking and seeing the sights at city's fabulous zoo. Don't miss out, though. It's well worth saving a little time and energy to make sure you see the conservatory and outdoor gardens at this colorful White River State Park Attraction. White River Gardens is a botanic garden that is actually part of the zoo, and your zoo admission includes entrance to the 3.3-acre facility with a 5,000-square-foot…
  • It's all happening at the Indianapolis Zoo

    Dominique King
    13 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Indianapolis Zoo offers visitors the opportunity to travel the entire world in the space of one day. The zoo welcomed a record 1.24 million visitors to its 64-acre campus in White River State Park near the heart of the city during the year 2014. About 2,000 animals live in the zoo's "biomes", or groups living in distinct regions simulated to resemble their natural habitats like oceans, deserts, forests and plains. This year, two very special visitors, Milo and Thackory, are attracting a lot of attention since arriving at the zoo in May of this year.  These little fellows are…
 
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    Beyond Beirut

  • One of Those Days

    TK
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:30 pm
    This is one of those days where no topics are coming to mind. Trying to force myself to form complex thoughts on something will more likely result in a badly drawn out post. I tried looking for a song, but I don’t know what to include. It just seems that I keep listening to the same stuff over and over again. So if  I wanted to write about a song, I think that I would be as generic as anything else. I’ll still throw one in irrespective because I really like it and it always puts me in a good mood. So what did I do today? The standard fare of work: running around listening to…
  • The Katb Kteb Procedure

    TK
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:07 pm
    It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla of the wedding and the elements that go into planning one. Which is why an essential part of the process, the katb kteb, might be an afterthought. I fell into that trap myself, only starting to think about the event where we actually get married a couple of weeks ago. On the other hand, my mind has been occupied with wedding planning since mid-February. The katb kteb is when the marriage actually happens. It is when you become man and wife in the eyes of God and the society, and when you’re formally a part of his family and he is…
  • Invitations, Seating Charts, and The Things I’m Putting Off

    TK
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Whoever said math would not be used beyond the classroom clearly never planned a wedding. In the past month especially, I have to dig deep into the calculating skills that I’ve stashed in the back of my mind to make sure it all goes smoothly. And I am notoriously math’s biggest hater. I’m just truly bad at it. There’s also no amount of Excel sheets that can convince me that I’m doing things right, which is why I’ve been a bit too hesitant to actually update the ones that have come my way. Every single time someone cancels or confirms, I go back to my…
  • It’s September

    TK
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:49 am
    And I don’t know how to feel. What seemed like ages away is suddenly creeping in on us, a handful of days left to go. What we had been planning for is going to take shape in just a few weeks. And I truly don’t know how to feel. There are those days when I think about the wedding and the marriage and I am just ecstatic and it plays out in my head better than a movie. And there are days when I feel perfect strangers are more excited than I am. Those are the days when I start picking at everything that doesn’t make sense and over exaggerate issues like people not being able to…
  • A Relationship Through Photographs

    TK
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Anyone can take a picture of anything these days. You just take out your phone and snap whatever you like, and there you have it, it is documented forever. Of course the downside to this ease and convienence is that we are no longer printing any of the photographs we take. We just store them away in our backup disks, computers, and phones and maybe look at them once or twice when we’re thinking of a certain moment or missing times gone. Which is why it is always a great experience to just get everything together and make yourself a cute photo album of all the highlights. In our case, we…
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    Modern Vacation Home Rentals

  • Palm Living, Palm Springs, California

    Katie Kay Mead
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Located below the dramatic San Jacinto mountains and just outside of downtown Palm Springs, this mid century home has all of the striking modern proportions and retro character that represents the golden age in architectural expression. Built in 1960 by The Alexander Building Company and designed by William Krisel, the original post and beam architecture and clean lines are part of the rich legacy of mid century style that are beautifully preserved here.  Updating both the exteriors and interiors with simple, stylized design elements, the bold use of…
  • Appartamento Palazzo, Sicily, Italy

    Daniele Lago
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Located in the center of old town Palermo, this apartment is situated directly in front of Piazza San Domenico placing you squarely in the heart of the city. Housed in an early 20th century townhouse, the space was designed and renovated by a Milanese native, whose passion for interior design and eye for details come together in warm and inviting Sicilian style. The bright whitewashed interiors feature imaginative contemporary styling and cheerful refinement and are furnished with originality and taste, with designer furnishings, art and decor collected from around…
  • Appartmento Palermo, Sicily, Italy

    Daniele Lago
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Located in the center of old town Palermo, this apartment is situated directly in front of Piazza San Domenico placing you squarely in the heart of the city. Housed in an early 20th century townhouse, the space was designed and renovated by a Milanese native, whose passion for interior design and eye for details come together in warm and inviting Sicilian style. The bright whitewashed interiors feature imaginative contemporary styling and cheerful refinement and are furnished with originality and taste, with designer furnishings and decor collected from around the…
  • Palermo B&B, Sicily, Italy

    Daniele Lago
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Located in the center of old town Palermo, this distinctive B&B behind Piazza San Domenico places you squarely in the heart of the city. Comprised of two separate palazzos, the stunning 15th century Baroque hotel houses seven of the eleven rooms with four additional rooms in the neighboring early 20th century townhouse. The former home of a noble family, the elaborate history of the palazzo has been fully restored to it’s former glory with authentic period detail and new modern luxuries. The early 20th century townhouse is within a couple of minutes walk and has much of the same…
  • Plantation Dominica, LaPlaine, Dominica

    Herve Nizard
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    Located on the wild east coast of Dominica, an island between Guadeloupe and Martinique, this sustainable eco-village was over seven years in the making. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of pristine tropical forests just beneath the three Pitons National Park, this fertile and protected valley is home to a unique and newly restored plantation with a collection of nine cottages and villas.  Spanning over twenty acres, the lodge is nestled into the  forest along the Taberi River facing the private Bout Sable beach where sea turtles come to nest each…
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  • Donde comer sushi en Madrid

    Beatriz Benés
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:41 am
    MADbudget lleva ofreciendo en sus anteriores publicaciones diferentes rutas gastronómicas por la capital. Hemos realizado el tour por las 5 mejores cervecerías de Madrid y la ruta de la tortilla de patatas, hemos probado el mejor perrito caliente de Madrid y disfrutado de los mejores restaurantes vegetarianos. Este es el momento de descubrir algunos restaurantes de la capital a los que acudir si nos entra un antojo de comida japonesa. Aquí encontrarás donde comer sushi en Madrid. Muki American Japo Este restaurante frece en su carta una gran variedad de platos japoneses, sobre todo,…
  • Los mejores restaurantes vegetarianos de Madrid

    Beatriz Benés
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:02 am
    MADbudget lleva ofreciendo en sus anteriores publicaciones diferentes rutas gastronómicas por la capital. Después de haber realizado el tour por las 5 mejores cervecerías de Madrid, haber probado el mejor perrito caliente de Madrid y haber disfrutado de la ruta de la tortilla de patatas… ¡Hoy es el turno de los VEGETARIANOS! Ecocentro Este restaurante rabaja con alimentos integrales o biológicos que preservan toda su riqueza en nutrientes y que no han sido sometidos a ningún proceso de manipulación hasta llegar al consumidor. Disfrutarás de un menú muy variado y abundante.
  • Curso de corte y confección en Madrid, España

    Beatriz Benés
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:13 am
    La Asociación LAKOMA ofrece con el apoyo del Instituto de Adicciones de Madrid Salud y de la Fundación Montemadrid y Bankia un curso de corte y confección a través de conocimientos teórico-prácticos a la población desempleada y en situación de dificultad social. Este curso ofrece la oportunidad de adquirir conocimientos orientados a la reinserción en el mercado laboral. Además de una formación integral en arreglos, adaptaciones y confección de prendas textiles. Para participar no se requieren conocimientos previos. Duración: 480h. De lunes a viernes: Turno de mañana: 10h a 14h.
  • Voluntariado: se necesitan médicos para un mundo sano

    Beatriz Benés
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    Medicus Mundi es una organización que quiere contribuir al cambio social con la animación de personas voluntarias y colaboradoras puntuales a las que ofrecer espacios de formación y reflexión y ocasiones de actividad en acciones comunitarias de encuentro con otros grupos, o en tareas y campañas propuestas por la propia organización. Los voluntarios que quieran participar en la ayuda, llevarán a cabo labores administrativas, actividades de autoformación, formación, sensibilización, investigación, participación social, etc.
  • 6 selfies que debes hacerte si estás en Madrid

    Beatriz Benés
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:11 am
    Si estás por Madrid estos días, no puedes perder la oportunidad de hacer turismo por sus calles, conocer los lugares más emblemáticos de esta ciudad y también visitar sus museos. A continuación MADbudget te muestra 6 lugares impresicincibles que debes conocer cuando estés en la capital. ¡De aquí los turistas no se marchan sin sacarse una foto! Parque de El Retiro No puedes dejar pasar la oportunidad de conocer el embarcadero del parque más famoso de España. Aquí, una infinidad de turistas montan en una de las barcas de este pequeño lago para disfrutar de las vistas de éste…
 
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    Beyond The Mango Juice

  • Hi-Fine Steak Restaurant Near Phu Rua, Loei

    Martyn
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:28 am
    The Hi-Fine Steak Restaurant is seven kilometres from Phu Rua on the Loei-Dan Sai mountain road. It’s an out-of-the-way restaurant, attracting passing trade and deserves to be a lot busier than it seems to be. The food is good, the restaurant has inside and outside seating, and the view from the rear garden overlooking Loei’s high-reaching landscape is beautiful. My Thai … Continue reading Hi-Fine Steak Restaurant Near Phu Rua, Loei → (Visited 1 times, 15 visits today) The post Hi-Fine Steak Restaurant Near Phu Rua, Loei appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Breeding Bantams and Guinea Fowl – Feathered Genocide

    Martyn
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:38 am
    Back in June 2014, I posted Nong Khai to Ban Na Nam Chum – Booze, Birds and Boats on Beyond The Mango Juice. If you haven’t read it then please do because it sets the story for this post. The ongoing saga of Wonderful Wi’s quest to have her own chicken farm. That quest has now been upgraded to poultry farm … Continue reading Breeding Bantams and Guinea Fowl – Feathered Genocide → (Visited 55 times, 2 visits today) The post Breeding Bantams and Guinea Fowl – Feathered Genocide appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Selling Thai Flower Garlands and Posies at the Local Market

    Martyn
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:58 am
    Thai Flower Garlands and Posies – Working 5 to 9 When I mention to someone Wonderful Wi has a flower business selling Thai flower garlands and posies they sometimes cast an envious eye. They imagine lots of money and the trappings that go with it. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure enough, there … Continue reading Selling Thai Flower Garlands and Posies at the Local Market → (Visited 98 times, 1 visits today) The post Selling Thai Flower Garlands and Posies at the Local Market appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Udon Thani Village Life – Pies, Pizza and a Drunk Skunk

    Martyn
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:21 am
    Whenever I stay at our Udon Thani village home I like to cook something in the afternoon. That’s unless myself and Wonderful Wi are out and about on a day trip or routine errand. My afternoon simmers, sizzles and stews are my way of occupying my free time and to hopefully hatch something pleasant to eat that evening. … Continue reading Udon Thani Village Life – Pies, Pizza and a Drunk Skunk → (Visited 120 times, 4 visits today) The post Udon Thani Village Life – Pies, Pizza and a Drunk Skunk appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu

    Martyn
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
    Wat Tham Kong Pen – Temples in Nong Bua Lamphu Province Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu is less than a one hour drive from Udon Thani city centre. A drive that’s worthwhile because the forest temple is built amidst sandstone rock formations and is a fascinating site to explore. I first mentioned Wat Tham Kong Pen in my previous post Udon Thani in Pictures – … Continue reading Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu → (Visited 103 times, 4 visits today) The post Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
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    The Runaway Guide

  • Runaway Review: July 2015

    The Runaway Guide
    9 Aug 2015 | 2:36 am
    Happy August From Sweden! Today is the first day of upper 70’s F / 23-25C temperatures. The first day I can actually sit outside without a shirt. Summer has finally arrived in Sweden and it feels good! As planned, almost all of July took place in my girlfriends quaint apartment in the small student town of Linkoping in central Sweden. The Best Of July 1) I started drinking coffee and improving my Thai. 2) I seriously took advantage of the 18 hours of daylight and wrote a lots of chapters. 3) I jogged around 2 miles in the forest everyday and felt a significant increase in…
  • How I Overcame Addiction

    The Runaway Guide
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:44 am
    Black boogers. Cat’s butt breath. Phlegm filled coughs. Overall brain deadness. Yet every morning I would spark up a lip burning debate with my good friend the cancer stick. I would smoke two to enhance my coffee buzz, a few to loosen the bowels, and a dozen to write a blog post. Everyday for over 10 years I got closer and closer to becoming an 85 year old sea captain. That is until one fateful day in the spring of 2015. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was at a small pub by the name of Gringos Locos at my port of call in Panajachel, Guatemala. That night I…
  • Is Auschwitz Worth Visiting?

    The Runaway Guide
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    To be honest, I didn’t really want to visit. I had been to the Holocaust museum in New York many times growing up. I didn’t want to pay 20$ for what I knew would be a depressing 5 hour tour. But my friends wanted to go and so I decided to follow them. First things first we had to decide whether we were going to take a shuttle/tour or go there on our own and walk around Although Auschwitz was very sad, sometimes important things are. The whole experience was much more illuminating and intense than I expected. It was more than simply another documentary or a museum. It was a…
  • Run Away To Guatemala

    The Runaway Guide
    11 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Overview Preparation Budget Travel Guatemala Hideouts Overview Name: Republic Of Guatemala Nick-Name: Guate (Guatay) Population: 16,000,000 Capitol City: Guatemala City Main Language: Spanish English Speakers: Low Main Religion: Christianity Slogan: Land Of Eternal Spring Runaway Review Our Slogan: Land Of Volcanoes Favorite Destination: Lake Atitlan Top Experience: Meet The Maya Safety: 3.7 out of 5.0 Friendliness: 4.1 out of 5.0 Deliciousness: 4.0 out of 5.0 Cheapness: 4.8 out of 5.0 Recommended Budget: 18$/Day Guatemala is the largest country in Central America. It’s…
  • How Traveling Got Me Into College

    The Runaway Guide
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    Everyone always says that going traveling will help you find your purpose. They exclaim that adapting to new environments builds confidence. They claim that the entire experience becomes an asset that you can draw upon for the rest of your life. Honestly, I couldn’t agree more. It was because of an understanding of my privileged position in the world that I decided to go to college. It was because of the new perspectives I gained that I knew exactly what I wanted to study. It was because of my travel story that I got in. Whether you’re trying to illustrate to your parents the value of…
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    EscapeMaker.com

  • New Event!

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Start Date: October 4, 2015 End Date: October 4, 2015 - Return to the past and experience daily Colonial life and craft industry at the annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades while a Town Crier announces the local news. A Revolutionary War military detachment camps on the former estate lawn of Lord Stirling and conducts maneuvers. Stroll the grounds of "The Buildings" and tour Lord Stirling's personal 1762 wine cellar. The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival also features displays of authentic artifacts discovered on sit
  • New Event!

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Start Date: September 19, 2015 End Date: September 19, 2015 - The Festival will feature programs geared toward adults, children and families with upbeat music to get the crowd moving and dancing. The event is located across from the children's playground. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for a picnic in beautiful Colonial Park. The Franklin Day Festival is on Saturday, September 19 from 11- 6 p.m. at Colonial Park (Lot C), Somerset, N.J. Email FranklinDayFestival@gmail.com for registration information and additional event informat
  • New Event!

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Start Date: September 12, 2015 End Date: September 12, 2015 - Fall Fest brings together the community to raise funds for seven Bedminster-based charities. To kick off the beginning of fall, there will be live entertainment, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and activities for kids of all ages. Featuring delicious food truck cuisine ranging from BBQ to icy desserts, everyone is sure to find something they love. Hay rides, fair games, live demonstrations from the local emergency volunteer groups, and local vendors are just the start of what there is to expe
  • New Event!

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Start Date: September 24, 2015 End Date: September 24, 2015 - Wagner Farm Arboretum's 2015 Farmers' Market is moving! You can find us in the center of Warren at 46 Mountain Blvd. in front of the Warren Municipal Complex on Thursdays 3 - 7 June 18th until September 24th. A variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, all natural meats, award winning farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, fresh pasta and sauces, Italian specialties including gluten free, local wines, cupcakes and pies, nuts, pickles, fresh flowers, local honey, and much more are available at
  • New Event!

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Start Date: September 17, 2015 End Date: September 17, 2015 - Wagner Farm Arboretum's 2015 Farmers' Market is moving! You can find us in the center of Warren at 46 Mountain Blvd. in front of the Warren Municipal Complex on Thursdays 3 - 7 June 18th until September 24th. A variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, all natural meats, award winning farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, fresh pasta and sauces, Italian specialties including gluten free, local wines, cupcakes and pies, nuts, pickles, fresh flowers, local honey, and much more are available at
 
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    Travelhoppers

  • Scotland’s Isle of Bute

    Cindy-Lou Dale
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:52 am
    Scotland’s west coast is synonymous with excellent seafood with miles of coastline to fish and cultivate and fresh catches landed every day and taken straight to the region’s finest tables. Its hills, glens and pastures a natural larder to farm and harvest. On the Isle of Bute, in Rothesay’s town centre, is a small craft brewer – Bute Brew Company, established in June 2014 by Aidan Canavan, formerly a biology teacher. Sitting in the main hall of his micro-brewery, which is stacked with a brewing kit, long wooden tables, benches, a few shelves displaying his bottled wares and a…
  • The Best Seaside Cities in Istria, Croatia

    Marcia Frost
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Sailing is an option for the beach at BiVillage Istria lies on the Adriatic Sea in Croatia. This region has actually belonged to a handful of other countries, including Italy and Yugoslavia, and has withstood the perils of war. The one thing that has never changed are the breathtaking views from Istria’s seaside cities. Those towns have now been modernized, but have retained their European charm and individual personalities.   The Pula Arena Amphitheatre dates back to Imperial Roman Times Pula If you thought all the Imperial Roman artifacts were in Rome, you’re wrong. From the…
  • 10 Ways to Make Coming Home From a Trip More Pleasant

    Jan Ross
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    You drag in your suitcases and other assorted paraphernalia (especially if you have been on a car trip), drop it all in the middle of the floor, and collapse onto the couch. Your trip was amazing in every way but now you are home, and you are exhausted. After several years of travel, here’s what I have learned that makes that coming home part of the trip a little less painful. Before you leave on the trip, make your bed. Am I the only one who loves getting into a nicely made bed with clean, fresh sheets? Surely not. If you are leaving really early so that stripping your bed and changing the…
  • Top 5 Things to do in Ireland

    Nadia
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Irelands Lush Countryside by Florian Fuchs When you think of the country Ireland, the color green may instantly comes to mind, as do its green patchwork and grassy hillsides. Officially known as the Republic of Ireland and nicknamed the Emerald Isle, its magical scenery attracts visitors from around the globe to gaze at the jaw-dropping landscapes and to delight in the taste of its signature drink, Guinness. A trip to Ireland is truly an inspiration. Ring of Kerry by tiramisustudio at FreeDigitalPhotos.net The Ring of Kerry Known as one of Ireland’s longest and oldest trails, the Ring of…
  • Go Glasgow – one of Europe’s most exciting and stylish cities

    Cindy-Lou Dale
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Glasgow is renowned for its style and friendly locals. It’s well rounded with a blend of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and a buzzy array of restaurants and bars. The city centre’s architecture is an attraction in itself with countless impressive Victorian structures, including Charles Rennie Mackintosh masterpieces – one of the city’s most celebrated architectural sons. The city is going through a long-term transformation, combining urban mayhem with black humour. Glaswegians are proud of their…
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    Dealchecker Blog

  • Unmissable Natural Attractions of Australia and New Zealand

    Alice
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:10 am
    We’ve set ourselves an impossible task trying to pick out the top 10 natural sights in all of Australia and New Zealand. These two countries offer an overwhelming variety of astounding islands, vast deserts, smoking volcanos and other breathtaking natural phenomena. We think we’ve managed to narrow it down to the 10 absolutely unmissable sights that will more than justify the long plane trip over. But while you’ve gone all that way, have a look around… chances are you’ll discover something else breathtaking around the corner.
  • How To Spend A Week In Brisbane

    Rosie
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:53 am
    There are many, many ways to spend your time in sunny, coastal Brisbane but it’s important to use your time wisely – no-one wants to get home only to realise that they’ve missed out on the best attractions! Here, we give you an activity per day: something that makes you feel like a local, allowing you to appreciate this gorgeous city from every angle. Day One: Take A Tour Of ‘The Gabba’ [Photo by Mike Cogh – Flickr] The Brisbane Cricket Stadium, more commonly known as The GABBA is a huge part of Brisbane’s culture, it is the home of both the…
  • 60 After 60 – Top Travel Ideas for your Later Years!

    Alice
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:14 am
    Exploring the world is something we all dream about. But somehow, life always seems to get in the way of those trips of a lifetime. No longer having to focus on saving pennies or entertaining the kids, there’s nothing standing in the way of unleashing your adventurous side. So cancel the paper delivery, leave a spare key with your neighbour and start ticking off our 60 worldwide travel adventures!   No longer restrained by five-day working weeks, taking a holiday which lasts weeks, maybe even years, is no longer just a pipe dream. Take your time to really get to know a different…
  • Three Andalucian Cities You Must Visit

    Laura
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:39 am
    There is an infectious quality to Andalucian culture and its influence has trickled through to cultures thousands of miles away. Flamenco dance has a large following in Japan, Iberian ham graces the kitchens of countless restaurants outside of Spain and the Moorish architecture seen here has inspired architects from all over the world. With so many towns and cities exhibiting different aspects of the Andalucian way of life, you may find it difficult to decide which one to visit to experience it at its best. But there are a few special places that encompass the true spirit of southern Spanish…
  • Bargain Autumn City Breaks

    Grace
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    The crunch of a fire-orange leaf underfoot, the purchasing of a new coat and the excuse to stay in, all cosy next to the fire – not everything is bad about a season change to autumn. The best thing about it, however, are cities that aren’t overcrowded with tourists, and the disappearance of peak prices they bring with them. Head to these cities which still shine (even if the sun isn’t).
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    Tuscumbria

  • 12 Sep 2015 | 5:35 pm

    Jacobi Lucattini
    12 Sep 2015 | 5:35 pm
    For both the casual and experienced traveler, Italy is a wonderful place to visit. From its exquisite dishes, savory wines and sweeping landscapes to its architectural marvels and artistic masterpieces Italy offers something for everyone. While our family has traveled throughout Italy over the years, there is one particular area that is nestled in between a narrow stretch of land bordering both Tuscany and Umbria that holds special significance for our family as it has become both a place of family gathering and a favorite holiday destination. We call this area "Tuscumbria" as it is neither…
  • American Airlines: Shame on you!

    Tuscumbria Staff
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:19 am
    Over the past decade consolidation in the airline industry has had an adverse effect upon flyers -higher ticket costs and extra charges here and there that can add up in a big way (especially for families on a budget!).The lack of competition has seemingly given airlines carte blanche when it comes to price gauging the consumer with added charges (bag fees, select seating, drinks/snacks, etc.) and reduction of services.This summer our family traveled on American Airlines to Italy. When we placed our reservations we had hoped to get 4 seats together (or at least 2 and 2) as we were traveling…
  • Restaurant Review: Trattoria Lo Scoiattolo

    Jacobi Lucattini
    24 Feb 2014 | 7:08 am
    R E S T A U R A N T     R E V I E W S SR = Strongly Recommend HR = Highly Recommend LE = Look Elsewhere T R A T T O R I A   L O   S C O I A T T O L OTrattoria Lo Scoiattolo is a pleasant place to stop for a quick bite to eat if you are traveling between Tuoro Sul Trasimeno and Cortona. We often stop by Trattoria Lo Scoiattolo for a 30 minute cappuccino on our way from the Niccone Valley to the Lido at Tuoro Sul Trasimeno. The ristorante offers fantastic panoramic views of Lake Trasimeno and is absolutely a must visit on a gorgeous day. The staff…
  • LyveHome: Preserving Life Moments & Memories

    Jacobi Lucattini
    9 Jan 2014 | 5:22 pm
    "We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten." -Cesare Pavese Here at Tuscumbria.com we couldn't agree more with this statement and believe its meaning is just as relevant today as it was to Cesare Pavese back in the early 20th Century. To help "collect, sort and protect" all of our life memories we've found a neat new hardware device called LyveHome that claims to be the perfect, effortless, solution for preserving all of our memories so that they are not forgotten.LyveHome was officially introduced at CES 2014 and from what…
  • Officine Panerai Watches

    Jacobi Lucattini
    2 Jan 2014 | 5:59 am
     Officine Panerai store in Florence, Italy Many years ago while window shopping in Firenze (Florence), Italy, we came across a small boutique watch store called Officine Panerai. We fell instantly in love with the rugged elegance of the Panerai design, its rich history with the Italian Navy and its early relationship with Rolex.  Officine Panerai store in Florence, ItalyWhile the allure of a Panerai is somewhat subjective, we believe watch enthusiasts find Panerai watches to be most appealing because of:- It's rich history - Panerai started out in 1860 as an exclusive watch for the…
 
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    Kidventurous

  • 12 Things You Must Do at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

    Erin Gifford
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:59 am
    Over the summer, we had the opportunity to explore the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The museum has received many accolades, so naturally, I’d been eager to go for quite some time. After spending an afternoon at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, I can tell you that the accolades are much-deserved. We stayed not far from the Children’s Museum – at the Caribbean Cove Hotel – so it was a perfect way to spend the day. There was fun and learning at the museum followed by waterslides and splashing at the Caribbean Cove Indoor Water Park. Take a look at 12 things you must do if…
  • Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Las Vegas

    Erin Gifford
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:03 pm
    From taking a spin on the High Roller, the 550-foot tall observation wheel just steps from Harrah’s, to getting up close and personal with stingrays at the Shark Reef Aquarium inside Mandalay Bay, there really is a lot for kids to do on the Las Vegas Strip. Now the question is, where to eat as a family? We took the kids to Las Vegas in July. We stayed just outside Las Vegas at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, but we did drive in to Las Vegas to see the flamingos at the Flamingo and to watch the volcano erupt at the Mirage. We also took the time to grab a bite while on the Las…
  • 8 Fantastic Fall Family Getaways

    Erin Gifford
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:23 pm
    It may be the first day of September and the kids may be back in school, but now is a great time to start thinking about a fall getaway. September and October, also know as “shoulder season,” are great months for families to travel while enjoying fewer crowds and lower prices on hotels and attractions. As a bonus, the weather is still quite nice, so there are lots of good travel options. From driving around New England to explore the fall foliage to flying to the Caribbean for one last beach getaway, you and your kids deserve one last escape before the weather cools down and the winter…
  • 10 Things to Do in Long Beach with Kids

    Erin Gifford
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:34 am
    Just south of Los Angeles and west of Disneyland, you won’t want to overlook Long Beach as a must-visit destination to spend time as a family. From whale watching to renting bikes to splashing on the beaches, there are a lot of things to do in this Southern California town. On our recent visit to Long Beach, we stayed on-board the historic Queen Mary, which took passengers between Southampton, England and New York for many years (the ship even served as a war ship during World War II). In 1965, the Queen Mary was retired and made its way to Long Beach in 1967 to be transformed into a…
  • Exploring with Kids: 36 Hours in Chattanooga

    Erin Gifford
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    It’s a 15 hour drive to New Orleans (where my brother and his wife live) from our home in Virginia, so I knew I’d need to make a stop with the kids along the way and Chattanooga, TN was one of our stops (we also stopped in Pigeon Forge). The last time I was in Chattanooga was in 1998 and I was eager to go back to explore with the kids. Chattanooga is a great place to visit, particularly if you have just a weekend. Where to Stay We stayed at The Chattanoogan, which is a Chattanooga hotel that’s situated in a delightfully quiet part of town. There is free covered parking at the hotel (a…
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  • It’s Time to Meditate!

    Natalie
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:20 am
    You might think meditation doesn’t play a part in Turkish society but look deeply and it is found in many traditions and customs. The tespi (prayer) beads, typically used by old men who sit all day in tea houses, are a counting tool to help the mind connect to its higher religious purpose. Likewise, the Whirling Dervishes, now a popular tourist attraction, especially in Istanbul use the active meditation technique of the circling Sama Sufi ritual to propel their mind into a pleasing state of just “being”. Some modern-day Muslims will also tell you that tafukur (reflection) is another…
  • The Traveler’s Guide to Building the Ultimate First Aid Kit

    The Hipmunk
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:03 am
    This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on August 28th 2015 Whether you’re building libraries in Zambia or adventuring around Madrid, any trip warrants a first aid kit. While it’s hardly the sexiest of travel topics, having basic first aid items on hand can mean the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major catastrophe. Here’s how to build a travel first aid kit for maximum health and safety—no matter where you are in the world. 1. Prepare personal medications If you have a preexisting condition, be sure to pack all medications in their original…
  • How to Pack Light For Any Trip, Anywhere

    The Hipmunk
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:20 am
    This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on August 25th 2015. No one would prefer lugging four suitcases through the airport over picking up a backpack and whistling past the baggage claim. But that doesn’t mean packing light is an easy feat. Develop a strategy for packing light, and you’re much more likely to actually do it in spite of anxieties. Whether your goal is to pack for a multi-week vacation in a carry-on or you’re just looking to lighten the load and develop better packing habits, here’s how to pack light for any trip. Embrace…
  • Saklikent Gorge : The Hidden City of Turkey

    Natalie
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:03 am
    “Blog Post Type: Cities Less Traveled” My visit to Saklikent Gorge preys on my mind as a big travel mistake. I had read about it before in guidebooks, that called the 300 meter-high and 18 kilometer-long canyon, one of the deepest in the world; hence its name translates into hidden city. The formation of the canyon walls, means that even in the height of summer, water gushing through it from the Akdag Mountain, is still freezing because the sun cannot reach it. During winter, it is too dangerous to even contemplate going near the canyon because of floods. I desperately wanted to see it,…
  • Loving Old Cavusin & the Church of Saint John

    Natalie
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:14 am
    Cavusin, in the Cappadocia region of Turkey is rarely featured in travel articles. If it does appear, it garners a couple of sentences before the author talks about other more well-known places such as Goreme, the transport and accommodation hub. For this reason, even though, I had been to Cappadocia twice before, I had never bothered to go to Cavusin. It is separated into 2 parts; the new town and the old village, and on my third visit to Cappadocia, my private guide and driver from Barel Travel recommended we change the itinerary for an hour to visit the 5th century church of Saint John the…
 
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    Cottages For Sale Haliburton

  • Family Event Hog Roast Haliburton Forest

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Family Occasions at Haliburton ForestHog RoastSunday, September 06, 2015 3 pmJoin Haliburton Forest in their annual Hog Roast, it is enjoyable for the whole family!Kids activities, family games, loads of food and great music.Time: Games begin at 3 pm, dinner to be served at 6 pmFee: TBAFor additional information make sure you contact the Cookhouse Restaurant at 705-754-1729Read More see Hog/Pig Roast Family Event
  • 4 Bedroom Log Cottage on Drag Lake

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    Retreat with the family to this well crafted 3,200 sq ft Log & Timber Frame hybrid masterpiece.Truly a haven of peace & season paradise.Drag Lake 4 Bedroom CottageCreated for entertaining with finely appointed pine country kitchen area, great room w/ cathedral ceilings, appealing floor to ceiling stone fireplace, a sun room that is certainly the best place to enjoy dining in clean summer air whilst overlooking the lake & watching the sun set.  Spend ones days down at the lake where you have 318 ft water frontage, large sandy shoreline, large docking system. A secluded…
  • Bass Fishing Haliburton Highlands Lakes

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    Bass fishing a great family outing on most lakes in the Haliburton Highlands in Qntario
  • 2 Bedroom Cottage Paradise Lake Haliburton Ontario

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:51 pm
    This bright & cozy, open concept, 2 bedroom cottage (15198 Hwy 118, Paradise Lake) with sunny southern exposure is just minutes from the village of Haliburton on a year round municipally maintained road.Located at the waters edge of Paradise Lake you`ll have a wade-in sandy shoreline and the opportunity for amazing fishing--bass & pickerel--to be exact.This is the one you`ve been waiting for.www.teamhaliburtonhighlands.com
  • 3 Bedroom Cottage, Benoir Lake, Haliburton Highlands

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:40 pm
      The living room has beautiful pine floors and cathedral pine ceiling with a stunning west view out over Benoir Lake.Great 3 bedroom family cottage, 1054 Jasmine Road, Benoir Lake, Haliburton Highlands with open concept kitchen, dining and living rooms.The level lot with sand beach and sunset exposure are framed by large white pines to give you an Algonquin Park feel.35 miles of canoeing or boating on a 3 lake chain tops it all off, great cottage living!
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    Vacation Things To Do

  • Pig Roast Haliburton Forest Family Event

    Loralea
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    Occasions at Haliburton Forest Hog Roast Sunday, September 06, 2015 3 pm Be part of Haliburton Forest in their yearly Hog Roast, it is fun for the entire family! Youngsters activities, family games, lots of food and good music. Time: Games get started at 3 pm, dinner to be served at 6 pm Fee: TBA For additional information make sure you contact the Cookhouse Restaurant at 705-754-1729 See More Info. for this Pig Roast at Haliburton Forest Click Here What is a Hog or Pig Roast A pig roast or hog roast can be an family event or group gathering which entails the barbecuing of the…
  • HHOA Family Fun Day

    Loralea
    5 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    Haliburton Highlands Outdoors Association Brings Back Family Fun Day   The day-long family event will bring more than 600 people to the organization’s hatchery on County Road #1 for family games, kids activities, live animal show, a dog demonstration, archery, fishing and much more. A barbecue produced by the Haliburton Lions Club.     This family fun day was organized by members of the HHOA board to provide more awareness of the local group’s endeavours to the community. A favored spot was the fishing tank, where about 150 rainbow trout were brought in from a fish farm in…
  • Escape Haliburton Highlands

    Loralea
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    An All-Year Destination: Escape to the Haliburton Highlands A very interesting article written by Parm Parmar, a freelance travel and food writer based in Toronto. All about her adventure to the Haliburton Highlands. Place of Stay Dining Out Meeting Barry Martin owner of Yours Outdoors Tea and Treats Want to get away from it all? Consider a hideaway in the Haliburton Highlands. There are many fine places to stay around Haliburton, and so much to do. Through the wintertime you can go snowmobiling or, if you like to expend a little energy try snowshoes or cross-country skiing, and there’s…
  • Fat Bike Festival Comes to Sir Sams

    Loralea
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    Your Algonquin Outfitters Fat Bike Festival Rolls into Sir Sam’s. You happen to be invited to experience a rare opportunity to slide and ride within the same day! Take off the skies and take a Fat Bike for a spin on purpose-built XC and Downhill courses.   Our Seasons collide as Algonquin Outfitters brings their Fat Bike Festival to Sir Sam’s for the afternoon of Sunday, March 8, 2015. With huge 4″ broad tires that glide over and through any loose terrain, Fat Bikes are a all-natural fit for winter fun. To allow you to truly take pleasure in these outlandish rides,…
  • Weekend Getaways Winter Fun

    Loralea
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Wintertime vacations is something that is enjoyed by a great number of travelers who come to explore the Haliburton Highlands in Ontario Canada. While you check out and enjoy the many winter experiences in the area you need to also take some time and just chill out. Winter Things To try and do Snowmobiling Dogsledding Downhill Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Ice Climbing Tobogganing Ice Skating Ice Fishing       Summer and winter vacations are usually similar in length, lasting about 2 months each. Spring and fall weekend getaways usually are not as popular with the…
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  • How Moving Abroad Has Benefited Our Family

    Dena Haines
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    How Moving Abroad Has Benefited Our Family | Dena Haines | GringosAbroad In The Happy Expat Family I interviewed 16 expat families living all around the world. Something that stands out in each of the interviews is how each of the families benefited from the move. These are some of their comments. Enjoy! How Moving Abroad Has Benefited Our Family: Tracey Krause (Expat Mom Living in Ecuador) “I longed to follow an old dream of mine: to help women out of poverty. Although we had all the perks of a North American lifestyle, with well-paying jobs, 2 cars, a big house in the suburbs, we wanted…
  • 16 Things to Do on Your Expat Scouting Trip

    Bryan Haines
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:35 am
    16 Things to Do on Your Expat Scouting Trip | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Are you planning on taking a scouting trip before you move? Have you traveled internationally? If not, there will be some new things to get used to. We went on a scouting trip to Margarita Island, Venezuela. It paid off. We decided not to move there. We learned a lot from that trip. The cost of living was too high, there was too much crime, and fresh produce was both limited and expensive. We were also able to compare that against what we were learning about Ecuador. In the end, we felt comfortable enough with…
  • What I Learned About Flying With a Dog

    Dena Haines
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:12 am
    What I Learned About Flying With a Dog | Dena Haines | GringosAbroad Flying with a dog wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be. Especially because our dog was too large to fit in the cabin with us. Chica at the Quito airport We recently moved from Ecuador (South America) back to Canada with our dog and it took a huge amount of planning! There were a lot of details to figure out. We were traveling through 3 countries, each with their own regulations on pet travel. And then there were the airline regulations as well. National flights (within the United States for example) may be pretty…
  • Your Flying Health & Fitness Guide [Infographic]

    Bryan Haines
    12 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Your Flying Health & Fitness Guide [Infographic] | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Long flights can take their toll. And it isn’t just the high price of your tickets. Or the in-flight gas. (You know what I’m talking about.) Long flights are hard on your body. Staying Healthy on Long Flights On our return trip to Canada last month, we left Quito at 11:50pm (Wednesday) and finally cleared Canadian Customs at 1:30am (Friday). This was just travel time – we had been awake all day Wednesday before our flight and it was around 3am Friday before we actually got to bed at the…
  • Don’t Take Your First World Problems Abroad

    Bryan Haines
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    Don’t Take Your First World Problems Abroad | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Some expats are doomed to failure. They get off the plane complaining about something. The moment they check-in at their hotel they hit Facebook to complain about the taxi service, small portions, or the unbelievable rainy weather. And they send nasty emails to anyone who sees the glass half-full. But… This Isn’t Like Home! A while back, I received a flaming from an traveler who just completed a two week trip to Ecuador. It seems that they had a rather bad experience while here in Ecuador. He was…
 
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    Traveling with the Jones

  • How I Traveled and Dined Out While Following #Whole30

    Janis
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:50 pm
    During the first 30 days in August, I completed The Whole30 Program, an elimination diet that has followers avoid consuming certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy, alcohol and legumes) for 30 days. The idea is that one or more of these food groups could be having a negative impact on your health, and by eliminating them, and then slowly reintroducing them after the 30 days, you can find out if your body has a negative reaction. Since I experienced a significant ankle injury about a year ago that still is problematic, I thought the Whole30 Program was worth a try. It is a fairly…
  • Can You Have an Authentic Travel Experience Via a Cruise Ship?

    Janis
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:21 pm
    I recently read an interview on authentic travel experiences on Skift with Jonathan Mildenhall, the chief marketing officer of Airbnb. Just as home-sharing site Airbnb built itself on the promise of delivering authentic, local experiences in hosts’ homes, many travel brands are trying to promise guests an “authentic” experience during their stay. Reading the article made me ponder two questions: So what makes a travel experience “authentic“? Can you ever get an “authentic” travel experience on a cruise vacation? “There’s really no…
  • Exploring Chicago’s Architecture by River Tour

    Janis
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:58 am
    Chicago is one of our favorite weekend getaway destinations. In the city of skyscrapers, we’ve always wanted to take an architecture tour. On a hot August weekend, we easily decided a tour by boat on the river was the “coolest” way to learn more about Chicago’s architecture. Our tour began from Navy Pier, departing near the iconic Lake Point Tower condo building, the only condo building on the East side of Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago, we learned on our 75 minute tour. As we sailed on the Chicago River, our guide shared tidbits about the…
  • A Look Inside the Wit Hotel, Chicago

    Janis
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:31 pm
    In honor of the start of another weekend, here is a look inside on of our favorite weekend getaway hotels, the Wit by Doubletree in downtown Chicago. The Wit hotel is building with the yellow arrow in the upper left-hand corner of the photo above. We love the hotel’s convenient location on Chicago’s State Street, just north of the Chicago Theater and Macy’s. To get to the hotel,  we fly into Chicago’s Midway airport, take the ‘L’ Orange Line train to the State/Lake stop, exit the train and take the steps down, and we are at the Wit, a Doubletree by Hilton…
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    The Planet D: Canada's Adventure Couple

  • Spanish Cooking Party – Our Personal Chef in Costa Brava

    Dave and Deb
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    A visit to Costa Brava, Spain is all about food. I don’t think there is a place on earth that is more passionate about gastronomy than the Catalunya region of the country. We have heard that there are more Michelin Star restaurants per capita here than anywhere else on earth. And we believe it. Catalans care a lot about food, they live for food and when you spend some time in the region, you’ll care about food too. A perfect way to learn about and enjoy Spanish cuisine is to book a Spanish Cooking Party. Cheers from Costa Brava One of the benefits of slow travel is to stay in an…
  • Polar Bear Photos: Be transported to the Wild Edge of Manitoba

    Dave and Deb
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    It has been our dream to visit the polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba for years. Long before we travelled for a living, we wanted to visit the Canadian North. I remember Christmas 2002, we thought we’d book a ticket to Hudson Bay to see what the Canadian Arctic was like. When we began to look at prices, we realized that this trip was out of our reach so we booked a trip to Mexico instead. But we never lost our yearning to go there one day. It’s been Dave’s dream to take polar bear photos for years. Whenever anyone asked us what we still wanted to see and do in our travels,…
  • 11 of the Best Things to do in Antarctica

    Dave and Deb
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Antarctica is fast becoming the supreme travel destination for the true adventure traveller. It’s the kind of destination that takes your travels up a notch from the regular tourist or every day weekend warrior to the ultimate explorer. People that are looking for that badge of honour will want to put antarctica at the top of their list will want to take advantage of the amazing deals Quark Expeditions is having right now. Visit Quark Expeditions for great savings on Antarctica and Arctic Voyages A visit to Antarctica seriously makes for the best bar conversation and bragging rights…
  • Kayaking with Beluga Whales – A Paddlers Dream

    Dave and Deb
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    “Don’t worry about your rudders, just get in the water.” Our guide Tress, from Sea North tours was worried we wouldn’t have enough time kayaking with Beluga Whales in Churchill, Manitoba. I’m glad he rushed us, because this is an adventure you don’t want to miss! Kayaking with Beluga Whales We arrived late and had a short window before we had to fly back to Winnipeg, so our group, quickly adjusted our foot pegs, frantically pulled the skirt over our cockpits and instantly paddled out to the bay to see what if we could catch a glimpse of the belugas swimming…
  • 9 Anti Theft Accessories for Safe and Secure Travel

    Dave and Deb
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:01 am
    In today’s world of cyber technology and highly trained criminals, it’s easy to have your valuables compromised, especially when travelling. It used to be that all you had to do was strap on a money belt and carry your traveller’s cheques and you’d be safe from travel theft. Now you have to worry about people downloading all your personal information from your credit cards as you innocently walk by. If people want to, they can get your bank and credit information and wipe out your accounts in an instant. That’s why it’s important to think about anti…
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    Gap Year Escape - Backpacking & Gap Year Travel Blog

  • 15 Unique Places To Rent On Airbnb For Your Travels

    Gap Year Escape
    7 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Airbnb is home to a variety of properties ranging from Castles in England to tree house accommodation situated in offbeat parts of Europe. With access to a multiplicity of ‘homes away from home’ here are our favourite unique places to rent on Airbnb on your travels. Not used Airbnb before? Check out our guide and Airbnb Review. 1. Mushroom Dome Cabin – USA (Image Source: Airbnb) For a stint that feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life, a quaint and quiet tree house get-away like this California based retreat is ideal. Comes with two beds and at £73 per night…
  • Airbnb Review – What is Airbnb? + Airbnb Coupon Code!

    Gap Year Escape
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Airbnb is a great alternative to hostels and couchsurfing and if you’re on a very long trip, it can make a nice home away from home for a short while. I’ve booked Airbnb’s in countries like Costa Rica, Slovenia, Argentina, Spain and Ecuador to name just a few! Here is the pool that came with the villa I rented on Airbnb during my second gap year! So what is Airbnb, how do you use it and do we have a coupon code for you to use? Read on for all the answers. What is Airbnb? Airbnb is a community led accommodation marketplace that enables avid travellers to book an array of lodging all over…
  • Pointing At Things On Your Gap Year

    Gap Year Escape
    10 Jul 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Some people when they travel will have a “thing” that they do. Maybe they collect fridge magnets or flags to put on their backpack. Maybe they take a dance video in every location. Perhaps they have a teddy bear that they take a picture of next to famous landmarks. Some might try and sleep with a local in every country of their gap year travels. Me? I point at things. I’m not sure how or why this started but over the course of a year travelling down the world, I pointed at things. Sometimes I pointed out the obvious and sometimes it was just the bizarre or strange. I give you, Amar…
  • Ten Things Only Female Backpackers Would Understand

    Gap Year Escape
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:31 pm
    1. Youll gain weight I hate to be the bearer of bad news but in my experience (and in every other woman’s who I’ve either travelled with or spoken to) this is inevitable for any female backpacker. I acquired a nice, cushiony thirteen pounds extra. Other friends only gained a couple of kilos. Either way, we all got more tubs. Embrace it. 2. People will steal your toiletries A shampoo container here, a razor stick or two there. Yes, yes, I’m sure on occasion the mislaid items are the result of general carelessness … but if you start to suspect you genuinely might be going mad because…
  • Gap Year Travel Vaccinations and Inoculations

    Gap Year Escape
    9 May 2015 | 12:45 am
    Spending your gap year travelling the world can be hugely rewarding, with so many sights to see around the world and foreign cultures to enjoy and experience. If you’re travelling to foreign countries, you will be exposed to lots of diseases. Many of them can be potentially fatal. It is therefore vital before you set off travelling to get good advice about preventative measures you can take to help minimize your risks and which vaccinations to consider. Japanese Encephalitis is transmitted by mosquito bites in many Asian countries and northern Australia. It is a rare disease amongst…
 
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    Whiskey Tango Globetrot

  • Photo Essay: A Tour of Todos Santos, Mexico in Photos

    Spencer Spellman
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Quick, pick up a pen and paper (or your phone) and write down these two words: Todos Santos. It’s going to be the next place you travel to. Okay, perhaps I’m being a little pushy ambitious in projecting where you’ll travel next. But if you’re looking for a new tropical destination beyond your staple resort town destination, I have one for you. Located 60 miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Todos Santos is a small artsy, surf town that you could really drive by and never know there was anything worth stopping for. But there is. Just south of Todos Santos, there’s Cerritos…
  • IPA Beer and Food Pairing in Lake Tahoe

    Spencer Spellman
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:37 pm
    3 words: IPA beer pairing. Say what? I feel like even the suggestion is bold, and probably brings up a lot of questions. Can you really even do that? How does food pair with the hops and bitterness of IPAs? Which foods pair the best with which type of IPA? But as I recently found out at the California Craft Beer Weekend at the Resort at Squaw Creek, a destination hotel, in Lake Tahoe, not only is it safe and works, but it’s delicious. Winner, winner, craft beer dinner! The Resort at Squaw Creek in North Lake Tahoe recently invited to host me at one of their beer pairing dinners, which…
  • A History of Beer in the US Featuring the Oldest Beers in America

    Spencer Spellman
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Quick! Can you name the first brewery in America? And for the real beer snob: What year did it open? Hint: It dates back long before the U.S. was founded. That rules out one brewery you may have been thinking, Yuengling, which opened in 1829, and is the oldest operating brewery in the United States. However, the title for the first commercial brewery belongs to the Dutch West India Company, which opened in 1632 in what is now Manhattan (though people were brewing long before then). And who says there’s no history in America? Well I’ve teamed up with Let’s Grab A Beer (with…
  • 40 of the Best and Most Unique Things to Do in San Francisco

    Spencer Spellman
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:25 pm
    The italics mean that yes, it’s that time for a guest writer again. I enjoyed having my friend Krista Gray share her top travel apps last month so much that I asked her back to share another thing she knows well, San Francisco. Krista seems to have made it her mission to explore every inch of San Francisco, leaving no stone unturned, and this post is proof of just that. So today she’s sharing her take on the best things to do in San Francisco. The City by the Bay is special for so many reasons, including the diverse range of people, insanely gorgeous landscape, and range of…
  • Photo Essay: A Tour of Lake Tahoe in the Summer

    Spencer Spellman
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    You guys, Lake Tahoe in the summer is awesome! It may be my favorite year-round destination, outside of Southern California, of course. I’ve traveled to Lake Tahoe several times in the last couple years, but it’s always been in winter, and it has quickly become one of my favorite winter destinations. However, this was my first proper summer trip, and it didn’t disappoint. So which is better, winter or summer in Lake Tahoe? Honestly, it’s a toss-up. I love Lake Tahoe in the winter for everything it is, from great, offbeat runs on some of the local mountains like…
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    Wandering Educators

  • Sharing Hands and Building Bridges: A Day of Community Service in an Amazonian Village

    ChristaD
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:50 am
    Categories: Best OfTravelingImage: A Note from ChristaD, Education and the Rainforest Editor:  This post was written by Kailini C., a high school student from the Gunston School in Maryland.  Kailani is a participant in the 2015 Amazon Workshops Student Field Reporter Project which enlisted the help of several students to share their 2015 Amazon experiences with us. Over the coming months, the Education and the Rainforest posts will feature Kailani's words, photos, and reflections – giving you a student's perspective on travel to the Amazon and its educational impact!    …
  • Top 10 Family-friendly restaurants in St. John's, Newfoundland

    Dr. Jessie Voigts
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Categories: Best OfTravelingFoodRestaurant reviewsBody: St. John’s (one of my favorite places in the world!) has a wide variety of places to eat, from small to large, ethic to local, cheap eats to gourmet cuisine. But where are the best places to feed your kids – and yourself? No overplayed children’s menus here – these are great restaurants that serve excellent food.  Here are my top 10 family-friendly restaurants on the Rock (in alphabetical order so as not to play favorites - they are all favorites!) Pastries from Rocket Cafe. Yes, I ate two one. Bagel Café  The Bagel…
  • Undefeated: The Story of Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry

    Dr. Jessie Voigts
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Categories: Best OfStoriesBooks & FilmBooksBody: There are a few things that Michiganders know, growing up. One is the beauty of a Michigan winter (good thing, because it is very snowy and cold!). Second is the incredible landscape we live in, from beaches to mountains, city to rural, and even a few islands thrown in. Another is our strong work ethic – arising from our northern European ancestors, and strengthened through winter and landscape. We honor this work ethic here, in a variety of ways. I recently read a book about a generations-long work ethic here in Michigan, and…
  • Every Journey Matters: Marine Atlantic Ferries to Newfoundland

    Dr. Jessie Voigts
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:13 am
    Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: Get ready and fasten your seatbelts! We’ve just returned from an Epic Canadian Road Trip, driving from our home in Kalamazoo, Michigan all the way out to St. John’s, Newfoundland (yes, a ferry was involved). Why? Well, I’m the co-founder of Writing Walking Women, and we chose St. John’s as the site of our conference this year – MUCH more on that to come! And, our daughter, Lillie (13), said that every teen should have an epic road trip. SO.  Here's part of our journey - one of the most fun parts: taking the ferry from North Sydney, Nova…
  • Artist of the Month: Lisa Hsia

    Kim Rodeffer Funk
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:35 am
    Categories: ArtisansArtisan of the monthImage: Lisa Hsia is unlike the studio artists we have shared in the recent past. Actually, Lisa has no studio at all! She is a traveler and her art has to be portable. She takes her work with her out into the world, documenting in words and illustrations what she observes. Now if you think Lisa limits her work to the Oakland, California (US) area where she currently lives, you are quite mistaken. Lisa truly does travel and a few years ago she found herself in a variety of cities around the world. She has graciously agreed to share her work…
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  • 4 Different things to do in Paris

    admin
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:32 pm
      Most of us will be lucky enough to visit Paris once in our lives, but others might be lucky enough do so again by clicking here to enter a competition to win a decadent Parisian weekend, but the fact is that you can easily see all the normal sights out there, but what are some other things that you can do in Paris. Orangerie This is a gallery that lives to please and has some stunning works to show, with some works from famed Frenchman Claude Monet. The gallery also has a subterranean part that was specially built for the works of Walter-Guillaume. After you have finished in the…
  • Dealing with money when heading abroad

    Johnny
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:51 am
    One of the main headaches when you’re travelling is storing and accessing your money. Dealing with exchange rates, multiple currencies, different banks and other issues can cause some real problems for those who go unprepared. Thankfully, the digital age is making things easier. Here are our tips for keeping track of your funds when you’re jetting around the world. Sending currency abroad If you’re crossing borders on a trip, you’ll most likely need to switch currency. This can be a headache. It becomes even more of a problem when you’re thinking about purchasing a property abroad…
  • Trekking Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes

    Johnny
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
    The Base Camp trek to Everest is the most popular walking route in Nepal and draws over 30,000 hikers a year. The spectacularly rugged, wild and intense landscape makes for an incredible trek and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular. In this article we present an alternative route to Everest Base camp – the Gokyo Lakes trek.  A favourite of ours, we believe the Gokyo Lakes trek offers its own unique and interesting qualities to rival that of the standard trek and is a great way to get off the beaten track.   Arrival After arriving in Kathmandu, you take a local flight to Lukla…
  • Everything you need to know for the perfect Stag Party in Krakow

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:53 pm
    A stag do is something that we all look forward to but somewhat regret the first day we get back to work. Its the last chance that we get to spend with our best mates before they head off down the aisle and settle down, leaving less time for debauchery and messy nights out. One of the hottest places for stag dos right now is Krakow and it’s pretty simple to see why. The city has absolutely everything that you need to have a great time. I’ve been lucky enough to head out on two stag dos to Krakow and the place never fails to disappoint, when you get on the plane back home feeling…
  • Insider tips for your Universal Orlando trip

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    26 Aug 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Universal Orlando is one of the best places to visit right now! In the past it was often overlooked for more famous theme parks in town, but Universal turned it all around and can now boast the best attractions within its gates. Before you go ahead and start booking your holiday it would be a good idea to read our insider tips below, they will make your holiday much better and also save you a few pennies along the way. So hold off on booking the hotel and your Universal Studios Orlando resort tickets, take a few minutes to read what we have to tell. Stay on site Staying on site is obviously…
 
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  • Rome Eats

    Paul Bennett
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    We’re a bit a obsessed about food. In our Philadelphia office there’s an entire desk devoted to snacks. And, when we do “team building” exercises at Context you can bet that there will be a multi-course meal and some wine involved. So, we’re in our groove when people ring up with questions about where to eat in our cities, and how they can get an immersive culinary experience. Often these questions focus on Rome, still our most popular city. Here are some quick tips for putting together a satisfying foodie experience in Rome. First, the food blogger scene in Rome has blossomed and…
  • Mouth-watering photos: 5 tips from the expert

    Petulia
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:46 am
    How many of you have been pulling out cameras and phones during your last meal? Excellent meals are memorable, but can be even more so if we capture food in pictures. It’s not always easy to take good shots, especially if we are in a rush, or somewhere with less than ideal lighting. We have asked our London docent and food stylist Kathy Kordalis and her photographer Jen Rich to share with us a few tips on how to best style and photograph food when traveling. Here are some tips on how to turn your vacation food images into frame worthy shots. To learn more about our London Food program,…
  • Introducing our Deep Travelers

    Natalie Holmes
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    At Context, we live and breathe Deep Travel. As tourism becomes ever more popular, we want to make sure that travel itself is transformative, immersive, and good for places as well as people–both locals and visitors. That’s why we’ve begun building a network of Deep Travelers: bloggers and content creators who understand the importance of traveling thoughtfully and responsibly, and telling great stories to promote and encourage the movement. We’re delighted to introduce the team, and find out a little more about what Deep Travel means to them. Betsy and Pete Wuebker -…
  • Exploring the Great Wall of China

    Sophie
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
      A watchtower on the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China The Great Wall of China (in Chinese known simply as “long wall”) is 21,196 km (13,171 mi) long. It’s ancient and enormous; some sections date to the seventh century BCE. It’s been alleged that you can see the Great Wall from outer space, but this has been debunked. Our Context Travel Great Wall day tour visits the Jinshanling section of the wall, but there are a few others that are open to the public. Here, we break down where they are and what they offer. Badaling This section of the Great…
  • Dining Like a Habsburg in Vienna

    Natalie Holmes
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:53 am
    Vienna’s historical status as the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire has gifted the city a rich and unique gastronomic legacy, with recipes spanning multiple national and ethnic flavours whose influence can still be tasted in contemporary cuisine. Our Vienna annotated meal experience, Tasting Tradition, delves into both the classic and lesser-known dishes in the company of a passionate and knowledgeable food anthropologist. Here are some of our favorites to whet your appetite. The ethnic diversity of Austria-HungaryNot only did the Austro-Hungarian Empire contain many diverse cultures,…