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  • 5 Awesome Christmas Gifts For Travellers

    travel hacks
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Lately I’ve started to think about Christmas a lot. Pre-festive season will be pretty stressful for me this year – going to Slovakia for a long weekend again, finishing a big work project and finally moving to a new home is on my plan and all will eat a lot of time that I would rather spend on baking Christmas cookies or planning new trip. And I don’t know about you but I personally hate shopping right before the holidays when stores are packed with nervous customers, shelves are getting emptier and emptier and all that gift-choosing becomes more stressful the less time there’s…
  • Top Ten Online Project Management Tools
    Vichhay Sreng
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    Do we really know what a project is? To most of us, the word project sounds like something that has to be undertaken by businesses or the government. Such a perspective cannot be denied though. If that’s so however, what about personal projects? Do they exist? Yes they do. The reality is that any time bound activity is a project, irrespective of whether it’s personal or business activity. In order to deliver to the objectives, all projects require proper management. One of the most important things in project management is time. Productivity is achieved through effective time…
  • Quickie: A Lesson Learnt In Amsterdam

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    When visiting Amsterdam, if the hotel offers you a 100 Euro bar tab before you check in, you will probably be faced with something like this. I can best describe it as a character building apartment… with no real front door.
  • The mass murder of African elephants

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    Nick Brandt
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Take a look at the elephant in the photo below. His name is Igor (as named at birth by Cynthia Moss of Amboseli Elephant Research). For 49 years, he wandered the plains and woodlands of the Amboseli ecosystem in East Africa. A gentle soul like most elephants, he was so relaxed that in 2007, he allowed me to come within a few feet of him to take his portrait. Elephant Drinking, Amboseli 2007. Killed by Poachers, 2009. All photos: Author Two years later, in October 2009, it was perhaps this level of trust that allowed poachers to get close enough to kill him and hack the tusks from his face.
  • Top 10 Most Peaceful Countries in the World 2014
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Some may say that we are currently living in the most peaceful era of the human history; however the latest stats don’t verify this claim. In the past decade, the crises across the globe have increased a lot, leading to lesser peace and more violence. Recent wars on Iraq, Gaza and Afghanistan, along with the 9/11 incident and many similar tragedies have left the world devastated. In this time of violence and war, however, there are still some countries that are being considered as peaceful. These are the countries least affected by political instability as well as violence, kind of like a…
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    Intelligent Travel

  • Photo Lesson: Seeing and Using Light

    Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    In addition to being longtime contributing photographers for Traveler magazine, my wife Sisse and I are frequently invited to join National Geographic Expeditions trips as photography experts, interacting with guests aboard the National Geographic Explorer.  On a recent trip to the Macaronesia Islands—composed of the Azores and Madeira (both belonging to Portugal), the Canaries (which is under Spanish rule), and the independent country of Cape Verde—we had 25 passengers sign up for a photo workshop with us. We gave them assignments, or themes, to explore, throughout our…
  • Just Back: Shenandoah National Park

    Intelligent Travel
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    National Geographic Traveler Features Editor Amy Alipio (on Twitter @amytravels and on Instagram @amyalipio) recently returned from a family day trip at Shenandoah National Park, one of the crown jewels of America’s East Coast. Here are some of the high points of her trip in her own words: Biggest selling point: We were hoping to catch the last of the fall color in Shenandoah National Park. But I realized, as I made yet another stop at an irresistible overlook along Skyline Drive, that even if all the leafy trees stood bare, the vistas of the Shenandoah Valley would make any trip in…
  • Family Holiday Fun in NYC

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    National Geographic Traveler columnist Heather Greenwood Davis is the magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer. Here’s her latest advice: Reader Question: I’d love to treat my teen daughter to a trip to New York City over the winter holiday season. Suggestions? My Answer: It’s all about location. Stay at a midtown hotel and you’ll be well placed to access the must-sees (Times Square, Empire State Building). Then, explore the city with your daughter’s age in mind. Book a tour that highlights spots from a favorite TV show, foods she loves (a pizza tour in Little…
  • #StrangePlanet: Travel Trivia

    Intelligent Travel
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Truth is stranger than fiction. Here are eight travel factoids to help prove it: Criminal Intent: A company in the Czech capital of Prague has launched “corruption tours” to show where crooked civil servants have wasted taxpayers’ money. Pet Peeve: It is illegal to own only one guinea pig in Switzerland because they are prone to loneliness. Not the Sharpest Tool: Preventing mealtime altercations, French King Louis XIV ordered that all dinner knives be ground to a blunt tip. “Grip” was once Charles Dickens’ pet and figured into his historical novel “Barnaby…
  • Just Back: Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula

    Intelligent Travel
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Nat Geo Travel’s Annie Fitzsimmons spends a large part of her life scouting out the sites, restaurants, and people that reveal the distinctive soul of cities large and small. But even Urban Insiders need a break from the hustle and bustle once in awhile. So after attending the Adventure Travel World Summit in Killarney, she couldn’t resist exploring the bucolic Dingle Peninsula and the homespun charm of the promontory’s only major town. Here are some of the high points of her trip in her own words: Biggest selling point: The rugged beauty of the Dingle Peninsula has…
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  • Readers Recommend: Cafe Mambo a delicious Maui discovery

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    We have been visiting Maui for more than 20 years. Each time we discover something new. Two years ago, it was Cafe Mambo in Paia. Great service, good food and reasonable prices. The restaurant is known for its delicious duck quesadillas, salads and sandwiches. Yum!
  • Letters: Remembering the Alamo and real Texas pit barbecue

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Chris Reynolds has hit the jackpot with me twice in a row. In October, it was Pike Place Market and Seattle ["Beacon on the Waterfront," Oct. 12]; this month, it was the Alamo and San Antonio, where I was born ["Remember?," Nov. 9]. I went back to San Antonio and Goliad (down the road a...
  • California fall colors: Easy L.A. getaway to Valyermo's red blush

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    If you haven't seen any fall colors in California this season, there's still hope -- but just a little. In Southern California, colors are showy in the tiny community of Valyermo in north L.A. County and along waterways at Mt. Palomar State Park in north San Diego County.
  • Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder among draws for Vegas holiday weekend

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Las Vegas tends to be relatively quiet, but there are still plenty of happenings, including college basketball and concerts by Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight.
  • Video: Seattle's waterfront, where the eels meet the wheel

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Plenty of coastal American cities have big aquariums. And plenty of global big cities have enormous Ferris wheels. Seattle belongs to both clubs, and once you're on the water, it’s just a short stroll from eels to wheel.
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  • 20 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am

    Jamie Winpenny
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Oahu’s Ewa Plain isn’t necessarily the first place residents think of when it comes to upscale dining. It’s a land sprawling with The post appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Sighting Endangered Species in Hawaii

    Jamie Winpenny
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    There is a handful of animal species native to Hawaii and Hawaii waters that residents take particular delight in spotting. Sadly, part The post Sighting Endangered Species in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Cooking Hawaiian Style – The Book

    Bruce Fisher
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    A quick perusal of the names of some of the recipes included in Cooking Hawaiian Style by Lanai Tabura and Frank Abraham The post Cooking Hawaiian Style – The Book appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • 27 Beers for 27 Years

    Jamie Winpenny
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    Beer-loving visitors to Oahu have an opportunity to enjoy perhaps the year’s most unique beer tasting event this week, as Murphy’s Bar The post 27 Beers for 27 Years appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Not Just a Lunch Place

    Jamie Winpenny
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    On any workweek afternoon, Downtown Honolulu and its adjacent Chinatown Arts District are probably the most densely-populated zip codes in Hawaii, and The post Not Just a Lunch Place appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Snowboarders kill nipple deep pow

    Rory Moulton
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Do you feel it? You know, the unmistakable feeling in the air that massive powder days are near? Winter’s arrived and the snow is falling in places like Colorado, Tahoe, the Tetons, and, of course, Stevens Pass, Washington where this sick episode of “Nipple Deep” was shot. Like any good ski flick, there’s a moral hidden in this tale of powder-chasing: When it comes to snowboarding, there’s only one thing better than travelling to a place with tons of fresh powder waiting — having the locals show you the goods when you get there. See? We learned something today…
  • The mass murder of African elephants

    Nick Brandt
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Take a look at the elephant in the photo below. His name is Igor (as named at birth by Cynthia Moss of Amboseli Elephant Research). For 49 years, he wandered the plains and woodlands of the Amboseli ecosystem in East Africa. A gentle soul like most elephants, he was so relaxed that in 2007, he allowed me to come within a few feet of him to take his portrait. Elephant Drinking, Amboseli 2007. Killed by Poachers, 2009. All photos: Author Two years later, in October 2009, it was perhaps this level of trust that allowed poachers to get close enough to kill him and hack the tusks from his face.
  • 8 things the Greenlandic hate

    Tina Egede
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: Nick Russill 1. Losing our jobs to the Danish Since 1814, when Danish people colonized in Nuuk, they have been moving up here. The Danish actually make up approximately one quarter of the capital’s population. And that’s a big number. Let’s face it, Danish people have much more opportunity for professional experience back in Denmark. So when they come here, they qualify for better jobs than us. Sometimes we Greenlandic are even expected to speak Danish in our own country. But we’ve been living here longer than them — we deserve those jobs! 2. Not being…
  • Things Pacific NW peeps hear a lot

    Matt Staff
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo: Kevin O’Mara 1. “For living so close to the mountains, you guys sure can’t handle the snow.” No shit, Sherlock — we’re too busy hiding from the perpetually enraged rainclouds and their relentless onslaught of rain. You expect us to be ready for frozen snow amid all that? We get this line most often from the overly-opinionated East Coast transplant who’s dumbfounded we can’t handle a half foot of snow because he grew up forging ice tunnels out of his home. Sorry man, we’re out here trying to deal with minefields of puddles most of the time. 2. “I bet you…
  • Why travel Muslim countries?

    Jeremy Ullmann
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: jbdodane No part of the world within the last ten years has been scrutinized as much or stereotyped as heavily as the Muslim world. Although a minority of these countries have warranted the criticism, the media has unjustly painted the remaining majority as being similarly run, hateful of the west, and as places to be avoided. Not only are these countries worth visiting, but what they offer is so unique that to be left off the list of any traveler would be a shame. When a friend asked me where would I recommend visiting the most, I answered Jordan — a 90% majority Muslim country.
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • Gordini Gloves – WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    My hands get cold long before any other part of my body. Even on the hottest of days when riding a motorcycle, I need gloves because the wind on my hands just chills me to the bone. For this reason, I knew that in preparing for the Snowman Trek I’d need really warm gloves since much of my time would be spent well above 15,000 feet. I was somewhat aware of Gordini gloves from my many trips to the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City. But since I don’t normally participate in snow sports, they really weren’t strong on my radar until I started looking for quality gloves that…
  • Snowman Trek: Success!

    Beth Whitman
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    I completed the Snowman Trek more than a month ago but haven’t yet posted about my experience. Mostly it’s because I spent some down time in Kauai after the trek and then went to Thailand to lead a tour of fab women on our Northern Thailand and Laos Hill Tribe tour. But I also haven’t written about it because it’s difficult to know where to start writing about such an epic trip. 25 days, 220 miles across Bhutan’s Himalayas. For future posts, I’ll likely break the trip down into a photographic journey and share stories based on some of my top images but…
  • Icebreaker Tech Top Long Sleeve Crew ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    I had not fully grasped the value of merino wool and, more specifically, Icebreaker merino wool, until I started doing some heavy duty hiking earlier this year. I suppose if I’m confessing, I have to admit I really got turned on to it because of Jon, who’s almost always right and also almost always way ahead of me on these types of things. While I was hiking in the Pacific Northwest in t-shirts and non-technical clothes, Jon was wearing Icebreaker t- and long-sleeved shirts. When the weather started to warm up and he was sweating more, his Icebreaker shirts, frankly, never…
  • Trekking: What the Nepalese could learn from the Bhutanese

    Beth Whitman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Our guides after hanging prayer flags for good luck. You’ve undoubtedly heard about the tragedy on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal last week where 40+ people died when heavy snow and blizzard conditions unexpectedly hit during prime trekking season. While it’s believed the bodies of all foreigners have been located, local porters and guides are reportedly still missing. Having just returned from the 25-day Snowman Trek in neighboring Bhutan, I can’t help but think this sort of tragedy would never happen there. Not because the weather is so perfect in Bhutan – snow often…
  • Snowman Trek Time

    Beth Whitman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:26 pm
    It’s been a long time in the making (more than a year), but it’s finally time for the Snowman Trek. If you’re just now dropping in, the Snowman Trek is a 25-day, 220-mile trek across the Himalayas in Bhutan. We’ll be as high as 18,200 feet and will be hiking over about 11 passes, many of them higher than 16,000 feet. For the past year, I’ve been working out by doing P90X and, more recently, hiking. Some of that hiking has included high altitude treks in places such as Mauna Kea (14,000 feet) on Hawaii Island, Mt. Batur (4,000 feet) on Bali, Santa Fe Baldy (12,600 feet)…
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  • Cruise Deals: Last Minute Deals from $108

    Martha Allen
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Sometimes when a cruise line has a lot of cabins to fill before the ship sets sail, we find some great bargains. These cruises are all sailing within the next 30 days at rates that are sure to fill cabins. Right now you can book a 4-night Caribbean cruise for just $108 or a 3-night Mexico cruise for just 129! These are phenomenal offers – from less than $30 a day. At these rates, it is cheaper to cruise than to book a week long “stay-cation” at a hotel. For a complete list of our hand-picked deals, visit our Last Minute Cruise Deals page. Our favorite Last Minute Deals:…
  • Oasis of the Seas Price Drops |Save $620!

    Rich Tucker
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Earlier today, I was given a little inside info that the Oasis of the Seas prices will drop up $620 per cabin on the 11/22, 11/29 or 12/6 this is the weekend. REMINDER: The Oasis of the Seas was recently refurbished, so she is looking brand new.  $549 for Thanksgiving Cruise on the World’s largest cruise ship is an awesome deal! Watch this quick video for details and proof of pre-sale prices. CLICK TO SHARE and SAVE THIS POST ON FACEBOOK On Saturday, 11/15 use the link below to view the itinerary and to book the Oasis of the Seas at the new lower rate: Links to Book Oasis of the Seas:…
  • LAST CHANCE: The best Holiday Cruise Deals Ever!

    Martha Allen
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Planning your Holidays driving you crazy yet? How would you like to get away on a cruise instead? We have done a lot of digging to find the BEST options for last minute Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve deals – and found that the price of some cruises has actually dropped! Typically, you can expect higher fares this time of year for the holidays as inventory diminishes, so I don’t anticipate these prices lasting to much longer. For a complete list of our hand-picked deals, visit our 2014 Holiday Cruises page. 2014 Thanksgiving Top Cruise Deals:  Christmas 2014 Top…
  • Quantum of the Seas Arriving in New York City Video

    Rich Tucker
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
      I’ve had so little time to think about our 3 day cruise next week on the Quantum of the Seas – but after watching this quick video of Quantum of the Seas arriving for the first time in New York City my excitement is now at a 10! If you’re on Twitter follow along live by CLICKING HERE. And if you are on Instagram, I’ll be posting photos and 15 second video live from the Quantum of the Seas Here.
  • Carnival Cruises starting at $90 in Pack & Go Sale!

    Rich Tucker
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    [fblike] Truly AMAZING… with the release of the discounted rates in the 2 day Carnival Pack & Go Sale, for the first time ever we have a 3-night cruise starting at $90 per person. Almost all non-holiday Carnival cruises departing in November and December are included in the sale. To save you time, I’ve picked out my top 5 deals Carnival’s Pack & Go Sale [Must book on 11/7 – 11/8]. Top 5 Carnival Pack & Go Deals: #1     #2: Carnival LIVE [optional concert with REO Speedwagon]:     #3: $199 5-night Cruise departing Galveston    …
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  • The Best Places to Buy a Holiday Home

    Karen Bryan
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:08 pm
    The 'Where to Buy: An International Holiday Home' infographic by the holiday home insurer Schofields reveals the best places to buy a holiday home to achieve the highest return on investment. Many purchasers base buying a holiday home on being able to at least cover their costs by renting out the property when they're not using it.
  • Well Done East Coast Trains

    Demetrius Vouyiouklis
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 pm
    On the 4th of November I was booked on the 16.22 Cross Country train from Berwick upon Tweed to Edinburgh, aiming to get the bus to Edinburgh airport and catch my flight to London Gatwick with a connection to Thessaloniki, Greece. I'd left plenty of time (or so I thought) for any possible mishaps/delays, including getting to the airport 1.
  • Street Art in Bratislava

    Karen Bryan
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:19 pm
    When I'm exploring a city, I'm always on the lookout for interesting street art. The first batch of street art which I spotted in Bratislava was around the pedestrian access to the Novy Most (New Bridge). For me, the best street art in Bratislava was behind St Martin's Cathedral, north off Panska.
  • Photo Tour of the London Film Museum – Bond in Motion

    Karen Bryan
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Although I'm not the greatest aficionado of the Bond movies, the series of films is an integral part of British culture. As I had a relative working at Pinewood Studios in the 1970s, a highlight of my teenage years was gaining access to watch part of 'The Spy Who Loved Me', starring Roger Moore, being filmed in 1976.  That's why visiting the 'Bond in Motion' exhibition at the London Film Museum was fun for me.
  • Why You Should Look Into Buying Property in Mallorca

    Karen Bryan
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:05 pm
    The island of Mallorca lies in the Mediterranean Sea, just off the north-east coast of Spain. Roughly the same size as the county of Kent, the island is blessed with stunning beaches, plenty of nature reserves as well as amenities like golf courses (that are up there with Spain's finest). In Palma de Mallorca, the island also possesses a cosmopolitan city with the kind of cultural life that you would expect from one of Spain's largest urban areas.
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    Art of Non-Conformity

  • Writing depends on the superficiality of one’s days

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Graham Green on writing a book: “I was trying to write a book that simply would not come. I did my daily five hundred words, but the characters never began to live. So much in writing depends on the superficiality of one’s days. One may be preoccupied with shopping and income tax returns and chance conversations, but the stream of the unconscious continues to flow, undisturbed, solving problems, planning ahead: one sits down sterile and dispirited at the desk, and suddenly the words come as though from the air: the situations that seemed blocked in a hopeless impasse move forward: the…
  • Re: “Let’s talk when you’re free”

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Productive people are never “free.” They don’t have 15 minutes on their lunch break to “have a quick call.” They don’t “kill time”—a terrible phrase. You can always put a window of time to good use if you work for it. Productive people schedule their priorities—not always their time, but always their priorities. When they don’t have something to do, they find something to do. By the way, it’s not that productive people don’t make time for friends, family, recovery, and play time. They do. But because they do, and because they have plenty of…
  • Don’t Forget to Register for Free Money Next Saturday

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    Link: Register for $30 AmEx Credits If you’re in the U.S., don’t forget to register for free money “Small Business Saturday.” A few years ago, American Express created a new fake holiday to honor small business owners. As fake holidays go, it sure beats President’s Day—I like supporting small businesses, and whenever Small Business Saturday rolls around in late November, you have the chance to earn an instant rebate for every AmEx card you have. The instant rebate varies year by year, and this year it’s pretty good: when shopping at a local small business,…
  • Notes from Traveling Millennials: On the Road with Bud and Eva Simpson

    Chris Guillebeau
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    This is a travel hacking case study. (Read others or nominate yourself When you’re young, it feels easy to appease your inner wanderlust by saying, “I’ll travel later in life.” Twenty-somethings Bud and Eva Simpson decided they didn’t want to live this way—and have spent the last year helping young adults learn to travel smart. Tell us about yourselves.   We’re Bud & Eva and we just married in March 2014. For us, the perfect moment is waking up to adventure on a crisp morning, sipping a cup of black coffee in a thick mug and asking, “Where will we go today? Who will…
  • Introducing “Upgrade Unlocked”: The Unconventional Guide to Luxury Travel (on a Budget!)

    Chris Guillebeau
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Open that champagne you’ve been saving for New Year’s—your new year of top-shelf travel can start right now! We’ve been working hard and are excited to finally introduce Upgrade Unlocked: The Unconventional Guide to Luxury Travel on a Budget. If you’d like to go to Bora Bora in January—or pretty much anywhere, anytime—this guide will get you there. You’ll learn about: The college graduate who earned more than 1 million miles in a year Hacking family and couples travel (adventure isn’t just for solo travelers) Using Round-the-World tickets and…
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  • Mahalo for making Go Visit Hawaii a top travel blog!

    Sheila Beal
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Mahalo nui loa for your votes and support. With your help, we made the list of the top travel blogs for 2015!© 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 Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Surfer at Sunset

    Sheila Beal
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Mahalo to Deborah Hettesheimer-Citarella for sharing this nice sunset shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Deborah took this photo earlier this month in Lahaina Harbor on Maui. The silhouette of the surfer pausing for the moment adds a lot of interest to scene. I’d like to think that the surfer is enjoying the sunset while feeling gratitude for the day.Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words are permitted with full attribution and link back to Under…
  • Jaw-dropping new enhancements at Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay

    Sheila Beal
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    Four Seasons Lana’i Resort at Manele Bay pool area with view of Hulopoe Bay.It’s no secret that we are big fans of Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. We first visited in 2007 and since then, we’ve returned back there more often than any other resort in Hawaii. In fact, whenever we’re making plans to visit other islands, we always try to determine if we can include a stop at Lana’i.Until recently, the resort design remained the same. It was tastefully decorated and there wasn’t anything that we didn’t like about it.After Larry Ellison purchased…
  • Please help!

    Sheila Beal
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    We need your help, please!If you have enjoyed the Hawaii photos, videos and articles on Go Visit Hawaii, will you please take a few seconds to vote for Go Visit Hawaii as a top travel blog?Here’s how to vote: 1.  Click this link to vote. Note: the poll closed as of 3pm EST Monday, November 17. Winners will be announced November 21.2.  After the link opens, click the button to the left of Go Visit Hawaii3.  Click the Vote button.Voting is very easy, fast and you don’t have to register or provide any information.We are grateful for the nomination of best travel blog. The vote is…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Oheo Gulch, Maui

    Sheila Beal
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Mahalo to Sisily Ku’ulani Sisson for sharing this beautiful photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Sisily’s photo is of the Oheo Gulch, which is also known as the Seven Sacred Pools, at the Kipahulu Region beyond Hana on Maui. The cascading pools flowing towards the ocean is a beautiful sight to behold, which is why we recommend a visit here as one of the scenic stops off the road to Hana and beyond.The Oheo Gulch is part of Haleakala National Park. As such, visitors must pay an entry fee. For most visitors that fee is $10 per car. If you have paid the entry fee to go to the…
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  • November Nile Geese

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Not many people know The Hague has canals. Not so many as Amsterdam off course, but we have some an you can cruise the canals. However our bridges are lower than the average Amsterdam bridges, so the best tours are with small uncovered little canal boats. Good weather gives a better experience. Yesterday I was tested as a volunteer skipper for one of the companies offering trips, De Willemsvaart. I believe the boss was satisfied with my maneuverability. So it is possible you have me as your captain when you book a tour in 2015. They close down for the winter next week. While maneuvering the…
  • Slovakian Flying Car Aeromobil 3.0 Unveiled

    10 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    Slovakian Flying Car Aeromobil 3.0 Unveiled I Came across this video of the Aeromobil 3.0 which speaks for itself. The Aeromobil 3.0 is the flying car’s second or third version. It was recently unveiled in Vienna at the inventors show. From the site Aeromobil : Transforms in seconds from an automobile to an airplane. Gives you freedom to move. AeroMobil is a flying car that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors to real door-to-door travel. As a car it fits into any standard parking space, uses regular gasoline, and can be…
  • Opening Suite Novotel The Hague

    6 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Opening Suite Novotel The Hague Today the Alderman of The Hague, Karsten Klein, jointly with the COO of Accor Benelux, Caro van Eekelen opened the new Suite Novotel (118 rooms) in The Hague. Time permitting you will see me reviewing this interesting hotel. Opening Suite Novotel The Hague is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Thursday, November 6, 2014Opening Suite Novotel The Hague is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Happy Halloween

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Found this street artist in Madrid during a recent visit. Happy Halloween to all Happy Halloween is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, November 4, 2014Happy Halloween is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • CaixaForum Madrid

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Caixa Forum Recently I was in Madrid. I visited the CaixaForum Museum of modern art: An old power station renovated by the Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron in 200-2001, shortly after they renovated the Tate London, also a decommissioned power station. I could crop a selfie from the first photo. What’s a bit annoying is that the CaixaForum Madrid doesn’t have its own web presence. It is part of the big Caixa Foundation. Caixa is a large Spanish bank. You can find a bit on the Foundations Website, but it’s not much. This is what the architects say about the impressive…
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  • Frugal Hotel Finds: Houston, Bloomington, and New Orleans

    7 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Royal Sonesta Houston, Texas   Kick off the holiday season with the royal treatment on the rooftop of Houston’s fabulous Royal Sonesta.  Book a stay for Thanksgiving Day, November 27, and view the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting ceremony and 7 pm fireworks.  Guests also receive dessert, hot chocolate, and champagne for two.  Other perks include a $25 credit good for the three on-site eateries, complimentary self-parking for one vehicle and a 4 p.m. late checkout. Rates for the package start at $169 per room for double occupancy. Need an extra day to snag some holiday gifts at…
  • Living Like a Local – The Guesthouse Hotel in Chicago

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Let’s face it, traveling with small children is no walk in the park. From schlepping gear to dealing with picky eating, it can frankly, be a total pain the butt and result in less family travel time. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Not when you visit the beautiful, family-friendly city of Chicago and stay at The Guesthouse Hotel that is! The Guesthouse Hotel is a gem in the north part of Chicago, situated just south of the trendy Andersonville neighborhood’s shopping district. A section of The Guesthouse was originally built as luxury condos – and those finishes…
  • Finding Good Wine in Maine

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    I’m similar to many travelers and enjoy a nice glass of vino local to whatever destination I’m in. It’s good for the heart, good for the brain, and yes, good for the soul, especially when making memories with loved ones, as well. has partnered up with Expedia to highlight some great places I’ve come across while adding to our wine collection for our summer home and guest cottage. I didn’t initially have Maine on my radar as a place to visit much or even call home, but they say “Home is Where the Heart Is.” My husband spent his summers…
  • Romantic Chicago Restaurants #BeAWeekender

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    We’ve had Chicago on our minds lately here at, thanks to a tasty introduction to the city by Hilton. One of the most romantic things to do in any city is to explore the flavors and culinary offerings. Here are some choices we recommend for your romantic weekend in Chicago. Brunch State & Lake Tavern at theWit Hotel Chicago – A Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar is the beginning of a beautiful and lasting brunch relationship. The morning menu is filled with classic culinary goodies and creations with their own twist. Little Goat Diner – The founder of this…
  • Icy Galveston holiday starring SpongeBob

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Photo: Jim Twardowski Inside a 28,000 square-foot tent on the tropical island of Galveston, Texas, a team of Chinese artisans are wielding chainsaws and picks to shape blocks of ice into a holiday themed event.  The climate-controlled environment is a frigid 9 degrees. Dressed in protective garb, the ice carvers are transforming blocks of pink, blue and green ice into Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, Christmas trees, and an assortment of  underwater creatures. Photo: Jim Twardowski For 45 days, ice carvers will sculpt around the clock creating a winter wonderland at Moody…
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  • Travel Quote: “Live Every Day Like It’s the Day You’ll Be Remembered For”

    Mike Richard
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Original photo © Nicki Varkevisser The post Travel Quote: “Live Every Day Like It’s the Day You’ll Be Remembered For” appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • Wanna Upgrade Your Travel Headphones? We’re Giving Away a Cambridge Audio DacMagic Headphone Amp!

    Mike Richard
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Wanna seriously upgrade your laptop audio? Of course you do and here’s how … After checking out Cambridge Audio’s latest DacMagic XS headphone amp this week, I’ve been completely hooked on it. The sound is ridiculously awesome: I tested the unit on a variety of different music genres (including talk/podcast, EDM and of course some Bieber) and in my opinion this thing sounds great! I admit that I’m no audiophile, but it kicks out some seriously loud sound from my budget RHA earbuds. Cambridge Audio promises a boost of up to…
  • The Only Gadget You Need to Make Your Travel Headphones Sound Amazing

    Mike Richard
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Stay tuned in the next few days! We’ll be giving away a free DacMagic XS to one lucky reader! Did you know that computer manufacturers spend as little as $2 on the sound cards in many modern laptops? Which explains why their cheap headphone jacks frankly suck. They’re simply not good enough to get the most from your headphones. Which leaves you with two options: buy a high-end (read: expensive) pair of better headphones with built-in processing. Or buy a DAC (digital audio converter) headphone amp with which you can use any pair of…
  • Discover a Fresh Way to Fly in the First Ever Dreamliner 787-9

    The Vagabondish Team
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. The modern vagabond knows how crucial and imperative a great in-flight experience is to successful traveling. When choosing between differing flights, jet setters take comfort well into consideration. With the addition of a new aircraft to their impressive fleet, Air New Zealand is changing the way we approach flying. Air New Zealand recently unveiled the first ever Dreamliner 787-9. The new Dreamliner 787-9 features the distinctive black version of the airline’s new-look livery. Ushering in a new dimension of global aviation, customers will…
  • Photo of the Moment: The Wild Poppies of Hertford, England

    Mike Richard
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Nick Page The post Photo of the Moment: The Wild Poppies of Hertford, England appeared first on Vagabondish.
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    Adventure Girl

  • 8Great Spa & Golf Resorts

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Rejuvenating spas and world-class golf are two travel luxuries you’ll only find in combination at the very best resorts. Here are 8Great destinations that offer the best of both. The Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada Located in the stunning Canadian Rockies, The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel rises like a castle above Banff National Park. Guests flock to the golf course to experience famous views of the towering mountains surrounding the area. Each winter, the resort turns into a world-class ski destination. One element that does not change from season to season is Willow Stream Spa,…
  • Airline Review: JetBlue’s Mint Class is perfection!

    Stefanie Michaels
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    My adventures take me far and wide. Mostly via those friendly skies on airplanes. I’ve worked with most airlines, reviewing their fine services, and well, not so fine services. It’s refreshing to be able to share info on an airline, (which I recently experienced on a direct flight from LAX to NYC en route to Aruba), that takes it upon themselves to offer a service usually reserved for business class travelers, and making an effort to price luxury at a more affordable price point for the rest of us. It is called Mint Class by JetBlue, and for those weary road warriors, heading from coast…
  • Three nights in Charleston

    Stefanie Michaels
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Charleston has always been on my shortlist. To say I was excited when invited to join a press team heading to this charming southern city would be an understatement. Hosted by the South Carolina Film Commission, I soon learn that every place in this Lowcountry gem makes for a motion picture perfect movie set. Just 3 nights on the itinerary. It would be just enough for me to drop in to explore everything from the old quarter to rolling plantations, museums, historic homes, followed by nights of foodie haven restaurants. Below I share my schedule, tidbits and tips about exploring this gracious…
  • 8Great: Charleston “Firsts”

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Charleston is one of the oldest towns in America and South Carolina’s pride and joy. This strategic trading city on the Atlantic coast was a hub of innovation, a place steeped in US history, as well as the town of “firsts” for one of America’s original 13 states. Here is a list of our top picks of Charleston’s firsts: The first shots of the Civil War fired at a Federal ship entering Charleston Harbor, kicked off a battle between the north and south on April 12, 1861. A first for the entire world, when in 1864, a successful submarine attack in Charleston harbor sank the Union…
  • Costa Rica: Harvest season at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort

    Stefanie Michaels
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    One of my favorite places I’ve stayed is a beautiful boutique hotel, just 15 minutes outside of San Jose in Costa Rica, called Finca Rosa Blanca. It’s a unique place for tourists with culinary interests to learn about all things coffee. A new package for guests from the award winning Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort ( lends a rare opportunity to participate in the inn’s annual coffee harvest. Their package combines eco-luxury accommodation, hands on teaching of how to harvest– from cultivating, roasting, tasting (so much fun!) , to brewing…
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Travel to Fiji – Episode 445

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Hear about travel to Fiji as the Amateur Traveler talks to David Brodie from Travel in 10 about his trip to this Island Paradise. David says “of all the places I have […] The post Travel to Fiji – Episode 445 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Puerto Rican Honeymoon

    Liz Christensen
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:07 pm
    “International travel on easy mode” Let me introduce myself. I am Liz (Christensen) Powell, guest blogger and daughter of the Amateur Traveler himself. My husband Danny and I got married last month […] The post Puerto Rican Honeymoon appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to West Sweden – Episode 439 Transcript

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    transcript of Travel to West Sweden – Episode 439 Chris Christensen: This is Amateur Traveler Episode 439. Today the Amateur Traveler talks about dramatic granite landscapes, wonderful seafood, and at least one affection […] The post Travel to West Sweden – Episode 439 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Northern Australia – Episode 444

    15 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    Hear about travel to Northern Australia (Northwest Territories) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sam Guerra from The “Top End” is “one of the more exotic parts of Australia for sure […] The post Travel to Northern Australia – Episode 444 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Baltimore, Maryland – Episode 438 Transcript

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    transcript of Travel to Baltimore, Maryland – Episode 438 Chris: Amateur Traveler episode 438 to Amateur Traveler talks about crabs cake, the national aquarium, and one really big flag as we go […] The post Travel to Baltimore, Maryland – Episode 438 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
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    We Said Go Travel

  • USA Today: Rodeo Drive Shopping in Beverly Hills

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Thank you to USA Today 10best for sharing my article about Shopping on Rodeo Drive! Style and Los Angeles go hand in hand. One must-visit shopping spot here is the three blocks of Rodeo Drive, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Located in Beverly Hills, this section you are seeking is between Wilshire Boulevard and Little Santa Monica Boulevard; its many stores are known for both luxury and opulence. Brooks Brothers, located on Rodeo Drive, is nearly 100 years old; they offer clothing for your entire clan Photo courtesy of Lisa Ellen Niver Brooks Brothers — the oldest…
  • Napa Valley Grille: 3 P’s of Thanksgiving!

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is ready to assist you for Thanksgiving! Just remember the 3 Ps: Pre-order, Pick up & Pretend!  Seriously the food is delicious and everything is homemade from the exquisite sourdough bread to the olive tapanade. Don’t miss out on simply grilled fish like a whole branzino and Prime London Sirloin but save room to tempt yourself with rainbow carrots and out of this world apple tarte tartin. Menus are printed daily and the food is seasonal. Feel good about your choices as this fourteen year old restaurant supports your health and local growers with CSA…
  • Wharton Business Magazine: Brandish My Gaming Badges

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wharton Business Magazine: “One standout performance was by contributor Lisa Ellen Niver C89, whose latest blog tweet reached 4.1 million people.” (From Editor-in-Chief, Matthew Brodsky How Empire Avenue Taught Me to Brandish My Gaming Badges For most of my life, I have not considered myself into games. I was never good at Pong, and was there ever anything simpler than moving that one paddle up and down the screen? I tuned out when people talked about single person shooters, HALO and their favorite thing to do on Xbox. But when a friend suggested Empire Avenue, a stock market…
  • A Camel Named Sky in Austria

    Kirsti Whalen
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    My life changed the night I met a camel named Sky. We met as I led him from the trailer in which he crossed the German border, under an Austrian winter darkness blank to heat and shattered with stars. I arrived at the camel farm, in the miniscule town of Eintental, Austria, around midnight. Gerda, the camel lady, collected me from the train station, wearing a rainbow-colored beanie decorated with strands of straw. We would wake again in just a few hours, ready to muck out the stables of twelve horse and fourteen camels roaring for their morning feed. Sky the camel arrived the night after. He…
  • USA Today: The Nest at WP24 @TheRitzCarlton

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Nest at WP24: Food for the Gods at The Ritz-Carlton Discover tantalizing treats with one of the best views in Los Angeles By Lisa Niver Los Angeles Local ExpertOCTOBER 28, 2014 SAVE TO MY LISTS In Los Angeles, your dining choices are as varied as the stars in the sky. Choose to spend your evening with our very own celebrities — the LA Kings ice hockey team and Wolfgang Puck — by dining at the Nest at WP24. Stunning nighttime views from the Nest on the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton Photo courtesy of Don Riddle / The Ritz-Carlton The Nest is a premier dining location located on the…
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  • Hey airlines, enough with the musical chairs!

    Christopher Elliott
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Shortly before Deb Knapp flew from Fort Lauderdale to Johannesburg on Delta Air Lines, she made a troubling discovery: The “comfort” coach seats for which she’d paid an extra $358 had been changed. On the transatlantic flight, the airline re-seated her two rows away from her...
  • Why won’t Econo Lodge pay my parking ticket?

    Christopher Elliott
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Even though Linda Troop pays for parking while she’s a guest at an Econo Lodge, she receives a parking ticket from the city of Aurora, Colo. Who has to pay? Question: I recently checked in to an Econo Lodge in Aurora, Colo. I paid for a one-night stay for a Stay, Park and Fly package....
  • Help, AT&T is harassing me – what should I do?

    Christopher Elliott
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    After Lori Collins cancels her AT&T account, she expects the bills to stop. They don’t, and now the company is sending her account to collections. What can she do? Question: I canceled my service with AT&T over two years ago. I switched service to Verizon because I was extremely...
  • You may notice something a little different about this site

    Christopher Elliott
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Everything changes and nothing stands still — at least if Heraclitus is to be believed. Today, you can believe the old philosopher. My IT team and our friends at BoardingArea are putting the finishing touches on a top-to-bottom redesign of this site. We wanted to create something more...
  • Here’s a cautionary tale about naming your own price for a hotel

    Christopher Elliott
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Charles Shapiro and his wife visit Budapest, Hungary, every year, but this time is special. It’s her 80th birthday, and Shapiro says that for health reasons, it might be the last time they’re able to take the trip. So it’s understandable that, given the medical issues this couple...
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Camping Europe in Style

    Soul Travelers3
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Camping Europe in StyleReady to plan a camping trip European style? Camping is the cheapest way to visit Europe Ready to plan a camping trip European style? Camping is the cheapest way to visit Europe and the most popular way for middle-class European families and retirees to travel, but sadly, most Americans miss this opportunity. A motorhome is a especially useful and ideal for families, couples or small group of friends, as they are both transportation and accommodation and one of the best ways to meet other Europeans like the creative folks in the photo above that made us smile when we…
  • Stunning French Stone House Photo

    Soul Travelers3
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Stunning French Stone House PhotoYou just don't see stunning stone houses like this one in France any where in the world like you do in You just don't see stunning stone houses like this one in France any where in the world like you do in Europe and it is one of the reasons we love that continent so much. I thought you'd enjoy this travel photo as much as I do. Don't you love the charming details of the red picket fence, matching wooden door and rail plus bright flowers in boxes all around, surrounded by greenery? How it enhances the natural stone! These are the kind of…
  • Giveaway: Win Amazing Not Your Mother’s Hair Products!

    Soul Travelers3
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:07 am
    GIVEAWAY: Win Amazing Not Your Mother’s Hair Products!Don't miss Mozart's Giveaway Celebration to win Not Your Mother's hair products that are Don't miss Mozart's Giveaway Celebration to win Not Your Mother's hair products that are on par with leading professional hair care brands, yet available to all. We love these trend-setting products and discovered them on our own before they asked Mozart to be the youngest reporter at New York Fashion Week. To celebrate her 2066 subscribers on our Soultravelers3 Youtube Channel, Mozart wanted to give back something to her…
  • Bhutan Road Trip

    Soul Travelers3
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Bhutan Road Trip  You will never forget a road trip around Bhutan, that picturesque Himalayan last      You will never forget a road trip around Bhutan, that picturesque Himalayan last Shangri La.  Bhutan travel is like no where else in the world so driving there you will see yaks, nomads, pristine nature, school children walking long distances and colorful trucks. Bhutan only had a road since the 1960's and driving  deep into Eastern Bhutan, the most isolated and sacred part, is an arduous, slow journey. We are happily haunted by our heavenly memories…
  • Yummy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

    Soul Travelers3
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:12 am
    Yummy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars RecipeTis the season for desserts? Something about these cooler days makes one yearn for something sweet and Tis the season for desserts? Something about these cooler days makes one yearn for something sweet and delicious. Here is Mozart's favorite treat that she made and we indulged in over Halloween, a paleo recipe that is gluten free, grain free and scrumptious. Like all our super healthy dessert recipes, we like to keep things simple (like chocolate cake, banana bread, clafouti, ice cream with out machine , chocolate strawberries etc.).Don't forget…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Cranky on the Web (November 17 – 21) – Ethiopian Madness, Rebanking in Miami, More

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Ethiopian Airlines: The Flexible Airline (or, why you shouldn’t combine multiple tickets on one itinerary) – Travel Babbo One of our clients wrote about his saga dealing with Ethiopian. Not only did they re-route his airplane to the other side of the country, they canceled another flight and rebooked him 2 days later. When we told the airline that wasn’t acceptable and he just wanted a refund, they actually balked. That wasn’t the worst of it. Amazing. Cranky Analysis: The Re-Banking of Miami – $$PlaneBusiness Banter (subscription required)$$ I’m back with…
  • Topic of the Week: Frontier in Denver

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    I already wrote about Spirit and Allegiant this week, so we can’t leave Frontier out of the mix can we? Frontier announced it would start cutting back Denver with reduced flights and jobs. Is this the right move? What do you think will replace that flying?
  • Allegiant Tweaks Its Model to Run Toward Competition

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Allegiant has a habit of announcing a bunch of new routes all at one time, and last week was no exception. The airline rolled out 15 new routes and 5 new cities with another one coming this week. If you don’t live in one of those cities, it would have been easy to just ignore the news, but you shouldn’t. There’s a subtle shift going on in Allegiant’s business model. And according to the airline, the shift is due to competition. It’s not running away. It’s actually running toward it. Allegiant’s model has long been based on the simple idea of…
  • Spirit Goes International From Houston, Steals Southwest’s Thunder

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    The ramp-up to Southwest flying internationally from Houston has been a long one with political drama and major construction. But as Southwest gets closer, Spirit has decided to get a head start. It’s launching a slew of international service in May which is bound to give a little heartburn to both Southwest and United. But Spirit is smart for doing this, and the timing is right. The reason for all the drama with Southwest is simply due to airport choice. While most airlines fly from Houston Intercontinental on the north side of town, Southwest flies exclusively from Houston Hobby on…
  • Why Revenue-Based Loyalty Programs Aren’t the Right Answer

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    One of the big topics we tackled at the Travelport Ignite conference was loyalty programs. There were some very interesting ideas floated, including one that airlines should give their loyal top tier elites benefits when they have to fly other carriers on rare occasion. My initial reaction was that it was insane, but after further thought, it’s not so crazy. That’s why I like these kinds of sessions. They make you think. And once the session was over, a few of us gathered together to talk about the latest craze, revenue-based frequent flier programs. I’m not a fan, and I…
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Travel Tip: Holiday Driving Tips
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: Holiday Driving TipsThe holidays are some of the busiest driving times of the year—and generally the most dangerous. Here are a few holiday driving tips to protect yourself on the road. Don’t... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Holiday Driving Tips appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Your Ultimate Guide to Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Read the full article on at - Your Ultimate Guide to Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel DealsFor those who would rather not wait in the freezing cold all night for Black Friday deals, hotels and tour companies around the world are offering sales…online. You can find... Read More...The post Your Ultimate Guide to Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Find Out Airport Security Wait Times Before You Leave
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: Find Out Airport Security Wait Times Before You LeaveFew things are more frustrating than arriving at the airport early only to get caught up in the security line. If only you could predict how long that line will be. Oh... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Find Out Airport Security Wait Times Before You Leave appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • How One New Scam Targets Grandparents
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Read the full article on at - How One New Scam Targets GrandparentsWe’ve all come across scams at one point or another. But now some scammers are targeting a specific group of people: grandparents. Unfortunately, senior citizens are a common target, and... Read More...The post How One New Scam Targets Grandparents appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Save Time This Year: 5 Tips for Beating Thanksgiving Traffic
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    Read the full article on at - Save Time This Year: 5 Tips for Beating Thanksgiving TrafficIt’s official: Thanksgiving traffic will be a little worse than normal this year. TripAdvisor conducted a survey of 2,500 people and found that 60 percent of Thanksgiving travelers will be trekking by road this... Read More...The post Save Time This Year: 5 Tips for Beating Thanksgiving Traffic appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Charlevoix, Canada: Things to Do

    Nancy Brown
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you visiting Charlevoix for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada. Situated within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the Charlevoix region is a unique nature area including parts of the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River and […]
  • Movie Review: Wildlike

    Nancy Brown
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am drawn to Alaska. I have visited this wild frontier in the winter, spring, summer and fall. Perhaps it’s the gorgeous scenery that pulls me in like a magnet or the wide open spaces that it offers up to active adventure travelers such as myself. Whatever the case, I jump at the chance to […]
  • Cebu City, Philippines: 3 Historical Don’t Miss Houses

    Jamie Rhein
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Cebu City,  on the island of Cebu in the Philippines was not on my bucket list until my dad started traveling there and mentioned how much he thought I’d like it. So I went. And I did.  Cebu City is the oldest city in the Philippines and the first Spanish settlement which means there are several […]
  • Los Osos: Things To Do

    Nancy Brown
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you visiting Los Osos or the Baywood Park area of town for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in this California coastal community.     When I have a visitor from out of town, the first place they want to see is Montaña de […]
  • Shop Morro Bay, California

    Nancy Brown
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here in California we dutifully recycle our leaves, lawn clippings and tree trimmings, our newspapers and magazines and even our food scraps. However, many of us don’t think about recycling clothing or shoes. Antiques are fashionable to collect, but recycled vintage fashion? This holiday season I tasked myself with giving recycled holiday gifts. I selected […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • Hawaii Resort Fees, Are They Worth It?

    Bruce Fisher
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    On October 10th, Maui resident Kathleen Soule filed a class action lawsuit against Priceline and Marriott Resorts. Kathleen is suing because she The post Hawaii Resort Fees, Are They Worth It? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Get started budgeting for Your Hawaiian Vacation

    Bruce Fisher
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    There’s no easy way around the topic… a vacation is expensive. It takes many couples and families years to save up for The post Get started budgeting for Your Hawaiian Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Vacationing vs. just Traveling to Hawaii

    Bruce Fisher
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    There are a ton of ways for travelers to save on vacations, especially with new companies popping up like Airbnb and VRBO The post Vacationing vs. just Traveling to Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Plate Lunches – It’s all about the sides

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

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

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Tagliatelle with Ragu, cooking with Nonna Violante   What makes Italian cuisine so delightful and varied is that each region holds tightly to its local traditions that include food, wine, music, dialect, and folklore. In Bellaria Igea Marina, fresh seafood dominates the local cuisine, and you will find many popular recipes created around various types of fish that are prominent in this area. Ingredients are simple, natural, and healthy. From the type of salt added to the food (coarse sea salt was preferred), to spices and herbs, each ingredient has a purpose for flavor as well as healthy…
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  • Do the Charleston — Charleston, SC

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Do the Charleston - Charleston, SC Charleston, SC Where I stayedOak Plantation Campground What I did Magnolia Plantation & Gardens CharlestonMichael Trouche Walking TourCaw Caw Interpretive CenterDungannon Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management AreaKnown for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston has received a large number of accolades, including "America's Most Friendly City" by Travel + Leisure in 2011 and in 2013 and 2014 by Condé Nast Traveler, and also "the most polite and hospitable city in America"…
  • Countries Visited during WWT — Granada, Nicaragua

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Countries Visited during WWT - Granada, Nicaragua Granada, Nicaragua1. Spain 2. Morocco 3. Croatia 4. Poland 5. Slovakia 6. Czech Republic 7. Hungary 8. Serbia 9. Bosnia & Herzegovina 10. Montenegro 11. Bulgaria 12. Greece 13. Turkey 14. Kenya 15. Tanzania 16. Malawi 17. Zambia 18. Botswana 19. Namibia 20. South Africa 21. Sri Lanka 22. India 23. Nepal 24. Singapore 25. Malaysia 26. New Zealand 27. Australia 28. Indonesia 29. Thailand 30. Myanmar 31. Laos 32. Cambodia 33. Vietnam 34. China 35. Brunei 36. Philippines 37. USA 38. Mexico 39. Belize 40. Guatemala 41. Honduras
  • Two nights in the jungle — Dhenkanal, India

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Two nights in the jungle - Dhenkanal, India Dhenkanal, India Where I stayedGajlaxmie PalaceOur stay in the jungle is fun. Danny has investigated home stays close to Puri before we head to Chennai and then home. Its a relief to leave the frenzy of the holiday makers in Puri and hear the sounds of silence, maybe for the first time since leaving Oz. The home stay is Gajlaxmie Palace at the foothills of Megha, Borapada, Dhenkanal with Mt Megha in constant view, its around four hours from Puri. Enroute at Kandhara we visit the Udayagiri hills and caves second century BC and marvel at the…
  • Baptism by fire and water. — Philippi, WV

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Baptism by fire and water. - Philippi, WV Philippi, WV Where I stayedAngel Band Farm B&B, Arden, PhilippiIn retrospect, as self appointed 'route planner in chief' I might have asked a bit much of Stuart today. Having flown in yesterday he had disappeared off to the local Harley shop to buy some new waterproof boots (apparently the ordinary Harley boots fail in this rather fundamental area). And then we were up bright and early this morning to pick up the rental bike (yet to be named – it is sparkly and navy blue – however there’s no rush because we haven’t…
  • Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero — New York, NY

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero - New York, NY New York, NY Where I stayed DoubleTree Suites By Hilton Hotel New York City - Times SquareWe started the day early, about 7.30am, by walking to the Greyline bus office a block over to exchange our vouchers for our 48 hour hop on/hop off double decker bus tour into tickets, then we walked a couple of blocks up to the subway line 1 for the South Ferry line to ride the subway down to Battery Park where we would need to ride the ferry to Liberty Island to visit the Statue of Liberty. A local lady helped us work out the machine to buy our Met Cards…
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  • Six Airline Fees Worth the Money

    Rick Seaney
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    It’s holiday time. If you’ll be flying, you paid plenty for your ticket. The last thing you need are more airline fees. But before you shut your wallet, take a look at the following fees; they’re not expensive and they could make your life a whole lot easier. Sometimes it pays to pay a little more. But don’t pay this fee – the worst one ever. 1. Cut-in-line fees That’s what I call early boarding fees and whether you’re traveling solo, with little kids or seniors or just want to board early while there’s still bin space for your carry-on, this…
  • Southwest Airlines: Best Time to Buy Cheap Airline Tickets

    Rick Seaney
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Editor’s note: We updated this popular post as of Nov. 11, 2014 with new, easy-to-use information. One thing that hasn’t changed is our mission: to help you save money every time you shop for airfare. The cheapest day to shop for airfare is generally Tuesdays (at 3 p.m. eastern time) and this is true for most U.S. airlines. If you’re looking for deals on Southwest, here’s what else you need to know. Always Compare Southwest Prices Southwest does not sell its fare anywhere except on If you want to see Southwest prices, go there – then compare…
  • How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Plane

    Rick Seaney
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Most of us don’t get sick on planes. But, it happens – and with cold and flu season coming up, it could pay to take a few extra precautions. NOTE: I’m no doctor so consult a health care professional if you have any big worries, especially if traveling to a country where dangers lurk. If you’ll be flying in and out of regions where Ebola is a concern, please read this fact sheet from the U.S. State Department. LISTEN: More ‘stay healthy’ tips from Rick. Protect Yourself from Common Bugs There are a lot of things you can do – to protect yourself and…
  • Finding Last-Minute Deals for Thanksgiving: It’s All About the Return Date

    Rick Seaney
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Still don’t have your Thanksgiving airline tickets yet? Shop now but as you shop, pay special attention to your itinerary’s return date. That is the key to saving money. LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney’s latest ways to save. Thanksgiving: Best and Worst Dates to Fly There is no such thing as a good deal at Thanksgiving (Nov. 27). Your only hope lies in finding the best of the bad deals. Best deals: Return on the Friday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), the Saturday after (Nov. 29) or the Monday after (Dec. 1). Worst deals: Most expensive fares are typically found in the…
  • 5 Unexpected Things that Can Ruin a Flight. Don't Let That Happen.

    Rick Seaney
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Don’t let unexpected snags ruin a trip during the upcoming holidays – or any time. We’ve got solutions for problems you can fix and coping mechanisms for those you can’t. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney’s been there. Oh, has he ever. 1. Lost ID Ever done this? As you approach the TSA airport security line, you reach into pocket or purse and – no driver’s license. Where did it go? More importantly, how will you get through security without your precious ID? What you can do: TSA officers are used to this and have a procedure which involves pulling you…
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  • United’s Sucker Bet: If You’re Hungry Enough, You’ll Waste Your Miles

    Gary Leff
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Conde’ Nast‘s Barbara Peterson looks at the United MileagePlus option to redeem miles for meals at their Newark hub. As part of an impressive re-do launching for United’s terminal at Newark, there are several top-end eateries going in. One feature that’s being played up is the ability to use miles for food as an instant redemption. Peterson suggests that this could make sense if your miles have become so devalued that they are now less than a penny. Roughly speaking it looks like the miles-for-food option gives you about 7/10ths of a penny per point. Which is pathetic.
  • Never Believe an Airline When Its Lips Move

    Gary Leff
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Airlines are like politicians. If the claims they make are non-binding (and very few are binding, even more so in a post-Ginsberg world), and they want something — a merger, or just customers to swallow a change without defecting and pulling business — there’s little incentive to keep their word. This is strange in a way. We expect that airline customers are repeat customers, especially an airline’s most valuable customers. So in this iterative game it would make sense to maintain trust. But consumers overall buy on price, have a low opinion of airlines generously, and…
  • Questions That Are Rarely Asked: If Airlines Have Minimum Spend Requirements for Elite Status…

    Gary Leff
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    Joe Brancatelli asks a simple questions about minimum revenue requirements for earning elite status: Airlines have the right to create the terms of their programs as they see fit. But if they now base their programs on revenue instead of miles, why do they continue to demand a minimum number of flights and/or miles flown in addition to the dollar spend? After all, if the revenue you contribute to an airline’s bottom line is what counts, why does it matter how many miles or flights you fly? Other questions that are rarely asked: Why don’t on-airport parking lots discount? Why do…
  • Newark’s Mashed Potatoes-for-Miles Program, a Hack to Power Your Devices at Airports, and Problems at Uber

    Gary Leff
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    News and notes from around the interweb: All-Audi all-inclusive car rental company Silvercar (see How I Made $12 on My Audi Rental Car) will now award Virgin America miles: 500, 1000, and 2000 points on this 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rental through December 31. LAX has new rules to promote unionization at the airport, and airlines are suing Power your devices with all those LCD monitors in the airport The management and culture shift that Uber needs to make At Newark Airport, mashed potatoes will cost you 1150 MileagePlus miles. Even factoring in sales tax that’s only 3/4ths of a penny per…
  • Korean Air Gone As a Transfer Partner From the Chase Website!

    Gary Leff
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Korean Air Skypass has disappeared off of the Chase website as a points transfer partner. Here are the airlines I currently see listed: Friday night is the worst time for this, for me, since I can’t reach anyone at Chase in real-time to confirm the meaning of the change. Korean Air has been one of my favorite uses of Chase points. First class awards have been so darned easy to get. There are real sweet spots in their Skyteam award chart They offer cheap awards to Hawaii Although they are of course very Korean and their processes for redeeming awards are unique. If Korean is indeed gone…
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • Eight Months on Ghazzah St

    Tony Wheeler
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Hilary Mantel wrote a number of books before her big breakthrough with Wolf Hall. Followed up by her second Booker Prize winner Bring Up the Bodies. I saw the two books, as plays, in London earlier this year. On the same day, matinee and evening performance so it was a Mantel overload. I’ve just read one of her early novels, Eight Months on Ghazzah St, published back in 1988. It’s the story of an eight month stay in an apartment on Ghazzah St in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Hilary Mantel lived in the Kingdom for four years, when her husband was working there, just like the husband of the…
  • It’s Time – the Whitlam Era

    Tony Wheeler
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    ▲ Maureen and I arrived in Australia – on the beach at Exmouth on the North-West Cape of Western Australia – on 7 December 1972. In a few weeks time that will be 42 years ago. ▲ Exactly five days earlier Gough Whitlam had been elected Prime Minister with the election slogan ‘It’s Time.’ The photo above is of Whitlam Place in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, a region of Melbourne which definitely would have voted for Whitlam. And it certainly was time, his election brought an end to 23 years of sometimes stifling conservative rule in Australia. A change was well overdue. Within…
  • More Backyard Birds

    Tony Wheeler
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:32 pm
    There’s always lots of bird activity around my place in Australia, this time of year I can watch my courtyard blackbird and my computer screen at the same time. Last year I noted the first blackbird chicks had hatched out and were contemplating departure at the end of October. It’s nearly two weeks later this year although this year’s baby is much more active, it hasn’t spent days scuttling around at ground level before it took flight. ▲ This year’s baby blackbird perched on the windowsill yesterday. ▲ I’ve got another bird at my window which I’m not so happy about. No, not…
  • Climbing Mah On Shan in Hong Kong

    Tony Wheeler
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Between my recent visit to Shanghai and to Guizhou Province in China I stopped in Hong Kong to meet some friends and climb a little mountain. Hong Kong has a surprising amount of countryside and walking trails and lots of peaks you can climb, to peer through the China pollution at the view. ▲ I was staying at the Icon Hotel in Kowloon so I crossed the freeway to the Hung Hom MTR station, took a train to Kowloon Tong, changed to another train to Choi Hung … ▲ and from there took the 1A bus to Sai Kung. ▲ It’s a popular little dormitory suburb to Hong Kong with some busy waterfront…
  • Tech Challenges

    Tony Wheeler
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    ▲ At Hong Kong Airport these warning signs appear on all the escalators. You’ll also hear regular warnings on the MTR – the Hong Kong subway system – to pay attention to the outside world, not to focus all your attention on your phone. These mobile/cell phone warnings are as ubiquitous as the ‘mind the gap’ warnings on the Tube in London. At my advanced age I’m supposed to be hit by ‘tech challenges’ on a regular basis and not just the challenge of walking while talking/texting/studying my phone at the same time. It’s true, I’d be seriously disappointed if I didn’t get…
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  • Amsterdam: 10 budget tips for planning an affordable trip

    Audrey Sykes
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    Amsterdam isn’t the most expensive city in Europe (we’re looking at you London!), but it’s certainly not the cheapest. You can expect to pay a little bit more for all of the essentials than you would in a place like Italy or Spain. Luckily, with a little bit of planning and know how, a tourist’s budget can stay affordable. Here are ten tips to keep in mind as you plan your Amsterdam vacation: 1. Avoid taxis if you can Amsterdam is small and walkable, and public transport covers all areas of the city. A cab ride that costs you €20 to Museum Square is an easy €2.80 on the…
  • WOW, $99 to Europe? Yes, but the devil is in the details

    Alex Robertson Textor
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Travel blogs have been abuzz in the last few weeks in the wake of Iceland-based WOW Air’s announcement that they will be offering summer 2015 transatlantic flights starting at $99. How is this possible? Is it really possible? There must be a catch, right? Before we dive into the analysis of these deals, let’s take a moment to review Iceland’s recent and rather exciting low-cost passenger airline history. A little bit of history Before there was WOW Air there was Iceland Express (2003-2012), which also flew transatlantic routes. The airline flew from Iceland’s Keflavík Airport (near…
  • 10 free things that will make you fall in love with London

    Frances Ambler
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    There’s that famous phrase “tired of London, tired of life.” But it’s not that we get tired of London’s countless entertainments and diversions—it’s just that sometimes our wallet does. When that budget starts to bite, it’s worth remembering that the many things that London offers for free, can be every bit as inspiring as all of the paid stuff. In fact, when you start to account for all of the free things that visitors can take advantage of, maybe London isn’t so expensive as we always make it out to be. Here are ten ideas for starters. The incredible view from the…
  • Fall of the Wall 25: On the scene in Berlin

    Craig Nelson
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    Twenty-five years ago on the night of November 9, 1989, Berlin witnessed the Fall of the Wall, an iconic moment for the whole world. This weekend the city was aglow with lights spread out along 15km of the wall’s former path. It was a spectacular sight to behold across Berlin, and the city held several events to commemorate this historic moment. They even encouraged a hashtag #fallofthewall25 to document the festivities. It all built up to a big celebration last night on the official anniversary. Here are some photos that capture the spirit of the city on this historic evening. A mural…
  • Barcelona: Affordable hotels near top attractions

    Regina W Bryan
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:43 am
    Compared to sprawling Madrid, Barcelona is compact and easy to cover on foot or by public transportation. Nevertheless, if you’re coming for a short trip to the city, staying in a central location and near a popular sight will save you a lot of money and time. There are several budget hotels to choose from in Barcelona, whether you are looking to stay near the sea, the charming Gothic Quarter or close to the world-famous cathedral designed by Gaudi. Here are our top hotel picks near three of the city’s must-see landmarks. La Sagrada Família This one is on everyone’s list, and if it’s…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • How to Take Family Vacation to Cuba

    Alice Benny
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    When most people consider vacationing on a Caribbean island, a family vacation to Cuba probably isn’t the first destination that springs to mind. That’s particularly true for Americans, many of whom are under the mistaken impression that traveling to Cuba is illegal. Actually, Americans can travel to Cuba, though they have to jump through hoops… Read more The post How to Take Family Vacation to Cuba appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Review of Best Portable Travel Chargers

    Greg Head
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    I remember back-in-the-day when my old Nokia phone said I had ‘low battery’ it meant that I had 2 days to find a charger. Now daily, and sometime multiple times a day, I’m re-charging my , headset, and …etc etc.  Unless I’m in my office, home, or I’m out of luck. Travel (commuting, day-trip, multi-days/weeks) these… Read more The post Review of Best Portable Travel Chargers appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Go Green Travel Green Travel Blogs You Should Be Reading

    Greg Head
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Since Go Green Travel Green is somewhat of a Niche Green Travel Blog (although we think sustainable travel is something that should be pervasive and not a niche), I love the personal stories that get told in travel blogs. Just as relationships with family and friends change when you quit your job and spending several months traveling,… Read more The post Go Green Travel Green Travel Blogs You Should Be Reading appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Where to Rent Green Rental Car Hybrid

    Dawn Head
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Visiting new places is exciting. There’s so much to see and do, and so many memories to be made. Travel also involves planning. With itineraries to create and hotel reservations to make, it’s easy to overlook the environment. However, many companies are making it easier to be eco-friendly while on the go. Resorts are catering… Read more The post Where to Rent Green Rental Car Hybrid appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Go Green Go Cycling Helps Environment, Health and Wallet

    Dawn Head
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Go Green Go Cycling; The idea of going green is a way not only to help protect the environment but also to benefit your health and your wallet. First, riding your bicycle protects the environment by removing another pollution producing and traffic congestion-causing vehicle from the road. Second, bike riding has the beneficial side effect of… Read more The post Go Green Go Cycling Helps Environment, Health and Wallet appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • Venice: Venice is Tired of Noisy Rolling Luggage, May Fine Tourists Up to $620

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    Remember how we said that luggage is the worst? Yeah, well the whole of Venice, Italy agrees and may even be successful with a new proposal to outlaw rolling baggage. As there are only two ways to get around Venice (by foot or by boat), tourists who haven't lined their pockets with enough cash for a private water taxi transfer typically have to hoof it along canals, down alleys, and over bridges to reach their accommodation, lugging their baggage the whole way. 2013 was a record year for Venice tourism; La Serenissima welcomed nearly 60,000 daily visitors on average. The Venice Times actually…
  • The Lowdown on Getting Around Burma by Taxi

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    It seems like everyone and their moms are going to Burma. Or is it Myanmar? (For the answer, see here.) Thanks to political and humanitarian reforms of the last several years, this Southeast Asian country is more open than ever to tourism. Over the next week or so, Jaunted's Julia Buckley will be sharing her tips and experiences as a traveler in Burma without a tour group and without memorizing a guidebook, but with common sense and open eyes on a Burma Field Trip. This week in Burma we’ve been concentrating on how to get around, and while it’s the most expensive (and bourgeois)…
  • Sao Miguel: The Main Attraction on Sao Miguel in the Azores is a Hole in the Ground

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Now that you know what to eat when you visit the island of Sao Miguel, let's talk about where to go to burn it off. The island is filled with natural beauty, including a rocky coastline and rolling, hilly highlands. But the main attraction, without question, is the volcanic crater of Sete Cidades. It's not hard to see why. Sete Cidades is the name of a town that sits at the bottom of a three-mile long volcanic crater that features two back-to-back lakes, the "Blue Lake" and the "Green Lake," each named for the color of its water. The color difference of the lakes is extremely obvious on a…
  • Kickstarter's 'Fugu Luggage' May Finally Solve the 2-Wheel or 4-Wheel Debate

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Luggage sucks. Don't think so? Take a flight without it some time, perhaps on a quick overnight with just a messenger bag, and you'll quickly find that luggage is its own particular brand of torture. Travelers with it are less agile, earlier exhausted, responsible for extra fees, potential crime targets, and forced to spend more time at the airport dealing with it. Then there's the whole separate nightmare of if it's delayed or gone missing. 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of commercial flight, and it's shocking to think how little the baggage situation has changed in that century. Adding…
  • Atlanta: Tour 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Filming Locations in Atlanta

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    To celebrate the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, one of the movie's main filming locations is expanding its hours and tours this weekend. The Swan House at the Atlanta History Center was featured in Catching Fire during a party scene and will be once again be used for scenes with President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland, in Mockingjay.
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  • Check-Out Folio: Burma, South Beach and Dirty Remote Controls

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:29 pm
    It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it! CREDITS · WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW RIGHT NOW ABOUT THE BURMA HOTEL SCENE · DOLCE & GABBANA CHRISTMAS TREE AT CLARIDGE'S IS REVEALED · BOOK A ROOM AT 1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH ALSO: Where to fly on the Four Seasons Jet in 2016. CHARGES · ANOTHER HOTEL CHARGES FOR A NASTY ONLINE REVIEW · THE HOTEL REMOTE CONTROL IS FILTHY. WE ALREADY KNEW THIS BUT STILL,
  • New Orleans: All Around The AC Hotel by Marriott in New Orleans

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    We already gave you a brief look at the rooms inside the first ever AC Hotel by Marriott in the U.S. and we had you salivating over the croissants flown in from France (well, the frozen dough was), but now it's time to take you all around the AC Hotel by Marriott New Orleans. We like to let the pictures do most of the talking but here's what you need to know: The History: The AC was built out of two historic buildings--The Cotton Exchange and The Security Homestead Association--although the buildings have been used as hotel for quite some time. The hotel, which is one block from Canal and two…
  • Two New Ways to Book a Hotel Room and One That Always Stays Constant

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    You use already use to do everything you need from buying books, diapers and shoes to streaming TV shows and movies so it makes sense that the e-tailer will start allowing you to book hotels through them. But this won't be just another massive web hotel deals aggregator.According to Skift's exclusive report about the forthcoming Amazon Travel service, hotel options will be curated and independent hotels. Here's how it will work from the hotel side: Properties would load their room types, availability, pricing information, and photos into an Amazon extranet and would pay a standard…
  • Fort Lauderdale: The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel Will Turn Into...

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    A B Hotel!This is an interesting turn of events. The other day we reported that the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, formerly The Yankee Clipper, would stop being a Sheraton on December 1 but there was no clue as to who or what brand would go in its place. Now, we have an answer. A tipster tells us that the hotel will be a B Hotel. And indeed, it's been confirmed on the B Hotels website with an opening date of December 1.You might remember the B brand opened its very first hotel in Fort Lauderdale, but that has now changed into a Sonesta Hotel. B went onto open a spot
  • Marysville: Vibe Hotels in Australia is Grooving a Little Differently Now

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Australian hotel brand, Vibe Hotels, is tackling two things at once--expansion and rebranding--when they open their newest property next year, near the Yarra Ranges National Park, outside of Melbourne. The new Vibe design is a far departure from the lime green and purple color scheme sported at other properties. Those dated hues are being traded for a more sophisticated and modern blue, which is more reflective of the local surroundings.Tucked away near the Yarra Ranges National Park, this property will be a sub-alpine retreat that features local artwork and locally sourced seasonal produce…
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  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Looking for something new and fun to do while traveling this week? Check out Viator’s best travel deals available around the globe this week and make the most of your travel budget Here are the top Viator Travel Deals through Nov. 26, 2014: Australia & the Pacific Save on tours in Melbourne! Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour – Save 20% Be amazed by the wonders of New Zealand on this two-day Te Anau Super Saver. First, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound where the natural beauty will leave you breathless. The following day,…
  • Visiting Vittoriosa and Senglea in Malta

    Viator Travel Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Located right in the middle of the Mediterranean, the island nation of Malta is known for two things: its breathtaking landscapes and its history. Gorgeous day for a gorgeous view. Though it may seem small on a map, it’s actually quite a big place when you see it in person and there’s so much to do that it can be a bit overwhelming. After having stayed there for a week, I highly recommend touring the Three Cities (Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua) along the grand harbor to get a sense of Maltese culture and history before venturing out and exploring the rest of the island. The…
  • The Viator Photography Guide is Here!

    Viator Travel Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Check out Viator’s new photography guide! Taking great vacation photos just became a whole lot easier! Check out Viator’s new photography guide. This all new guide will show you all the best tips and tricks to get the best photos. All it takes is a little knowledge of the basics elements of photography and a bit of practice and your photos will look as beautiful as the memories they capture. First things first: before you leave home, consider what type of camera and accessories you’ll need. Choose the camera that fits you best (and that you’re likely to never leave in your…
  • Out of Office: Susie in Belize

    Viator Travel Team
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world. Whether traveling for work or pleasure (or both!) our staff members are always on the go and we want to share their experiences with you! In this new series, Out of Office, we’ll bring you their stories, highlighting the best things to do and see in destinations around the world, as experienced by a real…
  • Five Must-Visit Markets in Montevideo, Uruguay

    Viator Travel Team
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Sunset at Montevideo, Uruguay Montevideo is a jovial capital, undisturbed by a need to compete with the city across the river. Unlike its neighbor—Buenos Aires, where nearly 3 million residents jointly tango to a song that is modern and urban—Montevideo seems complacently comfortable in its distinct, traditional identity. Over a million people reside in the city—yet it only feels like a town. It’s a burgeoning center of economic progress, yet there is a romantic sense of historical sameness with minimal zest for change. That’s the way it feels in the Old Town, at least—a…
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  • Find World Hum Writers in ‘The Best American Travel Writing 2014’

    The World Hum Editors (
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The latest edition of the annual “Best American Travel Writing” anthology series landed in bookstores this month, and it looks to be full of good stuff, including stories from heavyweights like David Sedaris, Michael Paterniti, and Colson Whitehead. Two World Hum stories are included this time around: Andrew McCarthy’s Clear-Eyed in Calcutta, and In the Abode of the Gods, by Jeffrey Tayler. David Farley’s A Sort of Happy Ending was included in the notable selections, and World Hum contributors Tom Swick, Tony Perrottet, Frank Bures and Doug Mack were also honored in…
  • Kidnapped Writer Michael Scott Moore Released in Somalia

    The World Hum Editors (
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    It’s been more than two and a half years since Michael Scott Moore, the writer best known for the surf book Sweetness and Blood, was abducted in Somalia while reporting on piracy there. Late last month, he was finally released and sent home. Moore is a World Hum contributor and a past interview subject. He has yet to speak or write publicly about his ordeal, but Outside has taken a long look at his captivity and broader debates about how best to respond to kidnappings for ransom. Needless to say, we’re relieved he’s been freed.
  • R.I.P. Jerrie Mock, First Woman to Fly Around the Globe Solo

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    20 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Jerrie Mock, the first female pilot to circumnavigate the globe solo, died earlier this month at her home in Florida. Mock was 88. From her obituary in the New York Times: When she took off on March 19, 1964, from Columbus, Ohio, Ms. Mock was a 38-year-old homemaker and recreational pilot who had logged a meager 750 hours of flight time. She returned there on April 17—29 days, 11 hours and 59 minutes later—after a 23,000-mile journey over the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Pacific, with stops in the Azores, Casablanca, Cairo,…
  • Ramen: a ‘Steaming Bowl of Paradox’

    The World Hum Editors (
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Boxes of Cup Noodles, Costco via Wikimedia (Creative Commons)A flat of Top Ramen was essential gear during my “living out of a car for months on end” days. Prior to that, ramen was my college survival food of choice. It was cheap, easily supplemented with veggies, and required no complicated kitchen equipment. Ramen was what car campers and poor students ate, in quantity. Affordable, fast, uncomplicated. And, it turns out, culturally significant. From Pacific Standard: George Solt’s The Untold History of Ramen is an attempt to show how the dish—hot broth, wheat…
  • American Religion, Eastern European Identity

    The World Hum Editors (
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    I love stories about complicated cultural identity issues. What’s at the intersection of religion and nationality? What happens when you add ethnicity to that question? How do people who find themselves in two not-quite-compatible subcultures reconcile the conflicting ideas, not just in their society, but within themselves? That’s why I liked this somewhat academic read about how some Armenians and Georgians are adopting American Evangelical religions—and struggling with the implications of what it means to leave traditional Orthodoxy behind. From The rise of Mormons and…
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    Brave New Traveler

  • Why travel Muslim countries?

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: jbdodane No part of the world within the last ten years has been scrutinized as much or stereotyped as heavily as the Muslim world. Although a minority of these countries have warranted the criticism, the media has unjustly painted the remaining majority as being similarly run, hateful of the west, and as places to be avoided. Not only are these countries worth visiting, but what they offer is so unique that to be left off the list of any traveler would be a shame. When a friend asked me where would I recommend visiting the most, I answered Jordan — a 90% majority Muslim country.
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • In Jakarta, 2,000 Rupiah for Nightmares Filled with Animated Corpses of Legendary Seafarers

    Brian Spencer
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    In the chilling season one finale of HBO’s Lynchian drama The Leftovers, a chain-smoking cult known as the Guilty Remnant break into homes of their fellow Mapleton, NY, residents and set up creepy, life-sized dolls acutely resembling family members who disappeared during a rapture-like event three years prior. Dressed in clothing worn by the departed
  • Discovering Nashville at Hatch Show Print

    Sheila Scarborough
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    Part of the cultural fabric of Nashville, Tennessee since 1879, the designer-printer folks at Hatch Show Print still do letterpress printing and typesetting the old-fashioned way: with inky fingers. For decades, iconic Hatch posters were…. “….the primary advertising medium for Southern entertainment, ranging from vaudeville and minstrel shows to magicians and opera singers, from Negro League
  • Ireland: Welcoming Winter Celebrations

    Kerry Dexter
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Dark comes early and sunrise comes late in Ireland as the year turns toward winter and winter holidays. It is a season for family, for gathering in, for the preparation of Advent and the celebration of Christmas. As you travel through Ireland in winter, you will find bright evenings in cities and quiet joys in
  • In Hong Kong, Just Another Night at The Roundhouse

    Brian Spencer
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    He told me not to get the wrong idea. “Don’t get the wrong idea,” he said. “Normally I don’t have this mustache. I’m growing it for Movember. Do you know Movember?” “Yeah, I do,” I said. “Basically you grow a mustache, and you get people to, uh, donate money to support, uhhh…” “To grow your
  • Mr. Cini and the Salt Flats of Gozo

    Kristin Winet
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    This is the story of how an ancient Roman practice ended up becoming the joy of one man’s life. It is also a story of one of my favorite islands in the world and one incredible condiment. That practice is salt harvesting, the man is Mr. Emmanuel Cini, and the island is Gozo. As most
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • World view: camping in Mount Rainier national park, Washington state

    Guardian Staff
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    'We were planning to overnight at one of the campgrounds in Mount Rainier national park in Washington state, but when we got to the park, they were all full. We then had to get a backcountry permit to spend the night in the park, so we got one for Snow Lake. After a few miles of hiking, we reached the edge of this beautiful mountain lake where we spent the night. This is one of a series of views from my tent that I captured on my travels in the Pacific Northwest this summer. It's a beautiful region of the US, the one I am blessed to call home.'• Follow @MichaelMatti on Instagram or at…
  • An urbanist's guide to Los Angeles: ‘The most misunderstood city on the planet’

    Alissa Walker
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Alissa Walker of A Walker in LA argues in favour of an unsung public transit system and highlights the glitz and the grit of The Big OrangeMy name is Alissa Walker, better known as A Walker in LA (and yes, Walker is my real name). I write about design and cities and am currently the Urbanism Editor at Gizmodo. I’ve lived in LA for 13 years and half of that time I’ve done it without a car, which has transformed me into an enthusiastic advocate for walking, biking, and riding transit in the city. Our car-free CicLAvias have become some of the largest open streets events in the world.I live…
  • Johannesburg's art scene is thriving, but at what price?

    Houghton Kinsman for Contemporary And, part of the Guardian Africa network
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Analysis: new galleries, museums and commercial developments are transforming the city, but who faces being forced out, asks Houghton Kinsman for Contemporary AndAt the heart of Africa’s highly diverse artistic production has been the reinforcing of major African cities as cultural capitals. From Lagos to Nairobi, Dakar to Harare and Luanda these cities have become central to the growth of the African continent both economically and artistically. It’s what Cameroonian philosopher and critic Achille Mbembe calls the “afropolis”, speaking specifically of Johannesburg and generally of…
  • Wild skiing: from Oregon to Bosnia

    Tim Neville
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Backcountry skiing is always demanding and often dangerous, but it’s the only way to really get to know a mountain personally, says Tim NevilleThe Cascade Lakes highway runs southwest out of my hometown in Bend, Oregon, for about 20 miles, climbing out of the high desert and into the mountains before it ends rather abruptly at a place where winter begins. The transformation is shocking. It can be a sunny, almost warm day in town and, 3,000ft and 30 minutes later, a raging blizzard. Ponderosa pines give way to hemlocks and spruce. The land buckles into great volcanic welts. The snow on…
  • Best tropical holiday destinations in Africa & Indian Ocean under £40

    Jessica Hatcher
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    From jungle lodges in Africa to paradise island-beach shacks in the Indian Ocean, we round up the best affordable winter-sun escapesSee hotels in Australia | South America | Central America & Caribbean | AsiaUpepo Boutique Beach Bungalows, near BwejuuTanzanian hotelier Shareef and his Canadian filmmaker wife Karen will help you explore the wonders of Zanzibar. Their bungalows and beach house, all with private outdoor seating, are on a quiet stretch of white beach near Bwejuu village and well away from the tourist mecca of busy Stone Town. A fisherman catches dinner to order, and cookery…
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  • #LPChat: your best travel stories and recommendations for 2015

    Emma Sparks
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:16 am
    With the recent announcement of our Best in Travel destinations for 2015, we decided it was time to ask our Twitter community for some of their travel recommendations. We asked questions inspired by our Best in Travel regions and were met with hundreds of 140-character nuggets of inspiration. We couldn’t let these transient tweets go to waste, so we’ve collected them here for your wanderlust-filled perusal. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado [View the story "#LPChat: Best in Travel 2015" on Storify]
  • #LPInstawalk: Washington DC edition

    Emma Sparks
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    We recently revealed that Washington DC is our number one Best in Travel city for 2015. To celebrate this, and the launch of our brand new Washington DC pocket guide, we’re offering four lucky instagrammers the chance to join Lonely Planet expert Regis St. Louis (@RegisStLouis) and talented instagrammer Jarrett Hendrix (@BrilliantArtistry) on a bespoke tour of Washington DC on Saturday 6th December. We’ll share some of our insider tips on where to go in the capital, and some top tips for instagramming your travels. Who is @BrilliantArtistry? Jarrett has been documenting the world…
  • Join our Best in Travel 2015 chat on Twitter at #LPChat

    Emma Sparks
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Wondering where to go next? Lonely Planet’s experts have trekked the globe to select the best places to visit in 2015. Join us as we discuss travel plans for next year, lesser-known regions and what makes our chosen destinations so special in our Best in Travel #LPChat on Wednesday 12th November at 7pm GMT/2pm EDT. The tweeter with the most creative and inspiring answers will win a copy of Best in Travel 2015 and a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 courtesy of MSN. How do I take part? 1. Follow @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #LPChat on Twitter on Wednesday 12 November from 7pm GMT/2pm EDT.
  • Lonely Planet Kids: Space Explorer competition

    Emma Sparks
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    Last month we went back in time to the age of the dinosaurs with our Lonely Planet Kids ‘design a dinosaur’ competition. We received some fantastic entries and can’t wait to see what your travellers-in-training dream up next. For this month’s creative competition, we’re looking to the future and visiting unexplored territories, inspired by our How to be a Space Explorer book. The winner will get their hands on a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books! The task First, watch our How to be a Space Explorer video. Then write your own rap, poem or short story about a…
  • Storify: Macedonia road trip in pictures

    Brana Vladisavljevic
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor Brana Vladisavljevic visited Macedonia on a Balkans road trip. She discovered the beauties of Ohrid and Skopje, went on outdoors adventures, enjoyed the cuisine and admired some little-known historic sites. A house in Ohrid. Image by Lonely Planet [<a href="//" target="_blank">View the story "Road trip: mixing it up in Macedonia" on Storify</a>] Follow @branavl for travel news from Macedonia, and look out for Lonely Planet’s Eastern Europe guide, out next year, for our authors’ updates.
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  • Cities In Circles: Fisheye Effect Photos From Around The World

    Matt Long
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    FriFotos, the weekly photo sharing event I participate in, this week decided to choose the theme CIRCLES. So I thought it would be a good time to play around with some fun apps and turn a few of my favorite cityscapes into fisheye effect photos. What do you think, do you like the look of them?Petra, JordanBerlin, GermanyMelbourne, AustraliaVenice, ItalyDubrovnik, CroatiaTaipei, TaiwanLondonValletta, MaltaWillemstad, CuracaoBergamo, ItalyHong KongParisThe post Cities In Circles: Fisheye Effect Photos From Around The World appeared first on LandLopers.
  • 16 Instagram Travel Photographers You May Not Know But Should Follow

    Matt Long
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    If you’re like me you love getting lost in great travel imagery, and Instagram provides one of the best ways to do that. Here are some of my favorite Instagram travel accounts that you may not have heard of, but I think everyone should follow. Some are professionals and some aren’t but they all have one thing in common – a fierce love of travel and sharing their experiences with the world. In these beautiful Instagram travel accounts you’ll see everything from descriptive city scenes to landscapes that look like they were plucked out of a fantasy novel.It was hard to select just a few…
  • My Favorite Cities In Europe To Explore When It’s Cold Outside

    Matt Long
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
      Winter may not seem like the ideal travel time, but personally it’s my favorite. Things are a little bit cheaper and the throngs of tourists found in the summer months are long gone. Instead locals fill the streets as they scurry off to festivals and carnivals, allowing visitors the chance to feel like a part of the community for once instead of a camera-wielding interloper. To help convince you that braving the cold is well worth the effort, here are a few of my favorite cold weather travel destinations.BrusselsBrussels was one of my first introductions to the benefits of…
  • Orange Sunset In Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Matt Long
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    The post Orange Sunset In Wadi Rum, Jordan appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Why I Didn’t Skydive In Jordan

    Matt Long
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    I like to think that I can do just about anything, at least once. When I travel this seems to be even more pronounced as I find myself doing things that I would never consider back at home. And in spite of my fears, or because of them, I’ve done a lot of extreme activities from jumping off of the highest bungee swing in the world to swimming with Great Whites. Once in a while though I meet a challenge that I just can’t accept, as was recently the case when I couldn’t skydive in Jordan.It was towards the end of the trip and I had an opportunity to skydive at a facility in the Dead Sea.
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    nerd's eye view

  • Skyway Luggage

    Pam Mandel
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Skyway started making luggage in 1910. The company still exists as a brand, owned by Ricardo Beverly Hills, though it looks like their luggage is made in China now, no surprises there.  The old Skyway building, which was once their headquarters, sold to a music company in 2012 but it’s still wearing a For Sale sign. The neighborhood is fast turning to condos, so it probably won’t be too long before this funky old warehouse site, an endangered species in the Belltown neighborhood, is gone, replaced by highrises with units starting at 300,000 for a lower floor studio  unit with no…
  • Guest Post: Fishing for Tourists

    Pam Mandel
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The sunrise glared purple and orange over the palm trees, the colors mirrored in the Indian Ocean, but a different spectrum caught my eye, guiding my morning walk. On the far side of Passikudah Bay, the paint on a school of fishing boats gleamed algae green and saltwater blue as groups of men dragged each wooden hull out of the water by hand. Smiling young boys, still excited by their catch, unloaded sardines the size of the fingers I’d later use to eat them. Unsmiling old men, their enthusiasm squished by the daily work, strung up flat fish that dwarfed their upper bodies. At first, I…
  • Guest Post: In the Dust of Kayaköy

    Pam Mandel
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    “Peace is the tranquility of order.” This quote from St. Augustine opened one of the tiny devotional books I used for meditation when I was in high school. The declaration, as I understood it, made sense to me; indeed it seemed self-evident that observing rules, keeping things in their designated places, approaching tasks methodically, and being organized were all ways of dispelling angst and achieving satisfaction. What else was peace if not that? I don’t want to be unfair to my younger self. It’s not that I confused staying out of trouble or getting into college with transcendence;…
  • Guest Post: Come Hell or High Water

    Pam Mandel
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    In Search of the Torrent Duck I don’t know how our guide José did it, but from his seat in the front of the minibus—as it’s moving at 60 km an hour up the mountain—he hollered, “Torrent Duck!” Manolo, our driver, slammed on the breaks and pulled over to the side of the road. How did he see that? I followed José’s finger, pressed my nose against the window and there it was: a blur of a duck slipping off the rock into the river rapids, upstream. And then the white duck’s body torpedoed into the rapids. The four of us passengers jumped out of the van while Manolo stayed in the…
  • Open House

    Pam Mandel
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    What the hell, I’m going to try it again. I’m throwing the gates open for guest posts. Why? Honestly, my head’s not in the blogging space right now and I could use some help maintaining the heartbeat of my blog until I’m back at the keyboard. Guidelines? Be afraid, be very afraid. Essays ONLY. No top ten lists. No how to articles. No promotional nonsense. No link junk. No, no, no. Tell me a good story. Send your good stuff. Curious about what I’ve said “yes” to in the past? Here’s an archive of prior guest posts. Or, you know, just read my blog.
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • Is There a Quest in Your Future?

    Tim Leffel
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • What You Get, and Give Up, Living Abroad

    Tim Leffel
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
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  • Perception Busting Through Photos: Panama

    Tim Leffel
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
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  • Aligator Mothers, a Greek Painting Monk, and Ziplining on the Edge of Danger

    Tim Leffel
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • Europe on the Cheap(er) – Athens, Greece

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

  • How to be the perfect home swap host

    Home Base Holidays
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    Choosing to home swap is an exciting decision that opens you up to a new and very rewarding way to travel. Make sure when arranging your swaps that you make every effort to be a welcoming and caring host to your home exchange guests. Organisation as well as communication is important, but also to go the extra mile for your guests. Here is a list of tips how to be the perfect home swap host. Write personalised inquiries Read other profiles carefully and only write personalised messages with a brief explanation why you specifically want to stay at their home. In this way you are more likely to…
  • New website: helping you find your perfect home swap

    Home Base Holidays
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    We hope you'll love the new updated Home Base Holidays website ( There will be a little bit of adjusting but we think you'll agree that it's a huge improvement. Some of the new features include:  Search: Smart filters enable you to quickly find homes and locations to suit your needs.  Swap agreements: A new "Swap agreements" tool. Trip reports: Record your exchange experiences to share with others. High resolution home photos: Larger and unlimited images. Messaging system: An updated, user friendly messaging system. Saved searches / swap match alerts: Receive…
  • How to find your perfect home swap vacation

    Home Base Holidays
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    There are plenty of reasons why a home swap is a fantastic way to spend your next vacation. The first step is to set add your home to the home swap site, add as much details of your home, area and personal description. Make sure to also add photos to your listing to make your home swap offer stand out. Next, it is time to search for your perfect home swap partners. There are few things to think about before booking your flight and packing your bags. Here are five helpful tips to have the best and smooth home swap experience.  Start early To find the ideal home swap partner can take some…
  • Make your home swap listing stand out

    Home Base Holidays
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    With so many home swap offers to choose from it can sometimes seem hard to make your offer stand out in order for you to receive attractive inquiries. Read our tips how to help make your property stand out and so really make the most of your home swap membership. Include a profile picture It is really nice to see the person behind the listed property - it helps give a more personal touch which in turn helps to build trust. All members wants to have someone stay at their own place they feel comfortable with. You can almost compare home swap platforms with dating sites. After all you not only…
  • Q&A: Swapping a holiday cottage

    Home Base Holidays
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Q: I am interested in joining Home Base Holidays. I own a holiday cottage in the Lake District. Can I swap a week with another holiday cottage owner? A:  Your cottage in the Lake District should certainly be popular for home swaps. You can swap a week (or shorter/longer) with other holiday cottage owners (and with main homes too). If you are particularly interested in exchanges with other holiday home owners, you can limit your search to second homes. Visit the site and, on the detailed search page, tick the box beside 'second home' and select any other important criteria; then click…
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    Twitter Travels

  • Introducing the Best Furniture Museums in the US

    11 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you’re like me who visits Ikea just to admire and appreciate their furniture collection, then why not go to an actual furniture museum? See how present furniture trends today have been influenced by the remarkable designs dating back to pre-World War I period. So if you desire inspiration for your home or office, then stop by these furniture museums for some aesthetics and history! High Point Museum North Carolina’s town of High Point saw first-hand the economic and social contributions of the booming furniture manufacturing era, which began in the 1880s. At the turn of the 20th…
  • Romantic Things to Do in Charlotte NC

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Queen City is known for its charm, romance, and all the irresistible activities that make dating much more exciting than other cities in North Carolina. The 18th-century architecture, the diverse backdrop, haute cuisine—couples looking for an amorous getaway will find the perfect setting in Charlotte. Dine at the Fig Tree Restaurant Visit the Elizabeth neighborhood and have a romantic dinner date at a historic 1913 Craftsman Bungalow. A registered landmark, the Fig Tree Restaurant serves a seasonal menu of French and Italian cuisine and has a wide selection of international wines.
  • Your Guide to Whale Watching in Mendocino and Cape Cod

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

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

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

  • My 1972 high school German oompah band

    Rick Steves
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Let’s throw it way back…to 1972. I’m tooting away on my sousaphone in our high school German oompah band. Cobbling together my Norwegian sweater (complete with pewter buckles), a good German felt hat jangling with souvenir pins, and bell bottoms rather than lederhosen, I’m right on the beat. The conductor was my German language teacher, Harry Reinhart. When I quit German after less than a year in class, Mr. Reinhart took me out into the hall and declared, “Steves, you’ll regret this.” I didn’t dream how right he’d prove to be. But we all march on.
  • My top 10 tips for making travel a political act

    Rick Steves
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    To celebrate the release of the second edition of my book, Travel as a Political Act, I’m sharing my top tips for making travel a political act. For me, the great value of travel is the opportunity to pry open your hometown blinders and bring home a broader perspective. And when we implement that worldview as citizens of our great nation, we make travel a political act. Here are my top ten practical tips for doing just that:   1. Get out of your comfort zone. Choose Managua over Mazatlán, or Turkey over Greece. When visiting Israel, make time to also explore the West Bank. You can…
  • Our 1990 pilot show: Baggy khakis, aviator glasses, and good tips

    Rick Steves
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    This video clip was from our 1990 pilot show — back when I couldn’t say more than one sentence at a time to the camera. (I’ve found that now my barrier is 100 words — try as I might, it takes me forever to get an on-camera of over 100 words right.) I’m still waiting for the baggy khakis and aviator glasses to come back into style. But the tips are still good.
  • Throwback Thursday: Vinnie Van Go

    Rick Steves
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Twenty years ago, unleaded gas was a novelty — if your car needed it, you had to look for stations that provided it. And you’d purchase coupons in lire at the border of Italy to save money on gas. In this clip, you’ll see me driving my beloved Vinnie Van Go, a Westphalia VW van I co-owned with Steve Smith. Vinnie was both our guidebook-research vehicle and a cheap place to sleep for years. But ultimately, Vinnie got firebombed in a Paris protest. People were demonstrating for better schools in poor Parisian neighborhoods with smaller class sizes, and Vinnie was in the wrong…
  • The People Have Spoken: Doubling the Number of States with Legal Marijuana

    Rick Steves
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:16 pm
    The people have spoken — the voters in two more states, plus the District of Columbia, say, “Stop locking up pot smokers.” After last night’s election, drug policy trends in the USA are clear: Let’s regulate, tax, and legalize adult recreational use of marijuana and put an end to a huge black market and a racist and counterproductive prohibition. Last month I enjoyed doing a 10-city barnstorming tour of Oregon to help explain why this is good public health and smart law enforcement policy. And yesterday, 55 percent of Oregonians agreed. Alaska voted the same way. (Four…
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  • Family Travel: Top Historic Places in the U.S.

    Mircea Giurca
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    In this fast changing academic conditions, modern day studies become the past’s test results. Students study the materials, test out about it and then proceed to the following subject material.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • World’s Largest Cruise Ship Gives New Meaning to Luxury

    Mircea Giurca
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:56 pm
    The World’s Largest Cruise ship by Royal Caribbean is more than a cruise. This ship blows other cruise lines out of the water (no pun intended) with its 15 different passenger decks, 10... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Things to Avoid in Making Travel Complaints

    Mircea Giurca
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    I know we all sure have experienced hard times when traveling.  Delayed flights, which is very common nowadays, or waiting for a long time to get in the hotel room you have booked a few days before. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 5 Most Famous World Attractions

    Mircea Giurca
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Every country has some kind of attraction that gives it it’s claim to fame, some more deserving then others. Even the largest world potato manages to draw a large crowd of people eager to take a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 5 Things To Do In Berlin

    Mircea Giurca
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    No one can explain or understand the huge number of Berlin visitors, comparing even with much bigger cities. No one can explain and understand the huge success and atractivity of Berlin among... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Daily Catch

  • Merry and Bright

    Hannah Sills
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer Trim your tree with extra glimmer this holiday season. We love these festive, paper mache decorations. Zig Zag Ornaments, $28 for a set of 2;
  • Fine Fragrance

    Hannah Sills
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Courtesy of manufacturer This eau de cologne’s woody scent is reminiscent of exotic island adventures. Tommy Bahama Compass, $70;
  • Pillow Talk

    Sophia Jones
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer Use this mod cushion as an accent piece to brighten any space. Jiti Grill Confetti Square Cotton Pillow, $97;
  • Form and Function

    Hannah Sills
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Courtesy of manufacturer This chair’s sleek design and cutout back give it a fun, contemporary feel. It’s also stackable, making it easy to store when not in use. Source Contract Phoenix Dining Side Chair in Blue, $74;
  • Chic Shell

    Sophia Jones
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer This necklace lets you carry a piece of the coast with you always. The suede strap is perfect to pair with any fall attire. Twine & Twig Shore Shell, $230;
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  • Amazon to get into hotel booking business
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm is poised to launch its own travel service, featuring booking at independent hotels and resorts near major cities, Skift has learned. The initial rollout of Amazon Travel would feature a curated selection of hotels within a few hours’ drive from New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. The service will likely go live around January 1.
  • Hotels need to re-think their search strategy
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:09 pm
    With the dominance of big brands in the hospitality industry, Google's new Local 3-Pack is going to make the lives of independent and boutique properties a bit more difficult. Google’s recent Pigeon algorithm rewards sites that have greater domain authority with better local rankings.
  • HotelTonight prepares for “biggest innovation since we launched”
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Last minute hotel booking app HotelTonight is poised to launch what its founder described as the next form of discounting in the hospitality sector. Sam Shank did not reveal any more details during an address at the PhoCusWright conference in Los Angeles last week, but said it was the “biggest innovation since we launched”.
  • Travel flash sales are back, as Groupon Getaways grows fast
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:07 pm
    While the former category star TripAdvisor’s Jetsetter struggles, Groupon‘s Getaways vertical continues to see growth in flash sales. Over the last year, Groupon has generated more than $908 million in gross travel billings–nearly 13% of all of Groupon’s total gross billings during the same time period.
  • EasyJet’s program a reminder that brands should earn loyalty - not just reward it
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Brands can reap huge benefits when a loyalty program is devised with total focus on offering real value to the customer - and when it is implemented to support a genuine value proposition. EasyJet’s recent success is just the latest example of this.
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  • The Modern Desert (Palm Springs Then & Now)

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

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

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

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

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

    Marc Ricketts
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today Marc Ricketts presents a stunning photographic essay on California’s Death Valley, the lowest, hottest and driest area in North America. Marc posits that Death Valley likely inspired Disney Imagineers on many of their projects…The post Living the Low Life in Death Valley appeared first on MiceChat.
  • George and Jeff Review The Wind Rises, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke

    George Taylor
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    George: We’ve got three big blu-ray releases to talk about this week from Studio Ghibli. They’re not Disney films, but they are being distributed by Disney (and Touchstone). All of the voice work was dubbed…The post George and Jeff Review The Wind Rises, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #116 – News from Around the Universal Globe

    Lee Mallaby
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello everyone, we have a news heavy show this week. You can be on the show, all you have to do is record us a little message telling us who you are, where you’re from and…The post Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #116 – News from Around the Universal Globe appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood Who-ing Christmas and Construction Antics

    Norman Gidney
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s time to dive into movie magic today as we explore Universal Studios Hollywood.  There is an insane amount of information to cover this week, not the least of which is the construction of The…The post Universal Studios Hollywood Who-ing Christmas and Construction Antics appeared first on MiceChat.
  • The Haunted Mansion Show: “Scary Tales”

    Nick Barbera
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Even though the scariest time of the year is over, we still have time for a story or two. Tonight, the Ghost Host and Madame Leota will supply you with more stories to make your…The post The Haunted Mansion Show: “Scary Tales” appeared first on MiceChat.
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    A Luxury Travel Blog

  • 5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe

    Rebecca Taylor
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Skiers visiting the Alps by and large usually prefer the independence and freedom that a luxury ski chalet provides, however one mans meat is another mans poison, some prefer the hotel experience. For those that do prefer to stay in a hotel there are a wide range of options, from the cosy and intimate small […] 5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 surprisingly sumptuous hotels in Guatemala

    Leslie Patrick
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Between Mayan chocolate and volcanic hot springs, ancient ruins and textile markets, Guatemala has a little something for everyone. But no matter what your itinerary is like on your trip to this friendly Central American country, you’re going to need a place to lay your head. Guatemala may not be well known as a vacation […] 5 surprisingly sumptuous hotels in Guatemala is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 surprisingly sumptuous hotels in Guatemala appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Dining at the top 3 restaurants in Spain by private jet

    Oscar Arce
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Connoisseurs of grand cuisine and timeless culture can taste the difference on Spanish shores with a private jet vacation to a land of flamenco and flavor. Spain can boast some of the planet’s most awarded restaurants and their laid-back midnight dining, old world and modern fusion, and pure passion for exceptional tapas plates, makes for […] Dining at the top 3 restaurants in Spain by private jet is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Dining at the top 3 restaurants in Spain by private jet appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Patagonia – ‘the big three’

    Paul Caddy
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Patagonia: an unforgiving, sometimes grim, yet achingly handsome corner of the globe. So why visit this chunky blade of mountains and bleak desolation that slices into the ‘Roaring Forties’, the endless stream of westerly winds that chase around the southern hemisphere? After all, it is hardly close to the great cities of the world. Well, […] Patagonia – ‘the big three’ is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Patagonia – ‘the big three’ appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Tantalising Tanzania… just for her

    Paul Johnson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:22 am
    From the thunderous sounds of stampeding hooved wildlife to the roar of lions heard while drifting over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon, or the less-travelled Tarangire National Park, Africa is a luxury traveller’s portal to glimpse a place on earth where little has changed over the last few millennia. Women who dream of […] Tantalising Tanzania… just for her is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Tantalising Tanzania… just for her appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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  • 2nd annual Hawaii Honey Festival buzzes on Hawaii Island this Saturday

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    2nd annual Hawaii Honey Festival buzzes on Hawaii Island this Saturday Visitors at the first Hawaii Honey Festival last year. Photo: Danielle Downey.This weekend, something sweet is happening just south of Hilo. The Big Island Bee Keepers Association will host their 2nd annual Hawaii Honey Festival Sat., Nov. 22 at Nani Mau Gardens on Hawaii Island. The event celebrates the hard work of Hawaii’s honeybees and their keepers.Visitors to the Hawaii Ho...
  • Six reasons to visit the Windward Oahu town of Waimanalo

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    Six reasons to visit the Windward Oahu town of Waimanalo Oahu map indicating the location of Waimanlo. For a detailed area map, see the link at the end of the article. Image: Google Maps. Waimanalo is a small, rural community sandwiched between the Koolau mountain range and Waimanalo Bay on the eastern side of Oahu. Visitors to Oahu’s lush Windward side often bypass Waimanalo for its larger and more northerly neighbor, Kailua town, or drive through on their way to Sea Life Park on the island’s southern tip, Makapuu Point. But that’s a mistake.
  • The Shave Iceman Cometh: The story (and family) behind the Matsumoto Shave Ice empire

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:10 am
    The Shave Iceman Cometh: The story (and family) behind the Matsumoto Shave Ice empire Matsumoto Shave Ice owner Stanley Matsumoto outside the Haleiwa store on Oahu. Photo by David Croxford for HAWAII Magazine.Stanley Matsumoto is a one-flavor kind of shave-ice guy. “Typical old style,” he says, with a light chuckle, proclaiming strawberry his favorite. Favorite, that is, unless it’s really hot outside in Haleiwa, or he just finished mowing his lawn. Then the flavor’s de...
  • HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Hawaiian Food

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
    HAWAII Magazine&rsquo;s &ldquo;75 Places to Eat Like A Local&rdquo;: Hawaiian Food Fried akule and poi at Highway Inn in Kakaako, Oahu. Photo by David Croxford for HAWAII Magazine.HAWAII Magazine’s 2014 Food Issue is on sale now. As usual, the issue is packed with stories and regular departments spotlighting the food we eat here in the Islands. From flying off to Maui, Kauai and Hawaii ...
  • Time to make your reservations! Restaurant Week Hawaii 2014 begins today.

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
    Time to make your reservations! Restaurant Week Hawaii 2014 begins today. A dish from Italian eatery and restaurant week participant Arancino. Photo: Restaurant Week Hawaii.If you’re in the Islands this week, Restaurant Week Hawaii is the perfect excuse to eat out. The event will bring will bring dining deals, chef-selected prix fixe menus, promotions and discounts to restaurants on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island from Mon., Nov. 17 to Sun., Nov. 23.Restaurant Week Hawaii is a weeklong celebration of Hawaii’s diverse cuisine scene, featuring l...
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  • Next Up: Exploring Haiti

    Audrey Scott
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    By Audrey ScottWhy we’re going to Haiti later this week. A view to a different side of the country, including its re-emergence — and we hope, a path to sustainable tourism development. It’s also about our pursuit of Haitian culture, landscape and cuisine – and the unknown. Waterfalls of Bassin Bleu near Jacmel, Haiti.While on a press trip earlier this fall, we mentioned to a well-traveled British journalist with an intrepid penchant for hot spots, particularly those in the Middle East, that we were headed to Haiti later in the year.“Really?!” His reply was shriek-like.
  • Uganda Beyond the Gorillas: From Boda Boda to Bunyonyi

    Audrey Scott
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    By Audrey ScottJungle roads, carved by the rains in Southwestern Uganda. While mountain gorilla trekking is the big draw and anchor experience for many people visiting Uganda, the country offers a lot more in terms of atmosphere and experiences. Prior to our trip to Uganda, we’d heard from other travelers that the country was among their favorites in Africa due to its friendly people and laid-back feel. Beyond the critical human element, you have rafting through Nile River rapids, exploring sprawling markets, hopping a back-seat motorbike tour around the capital city of Kampala, and taking…
  • An Adventure Manifesto: Adventure Is a State of Mind

    Daniel Noll
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    By Daniel Noll A crumpled bit of inspiration I hijacked from Audrey early in our relationship hangs above my desk.Think of this as an “Adventure Manifesto” in progress. A way to think about adventure so we might infuse it more happily into our everyday lives.Who would accuse Helen Keller of not leading an adventurous life even though she never went skydiving, bungee jumping or mountain climbing?While I was recently free climbing sandstone walls in Northern Ethiopia en route to a 2000 foot-high cave church, a question occurred to me: “What constitutes adventure in practice? Where…
  • Romantic Rhine Travel: On and Off the Beaten Path

    Audrey Scott
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    By Audrey Scott The Upper Middle Rhine Valley, no shortage of castles and medieval towns.Through sunny days and fog, famous towns and little known ‘burgs, wine cellars and village vintner festivals, this was our time on the segment of the Rhine River known as the Romantic Rhine.Half-timbered homes sit as the foot of cobbled streets. Vineyard paths wind into the hills. And foggy moments as castles disappear and re-emerge on hilltops hint at history.If you have a fear of missing out on the must-see bits of the region, but long for a taste of the lesser-seen local experience, then this article…
  • 10 Ways to Make the Most of Any Tour, Anywhere in the World

    Daniel Noll
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    By Daniel Noll Capturing Perito Moreno Glacier — Patagonia, Argentina.Have you ever been on a tour and felt like it’s just not working for you? Maybe there’s something missing? Or the connection just isn’t there?What do you do? When I consider this question, I’m reminded of a conversation with a passenger on a tour we took recently. The conversation with Miranda (I changed her name) went roughly like this:“I don’t really feel like I’m engaging with [this place] on this tour. I don’t feel like I’ve done [this place],” she said with a look of disappointment. Clearly,…
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  • Trap and Snare Safety for Pet Owners

    Alan Sorum
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Trap and snare safety for pet owners becomes important where animals are allowed to run off-leash without supervision. Pets wandering loose on public lands run the risk of encountering a leg hold trap or snare during the winter fur-trapping season. Quick action is vital to preventing injury or making the situation worse. The Alaska Department […] The post Trap and Snare Safety for Pet Owners appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Alaskan Fisheries are being threatened from ocean acidification

    Alan Sorum
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Due to increases in the carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by global human development, Alaskan Fisheries are being threatened from ocean acidification. There are at least two highly productive crab fisheries located in state that could be harmed by the uptake of atmospheric CO2 into marine waters. A study published in Progress in Oceanography addresses this […] The post Alaskan Fisheries are being threatened from ocean acidification appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Medical Rescue in Juneau

    Alan Sorum
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:14 pm
    In this work from the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program 2014 Collection, “Medical Rescue in Juneau‚” a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew prepares the victim of a nearly fatal fall for evacuation from St. James Bay to Juneau where he will be transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment. In an […] The post Medical Rescue in Juneau appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • The Prepare for Anything Survival Manual

    Alan Sorum
    5 Jun 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Survival manuals are commonly found in an outdoor enthusiast’s bookcase. Though many books possess useful information, most of the material is routinely reproduced from text to text. Reality television programming now focused on prepping for the end of the world has just fueled further demand for the genre. In these conditions, Tim MacWelch has written […] The post The Prepare for Anything Survival Manual appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Coast Guard Conducts Boating Safety Training in Juneau, Alaska

    Alan Sorum
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
        The post Coast Guard Conducts Boating Safety Training in Juneau, Alaska appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • From Lisbon to Porto: a gourmet cheat sheet

    Madevi Dailly
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Prepare to put some time in on the treadmill: you’ll need legs of steel and a ravenous appetite to tackle Portugal‘s finest foodie cities. Perched on picturesque – if treacherously steep – hills above glistening rivers, our boutique hotels in Lisbon and Porto are within easy reach of tumbling houses, cobblestoned lanes and azulejo-tiled churches. A quick two-and-a-half-hour train journey separate the two cities, making a twin-centre getaway a tantalising prospect. You’ll need more than a long weekend to stray from the obligatory (custard) tarts-and-port action, but if…
  • Smyth, New York: hotel of the week

    Amelia Mularz
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    New York is starting to get nippy, so the unveiling of Smyth hotel’s recently revamped digs couldn’t have been better-timed. What’s more enticing than settling down with an artisanal cocktail by the toasty fire in this luxury stay’s new-this-month Evening Bar? Its farm-to-fork restaurant, Little Park, is new, and equally compelling, too. Style Mad Men modern Setting Tailored triangle below Canal Why this week? In the spirit of Thanksgiving next week, we’re thankful for the Evening Bar’s expertly shaken Manhattans and Smyth’s suave new…
  • Smith Hotel Awards 2014

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    Our second annual Smith Hotel Awards took place last week, celebrating the very best boutique hotels in the world from throughout our global collection. We gathered more than 20,000 of your votes, our expert panel of judges carefully deliberated… and then we partied with more than 700 fabulous friends at South London’s Bankside Vaults. We debuted our Christmas film, too! First up, massive congratulations to every magnificent winner, all announced from the stage by our original Mr and Mrs Smith, co-founders James and Tamara Lohan. Check out each award’s winner and runners-up on…
  • Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius: hotel of the week

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    As the nights draw longer and the winter approaches, we’re dreaming of white sand beaches, translucent lagoons and secluded coves. In short, we’re craving sunny Mauritian serenity, and our friend Maurice knows all about that… Constance Le Prince Maurice hotel, that is. Style Thatch and gliz Setting Chic-en-Flacq headland Why this week? November is already upon us: Christmas is on its way. So as we embark on the season of stodgy festive feasts, treat yourself to an Indian Ocean escape that’ll serve as the world’s most delightful post-Xmas rehab – the hotel offers the…
  • Thank you for voting! Now find out the winners of the Smith Hotel Awards 2014…

    Lucy Fennings
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Congratulations to Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, the breathtaking Brazilian beauty that, at last night’s Smith Hotel Awards, was announced as winner of Best Smith Hotel 2014. A massive thank you to everyone who attended the event, everyone who voted, all our amazing partners, and of course our esteemed judging panel for selecting the finalists. You can browse all the award-winners – from Sexiest Bedroom in the World to Best Hotel Pool and Hottest Hotel Bar – on the Smith Hotel Awards site. Come back soon for a full party debrief (when we’re all, ahem, a little less hungover)……
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    Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

  • 6 Lessons Learned from 3 Months in China

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    China is a fascinating and rapidly changing country. Old customs and habits hang on as modern skyscrapers go up every second, the country becomes more of a global powerhouse, and people from around the world move there. Last year, my friend, Scott Young, best known as a learning hacker who learned MIT’s entire computer science program in one year, said to me “I’m going to travel the world for a year and learn languages.” I was thrilled with the idea! Today, he shares what he learned while living in China for three months and how the media portrays countries is often…
  • How to Change the “I’m Too Poor to Travel” Mindset and Say Yes to Travel

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    “Your advice is great if you are middle-class, your parents are giving you money, or you’re from the West. Your website can never work for me. I’m too poor to travel. This advice is only for privileged people.” I encounter this line of thought frequently, and after two recently-published articles on Thrillist and Thought Catalog, I’ve heard it even more lately. Every travel naysayer believes their situation is special, that they can’t manage what someone else did for “x, y, or z” reason. And it’s not just travel. We all make excuses as to why we can’t do something we…
  • 10 Common Fears That Stop You from Traveling Solo

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s not a topic I can cover and, since there’s a lot of female travelers out there, I felt it was important to bring in an expert. This is her column this month. If you had asked me five years ago if I would ever travel alone, I would have immediately said, “No way. That can’t be safe, it must be lonely, and I’d get so bored.” Before I started traveling, I was scared of even the idea of eating dinner alone! Then I started to realize…
  • The No-Nonsense Guide to Data Security for Travelers

    4 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is on data security. It’s topic that worries a lot of travelers (especially folks like me who work online) so Dave is delving deep into the subject today. If there’s a less sexy travel subject than data security, I don’t know what it is. When you’re planning your trip and up to your elbows in guide books, maps, and blog posts about deserted beaches and delicious foods, it’s not going to be backup strategies or…
  • Falling in Love with the Land of Elves

    3 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    As we stared up at the sky, patches of neon and dark green changed to light pink and back to green. They came out of nowhere, hung like curtains on invisible hangers, and danced a duet to an unheard symphony. They would appear, vanish, and reappear all over the sky. My companions, Lulu and Germaine (two friends from France spending the week driving around Iceland), and I stared, bewildered, as the Northern Lights danced above us. It was the first time we had seen them, and even though it was bitterly cold and we were too lightly dressed, we stayed out, shivering, for hours, watching…
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • Surviving A Timeshare Sales Presentation In 2014

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    10 years ago, I wrote my first timeshare book; “Surviving A Timeshare Sales Presentation…Confessions From The Sales Table.”  Much has changed in 10 years…I no longer sell timeshare, having long since determined that I enjoy writing/speaking/teaching timeshare to selling it.  Much has not changed in 10 years…the timeshare industry continues to cling to the idea that timeshares have to be sold through often lengthy timeshare sales pitches.Today, we all know that timeshare sales presentations are not the only way to buy a timeshare. In fact, they may not be the best…
  • "Become a Member and You Don't Need a Broker!"

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    It might not be new or new to you, but I've just discovered the latest way timeshare owners are being preyed upon. There's a company that charges a membership fee in order to list your timeshare for sale. Yes, a membership fee. Not a listing fee.  Not an advertising fee. While that may be odd enough, a quick look at the listings clearly illustrated the need for owners to get a dose of reality when it comes to understanding the 'value' of a timeshare on the secondary market.  30,000 WorldMark Points $60,0002 bedroom Westgate Lakes $30,000 Exchange Resorts Condominiums2…
  • Why A Consumer Cancelled Her Timeshare Purchase

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Remember the post a few weeks ago regarding the insane methods that one frustrated owner had to go through to cancel her timeshare with Silverleaf?Happy to report that it's done!Also happy to share her thoughts on some follow up questions I posed to her, and it has NOTHING to do with cost on the primary or the secondary market. This is an important read for consumers and developers alike.Can you tell me why you originally purchased? We've always wanted to travel and the extra RSI membership seemed to make international travel affordable.  The stories our salesperson told…
  • LightStream Offers Alternative To Traditional Timeshare Financing

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    If you've purchased a timeshare, you are familiar with the financing that the resorts offer you.  Let's say they're not the most value driven.  The numbers can look something like this:  Loan Amount                                     $20,000     Term of…
  • Should It Be This Difficult To Cancel A Timeshare Purchase?

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Some time ago, I received this e-mail through "All Experts" where I volunteer my time to assist consumers with timeshare issues.Hello!  I purchased a timeshare from Silverleaf Resorts Inc, on August 17, 2014 and wish to cancel the contract.  It states on the front of my contract that "YOU MAY CANCEL THIS CONTRACT AT WILL AND WITHOUT EXPLANATION WITHIN SEVEN (7) BUSINESS DAYS AFTER YOU SIGN IT, IN WHICH EVENT YOU WILL RECEIVE A FULL REFUND.  SEE PAGE 1 OF THE OFFERING PLAN."  There is no page 1 of my Offering Plan.   So I don't know what I'm supposed be able to…
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  • Chile: Rapa Nui's Mysterious Statues

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Rano Raraku, Easter Island is a volcanic crater that served as the quarry for about 95% of the island’s sculptures known as moai. These moai were left in various states of production. Keith Hajovski... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Boston's Secret Treasures

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This statue by Martin Milmore at Mt. Auburn Cemetery was commissioned by Dr. Jacob Bigelow and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Civil War. Photos by Stephen Hartshorne.Underground... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Colombia's Finest City: Cartagena

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    The view of Cartagena de Indias from atop one of the hotels.   Cartagena de Indias, a City of the Senses By Anna Gerwel "I must say that I completed my education as a writer in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Madagascar's Last Train

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    People on the tracks on the last train left running in Madagascar that connects the highland town of Fianarasoa to the east-coast town of Manakara. Donal Conlon photos. In Madagascar, The Last... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Riding in Ecuador

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Riding toward a volcano in Otavalo, Ecuador. Photos by Max Hartshorne. Galloping Toward a  Volcano in Otavalo By Max Hartshorne Otavalo, Ecuador is a town made famous by its sprawling Indian... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • PHOTO: Interior of the Protestant Cathedral in Berlin

    Barbara Weibel
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Berliner Dom (Protestant Cathedral in Berlin) features a dome decorated with mosaics, stained glass windows by Anton von Werner, massive pipe organ, Neo-Baroque pulpit, and crypt with more than 80 sarcophagi of Prussian royals. It is well worth the 270-step climb to the top of the dome to take in the views over Berlin. No visits yetThe post PHOTO: Interior of the Protestant Cathedral in Berlin appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

    Barbara Weibel
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: During the Cold War, Checkpoint Charlie was the most famous crossing point in the Berlin Wall between the east and west sectors of the city. Though both the Wall and checkpoint were removed in 1990, a reproduction of the guard house and border sign were later recreated. Today, for a fee tourists have their photographs taken with actors dressed as Allied military policemen standing in front of the guard house. (Visited 105 times, 105 visits today)The post PHOTO: Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Brandenburg Gate, the Symbol of Berlin

    Barbara Weibel
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate is built on the site that marked the beginning of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel. During the Cold War years, the Berlin Wall ran just to the west of the gate, leaving it standing in the “no man’s land” between the double concrete walls. Isolated and inaccessible, it became the symbol of Berlin, and today it remains the most important symbol of the city. (Visited 56 times, 56 visits today)The post PHOTO: Brandenburg Gate, the Symbol of Berlin appeared first on Hole…
  • PHOTO: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin

    Barbara Weibel
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is also known as the Holocaust Memorial. Designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happoldt, it features 2711 granite stelae of varying sizes and heights. On the day I visited, our guide let each of us make our way through the memorial alone, then asked us to describe the experience when we regrouped on the other side. For me, the site was cold and impersonal, which seemed a perfect analogy for Hitler’s assertion that Jews were sub-human. (Visited 63 times, 63 visits…
  • PHOTO: Berlin Konzerthaus and German Church at Gendarmenmarkt

    Barbara Weibel
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Berlin Konzerthaus (right) and German Cathedral (left) dominate the Gendarmenmarkt, a popular public square near the city’s historic center. Not shown in this photo is the French Cathedral, which stands on the right hand of the Konzerthaus and is a near-twin to the German Cathedral. The square is named for the Gens d’Armes mounted regiment, which had their stables at the square until 1773, however its designer is said to have modeled it after Piazza Popolo in Rome, with its famous twinned cathedrals. (Visited 58 times, 58 visits…
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  • Thai Food: Tom Yam Soup

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Tom Yam soup with prawns from Thailand Tom Yam or Tom Yum? Either way it’s very tasty No visit to Thailand should be marked complete without tasting some Tom yum soup. I’m not a great fan of Thai food and I’m soup lover at all. But credit where credit is due Tom Yum soup is one of the most delicious soups in the world! The real key to Tom yam is finding a place that serves a wholesome bowl full of the special ingredients that make this soup so good. What is Tom yum soup? Tom yum soup is a spicy sour flavorsome soup from both Thailand and Laos. It’s known locally as tom…
  • Looking for something different to do in north Thailand

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Bangkok Thailand … I think it might be better up north! Destination choices for the north of Thailand Between travel visas and economics I find myself once taking a stride into Thailand. It’s become quite the place to stop over. My initial thoughts were to veer south to Malaysia and perhaps take a saunter into Thailand’s southern beaches. The only angst with this is my own very much “been there done that” mentality. I’m not a beach person and to repeat it for nothing more than a saunter would be fruitless. I think of North Thailand and to the east.
  • Having Surgery in Asia: my experience

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    I’ve been to hosptials all over Asia … some good, some not to good The longest way to surgery in Asia Long term readers who subscribe to my newsletter might remember a few years back I wrote a very personal newsletter about experiencing colon pain and having a colonoscopy in South East Asia. It was a smorgasbord of misdiagnoses, the unknown, impending death and getting the all clear. For the past number of years wherever I’ve traveled I’ve sought out the best doctors and hospitals to give me answers. Last week that all came to ahead as I experienced a building pain in…
  • Blizzard Kills Trekkers on the Annapurna Trek in Nepal: updated

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    En-route to the Thorong La Pass Trekkers die on the way down from Thorong La Pass on the Annapurna Circuit The past 24 hours has had tragic news coming out of Nepal. 20 30 39 trekkers have so far been reported dead in an unexpected blizzard that hit the popular Annapurna mountain range on Tuesday. I’ve been in constant with people I know in the area and am very thankful they are safe. I want to give some reassurance and information to other people who know of friends, family and loved ones who may be in the area. What happened in on the trek? A blizzard with high snow fall and strong…
  • Is it safe to travel to The Philippines?

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    With beautiful pristine beaches The Philippines has all the potential to be one of the top tourist destinations in the world News of murders and kidnappings puts people off visiting the Philippines As someone who has spent a lot of time in The Philippines I feel it’s important that readers here know of recent events on the island nation.The vicious murders of two tourists in Thailand in September has put a lot of focus on both the safety of tourists in South East Asia and the apparent dismal criminal investigations that take place in the region. Last week in The Philippines three…
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  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness offers plenty of active travel opportunities for boomers. Will you be going “over the river and through the woods” on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday? Alan and I will be crossing the Bitterroot River and traveling near the Bitterroot National Forest for a holiday stay at Triple Creek Ranch. Stay tuned for our photos and articles. When you can’t be with family, we highly recommend a travel diversion for Thanksgiving or Christmas. This Week’s Articles Even on a snowy day, a cruise through the Rhine gorge is beautiful. Read about our…
  • Saturday’s scene: Hiking Pilot Mountain

    Donna Hull
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    The Big Knob of Pilot Mountain Driving north on Highway 52, Pilot Mountain is the stony punctuation in the rolling hills of the North Carolina countryside. You can’t miss it. The quartzite mountain rises to 2421 feet and is a remnant of the ancient Sauratown Mountain Range in the Yadkin Valley. Native Americans, wildlife and explorers have used Pilot Mountain as a landmark for centuries. I visited Pilot Mountain State Park while on a trip to explore Winston-Salem, about 24 miles to the south. Leaves were still clinging to the hickory and oak trees, making a colorful backdrop to…
  • Winter on the Rhine

    Donna Hull
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Wintry day in the Rhine Gorge On a foggy, sleety day, AmaWaterways Amacello winds through the Rhine Gorge where medieval castles and vineyards compete for attention above scenic river banks. Alan heads outside to take photos but returns quickly, unable to shield his lens from pelting sleet. Most Rhine River cruisers hope to view the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in beautiful weather, especially for the outstanding photo opportunities. But that was not to be on our Rhine River Christmas Markets cruise. Instead we press our noses and cameras against the glass of…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Planing a trip to Taos? Stay at Casa Benavides Historic Inn It’s been cold and a little snowy in Montana this week. So I’ve been writing and Alan’s been refining some of our January cruise arrangements. Don’t you just love it when an airline cancels a flight? Alaska Airlines has cancelled service out of Long Beach, CA, which just so happens to be where our roundtrip tickets in January arrived and departed from. Although Alaska Airlines has sent us a token credit, it doesn’t make up for the extra expenses we’re incurring for changing car rentals to John…
  • Relax in Luxury at Wailea Beach Villas

    Donna Hull
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Wailea Beach Villas adult pool comes with a view. Photo courtesy Destionation Resorts Hawaii You’ve just stepped off the plane at Kahului Airport on Maui. You sign for the rental car and head for the villa rental in Wailea. On the way, you’ll need to stop at the grocery store to stock up. But you’re oh-so-tired from the flight. If you reserve a villa at Wailea Beach Villas through Destination Resorts Hawaii, a concierge has already stocked the kitchen to your liking. All you have to do is drive to the southern coast of Maui, give your name to the guard at the gate…
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  • Solo travel around the world in the pre-Internet era

    Ellen Perlman
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Imagine a woman traveling the world alone...a half century ago. I'm sure it wasn't common, certainly not as common as today. I was intrigued when I learned about the experiences of such a woman from her daughter, Jane Stein, who found her mother's travel logs and turned those adventures into a children's book on travel. Today I'm running a guest post that Jane wrote. I enjoyed reading the tidbits she listed on her website to...
  • Superstar of solo travel meeting new people wherever she goes

    Ellen Perlman
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    I now have a solo travel idol. Her name is Laura and she's 25. She and her friend Alexa, two country girls from the (still) United Kingdom stayed with me in August, a few days before Alexa had to fly home and Laura was getting ready to continue traveling around the U.S. on her own for two months. In return for a few nights at my place, the two of them cooked me dinner and...
  • Solo travel tips from writers and experts

    Ellen Perlman
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am
    Nearly every day, I find solo travel stories from around the world. Here are just three of the dozens I've collected. More to come. Activities good for solo travelers: From Peter Greenberg, a story on how to find friends when traveling solo. Some of these I've mentioned about before - such as staying at upscale hostels or B&B's or going to a dude ranch - but he offers some interesting new ones. For example, certain...
  • Delayed flight remedy: tweet the airline

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

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

    Christine Gilbert
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    This is in Catalan, but 9N stands for Nov 9th and is shorthand for the vote. It says, “We called the 9N (vote), now we have to win” We just arrived in Barcelona, our new home base. Our forever home. Coming off the flight from Bucharest, I was a little nervous. We hadn’t been here in six months. Would we still love it? Is this really the place? Would my kids love it? My heart just sings, “yes” the moment we land. I love that things are in Spanish and I can once again understand people. I love that it’s bilingual and there’s Catalan signs everywhere. I…
  • Booking Airbnb with Kids

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Hello booking websites, we’re small, but please don’t list us under the section called “Other” where you mention whether you accept pets. Last spring, I booked a hotel in San Sebastian, from my iPhone, just a half mile from the hotel. I wanted to hold the room so we could bike over. It took us less than 20 minutes to get there but when we arrived we were turned away. “I’m sorry we don’t accept children,” the hotel employee checking us in said. I didn’t like it, but I was resigned. “Okay, so we’ll just get a refund and be on our…
  • Perfect for the Holidays, Romanian Cozonac Bread with Cocoa and Walnuts

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    I made this bread while in Romania, doing absolutely everything wrong, and it still came out great. I used this recipe, which has great photos and instructions. My version is little more simple, and it demonstrates that you don’t really need fancy things like measuring cups or even all the ingredients to make a great cozonac. First, you make the nut filling. The instructions recommended making this the night before and putting it in the fridge, which I did, but then you have to take it out the next day or it’s too cold to spread. I didn’t do that. So either you have too hot…
  • Announcing: The Wireless Generation Film Tour

    Christine Gilbert
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    We are very excited to announce that the film tour for our documentary, The Wireless Generation, is coming to the United States this spring. It is a documentary about a new generation of people who are taking their careers online in order to travel the world. WHERE CAN YOU SEE IT? Seattle – February 5th, 2015 San Francisco – February 19th, 2015 Los Angeles – March 5th, 2015 Denver – March 19th, 2015 Austin – April 2nd, 2015 Boston – April 16th, 2015 NYC* – April 30th, 2015 * NYC is the last US screening and the entire Gilbert family will be there.
  • 6 Years, 5 Months, 27 Days of Travel in One Post

    Christine Gilbert
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    It started with this post. In 2008, I quit my job as a software project manager at GE, a dream job by all accounts, to become a writer and photographer – and to travel the world. As far as plans went, this was only the faintest sketch of a direction. I didn’t know how I’d do any of those things, let alone get paid for it. My husband thought my panic attacks about quitting the best job I’d ever had were somewhat, well, hilarious, so he suggested I name the site: “Almost Fearless”. The point was that I wasn’t fearless at all, but I was going to do it anyway. Me with the dogs. I…
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  • Halloween treats around the globe: 2014 version

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Originally published in 2008, this post about Halloween treats (and my kids costumes) has become something of a tradition for me. It’s the only post I return to and annually update, and I kind of enjoy the chance to walk down a spooky memory lane – both looking at Halloween costumes and some of the treats we’ve sampled on our travels. Hope you enjoy! My oldest child is somewhat famous around these parts for choosing over the course of his short life a number of unusual Halloween costumes. In the spirit of the season, I thought it would be fun to feature both a montage of…
  • Why vacation rentals are best for a family trip to Europe

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    I’ve long been a proponent of renting apartments on vacation, especially when traveling in Europe. In fact, I’ve only rarely ever stayed in a European hotel. So when the vacation rental company HouseTrip asked me to write a post where I extol the virtue of this type of travel, I said a very happy yes. Let me make three things clear up front: HouseTrip is compensating me to write this post; I’ve never used their services in Europe, so my opinions on that experience are speculative; and I do intend to use HouseTrip on a trip to Italy I have planned next spring because after…
  • Fall fun in New York at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s October, and we all know what that means: Pumpkins. And no place is that more true than in Croton-on-Hudson, New York just north of Manhattan where more than 10,000 pumpkins are hand carved and arranged into a fall wonderland that’s aptly named The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Historic Hudson Valley was kind enough to give me and my then 8- and 11-year-old sons complimentary tickets to the Blaze in November of 2013. We started our visit in the Pumpkin Art tent where there were many interpretations of the popular fruit (and yes, I did look it up – pumpkins are a fruit, falling…
  • Condo or hotel? The best of both worlds in Playa del Carmen

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    I’ve never taken a Mexican vacation with my kids, although it’s been on my radar for a few years. I really don’t have an excuse as there are direct flights to the Yucatán Peninsula from both the Philadelphia and Baltimore airports and, at least during the low season of August and September, tickets are very affordable.   I went to Mexico in September to speak at a blogging conference and was lucky enough to be invited with a group of bloggers for a complimentary two-night stay in Playa del Carmen, just south of Cancun. We were hosted by HouseTrip, an online holiday rental website.
  • Planning a Panama City Beach family vacation

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You might think that because summer is winding down the time for family vacation planning is over. But I’m a believer in perennially thinking about where we might go next. I even like to think about hypothetical trips, dreaming of a place where I have no definitive plans to go but that I might visit someday. (Disclosure: I am being compensated to write this post. But all the fun I had researching and planning it was strictly my own.) When it comes to beach vacations, my family likes to mix a bit of lounging in the sand and getting active in nature. My nine-year-old son Teddy is a huge fan…
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  • local roots

    9 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    When traveling, the key to unearthing a place’s culture is often found in its food – when you avoid restaurants with menus that even attempt to cater to tourists, sip wine from local grapes and drink beer brewed with local hops. Sometimes, it’s even taking the extra step to visit a market to really live, breath – and eat – the life of the locals. It’s a habit that can get lost when you’re home. Routines and busy schedules can sometimes prevent us from stopping to appreciate what our own unique places have to offer. Yesterday, Ina Garten played in…
  • peeling back the layers

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Today my yoga teacher laid out an analogy that made me think intellectually for the first time in a while, probably because these days, yoga – the third class I’ve been to in maybe a year – is the only time I have no choice but to think of nothing but the present. She told a story about her life before yoga, which included an array of fitness roles, from aerobics instructor to personal trainer. In those roles, she told us that one of the most asked questions she’d receive was, “how do I get six pack abs.” Her answer: “you have them, you just have some…
  • adventures in homebrewing

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Mike and I set off on a new adventure more than a year ago thanks to a generous Christmas gift from my brother-in-law, Bill: a brew kit. Our first foray into brewing – which entailed me following Mike around the kitchen with my camera as he did all the work – was a complete success. The first batch tasted, well, like beer. I don’t mean to seem surprised, I’ve just heard that it takes some practice to perfect this concoction and to have our first batch not only turn out right, but delicious, was a lovely surprise. Since then there have been other cases, including one…
  • on motherhood

    21 Jun 2014 | 10:17 am
    This post – my first in ages – was started and stopped many times over the last several months. That’s because I had a baby. My sweet little Madeleine is about 4 months old now. It’s become clear that all of the adventures I’ve had to date were leading up to this point – this is what I was always meant to do. I look back and laugh at the times  I thought I was so busy balancing work and life now that Motherhood has jammed itself into the mix, but there’s a lot it has taught me. They’re lessons that aren’t groundbreaking, or even…
  • staying close to home

    28 Aug 2013 | 8:35 pm
    If I had to sum up the last several, mostly blogless, months I couldn’t. Suffice it to say, my adventures have kept me close to home, but they’ve been filled with plenty of milestones, little jaunts and explorations. For starters, my beautiful nephew turned one and in true Forshner fashion, made us proud by devouring a near adult-size piece of birthday cake that he jammed into his mouth by the fistful. I’ve been walking, a lot. From getting to and from work to fitting in a stroll with Mike after work and stopping to explore and appreciate the historical landmarks I barely…
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  • Remembrance Day

    Mark H
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below             – In Flanders Field (John McCrae) The red poppy, one of the few flowers that continued to grow in the war-ravaged Western Front, emerged soon after The Great War to help... Read the full story at
  • Photo of the Week: Old Wharf, Dover (Tasmania)

    Mark H
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    In the deep south of Tasmania (and Dover is Australia’s most southerly town with a population of 1,000 or more), mother nature dominates. Cool temperature rainforests dominate inland while unspoiled azure blue seas lap the coastline. Meantime seagulls rest on the rickety character-filled old wharf that bears witness to Dover’s dynamic fishing industry. Farming of salmon, trout,... Read the full story at
  • Return to Blogging for Spring (Sydney, Australia)

    Mark H
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    I needed a break from blogging and there is no better time than Australian spring to give the energy pep needed to get back to publishing Travel Wonders. Below are a handful of beautiful springtime blooms photographed recently in Sydney’s magnificent cool climate Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where rhododendrons, waratahs (the NSW state flower) and a broad variety of other flowers are... Read the full story at
  • Benidorm Attractions That You Shouldn’t Miss (Spain)

    Mark H
    28 Jun 2014 | 3:26 pm
    by James Brewer The stunning beach resort of Benidorm can be found in the Costa Blanca region of Spain. Benidorm holidays are perfect for tourists who want to experience spectacular sunsets, fantastic beaches, thriving nightlife and so much more. Read on to discover why Benidorm is one of the most popular destinations in the whole of Spain. Beautiful beaches Benidorm boasts a total of five... Read the full story at
  • The D-Day Beaches (Normandy, France)

    Mark H
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:49 pm
    “You are about to embark upon a great crusade… The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you…” – Gen Dwight Eisenhower, June 6, 1944. Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day when around 160,000 Allied troops (mostly in their 20s) along with 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft landed on five beaches of... Read the full story at
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  • Cheap London Hotels

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

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    It opened last month but today I got my first look at Heathrow’s shiny new Terminal 2 courtesy of one of its first resident airlines, EVA Air. Anxious to avoid the fiasco that overshadowed the launch of Terminal 5 back in 2008, this has been a staggered launch with, so far, only 8 of the planned 26 airlines in situ. Lots of lessons were learnt from Terminal 5 and it would seem have been applied here – this is a good thing, I’ve grown to love travelling through Terminal 5. The construction design is similar: it sits beneath a 50,000 m2 wave roof with skylights and 10m high…
  • New passport guidelines for Turkey

    4 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Information just received from Go to Turkey: In new guidance for foreign passport-holders entering Turkey, passports must be valid for at least 60 days from the date of expiry of a traveller’s visa, visa exemption period or residency permit to be able to enter the country before 31 December 2014. That is to say that a traveller leaving Turkey on 20 August 2014 for example should hold a passport that is valid until at least 20 October 2014. As from 1 January 2015 passports must be valid for at least 60 days from the date of expiry of a traveller’s visa, visa exemption period…
  • Notes from… San Diego

    20 May 2014 | 8:49 am
    San Diego is not the easiest place for the first time visitor to get their head around but stick with it, it’s so worth it! In fact I’d go as far as to say its now my favourite American city. Known as the ‘City of Villages’, it feels completely different to the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. Built on 200 canyons and hills with the San Diego river running east to west creating a valley dividing north from south, there are lots of smaller communities (52 in total), each with its own identity. This is what makes it so appealing, once you’ve accepted its fragmented, you can…
  • Notes from…Papua New Guinea – Ambua Lodge, Tari Valley

    20 May 2014 | 7:46 am
    After a mammoth 3 day journey (LHR/Singapore – 10 hour layover + 7 hour delay on Singapore to Port Moresby sector, missed connecting flight to Tari so overnighted in Port Moresby and got 09.45 flight next day) we finally arrived at our first PNG stop, the Tari Valley, Southern Highlands. Our guide, Thomas, dressed in full Huli wig man traditional dress greeted us at Tari Airport (more a shack next to the market than a terminal building). The first of many surreal encounters. Slightly shell shocked but excited, a 45 minute drive along one of PNG’s better, but still bumpy, roads…
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  • 5 great alternative winter sports

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    TweetOvercrowded slopes, skis constantly getting crossed up, or trauma from that skiing course in kindergarten – there are plenty of reasons not to like skiing. But for anyone who would still like to swish around through the snow and ice, we have found five alternative winter sports for you!   1. Ice Climbing Climbing up […]
  • 10 of the most impressive bridges in the world

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    TweetThey allow us to cross rivers safely and without getting wet, to pass from one district to another, or even to enter a different country altogether. But in many cases they not only fulfill such practical purposes but are architectural masterworks in their own right. Let’s pause for a moment, and marvel at ten of […]
  • 5 gigantic monuments

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    TweetThey will stand firmly in place for many decades, perhaps centuries, and turn the people in their shadows into awesome dwarves. Apparently the only thing that is life-size about the following five oversized and imposing monuments is their creators – monuments given the difficult task of anchoring in global memory heroes, milestones, and ideologies. Now […]
  • 5 spooky places in Europe

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    TweetApropos, through 10/31 you can get the whole Europe Package for only 19.99 EUR in the tripwolf app!   Halloween is knocking on the door, and in a few days you will be confronted by witches, vampires, and killer clowns. Doesn’t matter whether your costume is a white sheet with holes cut out or Freddy […]
  • How to make the most of a rainy trip

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    TweetGuest article by Elisabeth Magesacher (translated from German).   Wet socks, cabin fever, not to mention the vain battle you and your umbrella fight against the wind in order not to take off like Mary Poppins. Rain during your vacation can really give you the blues. But that’s no reason to give up hope! Here […]
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  • Around Northern Italy by Train

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

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

    29 Jan 2014 | 4:06 pm
    "Call of the Bugle," by J.K. Ralston is one of the more accurate depictions. On the afternoon of June 26, 1876, on high bluffs above the Little Big Horn River, Col. George Armstrong Custer halted the 7thCavalry and dictated an order.  “Benteen.  Come On.  Big Village.  Be Quick.  Bring Packs.  P.S.  Bring Packs.”  The order was scribbled and handed to trumpeter John Martin, who grabbed it and galloped off in the direction of Captain Benteen and the left battalion of Custer’s command.  As he rode away, the trumpeter turned in his saddle for…
  • Walking and Drinking Beer in Yosemite

    29 Nov 2013 | 11:52 am
    On March 27, 1851, a gold miner named James Savage, led a group of militia into the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains of central California in search of Tenaya, chief of the Ahwahneeche people.  The tribespeople had burned Savage’s trading post, so in revenge, Savage formed the Mariposa Battalion and ordered his armed men up the Merced River.  Every time they encountered a Native American camp, they burned it, destroyed its provisions, and drove the people from the land.El Capitan, Kenny Karst, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. As they marched up river, these soldiers…
  • Walking and Drinking Beer on the Street of Dreams -- Hollywood Boulevard

    23 Aug 2013 | 2:29 pm
    From the 1920s to the 1950s, Hollywood Boulevard was the most glamorous street in the world – a place where movie stars came to party, walk the red carpet to film premieres past search lights and popping flashbulbs, meet with their agents in Art Deco offices, cruise in convertibles with hair flying,  palm trees overhead, or hobnob with writers and directors in long, cool dark bars like the Musso & Frank’s or the Cat & Fiddle.   But times change.  In the 1960s, the street, like the movies, went into a steep decline.  Hollywood Boulevard became a joke…
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    Fascinating Travel Destinations Blog

  • Nov 12, Siem Reap Cambodia

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Siem Reap Cambodia is the location for Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and the many other temples.There are also floating markets and a Handcraft Village. Read and view pictures about these fascinating places.
  • Nov 12, Shikoku - Off Japan's Tourist Route

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Shikoku is not on the tourist track...but has so much to see and do of interest. Some of Japan's best beaches, beautiful mountains and rivers, 88 shrines for a pilgrimage more here
  • Nov 12, Sandakan

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Sandakan - once a very wealthy city has an interesting history and the city attractions are well worth a visit.
  • Nov 12, Samoan Food

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Samoan food and tradional cuisine is based on tropical fruit , vegetables, and seafood is influencd by their history, and the mix of nationalities running restaurants.
  • Nov 12, Samoa Transport

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    A guide to Samoa transport options including car rentals, bus, taxi, ferry, and flights
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    My Several Worlds

  • Travel Tag with My Several Worlds

    Carrie Kellenberger
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:56 am
    It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a good blogging meme, plus I haven’t posted a non-Taiwan related article in ages. Thankfully, Leisl Beckenstein Ray, a fellow Taipei expat and blogger at Pretty Random Things, nominated me to participate in the ABCs of Travel. Travel, my friends, is what My Several Worlds is all about! Here are my ABCs of travel: Age you went on your first international trip I’ve been abroad with family, but I was 18 when I went on my first solo trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The story of my time in Argentina is just as interesting is…
  • Whalen’s – Home Style Canadian Cooking in Taipei

    Carrie Kellenberger
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Being a Canadian that has lived in Taiwan since 2006, I can say with confidence that there has been a distinct lack of good Canadian fare available in Taipei. In other words, it’s tough to find restaurants in Taipei that offer ‘True North’ dishes like poutine, smoked meat sandwiches, and breakfast skillets. Thankfully, Whalen’s has had us covered since the summer of 2012. John and I have eaten at Whalen’s in Taipei’s Daan District on numerous occasions, although we’ve yet to visit for brunch or just drinks. I’ve never had a meal at…
  • 10 Things Taiwan Does Wrong

    Carrie Kellenberger
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    First off, I love Taiwan, so before all you Negative Nancies get started, have a look at my list of 10 Things That Taiwan Does Right, and please don’t be mortally offended by my list of things Taiwan does wrong. As far as I’m concerned, life in Taiwan is pretty sweet. Things Taiwan Does Wrong  1. Addresses, Signs, and Labels  If you’ve spent any time at all in Taiwan, you’ve likely noticed that road signs and addresses never make sense. You’ll find signs with places that are spelled three different ways, and don’t get me started on street addresses! Being given an…
  • Pride Parade Taipei – The Biggest LGBT Pride Parade in Asia

    Carrie Kellenberger
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    Are you marching for LGBT rights at the Pride Parade Taipei this year? Asia’s largest and most colorful Gay Pride Parade is held on the last Saturday in October in Taipei each year. This year, Taipei’s annual Pride Parade is happening on October 25, 2014. The parade attracts tens of thousands of local supporters and visitors from abroad each year. Over 65,000 people participated in the 2012 Pride Parade. Last year Taipei’s Pride Parade attracted more than 67,000 supporters. Parade organizers are expecting even more visitors to show their support for the LGBT community…
  • 10 Things Taiwan Does Right

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

  • Sunbeds on Playa Flamingo

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    It’s taken a year from the announcement that the sunbed & kiosk operator on Playa Flamingo was to be evicted, for the Ayuntamiento of Yaiza to announce a new sunbed tender. The council have authorised 150 sunbeds, 75 umbrellas and 4 Balinese style beds to be placed on Playa Flamingo beach. The new operator will also have to provide wooden boardwalks and an amphibian chair to allow people with reduced mobility to swim. A lifeguard tower will also be constructed as part of the new agreement. It also appears that  read more »
  • English Cinema in Lanzarote 24th & 27th November 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:26 am
    There are three English movies shown in Lanzarote on Monday the 24th and Thursday the 27th of November, one new and two repeat: At Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife: At the same time of 19:45 Escobar: Paradise Lost. In Colombia, a young surfer called Nick (played by Josh Hutchers) meets the woman of his dreams. And then he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar (played by the talented Benicio del Toro). Andrea Di Stefano debuts as a director with this biography about the drug world. And also  read more »
  • Yaiza Festival of Classical Music 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    The Festival de Música Clásica starts on Sunday 23rd November with a series of four chamber concerts at three different venues. The programme includes works by Alessandro Rolla, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johan Halvorsen, Reinhold Glière & Franz Schubert. These classical pieces will be performed by internationally renowned musicians Karen Shakhgaldyan (violin), Natalia Lubimova (viola) & Razvan Suma (violonchelo). Tickets are priced at €20 per concert or a discounted price of €70 to attend all four, available from the following outlets in Lanzarote: Costa Teguise: Oficina de…
  • Lanzarote Weekend 21st to 23rd November 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:23 am
    These are the events due to take place in Lanzarote over this weekend, both the Stockazo event in Arrecife and Cochinilla trail in Mala have been suspended due to the weather. Arrecife: A Cocktail Solidario will be held at the Gran Hotel in Arrecife on Saturday 22nd November. Tickets are priced at €15 including a drink and a selection of tapas. This charity event is to raise funds for humanitarian projects to help Burmese children who have fled the military dictatorship destroying their hill tribes and have been housed in camps in Thailand. The group Lágrimas Negras will be performing, a…
  • Jobs in Lanzarote, Front of House - Restaurant Staff

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    A well established restaurant in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote is recruiting for an experienced person to join their front of house staff. The position is full-time, the restaurant is looking for an enthusiastic and passionate person to join their team. A minimum of 2 years experience in a busy restaurant is essential and applicants must speak English to a good standard. This role is vital in ensuring customers receive a fantastic service, from the time they enter the restaurant to the time they have paid their bill. The successful applicant will have an ability to…
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    YouTube: Travel

  • Things Nobody But Your Mom Can Say

    6 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Things Nobody But Your Mom Can Say It's not you I don't trust, it's them. Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! MUSIC Happy People Licensed via Warner C... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 636268 16423 ratings Time: 01:33 More in Entertainment
  • Shailene Woodley on Traveling the World

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Shailene Woodley on Traveling the World The brilliant actress has an interesting approach to choosing a place to live. She told Ellen about it. From: TheEllenShow Views: 446414 8108 ratings Time: 02:05 More in Entertainment
  • Australians Taste Test American Snacks

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Australians Taste Test American Snacks "It has the consistency of like, dried foreskin." Like BuzzFeedVideo on Facebook: MUSIC Soak It Up Licensed via Warner Chappell Produ... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 1986635 25344 ratings Time: 02:16 More in Entertainment
  • Wanda Sykes on Flying

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Wanda Sykes on Flying The comedian opened up to Ellen about her experience in traveling the world. From: TheEllenShow Views: 303576 4755 ratings Time: 03:05 More in Entertainment
  • Australians Taste Test American Sweets

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Australians Taste Test American Sweets I hope that's it otherwise I'm getting diabetes from all the sh*t I've just eaten from your country.” Share on Facebook: Like BuzzFe... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 2393071 44350 ratings Time: 02:38 More in Entertainment
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    Uploads by Universal Music Group

  • Eden XO Challenges UMGD!

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Eden XO Challenges UMGD! Eden XO throws down her dance challenge to the Universal Music Group. From: Universal Music Group Views: 880 27 ratings Time: 00:25 More in Music
  • #Schooled: Adelitas Way

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    #Schooled: Adelitas Way For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: From: Universal Music Group Views: 579 47 ratings Time: 00:27 More in Music
  • #Schooled: Grizfolk

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    #Schooled: Grizfolk For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: From: Universal Music Group Views: 24003 81 ratings Time: 00:30 More in Music
  • #Schooled: August Alsina

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    #Schooled: August Alsina For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: From: Universal Music Group Views: 597 21 ratings Time: 00:24 More in Music
  • #Schooled: Rixton

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    #Schooled: Rixton For more videos like this, follow Universal Music Group on Youtube. Listen to Digster's Back to School Playlist here: From: Universal Music Group Views: 172 12 ratings Time: 00:20 More in Music
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    Hotels in Orlando & Things to do in Orlando

  • ¿Vacaciones a Orlando? ¡Planéalas en minutos!

    Sunil Govind
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Todos sueñan con ir a Orlando, y quienes han tenido la oportunidad de visitar este maravilloso lugar seguramente sueñan con volver, porque no importa cuántas veces regreses, ¡tus vacaciones nunca son las mismas! Si estás planeando pasar unas vacaciones en Orlando es muy probable que ya te hayas dado cuenta de lo complicado que puede […]
  • Orlandoescape Facebook poll: How many vacation photos are enough?

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    There was a time in the not so distant past when amateur photographers  limited their vacation photos to the number of film rolls they packed in their suitcase. (And it was usually a checked bag, as airport X-ray machines tended to be very unforgiving to rolls of undeveloped film.) Of course, you never knew how […]
  • Should You Work Out During Your Vacation?

    Sunil Govind
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    Once upon a time, vacations were reserved for lazy afternoons by the beach, drinking and eating at the finest restaurants, and pursuing fun activities worthy of the family photo album. In recent years, however, vacations have transformed to offer tourists the opportunity to not only engage in R&R, but also work up a sweat. That’s […]
  • Hotel Rooms: To Clean or not to Clean?

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s a given that every hotel guest expects a clean room upon arrival: beds made, linens washed, towels neatly folded and accommodations that are odor-free (or at least freshly scented). But after spending one night in a hotel room, how soon afterwards does a guest require–or at least, desire–maid service to clean up the room? […]
  • Family Fights and Road Trips: How to Maintain the Peace

    Sunil Govind
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    There’s nothing like the freedom of the open road – unless, of course, you’re stuck in the car with your family. Road trips and families go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s practically an American tradition to pile your family and luggage into a four-door sedan, point to a destination on the map, and […]
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    USA Travel Guide

  • Holiday Festival of Lights

    10 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Holiday Festival of Lights in Fisherman’s Wharf Get ready for the spirit of the holidays with the dazzling Holiday Festival of Lights in Fisherman’s Wharf. This San Francisco neighborhood which is a popular tourist destination renowned for its scenic views of the bay and unparalleled cuisine, steps up the ambiance during this magical time of the [...] The post Holiday Festival of Lights appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
  • The Bayou Classic

    9 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    The Bayou Classic Football-lovers, get ready for November’s most action packed event – The Bayou Classic! This annual game takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving, so get ready to sleep off the turkey in time for this honored game. A time-honored tradition, the Bayou Classic pits two rival college football teams against one another – the [...] The post The Bayou Classic appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
  • Color Up 5k in Killeen, TX

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    The Color Up 5k in Killeen raises money for the Fort Hood memorial honoring victims of the 2009 attack. Join our Killeen race for a meaningful event. The post Color Up 5k in Killeen, TX appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
  • Hollywood Film Festival

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

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

  • Snapshot: Chanel Brown

    Lola Akerstrom
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Chanel Brown is a photographer and a New York City based travel blogger who is passionate about sharing the foods, people, and cultures of a destination with the world. Chanel has traveled to over 30 countries and has carried her camera with her every step of the way. How would you describe your style of photography? In my photography, I aim to capture one (or more) of following four things: life, color, design, and light. In regards to life, I might capture animals, small insects, or people in their natural environment. If something catches my eye or there is a moment that I want to…
  • Latest News and Updates – Portraits and Photo Tips

    Lola Akerstrom
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:11 pm
    While shooting portraits at Electrolux, I met Nejc Škoberne who pretty much looks like Clark Kent. Well, a little Photoshop work later.. I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve posted what I’ve been working on the last few weeks. I usually round up latest publications, editorial contributions, and such. I’ve been doing a bit more commercial work for clients like Electrolux, Absolut Vodka, and MOVE Guides plus I cut down a lot in preparation for the baby. Now I’m slowly ramping back up on work — within reason. Publications Here are my latest articles and…
  • Photo Tip: Before deleting that photo, convert to black and white

    Lola Akerstrom
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    I hardly convert my photos into black and white. Not because I’m not a fan of the genre. I am and love how black and white can convey strong emotions. However, I do prefer color because the world is too beautiful and too vivid not to be immortalized in its vibrancy. You should read my friend Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks post called The Vibrancy of Color, The Starkness of Black-and-White. Even my favorite photography resource which I use for my imagebank, Photoshelter, published a fantastic blog post worth reading titled Is Black and White Photography a Gimmick? So last week when…
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    BootsnAll Travel Articles

  • How I Travel: Andrew Evans

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:03 am
    ANDREW EVANS: He's Been Everywhere, Man (or he's on his way) Andrew Evans has packed a lot of experience into his short lifetime—he’s a writer, an endless wanderer and a bus passenger who traveled from Washington D.C. to Antarctica. The National Geographic Traveler contributing editor got his start by writing the first guidebook to Ukraine. Since then he’s written for a wide range of travel publications, spending months at a time on the road without his wanderlust losing the least bit of luster. Read on to see why the guidebook writer doesn’t carry one himself, how he avoids jet lag…
  • Inspiration to Get You On the Road

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:03 am
    When someone starts planning a long-term trip, usually one of the first things they do is look at photos to inspire them. In 2014, there is no better place than Instagram to be inspired by travel photography.The truth is there can be lots of crap to sift through on Instagram. And if you're tired of being inundated with bad selfies, cats, and brown sloppy food, there are several great instgrammers who are posting mouth-watering food shots and destination photos that will make you want to ditch your life and buy an airline ticket.While we could write an entire article on the debate over posting…
  • Getting Kids On Board With Your Big Trip

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    It can be a daunting thing to set out on a long term adventure as a family. There are so many logistical issues to address, in addition to the educational considerations to be made. Even parents who are firmly convinced of the overwhelming benefits to their children of an extended journey can struggle with their resolve when faced with less than enthusiastic young people.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Wanna take your kids on the ultimate field trip?" button_type="orange" button="Sign up for RTW30 - Family Edition"…
  • Why You Should Ignore Everything You’ve Heard & Go to Colombia

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:03 am
    Stereotypes. Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have them. Some have more than others, but everyone prejudges at some point, fairly or not. When you spend your entire life hearing horrible things about a group of people, or a country, or a culture, it's hard not to form an opinion - regardless of whether you've met those people, visited that country, or know anything about the culture in question.So, when we decided to visit Colombia during our time in South America on our RTW trip, many family members and friends were up in arms. We've all watched the news. We've all read the…
  • Round the World in Retirement

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:03 am
    Ask new retirees about their plans, and you will almost always hear, “I want to travel.”But more and more, "I want to travel" is changing. Not all retirees are going the stereotypical "travel around the country in an RV" route. Many are thinking bigger. Many are jumping into the long-term travel game.That’s what my husband and I decided to do when we retired. We sold our house, our cars, most of our belongings, and left town on a trip around the world.After a lifetime of working, retirement should be the big payoff. An age of discovery when you have the opportunity to explore not just…
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    Travel Blissful

  • Georgia to Maine On the Appalachian Trail

    Travel Bliss
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    I’ve always wanted to see what lies over the next hill or around the next bend in the road. Traveling is an adventure, anticipating those surprises that wait ahead, those serendipitous meetings or discoveries that you never imagined. I knew hiking the Appalachian Trail would be an adventure. I’d read many accounts by thru-hikers (folks who hike the entire 2,174 miles in one season) of how the hike had changed them. But I never imagined how dramatically it would change my own life. I’ll back up just a bit to tell you that I was running pretty hard in the same rat race that many people…
  • A Dream About Hanoi

    Travel Bliss
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    A few years ago I had a dream about Hanoi. I knew where I was because I saw a sign saying Hanoi. I believe all dreams mean something and I remember thinking the dream must mean that I should travel there — although I didn’t even know anything about the city. I even went to the library to lend a book on how to learn Vietnamese. Later I realized that the dream probably meant I will travel to Hanoi someday, not that I have to make it happen within the next few months. Below are some phrases I learnt before I decided to give up on my impulsive idea. But since then I have always been very…

    Travel Bliss
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Shopping & Sightseeing Shopping and sightseeing in 35 degrees Celsius is not the best combination, but we enjoyed our day in Lyon. After breakfast purchased in a health food shop at Course Vitton we walked to the big park Parc de la Tete D´Or, not far from Boulevard des Brotteaux, crossed the river, and continued to the center of Lyon. There, we found great shopping along the pedestrian Rue de la Republique, from Hotel de Ville to Place Bellecour. Rue Victor Hugo on the other side of Place Bellecour, the location of the tourist office, is also popular among shoppers. In the afternoon we…

    Travel Bliss
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    How to Get Around Even though strolling down the streets is a terrific way to discover Paris, the Metro is a perfect alternative for longer distances. You can buy ten tickets at a time and go as far as you like on one ticket. If you plan to travel a lot, buy the Metro card “Paris Visite”, which allows up to five days of unlimited traveling. The Metro is quick, easy, punctual, and a great way to get around. A plus is the beautiful Metro stations spread out across the city. Unlike metro stations in other European cities, many of the Parisians have class. Stunning Sights A favorite sight in…

    Travel Bliss
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    Mozart’s Birth City Even though the weather didn’t cooperate in the way I had hoped (grey clouds were ever-present), my stopover in Mozart’s birth city turned out better than expected. A lot in Salzburg revolve around Mozart. You can even visit the house where he lived, and see the piano he played. House of Mozart’s Birth, a big house with several floors, is located at Getreidegasse 9 and attracts curious tourists all year round. Apart from boasting one of the most famous birth houses in the world, Getreidegasse is an exceptionally pretty shopping street lined with boutiques, cozy…
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    Stuck in Customs

  • Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton

    Trey Ratcliff
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A little behind-the-scenes Here’s a fairly random video that we shot while on the Hobbiton Movie Set. We were doing a few videos for The Arcanum! It also shows some other random stuff during a little New Zealand adventure… Daily Photo – Stars over the Party Tree in Hobbiton I know I post a lot of photos from Hobbiton, so you gotta give me a break! haha… It's so pretty there. On this particular night, we were out very late shooting… it turned out to be kind of a small photowalk! A few people from a tour spotted us and came over to say hello, so we invited…
  • The Beauty of New Zealand

    Trey Ratcliff
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A New Video! A New Photo-Video for you – All New Zealand awesomeness… I have a Landscape Photography Tutorial based here in New Zealand available over at Animation/Slideshow – more info at — or see my review at Amaze-maze music by the New Zealand band, Arma Del Amor – see more at
  • Soft Clouds over The Forbidden City

    Trey Ratcliff
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Sony A7s Review Check out the new Sony A7s Review I just recently finished! Instagram Fun I’ve been doing a fun series over on Instagram with combining some of my photos with a few of my favorite passages from the Patrick Rothfuss books. Daily Photo – Soft Clouds over The Forbidden City Blue skies are a rare thing in Beijing, so it was a super-surprise to see these kinds of delicate clouds over the corner tower here. I do love the way these clouds turned out… they look like the kinds of clouds that Bob Ross would paint! The clouds did not last long, and it takes forever to…
  • New Textures Tutorial Version 2.0!

    Trey Ratcliff
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s back and all Brand-Spankin’ New! Believe it or not, the first version of this Textures Tutorial was the very first video tutorial I made here (even before the HDR Tutorial!), over five years ago! It was getting a little long in the tooth, so I decided to completely delete it, and start over from scratch with all my new tricks I’ve picked up over the years. The new video tutorial is about an hour long, plus there’s 170 super-hi-res textures including a ton of new ones from my travels in Africa and other strange-texturey-places around the world. How Hi-res are they? All of the…
  • She Stares You Down

    Trey Ratcliff
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Another good series I know many of you have taken my recommendation on the Patrick Rothfuss series of books (!!), but I’m now into a new series called the “Mistborn” by Sanderson. It comes highly recommended! Flatbooks Needs Authors! We’re looking for some new authors and eBooks over at Flatbooks! Have an idea for an photography eBook, or one you’ve already finished? Come join us at Flatbooks. Check out the info here. Also, check out our latest new books on street photography and children’s portraiture if you’ve missed those. Daily Photo – She…
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    We Blog The World

  • Kyoto’s Magical and Mysterious Bamboo Forest

    Renee Blodgett
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    I’ve always found bamboo to be fascinating. Sure, it has been used to manufacture various products, such as baskets, cups, boxes and mats at local workshops for centuries and certainly, it looks beautiful in those products and there’s nothing more free flowing than a bamboo door. It wasn’t until I read the book Bend Not Break by my friend Ping Fu that it struck the right chord…in other words, why it has always allured me so. A quote in her book from her Shanghai Papa, a man she lived with for part of her childhood in China goes something like this: “Bamboo is…
  • Sculpteo 3D Printing Engine Will Replicate You In Miniature

    Renee Blodgett
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    For those in the technology “know,” you have seen that there’s been significant advances in 3D printing lately, a prototyping process that makes it possible to create an actual object from a 3D file. The object is formed by applying successive layers of solid material. This fall in Paris, I attended an event called Digital Day, which was a conference focused on an interactive discussion around the latest in technology and innovation largely from French start-ups. The event held workshops and vendors participated in an area where they showed up their latest. I was…
  • How, Why and Where India Will Transform You…

    Jessica Festa
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    India is a land which has a rich ancient history and deep cultural roots. A visit to India is unlike any other place one can visit in the world. Indian customs and traditions have been revered by most of the travelers who have visited the country and the vast range of geographical locations in India has made it one of the top tourist destinations.  It’s also a country that can transform you in a myriad of wonderful ways, from architecture to cultural experiences to spiritual wonders. History IMAGE (CROPPED) CREDITS @ GILI CHUPAK India has been inhabited by one of the oldest…
  • Beyond Windsor Castle & Eton in England’s Berkshire

    Jonny Scott Blair
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    My recent travels in England took me to the town of Windsor (& Eton) in Berkshire for what I thought was the first time. I soon realized that back in 2000 I had actually visited the Legoland nearby, so this on my return to the town of Windsor on another journey, was a chance to chill out in the comfort of the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa – the town of Windsor is gorgeous. After touring the Tower of London and Poppies Display, staying in the Mad Hatter, I hopped on a direct train from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside. Trains are frequent and cosy,… Read…
  • Walking Through Tokyo’s Cultural & Very Alive Shinjuku District

    Renee Blodgett
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    I was told about the Shinjuku (新宿) district when I first arrived in Tokyo, but didn’t have an opportunity to explores its streets until my last two days in Tokyo. The sprawling area is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo and located in the central western part of Tokyo. It is commonly known as one of the city’s largest and most happening entertainment, business and shopping area. Everything is pretty much a stone’s throw from Shinjuku Station, which btw, is the world’s busiest railway station, handling over two million passengers every day. It is served by…
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • Paddington designs by David Beckham, Boris Johnson and Nicole Kidman unveiled

    Business Travel Destinations
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    Monday 03 November 2014 Paddington designs by David Beckham, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson, and Benedict Cumberbatch were unveiled today for the first time ahead of the launch of The Paddington Trail tomorrow 3 NOVEMBER 2014 – LONDON. Today, the NSPCC and STUDIOCANAL revealed 15 of the much anticipated statues for The Paddington Trail, sponsored by Barclaycard.  The stunning statues were accompanied by some of the celebrities and artists who designed the unique artworks that will go on display across London from tomorrow…
  • Molton Brown for Men Review

    Rob Hard
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    I’m a fan of high-end toiletries — shampoos, lotions, face and body washes when traveling. Testing out these amenities at hotels is a great way to know if I will want to spend money on them at home. And Molton Brown is one of those brands. I’ve stayed at many hotels that offer Molton Brown, such as the Waldorf London and Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Courtesy image Molton Brown is based — and made — in London, but you’ll find it all over the world. Their products are sophisticated and expertly blended. And if you’ve tried their travel-sized bottles…
  • MGM Resorts International Announces Proposed Senior Notes Offering

    Business Travel Destinations
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    LAS VEGAS, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today announced that it proposes to offer $1.0 billion in aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due 2023.  The Company plans to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including repaying certain indebtedness maturing in 2015 and funding a portion of the development costs related to its Maryland and Massachusetts resort projects. Pending such use, the Company may invest the net proceeds in short-term interest-bearing accounts, securities or similar investments.
  • Traveling to Chicago for Meetings or Events? What You Should Know

    Rob Hard
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    When you think of the most central locations in the US to meet, Chicago has always been considered among those at the top of the list. It is known for its architecture, museums, music, sports, love of food, sports, theater, performance arts and cruises on the lake. Chicago also has some excellent hotels and venues that are cost effective for business meetings and events of all sizes. City Review Guest rooms offer spectacular city views. This view is from a hospitality suite on the 43rd floor. © 2014 Patrick Marshall / RHCIThe \"Torch\" is the main focal point of the lobby,…
  • International search launched to find London’s Official Guest of Honour

    Business Travel Destinations
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    Wednesday 12 November 2014 See a West End show with Jessie J Visit the Science Museum with physicist Professor Stephen Hawking Visit the Royal Opera House with world-famous Spanish singer and conductor, Plácido Domingo Take afternoon tea at Lord’s Cricket Ground with Downton Abbey’s butler Carson, actor Jim Carter Dine with Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton Today VISITLONDON.COM, the official Visitor Guide to the capital, together with VisitBritain and the GREAT Britain campaign, have launched an international search to find London’s Official Guest of Honour, who will have a…
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Young roe deer

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    I travel home tomorrow, so I hope to post more regularly and with a little more to say for myself. The postcsrd showing the young deer came from Belgium.
  • Kinderdijk

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:57 pm
    One of the very well known and easily recognisable UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Netherlands.  I was lucky enough to travel along the canal a long time ago.  At that time I didn't realise its significance but I do remember remarking on the number of windmills along its length.
  • Beatrix Potter

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    When I was little, my mother used to read me Beatrix Potter's books and then later (though it seemed only a flash) I used to read them to my sons when they were small.  I am waiting until my grandchildren are the right age for me to start reading them again.This particular illustration is from The Tale of Peter Rabbit and it shows how Mr McGregor, the grumpy gardener, used Peter's jacket and shoes to make a scarecrow to frighten off the blackbirds.
  • Utamaro

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    This card arrived in my collection entirely by accident - I found it inside a second-hand book I bought recently.  It was originally sent from Japan by a dutiful son to his mother.The picture is one of Kitagawa Utamaro's woodblock prints.  He was a Japanese artist (1753-1806) and one of the most famous artists of the ukiyo-e tradition of prints. I haven't been able to identify this one in spite of having trawled through 800+ images on ukiyo-e.orgThere were 3000+ of them so I know I didn't really get very far.
  • Birds of a feather flock together

    10 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    Starlings flocking at sunset in Aberystwyth, Wales.  I presume that is the Royal Pier that we can see at the bottom left.  As with many piers, it is now much shorter than its original length of 242 metres or 794 feet.
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  • How to Plan a Perfect Trip to London

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    London Eye (Creative Commons) London is one of the most diverse and amazing travel destinations in the world. Every single year, people from all over the world travel to London to discover its great attractions. If you are planning to go to London soon as well, you will love the following article. We have put together a list of genuinely useful tips on how to plan the perfect trip to London – and how to feel absolutely excellent from all points of view while there. Hire a Car London’s public transportation infrastructure is really good, but if you want to feel like a true star while…
  • Sri Lanka has it all

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    If you’re looking for a country offering everything you could wish for in a winter sun destination – then Sri Lanka really does have it all. We’ll take a look at what makes Sri Lanka so unique and special – across different areas of life, culture, geography and sheer fun here. In a nutshell though; just think of beautiful beaches, friendly people, food that is out of this world, lush countryside and fascinating culture – and put that together with some winter sunshine and you can soon see why Sri Lanka is so popular with tourists from the northern hemisphere at this time of year.
  • Going to Wyoming: A Packing Checklist for All Seasons in Jackson Hole

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

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

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

  • Discovery Networks Hit Shows On Princess Cruises

    Sue Lobo
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Princess Cruises has teamed up with Discovery Communications to give travelers a whole new cruise experience. What this means is that passengers will get to experience a whole host of activities that will feature some of Discovery’s hit shows like Animal Planet and Ghosthunters. Here’s a little bit of information about this exciting new offering. Discovery Activities For Children and Teens Young travelers will get to participate in several hands-on activities that are inspired by the popular TV show Mythbusters. They can also do some Gold Rush type activities where they will get…
  • Tips For Avoiding Traffic This Thanksgiving

    Sue Lobo
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Around 44 million Americans will be doing a good amount of traveling on or around Thanksgiving. No one wants to start off their Thanksgiving by being stuck in traffic. Being stuck on congested highways can leave you feeling unthankful. Before you head out to your Thanksgiving feast with you family, read over our travel tips to escape some of the congestion that might await you. Travel On The Right Days The day before Thanksgiving is usually the year’s busiest travel day and the Sunday after Thanksgiving comes in at a close second. You can avoid getting stuck in traffic by traveling on a…
  • Quantum of the Seas Ship Facts

    Sue Lobo
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    QUANTUM OF THE SEAS SHIP FACTS Cruise about the new Quantum of the Seas? Here are plenty of Quantum of the Seas ship facts provided by Royal Caribbean cruise line. We just sailed on the ship last week, so keep an eye out for our in-depth review.  We’ll give you the pros and cons, but overall we loved the ship! Registry: Nassau, Bahamas • Built at Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany Quantum of the Seas sailing fall 2014 • Anthem of the Seas sailing spring 2015 Quantum of the Seas Godmother: Kristin Chenoweth 168,666 GRT • 1,141 feet (348 meters) long • 136 feet (41…
  • Holiday in Carneros

    Sue Lobo
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Holiday in Carneros will be taking place November 23-24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m this year. This highly anticipated event is popular among wine lovers from all over the country. Those who attend Holiday in Carneros will have the opportunity to taste a variety of wines directly from the cellar, including some new releases. For anyone who loves wine, this event shouldn’t be missed. Highlights -Many different wineries from Napa and Sonoma Valleys will be participating in this event which means that there will be a variety of different wines available to sample and purchase. -There will be the…
  • Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse

    Sue Lobo
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Happy birthday Mickey Mouse! This beloved rodent was created in on November 18, 1928. His first starring role was in the cartoon “Steamboat Willie”. There’s a lot to know about Mickey Mouse that goes far beyond what can be found at The Magic Kingdom. History After Walt Disney lost the rights to his character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, he invented the character Mickey Mouse. Mickey rose to stardom with Steamboat Willie, partly because it was the first cartoon that ever had sound. Walt was originally going to name Mickey, “Mortimer Mouse”. It was his wife Lillian…
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    19 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Any of the following Paraguay tours will introduce you to one of South America's less-traveled paths. A wonder of nature yet to be discovered. See options here.

    16 Nov 2014 | 2:36 am
    Any of the following Ecuador tours will introduce you to South America's fourth-smallest country and the most environmentally diverse in the world. Book your tour.

    9 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    Chile is one of the most geographically diverse countries on Earth. The following Chile tours will bring many options when you're ready for a superb vacation.

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Pick any of the following Colombia tours and you will get to understand why it's considered South America's best-kept secret. Explore and book your tour here.

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Check the following Uruguay tours for your holidays. They are a superb introduction to South America's second smallest country. Uruguay is a country not to miss.
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    Wild Junket

  • Traveling the Silk Road — A Quick Guide

    Nellie Huang
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Silk Road is the greatest travel route of all time, spanning 8,000km across continents, weaving through deserts, mountains and grasslands and bringing traders from East to West and vice versa. The original overland odyssey has long lured travelers, from the likes of the world’s first professional traveler, Marco Polo, to modern-day Silk Road author, Colin Thubron. For centuries, caravans of over 1,000 camels trekked through Central Asia trading everything from gold to gunpowder. But these days, traveling the Silk Road can seem daunting even for the most hardened traveler. It often…
  • Overland Travel in Central Asia: Tips and Review

    Nellie Huang
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Traveling Central Asia is the stuff of dreams, evoking images of golden sand dunes, vast steppes, yurts, and exotic ancient architecture. For centuries, this region has been closely tied to the Silk Road and has acted as a crossroad for the exchange of goods, people and knowledge between Europe and Asia. The first travelers came to this region in 200 BC, and since then it has attracted an influx of Silk Road travelers over the centuries. Stretching from the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan to the Tien Shan mountains straddling between China and Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia is a massive region of varied…
  • Updates from Sri Lanka — A Week of Learning and Discovering

    Nellie Huang
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Ayubowan from Sri Lanka! I’m currently writing to you from Colombo, the country’s biggest city. It’s exciting to be in this part of the world, with the tropical humid air greeting me upon landing and a subtle hint of chaos buzzing from the streets. I’ve only been here for a day, but Colombo has already surprised me on several levels. Despite being the biggest city in Sri Lanka, it’s much calmer than I’d expected (nothing like India) and it also seems very prosperous, lush and green. I’m here in Sri Lanka to attend the Travel Blogger Conference Asia…
  • A Social Network for Travel Addicts: Trover

    Nellie Huang
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    I have a confession to make: I spend WAY too much time on social media. I just love interacting with travelers online and geeking out on travel photos and stories. And now to make things worse, I just discovered Trover and it’s got me completely hooked. Trover is a travel app and website that acts as a social media platform for travelers. It’s a visual guide with a community of travelers sharing their photos from around the world. It aims to inspire people with new ideas on where to travel next, but more importantly, it can be used as a guide to help you plan your trip or a…
  • Donate to Charity and Win Travel Prizes!

    Nellie Huang
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    Yesterday we finally announced our plans to do the Rickshaw Run in January 2015! Now that we’ve shared the news with you, it just got real. This is going to be the craziest thing we’ve ever done and it sure is going to be one hell of a challenge, but we won’t be able to do it without you. The main goal of the Rickshaw Run is to raise funds for charity — AND WE NEED YOUR HELP! Our fundraising goal is $4,000. $1,000 will go towards The Adventurists’ selected charity, Cool Earth, and the rest will go towards the charity close to our heart, Planeterra. 100% of the total funds…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • 7 tips to cut the cost of your next holiday

    Wanda Coustas
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle It is a challenge not to spend a lot of money when on holiday. If you typically spend more on holidays than you budget for, then you’re not alone. We’ve put our heads together to come up with a list of ways to spend less on your next holiday, without having to sleep on your friend’s couch or stay in a relative’s guest bedroom. Here are 7 tips to cut the cost of your next holiday:     1. STAY LOCAL Overseas holidays are expensive. They...
  • 8 favourite South African writers, for your Christmas stocking

    Wanda Coustas
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle I first connected with South African fiction when I read Etienne van Heerden’s The Long Silence of Mario Salviati, and was hooked. If you consider it was 2002, it took me rather a long time to get there. Since then I’ve read much and often. Here is a list of my 8 favourite South African writers, in no particular order. Any of their books make great holiday reads, or gifts… Etienne van Heerden   That Etienne van Heerden’s father was a merino farmer...
  • The ultimate checklist: Remote places to stay to survive Christmas

    Wanda Coustas
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle A friend of mine recently emailed with a request. She needed a remote hideaway for her family, who want to escape the Christmas festivities; get away from it all to reconnect with what really matters – nature, their children and stillness. And it is only fair to share. Here are 12 remote places to stay in South Africa where you can survive Christmas. Enjoy!   Photograph: Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm   PAPKUILSFONTEIN GUEST FARM, Nieuwoudtville, upper Karoo, Northern...
  • To market, to market – the top 10 Christmas markets in Cape Town

    Wanda Coustas
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle I’ve obviously left my Christmas market shopping a little late as I’ve missed both the Constantia Gift Fair (this weekend past), and Kamers vol Geskenke. The good news: there are still plenty of Christmas markets to choose from (despite the fact that Kamers must be one of the best markets ever, and I missed out on a bumper edition of creativity and variety!). TOP 10 CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN CAPE TOWN (and surrounds)   22 November 2014, Rondebosch Potters’...
  • Durban Botanic Gardens Music at the Lake

    Helen Rushton
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle When I used to live in Cape Town, one of my favorite things to do during the summer months was to pack a picnic and, with tickets in hand, head to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for a Sunday concert. The Durban Botanic Gardens have not disappointed, with the Old Mutual Music at the Lake series currently taking place. The concerts take place throughout the year and are centered around the beautiful lake in the gardens. There are approximately 5000 tickets per performance with...
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    Velvet Escape

  • A hotel fit for a king

    Keith Jenkins
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    In my previous post, I talked about what makes an accommodation ‘epic’ and my assignment from to find an accommodation that reflects my definition of ‘epic’. I thought hard about what I look for in a hotel and the factors that make me want to gush about the hotel to everyone. It took a bit of soul-searching and slightly less time finding an accommodation that matched the requirements. I knew it, once I found it, that this accommodation was truly ‘epic’. So, what did I choose? Please allow me to introduce you to *DRUMROLL*… Hotel Alfonso…
  • What makes an accommodation epic?

    Keith Jenkins
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Would this accommodation qualify as epic? “What are you doing?”, my partner asked. “I’m working on a project with and I’m looking for an ‘epic’ accommodation”, I replied without looking up from my laptop screen. A few moments passed and then… “What’s ‘epic’?” That simple question stopped me in my tracks. Yes, what is epic? The Oxford Dictionary defines it, amongst others, as something “grand in scale or character“. But what makes an accommodation epic? has a website called…
  • Experiencing the Mashpi Cloud Forest

    Keith Jenkins
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    The mist-shrouded cloud forest. The Mashpi Cloud Forest Reserve is located about a four-hour drive north of Quito, Ecuador. The drive from Quito is gorgeous, with stunning vistas of the snow-capped Andes mountains and lush forests and past sleepy villages. You even cross the Equator several times along the way! I’d done some research about the Mashpi Cloud Forest before this trip and I was certainly looking forward to staying at the Mashpi Lodge, which looks absolutely phenomenal in the photos. In a relatively small area, there’s a staggering 500 species of birds – including…
  • The Heritage sites of Malta and Gozo

    Keith Jenkins
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Heritage sites of Malta and Gozo. When you visit some of the heritage sites on Malta, you will find that the architecture on the islands (some dating back to more than 5000 years a go) reveal something exceptional: the Maltese temple culture disappeared abruptly in the third Millennium BC and researchers still don’t know exactly why. Surrounded by mystery, Malta’s megalithic structures served as the inspiration for the beautiful and monumental churches that you can find all over the villages these days. In addition to that, the country has no less than three UNESCO World Heritage…
  • Reunion Island video – the ultimate adventure island

    Keith Jenkins
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    We stood at the very edge of the canyon to get this amazing view! My trip to Reunion Island was nothing short of epic. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of this island in the Indian Ocean (map) but once I arrived, I was simply blown away by its spectacular natural beauty. Its stunning lagoon-fringed coastline and breathtaking mountains are the perfect decor for an adventure holiday. We went on long drives around the island, clambered through lava tubes (formed by recent volcanic eruptions), hiked through the mountains, trudged through amazing canyons and flew over the island in…
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    Pearls of Travel Wisdom

  • Preclearance for U.S. International Travel is Still Growing

    Carol Margolis
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    The U.S. plans to continue expanding their international preclearance locations. Currently at 15 locations in Abu Dhabi, Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, and Ireland, this addresses about 18% of inbound travelers. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) wants to nearly double this within ten years. Some may recall that Delta Air Lines as well as the Air Lines Pilots Association expressed strong disagreement with the U.S. opening up preclearance in Abu Dhabi. After all, they reasoned, there is no way this will help any U.S. carriers since they fly from Dubai, not Abu Dhabi. Indeed, the big winner…
  • Delta Adding Rolls Royce Engines in New Airbus Planes

    Carol Margolis
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Nothing buy American about this deal. After saying no to Boeing for their 787 aircraft, Delta Air Lines then snubbed General Electric for the engines for their new planes. Instead, Delta committed to purchase 50 new Airbus aircraft and then announced that Rolls Royce will be supplying the $5 billion engines. The all-EU aircraft will be coming online in a few years. Delta has long had a history of commitment to Boeing so what happened? While that’s true, two things changed. The former Northwest Airlines did not share that same relationship with Boeing and the current leadership at Delta…
  • Will You Book Travel through Amazon?

    Carol Margolis
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    According to Skift, Amazon plans to initiate a travel booking service around January 1. It will begin with a selection of hotels surrounding three cities – Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York. The article quotes one potential hotelier who said Amazon was looking for independent hotels with at least a 4-star rating on TripAdvisor and would limit the number of hotel offerings in each location. Amazon will charge hotels 15% for this service but that is compatible with many online travel agencies (OTAs) now. Apparently Amazon Travel sees this as only the beginning. They have posted job offerings…
  • Uber Starting Orlando-Tampa Service

    Carol Margolis
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    In a break from tradition, tech company Uber announced they will be offering long-distance service between Orlando and Tampa. Having driven this myself many times, it takes anywhere from about 90 minutes to two hours depending on where you start and where you end. The new service, called UberHighway, costs $99 each way for up to four people. It makes no economic sense for one person but it is a reasonable deal for four. Presumably they will pick you up and drop you off at sites you desire. Alternatively, UberHighway offers service for up to six people for $149. By comparison, a single person…
  • Uber vs Taxi Drivers: From the Taxi Driver Side

    Carol Margolis
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    I like Uber. In fact, most people I know like Uber. Sure, many people can report a bad experience or two but anyone used to taxi drivers can say the same thing. On a recent trip to a major city, I opted to use a taxi from my hotel to go back to the airport. It was a flat rate charge so I knew the fare before I left. Yes, I could have called Uber and made the same arrangements but the taxi was already at the hotel and I figured the difference in fare would be minimal. As I do in all cities I visit, I had a good conversation with the taxi driver on the 30-minute ride to the airport because I…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • What To Do and See in Guatape Colombia

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Guatape Village is called the ‘Little Switzerland’ of Colombia. And rightfully so. This tiny village is located about two hours outside of Medellin and is the perfect day trip experience.  You can come here on your own by taking a bus, or a private driver (what I did) or do it as a tour. Since I had a place to stay in Guatape, I decided to do it alone and it was great. Personally I don’t think you really need a full-on guide or tour…
  • Hotels Keep Reinventing Themselves in Las Vegas

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Las Vegas has long been a major center for new business creation. From the latest technology showcased at conventions in Las Vegas to services that have risen up around the ever-evolving wedding industry, the city has become synonymous with innovation. There are few industries in Las Vegas that have seen the dramatic changes that the hospitality industry has. Steve Wynn and his luxury hotel brand stand out as an example of innovation in the hospitality…
  • Trunkster Zipperless Luggage

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids I’m always searching for produts that can make my trips a lot easier and enjoyable, this time I found a curious product on Kickstarter called the Trunkster. It is a piece of lightweight, durable and scratch resistant luggage with a singular design and cool features that I think are useful for all travelers. Its features are: 1. A waterproof sliding door instead of the regular zipper. 2. A battery that can provide enough energy so you can charge…
  • What Colombian Beer Is Your Favorite?

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Beer is a one of my favorite past times when I travel. Normally, when I’m back home, I don’t drink beer too much. But when in a new place, I absolutely love tasting all the ones they have that are local to the country, city or area. Colombia certainly has its share of beers. But what I also noticed, is that they have a lot of European beers – especially from Holland and Belgium. I am a huge lover of Belgium beer so at times it was tough…
  • 5 Odd Spots to See in Ireland

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Ireland has plenty to offer, from the typical to quirky. While I’m sure you know the hot spots to head to, if you’re up for the odd and wacky, then these few spots here are a good start. The Seven Churches Churches? Yes. Seven of them? No. So why is it called the Seven Churches? Beats us, but who cares? The two churches located here are interesting ruins of the Gaelic past. They were erected somewhere around the 7th or 8th century and is a pilgrimage…
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  • Hunter Boots Flagship Store - London

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hunter Boots is making waves again. The Edinburgh, Scotland-based historic icon has opened its first-ever flagship store at 83 Regent Street in London with a celebration featuring a troupe of Singing-In-The-Rain dancers arriving in a red double-decker wearing head-to-toe Hunter Original collection.   The store design is a funky combo of urban shopping heaven and agricultural themes that echo farm life and barns – all thought up by the design team at Checkland Kindleysides.   Established in 1856 and known for its dutiful supply of millions of trench booth for the British troops…
  • One Hot Yoga & Pilates Studio - South Yarra, Melbourne

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Over the past two years, architect Robert Mills (Robert Mills Architects and Interior Designers) and his yoga-enthusiast spouse, Lucinda Mills, have created a sophisticated yoga and Pilates emporium in Melbourne’s South Yarra neighbourhood. The business, One Hot Yoga, is divided into four studios that occupy space at three addresses. Studio 1 (One Hot Yoga) is at 36 River Street, Studio 2 (One Hot Yoga and Mat Pilates) is at 46 River Street, and right next door at 48 River Street is the newest addition, Studios 3 and 4 (One Hot Pilates). In total, the studios take up nearly 800 square…
  • Cj Hendry - New Playing Card Series

    4 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Those of you who are regular TCH readers know of CJ Hendry already. She is the extraordinary pen-and-ink artist whose work we fell in love with and then introduced to the public, first through Instagram and then at our Art Hunter temporary art experience in Sydney that we hosted with Jaguar.   The success of her work has been absolutely phenomenal, and for a good reason. Nothing compares to the mesmerising result of her painstaking work. Each image appears to be an enlargement of a black-and-white photograph, except that it isn’t. It is a one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn piece of art.
  • Her Majesty's Pleasure, Toronto, Canada

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Toronto’s funky, ever-evolving King West Village has just gained another interesting entrepreneurial tenant at the brand-new, 12-storey condo and townhouse project, Fashion House, at 556 King Street West. The newcomer is Her Majesty’s Pleasure, a flexible concept by husband and wife, Jeff Armstrong and Sara Kardan. The sunny space functions as a hair, nail and beauty salon, a coffee and tea bar (during the day), a cocktail bar (at night), a shop, and even an event space, all tied together by a tightly controlled palette of colors (mainly black, white and wood) and materials. The…
  • Vienna's Steirereck

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Chef-owner Heinz Reitbauer is a member of the Reitbauer family that operates the famous Steirereck restaurant and the Meierei café beneath it in Vienna, and the Pogush Country Inn in Styria, in the southeast of Austria. His family’s latest contribution to the Austrian culinary excellence is the complete and spectacular renovation of Steirereck that consistently places among the top of the world’s 50 best restaurants list. In 2005, the Reitbauers moved Steirereck from its home of 35 years in Weißgerbe Lände to Vienna, and took up the former Milchhauspavilion, an…
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    Man Tripping - Guys Weekends and Mancations

  • Schlitz Beer is Fighting Back to the Top with Schlitz Bouts!

    James Hills
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    One of our guys was at the recent event in LA and had an absolute blast. This was his first time trying Schlitz and he said he is looking forward to trying it again soon! The event was one part stage show with costumed characters representing (and promoting) Schlitz beer, one part authentic amature boxing match, and all wrapped up as an awesome corporate party with a band, ring girls, and fashion show.             This was probably one of the best corporate parties / launch events we have seen in a long time as it was fun but authentic and left us truly wanting…
  • Niki is Trying Something New: Purina ONE Smartblend Dog Food

    James Hills
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    What I did discover though is that she LOVES Purina ONE Smartblend: Vibrant Maturity 7+ Senior Formula and frankly from a human perspective it looks a lot more appetizing with a mix of different kernels compared to the brown chunks that she had previously. How do I know she loved it? Well after filming I left her in the kitchen ... a few min later she jumped in my lap and let go a very satisfied burp! For a dog that is normally very dainty and "grazes" all day that is a pretty strong sign that she was happy! What changes will you see during the 28-Day Challenge? They say though that it takes…
  • Guys Night Out Idea - More than "Popcorn and a Movie Night"

    James Hills
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    The pallet is available at 1500 Walmart stores nationwide so make sure you check this list to ensure that you go to a store that has it available before you leave the house. It should be available in either the Electronics section or right up front of the store as you walk in until 11/24/2014. However even if the pallet is gone - you can still pull together a great movie night on your own - it might just require you to go on a little tour of the store ... but hey all that walking can help you burn off some of the calories you are about to put back on!   Initially, I wasn't sure which of…
  • Margaritaville Island Hotel to Open in Pigeon Forge this Spring

    James Hills
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The perfect blend of mountain latitude and island attitude, Margaritaville Island Hotel brings a new perspective to the Smoky Mountains experience with its contemporary surroundings, high level of service and attention to detail. Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville Island Hotel is the perfect setting for vacationers to escape the everyday, discover a new outlook and just chill. The laid-back, welcoming approach of the islands combined with genuine Southern Appalachian hospitality, creates an exceptional hotel experience where the…
  • Exploring Digital Audiobook Rentals from This Holiday

    James Hills
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:24 pm
    With the holidays coming up and some of the busiest travel days of the whole year coming up, this is a great time to test it out and see how technology has progressed in terms of audiobook rentals and travel entertainment. has the option of either renting the audiobooks or buying them outright, this gives customers a great option to save money vs buying a book or audiobook and since you'll probably finish the book in a few weeks anyhow the effect is the same and provides the option of 30-day or 60-day rentals to help make things even easier. After you've figured out…
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    The Travel Tart

  • Machu Picchu.. means..

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Machu Picchu is probably one of the biggest, but most spectacular travel cliches in the world. It’s at the end of the other big South American cliche which is popular on the gringo trail – that is, the four day, thirty kilometre walk called the Inca Trail. That is, if you can actually score a spot on it! It’s pretty hard to get a spot these days because the walk is often booked months in advance, so you just can’t turn up and start walking for the sake of it. You might be confined to the train instead! However, whilst it can be a bit of a tourist trap,  it’s…
  • Things to Do at Changi Airport in Singapore – Become a Millionaire!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    As far as airports go, Changi Airport at Singapore is probably one of the best places around to catch a plane, or transit while waiting for another. Thousands of people work there and the airport alone it’s a big contributor to the Singapore economy because it’s a major Asian hub and stopover. It’s one of the busiest airports in the world and it’s known for it’s crazy facilities like a butterfly sanctuary, swimming pools, and  few themed gardens so you can pass the time before your next flight. It’s one of my favourite airports in the world, because at…
  • How To Make A Paracord Bracelet – From A Watch!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    There are all sorts of survival shows out there that show a number of skills of how to get away in situations that usually mean almost certain death for other mere mortals. This includes stuff like ‘How To Make A Paracord Bracelet‘, which is a survival type bracelet that some people wear around, just in case they need to tie something up! But I’ve come across something that does away with the hours of trying to making one from scratch – and that’s just to have a paracord bracelet included in your watch band! Anyway, Alexander from Webbem Watches asked me recently…
  • G20 Countries – What I’d Like Them To Chat About at the Summit!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Silly season is about to start – the G20 summit in Brisbane will happen in a couple of days where the leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies will sit down for a big talk fest to chat about loads of world issues in depth so that nothing will probably be done about them! ;P Anyway, I’m sure that if any of us are going to be a fly on the wall, the talks would probably be a great cure for insomnia! I doubt media coverage will surpass the mass of cat videos out there in internet land, but there might be a blip in the Twitter trends for a little while! Security has been…
  • Microsoft Windows – The Amsterdam Version!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Okay, it’s funny T-shirt time again. This time, it’s a Microsoft Windows parody that I’m sure didn’t land on the desk of Bill Gates for his personal approval! Actually, Bill would probably have a laugh at this in his nerdy voice if he came across it! He might even have this T-shirt in his personal wardrobe at home! Anyway, I really like cities that don’t take themselves too seriously. You can tell them as soon as you turn up. What I mean is that the the locals are all pretty laid back and anything goes. I really like New Orleans for that reason (check out this…
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    Part Time Vagabond | Part Time Vagabond

  • A Map of All the U.S. States I’ve Visited

    Chris Cavallari
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
      I’m sure you’ve seen these purple-hued maps floating around Facebook over the last week, where you click on every U.S. state you’ve visited to show off your travel prowess.  I thought I’d toss my hat into the ring and create my own map, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve been neglecting the midwest and northwest something fierce. Most of the south holds memories of my first cross country road trip, while California transports me back to amazing Chinese food at a dingy hole in the wall in San Francisco, riding Segways in the Apple parking…
  • PTV Photo Walk #5 | Brisk in Brunswick

    Chris Cavallari
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    Motivation is a tricky thing. It’s super hard to get it by yourself, but when you add some other people to the mix, motivation comes much easier. When it’s really cold out and you have an outdoor photo walk planned, motivation can be elusive. Include some enthusiastic fellow photographers and a beautiful Maine town to explore, and you’re destined for success. This past Saturday, Part Time Vagabond hosted it’s fifth free photo walk for photographic explorers of all abilities. All cameras were welcome, and we had a great showing. It was a great way for photographers…
  • Photo Envy: Charlie Widdis

    Chris Cavallari
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    ~Light Embrace~ by Charlie Widdis | Ok, I admit it. I’m totally ripping this idea off from The Insatiable Traveler, but when you stumble on a good idea…what’s that about imitation and flattery? Anyway, I’m a photography geek. I’ve loved it since I was a mere babe in diapers, and it’s had a profound effect on the way I see the world. Photography is, in fact, why I started Part Time Vagabond Adventures. So it’s only fitting that I should share some of the amazing photographers who capture my attention on these here…
  • Announcing Part Time Vagabond Adventures

    Chris Cavallari
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Oh, hey there! It’s been awhile. No, I wasn’t off on some remote tropical island, sipping on an adult beverage that involved a coconut and way too much rum, laying in a hammock, working on my tan, and watching the palm trees sway. But that sounds nice, doesn’t it? In fact, I’ve been hard at work carving out a new piece of the Part Time Vagabond puzzle, and I’m really excited to show it to you today. Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud to announce the launch of: A few months ago, I was trying to figure out how to marry two of my passions into one glorious adventure.
  • Portland, Maine Hyperlapse video

    Chris Cavallari
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    The post Portland, Maine Hyperlapse video appeared first on Part Time Vagabond.
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    Jet Set Smart


    17 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    On the weekends, we always love to find fun things to do with the boys!  There's really nothing better we like to do than to see the expressions on the boys' faces when they are enjoying something new and different!  Last weekend, we checked out Field Station Dinosaurs in Secaucus, New Jersey.  We went there once before (two years ago when Richie was Brody's age, and I was pregnant with Brody), so it was awesome to go back with both boys this time. It really is a great exhibit!  There are life-size dinosaurs which move and growl and are set in an outdoor exhibit to mimic…

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    Like the love I have for the blanket scarf (click here to read), I too have a deep admiration for the cape coat.  Anything, big, over sized, warm and comfy has my name all over it living in the northeast. I found this one at H&M recently for $30!  I almost shied away from it because I am more of a black girl than brown when it comes to clothing choices.  But, I went for it because it just screamed fall, and I couldn't resist for the price.  What are your favorite colors to wear?  Hope you all have a great weekend! Sweater: H&MCape: H&MScarf: H&M (found…

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Happy Wednesday!  One of my all time favorite fashion pieces for fall is a faux fur vest.  I think it looks great over a shirt, a denim jacket, a dress, a sweater...pretty much anything!  I saw this one at Forever 21 recently, and loved the color, the soft texture, and the under $45 price tag too!  I paired it here with a flannel plaid top, denim joggers and boots, but have also worn it with a tunic and leggings.  I know I will get my money out of this vest for fall and winter!  Do you guys own a faux fur vest? What do you like to wear with it? Top: J.Crew (old,…

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:39 pm
    On our third day in Spain, we decided to take a day trip to Toledo- the former capital, and it was simply amazing!  We took a train from Madrid, which took less than an hour.  The city is so picturesque with winding cobblestone streets, an impressive 13th century cathedral, shops and cafes.  It rained when we first arrived, but then the skies cleared and we were able to spend the afternoon wandering and enjoying the sites.  I'll let the pictures do the talking!

    10 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    After sleeping in from being jet lagged...we finally got up and headed over to el Rastro- the most popular open air market in Madrid which is held every Sunday.  Rows and rows of vendors selling everything from toys, to shoes and hats, to clothing and food lined block after block after block.  We wandered around for a bit, and then stopped to let the kids run around in some of Madrid's cute and colorful playgrounds.  It seems like there are little play areas for kids all over the city, and the boys had so much fun climbing and playing (and so did we)!The rest of the day we just…
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  • Discovering the sacred spirit of Whistler

    Mariellen Ward
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Even on a warm June day, there’s snow at the top of Whistler Mountain, British Columbia. My visit to a First Nations cultural centre transformed the way I saw Whistler and the world SUDDENLY, THE HULKING mountain looked like a lair for mythical, winged creatures. The misty blue islands seemed to be floating freely in the placid grey waters. Huge boulders were no longer just rocks, but the remnants of a battle between giants. And the highway I was travelling on, the famous Sea-to-Sky that runs between Vancouver and Whistler, bore traces of an ancient trade route. My visit to the…
  • My seventh trip to India begins

    Mariellen Ward
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Staring out at the Ladakh immensity from Thiksey Monastery chortens. Travel in India: The highs, the lows, the changes I ARRIVED IN INDIA for the seventh time on September 2, 2014. Each time I come here, I don’t know what to expect. For one thing, I’m different. It’s a different me that arrives each time. For another, India is different. India is changing, and probably faster than any society on earth. When I first started travelling in India nine years ago, the Delhi airport was basically a big, old shed and women almost universally wore swathes of fabric, in the Indian…
  • Staying at Canada’s castle hotels

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

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

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

  • Owls and Parrots Hidden in Asakusa

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    See Japan from the perspectives of a Singaporean – this is a guest post by our resident blogger Xiaoying who is currently based in Japan. Introducing an owl and parrot café located at Asakusa: Tori-no-iru Kafe Asakusa 鳥のいるカフェ 浅草店 Address: 〒111-0032 Tokyo-to, Taito-ku, Asakusa 1-12-8, Ooyama Building B1F 〒111-0032 東京都台東区浅草1-12-8 大山ビルB1F Operating Hours: 1300~2000 (Weekdays), 1100~2000 (Weekends and Public Holidays) Cost: 1000JPY/30min (recommendation) or 1500JPY/hour (extension of 300JPY/15min) Website (in Japanese):…
  • Tips for Cheap Air Travel

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    When considering how to travel, many turn to air travel as the easiest and least time-consuming method. Although driving can be a fun way to see the sites, it can be difficult to drive long distances with young children or elderly individuals who cannot sit for long periods. However, some are put off from air travel because of the expense of the flight and of checking bags. Following a few simple tips can help individuals and families find budget-friendly flights no matter what time of year it is. Buy Air Tickets Ahead of Time First, potential flyers can aim to plan for their business and…
  • A Singaporean Guide to Travel Hacking – Eight Tips to Save Time and/or Money on Airfare, Accommodation, Local Transport, Food, Attractions

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Travel hacking is about tapping on innovative resources and opportunities to keep travel costs as low as possible. This is quite a big deal in the USA where there are often deals and promotions of airline miles for purchases. One interesting story of a travel hacker is that of David Philips who earned 1.25 million airline miles just by buying pudding – he spent about US$3000 on puddings and earned more than enough miles to fly around the world a few times – and travel in style in Business Class as the million miles also earned him the “American Airlines AAdvantage Gold club” which…
  • What to Do When Visiting Phoenix, USA

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Though it might sound cliché, Phoenix is like no other city in the U.S. If you’re coming to Phoenix, expect more than the standard urban experience. Popular for outdoor excursions and business conferences, Phoenix has a lot to offer if you decide to plan a vacation here. Follow these four tips for a memorable experience. Stay in a Beautiful Hotel Phoenix has a large hotel offering because it is such a popular destination for business conferences. While you can stay at one of the large hotel chains, like one of the many Hampton Inns, if you want a unique experience, book a room at the…
  • Things to See and Do in London

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:47 am
    Being one of the biggest cultural capitals in the world, the city of London has lots to offer in terms of places to go and things to do and see, from cultural attractions to historical monuments to modern architecture. Here are just 5 of the best sightseeing places in London The London Eye Towering over the city of London at almost 135 metres, the London Eye attracts about four million visitors each year and is  one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in the city.  We have the Singapore Flyer back home but I still recommend checking out this gigantic wheel – London Eye because…
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Family Backpacking Trip to Hidden Forest

    9 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Cory and I are planning an epic backpacking trip along the entire route of the 221-mile John Muir Trail this summer. In preparation, we’re planning several weekend and extended weekend backpacking trips where we’ll be testing out gear and getting into shape. What an awesome bonus that we’ll be able to visit new areas around us that we’ve previously been unable to explore and that Ane gets to see parts of the Southwest that we haven’t been able to share with our other foreign exchange students, simply because we’ve been unequipped. This weekend’s trip was to a cabin in Hidden…
  • In Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful

    7 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Las Vegas is rarely on the festival circuit, so our city did what any normal city would do when it’s left out of something … it created its own festival. Now that I’ve gone to our homegrown festival two years in a row, I have to say it’s an awesome event. What makes our urban festival so incredible is that it’s more than just a massive concert spread across multiple stages. Our event, Life Is Beautiful, is a four-pronged festival that celebrates several verticals of art and creativity: Music, food, education and art. This year, I particularly enjoyed acts by Galantis and Broken…
  • Halloween, Vegas Style

    4 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The longer I live in Las Vegas, the more I love Halloween. Our city completely loves Halloween, and it’s so much fun. Things I’ve learned about living in Las Vegas on Halloween – and embracing what that means: Bonus day off of work! October 31 is also Nevada Day – the day our state became a state – so state offices are closed and everyone has off of school. Sometimes the Nevada Day celebrations are moved to accompany a weekend, but this year it happened to land on a Friday, so we had a double holiday in Las Vegas. The weather is superb! I’ve mentioned before that October is…
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    Fili's World

  • Le Touquet beach : Northern France

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    France has some great beaches. Although my recent visit to France was not beach oriented, but after an overload of castles, estates, wine/champagne, and colonial history, a break was long overdue, and so the familia decided to make a detour up north and find a nice beach to relax for a couple of hours. The chosen beach retreat – Le Touquet, up north west.   Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised. Very clean, great facilities, not too many people, not over commercialized, there’s much to enjoy here…     The British Telegraph goes as far as calling this the…
  • San Francisco Walk : California

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    San Francisco was a very pleasant surprise. I had unpleasant memories of San Francisco when I visited around the year 2000, and so wasn’t sure what to expect, but San Francisco turned out to be a gorgeous city, and one of the many ways you can enjoy this city is by foot.   Below are some of the photos from my walking tours of San Francisco, starting from the downtown area, up the hills, and overlooking the break-taking San Francisco Bay…   The Colt Tower should be one of your stop-points…       It’s a climb up the hill, but the views from above…
  • Gion Old Geisha District : Kyoto

    16 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Not much that’s left from the old Geisha world, atleast not for foreign tourist folks with my kind of budget, but if you’d like to see a bit of that, you’ll be able to get a glimpse at Gion – the old Geisha District in Kyoto. Nowadays, it’s a fairly upscale posh dining and entertainment district and the part that’s not is filled with tourist souvenir shops, but still the whole area is quite charming and the Kimono wearing Japanese female tourists make for some pretty awesome photo ops.   Like this one…     The comprehensive Japan Guide…
  • Gardens by the Bay – Super trees Grove & Skyway : Singapore

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    I’ve been around the world, I’ve seen some impressive artificial garden constructions, but nothing prepared me for what awaited me in Singapore – Gardens by the Bay. Honestly, I thought these are just going to be gardens just like any other gardens I’ve visited. But the second you come out from the metro station (MRT) you realize this place is absolutely insane. I don’t know what they were aiming for, but this looks like a scene from Jurassic Park, from some Sci-Fi scene.   We’ll start from the most visually interesting construction, the super-trees…
  • Little India & Arab street : Singapore

    9 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    One of the nicest things about Singapore is the diversity of cultures. More so that any other city in eastern Asia, Singapore offers a combination of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and British cultures, each with its own district, people and cuisine, somehow living together in harmony and mixing in together. There are also hints of other less dominant cultures, like the growing Muslim population, not only Malaysian and Indonesian, but also Arab. One morning, I set out to the area of Little India and Arab street to try and get a bit of that side of Singapore.     I started off with a…
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • Reno Aces Will Host Reno’s Ice Rink This Winter

    Nicole Duxbury
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    Reno’s popular ice skating rink is moving to a new location this winter: Reno Ace’s Ballpark! This new “Ace Skating” spot should be a positive change, as it gives skaters a fun place to go and allows the Reno Aces to stay connected to fans and locals during their off season. With 20 downtown area [...]
  • Have You Been to Legends Outlets at Sparks lately? Here’s Why You Should!

    Nicole Duxbury
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Legends and the Outlets at Sparks is a great destination for shopping, dining, and movie viewing and you should definitely add it to your must-go the next time you go out! The mall is open seven days a week (Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm). The [...]
  • Thanksgiving Fun For Everyone!

    Nicole Duxbury
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    Thanksgiving is a time for family and close friends, and the long weekend gives us all plenty of time to relax and have some fun. The Reno area has quite a few events to celebrate the holiday, and whether you’re looking to bring your family along or trying to escape them for a little while, [...]
  • Tesla Charging Stations

    Nicole Duxbury
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    With its recent arrival into our area, Tesla has brought plenty of charging stations with them. Tesla has worked with resorts in our community to install powerful electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout Reno. These locations, which are in partnership with Tesla Motors, are a part of the “Destination Charging” program. This program gives hotels, [...]
  • Veterans Day 2014

    Nicole Duxbury
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Veterans Day is Tuesday, November 11th, and Reno is doing its part to celebrate our veterans and to have some fun! Idelwood Park will be hosting the Inaugural Veterans Day Run in Reno. The race will feature two options: a 5K run and a 1-mile walk/run for families and supporters. The 5K will begin at [...]
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    Travel Blog | Travel + Leisure

  • Exclusive First Look: Thompson Miami Beach

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    The countdown is finally over: today, the Thompson Miami Beach opens in the heart of SoBe, bringing just the right mix of sophisticated design and up-all-night fun to Ocean Drive. And we're not t...
  • JetBlue’s New Hue: Adds Bag Fees, Cuts Leg Room

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    The rumors are true: JetBlue—long hailed as the airline holdout for ancillary fees—is adding a highly controversial checked bag fee and taking back some of your legroom. Only six months after the ...
  • December Vacation Deals

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Sicily: 30% from villa specialist Italian Rentals4U Sun Break package includes: • Seven nights at the three-bedroom Villa Rita, in the town of Cefalù. • Learn to make traditional Sicilian past...
  • Teatro Regio Torino's Opera Company Tours the U.S.

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    In December 2014 Gianandrea Noseda, music director of the Teatro Regio Torino in Turin, Italy, brings his opera company to four North American cities (New York, Toronto, Chicago, and Ann Arbor, M...
  • The Upside of Jet Lag

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Most people will tell you that sunset is the optimal time to visit Humayun’s Tomb, the red-sandstone-and-white-marble mausoleum in Delhi that inspired the Taj Mahal. (To my eyes it’s even more be...
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    Cruise Radio

  • Insure My Trip: When To Purchase Travel Insurance

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Jim Grace, CEO of Insure My Trip tells us when to purchase travel insurance. 
  • Quantum of the Seas | Royal Caribbean

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:13 pm
    This week we are broadcasting aboard Royal Caribbean’s brand new Quantum of the Seas. On this sailing we put all the brand new features to the test like the RipCord by iFly indoor skydiving, Northstar pod that takes you 300 feet above sea level and the Seaplex, complete with bumper cars, roller skating, a trapeze school and more. We also push technology to the test on this voyage where we link of with a listener via Skype to take a couple of questions about the ship, dining and why someone should sail it.
  • Behind the Scenes with the Love Boat Cast

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    We are behind the scenes with the Love Boat cast for an unscripted conversation. 
  • Regal Princess Caribbean Shakedown Cruise

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This week we are broadcasting aboard Princess Cruises latest ship, Regal Princess. She was first launched May 2014 in Europe and is now spending the winter and spring in the Caribbean. The 3,560-guest Regal Princess now begins her maiden season of Caribbean cruise vacations out of Ft. Lauderdale. Among the special features found onboard the ship are a dramatic multi-story atrium serving as the social hub of the ship, offering a host of dining and entertainment options; an over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship;…
  • Ebola Virus Scare On Cruise + Cruise News

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    For years the cruise industry has asked boarding passengers to fill out a health questionnaire, primarily to help stop the spread of norovirus. In light of the Ebola concerns, cruise lines today began asking more pointed questions about whether they’ve had contact with a person with Ebola or someone who helped care for such a patient, according to the CLIA. Theresa Norton Masek is the editor-in-chief of Vacation Agent Magazine and cruise beat writer for, she joins us and talks about the ebola virus scare last week on a cruise. Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy stops by with…
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Tips for staying at the Chungking Mansions – budget accommodation in Hong Kong

    James Clark
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:11 am
    [Chungking Mansions – Hong Kong] Do a search for cheap hotels in Hong Kong and you’ll find a list of accommodation options for the Chungking Mansions. The first time I stayed in Hong Kong I booked a place here not knowing what I was getting myself into. I had a vision of a run-down colonial mansion with high ceilings, a lazy ceiling fan swooshing overhead, and old wooden window shutters looking out on the the streets below. Instead I was greeted with a drab water-stained concrete block with air conditioning units and washing hanging out from the windows. The “mansions”…
  • Hand of Punta del Este, Uruguay

    James Clark
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    The Hand of Punta del Este (Mano de Punta del Este) is a sculpture at Brava Beach in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The hand (by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal) has become the landmark image of Punta del Este, and I’ve even seen it as the representative icon of Uruguay in some tourist brochures. Punta del Este is sometimes described as the Monaco of South America. Hmm, I don’t know about that one as it was a low-season ghost-town when I was there. That comparison is more for the wealthy South Americans who come to holiday here, and perhaps attend to banking in the relatively stable…
  • Nomadic News: London Soho Edition

    James Clark
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Greetings from Saigon. I’m mixing things up a bit this week by trying out a weekly version of Nomadic News and retiring the weekly updates (that weren’t that weekly). I’ll just put any news and updates here, along with the links that I have read over the last week. And of course I will still be showcasing where I have been working with the Office Of The Week feature. Here is this weeks Nomadic News. Cost Of Living Cost Of Living In Central Bangkok – Manfred from Renegade Travels has put together a realistic cost of living plan for a couple living in Bangkok. While…
  • Notes on Buenos Aires

    James Clark
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    I love wandering around big cities and one city I’ve always wanted to visit for urban exploration was Buenos Aires. I ended up spending 11 days in BA, and I could have easily spent more time given the chance. I can see how many travellers I’ve met have ended up staying for way longer than they planned. I wasn’t expecting to travel to South America this year, but when I was planning my annual trip to London I was contacted by Air France/KLM to write about one of their South American destinations. They asked me to pick a city and I said Buenos Aires. So what has London got to…
  • Nomadic News: November 9, 2014

    James Clark
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    Greetings from Saigon. Yes I’m back in Vietnam after my travels to South America and London. After visiting seven countries in the last six weeks I’ll be spending the rest of the year in one place with my bag firmly kicked under the bed. There maybe some regional travels in the pipeline but for now I’m happy to be back. Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News. Living Abroad 21 Things to Know Before Moving to Bali – Theodora from gives a reality check on what it’s really like to live in Bali. Digital Nomad Guide to Budapest, Hungary –…
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  • Chicago Architecture Tours: So Much to See!

    Kate Hull
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    By boat, bus, bicycle, foot, or even Segway, there is no shortage of ways to experience the country’s most celebrated architectural metro – Chicago, Illinois. Admired for creativity rather than longevity—the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 destroyed a majority of notable buildings—each tour, no matter the means, showcases the character, ingenuity, and groundbreaking methods that make up Chicago’s towering skyline. Photo credit: David Thompson The number of companies offering these sought-after tours are ample, but the Windy City’s architectural history is so spectacularly rich, it’s…
  • Must-See Exhibits for Kids at Boston’s Museum of Science

    Kristin Girard
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    Kids love science like peanut butter loves jelly. So if you’re visiting Boston with kids, be sure to stop by the Museum of Science: “kid-friendly” doesn’t begin to describe it. The MoS’s exhibits – including over 700 interactive ones – are so hands-on, so beautifully geared toward the enjoyment and excitement of science, it’s a perfect fit for the curious kid in your life. Here are six of the must-see exhibits for you and the kiddos to enjoy. Archimedean Excogitation (entrance hall, lower level) Upon entering the museum, you’ll encounter Archimedean Excogitation, the…
  • Enthusiastic Experts Lead Walks of New York

    Deston S. Nokes
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Walks of New York - "Broadway Behind the Scenes" Everyone has their preconceived “musts” when they visit New York City. For some, it’s the landmarks: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Times Square. Others prefer the riches found in some of the world’s greatest museums, such as the Met, MoMA and the American Museum of Natural History. And there are those who find pure joy in getting to know the different boroughs, sampling the ethnic flavors, visiting quirky haunts and eating incomparable cuisine. The fact is that there’s just no way to see everything in a visit or three.
  • The Best Beer Gardens Around the U.S.

    Dan Patterson
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    The biergarten as we know it has come a long way from its German ancestor. (I can’t imagine Bavarian dukes playing ping pong or bocce ball, can you?) Yet, one idea ties them together: being among friends outside on a crisp autumn afternoon is one of the best ways to enjoy your beer. Cities across the United States have caught on, continuing to combine the traditional biergarten with their unique, local characteristics. There are many fantastic beer gardens throughout the United States, but we’ve narrowed down the list to a few notables you must keep in mind when traveling to any of these…
  • Haunted Places: Fact or Fiction? You Decide.

    Melissa Davidson
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Photo credit: Mark Smidt - The author strolling down the French Quarter during a haunted ghost tour. Why is that photos with haunted associations often seem to have some type of light abnormality thereby making them spookier? Every town and city holds their share of unsavory secrets and horror stories. Passed on from person to person like an unreliable game of “Telephone,” the good ghost stories only get better with time. And with Halloween only days away, it’s time to dive into the creepy end, or more accurately, through the walls of hotels and homes across the country. Whether you…
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  • PTBA ITB Asia Panel 2014

    Matt Gibson
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    This page has information about the Professional Travel Bloggers Association presentation at ITB Asia 2014, and also all the information you need to make an appointment with me (Matt Gibson), as I am offering free consultations to anyone who would like them during the conference.  I look forward to hearing from you! Moderator Claudio Cuccu: Panelists Matt Gibson:      +65 915 61150 Nicole Smith: Matteo Ionescu: Chris Backe: Useful Links TCB Asia Conference, November 14…
  • How to Flyboard

    Matt Gibson
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    It’s just like being Iron Man at the beach In June, 2014 I was privileged to to try flyboarding — a very new sport at the time — while on an adventure-themed press trip in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. For those not familiar with flyboarding, it involves strapping on a pair of boots a lot like the ones worn by Iron Man while in the ocean and then jetting into the air by means of powerful water jets on the boots fed by a hose attached to the output of a nearby jet ski. It’s entirely as fun as it sounds. A Note: I’m personally not a big fan of fuel-powered sports — and I encourage…
  • This $47,720 Ski Vacation Sweepstakes is Way Over the Top

    Matt Gibson
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The winner and a guest get a ski vacation to Vail…and Chile. They also get new skis, outwear, and more. ENTER HERE This is just over the top. I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen a ski vacation giveaway this big. It includes two ski vacations (one in the USA and one in Chile) as well as sweet outerwear, skis, resort stays, and more. No purchase is required. LAN Airlines, Vail Resorts, Tourismo Chile,, Wagner Custom Skis, and Helly Hanson have teamed up to create the Peak Seasons sweepstakes. The grand prize winner and one lucky guest will receive: A one week…
  • Life And Death And Angkor Wat

    Matt Gibson
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The sun was sinking into the jungle turning the horizon orange and throwing long shadows across the ancient ruin. Drenched in sweat, I rushed around the surprisingly empty rear portion of Angkor Wat, snapping as many photos as I could during the golden hour. I left the temple and headed toward the exit. With a few minutes to spare before the ruin closed for the night, I walked along the outer wall toward the jungle. As the sun went down a high-pitched scream slowly rose from the jungle like a sound-effect from a horror movie. As the ancient ruin darkened, and the scream filled the night, the…
  • A Ride Through Taroko Gorge, Taiwan [VIDEO]

    Matt Gibson
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Taroko Gorge, Taiwan is an enormous cavernous gorge (over 2000 feet long and 200 feet tall) carved out of the mountains on Taiwan’s East Coast over several millennia  by the Liwu River. A highway follows the gorge, which is also criss-crossed with some of the country’s most spectacular hiking trails. The best way to see the gorge is on those trails or from the road a bicycle or motorcycle. I’ve written before about hiking and biking in Taroko Gorge. Last Sunday my friend Mei Mei from Taipei came to visit me in Hualien and she mentioned that she hadn’t seen Taroko…
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  • Old Fashioned Western Saga

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Destination: New Mexico Book: Backlands: A Novel of the American West by Michael McCarrity I felt right at home in Backlands. Not that I’m a ropin’ ridin’ cowgirl who lives in a remote New Mexico ranch, but I am pretty familiar with the lifestyle of the ranchers of southern Arizona and New Mexico, and have […] To comment on this article, or find more information, click on over to A Traveler's Library We'll leave the light on for you.      Related StoriesBastille Day Look at Haussmann’s ParisNew York with Murder, a Rookie Journalist and…
  • Sailing With Eagles

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Taking a break from books, we went for a sail with eagles on Bras d’Or Lakes in Nova Scotia. Here are some pictures from that sail. For the rest of the story–follow this link to  My Itchy Travel Feet. To comment on this article, or find more information, click on over to A Traveler's Library We'll leave the light on for you.      Related StoriesEat Your Culture: History CookbooksAnother Chilling Read from the ArcticQuestionable History, But Reasons to Travel to Italy 
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  • Ms Traveling Pants Favorite Travel Services – Viator

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Tic toc tic toc the 6th anniversary of Ms Traveling Pants is just around the corner. Yes, in just four days on the 25th of November, this adventure travel and cultural travel blog turns six. It has been a wonderful ride from the Midwest and Spain to Cuba and now Hawaii. As a way to appropriately celebrate, I wanted to take the entire month of November to rave about travel services and products as well as my favorite stories. In this post, I want to rave about my experience with, a travel resource specializing in sightseeing tours and activities where you tour like a local, but…
  • Ms Traveling Pants Favorite Travel Services – Uber

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    With my 6th anniversary coming up on the 25th of November, I wanted to take the month of November to celebrate. I will be unveiling some of my favorite travel services and products. In this post, I want to rave about my experience with Uber, a global ridesharing service connecting drivers with riders. Have you heard of Uber? Ok, if you haven’t heard of Uber, you are not alone. I hate to admit it, but I had not even heard of Uber and its ridesharing product until I took a trip back to South Florida this summer and fall. I had spent the majority of late 2013 and 2014 on Kauai, which still…
  • Exclusive Travel Savings with Ms Traveling Pants Discount at Travel Set Go

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    It has been nearly six years since the start of Ms Traveling Pants. In November 2008, I started sharing my good times and good stories geared towards adventure travelers as well as those interested in cultural tourism (food, dance, language, drinks, etc.). As a way of thanking you for being a part of this journey from Spain and Cuba to New Zealand and now Kauai, I wanted to give you a FREE gift for being a Ms Traveling Pants fan. What to learn more? As a fan, you’re entitled to a $100 Travel Savings Gift that enables you to receive discount travel savings exclusively from Travel Set Go, a…
  • Eataly – Culinary Travel to Florence Italy

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well, that goes for this adventurer as well. Last month, I was able to feast my eyes (and stomach) on Florence, Italy. Yes, I did climb the Duomo. Also, I admired the details of the grand feat of David, which was much larger than I expected. And, I purchased a small silver charm to add to my necklace of the Fleur de Lis on the Ponte Vecchio. However, none of those places were my favorite sight in Florence. I fell in love with the Mercato Centrale. All under one roof are butchers, cheesemongers, bakeries, gelaterias, wine markets,…
  • Glamping in Big Sky–Luxurious Outdoor Adventure at Ranch at Rock Creek

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

    Jessica Nunemaker
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Buttery Homemade Breadsticks Recipe Ever since I had the best breadsticks EVER at family-owned Red Star Pizza in Seymour, Indiana, I have not been able to get them out of my mind! Since I can’t make that kind of drive whenever the craving hits, I will forever turn to this exceptional soft, buttery homemade breadsticks recipe! It’s not the same. I know that. I don’t know what they do to their breadsticks but man oh man is it good. Still, it’s a wonderful substitute that is even better than my recipe for quick breadsticks! For homemade breadsticks that really satisfy,…
  • Rossville, Indiana: Dan the Man’s Taco Stand Images

    Jessica Nunemaker
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Rossville, Indiana has excellent dining options for such a small town! Taco lovers should head to Dan the Man’s Taco Stand. Easy to find downtown, this restaurant is a bit of a hybrid! It pulls in that fun tiki feel of beachfront restaurants with it’s large, serene murals of water and sand and tiki beverage hut but with a difference. At Dan the Man’s Taco Stand, you may expect to find traditional Hoosier favorites with Dan’s excellent twist. Interested in a pork tenderloin sandwich? It doesn’t get much more “Indiana” than that! Although you could…
  • Past ‘N’ Present by Michelle in Salem, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Past ‘N’ Present by Michele in Salem, Indiana Primitive Furniture and Country Decor Who can resist a bit of shopping when there are locally owned businesses like Past ‘N’ Present by Michelle in Salem, Indiana? Located just off the downtown square, it’s a tidy and bright home turned Washington County shop! Past ‘N’ Present by Michelle in Salem, Indiana Park on the street along the sides of the shop. Walk up the main sidewalk and prepare to enter a shop with an abundance of country decor! The smell of flavored coffee fills the air. They offer a free…
  • The Viking in Monon, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Viking in Monon, Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwich and Fries It was a beautiful day so I surprised our boys with a road trip to The Viking in Monon, Indiana. After hearing plenty about the pork tenderloin sandwiches, I was ready to try it for myself! The Viking in Monon, Indiana This isn’t some fancy pants sit down place but it sure is friendly. The Viking in Monon is all about serving food, well, fast! Locals rush in during their lunch break. Families flood the booths during dinner. Everyone chit chats and relaxes. It’s a place where everyone knows everyone else–and the…
  • Homemade Tuna Casserole Recipe: with Jalapeno!

    Jessica Nunemaker
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Homemade Jalapeno Tuna Casserole Recipe No cans of soup in this tasty homemade tuna casserole recipe! Don’t shy away from the bits of fresh jalapeno in this unique tuna casserole recipe–it isn’t spicy because the seeds and membrane is first removed. It just adds a really great flavor. Our two boys, the youngest of whom does NOT like anything even remotely spicy, gobbled this up and had an extra serving or two besides. I think there’s a few key things to keep in mind for a really standout tuna casserole recipe: don’t skimp on quality ingredients! Only use a high…
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  • A Culinary Adventure South of the Border: A Weekend Getaway to Baja California, Mexico

    A Guest Writer
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Visiting Mexico — to drink wine? That’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of our neighbor to the south, but if you appreciate good food and wine, consider a visit to Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe. This scenic agricultural valley, just inland from the city of Ensenada, is known for innovative wines, local seafood, and farm fresh ingredients. Some of the world’s most exciting new chefs and winemakers are working in the region, and American celebrity chefs like Anthony Bourdain and Rick Bayless are helping to share the love. The best part is that…
  • Classy DIY Catering: Mini Croque Monsieurs

    Andy Hayes
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:22 am
    Here at Plum Deluxe, there’s no denying our obsession with all things French. French food, while not the easiest to master, always impresses. You don’t have to go all out, though — and today, we’re going to show you an easy, straightforward French classic that will have your next special occasion feeling classy and chic, no catering staff required. Mini Croque Monseiurs makes 16 minis For the bechamel sauce: 1 tablespoon butter 1 1/2 tablespoons flour 1 cup of whole milk, warmed over low heat 1/4 cup grated Jarlsberg cheese Pinch of nutmeg Salt and pepper For the…
  • Party Pesto Chicken Lasagne Recipe

    Andy Hayes
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:33 am
    When it comes to dinner party fare, pasta recipes are easy, being fairly forgiving to the host when mishaps arise and usually a welcome entree to guests. One of my favorites is lasagne, but sometimes I think, “Oh, that’s just too much work.” I was recently at the International Food Bloggers Conference and got some coupons to try Isernio’s lean, premium ground chicken. Yum! Chicken is my favorite meat to cook with, and I thought, well, here is my push to try a new lasagna recipe. It just so happened that we got a massive, oversized jar of pesto from Costco over the…
  • Spicy Orange Champagne Cocktail

    Andy Hayes
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:31 pm
    I recently attended the Portland launch party for ZICO’s new beverage line of chilled juice blends. I was really intrigued by the concept, because I don’t like to drink straight juice — too acidic, too much sugar, too much. Love the idea of pairing it with some coconut water. Love the idea of pairing it with some booze even more. So much better than those icky syrups full of high fructose corn syrup. Here is the recipe ZICO shared from the party — which was a brunch dinner party, in fact (wonder where they got THAT idea!). You can have this cocktail for a brunch dinner…
  • 3 Lessons from Presents Exchanged by World Leaders

    Janice Bear
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    With every royal wedding, presidential tour overseas, or other face-to-face exchange with the powers that be from (insert country/committee here) there is a slew of news stories coving the gifts exchanged by the parties. I’m not sure many people find these gift lists a compelling read, but I encourage you to slog through them because, surprisingly, there is a lot we can learn from our world leaders and their affiliates about gift giving. The exchange of official gifts on a State visit, usually on the first day, serves as a gesture of goodwill between the visiting and the host nation…
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  • 2015 Landscape, Nature, Travel Photo Calendar

    Jeanine Barone
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Right in time for the holiday season, I'm now accepting orders for my 2015 wall calendar. This 12-month calendar features 33 of my landscape, nature and travel images (including on the front and back covers) captured all over the world, including Thailand, Vietnam, Montenegro, Cambodia and Israel. Each month contains two and more often three images of mine. The calendar measures 13" x 10.4". There's a limited supply. You can purchase this calendar here or contact me for more information.
  • Portugal's Centro Region in Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Though I visit Portugal pretty much every year, there's always something -- or more than something -- to be discovered. On my latest trip to the Centro region, I spent one day feeling like I stepped into Hogwarts, the fictional school of magic created by J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter novels.  As I roamed the ornate halls and library in 13th century Coimbra University, passing some students garbed in the traditional long black cape, I found it surprising that I never realized that this university may have  provided Rowling, who once resided in Portugal, some inspiration.This…
  • European Cemeteries That Resemble Botanical Gardens

    Jeanine Barone
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    It's a shame that cemeteries are typically associated with the macabre, where supernatural influences are ever present. On many of my travels, I've come to appreciate cemeteries as open-air museums and botanical gardens. I chose to visit one treasured cemetery in Lisbon, Reykjavik, Valletta, Zagreb and Helsinki for what they each could tell me about indigenous plants, renowned artists, notable politicians, and much more. Find out what I discovered about botany, architecture, and sociology in this article on the loveliest European cemeteries that I recently wrote for National Geographic…
  • Hanoi, Vietnam In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    My week in Hanoi was wrapped up with visits to contemporary art galleries and bucolic parks and gardens. (All of these were steps away from an ulta chaotic traffic scene where crossing the street was  an adventure that I preferred to avoid.) The little visited Botanical Garden was a delight with the web of roots emanating from a 19th-century tree becoming a magnet for both people who want meditative solitude as well as those who just want to snap a selfie. The coffee culture is vibrant with whitewashed shops displaying edgy art, such as giant ants crawling up columns. A trip to expansive…
  • Gear Review: Light, Mosquito-Repellant Clothing

    Jeanine Barone
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Health and safety are always major concerns when I'm traveling alone around the world, but my month-long trip to Southeast Asia, including journeying along the Mekong River in Laos, presented some particular concerns. For one, I would be traveling during the rainy season which meant malaria was a big risk. Sure, I was taking medication -- doxycycline, an age-old drug with a long safety record -- as malaria prophylaxis. But I still needed to protect myself from other mosquito-born diseases, such as Dengue Fever, and preferred not to use any insect repellent containing DEET.My second concern…
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  • Planning Meals for Your Ski Vacation

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Skiing can be an incredibly pricey adventure. Living in Denver affords us the luxury of being day skiers if we are ready and willing to brave the traffic on I-70, but we try to spend a few days in the mountains when we can so that we don’t have to drive back and forth. Last year, we had the opportunity to stay in a timeshare for a week at Christmas. A week! That is far too many days to be eating meals out and about around the ski resorts. Even if your resort is located in a town like the one we visited, Winter Park, it can still get costly as you buy three meals a day for your entire…
  • DETER Insect Repellent – A Natural Botanical Formula

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

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

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

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

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $988 & up — Junior Suite Package for 2 at Castel Monastero, 55% Off Junior Suite Package includes buffet breakfast for 2 each morning, €35 daily hotel credit, room upgrade & more. $197 & up — UNA Palazzo Mannaioni: Bed & Breakfast Package for 2, 40% Off This B&B package includes buffet breakfast and special savings vouchers & [...]
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Hotel Deals

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $650 & up — Grenadines: Young Island Resort 5 Night Package Deal, 25% Off Spectacular settings at this resort boast with ocean view, open-air garden showers, private patios, and all the necessary amenities. Stays are valid through August 31, 2015. $450 & up — One-Bedroom Garden View Villa Package for 2 Travelers, 50% Off Travelers enjoy roundtrip transfers, [...]
  • Saint Lucia Hotel Deals

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $1051 — Soufrière: Breakfast & Dinner Package for 2, 39% Off Ladera resort features 32 luxe suites each with private plunge pool & other complimentary amenities. Travel from January 3 through June 30, 2015. Saint Lucia: One-Bedroom Bayview Suite Package for 2 Package includes complimentary room upgrade, breakfast for two, $50 spa credit and more complimentary amenities. $324 [...]
  • Jamaica Travel Deals

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $120 & up — Jamaica All-Inclusive Resorts, Save up to 55% Jewel Resorts deal includes fees, transportation & more. Travel now through December 2014. $187 & up — Jamaica All-Inclusive Resort incl. Daily Credit This resort with a private beach is located on the grounds of an 18th century sugar plantation. Travel select arrivals through March 31, 2015. $939 [...]
  • Fiji Travel Deals

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $1939 & up — 9-Nts. Fiji Islands, Auckland & Sydney w/Air Combine the three most desired destinations in South Pacific. Includes flights, accommodations & breakfast. $1290 & up – 5 Nights Ocean View Garden Bure Package for 2 Travelers, 50% Off Koro Sun Resort in Savusavu, Fiji, welcomes you to an idyllic island retreat, and offers the kind [...]
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  • Richmond Upon Thames Literature Festival 2014
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    Letters. Words. Ideas. Tales. Talks. And a lot more, indeed! One of the most awaited events, the Richmond Upon Thames Literature Festival 2014 offers an enlightening and interesting mix of authors, commentators and literary figures enveloping everything from history and politics to music and photography. Running throughout the beautiful month of November, the festival brings to you renowned personalities like the famous actor Sheila Hancock, designer Emma Bridgewater and journalist Peter Snow to name a few. Now in its 23rd year, the festival will run in interesting venues across the borough…
  • London Jazz Festival
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:50 am
    “Jazz stands for freedom. It’s supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don’t be a perfectionist – leave that to the classical musicians.” – Nat Wolf A genre of music with its origin in African-American communities during the 19th century, Jazz spans an array of music for over 100 years. It makes profound use of polyrhythms, syncopation and improvisation along with the facets of European harmony and African musical basics. With unique styles based on various local, regional and national musical cultures, Jazz has undeniably gone far…
  • Shopping in Paris
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    The eclectic markets of Paris offer tourists a chance to get a glimpse of authentic Parisian life. Needless to say, the city has a market for everyone. Right from the biggest flea markets dedicated to chic antiques, designer clothes and second hand goods to places selling flowers, fabrics and vegetables, the city never fails to offer one a vibrant and inspiring market experience. There are markets selling the bizarre on one hand and there are high end stores selling nothing but the exclusives on the other. Out of a long list of markets in Paris, here are some really good ones. Marche aux…
  • Happy Halloween
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
    “But I love Halloween, and I love that feeling: the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner.” - Evan Peters Halloween or All Hallows’ Evening is an annual celebration observed on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian meal of All Hallows’ Day. It is committed to remembering the dead, including martyrs and saints. Within Allhallowtide, the established focus of All Hallows’ Eve is using humor to face the power of death. It is a time of commemoration and superstition. Some believe, its origin lies in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. During this festival,…
  • The Lord Mayor’s Show

    shalini Singh
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Introduction The Lord Mayor’s Show has walked through as many as 799 years of London history to arrive in the current century as probably the most impressive public pageant in the world. The show is named after the Lord Mayor of the City of London, a ceremonial region in Greater London. Also known as ‘the Square Mile’, the city is London’s major financial district. Every year, a new Lord Mayor is appointed and a parade is made of the inauguration. This definitely reflects the prominence of this office in England. The show is centred on a street parade, offering you the customary…
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  • Nauplion, Greece via Azamara Quest

    Carrie Finley
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Pleasantly Surprised – Nauplion, Greece View of the Argolic Gulf. The last port of call on our journey of discovery on Azamara Quest from Istanbul, Turkey to Piraeus, Greece was Nauplion, Greece. Captain Carl told guests that there was a general sentiment among the guests of being pleasantly surprised by this port that is located  in the Peloponnese region of southern Greece. Some guests set off on Land Discoveries to explore sights from ancient Greece:  Epidavros and Mycenae.  Other guests took advantage of the tender to explore the town on their own. Captain Carl told us that he…
  • Cruise Global, Eat Local: Kallisti Taverna in Pyrgos Village

    Carrie Finley
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Local flavor of Santorini, Greece via Azamara Quest Seeing double: our sous chef and waiter at Kallisti Tavern. There are many ways to explore Santorini when visiting the island situated in the southern Aegean Sea. For me, it was about destination immersion, which was delivered via an exclusive tour offered by Azamara Quest. Guests who opted to get a sneak peak of the boutique cruise line’s new Cruise Global, Eat Local series, which will officially launch in 2015, headed off to the nearby town of Pyrgos Village. The Cruise Global, Eat Local tour in Santorini was perfect for cruise foodies;…
  • Azamara Quest: Marmaris, Turkey

    Carrie Finley
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Marmaris, Turkey port review: Turkish Riviera, there is such a thing. Panoramic view of stunning Marmaris, Turkey from the castle. Azamara Quest called on Marmaris, Turkey, a beautiful port on the Turkish Mediterranean that is said to be the region that served as the location of the courtship between Antony and Cleopatra. For those cruise passengers wanting to pay homage to Cleopatra  Azamara Club Cruises offered a Land Discoveries tour to Sedir Island, which was quite popular from the buzz I heard from passengers choosing this exploration. Smaller Ships, Better Parking Azamara Quest right…
  • Rhodes, Greece by day and night via Azamara Quest

    Carrie Finley
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Roaming around Rhodes via Azamara Located in the Aegean Sea, Rhodes is a popular tourist destination located 12 miles off the coast of Turkey. Besides going to the beach and nearby archaeological sites, most cruise visitors will be happy spending the day meandering around one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Azamara Quest in Rhodes Getting around Azamara Quest called on Rhodes, Greece, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the day I took a self-guided walking tour of the medieval city and at night I was able to go back into town for Nights and Cool Places of Old Town…
  • A relaxing day in Kos, Greece via Azamara Quest

    Carrie Finley
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    iVoyage: Azamara Club Cruises calls on Kos, Greece One of the biggest challenges for me when I am cruising is to remember that taking time to relax is just as important as going full-throttle to make sure I experience everything that is available. So when Azamara Quest pulled up alongside today in Kos, Greece I was glad that I did not have any formal tours planned. A day in the life of Kos, Greece A fisherman is getting ready for work in Kos, Greece Since Quest was calling on Kos after peak season, cruise passengers were able to roam the streets unfettered by massive crowds. It was nice to…
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  • Mad Gringo Tropical Shirts Is Kicking The Bucket

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am Hey Castaways, I wanted to help my friend Mad Greg of the Mad Gringo clothing line out with his final act, the last hurrah, the grand finale, the fat lady has sung, no mas, roll the credits, no more enchiladas. This kickstarter campaign is your last chance to grab a piece of the Mad Gringo. Cheers! Do you remember me? The Mad Gringo? I was interviewed by Rum Shop Ryan back in 2010. My company is going the way of the Dodo.
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    Bareboat sailing, underwater rum, rainforest monkeys, and a “secret” island…these stories will hopefully tempt your salty island soul to chuck winter out the window and plan an adventure to the warm sand of the Caribbean. I know my mind was racing with island fantasies as I put this post together! Cheers! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Underwater Aging of Spirits Proves Sucessful: Underwater aging that has been tried and successfully used by my friend Walker Romantica with his “Seven Fathom” rum is now being touted by the wine industry as successful.  This is the…
  • The B-Line Beach Bar and the Passion Confusion Drink

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    “Hide the Cashmere, the bomber is focused in!” As soon as we grabbed the mooring ball near Diamond Cay, we had the dingy in the water and were motoring towards Little Jost Van Dyke and the B-Line Beach Bar. When Castaway Lorrie says go, we go. I aint arguing. The B-Line Beach Bar is the new kid on the block when it comes to British Virgin Island beach bars. Opening earlier this year (2014) by owner Christina Washburn from Tortola, the B-Line is the only establishment on Little Jost making it even more special. Its seclusion really gives it a charm that the other more popular beach…
  • Loblolly Beach, Anegada BVI: Island Lime Videos

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    They say the best places to explore are ones that are hard to reach. I don’t know who “they” are but I tend to agree. Anegada is the often over looked island in the British Virgin Islands. It’s an odd ball. It sits about 15 miles north of Virgin Gorda, further than the other islands of the BVI and it’s completely flat. All the other islands in the BVI have large rolling mountains that cascade into the sea, Anegada is a flat raised coral island that is invisible from its nearest neighbor. That distance and the fact that it’s completely circled by a shallow…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am
    Hope you like this week’s stories in the Caribbean Weekly Wrap UP! Have you ever wanted to know what yacht that is sitting in the harbor…well there’s an app for that. Want to know what some of the top beach bars in the Caribbean are? Of course you do! Want to really know Antigua or The Baths of Virgin Gorda? You’ll find great answers to all of these questions in this week’s Wrap Up. The Caribbean best beach bar story is nearly impossible to write with so many great beachside dives out there, but this story does a decent job of listing some of the most popular.
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  • The Scary Path in the Czech Republic

    Melinda Brasher
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The Scary Path in the Czech Republic Kids making voodoos to protect them on the Scary Path. Photo by Melinda Brasher Haunted Jablůnka Candles light a path through the darkness of the forest floor and we creep forward, alert for the next horror awaiting us: witches, grim reapers, ghost brides, and a wolf behind the bushes. But the kids with us are brave. A skeleton sneaks up behind Klárka and taps her shoulder. She just looks back at him, solemn-faced. Natálka, Klárka, František, and Jeníček touch the hair of the beautiful but very dead girl in the coffin. They put a severed head in a…
  • Locally Sourced and Loving It in St. Lucia

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Locally Sourced and Loving it in St. Lucia First I felt the itch, then the raging burn. I ran like a bat out of hell from the greenhouse, not entirely sure what was making my feet feel like they were on fire. It was my first attack by fire ants and it was horribly unpleasant. Usually, I might grumble and moan all day about the pain, but I gave it only a second before shaking it and moving forward. There was no time to dwell, as I was in paradise, getting an insider look into a private estate farm on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Beautiful St. Lucian Getaways Nick Troubetzkoy has worked…
  • The Canals of Bruges

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

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

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

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    With its irresistible cowboy culture, Fort Worth certainly lives up to its “Cowtown” moniker. But there’s a more sophisticated side to the city, too. This is most notably evident in the urban revitalization in the downtown area, which includes the recent addition of the Sundance Square entertainment district, and the opening up of chef-driven restaurants and chic wine bars and cafés all over town. If you’ve only got a couple of days to explore Fort Worth, that’s just enough to get a sense of the city’s twin personalities, and without spending too much…
  • 4 Unexpected Cities for Art and Culture

    Christine Dayao
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    New York. Paris. London. Those are some of the big cities that travelers hoping for some cultural enrichment flock to. But what if you’ve had your fill of The Metropolitan Museum of Art or have grown tired of The Louvre? Here, four cities that might surprise you with its delightfully unexpected art and culture scene. 1. Daytona Beach, FL As we recently reported, there’s more to Daytona Beach than sun, sand, and race cars. One of the city’s other big attractions is the Museum of Arts and Sciences, which is situated amid a beautiful nature preserve. The museum has an eclectic mix of…
  • 6 New Hotel Booking Apps & Websites to Download

    Darren Murph
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    As with most things in travel, the art of booking a hotel has been transforming thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones. Just as apps such as Uber, Lyft, and Hailo have revolutionized the process of hailing a ride, and a variety of airline apps have eliminated the need to keep track of a paper boarding pass, a litany of new hotel booking apps has made it easier than ever to make last-minute reservations or find a good deal. Here are the latest to come on the scene: Hotelwatchdog: You’re probably familiar with Airfarewatchdog, the comparison tool that keeps tabs on fare drops for flagged…
  • 10 Disney World Services You May Not Know Exist

    Christine Dayao
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    One of the biggest assets that set Disney World apart from its competitors is the level of service the company delivers to guests. It’s no secret that the iconic resorts offers exclusive hours and transportation, but here are 10 lesser known services offered by the House of Mouse. 1. Baby Care Centers The four theme parks each have a Baby Care Center equipped with all parenting necessities. They’re complimentary to use and have private nursing rooms with rocking chairs, changing room tables, a unisex bathroom, and feeding area with highchairs — as well as a kitchen with…
  • JetBlue to Charge for Checked Bags, Add More Seats

    Christine Dayao
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Must all good things come to an end? We used to think that JetBlue could do no wrong, but two recent announcements will be robbing passengers of our favorite perks of flying with the airline: free checked bags and spacious legroom. While JetBlue has been just one of two U.S. airlines that don’t charge for the first checked bag — Southwest is the other — that’s due to change starting the first half of 2015. Under a new fee structure, travelers who choose the cheapest fare option for a seat will have to pay for any checked bag. The other two (more expensive) options will…
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  • How to: Experience Fort Worth’s Two Sides in Two Days

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    With its irresistible cowboy culture, Fort Worth certainly lives up to its “Cowtown” moniker. But there’s a more sophisticated side to the city, too. This is most notably evident in the urban revitalization in the downtown area, which includes the recent addition of the Sundance Square entertainment district, and the opening up of chef-driven restaurants and chic wine bars and cafés all over town. If you’ve only got a couple of days to explore Fort Worth, that’s just enough to get a sense of the city’s twin personalities, and without spending too much…
  • 4 Unexpected Cities for Art and Culture

    Christine Dayao
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    New York. Paris. London. Those are some of the big cities that travelers hoping for some cultural enrichment flock to. But what if you’ve had your fill of The Metropolitan Museum of Art or have grown tired of The Louvre? Here, four cities that might surprise you with its delightfully unexpected art and culture scene. 1. Daytona Beach, FL As we recently reported, there’s more to Daytona Beach than sun, sand, and race cars. One of the city’s other big attractions is the Museum of Arts and Sciences, which is situated amid a beautiful nature preserve. The museum has an eclectic mix of…
  • 6 New Hotel Booking Apps & Websites to Download

    Darren Murph
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    As with most things in travel, the art of booking a hotel has been transforming thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones. Just as apps such as Uber, Lyft, and Hailo have revolutionized the process of hailing a ride, and a variety of airline apps have eliminated the need to keep track of a paper boarding pass, a litany of new hotel booking apps has made it easier than ever to make last-minute reservations or find a good deal. Here are the latest to come on the scene: Hotelwatchdog: You’re probably familiar with Airfarewatchdog, the comparison tool that keeps tabs on fare drops for flagged…
  • 10 Disney World Services You May Not Know Exist

    Christine Dayao
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    One of the biggest assets that set Disney World apart from its competitors is the level of service the company delivers to guests. It’s no secret that the iconic resorts offers exclusive hours and transportation, but here are 10 lesser known services offered by the House of Mouse. 1. Baby Care Centers The four theme parks each have a Baby Care Center equipped with all parenting necessities. They’re complimentary to use and have private nursing rooms with rocking chairs, changing room tables, a unisex bathroom, and feeding area with highchairs — as well as a kitchen with…
  • JetBlue to Charge for Checked Bags, Add More Seats

    Christine Dayao
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Must all good things come to an end? We used to think that JetBlue could do no wrong, but two recent announcements will be robbing passengers of our favorite perks of flying with the airline: free checked bags and spacious legroom. While JetBlue has been just one of two U.S. airlines that don’t charge for the first checked bag — Southwest is the other — that’s due to change starting the first half of 2015. Under a new fee structure, travelers who choose the cheapest fare option for a seat will have to pay for any checked bag. The other two (more expensive) options will…
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  • How to: Experience Fort Worth’s Two Sides in Two Days

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    With its irresistible cowboy culture, Fort Worth certainly lives up to its “Cowtown” moniker. But there’s a more sophisticated side to the city, too. This is most notably evident in the urban revitalization in the downtown area, which includes the recent addition of the Sundance Square entertainment district, and the opening up of chef-driven restaurants and chic wine bars and cafés all over town. If you’ve only got a couple of days to explore Fort Worth, that’s just enough to get a sense of the city’s twin personalities, and without spending too much…
  • 4 Unexpected Cities for Art and Culture

    Christine Dayao
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    New York. Paris. London. Those are some of the big cities that travelers hoping for some cultural enrichment flock to. But what if you’ve had your fill of The Metropolitan Museum of Art or have grown tired of The Louvre? Here, four cities that might surprise you with its delightfully unexpected art and culture scene. 1. Daytona Beach, FL As we recently reported, there’s more to Daytona Beach than sun, sand, and race cars. One of the city’s other big attractions is the Museum of Arts and Sciences, which is situated amid a beautiful nature preserve. The museum has an eclectic mix of…
  • 6 New Hotel Booking Apps & Websites to Download

    Darren Murph
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    As with most things in travel, the art of booking a hotel has been transforming thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones. Just as apps such as Uber, Lyft, and Hailo have revolutionized the process of hailing a ride, and a variety of airline apps have eliminated the need to keep track of a paper boarding pass, a litany of new hotel booking apps has made it easier than ever to make last-minute reservations or find a good deal. Here are the latest to come on the scene: Hotelwatchdog: You’re probably familiar with Airfarewatchdog, the comparison tool that keeps tabs on fare drops for flagged…
  • 10 Disney World Services You May Not Know Exist

    Christine Dayao
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    One of the biggest assets that set Disney World apart from its competitors is the level of service the company delivers to guests. It’s no secret that the iconic resorts offers exclusive hours and transportation, but here are 10 lesser known services offered by the House of Mouse. 1. Baby Care Centers The four theme parks each have a Baby Care Center equipped with all parenting necessities. They’re complimentary to use and have private nursing rooms with rocking chairs, changing room tables, a unisex bathroom, and feeding area with highchairs — as well as a kitchen with…
  • JetBlue to Charge for Checked Bags, Add More Seats

    Christine Dayao
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Must all good things come to an end? We used to think that JetBlue could do no wrong, but two recent announcements will be robbing passengers of our favorite perks of flying with the airline: free checked bags and spacious legroom. While JetBlue has been just one of two U.S. airlines that don’t charge for the first checked bag — Southwest is the other — that’s due to change starting the first half of 2015. Under a new fee structure, travelers who choose the cheapest fare option for a seat will have to pay for any checked bag. The other two (more expensive) options will…
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  • How to: Experience Fort Worth’s Two Sides in Two Days

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    With its irresistible cowboy culture, Fort Worth certainly lives up to its “Cowtown” moniker. But there’s a more sophisticated side to the city, too. This is most notably evident in the urban revitalization in the downtown area, which includes the recent addition of the Sundance Square entertainment district, and the opening up of chef-driven restaurants and chic wine bars and cafés all over town. If you’ve only got a couple of days to explore Fort Worth, that’s just enough to get a sense of the city’s twin personalities, and without spending too much…
  • 4 Unexpected Cities for Art and Culture

    Christine Dayao
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    New York. Paris. London. Those are some of the big cities that travelers hoping for some cultural enrichment flock to. But what if you’ve had your fill of The Metropolitan Museum of Art or have grown tired of The Louvre? Here, four cities that might surprise you with its delightfully unexpected art and culture scene. 1. Daytona Beach, FL As we recently reported, there’s more to Daytona Beach than sun, sand, and race cars. One of the city’s other big attractions is the Museum of Arts and Sciences, which is situated amid a beautiful nature preserve. The museum has an eclectic mix of…
  • 6 New Hotel Booking Apps & Websites to Download

    Darren Murph
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    As with most things in travel, the art of booking a hotel has been transforming thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones. Just as apps such as Uber, Lyft, and Hailo have revolutionized the process of hailing a ride, and a variety of airline apps have eliminated the need to keep track of a paper boarding pass, a litany of new hotel booking apps has made it easier than ever to make last-minute reservations or find a good deal. Here are the latest to come on the scene: Hotelwatchdog: You’re probably familiar with Airfarewatchdog, the comparison tool that keeps tabs on fare drops for flagged…
  • 10 Disney World Services You May Not Know Exist

    Christine Dayao
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    One of the biggest assets that set Disney World apart from its competitors is the level of service the company delivers to guests. It’s no secret that the iconic resorts offers exclusive hours and transportation, but here are 10 lesser known services offered by the House of Mouse. 1. Baby Care Centers The four theme parks each have a Baby Care Center equipped with all parenting necessities. They’re complimentary to use and have private nursing rooms with rocking chairs, changing room tables, a unisex bathroom, and feeding area with highchairs — as well as a kitchen with…
  • JetBlue to Charge for Checked Bags, Add More Seats

    Christine Dayao
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Must all good things come to an end? We used to think that JetBlue could do no wrong, but two recent announcements will be robbing passengers of our favorite perks of flying with the airline: free checked bags and spacious legroom. While JetBlue has been just one of two U.S. airlines that don’t charge for the first checked bag — Southwest is the other — that’s due to change starting the first half of 2015. Under a new fee structure, travelers who choose the cheapest fare option for a seat will have to pay for any checked bag. The other two (more expensive) options will…
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  • How to: Experience Fort Worth’s Two Sides in Two Days

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    With its irresistible cowboy culture, Fort Worth certainly lives up to its “Cowtown” moniker. But there’s a more sophisticated side to the city, too. This is most notably evident in the urban revitalization in the downtown area, which includes the recent addition of the Sundance Square entertainment district, and the opening up of chef-driven restaurants and chic wine bars and cafés all over town. If you’ve only got a couple of days to explore Fort Worth, that’s just enough to get a sense of the city’s twin personalities, and without spending too much…
  • 4 Unexpected Cities for Art and Culture

    Christine Dayao
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    New York. Paris. London. Those are some of the big cities that travelers hoping for some cultural enrichment flock to. But what if you’ve had your fill of The Metropolitan Museum of Art or have grown tired of The Louvre? Here, four cities that might surprise you with its delightfully unexpected art and culture scene. 1. Daytona Beach, FL As we recently reported, there’s more to Daytona Beach than sun, sand, and race cars. One of the city’s other big attractions is the Museum of Arts and Sciences, which is situated amid a beautiful nature preserve. The museum has an eclectic mix of…
  • 6 New Hotel Booking Apps & Websites to Download

    Darren Murph
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    As with most things in travel, the art of booking a hotel has been transforming thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones. Just as apps such as Uber, Lyft, and Hailo have revolutionized the process of hailing a ride, and a variety of airline apps have eliminated the need to keep track of a paper boarding pass, a litany of new hotel booking apps has made it easier than ever to make last-minute reservations or find a good deal. Here are the latest to come on the scene: Hotelwatchdog: You’re probably familiar with Airfarewatchdog, the comparison tool that keeps tabs on fare drops for flagged…
  • 10 Disney World Services You May Not Know Exist

    Christine Dayao
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    One of the biggest assets that set Disney World apart from its competitors is the level of service the company delivers to guests. It’s no secret that the iconic resorts offers exclusive hours and transportation, but here are 10 lesser known services offered by the House of Mouse. 1. Baby Care Centers The four theme parks each have a Baby Care Center equipped with all parenting necessities. They’re complimentary to use and have private nursing rooms with rocking chairs, changing room tables, a unisex bathroom, and feeding area with highchairs — as well as a kitchen with…
  • JetBlue to Charge for Checked Bags, Add More Seats

    Christine Dayao
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Must all good things come to an end? We used to think that JetBlue could do no wrong, but two recent announcements will be robbing passengers of our favorite perks of flying with the airline: free checked bags and spacious legroom. While JetBlue has been just one of two U.S. airlines that don’t charge for the first checked bag — Southwest is the other — that’s due to change starting the first half of 2015. Under a new fee structure, travelers who choose the cheapest fare option for a seat will have to pay for any checked bag. The other two (more expensive) options will…
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  • Doi Chaang – How To Visit Thailand’s Coffee Paradise

    Mark Wiens
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Unlike Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Colombia, or even Indonesia, Thailand is not really known for its coffee. Sweet tea with an abundance of sweetened condensed milk is one of the most popular drinks of choice in Thailand, but coffee culture, is not a part of the traditional Thai society (that being said, there are some wonderful up […] Doi Chaang – How To Visit Thailand’s Coffee Paradise is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Doi Chaang – How To Visit Thailand’s Coffee Paradise appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Thailand’s Sausage Paradise – The Little Town of Amphoe Phon (อำเภอพล)

    Mark Wiens
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As you fly past in your bus or car, you’ll see the strands of sausage dangling on the side of the road. In between Korat (โคราช) and Khon Kaen (ขอนแก่น), in the Isaan region of Thailand, is a little place called Amphoe Phon (อำเภอพล). Over the years, I had actually passed through a number of times, flying […] Thailand’s Sausage Paradise – The Little Town of Amphoe Phon (อำเภอพล) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Thailand’s Sausage Paradise – The Little Town of Amphoe Phon…
  • Mok Huak – Eating Tadpole Casserole (หมกฮวก) in Isaan

    Mark Wiens
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of my favorite things to do is eat things I’ve never tasted before. I love both foods that look familiar and that include familiar ingredients, and I also love to eat things that might be a little exotic, or perhaps bizarre. One of the episodes for the Thai food TV show I’m filming, is about exotic […] Mok Huak – Eating Tadpole Casserole (หมกฮวก) in Isaan is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Mok Huak – Eating Tadpole Casserole (หมกฮวก) in Isaan appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • How to Eat Thai Chili Sauce (น้ำพริก) Like a Thai

    Mark Wiens
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Since the day I was born, I’ve been a lover of dips and chili sauces. What could be better than adding more flavor, plus extra spice, to every bite? That’s the way I like to think of it. When I first traveled to Southeast Asia and started exploring the cuisine, I was fascinated (and I […] How to Eat Thai Chili Sauce (น้ำพริก) Like a Thai is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post How to Eat Thai Chili Sauce (น้ำพริก) Like a Thai appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Koh Kret – Day Trip to Bangkok’s River Island

    Mark Wiens
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Did you know there’s an island in the Chao Phraya River near Bangkok? Just north of Bangkok, actually in the province on Nonthaburi, is Koh Kret (เกาะเกร็ด also sometimes spelled Ko Kret), an island village in the middle of the Chao Phraya River. If you’re in Bangkok, and looking for a great experience and a day trip […] Koh Kret – Day Trip to Bangkok’s River Island is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Koh Kret – Day Trip to Bangkok’s River Island appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • Astro Boy Crossing Signal

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Photo from Kotaku I’m just going to come out and say it…this is the greatest crossing signal ever. If you’re in Kanagawa Prefecture, outside Tokyo, you can check it out. Personally I would prefer if Astro flew out of the sky and carried me across the street when I push the button, but this is pretty cool, too :D Related Posts:Japan’s Coffee Making RobotThe Four Top Tokyo Day TripsMy Dream Japan Vacation – KinashiLife Inside a Capsule HotelKawaii Fabric
  • Osaka Gets New Glico Man Sign

    4 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Photo Credits: Muza-chan. Photographing Osaka’s Glico running man was a must do on my trip almost 5 years ago. Unfortunately, due to the Fukushima Power Plant issues, the singn was turned off before I had a chance to take a night time picture. Mission failed. The good news is that not only did the sign get turned back on, but they’ve also just released a new version, making this the sixth version of the famous running man born in 1935. I look forward to photographing him in all his new LED glory…I hope :) Related Posts:Fukushima Radiation Levels “Low”Japanese…
  • Book Review: A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    As anyone who has started studying Japanese will know, reading is really, really hard. With 3 different writing systems and thousands of tiny and complicated kanji to learn, it’s easy to view reading Japanese as too high of a mountain to climb. Today we’re going to quickly review a guide that will hopefully make that climb a little easier. Any proper Japanese learning library should include a kanji dictionary. The only problem is, most of these dictionary are large and confusing. While I’ve learned to use, and love my Kanji Learners dictionary, it did take me a while to…
  • Japan’s Coffee Making Robot

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Pretty cool, but I don’t think I could wait this long for a coffee. After a couple of minutes I may need to be pulled off the robot. I need it now! Related Posts:Coffee in Japan – The KissatenRobotic Comedy DuoBook Review: Japan’s World Heritage SitesA Stroll Through Japan in 8 MinutesFukushima Radiation Levels “Low”
  • The Days of Hanako

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Hi, my name is Hanako! I have been drawing cartoons about funny moments in my life, and I have been sharing them on my blog, The Days of Hanako. I was born and raised in Aomori, which is a small city in northern japan. I met my Canadian husband Kevin while he was working in Aomori, and eventually, I moved to Toronto. Living together in both Japan and Canada has provided me with many stories about our experiences. I have a lot of funny moments to share about when we first met and the challenges we had understanding each other, often miscommunicating with funny results. Then we had to overcome…
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    My Melange

  • What’s New in Paris for 2014

    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is so much new in Paris this year, it’s been hard to keep up! New museum openings, new services cropping up and even a new Paris tour that I’m offering. I’ve already covered What’s New in France this year which also contains some Paris highlights, but there was more than enough happening to create a stand alone post for Paris. I keep adding to it as things pop up – so make sure you check back often. New Museums, Tours and Attractions > After a six-year restoration, amid lots of drama, the Picasso Museum finally reopened. The new space at the Hôtel…
  • Travel Resources for Slow Food, Wine and Stays in Italy

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When it comes to Italy, less is more. Which is why I sing the praises of slow travel and slow food in Italy. Taking it easy, savoring every moment and not packing too much into your vacation.  Staying in an agriturismo, (farm stay) or on a vineyard in Italy is really a perfect way to relax and adopt a slower pace on vacation.  And isn’t that what vacation should be about? But where do you find these gems? From where to stay, where to eat and places to either drink wine or visit vineyards and wineries – here are some invaluable resources that will help you find and connect…
  • Book Review : Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

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

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

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

  • Greek Food: A Taste of the Ancient Past

    W. Ruth Kozak
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Did you know that when you sit down to a hearty meal of Greek food that you are often eating exactly the same dishes their ancestors did in ancient times? The first cookbook was written by a Greek, Archestrolus, in 350 BC suggesting that food was always an important part of Greek life. Some of […]
  • Top 10 Belgian Trappist and Abbey Beers

    Roy Stevenson
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    We are shameless fans of lists – especially beer lists. They give us something to argue about. For those lucky folks experiencing Trappist beers for the first time, this gives you a starting point. Here is our list of the top 10 Trappist beers. Some are widely available, others are very hard to get. We […]
  • My Favorite Foods of Europe

    Hannah May
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    To travel is to taste the world. And Europe presents a particularly eclectic hotchpotch of flavours. From the strange to the sublime, I’ve sampled various dishes and foodstuffs throughout my jaunts across the continent and here (in no particular order) are some of my personal favourites: Gran Canaria Though the Atlantic archipelago presents a popular […]
  • Memories of Communist-era Prague

    Guest Contributor
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Prague is undeniably a magical city, a beautiful tourist paradise rich in history. But a visitor who was a student there 45 years ago reveals a different city hidden in plain sight, one with a drab, painful, and very recent past. Travelers just need to know where to look.  Prague in 1969 My friend Mike […]
  • Exploring Inis Meain, the Lesser-known Aran Island

    Fiona Gaze
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    Visitors to Ireland’s Aran Islands, located off the west coast from Galway, will undoubtedly know that the famous Irish comedy “Father Ted” is based on a fictional island fashioned after the smallest of the Aran Islands, Inis Oir (named Craggy Island in the television series). Likewise, the biggest of the three islands, Inis Mor, attracts […]
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    eNidhi India

  • AirBnB like Private accommodations vs Hotel rooms

    Shrinidhi Hande
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Booking a hotel was traditional way of buying accommodation so far. But of late, there are many options opening up for the travelers. Global sites like Airbnb and Indian versions like, etc are providing platform for small time operators and individuals to list their properties and get some revenue. Apartment owners, those who have few extra rooms in their houses, small time hotel/guest house operators can easily list their properties online and get some business, without spending much effort in marketing or selling their rooms.But one question that keep bothering…
  • Skywatch Friday:VidyaSagar Sethu, Kolkata

    Shrinidhi Hande
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:08 pm
    For this week's Skywatch, it is Vidya Sagar Sethu, Kolkata.Vidyasagar sethu is much newer and wider than the popular Howrah Bridge. There is a Rs 10 toll for cars on this bridge. Below pictures are clicked from a moving cab. While visiting Botanical garden or Santragachi railway station, you will have to cross this bridge. Vidyasagar Sethu is twice as long as KR Puram hanging bridge we have in Blr...View the other skywatch post on Kolkata- Hoogley river special
  • Central Park, Salt Lake City, Kolkata: Photos

    Shrinidhi Hande
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Central park in Salt Lake City, Kolkata was more impressive than I had suspected. Salt lake city central garden has lots of birds, lakes, picture worthy locations and I recommend spending a few hours here.Below are some good pictures I clicked at Central Park, Salt Lake city, KolkataThe row of trees along the bank, coupled with white coating for the bottom half, makes them very scenicA squirrel, Egret and Cormorant. Also spotted kingfishers, but couldn't take decent photograph.  MynahBanana tree, spreading its leafs as if a Cobra's hoodA photo of butterfly- this is not clicked by…
  • Review: Hotel Esplanade Chambers, Chandni Chowk, Kolkata

    Shrinidhi Hande
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Hotel Esplanade chambers is where we stayed for 3 nights in Kolkata. It wasn't our first choice. The other guest house I had selected wasn't available, so after some basic checks, I zeroed in on Esplanade Chambers.At about Rs 1800 a day, Esplanade Chamber is not very cheap and overall I find their services Ok-Ok. No complaints as such.Good things about Esplanade Chambers: Room was decentThere are 2 south Indian restaurants within walking distance, hence we didn’t face issue with food.Close to Chandni chowk metro and Esplanade, so visiting different parts of the city is easy as public…
  • New Makemytrip American Express Credit card

    Shrinidhi Hande
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:52 pm
    For the travel buffs in you, the new AmEx MakeMyTrip cobranded credit card should be something worth considering.American Express is the preferred brand for many corporate, as most corporates use AmEx corporate credit cards for their employees. AmEx's credit card services, coupled with a series of benefits should make this credit card a must have in every traveler's wallet.Joining benefits of AmEx MMT credit card1. MakeMyTrip vouchers worth Rs 9000 (It is 9 vouchers of Rs 1000 each, to be redeemed in 9 different bookings)2. Guaranteed 5% cashback on MakeMytrip bookings (For…
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    Solo Traveler

  • Solo Travel Destination: Scotland

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    This Solo Travel Society member fell in love with Scotland, the land of lochs, glens, and bens, enjoying the gorgeous scenery and friendly people. The post Solo Travel Destination: Scotland appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Sunset in Istanbul, Turkey

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    This peaceful photo of a sunset in Istanbul was shared by a Solo Travel Society member who was visiting the Marmara Sea. The post Pic of the Week: Sunset in Istanbul, Turkey appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • A Difficult Travel Decision

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    This story isn't about a destination, but about making travel decisions to ensure your safety as a solo traveler, doing your research and trusting your gut. The post A Difficult Travel Decision appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: One Day in a Different Place

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    This week's travel quote by Anatole France emphasizes how much can be gained from even very brief travel. So much can be experienced in just one day! The post Travel Quote of the Week: One Day in a Different Place appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Airport Security: Sail Through the Screening Process

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The holiday season is coming and the airports will be getting very busy. Here are some tips to help you get through security fast. The post Airport Security: Sail Through the Screening Process appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • 4 Uses for Cannabis You’ve Never Heard of Before (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 4 Uses for Cannabis You’ve Never Heard of BeforePhoto from flickr by M. Martin Vicente   Whatever you call it, and however you personally use it (or don’t use it), Cannabis comes in many forms. From the ongoing movement to legalize recreational use, to the more widely accepted medical uses of marijuana, there are lots of different uses for Cannabis. Here are four you’ve probably never heard of before:   Cooking Oil CBD Oil is an edible oil that is meant to help ease symptoms associated with a range of disorders, including anxiety,…
  • $25 Dining Voucher + Free Casino Shuttles at Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | $25 Dining Voucher + Free Casino Shuttles at Niagara Falls Marriott GatewayPhoto from Flickr by nikhil_hegde Book yourself a romantic break at the fabulous Niagara Falls Four Star Hotel, The Marriott Gateway On The Falls, and enjoy a free $25 dining voucher plus free casino shuttle transport during your stay. If you and your partner have always dreamt of discovering the dramatic sights of Niagara falls, now is the perfect time to book your getaway! The Marriott Gateway hotel are offering a brilliant package deal which includes $25 to spend at the…
  • Do You Think You Can Get Away with Texting While Driving? (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Do You Think You Can Get Away with Texting While Driving?  Photo from Flickr by orangesky3 Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions for drivers. You have a phone in your hand that should be on the driving wheel. In addition you are not looking at the road but the phone in your hand. If you cannot see the problems in this scenario you really have a problem. And those problems will lead to serious consequences one of those days. How Dangerous Is Texting While Driving? According to the THINK campaign you are 4 times more likely to have…
  • Tips to Save Money on Your Trip to Earls Court London (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Tips to Save Money on Your Trip to Earls Court London London is among the most expensive cities of the world. Despite this, hundreds of people visit this destination every month, for both business and leisure. With a long and eventful history, London offers great sightseeing pleasures. Being a commercial hub, this city also offers great business opportunities. So, a trio to this destination may be a great idea. The good news is that there are several ways in which you can save money, with a little bit of planning.   Affordable Accommodation…
  • How To Afford That Gap Year You’ve Been Dreaming About (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | How To Afford That Gap Year You’ve Been Dreaming AboutPhoto from Flickr by 401(K) 2013 A gap year can cost a lot of money. You have to pay for travel, accommodation and living costs. Some travellers even decide to pay to take part in volunteer projects. The mounting expenses can cause frantic penny pinching which results in people compromising their enjoyment on a potential trip of a lifetime. Here we take a look at the ways you can afford your dream gap year so you don’t have to miss out.   Why save? There is nothing wrong with taking…
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    501 Places

  • Tell-tale signs of a free press flight

    Andy Jarosz
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    There once was a time (long before I started this writing lark) when airlines were only too willing to offer free flights to travel writers. The usual payback for them was a mention in the factbox at the end of the article that would later be produced. The world has moved on and now you find travel writers frequently bemoaning an airline’s reluctance to offer a seat on a plane, even when the writer is heading out to write an article that might promote one of their most important routes. It turns out that for many airlines a measly factbox mention is not enough, and those airlines that…
  • What would Lenin say now?

    Andy Jarosz
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Our journey from Tampere in Finland to Vilnius in Lithuania followed the journey of the Soviet Union, from the early plans for revolution to its grim consequences Lenin first met Stalin in 1905 in the Tampere Workers’ Hall in Finland, the same building which now holds one of the world’s few remaining museums dedicated to the life of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. You see, the Finns have a reason to be grateful to Lenin as it was he who championed their cause for independence. At the time Finland was a province within the Russian empire and Lenin was a firebrand revolutionary plotting…
  • Travel Writing Tales at St Albans Literary Festival

    Andy Jarosz
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    In November St Albans will host its inaugural Literary Festival and as part of the four-day event I’m delighted to be organising the Travel Writing Workshop on Saturday, 8th November at the Cross Street Centre on Upper Dagnall Street. What I’m particularly thrilled about is the opportunity to introduce the visitors to the St Albans LitFest to some of my favourite travel writers. Five top-notch writers from the travel world (along with me) will be reading one of their published travel stories and there will be time for the audience to ask the writers about the adventures behind…
  • A Day Out in Portsmouth

    Andy Jarosz
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Portsmouth has enjoyed plenty of media attention in the last year or so since the opening of the new Mary Rose museum at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We decided to have a day out in Portsmouth recently to see the Mary Rose as well as to explore one of the few large towns in the UK which we hadn’t yet visited. The people behind the creation of the Mary Rose Museum had a difficult task. While looking at a ship that’s over 500 years old might be remarkable in itself, it takes a lot more than the broken hull to make the Mary Rose into a top-class visitor attraction.
  • Reasons to fall out with a restaurant

    Andy Jarosz
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    A friend recently asked me for suggestions of where to go and what to do for their upcoming visit to London. As I was typing out a long list of recommended restaurants, it struck me how many restaurants I was consciously leaving off my list; places which were long-time favourites and which for some reason over the years we’ve fallen out of favour with. Then I started to think about the reasons why we’d lost our enthusiasm for these restaurants and it struck me just how hard it must be for a restaurant to keep its customers constantly satisfied; especially so in a big…
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    Eyeflare Travel Articles and Tips

  • A weekend in Bologna

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

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

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

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

    6 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Nepal is certainly one of the most stunning regions on earth. Playing host to eight of the highest mountains in the world, including the mighty Everest, it’s not hard to see why so many people flock to this tiny country year after year. On all sides you are surrounded by the most breath taking natural beauty in the form of towering mountains, deep glacier craved valleys, roaring rivers and large expanses of untouched forest. Nepal is definitely a place for anyone who is a lover of the outdoors and for those seeking wild adventures. Apart from its famous terrain, Nepal also has a wide…
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    Lance Around Orlando

  • The Best of Enemies

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

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

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Heidi & Daughter Join LanceAround Family (& # 1 Ember’s Adolfo) at MK [Editor's Note: Today Heidi Strawser continues her series of posts where she joins the LanceAround family at Disney's Magic Kingdom for a preview of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride. Enjoy!--LanceAround.] Last month, I shared about our Dream Breakfast at Disney’s Contemporary Resort with the LanceAround family.  This time, I’d like to share about our fun day at the Magic Kingdom . . . I mentioned that we were each issued some goodies upon leaving the breakfast.  One of those goodies was a ticket…
  • A Dream Breakfast at Disney World

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    An Unexpected Day at Disney World [Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post, including photos and video, comes from our friend Heidi of Heidi’s Head. –LanceAround] Ever since our visit to Disney in 2009 – when we stayed at a Florida Dream Homes – I’ve had a dream . . . I’ve dreamed of moving to Florida and working for Walt Disney World or for LanceAround & Mrs. LanceAround at Florida Dream Homes. FDH provides vacation rental homes for guests traveling to the Disney World area of Central Florida. Last week, I got a small taste of what that dream…
  • The Poetry of Paul Sorvino – Day 8 FFF 2014

    29 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Paul Sorvino Recites a Poem for LanceAround “Her love is youth, O speak my heart…” Paul Sorvino is a renaissance man. In addition to being an excellent actor, he is also a sculptor, singer, chef and even a poet. He was at the FFF to promote his newest film, Last I Heard. It was an OK film about a Mafia mobster who spent 20 years in prison and must now face life as an old man with a failing heart and no longer as “a king made of steel.” Paul was also present for a Q & A after the Enzian faithful were treated to a big screen showing of the Martin Scorsese…
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  • SO Downton Abbey: Gorgeous English Manors and Estates

    Jane Reynolds
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    With four seasons under its belt, and a fifth now airing in the U.K. and Ireland (we Americans will have to wait with baited breathe till 2015), Downton Abbey has been inspiring dreams of refined (at least on the surface), aristocratic lives of leisure for years now. Well, we can’t go back in time – but we can try to emulate the Downton Abbey vibe by visiting England’s most stunning hotels -- housed in the former manors and estates of the country’s elite! Here are our top six English manor hotel picks that are just so Downton Abbey. Combe Grove Manor Hotel Set in the gorgeous English…
  • 13 Amazing Ski Hotels (That Will Make You Forget About Skiing)

    Lara Grant
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Now that it's peak ski season in wintry locales, we're busy deciding on which destination we'll choose for hitting the slopes. But a day spent skiing, snowboarding, and sledding can be exhausting, so picking a hotel that offers more than just a ski-friendly location is a must -- for us, at least! Some ski resorts offer a variety of amenities -- spa treatments, heated pools, skating rinks, and fine dining, to name a few -- that are great when ski-sore muscles need to recoup. The 13 hotels on our list are so fabulously filled with features that you may just forget about skiing altogether. The…
  • 11 Hotels Fit for a Fairytale

    Kelsey Blodget
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    When we think of fairytale retreats, we think of cozy cottages and dramatic castles. On the cottage front, we're picturing spots with gingerbread architecture, charming historic style, or homey interiors with roaring fireplaces (though we imagine Hansel and Gretel wouldn't be too pleased about the latter offering). And when it comes to castles, we're dreaming of the towers where Rapunzel let down her long hair, or where Cinderella met the prince at a ball. At these 11 European hotels, you'll find all that and more. Just remember to bring your glass slippers (but don't forget to "lose" one if…
  • The 10 Best Holiday Shopping Destinations in the World (And Where to Stay)

    Jane Reynolds
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Black Friday is quickly approaching. Prepare yourself. While this day is famous for holiday music and amazing deals, it's infamous for long lines and crazed shoppers who seem to need that last toy on the shelf just a little too badly -- and there's no way their kid was better than yours in 2014! But while we may advise avoiding leaving your hotel room on this hectic day, we TOTALLY recommend exploring some of the world's best shopping destinations during your holiday travels. Here we bring you the list of the top 10 holiday shopping destinations around the globe, and the shopper-friendly…
  • 11 Cozy Hotels with Fireplaces in Every Room

    Jane Reynolds
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Okay, so it's officially freezing and we're not too pleased about it. Bone-chilling wind, snow-heavy clouds, and hat hair are seeming to define our days recently, and it's only just the start. But we can't complain about everything that's associated with the colder temperatures, because we are suckers for anything that'll make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside as the winter weather rages outside: Things like hot chocolate, cashmere throws, and, of course, a roaring fireplace. We've already shown you some of our favorite fireplaces in hotel bars, restaurants, and lounges, but if your idea of a…
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips

  • Guide To Understanding Hotel Meal Plans – Which One Is Best For You?

    Susan Kohlback
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Every time I book a hotel stay in Europe, I have to stop and try to figure out just what those meal plan initials mean.... EP, MAP? While All-Inclusive and BnB are pretty self explanatory, who can figure out the meal plan difference between European Plan and American Plan? I know one of them includes lunch, but for the life of me, I can never remember which one it is. Here's a great Infographic prepared by that walks you through the differences in meal plans and how to determine which plan is the best for your next vacation. The post Guide To Understanding Hotel Meal Plans…
  • Bucket List Alert – See The Best Northern Lights in a Decade This Winter

    Guest Author
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Get mesmerized this winter by the “best of a decade” Northern Lights displays and tick 'see the northern lights' off of your bucket list! Why this year will see the best northern lights display in many years The Northern Lights are a magnificent sight that takes place in the far north during the wintertime. Also called the aurora borealis, this phenomenon is caused by solar activity, and scientists are predicting a superb viewing opportunity late this year. Scientists from NASA have foreseen that this December the sun’s maximum solar activity will once again reach its highest peak.
  • Six Ways To Get An Extreme Rush In New Zealand

    Guest Author
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    Things done to an extreme level can be a good thing, or a bad thing. All extreme activities in New Zealand though, are not only good, but mind-blowing. If you’re looking to take your life experiences to the next level, then New Zealand is the spot to head to. Widely considered the adventure mecca of the world, New Zealand has more adventure activities to choose from than almost anywhere else on the planet. Here are six of the most extreme and exciting adventure activities you'll find in on the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The post Six Ways To Get An Extreme Rush In New Zealand…
  • 5 Ways To Be A Kid Again In Orlando

    Guest Author
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    Let's face it, adults have it hard these days. Don’t you regret wishing you were older when you were younger? Missing all those naps, the recess periods were stolen from you long ago, and the satisfaction of getting your fingers in paint. Those were the days. Don’t say goodbye to them yet though, if you’re around the Orlando area, and are fed up with being an adult, just check any of these five spots out where you can become a kid again. The post 5 Ways To Be A Kid Again In Orlando appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • How To Choose The Best Camera For Your Travels

    Susan Kohlback
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Camera technology changes so quickly these days it may leave you wondering if you have an old clunker in your pocket and if it's time to update to the latest capabilities. Features like anti-shake, night friendly settings, easy video, water resistance and extended battery life may convince you that it's time to update your camera before your next vacation. Here's a really terrific infographic that compares the best cameras and helps you answer the question, "What Kind Of Camera Should You Take Traveling"? The post How To Choose The Best Camera For Your Travels appeared first on Wicked Good…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-21-2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. (M. Twain) — A never-ending battle between chocolate and broccoli! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-21-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-20-2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    We don't see things as they are, but as we are. (A. Nin) — To see differently, you must travel beyond your own horizon. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-20-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-19-2014

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Our economy is built on human weakness, bad habits, and insecurity. (W. Ferguson) — No reason to shop when you're content. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-19-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-18-2014

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Life is a big canvas. Throw all the paint on it you can. (D. Kaye) — I'm off to get my brush and make a glorious mess! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-18-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-17-2014

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    You must continue to gain expertise, but avoid thinking like an expert. (D. Waitley) — Think like a philosopher instead. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-17-2014 appeared first on
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-21-2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. (M. Twain) — A never-ending battle between chocolate and broccoli! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-21-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-20-2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    We don't see things as they are, but as we are. (A. Nin) — To see differently, you must travel beyond your own horizon. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-20-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-19-2014

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Our economy is built on human weakness, bad habits, and insecurity. (W. Ferguson) — No reason to shop when you're content. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-19-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-18-2014

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Life is a big canvas. Throw all the paint on it you can. (D. Kaye) — I'm off to get my brush and make a glorious mess! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-18-2014 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-17-2014

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    You must continue to gain expertise, but avoid thinking like an expert. (D. Waitley) — Think like a philosopher instead. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-17-2014 appeared first on
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    Beers & Beans

  • Love Mountain Adventures? Join Us, @AFARmedia and @EddieBauer Tomorrow (11/5) on Pin-Up Live!

    Randy Kalp
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Now that we’re spending more time in Massachusetts during the winter months, I’m really trying to embrace winter more. See, I grew up in the white stuff, and absolutely loved it; I used to get out of the house and really  live it up. I skied and snowboarded all of the time, and when I wasn’t doing that, my friends and I were hiking or sled riding down our neighborhood streets. I’ll be the first to admit that over the last couple of years, I’ve lost this side of my youth, something that I swore would never happen. But, you know what, I’m ready to take it…
  • 5 Awesome Tips To Help You Travel Better

    Randy Kalp
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I think one of the coolest things about being a traveler in the digital age is the abundance of travel tips and hacks that are available online. From the best times to score cheap flights to hacking hotels, and essential travel apps to seeing Europe through the backdoor, every bit of travel advice that you could possibly want is just a Google search away. With our upcoming trip to the western Caribbean with Carnival just a few weeks out, we’ve decided to put together a collection of our go-to travel tips that we’ll be using on our adventure. Some of these tips are ones that…
  • 16 Travel Instagrams from 8 Days in Jordan

    Randy Kalp
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Before traveling to Jordan last month, I had heard a lot of good things about it. Everyone we spoke with who had been talked highly of the food, people, and sweeping beauty of the country. I’m happy to say that Jordan lives up to its reputation that travelers have bestowed it. We traveled from Amman, Jordan’s capital city, to Aqaba on the Red Sea. Along the way we made overnight stops at Petra and Wadi Rum. Then on the way back to Amman, we spent an evening at the Dead Sea, where we took a sunset float. For us, the trip was an instant classic. Everyday brought new highlights, and…
  • The Incredible, Edible Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland

    Bethany Salvon
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Until you hear otherwise from me, the Flow Festival in Helsinki is the best music festival I’ve ever been to. Period. From its location at the Suvilahti–a shuttered energy plant in central Helsinki, whose steel-enforced concrete buildings and skeletal remains are juxtaposed with circus big tops and fairy lights–to the festival’s overall design which, excuse the pun, flowed with its surroundings–beer gardens were nestled into small grassy coves with ping pong tables tucked in between buildings, for example–the Flow Festival felt more like a neighborhood…
  • Why Trover is the Chicken Soup for Your Wandering Soul

    Randy Kalp
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    We were at a wedding recently, and I overheard one of the guest triumphantly declare that he was “anti-tech.” I snickered to myself and went about my business. At the time, I didn’t think much about his comment, as there was an open bar that needed my patronage. Now, though, as I sit typing this post, I realize just how pro-tech I am. Look, I get that there’s always going to be people who rebel against the mainstream, and I do think people, including myself, spend way too much time on their phones, tablets, and computers, but to denounce technology entirely is a…
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    Heather on her travels blog

  • London for Sugar Addicts

    Guest Author
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    In this guest article, former pastry chef Andrea Duty takes us on a mouthwatering tour of the best deserts and sweet stuff in London – heaven for sugar addicts! The torrid reputation of English food is infamous. Time and time again, foodie travelers pass on the UK’s bland traditions in favor of Vietnamese spice or French indulgence. And while it’s true that the culinary scene in London had an exceedingly long awkward phase, it’s since grown into a modern, dynamic contender as one of the best food cities in the world. I could talk for pages about the various curry houses, chippers,…
  • South Tyrol Designer Giveaway – WAMS socks and Re-Bello t-shirts

    Heather Cowper
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The beautiful region of South Tyrol in Italy ticks lots of boxes; picturesque Alpine farmsteads, clear as crystal mountain air, stunning views of the Dolomites – but fashion? When I visited South Tyrol in September I met with two different fashion companies run by energetic young entrepreneurs who were taking inspiration from both the natural environment of South Tyrol and also the modern spirit of Italian design. With the fashion capital of Milan only a couple of hours away these companies can enjoy a lifestyle surrounded by nature while tapping into the best fashion design and…
  • A drive along the west coast of Sardinia – Flamingos, black rice and dancing candle men

    Guest Author
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:23 pm
    In this article, our guest author, Astrid Ruffhead takes us on a drive along the west coast of Sardinia from the bustling capital Cagliari to the coastal resort of Alghero taking in the candle festival of Sassari. Located on the southern coast of Sardinia, Cagliari has throughout history been a leading trading seaport in heart of the Mediterranean. The oldest part of this bustling capital is the Castello, perched like a crown on top of the hill in the town centre. Park the car outside the city walls and enter the city via the Porta Christina. Immediately to your left you find the former…
  • Athens is on the menu for 2015 – a taste of Greece with TBEX – video

    Heather Cowper
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    “We want you to help the world dream about Greece”, the Minister of Tourism, Olga Kefalogianni told us at the opening night party for the TBEX travel bloggers conference in Athen. The city had opened its arms wide to welcome over 500 travel bloggers attending the conference so that we could help change perceptions about what Greece has to offer. In the opening speeches the Mayor of Athens, Giorgos Kaminis told us “We felt that during the economic crisis we were treated unfairly by the mainstream media and so we wanted to invite you bloggers to see Athens for yourselves…
  • The Square Copenhagen wins award as Denmark’s leading boutique hotel

    Heather Cowper
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    Since I love to stay in hotels with a strong design influence and a boutique feel I was interested to see that The Square Hotel in Copenhagen has won a World Travel Award for Denmark’s leading boutique hotel for 2014 and in fact has won the award for six years out of the last eight. Copenhagen is a city that has no shortage of well designed hotels, drawing on all kinds of design influence, especially the clean, modern Scandinavian design and it’s one of my favourite places to visit at any time of year. The World Travel Award is quite an accolade and aims to promote global travel…
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  • Kid Friendly Tahoe Without the Crowds

    Kristine Dworkin
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    If you’ve ever stood among a crowd snapping on ski or snowboard gear at any of Lake Tahoe’s resorts, or found yourself challenged to eke out a spot on one of its beautiful beaches and thought you might scream, “Serenity Now!” then you’re going to want to read this story. Believe it or not, there is a time of year when it’s possible to visit Tahoe without crowds. It’s called the “shoulder season;” the period of time exists after the kids go back to school until the ski resorts swing into full operating mode. The area is quieter during the shoulder season, the…
  • 8 Fun Kid-Friendly Christmas and Holiday Events in Seattle

    Carrie Yu
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
      Updated for the 2014 Season November is a rough month for us here in Seattle. When the sun bothers to shine at all, night still arrives just after 4:00pm.  And, it rains constantly. I always manage to power through though, because just after November is December! In Seattle, that means lots of lights up everywhere, shopping in the city, and drinking lots of Starbucks holiday beverages in festive red cups. And, there’s suddenly so much to do in Seattle that you barely even notice the rain anymore. Hurray for holidays in Seattle! To keep you and your family entertained in December,…
  • Celebrate the Holidays in Houston, TX with the Family

    Michelle McCoy
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
      Updated for the 2014 Season It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas all over the Gulf Coast of Texas with big city lights and fabulous shopping opportunities. Finding the spirit of the season with kids means lots of fun excitement with visiting Santa, watching eye-popping light displays, and visions of dancing sugar plums. So come celebrate the holidays in Houston, Texas with all the fun events that will make this holiday season sparkle for kids and adults alike! Sparkling Light Displays All the holiday fun starts on Thanksgiving evening as the annual Uptown Houston Holiday…
  • Family Vacation Rentals for Multigenerational and Multi-Family Travel

    Michelle McCoy
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    There’s no place like home. No matter how far we travel as a family, I’m always eager to come home to my own bed, kitchen, and space to let my kids be wild. Staying at a hotel can be stressful! I hear myself saying a lot, “Don’t run down the halls! It’s not your turn to push the elevator button! Be quiet and don’t stomp your feet!” Whoever invented the concept of vacation rentals must have spent some time with little kids in a hotel. It’s one of the best travel inventions ever. One beautiful October afternoon, when it still felt like summer in…
  • Kid Friendly Club Med Cancun Yucatan

    Carrie Yu
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:03 am
    Last year I found myself standing in the hallway of my son’s school, chatting with another mom about upcoming vacation plans. Her family was getting ready to head to a kid friendly Club Med resort in Mexico and she couldn’t stop raving about how much the family loved visiting Club Med. She talked about a family vacation that was both full of fun activities as well as very relaxing and that featured someone else doing all of the cooking, all of the cleaning, and all of the activity planning. Visions of lounging on a beach chair with a drink in my hand and a view of the ocean danced through…
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    The Mom Maven

  • TropiClean Dog Treats

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: 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 am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Your dog’s dental health is important and I don’t know about you but I don’t want to have to brush my dog’s teeth! This month Mushu had the…
  • Holiday Gifts for Bloggers

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”If you have a friend or family member who is a blogger you may have no idea what to get them for Christmas, Hanukkah, their…
  • Dual Julienne Vegetable Peeler Review

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”I may not have much kitchen storage space but I love trying out kitchen gadgets and finding the best ones for my cooking and…
  • Easy Candy Cane Cake Recipe

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is week 3 in my series of peppermint themed recipes! We have enjoyed making and eating all of these yummy treats and your comments, pins, tweets and other social shares show me that you are liking them too. In case you have missed any of the previous recipes… we started with Peppermint Chocolate Chip Fudge on week one. Week two was Peppermint Bark Brownies and now we have Candy Cane Cake! I’m getting hungry just typing this. Again, I found this week’s recipe on Pinterest it is a Betty Crocker recipe, so you know it will be good! Candy Cane Cake Recipe Scroll down for…
  • The Amazing Zhus are a Hot Christmas Gift for 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”The Amazing Zhus are already flying off store shelves and it isn’t even Thanksgiving! The Amazing Zhus are the latest…
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    Fire in the Belly...!!

  • Healthy Child is a Happy Child; leading to a Happy Home.

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

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

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

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

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

  • A First Time Visitor’s Guide to Dublin

    Jane Meighan
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    You’d be mistaken for thinking Dublin was just a party city. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s certainly up there as one of the best places in Europe (if not the world) to go drinking, but this city is also a cultural heavyweight of the grandest scale! So with that in mind, I’ve compiled what I think are some of the best things to do in Dublin for first timers. I hope you find this guide useful should you ever come here. The best way to experience Dublin’s main attractions on a short time scale… If you’ve only got 1 or 2 days to spare and…
  • Review; Shamrocker Adventures 7 Day Tour of Ireland

    Jane Meighan
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Note: I recently returned from a 10 day jaunt in Ireland, 7 of which were spent touring the country with Shamrocker Adventures. Whilst I’ve always felt a strong connection and affection for the people of Ireland, I genuinely didn’t expect to enjoy myself as much as I did during my week with Shamrocker. With that in mind, here are my thoughts on Shamrocker’s 7 Day All Ireland Rocker Tour Destinations With the 7 day tour you’re essentially doing a full circle of Ireland, including Northern Ireland. Some of my personal highlights included: Countryside, Beaches &…
  • Did you know that 3.5 million people die every year from a water related disease?

    Jane Meighan
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Photo credit: Josh Etsy / Care International Did you know that approximately 3.5 million people die every year from water, sanitation or hygiene-related causes, and that nearly 99 percent of those deaths occur in the developing world? With the above facts in mind I’ve decided to do a charity walk in March 2015 under the Walk in Her Shoes movement with Care International. The aim of the project is primarily to provide clean running water and sanitation to communities who need it, but it also tackles a key problem in education. Often in the communities without clean running water, young…
  • Learning Spanish in South America Vs Spain

    Jane Meighan
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    If you’ve been following this blog for a wee while then you’ll know that I’ve been learning Spanish now (on and off) for a number of months. I’ve somewhat fallen in love with the language to be honest and the general way of life in the Spanish speaking world! However, I remember back before I began learning Spanish (properly), when I was trying to decide whether South America or Spain would be a better place to host my studies, and still not being entirely sure of which way to go… Having since studied at private language schools in Argentina, Spain, and…
  • Review; Clic Cadiz IH Spanish Language School

    Jane Meighan
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:08 pm
    I recently completed a 4 week Spanish language course with Clic Cadiz IH, a private language school situated on the Spanish southern coast. This is my second time studying Spanish at a private language school (actually 3rd if you include a few private lessons in Bolivia) and is coupled with my experiences of learning Spanish online in recent months. So with all that in mind I figured I was in good position to a) provide an honest review of Clic Cadiz IH, and b) give that opinion bearing in mind all the other types and methods of learning the Spanish language I have amassed in…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • Andersonville’s Holiday Events 2014 and St. Lucia Festival of Lights in Chicago
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    When: Saturday, December 13, 2014  Where: 5211 N. Clark Street in Andersonville in Chicago Image via Wikipedia Attend the St. Lucia Festival of Lights in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood St. Lucia Festival of Lights – Saturday, December 13 A candlelit, carol-filled procession down the sidewalks of Clark Street, followed by singing and treats at the Museum. Admission is $1, or a toy or a can of food to benefit Care For Real, Edgewater’s food pantry.   The festival of St. Lucia is a Sicilian tradition adopted by the Swedes, a celebration of lights prevailing over the…
  • Paso Robles Blendfest 2015
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    Sunstone Winery Jamie Slone Wines Summerland Tasting Room Mangerum Wine Vino con Vista Map of a section of Santa Barbara Country PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY PARTNERS WITH CAMBRIA AND SAN SIMEON TO LAUNCH “BLENDFEST” On February 21, 2015 Paso Robles Wines Converge on the Coast for a Limited Attendee Special Event “The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA), in conjunction with the Cambria Tourism Board, San Simeon Tourism Board and Wine Coast Country announced a new partnership to bring a Paso Robles wine event to the north coast of San Luis Obispo County. On February 21, 2015 the…
  • My Glorious Vino Con Vista Weekend in San Diego
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Image via Wikipedia English: Imperial Beach, California The symbol of this surfers’ community south of San Diego. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If you follow my posts, you already know that I wax poetic about my on-going love affair with Italy. Basically every nook and cranny of the magnificent peninsula and surrounding islands take my breath away. But you probably didn’t know that my second love is San Diego. There are 33 beaches, and 70 miles of coastline stretching from Imperial Beach to Oceanside. There are about 267 glorious days of sunshine per year. No wonder San Diego is…
  • Wine Spectator’s List of Maps of the Major Wine Regions in Vino con Vista France
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    Français : Les vignobles de la Côte de Beaune (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Vineyards in the French wine region of the Rhone valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Les vignobles de la vallée du Rhône (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I found this list on Wine Spectator; an overview of France’s major wine regions including: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc, Loire Valley, Provence and Rhône Valley. On their website you can view the following interactive maps: Alsace A detailed look at the appellation’s top crus, broken out…
  • Eleventh Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival 2014
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    A tower in Balboa Park, San Diego. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I must confess, my house is adorned with San Diego Wine and Food Festival Posters. One of my favorite Southern California events is the week-long culinary feast known as the San Diego Wine and Food Festival. If you’re looking for interesting things to do in San Diego check out: “My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in San Diego.” You can read it here: At San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Who doesn’t love San Diego? Every year the Festival posters get…
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Alaska Airlines reverses direction: Health certificate no longer required for in-cabin dogs

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
    On November 4, I reported that Alaska Airlines had started requiring health certificates for in-cabin pets and expressed a fervent hope that the other major U.S. airlines would not follow suit. Imagine my surprise to learn today that Alaska has reversed itself, and returned to its previous hands-off policy (“A health certificate will not be required for pets traveling in the cabin, however, many states have specific importation health and vaccination requirements”). You can see in my November 4 post what the relevant portion of Alaska Air’s pet travel page looked like at…
  • Interstate health certificate, shot record, international health certificate, pet passport: Sorting out the documents

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A couple of days ago I wrote a post about how Alaska Airlines has changed its pet travel policy to require a health certificate for travelers with in-cabin pets. That was newsworthy because for the past several years, no major U.S. airline other than Hawaiian had that policy. Health certificates are, and (essentially) always have been, required for crated pets traveling as baggage/cargo, but for in-cabin pets they were a thing of the past — so much so that there was confusion in Dog Jaunt Nation over what I meant by a “health certificate.” A flurry of posts on Dog Jaunt’s…
  • Alaska Airlines now requiring a health certificate for all pets

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    [11/21/14 This turned out to have been an extremely temporary move: Two weeks later, Alaska reversed direction and canceled the health certificate requirement for in-cabin pets (they are, of course, still required for pets traveling as baggage/cargo).] In what is, I hope, a move that no other U.S. airline will follow, Alaska Airlines has decided to require a health certificate for pets flying in-cabin (Alaska also requires a health certificate for crated pets checked as baggage/cargo, but that’s normal policy for U.S. airlines transporting animals). The new policy applies to flights on…
  • Reader’s report: Bicycle customized for three (and ideas for motorbike carriers)

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Reader Liberty posted this picture on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page on September 21, and before the pixels had a chance to settle I begged her to write a guest post about what she’d done to create such a gorgeous and safe-looking bike system for her and her two dogs: Breathtaking, right? She kindly agreed, wrote her post immediately, and here it is, at too darned long-last (the photo captions are mine). Please note, up front, that the silver Road Hound carrier is no longer available, but at the end of the post I provide some ideas for motorbike carrier alternatives — and I’d…
  • Reader’s report: Large SturdiBag on three domestic United flights (737-700, 737-800, and 757-200)

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Reader Heather recently sent Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page a series of quick reports from the air about the under-seat spaces she and her pup encountered on several domestic United flights.  She kindly agreed that I could re-post them here (thanks, Heather!). Not being a obsessed dog travel blogger, Heather didn’t have a tape measure on hand, but you can get an idea of the spaces involved if you know that her pet was traveling in a large SturdiBag carrier, which is essentially 18″ long and 12″ high and wide, but will flex to fit into a space that’s, say, only…
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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • The Best New Wonders of November

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    The foundation of Atlas Obscura is contributed by intrepid users around the world, out exploring the places no one else is noticing, or delving into history that's been all but forgotten. Here we are highlighting five of our favorite recent additions to the Atlas. Have a place we've missed? Create an account and become a part of our community. ROYSE CITY FUTURO HOUSERoyse City, Texas photograph by amboy Finnish architect Matti Suuronen had a dream of affordable prefab housing that could roam from beach to mountain, and since he was designing this in the…
  • Counterfeit Paris & Other Fake Cities Built in the Name of Espionage

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Plaque marking a London zeppelin raid from 1915 (photograph by Christoph Braun/Wikimedia) Whether it was the terrifying drone of a German heavy bomber or the near-silent hum of a zeppelin, since the beginning of WWI when bombs fell on civilian targets far from the Front, the threat of death from the skies has been very real during times of war. But the art of war is not just in the power of destruction, it also in methods of confusion and subterfuge. From January of 1915 until the end of the First World War, German dirigibles made around 51 bombing runs against Great…
  • Ancient Egyptian Spellbook Deciphered

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    A similar though much older Egyptian papyrus text (image via Jeff Dahl / Wikimedia) Researchers in Australia have decoded an Ancient Egyptian ritual codex containing spells to cure demonic possession, treat black jaundice, and find success in business and love. The complete 20-page illustrated parchment booklet, thought date to the 7th or 8th century, contains 27 spells and "a lengthy series of invocations that culminate with drawings and words of power." The translation, by Macquarie University professors Malcolm Choat and Iain Gardner,…
  • Who Stole a Fragment of Georgia's Esoteric Tablets?

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    photo by Dina Eric / Flickr In September, the bizarre story of the Georgia Guidestones got a little stranger, with the secret addition and public removal of a new stone cube fitted into a notch at the top of one granite slab. The cube bore several inscriptions including the numbers 20 and 14, setting conspiracy theorists abuzz trying to decipher the meaning of it all. As conspiracy author Mark Dice put it, "People feared it was a clue that the Illuminati were about to greenlight their population-reduction plan." Often called the "American Stonehenge,"…
  • No Books Allowed: Libraries of Puppets, Humans, & Other Oddities

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    Libraries have always held a sacred privilege: the custody and delivery of information. The definition of libraries is drastically shifting as institutions eliminate books, often substituting collections of eBooks, tablets, and an entirely digitized catalog of resources. On the other end of the scope, more libraries are experimenting with loaning out a range of non-book objects, such as fishing poles, works of art, tools, and human bones. Here's a look at non-traditional libraries that offer collections of realia — those real life objects and ephemera entirely unliterary…
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  • Pyramid of Tirana in Tirana, Albania

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:05 pm
    From 1944 to 1992, Albania was governed under a harsh Communist ideal that modeled itself after Stalinism. While the country has embraced Western ideals in recent decades, landmarks such as the pyramid of Tirana still recall darker days. The out-of-place pyramid was built as a museum in honor of Enver Hoxha, a former Albanian leader who furthered the ideals of Stalinism for decades after the Russian dictator died. Designed by Hoxha's daughter and son-in-law to keep the leader's legacy alive, earning it the informal name, "The Enver Hoxha Mausoleum." The museum retained its original purpose…
  • Fly Geyser in Gerlach, Nevada

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:04 pm
    This alien looking geyser on the edge of Black Rock Desert is actually man made. Man made by accident, that is. There are actually two geysers on the property. The first was created nearly 100 years ago as part of an effort to make a part of the desert usable for farming. A well was drilled and geothermal boiling water (200 degrees) was hit. Obviously not suitable for irrigation water, this geyser was left alone and a 10 to 12 foot calcium carbonate cone formed. In 1964 a geothermic energy company drilled a test well at the same site. The water they struck was that same 200 degrees. Hot, but…
  • Jumbo Kingdom in Aberdeen, Hong Kong

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    A small trend of floating restaurants has built up in Hong Kong's Aberdeen Harbor over the years, but none is so large or iconic as the bustling Chinese wonderland, Jumbo Kingdom. One of the largest floating restaurants in the world (of which there are surprisingly enough to make such a distinction), the Jumbo Floating Restaurant was built in 1976 after years of planning and millions of dollars worth of development. The incredible barge holds over four floors worth of eateries and attractions ranging from fine dining to tea and wine gardens. Able to seat over 2,300 visitors at a time, the…
  • Termas Geometricas in Santiago, Chile

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Nestled in an almost unbelievably lush forest canyon in Chile, the hot spring spa known as Termas Geometricas is a stunning maze of red planks that wind through the trees like something out of a mythological Japanese wonderland.  Suspended over a flowing stream, the crimson walkways leading to the various pools are made entirely of painted wood that stands out in stark contrast to the surrounding wilderness, while at the same time managing to seem right at home. There are 17 pools in total at the spa, each of them fed directly from a natural hot spring via wooden pipes that run beneath…
  • Great Blue Hole in Belize City, Belize

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Great Blue Hole, located just 100 kilometers (60 miles) off the coast of Belize, is an underwater sinkhole that researchers believe is the largest of its kind. Circular in shape and characterized by its rich, blue color, it is over 300 meters (984 ft) across and 125 meters (410 ft) deep. It lies in the center of an atoll called Lighthouse Reef, where an island of coral encircles the shallow, light turquoise-colored waters of a lagoon. Water levels there are so shallow that parts of the ring surrounding the dark blue sinkhole are even known to crest the surface at low tide. The sinkhole…
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  • November 21st, 2014 – Photo of the week

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:49 am
    The post November 21st, 2014 – Photo of the week appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days in Zurich

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:49 am
    The fifth edition of the Fashion Days in Zurich ended on Saturday night with some glamorous Swiss designer runways. During four days from November 12th-15th more than 25 national and international designers came to present their  Spring/Summer 2015 collections. 5000 people visited the shows at the Schiffbau in Zurich West. The highlights of the year were the Max Mara […] The post The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days in Zurich appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Zurich activities for families from Nov. 20th, 2014 until Jan. 2015

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    On Thursday this week Lucy, the Zurich Christmas lights, will be turned on at 6 p.m. The Bahnhofstrasse will become the most beautiful street in Zurich. The best place to be is at Paradeplatz where you can also see the Christmas tree from Crédit Suisse. It will be the 10th year that the bank has its own tree […] The post Zurich activities for families from Nov. 20th, 2014 until Jan. 2015 appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Flashback into the 50’s & 60’s with The Definitive Rat Pack show

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
     Live from Last Vegas with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Are you longing for an entertaining and warm-hearted show before the Christmas holidays? Then, don’t miss The Definitive Rat Pack show at the Maag Halle in Zurich. For two hours you are transported into the world of The Summit, who used to perform […] The post Flashback into the 50’s & 60’s with The Definitive Rat Pack show appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Di Liborio Rocks the Runway With New Wave Icon Chic

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    17 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    by Caitlin Krause Rock fashion burst on the scene in the 70’s with Westwood and McLaren. Fast-forward from the Sex Pistols and there’s a New Wave of chic that evokes the same sense of individuality, while emphasizing joviality and iconic appeal. Designer Liborio Capizzi, the catwalk king of rock ‘n roll couture, struck a strong […] The post Di Liborio Rocks the Runway With New Wave Icon Chic appeared first on Vivamost!.
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  • Top 10 Christmas Vacation Spots

    15 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    by Margo Smith 1. Switzerland Plan to be in Switzerland in time for Advent, which begins 4 Sundays before Christmas Eve. Count down the days until Christmas as you spend about a month in this country of rugged mountain beauty, snow and breathtakingly beautiful outdoor scenes with quaint villages. Take pleasure in a traditional approach to the Yuletide season as you join in with the celebration of these days using candles instead of electric lights and hark back to old fashioned values of gathering around with family. 2. New Zealand New Zealand and any of its smaller islands is a wonderful…
  • Best Places for a Picnic in Chicago

    20 Jan 2014 | 4:16 pm
    By David Wilson – Chicago has an excellent range of well maintained public parks and spaces but some of these are much better spots for a summer picnic than others. The perfect picnic needs beautiful weather, fine company, good food and a serene green space to enjoy. Here are some of Chicago’s best Welles Park 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. Welles Park offers something for everyone to enjoy. There’s a fenced in dog free playground along with a more traditional open area. If you’re a couple then you could cozy up in a romantic gazebo or grab a serene spot on the lawn. At night the gazebo…
  • The 5 Strangest Airports in the World

    16 May 2013 | 6:49 pm
    By Christy Faith – For most of the world’s 2.5 billion annual air travellers, airports are necessary evils. They’re the places we’re hassled by TSA officers, confused by ill-thought layouts, and bored by lengthy waits. But an airport visit needn’t drag if you visit one of these unusual terminals! Portugal’s Madeira Airport Offers Most Dangerous Landings Image via Flickr by futureshape Travelers take their life into their own hands when they land at Portugal’s Madeira Airport. Its island location, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and volcanic…
  • Exploring Berlin’s East German Identity

    29 Apr 2013 | 9:35 pm
    By Michael Bastin – The city of Berlin still struggles a bit with its identity – the difference between new and old, past and present, east and west. Yet, even with all the opposites in its makeup, Berlin makes it work. Within the city, one can experience all that Berlin has been and catch the spirit of the future within the present. However, even decades after reunification, the first thing many visitors think about is the ‘divided city’ and the difference between having lived in the west as opposed to living in the east. While younger generations of Berliners don’t think much…
  • Tips for Returning Home Happy After Vacation

    25 Mar 2013 | 8:56 pm
    By Adam Price – Everything about a vacation is great, right? That is, until you go home to jeans that don’t fit because of too many margaritas and too few morning runs, a peeling, painful sunburn, and a wicked case of motion sickness from your cruise. Follow these tips for getting away from it all without letting yourself go and you’ll thank yourself when you’re back home. 1. Feeling relaxed doesn’t always equal low stress levels. Keep them in check by going on one or two short, ten-minute runs every day. Pack a running belt so you don’t lose your hotel key when out for a jog.
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  • Trip Tips: Wildlife Activities at Thanda Private Game Reserve

    Adam Nagy
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Few experiences in this world can provide the level of interaction with nature and lifelong memories as going on Safari in Africa.
  • Hotel Spotlight: Culinary Experiences at Eden Roc at Cap Cana

    Adam Nagy
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    The Caribbean Escape Instagram Sweepstakes gives you the opportunity to win a 4-night stay at Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic. From casual fare to the finest dining experiences in the Dominican Republic, the restaurants of Eden Roc at Cap Cana always delight and add a delicious dimension to the travel experience. Mediterraneo Restaurant […]
  • The List: 13 Rejuvenating, Relaxing Couples Spas

    Adam Nagy
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The year is coming to a close, and it’s been a busy one. Time to escape with your significant other and recoup with some serious therapy—spa therapies, that is. Herein, 13 spectacular spas to jet away to. Bali: W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak Right on the coast, this W offers more than just […]
  • The List: Best Beaches for Romantic Dinners

    Adam Nagy
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The best dinners are enjoyed al fresco and under the stars, and there’s no shortage of Kiwi Collection resorts to cook you a dream meal. From Mexico to the Maldives, herein are the best beachside dinner spots for the foodie looking to dial up the romance this holiday season.  Maldives: Baros Maldives Surrounded by idyllic ocean, […]
  • Proust Travel Questionnaire: Paul Andrew

    Joy Pecknold
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Hot on the heels of his CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund win, footwear designer Paul Andrew flew into Vancouver for a personal appearance at The Room at Hudson's Bay where we gave him our Proust-inspired questionnaire. Herein, the New York-based Brit shares his travel loves and hates.
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  • Qantas Retro inspired Boeing 737 Photos

    Ben Hoffman
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:19 am
    A closer look at the retro themed livery of Qantas' latest Boeing 737-800 that will service domestic routes from next week
  • Virgin Australia Business Class Suite Pictures

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

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

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

    Ben Hoffman
    2 Dec 2013 | 1:41 am
    Qantas operates dedicated Business Lounges in its Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane Airports in addition to its Qantas Club lounges at these airports and occasionally I am asked the difference between the Qantas Domestic Business Lounge and their Qantas Club lounge, so on a recent Qantas Business Class Flight between Sydney and Adelaide I took […]
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  • New Zealand: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

    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…
  • China: Chengdu Laochemi 100km Road Race

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

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

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

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

    Jacy Meyer
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Lahemaa National Park If the call of Estonian nature is too beautiful to resist, Lahemaa National Park is waiting to answer. Waterfalls, stream, forests and lakes are scattered around the 725 square kilometer park, and don’t miss the historic sites there either, Palmse and Sagadi Manors. One of the most interesting facets of the park is its geological variety which ranges from pine forests to marshy bogs to both sand and stone seashores and limestone cliffs. The park was established in 1971 as the first national park in Estonia. The wildness of the coastal area and forests is also due to…
  • Architect’s Choice – 10 Prague Architectural Styles

    Tadeas Riha
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Editor’s note: We asked architecture student and Prague native, Tadeas Riha to tell us about his favourite examples of ten architectural styles you can find in Prague. At the end of the post we have included a map.   1 Gothic Vladislav Hall, Prague castle, entry from the II. Courtyard Sometimes its magic is blurred by the crowds below, however the vaulting of Vladislav Hall is an absolute masterpiece of 15th century engineering and design. The late gothic, as any late style, decadently breaks all the compositional and structural rules. Here, it is the supportive ribs that got…
  • Exploring Berlin’s Cold War History

    Jacy Meyer
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    If you are looking to get a deeper understanding of the Cold War while visiting Berlin, we highly recommend taking our Cold War walking tour. Much of it is centered on the Berlin Wall, and not only will you gain a more multi-layered view of this construction, you’ll also learn about the political and economic situation at the time. These situations had the most impact on the reasoning behind the Wall. After meeting your guide, the group will head to Friedrichstrasse and make a stop in the so-called Palace of Tears. This was the waiting hall where visitors to the East, or those coming from…
  • JayWay Destinations Flying High in the Charts

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s late October and that can only mean one thing, the release of the travel press charts. We love seeing our destinations do well and this year is no exception. Lonely Planet Best in Travel for 2015 Picked by the guidebook company’s travel experts, the Lonely Planet Best in Travel lists are split into the top 10 cities, regions and countries in the world. On the Top 10 Cities list, the up-scale Austrian capital and frequent winner of standard-of-living comparisons Vienna comes in at number 8. For us a pleasant surprise was lovely Lithuania placing 3rd on the Top 10 Countries…
  • Celebrating St. Martin’s in Prague

    Jacy Meyer
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Goose and wine are the stars of this November 11 holiday celebrated across the Czech Republic. If you are familiar with the French tradition of Beaujolais you already know pretty much what will happen on St. Martin’s Day. At 11am on November 11, bottles of Svatomartinské víno (St. Martin’s wine) are opened in wine cellars and bars across the country. Contrary to the Beaujolais events (in which a young red wine from a specific grape is served) St. Martin’s wine is a young Czech or Moravian wine from the current year’s harvest, allowed to mature for only a few weeks. In order to be…
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  • The Imperial Women of Byzantium

    Ezgi Memis
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    Istanbul bears witness to the accomplishments of remarkable women who lived centuries ago. Largely forgotten in modern times, they did much to shape the history of the Byzantine Empire, which endured for more than a thousand years and whose capital was known, fittingly, as the “Queen of Cities.” Visitors to Istanbul today can discover traces of their remarkable accomplishments. Docent Zachary S. Taylor, who leads our Byzantium on the Golden Horn walk, among others, shares with us some examples of these influential women. Portrait of Anicia Juliana ca. 512. Anicia Juliana is…
  • Docent Spotlight: Art Historian Lora Sariaslan

    Jessica Stewart
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:46 am
    Art historian Lora Sariaslan is a native of Istanbul, Turkey and has been working in our Amsterdam network since early 2014. Currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Amsterdam, Lora has curated exhibitions abroad and in Turkey, working as a curator at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul Modern) and curating the 2nd Mardin Biennial. In 2011 she was selected to participate in the Japanese-Middle East curatorial exchange program and has been the Turkish National Correspondent to the European Museum Forum since December 2009. With her wide range of experience, we thought there…
  • Concepts of Ideal Beauty in Renaissance Florence

    Emily Urban
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:49 am
      Titian, Venus of Urbino, c. 1538, oil on canvas, Uffizi Have you ever wondered why the blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman is often considered the Western paradigm of ideal beauty?  For the answer we turn to Renaissance Florence and to the humanist and poet Francesco Petrarch. Upon meeting an enigmatic woman named Laura, Petrarch was so enraptured by her beauty that he dedicated much of his remaining life’s work to its praise. Le Canzoniere, or The Sonnets, a series of 366 poems written between 1327-1368, describe Laura and her charms, most famously her blonde hair, blue eyes, and pale…
  • Four Sites to Commemorate WWI in and around Paris

    Lily Heise
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    2014 commemorates not only the 70th anniversary of D-Day, but also the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the WWI. Once referred to as the Great War, it was sadly not the war to end all wars. In many Europe countries, as well as those of the Commonwealth, November 11th, or Remembrance Day, is the date dedicated to commemorating both world wars. With this in mind, we’ve brought together the best sites in or near Paris to pay homage to our fallen and to learn more about these tremendously important historical events. Musée de l’Armée: Seen from the Front, Representations of the…
  • The Treasures of Berlin’s Pergamon Museum

    Natalie Holmes
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    Berlin’s Pergamon Museum is a beloved place for visitors and art historians alike, not only thanks to its rich collections spreading from 7 BC to 19 AD, but also because it offers a life-scale experience of one of the astounding ancient Babylonian monuments – The Ishtar Gate and the Processional Way. Though the eponymous Pergamon Altar has now closed until 2019, there’s still plenty of treasures to explore in this world-class museum. Join us on a journey through time and space! By Anastasia Fisenko Ishtar GateThe Ishtar Gate was built in the 7-6 century BC as one of the eight…
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  • Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls, ON: World’s largest indoor free-flight aviary

    Traci Suppa
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:26 am
    Sure, you go to Niagara Falls to watch 225,000 cubic feet of water per second plummet nearly 200 feet into the gorge below. After taking in the scene for 15 minutes…then what? With kids in tow, you need a plan. Luckily, there is plenty to do in Niagara Falls, especially on the Canada side. One of our favorite attractions was Bird Kingdom, home to the world’s largest indoor free-flight aviary. You can easily spend an hour or more here, going through the three floors of exhibit space – themed as the “lost kingdom” home to hundreds of both bird and animal species. You set your own pace…
  • Rock City Park, Olean, NY: World’s largest exposure of quartz conglomerate

    Traci Suppa
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Our family is on a nature exploration kick lately, and no one is more surprised than me. It’s never really been our thing. Granted, we stick to “bunny slope” versions of hiking trails, and I don’t go anywhere without a backpack filled with antibacterial wipes and provisions for a potential week in the wild. Earlier this fall we scrambled over a mossy rock embankment to reach the Old Stone Church in Dover Plains, a town park in the Hudson Valley. Most recently, we explored Rock City Park, home to the world’s largest exposure of quartz conglomerate, in Olean, New York. It’s a…
  • Save the Date: The world’s largest family reunion, June 6, 2015

    Traci Suppa
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    What are you doing on June 6, 2015? Don’t know yet? I know where we’ll be – at the world’s largest family reunion, which being held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York. The story behind this event is so cool… Officially known as the Global Family Reunion, it’s a project spearheaded by best-selling author A.J. Jacobs. His goal is to build a massive family tree of the entire world, with the help of geneaology sites like Geni and WikiTree. Currently, it’s at 77 million people, and being recognized as part of a “revolution” in genealogy, enabled by the internet…
  • Experience the World’s Second Largest Reef, By Submarine

    Traci Suppa
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    The world’s largest reef, the Great Barrier Reef, borders Australia – a continent that tempts me from the top of my bucket list. The second largest? That would be the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, a 620-mile long, 11,000-acre protected coral reef system. Conveniently, it runs along the eastern coast of Mexico, specifically the island of Cozumel. Our big trip this summer just so happened to be to Cozumel, so we set our sights on seeing the reef. Cozumel has become one of the world’s most popular scuba diving and snorkeling destinations, thanks to the highly-publicized praise from Jacques…
  • Taking the Kids to Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, Florida

    Traci Suppa
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:34 am
    Big Cat Rescue The Girl is a BIG fan of animals, thanks to a steady diet of “The Wild Kratts” on PBS. A trip to Tampa allowed us to visit Big Cat Rescue, the largest accredited sanctuary in the country, and possibly the world, dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. Big Cat Rescue is home to some 100 lions, tigers, leopards, cougars and other wild cats, who live in enclosed habitats on 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa. These majestic creatures were, for the most part, former pets or victims of the “pet trade,” who were mistreated or abandoned. Some had been…
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  • An insiders View from Vashisht, Himachal Pradesh

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    I’ve had the pleasure of calling Himachal Pradesh, the Northern Indian state where they grow the best apples and where the Tibetan Government-In-Exile is located, my home for the past two years. The Himalayan peaks are breathtaking (for the eyes and the lungs) and the people are of the good hardy mountain variety. Rajistan and Kashmir are all that they say, but Himachal stands on its own. Though it’s hard to go wrong in HP, I highly recommend two villages as your base camps. The small village of Vashisht is on top of a mountain about 3km from the larger and more popular Manali.
  • David Vaala’s ‘Ladakh’

    28 May 2014 | 5:01 am
    Many books have been published on the high altitude snow kingdom of Ladakh, but few as wonderful as this new tome by photographer David Vaala, whose 5 year immersion has yielded gold. Vaala writes in the introduction that the book is intended to ‘celebrate Ladakh as a repository for Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture where elsewhere in the world both are changing.’ He’s done a fine job in achieving that intention: the book excels in its depiction of religious-drama plays at the great monastic festivals like Tsechu, Tse Dhup and Nagrang. From his wide landscapes depicting a…
  • Unique India tips from some of the world’s top tour operators

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    Dal Lake Kashmir My favourite place in India is Kashmir, in particular Dal Lake. The scenery of mountains and lakes is stunning, and there is something magical about being away from the heat of the plains in this calm and tranquil region.  I particularly love staying on the houseboats – where you are immediately transported into a quiet tranquil world away from the hustle and bustle that India usually confounds you with. I have been going there for 25 years, and despite the troubles that have now thankfully all but disappeared, it’s a place that gets under your skin and drags you back…
  • The Best Indian Guidebooks for your suitcase: Our Verdict

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Guidebooks are getting more complex these days: some of them are moving purely into the digital market, others such as the Love Travel Guides offering a sort of true insiders approach, with it’s handmade paper editions and true local knowledge. For most travellers, however, the main stream publications of Lonely Planet, Rough Guides or Frommers are likely to be the ones which find their way into your luggage. All of them have their pluses and minuses and the hardworking team here at theindiaphile have put them through their paces once again this year, listing (in no particular order)…
  • Eland Reissue: On A Shoestring To Coorg: An Experience Of Southern India

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    A great event, this month, to see Eland reissuing On A Shoestring To Coorg: An Experience Of Southern India by the indomitable Dervla Murphy, now 84. Set in 1973, this book describes how Dervla, and her 5 year old daughter Rachel, meander slowly from Bombay to the southernmost tip of India. It’s the kind of armchair read which Indiaphiles will delight in: full of evocative descriptions of a virtually unspoilt South, and plenty of Irish cursing. Why then my compulsion to go back she asks herself at the beginning. I had no quasi-mystical ambition to improve my soul by contact with Hindu…
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  • 12 Best Cookbooks for Christmas

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:24 am
    Some people by online shopping but I’ve never really embraced it until now, I’ve fallen in love with Amazon and the ability to have everything sent to my apartment – now if only they would wrap it! Most people think buying for a chef would be difficult but Chef Rouge is actually quite easy. He’s a cookbook junkie so I pulled from his very long Christmas wish list to share what he thinks are the best cookbooks for Christmas. Bonus! Random House Canada has given me a copy of Ottolenghi’s book Plenty More (below) to enter just leave a comment with what cookbook…
  • Responsible Tourism in Cambodia – Phare The Cambodian Circus

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    I visited 7 years ago and I still feel quite unsettled. It’s not from the genocide in the late 70s, but the dark side of tourism that is occurring in the country. I feel anxious when I think about Cambodia. I wish I could say that I had been a responsible traveler, I did buy souvenirs from a charity that employs land mine victims, but I also had the infamous “magic pizza.” It’s the kind of place where tourism could help or hurt and I do think a lot of foreigners, especially men, visit to do terrible, dark things that I don’t want to think about. Wes from…
  • Moving From Me to We

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
      This post may not be a surprise to many of you as I have slowly started to introduce Chef Rouge into the fold. Bacon is Magic is different… and it has been for a long time.   April 1, 2010: The last photo of me in my old life. It was once the story of a girl in her 30s who left to find inspiration in Latin America, it’s now the story of a couple of food hunters who only want to eat when they travel…well actually Dave likes to see stuff but I’m just content to eat and drink.   He’s been behind the scenes for a while, taking most of the photos and…
  • Easy Halloween Treats in Under 5 Minutes

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    I’ll admit it. I’m not much of a Halloween fan. Maybe it’s because I can never think of a good costume or because I’m such a pansy I don’t like scary movies. There is only one thing I like about Halloween. Chocolate. It’s bite-sized so even when you eat the equivalent of six full chocolate bars you have none of the guilt. And this year I was surprised with a basket of chocolate bars with cute Halloween names like Coffin Crisp instead of Coffee Crisp. I ate almost all of it in two days. With the few remaining I asked Chef Rouge to make the recipe that came…
  • Pancakes and Porn aka Niagara Falls

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    Niagara Falls, Canada If you subscribe to my newsletter (gosh, why wouldn’t you??) you know that the last few weeks of my life have been pretty hectic. Chef Rouge left his job to pursue his passion, which means in less than 2 weeks we opened a pop-up restaurant called Loka Snacks, with the long term dream of opening a 20 seat restaurant called Loka. It’s been nutso. I put all my work aside to help him and so far it’s been an amazing ride. But even with all the support we really needed a break. For him that meant midweek roller coasters at Canada’s Wonderland. I jumped…
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  • Traveler beware: travel hacking problems

    Lance and Laura
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Travel hacking is an easy way to earn loyalty rewards that can be redeemed for free or significantly reduced-cost travel. Our prior articles have shown you how to do it. However, there can be a dark side and you can occasionally encounter travel hacking problems. Here are some common issues: Read the Fine Print If you are engaging in a travel hack strategy, always try to read the fine print when you make a booking. If your intention in the booking is to secure a benefit (loyalty points, an upgrade, etc.), make…
  • Cross a Hurtigruten Cruise off your Bucket List

    Michael Hodson
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Taking A Different Type Of Cruise To See The Northern Lights One of the most popular items to feature on the bucket list of many people is to see the Northern Lights, and in Northern Norway the Aurora Borealis is a relatively common sight in the night sky. The green, yellow, red and violet lights are caused by particles entering the upper atmosphere, and it is only really at the higher latitudes that these spectacular sights can be enjoyed. Taking a cruise north to see these amazing sights with Hurtigruten is a…
  • How I saw 8,000 dead people in one morning

    Syd Schulz
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write (Happy belated Halloween, ya’ll.) In the middle of Palermo, Italy, there is a church full of dead bodies. Technically they are mummies, but I don’t know about you, when I think mummies, I think Egyptian and, um, you know, actually mummified. Like, wrapped up in stuff and probably buried with lots of gold and their favorite horses and servants. The bodies in the Catacombs of the Cuppuccini in Palermo are not at all like that. First off, there are lots of them, and before this experience I sorta thought…
  • Best travel videos around, volume 2

    Michael Hodson
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Welcome to Volume 2 of Best Travel Videos Around! (Check out Volume 1 here if you missed it.) This is where I’ll share some of my favorite video finds from the past month or two. Because there’s just something about watching a great video that is so satisfying. And there are plenty of great travel videos out there. Here’s what I’ve enjoyed watching lately: Watchtower of Turkey This video was made after a 20-day, 3500-kilometer trip through Turkey. The dramatic and incredibly beautiful video…
  • Walkable cities: riding the rails from Budapest to Amsterdam

    Nat and Tim Harris
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Train travel may be slower than flying, but you see so much more when you’re moving at ground level. One of our favorite trips was by train from Budapest to Amsterdam. It’s about an 8 hour journey if you do it straight through, but taking it slow and stopping for a few days here and there is much more interesting. With our trusty Eurail pass, we hit these six amazing walkable cities within 2 months – that gave us plenty of time to take it slow and explore at our leisure. Budapest The capital of…
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  • Olde Bridge Place Bed & Breakfast Inn – Ontario Travel

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Olde Bridge Place Bed & Breakfast Inn – Ontario Travel Since returning from Italy in early September I’ve been quietly working away at stories, meeting with destinations and editors and doing the writing that doesn’t always get done when you’re living out of a suitcase. It’s been a different pace than I’m used to and I’ve been enjoying the time at home – even going so far as to play host to friends from Sweden last week. It didn’t take long, however, for the itchy foot syndrome to start up again. The problem is that the longer I’m home, the…
  • Sandals Foundation – Just One Photo – Reading Roadtrip – Jamaica

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    I’ve been trying not to share this picture with you all day. I wanted to wait until I could tell you the whole story behind it, with the fact and figures it demands. But I can’t wait  anymore because the experience I had today was so incredible that I want to share it with you now, while it’s still fresh, while I’m still processing what I experienced . I want you to see it while I’m here. Here is Ocho Rios, Jamaica. I am here on a trip with a few other writers to explore the Sandals Foundation – the charitable arm of Sandals Resorts.  I’m staying at…
  • Globetrotting Kids: WE Day 2014 Rocks!

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    WE Day Rocks: Toronto 2014 Have you been to We Day? Well, I went last month and I’m going to show you what it was like with some pictures and writing. First, I will talk about how you get to We Day 2014 and what happens, then who I met there, and last what Empowerment is.   Get there | WE Day 2014 So, you can’t buy a ticket to We Day 2014. You have to earn it by doing good deeds for the environment (like We Bake For Change) or helping with charities like Me to We. You can also be invited if you’re media – like I was. There’s lots of security for We Day.
  • Italian Food: Gelato University in Italy

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Italian Food: Gelato University in Italy There comes a time in a girl’s life when her needs must be met. When it’s no longer enough to simply enjoy the gelato of  Italy. When she must take the plunge, take the berries into her own hands and …yes, make the gelato herself. For me, that time was now. Carpigiani Gelato University | Gelato Behold Carpigiani.  To say that Carpigiani is known for its gelato technology would be a major understatement.  The company, in business since 1946, is now the world leader in the “production of equipment for fresh ice cream, pastry…
  • #Dukoral Contest: Take the Quiz and Win!

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    #Dukoral Contest: Take the Quiz and Win! Traveling with Ish has its pros and its cons. Pros: You will meet everyone. The man has yet to meet a stranger he won’t transform into a friend. Cons: He’s a public health officer by profession and public health never takes a holiday. Public Health on Holiday: Ish peering into yet another pot as we travel. That often means that where I see “curious local choices” and “adventurous opportunities,” he sees meat hanging without proper refrigeration and milk that we can’t be sure was pasteurized. It also means…
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  • Hot Tech Gifts Your Family Will Be Asking For This Year

    Jody Halsted
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    November 19, 2014  Live from the Verizon Destination Store at the Mall of America Earlier today I took one of the few seats lining the red carpet at the Verizon Destination Store at the Mall of America for what was billed as a ‘Tech Fashion Show’. Starring the hottest tech products of the season, modeled by the fun-loving Verizon staff and MC’d by Allison Kaplan, Senior Shopping and Style Editor at Minneapolis/ St. Paul Magazine, the fashion show was a fun preview of the tech gifts you’re going to see on your family’s wish lists this year. Photo courtesy of…
  • Packing Challenge : Which is Better? Space Bags or Packing Cubes

    Jody Halsted
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    It’s fair to say I’m pretty adept at packing. And, while I tend toward over-packing (especially when we are driving to destinations), I do try to keep my packing lighter when I am flying. Our most recent trip, however, had a mix of activities – from outdoor pursuits which required warm gear, to city evenings with friends, to a luxurious dinner in a castle. Which left me packing quite a few more clothes than I normally would. As I thought about the best way to pack, I began to wonder, which is best: Space Bags or Packing Cubes? So I gave myself a little challenge, a head-to-head,…
  • Learning About Birding at the South Dakota Birding Festival

    Jody Halsted
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Our many thanks to the Southeast South Dakota Tourism Association for inviting us to be part of the South Dakota Birding Festival. “Look Mom, ” my youngest says as she contently stares out our window, “it’s a red-breasted warbler.” Is it? I have no idea. But she is likely correct. Ever since our trip last spring to the South Dakota Birding Festival, her interest in the feathered friends that surround us at home and as we travel has increased. At a glance she can name dozens of birds, while I am lucky to squeak out a handful without help of a birding book or app.
  • Fall Fun in Hendricks County, Indiana

    Jody Halsted
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Our explorations in Hendricks County were made possible in partnership with Visit Hendricks County.  Fall weekends are perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Though it is still warm during the day, the air holds the seasonal change in its every breath, cooling the evenings to a crispness ideal for light jackets. Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and my family found Hendricks County, Indiana, to be a wonderful host to the changing seasons. Fall Fun in Hendricks County Our fall fun began and ended at the Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch. This vacation rental was perfect for our family.
  • The Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch is a “Natural” Choice for Family Vacations in Hendricks County, Indiana

    Jody Halsted
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Our stay at the Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch was arranged in partnership with the Hendricks County CVB. There is just something about a farm cottage that immediately relaxes me. Maybe it’s the wrap around porch that I can all too easily imagine spending evenings relaxing on, listening to crickets chirp and birds twitter as the sun sets. The Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch Maybe it’s the idea of enjoying a cup of tea each morning in the company of a purring farm cat. Kitty waits on my private porch Or maybe it was just the quiet peacefulness that soothed my soul. Whatever the…
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  • Video: China Airlines Swanky New Plane

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    China Airlines debuted their new Boeing 777, and it’s more like a swanky hotel bar than an airplane. Enjoy high-tea, a coffee bar, and a full service bar with cocktails and spirits, and lie-flat in your reclining seats. Sean Dowling has the details.
  • Discover Natural Bridges Monument

    Donna Sundblad
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
      The Natural Bridges National Monument, in southeast Utah, offers an interesting destination for nature photographers and outdoor enthusiasts. (However commercial photographers must get a special permit). It features stunning vistas including three stream-carved natural bridges as well as an interesting concentration of Anasazi Indian ruins. Visitors can view the multi-colored bridges from overlooks found […]
  • Video: 5 Fun Facts About the Modern North American Cowboys

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Yee-haw! Makes you want to grab a horse and cozy up to a cowboy … Some fun facts about modern cowboys.
  • Tanque Verde Ranch Offers All-Inclusive Vacation

    Donna Sundblad
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Themed vacations are growing in popularity, and for those who’ve dreamed of experiencing life on a ranch, Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson features a variety of lodging options that offer spectacular views of the desert and Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains at the edge of the Coronado National Forest. It’s a ranching experience that provides […]
  • Video: There’s A Reason They Call It Lucky

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    People who visit ‘Bourke’s Lucky Potholes’ in South Africa consider it a lucky charm. Anaridis Rodriguez has the details on what has been called ‘nature’s wishing well’.
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  • This Couple Is Traveling The World Making A Travel Video A Day

    Matt Stabile
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    365 days. 365 stories. 365 videos. It’s as simple as that, if by simple, you consider traveling the world, meeting locals and having them tell you interesting and unique stories, then sharing them by video one day at a time, simple. Amazingly, this is exactly what one Australian couple has set out to do. Comprised of Epiphany & Carl, the couple has set their ambitions high, and have so far been successful in their mission, making it through the U.S. and most of Europe thus far. The above video comes from Madrid, Spain, where the couple interviews Beleida, a performer at…
  • 3 Countries To Visit In 2015 If You Don’t Want To Be Lame

    Matt Stabile
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Lonely Planet recently named Singapore their number one county to visit in 2015, which in it of itself is fine, except for the fact that it’s technically a city/state, right? That’s like saying my favorite food in the world is gum. While technically correct, it’s not exactly a satisfying an answer. (Actually, I don’t really chew that much gum — I’m more of a Werther’s Original guy, but that’s besides the point). They have some other good suggestions on the list as well, including Namibia, The Philippines and Nicaragua, all of which are worthy…
  • Book Excerpt: ‘The French House’ By Don Wallace

    Matt Stabile
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The following is an excerpt from The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village That Restored Them All, by Don Wallace. Chapter one Far Breton It’s another day in Kerbordardoué. Up at eight, before the others. The sun doesn’t set until nine thirty or ten during summer at this latitude, so it feels early. Treasuring the quiet, moving like a French Country Ninja, I put on the water, light the gas stove, quietly clean off the wineglasses, dessert plates, and empty bottles from last night. I ease open the window facing the dining table. A giant flowering bush pushes…
  • The Top 50 Travel Blogs (3rd Quarter: 2014)

    Matt Stabile
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 3rd quarter (July — September) of 2014 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…
  • The Buried Life Is Helping You To Start Crossing Things Off Your Bucket List: Here’s How

    Matt Stabile
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Eight years ago, three friends and I (The Buried Life) made a “100 Things to Do Before You Die” list and decided to help people we met cross items off their own bucket list. We borrowed an RV, bought a camera on eBay, made matching t-shirts and hit the road for a two-week road trip. Since then we have traveled the world and crossed off items from our list such as: make a TV show (#53), write a New York Times best selling book (#19), play ball with Obama (#93) and ask millions of people the question, “What do you want to do before you die?” Over the last few years,…
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  • Dubai: A City of Superlatives

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    I never wanted to visit Dubai. I grew up in a very fake city (Las Vegas) so the thought of visiting another very fake city just wasn’t appealing to me. But when I jumped on a great flight deal from Emirates I found myself with a 5-day stopover in Dubai, so I figured I’d delve in to explore this ultramodern playground for the rich. An elaborate light fixture at an Arabic-themed section of Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world. Thanks to CouchSurfing, I learned that (surprise, surprise), there’s more to Dubai than meets the eye. I stayed with an Iranian ex-pat who had lived in Dubai…
  • I’m Off on Another Adventure!

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

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

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

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

    Carol Margolis
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Extra time between flights? Stressed running through the airport? Worse yet, a flight cancellation that has you sleeping overnight in the airport? Where do I go when truly looking for a quiet place to relax, reflect, de-stress and yes, perhaps sleep, in an airport? The airport terminal’s chapel — yes, the chapel. Not only are the chapels inside airport terminals peaceful, they may also hold regular services which you may want to attend if you happen to be traveling through the airport. And, if you find yourself in a need of a ‘bed’ overnight, their pews and/or chairs…
  • Symptoms of Ebola When Flying

    Carol Margolis
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    After I wrote the last blog about Ebola a couple days ago, a couple people emailed me to ask just what are the symptoms of this infectious disease. Yes, you could Google it or look them up on the CDC website but here are the symptoms in print. To get the answer, I went straight to the definitive source, the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. They provide a list of symptoms which looks suspiciously similar to a host of other maladies. For example, they say to look out for headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Not much help so far. After all, this pretty…
  • Can You Use TSA Pre✓ for International Flights? It Depends.

    Carol Margolis
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Earlier in 2014 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expedited security program was expanded to include international flights. All international flights? Uh, no. Just those flights that depart from the U.S. on one of the agency’s partner airlines (Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America) and only if your flight is actually operated by one of these airlines. Does that sound confusing? Let me explain more on TSA Pre✓™ for…
  • You vs. Bed Bugs: Risk of Hotel Encounters

    Carol Margolis
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    I have travel thousands of nights over the years and, knock on wood, have had bed bug bites only twice and have never brought the critters home with me. Based on reports of how many properties have had problems at one or another time, I feel lucky with only being bitten on two occasions with minimal affect. In fact, I really don’t give much thought to bed bugs when staying at hotels, though I know my turn would change if they invaded my home. So just what are these bed bug things and are they really a problem? Bed bugs are nocturnal parasitic insects that have been feeding on the blood of…
  • Photo of the Week: Tokyo

    Carol Margolis
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    Tokyo is a huge city. It’s so big that it seems impossible to get it all in one photograph, let alone the small percentage of the skyline that I managed to get in this photo. But it is beautiful, especially at night. Everything but the Bay is all lit up. Consider taking an evening cruise to take it all in. I got the chance to visit Tokyo last summer during my Six Weeks to Summer challenge. Eating healthy in Japan was much easier than some of my other destinations. Just looking at this photo, I long to be back in Tokyo. Want more time and money-saving travel ideas, tips for successful…
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  • Talking About Instagram

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Let’s talk about Instagram. I love this photo sharing platform, and although I have no prowess as a photographer, I think my family, friends, and readers appreciate the moments I choose to share on Instagram. Some pics are hits, others misses, but my Instagram stream is a synopsis of my day-to-day life and experiences, interspersed with some highlights from the past. Here are a few of my most popular photos shared on Instagram last month (October).
  • How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Five Boroughs

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Ringing in the New Year in New York City is a bucket list item for many people. The annual ball drop in Times Square, as well as other celebrations throughout Manhattan, plus events in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, makes New York City an ideal spot to ring in 2015. For a visitor, however, the thought of researching and putting together all the details of a New Year’s getaway may be overwhelming. NYC & Company, the official marketing and…
  • Tuesday Deal Day: Netherlands & Belgium Tulip Cruise

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Travelers interested in experiencing the exquisite beauty of the Netherlands and Belgium ablaze with millions of vibrant tulips will love Emerald Waterways’ brand new Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium cruise. Running round-trip from Amsterdam through northern Belgium, this picturesque eight-day voyage is ideal for gardeners, flower lovers and photographers alike, as well as anyone interested in taking in the splendor of field after field…
  • Sunday Stories for November 16th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Travel plans for this month have changed – I’m no longer heading off to Israel, with the trip postponed until early next year. A Dubai cruise isn’t working into the schedule for next month either. That means November and December are currently travel free (except for the usual flight attendant travel, of course). I’m disappointed, of course, but in the big picture I know that these things will fall into place for next year, and if I put my…
  • Sunday Stories for November 9th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s been a tough week, and for the first time that I can remember, I’ve struggled to recover from jet lag. Typically, I can shake it off in a day, two at the most. This time, on my return from Greece, I found myself awake at 1 and 2 a.m. with no hope of returning to sleep. It made for some painfully long days, but I finally got a good sleep through the night, waking up at my normal time. All in place to head off to Boston in the morning. Sigh. The life…
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • Meteora: Calling All Adventure Seeking Monks

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The original can be found here: Meteora: Calling All Adventure Seeking Monks. Please read the original.Meteora is home to some of the world's most adventure-seeking monks! They have to rock climb over 300 vertical meters to reach the monasteries!Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Wielkopolski National Park in Poland

    11 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    The original can be found here: Wielkopolski National Park in Poland. Please read the original.Wielkopolski National Park is a popular getaway for Poznan locals! If I lived in Poznan, I’d be there every weekend! Located just 15km south of Poznan, Wielkopolski is easily reached by bus or train (the Poznan to Wroclaw line), or you could even cycle there for more of a work out. There are two look […]Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Sigirya: The Lion Rock Where Monkeys and Mountains Meet

    8 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    The original can be found here: Sigirya: The Lion Rock Where Monkeys and Mountains Meet. Please read the original.When I first told a friend I was going to Sri Lanka, her first question was Are you going to climb that rock? That rock, she was referring to is called Sigiriya Rock, or Lion Rock. It’s the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka and one of the country’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. […]Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • The Number One Bird Watching Spot in Finland

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    The original can be found here: The Number One Bird Watching Spot in Finland. Please read the original.Liminka Bay is the number one bird watching spot in Finland, according to wildlife photographer Jari Peltomäker, who promises that he's not biased. You can find over 200 bird species there!Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Growing On and Off the Mountain

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    The original can be found here: Growing On and Off the Mountain. Please read the original.What happens on the mountain doesn't stay on the mountain! The confidence that you gain carries over to the rest of your life.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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  • Top 5 Art Hotels

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    To welcome the stunning Artist Residence London to our collection of quirky boutique stays, we’ve rounded up a selection of hotels with an art-themed aesthetic. From Brazilian sculpture walks to eccentric Cotswold boltholes full of vivid canvases, these  spots are ideal for the artistically inclined.   Artist Residence London, Pimlico, London Though subtler than sister hotel Artist Residence Cornwall, the latest addition to the Artist Residence collective offers a trendy foray into the world of innovative design. From the original Eine artworks and vintage inspired bathrooms to the…
  • Just back from… the South of France

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This summer, Editorial Assistant Emily and her boyfriend Kristian embarked on an epic 400km drive across the South of France in order to check out some new hotels and visit some old favourites. They travelled across 3 regions, ate 2 Michelin-starred meals and had one hell of a time – all in the name of bringing you the best boutique boltholes, of course! France truly is timeless. I’m always bowled over by the unique personalities of every region, but there’s always something universally French, too; perhaps it’s the bustling markets, enticing bakeries, quaint boutiques and…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Culloden Cove, Jamaica

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We welcome numerous slices of heaven to the i-escape roster every year, but they don’t always boast the child-friendly credentials of beautiful Culloden Cove. In fact, this staffed villa and cottage for 4-12, complete with a private beach and gorgeous gardens, is so well equipped for families that it won the title of ‘Best Newcomer’ in our 2014 Kids Awards It’s easy to see what makes Culloden Cove so special. There are ample provisions for smaller children and babies, while older kids will love the sea-view pool, Eden-like gardens and private beach with its shallow water. The…
  • Top 5 Christmas Markets

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Christmas may be approaching, but there’s still plenty of time to squeeze in a  getaway before Santa arrives. We’ve selected some European escapes with excellent markets that allow you to stock up on festive spirit (and pressies), while also enjoying a super-seasonal sojourn with a glass of the local grog. Berlin Germany is oft regarded as the home of the Christmas fayre and there are hundreds across the country once yuletide hits. When it comes to quantity, capital Berlin is the runaway winner, with a multitude of popular markets to choose from. It can be busy, but we love the market at…
  • We are three: 2014 Kids Collection Awards

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    i-escape’s Kids Collection is now 3 years of age, and to celebrate, Editor Nadine has announced the award-winners for our top child-friendly lodgings for 2014! These uniquely stylish family favourites encompass boutique hotels, awesome apartments and cool villas suitable for all ages and budgets. So, whether you’re after somewhere suitable for babies, an unforgettable exotic escape, a kids club with all manner of activities, or a great-value little hideaway, we’ve got the perfect place for you and your family. Best for… Babies and Toddlers: Country Kids, France A most…
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    Wayfaring Wanderer

  • Snider Family Adventure | Short + Sweet Family Photography Session WINNER | Boone, NC Photographer

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Meet the Snider family! They were the winners of the "Share the Wander" photo contest I did this month. To WIN a family photo session with me all they had to do was share an image from any family adventure and post it directly to the Wayfaring Wanderer FB page along with a sentence or two about the picture and why you love going on adventures with your family. I'm a sucker for a good story!Kelly posted an adorable image of Ian with Fina Mae on his shoulders and captioned it with,"This is a snapshot from our first beach adventure as a family this September. It was so much fun to enjoy the…
  • Remove Holiday Stress w/ Short + Sweet Family Photo Sessions | Boone & Blowing Rock, NC Photographer

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    "You must have the patience of a saint!" Alyce proclaimed. "I promise you, it's not the first time I've had to deal with something like that! It happens pretty often." I assured her.We both couldn't help but laugh as we recalled the full-body tantrums that their two-year-old toddler, Kelby, was having during our family photo session earlier this week at Bass Lake in Blowing Rock, NC.I got to see the kid-free couple the next night at Speakeasy Tattoo's Annual Beard & Moustache Competition so we recounted the ups and downs with beers in-hand.In all honesty, I'm used to headstrong…
  • Kim + Dennis' Linville Falls Engagement Adventure | Boone NC Engagement Photographer

    6 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Just one day after Dennis proposed, I received an email from Kim inquiring about engagement photos. They wanted to go back to the spot where he popped the question and was wondering if Linville Falls was a place I would consider going.I eagerly emailed her back with a response and told her how much I love hiking there myself, and that working with adventurous folks is what I do so this type of engagement photography was right up my alley!We couldn't have asked for better weather on the day of their engagement pictures. It was unseasonably warm for this time of year but it made for a beautiful…
  • Share the Wander Photo Contest and Mini-Session Giveaway | NC Family Photographer

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We've already received our first snow of the season here in Boone and as a result I'm already feeling the Christmas spirit, so I've decided to host a few fun giveaways this year to show my appreciation for all of the amazing supporters I have in this community. Your referrals and kind words mean so much to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this the BEST year yet, so this is my way of giving back! Want to WIN a session with Wayfaring Wanderer? Keep reading!This contest will be for a 30-minute Short + Sweet Session (valued at $299)STEP 1 - Share an image from any family…
  • Leah + Chuck's Intimate Mountain Wedding at Banner Elk Winery | NC Elopement Photography

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Leah and Chuck were looking for a low-stress wedding day experience. They wanted to keep it simple with a small, intimate ceremony instead of taking on the overwhelming task of planning a big destination wedding from far away.Eloping was an idea the couple explored and they chose an all-inclusive elopement package that the Banner Elk Winery offers to couples looking to get married in the high country without all the fuss.Another reason they chose Banner Elk Winery as their NC wedding venue is because they visited this gorgeous place the week they got engaged in the Blue Ridge Mountains and…
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    Travel Nonu

  • The perfect family friendly tourist destinations of the world

    Kavitha Joseph
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:14 am
    All of us long for a family vacation, especially after the hectic and strenuous work life. It is very important to have family vacations. This helps kids to spend quality time with their parents, open up their thoughts and to stay rooted to family values. When an individual plans a family vacation it is very […]
  • 10 Best Things to Do to Enjoy Delhi’s Night Life

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    New Delhi, the capital city of India, is not a true night city. Though there are places you can visit in night to make your every night in Delhi the best one. Other than good night clubs offered by the big hotel chains like Taj, Le Meridian etc., there are other options also to hit […]
  • Rocking nightlife of Bangalore

    Kavitha Joseph
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    Bangalore has always carved a niche for itself for its nightlife. Bangalore is often called as the “Pub capital of India”. There are over 800 night clubs, pubs and lounges in Bangalore. The city has seen a high increase in the pub culture, post the city was named as the IT hub. The city sees […]
  • Commercial street – Undisputable shopping haven of Bangalore

    Kavitha Joseph
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Bangalore is the largest city and the capital of Karnataka. This city has undergone a huge change in the past few decades. The transformation can be owed to the, influx of people from all over India coming to the city and making Bangalore, the place of choice for their work and home. Even a visit […]
  • Delhi’s Three Popular Unusual Nightlife Hangouts

    Kavitha Joseph
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:56 am
    Delhi the capital city of India is growing in popularity for its nightlife. The natives of the city and also tourists from all over the Country and globally come to this fascinating city to experience its nightlife. The best part of Delhi is that each corner of the city portrays a different image and it […]
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  • Men in Lycra and Braggies, WTM Travel Market Trends 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Tourist industry reports prepared for the World Travel Market in London in November each year usually throw up interesting revelations and trends. Some are unexpected, some confirm what we already suspected and some are just curious. This year sees the rise of braggies, peer-to-peer bookings and MAMILs. Whether you’re a traveller or involved in the industry there are some interesting developments taking shape. Travelling Trends United Kingdom 70% of Brits have taken at least one holiday in 2014. If anything is going to be sacrificed for economic reasons, it won’t be the holiday.
  • Aloe Vera, Fuerteventura’s Lily of the Desert

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    Descending from the perfect crater rim of Gairía volcano and traversing the rough fields of Malpaís Chico, we emerge onto a ridge. To our right lie the scattered white, single storey houses of the hamlet of Tiscamanita and to our left, the bruised mountains of Montaña de la Goma, Morro de los Halcones and Agudo brood. Ahead of us, emblazoned on our retinas in the intense midday sun, is the beautiful and mesmerizing sight of hundreds of thousands of Lily of the Desert plants in full bloom. These are the interminable fields of Barbadensis Miller Aloe Vera plants which fill the horizon, their…
  • Visions of Camargue

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    It’s a dangerous place Camargue. Full of glowering gypsies, fleeing scientists, untrustworthy gastronomes and the occasional British spy. A place where if men on snowy white steeds aren’t chasing you across the wetlands, angry bulls are. That’s the picture that was etched into a boy’s overactive imagination by Alistair MacLean and a dodgy novel called Caravan to Vaccares. I knew it was all nonsense, but the notion Camargue was a mysterious and slightly dangerous place lingered. It’s the same with Marseilles. The wonderful thing was the reality didn’t…
  • Booking an Airbnb Apartment in Lisbon

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    It was like The West Wing. For years we’d heard how wonderful The West Wing was, yet never bothered to watch an episode. When we did we were totally blown away by it and Aaron Sorkin’s writing. Booking an apartment through Airbnb was exactly the same. We knew about the accommodation site and had heard rave reports about it from travellers and yet it was never really considered when planning accommodation for trips. A lot of the time that was for various reasons, we were checking out specific hotels etc. But there were times when there was no excuse. A shortage of hotel rooms in…
  • The Split Personality of Corralejo on Fuerteventura

    6 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    “Corralejo, what a dump,” the thought zipped straight from my mind and out of my mouth. On our first visit I was shocked by the soulless tackiness of the scene in front of us as we drove into Corralejo on Fuerteventura. A purpose built, post mass-tourism Armageddon of garish signs, empty theme parks and the blandest of dated cheap and nasty developments. A packaged holiday hell that had never left the 1980s. You want to know how bad it is? It took me four attempts to drop the yellow Google street view man into place on the approach road to remind myself of the ‘scenery’. The…
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Gay Friendly Business Spotlight – Tipsy Elves

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    TIPSY ELVES - Not Your Typical Sweater Store We first discovered Tipsy Elves last year (you can read our spotlight HERE). We have been head-over-heels since!  Tipsy Elves offers a wide variety of brand new, never worn ugly Christmas sweaters that are sure to make you the hot topic at any Ugly Christmas Sweater Party … Continue reading →
  • White OUT Gay Ski Weekend – Sunday River, Maine

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    White Out Weekend February 6-8, 2015 Thrill, entertain, amuse, seduce: All synonyms for “wow.” At Sunday River, we’re so devoted to wowing you that we took an entire weekend and called it WOW! We’re proud to host White Out Weekend (WOW) in association with OutRyders, New England’s largest GLBTQ ski and snowboard club. Sunday River brings eight … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Hotel Spotlight: Fairway Suites at Peek ‘N’ Peak Resort – Clymer, NY

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Fairway Suites at Peek’ N’ Peak Resort / 1433 Conway Road / Clymer, NY / 1-716-355-5014 Luxurious Vacations in Four Seasons of Fun!  The Fairway Suites is ideally located within walking distance to golfing, dining and skiing available at the Peek’ n Peak Resort in Clymer, NY. In addition, gay friendly Fairway Suites is the perfect location … Continue reading →
  • Detours Gay Adventure Travel

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    DETOURS GAY ADVENTURE TRAVEL  Detours is not your average group tour operator.  If the idea of a clipboard-wielding tour guide at the front of a 50-person bus barrelling through 15 countries in 10 days makes you cringe then Detours may be just what you’re looking for.  They’ve done away with restricting daily itineraries and daily … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Hotel | International House – New Orleans, LA

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    International House / 221 Camp Street / New Orleans, LA 70130 / 1-504-553-9550 Pulling up to International House with my wife this past May, I knew we were in for something  truly special.  International House is an impressive century-old, 12-story Beaux arts building. It’s first incarnation began in 1906 as the Canal Louisiana Bank & … Continue reading →
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    Fodor's Travel Wire

  • 15 Under-the-Radar Vacation Destinations
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The world is full of destinations on the well-trodden path, where the number of visitors seems to go up every year and the crowds can sometimes feel endless. Don’t you want to go somewhere different for a change? No matter what corner of the globe you look at, there are plenty of overlooked vacation spots just waiting to be explored. Whether you want to relax somewhere off the beaten path or escape to a place you’ve never even heard of, you’ll find it on this list of under-the-radar destinations. By Michael Alan Connelly Michael Alan Connelly is the Editor of
  • 5 Safaris That Help Save Wildlife
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    It may not make the front pages of newspapers, but the reality is that elephant and rhino poaching have reached an all-time high. Between 2010 and 2012, more than 100,000 elephants were slaughtered for their ivory tusks—that’s over 35,000 a year; in Tanzania, 30 elephants are killed every day. At this rate, these gentle giants will disappear within our lifetime. So, what can you do to help save African elephants and other endangered wildlife on the continent? The following safaris are tailor-made to safeguard these exquisite creatures, either by contributing a portion of the…
  • What We're Reading This Week: Passports, Thanksgiving, 'Harriet the Spy'
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Who knew a passport could be so stylish?  Apparently, the Norwegians. —Kristan Schiller, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations This year marks the 50th anniversary of Harriet the Spyso I picked up a copy of the anniversary edition. I missed this coming-of-age story about 11-year old Harriet M. Welsch when I was a kid, but it is still a great read as an adult. It’s delightful for the spot-on depiction of a middle schooler’s feelings, her desire to know everything, her derring-do, and, her writerly and spying ambitions. As a New Yorker, I’m also enjoying the…
  • 20 Best Places to Celebrate New Year's
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    New Year’s comes but once a year, so it’s worth it to make the festivites memorable. But where’s the best place to be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31? We’ve scoured the world for the best annual celebrations, from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to Berlin’s Brandenberg Gate. The fun doesn't have to stop after New Year's Eve, though, because many cities offer a wide variety of New Year's Day activities as well. Epic fireworks displays, all-night dance parties, one-of-a-kind cultural traditions—you’ll find all these and more in…
  • 10 Best Places to Camp Year-Round
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Forget what you may have heard—camping isn’t just an activity for the summer months. No matter what time of year, rustic escapes around America welcome travelers, along with their tents and RVs, for nights of roasted marshmallows, cookouts, and campfire songs in some of the country’s most spectacular locales. Turn off your cell phone, take a deep breath of fresh air, and plan an off-season excursion to one of these year-round campgrounds. By Zachary Laks
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Storm Watching in Costa Rica

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    IainIainMallory The clouds that give the forests of Monteverde, their name were rolling in, as the last drops of colour leaked from the evening sky, the first rumbles of thunder were heard. The sun had played hide and seek in the dense clouds, providing a spectacular light show, as it peeked out from every gap, adding […] The post Storm Watching in Costa Rica appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • My Top Travel Experiences of 2014

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    IainIainMallory As the year comes to an end, it’s traditional to review the year, and share the best moments. I’ve often been accused of being premature (don’t ask), so it’s possibly appropriate that I jump the gun, and recall a few memories which made 2014 an especially good year. This may be a risky strategy, the year still […] The post My Top Travel Experiences of 2014 appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • A Culture of Hospitality at Ksan Historical Village and Museum

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    IainIainMallory After taking a short detour to see the Totems of Kitwanga, and several unscheduled photographic pauses along the way, the drive from Smithers to Prince Rupert was taking slightly longer than planned. Arriving at the Ksan Historical Village, and Museum, near the Hazeltons, my curiosity was immediately piqued, this seemed one detour well worth taking. The […] The post A Culture of Hospitality at Ksan Historical Village and Museum appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from Lauluväljak; Tallinn’s Singing Ground

    15 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    IainIainMallory This impressive, if empty concert venue is the scene of one of the world’s largest amateur choral festivals. Lauluväljak ‘singing ground’ is in the outskirts of Tallinn, Estonia, and every five years hosts combined choirs of up to 30,000, singing to audiences of almost 100,000. Male, female, children’s, and boys choirs, accompanied by several performing […] The post Postcards from Lauluväljak; Tallinn’s Singing Ground appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Photography Tips; Visual Storytelling

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    IainIainMallory “Visual storytelling; Great composition captures imaginations” Storytelling is of paramount importance to travel website publishers, it’s relevance cannot be over emphasised, the means by which the writer inspires the reader. Weaving a compelling narrative, which draws the reader in, writing descriptively to transport them to the destination, is the aim of every storyteller. Great composition captures imaginations. […] The post Photography Tips; Visual Storytelling appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • Six Airline Fees Worth the Money

    Rick Seaney
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    It’s holiday time. If you’ll be flying, you paid plenty for your ticket. The last thing you need are more airline fees. But before you shut your wallet, take a look at the following fees; they’re not expensive and they could make your life a whole lot easier. Sometimes it pays to pay a little more. But don’t pay this fee – the worst one ever. 1. Cut-in-line fees That’s what I call early boarding fees and whether you’re traveling solo, with little kids or seniors or just want to board early while there’s still bin space for your carry-on, this…
  • Southwest Airlines: Best Time to Buy Cheap Airline Tickets

    Rick Seaney
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Editor’s note: We updated this popular post as of Nov. 11, 2014 with new, easy-to-use information. One thing that hasn’t changed is our mission: to help you save money every time you shop for airfare. The cheapest day to shop for airfare is generally Tuesdays (at 3 p.m. eastern time) and this is true for most U.S. airlines. If you’re looking for deals on Southwest, here’s what else you need to know. Always Compare Southwest Prices Southwest does not sell its fare anywhere except on If you want to see Southwest prices, go there – then compare…
  • How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Plane

    Rick Seaney
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Most of us don’t get sick on planes. But, it happens – and with cold and flu season coming up, it could pay to take a few extra precautions. NOTE: I’m no doctor so consult a health care professional if you have any big worries, especially if traveling to a country where dangers lurk. If you’ll be flying in and out of regions where Ebola is a concern, please read this fact sheet from the U.S. State Department. LISTEN: More ‘stay healthy’ tips from Rick. Protect Yourself from Common Bugs There are a lot of things you can do – to protect yourself and…
  • Finding Last-Minute Deals for Thanksgiving: It’s All About the Return Date

    Rick Seaney
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Still don’t have your Thanksgiving airline tickets yet? Shop now but as you shop, pay special attention to your itinerary’s return date. That is the key to saving money. LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney’s latest ways to save. Thanksgiving: Best and Worst Dates to Fly There is no such thing as a good deal at Thanksgiving (Nov. 27). Your only hope lies in finding the best of the bad deals. Best deals: Return on the Friday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), the Saturday after (Nov. 29) or the Monday after (Dec. 1). Worst deals: Most expensive fares are typically found in the…
  • 5 Unexpected Things that Can Ruin a Flight. Don't Let That Happen.

    Rick Seaney
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Don’t let unexpected snags ruin a trip during the upcoming holidays – or any time. We’ve got solutions for problems you can fix and coping mechanisms for those you can’t. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney’s been there. Oh, has he ever. 1. Lost ID Ever done this? As you approach the TSA airport security line, you reach into pocket or purse and – no driver’s license. Where did it go? More importantly, how will you get through security without your precious ID? What you can do: TSA officers are used to this and have a procedure which involves pulling you…
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    The World on Wheels

  • French Riviera

    Darryl Musick
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    We’re a bit nervous. For some strange reason, I took the bait and bought airline tickets that would give the three of us, including Tim in the wheelchair, a scant 45 minutes to change planes here in Munich smack in the middle of the World Cup crowds coming to the airport (Germany was host to the event in 2006). We are told that would have to include going to the terminal and going through passport control. Our plane is parked far away from the terminal, at the outer reaches of the apron, with about a dozen other aircraft. How are we ever to pull this off?We’ve already been traveling 20…

    Darryl Musick
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Our ratings are...Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.Here's Munich, Germany...Viktulienmarkt - Partially Accessible. The market and beer garden are accessible. The lines through the snack bars might be…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Cafe de Playa

    Darryl Musick
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's Blooper Reel week here on The Cocktail Hour!  Not really, but you will see a major prop malfunction in the video below (what happens when whipped cream isn't whipped?  Find out below). It's getting colder now and we're going to go with a hot drink.  Cold means 58 degrees mid-afternoon here in Southern California, but it's also very windy today and we need something hot if we're going to sit out on the patio.Watch the Video!Today, it's the Cafe de Playa, which means beach coffee in Spanish.  If you're on a cold beach this winter (which can be very fun...if you have a…
  • CLASSIC TRIP - Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park, California 2000

    Darryl Musick
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    Beware of falling into the earth!The heat steams up from the bowels of the earth and the creeks boil. Mud pots erupt and you’re warned to stay on the trail or risk being swallowed by the earth. So lies the adventure in visiting this out of the way and pristine national park. Mt. Lassen lies about an hour’s drive east of Redding, California. Any further north and we’d risk having to start another page on Oregon. A Redding Chamber of Commerce brochure optimistically says that the city is a 90 minute drive north of Sacramento. That would be if you drive like Jeff Gordon at Daytona.
  • ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Darryl Musick
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Our ratings are...Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.Here's Milwaukee, Wisconsin...Lakefront Brewery - Fully Accessible. Why a brewery? It'sa highly rated attraction in this beer-drinking city…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • San Francisco Zoo

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    As you guys probably know, I love San Francisco… I’ve talked about the amazing park with the concrete slide, the incredible interactive museum, the world famous Fisherman’s Wharf, and the delicious chocolate factory! But there’s more! There’s always more! This time I went to the zoo!   First off, its huge. There are so many different animals, ones I didn’t even know existed! My family and I had fun walking around trying to spot all of the animals. My favorite was the tiger (who was actually active and walking around–kind of intimidating, but…
  • Savory Providence

    Joshua Goldstein
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Hello all again! What started out as a normal trip to visit colleges in New England turned into something much more rewarding. Upon arrival at Providence, Rhode Island, I was greeted with long, narrow, cobblestone roads and century-old brick buildings that alluded to the colonial period. The verdant trees consisting of an array of colors were attracting to every citizen. It was as if a giant rainbow had become three dimensional for everyone to enjoy. Walking down the quaint streets, I smelled the savory scents from the restaurants adjacent to each other. One extremely memorable restaurant was…
  • Favorite Travel Hacks

    6 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Courtesy of Pinterest! There are so many things that could make your travelling life easier. If only you knew these before! These are just a few of my favorite things I learned, thanks to Pinterest! Put a dryer sheet at the bottom of your luggage to make your laundry smell fresh! Lost your charger, or forget it at home? Luckily, if you’re staying at a hotel, people have left their chargers there and they always have a spare. Just ask!   For girls–Bobby pins are always getting lost, right? If you put them in your makeup bag, they immediately get lost or its hard to find them.
  • A Perfect Saturday Afternoon in Downtown Portland

    Hye Sung
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:29 pm
    First off, let it be known that I am talking about Portland, Oregon and not Portland, Maine. The former was actually named after the latter in 1845. Portland, Oregon, though, seems to be getting a tad bit more airtime than his Maine namesake. Young adults are flooding in to Portland attracted to its, dare I say, “hipster” culture, made hyper-popular by the IFC show “Portlandia”. This city has been enthusiastically, but perhaps a little more quietly, brewing Portlandian culture for quite awhile now, and has been growing steadily the past 15-20 years. That being said,…
  • My Favorite Places To Eat In Southeast Portland

    Hye Sung
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    There is a lot I enjoy about Portland, Oregon. I love how it feels like a big town. You see people you know often throughout the city but you are also constantly meeting new people. It is so easy to navigate and the transportation system is incredible in how frequent the rides are and in its accessibility. Little businesses thrive here, and people love things local. But what I really, really love is how much food there is. If you know me, you will know that food is my ‘love language‘. The purest way of showing love to me is by putting a bowl of Thai red curry before me. Some…
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  • Share Your Packing and Gear Knowledge: Write for Packsmith

    Fred Perrotta
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Most people dread packing, but you love it. You are a meticulous list maker. You have a strong opinion on the best brand of socks. You could pack for a weeklong trip while blindfolded. You love the articles on this blog but know you can do ever better. If that sounds like you, join us and share your knowledge with other travelers. We are looking for paid freelance writers to contribute to Packsmith, the Tortuga Backpacks’ blog. At Tortuga Backpacks, our mission is to help people take amazing trips. Packsmith supports this goal by helping travelers decide what to bring and how to pack it.
  • Packing for 12 Days in the Tortuga Air

    Fred Perrotta
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Earlier this week, I returned from a 12-day trip to China. There I met with our suppliers and attended the Canton Fair, a massive import/export trade show. As a personal challenge, I packed for my trip in only the Tortuga Air. We usually recommend the Air for short trips, from one to three nights. I wanted to show an example of extreme light packing and to demonstrate that you can travel indefinitely even in a small bag. This approach isn’t for everyone, but perhaps you can find a more sensible middle ground for yourself. Today’s post will outline what I packed for the 12 day trip…
  • We’re Hiring. Work With Us and Our Awesome Customers.

    Fred Perrotta
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest. We will be posting more opportunities in the future. Keep an eye here and on our jobs page. Do you love to travel and, more importantly, talk about travel? Have you ever helped someone else plan a trip? Are you the go-to source of travel info for your friends? Then we want you to join our team as a Concierge. You’ll help fellow travelers choose the right gear and ensure they have a great trip. But first, a bit of information about us. Why Tortuga Backpacks? We are a small, fast-growing company that’s just starting to hit its…
  • The Road to Location Independence: How to Find Remote Jobs

    Fred Perrotta
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    For those of us running our own online businesses, like Tortuga Backpacks, location independence is (relatively) easy. With my laptop and a WiFi connection, I’ve worked from London for a month, taken a workcation to Mexico, and am now headed back in Guangzhou, China for two weeks. Even if you wouldn’t use your freedom to travel constantly, having the option to travel when and for how long you want to is empowering. What if you don’t own a business? What if your employer doesn’t allow for remote work? We’re here to help. You can find plenty of information online about finding work at…
  • What to Leave in Your Bag and Never Unpack

    Fred Perrotta
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Ever heard of a bug out bag? Or a go bag? As defined by Wikipedia: A bug-out bag is a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster. But out bags are popular with disaster response personnel, survivalists, and those anticipating a zombie apocalypse. What does a bug out bag have to do with travel? This list doesn’t resemble a packing list. Fleeing from a natural disaster doesn’t sound like a fun trip. Eating MREs doesn’t qualify as a culinary experience. You may not need a small bag packed in case of…
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    Panoramic Earth

  • Furka Pass with snow (Gletsch)

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Furka Pass with snow - Gletsch visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Furka Pass with snow' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Wallis.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:[[10829,Furka Pass with snow]]
  • Furka Pass - Another View (Furka Pass)

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    Furka Pass - Another View - Furka Pass visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Furka Pass - Another View' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Uri.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:[[10829,Furka Pass - Another View]]
  • On the Way to Rhonegletsch (Gletsch)

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    On the Way to Rhonegletsch - Gletsch visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'On the Way to Rhonegletsch' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Wallis.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:[[10806,On the Way to Rhonegletsch]]
  • Gletschblick (Gletsch)

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Gletschblick - Gletsch visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Gletschblick' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Wallis.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:[[10800,Gletschblick]]
  • Belvédère (Gletsch)

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    BelvédÚre - Gletsch visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'BelvédÚre' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Wallis.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:BelvédÚre is the name given to the area in which it has mystical Hotel BelvédÚre, near the [[10806, Rhonegletsch]].
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    Disney Guide | Unofficial Disney World Guide | Disney World Unofficial Guide

  • This Week in Disney Parks Photos: A Happy Birthday to Mickey Mouse

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    Earlier this week, we celebrated Mickey Mouse’s birthday with a “Mickey takeover” of the Disney Parks Blog. Gallery This Week in Disney Parks Photos: A Happy Birthday to Mickey Mouse view all Our favorite pal was brought into existence by creator Walt Disney on November 18, 1928. Be sure to click through the gallery above to see photos of Mickey Mouse throughout the history of our parks. This Week in Disney Parks Photos: A Happy Birthday to Mickey Mouse by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • The Beautifully Disney ‘Frozen’ Collection Debuts at Disney Parks

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A flurry of excitement is swirling at Disney Parks. Why? The ‘cool’ new collection from Beautifully Disney debuting in stores now will undoubtedly melt your heart with its spectrum of colors inspired by the award-winning film, “Frozen.” New to the collection this year is the Rollerball Eye Shadow set. Designed with rollerball tip for effortless application, the lightweight, shimmering silver-toned Elegant Ice and golden-toned Sparkling eye shadows glide on with seamless precision for illuminated eyes. The shimmery loose shadows add dimension and light, creating a delicate dance of…
  • Disneyland Resort Cast Members Grant Nearly $2.2M to Southern California Nonprofits Since 1997

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Cast members say that one of the best parts of working for the Disneyland Resort is the encouragement we receive to give back to our communities. This year, Disneyland Resort cast members granted 85 Southern California nonprofit organizations a total of $415,000 in grants through the Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund (DVCF). That’s nearly $2.2 million since the program’s inception in 1997! DVCF is funded entirely by cast members through regular payroll deductions or one-time donations. Those who contribute during the year have the opportunity to nominate an organization of their…
  • Get into the Holiday ‘Swing’ with Disney Golf

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you’re looking for something different at Disney to do with the kids while they are out of school for the holidays, Disney Golf has some ideas for you. How about putting the kids in a golf camp? Starting December 22, Disney Golf is offering a series of special one-day holiday golf camps for juniors. The camps are December 22, 23, 29 and 30 at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista golf course at Walt Disney World Resort. The camps offer PGA instruction on all facets of the game, from putting to on-course play. Naturally, the camps are designed to appeal to kids through games, prizes and an overall…
  • First Look at the New Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Disneyland Resort

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Happy National Gingerbread Day! To celebrate, I’m giving you a sneak peek at the brand-new gingerbread house coming to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Disneyland Resort. Opening on November 27, this gingerbread house was created by a talented team of 25 artists, engineers and bakers, and it will take a total of 1,400 hours to bake and create the edible portion alone! The house measures in at a whopping 7 ½ feet tall and 12 feet wide. Which might leave you wondering: what goes into a gingerbread house of this scope? More than 500 pounds of gingerbread 60 gallons of frosting…
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  • Explore Longform with Writing 201

    Michelle W.
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whether you have trouble organizing your thoughts in longer pieces of writing or simply want to challenge yourself as a blogger, Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post can help. What is Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post? Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post is a four-week course to help those beginning to explore longform writing (or who are frustrated…
  • Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks

    Ben Huberman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success — so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses are now offered as free ebooks, available for download in .pdf, .mobi (Kindle), and .epub (iBooks) formats. While conceived with nonfiction writers in mind, fiction writers (we know you’re out there, NaNoWriMo participants!) could find both courses just as useful. Which ebook should you choose? Writing 101: Build a Blogging Habit…
  • Emoji Everywhere 🎃

    Marcus Kazmierczak
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Emoji? What are they? “Emoji” is a Japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like , every emoji has its own letter. Emoji blossomed on smartphones, where quickly picking out an emoji is often faster than typing out a long sentence. Today we’re rolling out hundreds and hundreds of emoji across — 872 to be exact. Do they look familiar? That’s because Twitter has graciously decided to open-source their entire set,…
  • New Themes: Editor and Sequential

    David A. Kennedy
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Today, we have two new free themes ready for you! Editor Meet Editor, a new addition to our theme collection designed by Mike McAlister at Array. Geared toward personal bloggers and photo bloggers, Editor features big typography and images and a tab-based sidebar with a spot for featured posts, a site logo, and a social links menu. Editor makes it easy to put a personal stamp on your site or blog. Learn more about the free Editor theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sequential Crafted by Thomas Guillot, Sequential is a contemporary, clean, and…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 8

    Mike Dang
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    We’re back with a new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. 1. Books for the Broken-Hearted Hannah Richell Hannah Richell’s husband Matt was killed in a surfing accident in July. In a recent post, Richell writes about finding comfort in reading words written by people who have also experienced the shock of losing a loved one — people like Joan Didion, C.S. Lewis, and Cheryl Strayed. 2. The Shame of Poor Teeth in a Rich World Sarah Smarsh, Aeon An essay about growing up poor in America, and the role of teeth as a class signifier. 3. Giving Up the Ghost…
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    Italy to Los Angeles and Back

  • Festa della Madonna della Salute: a votive bridge, a cathedral, candles, prayer and delicious mutton soup

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    A view of the Chiesa della Madonna della Salute from the votive bridgeYesterday, November 21st, I joined thousands of others who participated in the annual Festa della Madonna della Salute and paid tribute to this most Venetian tradition. A commemoration dating back to 1630 when the Venetians prayed for an end to the Bubonic plague and Nicolò Contarini, Doge of the Republic of Venice, promised that if their prayers were answered he would have a worthy cathedral built. Apparently, mere weeks later their prayers were answered when the spread of the epidemic slowed down, and then ceased a year…
  • You might add Procida Island to your travel destination list

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Marina Corricella at sunset Procida, a small island forty minutes by motorboat off the coast of Naples, Italy, is a place many visitors to the Amalfi Coast have never heard of. That's probably the reason it's held onto its authentic feel and has attracted filmmakers for decades. Capable of welcoming guests with its delicious fresh-seafood restaurants, quaint and colorful marinas, narrow volcanic-sand beaches and moderate but comfortable hotels and B&B's, it's the island I favor over Capri and Ischia. I fell hard for Procida. So much so, that I hesitated before sharing my photos…
  • Il male minore: un porto turistico offshore per Venezia o scavare la laguna ancor di più?

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

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

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    #unlockyourlove logo by Alberto Toso FeiAfter one of the most trying tourist seasons today’s generations of Venetians can remember, a grassroots group—tired of visitors using the city of Venice, Italy, like a beach, a picnic area or more crassly as an outdoor toilet. Yes this is happening in Venice, too—is saying basta!Enough of the abuse their spectacular town, a U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage site, has been forced to succumb to....Please continue reading my blog post here on Insiders…
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    Tourdust Blog

  • America's Most Iconic Drives

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    With vast horizons, quiet roads which stretch on forever and a plethora of National Parks and Monuments, the USA is a road tripper's dream. The Western states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada & California have more than their fair share of the iconic drives stakes. Here are some of the routes which absolutely must not be missed on a USA road trip. 1) Scenic Byway 12, Utah Perhaps one of the most beautiful drives of all time, this road snakes away from Bryce Canyon up through mountains to Capitol Reef National Park.  Covering a distance of 124 miles, the road takes you through…
  • USA Holidays Need to Know

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    What is different about your holidays in the USA? We have developed our USA collection to get the optimum balance between independent and guided activities. There are some places where you don’t need a guide and you will have more fun exploring independently. However, there are also activities and places where having a guide will deeply enhance your experience. We strike a careful balance between these two and, having tried and tested the trips ourselves, believe we have developed itineraries that are unique and exciting. In a nutshell: Handpicked activities and accommodation and a…
  • Travelling in Peru with Children

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    Peru is, by is very nature, a family friendly destination. You will find that local people are particularly welcoming if you have children and you won’t ever feel out of place in a restaurant with your children as they will be welcomed with open arms. If you were planning on taking them anywhere in Latin America, Peru has to be top of the list; with accessible, dense rainforest, stunning scenery and ancient Incan ruins, it offers something of interest for everyone in the family. Older Children For families with older children, Peru has adventurous activities on tap, especially in the…
  • Adventure & Creepy Crawlies in the Amazon

    6 Nov 2014 | 2:56 am
    Visiting the Jungle was on my wishlist for as long as I can remember, so I absolutely jumped at the chance to go and visit a jungle lodge deep in the Amazon. The approach to the jungle lodge is by boat, so before you can blink, you are whisked from the plane to store your luggage (there are strict weight restrictions in place) and you are then shuttled to the port to catch a boat upstream. The Tambopata River, snaking its way through the jungle is all you could hope from a rainforest waterway; brown, murky and mysterious. With a two and a half hour boat ride up to our jungle lodge, there was…
  • The Best of California's Theme Parks

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    Whether you're a die hard theme park fanatic, or a real cynic, it's hard to resist a trip to a theme park when you're visiting California. With the right attitude and a sense of fun, even the most reluctant visitors can have an enjoyable day out. Prepare for hot sun, high prices and long queues and leave your cynicism at the door and we guarantee you will end the day with a smile on your face. Here is our low down of the best of the theme parks on offer.  1) Disneyland The original Disney theme park has been drawing crowds since it first opened it's doors in 1955. Now officially known as…
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    My Melange

  • What’s New in Paris for 2014

    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is so much new in Paris this year, it’s been hard to keep up! New museum openings, new services cropping up and even a new Paris tour that I’m offering. I’ve already covered What’s New in France this year which also contains some Paris highlights, but there was more than enough happening to create a stand alone post for Paris. I keep adding to it as things pop up – so make sure you check back often. New Museums, Tours and Attractions > After a six-year restoration, amid lots of drama, the Picasso Museum finally reopened. The new space at the Hôtel…
  • Travel Resources for Slow Food, Wine and Stays in Italy

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When it comes to Italy, less is more. Which is why I sing the praises of slow travel and slow food in Italy. Taking it easy, savoring every moment and not packing too much into your vacation.  Staying in an agriturismo, (farm stay) or on a vineyard in Italy is really a perfect way to relax and adopt a slower pace on vacation.  And isn’t that what vacation should be about? But where do you find these gems? From where to stay, where to eat and places to either drink wine or visit vineyards and wineries – here are some invaluable resources that will help you find and connect…
  • Book Review : Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

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

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

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

  • 4 Star Peru – Hotel Majoro in Nazca

    Joseph Olson
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The Hotel Majoro in Nazca, Peru provides ideal accommodations for those seeking to view the famous Nazca Lines. The property has a fascinating history that goes back over 400 years and includes a conversion from a villa to a convent and back into a hotel. With 62 rooms on 60 beautifully manicured acres, this Hacienda Boutique […] The post 4 Star Peru – Hotel Majoro in Nazca appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Traveler Tales: Joe and Louise in Chilean Patagonia

    Joseph Olson
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    “We would both recommend Patagonia as a destination. There are so many amazing landscapes, and we found the Chileans to be friendly and helpful.” — Louise B. Recently, Joe H. and Louise B. returned from their trip to Chile and Patagonia. They were nice enough to share their experience with Tye, their travel consultant, who put together a […] The post Traveler Tales: Joe and Louise in Chilean Patagonia appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Special Offer for Galapagos Safari Camp in November, December

    Joseph Olson
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:20 pm
    “When was the last time you saw something for the first time?” This is the famous phrase of Galapagos Safari Camp, a popular and exclusive eco-luxury destination in the Pacific Ocean chain known as the Enchanted Islands. This is where some of nature’s best kept secrets roam the land and surrounding waters, over 1,400 kilometers […] The post Special Offer for Galapagos Safari Camp in November, December appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Patagonia Cruises 30% Off – 3 Nights from Punta Arenas or Ushuaia

    Joseph Olson
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Have you been dreaming of a trip to Patagonia recently? Or perhaps this exotic location, positioned on the Southern Cone of South America, has been on your list for a long time, but also just out of your price range. Now is the time for travel enthusiasts to save on 23 Patagonian departures between now […] The post Patagonia Cruises 30% Off – 3 Nights from Punta Arenas or Ushuaia appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Selected Antarctica Cruises 35% Off via “Walk-on Rate” Special

    Joseph Olson
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Considering a trip to Antarctica, South Georgia or the Falkland Islands? Now is your chance to book these remote and pristine locations, and save some money too! We have a select number of sailings on offer for up to 35% off. But don’t wait too long, as the first departures shove off the 6th of November. Deal #1 […] The post Selected Antarctica Cruises 35% Off via “Walk-on Rate” Special appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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    The Traveller

  • Colonia Tovar; The Germany of the Caribbean

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Colonia Tovar is a town of Venezuela, the capital of the municipality Tovar in Aragua state. It was founded in 1843 from the independent state of Baden then, by a group of immigrants which was later incorporated into Germany.It is called the `Germany of the Caribbean’, and this northern Venezuelan community has great Bavarian architecture and pride. The economy is dependent on agriculture and tourism and the town is situated 42 km from Caracas. Colonia Tovar is known for its temperate corps like peaches, beets, strawberries, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, chard, broccoli, onions, potatoes…
  • Cotswolds

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:26 am
    Cotswold - An Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyCotswolds is located in south central England with the Cotswold Hills which is a range of rolling hills that rise from the meadows of the upper Thames to escarpment such as the Cotswold Edge. This is above the Severn Valley and Evesham Vale and the area is defined by the bedrock of Jurassic limestone creating a kind of grassland habitat which is rare in U.K, and is quarried for golden coloured Cotswold stone.In 1966, it was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is considered to have some amazing features from the local Cotswold…
  • Cook Island, New Zealand

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Cook Islands – Formed by Volcanic ActivityThe Cook Islands is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand located in Polynesia between French Polynesia to the east and Tonga to the west. This archipelago comprises of 15 inhabited islands which are spread out over 2.2 million square km of ocean with no land between the tropical Cook Island and the Antarctica.Its main population centres are on the island of Rarotonga which has an international airport. One will also find larger population of Cook Islands in New Zealand especially in the North Island.
  • Iowa, United States

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Iowa – American HeartlandIowa, a US state in the Midwestern United States is a region which is called the `American Heartland’. It is lined by the Mississippi River towards the east and the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west. Iowa is the only U.S. state which has the eastern and the western borders entirely by rivers where it is bordered by Wisconsin and Illinois to the east, Missouri to the south, South Dakota and Nebraska to the west and Minnesota to the north. Iowa was part of French Louisiana, in colonial days and its current state flag is designed after the flag of…
  • Zakynthos – Largest Island in the Ionian Sea

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Zakynthos, one of the largest islands in the Ionian Sea is in fact the second most visited isle besides the Corfu. Like the other Ionian Islands, it is quite mountainous with a number of valleys which are fertile with amazing green landscape on the isle.The island has vast coast some of which are around 123 km long together with craggy and rocky ones towards the north while they are very sandy towards the southern area which have a number of gulfs like the Laganas gulf. The highlight of this area is towards the West coast that has a spectacular view which is the blue caves.These are also…
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    Travel Deeper with Gareth Leonard |

  • Beaches & Buggies in Natal Brazil

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Natal is my favorite city of the four major northeastern Brazilian cities (Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador), because it seems the cleanest, safest and most visually stimulating them all. While Salvador reigns supreme as the culture capital, Natal is undeniably the epicenter of an endless supply of ridiculously beautiful beaches. If you look at a map of Natal Brazil and the surrounding area, there are literally hundreds of beaches to choose from. Look. I only had a few days to meet the city so I divided into two equal parts of relaxation and adventure. On day one I explored a few of the beaches…
  • Gluttony in Gramado

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Just a two-hour bus ride from Porto Alegre is the beautiful town of Gramado, Brazil. Thanks to the Portuguese, German and Italian immigrants who settled here in the 1800s, the town’s architecture, food and culture makes you feel like you’ve landed in Europe rather than Brazil. I arrived from Porto Alegre early one morning and decided to indulge myself in the many beers and chocolates that are produced in and around Gramado. That proved to be a more difficult task than I had anticipated thanks in large part to a lunch fit for a small army. Local friends in Porto Alegre told me that…
  • Porto Alegre: Gauchos, Galleries and Girls

    6 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Porto Alegre, home of great meat and beautiful women. If I made a welcome sign for the city that’s what it would say. Maybe it would have a Gaucho on their too, maybe holding a paint brush. Porto Alegre is the Capital of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul in Southern Brazil and is one awesomely diverse, traditional yet modern, artistically inclined city. It’s home to many European immigrants, who have messed with the gene pool just enough to figure out a perfect combination of Brazilian figures and skin tone with blonde hair and blue eyes. It’s just not fair. For those…
  • Brasilia, The Futuristic Capital [VIDEO]

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    In 1956, Brazilian President, Juscelino Kubitschek decided it was time to move the nation’s capital from the southern city of Rio de Janeiro to a more central location. He marked off vacant land in the middle of the country and commissioned renowned Brazilian architects, Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer to create the urban landscape. The result was a modern city that is funky and futuristic and very well organized. It is safe, clean and not the typical tourist destination for those thinking about traveling to Brazil. Home to the President, branches of government and most major political…
  • Things To Do in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    São Paulo, Brazil is the largest city in South America and known for its incredible food, buzzing nightlife and never-ending high-rises. As I said in the video, I was completely overwhelmed when I arrived in the big Brazilian metropolis, so I enrolled a few of the 11 million plus inhabitants for some help. Here is the advice and recommendations they gave me in regards to things to do in Sao Paulo… Things to do in Sao Paulo (including closest metro stops): Veloco restaurant for delicious coxinhas, one of the best Brazilian foods! Breakfast in Padoca – Pao na Chapa / Pao na chapa com…
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    Trans-Americas Journey

  • Don’t Hate Us Because We’re Going BACK to the Galapagos

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Don’t Hate Us Because We’re Going BACK to the Galapagos We’re almost embarrassed to tell you this, but we’re going BACK to the Galapagos Islands. In early 2014 we fulfilled a travel dream and explored Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands for a week on board the M/Y Grace (honeymooned on by Grace Kelly) to produce a feature about the historic boat and iconic islands for the Biography…
  • Border Crossing 101: Paso Canoas, Panama to Paso Canoas, Costa Rica

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Border Crossing 101: Paso Canoas, Panama to Paso Canoas, Costa Rica Crossing international borders in Latin America is rarely easy or pleasant (why do they always smell like pee and desperation?). Things are even more complicated when you’re driving across borders in your own vehicle as part of an overland road trip. Theseborder crossing 101 travel tipswill help you travel from Paso Canoas, Panama to Paso…
  • Travel Memories Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall – Germany

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:45 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 - Travel Memories Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall – Germany In the summer of 1989 Berlin was a city divided. There was “The East” and there was “The West” with the Berlin Wall dividing the “island” of West Berlin from East Berlin and the East German and the Soviet controlled Eastern Bloc. Cracks were forming, however, as Eric witnessed. These photos and travel memories are…
  • Diablos y Congos Festival – Portobelo, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:30 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 - Diablos y Congos Festival – Portobelo, Panama Thousands of Africans arrived on Panama’s Caribbean Coast where they were sold as slaves and sent to work in other parts of Central America. Some escaped, however, and their descendants now make up a self-described “Afro colonizer” population in the area. Two weeks after Carnival communities in and around Portobelo hold the Diablos y Congos…
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Coast – Puerto Lindo & Portobelo, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:12 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 - Pirates of the Caribbean Coast – Puerto Lindo & Portobelo, Panama A snazzy new road means you can now travel from Panama City to the Caribbean Coast in two hours. This easy access has brought renewed talk of improving tourism infrastructure in this lightly visited area of the country but, as we found out when we visited Puerto Lindo and Portobelo, that’s largely still just talk. Never stay in a…
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    Barbados Vacation Specials

  • South Gap Hotel: Fall Special Promo!!

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    Travel October 01- December 20 2014 And Receive Up To 20% Off All Rooms! Stay 3 Nights or more and get a six pack of Banks Beer in your room on arrival!!! New Reservations only. Email us at or Call us at 246 420-7592. 
  • South Gap Hotel: Fall Special Promo

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Travel October 01- December 20 2014 And Receive Up To 20% Off All Rooms! Stay 3 Nights or more and get a six pack of Banks Beer in your room on arrival!!! New Reservations only. Email us at or Call us at 246 420-7592. 
  • Walmer Lodge Apartments: Summer Special

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    FOR EVERY 5 DAYS STAY 1 DAY FREE! Offer valid until December 15th 2014. Visit our website to book now! 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Book now and save

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    Book now for travel before December 21, 2014 at the rate of US$ 79.00 per night or travel after December 21, 2014 at special rate of US$ 141.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at for details. 
  • All Seasons Resort - Europa: Fall Sale

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    Book now for travel before December 21, 2014 at the rate of US$ 79.00 per night or travel after December 21, 2014 at special rate of US$ 141.00, single or double occupancy, in selected room categories. Email us at for details. 
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    Have Baby Will Travel

  • Ideas for Merry Holiday Family Travel

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Somehow it’s the middle of November already–the weather is colder and the holidays are creeping up! If you’ll be making some holiday family travel plans for this winter, it’s time to get started! Travel budgets tend to take a back seat to holiday wish lists, but according to TD, over 80 per cent of Canadians are members of at least one travel rewards program. It’s time to use those points to put towards a present for yourself–a vacation! When using points, booking early is key to securing the flights and accommodations you want. And here are five ideal (and…
  • Travel Insurance Pregnancy Coverage

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Anaheim Urgent Care Clinic, CA On almost every family vacation we’ve taken, we’ve used our travel insurance to cover a medical expense. I’m not exaggerating. Maybe we’re a little more accident-prone or unlucky than most–but either way–when we get home, after filling out a few complicated forms and photocopying a gazillion recipts, we’re reimbursed for the expenses we usually have to pay up front. The most we’ve had to pay (up front)  is a few hundred dollars. Not $1,000,000, like Jennifer Huculak and her husband Darren Kimmel from Humboldt,…
  • California Love: A Taste of Orange County

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Huntington Beach, CA We went to California this summer. I instantly fell in love. I certainly wasn’t expecting to, and maybe that’s why I did. I’ve been to many beautiful places and I just couldn’t see how California could compare. Well it does, and I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I still can’t put my finger on exactly why. There’s a reason there’s like, a gazillion songs about California. Going there, dreaming about there, never leaving there… I get it now. California’s many diverse cities could hardly be classified as “less…
  • Planning a Family Getaway to New York City

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:07 pm
    © NYC & Company/Julienne Schaer It’s one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and the second largest city in North America, so it seems a bit odd to classify New York City as a “City Less Traveled” for Hipmunk. But I’ll bet New York is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a family vacation. One of Have Baby Will Travel‘s very first articles was submitted by a colleague who traveled to Manhattan with her toddler and had a fabulous time, so it’s always been top of mind to bring my kids there. I like to think of…
  • Toddler Tech, Baby Headphones, and Travel Accessories for Kids

    3 Nov 2014 | 8:10 pm
    I hate lamenting how parents these days have it so much easier–I know it makes me sound old. But dudes, I traveled with tiny glass jars of baby food, and you guys get these handy dandy foil pouches. AND they’re organic. Ok, I digress Seriously though, the one gadget that has made the biggest impact in our traveling life and lightened our carry-on bag immensely is the tablet computer. I kid you not, we used to travel with a portable DVD player, DVDs (natch), at least three books, plus assorted games. Our bag was HEAVY. So while my inner luddite wishes I could somehow keep my kids…
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  • Ireland : Best in Travel 2015

    12 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    Lonely Planet names Ireland as ‘one of the top countries to visit’ Lonely Planet’s experts have explored the world to select the best cities, regions and countries to visit in 2015. It’s official, Ireland made it in the top 10 countries list ranking #5th. We’re not surprised! The real deal: Ireland is stunningly scenic, its traditions – music, dance, whiskey and beer – Lonely Planet Let’s see what Ireland offers;   The Wild Atlantic Way; A 2500km scenic drive that is seen competing against Australia’s Great Ocean Road & California’s Pacific…
  • Discover Ireland your own Way

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tips on Touring Ireland by Phil Teare from My Ireland Tour. To Drive or not to Drive They say there are two types of people in the world: those who think there are two types of people in the world, and those who don’t. Well, there are certainly two types of people who tour Ireland – those who self-drive and those who book escorted tours of Ireland with a driver-guide. If you decide to self-drive, your first port of call will be a good car hire company – you can find an Irish car rental company through the homepage of My Discover Ireland. Driving, you will have the freedom to…
  • Waterford Crystal History & Visitor Centre

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland and situated on the south-east coast has established many claims to fame over the centuries. Arguably, the best known is the founding of the world famous House of Waterford Crystal that is responsible for many glorious works, including chandeliers in Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC, as well as the 2688 crystals that adorn the New Year’s Eve ball that drops in Time Square, New York, every January 31st. The History and Visitor Centre, in The Mall in Waterford, is located very close to the original factory and…
  • The Ring of Kerry – 4 Personal Highlights

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    The Ring of Kerry has so much to offer tourists. The 180km route does take a bit of time to explore. This article looks at some highlights along the Ring of Kerry and off the beaten track that should be explored. The attractions listed here are in order of preference of the author. Geokaun Mountain Valentia Island is one of Ireland’s most westerly points, and is linked to the mainland by the Maurice O’Neill Memorial Bridge. Maurice O’Neill for those who are interested was shot dead in 1942 for Republican Activities. He was a young farmer from the nearby town Cahersiveen. The first…
  • Road trip to Mayo, Ireland

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    I wanted to do a road trip to see all these beautiful places in Ireland, scenic photos have been popping up everywhere even more so when the Wild Atlantic Way launched earlier on this year.  An 2500km route along the coast, boasting to be the biggest in the world, a road trip was a must! We jumped in our rental car from Europcar, a car of only 2 months old! After a  four hour drive to Ballina from Dublin, we unloaded our stuff into Suncroft b&b, our base for the weekend. Ballina is a lovely little place with River Moy running through it, the “home of salmon fishing in…
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  • Going to Friendsgiving? 5 Ideas For Things to Bring

    Lauren LaBorde
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Sometime in recent history, the concept of the “Friendsgiving” entered the holiday lexicon. Unlike a Thanksgiving celebrated at home with family or out at a restaurant, Friendsgiving refers to a gathering among the chosen family of our lives, and this occasion usually involves plenty of booze and a lot more vegan options. Sure, it’s pretty much a fake holiday, but … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Neighborhood Guide: Algiers Point

    Paul Broussard
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Just across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter is a sleepy little hamlet of a neighborhood, Algiers Point. It’s historic, charming, and well-preserved, and its residents are some of the friendliest in a city renowned for its hospitality and kind locals. Algiers is the second oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, founded in 1719 and first settled by Jean-Baptiste Le … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

    Mallory Whitfield
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The fun never stops in New Orleans, with festivals and family-friendly activities all weekend long. Be entertained with more than 80 different live performances around town as part of New Orleans Fringe Festival, and prepare to be wowed as Cirque du Soleil: Varekai takes the stage at the Smoothie King Center. Laugh out loud at the musical stylings of Garfunkel … Read the rest -»
  • Toddy Time: 10 Hot Drinks to Warm Your Spirits

    The Red Streetcar
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Making Cafe Brulot at Arnaud’s (photo: Cheryl Gerber and With the rapid approach of the holidays, that also means cooler weather, sweaters and, of course, hot cocktails. Hot cocktails are a great way to warm up, but they’re also an essential ingredient in holiday celebrations. Here are a few of our favorite hot drinks you can find around town.… Read the rest -»
  • My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Boyfriend

    Ann Marshall Thomas
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    What comes to mind when you hear the word boyfriend? The warm fuzzies? Red-hot anger? Longing? Ambivalence? New Orleans-based rapper Boyfriend hopes you experience all of this and more when you come to her shows. Boyfriend’s real name remains a secret, and her unknown identity challenges fans to really absorb the provocative stage persona and intelligent rhymes Boyfriend has … Read the rest -»
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  • Top 5 Australia Gold Coast Adventures

    Vago Damitio
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The world is a big place and while I’ve been fortunate to see a lot of it – there is a lot more of it that still beckons to me. I look forward to exploring far off India, Japan, South... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Stag Party Travel – Taking Bachelor Parties on the Road

    Vago Damitio
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    Once upon a time, in a tavern, not so far away, a groom-to-be sat with his closest friends, sipping  lager and laughing at the stories of yesterdays. This was what these men referred to as a stag do.... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Best Autumn Festivals Around the World

    Vago Damitio
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We usually think of summer as the party season but across the globe, some of the best and wildest festivals happen in the autumn. The fall is a great time to travel – it’s off-season in many places,... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • 5 Quirky Boutique Hotels in Madrid

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Here are five of the best upscale and boutique places to stay in the Spanish capital of Madrid You Might Also Enjoy: Rome, Italy – Hostels and Boutique Hotels Incredible hostels of... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Goa – Where Old Hippies Go To Die

    Vago Damitio
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    The smallest state in India was and is a veritable Mecca for those interested in exotic culture, far out spiritual experience and unregulated drug and alcohol experiences. You Might Also Enjoy: The... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
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    Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

  • Colours of Rajasthan, Diwali and hill forts

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    In the late 90s I spent quite a bit of time in India, but haven’t been back since. I’ve been tempted to return lately. The mountainous north, Kashmir and Ladakh, hold the greatest draw. I’d love to stay on a house boat on Lake Dal in Srinigar. Now to convince the girls to come along… (Alex, my oldest, has already been. When she was 16, she visited Ladakh on a high school trip, trekking through Markha Valley and up to Kong Muru in the Karakoram Mountains.) But I’d also like to return to fascinating Rajasthan for a closer look. So I’ve been going through…
  • Silent Sunday: View of Tbilisi, Georgia

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Tbilisi views: overlooking the capital of Georgia from Narikala Fortress Silent Sunday: View of Tbilisi, Georgia is a post from Sophie's World
  • World at a Glance: Great Zimbabwe

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I had 4-5 hours to kill in Masvingo once, waiting for the last bus to Harare. Must have been 16 years ago. So I did what I often do when I’m short on time: I asked a taxi driver if there was anything interesting to see. A slightly dubious practice, I know, and certainly one that can end up costing a pretty penny. Then again, I’ve rarely encountered any difficulties when using this strategy. In Masvingo, he suggested the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe. A lost city; how could I say no? Legend has it the Queen of Sheba resided here at Great Zimbabwe. True or not, it was an…
  • Silent Sunday: November in Kew Gardens, London

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Trees shedding autumn leaves at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – November in London Silent Sunday: November in Kew Gardens, London is a post from Sophie's World
  • Ostalgie: What is freedom, anyway?

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I’m brought back to my first visit to Berlin, a divided city then. Crossing from West to East Berlin, we had to exchange 25 Mark (about 20 USD) into 25 Ostmark (East Mark). We could not bring East German currency out of the country – at least not legally. When leaving, any remaining Ostmark had to be handed over at the East German border post. You could not exchange it back, but you could ask for a receipt and collect the money if you returned within a year. Of course, you would then have to exchange another 25…
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  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
  • Resolved: Overnight click-through issues

    Phil Hollows
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Although feeds were being served and email sent OK, some publishers experienced click-through issues overnight; the problem has now been resolved. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. Any subscribers seeing an error message now need to simply refresh the page. Today, job 1 is to update our monitors to better detect this kind of issue, which unfortunately went undetected by our automated system health tracking.        Related StoriesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing TemporarilyFalse Alarms and Click Through Issues Aug 1 
  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses t