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  • Update: After Killing of Cecil the Lion, Delta Joins Airline Ban on Game Trophies

    NYT > Travel
    ADAM H. GRAHAM
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
    The recent killing of a popular lion named Cecil has sparked outrage, but it has also brought to light the role airlines play in transporting trophy kills as cargo.
  • Want to scatter a loved one's ashes abroad? Some travel rules to heed.

    LA Times
    Catharine Hamm
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Question: Recently, a longtime travel friend died. She had traveled with us several times on African safaris and was in love with Africa, the animals and the safari experience. One of her wishes was that we take her ashes on our next trip to South Africa and sprinkle them on a game-filled savanna...
  • Q&A: What the Australian Adventurer Tim Cope Learned From Nomads

    NYT > Travel
    KELLY DINARDO
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    An interview with Mr. Cope, whose three-year trek on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary taught him how to live in harmony with the environment.
  • I Heart My National Park: Cuyahoga Valley

    Intelligent Travel
    I Heart My National Park
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Many people are surprised when they hear that there’s a full-blown national park in northeastern Ohio, smack-dab between the urban centers of Cleveland and Akron. Crisscrossed by roads and freeways, encompassing towns, private attractions, and city parks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is hardly comparable to the vast western wilderness parks—a circumstance that leads to even more surprises. Visitors can ride a scenic railroad, hear a symphony concert, attend an art exhibition, or, in winter, zoom down snowy ski slopes. But, in true national park form, opportunities for personal reflection…
  • TSA Week in Review: 62 Firearms, 12 Cans of Bear Mace and More

    The TSA Blog
    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:02 pm
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  • I Heart My National Park: Cuyahoga Valley

    I Heart My National Park
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Many people are surprised when they hear that there’s a full-blown national park in northeastern Ohio, smack-dab between the urban centers of Cleveland and Akron. Crisscrossed by roads and freeways, encompassing towns, private attractions, and city parks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is hardly comparable to the vast western wilderness parks—a circumstance that leads to even more surprises. Visitors can ride a scenic railroad, hear a symphony concert, attend an art exhibition, or, in winter, zoom down snowy ski slopes. But, in true national park form, opportunities for personal reflection…
  • Instagram of the Month: Lauterbrunnen Valley

    Tyler Metcalfe
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    Can’t leave Switzerland without this shot of the Lauterbrunnen Valley from Wengen. This was the photo that I really wanted to get and the weather cooperated quite nicely. #ricksteveseurope #ig_great_pics #nikonnofilter #shutterbugpix #mentorseries #mountains #wanderlustcontest #natgeotravelpic #natgeo #travel #jungfrau #jungfrauregion #berneroberland #switzerland #visitswitzerland #alps #clouds #rsa_nature #rsa_sky #waterfall @ricksteveseurope #wengen #lauterbrunnen #natgeolandscape @discoverearth #landscape_captures #naturegeography #nature #iloveswitzerland #bestmountainartists…
  • All-American Adventures in Wonderlands

    Intelligent Travel
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    Don’t just see the world, seize it. From paragliding the Grand Tetons to cave exploring in Kentucky, these six wild adventures in the U.S. turn vacations into calls to action. > Descend Into Mammoth Cave Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave, the longest known cave system in the world, boasts chambers big enough to fit a symphony orchestra, waterfall-like flowstone formations, and giant pillars that look like ancient shrines. > Hike the Zion Narrows The Zion Narrows, in Utah, is often dubbed a natural cathedral, for its soaring red-sandstone cliffs and the almost spiritual reverence…
  • Travel Lens: Kristen Kish’s World

    Hannah Sheinberg
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    As cohost of the Travel Channel’s new show 36 Hours (which premieres August 17), Top Chef season 10 winner Kristen Kish has a pretty full plate—which is often piled high with fried chicken. “The amount of times I ordered late-night room service chicken fingers in various hotels around the world after filming is quite alarming,” Kish says. When she’s not in front of the camera, the South Korea-born, Michigan-raised former model heads home to Boston, where she cut her teeth as a chef. Here’s a look at the world through Kristen Kish’s unique lens: Hannah Sheinberg: When someone…
  • Virginia’s Capital of Charm: Richmond

    Intelligent Travel
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Richmond zips away from its sleepy southern past with a blend of modern culture, cuisine, and international sport. Between September 19-27, professional cyclists race in the 2015 UCI Road World Championships along the same streets and James River-skirting trail that lure leisure cyclists (rent wheels from Riverside Outfitters). The food scene goes “beyond ‘where can I get crab cakes?’ to noodle houses, pie shops, and breweries,” says Maureen Egan of Real Richmond Food Tours. Try Blue Bee Cider or L’Opossum’s South-meets-France bistro fare (ham escargot biscuits, lavender grits).
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  • TSA Week in Review: 62 Firearms, 12 Cans of Bear Mace and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:02 pm
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  • TSA Week in Review: 38 Loaded Firearms, Hatchets, Flares, Tomahawk, Propane Tanks and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    41 Firearms Discovered Over the Last Eight Days – Of the 41 firearms discovered, 38 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry on bag at HOU. Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is
  • TSA Week in Review: 48 Firearms, 27 Stun Guns, Batarangs and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    48 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 48 firearms discovered, 37 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at Sacramento (SMF).  Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is
  • TSA Week in Review: 63 Firearms, a Cannon Ball and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    “Due to the Fourth of July holiday, this report reflects the last eight days (7/2 - 7/9).”  63 Firearms Discovered Over the Last Eight Days – Of the 63 firearms discovered, 47 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at ATL. A Columbia (CAE) traveler had the following items in his carry-on bag: Lopping shears, a sling shot, a
  • TSA Week in Review: 37 Firearms, Fireworks, Live Smoke Grenade, and More

    Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team)
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Due to the Fourth of July holiday, this report is being posted on Thursday vs. Friday and only reflects the last six days (6/26 - 7/1). 37 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 37 firearms discovered, 34 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at (BNA). This live M18 smoke grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Madison (
 
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  • Delta Air Lines bans big game hunts

    TakePart
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    AS WORLD OUTRAGE over Cecil the Lion’s death grows, one of the United States’ largest airlines tells hunters to find another way to bring home the bodies of lions, tigers and other wildlife. Delta, the only United States airline that offers direct flights to South Africa, has just put up a big roadblock for American hunters hoping to bring home animal trophies. In a statement sent to TakePart on Monday, Delta said it has banned the transport of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo parts on its flights worldwide. “Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called…
  • When Donald Trump calls immigrants ‘illegal,’ here’s what he’s really saying

    Laura Colarusso
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    View image | gettyimages.com Since announcing his bid for the White House in mid-June, real estate mogul Donald Trump has stirred up controversy after controversy. Whether he’s taking shots at John McCain’s military service or sharing a rival Republican’s cell phone number, the reality show star has found a way to keep his name in the news cycle. But no subject has gotten Trump, his supporters, his detractors and the media more riled up than immigration reform. So far, it’s the only area where Trump has laid out any real policy prescriptions — he wants to build a…
  • Language learning requires mistakes

    Benny Lewis
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Photo: Donye nhy’m [Kim] Being wrong is painful. Nobody wants to look stupid. And making mistakes feels really stupid. That’s why learning a new language is so scary. You have to make mistakes. It also explains why so many people give up at the first hurdle — they want to be perfect from day one. Making mistakes is the only way to become fluent in a language. That’s why I’ve written about it so often. As much as I emphasise this point, I still hear from language learners who are afraid to say the wrong thing. What if there was another way to look at mistakes? What if you…
  • I grew up in New Zealand. Here’s how it feels not to go back

    Elen Turner
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Photo: Christopher Michel AT 13, I MOVED FROM ENGLAND’S MIDLANDS TO WAIPU, a small coastal farming community in New Zealand. The region of ancient kauri forests and hidden bays is among the most naturally spectacular in the country, but also one of the poorest, with chronic unemployment and under-employment. There was no bus service. The two-screen cinema — 40 minutes away in Whangarei — showed movies six months late. Even episodes of Home & Away and Neighbours aired months after they did in the UK, despite Australia being just ‘across the ditch.’ Back in…
  • 26 things people never say in Cambridge, Mass

    Rachel Rueckert
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Photo: Steven Guzzardi 1. Let’s take the green line — it’ll be faster. 2. Didn’t you hear? I’m purchasing a home on Brattle Street. 3. I have an idea. Let’s get in line to rub the shoe of that John Harvard statue! 4. I wish more people would get excited about startups around here. 5. I’m a graduate student, therefore I know exactly what I’m doing with my life. 6. I’m voting for Donald Trump, but having another Bush in the White House would be my second choice.
 
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  • Best Things to Do in London

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

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

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

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

    Beth Whitman
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    I couldn’t have anticipated at the beginning of this summer that these Icebreaker Cool-Lite Spark Shorts would get so much use in such a short amount of time. Meant for warm weather, I’ve been wearing these often during my runs in Seattle because of our record-breaking temps. (No complaints, I’m loving it!) The material is […] The post Icebreaker Cool-Lite Spark Shorts ~ WanderGear Wednesday appeared first on Wanderlust and Lipstick.
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  • 10 Highlights of 2017 Grand South America & Antarctica Cruise

    Rich Tucker
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    With the premium accommodations of the Holland America ms Prinsendam and a spectacular itinerary, the 2017 Grand South America and Antarctica Cruise is a dream cruise vacation. Setting off from Ft. Lauderdale, this highly-rated cruise ship will show you the best features of the entire continent of South America.  After traversing the Panama Canal, you’ll be dazzled by the sites of Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, among other scheduled ports and countries. You will cruise along the Amazon River and the Antarctic Sound, with stunning views of the most memorable scenery offered around…
  • 2015 Labor Day Cruise Deals: Top 4

    Rich Tucker
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    Labor Day is one of my favorite times of the year to cruise because it extends Summer one more week and it is a holiday so I use one less vacation day. We have passed the final payment due date on the Labor Day cruises which means NOW is the time to get the best deals! Why is Cruise Final Payment Due Date important? Final payment due date is when everyone who booked earlier has to pay the remainder of the cruise.  This is also when they are locked into going on the cruise because cancellations incur a penalty. After final payment date, the cruise lines have a better idea which sailings need…
  • Kids Cruise Free: Norwegian Cruise Line Sale Ending Soon

    Rich Tucker
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    With the latest Norwegian Cruise Line kids cruise free sale ending soon, I figured I’d do some research to help you find the best family of 4 cruise deals. The current Norwegian Cruise Line Freestyle choice is for 2015 sailings.  Select voyages include 3rd – 8th passenger in the cabin for cruise for free.  Most of the select voyages are in the first 2 weeks of December. Here are the top 4 Kids Cruise Free deals in the Norwegian Freestyle Choice Sale [must book by June 30th]: Top 4 Norwegian Family Cruise Deals: #1. 7-night Norwegian Jade Caribbean Cruise Departing Houston,…
  • Last-Minute 2015 Summer Cruise Deals

    Rich Tucker
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    In general cruise prices are the highest we’ve seen in recent years for Summer sailings. GOOD NEWS: there are still a few last-minute summer cruise deals out there. Alaska Summer Cruise Deals The destination with the most cruise deals this summer is Alaska.  Prices have even dropped on the Roundtrip Seattle Alaska Cruises which had been staying much higher than the Northbound and Southbound Alaska Cruises. The Best Alaska Deals: $399 Oceanview on Princess 7-night Alaska Southbound Cruise departing July 4th, 2015. CLICK HERE for details.   $599 Holland America 7-night Alaska Cruise…
  • Top 3 Royal Caribbean Going, Going, Gone Deals

    Rich Tucker
    28 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    What is Royal Caribbean’s Going, Going, Gone Sale?   It is Royal Caribbean weekly sale.  Every Tuesday – Wednesday, Royal Caribbean drops the prices on select cruises that are departing 2 – 6 weeks out.  These are sailings that they need to fill some unsold cabins. We get the select list of sailings ahead of time and I research current prices to find which ones are the best deals. I give you the heads up not to book and to start planning, so you are ready to book when the price drops next Tuesday. DO NOT buy Airfare until you book the cruise. These prices are not…
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    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog

  • Acton Cemetery in London

    Karen Bryan
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:11 pm
    When I was walking back to the Holiday Inn Express London Park Royal from Park Royal Tube station, one of the last sections of the route took me through Acton Cemetery. The cemetery was consecrated in the late 1890s and is home to a Victorian Gothic Chapel. There are no new plots available, but there […]
  • Review of Mark Warner Holiday at San Lucianu Beach Resort in Corsica

    Karen Bryan
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:41 pm
    My husband and I spent one week on a press trip in late June/early July with Mark Warner Holidays at the San Lucianu Beach Resort on the French island of Corsica. Heathrow to Bastia (Corsica) Our BA charter flight left Heathrow’s Terminal 5 at 7.45am. Flying with BA was great, as they have a generous […]
  • Batis Meat Restaurant at New Perama by Kavala, Greece

    Karen Bryan
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:37 pm
    The very pretty seaside city of Kavala in Northern Greece can be reached from Thessaloniki in about 2.5 hours on major roads. At the western end of Kavala lie several beautiful seaside villages, one of which at a 14km distance is New Perama. View from New Perama beach The New Perama sea front is beautiful […]
  • Review of L’Esquinade Restaurant in Marseille

    Karen Bryan
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    On our first evening in Marseille, we were starting to feel hungry after a walk around Vieux Port. In order to escape the traffic on the southern side of the port, we walked up a block. We spotted the L’Esquinade restaurant in the pretty Place Thiers. We were attracted by the 15 Euro three course […]
  • Win a Mark Warner Holiday in the #mwmoment Competition

    Karen Bryan
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:41 pm
    There’s a prize of a Mark Warner holiday for up to five people, plus five monthly prizes of a £200 holiday voucher towards a Mark Warner holiday, in the #wmmoment competition. To enter, you need to share your best moments about a Mark Warner holiday (this could be a holiday that you’ve already taken or are […]
 
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    Art of Non-Conformity

  • You Can’t Live As If You Only Had Three Months to Live

    Chris Guillebeau
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    It’s a challenging thought: “How would you live if you learned you only had three months left?” Most of us would probably make some changes, or at least we’d think long and hard about what really matters. If your job sucks, you’d probably quit. You might travel to that place you’ve always dreamed of. You might pursue a long-time dream that you never got around to until now. And you’d almost certainly aim to restore harmony in any broken relationships, and perhaps say farewell to as many friends as possible. But this thought experiment has its limits. Typically, the next part of…
  • What Happened at WDS 2015? Unfiltered Attendee Reviews, Round I

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Every year after WDS we receive hundreds of blog posts, reviews, and writeups from attendees. Here’s the first round of unfiltered opinions on a variety of topics related to the whole event. Check them out and decide for yourself what WDS is all about! How WDS Changed My Life (by David Ryan) The Hit List – World Domination Summit 2015 (by Theresa Reed – The Tarot Lady) Finding My Voice at WDS 2015 and Part 2 (by Julie Spezia) World Domination Summit 2015 (by Melissa Feineman Suzuno) Thank You for WDS and My Favourite Notes from WDS (by Christine Westermark) Words of Wisdom from…
  • Sometimes It Doesn’t Work, But You Still Have to Try Anyway

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    You always hear about the people who took a chance that paid off. You always hear the try, try again stories—those case studies of overcoming what seems to be an insurmountable challenge. You know how the story goes: so-and-so encountered failure a dozen times, but on the thirteenth attempt, they made it! Then so-and-so says, “Thanks, everyone. I’m so glad I kept going. Victory was never guaranteed, but look at me now.” Sometimes, though, you head into a situation knowing that there’s a high likelihood of failure. I’m not talking about the possibility of failure, I’m…
  • “There’s Nothing You Could Have Done … But What If There Was?”

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Last week I wrote about the unexpected loss of my brother, Ken. I mentioned that when terrible things happen, people tend to say, “It will all be okay,” but unfortunately this isn’t always true. What’s okay about a premature death? There’s no way to bring back a loved one, and that’s just not okay. Another thing people say is “There’s nothing you could have done.” But just like saying, “It will be okay,” this isn’t necessarily true either. When you come to a situation you can’t change, it’s only natural to look back and think, “What if?” Maybe there really was…
  • Limited Time: New 80,000 Points Signup Bonus for Marriott Card

    Ashley Mudra
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Link: 80,000 Points for Marriott Card While I was on blog hiatus and then hosting WDS, a big new offer landed that I haven’t had a chance to write about. Fortunately, there’s still time! Marriott isn’t my favorite hotel program (that would be Starwood and Hyatt), but this new offer is worth a look for the free nights you’ll earn right away. They used to provide 50,000 points upon signup, but for a limited time—we don’t know for how long—you can earn 30,000 additional points for a total of 80,000. 80,000 points can put you in one of their nicer hotels or resorts worldwide…
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  • Business Listings success checklist: Add Contact Links

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    Your TripAdvisor page can get hundreds or even thousands of visits per year. And now that you have a Business Listings subscription, you can convert this qualified traffic into direct bookings.
  • Texting your way to sales and traveler engagement

    Helen Anne Travis
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
    While many hospitality brands are chasing the latest trends in social media, Tweeting and Snapchatting their way into customers’ hearts, it’s easy to overlook perhaps the simplest form of digital communication: the text message.
  • Certificate of Excellence winner: Tugu Hotels

    16 Jul 2015 | 5:56 am
    The Tugu Hotels philosophy is based on providing sincere and welcome service. It’s a guest experience that starts in the heart and flows to every guest interaction, every amenity, every glowing TripAdvisor review.
  • I had a wonderful stay. Now what?

    Helen Anne Travis
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    Imagine this: I had a lovely time staying at your accommodation. The room was lovely; the staff attentive; and the breakfast buffet was beyond my expectations. I’ll be sure to write a glowing TripAdvisor review, tell all my friends about my stay, and book a room the next time I’m in town.
  • Certificate of Excellence: “Winning this shows us that we’re on the right track”

    9 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    Nestled in the heart of the tantalizing landscapes and sights of Murcia City lies the Hotel Nelva, a luxurious 250-room property that has been delighting guests to Spain f
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”

    Sheila Beal
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Mahalo to KaRyle Soto for sharing this fantastic photo of Waimea Canyon with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon is a must see on a Kauai vacation. There are a few lookouts that are easy to access off the main highway leading into Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Parks. The canyon’s colors, depth and jagged walls will amaze you.Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back…
  • Suggestions for a seven-day Oahu vacation itinerary

    Sheila Beal
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    We completely understand how daunting Oahu vacation planning can be. The island has so very much to offer that the options seem endless.When planning your Oahu vacation, there are so many decisions to make – like when to go and where to stay — that by the time you’re ready to plan what you’ll do and see, you’re almost ready for a vacation from your vacation planning! That’s why we’ve created this seven-day Oahu itinerary to make your planning much, much easier.We designed this itinerary to include outstanding scenery, adventure and history along with…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Rainbow Falls on Hawaii, the Big Island

    Sheila Beal
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    Mahalo to @TehWins for sharing this excellent photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. He took this photo while he was on his Big Island honeymoon, which he described as “pure magic.”TehWins’ photo is of Rainbow Falls on Hawaii, the Big Island, which is located in Hilo. As you can see, it’s a beautiful waterfall to visit. As such, we include a stop at Rainbow Falls in our Kona to Hilo sightseeing day-trip, which is our handy dandy guide to Hilo side sights for visitors staying on the Kona side.Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire…
  • Oahu’s Makapu’u Point

    Sheila Beal
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    Oahu’s easternmost point — Makapu’u Point — also happens to be a very beautiful place and a must-see on your Oahu vacation.Makapu’u Point is very easy to access off of Kalanianaole Highway (Highway 72). It is also convenient to other scenic stops, such as the nearby Halona Blowhole. See this Google Map of Makapu’u Point. (From that map you can create your own directions to Makapu’u.)When you are in the area, we recommend you at least stop at the Makapu’u Lookout. You’ll find the turnout with ample parking just off the main highway.
  • Aloha Friday Photo: At Kahekili’s Leap

    Sheila Beal
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    Mahalo to Tom Roelens, General Manager of the two beautiful Four Seasons Lana’i resorts, for sharing this striking photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Tom loves to explore Lana’i and here’s what he tells us about the site of his gorgeous photo — Kahekili’s Leap at Kaunolu:One of my favorite places on the island of Lana’i – as you look down from Kahekili’s Leap, you see this amazing bay and snorkeling site with a beautiful cave along the second tallest sea cliffs in the world. It truly shows the many faces of Hawaii and the diversity of our…
 
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  • Seabourn Odyssey in Venice

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

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

    GJE
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    At the Venice Biennial Monica Bonvicini, born in Venice, but living and working in Berlin, had a complete room in the Arsenale with chainsaw installations in concrete with dripping rubber. The brochure says: In Bonvicini’s hands, industrial materials are used to create a humorous critique of male power symbols. It keeps me thinking. Last update: Friday, July 17, 2015Monica Bonvicini is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Lancia Appia

    GJE
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:39 pm
    And there I was in Senigallia, Italy, where the local classic car club had a meeting in front of the castle. I found this car which is very similar to my first car. I have owned it approximately two weeks. Then in the first shower it appeared that the back wheelarches where rotten. The prior owner had driven it approximately 15 years in those days (early 70ies). He was the best friend of my granddad. He stored the car in a garage and hadn’t noticed the wheelarches problems. He took the car back without a hassle and subsequently I bought my first Citroen, a 2CV. Not really sure anymore I…
  • 10 Questions for Chandler Tomayko of The Chef with Red Shoes – Interview 48

    GJE
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Happy to introduce you to a Real Chef: Chandler Tomayko. 1) Who Are you? My name is Chandler Tomayko. I am 28 years old. I am a Chef, a Traveler and a freelance Photographer. I have spent the past several years participating in culinary workshops around the world, learning about different cultures, working in different restaurants, teaching and collaborating with professionals in different fields. I have two blogs: thechefwithredshoes.wordpress.com started out as a way for me to keep tabs on what I was doing while traveling and working. My second blog: chandlertomaykophotography.wordpress.com…
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    Everything Everywhere Travel Blog

  • Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park, Tasmania

    Gary
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    Russell Falls in Mount Field National Park, Tasmania Camera NIKON D200 ISO 400 Focal Length 18mm Aperture f/4.0 Exposure Time 1/60 Many people forget about Tasmania when visiting Australia. Given its location off the mainland of the country, it takes a bit more work to get there, so it is a place that people often leave “for later”. That’s too bad, because Tasmania offers something very different from the rest of the country. Most of Australia is a desert, however, Tasmania is quite green. The forests have some of the tallest trees in the world. I even saw snow on the top of…
  • August 2015 Desktop Wallpaper

    Gary
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:07 pm
    This month’s image was taken on the flight deck of the USS Harry S Truman 1920×1200 | 1920×1080 | 1600×1200 | 1680×1050 | 1600×900 1440×900 | 1280×1024 | 1280×800 | 1024×768 iPad | iPhone 6 | iPhone 6 Plus | iPhone 5 2560×1600 (MacBook Retina 13″) | 2880×1800 (MacBook Retina 15″)
  • The Global Travel Conspiracy, Episode 5 – Questions and Answers, Volume 1

    Gary
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:31 pm
    This week I answer your questions. If you are interested in having me answer your questions about travel, photography or anything else, just follow me on Facebook or join my Facebook travel group. Subscribe on iTunes
  • Lyin’ in the Grass in Kruger National Park, South Africa

    Gary
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    Lyin' in the Grass in Kruger National Park, South Africa Camera NIKON D300S ISO 200 Focal Length 500mm Aperture f/16 Exposure Time 1/125 During my 2014 G Adventures photography tour in South Africa, we had pretty good luck. One day we actually saw all of the Big 5 before lunch, which hardly even happens. However, that doesn’t means everything was perfect from a photography standpoint. We saw rhinos and lions, but they weren’t on full display. The rhinos were off in a distance and the lions were behind trees or, as you can see in this photo, lying in the grass. That is one of…
  • Flamingo and Reflection in the Galapagos Islands

    Gary
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Flamingo and Reflection in the Galapagos Islands Camera NIKON D300S ISO 400 Focal Length 200mm Aperture f/11 Exposure Time 1/200 The one bird I’ve seen in more places around the world than any other is the flamingo. I have seen flamingos in North America, South America, Europe and Africa. Flamingos are one of the few global species which can be found on most continents.
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    Vagabondish

  • Photo of the Moment: The Blue Ships of Doha Port, Kuwait

    Mike Richard
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Kyle Stanley Check out the full story behind this stunning HDR shot at PhotoBotos.com. The post Photo of the Moment: The Blue Ships of Doha Port, Kuwait appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • I’m Going Traveling, Damn It! (When to Ignore the Advice of Others)

    Amanda Kendle
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Over ten years ago, I quit a great job to live and travel abroad. People told me I was crazy, and a few tried to persuade me not to do it. Given that a decade has since passed and my life is going pretty well, I think I’m qualified to say that those people who told me not to go were dead wrong! So in case you’re contemplating the same thing, here’s why you should feel justified to ignore the advice of those who tell you that you shouldn’t go traveling now. You’ve Got a Good Job Yes, I had a great job. That was part of the problem —…
  • Photo of the Moment: The Rush at Finnich Gorge Waterfalls, Scotland

    Mike Richard
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:38 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Finnich Gorge Waterfalls, Scotland © john mcsporran The post Photo of the Moment: The Rush at Finnich Gorge Waterfalls, Scotland appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • I’m Bored! How to Amuse Yourself on a Long Train, Plane or Bus Trip

    Amanda Kendle
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:18 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I actually look forward to being “trapped” in some kind of transport for a long stint. Unless it’s truly awful, I love the chance to enjoy uninterrupted time on a train, plane or bus to do whatever I want. Whatever I want, of course, provided it involves me sitting down in a moving vehicle of some kind doing not terribly much. Not everybody agrees though. So for those of you who dread the thought of spending hours in a train or plane, this list of different ways to entertain yourself on a long trip might help. Get to Know Somebody New Yes,…
  • Travel Fitness Gear: Polar A300 Fitness Watch and Activity Tracker

    Mike Richard
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. These days, it seems everyone and their granny is marketing their own fitness tracker. But one brand I’ve always liked — one that’s always stood — is Polar. Their product line runs the gamut from hardcore, professional fitness watches (like the V800 GPS Sport Watch) to prosumer-level activity trackers like the new A300 Fitness Watch. The primary goal of the A300 is to provide a single, wearable device that tracks daily activity, sleep (restful vs. restless), steps, and calories burned. While it’s not quite as…
 
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Travel to Hyderabad, India – Episode 477

    chris2x
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hear about travel to Hyderabad India as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sean Whiting about the city he has called home for more than 4 years. Sean and his wife work at […] The post Travel to Hyderabad, India – Episode 477 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: India and the Enduro India Motorcycle Rally – Episode 34 Travel to India – Episode 317 Travel to Kerala, India – Episode 147
  • Travel to Hamburg, Germany – Episode 470 Transcript

    chris2x
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:20 pm
    transcript of Travel to Hamburg, Germany – Episode 470 Chris: Amateur Traveler Episode 470, today the Amateur Traveler talks about the second biggest port in Europe. A former member of the Hanseatic League, […] The post Travel to Hamburg, Germany – Episode 470 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to Hamburg, Germany – Episode 470 Travel to Munich Germany – Episode 469 Transcript Travel to Bavaria and Southern Germany – Amateur Traveler Episode 188 Transcript
  • 8 Ways to Enjoy Paris on a Budget

    Joy Williams
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:54 pm
    You were meant to visit Paris, France. You know it, and I know it – so, what’s stopping you from going? Please don’t tell me that it’s your budget because I know […] The post 8 Ways to Enjoy Paris on a Budget appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Eiffel Tower on a Rainy Night – Paris, France – Daily Photo 7 Reasons Why Paris Is Better Than Disneyland Paris, France – The City of Lights – Episode 42
  • “Jen Leo’s Day Off” – This Week in Travel 192

    chris2x
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest: Sherry Ott of Ottsworld Subscribe on iTunes | Become a Fan on Facebook | Download […] The post “Jen Leo’s Day Off” – This Week in Travel 192 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Kim Mance and Sherry Ott on “Texas Standoff” – This Week in Travel #84 “Flight Loopholes, Fresh Air and Shame” – This Week in Travel 180 This Week in Travel #63 –…
  • Travel to New Orleans, Louisiana – Episode 476

    chris2x
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Hear about travel to New Orleans Louisiana as the Amateur Traveler talks to freelance journalist Jill Robinson. Jill agrees with Earl King “There ain’t no city like New Orleans”. “It’s the least […] The post Travel to New Orleans, Louisiana – Episode 476 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: 9 Tips for Enjoying Mardi Gras in New Orleans More on Learning a Language and New Orleans, Louisiana – Episode 8 NOLA Cathedral – New Orleans, Louisiana – Daily Photo
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Reinventing a Life of Freedom on the Waters of Central Oregon

    David Clewett
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
      Not enough people know how to think and live for themselves, on their own terms.  Perhaps it is the culture we are raised in where we are expected to sit quietly and listen to teachers lecture us on what to do and how to do it.  Perhaps it is because parents preach college and careers over dreaming big and pursuing our wildest far-fetched fantasies.  Perhaps it is simply because obediently following is much easier than a life of questioning everything and chasing our dreams and desired lifestyle with a wildly unrelenting passion. I spent much of my life pursuing an unambitious…
  • AsiaNOMALY in Taipei, Taiwan

    Alison Roberts-Tse
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    My eyes scanned words my brain barely managed to process and instantly blurred with tears.  I was having a “Miss America” moment. A whirlwind of joy and excitement whipped through my chest because the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office had graciously granted me a scholarship to learn Mandarin in Taiwan, my foreign motherland, even though the extent of my vocabulary was “Hello” and “Thank you.”  I would return to the country where I had spent the first four months of my life before flying to the States with the adoption agency and becoming as American as apple pie – as if I…
  • My Journey Back in Time, USA

    Helen Curtis
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    My Journey Back In Time, USA               Two rivers meet, and two cultures clash. At the convergence of the Ohio and the Kanawha rivers, lies the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The history that occurred here belies its size.  Called Tu-Endie-Wei by the Shawnee and Point Pleasant by the soon-to-become Americans, the first battle of the Revolutionary War took place here in what would become West Virginia almost a hundred years later. Here, our nation’s independence began, and here is where my journey led me. I come from a large family and have moved a lot.
  • Invisible in Serbia

    Vanessa A Nirode
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:25 pm
    I am on a lumbering train, heading north from Belgrade through the desolate Serbian countryside. A tail of thick smoke follows behind. I imagine it is visible from very far away, a guiding beacon for anyone who might be in the game of tracking trains across Serbian fields. Occasionally, the train comes to a halt. The doors open slowly as if straining against some unseen will. I imagine hands on the other side, struggling to keep them from parting. But I never see anyone outside.  I am invisible again. I know this because it took six ‘excuse me-s’ in four different languages (Croatian,…
  • July 2015: Inspiration Winners & WSGT Updates

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    FROM THE JULY NEWS for We Said Go Travel: Inspiration Writing Contest winners! AND THE WINNERS ARE: First Place Winner:  Stephen Fabes, Don’t Look Down in Bolivia Second Place Winner: Christina Mehriary, Marine Eyes in Iraq Third Place Winner: Sheefa Kasar, Fulwa, India Honorable Mentions: Nitya Pandy: Right across the river in Nepal Jamie Williams: Taking the Stairs in the USA Robin Bortner: Beautiful Ugly Rome, Italy Sasha Woffinden: The Land of the Rising Sun, Japan Tess E. Huntington: The Journey Within Starts in Tanzania Congratulations to the winners from the Inspiration…
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    Elliott

  • Rental extortion? Pay $35 for insurance or a $1,500 security deposit

    Christopher Elliott
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When you’re quoted a price for your overnight accommodations, can the property impose additional restrictions on you that essentially force you to pay a fee? That’s the question plaguing Fanchon Silberstein, who recently booked a home rental through a company called Allstar Lodging....
  • Burned by Jessica Alba, I’m not even in a movie

    Joseph Luther
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    One sunscreen is receiving a lot of unwelcome press at exactly the wrong time this summer, with blistering reviews and painful pictures leaving its famous founder red in the face. The post Burned by Jessica Alba, I’m not even in a movie appeared first on Elliott.
  • Secrets from the trenches of consumer advocacy

    Christopher Elliott
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    I'm dropping a few bombshells today. Ready? The post Secrets from the trenches of consumer advocacy appeared first on Elliott.
  • Top 10 hair-tearing consumer complaints

    Krystal Steinmetz
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    It seems American consumers have a lot to gripe about these days. From billing disputes with their cable company to issues with landlords, consumers have a long list of complaints about their dealings with businesses. The Consumer Federation of America recently released its list of the biggest...
  • Remember your e-ticket number — here’s why

    Janice Hough
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    It was one of those calls we laugh about now. At the time it happened, more than a decade ago, it wasn’t so funny. My travel agency client, who is also a friend, was traveling to Europe with her husband. The airline industry was moving from paper to electronic tickets around then. This...
 
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Travel to LA Without a Car?

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

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

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

    Soul Travelers3
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:24 pm
    B.madebybebe Gives Teen Singer Mozart Glamour Makeup & Hair!Remember Grammy Weekend Red Carpet Event where 14 year old Mozart sang her song Ashes and  Remember Grammy Weekend Red Carpet Event where 14 year old Mozart sang her song Ashes and You're Not Alone? That led Mozart to start preparing for her first album with a top LA producer, a dramatic lead in a movie playing a violin prodigy and using her song Ashes as the centerpiece of the soundtrack!  MOZART HAS TWO SONGS IN MOVIES!Isn't it astonishing that she already has two songs about to be in movies? We're…
  • Working on the Road:The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom by Nora Dunn & Chris Guillebeau

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

  • Why Delta Thinks Its New Investment, a Subsidized China Eastern, is Not the Same as a Subsidized Middle East Airline

    CF
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    When Delta announced that it would take a 3.55 percent stake in China Eastern, I received a bunch of emails saying effectively the same thing. To paraphrase, how can Delta justify investing in the most subsidized Chinese airline while still fighting Emirates/Etihad/Qatar and their subsidies? It sounds hypocritical, for sure, but Delta is walking a tightrope here and thinks these are two very different situations. Delta has not been shy in talking about its ambitions for China. Earlier this year, CEO Richard Anderson suggested Delta would like to have a hub in Shanghai that looks a lot like…
  • US Airlines are Competing Fiercely and Wall Street Doesn’t Like It

    CF
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    Airlines have been releasing their quarterly earnings reports over the last couple of weeks, and the results have been downright excellent. They’re all making money hand-over-fist, but not everyone is pleased. Wall Street, in fact, is not happy that the airlines are actually trying to compete with each other. That’s keeping fares lower, and that means some analysts think the airlines aren’t doing everything they can to maximize profits. I see things differently. The airline that really sent shockwaves with its earnings call was American. In the second quarter of this year,…
  • Cranky on the Web – The 5 Worst Airports in the US

    CF
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    The USA’s worst airport: If not LaGuardia, which one? – USA Today With the news that LaGuardia may finally get a new terminal, I was asked which airports I would call the five worst in the US. I didn’t have 5, but I went with Washington/Dulles, JFK, Miami, and LAX. You can see what others thought as well in this article.
  • Topic of the Week: How Much Would You Pay Delta to Upgrade to a Private Jet?

    CF
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    Delta came out with a really unique program this week. Since Delta has a fleet of private jets, it has come up with a way to offer its best customers the ability to upgrade from a scheduled flight to a private jet. This seems more opportunistic from Delta’s perspective. If it has a jet with nothing to do and it wants to get it from point A to point B, it can find a good customer who is flying the same route. But this won’t be free. How much would you be willing to pay if Delta offered you the chance to upgrade?
  • United Does a Quick Hop Well (Trip Report)

    CF
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    You’ve already seen my posts on how the flight attendant training went in Houston, but I didn’t talk about how I actually got there. As you know from my last trip report, I was in Austin giving a speech. They had me busy on Wednesday and Friday, but I had nothing but time on Thursday. That, coincidentally, was the day United wanted to bring me to Houston. Since it’s only a short 30 minute flight away, this was an easy (but long) day trip to slot in. And the flights turned out to be surprisingly good. United flies a mix of airplanes on this route, and I was hoping to try the…
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Travel Tip: Is Google Taking Over the Travel World?

    PeterGreenberg.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:21 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Is Google Taking Over the Travel World?Google has quietly launched a feature that lets you book a hotel room through the search engine. Traditionally, you could search for a hotel on Google, but then you had... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Is Google Taking Over the Travel World? appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • How to Get Your Kids Outside While on Vacation This Summer

    PeterGreenberg.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - How to Get Your Kids Outside While on Vacation This SummerNot sure how to get your kids outside during the summer—especially when you’re on vacation? Sometimes getting your kids to put down the electronic gadgets and go outside to play... Read More...The post How to Get Your Kids Outside While on Vacation This Summer appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How More Hotels Are Going Hi-Tech

    PeterGreenberg.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:24 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: How More Hotels Are Going Hi-TechHotel technology is getting more sophisticated, and in some places, it may seem like machines are taking over the world. In Japan, the Henn na Hotel is truly wild. Everything... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How More Hotels Are Going Hi-Tech appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Peter Greenberg Worldwide—Airline Safety Special—August 1, 2015

    _darra
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Peter Greenberg Worldwide—Airline Safety Special—August 1, 2015This week, the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show reports on the new and fascinating developments in the search for Malaysia Air flight 370—one of aviation’s greatest mysteries—as a part of... Read More...The post Peter Greenberg Worldwide—Airline Safety Special—August 1, 2015 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • NTSB Most Wanted List Highlights Ignored Safety Issues

    PeterGreenberg.com
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - NTSB Most Wanted List Highlights Ignored Safety IssuesFor more than 40 years, any time there’s an accident with a commercial plane, train, bus, or limousine, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is charged with investigating the disaster... Read More...The post NTSB Most Wanted List Highlights Ignored Safety Issues appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
 
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Summer Travel Gear and Apparel Reviews

    Nancy Brown
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I first learned about  SlipIns SurfSkins & GymSkins during a visit to Conejo Valley, California. A friend’s mom had invented a waterproof unitard that was designed to be worn under wetsuits, thus the ability to “slip in” and serve as a second skin between the body and the wetsuit. I thought this was a clever […]
  • Hyatt Carmel Highlands: Relax, Recharge, Renew

    Nancy Brown
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I have to confess that, until today, I was not a fan of timeshares. My only experience with timeshares was a high pressure sales pitch from a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico back in 2007. Recently, I had the good fortune to stay at Hyatt Carmel Highlands on the Big Sur coast. The historic property […]
  • Westlake Village Hotel: Luxury in Thousands Oaks

    Nancy Brown
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    When I told some friends in Northern California that I was headed to visit Conejo Valley for a few days, only one person new the area. However, if I said I was going to visit Agoura Hills, Simi Valley or Thousand Oaks by the Santa Monica Mountains, everyone knew where I was headed. I confess […]
  • The Ladies of Managua: A Lush Road-Trip Read

    Jamie Rhein
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:31 pm
    I cracked open Eleni Gage’s novel, The Ladies of Managua as my husband, son, and I left visiting friends in Illinois on our way to Montana. In between watching the changing scenery and play of light on the landscape, I settled into Gage’s lush worlds of Nicaragua and New Orleans as she wove together the […]
  • Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Stowe, Vermont

    Lisa Dion
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Traveling with two kids for a month has both challenges and rewards. My challenges can be summed up by bickering, relentless competitiveness and keeping them fed and entertained as we traipsed through eight states from Maine to New Jersey. My reward? Snowflake Resort and Spa in Stow Vermont. I hadn’t been to Vermont since college […]
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    Station Casinos Blog

  • Texas Station 20th Anniversary

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

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

    Benjamin Barber
    6 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Hungry for brunch this year on Mother’s day? Show her you care with our amazing lineup of Mother’s Day Brunches. T-Bones Chophouse Mother’s Day Brunch T-bones has put out another spectacular Mother’s Day Brunch menu. The smoked prime beef strip Read More ... The post A Bunch of Mother’s Day Brunches 2015 appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • In Its Entirety Concert Series at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa

    Benjamin Barber
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Look: You’ve probably shelled out hard earned money to go see a tribute band that didn’t live up to the promise. Maybe the vocals were off, or they played a set list of songs that weren’t your favorites. It doesn’t Read More ... The post In Its Entirety Concert Series at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Jackpot Patrol Winners!

    Benjamin Barber
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    Jackpot Patrol has been hitting the streets handing out $500 cash to lucky winners all over the Las Vegas Valley. Be sure to visit your favorite Station Casinos location to enroll. No play required, just swipe and win! Check out Read More ... The post Jackpot Patrol Winners! appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
 
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    TravelPod.com TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at TravelPod.com

  • Laziness — Phú Quốc, Vietnam

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    Laziness - Phú Quốc, Vietnam Phú Quốc, VietnamToday felt like a proper holiday, relaxing around the girls pool we met. Ellie, Katy and Jess who are 20-26. Katy and Jess are friends through Jess' sister from home and Ellie met Jess on a trip to South Africa so we were quite a unique bunch that have come together. We got along really well, it was nice to have a larger group to experience everything with. They were out on mopeds so we pretended we were staying at their hotel and used their pool and wifi all day, we were the only ones there. The view is amazing. On the way…
  • Sentosa Island aquarium — Singapore, Singapore

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    Sentosa Island aquarium - Singapore, Singapore Singapore, SingaporeSentosa Island c'est un peu comme disneyland remixé en disneybeach. L'ile tout au sud de Singapour est peuplée d'un parc d'attraction Universal Pictures, un aquarium, des montagnes russes etc. un téléphérique la traverse même pour accéder aux plages. J'ai seulement visité l'aquarium avec un groupe d'une petite vingtaine d'étudiants américains. Le mardi c'est un billet acheté, un billet offert et évidemment nous étions un nombre impair. Heureusement j'ai…
  • Kampot Jul 18, 2015 — Kampot, Cambodia

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    Kampot Jul 18, 2015 - Kampot, Cambodia Kampot, Cambodia
  • The long way to the Pamir — Osh, Kyrgyzstan

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    The long way to the Pamir - Osh, Kyrgyzstan Osh, Kyrgyzstanhallo liebe LeserInnen, der Text ist in der Mache und kommt die nächsten Tage, sofern es die Internetverbindung zulässt.. viele Grüße aus Osch wünscht heike
  • Hot Springs, AR thru Nashville, TN — Nashville, TN

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    Hot Springs, AR thru Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN Nashville, TN Where I stayed Nashville KOAThe Becker caravan is now half way across Tennessee in Music City/Nashville. Tomorrow we head down toward Atlanta where we spend one night and the following day - we arrive in Seneca. At the time of our last entry, we were getting ready to leave Oklahoma City, heading to Hot Springs AR where we stayed three nights at the lovely Catherine's Landing RV Resort on the Arkansas River. In spite of the suffocating heat in Hot Springs we enjoyed strolling through the historic downtown area where one side of…
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • 5 Reasons Why a Post-Summer Trip to Europe is Best

    Rick Seaney
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Maybe some of your friends went to Europe this summer. Good for them but now it’s your turn and guess what? You were smart to wait. 5 Ways Post-Summer Europe Trips are Best 1. Airline ticket prices drop Airfare prices to Europe drop in late August. The ‘drop date’ varies by carrier but the line between peak-summer prices and lower fall fares typically hits around Aug. 20-25. You’ll often find better hotel deals in the fall as well. 2. Airlines you never heard of are dealing You’re familiar with American, British Airways, Delta and Virgin Atlantic but how about…
  • 5 Simple Ways to Save $50 to $300+ on Your Next Flight

    Rick Seaney
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    These savings tips are simple and quick. Just the way we like it. Start saving right now with these cheap flights 5 Simple Ways to Save Please note: Your savings will probably vary because airfare prices can vary; it all depends when you buy and where and when you fly. The examples cited below are real fares found in July 2015 for flights the following month. 1. Don’t pay a bag fee – Sample savings: $50 You’ve heard this before but if you haven’t tried foregoing a big checked-bag for a small carry-on, do so on your next trip. You will typically save $25 each way.
  • Great Beaches – Hidden Gems, Little-Known Favorites

    Anne McDermott
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Not all these beaches are truly secluded or totally hidden – certainly not to locals – but these gems are every bit as delightful as more famous spots like Malibu in Southern California or Bondi Beach near Sydney. If you see a favorite on the list, tell us what makes it so great. Beaches – Hidden Gems Click the “fly to” links to find cheap flights to these beaches. Click the info links for more attractions. North America Roque Bluffs, Maine: We were tipped off to this one by Shermans Travel and it sounds very secluded indeed. The pebbled-beach is actually within…
  • U.S. Military Discount Flights & Travel Tips

    Billy Sanez
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Whether you’re headed to an island or the mainland, you’re ready to enjoy your leave, alone or with family and friends. See which airlines offer military flight and vacation travel discounts. Military Discount Flights: What to Do First If you served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, Air Force or the Coast Guard, we can help you navigate the many military discount flight options. But first, some quick tips. Call first: It’s always best to call the airline and ask about armed forces airfare discounts. There is usually a phone number in FAQ specific to military…
  • 10 Things You Absolutely Must Pack (plus a ‘maybe’ list)

    Rick Seaney
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    A lot of people liked a recent post of mine about what not to pack. Time for a follow-up list – what you must pack, some ‘maybe pack’ ideas. Much of this is common sense; it also includes suggestions from FareCompare employees, a well-traveled and inventive bunch. You’ll see what I mean by inventive when you get to the part about mustard. LISTEN: What does Rick Seaney pack? You’re about to find out. 10 Things you MUST pack Dehydration kit: Sitting on an airplane can dry you out worse than a California lawn but don’t panic, dehydration kits need not be…
 
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    View from the Wing

  • Will Delta’s Partner Awards Become Crazy Expensive Too?

    Gary Leff
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:04 pm
    [T]he way to get value out of SkyMiles remains to use them for international business class awards on partner airlines. And the funny thing is, that's how you'd usually get value out of SkyMiles even before their recent devaluations. There's frequently a huge discrepancy in pricing between awards on Delta and awards on partners. So I still think that where Delta eventually goes is to change the pricing model for travel on partners. Here's how that would work. Continue reading Will Delta’s Partner Awards Become Crazy Expensive Too?...
  • Airline Route Launched With a Limerick and a Frequent Flyer PROGRAM That Will Expire

    Gary Leff
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Airline Route Launched With a Limerick and a Frequent Flyer PROGRAM That Will Expire...
  • How to Snag Etihad First Class Awards

    Gary Leff
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    A reader asks for advice in securing Etihad first class awards. They are a fantastic value with American Airlines miles, and the product is one of the very best for the seat, food, and amenities. And there are some patterns to watch to book these awards like an expert. Continue reading How to Snag Etihad First Class Awards...
  • Are Airfares Too High… Or Just Right? Here’s How to Get Cheaper Airfares

    Gary Leff
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    The old joke about how to become a millionaire quickly is to start off with a billion dollars and invest in an airline. The idea that airlines are profit-generating machines, earning unfair rates of return on the backs of consumers, is hard to square with this. Which view is right? And more importantly, how do you get lower fares in the future than you have today? Continue reading Are Airfares Too High… Or Just Right? Here’s How to Get Cheaper Airfares...
  • Will Airlines Start Charging New Fees to Get Off the Plane First?

    Gary Leff
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    Skift ran a piece, "The Next Great Untapped Airline Fee is Getting Off the Plane First" and it's a rather silly idea even in a world of seemingly-silly fees. Despite a survey showing passengers would be willing to pay for the privilege, no such fee will ever be implemented. Here's why. Continue reading Will Airlines Start Charging New Fees to Get Off the Plane First?...
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • The Warwick Writing Prize & Skyfaring

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

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

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

    Tony Wheeler
    7 Jun 2015 | 4:04 pm
    ▲ On a recent visit to Turin in Italy I encountered this nice bicycle warning, admonishing cyclists not to go speeding down the laneway next to the Egyptian Museum, scattering pedestrians in all directions. ◄ I posted a recent photo of something I encountered on a bicycle track in Melbourne – an upside down 4WD. And here’s an explanatory warning about not cycling in parallel on the busy cycling roads of Mallorca, the Spanish Mediterranean island.
  • Turin

    Tony Wheeler
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:32 pm
    I spent a couple of days in Turin –Torino in Italian – for the Salone Internazionale del Libro Torino in the Lingotto Fiere, the imaginatively restored old Fiat car factory. Complete with its test track on the roof. ▲ It’s one of those cities which underlines why we love Italy so much – stylish, tasteful, comfortable, relaxed, what’s not to like. And wonderful vistas like this one of the Chiesa di San Carlo and di Santa Cristina on the Piazza San Carlo, that’s Emanuele Filiberto on his horse in the centre of the square. ▲ In the Museo Egizio it’s also got the best Egyptian…
 
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  • The Cheapo guide to saving on your hotel in Paris

    Tom Meyers
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Preparing for an upcoming trip to Paris and looking for the perfect place to stay for your budget? The options can be a bit overwhelming, and the room rates rather shocking. How many stars should you book? Which neighborhood is recommended… and which should be avoided? What’s for breakfast? Why are the rates so high? We’ve got you covered with some advice that will show you how to find the perfect hotel at the right price. Read on! A quick love letter to small hotels in Paris First, a quick personal note. I love Paris’ small family-run hotels. Even in this age of…
  • European River Cruises: Tips for getting the best deal on your cruise

    Terri Fogarty
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:20 am
    I am sure that by now most European travelers have heard of the many virtues of river cruising. I must say, river cruising is a wonderful way to discover or rediscover small town Europe, as well as numerous world class capitals. While river cruising is generally not considered a budget vacation, with a little planning and a solid understanding of your cruise options, most budget conscious travelers can get on board and experience a high quality, memorable time. And, as we point out below, there are several ways to save when planning a cruise. Here are nine tips to help you get the best value…
  • London: Budget itineraries for 1, 2 & 3 days

    Frances Ambler
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    London is huge! Even Londoners can feel they’ve barely scratched the surface of the city, so what’s the poor visitor with limited time and budget to do? Fear not, you can tackle most of the big sights – and some interesting extras – over the course of just a few days. We’ve created three suggested itineraries, based on 1, 2 or 3 days in London, which will give you a proper flavor of the city. They’ll be busy days however, and require a lot of walking – the best and cheapest way to get around London – so bring some comfy shoes! Ready? Let’s go! One Day In London Just one day…
  • Amsterdam: 5 easy and affordable day trips

    Audrey Sykes
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:36 am
    Amsterdam is a no brainer when visiting The Netherlands. It has tons of old world charm and plenty of excellent budget hotels. After a few days in this vibrant city, usually next on the list would be a day trip to Rotterdam, the Keukenhof flower garden or The Hague. But staying in Amsterdam offers a variety of other day trips for Cheapos. Escape the crowds and mainstream sites by trying one of these five other options just a bike or train ride away. Haarlem The original town where New York City’s Harlem gets its name from is a quaint and cute Dutch city. A day can easily be spent wandering…
  • Spain: 8 Overlooked destinations worth adding to your itinerary

    Regina W Bryan
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    During my time living in Barcelona I’ve met many Europeans who have traveled to the US. I always ask them where they chose to go, curious as to which places enticed them. The truth is, with rare exceptions, I know the answer to my own question. Inevitably most respond: California (Los Angeles + San Francisco), Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, or New York and Florida. These are the big dogs when it comes to tourist attractions in the USA, and perhaps for good reason, though my heart always sinks a little thinking about all they’ve overlooked. What about the smaller cities? Or Yellowstone? Or…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Green Cruise Lines ~ Everything You Need to Know

    Alice Benny
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    You’ve decided that the annual trip will be a cruise this year; but with so many options out there and all of the cruise lines advertising their vacation packages, how are you supposed to know which ship is going to be the best? Are you looking for a family friendly ship? A ship with green… Read more The post Green Cruise Lines ~ Everything You Need to Know appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Made in America Products ~ Why Choose Them

    Dawn Head
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    Through my childhood, in the 70s and 80s, and even through the 1990’s, my sister and I would joke how my father always chose made in America products. When we asked for gift suggestions for his birthday, Father’s Day and other holidays, he would always make sure to note “make sure it is made in America.”… Read more The post Made in America Products ~ Why Choose Them appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Disney Cruise Lines are Catching the Green Spirit

    Alice Benny
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Many cruise lines and cruise companies are going green. The name Disney has been a trusted household name for years, especially when it comes to television and theater entertainment or the well-known theme parks; and now Disney has made an addition to its repertoire with cruise liners. In the late 1990s, Disney set sail with… Read more The post Disney Cruise Lines are Catching the Green Spirit appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Stainless Steel Lunch Containers ~ Make Your Mornings Easier

    Dawn Head
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Do you dread packing school lunches? I used to. I felt so wasteful using those plastic zip-locking bags, especially when I used up to five per lunch, per day. I’ve also used many different brands and sizes of plastic containers. These were okay sometimes but didn’t work all the time. I really wanted to remove all… Read more The post Stainless Steel Lunch Containers ~ Make Your Mornings Easier appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Why Modern Travelers Still Need Travel Alarm Clocks

    Alice Benny
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    When a friend of mine told me they were looking for a small travel alarm clock to take with them on a backpacking trip my first thought was Why? When I go away I rely on my phone to get me up in the morning, so could not understand why they wanted a physical travel… Read more The post Why Modern Travelers Still Need Travel Alarm Clocks appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
 
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • We're Taking Off for The Very Last Time

    HotelChatter
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:20 pm
    "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”—Seneca, a Roman philosopher but we know this line best from Semisonic’s song, "Closing Time." On Friday, July 31, HotelChatter, Jaunted and VegasChatter will check out for the very last time. We will be integrating our content into Condé Nast Traveler, our parent company since 2008.   Ever since HotelChatter published its first story in 2003, we’ve been on an incredible journey with all of you dear readers, who, we were delighted to discover, are just as hotel-obsessed as our team of contributors and…
  • The Best Part of Virgin Atlantic's Dreamliner is in the Bathroom

    juliab
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Seating, comfort and food is all well and good when you’re talking about airplanes, and on a recent flight on the Virgin Atlantic 787 Dreamliner, we can confirm they’ve done a good job - particularly in the economy seats, which are far more comfortable and feel far roomier, thanks to cut-out seatbacks to give more legroom to the guys behind, and semi-shell seating which means that the person in front of you doesn’t recline into your space as much as they would in a normal seat. But all that pales into insignificance for hygiene freaks like us when you reach the bathroom.
  • Before You Check In Your Luggage, Pack for a Purpose

    JetSetCD
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:20 am
    There are trips where you overpack and simply can't stuff a single other sock inside your bag, and then there are those trips where it seems like you could smuggle a dog in your luggage with all the extra space. In both instances, indeed before every trip you take, click over to Pack for a Purpose and check if your destination could use your help in delivering items needed by local schools and orphanages. If you're lucky, you'll be staying at a hotel that actively participates in the Pack for a Purpose program and will make the distribution of anything you manage to bring easy. For example,…
  • How Does Your Airport Stack Up When It Comes to Affordability?

    Charyn Pfeuffer
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Who doesn’t want to reduce travel expenses? (We do! We do!) One way to cut costs is on airfare. Believe it or not, your airport choice may play a big role in how much you save. Cheapflights just released its Sixth Annual Airport Affordability Index, which ranks 101 of the most-searched U.S. airports by affordability. Spoiler alert: Atlanta, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia made it into the top 10 in 2015. Read the complete story on Cheapflights.com and see how your local airport stacks up here. [Photo: nickharris1/Flickr]
  • Los Angeles: Inside the New Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX

    juliab
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Back in May, there was much fanfare about the new Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX’s Terminal 2. Special enough to mark 25 years of service between Heathrow and Los Angeles! Panoramic views! British art! Worthy of the new LAX, not the one all sane people despise! But finally, this month, we got a chance to look inside. Was it worthy of the Clubhouse (ie synonym for “insanely good”) name? Or was it a snazzier version of the basic little lounge in Vegas that both Virgin and BA, to their shame, use? Fear not - it is a worthy addition to the Clubhouse fold. The look: It’s the…
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  • We're Checking Out for The Very Last Time

    HotelChatter
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”—Seneca, a Roman philosopher but we know this line best from Semisonic’s song, "Closing Time." On Friday, July 31, HotelChatter, Jaunted and VegasChatter will check out for the very last time. We will be integrating our content into Condé Nast Traveler, our parent company since 2008.   Ever since HotelChatter published its first story in 2003, we’ve been on an incredible journey with all of you dear readers, who, we were delighted to discover, are just as hotel-obsessed as our team of contributors and…
  • Say It With Us One More Time: Privacy, Please

    JasonD
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    It’s fitting that in saying our goodbyes, the subject of peekaboo bathrooms and our collective dismay at most versions we’ve come across was right up there among all things hotels we have shared with you over the years. We couldn’t therefore part ways without revisiting our personal low in this context, and the mixed rant / plea that resulted. As we said at the time, if ever there was something we wish existing and budding hotel designers and operators that approve their work would take away from us, this is it: Please, please include a proper toilet enclosure in your room…
  • Paris: Une Nuit au Ritz Paris Will Set You Back...

    JasonD
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    … about €1,000 ($1,100) a night. That’s right, whether in dollars or in euros, chances are you will be leaving behind at least four figures for the chance to wake up on Place Vendôme. Promised as they were for June 17, it’s almost poetic that after our nearly daily visits to the website of Hotel Ritz Paris, reservations would be released today, the day of our goodbyes. While opening is still predicted for “fin de l’année 2015”, for now the first day where you can book a room is March 14. That being a Monday in March, you will be able to find a Chambre…
  • Brussels: 'Indulge and Be Comfortable': The Best Kind of Hotel Manifesto

    juliab
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    “No one would be in hospitality unless they really care about people.” We spied this sign in Brussels yesterday, in the doorway of The Dominican, an abbey-themed (yes) hotel in the city center, and couldn’t think of a better snapshot for this, our last week. The Dominican (a Design Hotel) is part of the Carlton Hotel Collection, a Dutch company with seven hotels in Holland, this one in Belgium and two in the UK. “Indulge and be comfortable”: The best kind of hotel manifesto. Make it so. [Photo: Julia Buckley/HotelChatter]
  • La Romana: Polo? Skeet Shooting? Luxe Amenities for the Rich (and Not-So-Rich) at Casa de Campo in the DR

    Janice Tober
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    One of the things that makes Casa de Campo appealing is that it has everything from nicely-designed rooms that start at $187, villas that start at around $850 and go up from there, and truly extravagant owned properties. This makes it not just a hotel or resort, but a community – granted, a pretty wealthy community. But no matter where you find yourself in that rich and fabulous scale you still get to experience everything the resort’s got going on. The sugar-baron owners of Casa de Campo started out with sugar cane fields, then added a rum distillery (which produces a very nice…
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • 7 Reasons to Visit the Mall of America in Minnesota

    Gina Douglas Tarnacki
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:19 pm
      The famous Mall of America. Mall of America is a massive shopping center located in Bloomington, Minnesota, just 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis. It’s the largest shopping mall in the United States and has a plethora of retail shops and activities covering four levels. Heading to a mall while visiting Minneapolis may not seem like something that that should be at the top of your travel list, but Mall of America is far from your average shopping center. From fun and games to fashion and food, this mega mall is a top place to experience when in Minnesota. Here are seven reasons to…
  • Travel With Viator: What’s Happening in August

    Viator Travel Team
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Whether you’re seeking summer sun and seasonal festivities in Europe or are more interested in escaping the heat with winter activities in the Southern Hemisphere, check out our tours and deals to help make your August getaway as amazing as you want it to be. What’s Happening This Month Amsterdam, Netherlands Zaanse Schanse windmills Immerse yourself in Dutch culture with a Super Saver Amsterdam day trip, which combines two popular tours in one and saves you over 10% compared with booking each separately. In the morning, take a tour of the famous Zaanse Schans windmills and charming…
  • Cruising the Zambezi River at Sunset

    Viator Travel Team
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:41 pm
      The mighty Zambezi is the river that feeds one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. Stretching over 5,000 feet across, the falls are shared by Zambia and Zimbabwe. Just upstream on the Zambian shore, we set sail on a Zambezi River Sunset Cruise tour while we were in Livingstone, Zambia. We boarded the ship just as the sun was starting to make its slow drop down for the evening. Our captain for the evening guided us up the river to see African wildlife, enjoy local food and drink, then finish the cruise with an amazing sunset over the River. Our boat for the…
  • Five Top Sights in Lithuania

    Sasha Heseltine
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
      Lithuania’s lovely, small capital of Vilnius has a deliciously photogenic Old Town and many reasons to tempt visitors to explore; but Lithuania has tons of things to do outside the capital, from remote sandy beaches to bravura Baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage memorial constructed from crucifixes. Here are five top sights in Lithuania, all within easy reach of Vilnius: Vilnius Old Town Vilnius Old Town. Vilnius Old Town is the best-preserved medieval town center in Europe, happily crammed with a rainbow of architectural styles. Most of the city’s major attractions…
  • Swakopmund Township Tour in Namibia

    Viator Travel Team
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:44 pm
    The town of Swakopmund, Namibia was established as the main port for what was once German Southwest Africa in the early 1900s. During colonial times, the 12 native tribes of the area were moved to areas of the city called townships, where many still live today. In order to understand these integral parts of the city and Namibian culture, we decided to take a Swakopmund township tour. Townships of  Swakopmund, Namibia. We set out to get to know the townships of Swakopmund with out local guide Mombo. First, to understand the geography of how the townships were formed, Mombo explained that…
 
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  • How a Taxi Ride Changed a Writer’s Life

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

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

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

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

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

  • BB King Stayed Here

    Mike Gerrard
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    It was 8pm in Paducah, Kentucky, and I was looking for a hotel. Someone had told me about the Hotel Metropolitan, but the door was closed. I knocked. The door was opened by a short and rather surprised-looking black woman wearing a red turban. ‘I own this hotel,’ she said, ‘and I’m not used to having white folks here. This is a colored hotel. You better come in off the street ‘fore you gets me into trouble. My name’s Maggie Steed.’ She ushered me in and closed the door. Without pausing for breath she was telling me about the Hotel
  • Good Bye Café Comercial – Madrid’s Oldest Café

    Jennifer Walker
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Back in July 2013, my life was about to change. After 7 years in Madrid I decided it was time to move onto another country and close the Madrileño chapter in my life. On my last morning, I strolled downstairs to the café under my apartment – Café Comercial, Madrid’s oldest café – for one last café con leche and a sandwich mixto con huevo. Many cherished memories and events took place here in this grand café under the set of its flaking opulence. Hours studying and editing a client’s PhD thesis on Medieval Spanish literature between stints of trying to write my own
  • Frankfurt Kaleidoscope

    Mike Gerrard
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    ‘So, let’s talk about wars!’ David Liuzzo is giving us a city tour of Frankfurt, with a historical theme, which inevitably brings up the subject of war. ‘We’ll start with a war the Germans actually won,’ David says with a smile. ‘That was the Franco-German War, also known as the Franco-Prussian War. This bookshop we are standing outside, Hugendubel, is where the Peace Treaty for this war was signed.’ Next to the bookshop is a branch of the clothing chain, Scotch & Soda, which brings another war story from David. ‘This was a restaurant in the 1930s and…
  • Finding Bangkok’s Perfect Pad Thai, or Hunting for Unicorns in Neverland

    Brian Spencer
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    On behalf of a well-respected travel site, a well-known travel writer recently visited Bangkok on a quest to find the “perfect pad Thai.” It was a noble, if not particularly novel idea resulting in a readable, educative story about how the dish is commonly prepared in Krung Thep, as well as its fuzzy origins and somewhat uncertain future, both in the Thai culinary world and in the gajillion bastardized, hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurants around the globe (though I’m not sure I buy the throwaway assertions about pad Thai having potentially “run its course.”)…
  • Austin Rocks: Shop and Eat on South Congress Avenue

    Sheila Scarborough
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    The first thing to decide is where you want to end up for eating – the southern end of the area at, say, Magnolia Cafe, or more to the northern end at maybe Güero’s Taco Bar? That will also determine your parking location strategy. Along this section of Austin’s South Congress Avenue they have a demented invention called “reverse angle” back-in parking, which is as terrifying as it sounds. I enjoy the challenge of a satisfying parallel parking moment as much as anyone, but stopping, maneuvering sideways, then backing your car into a narrow spot – often…
 
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Take the kids to … the National Showcaves Centre for Wales

    Oliver Balch
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Spectacular caves, towering stalagmites and a herd of model dinosaurs will keep the offspring thoroughly entertained, if only for a few hoursMore Take the kids to … Treetop Nets, Lake District | Bluebell Railway, East Sussex | Shrek’s Adventure, London | Powderham Castle, DevonIn a nutshellThree limestone caves, slap bang in the middle of the Brecon Beacons, dating back 350 million-odd years. Slimy rocks, subterranean waterfalls and more stalactites than you can throw a stick at (be advised: don’t). It’s all well-lit and spacious, so uncomfortable mining helmets aren’t needed, nor…
  • 10 of the best ways to enjoy Stockholm … on a budget

    Lola Akinmade Åkerström
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Glitzy Östermalm, vibrant Södermalm, historic Gamla stan - we list the best ways to enjoy Sweden’s capital that won’t cost a whole lot of kronaStockholm city guide: what to do plus the best food, drink and hotelsPopular across Europe are boat hotels – or “botels” – refurbished remnants of the continent’s nautical past now used as modern-day lodgings – and Stockholm has its fair share, docked all over town. The city’s boat hotel-hostel combos cost a fraction of what you’d pay on land, and provide loads of ambience. For example, former fishing boat Red Boat Mälaren…
  • Winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2015 - in pictures

    Guardian Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    A humpback whale and her newborn calf scooped the first prize in National Geographic’s annual photography competition. More than 17,000 entries were submitted, whittled down to three winners and seven recognised on merit Continue reading...
  • Share your Leipzig tips with GuardianWitness or #GuardianLeipzig

    Guardian Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:28 am
    We’re going social in search of insider tips that get to the heart of the German city of Leipzig. Your best contributions will be published as part of a city guide next weekTeilt Eure Bilder, Geheimtipps und Erfahrungen aus Leipzig. Danke!This week Guardian Travel is producing a guide to the German city of Leipzig, and we need your help to do it.We would like you to tell us about the best bars and cafes, the most interesting things to do and the insider tips you’ve picked up by travelling or even living and working in the city. Maybe you know someone who is there right now? If so, we’d…
  • The best of Ghent, Belgium: readers' travel tips

    Guardian readers
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Scenic canal routes, awe-inspiring grafitti, potent cocktails and a vibrant arthouse cinema – our readers share their favourite spots to visit in the cityThe alternative city guide to Ghent, BelgiumJigger’s is a cocktail bar in Ghent run by Olivier Jacobs, one of Belgium’s most talented mixologists. Jigger’s is all about taking the art and craft of cocktail making to perfection, and this in a lovely and cosy speakeasy-style bar. Olivier has a passion for foraging herbs and flowers, and he creates the most amazing infusions with them. Every week he has at least three new creations on…
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • Lonely Planet Kids: tour the world competition

    Maria McKenzie
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:40 am
    We understand that your little explorers are just as curious about the world as we are and so for this month’s Lonely Planet Kids’ creative challenge we’re thinking about the world and everything in it. Follow the steps below for a chance to win a selection of Lonely Planet Kids books! THE TASK Put your thinking caps on, grab your colouring pens, and print our activity sheet by downloading it here. Fill in the blanks and show us your drawing skills – we want to know what your little ones think about the world. The most creative and inspiring entry will win a bundle of…
  • Storify: where in the world have you eaten the best pizza?

    Maria McKenzie
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    From pizzas and pasta to ice cream and beyond, Italian food is often hard to resist. To celebrate the release of our new ‘From the Source: Italy‘ recipe book – which takes a look at local Italian chefs and their authentic recipes – we turned to our Facebook and Twitter communities to ask the question: where in the world have you had the best slice of pizza? Naturally, Italian locales ranked high, but even Kathmandu, Budapest and Arizona made an appearance. Here are just a few responses we got. [<a…
  • Storify: cycling the North American Epic week 3

    Maria McKenzie
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    Lonely Planet staffer Rana Freedman is cycling the North American Epic with the Tour d’Afrique. In her weekly blog, she’ll be covering the highlights of her adventures on the road. Here’s what went down in her third week. [View the story “Week 3: cycling the North American Epic” on Storify] Catch up with week one and week two of Rana’s adventure. You can also follow her on Twitter via @ranajean. Her final update will be published next week.
  • Family travel snap: LP writer, Charles Rawlings-Way

    Imogen Hall
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:54 am
    In this month’s family travel snap we talk to Charles Rawlings-Way, an LP travel writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. Charles and his wife Meg have travelled and written together for years and now have two small additional companions when they go exploring. Meg and the girls in Céret, France. Image courtesy of Charles Rawlings-Way. What’s the story behind this photo? In November 2014 we arrived in Céret, a medieval village in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the south of France. We’d blocked out a month in our schedule to immerse ourselves in French culture: live in a stone…
  • Storify: cycling the North American Epic week 2

    Seb Neylan
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:40 am
    Lonely Planet staffer Rana Freedman is cycling the North American Epic with the Tour d’Afrique. In her weekly blog, she’ll be covering the highlights of her adventures on the road. Here’s her second post. [View the story “Week two: cycling the North American Epic” on Storify]
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    LandLopers

  • Black Forest Cuisine: Eating My Way Around Freiburg, Germany

    Matt Long
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Along the western edge of Germany’s famous Black Forest is the ancient and surprisingly fun to explore city of Freiburg. At least I was surprised, thousands before me have discovered the wonders of Freiburg for themselves, I was the one who needed some convincing and that happened almost immediately. Whether it was wandering the canal-lined streets of the old town or climbing to the top of the city’s mighty cathedral, visiting and touring around Freiburg was a highlight of my most recent foray into German culture and history. A personal favorite experience though wasn’t the views of the…
  • Curious Lemur at the Duke Lemur Center

    Matt Long
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:50 pm
    The post Curious Lemur at the Duke Lemur Center appeared first on LandLopers.
  • A Few of My Favorite Images From Traveling In Asia

    Matt Long
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    ASIA is the theme for #FriFotos this week and I couldn’t be happier. While I haven’t been to as many countries as I would like in Asia, I have been fortunate enough to visit quite a few and I have always had amazing experiences. From the sights, the foods and of course the people, Asia is wonderfully diverse and has a lot to offer, but more than anything these images represent what I love most about traveling in Asia.Hong KongBangkokDumplings in TaiwainLaosTa Prohm Temple, CambodiaTokyo, JapanHong KongKoh Samui, ThailandChocolate Spring Rolls in…
  • Street Art in Downtown Kinston, North Carolina

    Matt Long
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The post Street Art in Downtown Kinston, North Carolina appeared first on LandLopers.
  • What To Do In Cusco, Peru Other Than Visit Inca Ruins

    Matt Long
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Millions visit the mountain city of Cusco every year usually en route to the world-famous ruins at Machu Picchu. Surrounding the city though are many other Inca ruins, spanning from hillside terraces to forts and temples. Immersing yourself in the lives of the Inca is a big part of the Peru travel experience, but it’s not all there is to do in Cusco. While I love history and antiquity, after a few days I yearned for something more and decided to spend some time exploring Cusco to discover what else there is to do in and around town that doesn’t involve ancient hand-carved blocks of stone…
 
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    Indie Travel Podcast

  • Auckland rocks: why you should visit our home town

    Linda Martin
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Waves lapping on white-sand beaches, a glass of chilled white wine on the balcony, dinner parties with friends: this is Auckland for me. It’s home and always will be, even though we spend much more time away from it than we spend there. As a native of Auckland, I’d become immune to its charms due to years of association. And, to tell the truth, ten years ago Auckland was a less charming city than it is today. However, reflecting after our most recent long visit has made me realise that Auckland is an awesome, world-class city, just like the Mercer surveys have been saying for the last…
  • The Camino Primitivo podcast

    Craig and Linda
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Eight strong men robed in red pulled the knotted rope in unison and the enormous silver incense burner swung through the air, trailing fragrant smoke in its wake. Hundreds of people raised cameras and cell phones to capture the moment and the botafumeiro swung on. We’d arrived. After two weeks of walking, we were once again in Santiago Cathedral, attending the pilgrim mass and watching the botafumeiro swing in a tradition almost as old as the Camino de Santiago itself. To listen, hit play below or find episode 302 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud: It has been said that the Camino de…
  • Quirky Vilnius — the Lithuania podcast

    Craig and Linda
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Lithuania is a country like no other, full of quirks and surprises. When we visited in 2007, the capital, Vilnius, was under serious construction in preparation for its tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2009. Now it’s humming with new buildings and new life, while keeping its old independent spirit. This is part two of a three-part series on the Baltic countries: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. To listen to the Lithuania podcast, hit play below or find episode 301 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud: Location Lithuania is the southern-most country of the Baltic states, which also…
  • Travel with a four-year-old

    Linda Martin
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    “Adios! Adios! Bye! Adios!” So ended two weeks with Henry, my four-year-old nephew, and his mum, my sister Anna. It had been a fortnight of arm kisses, making him fly like a plane, and (oddly) conversations about Jesus’s apostles. For a large part of their stay, we were at home in Alcalá de Henares, where I was waved off to work each day with air kisses and welcomed home with hugs around the knees. We spent the evenings together, either out at a playground or at home playing with Henry’s toys, and Anna took him out on excursions while I was at work. Plus, since their…
  • What is indie travel? — episode 300

    Linda Martin
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    Mornings spent wandering around a new city; barbecues in strange places with new friends, where only half the meat is “meat”; learning how to make empanadas, or ceviche, or pasta… this is indie travel for us. Learning, experiencing, really being in our destination… that’s part of it too. But how can we define indie travel? For our 300th episode of Indie Travel Podcast, we decided to revisit our roots and discuss what indie travel means to us, as well as talking to some other bloggers and podcasters to get their opinion. To listen, hit play below or find episode 300 in iTunes,…
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    nerd's eye view

  • Stuff I Liked This Week

    Pam Mandel
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    It is a good thing to have people who understand the way you’re wired. On Monday, I got in touch with some of them and said, “If I don’t get outta town — are you home?” “When do you arrive?” they all responded. Off I went, under-packed but with a ukulele. I have seen many shuttered diners, eaten some good road food, chatted with strangers, stood outside a gas station at a crossroads watching the semi-trucks blow past, transited genuine cowboys and Indians territory, listened to Mexican radio, looked out over fire ravaged forest, inhaled the mist from…
  • Eastern Western

    Pam Mandel
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    I’ve been driving around Oregon and Washington with no particular purpose or agenda. Here are some pictures. The post Eastern Western appeared first on nerd's eye view.
  • The Woman Who Stared at Elk

    Pam Mandel
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:02 pm
    The road is a glorious two lane stripe of asphalt that flanks the northeast side of Mt. Rainier National Park. The day was dry and the light was beautiful, but the top of the mountain was not to make an appearance, the clouds blanketed the highest parts. Never mind, never mind, the air smelled amazing and there was very little traffic.  I stopped a few times to look up at the jagged rocky skyline, to take big deep breaths of forest air, and to wait for what few cars there were to pass and leave me to the silent altitudes. I had been out of sorts for a few weeks, wilted and unfocused from the…
  • Stuff I Liked This Week

    Pam Mandel
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Across the alley from my house there’s a sprawling fig tree. It’s abundant with fruit in the summer — once, I was walking to the bus stop and wondering how it could be that everything smelled like honey when I realized that it was coming from the bottom of my shoes; I’d stepped in fallen figs. There’s a blackberry bush entangled with the fig tree. This makes getting the figs a bit of a (sorry) prickly proposition, but it’s worth it. One year, my neighbor whacked the fig tree right to the ground and I was devastated, but it’s back with a vengeance now;…
  • Bumble

    Pam Mandel
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    When you stalk the bees in your yard, you start to learn that there are several different kinds. The fluffy black bumblebees in the Charlie Brown shirts. The stripey cartoon kind. The really big kind with the waspy waist. They rarely sit still enough so you can see their bumble faces, but you always get their fuzzy butts. The post Bumble appeared first on nerd's eye view.
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • The One U.S. Mobile Phone Plan That’s Meant for Travelers

    Tim Leffel
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • How to Plan the Perfect One-year Round-the-World Trip

    Tim Leffel
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • The Illusion of Choice When You Book Travel in Advance

    Tim Leffel
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • The Difference Between Poverty and Prosperity for Travelers and Nomads

    Tim Leffel
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • The World’s Fastest-growing Budget Airlines

    Tim Leffel
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
 
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Home Swappers: the home exchange travel newsletter

    Home Base Holidays
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:39 am
    Home Swappers newsletter: Travel the Home Exchange Way Featured home swaps: Thatched cottage in Dartmoor National Park, Villa with private pool on the Greek island of Kefalonia  Home swap trip report: Brilliant home exchange in Barcelona Home exchange Q&A: can I swap my modest home? Read the newsletter: Home Swappers Newsletter Find your perfect home swap vacation: join Home Base Holidays Related articles Home Swappers: the home exchange travel newsletter Live like a local - April home exchange newsletter Home Swappers: the home exchange travel newsletter! Home Swappers: the home…
  • Trip report: fantastic home swap in Los Angeles

    Home Base Holidays
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:04 pm
    "This was the first time we did a house swap and we couldn't have asked for a nicer house or a nicer couple to swap homes with. We met Tamar and Randy as we had a day overlapping and straight away it was as if we had known them for years. They are very easy to get along with. Their house literally was jaw dropping. They have put all their love into it and it shows. It is tastefully decorated and very well laid out. The mall is a short walk away and there are lots of cafés and bars too. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience there."  (Mary and Mick, Surrey, England)  - View Tamar &…
  • Top things to do in London on a budget

    Home Base Holidays
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    London has earned for itself the reputation of being a very expensive city.  However, the British capital city offers plenty of exciting attractions, cultural activities and entertainment options to those who travel on a budget.   Accommodation: arrange a home swap Home swapping is increasingly popular and allows home owners from all over the world to enjoy totally free accommodation. With a large number of home exchange offers available in London it is an ideal way to scratch hotel costs from your London vacation budget. Find your home swap in London. Museums and art galleries London’s…
  • How do you choose a home exchange destination?

    Home Base Holidays
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    “There are many different reasons for choosing your home swap destination. Our first ever exchange was simply because someone sent us an offer and we thought, ‘Why not?’ It turned out to be a delightful apartment in a converted seminary in a pretty West Sussex village. A totally different type of property to ours is a great pull. Since then we've stayed in a converted farm building, a converted factory and even a converted cottage hospital - the whole hospital! Of course we've exchanged to places we've always wanted to visit but never got around to, the two most obvious being Barcelona…
  • ‘Experienced Exchanger’ in home swap listings

    Home Base Holidays
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    Q: Hello,  I notice that some home swappers on your site have the title, ‘Experienced Exchanger’. Is this a title they give themselves or is it earned and conferred on them by  Home Base Holidays after some number of swaps? – Michael G. A: Home Base Holidays members can select the ‘Experienced Exchanger’ tick box option on the membership form when joining or renewing. When you view listings for such members you will often see reports on past exchanges under the ‘Trip Reports’ section (this facility was introduced a few months ago and so not all such listings will show reports…
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    Rick Steves' Travel Blog

  • Cornwall Highlights

    Rick Steves
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:04 pm
    I’ve been traveling for nearly a week in southwest England and have not seen an American. There are plenty of tourists — Europeans and Brits — but not a Yank in sight. This is Cornwall, where the last native speaker of the Cornish language probably died in the late 1700s. But there still is local pride. The welcome sign on the motorway at the county border is in that old Celtic language people used to speak around here, as well as English. And, locals claim, had the Scots said yes to their recent referendum for independence, there would have been rumbling for greater autonomy here in…
  • I Have a Romantic Thing About Pilchards

    Rick Steves
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Pilchards are big, oily sardines. Their oil once lit the lamps of Victorian London. And, packs of salted pilchards kept the people of Cornwall alive through harsh winters in an age when putting food on the table to simply survive was a challenge. Here’s a peek at a secret harbor my guide, Tim Uff, shared with me. Don’t tell anyone, but it’s Penberth Cove (just a mile from the famous theater in the rock, Minack Theatre). It’s a rugged bit of Cornwall (sorry about the wind noise in this clip). From here you can imagine a hilltop watchman spotting a school of pilchards (“where the…
  • Cornwall’s Ancient Hedgerows

    Rick Steves
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    An icon of Cornwall — rightly nicknamed “The Garden of England” — is its fearsome hedgerows. For a thousand years, the hardy Cornish people have been picking the rocks off their rugged fields and stacking them along their lanes. Consisting of a stone framework filled in with earth and made vibrant with a tangle of vegetation, hedgerows also function as wildlife corridors. And, if you rip them out (as developers might be inclined to do), you get erosion. These hedgerows are part of the ancient fabric of Cornwall, where man and Mother Nature are dance partners (and man understands who…
  • Tropical England

    Rick Steves
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:35 pm
    While updating my Rick Steves England guidebook, I’ve endured some pretty dreary weather. So dropping into the Eden Project in Cornwall was a delightful chance to enjoy the tropics in England, and to explore the biggest rain forest in captivity. Here’s the description from the guidebook: Set in an abandoned china clay pit, the Eden Project is an ambitious and futuristic work-in-progress – a theme park of global gardening with an environmental conscience. Exotic plants from all over the world are showcased in two giant biomes, reputedly the largest greenhouses in the world. The displays…
  • Beauty in the Ruins of Tintern Abbey

    Rick Steves
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Tintern Abbey is one of most beautiful and evocative sights in all of Britain. And seeing a wedding ceremony inside was icing on the cake. In this clip the harpist strums while the pastor worries about the threat of rain, and the bride is nowhere to be seen (though she finally did show up).
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    Daily Catch

  • View of the Day: Byblos, Lebanon

    Susan Hall Mahon
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    “My joy is the golden sunset giving thanks for another day.” —Jonathan Lockwood Huie Sunset in Byblos, Lebanon, by @sandymajorphotography via #CLPicks on Instagram For a chance to have your photo featured as our View of the Day, follow us on Instagram at @Coastal_Living and tag the image with #CLPicks. Listen to more beach music all day with Coastal Living Radio.
  • Fresh Whites to Wear Before the End of Summer

    rachaelburrow
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:35 am
    What’s more chic than donning white in the summer? It’s a color that’s easy to wear in even the hottest climates, and there’s nothing like an all-white ensemble to immediately make you look pulled together and elegant. Our favorite white finds of the moment do not disappoint.   An easy outfit for packing and traveling, this maxi’s T-shaped back and V-shaped neckline flatter. Cuyana Silk Maxi Dress, $295   Sunglasses inspired by Andy Warhol sport a classic shape and interesting color combination. Oliver Peoples Sheldrake Sun in Buff + Green C…
  • Steele of the Week! The Roundie Beach Towel by The Beach People

    Steele Thomas Marcoux
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    The Majorelle, $99 Breaking beach news: Now you can rollover on the beach without getting sandy, and look chic while doing it, thanks to this groovy-patterned, tassel-fringed ROUND beach towel from The Beach People, two sisters based in New South Whales Australia. Even better news—the Beach People are giving away Roundies to 10 lucky Daily Catch readers. (See how you can enter to win below!) Read on to get to know Emma and Victoria, the sister act behind the Roundie, and find out how you can win! The Beach People: Victoria Beattie and Emma Henderson Why round? “The inspiration behind the…
  • View of the Day: Perdido Key, Florida

    Susan Hall Mahon
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:34 am
    “The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” —Jacques Cousteau “White sand and beautiful water as far as you can see.” Johnsons Beach, Perdido Key, Florida, by @janecan_ via #CLPicks on Instagram For a chance to have your photo featured as our View of the Day, follow us on Instagram at @Coastal_Living and tag the image with #CLPicks. Listen to more beach music all day with Coastal Living Radio.
  • 10 Gorgeous Beach Sunrises

    Susan Hall Mahon
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    It’s nearly the beginning of another summer week, and to celebrate, we’re sharing ten inspiring beach sunrises from around the country. All of the pics in this post come from our Instagram followers, who have tagged their work with #CLPicks. Do the same with your beach photos for a chance to be featured in our Sunday Capture the Coast column, or in our View of the Day column! Figure Eight Island, North Carolina, by @lakiv Gulf Shores, Alabama, by @alisonseegerslipcovers Sunset Beach, North Carolina, @badpuppyblues Capistrano State Beach, California, by @violetworld Virginia Beach,…
 
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    HOTELMARKETING.COM

  • Ctrip revenues jump 47% in Q2 as bookings surge

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    The Chinese online travel giant generated a net profit of US$23m for the three months to 30 June 2015, up 6% year-on-year. This result was driven by a 47% jump in revenues as the company experienced a 55% increase in accommodation reservations, a 60% rise in air tickets booked, and a 106% surge in transport tickets.
  • Expedia still searching for ‘magic bullet’ in sharing economy

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:09 am
    Expedia is still keeping the so-called sharing economy at arm’s length, even as companies like Airbnb have swooped into the online travel industry and found success with a new way of doing business.
  • How mobile and sharing-economy platforms are hurting the hospitality industry

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:08 am
    A panel of hotel insiders recently discussed how mobile hotel bookings and newer platforms such as Airbnb are affecting business. While some hotels are leaning toward outsourcing technology, others are working to improve from within. As for Airbnb, some executives believe it presents a structural challenge to the industry, while others think it is not sustainable.
  • How Airbnb achieved tremendous growth with referral marketing

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:07 am
    Like any other business, Airbnb started from obscurity and had to establish itself in front of customers before making a splash. But what was its strategy? It’s called referral marketing, and it’s something your business needs to try.
  • New research reveals guest’s willingness to disclose personal information to hotel apps

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:06 am
    A study supported by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, reveals that only 34 percent of guests would disclose personal information, in general, on a hotel app; but drilling down through the responses, the positives increased based on whether a specific detail would impact a hotel stay.
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    MiceChat

  • Fab News: Bands at Disneyland Coming, Bands at Disneyland Going Away

    Shelly Valladolid
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    When I came back to the blog world, I said I was out of the rumor business, and was pretty much convinced that no one was interested in it anymore, anyway. Then last Tuesday’s Fab…The post Fab News: Bands at Disneyland Coming, Bands at Disneyland Going Away appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Your Guide to D23 Expo 2015 plus the latest news from Disneyland

    Andy Castro
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:17 am
    The big D23 Expo 2015 is almost here! In less than two weeks, every corner of the Walt Disney Company and its community of fans will gather in the Anaheim Convention Center for three days…The post Your Guide to D23 Expo 2015 plus the latest news from Disneyland appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Mousetalgia Episode 354: Walt’s Barn; Disney Legend “Sully” Sullivan

    Jeff Baham
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Walt Disney’s fascination with steam locomotives takes center stage this week as Mousetalgia visits Walt’s Barn in Griffith Park to learn more about Disney’s love of trains. From his childhood chasing trains in Marceline, through…The post Mousetalgia Episode 354: Walt’s Barn; Disney Legend “Sully” Sullivan appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa has Unearthed a New Evil

    Adam Sinclair
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:43 am
    In the heat of the Florida summer, sometimes it is hard to think of anything except for where and how you will escape the searing temperatures and occasional monsoonal rains. However, many fear fans also…The post Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa has Unearthed a New Evil appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Cleaning the Kingdom

    the sweep spot
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:26 am
    Please join all of us at MiceChat in congratulating Ken and Lynn of the Sweep Spot Podcast on the publication of their new book. It’s a fascinating look at Disneyland from beyond the broom.  –…The post Cleaning the Kingdom appeared first on MiceChat.
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    A Luxury Travel Blog

  • The best ways to experience the white water of the Southern French Alps

    Sally Guillaume
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
      The Southern French Alps have the best play spots in the Alps for experienced white water kayakers with big water, technical descents and roller coaster rapids on famous rivers like the Durance and the Ubaye. However, unless you have already spent several years learning and perfecting your white water kayaking skills, this will be […] The best ways to experience the white water of the Southern French Alps is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post The best ways to experience the white water of the Southern French Alps appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Visit Vitoria-Gasteiz, Queen of the Basque Country

    Janice Nieder
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Like Rodney Dangerfield, Vitoria-Gasteiz, founded in 1181, still hasn’t received the level of respect it so richly deserves. Admittedly, it doesn’t have famous museums to rival Bilbao’s Guggie (but really, who does?) and it will never replace San Sebastian as a chic getaway for the moneyed, beautiful people who can’t wait to drop umpteen pounds […] Visit Vitoria-Gasteiz, Queen of the Basque Country is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Visit Vitoria-Gasteiz, Queen of the Basque Country appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Delta Airlines changes upgrade algorithm for international flights

    Lars Condor
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:27 pm
    In late May, Delta Airlines changed its algorithm for upgrades on international flights, making it nearly impossible to clear mileage upgrades for ticket purchases that are made fewer than 14 days from the travel date. This largely unannounced adjustment changes the way Delta handles mileage upgrades to fill empty premium cabin seats. In the past, […] Delta Airlines changes upgrade algorithm for international flights is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Delta Airlines changes upgrade algorithm for international flights appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Thailand’s famous island offers luxury residences for family travellers

    Paul Johnson
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The island of Koh Samui, located in the Gulf of Thailand, is known as a luxury beach hideaway destination in which to relax and rejuvenate. Only an hour’s flight from its capital city, Bangkok, and with direct international or connecting flights from key gateway cities, it is convenient to visit this tropical island from anywhere […] Thailand’s famous island offers luxury residences for family travellers is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Thailand’s famous island offers luxury residences for family travellers appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 top Michelin star restaurants in the North of Spain

    Luis Lechuga
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    With its incredible landscapes and unique cultures, the north of Spain is probably best known for its gastronomy. Very talented chefs know just how to blend innovative techniques with the simplicity and traditions of their roots. From the fresh seafood of Galicia, the fabada of Asturias, and the culinary innovation of Basque country, if you […] 5 top Michelin star restaurants in the North of Spain is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 top Michelin star restaurants in the North of Spain appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
 
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    Discovering Puerto Rico

  • August Events

    BW
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Summer continues here in Puerto Rico, the kids are still not back at school (mid august) and so far the rain is staying away. Event highlights for August include the “SOFO” Culinary Fest, Boma & Plena Festival and the annual Festival de Agua Dulce. As always there will be plenty of things to do around the island, especially on weekends so lets see what’s happening this month. Aug 19-23, Old San Juan “SOFO” Culinary Fest 2015 The streets around South Fortaleza Street explode with amazing food, music and more during this popular 5 day food festival. No longer confined to just the…
  • Luquillo Food Kiosks: more than meets the eye

    BW
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:33 pm
    The Luquillo Food Kiosks, you know the ones you see on the left hand side of the road as you head to Luquillo Beach and or Fajardo. They are popular for a reason; they serve great food at really good prices. Yes, I will agree that some of them could do with a lick of paint and some are currently unoccupied, but that all adds up to the charm of the place. In fact in some of the newer Kiosks, look like regular restaurants from the inside. If you are looking for something typically Puerto Rican to do, then a visit to the Luquillo Food Kiosks should be on your list. We’ve visited several over…
  • The Outlet Mall @ Route 66

    BW
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Outlet Malls are a great place to shop for bargains and The Outlet Mall @ Route 66 is one of two outlet malls here in Puerto Rico, The other one being The Premium Outlets @ Barceloneta. The Route 66 Outlet Mall located just off the Route 66 Toll Road that takes you to El Yunque and Fajardo, cnsists of 1 large main building with around 70 shops and 40 or so corridor modules all under 1 roof. The mall is basically one long corridor with shops from brands such as: Burlingtons, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, Nike, Kenneth Cole, Gymboree, Guess, Gap Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger and more lining the corridor.
  • Puerto Rico Coffee and Chocolate Expo 2015

    Brian
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:20 am
    September 26 – 27, 2015 sees the 6th installment of the Puerto Rico Coffee and Chocolate Expo. For the 6th year running the Puerto Rico Convention Center will be home to over 140 exhibitors specializing in Coffee, Chocolate and for the first time Tea. Yes, this year the Coffee and Chocolate Expo also has a Tea Pavilion. The 2 day event is the largest exhibition of the coffee and chocolate industry in the Caribbean and is aimed at families, food lovers and industry professionals; with tasting stations, coffee and food demonstrations and entertainment for all the family. Some of the islands…
  • High End Shopping @ The Mall of San Juan

    BW
    12 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    The Mall of San Juan brings the ‘High End’ shopping experience to Puerto Rico anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. The mall which is located across from the San Jose Lagoon (and San Juan Airport) opened on March 26, 2015 Shopping Options Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom are the main anchor stores at the mall and mark the first time that such ‘luxury’ retailers have entered the Puerto Rican market. Other ‘upscale retailers’ that will call The mall of San Juan their home include: Louis Vuitton Hervé Léger, Jimmy Choo, Versace to name a few. The mall will also have big name…
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    Travel Happy

  • No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

    Chris Mitchell
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    The Indonesian Government recently announced citizens of forty five countries no longer need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Indonesia Immigration Stamp How Does Visa Free Entry To Indonesia Work? If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, arrive at one of the entry points below and proceed to Passport Control. You do not need to stop and purchase a separate Visa On Arrival which was typically $35 USD. You just go straight to Passport Control and the officials will stamp your passport with an immigration stamp allowing you to stay in Indonesia for 30 days. You then proceed…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

    Chris Mitchell
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands are a backpacker haven with great beaches and cheap scuba diving Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia 28 June 2006, 9 Years Ago This Week: I’d been commissioned to write a story about diving in the Perhentian Islands by Asian Diver magazine – while it’s a bit of a trek to get there, the sense of really being on a paradise island was hard to shake. (I wrote up a quick guide to diving the Perhentians if you’re interested in exploring underwater rather than just up top). I haven’t been back to the Perhentians…
  • No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

    Chris Mitchell
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to apply for a tourist visa from July 2015. Citizens of those countries can simply arrive in Vietnam without needing to obtain a visa beforehand. Travellers from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain can stay for a maximum of 15 days in Vietnam…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Bangkok Canal Bike Ride

    Chris Mitchell
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    One of the best ways to see everyday Bangkok is to take a bike ride into the sprawling suburbs Bangkok Canal Bike Ride 21 June 2014, 1 Year Ago This Week: Most people greet the idea of cycling in Bangkok with some variation of “Are you insane?”. And while the city’s traffic can be dangerous, there are plenty of ways to circumnavigate it. Bangkok’s canals, or Klongs, used to be the main arteries of the city before being filled in to make way for roads – however, they still exist and following them makes not only for a safe ride (provided you don’t fall in)…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

    Chris Mitchell
    14 Jun 2015 | 5:22 pm
    London is steeped in history, but it’s also shaping the future of how we control the landscape Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London 10 June 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: I spent a few days in Greenwich for my 40th birthday – it seemed appropriate to go back to the Source Of All Time as I celebrated being (hopefully) halfway through mine. I remember Greenwich as a kid being quite grotty – my parents took me to see the magnificiently restored Cutty Sark tea clipper – but now it’s full-blown Heritage London, and deservedly so – it’s one of London’s…
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    Uncornered Market

  • Offbeat Treks: 11 Hikes You’re Not Considering…But Should

    Audrey Scott
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:53 am
    By Audrey ScottI only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. — John MuirWhen we first set out on our journey years ago, treks — especially of the long, multi-day variety — weren’t a priority on our activity list. Sure we enjoyed hikes and walks, but trekking wasn’t something we actively sought out. Instead, over the years we’ve found ourselves increasingly drawn to long walks in the mountains that allow us to disconnect from the busy world while connecting more with nature and ultimately…
  • The Lost City Trek, Colombia: All You Need to Know

    Audrey Scott
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    By Audrey ScottWe were out of breath, having just climbed 1,200 stone steps when Celso, our indigenous guide, called for us to join him around a group of stones arranged in a circle in a clearing. In the middle of the circle stood another square stone on top of which lay a pile of coca leaves placed as an offering. Celso explained with trademark calm in a slow, deliberate voice, “This is a place where we should let go of our impurities, our negative thoughts and emotions.” We stood in silence, not only to “cleanse” ourselves so that we might better experience this sacred site, but…
  • Travel to Colombia: First Impressions

    Audrey Scott
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:05 am
    By Audrey ScottCall it my imagination. While I looked forward to our visit to Colombia, I harbored the occasional image of thuggy bush-mustached Colombian narco-gangsters and aggressive gold cap-toothed street thieves shaking me down in the back shadows of Bogota or Medellin. (Yes, I realize I’ve probably watched one too many bad airplane movies.)Colombia, thankfully, was altogether different. We spent time on our own, under the auspices of friends, on tours, in cities, way up in the hills, on the coast, and in destinations in between.No narco-gangsters. No untoward experiences, for…
  • Adventures in Silence: A Vipassana 10-Day Meditation Retreat

    Daniel Noll
    26 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    By Daniel NollThis is my story about recently completing a 10-day course in Vipassana meditation in Malaysia. It’s also a story about impermanence. Day four. It was 90 degrees outside, maybe pushing 95. Inside the meditation hall, I had been in some form of a restless, tortured cross-legged meditation posture for a total approaching six hours that day. It was 2:00 P.M. and I was in the midst of what one might informally refer to as a “body scan.” I was systematically surveying the surface of my body for sensations when I again faced a familiar barrier.I sat hunched over at the…
  • Next Up: Exploring Colombia and Finding The Lost City

    Audrey Scott
    15 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    By Audrey ScottWe’re headed to Colombia tomorrow. We’re off to see a country we were supposed to visit five years ago. We’ll be on the trail for Colombian culture — from the Andes to the Pacific to the Caribbean — and to find The Lost City along the way. The colorful streets of Cartagena, Colombia. Colombia. It’s one of the countries that got away during the 15 months we traveled through Latin America a few years ago. We didn’t skip it because of safety concerns — in fact, even at that time ever more travelers were saying the opposite and urging us…
 
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  • Is the New York Pass a good deal?

    Jamie Pearson
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    My kids and I hit Manhattan this summer with a fistful of complimentary 10-day New York Passes to find out if they were a good deal for visitors. Had we paid for them, they would have cost $254.15 each. The post Is the New York Pass a good deal? appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
  • Best baby and toddler travel gear

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

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

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

    Jamie Pearson
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Sure, I could have visited this region with a like-minded adult, enjoying the scenery, the quiet, and the many nice Riesling wines, but what would be the challenge in that? The post Visiting the Rhine Valley with kids appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
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  • Andrew Harper on Family Safaris

    World Wide Will
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    An African safari is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences you can share with your children or grandchildren. Even monosyllabic teenagers accustomed to spending their waking lives staring at cell phones find themselves incapable of indifference when confronted by the immense Serengeti savanna or the teeming floodplains…
  • A New Precedent On the Horizon- Letter from the President

    World Wide Will
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    MedjetAssist set the standard for air medical transport by offering travelers the first hospital-of-choice membership program in the United States. Now Medjet is setting a new standard in travel protection with Medjet Horizon.
  • Planning Tips for Machu Picchu

    World Wide Will
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    I am an explorer at heart. This is something that I came to realize at the age of 16 when I spent two weeks of my summer break touring the Mayan ruins of Mexico with my Spanish class. Since that summer many years ago I have had the good fortune to experience many adventures including trecking the jungles of the Amazon, snorkeling the waters of the Galapagos and taking in the glorious sunrise over Angkor Wat. All great adventures but one particular place has always held my fancy, Machu Picchu. This summer I finally got my chance to visit this lost city of the Incas and it was every bit as…
  • 7 Tips For Traveling With Teens | by Marcus Woolf, TheAdventurePost.com

    World Wide Will
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    As Robin’s story demonstrates, adventure travel can have a significant, positive influence on a teenager, and Joan said Journeys International has seen growing demand for family trips that are teen-friendly. Whether it’s rafting in Costa Rica, hiking in Peru or exploring anime in Japan, Journeys International has developed a wide variety of trips for families with older children. Joan shared with us a few thoughts on traveling with teens, and she pointed out how to ensure that a teen will enjoy a family trip.
  • Medjet Health Update: Atypical Day on the Job in Burundi

    World Wide Will
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:43 am
    In early April, 2015, FocusPoint International, Inc. (FPI) who provides Crisis Assistance Plus™ (CAP) for the MedjetAssist Horizon Program, was contacted by a combined FPI and Medjet client requesting assistance and support for personnel assigned to the country of Burundi, due to the escalating threat of political violence in that country.
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    Information About Alaska

  • Revenue Cutter Bear in Alaska

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

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

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

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

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

  • El Ganzo, Los Cabos: hotel of the week

    Team Smith
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    On the calmer side of Cabo, El Ganzo hotel doubles as an arts and culture centre, and hosts artists in residence, regular recording sessions and live music. Ocean views from every room, fresh and locally sourced dishes from Ganzo Downstairs and inviting loungers strategically surrounding the begging-to-be-Instagrammed infinity pool will tempt you to hunker down at this design hotel for the whole of your holiday.   STYLE HIPSTER YACHT PARTY SETTING COOLER SIDE OF CABO WHY THIS WEEK? After a run-in with Hurricane Odile last year, El Ganzo took some time off to renovate and is now…
  • Six of the best private-island hotels

    Madevi Dailly
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    When it comes to travel wish-lists, we reserve the top spot for an unspoilt private-island retreat. Powder-soft sands, elegant villas and private butlers: we’ve hand-picked six of the very best, in association with American Express. And while we’re indulging in desert-island fantasies, we’d also swap Shakespeare for Condé Nast and pack an American Express Platinum Card as our little luxury. Why? American Express is exclusively offering Mr & Mrs Smith readers 40,000 Membership Rewards points if they sign up before 16 September 2015 and spend £2,000 in the first…
  • Coppersmith, Melbourne: hotel of the week

    Team Smith
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    Even among Melbourne‘s quirky cityscape of elegant Victorian houses, skyscrapers and gardens, Coppersmith stands out. This gourmet pub-cum-boutique hotel offers a colourful history, a warm welcome and that home-away-from-home feeling. So settle into your comfy digs for a long weekend of bar scouting, fashion foraging and damn fine cuisine. STYLE MADE IN MELBOURNE SETTING SCENIC CLARENDON STREET WHY THIS WEEK?  Winter (June to August) in Melbourne may be a little cold and wet, but that makes it the perfect time to check out the best of the city’s art galleries and fashion…
  • Five reasons to visit Malta in summer

    Matt Farquharson
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:18 am
    So the calendar’s open and smack in the middle of summer is an empty weekend. What to do? Beach escape or city break? History and culture or warm waters and hidden coves? If decision-making is a problem, head to Malta in summer and do the lot. A three-hour flight from the UK, the Mediterranean island is eminently weekend-able and we’re yet to find a holiday checkbox it doesn’t tick. Set splash in the middle of the Med, Malta (and little sisters Gozo and Comino) has spent millennia being tossed from one empire to another, resulting in a rich mishmash of architecture and a kaleidoscopic…
  • Hospes Palacio de los Patos: hotel of the week

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    Have you met Granada, the history-steeped Spanish beauty that’s part elaborate Moorish citadel, part cultured flamenco hotspot, and all gloriously sun baked? Make Hospes Palacio de los Patos hotel your home from home and pretend to be a stylish local for a few hot summer nights…  STYLE Whims ancient and modern SETTING Shopping streets of downtown Granada WHY THIS WEEK? We’re halfway through summer already, so if you’ve been putting off making holiday plans then now’s the time. Spain is, of course, spectacularly popular when the sun’s shining, but…
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    Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

  • Confession: I’m Terrified of Flying

    NomadicMatt
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    I have a confession to make: I hate flying. It scares the living shit out of me. This is how my typical airport experience goes: Before the flight: “I can’t wait to get on a plane and relax and watch some movies. This is going to be great!” During take off: “Why are we turning like this? Are we rolling over!? I don’t like this. Get me off!” During the flight as I watch a movie or do work: “Life is great! I can’t believe we’re flying. Science is amazing. I have wi-fi in the sky!!” During turbulence: “What was that sound? Are we supposed to turn like that? Why…
  • 10 Simple Tips to Help You Avoid Getting Sick When You Travel

    NomadicMatt
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    I get a lot of questions about health care on the road – “How can I avoid getting sick? What need vaccines? What happens when I do get sick?” Since I’m not a doctor, I don’t like giving medical advice so I’ve asked Mike Huxley, a registered nurse and author of the blog Bemused Backpacker to write a few articles on health and safety when you travel. His first article focused on creating the perfect first aid kit. This article features easy ways to stay healthy on the road. Getting sick is a part of everyday life, and being on the road doesn’t exempt you from that…
  • Take FLYTE: How You Can Help Students Get a Better Education and Travel More

    NomadicMatt
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    Travel is a powerful agent for change. It broadens our horizons and helps us find our purpose. Think about the first time you traveled overseas. Remember those feelings of freedom, possibility, and excitement you had? Remember what got you hooked and made you say “I need to do more of this!”? Think about how travel has been a positive influence on your life and how it’s connected you to people and communities that you never thought you would get to know. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to travel — especially young students. Not everyone has parents to take them on…
  • How to Shoot the Perfect Travel Photograph

    NomadicMatt
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    ­Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five part series on taking better travel photos. Photographs are important for the memories they represent. You look at a picture and it conjures up thoughts, feelings, and smells that take you back to a long forgotten place so Laurence is here to help us take better pictures! Part two of the series is on how to get the perfect shot. In my first post in this series, I talked about the key compositional rules that you can use to create better travel photos. If you’re new to this series, I recommend you…
  • My 28 Favorite Places to Visit in the US

    NomadicMatt
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    From sea to shining sea, the United States is home to a diverse landscape — both culturally and physically. Spending months traveling across its vast landscape gave me a deep appreciation for all my country has to offer. After travelling 13,000 miles across the continental United States this spring (and more, if you count my previous road trip in 2006), I wanted to share some of my favorite destinations with you. I’ve already talked about my favorite restaurants and lessons learned, so it only seems proper to end the road trip posts with my favorite 28 destinations: (Note: This list is…
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • Five and Almost 10 With...David DeShaw

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Today we meet David DeShaw, CEO of Owners' Exchange (more on that soon) and Advisory Board Member of the National Timeshare Owners Association.>What was your first job in timeshare?Resort Manager >What was the greatest lesson you've ever been taught?Honest communication is the key to having high owner satisfaction >Where is your favorite vacation spot?Cabo San Lucas>If you could change one thing about timeshare, what would it be? Don’t pay retail! Get all owner’s and consumers to use Owner’s Exchange before purchasing from another resource.>What…
  • This Is Still Considered Marketing in 2015

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    This is an actual ad for an Assistant Director of Marketing for a major timeshare developer (company name and location redacted): JOB DESCRIPTIONAre you a vacation ownership/timeshare superstar? Have you been in the business for a while but still waiting for your opportunity to run your own operation? The Assistant Director of Marketing position is an accelerated training program to get you there in less than 12 months! NAME REDACTED a leader in the vacation ownership industry is looking to fill this position in LOCATION REDACTED. This site has over 500 units and includes managing Inhouse,…
  • Five and Almost 10 With...Joe Nahman

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Today we meet Joe Nahman, CEO of RMC Resort Management in South Carolina and an Advisory Board Member of the National Timeshare Owners Association. 1.  What was your first job in timeshare?      Property Manager 2.  What was the greatest lesson you've ever been taught?      People may forget what you say or what you do, but they will never forget how you make      them feel. 3.  Where is your favorite vacation spot?      Hilton Head Island 4.  If you…
  • What Changes Can Starwood Timeshare Owners Expect?

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    You've probably heard the news that Starwood (HOT) expects to "spin-off" its timeshare division in the near future.While this may have significant affect on the stock value of both Starwood and the new entity, to be called Vistana Signature Experiences, Inc., we here at the timeshare blog are more interested in the affects to individual timeshare owners.We posed some questions to Starwood and received these answers from someone who wants to be identified as "a spokesperson for Starwood Vacation Ownership": ·         For an average SVO current owner,…
  • I'm Mad As Hell, But I Don't Know How To Fix Things

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Everyday I receive an average of three e-mails from timeshare owners who are confused, feel ripped off and want out.  I can only assist them so much as I'm a writer and an educator, I don't buy or sell timeshare, I'm not an attorney and everyone knows that it is nearly impossible to "get out" of a timeshare, particularly when there are thousands still owed on it.   Day after day these e-mails come in and day after day I try my very best to find out why these consumers don't seek out any assistance PRIOR to buying a timeshare, only afterwards.Here's the unedited e-mail that…
 
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    GoNOMAD Travel

  • Cuba: Havana's Three Corners

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Havana: Exploring The Three Corners of Cuba's Crumbling Capital A Typical sight in Havana. Goats on the Road photos. By Nick Wharton Few introductions to a country can be as exhilarating as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • NYC: A Guide to Harlem's Music Scene

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    The Rhythm of Change: Harlem’s Legendary Live Music Scene, Then and Now

 There's been a resurgence of Swing Dance in Harlem with dancers from the audience swinging out at most free Jazz concerts.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • An Insider's Guide to Jamaica

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Jamaica: A Destination Guide to a Big Caribbean Island YS Falls in Jamaica. It's a wonderful place to cool off! Max Hartshorne photos. By Nadia AliWhy go? Read More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • On the Go for Kids: 250 Activities While Traveling

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    Activities to Keep Little Ones Busy and Happy Anytime, Anywhere!On-the-Go Fun for Kids: More than 250 Activities to Keep Little Ones Busy and Happy – Anytime, Anywhere!By Danielle Aihini... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Quebec City: A True Foodie's City

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
      Eating Our Way through Quebec City A True Foodie Town with a lot more than Poutine! By Margie Goldsmith Louis Jolliet on River Cruise, dressed like the historical figure.  “Eating... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Dawn on the Amazon Captains Blog

  • Chasing Demons In The Night

    Captain Bill
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    By Chris Kilham, Yuri arrives at the ayahuasca camp preceded by mystery. Vague hints of witchcraft during the afternoon have presaged his portentous entrance. Yuri is doughy, quiet, innocuous in appearance for a guy under a black cloud. Slightly under six feet in height and with a linebacker’s girth, this is a Ukrainian raised on potatoes, vodka, and pelmeni, little meat-filled dumplings. He moves at a moderate pace, no hurry, fingers slightly curled, a full head of short black hair atop a round Eurasian face, a Trojan horse of restrained spirits just itching to bust loose. He is a long way…
  • My elusive quest to support Amazon forest conservation and communities

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

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

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

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

  • PHOTO: One of the Towers of Regensburg Germany

    Barbara Weibel
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The old town of Regensburg Germany, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is peppered with tall towers built by merchants in medieval times to showcase their wealth. One of the many magnificent sites seen during my Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises. (Visited 2 times, 2 visits today)The post PHOTO: One of the Towers of Regensburg Germany appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Goosebumps in Passau, Germany

    Barbara Weibel
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The phrase “last but not least” comes to mind when I think of Passau. My Viking River ship had sailed down the Rhine, turned left onto the Main River near Frankfort, and finally, merged with the Danube just west of Regensburg. Just three miles from the border with Austria, we docked for one last stop in Germany, at the tiny town of Passau, which squats on a narrow peninsula at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers. Uninspiring exterior of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Passau From the waterfront, we climbed to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the cultural and…
  • PHOTO: Old Town Hall in Regensburg, Germany

    Barbara Weibel
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Old Town Hall in Regensburg Germany (Altes Rathaus) was home to the Perpetual Imperial Assembly from 1663 to 1806, bringing great wealth to the city. One of the many spectacular sites seen during my Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises. (Visited 31 times, 31 visits today)The post PHOTO: Old Town Hall in Regensburg, Germany appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Hauptmarkt in Nuremberg Germany

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Hauptmarkt in Nuremberg Germany occupies the square in front of Church of Our Lady. The market is famous for its gingerbread cookies. One of the many magnificent sites seen during my Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises. (Visited 71 times, 71 visits today)The post PHOTO: Hauptmarkt in Nuremberg Germany appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Old Town Hall in Bamberg, Germany

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Built in the middle of the Regnitz River, the 14th century Old Town Hall in Bamberg, Germany features a facade decorated with trompe d’oeil frescoes. One of the many magnificent sites seen during my Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises. (Visited 1,671 times, 1,671 visits today)The post PHOTO: Old Town Hall in Bamberg, Germany appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
 
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    The Longest Way Home | Travel Blog

  • Nepal in two weeks: planning a visit with a 14 day itinerary

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

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

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Thai Beef & Gravy – not what you might think! Give Thai beef and gravy a try! I’m a big beef fan but not much of a beef and gravy fan. It’s also never been something that I’ve found done well in Asia. Usually beef in gravy has been thinly sliced bits of beef in a gelatinous sauce. I decided to give Thailand’s beef and gravy a try recently and was pleasantly surprised. It’s certainly not a “western” version of this dish. And, it’s key to never think about this version either. In some ways it’s better not to think of it as beef in…
  • Wat Sra Sri & the lesser known temples of Sukhothai Historial Park

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Wat Sra Sri And Tra Pang Tra Kuan in Sukhothai, Thailand Unknown & lesser visited temples of Sukhothai Historical Park Most of the big impressive temples have already been covered in my guide to Sukhothai Historical Park. They are all really worth visiting as obligatory – must sees. But what of the others that you’ll walk by on the way? Those large brick chedi’s, broken wats and in some cases chunks of stone scattered around a field, are they worth visiting? Let’s take a look at the other side of Sukhothai and the ruins that you might be passing like everyone else…
  • Thai food: Sukhothai Noodles

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    A bowl of spicy Sukhothai noodles in Thailand Sukhothai’s own dish is very much worth a try Also called “kuaytiaw Sukhothai” or “kwit-teow Sukhothai” this dish is Sukhothai’s own speciality noodle dish. It’s spicy sour and meaty. There are however several variation on this dish. Nearly every restaurant in Sukhothai I went into had a different take on it. A bowl of seriously spicy Sukhothai noodles However the base ingredients remain the same. Noodles. Flat noodles made from rice to be precise. It’s worth noting that this dish was spicy hot…
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    My Itchy Travel Feet

  • Top Five Apps for Off the Beaten Path Travel

    Nicole
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:05 am
    Although most of us love to explore a city or destination with a set plan in mind, there’s always something incredibly enticing about forging your own path towards the unknown. After all, forgoing the well-traveled routes for off-the-beaten-path travel destinations is what exploration is all about, isn’t it? A boat floats in the Moorea lagoon Although some may prefer to make travel plans in the heat of the moment, having a little on-the-spot assistance along with way is always helpful. Apps can be a great way to avoid a disaster and can also help you get the most out of your travel…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:05 am
    Go off-the-beaten-path in Italy with a visit to Orta San Giulio. How’d your week go? Alan and I are enjoying summer in Montana. But, unfortunately, our Internet went out for half of the week. As we scrambled to find wifi connections, we were reminded of the importance of flexibility, whether that’s on the road or at home. The ability to regroup, while making the most of it, is the key to an enjoyable trip. Do you have tips for when things go wrong on the road? Send us an email to share them. Who knows, it might become a future article. Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel Are you a fan of…
  • Discovering Gdansk On a Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Donna Hull
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    Walking through the beautifully reconstructed old town of Gdansk. On an early September morning, the sun illuminates pastel colored buildings lining Long Market Street in Old Town, the historic center of Gdansk, Poland. Up ahead, the clock tower of the 13th century Town Hall vies for my attention. I stop to marvel at the old world architecture as I get my bearings. According to Rick Steves, the Polish city “boasts one of the most picturesque old quarters in Europe.” It’s a colorful start to a self-guided Gdansk walking tour that’s perfect for a do-it-yourself Baltic…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    What happens when a cruise excursion goes wrong? We tell you in our article about riding the Flam Railway in Norway. From Donna: Nicole is on vacation until the end of August, lucky girl, so it’s just me clueing you in on our News for the Week.  By now, you’ve probably read news reports about the Reynolds Creek fire that’s closed down a portion of Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Are you scheduled for a vacation in the area in the next few weeks? Don’t cancel it! Currently the fire covers only 1% of Glacier National Park’s one million acres. And…
  • Staying at Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park

    Donna Hull
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    Many Glacier Hotel has a prime spot at the edge of Swiftcurrent Lake What are your favorite hotels in Glacier National Park? Alan and I are often asked this question. And, without hesitation, we answer, “Many Glacier Hotel.” A canoe ride is waiting for you at Many Glacier Hotel Location, location, location. If you’re looking for world-class views and access to some of the best hiking trails in Glacier National Park, Many Glacier Hotel wins hands down, in my boomer traveler opinion. But I’ll be the first to admit that the rooms aren’t anything to write home about. Basic and rustic…
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    Boldly Go Solo

  • Traveling solo is often better than traveling with companions

    Ellen Perlman
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    In this story on why it's better to travel alone, the fourth reason is my favorite: deep immersion. You simply are not going to see or notice as much if you're walking with a friend or partner, while in Paris or Tokyo or anywhere else, gabbing with each other about what you just saw or where your next meal will be or something you remembered about your lives at home. You've stopped absorbing what's around...
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates Peru

    Ellen Perlman
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:32 pm
    The culture of Peru is on display on the Mall in Washington, D.C., until Sunday. Catch Peru: Pachamama (Mother Earth) if you can. Most of you can't, but I would say put the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on your travel to-do list, should you ever visit D.C. in late June or early July. The Smithsonian does a great job of bringing in people, culture, crafts, food and more, from places all over the world. Last year...
  • Loving solo dining. Or at least not hating it.

    Ellen Perlman
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:57 am
    There are people I know who will jump out of perfectly good airplanes or ski double black diamond slopes in Utah who are afraid to dine out alone in a nice restaurant. Afraid! In this enjoyable story on dining solo, the writer describes it this way: When chilling out at home with a bowl of popcorn gets old, I opt for the solo dining experience – the next best thing to a bubble bath, except...
  • For solo travel, tap anyone you or your friends know

    Ellen Perlman
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    You have friends, right? And they have friends? And relatives, too? Well, what are you waiting for? TAP THEM. You don't have to know them well, or even at all. They just have to live someplace you want to go. That's how I decided I could go to Ecuador without a travel companion. The thought of landing alone after dark in Quito, the capital city, was nerve wracking otherwise. But my childhood friend's husband's uncle's...
  • 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...
 
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    Almost Fearless: Full Feed

  • How We Found Home

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

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

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

    Christine Gilbert
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:54 pm
    We arrived late in the day at the Dream Castle Hotel, outside Disneyland Paris. I wasn’t quite ready for the shift from camping. We were a little haggard and road weary, having made the trip up from Barcelona so quickly. Then BOOM we’re in Disneyland, dragging our suitcases and grocery bags into the main lobby, smoothing down our hair and clothes as we crossed the atrium, trying to look something a little more respectable. My friend Kayt was already in town, she and I made plans to meet at the theme park months beforehand, but somehow I kept forgetting to book something, to…
  • 72 Days of Summer

    Christine Gilbert
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    Hey guys, I’m running a summer offer on my online blogging course. For the first 72 people who sign up, it’s just $72. Or it ends in 72 days, whichever comes first. (Starting Sept 5th, I’m raising the price to $299). According to this list, there are 2300 travel blogs of some size. Let that number roll around in your mouth: two thousand three hundred blogs. Even I am daunted by that number and I’ve been around forever. I posted that link in my Blog Brilliantly group and here is one of the responses: “I have to thank Christine Gilbert for kicking my arse (in a…
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    BEAT OF HAWAII

  • New Hawaii Vacation Deals | Hawaiian Airlines From $398RT

    Beat of Hawaii
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Another Hawaii airfare sale just out for late summer and fall Hawaii vacations. We’ve had a plethora of comments requesting better fares, especially from Los Angeles. Today’s sale... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
  • Could Southwest Buy Alaska or Hawaiian Airlines Next?

    Beat of Hawaii
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Rumors that, if correct, could dramatically change the playing field in Hawaii travel. The Chicago Business Journal is reporting that Southwest CEO Gary Kelly appears to be in the acquisition mode,... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
  • Hawaii Pineapple Fresh from Your Hawaii Vacation

    Beat of Hawaii
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    We’re waiting for the next round of late summer and fall Hawaii vacation deals from Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. In the meantime, let’s eat Hawaii pineapple! Mid to late summer... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
  • Hawaiian Airlines Increases Los Angeles to Kauai and Maui Flights

    Beat of Hawaii
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Great news today on new Hawaii flights to neighbor islands Kauai and Maui from Los Angeles. Hawaiian Airlines will extend their nonstop service to Kauai beyond the four times weekly summer seasonal... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
  • Hawaii Travel Deals | Alaska Airlines $398RT + 5% Discount Code

    Beat of Hawaii
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Some very good late summer and fall 2015 Hawaii vacation deals today, plus a 5% Alaska Airlines discount code to save even more. Late summer and autumn are two of the very best times of year to visit... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
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    OffbeatTravel

  • The Art Nouveau DIY tour of Brussels by Neala McCarten

    1 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    No visit to Brussels would be complete without seeing the architectural gems of the Art Nouveau period, a short-lived but highly distinctive style that influenced everything from buildings to jewelry. It was a cultural movement that fused fine and applied arts to create a beautiful, complete and integrated design and living environment. Here are the not-to-be-missed Art Nouveau highlights.
  • Ireland's Top Ten Best Places for Photo Opportunities

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    When it comes to photography, the Emerald Isle has so many perfect locations for that iconic shot. So for fantastic photos and a few tips to guide your hand, focus up. Here's a snapshot of Irish tourism's top 10 photo opportunities on the island
  • Two Weeks of Trips from Nimes Through Southern France by Glen Cowley

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    The southern French city of Nimes has a host of sites and events within easy reach for those who come to experience it and all that is within its realm. Here's two weeks of great day trips with historic Nimes as your homebase
  • Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino

    25 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    15-acre beachfront oasis opens in Palm Beach, Aruba
  • Five Rules for Wildlife Photography by Richard and Amy Lynn

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Written with a touch of humor, these rules are nonetheless serious. Everyone can take wildlife photos, here's how to pull that off.
 
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    tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide

  • The anti-packing list: You can leave these at home

    Kathi
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    TweetTranslated from German version of the article. As your next trip draws near, the Internet begins to burst at the seams with your packing lists. Stick to these lists too closely, and you’ll come to regret it – at the very latest when you heave your heavy backpack onto your shoulders for the first time, […] The post The anti-packing list: You can leave these at home appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Europe’s 7 Most Incredible Road Trips

    tripwolf
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:33 am
    TweetThis article is presented to you by EHIC.   Road trips may be a quintessentially American tradition, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make the most out of it on the long and winding roads of Europe. In fact, Europe has some of the most incredible road trips in the world, with long drives […] The post Europe’s 7 Most Incredible Road Trips appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Are we there yet? Vacations with the kids: These are the best kid-friendly travel destinations

    Kathi
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    TweetTranslated from German version of the article.   Stressed parents are looking for relaxation, but the kids are longing for adventure. The perfect travel destination should be quiet, with excellent food, and of course high hygienic standards and safety are a must. It’s not as difficult to balance the needs of both adults and children […] The post Are we there yet? Vacations with the kids: These are the best kid-friendly travel destinations appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • On top of the world. The most spectacular sky bars

    Kathi
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    TweetTranslated from the German version of this article.   Bangkok, New York, or Singapore: High above the rooftops of these metropolitan cities, the caipirinha just tastes worlds better. Today we’ll introduce you to eight bars at dizzying heights that you absolutely have to visit at least once in your life.     Bangkok: Sky Bar, […] The post On top of the world. The most spectacular sky bars appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Finally an end to the wild-goose chase: route planner and “near me” function in the tripwolf app

    tripwolf
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    TweetIt’s not an easy task to manage your time while traveling: particularly on short trips, time is an especially precious commodity. On the hunt for the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot to check your emails for that big upcoming project, and who doesn’t have that one friend who needs to find a bathroom every 10 minutes?   […] The post Finally an end to the wild-goose chase: route planner and “near me” function in the tripwolf app appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
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    Walking and Drinking Beer

  • A Wild West Weekend in Cheyenne, Wyoming

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    Frontier Days (the center window is where Tom Horn confessed to murder)Now that Cheyenne Frontier Days 2015 is over, it’s a wonderful time to spend a weekend in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Not that there’s anything wrong with Frontier Days, of course.  This 119-year-old rodeo, the “Daddy of ‘em All,” as they like to say, is a bucket list event – the largest rip-roaring outdoor rodeo in the world.  And if you want to go, start making reservations now for the July 22-31, 2016 event because reservations fill up early.That’s the challenge.  With 400,000 visitors and…
  • A Ramble in the English Countryside

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:40 pm
    How to Escape London and See the Cotswolds – the England of Calendars and Picture Books The Cotswolds features rolling green hills with 100 stone villagesLondon is magnificent, but it can also be big, noisy and crowded with swarms of international tourists following guides holding up umbrellas.  If you want to see the real England – or at least, the Harry Potterfantasy version of what Shakespeare called “this green and pleasant land,” you need to get to the Cotswolds.  This postcard-pretty rural area of rolling green hills and honey-colored stone villages lies just 60 miles…
  • The Spirit of Old Vallarta Still Lives on in this “Accidental” International Resort

    20 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    John Huston“When I first came here, almost 30 years ago, Vallarta was a fishing village of some 2000 souls. There was one road to the outside world - and it was impassable during the rainy season.”  So wrote American film director John Huston about his first encounter with the sleepy, isolated fishing village he was destined to change into an international mega resort.In 1962, Huston was one of the world’s top film directors.  He had hit upon a formula that worked perfectly.  In films like The African Queen and The Treasure of Sierra Madre, he placed famous stars in…
  • How Walt Disney's Love of Trains Changed the World

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

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

  • Jul 16, Samoan Food

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:54 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.
  • Jul 16, Samoa Transport

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:54 pm
    A guide to Samoa transport options including car rentals, bus, taxi, ferry, and flights
  • Jul 16, Permai Rainforest Music Festival

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:45 pm
    The Permai Rainforest Music Festival Kuching held each July is a unique Sawarak festival experience and highly recommended. Read more here...
  • Jul 16, Orangutans in Borneo

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:43 pm
    To see Orangutans in Borneo is a dream for many. Visit Sepilok and Semmingoh Wildlife Sanctuaries, or see in the wild for an awesome experience.
  • Jul 16, Mulu Caves

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Mulu Caves are a fascinating underground experience....each cave spectacular and different. With 4 main caves and a cave trek for experienced cavers be sure to visit Mulu Caves when in Borneo.
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    My Several Worlds

  • Voodoo Doughnuts Taipei – A New Doughnut King in Town

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

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

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

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

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

  • Big Wave In Playa Blanca

    Jules
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:22 am
    A freak wave was captured on video in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote on Saturday 1st August 2015. The wave seen in this video was created when the Bocayna Express ferry run by Fred Olsen was manoeuvring to enter the harbour in Playa Blanca during high tide at midday on Saturday.  read more »
  • Riding An E-Bike In Lanzarote

    Miguel
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:51 am
    Over the weekend we experienced E-Bikes for the first time, and they’re a brilliant way to get around the island! We’ve teamed up with E-Bike Lanzarote to offer you a choice of various guided tours you can do on these clever machines, and you can also hire the bikes to use for your own trips. But let’s start by explaining what they are: How E-Bikes Work Don’t confuse these with electric bikes, where you press a button and they go. These are much more sophisticated – the motor assists you to pedal normally. Think of it like the power steering on your car – you still turn the wheel,…
  • South Tour

    Jules
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:07 am
    Escape the tourist resorts and discover the beautiful island of Lanzarote during your holiday. The South Tour of Lanzarote includes a visit to the islands top attraction of the Timanfaya National Park where you can feel the heat of a volcano and ride a camel. Discover how the six year long volcanic eruption from 1730 to 1736 shaped the island of Lanzarote and listen to excerpts from the local priest’s diary to understand what life was like for the islanders. Watch the fire and water demonstrations which prove the heat just under the Islote de Hilario and see a giant BBQ cooking chicken and…
  • English cinema in Lanzarote 3rd & 6th August 2015

    Susana
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:17 am
    The only movie in English next week is the newly introduced "Ant-Man" which will be shown in 2D at 19:40 on Monday the 3rd and Thursday the 6th of August at Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang (played by  read more »
  • Jobs in Lanzarote, TEFL Teacher

    Jules
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:13 am
    A private English Language Centre in Lanzarote has a vacancy for a teacher. The position is for 4 hours daily from Monday to Thursday during the afternoon which will start from 15:30/16:30 to 19:30/20:30. A legal contract is included including paid holidays for Christmas, Carnival and Easter. Candidates must be able to speak Spanish and have a TEFL qualification and be able to teach very young children aged from 3 years old. A university degree would be a  read more »
 
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  • A Life-Changing Experience Challenge in Ghana

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

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

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

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

    editor
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    Digital marketing for hotels is complex. In an ideal world, every hotel would welcome all online bookings directly through its website, mobile website or Facebook page. Unless the hotel is the only one in town, though, the reality is decidedly different, so most hotels use third-party distributors like OTAs (online travel agency) or GDS (global distribution system) networks to complement their direct sales efforts. The trick is to establish a good balance between them. The Hotel Link Solutions HealthCheck service is free and provides a scored report for accommodations using 55 separate…
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    BootsnAll Travel Articles

  • Seven Spectacular Bus Routes Through South America

    khammel
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:01 am
    [section]Traveling cross-country by bus can be long and tedious in any country, and South America certainly presents its own challenges, but this form of travel can also be an incredibly rewarding and eye-opening experience. South America offers some of the most startling scenery on earth and, if you travel by land rather than by air, much of it can be seen en route to your next exciting destination. Snow-capped mountains, seemingly endless deserts, shimmering salt flats, bizarre rose-hued rock formations shaped by the elements, lush jungles, cosmopolitan cities, ancient ruins and deep…
  • Train Travel in Southeast Asia

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Train travel in Southeast Asia has a great feel. Forget the traffic jams, the honking, the backpacker traps, and the risk of having your bag razored on a crowded overnight bus. If you travel by train, you can have increased security and comfort at affordable prices, as most trains provide clean and comfortable beds serving as overnight moving hotel.[/section][banner type="gray" subscribe="hide" description="hide" title="Ready to get started planning your RTW trip?" button="Sign up for the free 30 day e-course" button_link=" http://indie.bootsnall.com"][section]Furthermore, train…
  • World Gone Mad: 8 Travel-Related Psychological Disorders

    admin
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]If you decide to journey away from your homeland and out into the big world any time soon, you need to be aware that it is not just physical perils that may confront you – there are also a number of peculiar psychological disorders that attack those who decide to travel outside of their comfort zones.This article, besides allowing the traveling reader to realize how special they are if they have never had to deal with any of these disorders, hopes to marginally expand the readers understanding of the often unacknowledged obstacles travelers must cope with on – as well as off –…
  • Ultimate Record Breaking Destinations

    Samantha Wilson
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    [section]Since tweed-coated, leather-booted intrepid explorers of yesteryear first embarked on journeys into the true unknown, world exploration has driven a passion within us. Charles Darwin’s unquenchable curiosity landed him in the Galapagos Islands and rewarded us with the theory of evolution.  Fridtjof Nansen, the grandfather of polar exploration was the first to cross the Arctic Ocean, sailing further north than any other man before him. The names Captain Cook, Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus ignite awe and a childlike sense of wonderment within us, their dusty footprints leading…
  • Six Surefire Ways to Get Sick While Traveling

    admin
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    [section]What you want least on your trip, besides having one of those stories that starts out, “So then I woke up on the side of the road, with no shoes, no wallet and no passport,” is to get sick while traveling. It’s uncomfortable, unpleasant, can make moving to the next town an impossibility and takes you right out of your comfort zone into the doctor’s office in a country where you don’t speak the language and are not entirely sure of the hygiene practices.But maybe you’re a sucker for medical tourism, and not the cosmetic dentistry kind. You’re looking for 1,001 ways to…
 
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  • Must do Things in Life

    Ashyln Molly
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:03 am
    Les Calanques are a series of miniature fjords to the south of Marseille close to Cassis. Theslender inlets area unit sheathed in steep walls made from rock or dolomite, and are extremely scenic. Hiking even some of the rocky cliffs higher than the sea and its fjords will take on a daily basis, with foot access restricted in summer because of extreme heat, whereas cruising through the inlets are often exhausted a handful of hours. Samna, south of Marseille, is considered a must-see calanque; it’s a rocky beach and is fashionable breathing scuba divers. An post has Sat atop Garde Hill…
  • Marseille – Overall View

    Ashyln Molly
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:52 am
    France’s second largest town, Marseille, throbs with vitality from wherever it sits on the Mediterranean. Its scenic natural harbor has created it a crucial trade center for hundreds of years. Town was bombed by Germany and Italian Republic still because the Allies throughout war II, however it survived and these days blends the previous and also the new in exciting ways that. Marseille may be a town simply created for wandering around, from its historic previous city to its blended architectural and arts designs. Whereas any time may be a experience to go to this historic town, Marseille…
  • Top Things to do in The Caribbean Islands

    Ashyln Molly
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:36 am
    If your idea of having fun in the Caribbean is to hit the nightclubs or spend your days on a sandy beach, you’ve come to the right place to learn about all the other great activities that you can take part in. Here is everything you need to know about the attractions of the Caribbean islands. Go on a day cruise All the Caribbean islands are surrounded by clear-blue water and sandy shores. You can sip on your cocktail whilst cruising on Saona Island. This chartered cruise will take you over to Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica, where you’ll be guided through Montego Bay and beyond. Take part…
  • Tuscany in Autumn

    Ashyln Molly
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:15 am
    Autumn is one of the best times of the year to see the glorious colours of the Tuscan countryside. As the grape vine leaves turn from green to a sea of reds and yellows in time for the wine harvest and the lush green forest transforms into its autumnal hues, the beauty of the Tuscan landscape comes into its own. The summer sun still lingers in this northern region of Italy, with bright days seeing temperatures as high as 26 degrees, so al-fresco dining, shorts and t-shirts are the norm in October. Ladled on top of the regions famous Indian summers are the delights of autumn offered in…
  • Top 5 Walking Holiday Destinations in the UK

    Ashyln Molly
    10 Jul 2015 | 12:24 am
    The UK landscape has so much to offer – challenging terrain for an active holiday, lush forest for exploring and stunning coastal paths for a truly breathtaking view. But it doesn’t matter what kind of walking holiday you’re looking for; whether it be a relaxed stroll over hills or a tough climb to the peak of a mountain, you’re rewarded with some of the most amazing memories. Here are the Blackleaf.com top 5 destinations for walking holidays in the UK. Scottish Highlands The Scottish Highlands attract visitors from all over the country throughout the year thanks to its beautiful and…
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  • Soaring Back Home

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Across the Crown Range If you ever come to Queenstown, there are two short drives I recommend. The first is to Glenorchy, and the second goes through the mountains below (see that green valley?), across the Crown Range, and into Wanaka. Daily Photo – Soaring Back Home There was a fresh dump of snow as I was flying back from San Francisco to Queenstown a few days ago. This is the last flight of the day that lands at the little airport with the strange callsign ZQN. They don’t allow any night flights currently because it is such a tight and dangerous landing… but this may change in…
  • Almost Taking a Midnight Dip

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Packing for the USA! Here’s a silly and random video we made a few hours ago… Deep Dive Video Here, you can see me talking a bit more about the bag, the inspiration, and even more! Thanks again to our amazing partners at Peak Design! Check the Kickstarter page here. Dubai Nightwalking If you do ever make it to one of these very hot places like Dubai or Vegas, I recommend sleeping a lot during the day and staying up a lot at night to take photos. Not only is it cooler, but often everything looks more awesome and the photography comes even easier. Daily Photo – Almost Taking a…
  • Walking Near The Barn at Lake Hayes

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Huffington Post Article HuffPo published an article all about the upcoming Photo Walks — I did a little interview with them you may enjoy! Again, go here for more: tour.treyratcliff.com From the Autumn Photo Adventure I took this photo with our group during the amazing photo adventure a few months ago. Be sure to check out our Photo Adventures page to see if there is anything coming up! Daily Photo – Walking Near The Barn at Lake Hayes This is the little path that runs in front of my friend’s little cottage you can rent along Lake Hayes. It’s about 10 minutes from my house and…
  • New Presets for August! Get them while they’re hot!

    Luke Lakatosh (Stuck in Customs Support)
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    New Presets! Every month new presets come out and are half price just for 24 hours to reward those of you hardcore lovers of it that keep coming back! Thanks so much! Pop on over to the Stuck in Customs Store to find out more! What’s in Trey’s Bag? New and updated! I also updated the Camera Equipment page that lists out my stuffola. Daily Photo – The View From the Top of the Bar This is the bar atop the Burj Al Arab, which styles itself as the world’s only 7-star hotel. This bar itself is really cool because it juts way out of the hotel and looks like it would be almost…
  • SuWeeet! Up on Product Hunt!

    Trey Ratcliff
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm
    SuWeeet! Up on Product Hunt! We JUST hit this awesome site called “Product Hunt“, where they feature just a few products per day. This site is actually a guilty pleasure of mine, and I go there every day to find cool stuff! It’s a place you can upvote things you like for the day. Our new Everyday Messenger Bag from Kickstarter just hit there, so the whole team is quite excited. And, you’ll love this site… a TREMENDOUS time-waster that you’ll enjoy as much as I do!
 
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  • When in Cuba, Take a Puff on Those Cigars, Viñales Style

    Robert Schrader
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
    Initially, I wanted nothing more than to photograph the cigar-smoking man, whose royal blue jersey was the perfect foil to the green mountains behind him, and the red path he walked upon. But I abandoned my usual M.O. – to snap my picture as discreetly as possible, then to stroll past my subject as if it had never happened – and spoke to him. “Va usted a Viñales?” I let my camera fall to my side. He nodded. I smiled and bid him farewell, when I stopped to consider an important possibility. Maybe he made that cigar himself? He turned around, as if he’d read my mind, then removed…
  • The Ultimate Magic of Coastal Bergen in Norway

    Jonny Scott Blair
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    As part of celebrating my 99th country, I ended up in NORWAY, visiting Gudvangen, Flam,Voss, Bergen, Myrdal and Oslo. Of course I had to end up in the country’s capital and here I met up with Gunnar Garfors, the Norwegian who has visited every country in the world.  In Oslo, I had a great time touring and taking in a couple of hotel properties, including the Olympiatoppen and the Clarion Collection Oslo. While Oslo has a ton to offer, I really fell in love with Bergen, which is located on Norway’s west coast, houses 280,000 people and is Norway’s second biggest city. Above, by…
  • China’s Yangshuo in Guangxi, Known for its Surreal & Luscious Green Hills

    Jonny Scott Blair
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:12 am
    Even the most touristic towns and cities in China continue to be epic and inspirational. I’ve mentioned many times before that China is probably the best country in the world to feel remote and off the beaten path. This is what you dreamed of China to be like before you ventured here, even in popular Yangshuo where a smoggy sky gapes down on a town hidden beneath limestone peaks. Food vendors sell snails, pizza, rice and seaweed in equal portions as you work your way through one of the most touristic towns in China. You pinch yourself time and time again. You’re really here and it’s all…
  • A Tuscan Classic: Florence’s Guelfi e Ghibellini Restaurant

    Donna Sozio
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Luxurious. Elegant. Sexy. Historic.  That’s Florence’s Guelfi e Ghibellini Restaurant. The Music Room I arrived for dinner an hour early to enjoy a cocktail from the bar in the Music Room on the piano nobile in the historic Relais Santa Croce Firenze Hotel.  I slowly sipped my negroni taking in its true grandness. The parquet floors. The vaulted ceilings. The enormous glittering chandelier and the removable panels in the wall that once hosted a full orchestra when the Marchese Baldinucci entertained in the 1700’s. I pinched myself. It’s 2015 and now, I’m here.
  • How About a Morning Air Balloon Ride Over Catalonia?

    Sherry Ott
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:32 am
    I can feel the heat on my skin as the flames scream upward as if it were a fire-breathing dragon next to me. It warms my goosebumps on this chilly, fog –filled, early morning in the Pyrenees and brings a smile to my face; a rare sight in the morning. My favorite part is the lift off. After filling the balloon with hot air, the liftoff it’s so subtle, quiet, and simple in a world which seems to get more loud and complicated by the minute. It’s an odd sensation to float, it gets me every time as the basket teeters, gently leaves the ground, and you feel as if you are learning to stand…
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  • Tourist Office of Spain for Business Travel, Meetings and Events

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

    Rob Hard
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    If there’s one thing that goes hand in hand it’s convention centers and business travelers. Located as part of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) district and the International Drive, the Hilton Orlando is contemporary and upscale with 1,417 guest rooms that are decorated in natural colors and soothing tones. Experience Hilton Orlando at OCCC: Courtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy imageCourtesy…
  • ACE OF M.I.C.E. EXHIBITION 2016: March 16-18; Istanbul – Turkey

    Business Travel Destinations
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    “ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition” is the leading regional event for the meetings, incentives, conferences, events and business travel industry which brought MICE industry professionals from Turkey and all around the globe in a splendid event. Check back for more 2016 details. Background The  three-day event and program includes an exhibition (with B2B meetings), seminar sessions, networking events and the ACE of M.I.C.E. Awards Ceremony, which is attended by 3,000 senior meetings and tourism industry individuals from all around the world. AME reached on 2014 9,856 visitors (1053 international…
  • ACE of M.I.C.E. Releases Post-Show Report

    Rob Hard
    12 May 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Turkey is positioning itself for a level of success in the international meetings industry, and the ACE of M.I.C.E program, a three-day event, in Istanbul was established in 2014 to highlight its offerings. The 2nd annual program was held February 26-28, 2015) and the show organizers recently released its ACE of M.I.C.E. 2015 Report. ACE of M.I.C.E. includes a trade show exhibition with one-on-one meetings, an association and medical meetings day, and other special events. This was the program’s second year, and it drew the attention more international community:  64 percent of the…
  • Congress, Meeting and Event Sector Gathered in Istanbul

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

  • Butterflies

    19 Jul 2015 | 11:51 am
    I would have sworn I had shown these butterfly stamp cards before, but if I did, then I can't find them.  The first is from a recent series, "British Butterflies" issued in 2013, and the second from a series also called "British Butterflies" issued in 1981.And here is a stamp that arrived just this week, from Belgium, just to make a change from the PHQ stamp cards.This is a post for Sunday Stamps, hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.
  • Monaco and the Côte d'Azur

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:41 pm
    A new - for me - map of the Côte d'Azur showing the position of Monaco.  I bought it ready stamped with old stamps, and probably over-priced, but I liked it.  It seems slightly odd that they have shown the casino towering above the Prince's Palace.
  • Postal theme

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    I've shown almost all my postally themed stamp cards in the past so I've had to scrape the barrel. You can't have post without stamps of some sort so I've chosen these two.  It's really only one degree of separation, don't you think?This is a post for Sunday Stamps, hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.
  • Holidays

    5 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    I have, some may have noticed, been away. Part of it was holidays when I did a lot of this:...But in a place more like this:The weather was wonderful and I feel very much the better for it.The girl reading, apparently propped up against a bicycle (though I suspect some PhotoShopping), comes from Russia, the Mediterranean doorway comes from the Netherlands.
  • Mushrooms

    17 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Neither of these PHQ stamp cards are in my possession because I've sent them to people who collect mushroom cards.  Personally, although I find them interesting, I don't think they are attractive at all and even verge on being sinister.  Day of the Triffids and all that.  I think I read that book too young.The first, as you can see, was issued in 1988 and ten years later came the second.  Interestingly, the 34p stamp was the highest value of the set, as was the 63p in 1998.  Now 63p is the first class internal mail rate, just seven years later again.This is a post for…
 
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  • Where are the best places to buy a home?

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

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

    Brandy
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:34 am
    Whether you plan to stay there yourself or let it out to other people, your holiday apartment should be the perfect home away from home. It needs to be welcoming, relaxing, easy to look after and a fun place to spend time. It should also be very different from your home, so that you really feel you’re getting away from your day-to-day life. You’ll need to get creative to bring this dream to life. Furniture A holiday apartment doesn’t need as much furniture as a home, so keep it simple. Bedrooms should have only beds and enough storage space for what can be brought there in suitcases –…
  • Savouring Majorca’s Unique Flavours!

    Brandy
    27 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    Majorca relies on its agriculture and tourism to support its economy. And the locals devote much of their time to both trades, even combining the two for inquisitive visitors that want to explore the islands unique flavours. The cuisine on the island is predominantly influenced by the mainland, although Majorcans are proud of their culinary heritage and are always keen for visitors to indulge in their recipes. Olive oil tours Olive trees were introduced to Spain by the Romans, and olive groves have been such a mainstay of Majorca’s economy, olive mills and infusion dishes have become museum…
  • Your Guide to Patagonia in Argentina

    Brandy
    22 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Imagine a landscape that stretches on for infinity, covered in arid steppe. This is what Patagonia in Argentina looks like. Known for its adventures, myths and legends, it is becoming an increasingly popular place for people to visit. After all, when people like Therou, Hudson and Chatwin start talking about it, as well as Charles Darwin of course, it becomes something to investigate even closer. A Land of Extremes Very few places on earth can be compared to Patagonia. Experience the biting winds of the Southern Patagonian Icecaps that howl over the largest permanent ice area away from the…
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  • Space Travel: Is The Price Tag Worth It To Be An Astronaut?

    Burt Brages
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    Going to space isn’t something that only astronauts get to do. Everyday people, like you and me, could go into space, if they have enough money that is. For a whopping $35 million dollars, you can get a ride into space. Here’s what comes with this out of this world travel experience. Preparation and Voyage Travelers board the Russian Soyuz spacecraft after they have gone through extensive training throughout the period of about a year. This training includes going through many different simulations. They will have to learn things like how to eat in zero gravity and what to do if…
  • Places To Go in August

    Sue Lobo
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    It’s that time again- kids are about to go back to school soon. Whether you want to squeeze in one last trip this summer or you plan on getting some alone time once the kids are back to school, now is the time to book that last minute trip or plan ahead for next summer to lock in early booking rates.  Here are some of the options for places to go in August. Tropical Destinations There really is never a bad time of year to visit a tropical destination. During the month of August Mexico, the Bahamas and the Caribbean tend to be hot spots for tourists. If you are wanting to get a…
  • New Wi-Fi On Virgin America

    Terry Lobo
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Over the years there have been some big improvements in airline travel. It used to be that when you went on a plane you had to turn off your cellphones and settle for reading a book during your flight, making conversation with fellow passengers or watching an in-flight movie to pass the time. Today, airlines are trying to cater to passenger’s needs as much as possible, including offering improved Wi-Fi service. About 40% of airlines in the U.S. offer free Wi-Fi on its airplanes. This allows passengers to do simple things like check their emails or visit their favorite social media…
  • Robot Hotel Now Open

    Burt Brages
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels over the years. Depending on where I am at, the hotel staff can be quite interesting at times. Never before though have I been at a hotel where I have had my needs taken care of by anyone that wasn’t human. A five star hotel in Japan called Henn-na Hotel, recently opened its doors and is giving travelers that stay at their hotel a unique experience. It is staffed, not by humans, but by robots. The Experience When guests walk to the reception desk, they will have to check-in with a robot. For guests that speak English, they will need to…
  • Temporary Indoor Beach in Washington D.C.

    TinaB
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    It used to be that if you lived in Washington D.C. and wanted to experience the beach that you would have to drive anywhere from an hour or two to get to it. The National Building Museum is trying to change that for a few months by bringing the beach to visitors. This temporary architecture installation is open to the public now through September 7th. There’s No Water Here Visitors can hang out on the 50 foot “shoreline” in a lounge chair or plunge into the not so real water. In order to simulate waves there’s about 1 million translucent plastic balls that are in the…
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  • Brazil Tourism: A Woman's Guide

    11 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    If you're a woman considering Brazil tourism, you've probably heard it's unsafe and not a great destination. That's not exactly true.
  • Graffiti Street Art - Love It or Hate It?

    20 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Graffiti street art is graffiti for some, street art for others, and often more complex than a few bits of spray on a wall. Find out what it's all about.
  • Natural Disaster Survival When You Travel

    14 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Tsunamis and earthquakes aren't the first thing you think about when you travel but if you're headed to a danger zone, think of preparing for natural disaster survival.
  • How to Travel When Broke

    14 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Just because you have less money doesn't mean you can't travel when broke. Find out how to keep spending down and get around the high cost of travel.
  • Women Travel with Disabilities

    14 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Travel with disabilities is a challenge but, according to expert Candy Harrington, one that can be overcome with the right preparation.
 
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    TRAVEL BLOG

  • HABITANTES DE LOS ANDES

    1 Aug 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Por milenios, los habitantes de los Andes han contribuido a darle caracter y personalidad a las civilizaciones mas antiguas de America del Sur, tanto como hoy dia.
  • PEOPLE OF THE ANDES

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:27 am
    Visit People of the Andes if willing to discover the beginning of the Andean civilization, from the remote Caral and Chavin cultures to today's Quechua and Aymara.
  • PAISES DE AMERICA DEL SUR

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:08 am
    Paises de America del Sur es una guia de referencia rapida y concreta acerca del cuarto mayor continente del mundo, asi como para cada uno de los paises integrantes.
  • COUNTRIES IN SOUTH AMERICA

    22 Jul 2015 | 1:27 am
    Countries in South America is a quick reference guide to provide you with relevant info regarding the fourth-largest continent plus specific info for each country.
  • GRUTAS DE AMERICA DEL SUR

    19 Jul 2015 | 1:27 am
    Si aprecias el descubrir la belleza subterranea, la siguiente lista de grutas de America del Sur te permitira conocer las mas relevantes en cada pais del continente.
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    Wild Junket

  • #AdvTravelChat Community Post: What is Your Favorite Weekend Adventure?

    Nellie Huang
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:03 am
    Yesterday we had our weekly #AdvTravelChat on Twitter where we discussed weekend adventures. It was one of the most popular sessions to date, many thanks for joining our community! We love hearing your stories, swapping tips with you and gushing at your amazing photos from around the world. Special thanks to our cohost @trover for making it such a fun, inspiring and engaging chat! Don’t forget that they are giving away $1500 in their travel photo sweepstake – here are the contest details. For those who missed it, here’s a slideshow with a round-up of some of the most creative…
  • How to Plan Your Next Adventure — Tackling the Basics

    Nellie Huang
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    This is part of the travel tips chapter from my book The Adventure Traveler’s Handbook. To read more on it, head over to my book page or to Amazon. Have a strong urge to head out and see the world but don’t know where to start? Whether you are planning your first RTW trip or just researching for your next epic trip, it can be quite daunting. I’ve compiled some basic tips for those who are looking for adventure but are unsure where to start — these are the first steps to take when planning your trip (look out for more tips in this series). First Question: Where to Go Most people…
  • Win Travel Themed Products from Airportag!

    Nellie Huang
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    A s a self-confessed travel addict, I’ve always been a fan of travel themed stuff — from world map decals to atlas necklaces. My home is decorated with antique globes, vintage airplane models, face masks and paintings I’ve collected from different parts of the world. I even have a tattoo of the world map on my arm. So when I discovered Airportag, I knew I had to add their products to my collection. Airportag is a hip and stylish brand of airport inspired products, ranging from cool flight board throw pillows to canvas featuring travel quotes. The founder of Airportag, Captain…
  • 5 Endangered Species Worth Traveling to See

    Nellie Huang
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    You know how much I love wildlife. I’ve traveled far and wide to catch a glimpse of animals in the wild — from seeing penguins in Antarctica to tracking gorillas in Uganda. Sadly, it’s getting harder and harder to see animals in the wild these days. Many species are now highly endangered due to the loss of natural habitat and other human interference. If you’re a wildlife buff just like me, you would want to see these five endangered species before they go extinct. Who knows, you might just be one of the last people that sees them outside of a textbook. Jaguars —…
  • How to Travel Responsibly

    Nellie Huang
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    This short piece was extracted from my book, The Adventure Traveler’s Handbook. To read more on it, head over to my book page or to Amazon. As travelers, it is our responsibility to ensure the activities we engage in protect the environment and support communities. When traveling with an operator, we need to look beyond the eco-friendly claims, and ask what they are really doing to support the environment, local people, animals, and plants. Here are some tips to help you travel responsibly: Reduce your carbon footprint Offset your carbon emissions and reduce pollution by taking trains,…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • Top Ten Natural Attractions in KwaZulu Natal

    Wanda Coustas
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The coastal province of KwaZulu Natal has just about everything – historical battlefields, architecture and memorials, first world shopping malls, Victorian-cottage shabby-chic suburban living, tribal settlements in rural areas, towering basalt mountains, warm seas, world-class wetlands, wildlife game reserves, hiking and snorkelling opportunities, vibrant markets, an annual sardine run, and a strong Indian, Zulu and colonial influence. It isn’t short of rustic beauty...
  • Top Ten Natural Attractions in Mpumalanga

    Wanda Coustas
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Mpumalanga’s rare combination of lowveld and escarpment, sub-tropical weather, summer rains and unbelievable scenic beauty makes the province one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Yet despite the millions of tourists who enter the Kruger National Park annually a huge proportion pass through Mpumalanga without exploring the richness of natural beauty beyond the park’s boundaries. Mpumalanga, place of the rising sun, has a history and natural beauty that will...
  • 8 Fabulous Self-Drive Routes in KwaZulu-Natal – Making Travel Easy

    Wanda Coustas
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:45 am
    Send to Kindle There is no better way to get a feel for a place than from the seat of your car, the open road before you; nothing to do, nowhere to be but exactly where you are, exploring and appreciating the scene as it unfolds before you. The scenic beauty and rich history of KwaZulu Natal needs little introduction, but choosing just how best to explore it does. Here are 10 fabulous Self-Drive Routes in KwaZulu-Natal – to make travel easy…   ROUTE 56 MATATIELE The...
  • Explore SA By Two-Heeled Drive – 10 Extraordinary Spaces For Hiking

    Wanda Coustas
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle South Africa is renowned for its outdoor lifestyle, its vast expanses, spectacular scenery and heady wilderness areas. The country’s terrain, stretched across 1.2 million square kilometres, is as diverse as its culture and people – from rugged shorelines and towering peaks, to bushveld, shrubland, magnificent indigenous forest and endless, barren desert. To fully engage with the country head to its wilderness and protected areas and get to know it with your own two feet....
  • 10 Karoo towns with weird sounding names

    Wanda Coustas
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle It isn’t difficult to find unusual names in the Karoo. It seems as if this vast, effortless aridity gives rise to names that are the deuce to pronounce, if you’re a visitor, and difficult even if you live in South Africa. Here are 10 Karoo towns with weird sounding names… De Aar When it comes to the weird names of some Karoo towns there tends to be a strong association with underground streams (I’m thinking here of Lekkersing). De Aar is no exception....
 
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    Velvet Escape

  • Asia on my mind

    Keith Jenkins
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    Asia is the world’s largest continent and home to more than 60% of the world’s population. It’s a continent of incredible contrasts; from the frozen north to the expansive steppe in Central Asia and the deserts in the Middle East, and the glistening peaks of the Himalayas to the pristine beaches of Southeast Asia, and the futuristic skylines of cities like Shanghai and Tokyo to tribal villages scattered across the continent. It’ll take several lifetimes to explore this wondrous continent! I’m going back to Asia – Malaysia and Indonesia to be exact –…
  • Ten places in Armenia you should not miss

    Keith Jenkins
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:08 am
    Lake Sevan Armenia (map) is an ancient country situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. This small country is known for its 3,500-year-old history, rich culture and amazing mountainous landscapes. Each year, an increasing number of visitors book Armenian tours to explore this interesting land, immerse themselves in centuries-old customs and traditions, learn about its colourful history and admire the spectacular scenery. The locals are warm and hospitable and do their best to make visitors feel welcome in their beloved motherland. If you’re planning a visit, here are ten places in…
  • Impressions of Strasbourg

    Keith Jenkins
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    Strasbourg (map) is the capital and the largest city of Alsace, a region in northeastern France bordering Germany. This historic city is home to a renowned university and is also the seat of the European Parliament. In 1988, its historic centre, also called Grand Île (or Grand Isle as it’s situated on a big island in the Ill River), was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Grand Île is a maze of atmospheric medieval streets and stately squares lined by gorgeous buildings. At one end, the impressive Cathedral (a stunning Gothic structure completed in the 15th century, with its…
  • The wondrous caves of Nerja

    Keith Jenkins
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
    The caves of Nerja There are caves and there are CAVES… the ones that make you gape in awe and fill you with an immense sense of wonder. I’ve visited many caves on my travels around the world and only a handful of them fall into this latter category. The caves of Nerja are one of them. Located near the town of Nerja in the province of Málaga in Spain, the caves are a series of caverns that stretch almost 5 kilometers. Discovered by accident by a group of friends in 1959, the caves have since become one of the top natural attractions in Spain. The caves of Nerja comprise several…
  • Luxury Myanmar river cruise – and the art of giving back

    Keith Jenkins
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Belmond cruiser in Myanmar I met Janice and George Mucalov, two travel writers, on an Alaska cruise in 2011 and we’ve stayed in touch ever since, following each other’s travels via social media. Janice, George and I enjoy travelling in the same manner, i.e. comfortably, or rather… the ‘velvet’ way, so when Janice approached me with an idea for a guest post about a luxury Myanmar river cruise with an element of supporting local communities, I said “yes” in an instant! Read about this wonderful Velvet Escape in Myanmar: Luxury Myanmar river cruise…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Locally Fresh Vermont Food – Bluebird Restaurant in Burlington

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Did you know that BBQ is considered a Vermont speciality? I know it’s more of a Texas thing, however, Barbecuing has become uber-popular in Vermont and for good reason. Mixing ingredients of the barbecue with Vermont maple syrup and other local goodness makes it so unique and tasty, that it has become a must-try while visiting. Why Bluebird Restaurant for BBQ? Whenever visiting a certain location, my goal is always to taste the most local,…
  • Location is Key – Staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Burlington, Vermont

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Burlington, Vermont must be one of the cutest, most quaint New England cities we’ve visited so far. And one of the best ways to experience it is to be central so that you are walking distance from all the fun stuff it has to offer. So when searching for a hotel in Burlington, it is key to have one right in the heart of it all. When I say in the heart of it all, I am mainly speaking about Lake Champlain, Church Street promenade, Main Street and…
  • Therm-a-Rest – Women Friendly Camping Equipment (Sleeping Bag and Mattress)

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids The idea of camping for me comes encased in labored tent pitching and uncomfortable sleeping arrangements, unless you plan on hauling huge sleeping pads or 30 pound air mattresses. Considering that the last time I truly went camping was over 20 years ago and on a college student’s budget, I might have been overlooking the more comfortable equipment available. However, I do have to say that today the options for equipment are so cool that even…
  • 15 Things To Think About Before Making A Trip Around Europe

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids A trip around Europe can be an intensely rewarding experience and will genuinely enrich your life. However, you’ll need to prepare yourself properly for your adventure abroad. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 15 things you should think about before setting off! Photo by: PROGiorgio Brida Your passport Obviously, you need to make sure that your passport is in date before you can leave the UK. You should also make sure that it isn’t due to…
  • 10 Family Holiday Hotspots In Europe

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Here’s a question – where are those in the know heading to this summer for serious family fun? Well, it’s hardly surprising that holidays in France and Spain are once again topping the tables, but in terms of specific towns, cities and regions, what kinds of places are serving up family-friendly fun and games in the largest doses as of 2015? Barcelona A firm favourite among 2015’s family holiday crowd is Barcelona. Boasting miles of pristine…
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  • The Horse - Sarah McColgan (Exclusive to TCH)

    19 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We love design, architecture and art that exudes confidence, strength, character and drama. We love pieces that make a bold statement; that can stand alone. Unsurprisingly, we’ve fallen for the photography work of the multi-talented American Sarah McColgan. We have now commissioned her to create a series of photo portraits of horses exclusively for The Cool Hunter, and we are happy to introduce the first one of the series here. The strength, stillness and sheer power of the black-and-white portrait is iconic. There is no way one can ignore this in a room. Numerous other prestigious…
  • The Cool Hunter Store Launches in Melbourne, Australia

    14 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We have opened The Cool Hunter Store – our antidote to boring shopping experiences - this past weekend in the Prahan neighbourhood of Melbourne. The Cool Hunter Store 142 Commercial Road Prahran Vic 3181 Hours Monday: Closed Tue - Thur 11am - 7pm Friday 11am - 6pm Sat & Sun - 10am - 4pm shop.thecoolhunter.net orders@thecoolhunter.net We have created pop-up shops and galleries before, but this one will be a bit longer-term. How long, you ask. We have no idea. We will work it as long as it is interesting to our guests and to us. (Our window display features The Horse photograph by…
  • Bar Nou - Barcelona

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    ‘We eat with our eyes’…. Let’s take a minute and really consider what this means. Traditionally we have associated this statement with the freshness of our food; the moment you can see all the amazing components of a dish in their individual state and the vast array of colors they collectively offer. The truth is though, that freshness is in everything around us, it’s in our food, our fashion, our music, our art, our ideas, our attitudes and of course our architecture. What becomes particularly exciting is when there is a distinct and clear connection of…
  • INSIDEOUT by Leigh Sachwitz

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Glasgow-born, Berlin-based architect and designer Leigh Sachwitz’s Studio for Design flora&faunavisions GmbH has created a mesmerizing interactive experience called “Insideout” for the Triennale der Photographie in Hamburg.   The Triennale has occurred every three years since 1999 and this year’s event is held from June 18 to June 28.   Leigh Sachwitz’s installation is both chilling and soothing at the same time. It is a 360° multimedia installation that explores the house as a sanctuary and as a safe haven from nature’s many forces.
  • World's First Real Marble iPhone 6 Case

    13 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Synonymous with classical beauty and timeless style, marble has been the epitome of luxurious sophistication for millennia. Reinventing this ancient material for the modern lifestyle, the world’s first real marble smartphone case. Available in Black Marquina or White Carrara, and featuring a slice of marble as thin as a credit card, the CLIC Marble iPhone case offers the perfect balance between elegance, strength and durability.
 
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    Man Tripping

  • Cocktails Inspired by Men's New York Fashion Week

    James Hills
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Men's fashion is in vogue these days and top brands are looking to associate themselves more and more with this emerging market. The folks over at BACARDI and Grey Goose even created some recipes inspired by what they saw on the runways and we think they sound delicious! These are two of the cocktails that were served earlier this month at the Men's New York Fashion Week. Recipes created by mixologists Jeff Bell and Maxwell Britten ... We Shall Fight on Beaches 1.5 parts BACARDI® Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract Dash of Habanero Bitters 1 parts Pineapple .75 part Lime…
  • Kia Racing - Driving Great Causes Forward ...

    James Hills
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:17 pm
    This weekend while watching NASCAR it's hard to miss the overt commercialism of the sport, with logos on almost every square inch of space where a camera just might pan to during the race. That's true for the World Challenge Racing League that Kia competes in too, but instead of blasting Kia logos and oil companies all over, Kia and the team owners decided to do something special and focus on promoting two very important and awesome charities - B.R.A.K.E.S. and DonorsChoose.org. Sure, there's a Kia logo on the side, but these cars are referred to as the No. 36 ...
  • Sometimes The Only Way to Try Something New is to Surprise Yourself

    James Hills
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:49 pm
    I enjoy fresh produce - honestly I do, but as I have gotten older I have started to fall into a rut. I buy the same peppers, the same cucumbers, the same lettuce and I'm pretty happy. For several years now, I had heard about CSA programs (community supported agriculture) for a while now but never did anything. Essentially how these programs work is that you sign up for a weekly delivery of produce fresh from the fields and it's a bit of a pot luck special with what you'll actually get. I've just never signed up because I assumed ...
  • The LARK - Bozeman Boutique Hotel and Montana Adventure Basecamp!

    James Hills
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    When most people think of Montana it's most likely a picture of a tent or lodge that probably pops into mind, so I was shocked when I got word about this chic modern hotel located in Bozeman that would be the perfect home base for an awesome guys weekend or mancation without worrying about losing the fun of having running water and cable :) The LARK is super quirky and I guess that's what the pioneer / independent spirit of Montana is destined to create. The hotel was originally built in the 1960's but it has now re-opened ...
  • Don't Just "Find" the Perfect Wine - Go and Make It!

    James Hills
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Last year, Columbia Crest opened it's doors and invite the community to help create their new vintage, the 2014 Crowdsourced Cabernet. This year, they are taking it to the next level with a contest to hire a "Crowdsourced Cabernet E.C.O.". Honestly, this is pretty big thing for what otherwise is an extremely conservative industry. Now there is no excuse that you cant find the "perfect wine" since with this opportunity you'll be serving as the ambassador for the online crowdsourcing community as we all work together to create the 2015 Crowdsourced Cabernet! If this sounds like something you…
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    The Travel Tart

  • Rick Stein Interview – From Venice To Istanbul!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Woo hoo, I’ve landed a quick chat with famous celebrity chef, Rick Stein! Rick has produced a truckload of cook books and presented in many television programs which are themed around food and travel – especially seafood! His restaurants have won him a host of awards, accolades and fans. As well as presenting a number of television series, he has published many best-selling cookery books, including Rick Stein’s Seafood, French Odyssey, Coast to Coast, Far Eastern Odyssey, Spain, Rick Stein’s India and most recently Fish and Shellfish. His memoir Under a Mackerel Sky was…
  • Vegemite – You Either Love It Or Hate It!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Vegemite is an Australian food icon.  You’ll find a jar of it in almost every kitchen in the country. Even though it’s not Australian owned anymore, it’s almost part of the staple diet for many people, just like bread and milk! But there are some people who are a bit polarised when it comes to the taste! It looks like tar, has the consistency of thick paste, and has a salty/malty/yeasty taste to it that sounds just a bit weird but actually works – if you don’t plaster it too much! It’s actually made from the byproducts of beer brewing – so it’s…
  • The Mile High Club – How To Join It!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    Probably one of the biggest holy grails for horny travellers is becoming a member of the ‘Mile High Club’ – that is, being able to carry out the amorous act of sexual intercourse on a plane, usually in the rather unromantic place of the aircraft toilets. It’s like taking public sex to new heights, pardon the pun.. I’m not sure what the appeal of undertaking one of natures most primal acts in a small space that’s lit up like a late night convenience store where hundreds of people have emptied their bladders and bowels before you – but hey, it’s…
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  • A story for summer

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

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

    Mariellen Ward
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Tough Drops TourThe “Gorilla 4″ on Mount St Helens: Beth, JD, Mariellen and Teri. A behind-the-scenes glimpse of a travel blogging campaign and the amazing glass that inspired it THERE WAS A MOMENT during my week-long tour of the Pacific Northwest when I started to notice the surfaces we were walking, hiking and climbing on. Have you ever noticed the surfaces of your travels? I noticed things like: the scrubby, scorched earth of a volcano’s mountainsides, the smoothness of rock eroded by waterfalls, tiny multi-coloured claystone…
  • The Ripple Movement: Maritime Memories

    Mariellen Ward
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    Photo credit: Stephen DesRoches/Tourism PEI On the road to the Maritime provinces to retrace a childhood trip & showcase Canada’s natural beauty WHEN I WAS FOUR years old, I went on a road trip to Atlantic Canada with my family. I was just old enough to remember significant moments. The wonder at seeing a whale skull on an ocean pier. The sight of freshly cooked red lobsters, spread across a newspaper-covered picnic table. The smell of the salt air on the ocean breeze. So, when The Ripple Movement team were looking for “projecteers,” I immediately thought of going on…
  • For International Yoga Day: What is Yoga?

    Mariellen Ward
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    Photo courtesy of Dave Bouskill, ThePlanetD.com Yoga is much more than a system of exercises. It’s a recipe for peace. Last year, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared June 21 to be International Yoga Day at the United Nations General Assembly and 177 nations supported the resolution. Modi said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense…
 
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  • Great Travel Promotions and Getaway Deals with MISA Travel at Travel Revolution Fair 2015

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    Super long days with most of the time spent travelling in the tour bus, lack of flexibility to explore the city on our own, changing hotels everyday – these are reasons why we don’t take up typical tour packages and instead plan our own trips. The prices for such tour packages are however much affordable compared to travelling on our own if you factor in the airfare and accommodation – I guess that’s because the tour agencies have bulk discount rates with the airlines and hotels. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised with MISA Travel’s brand new Group “GO” Flexi packages which gives…
  • Best Places in the World to See Cherry Blossoms

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    Cherry blossoms are quite breathtaking, with their vibrant colors and thick foliage that helps them to stand out among other flowers. There are some areas around the world that are well-known for their cherry blossoms and even hold annual festivals, while there are many other locations that offer beautiful views of the trees that aren’t quite as well-known, yet still have plenty to offer visitors. Vancouver, Canada The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival features hundreds of trees throughout the busy city. The festival also includes a fair at VanDusen Botanical Garden, which houses more…
  • Top 10 things to do in Morocco

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:26 am
    This guest post is brought to you by cashback site ShopBack. Writer Hui Min is an avid traveller who loves offbeat travel destinations. She likes the cheap thrill of collecting passport stamps in her passport. Besides travelling, she likes to meet new people from diverse cultures and have drinks with them. cheapvacationholiday.com Singaporeans are a restless bunch of people. Whenever a long weekend break comes along, many of us choose to take the first flight out. This travelling trend is so common that a certain minister encouraged us to stay in the country to partake in the SG50…
  • Getting the Best Deal for your Airline Tickets with Ultimate Class Airfares

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
    Imagine being pampered with great gourmet meals and top-of-the-line wines while on a long haul business class flight from Singapore to Los Angeles and paying 75% less than what your fellow business class passengers are paying for their air tickets. This need not be an imagination anymore with UltimateClassAirfares.com which is a concierge service that helps you to find the best airlines and routes with discounted airline tickets of up to 75%. Some sample business class airfares listed on UltimateClassAirfares.com include: Asia to Europe – $3382; Asia to South America – $5586. You…
  • Review of Hello Kitty Island at Jeju

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    We had earlier reviewed the Hello Kitty Cafe at Hello Kitty Island Jeju. The cafe is part of the Jeju Hello Kitty Island. Entrance fee for the Hello Kitty Island for adults is 12,000 Korean won (KRW) and children: 9,000 KRW – about 12 USD and 9 USD respectively – you will be required to pay for entrance fee even if you just want to go Hello Kitty Cafe. After lunch at Hello Kitty Cafe, we explored around Hello Kitty Island Jeju. Hello Kitty Island is a special exhibition hall that is themed around yes – obviously Hello Kitty. If you are a Hello Kitty fan, then going to this Hello…
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  • Frida Kahlo Museum and Coyoacan : Mexico City

    visions
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    A bit off the tourist beaten track and the touristic historical center down in the southern parts of Mexico City is Coyoacan, a pleasant area most famous for the neighborhood where two of Mexico’s most well known Mexican artist couple resided – Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Besides the colonial architecture in the Jardín Centenario square and the wonderful street food and markets nearby, you can visit the Museo Frida Kahlo where Frida spent the last few years of her life and Museo Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli where Diego’s studio used to be with a large collection of…
  • Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán and Museo del Templo Mayor : Mexico City

    visions
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    Lots was going on in Mexico City long before the Spanish stormed in. At the center of modern Mexico City at the heart of what’s referred to as the historical center (Zocalo) stood a great Aztec temple. Dating back to 14th century and signifying an important lost culture, the sight is now a UNESCO heritage site. The Templo Mayor museum will allow you to walk between ruins of this once magnificent temple and imagine all that was lost. The Spanish did a heck of a job turning the temple into a pile of stones, so to fully appreciate the place you’ll either need a good tour guide or a…
  • Metropolitan Cathedral and Constitution Plaza : Zocalo Mexico City

    visions
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:35 pm
    My tour of Mexico City started at the Centro Historio, the historical center district, where many of Mexico’s historical tourist attractions are concentrated. Arriving at my B&B quite late, I set off for a walking tour of the area, first heading towards Zocalo to see the Constitution Plaza and the Metropolitan Cathedral – icons of Mexico City. The area has served as an important meeting area since the Aztecs, and there are some very interesting ruins still to be seen in the area, but till this very day it serves as place for political protests – most times against the…
  • Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square : Phoenix

    visions
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Last Christmas eve, I found myself stopping over at Phoenix Arizona with some time to visit some of the local attractions. But, being Christmas eve, the city was dead quiet and so all the places I visited were completely empty, with me being the sole visitor. When visiting the Rosson House Museum at the Phoenix Heritage Square I got a private one hour tour by the local guide taking me through the house and explaining everything about the house. Truth be told, I am not one of those people who likes private tours, I don’t like the commitment and I keep feeling like I am either wasting the…
  • Monasteries and Churches walk through Cologne Old Town

    visions
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    The grand Cologne Cathedral is the most famous attraction in Cologne, but the old town offers quite a few other lovely historic churches, monasteries and cathedrals to see. A walking tour of an hour or two should be enough to visit the highlights, and so here’s what I saw during my visit.   Great St. Martin Church             Location:     Sankt Maria im Kapitol        Location:     Alt St. Alban            Location:   It’s a lovely area, and whether you’re aiming…
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    Reno Tahoe Blog

  • Hot August Nights 2015

    Haley Gibbs
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    The post Hot August Nights 2015 appeared first on Reno Tahoe Blog.
  • Barracuda Championship 2015

    Haley Gibbs
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    The post Barracuda Championship 2015 appeared first on Reno Tahoe Blog.
  • 7 Pictures to Motivate: Mountain Biking

    Haley Gibbs
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
      The Reno Tahoe area is the best place to try mountain biking! If you’re a new comer or a pro, there is guaranteed a trail for everyone. Click here for all of the great parks in Reno Tahoe to try out mountain biking, there are some fantastic trails to ride on or even to hike on. Here are 7 pictures to motivate you to try mountain biking! The post 7 Pictures to Motivate: Mountain Biking appeared first on Reno Tahoe Blog.
  • Traffic Alert: Hot August Nights

    Haley Gibbs
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    Downtown Reno Virginia Street Bridge: The Downtown Reno Virginia Street Bridge is being torn down and reconstructed, there will be a new cruise route for downtown Reno instead. Here are some alternate streets to use instead; use Center to head north and is one block east of Virginia Street, Sierra is one block west of Virginia Street and heads southbound. I-580 Construction: There is construction (Overnight Roadwork) on I-580 South from I-80 to Plumb Lane in Reno, Washoe County Nevada. Updated lane and ramp information, the Plumb/Villanova off-ramp has re-opened. The southbound left lane…
  • Reno Tahoe USA UNVEILS “DENIM: COOL RAGS AND RIDES”

    Reno Tahoe USA
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Exhibit Kicks Off Inaugural “Blue Jeans Jam” Special Event at The National Automobile Museum Reno Tahoe USA debuted a fascinating new exhibit today at the National Automobile Museum, highlighting the role that blue jeans – invented by Reno tailor Jacob Davis in 1871 – have played in popular culture. “Denim: Cool Rags and Rides” features a display of rare blue jeans from the late 1800s and early 1900s, a special Levi’s edition 1974 Gremlin with denim upholstery, and the actual 1949 Mercury that jeans-clad movie icon James Dean drove in the classic teen movie, “Rebel Without a…
 
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    Cruise Radio

  • Majesty of the Seas Part 1

    cruiseandblog
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    Royal Caribbean recently announced that Majesty of the Seas will stay with the Royal fleet and undergo extensive renovations in 2016. Part of those renovations include a waterslide, additional dining venues, kid programs and complimentary high-speed internet.  We sit down and talk with the Cruise Director and Hotel Director of Majesty of the Seas and get their takes on the ship, renovations, their jobs and what makes this Bahamas-bound ship so appealing to thousands of guests every week.    Next week we get a review of the ship.
  • St. Kitts, ShipMate App Update + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    We answer a listener question about something to do when visiting St. Kitts this summer.    ShipMate App has a new update that puts all your cruise, port and ship information in one stream (like Facebook), so we talk to creator Mike Jirout about the update.   Plus cruise news on Carnival Vista floats out, MSC Cruises to base ship in Cuba, Norwegian ending Nickelodeon agreement, Celebrity adds value added pricing structure and Royal Caribbean keeping Majesty of the Seas. 
  • Carnival Conquest Review + Port Canaveral Cruise Hotel

    cruiseandblog
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    We answer a question about a pre cruise hotel in Port Canaveral, Florida. We talk with the General Manager of Radisson Resort at the Port to find out about the property and what it offers. During the interview a rocket took off and it was super cool to be apart of that.  We get a listener review of Carnival Conquest on an eight-night Caribbean sailing from Port Everglades. We learn about the ship, stateroom, dining options, ports, and first time tips. 
  • Carnival Sensation Review + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    Listener Andy just got back from a four night Bahamas cruise on Carnival Sensation. The cruise left from Port Canaveral, Florida and stopped at Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas. Theresa Norton-Masek, Cruise Editor of TravelPulse.com has cruise news on: Cruise passengers killed in floatplane accident Carnival Corporation orders three mega ships Coin Ceremony completed on Carnival Vista  Walking Dead theme cruise sailing in January
  • Why Use a Travel Agent + Disney Wonder Review

    cruiseandblog
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    Jason joins us fresh off his Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder, straight from Alaska. Hear a bow to stern review . We recently got a listener email telling us that we need to educate the listeners more on using travel agents, so we got Vincent Dowling from Enchanted Memories Travel on the phone to tell us why we should use a travel agent. Resources Mentioned $100 Onboard Credit Offer Disney Wonder Alaska Support our Sponsors Enchanted Memories Travel, inviting you to stop by for a no obligation vacation quote. Make memories, not reservations with Enchanted Memories Travel. Cruising…
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Nomadic News: 2 August, 2015

    James Clark
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News – assorted links on travel and digital nomadery. Living Abroad – Location Independence Creative young Brits are quitting London for affordable Berlin What is it like living in ColOmbia as a digital nomad? Ubud, Bali: The “Elizabeth Gilbert Effect” and remote working in paradise This is the reason why I can’t be a nomadic girl forever Travel The obsessively detailed map of American literature’s most epic road trips Up in the Air: Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free A renegade trawler, hunted for 10,000…
  • The Speicherstadt, the watery warehouse district in Hamburg

    James Clark
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    What’s better than an industrial brick-warehouse district? An industrial brick-warehouse district with canals. The Speicherstadt (city of warehouses in German) is the largest warehouse district in the world built on timber-pile foundations. Knowing how much of Hamburg was destroyed in the war it’s amazing to see so much pre-war industrial architecture that survived (around half of the warehouses were destroyed). Today this watery warehouse district still functions as actual warehouses, alongside museums, offices and apartments. The Speicherstadt is now listed as a UNESCO World…
  • Don’t go to Bremen, they said – It’s an industrial scheiße-stadt, they said

    James Clark
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    I don’t remember who “they” were. Perhaps it was a collection of travellers over the years; a disgruntled salesmen who had been covering Northern Germany for too long; or maybe it was from an actual Bremener I’d met in my travels. Who ever it was, they added to be the voice in my head that said don’t go to Bremen. I was travelling between Groningen and Hamburg which required three trains to make the trip, one of which was a transfer in Bremen. I had about an hour and a half wait in Bremen for the next train to Hamburg, so I figured I may as well have lunch and…
  • Nomadic News: 19 July, 2015

    James Clark
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Greetings from Girona, Spain! I’ve been hard-core travelling this month so I haven’t been reading (or posting) as much as usual. Here are some digital nomad links and travel articles I have bookmarked for weeks edition of Nomadic News. Cost of living in Bangkok – How Karsten Aichholz spends ฿74,031.83 ($2,191.86 / €1,971.93) every month. Ultimate digital nomad guide to Morocco 5 things I learned when I quit my six-figure life and moved to Mexico Film shot in 1980s Phnom Penh gives glimpse of city under the Khmer Rouge The red planet: 50 years of photos Office Of The Week…
  • Nomadic News: 5 July, 2015

    James Clark
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News – assorted links on travel and digital nomadery. Be Inspired: 16 location independent entrepreneurs on their digital nomad lifestyle – A roundup by Graham Brown at barefootjournal.com. Visit to Sofia and the Sofia startup scene How this 30-year-old travels the world on as little as $30,000 a year Why “don’t worry about money, just travel” is the worst Advice of all time Why India and Bangladesh have the world’s craziest border Sicilian town tells outsiders: Take our homes. Please. Greek bailout fund – CrowdFunding a…
 
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Romantic Activities for Couples in Seattle

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

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

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

    Deston S. Nokes
    27 May 2015 | 11:56 am
    You don’t need big dollars to tackle the Big D, not with CityPASS on your team. Dallas is the latest addition to the CityPASS family, which gives ticket holders discounted, front-line access to many of the city’s must-see destinations. As America’s ninth-largest city and the top tourist destination in Texas, Dallas has the best shopping in the Southwest, some of the best hotels, and year-round marquee sporting events. Some might be surprised to learn that Dallas also has the largest urban arts district in the nation, and 14 different entertainment districts. That’s why it’s called…
  • Animal All-Stars: Where to Go to See Famous Zoo and Aquarium Residents in the U.S.

    Dan Patterson
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    It takes willpower to keep your gaze away from the magazine stands filled with celebrities and juicy gossip. People want to know what is going on outside of their idol's latest movie or music video, but you can only get so much from the pictures and articles in magazines. However, for many years, there have been stars willing to expose their lives to the public. These famous figures allow fans to watch them right outside their window! Animal all-stars have been soaking up the spotlight in a variety of cities throughout the nation. From the Dallas Zoo's Golden Girl Elephants to Myrtle the…
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    National Parks Traveler

  • NPS Joins International Slave Wrecks Project

    NPT Staff
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:45 am
    A multi-agency collaboration is searching the Caribbean waters for wrecks of ships that were bringing slaves to the New World more than 300 years ago, with at least two wrecks discovered and the... For the rest of the story, and a daily dose of national park news, visit www.nationalparkstraveler.com
  • Speaking Of Bears, The Bear Crisis And A Tale Of Rewilding From Yosemite, Sequoia And Other National Parks

    Kurt Repanshek
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:15 am
    Even before the establishment of the National Park Service in 1916, wildlife issues involving predators swirled about the national parks. Grizzly bears and wolves were apex predators that preyed on... For the rest of the story, and a daily dose of national park news, visit www.nationalparkstraveler.com
  • Too Many Retirements Impacting National Park Service Law Enforcement Ranks

    Kurt Repanshek
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:15 am
    Too many retirements and not enough new hires are behind the drop in law enforcement rangers for the National Park Service. For the rest of the story, and a daily dose of national park news, visit www.nationalparkstraveler.com
  • Slow Progress On Wildfire In Glacier National Park

    Kurt Repanshek
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    A rugged landscape, ample fuels, and poor firefighting weather conditions are making it tough for crews to make much headway on the Reynolds Creek Fire in Glacier National Park, which continues to... For the rest of the story, and a daily dose of national park news, visit www.nationalparkstraveler.com
  • On The Road In The Parks: Muir Woods, Muir Beach, And Point Bonita Light

    Kurt Repanshek
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:45 am
    Nightmarish parking conditions might dissuade all but the most resolute from visiting Muir Woods National Monument, but it’s absolutely worth the hassle. Once you leave your rig behind you will... For the rest of the story, and a daily dose of national park news, visit www.nationalparkstraveler.com
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    A Traveler's Library

  • War Stories from Belfast

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    Book: Watching the Door: Drinking Up, Getting Down, and Cheating Death in 1970s Belfast Published 2009, by Kevin Myers. Destination: Belfast, Northern Ireland Watching the Door, a memoir of a journalist drawn to the unrelenting tragedy of the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, is as much about a young man’s coming of age as it is about the battles (more commonly murders) he was covering in Belfast. I’m warning you right now that despite the skillful writing and terrific wit of Kevin Myers, you may find this book hard to take with its unrelenting drumbeat of death after…
  • War Stories from Africa

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    Some people prefer something more meaty for their summer reading, so I’m slipping two non-fiction books about armed conflict in between beach, romance and mystery novels. The Boy Is Gone: Conversations with a Mau Mau General , and an older book Watching the Door: Drinking Up, Getting Down, and Cheating Death in 1970s Belfast, about the Irish civil conflict. I just happened to be reading both at the same time. One is new, one is old, and they take place in very different places. But I could not help thinking how similar people’s motivations were in both, and what the armed conflict…
 
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    Travel stories and tips for adventure travel and culture tourism seekers

  • Big Island Hawaii Travel – Kona Brewing Company Tour and Liquid Aloha

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

    MsTravelingPants
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    One of the most beautiful places on the island of Kauai, which I have called home for nearly two years, is Waimea Canyon. Nicknamed as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, it is spectacular with similar hues to its earth tones as the Grand Canyon, but it does stand out. The Grand Canyon doesn’t have views of the NaPali Coast and the Pacific Ocean. To view Waimea Canyon, you can drive, hike, fly in a helicopter tour, or bike. I had done all of the above before; so, this year, I decided to do a different adventure, biking Waimea Canyon. As the ride is 18 miles, I have condensed it into a…
  • Summer in London

    MsTravelingPants
    29 May 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Summer is here again. It means bathing suit season, picnics, long weekends, and perhaps a lone trip whether a road trip or even better yet across the pond to one of Europe’s finest cities. Six years ago, I took my first trip to London.  I was traveling on business; so, I must revisit with more time for leisure and a deep dive into its culture. With summer being prime time to catch London at its best, I asked a peer travel writer Mika to share her take on the best of London this summer.  Take it away Mika! I’ll be taking your advice on my next trip to London! Summer is just…
  • Exploring World-Famous Buildings

    MsTravelingPants
    14 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    After spending two weeks in Cuba earlier this year (see image of Trinidad, Cuba) and plans to travel to Greece and Italy this fall, I have been thinking a lot about the architecture I have witnessed through my travels AND of course what awaits. Although I have an artist’s eye, I’m certainly not an expert in the realm of architecture. I asked for help from a peer writer, Cheryl Staunton from the UK to showcase a piece, “Exploring world-famous buildings that have inspired interior and exterior décor.” Enjoy! __________ The world is at our fingertips these days; with…
  • Night Manta Ray Dive – Adventure Travel Hawaii

    MsTravelingPants
    12 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    After living in the Hawaiian Islands for almost two years, I finally made it to the Big Island of Hawaii. Not only did I get to check Big Island off by bucket list of destinations, but I also did one of the best night dives in the world, Night Manta Ray Dive Big Island, Hawaii. As we set out with Big Island Divers, the sun was setting. From the mooring spot, I tugged on my wetsuit trying to get a glimpse of the famous Green Flash, which still remains elusive to me. Although I had recently done two dives on Kauai, I was not yet accustomed to the rough seas and cold water. Nervous about my…
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    littleindiana.com » Jessica Nunemaker

  • Creamy Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Homemade Creamy Italian Salad Dressing Julia Child was obsessed with it. Ancient Egyptians and Romans ate a form of it. Oh, and it found its roots as part of a celebration feast! Would you believe I am talking about mayonnaise? I love a good homemade salad dressing, like this creamy Italian salad dressing recipe. It’s so good but it is the freshly made olive oil mayonnaise recipe (also included below) that really makes it the icing on the cake–or at least the finishing touch on a lovely salad! If you liked my homemade Italian seasoning blend for salad dressings or if you happened…
  • PBS Meets Greencastle, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Filming my little Indiana segments for the PBS show, Emmy award-winner The Weekly Special is an awesome thing. The people, the cameras, the lights (the many, many hot lights), and the set are something I never would have dreamed of while beginning little Indiana. It is so much fun! It’s neat to hear how different crew members are familiar with a particular small town. Sometimes, they wonder if I am making them up! While wandering the hallways until they were ready for us, it was kind of jarring to realize I was hearing my voice! Peering into the open door, I could see my logo playing…
  • The Burlington Scoop Ice Cream & Pizza

    Jessica Nunemaker
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    The Burlington Scoop in Burlington, Indiana Exterior Burlington, Indiana is a town of just over 600 people. Yes, that reads “600” and not “6000!” Why do people come from miles around to this tiny town? When the weather is warm, they can’t resist the call of The Burlington Scoop. Ice Cream Treats and The Burlington Scoop in Burlington, Indiana Serves Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream! The boys and I were on a trip, just the three of us. My husband was working again and couldn’t get away. So, we decided to include the small town ice cream parlor in our trip.
  • Rock the Arts Festival in Rensselaer

    Jessica Nunemaker
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Rock the Arts Festival in Rensselaer, Indiana What do you do when you want to cement your town as a destination? You come up with a different kind of festival, something other than the (much beloved) town wide yard sales and chicken dinners that are typically associated with a small town event–and take it in a whole new direction! Rock the Arts is that festival. There’s many different ways people make that happen, but for the members of the Prairie Arts Council (PAC), the answer came in an unexpected way: a local-focused festival dedicated to music and art. I got in touch with…
  • Homemade Strawberry Sauce Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Homemade Strawberry Sauce Goes Great with Ice Cream When the farmer’s market carried buckets of strawberries, I tracked down this recipe for homemade strawberry sauce! I wanted a great way to take advantage of all the berries I had to play with while providing me with more ways to enjoy them. After all, you can only eat so much strawberry shortcake! I used this recipe for homemade strawberry sauce on ice cream, on yogurt, and on more ice cream. If I had had a pound cake or a cheesecake available, I would have drenched those with this topping too. It is an easy to prepare sauce that…
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    Plum Deluxe

  • How to Build the Perfect Tea Station

    Carrie Keplinger
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
  • Peach Pomegranate Fizz Cocktail

    Andy Hayes
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    If I’m going to have friends over for cocktails, vodka is usually my preferred choice.  It mixes easily, has a wide selection of flavors, and is usually the easy-to-please ingredient on your home bar cart. While there are plenty of vodkas out there to choose from, I encourage you to choose Fou-Dre.  Pronounced “FOO-DRAY,” which is French for lightening, this vodka contains infusions of pomegranate, ginger, and other fresh fruits — and it’s produced in South Carolina. That sounds tasty, but you’ll fall in love with the founder’s story.  I actually…
  • How to Take a Self Care (“Mental Health”) Day

    Andy Hayes
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    Sometimes, you just need a break. Some folks call this a “mental health day,” but I like to keep things in a positive light (and out of respect for those who do have legitimate mental health diseases), so let’s rename this concept a self care day. A day dedicated to you. Regardless of what you call it, though, taking a timeout is pretty essential, and in today’s culture, we can easily overdo it. In general, downtime is looked upon as lazy, or not really necessary. Things are changing, but it’s up to us as individuals to know when we need a break, and to make…
  • Race or Relax: A Weekend Getaway in Historic Saratoga Springs

    A Guest Writer
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Saratoga Springs, New York is an often underrated little town several hours north of the big city. The town is nestled into the countryside on the border of the Adirondacks, the largest National Historic Landmark in the U.S., as well as one of the largest state protected parks. The town itself boasts a number of museums, historic sites, spas, restaurants, and activities, which makes it a great vacation spot. What to See and Do One of the biggest attractions that Saratoga has to offer is the Saratoga Race Track, one of the oldest horse racetracks in the country. From late July until Labor Day…
  • Summer Sophistication with Tea Ice Pops

    Carey Ruhl
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of the best things about summer is enjoying a nice cold ice pop. (You might think of them as Popsicles. But Popsicle is a trademarked name for a brand of ice pops.) Who doesn’t like to feel a cold, tasty treat on their tongue that brings back thoughts of the long summer days in childhood? But the ice pop recipes that I am going to share with you in this article are for your more sophisticated adult palate. These ice pops are made with tea! Cold Brewing Tea Cold brewing your tea will be the best way to get the full flavor of the tea into your pops. (And it is super easy.) Grab a pitcher…
 
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    J The Travel Authority

  • Travel Security Tips for Women Traveling Alone

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

    Jeanine Barone
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Why in the world would I take the Metro North train more than an hour from Manhattan for lunch? Because I heard that a new, ultra creative Greek restaurant recently opened in Darien, Connecticut. And my two-hour-some round-trip commute was worth it.Chef Themis Papadopoulos helms the kitchen at Lithos that eventually will have a lovely outdoor terrace on a quiet residential street. He trained in France and it shows. Now, first I have to confess that Greek cuisine isn't my favorite, only because I'm often not surprised by the options. That's not the case at Lithos, where the creamy tarama and…
  • The Best Urban Rails-to-Trails in the U.S.

    Jeanine Barone
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:07 pm
    As transit networks for human-powered activities, rails to trails are bringing together communities, linked by a shared interest in a safe way to commute and commune with nature, and, in the process, protecting natural resources while also revitalizing local businesses.1. Illinois Prairie Path, IllinoisNicknamed the Roarin' Elgin, the now retired Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Railroad once carried commuters and freight between Chicago and its suburbs. Its legacy, the 62-mile Illinois Prairie Path (IPP), one of the country's oldest rails to trails, is perfect not only for the botanically…
  • Brittany, France in Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    11 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    When I told friends and colleagues that I was traveling to Brittany to walk the Nantes-Brest Canal, this declaration was met with stares. Not even the savviest among them heard of this 216-mile-long canal in Brittany's interior. Why wasn't I going to the coast? And when I told acquaintances in France, they wondered if I would get bored. After all, they said, the scenery is pretty much the same, mile after mile. Right? Wrong.Over the course of six days, I walked  a 60+ mile portion of this waterway, stopping in villages for lunch and dinner where my friend and I overnighted. Every step in…
  • Comparing Travel Backpacks

    Jeanine Barone
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:03 pm
    My recent travels took me from JFK to Orly airport, to the streets of Paris for 5 nights at a friend's house, to a train ride bound for Redon in Brittany, to the Nantes-Brest Canal where I walked 10-some miles a day for six days. And I carried all my essentials, including wine bar-perfect dresses, and clothes that were comfortable for walking as well as lounging at the end of the day and my prepared-for-anything first-aid kit, in an ultra comfortable, tiny backpack: the Flight 30 by Six Moon Designs. I recently posted about what I packed in this bag that I would be carrying for the first time…
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    Two Kids and a Map

  • Medical Emergencies While Traveling

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

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

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

    Marissa
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:47 am
    Recently, Virginia is For Lovers posted about 13 Awesome Tent Camping Experiences in Virginia. The list was a great selection of camp sites across Virginia from False Cape to sites in Luray. Though 13 locations does not even begin to touch on the amazing places to set up your tent in the wildlife of Virginia, I was disappointed that one site in particular was left off the list. Crabtree Falls Campground is the epitome of what family travelers would like to see in a camping experience. There are things to do, clean facilities to use, nature all around, a friendly ownership, and the list goes…
  • Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 Hours or Less from the Grand Lake Entrance Station

    Jen
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Rocky Mountain National Park has so much to offer visitors from animal sightings, hiking trails, and pretty drives. Four hours just isn’t enough time to do the park justice but if you only have a few hours and you still want to see Rocky Mountain National Park, it is doable. Start your morning early and try to be at the entrance by 7 or 8am. We were staying the night at the Winter Park Resort so we chose to enter through the Grand Lake entrance. It took us about 50 minutes from Winter Park and would have taken us a little over 2 hours from our home in Denver. There is a visitor’s…
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  • First look: Azamara Reimagined

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Upgraded suite on Azamara Quest Photos of Azamara Club Cruises’ newly reimagined suite.   Last week while cruising on Azamara Quest I had an opportunity to see a prototype of one of the newly “reimagined” suite on Azamara Quest. As luck would have it I managed to get a personal tour of  newly refreshed suite conducted by […] The post First look: Azamara Reimagined appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Port Buzz: Glasgow, Scotland via Greenock

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    Photo Tour from shore leave in Glasgow, Scotland. Port Buzz: Glasgow, Scotland via Greenock. Photo tour from a full-day in port via Azamara Quest. Today Azamara Quest called on Greenock, which is located in Inverclyde a short 45-minute train ride to the Glasgow Central train station in the city center. Scotland’s largest city offers cruise […] The post Port Buzz: Glasgow, Scotland via Greenock appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Azamara Quest – St. Peter Port, Guernsey

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Day 2 – Azamara Quest calls on Guernsey We are moving right along since leaving the Port of Southampton yesterday (click here to read recap). This morning Azamara Quest called on St. Peter Port, which is the capital of Guernsey as well as the main port.     The weather was glorious for our brief […] The post Azamara Quest – St. Peter Port, Guernsey appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
 
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  • Coconut Castaway Rum Punch: Boat Drink Recipes

    RumShopRyan
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:17 am
    After one sip, you’ll be high up in a coconut tree. I have a mission for you. Climb a coconut palm, knock down a couple coconuts, then stuff them into a bottle of smooth white rum. Sound doable? Okay okay, that might be a little extreme, but hey, we are pirates aren’t we? How about just go grab a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum instead, we have to make a rum punch recipe! The goal is to use that sweet sweet coconut rum and mix a delicious Coconut Castaway Rum Punch. Have I tempted you? Good. Now let’s make one! Coconut Castaway Rum Punch Ingredients 2oz. Blue Chair Bay…
  • Get To Know Little Cayman

    RumShopRyan
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    Travel means many different things to people. For some it might be cabana service at beach front resorts or it might be betting big in a big casino. For me it’s escape to an island that hasn’t be overwhelmed by human hands. Exploring naked coastlines, diving on vibrant healthy reefs and watching life at a slow pace is my idea of travel. If this is your type of travel escape as well, then you need to plan a trip to Little Cayman. It is night and day from its larger more visited sister island of Grand Cayman. On little Cayman, nature rules and life clips by to the rhythm of the sea.
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    Bahamian blue holes, a new Florida rum, Cuba travel basics and some painkiller love–this week’s Caribbean Wrap Up has a little bit for everyone. Enjoy the escape! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Painkiller LOVE:  Dim the lights and cue the 1970’s era porno music because there’s a big love-fest going on over here for the one and only Painkiller cocktail. –Story by Rum Connection Black Coral Rum a South Florida Craft Rum: A customer came by the Rum Bar in Key West the other day and asked I had Black Coral Rum, I had to admit that I didn’t and I had not heard of it.  He…
  • The Taste of Cayman Boat Drink Sizzles

    RumShopRyan
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    After one sip, your heart will be ablaze. I was first introduced to this drink on paper, but what type of introduction is that. I needed a sip of what sounded like pure magic to this boat drink consumer. It was my last day at the Westin Seven Mile Beach Resort on Grand Cayman. I had already flew across the neon blue water on a jet ski, sailed across the sound to Rum Point, swam with some kissable stingrays, and melted during a massage at the Westin’s spa–how could this trip get any better. A spectacular cocktail, that’s how. Before I caught my flight, I met with Gabor, a…
  • Carnival Cruise Lines Granted U.S. Approval for Travel to Cuba

    RumShopRyan
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:48 am
    Carnival Corporation the world’s largest travel and leisure company, today announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba. Carnival Corporation intends to take travelers to Cuba beginning in May 2016 via its newly launched fathom brand – a new social impact travel brand providing purpose-oriented, social impact experiences, initially in the Dominican Republic. Carnival Corporation intends to operate fathom travel itineraries directly to Cuba for the purpose of providing cultural, artistic,…
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  • Live Like a Local in LA: Exploring Abbot Kinney Ave in Venice

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

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

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

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

    Julia
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    If MacGyver (the fictional ex-secret agent of the 1980s hit TV series of the same name) could make a bomb with bubblegum, tin foil and a toothpick, surely we common folk can pack properly for a weekend getaway. There’s nothing worse than lugging around heavy bags half- filled with unnecessary items. You pay more baggage fees, the luggage is cumbersome, you have little room for souvenirs, and you look like a novice. Here are a few Travel Junkie tips on how to pack smart. Check the weather forecast for your destination before packing. Even if it’s sweltering hell hot, don’t forget to…
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  • Where to Stay in Cuba

    Julie Schwietert Collazo
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    airbnb.com/La Habana, Cuba Your flight to Cuba is booked (finally)! Now the question is: Where should you stay? Travelers will find two main options: A traditional hotel or casas particulares, often described as Cuban B&Bs. Here, we break down where to find them, how to book, and more. If you’re headed to Havana, you have hundreds of hotel options, from upscale all-inclusive hotels whose buffets put Vegas to shame to iconic hotels that intrigue Americans because of their history — namely the Hotel Nacional (built in 1930, in part based on a plan by renowned American…
  • Deal Alert: Downtown Viceroy Miami from $209 Through September

    Lane Nieset
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Viceroy Miami As we enter August and the last few weeks of summer, it’s one of the best times of the year to hit Miami thanks to thinning crowds and families packing up to return to school. What’s more, scores of hotels are slashing their rates for this month and September. Case in point: the 148-room Viceroy Miami, which is offering rates from $209 per night in a Some Like It Hot deal. Running through September 30, the package includes a complimentary upgrade (based on availability), poolside pitcher of mojitos, and spa kit with protein enzyme toner, lip balm, and after-bath…
  • How to: Visit Taos on a Budget

    Steve Larese
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Steve Larese Tucked between sage-filled high desert and snow-capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristos, Taos is a small mountain town in New Mexico teeming with natural beauty, culture and adventure. An hour’s drive north of Santa Fe (and about two hours from Albuquerque), this beautiful bohemian town is rich with experiences — and easy on budgets. Here are a few attractions that make Taos a road-trip destination favorite. For Culture Taos Pueblo: Taos Pueblo is the northern-most of New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblo tribes — and is thought to be the oldest…
  • Deal Alert: Puerto Vallarta Hotels from $61 in August & September

    Kristine Hansen
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    Jonathon McDougall As summer comes to its last few weeks, Puerto Vallarta is entering its low season. This, of course, means great hotel deals. In particular, now through mid-September, a handful of hotels are drastically dropping their rates to as low as $61 per night. Whether you crave a luxury resort or an intimate inn, here’s a sampling of what’s available. From $75: Costa Sur Resort and Spa Each room at this 202-room resort — ranging from studios to suites — boasts an oceanview terrace. This month, you can take in the vistas for as little as $75 per night for…
  • Road Trip: Where to Play, Eat, and Stay in Western Connecticut

    Christine Dayao
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Harf Zimmermann/The Glass House For many road trippers, Connecticut is viewed as a big stretch of land on their way to other destinations in New England like Providence, Cape Cod, or Boston. Sure, there are cultural wonders to explore at Yale University, a couple of casinos to try your luck at, and vast areas of greenery — but is that all that the Constitution State has to offer? During a weekend visit courtesy of the Connecticut Office of Tourism, we found far more to Connecticut than an Ivy League campus and slot machines. From wineries and kayaking to architectural feats and…
 
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  • Where to Stay in Cuba

    Julie Schwietert Collazo
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    airbnb.com/La Habana, Cuba Your flight to Cuba is booked (finally)! Now the question is: Where should you stay? Travelers will find two main options: A traditional hotel or casas particulares, often described as Cuban B&Bs. Here, we break down where to find them, how to book, and more. If you’re headed to Havana, you have hundreds of hotel options, from upscale all-inclusive hotels whose buffets put Vegas to shame to iconic hotels that intrigue Americans because of their history — namely the Hotel Nacional (built in 1930, in part based on a plan by renowned American…
  • Deal Alert: Downtown Viceroy Miami from $209 Through September

    Lane Nieset
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Viceroy Miami As we enter August and the last few weeks of summer, it’s one of the best times of the year to hit Miami thanks to thinning crowds and families packing up to return to school. What’s more, scores of hotels are slashing their rates for this month and September. Case in point: the 148-room Viceroy Miami, which is offering rates from $209 per night in a Some Like It Hot deal. Running through September 30, the package includes a complimentary upgrade (based on availability), poolside pitcher of mojitos, and spa kit with protein enzyme toner, lip balm, and after-bath…
  • How to: Visit Taos on a Budget

    Steve Larese
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Steve Larese Tucked between sage-filled high desert and snow-capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristos, Taos is a small mountain town in New Mexico teeming with natural beauty, culture and adventure. An hour’s drive north of Santa Fe (and about two hours from Albuquerque), this beautiful bohemian town is rich with experiences — and easy on budgets. Here are a few attractions that make Taos a road-trip destination favorite. For Culture Taos Pueblo: Taos Pueblo is the northern-most of New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblo tribes — and is thought to be the oldest…
  • Deal Alert: Puerto Vallarta Hotels from $61 in August & September

    Kristine Hansen
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    Jonathon McDougall As summer comes to its last few weeks, Puerto Vallarta is entering its low season. This, of course, means great hotel deals. In particular, now through mid-September, a handful of hotels are drastically dropping their rates to as low as $61 per night. Whether you crave a luxury resort or an intimate inn, here’s a sampling of what’s available. From $75: Costa Sur Resort and Spa Each room at this 202-room resort — ranging from studios to suites — boasts an oceanview terrace. This month, you can take in the vistas for as little as $75 per night for…
  • Road Trip: Where to Play, Eat, and Stay in Western Connecticut

    Christine Dayao
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Harf Zimmermann/The Glass House For many road trippers, Connecticut is viewed as a big stretch of land on their way to other destinations in New England like Providence, Cape Cod, or Boston. Sure, there are cultural wonders to explore at Yale University, a couple of casinos to try your luck at, and vast areas of greenery — but is that all that the Constitution State has to offer? During a weekend visit courtesy of the Connecticut Office of Tourism, we found far more to Connecticut than an Ivy League campus and slot machines. From wineries and kayaking to architectural feats and…
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  • Where to Stay in Cuba

    Julie Schwietert Collazo
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    airbnb.com/La Habana, Cuba Your flight to Cuba is booked (finally)! Now the question is: Where should you stay? Travelers will find two main options: A traditional hotel or casas particulares, often described as Cuban B&Bs. Here, we break down where to find them, how to book, and more. If you’re headed to Havana, you have hundreds of hotel options, from upscale all-inclusive hotels whose buffets put Vegas to shame to iconic hotels that intrigue Americans because of their history — namely the Hotel Nacional (built in 1930, in part based on a plan by renowned American…
  • Deal Alert: Downtown Viceroy Miami from $209 Through September

    Lane Nieset
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Viceroy Miami As we enter August and the last few weeks of summer, it’s one of the best times of the year to hit Miami thanks to thinning crowds and families packing up to return to school. What’s more, scores of hotels are slashing their rates for this month and September. Case in point: the 148-room Viceroy Miami, which is offering rates from $209 per night in a Some Like It Hot deal. Running through September 30, the package includes a complimentary upgrade (based on availability), poolside pitcher of mojitos, and spa kit with protein enzyme toner, lip balm, and after-bath…
  • How to: Visit Taos on a Budget

    Steve Larese
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Steve Larese Tucked between sage-filled high desert and snow-capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristos, Taos is a small mountain town in New Mexico teeming with natural beauty, culture and adventure. An hour’s drive north of Santa Fe (and about two hours from Albuquerque), this beautiful bohemian town is rich with experiences — and easy on budgets. Here are a few attractions that make Taos a road-trip destination favorite. For Culture Taos Pueblo: Taos Pueblo is the northern-most of New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblo tribes — and is thought to be the oldest…
  • Deal Alert: Puerto Vallarta Hotels from $61 in August & September

    Kristine Hansen
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    Jonathon McDougall As summer comes to its last few weeks, Puerto Vallarta is entering its low season. This, of course, means great hotel deals. In particular, now through mid-September, a handful of hotels are drastically dropping their rates to as low as $61 per night. Whether you crave a luxury resort or an intimate inn, here’s a sampling of what’s available. From $75: Costa Sur Resort and Spa Each room at this 202-room resort — ranging from studios to suites — boasts an oceanview terrace. This month, you can take in the vistas for as little as $75 per night for…
  • Road Trip: Where to Play, Eat, and Stay in Western Connecticut

    Christine Dayao
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Harf Zimmermann/The Glass House For many road trippers, Connecticut is viewed as a big stretch of land on their way to other destinations in New England like Providence, Cape Cod, or Boston. Sure, there are cultural wonders to explore at Yale University, a couple of casinos to try your luck at, and vast areas of greenery — but is that all that the Constitution State has to offer? During a weekend visit courtesy of the Connecticut Office of Tourism, we found far more to Connecticut than an Ivy League campus and slot machines. From wineries and kayaking to architectural feats and…
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  • Where to Stay in Cuba

    Julie Schwietert Collazo
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    airbnb.com/La Habana, Cuba Your flight to Cuba is booked (finally)! Now the question is: Where should you stay? Travelers will find two main options: A traditional hotel or casas particulares, often described as Cuban B&Bs. Here, we break down where to find them, how to book, and more. If you’re headed to Havana, you have hundreds of hotel options, from upscale all-inclusive hotels whose buffets put Vegas to shame to iconic hotels that intrigue Americans because of their history — namely the Hotel Nacional (built in 1930, in part based on a plan by renowned American…
  • Deal Alert: Downtown Viceroy Miami from $209 Through September

    Lane Nieset
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Viceroy Miami As we enter August and the last few weeks of summer, it’s one of the best times of the year to hit Miami thanks to thinning crowds and families packing up to return to school. What’s more, scores of hotels are slashing their rates for this month and September. Case in point: the 148-room Viceroy Miami, which is offering rates from $209 per night in a Some Like It Hot deal. Running through September 30, the package includes a complimentary upgrade (based on availability), poolside pitcher of mojitos, and spa kit with protein enzyme toner, lip balm, and after-bath…
  • How to: Visit Taos on a Budget

    Steve Larese
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Steve Larese Tucked between sage-filled high desert and snow-capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristos, Taos is a small mountain town in New Mexico teeming with natural beauty, culture and adventure. An hour’s drive north of Santa Fe (and about two hours from Albuquerque), this beautiful bohemian town is rich with experiences — and easy on budgets. Here are a few attractions that make Taos a road-trip destination favorite. For Culture Taos Pueblo: Taos Pueblo is the northern-most of New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblo tribes — and is thought to be the oldest…
  • Deal Alert: Puerto Vallarta Hotels from $61 in August & September

    Kristine Hansen
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    Jonathon McDougall As summer comes to its last few weeks, Puerto Vallarta is entering its low season. This, of course, means great hotel deals. In particular, now through mid-September, a handful of hotels are drastically dropping their rates to as low as $61 per night. Whether you crave a luxury resort or an intimate inn, here’s a sampling of what’s available. From $75: Costa Sur Resort and Spa Each room at this 202-room resort — ranging from studios to suites — boasts an oceanview terrace. This month, you can take in the vistas for as little as $75 per night for…
  • Road Trip: Where to Play, Eat, and Stay in Western Connecticut

    Christine Dayao
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Harf Zimmermann/The Glass House For many road trippers, Connecticut is viewed as a big stretch of land on their way to other destinations in New England like Providence, Cape Cod, or Boston. Sure, there are cultural wonders to explore at Yale University, a couple of casinos to try your luck at, and vast areas of greenery — but is that all that the Constitution State has to offer? During a weekend visit courtesy of the Connecticut Office of Tourism, we found far more to Connecticut than an Ivy League campus and slot machines. From wineries and kayaking to architectural feats and…
 
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  • Where to Stay in Cuba

    Julie Schwietert Collazo
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    airbnb.com/La Habana, Cuba Your flight to Cuba is booked (finally)! Now the question is: Where should you stay? Travelers will find two main options: A traditional hotel or casas particulares, often described as Cuban B&Bs. Here, we break down where to find them, how to book, and more. If you’re headed to Havana, you have hundreds of hotel options, from upscale all-inclusive hotels whose buffets put Vegas to shame to iconic hotels that intrigue Americans because of their history — namely the Hotel Nacional (built in 1930, in part based on a plan by renowned American…
  • Deal Alert: Downtown Viceroy Miami from $209 Through September

    Lane Nieset
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Viceroy Miami As we enter August and the last few weeks of summer, it’s one of the best times of the year to hit Miami thanks to thinning crowds and families packing up to return to school. What’s more, scores of hotels are slashing their rates for this month and September. Case in point: the 148-room Viceroy Miami, which is offering rates from $209 per night in a Some Like It Hot deal. Running through September 30, the package includes a complimentary upgrade (based on availability), poolside pitcher of mojitos, and spa kit with protein enzyme toner, lip balm, and after-bath…
  • How to: Visit Taos on a Budget

    Steve Larese
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Steve Larese Tucked between sage-filled high desert and snow-capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristos, Taos is a small mountain town in New Mexico teeming with natural beauty, culture and adventure. An hour’s drive north of Santa Fe (and about two hours from Albuquerque), this beautiful bohemian town is rich with experiences — and easy on budgets. Here are a few attractions that make Taos a road-trip destination favorite. For Culture Taos Pueblo: Taos Pueblo is the northern-most of New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblo tribes — and is thought to be the oldest…
  • Deal Alert: Puerto Vallarta Hotels from $61 in August & September

    Kristine Hansen
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    Jonathon McDougall As summer comes to its last few weeks, Puerto Vallarta is entering its low season. This, of course, means great hotel deals. In particular, now through mid-September, a handful of hotels are drastically dropping their rates to as low as $61 per night. Whether you crave a luxury resort or an intimate inn, here’s a sampling of what’s available. From $75: Costa Sur Resort and Spa Each room at this 202-room resort — ranging from studios to suites — boasts an oceanview terrace. This month, you can take in the vistas for as little as $75 per night for…
  • Road Trip: Where to Play, Eat, and Stay in Western Connecticut

    Christine Dayao
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Harf Zimmermann/The Glass House For many road trippers, Connecticut is viewed as a big stretch of land on their way to other destinations in New England like Providence, Cape Cod, or Boston. Sure, there are cultural wonders to explore at Yale University, a couple of casinos to try your luck at, and vast areas of greenery — but is that all that the Constitution State has to offer? During a weekend visit courtesy of the Connecticut Office of Tourism, we found far more to Connecticut than an Ivy League campus and slot machines. From wineries and kayaking to architectural feats and…
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  • Old-School Charcoal Steamboat in Penang at Goh Huat Seng

    Mark Wiens
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    What does a steamboat have to do with eating? Check out that photo above, doesn’t that look like the chimney of a steamboat? The only difference: one pushes a boat in water, the other cooks food in water. There’s a restaurant in Penang called Goh Huat Seng, and they serve an old-school version of a charcoal... [Read More] The post Old-School Charcoal Steamboat in Penang at Goh Huat Seng appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Langkawi: 10 of the Best Things To Do When You Visit

    Mark Wiens
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    About 500 years ago there was a stunningly beautiful girl on an island. She was so beautiful that she attracted everyone in her small village, and both men and women were jealous of her beauty. And so, the village council decided they needed to get rid of her for good. To make a long story short,... [Read More] The post Langkawi: 10 of the Best Things To Do When You Visit appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Santiburi Beach Resort: Ultimate Luxury in Koh Samui

    Mark Wiens
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Having just returned home from Malaysia, Ying (my wife) and I were pretty content to spend some time in Bangkok. I finally had some time to gather my thoughts and photos and publish some posts about the marvelous food we ate in Penang. But then, just a week or so later, we got an invitation to stay at a... [Read More] The post Santiburi Beach Resort: Ultimate Luxury in Koh Samui appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Hainanese Nyonya Food in Penang and Amazing Fish Curry

    Mark Wiens
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    It seems that you can walk right past some of the best restaurants in Penang without knowing they are restaurants. That was certainly the case for a restaurant, located just off Chulia Street in the center of Georgetown, known as Shing Kheang Aun (新琼安饭店). Just like the old school charcoal steamboat restaurant (more about this place coming... [Read More] The post Hainanese Nyonya Food in Penang and Amazing Fish Curry appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • How to Visit Penang’s Kek Lok Si Temple (and What to Eat)

    Mark Wiens
    12 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Penang, Malaysia, has a strong and influential Chinese community. And although I mostly experienced Penang’s Chinese influence on my plate, I also took the opportunity to visit one of Southeast Asia’s largest Chinese Buddhist temples, known as Kek Lok Si. Kek Lok Si is one of the most well known attractions in Penang, and a pilgrimage... [Read More] The post How to Visit Penang’s Kek Lok Si Temple (and What to Eat) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • Suntory Sending Whisky into Space

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

    Travis
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
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  • Using Airbnb for your Japan Vacation

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

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

    Travis
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    The juxtaposition of old and new in Japan. Related Posts:The Four Top Tokyo Day TripsFree WiFi Hotspots in TokyoTokyo Named World’s Safest CityTop Ryokan in TokyoWhat Is Public Transportation Like in Tokyo?
 
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  • 8 Reasons to Take a Canal du Midi Barge Cruise in France

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

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

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

    admin
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
      The Puglia region is a fascinating combination of unique history, culture and of course some of the best food and wine that Italy offers.  I learned so many things about Puglia on my trip, and I took a copious amount of notes.  What better way to share all of the facts with you than a bulleted list of the things I found most interesting from this very scenic region. Did you know : Puglia is home to over 50 million olive trees.  Many of them centuries old. Puglia needed to enact laws to deter people from other parts of Italy coming down and digging up those valuable olive…
  • 9 Easy Ways to Save Money For Travel

    robin
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Traveling, seeing the world, experiencing life in different places and getting to know people from different cultures is eye-opening and essential for a well-rounded world view. It’s exciting. And thrilling. It makes you feel alive and everyone deserves the opportunity to try it. I know many who would like to travel, but say they just can’t afford it. I don’t think it’s an excuse. I really DO think they believe that, but it doesn’t have to be true.  You change your perspective to change your situation. You have to DO something. It really depends how…
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  • My Barradise: The Scottish Isle of Barra

    Julie H. Ferguson
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    The Twin Otter banks hard and within seconds is skimming low over the sea. The fat tires bounce on hard, still-wet sand, and I breathe again. I step onto the biggest runway I’ve ever seen — the Cockle Strand — and my romance with the Outer Hebrides Isle of Barra, Scotland begins.  The airport on […] The post My Barradise: The Scottish Isle of Barra appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • Falling in Love with Porto, Portugal

    Cam Hassard
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    On our final morning in Lisbon, we meandered along the winding cobbled lanes of Alfama and leapt aboard a three-hour train ride north to Portugal’s second largest city: Porto. It would be a tough act to follow after such a rich and magical time in the City of Seven Hills, but Porto proved equally stunning […] The post Falling in Love with Porto, Portugal appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • Tirana, Albania: From Despair to Hope

    Irene Butler
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    An energetic and progressive Tirana is what we see. Fine places to dine, vibrant shops, parks for strolling, traffic chaos, buildings undergoing facelifts, new structures taking form under a flourish of cranes. Locals tell us Tirana has changed beyond belief from its once austere and dull grey of past decades. The country’s sobering history is evidenced […] The post Tirana, Albania: From Despair to Hope appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • Best Restaurants for Late-night Dining in London

    Guest Contributor
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    New York might be the city that never sleeps, but London follows pretty close behind. At least that’s true when it comes to its late night dining options. Now you can enjoy a meal at some of the best restaurants in London… 24 hours a day! This wasn’t always the case, of course. Historically, if you were hungry […] The post Best Restaurants for Late-night Dining in London appeared first on Europe Up Close.
  • Toledo, Spain – The Top 7 Unforgettable Attractions

    Guest Contributor
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    Once an unassuming centrally located city, Toledo, Spain has now become one of the country’s main attractions—and rightly so. It is filled to the brim with historic buildings, a collection of religious structures and interesting museums. In the town center, a maze of narrow streets makes getting around both a challenge and a wonderful experience. […] The post Toledo, Spain – The Top 7 Unforgettable Attractions appeared first on Europe Up Close.
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  • Acedrive luxury selfdrive car rental, Singapore

    Shrinidhi Hande
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Before I arrived in Singapore, I thought of exploring self-drive car rental options in Singapore.  So I landed on the website of Ace drive. On Day 1 morning I had some free time, so I went to their office to get first hand experience. Acedrive have lots of high end cars on self drive offer- Porche Boxter, Porche 911, Audi TT, Ferrari, BMW convertible and so on. The Porche 911
  • Cloud forest dome at Gardens by the bay

    Shrinidhi Hande
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    Cloud Forest is the second dome in Gardens by the Bay. It is smaller in area than flower garden but taller. As soon as you enter, you will be mesmerized by a 35 meter tall waterfall. Then we walk towards an elevator that takes us to top of a 7 level structure, from where we can walk down on the walkways. Wide range of fauna found in tropical mountains. View of waterfall inside cloud forest-
  • Singapore's iconic structure: The Fullerton Hotel

    Shrinidhi Hande
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:05 am
    The Fullerton Hotel is Singapore's most iconic place to stay. It was built in 1928 and was used as GPO (General Post Office) of Singapore, Singapore Club etc. Thus the building has lots of historical importance. I have only seen this hotel from outside during all my visits and one day I hope to stay here for a day. If you're lucky, you might get cheapest room at about 300 SGD (comes with some
  • Buying smartphones in flash sale? Read this

    Shrinidhi Hande
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Many smartphone makers are adopting a tactic of flash sales to sell their new launches. Only limited number of units will be put for sale and prospective customers compete with each other for an opportunity to own one. So far such a tactic has been working very well for brands trying to sell their new launches. Thousands of phones get sold within seconds and those who couldn't buy will curse
  • Flying low cost Tigerair- My experience

    Shrinidhi Hande
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I have written about Tigerair Australia ticket booking experience here. In this post, I am writing about the travel experience with Tigerair Singapore. These points are based on what I observed and experienced during my Tigerair flight from Chennai to Singapore and back. A Tigerair A320 taxiing in Changi Onward Journey: Chennai- Singapore For some reason, web checkin was not
 
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  • The Beatles as Destination: Here, There and Everywhere.

    Janice
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    The Beatles went here, there and everywhere. As a result, Beatles destinations are almost everywhere as well. Here are three: Hamburg, Liverpool and Rishikesh. The post The Beatles as Destination: Here, There and Everywhere. appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Sweden

    Guest
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    Sweden - including Stockholm, Kiruna, and Jukkasjärvi - is a favorite destination for this Solo Travel Society member. The post Solo Travel Destination: Sweden appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Pic of the Week: Amed Beach, Bali

    Guest
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    This little fella sidled up to watch the sunset with a Solo Travel Society member on Amed Beach, Bali. Making friends wherever we go! The post Pic of the Week: Amed Beach, Bali appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • A Creative Solution to My Selfie Problems

    Tracey
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    On a recent trip to Ville-Marie, Quebec I encountered a lively arts community, a warm and talented artist, and a creative solution to my selfie problems. The post A Creative Solution to My Selfie Problems appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: Wherever You Go

    Tracey
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:36 am
    Today's Travel Quote of the Week is attributed to Confucius, who advises to go with your heart, wherever you go. And you can't argue with Confucius. The post Travel Quote of the Week: Wherever You Go appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • Reasons for Visiting CEBU in the Philippines

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

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

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Cheap Travel Tips If you love traveling, you are spending most of your earnings on moving from one place to another. Yes, you are saving money while you travel. If you are looking for additional travel tips to save even more, read this post till the very end. Alternate airports If you are planning to visit a specific location, you should look for alternate airport prices and check whether there is an advantage or not. For example, if you are traveling to Manchester, look for alternate airports for departure and arrival. It is possible that you…
  • Your guide to the most popular skiing destinations in France

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Your guide to the most popular skiing destinations in France Photo from Flickr by Giåm Europe’s greatest mountain range, the Alps, reach their peak on the French-Italian border, so it’s no wonder that France is one of the top destinations to go skiing. The mountain range offers varied skiing experiences and shapes the picturesque villages. The local culture attracts holiday-makers who want a truly French skiing experience with chalets and traditional architecture in the surrounding villages. Plus, there are many places to keep the nights…
  • The Importance of Pre and Post Travel Health Checks

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | The Importance of Pre and Post Travel Health Checks Photo from Flickr by mike828 – Miguel Duran Having the opportunity to travel is a wonderful thing. Visiting new places opens our eyes to new cultures and experiences and if the trip goes well, we come home happy, relaxed, and with some amazing memories. One thing you do need to be aware of, however, is that travel to foreign countries can also expose us to illnesses and diseases we have no immunity to. For this reason it is a good idea to book a health check before you travel. The health…
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  • An Exclusive Inside Look at Miami's Newest Luxury Hotel

    Lara Grant
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    The main pool overlooks gorgeous Miami beach. An affiliate of the Starwood Capital Group, the 1 Hotel brand is a luxurious, eco-conscious line of hotels inspired by nature; environment-friendly features include reclaimed wood, lobby farmstands, and hemp mattresses. Two properties are in New York -- 1 Hotel Central Park (opening in August) and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park (no opening date set) -- and the third can be found in Miami. The 426-room 1 Hotel South Beach opened in March 2015 after a complete renovation from its former days as the Perry South Beach, and the…
  • How to Find the Best Beach in Thailand for You

    Kelly Lewis
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    It’s no secret that Thailand has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches -- which is great, but can make choosing one you'd like to spend a few days on painstakingly difficult! Whether you’re looking to relax and soak up the sun, are interested in hiking, climbing or diving, or just hope to party all night long, our expert breakdown of Thai beaches will help you choose which sliver of paradise will truly be paradise for you. If You Want To Be Off the Grid: Koh Kood Photo by Hempa's Thailand, Flickr Creative Commons Head east from Bangkok to the island of Koh Kood (also called Ko…
  • We Loved Sicily, But Not Everything Was How It Seemed...

    Jane Reynolds
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    We've been busy visiting hotels all over the world so we can bring our users in-depth reviews and expert photos of every property they can possibly dream of. Today, we have over 15,000 hotels on the site -- and 152 of them can be found in beautiful Sicily! During our recent trip to the lovely island, we saw some stunning hotels, and some that were not-so-stunning. But we were the most stunned by properties that looked one way on their websites when we were doing our research before the trip, and a totally different way once we arrived. We call these "photo fakeouts," when hotel marketing…
  • 5 Hotel Stays You Can Feel Really Good About

    Riley Kirkpatrick
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    More and more hotels are launching "voluntourism" initiatives, and we're totally loving the trend. As travel experts, we know there are a ton of different ways to volunteer while traveling, whether its taking up opportunities at organic farms through WWOOF, teaching English at schools around the world, or participating in the Peace Corps. But we're also happy to see some big hotel chains stepping up to offer their guests awesome volunteer opportunities in their local neighborhoods. We figure it's always a more rewarding experience when you can give something back, even during your…
  • Over the Summer Heat? 8 Destinations Where It's 50 Degrees or Colder RIGHT NOW

    Kristina Fazzalaro
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Is all the talk of summer and beaches...bumming you out? Does the entire concept of humidity make you want to cry? If you see one more Instagram photo of "hot-dog legs" are you going to lose it? Good news! You're not crazy or a heartless, sun-hating scrooge -- and you're not alone. The dogs days of summer are truly upon us, and sometimes it's all too easy to dream of snowbanks and icicles (which will be a nightmare once we're in the thick of winter -- but then, of course, we'll dream of sizzling sidewalks and sun galore). So if you're already missing winter, here's where you can travel right…
 
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  • Beat The Summer Heat At A Dreamy Mountain or Lakeside BnB Inn

    Guest Author
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    When temperatures reach 90 degrees and above (as they have all across the counntry this week) it's time to escape to the cool breezes of a dreamy mountain and lakeside B&B to beat the summer heat! As the heat index rises so too does travelers' intolerance for uncomfortable travel and steamy summer locals. The search for cooler destinations in magnificent locations becomes top priority during peak summer, and there are plenty of B&B's situated in mountainous and lakeside regions that definitely fit the bill. Here are a few great properties to check out and check into when planning…
  • Peru For Families, An Experience You Won’t Soon Forget

    Guest Author
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    Unlock The Mysteries of the Land of the Inca with Your Family - It's a Journey You Will Always Remember. The high plains of Peru and Ecuador are rich both culturally and ecologically, and travelling there with your children is probably easier than you may think. It’s important to make a solid plan for the journey, and arrange activities and transportation ahead of time, but the result will be an unforgettable adventure for your family.
  • 9 New England Summer Food Festivals Worth The Road Trip

    Susan Kohlback
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    Just because the 4th of July has past, it doesn't mean Summer festivals in New England are on the wain. There are plenty of warm summer days and over-the-top foodie festivals yet to come. Summer is when the beer and wine really start to flow and seafood of every description is celebrated all across New England. So let's take a look at some of the best Summer Food Festivals yet to come:
  • Rocky Point – A Luxury Destination On Mexico’s Gulf Coast

    Guest Author
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Enjoying a Luxury Vacation in Rocky Point, Mexico Ah Rocky Point, home of never-ending parties, otherworldly beaches, and a mixing of cultures you won’t find anywhere else in Mexico. Located just off the beautiful waters of the gulf of Mexico, and a couple of hours south of Yuma, Arizona—Rocky Point is a wonderful place for vacationers from all over the world.
  • Best Ways to Connect When Traveling Far From Home

    Susan Kohlback
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    New trends in communicating with loved ones when you’re traveling to Mexico, Canada and Across The Pond.   T-Mobile has a great new plan. I arrived home today from a weekend away and look what was waiting for me on the doorstep. Oh the bennies of a blogger’s life.. Okay T-Mobile, you have my full attention! […]
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-4-2015

    Ramona
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition. (T. Leary) — Come on ladies, we can certainly do better than that! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-4-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-3-2015

    Ramona
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. (H. Keller) — Don’t let the earthbound clip your wings! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-3-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-22-2015

    Ramona
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is no trap so deadly as the one you set for yourself. (R. Chandler) — No one knows your weaknesses as well as you. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-2-2015

    Ramona
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Man never gets too old to be stupid in some new way. (H. Prochnow) — Sapiens and their infinite capacity for dumbassedness! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-2-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-1-2015

    Ramona
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    It’s easier to fight for one’s principles than live up to them. (A. Stevenson) — Harder to be a example than a mouthpiece! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-1-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-4-2015

    Ramona
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition. (T. Leary) — Come on ladies, we can certainly do better than that! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-4-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-3-2015

    Ramona
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. (H. Keller) — Don’t let the earthbound clip your wings! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-3-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-22-2015

    Ramona
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is no trap so deadly as the one you set for yourself. (R. Chandler) — No one knows your weaknesses as well as you. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-2-2015

    Ramona
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Man never gets too old to be stupid in some new way. (H. Prochnow) — Sapiens and their infinite capacity for dumbassedness! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-2-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-1-2015

    Ramona
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    It’s easier to fight for one’s principles than live up to them. (A. Stevenson) — Harder to be a example than a mouthpiece! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-1-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • 6 Things That Made Our Hearts Pound on our Caribbean Cruise

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

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

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

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

    Randy Kalp
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:14 am
    We met Jasmine at a hostel in Oaxaca. We found Ben in Baja, Mexico, during a whale-watching trip. We volunteered with Todd and Benita at a biodynamic winery in Tuscany. And most recently, we shared cocktails with Kacie and Cole on our Carnival cruise through the western Caribbean. What do all of these people have in common? They’re our friends, and we met each of them while traveling. Related: What 7 Days on a Caribbean Cruise Looks Like I love meeting new people when we are traveling. It’s fun to hear another person’s perspective on a locale, hear about their experiences and why…
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  • Windy Mykonos – Day 2 of our Azamara Greek Island Cruise

    Heather Cowper
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:53 pm
    On the second day of our Greek island cruise with Azamara Club Cruises we awoke in Mykonos, well known as the island where all the beautiful people come to party. We took a 10 minute ride on the shuttle bus from the new port to the edge of Mykonos town and walked around the harbour watching the super-yachts parking up. Guy instigated a game where we each had to say which of the boats we would like to own and why. I always go for the least flashy ones and he likes anything that’s made of wood, but perhaps you would choose one of those millionaire yachts that have endless staff polishing…
  • Sailing into Santorini – Day 1 of our Azamara Greek Island Cruise

    Heather Cowper
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:39 am
    The Greek Islands bring back happy memories for my husband, Guy, as we spend this week together on a Greek Island and Turkey Cruise with Azamara Club Cruises. Guy went island-hopping in his student days and visited many of the places such as Santorini and Mykonos that form part of this cruise, although his student budget in those days could not stretch to some of the luxuries we are now enjoying on Azamara Journey. Our early morning flight from Heathrow brought us to Athens and an easy transfer to Pireus where we boarded Azamara Journey and settled into our luxurious stateroom, our home for…
  • Exploring Venice with my Maxwell Scott leather backpack + reader offer

    Heather Cowper
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    When my Maxwell Scott leather backpack arrived in the post, the smell of the leather transported me instantly to Italy, the home of the true leather artisan. Although Maxwell Scott is a British Company, they work in Tuscany with some of the best craftsmen to produce a range of handbags, briefcases and wallets that have a timeless style. These are bags that your friends will admire as the leather mellows to become an old friend. If, like me, you have a daughter with an eye for the good things in life, you may just find her ‘borrowing’ your Maxwell Scott bag and never giving back.
  • A dangerously beautiful hike in British Columbia

    Guest Author
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:20 am
    Our guest author, Dana Sibilsky takes a hike in the beautiful woods of British Columbia that proves more dangerous than she anticipated when she finds signs of bear activity along the trail. In 2013, my husband and I made the mutual decision to spice up our lives together and really venture out to see what the world has to offer. With this decision, we agreed to travel at least twice a year; one place within the first half of the year (January-June) and another place within the second half of the year (June-December). In our journey to explore the world together, we have visited nearly all…
  • Like mother, like daughter – what we loved on our trip to Copenhagen

    Sophie-Anne Cowper
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    On my recent visit to Copenhagen, I enjoyed the company of my daughter, Sophie-Anne, who shares her tips for things that mums and daughters can enjoy together in Copenhagen. Unless you are travelling alone, there will always be a difference of opinion on what to do and see. One art lover’s Picasso museum is another girl’s prison, so it can be hard to find a balance. This is certainly true of different ages, and although I am probably going to end up as my mother at the end of my road to adulthood, for the time being we have varying opinions on a day well spent. Heather and…
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  • Canadian Adventures for Families- Weekly Digest-8/1/15

    Michelle McCoy
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:02 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Canadian Adventures for Families Saturday August 1, 2015 O Canada – the land is full of majestic beauty and very fun activities for families to enjoy. Get insider tips on all the great things to do in Canada.Enjoying Canada With Kids Top 10 Things for Families to Do in Banff Guide to Visiting Niagara Falls with Kids Kelowna: Family-Friendly Artisan Adventures in Southern British Columbia Top 10 Things to do in Vancouver, British Columbia for Families …scroll down to find more Canadian travel What’s your…
  • Top 10 Things for Families to Do in Banff

    Katie Bodell
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Smoky Mountains. Even Americans who haven’t been to these parks somehow know of their beauty and grandeur. But for many, Banff National Park doesn’t harken the same response as these other North American national parks. Canada’s first national park, and considered by many to be its absolute jewel, Banff remains virtually unknown by the average U.S. family. In fact, it remains so unknown to many Americans, that even as I was writing this, a stranger leaned over my shoulder and asked me if Banff was a planet in Star Wars. I am not making that up. So what is…
  • Kelowna: Family-Friendly Artisan Adventures in Southern British Columbia

    Katie Bodell
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:18 am
    “Beautiful British Columbia.” This phrase, written on license plates throughout the region, is an accurate representation of Canada’s westernmost province. This summer, my family embarked on a road trip across British Columbia that led us through Kelowna, the primary city of the Okanagan Valley. Situated on the lake and river of the same name, the Okanagan Valley sits in the southern portion of British Columbia, almost at the exact midpoint between Vancouver in the west and the Alberta border and Rocky Mountains to the east. Getting There: Kelowna is an easy four-hour drive…
  • Guide to Visiting Niagara Falls with Kids

    Karyn Locke
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:50 am
    As a military brat with family ties both in the United States and Canada, visiting Niagara Falls, Ontario a few times a year wasn’t unheard of. Actually, it was the spot we’d stop at frequently, even if it was for only a few hours to stretch our legs, grab a meal, and walk down to the Falls to check out the gorgeous view of the rushing water. Fast forward to present day; I still love visiting Niagara Falls and look for any reason to make the road trip! The city is a mecca of family fun and filled with tourist activities and attractions, still making it one of my all-time favorite places…
  • How To Get Your Kids a Passport

    Carrie Yu
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    So, your family is ready to head off on a great international vacation. You need to pack your suitcases, plan your trip, and most importantly, get passports for the kids! Here are our tips on how to get your kids a passport. Does My Child Need a Passport?  Your mode of transportation and child’s age determine whether or not a passport is needed. If you travel within the Western Hemisphere (Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central or South America) by air, or if you are traveling further abroad, each person needs a passport. Kids 16 and up require a passport when traveling internationally by…
 
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  • Turn it Up Tuesday 98

    cindy
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Anyone have a boat I could borrow? It has been raining here in west central Florida for almost 3 weeks! I am not talking about the afternoon storm we usually get around 3-4pm that lasts less than an hour. I am talking all day, heavy rains, flooding rains. We saw the sun and blue sky one afternoon last week and everyone went crazy taking pics and putting them on Facebook. I woke up to thunder and heavy rain at 5:30 this morning. When I checked my weather app at 7:25am this is what I saw. To make matters worse, both of my boys had to be out on the roads this morning. Aaron is driving a truck…
  • Garden Grill to add Breakfast and Lunch

    cindy
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Before Walt Disney World went through some major menu changes several years ago, Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot’s The Land Pavilion, was a family favorite. We would often dine there 1-2 times a year, including as part of the Candlelight Dining Package. After the menu changes, this restaurant was one that fell off the top of our preferred dining experiences. More changes have come to the menus since those original changes and this fall, some major changes are coming to the Garden Grill Restaurant…breakfast and lunch to be exact. Beginning Nov. 8, 2015, you can enjoy Character dining all…
  • Easy Pesto Chicken Skillet

    cindy
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Summer in Florida always leaves me searching for light, easy meals. Usually we grill a lot but we have had heavy all day rains for 13 out of the last 14 days, with another week or two still to go according to the weather experts. Wednesday, the sun came out for a few hours and my Facebook feed was filled with pictures of blue sky, it was kind of funny. This Easy Pesto Chicken Skillet is a light and flavorful entree perfect for summer but great any time of the year. It is a new favorite of my husband’s so I’ll be adding this to my menu planning rotation. This recipe take about 40 minutes…
  • Goals for August 2015

    cindy
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I’m going to say straight off the bat that I am frustrated. I’m working hard, sharing my blog posts all over the place and my page views are down to where they were 4 years ago! I have read tons of posts on how to increase page views and where to share your posts and my numbers are going backwards! Ugh! Review of July Goals Business Pageviews back over 10,000-I am barely over 8,000 Book at least 3 Disney vacations! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani…where do you want to go? Let me help you get there! I haven’t booked any vacations yet but I have quoted some…
  • Win it Wednesday 7-29-15

    cindy
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Wow! What a week this has been so far! We are having an AMAZING time at MOVE VBS at RiverLife church. The kids are having a great time learning to move closer to God. we have a bout 60 kids at VBS and all is running smoothly. This is one of my most favorite weeks of the year and I am so excited to be a part of both planning and teaching at this vacation Bible school. The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page of your blog. Links to home pages will be deleted. 2. Put the end date in the title of your giveaway. 3. Link to an image…
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  • Those Popular Blue Domes in Santorini, Greece

    Marcello
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    Popular Blue Domes Santorini Those blue domes in Santorini, Greece.  After renting a 4X4 the morning once arriving in Santorini that became the first mission. Luckily, I woke up at 4pm just before the sunset later that day. It costs 25 Euros to rent the 4×4 per day and I obviously denied the helmet because I wanted to feel the breeze in my silky long hair. Located in the town of Oia (pronounced EE-AH) this is the epic picture I was after before arriving in Greece. What is ironic is that I found it by chance. I was looking for a place to eat with a view of the sea and just as I sat down…
  • It’s Time For The Next Adventure: Finally Europe

    Marcello
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    It’s time for the next adventure! For years now I have been traveling the world specifically avoiding Europe! I wanted to visit the most distant places in the world and visit destinations that most people haven’t even heard of. To be the first travel blogger in the newest country in the world (at the time), South Sudan was my mission. Getting inside what supposedly was the most dangerous country in the world, Somaliland, was also on the agenda. From the most remote beaches within Brazil to living in Ethiopia. I wanted to see it all and as fast as possible. Now the focus is more…
  • 23 Best Travel Tips After 5 Years Of Traveling The World

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

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

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

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    2 Aug 2015 | 11:32 am
    English: The Louis Sullivan designed Martin Ryerson Tomb (1889). This Egyptian Revival style mausoleum is located in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Graceland Cemetery is a large, beautifully landscaped cemetery located at 4001 N. Clark Street at Irving in Chicago. It was established in 1860 by Thomas Bryan when he purchased the original 80 acres. Graceland is one of three notable 19th century cemeteries which were previously well outside the city limits; the other two being Rosehill and Oak Woods (South of Hyde Park) which includes a major monument to…
  • Burnham’ s Vision on the View Path makes Chicago Paris on the Prairie

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    2 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    White City of the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Administration Building, seen from the Agricultural Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Horticultural Building, with Illinois Building in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: The Republic in Jackson Park, Chicago, IL, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Daniel Burnham on the terrace of his Evanston, IL home. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Source: http://www.chicagob2b.net/links/pages/CitySeal1.gif This image is a copy of the official seal of the City of Chicago, Illinois, as designed and…
  • Chicago SummerDance 2015 in Grant Park

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    English: General John A. Logan statue at Grant Park in Chicago, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Get off your horse and put on your dancing shoes! Head over to Grant Park for Chicago Summerdance 2015 Fridays & Saturdays Dance Lessons: 6-7pm Live Music & Dancing: 7:30-9:30pm Sundays Dance Lessons: 4-5pm Live Music & Dancing: 5-7pm   Every summer the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 44 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent…
  • Chicago’s Tallest Towers Offer Unique Observatories called Tilt and Ledge

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    Image via Wikipedia English: Five tallest skyscrapers of Chicago – 1.Willis Tower, 2.Trump International Hotel & Tower, 3.Aon Center, 4.John Hancock Center, 5.AT&T Corporate Center. Česky: Pět nejvyšších mrakordapů v Chicagu – 1.Willis Tower, 2.Trump International Hotel & Tower, 3.Aon Center, 4.John Hancock Center, 5.AT&T Corporate Center. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: John Hancock Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago as seen from the Chicago river (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English:…
  • Chicago’s Gothic Revival Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:38 pm
    English: Wrigley Building clock tower and Tribune Tower from Sixteen at Trump International Hotel and Tower (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Nathan Hale statue outside the Chicago Tribune Tower in Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Tribune Tower is a Gothic Revival It is listed as a Chicago Landmark and contributing to the Michigan–Wacker Historic District located at 435 North Michigan Avenue. It is the home of the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Company.   On June 10, 1922, the Chicago Tribune hosted an international design competition for its new headquarters. They…
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  • How Millions of Pounds of Maine Lobster Make It From New York to China

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A lobster that made it to New York (Photo: New Amsterdam Market/Flickr) August is about the time for the lobster lovers of East Coast to start craving a good, buttery lobster roll. But, despite what Instagram might indicate, not every single person in the country's most lobster-loving regions, stretching from the mid-Atlantic, up into New England, is actually vacationing in Maine. It's up to far-flung purveyors to keep the rest of us in lobster: A popular spot can go through hundreds of lobster rolls a day, which requires a constant supply. The U.S. is also the largest live lobster market in…
  • Object of Intrigue: A Passport for Falcons

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A blindfolded falcon ready to rack up some sweet frequent flier points. (Photo: yeowatzup on Flickr/Creative Commons)If you're boarding a flight to or from the United Arab Emirates and spot a blindfolded falcon hanging out in first class, do not be alarmed. The bird of prey is allowed to travel in the cabin and has been subjected to the same stringent security checks as you have—including passport control. In the Emirates, falcons get issued their very own forest green passports. The unusual documentation scheme is due to the fact that, in the U.A.E, falcons are…
  • FOUND: Mysterious Photos of Beautiful Women

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Who is this? (Photo: Meagan Abell/Facebook) Who is the woman in this picture? Who took it? Where is she? Meagan Abell, a photographer herself, found the negatives of these images at a thrift store. "From what I could tell," she writes on Facebook, "they had been taken sometime in the 50s." She bought them and, a few weeks later, once they'd been scanned, saw how incredible they were. And she wanted to know where they came from. So far, the only question that has been answered is where these were taken. From the clues in the pictures, it seems they were shot around Los Angeles, at…
  • The History of Vending Machines Goes Back to the 1st Century

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    (Image: Courtesy Tedium) Vending machines are one of the few things keeping us away from the dream of a cashless society. The devices, which offer up an array of items for a little bit of pocket change, are silent but prevalent. They represent some of our most technologically advanced furniture, and they'll probably always be there for us in our time of need. Turns out, vending machines also have a fascinating history. The first one was actually created to prevent holy water theft back in the 1st century. That machine came about thanks to the handiwork of Heron of Alexandria.
  • How Book Designers Around the World Interpreted Philip K. Dick's 'The Man in the High Castle'

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:12 am
    Earlier this year, Amazon released the first episode of The Man In the High Castle, a series adapted from Philip K. Dick's classic 1962 novel of paranoia, espionage, and science fiction in a Nazi-controlled America, with the rest of the series set to debut in the fall. It's not the first time that the book has struggled to be understood, as shown by its collection of wildly disparate covers from around the world. The novel takes place in an alternate universe where the Nazis won World War II, and have now divided up America into regions controlled by the Germans and the Japanese. The story…
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  • Object of Intrigue: A Passport for Falcons

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A blindfolded falcon ready to rack up some sweet frequent flier points. (Photo: yeowatzup on Flickr/Creative Commons)If you're boarding a flight to or from the United Arab Emirates and spot a blindfolded falcon hanging out in first class, do not be alarmed. The bird of prey is allowed to travel in the cabin and has been subjected to the same stringent security checks as you have—including passport control. In the Emirates, falcons get issued their very own forest green passports. The unusual documentation scheme is due to the fact that, in the U.A.E, falcons are…
  • How Millions of Pounds of Maine Lobster Make It From New York to China

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A lobster that made it to New York (Photo: New Amsterdam Market/Flickr) August is about the time for the lobster lovers of East Coast to start craving a good, buttery lobster roll. But, despite what Instagram might indicate, not every single person in the country's most lobster-loving regions, stretching from the mid-Atlantic, up into New England, is actually vacationing in Maine. It's up to far-flung purveyors to keep the rest of us in lobster: A popular spot can go through hundreds of lobster rolls a day, which requires a constant supply. The U.S. is also the largest live lobster market in…
  • Janis Joplin’s Hotel Room in Los Angeles, California

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    October 4, 1970, Janis Joplin, one of the most iconic female musicians of the 1960s died from an accidental overdose of heroin in room #105 of the Landmark Motor Hotel, at the tragic age of 27. Today that same lodging still stands, although now it is called the Highland Gardens Hotel, but you can still stay in the same hotel room where Joplin lived for the last few months of her life. During the height of her short career, Janis Joplin was the darling of the music scene, and lived the lifestyle to the hilt. Known as the "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul" to fans, and simply "Pearl" to…
  • Sverd i fjell in Hafrsfjord, Norway

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Sverd i fjell monument was put in place to celebrate an ancient battle that ended up uniting a portion of Norway under one banner, but its not always easy to see that past how awesome the monument's three giant viking swords are. The Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872 is widely regarded as the conflict that finally achieved unity amongst the warring factions of western Norway. In reality, the process of unification likely took hundreds of years, but the popular legend is that it was this one battle that achieved peace. The decisive battle was thought to have taken place between King…
  • The Greasy Pole at Saint Peter's Fiesta in Gloucester, Massachusetts

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Every summer since 1927, the Italian fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts celebrates Saint Peter with a festival that is equal parts deeply religious and overtly joyous, marking the passage of both a year of protection at sea and the survival of that same year. Harkening back to traditions belonging to their forefathers, Gloucester's Italian-American community incorporated the boisterous tradition of the Greasy Pole into more pious aspects of St. Peter's feast day celebrations early on, and it continues to be the Fiesta's biggest draw.
 
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  • Jamie Cullum at the Blueballs festival in Lucerne

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

    Véronique
    4 Jun 2015 | 3:04 am
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  • Under the spell of Cairo

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

    Véronique
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Vivamost is proud to share the lamb stew recipe of the cook Manuella Magnin. Magnin prepared this original recipe for Moët & Hennessy. For each season last year she created one recipe in cooperation with the well-known champagne house. Each was made to pair a wine of Moët & Hennessy’s portfolio. This time it was to celebrate the Spanish wine, […] The post Manuella Magnin: Lamb stew with spices and chocolate appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Photo of the week, March 24th, 2015

    Véronique
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
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  • Great Summer Escapes: 5 City Festivals in August

    Joy Pecknold
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Those with midsummer night’s dreams of experiencing a festival best get on it. To help, here’s a guide to where you can get your arts and culture on around the world this August. San Francisco, California: Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, August 7-9 In gorgeous Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands is a merry mix […]
  • Proust Travel Questionnaire: Jackie Kai Ellis, The Paris Tours

    Joy Pecknold
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Life is pretty sweet for Jackie Kai Ellis. After studying pastry in Paris, she opened the much-loved Beaucoup Bakery & Café in Vancouver, and she routinely returns to the City of Light to guide The Paris Tours, an intimate walking tour of its most toothsome pâtisseries and chocolate shops (psst, the next one is this September). Herein, she sheds light on her travel loves and loathes.
  • 10 Questions: Ester Marcaida, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa

    Joy Pecknold
    10 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Ester Marcaida of Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines. Best hotel room at the property: Our Loft Villa is my favorite, as it has a private infinity pool that looks as […]
  • Hotel Spotlight: Tiara Hotels & Resorts

    Adam Nagy
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Be it an exclusive hideaway on the Cote D’Azur, a five-star beach break in Cannes or a luxury stay in Chantilly, one of France’s quaintest towns, that you’re after, Tiara Hotels & Resorts promises exceptional service in picturesque surroundings. Explore each of Tiara’s unique offerings herein. Tiara Chateau Hotel Mont Royal Chantilly – The Chateau is […]
  • Proust Travel Questionnaire: Tegan Klenner and Lindsay Sjoberg, Treasures & Travels

    Joy Pecknold
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    Sisters Tegan Klenner and Lindsay Sjoberg not only share DNA, but also a lifestyle blog, Treasures & Travels. As the name suggests, they dig traveling—most recently, a yurt-filled road trip along the Oregon Coast—so, naturally, we let them loose on our Proust-inspired questionnaire. As you'll see, they really see eye to eye.
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  • Slovenia for Foodies

    Jacy Meyer
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Slovenia is a country of contrasts. You can have a mountain adventure in the Julian Alps, experience culture and a lively street scene in Ljubljana or sun yourself on the country’s tiny bit of coast in Slovene Istria. These distinctions also extend to the country’s cuisine. The small country boasts 24 different culinary regions gathering influences from the Alps, the Balkans and the Mediterranean. Probably the most typical Slovenian dish you can find across the country is struklji. This flexible dough can be made sweet or savory and is found with a wide range of fillings. Formally a treat…
  • 6 Bloggers Discover the Baltics with JayWay Travel

    Charlie
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    In May 2015 we put together a multi-blogger 10 day trip in the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Hopefully from the posts that are linked below and the various photos and videos to be found using the #JayWayBaltics hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook it should be easy to see just how much fun we had on this trip. Here we have collected all the posts contributed by the bloggers who took part in the #JayWayBaltics blogger trip in May 2015. The bloggers we had the pleasure of hosting were: Tawny Clark and (Captain) Christopher Staudinger of Captain and Clark Laura…
  • European Fall Festival Guide 2015

    Jacy Meyer
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Autumn is a gorgeous time to visit Europe. Crowds have thinned, sunny days are still a possibility, and the locals are back from their summer holidays, giving cities a more lived-in vibe. Plus, cultural calendars are bursting with events after the summer shutdown. Here’s a roundup of some of the best festivals and events in Europe this coming fall. Austria Salzburg: St. Rupert’s Fair – September 23-27. A traditional fair held in the squares surrounding Salzburg’s cathedral, honoring the city’s patron saint. Local crafts, food and more. Vienna: Blickfang – October 30-31, November…
  • What to do in Kotor

    Charlie
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    We recently had the chance to test out a couple of tours offered in stunning Kotor, Montenegro by our new partner there while staying in Kotor for a few days for a research trip. We will soon be adding a few more accommodation options in Kotor too as a result. Here’s how to fill a day in Kotor: Muscling In First off – it’s All About the Mussels… After meeting our boat and guide at the pier near Old Town at midday we headed first to the small man-made islet known as Our Lady of the Rocks opposite the small town of Perast on the coast of the bay, on which stands a Roman…
  • Three Berlin Neighborhood Cafes

    Jacy Meyer
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    Berlin is a huge sprawling city and it is best explored by neighborhood. Every one of the districts offer something interesting to discover. But all that walking (or U-bahn riding) can get tiring and Berlin is a city which doesn’t let you slow down. Here are three recommendations for a little coffee and cake jolt to get you back on the streets.   Prenzlauer Berg This former East Berlin Bohemian neighborhood has gone decidedly more upscale in recent years but is an excellent shopping area for those looking for anything from advent-garde to vintage including fashion, accessories, funky…
 
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  • World’s Largest Outdoor Antiques Show: Brimfield Antique Show, Brimfield, MA

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

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

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

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

    Traci Suppa
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Serendipity gets all the credit for our latest BIG find. While at the Utica Zoo in Utica, NY this past weekend, we passed a really large watering can on display. I almost walked on without a second look, because I hadn’t read seen anything about it in my research for this trip. Usually these things pop up on the radar while I’m reading about a destination. World’s largest watering can, Utica, NY Looking at the sign, I was surprised and delighted to discover that this 15.5 foot tall, galvanized steel structure is indeed the world’s largest watering can. It was made for the zoo in…
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  • Cuban Food: 30 Dishes You Must Try

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

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

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

    Ayngelina
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:22 am
    Did you know that Texas was home to the second most visited wine region in the US and the 10th most visited in the world? Shocker I know, but Texas Hill Country is home to 46 wineries with more developing every day. When I spoke to friends who lived in Austin, less than an hour away, they didn’t know much about good Texan wine, it apparently has a history of being very sweet and they had no idea that the climate is perfect for producing traditional wines from Italy, France and Spain like sangiovese, viognier and tempranillo. Wine in Texas is a relatively new endeavor. Until the…
  • 48 Hours of Gluttony: Best Restaurants in San Antonio

    Ayngelina
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    I went to Texas, y’all! Remember I said I’m going to travel solo a bit, and Dave needed to stay home and serve Loka Snacks. Discover America reached out to me to participate in an Instagram program, sending me to Texas for 5 days to share what I ate on Instagram. I hit San Antonio first and ate for 48 hours straight at some of the best restaurants in San Antonio. I liked the city so much I created a downloadable PDF with my favourite finds. San Antonio is More than the Alamo Sad as it may be, my only reference for San Antonio was an obscure reference to the Alamo and the recent…
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    Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write

  • My quarter life epiphany

    Stephanie Kempker
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Please welcome Stephanie from Quarter Life Epiphany, the newest contributing writer here at Go See Write! At 24 years old, I had a great life. I did all the “right” things; I was on track for achieving the American Dream. I had a college degree, a nice office job, a new Jeep, and my own apartment. I had many reasons to be happy. But I wasn’t. I felt empty. I felt out of place. I felt like something was missing. I tried to fill the space with shopping sprees, and packed my apartment with trinkets and…
  • Where to do yoga in Thailand

    Alana Morgan
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write If the latest fitness-friendly Instagram selfie craze is anything to go by, jaunting around the world to deepen your yoga practice is more popular than ever – and Thailand serves as a perfect place to do your downward dogs while staying in some gorgeous spots. You can attend classes, studios and retreats across the country, but there are three main hubs where you’ll find particularly large yoga scenes throughout the year. Bangkok When I think of Bangkok, the first thing that comes to mind is traffic. Then…
  • 3 things to do in Koh Samui that don’t involve the beach

    Jaclynn Seah
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write People travel to Koh Samui in Thailand mainly to enjoy the white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters. But if you’re recovering from a sunburn or just want a break from getting sand in all the crevices of your body, here are three things you’ll be surprised to discover on this little island paradise: Swim in a waterfall Photo by Tuomas Lehtinen on Flickr Head inland and you’ll find some lovely tropical forests and a different body of water to swim in. The Namuang waterfalls in the southern end…
  • The perfect Tuscany road trip – part 1

    Nat and Tim Harris
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Our Tuscany Dream Road Trip – Part 1 A lot of people think Tuscany is overrated and search out lesser known parts of Italy to explore. But, although each region has many wonderful things to offer, there’s a reason Tuscany is up there on every Italy lover’s list. Many consider its cuisine the best in the country. Drive through Val d’Orcia and you’ll see scenery that will leave you speechless and of course there are the people, ready to teach you anything and everything about their region if you show…
  • The top things to do and see in Morocco

    Guest Poster
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write A short ferry ride away from Europe, you will find Morocco, the magical land of camels, mosques and beautiful natural landscapes. From impressive waterfalls to the stunning coastal sea-side, Morocco has a lot more to offer than just deserts (although of course, a visit to the Sahara is definitely a must!). Here’s some of the best top things to do and see in Morocco. Are you ready to venture into the realm of Aladdin? #01: Explore the world’s bluest city: Chefchaouen In the north of Morocco there is…
 
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  • Road Trip Tales: Jo-Anne Wallace

    Admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    We’re still on the road! This is day 27  of our Great Big Summer Road Trip. What a ride it has been. All along the way we’ve been  sharing  stories from people we are proud to know in the family travel space on the blog. They’ve been kind enough to share their road trip memories and best advice. (You can read the whole series of Road Trip Tales in our road trip gallery.) If this long weekend takes you out on your own road trip I hope that their tips and tricks will help you and your family to enjoy the ride. Our latest road tripper is  Jo-Anne Wallace.  Jo-Anne is a…
  • Road Trip Tales: Theresa Albert

    Admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    She’s a master in the kitchen (really, who carves a chicken better), nutrition expert and writer Theresa Albert shares memories from the road, as well as tips. This is another instalment in our Road Trip Tales Series. If you’ve been following along, you know we’ve been sharing stories from our friends since we first embarked on our own Great Big Summer road trip through the USA on July 5. You can catch up by checking out the list below. Photo Courtesy of Theresa Albert. What’s your favourite summer road trip memory? Taking my teenage daughter and her friend to North…
  • Backseat Chronicles: 10 Episode Anniversary of a Globe Bros creation

    Heather
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    It’s Day 22!   The time outside the car is easy but could the boys handle 30 days together in the car? We weren’t sure. When we set out on this 30-day road trip, the goals were both personal and professional.  The travel writer in me wanted to delve into a road trip with enough time and distance to develop good information to share. The family travel lover in me yearned for the kind of time together with Ish and the boys that we only seem to get when we are away from home.  The kind of time we had on our year away traveling the world dependent only on each other for…
  • Road Trip Tales: Alison Burke

    Admin
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    Our Road Trip Tales series continues and we’ve chatted with a lot of on-the-go mamas lately! Today we’re bringing you an interview with PR expert Alison Burke, President of Impressions PR – the go-to agency for tapping into the parenting market. She’s the mom of three boys and always on the go! Learn more about Alison by reading our interview, then check out the entire Road Trip Tales series by clicking each featured parent in the list at the end of this post. Photo Courtesy of Alison Burke. What’s your favourite summer road trip memory? As a kid, we did a lot of…
  • Road Trip Tales: Lola Augustine Brown

    Admin
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    I can’t believe it; we are less than 2 weeks away from landing in Vancouver, BC and wrapping up our epic road trip. It has been fun being on the road, and sharing updates with you, while also featuring the Road Trip Tales of some of my favourite people. Now we bring you writer extraordinaire Lola Augustine Brown! And take a look at past interviews: Tracy Moore, Erin Bender, Carol Cain, Kathy Buckworth, Emma Waverman, Leisse Wilcox and Alyson Schafer. I’ve known Lola for years. We first met at a conference in Whistler and have managed to swap information and maintain a friendship…
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    Family Rambling

  • My Favorite Beauty Products for Camping

    Jody Halsted
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Affiliate disclosure: This post contains affiliate links for products I personally own, use, and recommend. When you make a purchase I may receive a referral commission. Your costs will not be higher when you make a purchase through my links, and your purchase helps support the costs of maintaining Family Rambling. Thank you! I don’t know about you, but for me camping is one time when I really don’t feel like I have to present myself in a certain way- whether that is as a professional, a wife, or a mom. I can be relaxed and minimal, focused on fun & family. That said,…
  • Midwest Getaway: Champaign, Illinois

    Jody Halsted
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    Though Chicago often gets the glory when it comes to Illinois tourism, it’s not the only place worth visiting. My girls & I spent a few fun days in Champaign, Illinois – and found a perfect family getaway filled with outdoor activities, terrific food, interesting history, and a completely magical English Garden. Soda-licious – the Home Soda Company, in the tiny town of Homer, carries small-batch sodas from across the country. Family Fun in Illinois: 7 Reasons to Visit Champaign County Published by Minitime The central cities of Champaign-Urbana, or Chambana, as the…
  • Best Beach Camping in the US

    Jody Halsted
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Though you can often find campgrounds near the beach, finding actual beach camping – as in on the beach, mere steps from the water- is a trickier prospect. photo credit: Camping at Padre via photopin (license) After quite a bit of research, and adding lots of places to my RV Bucket List, I was able to share this list of beach campsites around the US. Camping by the Sea : Best Beach Campgrounds for Families published by Minitime (syndicated by Today’s Mama) As you prepare your summer adventures, it’s likely two words figure into your plans: beach and camping. Beginning your…
  • A Busy Mom’s Summer Go Bag – Tween Edition

    Jody Halsted
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Affiliate disclosure: Thank you for reading Family Rambling. Please know I partner with companies I use and trust as an affiliate and, when you make a purchase I will (in most cases) receive a referral commission. Your costs will not be higher when you make a purchase through my links, and your purchase helps support the costs of maintaining Family Rambling. Thank you! Go Bag : the bag you keep packed for family outings. I actually thought that once my girls were old enough to schlep their own stuff that I wouldn’t need a ‘go bag’. I foolishly thought that the kids would…
  • Exploring the Black Hills from Hot Springs, South Dakota

    Jody Halsted
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:27 am
    The majority of visitors to the Black Hills arrive with a singular focus: Mount Rushmore. Which is to be expected- it is the #1 tourist attraction in South Dakota. But there is a lot to do in this upper Midwest state beyond gazing at massive carvings in mountainsides – you can explore an archaeological dig, go deep beneath the prairie, and even find gourmet food in a biker bar! The world’s largest mammoth dig is in Hot Springs, South Dakota Hot Springs, South Dakota – the Southern Gateway to the Black Hills  published by The Scenic Route at GoRVing Before we purchased our…
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    Chic Traveler

  • Video: How To Get Over Those Post-Vacation Blues

    video
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    From planning to packing to coordinating travel logistics, not every vacation is stress-free. We discuss the best ways to leave your stress at home, enjoy the moment and get the most out of your next vacation.
  • Things to Do Along Maui’s Hana Highway

    Donna Sundblad
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Road trips are a great way to see the United States, with varied terrain that offers mountains, beaches, country roads, and deserts. Outside the lower 48, Maui’s Hana Highway is probably one of the country’s most famous and stunning road trips and it offers a variety of stops along the way. On the Edge of […]
  • Video: Tips For Keeping Your Kids Busy While Traveling

    video
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Today we learn some great tips for keeping your kids busy while you’re traveling.
  • Copenhagen’s Noma a Gastronomy Adventure

    Donna Sundblad
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
      Copenhagen’s Noma restaurant has once again reclaimed the title as the “world’s best restaurant” by Restaurant magazine. What’s makes them so special? It’s a combination of Chef Rene Redzepi’s re-invented Nordic cuisine and the presentation of plates served with foods that are so different that they are almost unrecognizable as food — and yet […]
  • Video: Tips To Make Traveling With Your Kids A Little Bit Easier

    video
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Today we learn some great tips for making traveling with your kids a little bit easier.
 
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    TheExpeditioner Travel Site

  • The Top 50 Travel Blogs (2nd Quarter: 2015)

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

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

    Matt Stabile
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    “With My Eyes Closed” is a cinematic tour of Turkey from New Zealand-based filmmaker Justin Heaney. Justin shot this stunning montage of the enigmatic country during the course of two recent trips there, which included stops in Cappadocia and Istanbul. By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at TheExpeditioner.com. The post A Cinematic Tour Of Turkey appeared first on TheExpeditioner Travel Site.
  • 10 Travel Tips Rick Steves Won’t Tell You (Or Doesn’t Know)

    Matt Stabile
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    1) Always Carry A Pack Of Cigarettes And A Lighter (Even If You Don’t Smoke) This is by far my number one piece of advice for solo travelers. I was standing in an alleyway in Bologna when a tall, dark and handsome Italian man came up to me and said something that I mentally translated as, “You must be the American girl I’ve always dreamt of.”Turns out he actually asked, “Do you have a lighter?” As fate would have it, I did not. He turned on his heel and headed to the next prospect. A lost opportunity in my book. From that point forward, I kept a lighter on me and, seeing as I was…
  • How To Fly Business Class For Under $100

    Matt Stabile
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The flying experience means different things to different people. Economy flyers begrudgingly step foot on the plane, glowering at potential row-mates while they mentally prepare themselves for the battle of the next several hours. The light in the distance is the destination — the longer the flight, the further away the light. Then there is business class. Being woken up to the landing protocol is met with disbelief as they ask themselves, how can it be over already? Being filled to the brim with champagne and lobster while completely rested from a fully flat bed will do that to you.
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  • Yarmouth Clam Festival – 2015

    Ray Deleo
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Bed and Breakfast Maine namely  the Atlantic Birches Inn  an Old Orchard Beach Inn  would like to  inform you of one of our favorite events of the year the   Yarmouth Clam Festival 50th year annual tradition, which comes alive this Friday July 17, 2015 it  provides a sense of seasonal timekeeping; for others, a centerpiece for homecoming gatherings; and for others, a reconnection with the pleasure of basic hometown charm.   This annual festival boasts lots of clams for eating, fireworks,  competitions musical Fireman Competition performances, , arts and crafts.  A juried…
  • Maine Maple Sugaring Weekend

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

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

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

    Ray Deleo
    3 Oct 2012 | 8:24 pm
    Atlantic Birches Inn The leaves are changing here in Southern Maine and families from all over are celebrating Autumns arrival in towns all across Maine. by attending craft and country fairs, apple and pumpkin picking along with fun and unique ways to experience the beauty of the fall season –from hot air ballooning, hopping on the Mail boat sailing on Casco Bay or taking a scenic drive to explore some of Maine’s wooden covered bridges and Maine Wooden Covered Bridge  coastline or traveling down some of the popular trail maps(breweries, wineries, wooden bridges, antiquing, apple…
 
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  • Sunday Stories for August 3rd, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Night time in Lisbon It’s been a wonderful week, full of accomplished projets and ending on a high note of turning 60. Thanks to all of you for your kind words and thoughts. Your friendship means a lot to me. Now on to some great weekend reading. Falling in Love with Porto, Portugal I’ll be heading to Portugal next month and will have some time to spend in Porto. This provided some information that I’ll tuck away and use. Porto is a UNESCO heritage…
  • Sixty

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Viking River Cruise – Legends of the Rhine Today I am 60. There, I said it. A decade ago I couldn’t choke out the admission that I was turning 50, but this new decade seems a bit more comfortable, a bit easier to accept. Today I realized a few other things. So forgive me this self indulgence as I reflect on what it means to turn 60. I’m beyond middle age. I’m not going to live to 120, and that means that I am now on the downhill side of…
  • Sunday Stories for July 26, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Tacoma Narrows Bridge I’m back home after a fun-filled three days in Gig Harbor. Just across the Narrows Bridge (in photo), Gig Harbor has become a popular destination for visitors wanting to enjoy its parks and historic waterfront. Our stay was full of food and drink, lots of walking and wandering, and some time with friends, old and new. I’ll be having some stories and photos coming up. Here is a short list of what caught my eye this past week. 21 Ways…
  • Sunday Stories for July 19th, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s been a busy week full of projects, including one that I’m hoping to launch publicly next month. I’m creeping closer and closer to being happy with things, and it’s something that I’ve been thinking about (and talking about) doing for quite awhile. Look for an official announcement later this month. Other time consuming reading this month included researching a new camera. Small and functional, yet capable of doing a bit more than…
  • Sunday Stories for July 12, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Summer has well and true arrived in Seattle. With temps that have been well into the 90s, it’s been tough to do much of anything but enjoy this special time in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I’ve been working on some travel plans for the next few months, and have some local travel in the works. I know that I’m guilty of forgetting about the wonderful things here at home, and I’m trying to remedy that this summer. I’m also looking at a…
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    Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog

  • 64 of the Best Weekend Getaways from Around the World!

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

    Laurel
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
    The original can be found here: The Best Wreck Dive in Okanagan Lake. Please read the original. Okanagan Lake is famous for water sports, like water skiing, but treasures also lie below the surface as I discovered on a wreck dive of a rail car barge! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • The 7 Best Travel Apps That Every Traveller Needs

    Laurel
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:26 am
    The original can be found here: The 7 Best Travel Apps That Every Traveller Needs. Please read the original. These are 7 of the best travel apps out there to make your vacation planning stress free and to help you to find the hot spots once at your destination! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • 10 Finnish Foods You Need to Try

    Laurel
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    The original can be found here: 10 Finnish Foods You Need to Try. Please read the original. Finnish food is a mystery to most people that haven't been to Finland, but it's another great reason to visit Finland. And yes reindeer is delicious, not to mention nutritious! Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
  • How To Be A Responsible Traveller

    Laurel
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:07 am
    The original can be found here: How To Be A Responsible Traveller. Please read the original. These tips from travel experts compiled from #AdvTravelChat will help you become a responsible traveller and contribute to sustainable tourism initiatives. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel Blog - Adventures in Europe | Germany Travel Tips | Life-Changing Trips | Outdoor Adventures
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  • Escape of the Week… Clove Hall

    Anna
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    This week we’re escaping to a beautifully restored colonial mansion on the tropical Malaysian island of Penang. Its tranquil pool and 6 handsome suites make it a real retreat after a hard day’s sightseeing and friendly hosts will ensure you feel welcome from the moment you cross the threshold. Unesco-listed Penang is ripe for exploring: Clove Hall can arrange guided tours which take in the antiques markets and artisan workshops, and if your visit coincides with a local festival like Nine Emperor God or Hungry Ghost Festival, they’ll show you the highlights. Rooms: There are 6 elegant…
  • The 10 best holidays for primary-age kids

    Anna
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    In the second of our summertime series looking at places that work beautifully for different age groups, our Kids Collection Editor Nadine has selected 10 of the best hotels and rentals for primary school-age children. Many parents and carers delight in these golden years of family travel: the kids enjoy trying out new activities, they’re mature enough to not need constant supervision, can journey for longer, and they really love holidaying as a family! Palmizana, Sveti Klement island, near Hvar, Croatia This bohemian retreat is everything families after unpretentious seaside holidays could…
  • Easy Escapes for August

    Melissa
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:18 am
    In need of a simple summer jaunt? No problem; just take your pick. We’ve found a lavish London apart-hotel, a calming Cretan agrotourismo and a lazy Lanzarote hideaway – all with August availability. No need to thank us; all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing. No 5 Maddox Street, London – £398.50 per person (3 nights, 14-17 August) Summer is a great time to be in the capital. London has a wealth of open-air markets, day festivals, alfresco exhibitions and street…
  • Escape of the Week… The Idle Rocks

    Anna
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    More cocktails than cream tea, more eggs Royale than Full English (and yet the kind of place you can get either, whenever you like), this Cornish hotspot is bang on the azure waters of the Fal estuary in stylish St Mawes. A youthful vibe permeates the whole place, from the chilled music on the wave-lapped terrace to the chic rooms and the deliciously adventurous food created by the 20-something chef. The Idle Rocks really is in a plum location: St Mawes is a pretty village with a busy little harbour, several beaches (including one right next door at low tide), some lovely boutiques and…
  • Top 5 hiking breaks

    Anna
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Our Editor in Chief Mike is a keen walker who has hiked some of the most spectacular trails in Europe. Here are his top recommendations alongside some suitably relaxing boltholes where you can rest your weary legs at the end of a long day.  Caldera de Taburiente National Park, La Palma, Canary Islands Hike: La Palma is a hiker’s paradise with almost 1000km of trails zig-zagging across this stunning volcanic island. One of Mike’s most exhilarating day treks ever is the walk into the stunning Caldera de Taburiente surrounded by jagged 2000m peaks and thick pine forests and then down the…
 
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    Byteful Travel

  • A Letter to my Friends around the World: What I’ve been Meaning to Tell You

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

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

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

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

    Andrew Crusoe
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Today I’m sharing a remarkable experience of the Big Island that’s a part of everyday life for people who live in Hilo: Coconut Island. In fact, the petite island is so close to Hilo that all you have to do to visit is cross a short bridge. Without a question, the COOLEST thing on Coconut Island are the salt bath ruins that tower above the water. As you’ll see in the video, just follow the steps up and enjoy a great dip into the Pacific! Transcription *children splashing* Me: It’s Coconut Island! Pretty cool. For more: There’s more where that came from! Be sure to check out the…
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    Wayfaring Wanderer

  • 10 Tips for First-Time Airbnb Renters

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

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

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

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

    4 Jun 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The sound of fire truck sirens echoed nearby as Leslie and Nick's ceremony was just getting started. Any other couple might be annoyed at the blaring interruption, but they both laughed it off and made a joke because they weren't going to let something silly ruin a perfectly beautiful day.Their short and sweet ceremony took place outside beneath a magnificent willow tree on the lawn at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC. The natural setting was one of the reasons that Leslie and Nick were drawn to this particular wedding venue. Having their ceremony and reception at the same location made…
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  • Why I Won’t Drink From the Magic Fountain on La Gomera

    Jack
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:48 am
    For the third year in a row we find ourselves huffing, puffing and sweating buckets as we climb a hot hillside on the Canary Island of La Gomera in high summer. People might think we’re mad for tackling steep goat trail ascents and knee-crunching descents at the height of a sub-tropical summer. We wouldn’t normally take to mainly unshaded trails when the temperatures were stroking 30C. But once again circumstance and work commitments have conspired to leave late July, early August as the only time we can fit a reboot of walking routes on La Gomera into our schedule before the main…
  • Leisurely Lunch at Restaurant Las Nasas on Gran Canaria

    Jack
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:49 am
    Where? Las Nasas is located on the promenade in the little fishing village of Puerto de las Nieves in the north of Gran Canaria. Looks? A marine inspired theme with a white and ocean blue colour sceme and fishing related regalia adorning the walls. Why? The shaded terrace looks out over the small beach and harbour. It’s simply a wonderfully relaxing lunch venue. The Fred Olsen ferry docks at Puerto de las Nieves and many people simply continue onwards to whichever destination they’re heading for, leaving the town relatively unspoilt. What’s Best? Fish and seafood dishes. Who…
  • Oh Oberammergau you are Such a Tease

    Jack
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    We’ve generally been lucky with the weather on our travels over the last few years. Yes, we’ve walked along a narrow ridge in thick mist and gale force winds on La Gomera and had our ears rattled and battered by booming thunder and icy hailstones in the Pyrenees. But generally, wherever we’ve travelled the sun has shone at some point to allow me to grab at least a few photographs. Our luck ran out in Oberammergau. Incessant rainfall kept the camera under wraps throughout most of our time in the annoyingly picturesque Bavarian town. I say annoyingly picturesque because even…
  • Coastal Walking on Santa Antao Cape Verde

    Jack
    8 Jul 2015 | 2:54 am
    Ahead of us, behind a wavering heat haze of a curtain, sheer cliffs guard the coastline as far as we can see. Clinging to the bottom of them, like a nervous interloper, is the path that’s going to take us from Cruzinha to Ponta do Sol on the Cape Verde island of Santo Antao. It’s not going to be a casual seaside stroll. In reality the stone path is sturdier and wider than it looks from a distance. Like all the paths we’ve travelled on the islands it’s a solid, well built affair. Although it undulates along the base of the cliffs, the flat surface makes for relatively…
  • How the Bilderberg Group Interfered with our Hiking in Austria

    Jack
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    “You might not be able to walk to Mösern,” Daniel, a manager at our hotel, told us solemnly. “Not this week.” As one of the reasons we were in Austria was to check directions from Weidach to Mösern, this news was a bit of a blow. We knew the G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau had resulted in a huge police presence in the area, but the summit was over. However, the surreal sight of armies of police vans parked outside nearly every quaint gasthaus for miles around, combined with a mobile military radar unit at the entrance to Weidach, suggested that there was more going on than we’d…
 
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Gatlinburg Falls Resort – Gatlinburg, TN

    gaytravelinformation
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    Gatlinburg Falls Resort / Cabins of The Smoky Mountains | 645 Park Vista Way | Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | 1-866-972-2246 On a recent trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee by wife Jennifer and I had the pleasure of being hosted at Gatlinburg Falls Resort.  Gatlinburg Falls Resort is operated by Venture Resorts, the largest cabin rental agency in the … Continue reading →
  • The Betsy – Miami Beach, FL

    gaytravelinformation
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    Gay Travel Blog | Gay Travel Information | The Betsy Hotel | The Betsy Miami Beach | Gay Travel | Gay Friendly The Betsy / 1440 Ocean Drive / Miami Beach, FL 33139 / 1-866-792-3879 The Betsy, a boutique hotel located on Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami offers up one of the best lodging … Continue reading →
  • #LoveWins Wedding Package and Sweepstakes

    gaytravelinformation
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:37 am
    Three Iconic French Quarter Hotels Announce “#LoveWins” same sex couple wedding packages and sweepstakes. New Orleans – July 15, 2015 – Three French Quarter hotels of the New Orleans Hotel Collection have proudly announced their new “#LoveWins” wedding package offerings, and a sweepstakes offer for a free same sex wedding to be given away. The … Continue reading →
  • Universal Orlando – Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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    21 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    BE AMONG THE FIRST TO BOOK A STAY AT LOEWS SAPPHIRE FALLS RESORT, UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S NEWEST ON-SITE HOTEL! ORLANDO, Fla. (July 21, 2015) – Beginning today, guests can be among the first to book reservations for the newest on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort – Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Built around a lush, tropical lagoon … Continue reading →
  • Gran Meliá Rome Hotel – Rome, Italy

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    17 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    Gran Meliá Rome Hotel | Via del Gianicolo, 3 | Rome, Italy 00165 | Phone: (39) 06 925901 The Gran Meliá Rome Hotel, the masterpiece of the Gran Meliá brand, is enveloped by the legends of ancient Rome and the spectacular scenery of the historical Villa Agrippina, which once belonged to the Roman empress, mother of … Continue reading →
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  • Three New Ways Google Can Make Your Travels Easier

    news@fodors.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Google has already made life easier for travelers in recent years with its advanced search tools for flights and hotel rooms, but the company recently released two new search features and one app update that will make traveling more efficient and maybe even a bit more educational. Google Translate The Google Translate app got a huge update last week that makes it indispensable for international travelers. The app's Word Lens feature previously allowed for nearly instantaneous text translation in seven languages via a phone camera; now, that feature works in 27 languages:…
  • Croatia's Top 12 Experiences

    news@fodors.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    From spectacular seaside towns to beautiful vineyards, Croatia offers terrific experiences that should be on every traveler's list. Here are Fodor's top picks for a memorable trip.
  • 10 Best U.S. Train Trips to Take This Fall

    news@fodors.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Though it is often not the most expeditious means of travel, train rides are as much about what you see along the way as where you're going. During the autumn months, rail passage offers the perfect opportunity to experience the best foliage across the country, leaving you with nothing to do but admire the view. Here are 10 great trips that will take you past some of the most spectacular autumnal scenes in the U.S. by Abbey Chase
  • 10 Best Fall Foliage Trips in the U.S.

    news@fodors.com
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    You don't have to travel far to take in the phenomenon of fall foliage. All across the U.S., from New England to the Pacific Northwest, deciduous trees put on their dazzling display of color. In fact, leaf viewing is one of the easiest (and least expensive) ways to experience America's awe-inspiring natural beauty. Check out our picks for the 10 best destinations for fall foliage, or get out there and discover your own.  By Jayme Moye
  • Fodor's Week in Travel: Raise a Glass

    news@fodors.com
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Want to make your next trip a vino-inspired one? We've got you covered. We found some of the best destinations worldwide for wine lovers and one to recoup from a night on the town. With gorgeous vineyards, fine dining, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, these spots are perfect for your next vino vacation. 10 Ultimate Experiences in Burgundy With newly designated UNESCO World Heritage Site vineyards, this wine region, a short train ride from Paris, is a must for any oenophile. Wine Lover’s Guide to Galicia, Spain The Rías Baixas vineyards here attract wine…
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  • 5 Reasons Why a Post-Summer Trip to Europe is Best

    Rick Seaney
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Maybe some of your friends went to Europe this summer. Good for them but now it’s your turn and guess what? You were smart to wait. 5 Ways Post-Summer Europe Trips are Best 1. Airline ticket prices drop Airfare prices to Europe drop in late August. The ‘drop date’ varies by carrier but the line between peak-summer prices and lower fall fares typically hits around Aug. 20-25. You’ll often find better hotel deals in the fall as well. 2. Airlines you never heard of are dealing You’re familiar with American, British Airways, Delta and Virgin Atlantic but how about…
  • 5 Simple Ways to Save $50 to $300+ on Your Next Flight

    Rick Seaney
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    These savings tips are simple and quick. Just the way we like it. Start saving right now with these cheap flights 5 Simple Ways to Save Please note: Your savings will probably vary because airfare prices can vary; it all depends when you buy and where and when you fly. The examples cited below are real fares found in July 2015 for flights the following month. 1. Don’t pay a bag fee – Sample savings: $50 You’ve heard this before but if you haven’t tried foregoing a big checked-bag for a small carry-on, do so on your next trip. You will typically save $25 each way.
  • Great Beaches – Hidden Gems, Little-Known Favorites

    Anne McDermott
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Not all these beaches are truly secluded or totally hidden – certainly not to locals – but these gems are every bit as delightful as more famous spots like Malibu in Southern California or Bondi Beach near Sydney. If you see a favorite on the list, tell us what makes it so great. Beaches – Hidden Gems Click the “fly to” links to find cheap flights to these beaches. Click the info links for more attractions. North America Roque Bluffs, Maine: We were tipped off to this one by Shermans Travel and it sounds very secluded indeed. The pebbled-beach is actually within…
  • U.S. Military Discount Flights & Travel Tips

    Billy Sanez
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Whether you’re headed to an island or the mainland, you’re ready to enjoy your leave, alone or with family and friends. See which airlines offer military flight and vacation travel discounts. Military Discount Flights: What to Do First If you served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, Air Force or the Coast Guard, we can help you navigate the many military discount flight options. But first, some quick tips. Call first: It’s always best to call the airline and ask about armed forces airfare discounts. There is usually a phone number in FAQ specific to military…
  • 10 Things You Absolutely Must Pack (plus a ‘maybe’ list)

    Rick Seaney
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    A lot of people liked a recent post of mine about what not to pack. Time for a follow-up list – what you must pack, some ‘maybe pack’ ideas. Much of this is common sense; it also includes suggestions from FareCompare employees, a well-traveled and inventive bunch. You’ll see what I mean by inventive when you get to the part about mustard. LISTEN: What does Rick Seaney pack? You’re about to find out. 10 Things you MUST pack Dehydration kit: Sitting on an airplane can dry you out worse than a California lawn but don’t panic, dehydration kits need not be…
 
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  • Film Festivals Put California in the Spotlight

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

    Anthony Manzanares
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    A jet boating trip in Idaho’s Hells Canyon puts you right in the middle of one of the Northwest’s most remote areas. This awesome experience begins even before you get to the boat, though, because the route you travel to the south entrance from Oregon, the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, is listed as a Top Ten Scenic Drive in the Northern Rockies. Be sure to stop at the many viewpoints along the way to take in geologic formations and look for wildlife. For the drive to the docks, start with a full tank of gas (a must!), pack some favorite snacks and drinks in the cooler, unplug from…
  • Family Friendly Experiences in Boston

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:03 am
    With experiences ranging from history and science to animals and the seafront, Boston has urban experiences to satisfy families with kids of all ages. With things to do that span all areas of interest, Boston is sure to keep every family busy. Say goodbye to a chorus of “I’m bored” in this city; the only hard part will be choosing what you want to do next and figuring out how you can extend your stay. Here are some popular Boston family activities to keep your family entertained. Get up close and personal with our friends from the sea! The New England Aquarium allows visitors to…
  • How to Get the Most Out of Duty Free Shopping

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    Duty Free Hunter is the first Global Hub for the Global Shopper, providing travelers around the world with a single place to match their next trip to the duty free and luxury shopping on offer in the world’s airports as well as onboard airlines. Built with the help of the major airports, duty free retailers, airlines, and travel organisations, Duty Free Hunter provides an accurate and free means to plan your duty free shopping from departure through arrival. It marries global air schedules against the most comprehensive list of duty free and other airport stores , presenting…
  • Wonderful Waterfalls of Yosemite Gold Country

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    Spring is the best time to check out the many waterfalls in Tuolumne County’s Yosemite Gold Country, located two and a half hours east of San Francisco and two hours south of Sacramento.  Over half of Yosemite National Park is located in Tuolumne County.  In addition to Yosemite, this is home to Gold Rush towns, two state parks, eclectic shopping, wine tasting, fun dining, four-season recreation and a variety of excellent lodging opportunities. Tuolumne County boasts four traditional seasons and in the spring, it’s game on for waterfalls.  Waterfalls can be found throughout…
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  • A Fair Time in The Motherlode

    Darryl Musick
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    You would think, that being in the middle of one of the state's oldest wine producing areas, that the county fair would sell wine.You'd be wrong.At least when we're there, the wine bar is closed. Beer and margaritas are free flowing, however.We're at the Amador County Fair in the heart of California's Gold Country in Plymouth. We've been wanting to come here for years.  A few years ago, we had a trip planned but work got in the way. Last year was another attempt but a large forest fire in the area made it a no-go.Finally, we're settled in to the great Shenandoah Inn and we're set to…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Blue Coral

    Darryl Musick
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    A first for the Cocktail Hour today...our first frozen drink!When one goes on a tropical beach vacation, one gets a tropical drink - probably frozen and preferably blue for some reason.Watch the video!Today's recipe fits that bill. It's a drink that we found on our recent trip to the Dominican Republic and seems to be a specialty of the Riu chain of hotels.  It's called the Blue Coral.On arrival back home, we decided to see if we could make this drink. No recipe book or online site had a recipe, so we had to wing it. I think we got it.Watch the video above to see our attempt.
  • Visiting Wine Country - A Wine Buyer's Manifesto

    Darryl Musick
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Take a shot glass. Put half an ounce of water in it. Pour it in a wine glass. That tiny bit of liquid is what you usually get when you get a taste of wine in a tasting room.  No problem…wineries aren’t bars and they don’t want their patrons getting drunk and driving around on the rural roads that usually appear in wine country (by the way, you’re not supposed to swallow it...you’re supposed to taste it and spit it out into the bucket provided so the alcohol doesn’t erode your sense of taste).We love wine here at The World on Wheels. We love that, in our biased opinion, we…
  • CALIFORNIA'S HIDDEN WINE COUNTRY

    Darryl Musick
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
     CALIFORNIA’S HIDDEN WINE COUNTRYCalifornia has 100 American Viticultural Areas (AVA).  An AVA is a distinct wine grape growing region with boundaries set by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).  Some you’ve heard of…Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Sonoma Valley, Mendocino, Russian River…others may have escaped notice such as North Yuba, Seiad Valley, or Covelo.Once, the MAJOR wine producing area of the state was 40 miles east of Los Angeles in the Cucamonga Valley, better known today as the Inland Empire.  With commercial vineyards dating back to…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR - White Sangria

    Darryl Musick
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    My wife had a delicious sangria at Claim Jumper the other night so I tried to recreate it at home.  Pretty delicious and a bit more potent than a normal sangria.Watch the Video!INGREDIENTS - one drinkJuice of one medium orangeJuice of one lemon1 oz brandy1/2 oz triple secwhite winevanillacut up fresh fruit, pineapples, strawberries, grapes...whatever you have on hand.Fill a glass half-way with ice.  Put all ingredients except vanilla and wine in.  Put just a couple of drops of vanilla.  Pour to the top with wine and stir.Cheers!Darryl
 
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • New York on a High School Budget

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

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

    Hye Sung
    18 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    One reason I love Portland: Original Practice Shakespeare (OPS). A few weeks back I went to the top of Mt. Tabor, a dormant volcanic vent in my neighborhood, with snacks and a blanket on hand, and watched the OPS crew perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. It. Was. Hilarious. And I’m not even that into Shakespeare. In fact, I used to dread reading Shakespeare in high school. But seeing it performed is different than reading it in class, and OPS is veeeeeeery unique. OPS faithfully walks in the tradition of Shakespeare. They use natural lighting (other than the special…
  • Summer At Gas Works Park in Seattle

    Hye Sung
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Last fall, I wrote about Gas Works Park, an innovative park that was brilliantly built out of the remnants of a gas plant. This park was deemed by the Seattle Times as ”easily the strangest park in Seattle, and may rank among the strangest in the world.” This space is not only beautiful (yes, in a strange way, nevertheless BEAUTIFUL) but also incredibly fun. Their events this summer prove the latter.   Here is the next month of events at Gas Works Park! HONK! Fest West in Seattle June 18, 2015 HONK! Fest West is a three-day music festival that puts the spotlight on”marching…
  • How to Save Money for a Trip

    Briza
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:39 pm
    You want to go on a trip maybe to Hawaii, New York, Tokyo, or Paris. How are you going to get all of that money? Your family can’t really afford to go on a trip, what do you do? You find ways to save! Here are my top five tips on how to save: 1. Recycle cans and bottles. If you find water bottles, soda cans, or soda bottles going into the trash at your house, you are basically throwing away money. In each state, it is different as to how much a bottle can costs. But money is money. If you fill up 3 big garbage bags, you can make $30! Those $30 could go toward your trip. 2. Recycle…
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  • Tinder is the Ultimate Travel App: 5 App Hacks for Travel

    Shawn Forno
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Travel Apps” are the worst. The good ones ruin the mystery and magic of a place, or overexpose tightly held secrets; the bad ones are just advertising hiding behind a thin veneer of “information.” Skyscanner, Rick Steve’s, Lonely Planet, Nat Geo, Blah, blah, blah. I’m not against using any of them per se – some are institutions – but they all deliver the same experiences. If you want a cookie cutter trip, by all means search the “travel” section for popular apps. Then read Buzzfeed to catch up on world events. Just because I hate travel apps, doesn’t mean I…
  • Alternative Uses for the Tortuga Daypack

    Shannon Whitney
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    For starters, if you don’t own a Tortuga Daypack, you are missing out, my friend. The product is, truly, the brainchild of a traveler for travelers.  The black bag doesn’t take up much weight or room. It’s perfect to stash in your suitcase and pull out for roaming a new city instead of dragging along your full pack. If you don’t have one, I could pretty much hear you say, “I need that,” from here. Here’s the thing, I don’t travel full-time (yet). So, what am I to do with that handy little dude when bumming around home base? I’ve got a…
  • Tortuga Backpacks Re-Stock Report [July 2015]

    Fred Perrotta
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog posts for this important Tortuga Backpacks announcement. While Packsmith is part of Tortuga Backpacks, we try to keep product mentions useful and timely. This blog should be useful enough to travelers that it justifies its own existence. Packsmith shouldn’t be ads masquerading as content like some companies’ blogs. Because you’re a light packer, you’re probably interested in travel gear that lets you carry less stuff. Today, we wanted to share two new products and one that’s back in stock. If you’re all set for…
  • Unconventional Uses for Packing Cubes

    Laura Lopuch
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Despite my best intentions, my bag degrades into chaos during a trip. That’s why when I heard about packing cubes they sounded perfect for me. A way to keep my bag organized and find the shirt I need now. No more wandering underwear and socks. Also, I’m a bag lover and the chance to buy more bags (to put inside my bag) was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. You don’t have to use packing cubes just for clothes. Packing cubes are designed to help you organize your bag. There are tons of unusual ways to use packing cubes to organize your bag. On General Trips 1.
  • How I Travel: Lauren, From Something in Her Ramblings

    Jessie Beck
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In today’s installment of How I Travel, we talk to Lauren, from Something in Her Ramblings. Lauren, a lifelong traveler, currently lives in Costa Rica and works as the Marketing and Media Manager for Outward Bound. Read on to learn more about this travel-savvy blogger’s travel style and best travel tips. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Lauren Salisbury and I am the editor of Something In Her Ramblings, a travel blog aimed at empowering women to travel, even if it sometimes means going alone. Two years ago I decided to leave my job in Florida working in Public Relations…
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  • Woodland Walk Rothesay (Rothesay)

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:32 am
    Woodland Walk Rothesay - Rothesay visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Woodland Walk Rothesay' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Argyll and Bute.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:A nice woodland walk at the top of rothesay.
  • Black Park Wood Isle Of Bute (Rothesay)

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:27 am
    Black Park Wood Isle Of Bute - Rothesay visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Black Park Wood Isle Of Bute' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Argyll and Bute.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:I like this area in bute, a nice wooded area.
  • Serpentine Road Rothesay (Rothesay)

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:18 am
    Serpentine Road Rothesay - Rothesay visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Serpentine Road Rothesay' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Argyll and Bute.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:Serpentine road in rothesay on a nice suny day, quite a bendy steep road.
  • Fallen Tree Carlops (Carlops)

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:14 am
    Fallen Tree Carlops - Carlops visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Fallen Tree Carlops' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Midlothian.Panorama photographed by stuart robertson who wrote:I thought this was quite an interesting location, standing in the middle of a fallen tree.
  • Mairie du 3 e - Lyon (Lyon)

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Mairie du 3 e - Lyon - Lyon visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Mairie du 3 e - Lyon' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Rhône-Alpes.Panorama photographed by isabel Marques who wrote:Mairie du 3 e - Lyon
 
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  • Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Show Operations Host

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Disneyland Resort cast member Adam Rieders helps create a smooth experience for guests watching the “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. You may have met Adam already if you have been to Disneyland park recently to watch these new nighttime shows for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, especially if you showed up early to choose your spot. Adam says while his role can be challenging, he is lucky enough to experience these shows nearly every night, and one of his favorite parts is watching the reactions of guests. Now it’s your turn to watch…
  • Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Show Operations Host

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Disneyland Resort cast member Adam Rieders helps create a smooth experience for guests watching the “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. You may have met Adam already if you have been to Disneyland park recently to watch these new nighttime shows for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, especially if you showed up early to choose your spot. Adam says while his role can be challenging, he is lucky enough to experience these shows nearly every night, and one of his favorite parts is watching the reactions of guests. Now it’s your turn to watch…
  • #DisneySide Doodle: Kaa Explores Jungle Cruise

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    In today’s #DisneySide Doodle, “The Jungle Book’s” ever-clever Kaa is exploring a whole new jungle at The Jungle Cruise attraction. I wonder which leg of the journey he’ll enjoy most. To check out how other Disney characters may show their #DisneySide in our parks, check out the list of related posts below. Thanks to Ashley Taylor for today’s design. #DisneySide Doodles: Ludwig Von Drake Goes ‘Behind the Seeds’ #DisneySide Doodles: Ariel Enjoys the Electrical Water Pageant at Walt Disney World Resort #DisneySide Doodles: Anna & Elsa Find Favorite Frozen Treats #DisneySide…
  • Adam Sandler and Family Visit Walt Disney World Resort

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Funnyman Adam Sandler and his youngest daughter, 6-year-old Sunny Madeline, took a break from their recent family vacation at Walt Disney World Resort to meet Disney’s top “Dawg” Goofy at the family’s favorite Disney resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison Productions, co-produces the ABC comedy “The Goldbergs.” Adam Sandler and Family Visit Walt Disney World Resort by Anne Macklin: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • Top Five: Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Summer is an exciting time for Disney Cruise Line, with brand-new “Frozen” fun and itineraries all over the world. But autumn will be here again before we know it, so we’re already gearing up for another season of ghoulishly good times aboard our Halloween on the High Seas cruises! Beginning early September through October, Disney cruisers are sure to get their fill of thrills, tons of treats and even a few tricks during this extra-spooky celebration. And the best part? In addition to the wickedly fun fall festivities, you also get tons of tropical fun in the sun. Check out my top five…
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  • Google Fonts: Free Typefaces for Your Site

    Payton Swick
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    We’re really happy to announce that we’ve added over 30 free Google Fonts to your Theme Customizer. Even better, you don’t need any upgrades to access them; these fonts are free for everyone. Go to WordPress.com → Customize to see the new Fonts section in the sidebar. From there you can browse and preview typefaces like Gentium Book Basic, Libre Baskerville, Merriweather, and Ubuntu. When you select a font, you’ll immediately see your site in the preview with that font applied. For most font choices, you can also change the size and style of the text. Click to view…
  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    We read hundreds of blogs and websites every day, from up-and-coming voices and established pros alike. We love visiting those sites on WordPress.com, but it’s just as rewarding to see other platforms embrace the work of writers, journalists, and artists who regularly publish here, introducing it to new audiences. Here’s a selection of WordPress.com bloggers who recently made a splash. A mathematician at work Terry Tao is a veteran blogger, publishing prolifically on his site since 2007. He also happens to be a Fields Medal recipient and one of the leading mathematicians…
  • August in Blogging U: Blogging 101

    Michelle W.
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. This August, we’re offering Blogging 101— and registration is now open! Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — August 3 – 21 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your…
  • New Themes: Libretto, Lovecraft, and Publication

    sarah semark
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday! Today we’re introducing three new free themes to our collection: Libretto, Lovecraft, and Publication. Libretto Featuring big, bold drop caps and oversized images, Libretto is ideal for showcasing longform writing or stunning imagery. Its classic design and typographic details will give your blog a sophisticated, elegant look. Fully responsive, the theme adapts easily to tablets and other mobile devices, ensuring that your content is easy to see. Libretto is a fork of Readly, originally designed by WPShower. Get to know Libretto in the Theme Showcase, or give it a…
  • Four Food Blogs to Follow Now

    Krista
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    From sweet to savory, these four fantastic food blogs will satisfy your appetite. If you enjoy eating (and who doesn’t?!), check them out and follow them in your Reader so you won’t miss a dish. The Dinner Party Collective The Dinner Party Collective is a collaborative blog dedicated to “reinvigorating the delicious lost art of dinner parties.” The DPC features seasonal full-course menus, photos, and recipes from apéritifs to dessert (complete with wine pairings, no less!) ideal for dinner groups of six to eight. Blogger Margot leads an international troupe of food and wine lovers…
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  • Venice, Italy: Vacation More as a Traveler & Less Like a Tourist

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Rio San Lorenzo, Castello - Venice, ItalyRecently, I've read a lot about Venice, Italy, and tourism in the town that's played an important role in my life for close to three decades. Many writers, bloggers, journalists speak about what attractions you should avoid, where not to eat or what not to buy when visiting. They seem to paint the town I love as a tourist trap with few qualities to offer visitors or residents. Though there are some truths in these articles, I think by only pointing out the negative these travel experts have overlooked the many fine things Venice offers. But first, let…
  • Tornado in Veneto, Italy: Spirit of Unity and Solidarity has Infected the Riviera del Brenta

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:54 am
    After the tornado's rage: 17th century Villa Santorini Toderini Fini Photo by Dario RigoniJust after 5 p.m. on July 8, 2015 the sky over Mira, Italy, turned charcoal-grey and thunder rumbled in the distance. The storm we had been told would break the insufferable humidity and high temperatures that had suffocated the Veneto Region and most of Italy for days was on its way. I tucked the garden chairs under their table, quickly watered my precious potted lemon tree, hoping the wet soil would anchor it against possible winds. I'd experienced harsh summer storms in the past in Mira--my hometown…
  • Riconoscimento genocidio armeno: Lettera aperta al Presidente Barack Obama

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    Gentile Presidente Obama,Domenica 12 aprile io, assieme ad altri armeni arrivati da tutto il mondo, ero seduta nella cattedrale di San Pietro nella Città del Vaticano e ho ascoltato Papa Francesco definire il massacro degli armeni del 1915 come il primo genocidio del 20° secolo. Parole subito sentite in tutto il mondo, parole che hanno acceso una discussione, parole che hanno spinto l'umanità più vicino alla comprensione e al riconoscimento della verità. Ho partecipato alla Santa Messa perché sono un’armena-americana di seconda generazione e, essendo stata cresciuta conoscendo la…
  • Armenian Genocide Recognition: an open letter to President Barack Obama

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    "We must recognize the full human equality of all our people--before God, before the law, and in the councils of government. We must do this, not because it is economically advantageous--although it is; not because the laws of God and man command it--although they do command it; not because people in other lands wish it so. We must do it for the single and fundamental reason that it is the right thing to do." Robert Kennedy-University of Cape Town, June 6, 1966Dear President Obama.Last Sunday I, along with thousands of other Armenians from across the globe, sat in St. Peter’s Cathedral in…
  • Gondolas4All: Gondola rides in Venice accessible to all

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    Helping others bypass architectural barriers in VeniceThose who have visited Venice, or other historical centers throughout Italy, know how difficult it can be to get around town. Lugging suitcases and pulling strollers over bridges or perhaps touring about in a wheelchair can be trying, if not impossible.  Yet, to have access to and freely move about is a right for all, and for persons with disabilities it’s a right sanctioned by the United Nations Organization.Still, when a person with disabilities dreams about riding in a gondola the realization of that desire is difficult and at…
 
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  • Spain (Day 7, 8): Madrid

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

    Eunice Khong
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong Continuing from Spain (Day 5): Salamanca Segovia is arguably one of the places to visit for your bucket list. In 1985, the old city of Segovia and the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Upon arrival to the city, I have no doubt why Segovia should be fiercely […]
  • Don’t Come Home to Dengue

    Eunice Khong
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:55 pm
    As mentioned in the previous post on Dengue in Singapore, have you been doing the ‘5-step Mozzie Wipeout‘ to prevent mosquito breeding at home? I’m currently following the Stop Dengue Now Facebook page, which is really informative: I get updates on the number of cases in Singapore each week as well as the locations of […]
  • Dengue in Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:07 pm
    I always wonder why mosquitoes like me, as if my blood tastes sweeter than others. They come after me for a delicious full blood meal while the rest around me remain unscathed. I thought it could just be a matter of time before an infected Aedes mosquito bites me! A well-fed mozzie struck by my zapper […]
  • Spain (Day 5): Salamanca

    Eunice Khong
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:54 am
    Words & Photos by Kelly Khong Continued from Spain (Day 4): Avila Salamanca is a beautiful city with well preserved historical and monumental legacy. The ancient beauty remains alive in many ways today that it is a living city with many stories to tell. It is recommended to spend at least a day out in […]
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    My Melange

  • 8 Reasons to Take a Canal du Midi Barge Cruise in France

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

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

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

    admin
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
      The Puglia region is a fascinating combination of unique history, culture and of course some of the best food and wine that Italy offers.  I learned so many things about Puglia on my trip, and I took a copious amount of notes.  What better way to share all of the facts with you than a bulleted list of the things I found most interesting from this very scenic region. Did you know : Puglia is home to over 50 million olive trees.  Many of them centuries old. Puglia needed to enact laws to deter people from other parts of Italy coming down and digging up those valuable olive…
  • 9 Easy Ways to Save Money For Travel

    robin
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Traveling, seeing the world, experiencing life in different places and getting to know people from different cultures is eye-opening and essential for a well-rounded world view. It’s exciting. And thrilling. It makes you feel alive and everyone deserves the opportunity to try it. I know many who would like to travel, but say they just can’t afford it. I don’t think it’s an excuse. I really DO think they believe that, but it doesn’t have to be true.  You change your perspective to change your situation. You have to DO something. It really depends how…
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  • Montreal Tower

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    The Montreal Tower – Tallest Inclined Tower The Montreal Tower, at 165 metres, is the tallest inclined tower in the world and its 45 degree angle is overwhelming when one contemplates on the Leaning Tower of Pisa’s tilt which is only 5 degrees. Visitors can view the entire Greater Montreal region and up to 80 kilometres of St. Lawrence River valley, from its summit and witness a breath-taking panorama which has received a three star rating and the highest available, by the renowned Michelin Guide.It has also been listed in The Guinness Book of Records as the tallest inclined tower in the…
  • Blackpool Tower

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Blackpool Tower Home to Five Remarkable Attractions The Blackpool Tower, a tourist site in Blackpool, Lancashire, England was opened to the tourists on 14 May 1894. It was motivated due to the Eiffel Tower in Paris which rises to 158 meters and the tower is a Grade listed building.The Blackpool Tower is a home to five remarkable attractions and also has some unique architecture comprising of bespoke Burma-toft terracotta glazed panels as well as outstanding designs by Frank Marcham.Around 3,000 people took the first ride to the top when the tower was opened where they paid sixpence for…
  • Cartagena, Colombia

    26 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Cartagena/Cartagena de Indias – UNESCO Heritage Site Cartagena, also known as Cartagena de Indias, is a city towards the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region as well as the capital of the Bolivar Department. The city was established on June 1, 1533 and was named after Cartagena, Spain though the settlement of this region surrounding Cartagena Bay of various native people dates back to 4000 BC.At the time of the colonial era, Cartagena played an important role in the administration as well as the expansion of the Spanish empire and was a centre of political and economic…
  • Gran Via, Madrid

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Gran Via – Decorative & Upscale Shopping StreetGran Via is a decorative and upscale shopping street which is located in central Madrid.The street presently is known as the Spanish Broadway and seems to be one of the streets that has more nightlife in Europe and is known as the street that never sleeps. It leads from Calle de Alcala close to Plaza de Cibeles to Plaza de Espana.The lively street is the city’s most important shopping centre, comprising of a number of hotels and large movie theatres and is also famous for the grand architecture dominant among several of its building.
  • Tiber Island, Rome

    21 Jul 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Tiber Island – Amazing HistoryTiber Island is a small island also known as Isola Tiberina which is located in the middle of Rome’s Tiber River. The island has amazing history which originallywas a home to an ancient temple of Asclepius the god of healing and is associated with healing since the Roman Republic era. As per legend it is said that from god’s temple a snake had come to the island from a boat where the island itself resembles a boat. Towards the 16thcentury, a hospital was built there which is still functioning. One can take glimpses of the island by going from the…
 
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  • Team Building and Corporate Events in Canada: Currency Value Spells Savings for U.S. Companies

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Canada offers, clean and safe urban centres, strong infrastructure for corporate events, world renowned team building experts....and a chance for U.S. companies to significantly stretch their budgets.… Read More Team Building and Corporate Events in Canada: Currency Value Spells Savings for U.S. Companies
  • Cuba Corporate Events for U.S. Residents

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    As a major snowstorm blankets the U.S. eastern seaboard, let's focus on a nearby sunspot that is gradually becoming accessible to Americans. On December 17, 2014, this changed when The White House introduced new guidelines for U.S. residents to travel to Cuba. While travel for the purposes of tourism is still prohibited, travel to Cuba is permitted under 12 specific conditions. Here is who can go and what to see.… Read More Cuba Corporate Events for U.S. Residents
  • My Mumbai Masala

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    A masala is a blend of hot, fresh spices. That's how I think of India.  I've been meaning to, as it were, put pen to paper and write about the rich tapestry of experiences that represents my time in Mumbai. Yet, like a masala, it's hard to capture with words and, unfortunately, I don't have many photos of India as I didn't get to do the "tourist thing". Inspired by watching Slumdog Millionaire and the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel again, here is part one of My Mumbai Masala.… Read More My Mumbai Masala
  • Team Building: Destination and Activity Quick Guide

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    Team Building - When and where to schedule it requires a common sense approach. Then why it is that it almost seems as if some companies are putting on blindfolds, spinning the globe and pointing to a destination and then pointing at the calendar to select the date. Here is a quick guide to what team building to schedule, when and where.… Read More Team Building: Destination and Activity Quick Guide
  • 5 Destinations Catering to Corporate Teams with Diverse Interests

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    18 Nov 2013 | 10:30 pm
    One of the benefits of facilitating team building and executive retreats for companies all over the world is the opportunity to discover destinations with a wide range of activities and adventures for corporate teams. Here are a few examples of destinations that have wide appeal. … Read More 5 Destinations Catering to Corporate Teams with Diverse Interests
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  • Impressions of Istanbul [25 Photos]

    Gareth
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    Cigarettes, seagulls and selfie sticks. Those are the first things I think of. On paper, that sounds like a terrible combination, but somehow, someway Istanbul makes it work. The cigarettes are a sign of the city’s European lifestyle, where drinking tea, coffee or beer for hours on end is a daily ritual. The seagulls connect you with the bustling waterfront that serves as Istanbul’s lifeblood. And… those ever-present, ridiculously obnoxious vanity poles called “selfie sticks” are proof that the city is one of the most picture-worthy places I’ve ever been. Over the course of the…
  • When Goodbyes Hinder Hellos

    Gareth
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    I’ve had very little desire to learn Turkish or get close to new people. Like someone going through a tough break-up, I’ve kept this new and beautiful prospect at an arm’s length. I’ve been in Istanbul for over a month and I’m just now getting settled. For the first few weeks in town, I rarely even picked up my camera. I went out, ate food, and aimlessly wandered around the city. I didn’t talk to many people back home, and I didn’t make an effort here. I was lost. Nepal hit hard. Saying goodbye to those people was difficult. I travel the way I do because I want to be a part of…
  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan

    Gareth
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:34 pm
    The Tiger’s Nest Monastery (aka Paro Taktsang) outside of Paro, Bhutan is a magical and mysterious place that you have to see to believe. It’s a sacred Buddhist site cut high into the beautiful Bhutanese cliffs, where time slows down and tradition remains paramount. The temple complex was originally built in 1692, and is said to be the one-time home of prominent Himalayan Buddhist, Padmasambhava. Apparently, he stayed here and meditated for three years straight, which I thought was crazy until I actually saw the place – Now, I get it, it’s pretty remarkable. The ancient…
  • INTO THE KINGDOM OF BHUTAN [VIDEO]

    Gareth
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Come with us on a magical journey, over the mountains and through the monasteries, to one of the most amazing places on this planet – The Kingdom of Bhutan! As I mentioned in the previous post, Clint from Triphackr.com and I spent a week exploring Bhutan with Yeoong Tours & Travels back in late April, and this is the video evidence of our incredible trip. A huge thank you to Clint, Chime, Singye, Tashi, and the girls from the Karaoke dance party… you made the experience truly once-in-a-lifetime. Go to Bhutan! Check out all the Bhutan Photos Also, stay tuned for more photos…
  • The Best Beaches in Northeastern Brazil

    Gareth
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:10 am
    Warning: Northeastern Brazil is very dangerous – There is a 25% chance you will get lost, there is a 50% chance you will get sunburned, and there is a 75% chance you won’t want to leave – be very careful. The main culprit behind these scientific statistics (that I made up) is the never-ending coastline of beautiful beaches within the region. From Sao Luis to Salvador, Northeastern Brazil is saturated with soft sand and plentiful palm trees. While living and traveling across the country, I had the opportunity to explore many of these tropical treasures, and I’ve compiled a list of my…
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    BrownGirlsFly

  • Jetsetter Roundup: Road Trips

    Chelle Roberts
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:30 pm
    The summer is a great time to explore the world, one scenic byway at a time. To help inspire your next epic road trip, this month’s Jetsetter Roundup is full of planning tips and wanderlust-inducing route ideas. Enjoy the ride!     Preparing For Your Road Trip Before jumping behind t... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • How Working in Retail Tourism Helped Me See The World

    Kimberly Ramsawak
    21 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    My entire life, I’ve dreamed of travel, of experiencing new cultures and doing something unconventional. As an eager professional fresh out of college, I wanted to see the world. Instead, I saw the inside of a cubicle, every morning, afternoon and early evening. And by the end of each week, I ... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Interview With An Expat In Abu Dhabi: Gina Nelson

    Chelle Roberts
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Gina Nelson, an artist and educational consultant, shares the story of her life as an expat in Abu Dhabi. Hope you're inspired by this traveler interview.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Jetsetter Roundup: Adventure Travel

    Chelle Roberts
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    This month's Jetsetter Roundup is a compilation of adventure travel stories from travelistas around the globe. Enjoy the inspiring stories, photos & advice.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Agnes & The Beaded Dress: My Time in a Maasai Village

    Diane Haithman
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    On Diane Haithman's recent trip to Ongata-Rangai, a small Maasai village in Kenya, she had a chance to meet some of the talented women who create the traditional hand-beaded accessories she loves. Diane offers a glimpse into daily Maasai life and her excitement the day she received a beaded dress.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
 
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    Trans-Americas Journey

  • Doing Nothing, Seeing Everything – Mompox, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:58 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 - Doing Nothing, Seeing Everything – Mompox, Colombia In this age of travel itineraries packed to the gills with “experiential” and “immersive” experiences it’s easy to return home exhausted but still somehow lacking any real insight into the destination you visited. Santa Cruz de Mompox, Colombia (referred to simply as Mompox or Mompos) is the perfect place to remember the joy and value of doing…
  • The Alamo and San Antonio Missions, New UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - The Alamo and San Antonio Missions, New UNESCO World Heritage Site Everyone remembers The Alamo, but UNESCO wants us to remember far more than that. This year UNESCO bestowed World Heritage status on The Alamo and San Antonio Missions in Texas, honoring this collection of five missions, which were built by Franciscan missionaries in the 18th century, as “an example of the interweaving of Spanish and…
  • Photo Essay: Colombia’s Caño Cristales “Liquid Rainbow” River

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Photo Essay: Colombia’s Caño Cristales “Liquid Rainbow” River Located in the vast and rarely visited Los Llanos area in Colombia, Caño Cristales has been called the river of five colors and the liquid rainbow. It’s also been called the most beautiful river in the world. We’ve seen a lot of rivers on our Trans-Americas Journey and we’re inclined to agree. It’s not easy…
  • The Best Budget Hotels in Central America

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:14 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - The Best Budget Hotels in Central America Finding great budget hotels is like winning the travel lottery because they allow you to make your travel budget go even further. Over the years we’ve become expert at choosing the best budget hotels and for the first time we’re sharing what we think are the best budget hotels in Central America, gleaned from more than three years of travel through Belize, El…
  • Check In Checklist: How to Choose the Best Budget Hotels

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:49 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 - Check In Checklist: How to Choose the Best Budget Hotels One of the beautiful things about traveling in Latin America is that travel expenses like accommodation can be very, very affordable. However, budget hotels can also be fraught with hidden disappointments from toilets that don’t flush to grungy, ill-fitting sheets to missing shower heads. Hotel bargains are certainly out there, but no matter where…
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  • Apartments in Barbados - Blue Ocean Cottage - Silver Sands - Barbados: Special Offer: 7=6 ; 14=12 ; 21=18

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    Special Offer: 7=6 ; 14=12 ; 21=18 so that if you stay 7 nights one is free, if you stay 14 nights you pay only 12 nights and if you stay 3 weeks you get 3 free nights!! THIS OFFER IS VALID FOR 3-31 August 2015!! 
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    3 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
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  • Island Villas: Summer Steals!

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Coconut Grove, Royal Westmoreland Up to 8 guests can enjoy 1 free night for 7 night bookings, complimentary arrival shop including 2 bottles of wine and free round-trip airport transfers! Contact us at reservations@island-villas.com or (0)80 0097 0886 (UK) / (866) 978-8499 (US). 
  • Time Out Hotel: Summer Special

    8 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    Enjoy your vacation in Barbados. Come and join us at Time Out Hotel, located in the St Lawrence Gap now at 30% off for travel between April 16th - Dec 15th 2015. Free WIFI. A continental breakfast for 2 included. 
  • Realholidays: re-DISCOVER Barbados restaurants

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Enjoy a 3 course dinner, including a bottle of wine per couple, tax and service charge, at top Barbados restaurants for US$50 per person! 
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  • Are you a mentally deranged psychopath that enjoys beating women senseless? Now there is a whole career for that!

    Manuel Pfister
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:58 am
    “Transgendered” MMA fighter! Not only can you concuss women and generally rearrange their faces, on live TV no less, but “feminists” and the hoards of liberal, social justice warrior (SJW) progressives that scurry along behind them like cockroaches will cheer you on. Seem to hard to believe? Enter “transgendered” MMA fighter Fallon Fox. This isn’t even new news, he’s been pummeling away at the faces of female MMA fighters for years, at least since 2012. I’ve been generally aware of this travesty for a few months now and intended to write…
  • Guest Post: Going to a swingers party in Medellin

    Jonathan
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:44 am
    “Im going to a swinger bar with a couple of young girls tonight are you coming? They re not as conservative as the ones ive introduced you to these ones are pretty wild…” was the text message I had just gotten from my amigo Jairo. I responded: “LOL I might go out tonight… Which swingers bar? …The ones you have introduced me to have not exactly been nuns LOL.” For better or for worse, I have this personal rule that if one of my friends suggests we do something crazy and way out of my comfort zone, I just have to do it. So of course, I accepted my…
  • Guest Post: The Three Best Cities to Live in Vietnam

    Skins
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’m a single guy who’s been traveling around south east Asia for the past two years. You can read more about my travels at Single Man’s Paradise. I’ve finally settled in Vietnam which is my favorite country in the world! Some places just draw you in like that… It’s a beautiful country and the cost of living is incredibly low. The food is delicious, the women are gorgeous and most locals are very friendly and outgoing towards us foreigners. Vietnam is a great place where a single dude can live comfortably on $1,000 per month. The visa situation is easy…
  • The USA is just one big Greece…

    Manuel Pfister
    8 Jul 2015 | 12:46 am
    And the party is drawing to a close… Enjoy it while it lasts. The post The USA is just one big Greece… appeared first on The Single Dude's Guide to Life & Travel™.
  • A Saudi Arabian goes to Kiev

    SDT Team
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:43 am
    Received this e-mail yesterday, too funny not to publish. From: amanullaha Date: Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 12:37 PM To: postmaster@mail.hotmail.com, contact@singledudetravel.com Hello Sir My name is aman i plane visit to kiev i need single dude for 4 days. If you send me some pictures with her data and her fee par day. And our single dude must knew English good looking. Best regards Cell no. 00966 XXXXXXXXX Can anyone help him out with a single dude in Kiev with daily rates? And while on that note, check out “The Kingdom in the Closet.” The post A Saudi Arabian goes to Kiev appeared…
 
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  • North Carolina: Raleigh with Toddlers and Kids

    Corinne
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:08 pm
    On day four of our road trip across North Carolina, we packed up and left Nags Head in the Outer Banks and headed west for Raleigh. The drive was a pretty easy three hours, and here and there along the way there were small towns and places to stop for food and restroom stops (mostly McDonalds, natch). I’ll be honest, it was tough leaving the beach, but we were pleasantly surprised after arriving in Raleigh and discovered a state capital that was bustling and bursting with charm and character. Where we stayed in Raleigh: Hampton Inn & Suites, Downtown Raleigh We spent the night at…
  • Nags Head NC: Outer Banks with Kids

    Corinne
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    The first stop of our trek across North Carolina was the Outer Banks, namely Nags Head, NC. The Outer Banks consists of roughly 200 miles of barrier islands and sand dunes that stretch from the Northern Beaches (at the North end, natch) down through to the Cape Hatteras lighthouse at the tip of Hatteras Island. We absolutely loved it. It was hard to start our trip there because it was so hard to leave! Where we stayed in Nags Head NC: View of Nags Head Beach from Jennette’s Pier We spent four days and three nights at the Comfort Inn South Oceanfront. Located directly on the beach, the…
  • WIN! A Drive to North Carolina Family Vacation #CanVisitNC

    Corinne
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    Our summer vacation this year will be an adventure to North Carolina. And you can do it too! From Toronto we will drive to North Carolina, start out in the Outer Banks, and hit Raleigh, Concord, and Charlotte before wrapping up our journey in Brevard and Transylvania County, Land of Waterfalls. And we’ll be driving in style, since the nice folks at Honda are lending us a 2015 Honda Odyssey Touring. Follow along on our trip via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and I hope you’ll be inspired to enter to win our giveaway of a trip just like ours! You can VACATION BIG in North…
  • Saving Money for Summer Family Activites in Toronto

    Corinne
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Everyone seems to be waxing nostalgic for those unstructured “’70s” summers where kids ran wild, ate bologna, and didn’t come home until the street lights came on. But that might be because summer can be very expensive! The wide array of options and costs for family activities in Toronto can be very overwhelming. According to a recent TD survey, 55% of Canadian parents with children under the age of 18 take on additional costs during the summer; in fact, 71% of them spend up to $999 per child. The most popular additional activities or programs parents sign their kids…
  • Cuba Family Travel by Casa Particular

    Corinne
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Cuba family travel is a real passion of mine, so I was delighted to receive this story in my inbox from Abhishek, who asked me to publish it here on Have Baby Will Travel. If you’re not into the idea of a Cuba resort vacation at an all-inclusive, you’ll be delighted to discover that staying in casa particulars is also a very family-friendly way to visit Cuba. Cuba Family Travel: Havana, Varadero, and Viñales by Casa… Abhishek and his family at their Varadero casa particular… In May 2015, we traveled to Cuba from Toronto with our 27-month-old son. We flew direct…
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  • Back in Balance

    Dave Conroy
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    Back in BalancePosted on: Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 2:46pmAs Mark Twain once said – Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated – 15 months later I rise again. I’ve had numerous emails, private conversations and call outs from people around the world wondering of what’s been going on with my silence. For those following along – the last I wrote I found myself in the Democratic Republic of Congo suffering from Malaria for the 5th time in my life, suffering from a wrist breakdown (again), and a strange numbness in my foot. Things went downhill fast. This was…
  • Darkness Calling

    Dave Conroy
    4 May 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Darkness CallingPosted on: Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at 11:26pmAfter over a year of trying, I’m finally in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hooray! 180 days of multiple entry visa came through as I hoped and I quickly left Luanda to start the journey of who knows what’s to come. Forces were holding me back – Let’s get to it. The day the visa came was a good day. After a few days of calling the embassy where they wouldn’t pick up, or just said “tomorrow, tomorrow” I received confirmation that they would see me on the Friday afternoon at 3pm. Instead, I went down on a hunch at…
  • Writer’s Block

    Dave Conroy
    25 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    Writer’s BlockPosted on: Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 9:31amSeems that the more I move this year the harder it gets to write – perhaps writer’s block, perhaps finding other things to do, but one thing for sure is that the longer I go without it the more memories disappear, so this seems to be a forced update instead of something I’ve actually wanted to do. Pardon the briefness and lack of detail even though so much has happened. I still find myself in Angola, likely the most beautiful country I’ve visited yet on my travels, and certainly one of the friendliest ones. I’ve been…
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  • New Orleans and the Great Beyond: The Museum of Death

    Christopher Garland
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Representations of death can remind us what it means to be alive, and the Museum of Death in the French Quarter captures that idea. Are you brave enough to see what it has to offer? The post New Orleans and the Great Beyond: The Museum of Death appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: Tee Time All the Time: Golf in New Orleans NOLA History: Greek Revival Architecture Video: Get a Glimpse of the French Market
  • GoNOLA Tops: 4 Places to Indulge in Absinthe

    Emily Smith
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    It took two NOLA natives making a wormwood-free version of absinthe in 1934 to get the green liqueur back in good standing – and you can find it today all over town. The post GoNOLA Tops: 4 Places to Indulge in Absinthe appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: Eat Like It’s Jazz Fest All Year Long Taste Test: Join The Eat Local Challenge Foodie Best-Dressed List: Gorgeous Tablesettings at NOLA Restaurants
  • Weekend Picks: White Linen Night, Satchmo SummerFest, and More

    Sara Watson
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    The sounds of Satchmo and the sight of white linen define the weekend. Craft beer tastings, a Harry Potter birthday party, and concerts are also part of the fun. The post Weekend Picks: White Linen Night, Satchmo SummerFest, and More appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: Weekend Picks: Cajun-Zydeco Fest, International Beer Fest, Negroni Week High Five to New Orleans Pride Weekend Picks: ESSENCE Festival, Fireworks, and More
  • White Linen vs. Dirty Linen: What’s the Difference?

    Sara Watson
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    Check out the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between White Linen Night and Dirty Linen Night in our handy infographic. The post White Linen vs. Dirty Linen: What’s the Difference? appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: 2015 ESSENCE Festival: An Insider’s Guide Weekend Picks: New Orleans Pride, Snake Oil Festival, Studio Tour, and More Weekend Picks: Caribbean Carnival, “Decadence Says I Do,” and More
  • GoNOLA Neighborhood Guide to Magazine Street

    Paul Broussard
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    The miles-long street is a hallmark of the city that also happens to span six distinct neighborhoods. See what we spotted on a recent wander all the way down Magazine Street. The post GoNOLA Neighborhood Guide to Magazine Street appeared first on GoNOLA.com. Related posts: Tee Time All the Time: Golf in New Orleans NOLA History: Greek Revival Architecture Video: Get a Glimpse of the French Market
 
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  • Three Notable Airport Hotels in the UK

    Vago Damitio
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    A look into airport parking near hotels These days, an increasing number of top-notch hotels have been working closely with airports to provide both parking and lodging services to a wide range of... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Charming Aromas: Exploring Vienna’s Coffee Culture

    Vago Damitio
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee. But almost more important than the actual latte, cappuccino or drip is where you are when you’re drinking it. The charming Viennese coffeehouse culture... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Driving on the edge: A guide to some of the world’s craziest road trips

    Guest
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    Written by Jessica Langlands Although road trips may have originated in America, the rest of the world has quickly caught on. Now with car hire companies offering their services in... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Travelling in Magic Movie Worlds – Game of Thrones Walter Mitty, and More

    Vago Damitio
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Films and television series are some of the best ways to see stunning backdrops from around the world. More and more, tourists are being inspired by familiar locations from their favorite box-sets or... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Dubai for Cheapos – Yup! You don’t have to be a millionaire…

    Vago Damitio
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    When people think of Dubai, they usually imagine Formula 1 Grand Prix races, millionaires, James Bond, fancy hotels on man made islands, indoor skiing, and well – let’s just say –... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
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    Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

  • Silent Sunday: Omani goat roaming the streets in the noonday sun

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:51 am
    Omani goat roaming the streets of Khasab in the scorching noonday sun – the Musandam Peninsula Silent Sunday: Omani goat roaming the streets in the noonday sun is a post from Sophie's World
  • A glimpse of Brunei

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Welcome to a very curious place and a lesser-known national capital: Bandar Seri Begawan. We’re in the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, the Abode of Peace. I live in a relatively small oil rich country, so it’s always interesting to see how other oil-nations are similar – or different – from my own. Specifically bearing in mind that oil is a resource with limited life span. Oil reserves will eventually dry up, or made obsolete as the quest for more sustainable fuel continues. Brunei without petroleum seems an unimaginable concept How do the different oil nations manage their…
  • Silent Retro Sunday: Christopher Columbus Park, Discovery Bay in Jamaica, 1996

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    Christopher Columbus Park, Discovery Bay in Jamaica, 1996 Silent Retro Sunday: Christopher Columbus Park, Discovery Bay in Jamaica, 1996 is a post from Sophie's World
  • Day out Copenhagen: Medieval Lund

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    How about a pleasant day trip from Copenhagen which involves crossing an international border on a famous bridge? I’m in Lund for the day, a city I’ve been meaning to visit for quite some time. With me, I have my iPhone, wallet and sunglasses. That’s all. Travelling super light today. Lund is a lively university town just 40 minutes from Copenhagen Airport by the Öresund train. If the name Öresund sounds familiar, you may have seen the Scandinavian crime series The Bridge, which I hear is rather popular in the UK. The series starts out with a body being discovered on the…
  • Silent Sunday: Flowers along the shores of Lake Geneva

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    Bright, brilliant flowers along the shores of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) in Montreux, Switzerland. Silent Sunday: Flowers along the shores of Lake Geneva is a post from Sophie's World
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Making Video in Email Work with Animoto

    Phil Hollows
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Back in March, we extended our support for embedded video in email marketing by adding Animoto to our roster of supported video apps. FeedBlitz continues to be the leading email marketing service with the widest range of video support — all without the hassle and expense of a specialty dedicated video email service. What is Animoto? If you’re not familiar with Animoto, one way to think about is as that it’s a little like video powerpoint. On steroids. And in an Iron Man suit. Animoto takes static content (and video too), splices it all together and makes a dynamic,…
  • Different Forms for Different Pages in WordPress

    Ashley Jackson
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Have you ever wanted different subscription forms for different pages or categories in your WordPress blog? Sidebars do not always have to contain the same content. From our perspective, changing a sidebar is useful if you have individual mailing lists for each category, and want to put the right subscription form in the right sidebar. I recently visited Wordcamp in North Canton, OH and discovered a powerful plugin that accomplishes this easily without extra PHP coding. Download the plugin “Widgets on Pages” and activate (although the plugin shows as not being updated in over 2…
  • Important New Feature: Ad Suppression Through Tagging

    Heather Solos
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    This morning I realized that a key feature was missing from FeedBlitz’s monetization option. Premium FeedBlitz publishers should be able to suppress advertisements from their feeds and mailings without logging into FeedBlitz and making changes to their account. Sometimes we  have to write about things that are too personal, too important, or too sad for ads of any kind to be appropriate. As of today if a post is tagged or categorized as “noads” there will be no ad in that RSS entry or added by that post mailed as a stand alone mailing. You can apply “noads” as a…
  • No Support Today, Monday May 25 2015

    Phil Hollows
    25 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Even FeedBlitz’s amazing support team needs a day off now and then, and so I’ve told them not to come to work today. For everyone else, please note that the offices are closed for the Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S.  Stay safe, enjoy the time off if you can, and we’ll be re-opening all bright eyed and bushy tailed first thing tomorrow. Phil        Related StoriesNo Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
  • Hero Images, Thumbnails and Tumblr: RSS Subscriber Emails with Impact

    Phil Hollows
    13 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Want your subscriber email blog updates to be more than a rehash of your blog posts? Splendid! Because now they can be, as the FeedBlitz EZ Template editor just keeps getting better. Want to extract your blog’s main photo and use it as a “hero image” at the top of your mailing for extra impact? Now you can. Perhaps you need thumbnails for daily or weekly digests with many posts? Done and done. In addition to adding more dynamic content such as pins from Pinterest, pictures from Instagram and (New!) the latest from Tumblr, we are now giving you much more flexibility in how…
 
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    Man On The Lam | Travel & Lifestyle Blog

  • Calling all Travel Bloggers! Submissions Wanted for Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of Q1/Q2 2015

    Raymond Walsh
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    As a follow-up to the Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014, I’m in the process of compiling a list of The Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of Q1/Q2 2015 by Social Media Shares, and I’d love for you to participate. If you’ve had a travel blog post that’s done exceptionally well on social media during the first half of 2015, I hope you’ll submit it for consideration. Your article must have been published between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015 to be included. Use this Google Form to submit your travel blog post:  http://motl.am/Top100-Q1Q2-2015 Top Travel Blog Posts of Q1/Q2 2015 by…
  • An Aloha State of Mind on Maui

    Raymond Walsh
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot about my time in Maui lately. Not sure why, but I think I’m due for a trip back there. Maybe it has something to do with these cold Australian nights. It’s winter here, so most mornings there’s a fine dusting of frost over the grass. A few night ago we actually had snow. Snow. A local newspaper ran a photo of a kangaroo hopping through it. Let’s just take a moment to digest that. A kangaroo, in snow. That’s akin to a polar bear in a hot tub. The two images just don’t jive. In any case since I’m already in an Aloha state of mind and Expedia asked me to…
  • 5 Quirky Things to Do in North Dakota

    Raymond Walsh
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:14 pm
    North Dakota conjures images of frozen landscapes and quirky accents (let’s all thank the movie Fargo for that), but the state has a lot to offer for visitors as well – especially those on the lookout for unique attractions and activities. Here are 5 of the quirkiest things on offer in North Dakota: Norsk Høstfest Image: Norsk Høstfest Started in 1978, Norsk Høstfest has grown into North America’s largest Scandinavian festival with tens of thousands visitors annually.  The festival celebrates the Scandinavian heritage of each of the five Nordic countries – Denmark,…
  • A Quirky Dublin City Tour + Win a Guinness Prize Pack #storehousestoryCA

    Raymond Walsh
    18 May 2015 | 8:31 pm
    They say you haven’t “truly” experienced Guinness until you’ve had it in Dublin. Many moons ago, I was lucky enough to check that off my bucket list. In fact, I think I may have had a few too many Guinness during my time in Ireland, since I somehow managed to miss a few of these Guinness-inspired sites suggested by the good folks at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Trinity College Founded in 1592, Trinity Collage is the oldest university in the country. It’s also home to one of the oldest libraries in all of Europe, and it houses a copy of every book published in Ireland and…
  • KLM surprises 10 lucky people with the ultimate Orange Experience

    Raymond Walsh
    12 May 2015 | 9:08 pm
    This is a story I can get behind because it involves two of my favourite pastimes — travel and booze. KLM and Heineken teamed up to celebrate King’s Day and oranjegekte in Holland recently. Known as “Orange Madness,” the phenomena sees orange-clad Dutch revellers from every corner of the Netherlands celebrate with food and drink, interrupted only by street parties and other good-natured patriotic shenanigans. KLM and Heineken stepped up the activities a notch by flying to five cities around the globe — Shanghai, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, and Oslo — and inviting…
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  • Traveling to Sao Paulo for business? Recommended meeting spots

    22 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    Traveling to Sao Paulo for business? Recommended meeting spotsIf you intend to conduct business in Brazil, there’s a good chance you’ll be going to São Paulo as it is by far Brazil’s most import business center in Brazil.  Almost every major industry in Brazil is based there (as well as most of the minor ones, too), and 15% of Brazil’s gross national product is generated in Sao Paulo. Since you are probably not traveling 10 hours from New York for just one…View On WordPress
  • Healthy food on the go: Market Ipanema

    9 Jul 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Healthy food on the go: Market IpanemaWhen living in Rio, Market Ipanema was one of my ‘go to’ spots for a good salad in a nice atmosphere (they had an outdoor garden area).  On my last trip to Rio I discovered that they replaced their casual dining scene moving to a smaller location to position themselves as a healthy gourmet ‘grab and go’ establishment, something not very common in Brazil.  I was shocked at how ‘Americanized’…View On WordPress
  • I haven’t done a graffiti post in a while and realized I had these beauties from Santiago Chile...

    21 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    I haven’t done a graffiti post in a while and realized I had these beauties from Santiago Chile  waiting to be shared.  These are from the Bella Vista neighborhood I hope you enjoy this incredible street art as much as I do:)  I will be posting a full 10 day Chile itinerary soon so make sure you check back! Check out some of the awesome urban art in Chile’s Santiago: Graffiti: Santiago, Chile I haven’t done a graffiti post in a while and realized I had these beauties from…
  • Karaoke + Sushi night in Sao Paulo

    14 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    Karaoke + Sushi night in Sao PauloIn New York when you decide or rather someone yells ‘let’s do karaoke’ there is a good chance you end up at SingSing in the East Village or Japas 38.  The benefit of SingSing is that you can get a private room with your friends (so you don’t embarrass yourself in front of of the entire place- at least that’s my case) or if you are brave  you have the option to belt one out to the entire room. In…View On WordPress
  • New Peruvian hot spot in Rio

    7 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    New Peruvian hot spot in RioWhen my friend suggested going to a place called Tupacfor her birthday my first reaction was ‘will they be playing his greatest hits in the background?” I was slightly disappointed to learn that we would not be having a full on 90’s dance party at dinner but the ambiance and cuisine make up for it.  There are a few decent spots for ceviche in Rio, but if you are looking for a real Peruvian…View On WordPress
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  • 8 Tapas Dishes You Must Try in Barcelona

    Theodora Sutcliffe
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:26 am
    No trip to Barcelona would be complete without feeding your face with tapas, the succulent snacks designed for serving with booze. And, provided you steer clear of the hellish nether reaches of Las Ramblas (not hard), it’s really rather difficult to go wrong. Barcelona’s finest chefs, among them Ferran Adrià – whose Tickets bar is now almost as hard to get into as El Bulli used to be – turn out indulgent modernist tapas that can run the cost of the average restaurant’s main. Yet tapas are, at heart, bar snacks – and, as with pub food anywhere, you don’t…
  • Gorgeous Gelato: The Best Gelaterias in Rome

    Andy Jarosz
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    Italy is globally renowned for its ice cream – or gelato – and a trip to Rome isn’t complete without sampling some of its finest frozen treats. Gelato is actually distinct from ice cream in that it uses milk rather than cream, and there are hundreds of places in the city selling this famous food… The majority use industrial methods to create large quantities quickly and cheaply. While this might satisfy a craving for cool refreshment, it’s worth seeking out the artisan gelaterias where the produce is made on the premises, using ingredients chosen for their freshness and…
  • Free Stay Friday

    Adam Hutcheson
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    For this week’s #FreeStayFriday you’re in for a little treat… The Belfrey 4* The Belfrey in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, is the perfect retreat to escape, meet or play for the weekend. Nestled in 550 acres of stunning North Warwickshire countryside, it’s ideally located in the heart of England to help you to forget the rest of the world for a moment! You could indulge in a spot of golf with three 18 hole courses. If you fancy a treat, get yourself to the spa and have the unique ‘Fire and Ice’ experience. If you’re looking for something a little…
  • Eat – Drink – Stay – Play: The Hottest Happenings for July

    Martin Solly
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    Summer’s well and truly in full swing, which can only mean outdoor drinking, pop-up beaches and, erm, Doner Kebabs(?). Check out our pick of what’s new and happening this July… JULY EAT // German Doner Kebab – Birmingham If you’ve been to Berlin, or any number of other German cities, you may know that the Turkish districts serve up some of the finest kebabs going. So the idea of a German doner kebab isn’t as strange as it first sounds. But now this Turkish-German hybrid is set to take-off on our shores, with kebab specialist German Doner Kebab opening its second UK store on…
  • Fiesta Time! Top Spanish Festivals of Summer

    The Quirky Traveller
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    The huge black horse reared up into the air, its smartly dressed rider effortlessly clamped to its back as it performed the ‘Jaleo’, towering majestically over the cheering crowd… Young men pushed forward to pat the horse on its gleaming black chest; proof of their bravery and manliness. We watched from a safe distance, our young son squealing with excitement as more horses rode into the square. It was the Festival of St Joan in Menorca, marking the beginning of the fiesta season in Menorca, all featuring the magnificent black Menorcan horses, bravura riding displays, parades of…
 
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  • Midwest travel links for July 2015

    Dominique King
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month: Illinois State Capitol: Take the Tour-Join Connie on a tour of the State Capitol building in Illinois. I love vintage state capitol buildings like this because they offer so much in the way of history, art and architecture. This post reminded me of our tour of the iconic state capitol building here in Lansing, Michigan. Check out Connie's story about the Illinois capitol tour at her Midwest Wanderer blog. Quirky Attraction: The Studebaker Museum-It's no secret that we love visiting museums with classic car…
  • Photo Friday: HoJo, camera club winner

    Dominique King
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is one of my favorite places to take my camera for the day, and the complex's indoor museum is a good place to go for a photo trip even when the weather is not conducive for capturing images outdoors. We've spent many days exploring the museum's automotive collection and its accompanying collection of on-the-road artifacts to capture some memorable images. Does anyone here remember stopping during a childhood road trip for fried clam strips at Howard Johnson's? I do! This image of a vintage HoJo's sign in The Henry Ford collection placed second in the…
  • Discover Findlay, Ohio at Discover Ohio

    Dominique King
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    We recently visited the small college town of Findlay in northern Ohio, and the highlights of our visit included a surprisingly diverse culinary scene and the opportunity to take a guided tour of Hancock County's beautiful late-1800s courthouse building. I've already spotlighted some of our Findlay favorites and foodie finds here at Midwest Guest, and I expect to do a more detailed article about the courthouse tour here later this autumn.
  • Find out why Mohican is the "Camp and Canoe Capital of Ohio" at Mohican Adventures

    Dominique King
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    We loved our recent visit to Ohio's Mohican State Park and stay at the lodge there, but it's also worth visiting the Mohican Adventures complex nearby, a place where you'll find plenty in the way of outdoor sports and adventure for the entire family. Dick Frye loved canoeing, skiing and other outdoor sports. His enthusiasm for river canoeing, in particular, led him to establish the Mohican Canoe Livery in Loudonville in 1961, which became a catalyst for popularizing the sport on the Mohican River as well as other rivers in Ohio. Frye's work in promoting the Mohican area and co-founding the…
  • 2015 Concert of Colors: Corktown Popes, Infatuations, Plena Libre and more!

    Dominique King
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here are a few more images from some of the shows we enjoyed during the 2015 Concert of Colors.     We checked out a lively show featuring the Puerto Rican bomba music of Plena Libre. The group plays the two-beat percussive music that caught the imaginations of music lovers on the island around the turn of the twentieth century. Described as the "sung newspaper of the day", it allowed listeners to learn of romance, politics and other current events in a call-and-response pattern. The musical form fell out of favor during the 1940s, but the genre's revival among a new generation of…
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    Beyond Beirut

  • Waiting

    TK
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    My life right now can be summarized in one word: waiting. And since I was never the most patient person, I don’t like it and I can’t enjoy the moment. To make matters worse, I discovered today at work that I don’t have any vacation days this whole month and I have around five intensive weeks of pulling in my weight from 8 to 5. It’s going to be exhausting, you just wait and see. Here, enjoy this photograph of the sunset that I snapped this past Saturday. Here is what I’m currently waiting for: For the embassy to get back to us about visa applications for the…
  • Attending a Wedding as a Bride-to-Be

    TK
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    When your wedding planning has hit its stride and you find yourself invited to a wedding, it can be the hardest thing in the universe to completely disconnect and enjoy the whole event like any other guest. And that’s not only because people will keep reminding you that you’re next and/or keep asking you about how you’re going to be doing things. I felt like I was taking notes the whole of yesterday night, even though that wasn’t my intention. I wanted to dance and clap and cheer with abandon but there was this nagging voice in my head that this is too great of a…
  • Another Day, Another Wedding

    TK
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    So they weren’t joking when they called it wedding season. The sheer amount of energy it takes to prepare for these things, especially if you have to attend several in such a short span of time, is incredible. And yet, you can’t help but feel happy to go. Because (let’s assume) these people thought you were important enough to be with them on their wedding day. And because there’s just this general feel that weddings give off. About happiness. And love. And the coming together of families. We’re currently headed to one right now though my confidence is still not…
  • The Beauty Complex: Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

    TK
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:13 pm
    I live in a country where appearances are everything. Where people complain about how low the wages are yet you wait over half an hour to get your hair straightened out at the most expensive of hair salons. Where all the women are suddenly blonde, have their eyebrows tattooed on, and wear the trendiest clothes that come from only the most exclusive boutiques in the world. So what do you do if you don’t fit into that mold? If you’re someone who will always pick comfort over style and even when you try, you can’t seemingly get it together? Daily beauty routine You start to…
  • Someone Get Me A Hairdresser, Please!

    TK
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I tried my third hairdresser in two months today. I can’t seem to find one I like and have him or her be my go to person, especially for my wedding. But tonight I have a henna party for a family member and I wanted to look nice. So I went to a salon my cousin recommended. This is one of those fancy places with big billboards around the country. So it’s bound to be good, no? And plus, I only wanted a regular blow-out. It started out innocently enough. But once the guy styling my hair found out my wedding was soon, I got my chance to ask him why such places charge no less than 500…
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    Modern Vacation Home Rentals

  • Casa Mar, Malpais, Costa Rica

    Adi David
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Located off shore on over an acre of tropical gardens,  this newly built villa was designed and inspired by Mal Pais’s tropical climate and gorgeous coastline. It blends both the indoor and outdoor environments with its  open-plan living spaces, high-ceilings and multiple terraces. Walls of slide away glass doors take up the entire west facing part of the second floor and open out to an expansive balcony overlooking the pool and feature a hot and cold Jacuzzi, a covered dining area, lounge chairs, hammock and a BBQ for an intimate,…
  • Turkuaz, Istanbul, Turkey

    Ozkan Kaya
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Located in the less traveled district of Fatih within the twin neighborhoods of Balat and Fener, this charming 19th century home is part of an interesting mix of cultural settlements in central Istanbul. Situated just a short walk to the Byzantine walls and the water’s edge, the home and the neighborhood are full of history.  Keeping the historic character and the beautiful original features of the house, the remodel focuses on stylish color and sophistication. The grand spiral stair connects the multiple living spaces in a towering vertical layout that affords areas of intimacy…
  • Mandalina, Istanbul, Turkey

    Ozkan Kaya
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Located in the less traveled district of Fatih within the twin neighborhoods of Balat and Fener, this charming 19th century home is part of an interesting mix of cultural settlements in central Istanbul. Situated just a short walk to the Byzantine walls and the water’s edge, the home and the neighborhood are full of history.  Keeping the historic character and the beautiful original features of the house, the remodel focuses on stylish color and sophistication. The grand spiral stair connects the multiple living spaces in a towering vertical layout that affords areas of intimacy…
  • Piccola Suite di Lusso, Firenze, Italy

    Alessandro Giuliattini
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Situated in the heart of Florence overlooking the Piazza della Signoria and Santa Croce Church, this charming apartment is chic and petite with sophisticated and elegant style. Newly renovated and designed by the famous local architect studio of Dario Bonan, the stylish contemporary interiors are bright and comfortable.  Located on the second floor, with multiple soundproof windows that illuminate the interiors and overlook the romantic streets below, you will be immersed within the bustling city in an intimate and private refuge that allows you to…
  • Villa Riccardi, Faro, Italy

    Stella Bonatto
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Perched high above the Tyrrhenian Sea and completely immersed in the Circeo National Park, this villa’s enviable position and stunning views create an idyllic and private retreat. Nestled into the mountainside among gently sloping tropical and botanical gardens, the villa has a staggered layout that affords amazing views of the sea and the Pontine islands on the horizon from every angle.  Built with respect for traditional Mediterranean architecture, the home is in perfect harmony with its natural setting. The upper garden level entrance…
 
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  • Escapadas desde Madrid: El Atazar

    Beatriz Benés
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:04 am
    DECA MADbudget publica una series sobre Escapadas desde Madrid. Lugares cercanos a la capital y que muchas veces desconocemos. Descubriremos qué hacer, cómo llegar o dónde comer. Hoy viajamos hasta El Atazar. Este municipio está situado en el borde nordeste de la provincia de Madrid. Su territorio es muy accidentado con altitudes que alcanzan los 1.389 m. y los 1.439 m. de los Montes de Pinilla y Somosierra en el norte, y 730 m. en la cuenca del Lozoya, al sur. Este río, embalsado por la presa de El Atazar sirve de frontera natural con el vecino Patones y en él desembocan los arroyos…
  • Tengo un piso en propiedad en Madrid, ¿lo alquilo? ¿lo vendo?

    Juan Rivera
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:08 am
    Empezar una nueva vida siempre es un paso difícil, que hay que tener meditado y sopesado. Tanto más cuando tenemos encima la carga de un inmueble. Ya sea en alquiler o propiedad. Además también hay que iniciar la búsqueda de casa en el sitio al que vayamos. Aquí van una serie de consejos prácticos sobre el proceso. Decidir qué hacer con el inmueble Si el inmueble no es nuestro y estamos de alquiler simplemente hay que esperar a que acabe la relación contractual con el casero, o hablar con él para romper el contrato de forma amistosa. Aunque para evitarse problemas no suele convenir…
  • Trabajo | Madrid y sus empleos para jóvenes

    Beatriz Benés
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:34 pm
    ¿Qué? La Comunidad de Madrid ha establecido un Plan de Empleo Joven, que entre otras, contiene medidas de políticas activas de empleo que tienen como objetivo la contratación de jóvenes entre 16 y 25 años y menores de 30 años con discapacidad. Estas ayudas se dividen en dos grupos: Un programa de Práctica Profesional para Jóvenes Cualificados y un programa de Cualificación Profesional para Aprendices. ¿Dónde? La solicitud de esta ayuda para cualquiera de los dos programas se puede realizar presencialmente en el en el Registro Auxiliar de la Dirección General de Empleo (c/ Vía…
  • Formación | Aprende salsa y bachata gratis en Madrid

    Beatriz Benés
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    ¿Qué? Salsa Madrid organiza en el café y restaurante Cáscaras todos los miércoles clases gratuitas de salsa y bachata. Las clases se convierten en un instrumento psicopedagógico, ya que aumenta el oído musical, el sentido del ritmo, la memoria, la confianza en uno mismo y la expresión corporal. ¿Dónde? Dirección: Café Cáscaras – Calle Ventura Rodríguez, 7, 28008 Madrid, España. ¿Cuándo? Las clases comenzarán en el Café Cáscaras el 4 de Septiembre. El horario del nivel de iniciación es de 21:15 a 22:15h. Horario nivel intermedio es de 22:15 a 23:15h. ¿Quién? Esta…
  • Formación | La Formación Profesional como una salida

    Beatriz Benés
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    ¿Qué? La formación profesional específica es el nivel educativo que prepara a los alumnos para una actividad profesional y les capacita para el desempeño cualificado de las distintas profesiones. Se establecen dos niveles para los Ciclos Formativos en función de la cualificación profesional que se alcanza al finalizar los estudios: Ciclos Formativos de Grado Medio y Ciclos Formativos de Grado Superior. ¿Dónde? Los cursos de formación profesional se impartirán en los centros que se encuentran distribuidos por toda la Comunidad de Madrid. La duración de estos cursos varía entre…
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    Travel Feeder

  • Travel Food Hunt – Kueh Pie Tee, the Nyonya Tapas in Malacca

    Cecil Lee
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    What could you have before your Nyonya meal in Malacca, Malaysia? In Spain, we have Tapas as their favorite appetizers. For Baba and Nyonya in Malacca, Kueh Pie Tee (or Top Hat), is their best answer to the Spanish. Each and every authentic Nyonya food restaurant should have it as starters in their menu. If you visit Malacca (Melaka) in the Southern region of Malaysia, Kueh Pie Tee is something you should try for your food explore.Originally from Malacca, Kueh Pie Tee is a traditional Nyonya pastry made of flour and fried to a shell cup then filled with sweet and hot mixture of thinly…
  • Travel Snapshot – The seducing Haeundae Beach at night

    Cecil Lee
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    If Gwangalli Beach of Busan can make young couples dance and drink all night with her pulsating nightlife, the mood and setting of Haeundae Beach at night can entice them into bed. I’m not taking the mickey out of you. I believe it’s not just me. Once you experience it yourselves you could agree with me, too. This could be why Heaundae Beach is so popular among local Korean as one of the top weekend getaway destinations, and those sprawling love motels across the area further explain why.Before we called it our last night in Busan, Korea, being our finale was a stroll…
  • Start shooting amazing photos on travels! Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 opens for entries

    Cecil Lee
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:18 am
    A piece of significant news for travel photo hobbyists out there. The international Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 awards (TPOTY) is now open for entries! TPOTY 2015 is open to photographers of all ages and all nationalities. On top of all the  categories found in last year, this year TPOTY has introduced a new category – Smart Shot – for every traveller, alongside a new set of exciting photographic themes.Images can be submitted online via www.tpoty.com or as prints. Entry fees start at £7.50 and entry for Young TPOTY is free.  Entries close on October 1st.TPOTY sponsors,…
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    Beyond The Mango Juice

  • Selling Thai Flower Garlands and Posies at the Local Market

    Martyn
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:58 am
    Thai Flower Garlands and Posies – Working 5 to 9 When I mention to someone Wonderful Wi has a flower business selling Thai flower garlands and posies they sometimes cast an envious eye. They imagine lots of money and the trappings that go with it. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure enough, there … Continue reading Selling Thai Flower Garlands and Posies at the Local Market → (Visited 43 times, 1 visits today) The post Selling Thai Flower Garlands and Posies at the Local Market appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Udon Thani Village Life – Pies, Pizza and a Drunk Skunk

    Martyn
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:21 am
    Whenever I stay at our Udon Thani village home I like to cook something in the afternoon. That’s unless myself and Wonderful Wi are out and about on a day trip or routine errand. My afternoon simmers, sizzles and stews are my way of occupying my free time and to hopefully hatch something pleasant to eat that evening. … Continue reading Udon Thani Village Life – Pies, Pizza and a Drunk Skunk → (Visited 75 times, 1 visits today) The post Udon Thani Village Life – Pies, Pizza and a Drunk Skunk appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu

    Martyn
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
    Wat Tham Kong Pen – Temples in Nong Bua Lamphu Province Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu is less than a one hour drive from Udon Thani city centre. A drive that’s worthwhile because the forest temple is built amidst sandstone rock formations and is a fascinating site to explore. I first mentioned Wat Tham Kong Pen in my previous post Udon Thani in Pictures – … Continue reading Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu → (Visited 81 times, 1 visits today) The post Wat Tham Kong Pen in Nong Bua Lamphu appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Udon Thani in Pictures – May 2015

    Martyn
    5 Jun 2015 | 1:36 am
    I’ve recently returned from a three stay in Udon Thani Province. Five days in the city and the other time at our village home. Myself and Wonderful Wi had a great time together and I’ve picked out some photographs from my holiday snaps to share. I’ve added my usual innocuous commentary to each photograph. Udon Thani, Nong Khai and … Continue reading Udon Thani in Pictures – May 2015 → (Visited 180 times, 3 visits today) The post Udon Thani in Pictures – May 2015 appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • A Golden Buddha and Silk Colours

    Martyn
    13 May 2015 | 9:32 pm
    The day started hot, got even warmer and by mid afternoon the heat finally bubbled and boiled. One hour later a heavy downpour of rain hit the city. It was more welcome than a butter-fingered naked air hostess. By then we were on our way home after a morning trip to Ban Na Kha silk market … Continue reading A Golden Buddha and Silk Colours → (Visited 99 times, 1 visits today) The post A Golden Buddha and Silk Colours appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
 
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    Traveling Monkeys

  • Big Sur

    Traveling Monkeys
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    For the longest time, I thought of Big Sur as a state a mind, a breathtaking, transformative place where you wind up—maybe half-naked and giggling—when you're exploring the edges of consciousness. I was sure it was a brazen, in-between state made expressly for Americans. It didn't occur to me that a phyiscal place had existed before things like Esalen, that usually nature comes first. View Gallery »
  • The spaces of Los Angeles

    Traveling Monkeys
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    Check out our first month in Los Angeles over on Exposure.co. 
  • Brightness and acidity

    Anjuli
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    I wanted to let you in on a little change around here. I don't mean to imply that this is the only thing that's happened in the last several months in my life; but of course you're welcome to assume as much. I will say that the experience I'm about to relay is categorically different than what's happened over the last thirteen months: today, and yesterday, and the day before, I ate grapefruit. Since early January 2014, we've been unable to eat anything remotely sour. No vinegar, alcohol, yoghurt, wine, beer, lemons, limes, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, tomato, olives, cheese, pickles,…
  • Farewell, summer

    Traveling Monkeys
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    Yesterday we interrupted our regularly scheduled programming to spend the last day of summer with Mama Bear. We headed to two of our favorite places on Cape Cod: the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Marconi Beach. In addition to these excursions in the great outdoors, there were equal doses of steamers with drawn butter and antiques. View Gallery »
  • Shrimp and scallop stew with turmeric sticky rice

    Traveling Monkeys
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Right now meals are a trial. Regardless of the weather around us, we eat soups and stews and broth. Our freezer is chock full of yoghurt containers filled with different stocks labeled with the date and their contents. Three meals a day we assemble our soup, seasoned simply with salt, pepper, ginger, turmeric, cumin and/or herbs; we ladle our soup around a little iceberg of sticky rice and top it with a few chunks of some cousin of a squash. Yet it's a diet of sorts, an invalid one, but still a diet. It's nutritive and filling and always warm. I know the ins and outs, and the repetition and…
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    The Runaway Guide

  • Is Auschwitz Worth Visiting?

    The Runaway Guide
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    To be honest, I didn’t really want to visit. I had been to the Holocaust museum in New York many times growing up. I didn’t want to pay 20$ for what I knew would be a depressing 5 hour tour. But my friends wanted to go and so I decided to follow them. First things first we had to decide whether we were going to take a shuttle/tour or go there on our own and walk around Although Auschwitz was very sad, sometimes important things are. The whole experience was much more illuminating and intense than I expected. It was more than simply another documentary or a museum. It was a…
  • Run Away To Guatemala

    The Runaway Guide
    11 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Overview Preparation Budget Travel Guatemala Hideouts Overview Name: Republic Of Guatemala Nick-Name: Guate (Guatay) Population: 16,000,000 Capitol City: Guatemala City Main Language: Spanish English Speakers: Low Main Religion: Christianity Slogan: Land Of Eternal Spring Runaway Review Our Slogan: Land Of Volcanoes Favorite Destination: Lake Atitlan Top Experience: Meet The Maya Safety: 3.7 out of 5.0 Friendliness: 4.1 out of 5.0 Deliciousness: 4.0 out of 5.0 Cheapness: 4.8 out of 5.0 Recommended Budget: 18$/Day Guatemala is the largest country in Central America. It’s…
  • How Traveling Got Me Into College

    The Runaway Guide
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    Everyone always says that going traveling will help you find your purpose. They exclaim that adapting to new environments builds confidence. They claim that the entire experience becomes an asset that you can draw upon for the rest of your life. Honestly, I couldn’t agree more. It was because of an understanding of my privileged position in the world that I decided to go to college. It was because of the new perspectives I gained that I knew exactly what I wanted to study. It was because of my travel story that I got in. Whether you’re trying to illustrate to your parents the value of…
  • Guatemala Budget Travel

    The Runaway Guide
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    Overview Preparation Budget Travel Guatemala Hideouts Budget Travel Index Currency Name: Quetzales “Q” (GTQ) Average Rate: 1$ = 7 Q Budget Hotel: 50 Q Dorm Bed: 40 Q 3 Tacos: 15 Q Brahva Beer: 5 Q Current Rates Minimum Budget: 14$/Day Comfortable Budget: 24$/Day Recommended Budget: 18 USD/Day   How Travel Around Guatemala For Cheap Chicken Bus: is simply a US school bus that has been “pimped-out,” is failing emission standards, and is used to transport everything from chickens to the elderly between towns and across countries. Prices range from 25…
  • Guatemala Preparation Guide

    The Runaway Guide
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Overview Preparation Budget Travel Guatemala Hideouts Preparation Overview Best Time To Go: Oct-Nov Worst Time To Go: Aug-Sept Fly To: La Aurora International (GUA) Visa?: Free 90 days Cash?: ATM/Exchange On Arrival Immunizations: Typhoid, Hep A Tap Water: Bad News Diarrhea Risk: FairlyHigh Travel Insurance: Excellent Idea Don’t Forget: AWindbreaker Recommended Resources & Gear World Nomads Travel Insurance Skyscanner Flight Search CDC Health Info Guatemala Ministerio De Relaciones Exteriores Pimsluer Spanish (conversational) Venture Safe 45L (Anti-theft backpack) Eagle…
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  • New Event!

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Start Date: September 1, 2015 End Date: September 1, 2015 - Enjoy an intimate evening with a special someone. Share a three course meal and a cocktail.
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    28 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Start Date: August 25, 2015 End Date: August 25, 2015 - Enjoy an intimate evening with a special someone. Share a three course meal and a cocktail.
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    28 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Start Date: August 18, 2015 End Date: August 18, 2015 - Enjoy an intimate evening with a special someone. Share a three course meal and a cocktail.
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    28 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Start Date: August 11, 2015 End Date: August 11, 2015 - Enjoy an intimate evening with a special someone. Share a three course meal and a cocktail.
  • New Event!

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Start Date: August 4, 2015 End Date: August 4, 2015 - Enjoy an intimate evening with a special someone. Share a three course meal and a cocktail.
 
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  • Happy 100th Birthday to San Diego’s Famed Balboa Park

    Michael Schuman
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Balboa Park, just outside Automotive Museum. A century ago, the world came to San Diego – an amazing feat, considering that much of the world did not know San Diego existed. The occasion was the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Its purpose was to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal. In 1915, San Diego, today the eighth largest city in the United States, was Lilliputian with a population of roughly 32,000. Both San Francisco and Los Angeles had a few hundred thousand citizens each; San Francisco was even hosting a dueling expo, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. But on…
  • Art in Philadelphia: More than just the Rocky Steps

    Kat Richter
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    To most, the name “Philadelphia” is synonymous with Rocky Balboa, the Liberty Bell, and soft pretzels.  But the cradle of American democracy boasts more than its well-known slew of historic landmarks and pop culture references – it is also home to a large number of world class art museums, complete with its very own Avenue des Champs-Élysées leading from City Hall to what is, arguably, the crown jewel in the city’s collection: The Philadelphia Museum of Art. But before we talk about the PMA, let’s start with a few other sites not to be missed.  Heading northwest from the…
  • Shrimping on the Lady Jane

    Jan Ross
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you have been on any dolphin watching cruises, you know they can be pretty boring at times. If you are lucky, you see a few dolphins or sometimes just their backs as they come up for air, and if you are unlucky, you spend a lot of time just watching the water waiting for dolphins to appear. A shrimping excursion with the Lady Jane is absolutely nothing like those experiences but, instead, is one of the most interesting cruises you can take with kids if you are in the area. We were visiting the beautiful King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on charming St. Simons Island, Georgia and…
  • Eriska – Scotland’s Fantasy Island

    Cindy-Lou Dale
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Just a short drive from Oban, on Scotland’s west coast, is the quiet Isle of Eriska. Set against a backdrop of mountains, ocean mist and Scottish landscapes there is a certain mystique about it. Rattling over an old wooden bridge you immediately enter a concealed whisper-quiet world of lavender, purple rhododendrons and wildflowers. Round a bend in the road and there she is, the Grande Dame herself, the five-star Eriska Hotel – a Victorian Manor House set in swathes of manicured lawns and edged with 350-acres of ancient forest. The very stately 25-roomed Manor, set on its own private…
  • Solo Safaris

    Lesley Stones
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Africa lies waiting for you If you’re a solo traveller, you’ll have noticed how the world tends to revolve around couples. You’ll probably be hit by single room supplements unless you’re happy to stay in a hostel dormitory, and may feel rather lonely having dinner for one in restaurants full of happy friends and lovers. And then when you see a brilliant sight, there’s no one to share it with except distant acquaintances on social media. That’s why I haven’t been on a safari for a while, even though I live only four hours from the Kruger National Park, Africa’s Big Five game…
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  • 10 Quirky Things to See and Do in Budapest

    Laura
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:18 am
    With UNESCO World Heritage Sites stealing the limelight and picturesque castles and museums drawing in tourists in their droves, Budapest‘s oddities could easily slip by unnoticed. But this city is far quirkier than you’d imagine, with spa parties livening up the nights and the odd alien invasion simulations taking place in a UFO hangar. Here are a few of most weird and wonderful things you can do in this historic and fun city. Ruin Pubs Image by Aija Lehtonen via Shutterstock.com Ruin bars are abandoned venues which have been converted into bars. They sometimes don’t have…
  • A History of Lisbon in Five Iconic Places

    Alice
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    One of the oldest capital cities in the world, people have been living and working in Lisbon since at least the Phoenician period, although not much remains of pre-18th century Lisbon after a devastating earthquake almost levelled the city in 1755. With over 2000 years of inhabited history to explore why not grab a bottle of water, stick on some comfortable shoes and join us as we show you the history of Lisbon through five iconic buildings. The Roman Galleries Image © Carole Raddato via Flickr Lisbon’s first major period of intense building began when the Roman Republic wrested the…
  • Top 10 Places to Take Your Inner Child

    Alice
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    Just because you’re a grown up now, doesn’t mean your holidays have to be. Unleash your childish side on holiday! Crazy about cartoons? Can’t get enough sweets? Or do you still dream of growing up to be a prince or princess? We’ve got 10 fun-filled holiday ideas that any child would go mad for – but they’re made even better because these are for adults – and no-one is going to tell you the fun’s got to stop.
  • Fun in the Sun with Four Traditional Spanish Festivals

    Alice
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    Spain were doing festivals a long time before Glastonbury and the like came along! In fact, thanks to its rich cultural history, pretty much every Spanish city, town and village boasts its own traditional street celebration. August is most definitely the height of party season, but with so many to pick between for budding tourists, we thought this handy guide to the best of the bunch might just help you find the sort the best from the rest of the fiestas… Ketchup Carnage La Tomatina – Image by Iakov Filimonov via Shutterstock Short of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, La Tomatina…
  • Los Cristianos For Families

    Rosie
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:53 am
      Los Cristianos in Tenerife could be the answer to family holiday woes thanks to the vast array of activities it offers. From dolphin watching to meeting monkeys and paddle boarding, there really is something for every member of the family.   Make New Friends At The Monkey Park For an up close and personal monkey encounter, head over to the Monkey Park just outside Los Cristianos. It’s a small zoo mainly featuring small primates and birds but what gives this attraction such great reviews is its walk-through enclosures which children will love.   Act Like A Pro With Mini…
 
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    Kidventurous

  • From the Road: California (Week Four)

    Erin Gifford
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    We survived our fourth week on the road. I can’t believe it either. There have been ups, downs and I’ve come down with a small cold, but we’re still moving on. Every couple of days it’s a new city and it’s been a lot of driving, but it’s been pretty amazing, too. Day 22: Los Angeles, CA We made the short drive from Long Beach to Los Angeles to start our day with a double-decker sightseeing bus tour with StarLine Tours. I love to start out in new cities with a sightseeing tour to get a better feel for where we are and what there is to see in town. We saw the Hollywood sign, Beverly…
  • From the Road: Arizona to California (Week Three)

    Erin Gifford
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been on the road four weeks (I’m still catching up on week three, as you can see). My husband was with us this whole week, which was definitely helpful, especially when there were sights I wanted to check out that I knew would be a no-go with the kids. It was another week of bickering here and there and painfully slow wi-fi, but it was also a week of new sights and experiences, like rafting along the Colorado River, walking along the Las Vegas Strip and seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time. Day 15: Page, AZ I’d been looking forward to this…
  • From the Road: Texas to New Mexico (Week Two)

    Erin Gifford
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:57 pm
    We arrived in California yesterday, but since it’s been more than a few days since I’ve had reliable wi-fi, I’m just now sharing the second week of our cross-country road trip. We’ve had the usual bickering, crying and world-class parenting moments, but overall it was a pretty good week. We drove a lot, we saw a lot, and we’re still moving and on schedule. We watched thousands of bats fly out of a cave, went sledding on sand dunes and learned about petroglyphs, even UFOs. Day 8: San Antonio, TX We were thrilled to roll in to San Antonio if only to escape the huge mosquitoes that…
  • Postcards from…San Antonio

    Erin Gifford
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:15 pm
    I had planned to post more often, but painfully slow wi-fi the last couple of days put a damper on that plan. To be fair, we were in a fairly remote area of New Mexico, so I shouldn’t have expected super-fast wi-fi, but I couldn’t upload or download any photos, so blog posts were off the table. We had a great time in San Antonio. We spent two nights at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade in the Discovery Kids Suite. Honestly, if we never left the room during our time in San Antonio, my kids would have been in heaven playing basketball in the room, munching on the chocolate chip…
  • From the Road: Virginia to Texas (Week One)

    Erin Gifford
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:11 pm
    It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been on the road for one week and have driven more than 1,600 miles. As I type this, we’re in San Antonio after having spent a couple of days in Galveston. The kids are starting to enjoy checking out a new city every couple of days. I wish they’d put their iPads down a bit more, but I do enjoy the quiet on the road. I can’t have it all. Anyway, here’s what we’ve been up to. Day 1: Pigeon Forge, TN We got on the road just before 9 am despite protests from my middle-school daughter. She also thought that not packing her suitcase would enable…
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  • Visiting Pamukkale: Turkey’s Most Popular Tourist Attraction

    Natalie
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:08 pm
    It has always surprised me that this blog has been live since 2010 and no one has pointed out that I’ve never mentioned Turkey’s biggest attraction and most beautiful landmark, Pamukkale; the UNESCO World Heritage site nicknamed “Cotton Castle” because of its white calcium thermal pools that have solidified on the side of a hill. Sitting inland within the agricultural province of Denizli, the last time I went to Pamukkale was in 2002 but I didn’t fully absorb the significance of the natural phenomenon, so didn’t take any photographs and over the years, my memories became hazy.
  • My Turkish Painting Holiday

    Natalie
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:54 am
    Drawing and painting have never been strong talents of mine. I believe I’m a creative person but throughout my life, have never been able to use a pencil or art brush to create pictures worth hanging on the wall. Maybe that is why I drifted towards photography instead, because it seems like all the work is done for you. The eagerness for artistic creativity has always been there though, so when I saw a Facebook page, advertising Turkish Painting Holidays, I signed up straight away and in June of this year, packed my bags and headed off to the small village of Gokcebel, near Yalikavak on the…
  • Off The Beaten Path in Istanbul

    Natalie
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Blog Post Type: Cities Less Traveled If you have never been to Istanbul, I don’t recommend getting off the beaten path on your first visit, no matter how adventurous you are. To do so, you would miss all the magnificent attractions and landmarks of the Byzantine and Ottoman eras that Istanbul is famous for. If you’re making a repeat visit or you find yourself with extra time, though, straying away from the main tourist sites is a good way to see Istanbul’s diversity and lesser-known attractions that do not get the admiration they deserve. Anywhere away from the Sultanahmet or…
  • Ephesus – Turkey’s Greatest Ancient Ruins and City

    Natalie
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:04 pm
    The colourful timeline of Turkey’s history means that the country is awash with historical sites dating from many civilizations. Out of all of them, the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus are probably the most well-known, attracting thousands of visitors every day. Ephesus is to Turkey what the pyramids are to Egypt or the Colosseum to Rome and in 2014, 3 million people walked through its gates. Sitting on the Aegean coast of Turkey, near to the towns of Kusadasi and Selcuk, this was my third time of seeing it. My first visit, 13 years earlier was uneventful. I was a newbie expat in…
  • An Armchair Traveller’s History of Istanbul

    Natalie
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:44 am
    From the first chapter, this book by writer and poet, Richard Tillinghast had me hooked. He is the second author; I have read who uses one of my favourite styles to portray the history of Turkey by combining interviews and research with a personal story. I also give respect where it is due because Richard is not a newbie visitor to Istanbul or Turkey. He first visited the country in the 1960s when tourism was a relatively unknown concept except for hippie backpackers, making their way through the Middle East on the famous Hippie Trail that died out when travelling became available to the…
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  • 16 Things to Do on Your Expat Scouting Trip

    Bryan Haines
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:35 am
    16 Things to Do on Your Expat Scouting Trip | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Are you planning on taking a scouting trip before you move? Have you traveled internationally? If not, there will be some new things to get used to. We went on a scouting trip to Margarita Island, Venezuela. It paid off. We decided not to move there. We learned a lot from that trip. The cost of living was too high, there was too much crime, and fresh produce was both limited and expensive. We were also able to compare that against what we were learning about Ecuador. In the end, we felt comfortable enough with…
  • What I Learned About Flying With a Dog

    Dena Haines
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:12 am
    What I Learned About Flying With a Dog | Dena Haines | GringosAbroad Flying with a dog wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be. Especially because our dog was too large to fit in the cabin with us. Chica at the Quito airport We recently moved from Ecuador (South America) back to Canada with our dog and it took a huge amount of planning! There were a lot of details to figure out. We were traveling through 3 countries, each with their own regulations on pet travel. And then there were the airline regulations as well. National flights (within the United States for example) may be pretty…
  • Your Flying Health & Fitness Guide [Infographic]

    Bryan Haines
    12 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Your Flying Health & Fitness Guide [Infographic] | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Long flights can take their toll. And it isn’t just the high price of your tickets. Or the in-flight gas. (You know what I’m talking about.) Long flights are hard on your body. Staying Healthy on Long Flights On our return trip to Canada last month, we left Quito at 11:50pm (Wednesday) and finally cleared Canadian Customs at 1:30am (Friday). This was just travel time – we had been awake all day Wednesday before our flight and it was around 3am Friday before we actually got to bed at the…
  • Don’t Take Your First World Problems Abroad

    Bryan Haines
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    Don’t Take Your First World Problems Abroad | Bryan Haines | GringosAbroad Some expats are doomed to failure. They get off the plane complaining about something. The moment they check-in at their hotel they hit Facebook to complain about the taxi service, small portions, or the unbelievable rainy weather. And they send nasty emails to anyone who sees the glass half-full. But… This Isn’t Like Home! A while back, I received a flaming from an traveler who just completed a two week trip to Ecuador. It seems that they had a rather bad experience while here in Ecuador. He was…
  • GringosAbroad No More: Why Bryan & Dena Left Ecuador

    Dena Haines
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    GringosAbroad No More: Why Bryan & Dena Left Ecuador | Dena Haines | GringosAbroad View from our deck in Santa Isabel Ecuador One week ago today we (along with 7 large bags of luggage, 2 bikes and our dog) left Ecuador, and not just for a vacation. It was very difficult and emotional for our whole family. The Sunday before, we packed everything and sold off all our belongings. Many of our friends came over to see us off. We cried almost all the way from Santa Isabel (a small town about an hour outside of Cuenca) to Cuenca! At the airport in Quito with all our bags We couldn’t leave…
 
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    Traveling with the Jones

  • Tips For Finding Dog Friendly Dining and Hotels When Traveling

    Janis
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Friends of ours were in Kansas City Saturday night, taking an overnight break during on a drive from Texas to Minnesota. We decided to meet for dinner, but we needed to find a restaurant where they could bring Mr. Mr. Handsome Pants, their dog who was traveling with them. After a long day in the car, they understandably did not want to leave Mr. Handsome Pants alone in a hot car, or in a strange hotel room. Mr. Jones did a Google search, and found the Bring Fido website. The website features all types of dog friendly establishments worldwide for people traveling with their pet. A quick…
  • 6 Travel Tidbits for Your Weekend Reading

    Janis
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Are you a fan of cruising and Heidi Klum? You will want to tune in to the new season of Project Runway on Lifetime television starting this Thursday August 6th. On Thursday August 20, 2015, Celebrity Cruises’ CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo will appear alongside eminent fashioneer Tim Gunn to issue the contestants a special challenge. Plus, this season’s winning designer will win a Celebrity Cruises vacation for two in AquaClass accommodations to almost anywhere in the world, along with all all of the other Project Runway spoils.  (We’ve set our Google Fiber TV to record the…
  • 3 Favorite Cocktail Bars in Ghent, Belgium

    Janis
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:18 pm
    When we visited Belgium in late May, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the land known for beer, chocolate and waffles also is home to some delightful cocktail bars. After discovering two amazing cocktail bars in Antwerp, we thought we’d see how the cocktail scene in Ghent compared. All in the name of research, of course. With college students making up nearly 25 percent of its population, and its well-preserved medieval architecture along the picturesque Scheldt and Leie Rivers luring tourists, Ghent is a prime spot for cocktail bars. We discovered our three favorite…
  • A Visit to the National Airline History Museum in Kansas City, Missouri

    Janis
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Travelers often overlook exploring attractions in their backyard in favor of traveling to far-flung destinations. We are guilty. Whenever our fellow travel-loving friend James comes to Kansas City to visit, we are inspired to explore locally. During his recent visit, we checked out the National Airline History Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Located at Hangar 9 at the Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Missouri, the National Airline History Museum looks unimpressive from the outside. It’s worth the visit inside, where the museum dedicated to aviation history is staffed 100 percent…
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    The Planet D: Canada's Adventure Couple

  • Our Top 4 Motorsport Experiences

    Dave and Deb
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    Daytona may have one of the longest sandy beaches in the world, but I think it is most well-known for the Daytona 500. Known as the “Super Bowl” of stock car racing, the Daytona 500 is the biggest race on the schedule.  Visitors can choose different motorsport experiences at the Daytona Speedway from touring the track to actually driving a race car. We signed up for a quick tour of the track giving us a behind the scenes sneak peak of the world famous raceway. Our 30 minute experience took us along pit row and into victory lane where we lined up to have our picture taken. We…
  • Cycling Girona – A Video Tour of the Catalan Countryside

    Dave and Deb
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Cycling Girona is a must when visiting the Spanish region of Catalunya. It is one of the premier destinations for cycling in Europe.  The city of Girona is home to many professional cyclists who frequent the area each season to train in the nearby Pyrenees. Girona has it all, quiet countryside, epic mountain climbs and it’s a world leader in cuisine with more Michelin star restaurants per capita than anywhere else. It’s no wonder all the best cyclists want to spend their days here. They get to ride through beauty each day and enjoy the Catalan culture and cuisine by night.
  • The Best Staycation – How Microadventures Can Enrich Your Life

    Dave and Deb
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I first heard about microadventures from Alastair Humphreys, an adventurer, author and motivational speaker! He was the creator of the microadventurer which encourages people to go outdoors, get out of their comfort zone and live life to their full potential. It can be close to home, cheap, simple, short, and a lot of fun! If you are looking for a staycation close to home, why not turn it into one of my suggestions for microadventures? Your Staycation Guide to MicroAdventures Subscribe to Sebastian’s weekly video blog here. I love going on adventures but sometimes there can be so…
  • Hitchhiking New Zealand – Hidden Gems and Wild Seal Pups

    Dave and Deb
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    Have you ever been so amazed by the beauty of nature and felt so welcome in a foreign country that you didn’t want to leave? That’s exactly how we felt the last days of our time hitchhiking New Zealand. HitchHiking New Zealand Travelling in New Zealand, the country of glorious beauty and incredibly hospitable people, was an absolutely rewarding experience. “Some thought we were friends or sisters, while others immediately recognised that we’re mother and daughter.” We hitch hiked two months all around South and North Island, in total 3966 km with 52 drivers. The…
  • 19 Wondrous Pictures of South Dakota That Will Make You Want To Go

    Dave and Deb
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    There’s a reason South Dakota invited a group of photographers out to capture its landscape for a gallery on Instagram. It’s one remarkable state. So to celebrate the beauty of the heartland, we’ve rounded up our best pictures of South Dakota to help you escape your work day. Breathtaking pictures of South Dakota I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as we enjoyed capturing them. From Mount Rushmore to the Badlands, to the historic town of Deadwood to the Needles Highway, there’s a lot to see when taking a road trip through South Dakota. If you like animals,…
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    Whiskey Tango Globetrot » Whiskey Tango Globetrot

  • A BBQ Tour of Austin, Texas

    Spencer Spellman
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    I had one goal when I visited Austin, Texas for the first time a couple weeks ago: Find the best barbecue in Austin by eating as much of it as possible in the time that I had. The result? C’mon, this would be the shortest blog post in history if I gave it away that quickly. The fact is that America is serious about barbecue (as evidenced by the num. 1 place on Yelp being a BBQ joint, in California no less) and no place is more serious about their barbecue than Austin. And I’m telling you, barbecue divides friends and families. Barbecue literally divides my home state of North…
  • Scotch Whiskey Cocktail Recipes for Summer

    Spencer Spellman
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    I know, I know. Even suggesting using a nice bottle of Scotch whisk(e)y in any type of cocktail, let alone a sweet summer cocktail, is sacrilegious. The Scotch purist may say that single malt whiskey is only to be consumed neat (straight up) at room temperature, or perhaps on the rocks, and when the situation (or rather whiskey) may call for it, a splash of water. But I say live and let live. Even the father of mixology himself, Jerry Thomas, had Scotch whiskey cocktails published in the first cocktail book in history, the Bar-Tender’s Guide (1862).  Some of the reasons for the absence…
  • 10 of the Best California Road Trips

    Spencer Spellman
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    “I hate road trips,” said no one ever who is over 18 or isn’t Robert Downy Jr. in Due Date. I know, I know, everybody loves road trips, but I feel like my road trip love is next level. When I was a child, my father and I would often leave well before dawn to take a road trip to go visit one of my sisters. Road tripping from North Carolina to Atlanta was nothing, but we upped the ante with the number of road trips we often did to visit my sister in Dallas, once making it all the way to Texarkana, Texas in one day (for those keeping track at home, that’s 1,000 miles).
  • Home Brewing 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Home Brewing Beer

    Spencer Spellman
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    Spoiler alert: This is the easiest, most satisfying (literally and figuratively) DIY home project I’ve ever done (and requires little more than a half day of work). Do I sound like Lil’ Suzy Homemaker or what? Okay, so maybe I’m a little biased. Perhaps it’s the easiest and most fun and satisfying DIY project if you have a love for good food and drinks like I do. Also, I feel like the sex appeal of home brewing is up there with bartending. Am I right? However, the thought of making your own beer that comes out good can be daunting. So today I’m walking you…
  • Photo Essay: A Tour of Austin, Texas in Photos

    Spencer Spellman
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    I have a confession to make: I had never been to Austin until last week. I know! I’ve been to 47 U.S. states and love everything that Austin stands for, namely BBQ, beer, and good music, yet had never been. So what’s my verdict? Well Austin, Texas has now moved into my top five list of favorite U.S. cities. Boom! I think what makes Austin so great is that it does so many things well that other cities don’t. Sure, so just about every city in America is doing craft beer right now. But not every city (in fact few cities) does barbecue well, and of all of the destinations…
 
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    Wandering Educators

  • #StudyAbroadBecause there are unlimited resources

    Lin Yuhan
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:14 am
    Categories: Best OfStoriesBody: Li Guo is an international student from China. She just graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She has been studying for the GRE test during summer. Recently, she just moved to Cambridge, MA area to job-hunt. In her leisure time, she enjoys exploring nature, such as hiking, biking, and fishing.  What motivated your decision to come to the U.S.?  I was motivated by the refined civil law system, with which every individual’s rights can be secured.  What has your experience been like so far?  It was pretty…
  • Dream destinations for a historical holiday

    Lexa Pennington
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: Planning a holiday? Why not plan a holiday which will soothe your mind and at the same time help you upgrade yourself with some interesting facts which are buried deep into the histories of the country. Every country has a story of its own and unfolding its history is equally intriguing. So, if you are looking for some interesting destinations for a historical holiday, we can help you find one. Some of the dream destinations for a historical holiday are India, Peru, United Kingdom, Rome and Greece, here’s why…. The Roman Connection Well, we all…
  • Through the Eyes of an Educator: Prague, Czech Republic

    Stacey Ebert
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:27 am
    Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: For some reason, as a teenager, I dreamt of Prague. I’d heard tell of it in movies and books, and I really wanted to go. Maybe it was all those fairytales from my childhood that made me want to visit, or perhaps it was the history of my roots I knew attached; either way, I was intrigued. That’s the type of interest teachers wish for their students. Some have that innate desire to stand in the places of history or check out the culinary wonders of a new world. For many educators, a goal of teaching is to coax that desire to the surface or find a…
  • Closing the book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature

    Dr. Jessie Voigts
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Categories: Best OfStoriesBooks & FilmBooksBody:  This is the most beautiful book I have ever read. It’s at once a memoir, an ode to favorite literature, a glimpse into teaching – and writing. Joelle Renstrom’s new book, Closing the book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature, is a work of art.  It’s a book to delve into and get lost in, as she takes you through her life, teaching, writings, and travel. And, it’s a series of essays where familial love shines through.  I’ll share a few of my favorite sections of the book, the quotes I loved from the themes that run…
  • Magic Light and Clouds in Northern Norway

    Benny Hoynes
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: Some images from the last three days, here where I live, just outside my door, almost. Nature and clouds, and the lovely sunset we have here in northern Norway. Here are some of Benny's recent articles on Norway: Beautiful Winter Auroras from Hognfjorden, Vesterålen, Norway Winter in Northern Norway How to Photograph Northern Lights Northern Lights in Norway Norway's Dancing Auroras and Coronas Auroras at Andøya Island, Northern Norway The Most Beautiful View in Northern Norway Summer in Northern Norway Summer Sunsets in Norway Scenes from…
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    Fun Tour Guru Goes Off the Beaten Path

  • Berlin, Germany and the Berlin Bears

    Meet Donna W
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Even the Berlin Bears need rain gear!  I love stuff Teddy Bears and I found a very close connection when I was in Berlin on my Germany trip.  Not far away from Brandenburg Gate I was welcomed by this fun Berlin Bear.  They are ambassadors promoting tolerance and living together in peace all over the world now.  Even the Berlin Bears need rain gear! "The bear has become the symbol of Berlin. Especially the Berlin Buddy Bears. People find all over Berlin. Buddy Bears are  colorful, cheerful bears with their arms stretched up high. They have become Berlin's symbol for…
  • Fun Activities on the Streets of San Francisco CA

    Meet Donna W
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    Fun on the back streets of San Francisco: GoCars Of course this day activity was on an unusual March day in San Francisco which included almost every type of weather - fog, rain, clouds, and even a touch of sun - within a duration of 2-3 hours.  We were lucky  to be without snow driving over the hills.  I believe these weather elements actually created the best memories!This is an unusual way to explore the side streets away from the traffic after you take a sightseeing tour.  Driving solo is fun in these cars, going on a group GoCar tour with their guided GPS is…
  • San Francisco Chinatown: Walk Down the Alleys

    Meet Donna W
    8 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    I am organizing many files and editing images (this is a huge project!) and I came across two fun off the beaten path pictures of San Francisco I am excited to share with everyone now.  San Francisco Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatowns outside of Asia as well as one of the oldest Chinatowns in North America. Of course, it is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.Do you know?   You should walk down the several small alleys located in Chinatown. Insiders Secret:  My favorite is Ross Alley.  Ross Alley is the oldest alley in San Francisco. It…
  • How to Find Unusual Holidays and Christmas Vacations Around the World: Dresden, Germany

    Meet Donna W
    25 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Sometimes you have to go to faraway places and experience for yourself.   Dresden, Germany is a very special place! Dresden in December - Germany by DWHappy Holidays! Frohe Weihnachten! Merry Christmas!  Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Καλά Χριστούγεννα! Buon Natale! (and to each individual celebration! What is yours?)I am grateful to have the chance to dive into some local communities and learn how others experience everyday things.  Don't forget to smile ... thank you. Remember, "You really never leave a place you love; Part of it you take with you,…
  • Unusual Christmas Festivities and Spirit in the Streets of Hamelin, Germany

    Meet Donna W
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    I am sharing a special treat today from another traveler and author, Carrie Buchert, who shares her favorites off the beaten path discovering Christmas Festivities in the streets of this small town community, Hamelin, Germany, full of holiday spirit.  Experience the Christmas Festivities and Spirit in the Streets of Germany By Carrie Buchert, Author  The German Christmas markets are world renowned because of their dedication to authentic traditions and celebration. Commercialization has taken hold of the rest of the world but it seems that only in the traditional German…
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    Maiden Voyage

  • Piggyback is none other than chiptuning

    Johnny
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    Maybe you, even most people, don’t know what piggyback is. Piggyback is none other than chiptuning. We take the outline that piggyback is a microcomputer-based tool used on cars with injection technology where it’s all controlled by a unit called ECU (electronic control unit) or ECM (engine control module).Piggyback is actually an additional tool to manipulate the data. With the use of piggyback, you can create new data beyond what available from the original manufacturer of your car. That new data can be in accordance with your wishes: increasing the power or economizing the…
  • The Enduring Appeal of Soller’s Classic Wooden Tram

    admin
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:41 am
    As the largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca (also spelled Mallorca) has something to offer everyone. Easily accessible from across Europe, Majorca is a favourite for families, couples and friends of all ages. You might think Majorca best for hanging by the pool or dancing all night, but I am here to tell you that the island also suits tram enthusiasts. That’s right, for a glimpse into Majorca’s past you can get the delightful Tranvía de Sóller, the Spanish heritage tramway. What is it? The tram runs from the coast up into the mountainous town of Sóller, sitting 30km north of Palma.
  • Camping in Style

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    5 Jul 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Camping, it seems has undergone a bit of a makeover in recent years. The traditionalists will argue that for a ‘real’ camping holiday you have to squeeze yourself into your lightweight, portable two man tent and do your cooking on a single ring gas burner. However, many people are now choosing a slightly more luxurious experience and are opting to go ‘glamping’ Glamping, or glamorous camping is a slightly more up market version of camping. From Mongolian yurts, tree-houses, Native American tee-pees, luxury tents and specially designed pods, the possibilities for a unique experience…
  • New World Hotel

    Johnny
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
    Beijing, formally known as Peking, is the bustling capital city of the new modern China and has a cultural heritage spanning over 3000 years. Situated at the heart of this vast city in  Chongwenmen, close to the buzzing commercial area of Wangfujing, is the city’s first five star premises, the New World Hotel. With many of Beijing’s heritage sights such as The Temple of Heaven, The Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square within easy walking distance, this hotel is perfect for the adventurous traveller, or for those staying on business. The hotel itself offers a vast array of services to…
  • A guide to travel accessories

    Johnny
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:06 am
    Most of us don’t give two thoughts about the many travel accessories available to us when going on holiday; however these small and essential travel accessories can make the difference between a good holiday and a great holiday. And now with the explosion of online holiday accessories shops like Urbane Traveller means no last minute dash around the shops to buy foreign adapter plugs or flip flops. There are many useful accessories available on the market, making life easier whilst on your holiday whether on a fantastic beach holiday or a more local camping holiday. Knowing what to take for…
 
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  • Dining Like a Habsburg in Vienna

    Natalie Holmes
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:53 am
    Vienna’s historical status as the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire has gifted the city a rich and unique gastronomic legacy, with recipes spanning multiple national and ethnic flavours whose influence can still be tasted in contemporary cuisine. Our Vienna annotated meal experience, Tasting Tradition, delves into both the classic and lesser-known dishes in the company of a passionate and knowledgeable food anthropologist. Here are some of our favorites to whet your appetite. The ethnic diversity of Austria-HungaryNot only did the Austro-Hungarian Empire contain many diverse cultures,…
  • 125 Years On: The Legacy of Vincent Van Gogh

    Stephanie Taralson
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    Though Vincent Van Gogh remained relatively unknown for the majority of his lifetime, his artworks have a huge influence on contemporary art and culture, with Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum seeing more visitors year on year. As the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death approaches (July 29, 2015), we sat down with docent and art historian Lora Sariaslan, who leads our Van Gogh Museum Seminar in Amsterdam, to dive deeper into the enigmatic artists’s personal history, creative spirit, and cultural legacy. Almond Blossom, 1890, Vincent Van Gogh – Google Art Project…
  • Five Events to Understand the Spanish Civil War

    Jaimie Evoy
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:32 am
    General Fransisco Franco at the Victory Parade celebrating the end of the war, courtesy of Wikimedia Common. July 18th marks 79 years since the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, which brought deep cultural divides in Spanish society to the forefront and stirred up political issues within Europe. Why did war break out and what were the long-term consequences, you ask? Below we’ve summarized 5 keys events that will help you understand this important moment in Spain’s history, which is also the subject of our Spanish Civil War walk in Madrid. King Alfonso XIII as a young man, courtesy of…
  • Courting Controversy in London Architecture

    Emily Knight
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:34 am
    St Paul’s Cathedral When the final stone of St Paul’s Cathedral was laid on 26 October 1708, its imposing structure soared above the city around it. For centuries, this central place of worship dominated the capital’s skyline and soon became an icon of British religion and power. If you’ve ever been to London, you’ll know that it is a different story now. Peppered throughout the City of London, huge buildings, often the result of the deregulation of the architectural profession in the 1980s, proudly pierce the horizon. These buildings excite both hearty enthusiasm and fierce…
  • Urban Archaeology: Stories from the Birth of Berlin

    Natalie Holmes
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Most narratives about the birth of Berlin go back to the 13th century, when the city was officially founded. But for thousands of years before that time, history was being played out on the soft, swampy land on which the city stands today. Join us on a visual tour through our brand new urban archaeology walk, which, in the company of an experienced archaeologist, takes participants back to a time when hunter-gatherers roamed the area. Strolling through Mitte–the former center of East Berlin– we locate and discuss sites and structures that reveal much about the city’s…
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  • Where to Stay on Phuket — Beach Resorts and Boutique Hotels

    Lara Dunston
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    During our month on Phuket researching Phuket cuisine and street food we sampled more than a dozen beach resorts and boutique hotels on Thailand’s southern island. Where to stay on Phuket depends on the sort of experience you want and whether you want beach access or breathtaking views. These... The post Where to Stay on Phuket — Beach Resorts and Boutique Hotels appeared first on Grantourismo.
  • René Redzepi is Moving Noma to Sydney for the Summer

    Lara Dunston
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    The secret is out, revealed by the chef himself on his restaurant website this morning: René Redzepi is moving Noma to Sydney for the summer to offer an Australian-inspired menu at a pop-up restaurant at Barangaroo on the city’s sparkling harbour. We’re relieved to be able... The post René Redzepi is Moving Noma to Sydney for the Summer appeared first on Grantourismo.
  • What to Eat in Myanmar – Our Favourite Dishes

    Terence Carter
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:20 am
    During our recent month in Myanmar the food was, in a word, fantastic. The breadth of the cuisine, from hearty breakfast noodles to light salads and substantial curries, and the conditions in which we ate them, from street food stalls to family eateries, made for... The post What to Eat in Myanmar – Our Favourite Dishes appeared first on Grantourismo.
  • Subscribe to Win a Slow and Stylish Siem Reap Escape

    Lara Dunston
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Subscribe to win a slow and stylish Siem Reap escape, including a relaxing two-night stay at chic Shinta Mani Resort, a six-course meal at Cambodia’s best restaurant Cuisine Wat Damnak, cocktails and dinner at atmospheric stylish Miss Wong, and an indulgent Bodia Spa massage and Bodia Nature products.... The post Subscribe to Win a Slow and Stylish Siem Reap Escape appeared first on Grantourismo.
  • Weekend in Mandalay

    Lara Dunston
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    Rudyard Kipling* was never in Mandalay. But we were recently and we had a magic time in the northern Myanmar city that’s easier than ever to visit. Warm, dusty and windy, the city’s allure isn’t immediately apparent, but follow our weekend in Mandalay itinerary and... The post Weekend in Mandalay appeared first on Grantourismo.
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  • Sunday Stories for August 3rd, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Night time in Lisbon It’s been a wonderful week, full of accomplished projets and ending on a high note of turning 60. Thanks to all of you for your kind words and thoughts. Your friendship means a lot to me. Now on to some great weekend reading. Falling in Love with Porto, Portugal I’ll be heading to Portugal next month and will have some time to spend in Porto. This provided some information that I’ll tuck away and use. Porto is a UNESCO heritage…
  • Sixty

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Viking River Cruise – Legends of the Rhine Today I am 60. There, I said it. A decade ago I couldn’t choke out the admission that I was turning 50, but this new decade seems a bit more comfortable, a bit easier to accept. Today I realized a few other things. So forgive me this self indulgence as I reflect on what it means to turn 60. I’m beyond middle age. I’m not going to live to 120, and that means that I am now on the downhill side of…
  • Sunday Stories for July 26, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Tacoma Narrows Bridge I’m back home after a fun-filled three days in Gig Harbor. Just across the Narrows Bridge (in photo), Gig Harbor has become a popular destination for visitors wanting to enjoy its parks and historic waterfront. Our stay was full of food and drink, lots of walking and wandering, and some time with friends, old and new. I’ll be having some stories and photos coming up. Here is a short list of what caught my eye this past week. 21 Ways…
  • Sunday Stories for July 19th, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s been a busy week full of projects, including one that I’m hoping to launch publicly next month. I’m creeping closer and closer to being happy with things, and it’s something that I’ve been thinking about (and talking about) doing for quite awhile. Look for an official announcement later this month. Other time consuming reading this month included researching a new camera. Small and functional, yet capable of doing a bit more than…
  • Sunday Stories for July 12, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Summer has well and true arrived in Seattle. With temps that have been well into the 90s, it’s been tough to do much of anything but enjoy this special time in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I’ve been working on some travel plans for the next few months, and have some local travel in the works. I know that I’m guilty of forgetting about the wonderful things here at home, and I’m trying to remedy that this summer. I’m also looking at a…
 
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  • An Afternoon at Portland’s Oregon Zoo

    Julie Henning
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Located in the heart of Portland’s beloved Washington Park, the Oregon Zoo is a 64-acre complex housing five major exhibit areas and over two hundred species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. Home to one of the most renowned elephant programs in the United States, children and adults from around the region are eagerly awaiting the ribbon cutting of the state-of-the-art Elephant Land Exhibit scheduled for November of this year. While the zoo is a popular field-trip destination for school children in both Washington and Oregon, we visited the zoo as a…
  • Clamming on the Oregon Coast

    Julie Henning
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:13 pm
    We pulled into Kelly’s Brighton Marina at 7:20 on a Thursday morning. A marina with camping and RV sites, Kelly’s is a popular one-stop-shop destination for anyone interested in fishing or crabbing in the protected waters of the Nehalem Bay. Kelly’s is easy to find. Located just of Highway 101 in Brighton, Oregon, a blip of a town about thirty miles north of Tillamook; look for the general store, cleaning stations, and docks leading down to a neat row of aluminum fishing boats with the word “Kelly’s” painted in red on a stripe of neon green.We were…
  • What to do in Tillamook, Oregon if you Have Kids

    Julie Henning
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:53 pm
    The official website for Tillamook County, Oregon says “Welcome to the land of Cheese, Trees, and Ocean Breeze,” which is (by my estimation) a fairly accurate tagline. I recently drove all over Tillamook County with my three kids in tow—our goal was to see as much as possible without feeling completely frazzled at the end of the trip. Over the span of three days, we counted license plates from 28 different states. In my experience, once you encounter people from 15 uniquely different parts of the country, you must be somewhere worth writing home about. In no particular order,…
  • Oregon Coast: Wheeler on the Nehalem Bay

    Julie Henning
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:44 pm
    A short drive up Highway 101 from Tillamook is the city of Wheeler. Built along the eastern edge of the Nehalem Bay in the shadow of Neahkahnie Mountain, this coastal community is significantly less touristy than nearby counterparts. If you are into antiques, Wheeler is the place for you. Mixed among vintage treasures, you’ll find kitschy gifts and Creative Fabrics, a destination fabric and quilting store. Completely accessible by foot, leave your car at the Waterfront Park and meander through the park and downtown business area. Or, if you have kids, drive up Hospital Road and follow…