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  • Exploring Ancient History in Alexander the Great's Dream City and Library by Ruth Kozak

    OffbeatTravel
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It is said that Alexander Alexander the Great had a dream in which he recalled the lines from Homer's Iliad of 'an island, Pharos, by the surging sea.' Alexander had come to Egypt to drive out the Persians and to him, this dream was an omen. Read about Alexander's Famous City and the Library at Alexandria
  • How to make Piadina – Romagna style

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

    Solo Traveler
    Guest
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    A gorgeous photo of a sunrise in Switzerland, provided by a Solo Travel Society member who had hiked from the Morterasch train station to the Boval Hutte. The post Pic of the Week: Sunrise in Switzerland appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • 5 Places Worth Visiting in Ankara, Turkey

    Perceptive Travel Blog
    Tim
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    If you asked a group of frequent travelers to name some of the most boring capital cities in the world, Ankara probably wouldn’t make the list—because most travelers don’t even bother to go there in the first place. Istanbul gets all the fame and visitors, while the seat of government in one of the world’s
  • Dia de los Muertos: The best spots

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    Lauren Quinn
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Image via Eneas de Troya “The Mexican…is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it…” —Octavio Paz MARIGOLDS, SUGAR SKULLS, and tequila-adorned altars — Paz was right. No holiday celebrates death like Día de los Muertos. Its Aztec roots reach back millennia. Surviving colonial absorption into Catholicism’s All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, the holiday retains the Aztec idea of death as a continuation of life in a parallel form; souls of the departed have an easier time visiting this world on Día de los Muertos, aided by…
 
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  • World’s Most Haunted Cities

    Intelligent Travel
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    These notoriously frightful cities are beset with ghastly, ghostly close encounters. 1. Madrid, Spain: Ghosts haunt all walks of life in this capital city, appearing in museums, like the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, whose central building was formerly a hospital, and even the imposing Linares Palace, once wracked by family scandal. Join one of many ghost tours and you’ll discover an urban trove of paranormal haunts. Baguio City’s Diplomat Hotel has become a hot spot for ghost hunters and paranormal experts. (Photograph by jeff A, Flickr) 2. Glasgow, Scotland: Glasgow is home to…
  • Meet the People’s Choice Travelers of the Year

    George W. Stone
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Numbers add up—just ask the “Inion Eleven.” Backed by a bounty of votes, this fearless family of global nomads takes the top spot in our People’s Choice contest. Over weeks of frenzied voting, ballots piled up for each of Traveler magazine’s latest class of Travelers of the Year. In the end, the Inion Family—parents Stacey-Jean and Brent, along with their nine kids, five of whom have special needs—demonstrated that there’s strength in numbers and nobility in humility. “We are grateful for the honor your readers have extended to us. Our children are elated,”…
  • The Best New Travel Reads of Fall

    Don George
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Two of the hottest books this fall are set in two of the planet’s coldest locales: Siberia and the South Pole. In Midnight in Siberia, author and NPR host David Greene meets singing babushkas in Buranovo and teenagers hawking meteor fragments in Chelyabinsk, as he travels 6,000 miles by train through the frigid rural heart of Russia. Felicity Aston ventures into even more extreme climes when she sets out to become the first woman to ski solo across Antarctica. Her memoir, Alone in Antarctica, brings to life the terror, the wonder, and the craziness of her two-month ordeal. In his short…
  • Europe’s Loveliest Cemeteries

    Jeanine Barone
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    It’s often scripted into horror movies and primetime dramas like CSI that the dead communicate with the living. Cemeteries, too, have tales to tell—tales of art, history, architecture, sociology, nature—but suffer from a bit of an image problem. I propose a new approach. Instead of viewing graveyards as morbid or macabre, why not see them as outdoor museums and botanical gardens—fascinating reflections of a particular cultural and natural setting? Not just the province of the dead and those who mourn them, cemeteries can be celebrated for all they offer the living. Europe…
  • I Heart My City: Mimi’s Brooklyn

    I Heart My City
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Researcher and artist Mimi Onuoha was living in Brooklyn…right before she found out she had been selected as one of five Fulbright-National Geographic digital storytelling fellows. She’s since hopped the pond to London to explore how technology and culture influence and affect each other, but she’ll never get Brooklyn out of her soul. As she says, “you can’t help but find endearing a city that will offer you everything but only kind of heart you back.” Here are some of Mimi’s favorite things about New York City’s most populous (and some might say…
 
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  • Makahiki, Hawaii’s Holidays

    Jamie Winpenny
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    Like many indigenous cultures the world over, native Hawaiians celebrate the harvest season. And like those other indigenous cultures, the Hawaiian makahiki The post Makahiki, Hawaii’s Holidays appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • What’s Halloween in like in Hawaii?

    Lauren Rolland
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    When I was growing up, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays. I would be excited about it for weeks in advance, The post What’s Halloween in like in Hawaii? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • 10 Ways to get around on Oahu

    Bruce Fisher
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Depending on how adventurous you want to be during your vacation to Hawaii, the island of Oahu offers tons of transportation options The post 10 Ways to get around on Oahu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • What’s New on the North Shore

    Lauren Rolland
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:31 am
    Oahu’s North Shore is infamous for their food trucks. Scattered from Haleiwa to Hau‘ula, these casual eateries have made a name for The post What’s New on the North Shore appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Surfing’s Circus Comes to the Country

    Jamie Winpenny
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    Professional surfing’s World Championship Tour has stricken the tents and winner’s stand at Moche Beach in Portugal. That seems, at first, irrelevant The post Surfing’s Circus Comes to the Country appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • 9 signs you're from Galicia

    Ana Bulnes
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Image by Andrés Fraga Hacé clic para leer este artículo en español. Tambien podés darnos un “me gusta” en Facebook! 1. You always carry a jacket with you. Always. You could be in Andalucía in July, but you just can’t leave the house without having at least a cardigan with you in case it cools down. One day it will, and you’ll have the last laugh. 2. TV’s Xabarín Club and orchestras took care of your musical education. And by orchestras we mean the bands who play corny cover songs in your village’s local fiestas. That’s how you’re so eclectic now: You didn’t even blink…
  • How to become culturally Irish

    Sorcha O'Higgins
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo: Marc Llopart 1. You think Bono is an “eejit.” 2. Your attitude towards the perpetual rain is to be as unprepared as possible. You scoff at dry tourists covered in rain gear while you cower in a doorway. 3. You are on a first name basis with your garbage man, post man, local shopkeeper, and bartender and give them all presents at Christmas. 4. You now use the adjective “grand” to indicate that something is merely acceptable. 5. You’ve started to refer to alcohol as “nectar,” “juice,” “the black stuff,” and “liquid…
  • Signs you've been in Japan too long

    Steve McCabe
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo: Tom Lin 1. The locals stop praising your Japanese. It’s rather patronising — if you string together a semi-coherent sentence, if you manage a couple of words, you’ll be told 日本語はお上手ですね, nihongo wa sogoi o-jozu desu ne, isn’t your Japanese ever so good? The Japanese woman — it does, for some reason, seem to be women who’re more prone to this behaviour — who does this might not actually muss up your hair or squeeze your cheek, but the condescension’s unmistakeable. Japanese isn’t a terribly hard language to get started with…
  • 10 signs your best friend is Swedish

    Matt Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Photo: Erik Olesund 1. He prefers to ski slopes while you sip stouts. Little baby Swedes start skiing before they utter their first ‘far,’ or ‘mor.’ He was a weathered ski instructor before his balls dropped, and the only of your friends to lose his virginity on a mountaintop. In a forest of icicles. With his damn skis on. Every time he hits the slopes, you hit the lodge for an afternoon of frosty tankards. Because life’s too short to be skiing down triple black diamonds. 2. You’ve choked down shots of Svedka that only he enjoyed. If vodka’s supposed to be tasty on its own, why…
  • Dia de los Muertos: The best spots

    Lauren Quinn
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Image via Eneas de Troya “The Mexican…is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it…” —Octavio Paz MARIGOLDS, SUGAR SKULLS, and tequila-adorned altars — Paz was right. No holiday celebrates death like Día de los Muertos. Its Aztec roots reach back millennia. Surviving colonial absorption into Catholicism’s All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, the holiday retains the Aztec idea of death as a continuation of life in a parallel form; souls of the departed have an easier time visiting this world on Día de los Muertos, aided by…
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • Trekking: What the Nepalese could learn from the Bhutanese

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

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

    Beth Whitman
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    On our recent visit to Denver, we stayed at The Curtis hotel in downtown Denver (as I mentioned in my post about us hiking). It was my first stay at The Curtis and I loved it because of how unique the hotel is. Every floor is themed and every room is decorated based on the theme of that floor. I thought it would be fun to share with you some photos of those rooms… We were on the 13th (scary movies) floor in the Ghostbusters room. It’s hard to tell from this photo but the darker green squares on the floor were actually filled with a gooey substance so that when you stepped on it,…
  • Denver-area Hiking

    Beth Whitman
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    As part of our training for the Snowman Trek, Jon and I took a very short trip (two nights) to Denver to get in some last-minute high-altitude hiking. It was a good thing we did because we learned a thing or two that we hadn’t quite figured out during our warm summer hikes. Though we had already done some high altitude hikes–14,000 foot Mauna Kea in Hawaii and 12,600 foot Santa Fe Baldy in New Mexico–this was the first time we were really in cold weather. It was 38 degrees when we set out at about 7 A.M. I have to admit that I was a bit unprepared for that low temp. While I…
  • Road Tripping in New Mexico

    Beth Whitman
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    This post is a bit late in coming as I was in New Mexico earlier this summer. Still, I wanted to make some time for one of my very favorite destinations. Though I make Seattle my home, my heart always gets pulled back to The Land of Enchantment. If I didn’t feel the need to be near water, I would likely be living there. But the Pacific Northwest’s green mountains and plethora of lakes, rivers, bays and sounds makes it my number one choice. I do travel to New Mexico fairly regularly, particularly now that I lead culinary tours to Santa Fe once a year. When I can, I tack on extra…
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  • Explorer of the Seas bringing deals to Port Canaveral

    Rich Tucker
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    As if cruise lovers not living in Florida did not have enough reasons to despise central Floridians; the arrival of the Explorer of the Seas to Port Canaveral in a couple of weeks will add to the list. Starting November 15th, 3 Royal Caribbean ships will call Port Canaveral home.  The Enchantment of the Seas [3 -4 nt Bahamas Cruises], Freedom of the Seas [7-nt Eastern & Western Caribbean], and the Explorer of the Seas [a variety of 5 - 9 nt Bahamas & Caribbean itineraries]. The good news for non-Floridians is that Port Canaveral is not a far drive from Georgia, Alabama, North…
  • Paris / New York City Time Lapse Video

    Rich Tucker
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Whether it’s by train, plane, or cruise ship — We love to share travel-related content that inspires us to travel This side by side time lapse video comparison of Paris and New York City does just that.   It is such an original way to spotlight two of the world’s most beautiful cities. This video was created by Franck Matelinni for Open Skies, an airline specializing in the Paris to New York route. Please SHARE if you think your friends would enjoy:  CLICK to SHARE ON FACEBOOK
  • Oasis of the Seas Dynamic Dining Coming Soon

    Rich Tucker
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Recently out of dry dock, the Oasis of the Seas is ready for her upcoming transition to Dynamic Dining. Starting March 14th on the Oasis and May 20th on the Allure, guests will have the option to dine at over 20 different restaurants on each ship. Until that time, they might see peeks of what’s happening with changes in the menu but they will continue to choose between traditional or my time dining. photo from RCL FB Page NEW OASIS DINING OPTIONS The Opus dining room which spanned 3 decks will be transformed in to three unique dining experiences: Grande will be the only formal dining…
  • Top 3 Celebrity 123go Sale Deals

    Rich Tucker
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    For your next Celebrity Cruise, how would you like to choose from Free Adult Beverage Package, Free Gratuities, or an Onboard Credit of up to $300? With the Free Adult beverage package being a $700+ value on a 7-night cruise, this sale is tough to beat. For the standard Celebrity 123go Sale, if you book an oceanview or higher on almost any Celebrity Cruise departing February 2014 – April 2016 then you will get to choose 1 of the above..and if you book a Europe Cruise – you get to choose 2 of the above. CLICK to view full Terms & conditions BUT WAIT, THERE’s MORE! Most of you know…
  • Jamaica Cliff Diving GoPro Video at Ricks Cafe

    Rich Tucker
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    SHARE on FACEBOOK A tourist favorite in Jamaica is watching the Cliff Divers at Rick’s Cafe. If you have not been there or have been there and wondered what it is like jumping from 70 Ft up, then you’ll love this recent GoPro Video taken by Spider as he dives in!    
 
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    Europe a la Carte Travel Blog

  • Review of Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge

    Karen Bryan
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
    I stayed at the Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge for one night in early June 2014. I originally booked the Ibis Budget Edinburgh Park priced at £35 a night on an unrestricted rate (which could be cancelled without penalty up until 2pm on the day of arrival). I planned to drive up to the hotel the afternoon before my flight and then take the car to an airport car park the next morning.
  • How to Own Your Own Ocean View in the UK

    Karen Bryan
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Given the beauty, quality and diversity of the coastline in the United Kingdom it will be of no surprise to anyone if you have fantasised about owning your own ocean view, because really, who hasn’t? For many, the cost of such a venture is formidable and so a dream is all that remains. The very rich can afford to buy whole islands – think Angelina Jolie with Brad Pitt, or Richard Branson for example – but then they can afford the 7 figure sums that such a purchase demands.
  • Barcelona’s Best Markets

    Karen Bryan
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    When travelling it’s not all about buildings and monuments; although a great part of sightseeing, we all know one of the best ways of getting to know a city is through its markets; which mark its culture, gastronomy and style of living. As a Mediterranean city, Barcelona is rich in in all kinds of markets, they be permanent, food orientated or second hand markets. Markets in Barcelona mark the city’s pulse, as well as also being architectural sites.
  • Review of RE London Shoreditch Hotel

    Karen Bryan
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    I stayed at the RE London Shoreditch for two nights in late May 2014. I was searching for a hotel in the Shoreditch/Hackney area to be to close to the Aegon Retiready event which I was attending for my personal finance blog. I booked the hotel around ten days in advance of my stay through lastminute's 'Top Secret' hotels.
  • Staying Connected While Travelling

    Karen Bryan
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
    Innovative improvements in technology mean fast internet connections no longer require a physical wired connection. Mobile technologies and broadband have transformed the travel industry and revolutionised travellers’ experiences. But how do mobile devices and broadband impact travellers’ behaviour and where do you find cheap broadband deals?
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    Art of Non-Conformity

  • Moving Your Family to Central America for 18 Months : On the Road with Annabel Candy

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself A popular travel blogger, Annabel Candy’s talents extend far beyond putting text to screen. When I heard about some of her adventures with her family, I wanted to share some of her tales of living abroad with three kids. Tell us about yourself.   I sometimes describe myself a slow nomad because I’ve lived and worked in eight different countries. When you speak with me you can tell I’m from the UK because I still have a British accent. However for the last few decades, I’ve lived in England, France, Laos, Zimbabwe,…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XVII

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. What It’s Like to Carry Your Nobel Prize Through Security — Apparently it’s very heavy, and also made of gold Is This the Greatest eBay Listing Ever? — A highly comprehensive video game collection for only $164,000 “No Words, No Breakfast” — How James wrote 1,000 words a day for a month Northern Lights in the Sky Above Norway — It turns out that Norway is a great vantage point to see the Aurora Borealis The Mass Mob — A religious…
  • Lessons from the Journey: Some Adventures Should Be Shared

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    From my own 193-country journey to the stories of many other people who were kindly willing to share, The Happiness of Pursuit attempts to extract and convey the lessons of modern-day quests. This series explores some of these lessons. Lesson: Some adventures should be shared. In studying quests, I heard from people who chose to pursue a big goal as a couple, a family, or just as a group of friends. These joint attempts had mixed results. In some cases, like John and Nancy Vogel, tackling a dream together was a great success. John and Nancy took their two sons on an epic 17,000 mile bicycle…
  • A Better Organizational Strategy: Throw Away Everything That Doesn’t Make You Happy

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    I love the principle presented by Japanese organizational expert Marie Kondo in her new book. The short version is: discard everything that doesn’t “spark joy.” For all the clothes you don’t wear, pass them on. At minimum, never keep anything you haven’t worn in the past year. Go around your house and get rid of all unnecessary papers. Papers are the worst—they rarely bring joy. Don’t worry about organizational accoutrements or professional storage products. Forget about being super minimalist. Instead, focus on holding on to things you like while getting…
  • Robert Genn’s Last Year to Live

    Chris Guillebeau
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    They considered how to spend the time they had left together. There were thoughts of trips to Hawaii or the Galapagos, but Genn wanted to end his life as he had lived it: in his studio, making art, with his family close by. James fashioned a reclining chair so his father could continue to paint, lying down, as his illness took a physical toll. “He made it his mission to go as long and as far as he could with a paintbrush in his hand, and he was painting small canvases right up until the last few weeks,” James said. “There’s a thing in the culture that says, if you’re given a year to…
 
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  • Go Visit Hawaii celebrates 8 years!

    Sheila Beal
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    A question that folks frequently ask me is — how did I get started running my own online Hawaii travel guide at Go Visit Hawaii? My answer is — I just started writing. I realized that I had a passion to share Hawaii travel advice and so I began to write, one blog post at a time.Back in October 2006, I had no idea Go Visit Hawaii would become the leading, independent Hawaii travel blog and a viable small business. Fast forward to eight years later, I’ve written over 2,100 articles we’re still going strong. Running Go Visit Hawaii has been a huge blessing that we thank…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Spouting Horn

    Sheila Beal
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Mahalo to Laura and Marco from Milan, Italy for sharing this excellent photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Here’s what our Italian friends shared about their photo of Spouting Horn, one of Hawaii’s best blowholes:We arrived to  Kauai the day  before Hurricane Iselle hit the Hawai’i islands. No damages in Kauai, but lots of rain and flash flooding.Just after “Iselle” left the area, we visited the Spouting Horn , and it was “spouting” quite  a lot!Compared to what we’ve seen of Spouting Horn in the past, it really does look like it’s…
  • How to see the sea cliffs of Molokai

    Sheila Beal
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The majestic, tall cliffs of MolokaiDid you know that the Hawaiian Island of Molokai is home to the tallest sea cliffs in the world? These magnificent cliffs tower between 3,600 and 3,900 feet above the ocean per GoHawaii.com.Molokai’s sea cliffs are located on the remote, north side of the island. You can’t really drive to see them as there are no roads leading to the north side. However, there are some excellent ways to admire these cliffs.1. Take a helicopter tour from Maui.Many helicopter tour companies offer helicopter tours to see the Molokai sea cliffs from Kahului on Maui.
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Oahu North Shore Rainbow

    Sheila Beal
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Mahalo to Ken Mulse for sharing this beautiful Oahu rainbow photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Here’s the story behind Ken’s photo that he took in August:I caught this photo on the North Shore on the way to Sharks Cove on Sunday. Hope you like it as much as I do!We sure do like it, Ken. This shot makes us want to take a scenic drive around Oahu right now.Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to…
  • What to know about vacation in Hawaii in November

    Sheila Beal
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    If you are considering a Hawaii vacation in November, you may want to examine all the important factors, such as weather, costs, crowds and special events. We’ll look at each of those factors in detail to help you decide whether November is the best month for your visit to Hawaii.What’s the weather like in Hawaii in November?Hawaii’s weather is almost always very pleasant. Even in November, when the most of the northern hemisphere experiences chillier, autumn weather, Hawaii stays quite warm due to its proximity to the equator. In November, Hawaii’s daytime, average…
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  • CaixaForum Madrid

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

    GJE
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Off course I’ve been under the rocks not noticing the variations in the Happy Song by Pharrell Williams doing the rounds. First the Dutch version which starts in my city, The Hague: and then the Dutch Moslim version: Happy is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Monday, October 20, 2014Happy is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Nothing Zen – Just Crop the Swimming Pool Photo

    GJE
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Nothing Zen – Just Crop the Swimming Pool Photo Recently I was on a short city trip to Madrid. When I prepared for the trip I was looking for a hotel with a swimming pool, as Madrid can be hot in September. I choose the hotel on the basis of a photo like the first photo. I took this photo myself. The first photo is a crop of the second photo. I used a booking portal (OTA) to search and book the hotel. When you look at the first photo, like me, you are likely to book the hotel if it features prominently on the booking site….When you look at the second photo, like me, You are…
  • Herring Eater at Sunset

    GJE
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Herring Eater at Sunset This herring eater statue is located at the Scheveningen beach. It portraits perfectly how the Dutch like to eat their herring: Raw and after the grates have been taken out the tail is left on and then they grab the herring by the tail and let it glide into their mouths. Just to remember summer seems over. Herring Eater at Sunset is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, October 7, 2014Herring Eater at Sunset is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my…
  • 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

    GJE
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew One way , the one with the shoe, I’ve shared already with you, but now I’ve a few more for you: Nails Screw hook and more. Always handy to know. Especially the blow torch one intrigues me so much I’ll have to try it out once. 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, September 5, 201410 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my…
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  • Finding Good Wine in Maine

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

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

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

    CajunMama
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Traveling to a city can be the perfect choice for a quick weekend getaway. With just a few weekends left in the year, trying to choose which destination city is the best for your time and budget can be a challenge. At TravelingMamas.com, with the help of Hilton, we’ve been researching and a list of top cities for your weekend getaway, be it for a family trip, romantic escape, or a girlfriend getaway. One of our top destinations we’ve found to “Be A Weekender” is Chicago, which is easily accessible by plane, train, or automobile and always seems to have something…
  • theWit Hotel Chicago #BeAWeekender

    CajunMama
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Finding time to get away from it all can be a challenge when one works Monday through Friday or once the school year begins. Leisure trips can be far and few between, especially with football season and extracurricular activities. Every once in a while, though, a weekend opens up and screams “run away and get out of town!” But where can one go? A great idea when one is indecisive on the travel front is to take out a map and draw a circle representing a two to three hour drive radius. Keep in a drawer handy for moments like this. Or, keep an eye out on airfare special and even…
 
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    Vagabondish

  • 37 Hours in Bar Harbor: How to Properly Escape to Maine’s Most Famous Tourist Trap

    Mike Richard
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Bar Harbor may well be Maine’s most famous tourist trap. As someone who’s been visiting on and off for ten years, I say that with affection. So much has been written about it, it’s a wonder anyone can reveal anything genuinely “new”. Since Mrs. Vagabondish and I first visited together in 2012, it’s become our quintessential New England getaway every year. Fall is the ideal time to visit Mount Desert Island (MDI), when the leaves are just starting to turn, there’s a cool, comfortable New England nip in the air,…
  • Why You Should Never Be Scared of Getting Sick Abroad

    Mike Richard
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. You’re a traveller. You love moving from place to place, experiencing different climates, tasting crazy foods and meeting people from around the globe. And you’ve been sick. You’ve vomited in your dorm room, you’ve nearly shit your pants and you’ve had a fever so high that people gasp when you tell them about it. This is the life of a nomad and it’s something we’ve all dealt with. Being sick is part and parcel of this amazing lifestyle we’ve chosen. It’s happened to you before and it will happen…
  • Photo of the Moment: Getting the Perfect Shot, Colorado

    Mike Richard
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Zach Dischner The post Photo of the Moment: Getting the Perfect Shot, Colorado appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • eBags Launches Revamped EXO Version 2.0: Our Favorite Luggage Series Just Got Even Awesomer

    Mike Richard
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. In May 2012, I wrote about the eBags EXO Hardside 24″ Spinner, concluding: Between the extremely durable polycarbonate shell, the lifetime warranty and a price-point at just under $180 USD, the EXO Spinner 24? is a steal. Frankly, it’d be worth it at twice the price. Back then, I called it “near bulletproof”. Two and a half years later, when I pack a checked bag, it’s still the only bag I travel with. And that was just Version 1.0. This year, eBags has returned with updated 2.0 versions of their entire EXO line. They were…
  • Photo of the Moment: Not So High Over Cappadocia, Turkey

    Mike Richard
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Noemí Galera The post Photo of the Moment: Not So High Over Cappadocia, Turkey appeared first on Vagabondish.
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    Adventure Girl

  • 8Great Spa & Golf Resorts

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

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

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

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

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

  • Book Review – Dining Out in Paris by Tom Reeves

    Jim McDonough
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Review of Dining Out in Paris: What You Need to Know before You Get to the City of Light, by Tom Reeves. Available as an e-book from Amazon. Tom can be reached […] The post Book Review – Dining Out in Paris by Tom Reeves appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Live from Meteora Greece – This Week in Travel 176

    chris2x
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. This episode was recorded on a press trip to Kalambaka, Greece below the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora. Regular hosts Gary Arndt and […] The post Live from Meteora Greece – This Week in Travel 176 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Strokkur Geyser – Iceland – Photo

    chris2x
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Seine River Cruises - save 10%Danube River Cruises starting at $1,099.00 Strokkur Geyser is the most active geyser in Iceland. It erupts every 4-8 minutes so you will not have to wait […] The post Strokkur Geyser – Iceland – Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Poland – Episode 441

    chris2x
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Hear about travel to Poland as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Chris Bogdon about his recent trip to Poland. Chris brought his kids and his parents to experience the country where […] The post Travel to Poland – Episode 441 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Kansas City, Missouri – Great American Road Trip

    chris2x
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Kansas City, Missouri We spent a weekend in Kansas City with the excuse of seeing the San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals in what we now know was a preview […] The post Kansas City, Missouri – Great American Road Trip appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Dharamshala, India – Find your consolation here!

    Tasneem Bhavnagarwala
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There are very few places in the world which encapsulate you into its atmosphere giving you a sense of fulfilment. One such place for me is Dharamshala in North of India in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala has a serenity about it that made me appreciate and thank life for whatever it has offered me so far. This hilly region, called ‘Little Lhasa’, has stunning mountains, trees, cold rivulets, chantings of the monks, the monastery, the silent images of Buddhas, smiling faces, prayer wheels and apron clad people – a society peaceful yet charming! Its mountains whispered at me,…
  • Los Angeles: Discovering L.A. Live Downtown

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    My article about L.A. Live is on USA Today   L.A. LIVE: A Pulsing Center of Downtown This is not to be missed, with something for everyone By Lisa Niver Los Angeles Local Expert SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 L.A. LIVE is a thriving hub of sports and entertainment in Los Angeles, which surrounds the STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Come see the championship teams, including the Clippers, Kings, Lakers and Sparks for incredible sporting moments. Before a Kings Game, head up to the 24th floor of the Ritz Carlton at WP24 and enjoy Puck and Play, dim sum that is satisfying and fast and…
  • Belonging in a state of mind in Italy

    Lindsay Berrett
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The faint peaceful intro of “in the morning” by the Living End disturbs my sleep, before the guitar kicks in and I quickly kill it so as not to disturb the house, Living in a big South Tyrolean family house on the edge of Caldaro Italy is definitely a little bit of a culture shock for this Australian. But I’m used to it, ever since I lived in Hanoi when I was 18 I have loved the feeling of a different culture or situation to live in its apart of what makes travelling so exciting and this is the best place yet. I decide to leapfrog my slowly stirring Girlfriend and run downstairs for a…
  • Ocean Prime Beverly Hills: Seafood, Steaks & Cocktails

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Enjoying Ocean Prime Beverly Hills: Seafood, Steaks & Cocktails @OceanPrime_CMR corner of Wilshire, Dayton, Camden new in #BeverlyHills A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:45pm PDT VIDEO: Ocean Prime Beverly Hills Berries and Bubbles #OceanPrime @OceanPrime_cmr #BeverlyHills A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:10pm PDT Raw bar @oceanprime_cmr #OceanPrime #BeverlyHills A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:13pm PDT Truffle mac’n cheese is scrumptious! @OceanPrime_cmr #OceanPrime…
  • The Watercolour Coast in the UK

    Kathryn Hodgson
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The corn ears shivered against my palm and bare legs as we walked, pushing through the thick crops towards the horizon. I had seen over that ridge a hundred times, I had watched my dog’s tail twitching and disappearing amongst the corn over again and yet it never failed to fill me with joy and hope. I watched as Paddington bounded ahead of me and leapt upon an imaginary mouse as he snuffled and pushed his nose deep into the dry summer soil. A warm breeze took the hair from my face and filled my mind and heart with the scent of salted air and crashing waves. Just a few steps further and the…
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    Elliott

  • What happened to the repair records for my damaged rental car?

    Christopher Elliott
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    After Jiuguang Wang is involved in a fender bender in Belgium, Europcar charges him $3,309. But it doesn’t send the […] The post What happened to the repair records for my damaged rental car? appeared first on Elliott.
  • What’s the worst holiday travel mistake you’ve ever made?

    Christopher Elliott
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Travelers make mistakes every day of the year. Believe me, I know. I’m one of them. But they seem to […] The post What’s the worst holiday travel mistake you’ve ever made? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Wanna win one of these thought-provoking books about travel?

    Christopher Elliott
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    During the next 24 hours, I’m going to be giving away two incredible books written by my friends. My October […] The post Wanna win one of these thought-provoking books about travel? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Is my credit card payment really “late”?

    Christopher Elliott
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Cynthia Morgan’s credit card claims she’s made too many “late” payments and is reporting her to a collection agency. But […] The post Is my credit card payment really “late”? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Let’s bring back a little compassion to travel

    Christopher Elliott
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I don’t know how we lost it. But if there was one thing I could fix about the travel industry, […] The post Let’s bring back a little compassion to travel appeared first on Elliott.
 
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    Upgrade: Travel Better

  • Booking.com Coupon Codes for October 2014

    Deals
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Booking.com is a popular online accommodation booking website founded in 1996 Redeem a Booking.com coupon code for... additional discount on your next booking. Booking.com has more than 550,000 room reservations daily. Customers are able to find rooms from hotels worldwide at this site and they can easily book the one they like. Latest Booking.com Coupon Codes for October 2014 I'D LIKE: 50% Off         20% Off         Free Cancellation        50% Off at Booking.comTake 50% off at Booking.com when... ▼Book your next trip through…
  • Hotels.com Discount Codes for October 2014

    Deals
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Hotels.com is a leading website for booking hotel accommodation Originally launched in 1991 and has developed, since then, a number of 85 sites in 34 different languages. It currently lists around 325,000 hotels from all over the world. The website is a leader as it allows you to book a hotel in over 19,000 locations with Hotels.com coupons that discount the price of your next stay. Latest Hotels.com Coupon Discount Codes for October 2014 I'D LIKE: $100 Rebate         50% Off         $5 Off        $100 Booking RebateGet a $100 rebate…
  • Best Hotels In Las Vegas

    Deals
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    Going to Vegas? Pick the Best Hotel For You Ask any Sin City enthusiast, and they’ll tell you straight up: to have the best time in Las Vegas, you gotta stay on the strip. But, if you’re willing to venture away from the action, you’re bound to run into a treasure or two. And for a city known for excess luxury, big-ticket shopping and million-dollar jackpots, you can bet that its hotel stays match the opulence and exorbitance of the guests’ play. Best Deals on Las Vegas Hotels 50% Off at Booking.comTake 50% off at Booking.com when... ▼Book your next trip through Booking.com to…
  • Which Americans have passports, and which Americans don’t?

    Mark Ashley
    8 Mar 2011 | 6:30 pm
    30% of Americans have passports. But where do those Americans live? New Jersey takes the prize for the highest percentage of passports issued: 68.36%. At the low end: Mississippi, with just 19.86%. Via C.G.P. Grey, see the graphic below: For the “yes, but…” file: This dataset actually reflects addresses for issuance, not ownership of US passports. That’s because it’s based on addresses at the time of application, so if you got your passport when you live in Los Angeles and then move to St. Louis, you’re in the California stats, not the Missouri stats. Also,…
  • Double up? Citibank’s American AAdvantage Visa comes with a connected Amex

    Mark Ashley
    7 Mar 2011 | 7:36 pm
    The Citibank envelope that was in the mailbox when I returned home today contained two new American Airlines AAdvantage linked cards. But, in a first for me, I received both a replacement Visa and a new American Express. Huh? When I signed up for the card, it was just a Visa. How did I now get two different cards? The enclosure explained: We have enhanced your Citi/AAdvantage credit card account. You now have two Citi/AAdvantage cards, including a Citi/AAdvantage American Express card, to access your existing account and credit line. These two new cards – which are enclosed and carry no…
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Halloween Travel Around the World!

    Soul Travelers3
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Halloween Travel Around the World!What are the best spooky,  Halloween travel destinations in the world? From witches in What are the best spooky, spine-tingling Halloween travel destinations in the world?  From witches in Prague to haunted houses in New York City, to bone churches in Austria and Medieval torture chambers in Spain...... ......we've seen it all and share the best with you! We had an enchanting Halloween in Umbria when Mozart was eight among all the colorful vineyards with a costume we bought earlier in Turkey ( that she also wore to tour Ephesus to add to the…
  • Stunning Fall Colors Around the World!

    Soul Travelers3
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    Stunning Fall Colors Around the World!Who doesn't love this colorful, crisp season of Autumn? In our travels around the world we've Who doesn't love this colorful, crisp season of Autumn? In our travels around the world we've seen so many stunning destinations in fall, so wanted to share these photos with you!That gorgeous vineyard and church scene above, is from Route des Vins d'Alsace in France and it was like walking into a painting. Fall is the best time to visit Beijing China like this terra cotta dragon at the Summer Palace. What a delight to discover these sunflowers in Germany's…
  • What to do in Spain? The Ultimate Checklist!

    Soul Travelers3
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    What to do in Spain? The Ultimate Checklist!Planning a trip to Spain? Having seen more of Spain than most Spaniards I have the ultimate checklist for you! Planning a trip to Spain? Having seen more of Spain than most Spaniards I have the ultimate checklist for you! 1) DON'T MISS ANDALUCIA, BUT SEE IT IN FALL, SPRING OR WINTER Southern Spain is quintessential Spain, ( and one of our homes after 6 years of wintering there) but do like the Spaniards do and head to green northern Spain during the summer months when Andalusia fries in the hot sun. 2) GAUDI IN BARCELONASo much to love in…
  • Mozart Sings at the House of Blues!

    Soul Travelers3
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Mozart Sings at the House of Blues!Beautiful teen singer Mozart sang and played keyboard for her amazing set at the House of Blues Beautiful teen singer Mozart sang and played keyboard for her amazing set at the House of Blues and the crowd loved it. She was the youngest one but blew us away with her sweet, powerful voice and star-level charisma.  This is a video of one of the songs she sang called " We Own The Night" by The Wanted and we will be putting more of them on our Youtube Channel, so make sure you subscribe! It is amazing how comfortable Mozart is on stage as she…
  • Treat Yourself to the Best Paleo Chocolate Candy Recipe!

    Soul Travelers3
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Treat Yourself to the Best Paleo Chocolate Candy Recipe!Treat yourself to the yummiest, easiest, fastest chocolate paleo candy in minutes with this no-bake Treat yourself to the yummiest, easiest, fastest chocolate paleo candy in minutes with this no-bake healthy, grain-free, gluten-free, raw recipe! Or turn it into chocolate fudge! Like all my super healthy dessert recipes, I keep things simple (like chocolate cake, banana bread, clafouti, ice cream with out machine , chocolate strawberries etc.), because I love easy and fast when it comes to healthy, gluten-free, grain-free cooking!Also try…
 
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    The Cranky Flier

  • The Miracle of an Ordinary Day Trip to the Bay Area (Trip Report)

    CF
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Back in July, I was asked to speak on a panel about travel at Stanford’s reunion weekend. I gladly accepted and figured that it would just be an easy day trip. Sometimes, however, it’s a simple day trip like this that makes me step back and truly appreciate the awe-inspiring power of flight. Everything had to go right on this trip, and thanks to Southwest and National Car Rental, it all did. I was ready to purchase tickets early, but there was one variable that made life difficult. The panel’s time couldn’t be set until the football game schedule came out, and that…
  • American’s New Upgrade Policy is a Smart Hybrid

    CF
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    American announced the details of the 2015 AAdvantage frequent flier program today, and I was given a sneak peek yesterday. The details of the new program are a big deal because it’s the first one that combines the old US Airways Dividend Miles and American AAdvantage programs. As expected all along, AAdvantage is the surviving program. While there are many things that will probably be addressed in future years, it’s the changes to the upgrade program that really caught my eye. But before we get into that, let’s talk a bit about the basics. The programs will combine in the…
  • Come Back at 7a PT for Today’s Post

    CF
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    You know that I post like clockwork at 345a Pacific Time, but today I’ll be going live late. See, American is announcing its new combined AAdvantage program (integrating US Airways Dividend Miles) today, and I was given a sneak peek. One of the caveats, however, was honoring the embargo until 7a PT. So, come back then and we’ll talk shop.
  • Forget the “Best Day to Buy Tickets” Garbage and Think About How Far In Advance to Book Instead

    CF
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Last week I wrote a special Friday post tearing apart the way the media misinterpreted a report showing that Sunday is the cheapest day to buy plane tickets. As annoyed as I was to see it covered so poorly, I was even more annoyed to see the most interesting data buried beneath those mindless headlines. There actually was some pretty helpful information in the report surrounding how far in advance you should book your ticket. First, a couple caveats. We have to keep in mind that this looked at tickets issued between January 2013 and July 2014. Since it’s not a single year of data, there…
  • Cranky on the Web (October 20 – 24)

    CF
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    If anyone happens to be going to a Stanford class reunion today, then come on by and see me on a travel panel at 930a. We’ll be on the third floor in Encina Hall. Southwest tries to get back on schedule – Marketplace Morning Report After my post about Southwest’s terrible on time performance over the last year, I had a chat with Marketplace about what happened. That was, of course, whittled down into a bite size chunk. In the Trenches: Revisiting Our Core Product I spent a lot of time thinking about new offerings, but every so often, we need to step back and make sure our…
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Travel Tip: The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

    PeterGreenberg.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin WallThere’s an important anniversary coming up and some very meaningful ways to celebrate it. I’m talking about the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On the weekend... Read More...The post Travel Tip: The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Beyond the Maze: Halloween Events at Historic & Haunted Places

    PeterGreenberg.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Beyond the Maze: Halloween Events at Historic & Haunted PlacesIf you’re interested in Halloween events, it’s easy to find scary mazes, hay rides, and haunted houses. But what about visiting places that are actually haunted? Some of the more... Read More...The post Beyond the Maze: Halloween Events at Historic & Haunted Places appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • What Do Passengers Hate Most About Airlines?

    PeterGreenberg.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - What Do Passengers Hate Most About Airlines?As frequent—or even infrequent—flyers, there are often things that can get on our nerves. But is there anything you flat-out HATE about airlines? This summer, Spirit Airlines conducted a survey... Read More...The post What Do Passengers Hate Most About Airlines? appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Life Saving Devices You Can Use on the Road

    PeterGreenberg.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Life Saving Devices You Can Use on the RoadTravel is stressful enough, but the fear of getting sick or injured away from home can really add to the concern. Fortunately, there are now some life saving devices you... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Life Saving Devices You Can Use on the Road appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Luxe Lavs: Denver in the Pre-Ski Season

    PeterGreenberg.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Luxe Lavs: Denver in the Pre-Ski SeasonSki resorts may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of the fall months. But it’s actually one of the best times to visit—the crowds... Read More...The post Luxe Lavs: Denver in the Pre-Ski Season appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
 
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Kamikaze Fireflies: A Laugh-Out-Loud Must-See

    Jamie Rhein
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ever since my son had a hankering to pick up a sword for some playtime swashbuckling, we’ve headed to Ohio’s Renaissance Festival for a perfect fall outing. The Kamikaze Fireflies are what bring me back over and over, and are a laugh-out-loud must-see. Fortunately, this dynamic duo–Rob Williams and Casey Martin, take their unique brand of […]
  • Molokai, Hawaii: Things to Do

    Nancy Brown
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you visiting Molokai, Hawaii for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do on the Friendly Isle.     When I have a visitor from out of town, the most authentic Molokai experiences I suggest are the mule ride to Kalaupapa National Historical Park – a […]
  • Rhine River: Christmas Market Cruising

    Nancy Brown
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    My wanderlust and love of boating each began at the same time: on the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland when I was a child. At first the exotic costumes and props sparked my interest — then it struck me how pleasant it was to see the world pass by as I floated on […]
  • Spa Week Deals

    Nancy Brown
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve said it before, “If money were no object, I’d splurge on a massage once a week.” But like everyone else, I watch my pennies and treat myself to a spa treatment once every few months or when I come across a deal. Twice a year in April and October, Spa Week offers $50 spa […]
  • Small Ship Review: UnCruise

    Nancy Brown
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s not often that you meet a hotel manager while cruising on a small ship through Alaskan waters. In fact, I had no idea that the role of hotel manager existed on the high seas. Yet when you think about an 84-guest passenger ship, it really should be considered a floating boutique hotel. I was […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • Hawaii Resort Fees, Are They Worth It?

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

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

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

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

    Bruce Fisher
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I feel like a lot of things big have happened in Hawaii pretty recently… Big Island had an earthquake, two hurricanes threatened The post Describing Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • How to make Piadina – Romagna style

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

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

    Rob
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Tagliatelle with Ragu, cooking with Nonna Violante   What makes Italian cuisine so delightful and varied is that each region holds tightly to its local traditions that include food, wine, music, dialect, and folklore. In Bellaria Igea Marina, fresh seafood dominates the local cuisine, and you will find many popular recipes created around various types of fish that are prominent in this area. Ingredients are simple, natural, and healthy. From the type of salt added to the food (coarse sea salt was preferred), to spices and herbs, each ingredient has a purpose for flavor as well as healthy…
  • Ghost Town of Monterano: Part 4

    A Road Retraveled
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to Psychic Archaeology’s part 4 of the Ghost Town of Monterano visit. This is the final episode of the long history of Monterano that spanned thousands of years and many ancient civilizations and era. In this episode we discover what caused Monterano’s final demise…what famous films where created here, and goes on in the Ghost Town of Monterano today! In 1770 a far more serious scourge befell Monterano: Malaria – the mosquito-borne infectious disease. Its once vibrant population was reduced to just a few dozen villagers. The etymology of “malaria” derives…
  • Ghost Town of Monterano: Part 3

    A Road Retraveled
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:50 am
    Welcome to Ghost Town of Monterano! We continue our Physical and Metaphysical journey through this magnificent ancient town in part 3 of Psychic Archaeology travel series featuring Sandie LaNae. Sandie’s Remote Visit Report: Oh…Weird echoes, I’m hearing echoes, but they’re all muffled. When I get near or in the building they’re all muffled. I don’t feel catacombs, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any…or tunnels… something under the floorway. It’s very difficult to breathe here. I don’t know if the water is making this place humid, or if this place is…
 
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  • Bangkok Oct 31, 2014 — Bangkok, Thailand

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    Bangkok Oct 31, 2014 - Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, ThailandEndlich, um 9.30 Uhr morgens bin ich angekommen in Bangkok. Nun war die frage, wie komme ich am schnellsten und billigsten zur khao san road. Gemäss Internet gibt es ein Rail link in das Zentrum und danach kan man den Bus nehmen.. Den Rail link habe ich schnell gefunden. Für nur 35 bht (1.00Fr) kam ich in das Zentrum, jedoch stand da kein Bus der mich zur khao san road fährt.. Schnell fand ich eine total liebe ältere Frau die mir half den richtigen Weg zu finden, da sie es aber jedoch selber nicht genau wusste wie…
  • Aurora, IL MRI provided by Fox Valley Imaging — Orlando, Canada

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Aurora, IL MRI provided by Fox Valley Imaging - Orlando, Canada Orlando, CanadaFox Valley Imaging has been established on solid, foundational principles to give patient-friendly, reliable, empathetic, affordable, and ethical imaging for your medical concerns. Our imaging capabilities include: MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), MRA (magnetic resonance angiography), CT (computed tomography), Ultrasound, Echocardiogram, Video Fluoroscopy, and X-ray. Empathic In a world where everyone is becoming just a number, we see every client as a continuing relationship. Every member of our team seeks to…
  • Who Wants To Look 5 To 10 Years Younger Without Plastic Surgery? — Iasi, Romania

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Who Wants To Look 5 To 10 Years Younger Without Plastic Surgery? - Iasi, Romania Iasi, RomaniaFor the very best outcome, use of these creams should start when you comprehend stretch marks are forming. These implants are custom made to sit on top of the bone and below the gums, not in the bone. You need to do away with undesirable hair, however, you don't want to spend lots of cash on laser hair removal, nor do you intend to go through the discomfort of waxing...So, this is actually the best answer in your case. Anyone can choose hair removal cream. It's the least expensive, fastest and safest…
  • Senem Deniz, Jak Matalon, Ulas Deniz, Sule Karaca — Turkey, Turkey

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Senem Deniz, Jak Matalon, Ulas Deniz, Sule Karaca - Turkey, Turkey Turkey, TurkeySenem Deniz, Jak Matalon, Ulas Deniz, Sule Karaca - ARUS TELECOM - VoIPArustel founded in 2010 by a team of seasoned telecommunications entrepreneurs a next-generation carrier focusing on VoIP and telecommunications solutions for the wholesale, enterprise and middle markets."Excellency in customer support"The primary goal of Arustel is to provide telecommunication services to Carriers, Businesses and Individuals, offering unmatched quality, aggressive rates and no compromise customer satisfaction.Our customers…
  • Pain Relief on an Acupressure Mat — Henderson, NV

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Pain Relief on an Acupressure Mat - Henderson, NV Henderson, NV Pain alleviation on your body is possible by having an Acupressure Mat and it's rewards are considered to be massive for the human anatomy. Pain Relief on an Acupressure Mat The healing power of a Heavenly Acupressure mat, the pressure points, induce a number of complicated internal functions creating a Therapeutic Answer. This advances the heart rate and shifts the blood pressure level to increase the reduction of toxins from your damaged area. Discomfort or injury act to warn your body that damage-control is required, of which…
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    FareCompare » Ask Rick

  • 5 Unexpected Things that Can Ruin a Flight. Don’t Let That Happen.

    Rick Seaney
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Don’t let unexpected snags ruin a trip during the upcoming holidays – or any time. We’ve got solutions for problems you can fix and coping mechanisms for those you can’t. 1. Lost ID Ever done this? As you approach the TSA airport security line, you reach into pocket or purse and – no driver’s license. Where did it go? More importantly, how will you get through security without your precious ID? What you can do: TSA officers are used to this and have a procedure which involves pulling you aside for a few questions and maybe a…
  • Thanksgiving is Just One Month Away. Are You Ready?

    Rick Seaney
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Warning: Thanksgiving is Nov. 27 – just about a month away and it’ll go fast. Are you ready to travel? Don’t worry, we can help with flight stuff (you’re on your own with the bird). LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney has more tips. Thanksgiving Countdown Checklist If you don’t have an airline ticket yet Buy now. Each day you delay in October adds another $7 or $8 – per day – to a Thanksgiving airline ticket. Once November arrives, it rises to $15 per day. Buy your airline ticket now. Don’t expect last-minute deals: You used to be able to find…
  • Airlines Keep Trying to Raise Ticket Prices. Why They Keep Failing.

    Rick Seaney
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    So far this year, airlines have raised prices five times (or five-and-a-half times, if you count the JetBlue-initiated hike of Oct. 9 which all other airlines bailed on except for JetBlue). See a chart of 2014′s hikes, including a brand new attempt LISTEN: Rick Seaney has more details. Most Hike Attempts Failed Either way, lots of hikes, right? Well, not necessarily. Not when you consider airlines attempted to raise prices twenty times this year. So what happened? Here are some answers. Four Reasons for Failure There are several reasons for the airlines’ failure to push through…
  • Etiquette 101 for Airline Passengers and Flight Attendants

    Rick Seaney
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    There have been lots of airline stories lately about minor irritations escalating into big blow-ups, so the buzz about my recent ABC column on Charm School for Travelers doesn’t really surprise me. Some of the highlights and sample classes of my imaginary curriculum. LISTEN: Quiet, please. Etiquette class is now in session. Etiquette 101 – Don’t Yell, Don’t Touch During an Emirates flight from London to Dubai, a British man allegedly jumped from his seat, threw food around the cabin and threatened to kill a flight attendant. No surprise then that he is now making his…
  • When Will Airlines Allow Phone Calls on Planes?

    Rick Seaney
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I field all kinds of travel-related questions and here’s one that pops up now and again: “When will airlines allow phone calls on planes?” The answer is complicated; I’m tempted to say don’t hold your breath but in this ever-changing era of personal electronics and their ever-changing uses, never say never. Can You Make Voice Calls on U.S. Planes No. As things stand now, the Federal Aviation Administration says no, while the Federal Communications Commission has said they’re open to the idea but so far nothing has changed. You may use phones on…
 
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  • Review: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires.. and Great Elite Recognition!

    Gary Leff
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    You’ll Also Want to Be Sure to Read: American Airlines Flagship Lounge, New York JFK American Airlines First Class, New York JFK – Buenos Aires The Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is a great city hotel, set in an upscale neighbor apart from the hustle and bustle of the city and just a few blocks from the Four Seasons. Service is excellent, and it’s a great value to stay there as a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member especially when cash and points is available. My Park Hyatt Buenos Aires review begins with arrival at the property. There are two separate buildings, connected via…
  • Great Deal: British Airways Visa Drops First Year Annual Fee, Still Offers 50,000 Points!

    Gary Leff
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same). The signup offer for the British Airways Visa Signature® Card has just gotten better. The card still offers 50,000 bonus points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. What’s…
  • Up to 10,000 Miles Off Delta Economy Award Redemptions

    Gary Leff
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Delta is short-term award sale. Delta wants you to ‘book your dream trip’ but your dream had better not include business class, because the sale is for coach only. And you had better not want to travel on peak holiday dates — because those are blacked out. Here’s the deal: For tickets issued by November 3 and travel between December 3 and February 18 (but subject to blackout dates), Delta is offering discounts of 4000 – 10,000 miles on economy awards within the 48 contiguous U.S. states and between those 48 States and the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South…
  • Jose Canseco Shoots Himself – And Delta – in the Finger, Free Parking, and Reserve Hotel Awards Without Points

    Gary Leff
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    News and notes from around the interweb: 25 Fascinating Rules of Etiquette from Around the World Marriott Rewards will start offering free wireless internet to all guests who are members of the program and book directly through a Marriott channel, starting January 15. This may be at a degraded speed compared to what Gold and Platinum members are entitled to. Up to 50% off awards from Air France KLM Flying Blue (an American Express transfer partner) should be up starting tomorrow for November booking and January/February travel. Hilton’s Winter promo is a week double points (unless…
  • American Express Centurion Lounge Opens in San Francisco Next Week!

    Gary Leff
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same). I’m a big fan of American Express Centurion lounges in US airports, which I get complimentary access to as a Platinum Card from American Express cardholder. What Is An American Express Lounge? American Express…
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  • Japan tax free items now include cosmetics, food and beverages

    Esme Vos
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    As of 1 October 2014, tourists in Japan can get a tax refund for cosmetics, skin care, food and beverage (e.g. sake) purchases in department stores and other shops offering tax-free shopping. This is big news for tourists who come to Japan to buy high-end Japanese cosmetics brands such as Shiseido, Cle de Peau, Lunasol, Suqqu, Cosme Decorte, Three, etc.Tourists spend thousands of dollars on cosmetics and skin care in Japan because these items are often more expensive in their home countries and the selection in Japan is simply better.In Japanese department stores, you have to spend at least…
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle 787 Dreamliner: Oakland, California to Oslo

    Esme Vos
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    This is a review of a Norwegian Air Shuttle flight in August 2014 from Oakland, California to Oslo, Norway, specifically the Premium Economy cabin and services. Norwegian began flying from Oakland airport in California to Oslo and Stockholm this year. Although it is a “discount” airline, Norwegian flies the latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner, unlike traditional carriers such as United, Air France, KLM and British Airways that still fly old planes between San Francisco and Europe. Norwegian does not offer business class seats; instead it offers Premium Economy seats in a separate cabin,…
  • Top 10 travel tips 2014 edition

    Arnon Kohavi
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Here are Mapplr’s updated top 10 travel tips.(1) In Italy (and other countries with a rich history, food culture and tradition of hospitality, like Japan) go off the beaten track. You will avoid the crowds, pay much less for hotels and restaurants and still see unique sites.(2) Don’t waste your money on renting a GPS (like those Garmin devices) with your car rental. Get a SIM card and use Waze on your smart phone. It is much more accurate and alerts you to speed traps, road accidents and traffic jams. You can still use Waze on your smartphone with your mobile data turned off (for…
  • Etihad, Turkish Airlines to start flying to SFO

    Arnon Kohavi
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    San Francisco, the tech capital of the world, has sub-par international connections, especially for passengers traveling to Latin America, Southern Europe, India and the Middle East. Of the four BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), non-stop flights from SFO are offered only to China. Tech entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv, Bangalore, Helsinki or Santiago de Chile have been forced to rely on connections that make their trips long and tiring. But that may soon change.Norwegian has begun to fly non-stop from Oakland International to Oslo and Stockholm on new Boeing 787-Dreamliner aircraft.
  • Hotel Hotel Canberra: Stunning Architecture in Australia’s Capital

    Arnon Kohavi
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Hotel Hotel Canberra is a new modern hotel opened in Australia’s capital. Hotel Hotel is located on three levels of the Nishi residential building, a sustainable “vertical village” that contains within it facilities delivering the best of global cinema, independent book and pop-up stores, music, and local cafés and bars. Designed by Australian architectural firm Fender Katsalidis, in close collaboration with Japan’s Suppose Design Office, the intention of creating beautiful, sustainable spaces has been beautifully executed. The residences are built from recycled timber…
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • Dali – a Dong minority village in Guizhou

    Tony Wheeler
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    My Guizhou trip was involved with Global Heritage Fund’s work in the region. Guizhou is one of the most ethnically mixed regions of China with minority groups making up more than a third of the total population. The biggest group are Miao people, closely related to the Hmong tribes of South-East Asia. They make up 12% of the state’s population, followed by the Buyei at 8% and the Dong at 5%. ▲ Dali’s drum tower dominates the village, it’s currently being restored. Dong villages are typically divided up into different clan groupings, each with its own drum tower and often with…
  • Feiyunya in Guizhou Province

    Tony Wheeler
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    It’s always nice to end up somewhere which seems to be off the map and there are certainly plenty of those places in China. Like Feiyunya, about 130 km (in a straight line) north-east of Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province. It doesn’t appear on maps, in our script at least, it’s not in Lonely Planet’s China guide and searching for it online barely turns up any information apart from a mention of the small National Minorities Museum within the complex. Although it doesn’t appear in high enough resolution to discern anything, apart from the car park, you can find Feiyunya on…
  • Travelling Guizhou Province, China

    Tony Wheeler
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    I spent a few days looking around Guizhou. It is (or was) the poorest province in China, a place ‘without three li of flat land, three days of fine weather, or three coins to rub together.’ It’s also a place where, clearly, an awful lot of development is happening. ▲ Yet another Guizhou freeway tunnel As you’ll quickly see out on the roads. That severe shortage of flat land means that roads and railway either have to wind around and go up and down or, in the new China, soar across valleys on viaducts or pierce through hills in tunnels. Driving around the province on recently…
  • Free Phones – so why not free Myki Cards?

    Tony Wheeler
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    My room at the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong a few days ago featured an in-room printer, ideal for when you need to print off boarding passes or other paperwork. And a free minibar, now that’s a nice touch. ◄ And, best of all, a free mobile phone. When you check in you get your own smart phone to use while you’re staying at the hotel. It included free local calls, free international calls back to your home country, free internet, emails, Google maps and so on. Perfect! Using your own phone overseas and encountering sky high data charges can be a big problem for unwary travellers. Even for…
  • Yuz Museum, Shanghai

    Tony Wheeler
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    ▲ Take the nose and tail of three private jets past their use-by date, join them together with long twisting tubes and turn them into three snakes writhing across the gallery floor. It’s Telle mère tel fils by Abdel Abdessemed. Art galleries are all the go in China and the Yuz Museum in Shanghai is definitely worth a visit. The creation of Budi Tek, he’s Chinese-Indonesian and has another Yuz Museum in Jakarta, it’s housed in a converted aircraft hangar. The museum is about 7km from the centre of Shanghai and you can get there by taxi or on the metro. Check the Yuz Museum…
 
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  • Eating Cheap in Paris: 8 dinners for €10 or less

    Kaitlin Davella
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Paris has a reputation of being romantic, fashionable, and as most are quick to add, expensive. While the food is almost always amazing, a nice dinner in the City of Lights can run up quite a tab. We highly recommend treating yourself to a classic French meal, but for those other nights when you’d like to stick to your budget, it’s wise to have a few cheap and delicious options in mind. If you want to splurge, you can always go for a nice prix fixe lunch. There are  several great deals ranging from €14-23, and then you can save money with a light dinner. With that in mind, here…
  • New York: Best affordable hotels in popular neighborhoods

    Suzanne Russo
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    It’s no secret that hotel rooms in New York are expensive, but there are deals to be had if you know where to look. And these deals are not limited to far-flung locations or flea-bag motels. In fact, even in the city’s most popular areas, you can find nice accommodations that won’t break the bank—and because these cheap hotels tend to be small outfits, they often offer homey charms or funky quirks that will make your stay even more memorable. Here, the best cheap hotels in New York, by neighborhood. Once a palace for Broadway royalty, the Mayfair maintains hints of its…
  • 5 tips for visiting Birmingham, England on a budget

    Alex Robertson Textor
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Birmingham, the UK’s second-biggest city in terms of population, is no London copy. The West Midlands city is full of classic Victorian buildings and bold contemporary architecture alike. Historically an important center of manufacturing and modern industry, Birmingham has more recently seen an extended refurbishment of canals and industrial areas and the creation of a media and arts district in the Custard Factory. Birmingham’s weekend crowds consist mostly of locals, in refreshing distinction to London’s tourist-filled inner districts. Here are five tips for watching your pennies in…
  • 10 French phrases that will save you money in Paris

    Bryan Pirolli
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    So you’re feeling like you’ve mastered the “bonjours” and “mercis”? Maybe it’s time to kick it up a notch. Sometimes in Paris, hand signals don’t always work when you are shopping or dining in a café. We know the feeling when you want to say, “No, stop, please, I didn’t want the €65 box of chocolate,” and sometimes you just can’t find the words. So here are a few simple phrases to keep in your back pocket when purchasing items or dining out so that you can avoid spending too much. Bon courage! 1. Ça coute combien? – This costs how much? Use this one when you…
  • Rolling Along: A Cheapo at Work in Amsterdam

    Tom Meyers
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    My train pulled into Amsterdam on Sunday during a marathon. Well, I didn’t realize the Amsterdam Marathon was happening at first. I just realized that something was up with the trams. I had studied up on the city’s tram system in advance, and knew that to get from Centraal Station to my hotel, the cute-and-simple Museumzicht next to the Rijksmuseum, I could board either the number 4 or 5 tram at the station and hop off next to the museum. Either of the trams would work just fine, and they both ran on Sunday. But it wasn’t to be. An unplanned walking tour Part of the fun of…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • 5 Family Friendly Places to Ring in the New Year

    Amy Whitley
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Just because you’re traveling with kids doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the new year in style. As more parents jet-set with their kids, cities and resorts are offering Family Friendly Places to Ring in the New Year festivities that appeal to both generations. The following 5 New Year’s Eve events for families combine celebration with relaxation,… Read more The post 5 Family Friendly Places to Ring in the New Year appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Costa Rica Ecotourism Extremely Popular Destination

    Alice Benny
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    With its tremendous natural beauty and superior biodiversity, Costa Rica is one of the world’s top ecotourism destinations. Unlike other types of travel, ecotourism allows vacationers to responsibly visit natural areas. Carefully planned explorations preserve natural resources and enhance the economic stability of the locals. Ecotourism is becoming increasingly popular in many destinations, but it’s… Read more The post Costa Rica Ecotourism Extremely Popular Destination appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London

    Alice Benny
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    We are come up with 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London, but the possibilities for entertaining a toddler in London are practically limitless. With their abundant curiosity and enthusiasm, toddlers often make wonderful travelers. As a city with numerous attractions designed to appeal to little ones, London just might be the ideal… Read more The post 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Fun Earth Day Activities with 10 Photos to Inspire You

    Kimberly
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    We environmentalists tend to take ourselves pretty seriously most of the year, Earth Day is no exception. Earth Day should be reflective, fun and easy to do. It could and maybe should also be educational. If you’re looking for a unique way to commemorate Earth Day 2015, or to go green any day, you’ve come to… Read more The post Fun Earth Day Activities with 10 Photos to Inspire You appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Go Green Campaigns and Go Green Movement

    Greg Head
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    The increasing number of environmentally conscious consumers brings about more go green campaigns and a go green movement along with solutions. This gives ordinary people and corporations the opportunity to choose to make this planet a better place to stay. With global warming gradually affecting our earth, consumers, corporations and governments need to be more… Read more The post Go Green Campaigns and Go Green Movement appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
 
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • Atlanta: Photos: Inside the Reopened Delta Flight Museum at Atlanta Airport

    JetSetCD
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Above: the Delta DC-3 2014 has been a huge, huuuuuge year for airline anniversaries, and at the top of the list is Delta's 85th Anniversary of passenger service, which they celebrated with a reopening of their aviation museum at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Why a re-opening? Well, as it goes with museums, sometimes exhibits need polishing and the Delta Flight Museum had originally opened back in 1995. It's so much more than spit-shining some cases, however; an entire new aircraft was waiting to be added to the permanent collection. Now visitors can finally get up close…
  • Los Angeles : Last Chance for Fans to Visit the 'Sons of Anarchy' Set in LA

    cmb
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This week Sons of Anarchy is shooting their final episode, ever. As the end of SOA nears, fans aren't just losing their favorite show, they're also losing one of L.A.'s most popular pop culture tourist attractions. Sons' main set - the Teller-Morrow Automotive Repair Shop - is located next to their studio at 7333 Radford Ave, North Hollywood and is visible from the road, making it a must-see filming location for SOA fans visiting the Los Angeles area. Many fans have been lucky enough to see the show filming there, too.
  • Matosinhos: Neighborhoods to Know and Go: See You by the Seaside in Matosinhos, Portugal

    wakeandwander
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    You know you're getting close to some of the best seafood in Porto when you come upon the traffic circle and see the huge net waving in the wind, the ripples moving and shifting the shape of the sculpture like a jellyfish in the current. Known as She Changes, the larger-than-life artwork is the gateway into the city of Matosinhos, a "beachtown suburb" adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. It's also the home of the Leixões Sea Port and a major fishing community, the main reasons why the area is so well known for its seafood restaurants. Today, you can head to the Old Quarters in Matosinhos or north…
  • Another Day, Another Wave of Airport Ebola Panic

    Omri
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Boy this whole Ebola outbreak thing has been a real boon for travel journalism, eh? Nary a day goes by without an airport getting locked down because some nurse has a fever, or a plane getting emptied because some idiot makes a joke about feeling sick, or a state getting quarantined because some politician was psychologically scarred by watching Outbreak on a date in the '90s. We can't remember the last time there were so many stories about airports and airplanes and travel politics. It's really just a delight. Seriously though, the only thing less fun than having Ebola is watching global…
  • Hotelied Promises Deals for Frequent Flying 'Influencers,' But Numbers Don't Add Up

    JetSetCD
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    So there's this new thing called Hotelied. Underneath the lovely retro-chic logo and glossy images of designer hotels, the service purports to connect socially influential travelers with deals on some of the world's most stylish hotels (slogan: "It pays to be you"). Destinations for these deals are limited while the site is still in Beta, but there's New York and LA of course, and also Miami, Palm Springs, Portland, San Antonio, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Porto Feliz (Brazil), Punta del Este (Uruguay), and Tel Aviv. The premise is simple. The site utilizes your social media and travel…
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  • From Jaunted + VegasChatter: WiFi In The Sky Flies High While Uber Will Ride Or Die For Vegas

    juliana
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Finding a hotel is often only one part of your trip. The other half is getting there. And our bro Jaunted does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the travel world. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City. JAUNTED · Neighborhoods to Know and Go: See You by the Seaside in Matosinhos · These Special Airplanes Offer Halloween Costume Inspiration Straight Off the Tarmac · How Much Does In-Flight and On-Track WiFi Cost These Days · New Details of the American and US Airways Frequent Flyer Program Merger VEGASCHATTER…
  • Now We're Talking: Marriott to Give Free WiFi to All Marriott Rewards Members Next Year

    juliana
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The reason we were all "meh" about Marriott Hotels' wireless phone chargers a few weeks ago was simply because Marriott is still charging for WiFi up in the guest rooms. But it looks like they've had a change of heart because...Marriott International will be giving all members of its Marriott Rewards program free WiF at all Marriott brands (about 3,800 hotels) starting on January 15, 205. #stunned #flabbergasted #theendishere Here's the official Marriott statement:
  • Scottsdale: Inside the Valley Ho Hotel's New Presidential Suite

    wakeandwander
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    The Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale was once-upon-a-time a Hollywood hangout back in the 50s. It has been awarded up and down for its vibe and style, and while it may not have the celebrity status it once did, this week's opening of its new high-end suite shows it still has plenty of star power. The Presidential Loft Suite is essentially a large apartment with 1,500 square-feet of interior space and a ridiculous 550 square-feet of balcony/outdoor space. Featuring two floors, the downstairs level has a living room, dining room, half bathroom, and a full kitchen. The bedroom is upstairs, with a…
  • Dubai: Hard Rock's Next Property Will Be in Dubai

    wakeandwander
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    On the heels of themed-restaurant competitor Planet Hollyhood's announcement of its new digs in India, Hard Rock International has revealed plans to build a hotel in Dubai, the Hard Rock Hotel Dubai Marina. The project will be Hard Rock's first built in the UAE and the Middle East. The entire structure will be a huge 101-floor tower that includes residential units, and the hotel will have 281 rooms and occupy the first 33 floors. Its location in Dubai Marina puts guests within launching distance to Jumeriah Beach, Dubai Media City, the Mall of the Emirates, and other restaurants, shops, and…
  • Los Angeles: Even More Hello Kitty Swag From The Line Hotel in Los Angeles

    juliana
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Today is the first day of the Hello Kitty Con in Downtown Los Angeles and if you were one of the lucky ones who booked a Super Sweet Stay at The Line Hotel before it sold-out, then you'll be wrapping yourself up in a Hello Kitty bathrobe, sipping Hello Kitty champagne, eating a Hello Kitty-tattooed apple and Instagramming the rest of the sweet HK swag that came with your room. If you didn't book get to book a room, it's ok. We went inside one the rooms at the hotel and took a ton of pictures. Here you go!
 
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  • Introducing TripDoc 2: The Best Way to Organize Your Trips

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    If you're like me, you're always dreaming of the next trip. Filing away ideas, inspiration, and destinations for later reference. And if you're like me, more often than not, those bits and pieces get lost in the bustle of getting ready for the actual trip. There are few things more frustrating as a traveler than wasting one of your few meals on a sub-par place. Even worse? Missing out on an experience because you didn't have the details you needed at hand. Or being lost - before I had kids, being lost was sometimes its own adventure, but now every step counts and I want the most direct route…
  • What I did on my Summer Vacation

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    I've been quiet recently, too quiet, and I realize you might be wondering what happened to me. Happily, I'm alive and well, still living in Seattle. The real world has sort of taken over lately, but I wanted to check in and tell you all what I've been up to. The biggest news? I went back to work full time in the spring! I'm working on the Software Development team at Zillow as a Senior Program Manager. It feels super great to work at shipping software full time again, and I'm loving having a team of people to work with. I've been at Zillow for five months now, working on tools for people who…
  • Winners: Club Carlson Gold Status and a $500 Club Carlson Visa gift card

    28 May 2014 | 8:28 pm
    By Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa I want to thank everyone who entered my giveaway to win Club Carlson Gold Status and a $500 Club Carlson Visa gift card. Thank you to everyone who contributed! If you didn't win, you can still sign up for a Club Carlson Visa here. The randomly selected winners were Ashley and Elizabeth, both of whom have been notified by email. Thank you to Club Carlson who generously sponsored this giveaway. Didn't win this time? Subscribe to DeliciousBaby or "like" DeliciousBaby on Facebook so that you don't miss a thing. Want more?
  • Giveaway: Club Carlson Gold Status and a $500 Club Carlson Visa gift card

    19 May 2014 | 6:38 am
    I have an exciting giveaway this week! Club Carlson, the global hotel rewards program that includes the Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson, and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson (SM), has given me a prize package to give away. By Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa Here's what's included: Club Carlson Gold Status valid through February 2015 $500 Club Carlson Visa prepaid card In the event that the winner is already a Club Carlson Gold Status member, the winner will be given Club Carlson Concierge status through…
  • Photo Friday: Easter Abroad

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Easter display at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh Scotland There's something a little magical about seeing holiday decorations when you travel, isn't there? I just loved this Easter table in the lobby of the Balmoral Hotel in Scotland. Related Links Scotland with Kids Balmoral Hotel with Kids What is Photo Friday? Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated. The focus of the post should be on your photo. You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well! It's nice to include…
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Where to Go in November

    Zoe Smith
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    As the autumnal hues give way to frosty mornings and Halloween decorations are swapped for twinkling Christmas lights, November marks the start of the winter season and there are plenty of atmospheric destinations to spend the cooler months. Whether you’re looking to celebrate Thanksgiving in style, join in the Diwali festivities in India, or escape to sunnier climes in the southern hemisphere, here are some ideas for where to go in November.  1.     Jordan Petra in Jordan Skipping the high season crowds and blistering summer heat makes November a strategic time for budget travelers to…
  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Looking for something new and fun to do while traveling this week? Check out Viator’s best travel deals available around the globe this week and make the most of your travel budget Here are the top Viator Travel Deals through Nov. 4, 2014: Australia & the Pacific Save on tours in Melbourne! Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour – Save 20% Be amazed by the wonders of New Zealand on this two-day Te Anau Super Saver. First, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound where the natural beauty will leave you breathless. The following day,…
  • Norway’s Best Fjord Hotels

    Viator Travel Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Mother Nature bestowed on earth one of her greatest opuses when she carved into Norway’s stunning coastline to create deep glacial inlets filled with sapphire blue water and bookended with alpine scenery. Norway’s fjords are some of the longest, deepest and most beautiful in the world, including Sognefjord at 204 kilometers (126 miles) in length, and a depth of 1,300 meters (4,200 feet), and appeal to anyone who marvels at the wonders found around our planet. The stunning Sogneford. Photo Credit: Kamil Porembi?ski via Flickr. Hurtigruten, Norway’s original coastal ferry-turned-cruise…
  • Out of Office: Katie in Iceland

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

    Viator Travel Team
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Its armed conflicts behind it, Central America’s largest country now lists tourism as its second largest market in the country. In 2010, one million tourists opted to spend their vacation in Nicaragua, which has the lowest crime rate in Latin America, 700 species of birds, unspoiled beauty and low prices. Granada Nicaragua popularity also means you can’t expect privacy at any attractions that have made the top-ten lists. Luckily, for travelers with an appetite for adventure, there are still plenty of offbeat things to do in Nicaragua that are a departure from the average tourist…
 
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  • Find World Hum Writers in ‘The Best American Travel Writing 2014’

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Unusual Afterlife of Popeye’s Village

    Kristin Winet
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
      I go to Popeye’s Village once every five years. I mean, I don’t travel 6,000 miles just to go to Popeye’s Village, but it’s as necessary a stop for me as, say, my favorite bakery in San Francisco or my favorite spot on the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta. The place is one of the
  • 5 Places Worth Visiting in Ankara, Turkey

    Tim
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    If you asked a group of frequent travelers to name some of the most boring capital cities in the world, Ankara probably wouldn’t make the list—because most travelers don’t even bother to go there in the first place. Istanbul gets all the fame and visitors, while the seat of government in one of the world’s
  • A Slice of Spain in the Australian Bush

    Liz Lewis
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
      What could be more random than a Benedictine Monastery out in the middle of nowhere in Western Australian Wheatbelt? In an area where all the small towns seem disarmingly similar, the monastic town of New Norcia with its ornate Spanish-style buildings seems so fascinatingly out of place. Yet, somehow, this mixture of monastic buildings
  • Greg Salamone, World Traveler, 1979 – 2014

    Brian Spencer
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Greg Salamone, right, with friend in February 2014 Greg Salamone once asked me to travel with him to Uzbekistan, even though we had never even ventured north of Houston Street together. He invited me to Yemen, too… or was it Mali? Greg detailed his ambitious plans for tackling these far-flung destinations in group emails to
  • Mountainous Nebraska and the Oregon Trail at Scotts Bluff

    Sheila Scarborough
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    It boggles the mind that when Conestoga wagon trains and other westward-bound Oregon Trail travelers reached this point on their 2,000 mile trek, they were only one-third of the way through their journey. It also boggles the mind that hundreds of feet of soaring sandstone and siltstone at Scotts Bluff National Monument is located in Nebraska,
 
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Top 10 budget hotels and B&Bs in Mexico City

    Julie Doherty Meade
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mexico Citys hotels are as characterful as the place itself. From boutique B&Bs to palaces with old-school charm, theres much to explore without busting your budget Continue reading...
  • World view - Brazil: Brasilia, after the election

    Guardian Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    People reflected in a pool in front of the National Museum in the Brazilian capital on Monday, the day after Dilma Rousseff of the Workers' Party was narrowly re-elected president. The modernist city was founded in 1960 to replace Rio de Janeiro as the federal capital and designed by urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer. The dome-shaped museum is one Niemeyer's many iconic buildings. Continue reading...
  • The UK mountain photo of the year awards in pictures

    Will Coldwell
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    The winner of Trail magazines UK mountain photo of the year was taken on a £10 camera. We take a look at the spectacular winning shot, as well as the runners-up in the competition Continue reading...
  • Top 10 music festivals for winter breaks

    Christopher Beanland
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Brighten up your winter with a trip to a music festival, whether its in a hip European city, amid the crisp air of the ski slopes or long-haul to Australia, New Zealand or Singapore Top five winter music festivals in the UK Continue reading...
  • Five of the best UK winter music festivals

    Olivia Palamountain
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Memories of partying in fields may be fading, but there are plenty of winter music festivals in Britain to ward off the chill. Olivia Palamountain rounds up the best, from riotous disco to folk and baroqueTop 10 winter music festivals: Europe and beyond Continue reading...
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • Storify: Macedonia road trip in pictures

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

    Brana Vladisavljevic
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor Brana Vladisavljevic visited Albania on a Balkans road trip. She enjoyed the country’s many attractions for travellers, from outdoors activities to cultural heritage. Albanian goats. Image by Lonely Planet [View the story "Road trip: chasing adventure in Albania" on Storify] Follow @branavl for travel news from Albania, and look out for Lonely Planet’s Eastern Europe guide, out next year, for our authors’ updates. Visit Lonely Planet’s Albania pages to read more. Brana travelled to Albania with support from Adventure…
  • Storify: Kosovo road trip in pictures

    Brana Vladisavljevic
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor Brana Vladisavljevic visited Kosovo on a Balkans road trip. She explored Pristina, Gjakova and Prizren, rural homestays, outdoors activities and historic sites of Dečani and Novo Brdo. Ceiling at a Bektashi tekke in Kosovo. Image by Lonely Planet [<a href="//storify.com/branavl/my-kosovo-adventure" target="_blank">View the story "Road trip: catching up with Kosovo" on Storify</a>] Follow @branavl for travel news from Kosovo, and look out for Lonely Planet’s Eastern Europe guide, out next year, for our authors’ updates.
  • #LPChat: eating your way around the world

    Emma Sparks
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    We recently joined forces with food blogger Niamh Shields and Tourism Ireland on Twitter to talk about a subject that’s often very close to a traveller’s heart: food. From fine dining to street-side snacks, you brought a smorgasbord of stories and tips to the table – although not everyone liked the look of the deep fried tarantula. We’ve collected the best of your recommendations below. Image by Matt Munro/Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine [<a href="//storify.com/lonelyplanet/your-tips-and-tales-from-eating-your-way-around-th" target="_blank">View the story…
  • Storify: Iraqi Kurdistan in pictures

    Helen Elfer
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Lakes, canyons and ancient cities  see the Iraqi Kurdistan behind the conflict headlines, as discovered by LP’s Iraq author Sofia Barbarani. Kurdish mountain scenery. Image by Lonely Planet [View the story "Lonely Planet on the road in Iraqi Kurdistan" on Storify] Visit Lonely Planet’s Iraqi Kurdistan and Middle East pages to read more.
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    LandLopers

  • Quiet Moments: Not So Scary Street Scenes

    Matt Long
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Valletta, MaltaMelbourne, AustraliaVenice, ItalySiem Reap, CambodiaLondon, EnglandTaiwanItalyBordeaux, FranceSouth AfricaZadar, CroatiaAnnapolis, MarylandMadrid, SpainLaosQuebec CityThe post Quiet Moments: Not So Scary Street Scenes appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Three Reasons To Stay At The InterContinental Hong Kong

    Matt Long
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Earlier this year I had the chance to stay at the beautiful InterContinental Hong Kong during my first and albeit brief stay in the city. I’ve stayed at other InterContinental hotels around the world and so I had an idea of what to expect. While my high expectations were met and exceeded, even I was surprised at just how exceptional a property it is. With that in mind, here are a few reasons why I think the InterContinental Hong Kong should be your only choice for hotels when you visit this exciting city.1. LocationSituated on Victoria Harbour in Kowloon, the hotel offers arguably some of…
  • 42 Things I Love About Malta

    Matt Long
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    1. Eating your first pastizzi.2. Learning all about the Knights who forever left their mark on the country.3. Stop by Calypso Cave on Gozo not for the cave, but for the beautiful coastal views nearby.4. Be somewhere special for the sunset; there are thousands of prime spots.5. Snorkeling along the bays and inlets of Gozo.6. For a better understanding of prehistory on the island, spend some time at the National Museum of Archaeology.7. Walking up and down the many hills of Valletta to capture your own special moments.8. Learning to navigate the bus system like a pro.9. Eating the delicious…
  • Walking Through The Massive Siq At Petra In Jordan

    Matt Long
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Walking Through The Massive Siq At Petra In Jordan appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Joy Of Doing Nothing: Discovering Bergamo, Italy

    Matt Long
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I’m a big fan of organization; just part of my Type-A personality I suppose. There’s nothing I enjoy more than planning out the details of a trip, sometimes though I go into a little too much detail. Over the years I’ve gotten better at over planning, I’ve tried to be more spontaneous and it’s worked. Sometimes. While in Italy I had the chance to explore the beautiful Lombardy region on my own, to discover the cities and towns that make it great. I worked with the local tourism board, but the mission was clear, to leave me alone to do my own thing – the only way to really travel…
 
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    nerd's eye view

  • The Names of Things

    Pam Mandel
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    I should know the names of the trees by now, but I do not. I can’t tell the hemlock from the spruce and the only deciduous trees I can truly recognize are the big leaf maples, because they are easy. Oh, the lodge pole pine, I know the lodge pole pine because of the smell and the long straight trunk that, of course, if you were building a lodge you would use these trees to support the high peak of your roof line. I should know the names of the peaks, too, and some of them I do, Mount Saint Helens is capped off from her eruption in 1980, and while Mount Hood looks less pointy the closer…
  • Birds and Fog

    Pam Mandel
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    I remembered to grab my camera because I thought that the fog would make for great photos. And it did, but also, because it’s so gray, the birds act like it’s still early morning. I stopped my bike, but the crunch of my wheels on the gravel made the great blue heron — perched on a moss covered rock on the beach below — turn his head. I guess he didn’t like the looks of my safety yellow jacket, because he took off before I could get a shot. And he was talking as he flew away. I’m sure he was saying, “Oh, come on, it’s mid-morning on an overcast…
  • Lessons from my School of Rock

    Pam Mandel
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m keenly aware of my own talents as a musician. I don’t always sing on key, I can’t always perform without a cheat sheet, and I get stage jitters. This isn’t false modestly, I’ve heard myself recorded without post processing.  I’m an okay musician. I have decent timing, I can deal with complicated chord progressions if the charts are in front of me, sometimes even if they’re not. I’m no showman, either, I am doubtful of my ability to lead or command a room. I’m just an adequate public speaker; I write good material, but I’m a…
  • The Comfort Zone

    Pam Mandel
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    It is not easy to walk along Bethel Avenue. It is a four lane road, sometimes six when there’s a turn lane. There are no sidewalks, just a grassy median that could be sidewalk, if anyone bothered to walk here. I count the walkers that buck tradition. Three black teenagers, boys, crossing the street at the McDonald’s.  On another day, there are four brown guys that appear from I’m not sure where. They navigate the v-shaped median and head across the vast parking lot of the movie theater (empty) to another vast parking lot (also empty).  I see one guy at the bus stop  and I…
  • San Cristobal at Night

    Pam Mandel
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    The post San Cristobal at Night appeared first on nerd's eye view.
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • What Kind of Expat Would You Be?

    Tim Leffel
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:21 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!
  • 12 Cheap Travel Tips for Latin America

    Tim Leffel
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:13 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!
  • The Evolving Value of a Travel Dollar

    Tim Leffel
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:08 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!
  • Car-free Isla Holbox in Mexico

    Tim Leffel
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
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  • Terrible Flight Delays? You May Score Some Compensation

    Tim Leffel
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Q&A: Swapping a holiday cottage

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

    Home Base Holidays
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    “Perhaps you were thinking of taking the plunge and trying your first home swap? Perhaps you watched the television programme Home Away from Home* and thought your own place was unsuitable? After all, so many of those dwellings were set in idyllic countryside, or with stunning sea views, or the interior looked like something from a magazine. Of course there are houses like that on home exchange sites but most of them are ordinary houses and flats lived in and loved by ordinary people. Most of the participants seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience, even if the place they swapped to…
  • Prepare a guide for your home swap guests

    Home Base Holidays
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    To help ensure that your home swap guests will have a wonderful vacation and to make sure they make the most of their stay at your home it is a great idea to prepare a guide with everything they need to know. This is a great way to leave instructions for not only your home but also about your area how to make their holiday even more enjoyable.  With every successful home swap you can include more helpful resources to ensure your guests have a pleasant time. Here are some ideas for what to include in your home swap guide: Create a list with helpful information about your home to make your…
  • Home Swappers, the Home Exchange Newsletter, October 2014

    Home Base Holidays
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    The October issue of Home Swappers Newsletter is now available. Topics: Featured listing: beautiful beachfront home in El Salvador Watch this space: Home Base Holidays site update launches very soon BBC TV: 'Home Away from Home', a new series on home swapping started this week Read articles in this issue in full and previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive the newsletter as published.
  • Visit beautiful Swiss city of Lucerne (and stay for free!)

    Home Base Holidays
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    Thinking Switzerland? Think Lucerne! Without question, Lucerne is one of the most charming and mesmerizing European cities you might come across and of what many visitors and locals alike believe to be the true Switzerland; the picturesque Lake Lucerne and scenery mountain ranges, typical alpine villages and cowbells. Apart from being conveniently located in the heart of the country, the city retains also a lot of medieval charm with its cobbled roads and half-timbered houses. The nearest airport is located close to Zurich, a beautiful 40 minutes ride away from Lucerne. Once arrived in…
 
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  • Romantic Things to Do in Charlotte NC

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

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

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

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

    andreas
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    Going on a couples retreat does not mean that the marriage is deteriorating or that you are an unhappy. There are many reasons why married couples go on a retreat. Take the retreat as a chance to bond with each other intimately by doing all sorts of activities at a totally different setting. Sure, you already see your partner’s face every day and you don’t want to leave town just to do the same. But a couples retreat is different because the two of you get some privacy—no kids, no in-laws, no friends. Just a married pair who wants to solidify their vows by experiencing things together.
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    Rick Steves Travel Blog: Blog Gone Europe

  • Throwback Thursday: Our pilot series

    Rick Steves
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Reviewing this 25-year-old clip from our pilot series, I’m impressed by several things (beyond how young and gawky I was back then): The tips are still good. The sights are still there. And, anywhere in Europe, the fun is still ours to have — if we know how to travel smart.
  • Watch a Full Day of Travel Classes Online for Free This Saturday

    Rick Steves
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    My staff and I are teaching a full day of classes in my hometown of Edmonds, Washington this Saturday – and you’ll be able to watch many of them online for free! Just click this link on Saturday, November 1, to join in on the fun. You’ll see eight information-packed slideshow presentations complete with the latest European travel tips, insights, and discoveries. Plus, I will be teaching a brand-new class to help make your sightseeing more meaningful: Art for Travelers. During this four-hour class, we’ll take a practical and fun sweep through the story of Europe from the fall of Rome…
  • “Guidebook selfies” on the road

    Rick Steves
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Everybody loves to snap “selfies” on the road these days. But what about your guidebook? At home, a man’s best friend might be his dog. But on the road, if your guidebook’s any good, it can be your best friend, too. On my last trip, I was in Dresden and realized the view I was enjoying was on my guidebook’s cover. It was as if it had come home to spawn.   Do you find yourself taking “guidebook selfies” while on the road? If so, let’s see it! Please share your photos with me on Facebook.
  • Hitting the road in Oregon

    Rick Steves
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    I’m out of the office this week, traveling across Oregon. I thought Washingtonians were cool, but we’ve got nothing on Oregonians. I’m meeting wonderful people at each stop. I just have to share this interview with KGW-TV’s Reggie Aqui. Reggie is the first reporter who has managed to find out how many pairs of underpants I pack on a two-month trip.   KGW interview with Rick Steves I’m here on a ten-cities-in-six-days barnstorming tour, in support of Vote Yes on 91. The campaign hopes to regulate, tax, and legalize marijuana use for adults in next month’s election, as…
  • Interview by Chuck Robinson of Bellingham’s Village Books

    Rick Steves
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I was recently interviewed by Chuck Robinson, who runs the delightful Village Books independent bookstore in Bellingham, Washington (an hour up the road from my hometown). I thought you may find our conversation interesting.   Q: You’ve been traveling in Europe for more than thirty years.  What are you most excited about seeing each time you go back? A: I spend four months a year in Europe with a pretty scattered itinerary, ranging from the deep south to the far north. My goal: to update books, scout TV scripts (a happy byproduct of guidebook research), and produce our TV shows…
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  • Strange London architecture

    Mircea Giurca
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    If you think to London as an old obsolete city with old dusty buildings, must reconsider at once. London is also a modern everchanging fascinating city . Its city marks are not only the traditional... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Visiting the Cognac Region of France Continued

    Travel Bug
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
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  • The Welsh Flavor

    Richard Manx
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    In order to protect Welsh ancient traditions, the Welsh Development agency (WDA), has created an endeavor called “Wales the True Taste”. This program helps to promote tourism in Wales by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Holiday Tips for Families: Dining With Disney Characters

    Chocolate &#38; Travel
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    It’s impossible to visit Disney World without stumbling upon any of the famous characters so loved by everyone. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and even Pluto are only some of the best loved... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hiking Trip in Britain

    Mircea Giurca
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:53 pm
    The British Isles are the perfect destination for a hiking trip, as these unique countries have beautiful and diverse landscapes, from the lush valleys and mountains of Wales to the beautiful sandy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Bright Beats

    Sophia Jones
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Photo: Courtesy of Manufacturer This lightweight speaker makes for the perfect portable party. It is small enough to carry in your purse or pocket, so you can bring the music wherever you go. Jawbone MINI JAMBOX in Aqua Scales, $130; Jawbone.com
  • Page Turner

    Hannah Sills
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Ted Tucker Photicular™ technology makes marine creatures featured in this book appear as though they are really moving—an anglerfish cruises in deep waters along the ocean’s floor, a moray eel opens and closes his mouth, a seahorse floats through the current, and more. Each image is accompanied by text that explains key characteristics and scientific facts about the animal, making learning about the ocean’s inhabitants fun. Ocean: A Photicular™ Book, created by Dan Kainen and written by Carol Kaufmann, $26; workman.com
  • Brimming with Style

    Sophia Jones
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer Shade your face from the sun in sophistication. This trendy topper makes any outfit complete. San Diego Hat Company Ultrabraid Belted Floppy Hat, $35; sandiegohat.com
  • Nautical Knots

    Hannah Sills
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer The cotton weave and brass chain of this handmade bracelet make it feel like fashionable sailor’s rope for your wrist. Sailormade Chill Chain in Khaki, $52; sailormadeusa.com
  • Gorgeous Glow

    Sophia Jones
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Photographed by Ted Tucker We love the unique gleam this container radiates when a lit candle is inside. Two’s Company Carthage Pierced Covered Lantern (medium), $95; blisshomeanddesign.com
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  • Expedia’s profit soars; gross bookings rise 29%

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Expedia’s profit rose 50% in the third quarter as the travel site reported strong revenue growth and bookings. In the latest quarter, Expedia reported that its gross bookings climbed 29%, led largely by growth in hotel room nights and air tickets booked.
  • China business travel spend to surge

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    The GBTA forecasts China's total business travel spend to grow 15.9% in 2014 to $262 billion USD, and grow by another 18% in 2015. China remains poised to overtake the U.S. as the top business travel market in the world.
  • Marriott offers free Wifi for customers booking direct

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    Starting Jan. 15, Marriott International will provide free WiFi at full-service hotels for Marriott Rewards loyalty members who book through Marriott channels. Platinum and Gold Elite members will continue to receive free enhanced WiFi, a service that enables users to download large files faster and view streaming media such as movies.
  • 10 tips on leveraging social media from Accorhotels

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    At this year's WIT conference in Singapore, Accor shared the “Little Big 10” highlights of the 2014 Accorhotels Social Media Monitor with the audience - a handy guide on the 101 of using social media by hotels to enhance service delivery and promote the brand.
  • Hotels.com busted for buying links, offers weak apology

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    Fishing for backlinks in exchange for money can be risky (not to mention deeply unethical), but that didn’t stop Hotels.com, an Expedia property, from sending out spammy emails asking travel bloggers for precisely that.
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  • Fantasia Music Evolved and Alive

    Shelly Valladolid
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    First, a little background: I first played Fantasia: Music Evolved at E3 in 2013. The game was on the still-wonky XBox ONE, which hadn’t been released yet to the general public. The concept was strong,…The post Fantasia Music Evolved and Alive appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Camp Minnie-Mickey

    Werner Weiss
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:34 pm
    At Yester Animal Kingdom, there’s Camp Minnie-Mickey. It’s a rustic camp like something in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. Disney characters hang out here.   Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Camp Minnie-Mickey…The post Camp Minnie-Mickey appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Marvelous Marvel – The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Part 1

    Noe Valladolid
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Please give a warm MiceChat welcome to our newest contributor, Noe Valladolid. Noe is a Marvel and video game fan. Today begins his epic multi-part guide on the lore and backstory of The Agents of…The post Marvelous Marvel – The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Part 1 appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Your Guide to Club Level at Walt Disney World

    Jessica Ma'ilo
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the questions I come across while chatting with guests, both new and veteran, is whether or not club level is “worth it.” Worthiness is definitely subjective, but if you’re considering the splurge, here…The post Your Guide to Club Level at Walt Disney World appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Big Changes Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    Cory Disbrow
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at some of the big upcoming changes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Lights . . . action . . . camera . .…The post Big Changes Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios appeared first on MiceChat.
 
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    A Luxury Travel Blog

  • Overcoming geographic internet restrictions when travelling

    Paul Johnson
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    When I was in China this year, I found that – a little frustratingly – I was only intermittently able to access the likes of Facebook and Twitter from the hotel where I was staying. It was a flying visit but, had I been a little more prepared, the use of a Virtual Private Network […] Overcoming geographic internet restrictions when travelling is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Overcoming geographic internet restrictions when travelling appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 reasons to visit St Gervais

    Celine Renaud
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Let me introduce you to one of my favourite ski resorts for 2014/15. Over the past couple of years we have seen luxury chalets flood the French market in resorts outside of the mainstream ‘red carpet’ resorts of Val d’Isere, Courchevel, Megeve and Meribel. The smaller resorts which are often dominated are beginning to make a […] 5 reasons to visit St Gervais is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 reasons to visit St Gervais appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 of the best luxury stays, worth each and every one of their 5 stars

    Monique van Tulder
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
    True hotel luxury envelops you from first moment of contact – continuing in the myriad of subtle touches during your stay – all adding to a sum total worth every dollar. Many attempt to emulate. Certainly, bed linen thread count, furnishings and beautiful lobbies can be attained and in many instances equalled. However, getting the […] 5 of the best luxury stays, worth each and every one of their 5 stars is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 of the best luxury stays, worth each and every one of their 5 stars appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • The top 3 horse safaris in South Africa

    Marcel Van de Ghinste
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    There are few greater thrills than exploring the African bush on horseback. It’s a surreal way to experience the sights, sounds, and serenity of the bush, but more than that, you’ll be able to get very close to the wildlife that would otherwise avoid loud vehicles. Here are 3 recommended horseback safaris in South Africa: […] The top 3 horse safaris in South Africa is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post The top 3 horse safaris in South Africa appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 10 of the most luxurious London experiences

    Vicky Anscombe
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Ah, London. One of the world’s most exciting, cosmopolitan, culture-rich and diverse cities. If you’ve never been, this sprawling mass of fun, fashion, food and high living should definitely be on your bucket list. But what to do when you arrive? Well, luckily for you, there are plenty of luxurious experiences to immerse yourself in. […] 10 of the most luxurious London experiences is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 10 of the most luxurious London experiences appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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  • Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Puerto Rico

    Brian
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    The good news; Oktoberfest 2014 is here. Even better news there are several places where you can celebrate Oktoberfest in Puerto Rico. Synonymous with Munich, huge beer tents, lederhosen, Schweinebraten, bratwursts, and copious amounts of great German Beer; Oktoberfest is an annual event celebrated around the world. Here in Puerto Rico, the biggest Oktoberfest takes place at Casa Bavaria near Morovis, but that’s not the only way to celebrate Oktoberfest. So if you are looking to celebrate Oktoberfest in Puerto Rico; here are some options: Casa Bavaria October 2 – 26, 2014 Casa Bavaria’s…
  • Puerto Rico Coffee and Chocolate Expo 2014

    Brian
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    September 20 – 21, 2014 sees the 5th installment of the Puerto Rico Coffee and Chocolate Expo. For the 5th 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…
  • Colorful Old San Juan

    Brian
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Color is everywhere in Old San Juan; FACT Related posts:Homemade Tostones Cataño Ferry Explore the Capital District of Old San Juan
  • Casa Blanca Museum a Window to the Past

    Brian
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Stepping into Casa Blanca is like stepping back in time. Built in 1521, Casa Blanca was the original first fortification in Old San Juan, overlooking San Juan Bay. It was built as the residence for Juan Ponce de León and his family, although Juan Ponce de León died before ever having the chance to live here. His descendants lived in Casa Blanca until the mid 18th Century. The first building was a wooden structure that was replaced by the current stone structure after it was destroyed by fire. Casa Blanca has also been the home of both The Spanish and American army at various times through…
  • A Meal with a View: Asador Isla Bonita

    Brian
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Wow what a view…. Those were my thoughts when we arrived at Asador Isla Bonita restaurant near Aibonito. The restaurant offers expansive panoramic views of the mountain regions of Cayey, Cidra, Guayama and the Caribbean Ocean to the south from a vantage point 2700ft above sea level and very close to La Tetas de Cayey. The drive to Asador Isla Bonita takes you through the scenic Aibonito region along decent two way roads, until you reach the final ½ mile that becomes little trickier as the road narrows and the inclines increase (my wife was not a fan of this section). The drive is well…
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  • HIFF starts today! Here are the fest’s five must-see Hawaii-themed and –filmed flicks.

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    HIFF starts today! Here are the fest&rsquo;s five must-see Hawaii-themed and &ndash;filmed flicks. Photo by Leo Hidalgo. Flickr Creative Commons.The 34th annual Hawaii International Film Festival begins today on Oahu and runs through Nov. 16 with additional screenings on Hawaii Island and Kauai.
Over the years, the festival has earned an especially solid reputation for its programming of films from Hawaii, Asia and the Pacific region. This year’s packe...
  • World’s best windsurfers on Maui this week for Severne Starboard Aloha Classic. Watch competition live online.

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    World&rsquo;s best windsurfers on Maui this week for Severne Starboard Aloha Classic. Watch competition live online. Competition photo from the 2013 Aloha Classic. Photo: American Windsurfing Tour.Some of the world’s best windsurfers are gathering on Maui this week, waiting for some of the world’s best wind and waves.The American Windsurfing Tour and the Professional Windsurfing Association’s Severne Starboard Aloha Classic, considered by many to be one of the sport’s most prestigious competitions, attracts both professional and amateur athlete...
  • 34th annual Hawaii International Film Festival kicks off 15-day multi-island slate of global cinema this week

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    34th annual Hawaii International Film Festival kicks off 15-day multi-island slate of global cinema this week A scene from the HIFF opening film The Vancouver Asahi. Photo: HIFFGrab your popcorn and mochi crunch! The 34th annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) kicks off this week with a lineup of nearly 200 diverse films from around the globe. The festival happens Oct. 30 to Nov. 9 on Oahu, and Nov. 13 to 16 on Hawaii Island and Kauai. HIFF is Hawaii’s largest independent film festival, over the years earning an especially solidreputati...
  • "Power to the Poke": How to make Filipino "Jumping Salad" Shrimp Poke

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    "Power to the Poke": How to make Filipino "Jumping Salad" Shrimp Poke Chef Robin Abad's "Filipino 'Jumping Salad' Shrimp Poke. Photo by Steve Czerniak for HAWAII Magazine.Five Hawaii chefs. Five anything-but-ahi poke recipes. No disrespect to the noted palate pleasures of fresh tuna, but there’s more diversity to the popular Hawaii-born comfort food favorite poke than simply using fresh ahi (tuna) as a main ingredient.  That’s w...
  • Kilauea volcano lava flow picks up speed, poised to cross Pahoa town road on Hawaii Island

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Kilauea volcano lava flow picks up speed, poised to cross Pahoa town road on Hawaii Island An aerial view of the lava flow as of Fri. afternoon, Oct. 24. Click to enlarge. Photo: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.A lava flow from Kilauea volcano that has slowly advanced toward the Hawaii Island town of Pahoa over the last two months
 
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  • An Adventure Manifesto: Adventure Is a State of Mind

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

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

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

    Audrey Scott
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    By Audrey ScottUpon a recent visit to the German Rhineland cities of Aachen and Cologne and the surrounding area, we realized there’s a lot to experience and unpack — that is, to comprehend the full picture of what we’d seen and how astonishingly complex history can be.From Roman beginnings, to medieval ascendency to industrial superiority, Germany’s Rhineland seems to have known it all. It has been influenced by French culture, impacted by the Prussians, and even spiced by a dash of Eastern European industrial migrants. It knows a blend of influences, cultural imprints and scores…
  • The World Doesn’t End With The Blue Sky

    Daniel Noll
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    By Daniel NollEsupat, a Maasai woman in northern Tanzania. “You can call me Airport,” Esupat said, laughing.She sat atop a Maasai hut with her legs crossed, straddling a half-built chimney. Small piles of bricks surrounded her; wet cement fell from her hands.She was dressed colorfully, ornamentally. But this is how she goes to work. When she smiles, it is wide. Wide from unforced practice. Wide with pride, wide with ease.Her given name was Esupat, meaning “the one who cares for others.” She was considered a master among a team of Maasai women installing clean cookstoves in Maasai huts…
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  • Snorkeling!

    Kayt Sukel
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    My kid has always loved the water.  Even as a wee one, he’d throw himself headfirst into any body of water, mud puddles to oceans, without a second thought. But despite that love of water, snorkeling hasn’t always come so easy to Chet.  Maybe it’s the weird mask that sticks to your face like a [...]The post Snorkeling! appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Avoiding Bat Guano under Austin’s Congress Street Bridge

    Kayt Sukel
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    People head to Austin, Texas for all kinds of reasons. Some come to check out SXSW, the annual music/technology geek-fest.  Others want to listen to some live music in one of the town’s hundreds of funky music venues.  Still others want a relaxing weekend in the nearby hill country–or to see if the town is [...]The post Avoiding Bat Guano under Austin’s Congress Street Bridge appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Traveling as a blended family

    Kayt Sukel
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Once upon a time, a single Mom and her son traipsed about the world, exploring new and interesting places whenever they could.  And they had a lot of fun doing it. Since her first attempt at a fairy tale romance hadn’t ended in a happily ever after, she saw no reason to add any new [...]The post Traveling as a blended family appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Helmet Diving in St. Maarten

    Kayt Sukel
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    I am a SCUBA diver.  Or, rather, it’s probably more accurate to say I once was a SCUBA diver.  Alas, it’s hard to find opportunities to get wet once you have kids.  Especially if you are traveling as a single mother.  Too hard to justify the time and the expense. But on a recent trip [...]The post Helmet Diving in St. Maarten appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Things to do in Philly with Kids

    Jody Mace
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    My family’s week-long vacation in Philadelphia was a homecoming for me but new territory for my husband and two teenagers. I grew up on the other side of the Delaware River, in New Jersey, and spent a lot of time in Philly, eventually attending college in West Philadelphia. But I’ve lived in North Carolina for [...]The post Things to do in Philly with Kids appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
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  • Discover Day of the Dead

    Darya Mead
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos in Spanish, is a colorful, celebratory holiday that mixes the macabre with the mundane and the magical. A day to remember, honor and celebrate those family members, friends, pets and even strangers who have passed. It happens about the same time as Halloween hijinx and mixes some of our spooky shenanigans with Mexican rituals, but, without the fear of those that have moved on. Although ghosts and skeletons play important roles, it is an enchanting and not so creepy portrayal of the un-living. Parties gather in cemeteries, bestowing offerings for those…
  • Rock Climbing Reprise

    Darya Mead
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    A good friend took a group of kids and parents rock climbing in the Sierras recently. We walked ten minutes to a steep rock face and unloaded the gear and started setting up. My son has taken indoor classes at a gym, and hanging out in that atmosphere, I have never been enticed to join in, but in the mountains, out in nature, it was a totally different story. I know my limits. Jumping out of a plane, bungee jumping from a bridge, crossing the Atlantic or Pacific in a small boat or running a marathon are not even remotely on my bucket list. That said, it’s invigorating to try new and…
  • Devil’s Slide Trail—a Treacherous Route Becomes a Sunday Stroll

    Darya Mead
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    It’s not that often a new, jaw-dropping cliff-side trail is opened. After much controversy and many years of debate, the Devil’s Slide Coastal Trail and companion tunnels are now in full swing and if you haven’t had a chance to walk, roll or run on the path it is certainly a great quick getaway for Bay Area folks. If you are planning a trip to San Francisco and want a manageable walk with Pacific Oceans views, make the trek just a 20-minute drive from the city. The trail opened this Spring and the tunnels have been open for a while longer. The trail is where Highway 1 used…
  • Bioluminescence on Tomales Bay

    Larry Habegger
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Now’s the time, when there’s not much moon in late summer and fall, to slip a kayak into Tomales Bay near Point Reyes National Seashore. Bioluminescence is at its peak then, and when darkness settles on the water, every paddle stroke ignites bursts of light. An easy place to put in is at Nick’s Cove, Miller County Park boat launch in the hamlet of Marshall. One great benefit here is the chance to get a good meal before you go or a celebratory beverage after you return at the bar and restaurant that bears the cove’s name. Even better, rent one of the cottages on the…
  • Ride the Ducks on #OrangeFriday

    Darya Mead
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    As a rule I tend to avoid tourist hotspots, but sometimes it is fun to be a tourist in your own city. On a recent #OrangeFriday, (when San Francisco Giants players wear orange jerseys and fans do the same on Fridays during the season) I escorted two 10-year-old baseball fans on a Duck Boat Tour to McCovey Cove. The small cove next to the ballpark hosts a multitude of kayakers, paddle boarders and cocktail cruisers, and we were going to join them on a land- and sea-worthy Duck Boat. We boarded the bus/boat at Fisherman’s Wharf all bundled up for the three-hour tour. I would recommend eating…
 
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  • Take A Look At Yourself – Letter from the President

    World Wide Will
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    By: Roy Berger, MedjetAssist President/CEO We host the strangest seminars at MedjetAssist. When you organize a seminar, I thought you were supposed to be the teacher and the attendees the students. Not around here. Late last month the second annual TAAP was held in our Birmingham, AL offices. TAAP (Travel…
  • Medjet Health Update: Keep Your Children from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus

    World Wide Will
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    By: John Gobbels MedjetAssist VP/COO Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962. What are the symptoms of EV-D68 infection? EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and…
  • 7 Tips on Tipping Guides | by Marcus Woolf, TheAdventurePost.com

    World Wide Will
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    It usually happens at the end of your trip, when you’re worn out, dirty and riding in a van. That’s when you find yourself scrambling to figure out a tip for your guide. While many travelers are aware that tipping is an option, they don’t give it much thought until…
  • Andrew Harper – Tour of the Hudson Valley

    World Wide Will
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    New York may be a teeming metropolis, but it is also a gateway to the tranquil Hudson Valley, with its orchards, vineyards, fine restaurants and stately homes that have afforded escape to some of the great names in American history — Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Roosevelt among them. Nowadays, there are…
  • Peter Greenberg Travel Safety Tip | The Controversy Over Reclining Seats—And How You Can Beat the System

    World Wide Will
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Reclining Seat Controversy Air rage seems to be front page news again, as news reports of in-the-air fights over airline seats (and reclining those seats) are popping up everywhere. One of the biggest sources for this growing frustration is the ever-shrinking seat itself. No, that’s not an optical illusion–your seat…
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    Vagablond

  • Telegraph Hill Luxury Robes

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

    Ava Stochinsky
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    This is my Vegas go-to restaurant. The menu is not overdone, i.e. good selection but not so large that the kitchen is in mass production mode. We ordered a 8oz A5 Wagyu strip to share as an app. One bite and it ruined any other steak I will ever eat again. Recommend any of the steaks, I had the halibut from the restaurant week prefix, both were good portions and prepared exactly as we ordered. Great selection of drinks and wines. Some of their infused drinks were absolutely sublime.Service is spectacular and sides are just as amazing as the cuts of meat. The service was perfect. The servers…
  • ALT Hotel :: Toronto

    Ava Stochinsky
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    It’s a boutique no frills hotel, but still has the bells and whistles. ALT boasts of individuality, as expected of a boutique hotel. If you are stopping over for a night in Toronto this is the perfect place. You easily get into the shuttle train and after a quick ride walk across and right into the hotels lobby. They have a gourmet grab and go area with food available at all hours, which is great if you’re arriving from a late flight and hungry. Part of the Germaine series, perhaps a smidge of an oxymoron but it is a no-nonsense boutique luxury hotel. Most business travellers…
  • The Liberty Hotel – Boston, Massachusetts

    Ava Stochinsky
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Luxurious…yes. Elegant…yes. Comparable to any other hotel…nope. The Liberty Hotel is a perfect storm of all the elements you would expect from a historical landmark turned luxury hotel. The Liberty Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood near just a stones throw from the Charles River and its Esplanade. What was once the Charles Street Jail is now a hotel that is beyond compare to anything in Boston. After two years of renovations the hotel opened in September 2007. If there is a movie being filmed in town chances are the cast and crew will make an…
  • Home Away From Home Series – Dolce Vita Guesthouse Estoril

    Ava Stochinsky
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    We are fortunate that we at Vagablond get to experience lovely hotel destinations worldwide. It is seldom that I am surprised by the level of hospitality and professionalism. I expect it, but our stay at the Dolce Vita Guesthouse was one of the most pleasurable travel experiences I have enjoyed in recent history. What draws tourists to Estoril? Estoril and Cascais are the birthplace of tourism in Portugal and they are popular mostly because of the casual chic ambiance and the local beach life. Also, the fact we are only half an hour by car or train to Lisbon and close to Sintra, makes this…
 
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  • Top 10 budget boutique hotels: the Smith Hotel Awards shortlist

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    You want style, you want service, you want a stay to make your friends green with boutique-bolthole envy… but you don’t want to entirely empty your piggy bank. Smith to the rescue! The hotels on our super-chic shortlist for the Best Budget Boutique gong at the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 boast all of the above in spades… without walloping your wallet too hard. From hip city hubs to sprawling country estates, these are the 10 best budget-friendly hotels, as chosen by you: HOTEL PULITZER – Barcelona, Spain Bang for your buck A superb city-centre location, just steps from Plaça…
  • Travel with #smithtaste: the winner!

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Well, that was delicious. You served up several hundred drool-inspiring dishes for our #smithtaste food photography competition all last week, and yesterday we spent a stomach-rumbling hour choosing our menu of photographic favourites for our judge, Ollie Lloyd (founder and CEO of Great British Chefs, creators of the Great Global Chefs iPad app). Now that we’ve deliberated, cogitated and digested, here’s our winner: A photo posted by Bobbie and Lola (@bobbielola) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:27am PDT   Congratulations, @bobbielola! Your £250/$400 Smith voucher prize – to use at…
  • Top 10 sexiest bedrooms: the Smith Awards shortlist

    Sarah Jappy
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Prepare to drop your pants: it’s sexy o’clock. We asked, you replied – when it came to the Smith Hotel Awards 2014‘s Sexiest Bedroom in the World, our voters were vocal. So which romantic retreat is ripest for seduction? Which billowing bed could you bury yourselves in? Warning: we will not be held accountable for the consequences of you reading this blog post, particularly if you do so in close proximity to an attractive human. BELLEVUE SYRENE, SORRENTO, ITALY Sexy bits Easy access to the sea from the private sunbathing deck • Terrace built for cocktail drinking…
  • Top 10 hotel bars: the Smith Awards shortlist

    Kate Weir
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    We asked you discerning hotel-bar hoppers to vote for the best spots to toast and tipple in; suggestions for the Hottest Hotel Bar at the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 poured in and we distilled them into a top 10 shortlist of the world’s best hotel bars. While the Smith Awards judging panel drink in the results, before the winner is announced on 7 November, here are the mixologists that wowed you with their sleight of hand, the bar crowds that turned your heads and the far-flung, home-from-home hotspots you’d love to make your local – read on to find your next best night…
  • Hotel of the week: Aava Resort & Spa, Khanom

    Sarah Jappy
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    This week, we’re dreaming of pink dolphins and azure waters – better make the fantasy a reality with a trip to Aava Resort & Spa in beachy Khanom, whose powder-soft shores and looming limestone mountains guarantee holiday snaps worth bragging about. Just a ferry ride away from party-cool Koh Samui, Khanom’s waters are dotted with long-tail boats and the local fisherfolk, whose ancestors have traded here for around 800 years. Now it’s your turn. Style Perfect Finnish Setting Nine-kilometre Nadan Beach Why this week? The local, but extremely rare pink dolphins are…
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  • How to Spend Four Days in Prague

    NomadicMatt
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Prague is a destination that always seems to be in vogue. It’s been on the tourist map for a long time and the crowds show no signs of abating. Prague is a gorgeous, well-preserved medieval city coupled with a rich history, expansive parks, Vegas-style nightlife, and a hint of romance. The city holds a special place in my heart; it was the first city I backpacked through on my round-the-world trip in 2006. It was where I stayed at my first genuine hostel, the first place I was on my own, and the first place I went to where signs weren’t in English. I grew as a traveler here. After many…
  • How to Move Abroad and Save Money

    NomadicMatt
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    There are many people I look up to in travel writing. Tim Leffel is one of them. He’s been writing about budget travel long before I knew what travel, let alone budget travel, even was. He’s been places I’ve only dreamed about and was even kind of enough to give notes and feedback on my book. I respect Tim a lot. He’s the master at finding good value destinations to live in around the world. I get a lot of questions about how to move abroad, especially with a family so I was honored Tim agreed to write about this subject. Enter Tim. On a typical day I’ll send my…
  • 9 Tips for Better Family Travel

    NomadicMatt
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    On the third Friday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks is here to give us tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids. This is an often requested topic so I’m excited to have him on the team! Here is this month’s article. No matter how well traveled you are, traveling with young kids is a very different experience than solo backpacking or couples travel. I remember planning our first family trip to California like it was yesterday. We had so many questions and didn’t know where to begin. How do we get a passport for a baby? Do we need to get…
  • Take the First Step Out the Door (A Community Challenge)

    NomadicMatt
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    The Dutch have a saying: “He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” It’s one of my favorite travel quotes. The first step in any endeavor is always the hardest. It takes courage. You have to overcome your fears, and that’s not always easy. I remember how hard it was to take the first step when I started traveling. I was scared and nervous. Would everything turn out alright? Once I got out the door, I realized there was nothing to worry about. It was all in my head. The first step doesn’t need to be big. It can start at…
  • 30 Fantastic Photos from Iceland to Inspire Your Next Trip

    NomadicMatt
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Last month, I finally visited Iceland. Iceland wasn’t the impossible budget destination people made it out to be. The locals were warm and welcoming, took me around, and showed me their homes. They were incredibly hospitable and I made a lot of Icelandic friends on my trip. And, while locals make any destination better, what blew my mind was the magnificence of the natural landscape. It’s bewitching. You find yourself in a spellbound daze as you move from place to place, your eyes overloaded by all you’re seeing. “How could such a tiny place have such a diverse and…
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • "Become a Member and You Don't Need a Broker!"

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

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

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

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

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Today we meet Michael Burns, President of Vacatia.com.1.  What was your first job in the timeshare industry?  After graduating from the University of Washington and planning to go to law school, my father convinced me to come to work for the company he co-founded in the industry, Vacation Internationale, where I worked in the marketing department doing a variety of marketing and sales support roles.  2.  What is the greatest lesson you've ever been taught in business?  First impressions are everything, so get it right and make it right from the beginning.
 
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    GoNOMAD Travel

  • Nova Scotia: Driving to PEI, Cape Breton

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    The Nova Star ferry from Portland to Nova Scotia Paul Shoul photos.   Lost and Found: A Road Trip to Nova Scotia, PEI, and Cape Breton. By Paul Shoul Lost: “unable to find one's way;... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Albania: Crossing a Balkan Land by Bike

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
      Albania by Bike Discovering a Mysterious Balkan Land on Two Wheels   By Melissa Adams When I informed friends I'd be cycling through Albania, I encountered everything from curious... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Joseph Stalin Museum in Georgia

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Stalin museum in Gori, Georgia in the front is the roof over the Stalin's birthplace.  Awkward memories of Georgia's most Famous Native Son Visiting the Stalin Museum in Gori, Republic of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Trip180: Volunteer Opportunities Made Easy

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Find the Volunteer Trip Suited for You with Trip180Volunteering in New Orleans. Stephanie DiCarlo photo. By Stephanie DiCarlo When we think of travel, oftentimes we see it as something the world... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Home Swaps: A Great Way to Experience Other Countries

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Nicole Frank enjoying the amenities at an Italian home swap. Roofswap.com:Give Me Your Keys and I’ll Give You MineBy Christa Romano One quick conversation with Nicole Frank could probably... [[ 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

  • How You Can Help The Children

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

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

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

    Captain Bill
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Cattleya Amazon River Cruise Boat, The Facts Cattleya Amazon River boat with crew Cattleya was constructed in 2013  with 6 comfortable air conditioned cabins, in-suite bathrooms, warm water showers, featuring picture window views. The Cattleya Amazon river cruise boat has a capacity for 12 passengers and a crew of 8 to 12, including 2 knowledgeable naturalist guides fluent in english and spanish. Cattleya, one of the most beautiful, comfortable, Amazon River cruise boats The Cattleya is 75.5 feet = 23 meters long, the beam is 19.7 feet = 6 meters wide, draft is 6.5 feet = 2 meters deep. With…
  • Tourist Police

    Captain Bill
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Guest post by Bo Keeley “We are here 24 hours a day, every day of the year to help tourists in Iquitos.” I’ve found it’s true. The Iquitos Tourist Police have helped me out of about a dozen legitimate jams in the past 15 years. Ex-pat may also ask for help anytime. Their station is at 834 Sargento Lores near Plaza de Armas and the station phone day and night is 24-2081 or (51 94) 23-7067. Some examples of things you may request, as I have in the past to satisfaction are: Pursue a pickpocket, Extract me from a locked hotel, Trace a malecon thief, Dennucia, And today to give a…
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Courthouse in Pontiac, Illinois, A Prime Stop on Route 66

    Barbara Weibel
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Courthouse in Pontiac, Illinois, one of the best towns for learning about the history of U.S. Route 66 (Visited 14 times, 14 visits today)The post PHOTO: Courthouse in Pontiac, Illinois, A Prime Stop on Route 66 appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Touring Pontiac, Illinois on Historic Route 66

    Barbara Weibel
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: One of the main stops on Route 66 in Illinois is Pontiac, where mini cars are scattered around town and memorials honor Abraham Lincoln, who represented clients at the county courthouse (Visited 20 times, 20 visits today)The post PHOTO: Touring Pontiac, Illinois on Historic Route 66 appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Getting My Kicks on Route 66

    Barbara Weibel
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Route 66. Just hearing the name makes me nostalgic for the days when I threw my tent and sleeping bag in the back of my 1969 Dodge Dart and headed west in search of adventure. I came by my romantic notions of travel quite naturally. Not only had I spent long hours poring over photos of exotic lands in the National Geographic Magazines piled up in our front hall, the television series Route 66 debuted in 1960 and quickly became a smash hit. I didn’t know it at the time but the name of the show was hugely misleading, as many of the episodes were set in states through which Route 66 did…
  • PHOTO: Old Service Station on Route 66 in Odell, Illinois

    Barbara Weibel
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Old Mobile Gas Station on U.S. Route 66 in Odell, Illinois, complete with rusting pumps and old car (Visited 39 times, 39 visits today)The post PHOTO: Old Service Station on Route 66 in Odell, Illinois appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Polk-A-Dot Drive-In on Route 66 in Braidwood, Illinois

    Barbara Weibel
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Polk-A-Dot Drive-In on old Route 66 in Braidwood, Illinois is chock full of Rt. 66 Memorabilia, including Blue Brothers statues at the drive-up window (Visited 68 times, 68 visits today)The post PHOTO: Polk-A-Dot Drive-In on Route 66 in Braidwood, Illinois appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
 
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  • The Gardens at Highgrove

    4 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    I visit gardens the way most folks watch MasterChef, I love to watch someone else perform but I haven’t a clue how to garden. Still, when the announcement arrived from my daughter’s school that tickets had been obtained to tour the Prince of Wales's gardens at Highgrove, I leapt at the chance. MasterChef Grand Finale here I come.It’s a bit complicated getting oneself to Highgrove southwest of Tetsbury in the Cotswolds. First, you must pre-book a ticket from the website or you can call the booking office on 0207 766 7310.  I’ve been told tickets for the season go fast. On arrival,…
  • A Chef, a TV Show and Flash Fried Collards

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
    My daughter loves Master Chef. It’s charms are somewhat lost on this old curmudgeon. I haven’t been excited about a TV cook since Julia Child - until I was introduced to the award winning public broadcasting series “A Chef’s Life” featuring an eastern North Carolina girl, a Yankee husband*, and a backwater called Kinston that has a real Civil War ironclad the CSS Neuse washed-up in the center of town. Does this sound like the makings of a fabulous TV show? Honey, it’s a cracker.I was introduced to “A Chef’s Life” by my friend Mase who would send to London DVDS and internet…
  • I'm ready Bill Cunningham

    13 Jun 2014 | 3:35 am
    It’s hot and sunny here. World Cup enthusiasm is in the air. It’s Friday and I am about to hit the streets of London. Get ready Bill Cunningham. But wait. He takes sartorial snaps on the streets of New York for the New York Times. There is absolutely no reason to dress for Bill Cunningham here in London.Oh yes there is. I always choose my outfits for Bill. His women stride across New York ‘expressing their personal style’. They’re having fun. They’re confident, cool and interesting. I want to be part of that tribe, those confident and interesting urban creatures here in London. So…
  • It's Mother's Day Somewhere

    9 May 2014 | 9:05 am
    Yikes! It's Mother's Day in America on Sunday.  Today, I am republishing something that I wrote in 2009 when it was Mother's Day in the UK but not the US. Five years later, my mother is still up to her old tricks, I'm still getting my dates mixed up and it's still Mother's Day somewhere. It’s Mother’s Day in the UK. Sure, the economy needs stimulating but this year’s commercial badgering to remember, love and shop for Mum is a bit much. Microsoft just sent me this. “Make her day even more special with Windows Live.” Hey Bill Gates & Co., I’ve got news for you, my…
  • Baatan Death March? No, our baby is going to college

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Meaning no disrespect to the real American and Filipino victims, my husband and I just finished a deadly march of sorts – down the east coast of the US to look at universities with our daughter. We saw 10 in 12 days. That’s a lot of universities and a lot of travel. I can’t tell you which ones or what my daughter thought about them. That’s her story. Our story is about what will be probably our last road trip together. We always knew she would leave but now we’re accompanying her on her shopping trip for the next chapter of her life. At Heathrow airport, she’s excited. We’re a…
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  • Blizzard Kills Trekkers on the Annapurna Trek in Nepal: updated

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

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

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Is a food court in Thailand the best place experience your first street food dish? Is a Thai food court your best option to first experience Thai food? You arrive into Thailand full of excitement at the multitude of wonders it holds. From dazzling temples to world renown shopping centers Bangkok it seems to have it all. What’s more Thailand has a great reputation for food that you can’t wait to try. But once you hit the hot sticky streets of Bangkok to the row of street food carts your gut tells you to slow way down. How long had that food been there? The flies, the car fumes the…
  • Tips on how to leave from Kathmandu airport

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:07 pm
    There might be a reason why so many seats are empty leaving Kathmandu Airport … Surely it’s not that hard to leave Nepal? If you read my article/help guide on how to survive arriving into Kathmandu airport and did indeed survive you might think leaving would be easy. I don’t blame you. So did I. More than once. The answer is of course it’s a lot harder to fly out of Nepal than it should be. It’s all very possible of course. But read on about my experiences, including some tips, to avoid a lot of hassle, arguments, frustration while saving a lot of time along with…
  • How Patan got its name Lalitpur “The Beautiful City”

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    The “Beautiful City” known as Lalitpur or Patan Patan is one of Kathmandu valleys greatest and oldest cities to visit. It’s also known as Lalitpur which translated means “Beautiful city” – there’s a good reason for this. Patan is a city filled with artisans, craftsmen and designers. It’s with this in mind that we can enjoy uncovering one of Patan’s oldest enigmas. A quasi-mythical series of events about how the city got its name. From gods to kings and lepers they all played a role as we unravel a mystery in the oldest city in Nepal.
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  • Reliving Gold Rush History at Bannack Ghost Town

    Donna Hull
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Grass grows up between the cracks of a wooden sidewalk in Bannack Ghost Town. Autumn leaves crunch into bits of brown and gold under our feet as Alan and I walk the wooden sidewalks at Bannack Ghost Town near Dillon. It’s only mid-September but we’ve definitely missed the prime week for fall color in this isolated corner of Southwest Montana. Joining a smattering of weekday visitors, we explore the buildings, both inside and out, that once made up a vibrant gold rush town. History whispers to us through creaking doors, the thud of footsteps on an uneven wooden sidewalk and…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    Have you visited the Tremiti Islands in Italy? This week, Alan and I have a little blog news rather than our usual chit chat about our latest travels. We’ve turned off the comments. That’s right. Due to ever increasing spam, we’ve turned the comments section off at My Itchy Travel Feet. However you can still talk travel with us. We post every article to the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook where you’ll find a livelier conversation than the ones that have been going on here. So come on over and join the fun. And if you have any questions about an article or about…
  • Helicopter Adventure Over West Maui and Molokai

    Donna Hull
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The beautiful coast of West Maui. Although Alan and I are big advocates of boots on the ground adventures to truly know a destination, there is also something special about seeing it from a seat in a small aircraft or helicopter. Take the Hawaiian Islands, for instance. Steep sea cliffs with thundering waterfalls are no match for our boomer hiking skills. That’s why, when Visit Maui invited me to experience a Maui helicopter tour, I jumped at the chance. Actually, my Maui helicopter tour with Air Maui included a late afternoon ride over West Maui and Molokai’s north shore. For…
  • Learn How to Earn and Spend Frequent Flyer Miles

    A Guest Writer
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    If you’re like most people, trying to unravel the web of travel miles can be incredibly frustrating. However it doesn’t have to be that way. Today’s guest writer, Summer Hull, explains just how to reap the best of airline frequent flyer miles and travel the world as a result. It’s a boomer travel resource that you’ll want to bookmark. You’re probably a member of a frequent flyer or hotel loyalty program, but have you actually used those miles and points to your advantage? I began leveraging my loyalty currency back in my college days as a way to stretch my…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    One of Alan’s favorite Italian travel memories: Boomer Adventure in Ferrari Land Rather than explore Montana during a beautiful break in our fall weather (what were we thinking?), Alan and I spent time choosing cruise excursion for this winter’s 64-day South Pacific Cruise on Silversea Cruises.  Whew! Glad that’s done. Also, I devoted some quality time to writing this week. It felt great to crank out a couple of articles that have been swirling around in my brain. I hope you enjoy the reads. You’ll find them in “This Week’s Articles.” This…
 
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  • Solo travel around the world in the pre-Internet era

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

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

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

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

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

  • Announcing: The Wireless Generation Film Tour

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

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
      After our bike trip ended, we found ourselves in Croatia, sans bikes and without a plan. We took a bus east to Belgrade, Serbia. I loved it but Drew didn’t (he later regretted leaving because he missed the food). We took a bus to Timisoara, Romania, not really sure where we were going, but convinced that Romania would be a good place to spend a few months. A few people recommended Sibiu to us, so we took the train over. Well, we tried to take the train. First we took the wrong train. We got off at the first stop we could, about two hours away, but what we didn’t know was…
  • Should You Teach Your Kids German?

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    We already know that teaching a child a second language has lots of long-term benefits (there are short-term benefits too, like an increased ability to multitask — but studies have also shown that bilinguals stave off the effects of dementia for four years). I am working on raising my kids as bilingual and when we started I picked languages like one would pick hypothetical extra curricular activities… what was going to be the most useful, where is the language trending, how can I best prepare my kids for the future? I started this process about three years ago and at that time the…
  • National Geographic Travelers of the Year

    Christine Gilbert
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    Everything is crazy. Go read the story here. I can’t even figure out how to write this post, except to say, “Yay!” a million times and then collapse on the ground. Okay so last March, we were trying to get Stella’s passport in Mexico, so we could, you know, leave Mexico, I got an email from George Stone, an editor at National Geographic. He was putting together this year’s list of the Travelers of the Year and I was on it. (Woah.) I completed the interview, and a few months later we arranged a photo shoot, and Drew, the kids and I all took the bus to Girona,…
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    Family Travel Blog | Family Vacation Inspiration |The Mother of all Trips

  • Halloween treats around the globe: 2014 version

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    susan
    20 Jul 2013 | 5:06 am
    Summer strikes with a vengeance pouring nearly 100 degrees over the region, and suddenly, you long for days like this…   That’s the thing about New Englanders. We live here because we love having all four seasons, but the second one of them hits us too hard we’re either yearning for the next one or looking back fondly on seasons passed. So I’m just going to embrace it. Last February my friend Caitlin prompted another girls weekend trip up to Brownsville, Vermont for a few days of skiing, wandering and relaxing. Not far from Brownsville is a quaint little town…
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    Travel Wonders of the World

  • Return to Blogging for Spring (Sydney, Australia)

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

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

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

    Mark H
    3 Jun 2014 | 4:41 pm
    The Sydney Harbour Bridge paints the water in rainbow colours as part of the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney. Celebrating light and art with sculptures and giant projections onto major buildings, Vivid greets winter with after-hours dazzling illuminated displays. Read the full story at http://www.travel-wonders.com.
  • The Hidden Gems Of Turkey

    Mark H
    29 May 2014 | 3:40 pm
    by James Brewer Beautiful Turkey is one of the world’s top-ten most visited countries, being ahead of other highly popular holiday destinations such as Greece, Mexico, or Thailand. A holiday in Turkey is a unique and fun-filled experience that you won’t forget, especially if you visit its hidden gems. If you are in need of some inspiration, continue reading to find out more about... Read the full story at http://www.travel-wonders.com.
 
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    NileGuide Travel Blog

  • Tasting the Good Life in Carmel Valley

    Josh Steinitz
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Life was good: a glass of wine in one hand, and a bocce ball in the other, gazing out across a vineyard at the scrub-forest hills of the Carmel Valley. As my wife knocked my ball out of scoring position, I silently complimented myself on the choice to come to Bernardus Lodge for our first year wedding anniversary. Bernardus Lodge Bernardus Lodge is well-known among some Bay Area cognoscenti for its enviable location, several miles inland of the fog zone that entraps so many unsuspecting coast-bound tourists in the Big Sur/Carmel/Monterey region, but close enough to the ocean to benefit from…
  • Hard Days and Soft Nights in Montana Ranch Country

    Josh Steinitz
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Walking along the deck toward our tented cabin, I heard a rustling in the brush to my right. There calmly munching the greenery was a large female moose, along with her calf nearby. I slowed to a shuffle as she picked up her head to evaluate my intentions, and for a moment I was concerned that my path of travel might alarm her given the proximity of her calf to our cabin. Fortunately, she soon returned to feeding and left me with another classic Montana experience at The Ranch at Rock Creek. momma moose Leaving Interstate 90 en route to the ranch from Missoula early in October, we soon found…
  • In Marrakech, Variety Is the Spice of Life

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

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

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

  • Exploring Ancient History in Alexander the Great's Dream City and Library by Ruth Kozak

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It is said that Alexander Alexander the Great had a dream in which he recalled the lines from Homer's Iliad of 'an island, Pharos, by the surging sea.' Alexander had come to Egypt to drive out the Persians and to him, this dream was an omen. Read about Alexander's Famous City and the Library at Alexandria
  • National Geographic's Peruvian Gold Exhibit Irving Arts Center in Texas.

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Beer and tequila have always been the drinks of choice when most people visit Mexico, but Baja's wine region has a new breed of winemakers dedicated to premium wine production in spite of what many American's seem to believe. In fact, At least one wine-maker considers the area to be Mexico's Napa. Find out where to enjoy these outstanding wines.
  • Bordeaux in Baja: The Rise of Mexico's Wine Region by Michael Cervin

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Beer and tequila have always been the drinks of choice when most people visit Mexico, but Baja's wine region has a new breed of winemakers dedicated to premium wine production in spite of what many American's seem to believe. In fact, At least one wine-maker considers the area to be Mexico's Napa. Find out where to enjoy these outstanding wines.
  • These Haunted Halloween Attractions May Actually be Haunted

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    These haunts have the ability to frighten even the bravest of souls, but some are truly haunted. Read where you can find these (and other perhaps less frightening) Halloween attractions
  • Eating London: A Food Inspired Journey by Gina Samarotto

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Once upon a time, not so very long ago visitors to London could expect many things, but not a vast selection of fabulous food. That's changed. Options for eating in London have never tasted better.
 
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    tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide

  • 5 spooky places in Europe

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

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

    Lena
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    TweetSightseeing usually takes place on the surface, on solid ground and with sufficient air to breathe. However, those who have the license and the know-how to breathe compressed air out of a scuba tank have a completely different range of possibilities when it comes to choosing sights to visit. Under the surface of the water […]
  • Autumn Leaves: 5 travel destinations

    tripwolf
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    TweetGuest post by Elisabeth Magesacher.   It’s undeniable. Whether it’s promenades through colorful autumn forests, city trips or a late seaside vacation during the off-season: autumn is a great time for traveling! These 5 destinations are especially attractive even late in the year.   Tours (France) Half-timbered houses, little boutiques, narrow alleyways, cafés and boulangeries […]
  • It’s tapped! The Oktoberfest Survival Guide 2014

    tripwolf
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    TweetMunich in autumn isn’t all beer, pretzels and short dirndl dresses – in order for you to enjoy your time outside of beer tents as well, you can now download the tripwolf Munich guide for free until the end of the Oktoberfest! Have fun! On September 20th, the (in-)famous Oktoberfest festivities begin in Munich – […]
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    Fascinating Travel Destinations Blog

  • Oct 22, Permai Rainforest Music Festival

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    The Permai Rainforest Music Festival Kuching held each July is a unique Sawarak festival experience and highly recommended. Read more here...
  • Oct 17, Orangutans in Borneo

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    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.
  • Oct 17, Nagasaki Sightseeing

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Nagasaki sightseeing is a fascinating look at this Japanese city in Kyushu famous for its Portuguese and Dutch history, and the dropping of the atomic bomb. Read about the many attractions.
  • Oct 17, Mulu National Park

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Mulu or Gunung Mulu National Park in Malaysia is a wonderful place for the magnificent caves, the canopy walk, trekking through rinforest into Camp 5, the Pinnacles...read more....
  • Oct 17, Mulu Caves

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    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

  • 10 Things Taiwan Does Wrong

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

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

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

    Carrie Kellenberger
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    There are many things about Taiwan that make it an incredible place to live; it’s easy to take some of those things for granted once you’ve been here for a while. I frequently hear that people think Taiwan is very Westernized, and while I agree that it is to some extent, there are still plenty of authentic Taiwanese experiences to be had! Click on my Taiwan photo for more articles about our travels around Taiwan. Here are 30 of my favorite authentic Taiwanese experiences. What are yours? 1. Learn how to drive a scooter in Taiwan and head out on a day trip. (Photo comment: It…
  • Ghost Month in Taiwan – The Hungry Ghosts of Isla Formosa

    Carrie Kellenberger
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The hungry ghosts of Taiwan are currently haunting this beautiful island. Yes, you read that right! And they’re going to continue haunting the island for the entire seventh month of the lunar calendar. Don’t stay out late after dark. Ghosts usually roam the earth at sunset and at night. This means a number of things for residents of Taiwan. For one, there is a lot – and I mean A LOT – of paper burning and alter worship happening in temples and on the streets right now. The Taiwanese are a naturally superstitious people, and this is particularly evident during Ghost…
 
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    Lanzarote Information - Anything and everything about Lanzarote

  • Charity Horse Racing Night Friday 7th November

    Miguel
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Niños del Tercer Mundo is a registered Lanzarote based charity which is focused on the welfare of education of children in the third world. They are having another of their famous fun fundraising events next Friday November 7th - it's a horse racing event where visitors can  read more »
  • Mick Bennett

    Susana
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    Continuing our series of interviews with musicians & entertainers living in Lanzarote, this time we talk to Mick Bennett. Do you have a stage name? Mick Bennett, most people that have been coming here over the past 20 years kind of know the name. Where are you from originally? Ireland, Dublin. How long have you lived in Lanzarote? Since 1992. What do you play? Guitar, Piano & Vocals. Who is your idol & inspiration? My mother. Do you have any special projects coming up?  read more »
  • Submarine Safaris, Special Offer for November

    Jules
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Submarine Safaris in Lanzarote have two different special offers available for tourists & residents diving with them during this November. Tourist Special Offer For every 2 adults purchasing a ticket for the submarine, the 2nd adult will pay a child’s price. Normal adult price is €55, but the second adult will only be charged €32 (Child’s price). This offer is for the whole of November 2014 Resident Special Offer During every Saturday in November we have a special price for all residents of Lanzarote. Instead of  read more »
  • L4B, a new business network in Lanzarote

    Jules
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Links For Business, known as L4B has been created by entrepreneurs Janet Harper and Elisabeth Clancy. This new networking group is for ladies in business in Lanzarote. A launch event has been organised to take place at 18:15 on the 17th of November at the Costa Sal in Matagorda, Puerto del Carmen. Both Janet and Elisabeth believe that, by helping to create social connections, L4B can improve business growth for companies that participate within their group. Members will be limited to one from each type of business, so that there is no direct competition within the network. The original…
  • Lanzarote Weekend 31st October to 2nd November 2014

    Jules
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:17 pm
    We’ve already posted our Halloween Special with spooky events taking place in Lanzarote, plus the motor sport event Subida de Haría. Here’s what else is happening on the island this weekend. Playa Blanca: 9 lives are holding a charity event from 18:30 on the 31st October for the feral cats in Lanzarote at Sun Park on Calle Janubio in Playa Blance. Tickets cost €15 for the evening which includes dinner provided by La Bocaina Catering followed by an auction hosted by Elvis himself who will then sing, giving everyone a chance dance into the night.  Tickets must be reserved in advance…
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  • Ebola: What IS Terrifying

    vlogbrothers
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Ebola: What IS Terrifying In which John discusses the ebola outbreaks in the United States, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, and how best to deal with them. Sources and res... From: vlogbrothers Views: 413837 18868 ratings Time: 03:34 More in People & Blogs
  • Going to College (in Ethiopia)

    vlogbrothers
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Going to College (in Ethiopia) In which John talks to students at Addis Ababa University (and Bill Gates) and discusses the diversity and complexity of contemporary Ethiopia. Friendly remi... From: vlogbrothers Views: 260494 12128 ratings Time: 04:01 More in People & Blogs
  • 10 Weird Things Banned by Governments

    Alltime10s
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    10 Weird Things Banned by Governments 10 Weird Things Banned by Governments Avoid gum in Singapore, steer clear of gaming in Greece, and don't even think about playing Fall Out Boy in Russia. Dis... From: Alltime10s Views: 927486 13473 ratings Time: 02:55 More in Education
  • 10 Weird Facts about the Bermuda Triangle

    Alltime10s
    24 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    10 Weird Facts about the Bermuda Triangle 10 Weird Facts about the Bermuda Triangle Putting fear into the heart of the bravest sailor, the Bermuda Triangle has been claiming lives for centuries. Find... From: Alltime10s Views: 2094486 19527 ratings Time: 03:00 More in Education
  • Travel Friendly In-Flight Beauty Tips

    Michelle Phan
    18 May 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Travel Friendly In-Flight Beauty Tips I'm going to show you my in-flight beauty routine for a long haul flight. You're going to survive it and look fabulous at the same time :) This is my mish-li... From: Michelle Phan Views: 1681107 66998 ratings Time: 06:18 More in Howto & Style
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    Hotels in Orlando & Things to do in Orlando

  • Hotel Rooms: To Clean or not to Clean?

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

    Sunil Govind
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    There’s nothing like the freedom of the open road – unless, of course, you’re stuck in the car with your family. Road trips and families go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s practically an American tradition to pile your family and luggage into a four-door sedan, point to a destination on the map, and […]
  • Top 10 Wine Bars and Lounges in Orlando

    Robyn Kurth
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Orlando’s reputation for theme parks and other family-friendly amusements is well-established, but in recent years The City Beautiful has also established quite a few venues for singles, date nights, and even parents’ night out. Orlando Magazine recently listed the top wine bars and lounges in Orlando, and all of the following bars, lounges and restaurants […]
  • What Do You Hate About Orlando?

    Sunil Govind
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Sunshine. Palm trees. The best amusement parks in the world. Yes, when you think about Orlando, some of its best features might immediately spring to mind, especially if you vacation there. But what about the hidden side to Orlando you don’t think about? What about the insane traffic on I-4? The random thunderstorms that turn […]
  • Which Disney World Telephone Numbers Should You Save on your Phone? 

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World in the near future, chances are you have already visited the Disney.com website and called the main Disney World telephone number at 407-939-5277. This is the main phone number to find out everything from theme park hours to location and hotel choices at the resort. To book a room […]
 
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    USA Travel Guide

  • Color Up 5k in Killeen, TX

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

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

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

    Carolina
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    Find a US Open hotel to complete your stay! The US Open is almost here! This exciting tennis competition takes place from August 25 – September 8, and has tennis fans everywhere ready for action. This international tradition has been in place since 1881, and continues to be a major sporting event. Men’s singles and doubles, [...] The post US Open and US Open Hotels appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
  • USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC

    Carolina
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:03 am
    The country is thawing out after a series of unusual winter storms, and what better way to enjoy the (even slightly) warmer weather than by traveling to a sunny place on spring break! South Carolina has many venues for sightseeing as well as learning opportunities for people of all ages. Individuals, couples, and families can [...] The post USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
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    Geotraveler's Niche

  • Snapshot: Felicia Shelton

    Lola Akerstrom
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Felicia Shelton is a travel and lifestyle photographer who has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar and has contributed to Travel and Leisure, Tom Dixon’s book The Interior World of Tom Dixon, Shopikon and Caravane.fr. Born and raised in Virginia, she left the country at age 20 and has been traveling and working abroad ever since. She speaks French and Swedish fluently having lived in both France and Sweden for years. Three years in South Korea really launched her photography in the right direction. I love life, I love the amazing people and places I get to see through travel and…
  • Photo Tip: Look for natural light rays…Then wait

    Lola Akerstrom
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    I’ve been sharing photo tips and little nuggets of information on how to improve your photography during your travels. Nowadays, it seems like every type of scene has already been captured. At least of major landmarks around the world. And trying to create something new and fresh always seems like a constant challenge. Personally, I always use natural light and this means always scouting for sources of light like rays streaming through windows and doorway cracks, sunbeams being reflected off surfaces, low light from oven fires, golden light at sunrise, blue hour light just after sunset……
  • Postcard: Stockholm’s Greenest Island – Djurgården

    Lola Akerstrom
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Djurgården, Stockholm. One of Stockholm’s many islands – Kungliga Djurgården (Royal Game Park) – is where many of the city’s historical museums, palaces, gardens, and lush green parks are located. You can grab a rental bike from Stockholm City Bikes or from the waterfront stand right next to Djurgårdsbron (the bridge which leads onto the island) and enjoy a leisurely hour ride around the park. Recommended stops on Djurgården include Vasamuseet – home to the Vasa warship which sank in 1628, Skansen – the world’s oldest open air museum, Nordiska museet to learn…
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    BootsnAll Travel Articles

  • 13 Travel Horror Stories and Where They Took Place

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    The film industry has unrelentingly produced travel-inspired horror movies. Any trip to your local video store should secure a slew of movies detailing intrepid souls being lured into shady situations or adventurous protagonists (hopefully) surviving any traveler’s worst nightmare.So why does traveling keep inspiring dramatic and sometimes plainly horrific movies? Seemingly, the lack of comfort zone and the isolation that comes with being so far away from home plays a grand role. Combine that with a tangible unknown and bad decisions and voilà! You’ve got a perfect recipe for a scream…
  • Five Truths About Long-Term Travel

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    One of the stages of the hero’s quest is to leave one’s community. This probably explains the deep-seated, archetypal appeal of travel. People long to travel. They long to get away from it all and have meaningful experiences in “exotic” locations.  They look to travel to reinvigorate, recharge, and refresh them, and they hope for personal transformation, a new outlook, and a broader perspective. Sometimes, people travel to find something or someone, and sometimes it’s to leave something or someone.I am one of these people. I left for a six-month trip across India after a series of…
  • Tunisia: Festival du Sahara at Douz

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    Author’s Note: “A Day in the Life” is a series in which we chronicle a specific day in the life of a long-term traveler. We highlighted this particular story about camping in the Sahara and attending a very local festival in a country like Tunisia because having this type of experience is very difficult when you're only taking a one-week vacation. Long-term travel allows you to stay put sometimes and gives you the opportunity to really dig in to the local culture and participate in a festival like the Miller family did in the story below.Whoever idealized the serene night scene of…
  • China for the Independent Traveler

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    China is intimidating: it's enormous, crowded and barely anyone speaks English. It's not open and transparent, it's closed and complicated. It's chaotic and confusing and challenging. Many hearty independent travelers who would fearlessly tackle Southeast Asia, Japan, or Korea shy away from China.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Add China to Your Big Trip" button_type="orange" button="Explore Europe and China" image="http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/China-banner-ad.jpg"…
  • There’s Much More to Travel Than Famous Sites

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    It has been said that the things that blindside us are not the things we worry about, it’s the unexpected phone call on a Tuesday afternoon that brings us to our knees. That’s the way it is with life, yet I am still surprised when it happens. When you least expect it, something wonderful happens and transforms you forever.The transformation begins I was raised on plates of hearty European fare where food is love. Plates of spaghetti, though, were always served up with a side order of guilt. Perhaps that’s why then, as an adult, I have a strong rebellious streak.“You’re not the boss…
 
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    Stuck in Customs

  • Kolmanskop and a New Facebook Page

    Trey Ratcliff
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    New Facebook Page! We’ve started a new Facebook Page for Trey Ratcliff! I’m moving it all off my personal page over there… so stop by and have a Like! We’re doing a special week-long event there, and it ends with an AMA, so stay tuned! New Visual Interview with Adobe I did an interview with Adobe… but it’s kind of a cool interview because they asked me to answer each question with a photo! Daily Photo – Kolmanskop This is an amazing place! It's an abandoned diamond mining town near Lüderitz in Namibia. The nearby desert has blown in and covered…
  • Air New Zealand, Behind the Scenes

    Trey Ratcliff
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Want to see the Behind-the-Scenes video? I did a fun photoshoot with Air New Zealand, and some of the photos are just now starting to come out. We also made a cool behind-the-scenes video there, which we will release for free to newsletter subscribers (which is also free!) The Most Beautiful Newsletter Ever! Here’s one of the unofficial, behind-the-scenes photos I took in between scenes… That’s Rosanna there – I love the elf ears! Daily Photo – The Seats on Air New Zealand I set this shot up in New Zealand… it was pretty challenging to shoot, but…
  • Sunset in Southern China

    Trey Ratcliff
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Don’t forget to Subscribe Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel! If you do, then you get the first look as soon as I make videos “Public”! Daily Photo – Sunset in Southern China This was one of my favorite areas to visit in China a few months ago. And, even better, we were treated with a truly remarkable sunset. Sunsets like this don't happen there much, so I felt very lucky to be in the right spot at the right time. It was certainly hard to get up to this position… many cuts, bruises, and lots of blood was spilled to get here. But I forgot…
  • A Black and White Photo

    Trey Ratcliff
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    More Grouping Names I got re-oriented with all my collective animal names while in Africa. Some of my favorites are a Venue of Vultures, a Journey of Giraffes (or if still, a Tower), a Coalition of Cheetahs, and a Memory of Elephants. Daily Photo – A Black and White Photo I thought this seemed like an ideal time to try out some black and white photography! This dazzle of zebras (that is the group name, right? How cool!) was running around trying to find some of the pools of water that are now starting to dry up all over the Okavango Delta. It makes these places hotly contested! They…
  • Dragontemple

    Trey Ratcliff
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Looking at the shapes One thing I’ve been trying to do more and more is examine the outlined shapes of whatever I am photographing. Sometimes I get so caught up in the texture and detail that I forget that the overall shape is perhaps the most interesting part of that. Anyway, the more I start thinking about the shape, the more I end up with images like this new favorite one below. Daily Photo – Dragontemple Here's a view of my favorite new temple as a vile light comes behind it. I love the shape of this place so much! It's almost too good to be true. Sadly, I was kicked…
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    We Blog The World

  • How India Can Transform You Each & Every Time

    Mariellen Ward
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    My seventh trip to India happened this past September. Every time I come here, I don’t know what to expect. For one thing, I’m different. It’s a different me that arrives each time. For another, India is different. India is changing, and probably faster than any society on earth. Above, staring out at the Ladakh immensity from Thiksey Monastery chortens. When I first started travelling in India nine years ago, the Delhi airport was basically a big, old shed and women almost universally wore swathes of fabric, in the Indian style. Now the Delhi airport is new and glitzy and could…
  • Behind the Scenes at the Graindorge Cheese Farm in Livarot France

    Renee Blodgett
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    On the outskirts of a rural town called Livarot France in southern Normandy lies Le Village Fromagerie or otherwise known as Graindorge. What you’ll find at this charming cheese farm is a wealth of knowledge about cheese making, as well as a delightful array of cheese to taste. The Graindorge cheese dairy includes the following cheese offerings, some more known than others: Livarot, Pont l’Eveque, Camembert of Normandy and Neufchatel. Before you taste however, you’re taken through an educational tour of the facility, which shows you exactly how the cheese is made, walking…
  • Devocion, An Innovative Nueva Colombian Approach to Coffee

    Susan McKee
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
      Boutique Colombian coffee company, Devocion (an innovative Nueva Colombian approach to coffee) arrives in the United States for the first time this month with opening of a 3,600-square foot roasting facility and “Botica del Cafe”, 69 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Devocion journeys deep into Colombia’s most isolated, unspoiled and dangerous regions seeking out a diverse selection of beans. These journeys have led to longterm relationships with local farmers — micro-farms and small producers. Devocion then takes those beans and roasts them to exacting…
  • Unique Meets Boutique at Hotel Saint Louis in Lisieux Normandy

    Renee Blodgett
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Heading to Normandy? Then Lisieux is bound to be on your list. For stays, Hotel Saint Louis, which conveniently sits in the center of Lisieux is a great choice for those who are looking for unique and boutique blended into one. Hotel Saint Louis isn’t a luxury hotel, nor does it have the bells and whistles you might need from a chain if you’re traveling on business, although they do have reliable wifi. It is all things quaint and charming however in more ways than one. The outside courtyard below is in the front of hotel, which immediately faces the infamous historical cathedral…
  • Taking in the Best That Nantucket Has to Offer!

    Renee Blodgett
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    When I lived in Boston, we would occasionally zip over to Nantucket although I can probably count only a half dozen or so times over the years we made the effort. We tended to go to Martha’s Vineyard more often, which we skipped this past summer during our August visit since Obama was there at the time and security was through the roof. I always thought of Nantucket is the “older island” when I was in my twenties since it seemed to appeal to the older, wealthier, more established New Englander, many of whom either had a second home there or semi or permanently retired to the…
 
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • MGM Resorts International Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

    Business Travel Destinations
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.  Diluted loss per share for the third quarter of 2014 was $­­­0.04 compared to diluted loss per share of $0.05 in the prior year third quarter.  “Our consolidated net revenues increased by 1% and EBITDA increased by 2% during the quarter.  In Las Vegas, the market continues to improve as our top line revenues grew 3%.  While we expected to have some negative impact to margins during the quarter as a result of the…
  • Industrial Light & Magic Opens New London Facility

    Business Travel Destinations
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Wednesday 15 October 2014 Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light Magic (ILM) held a ceremony today marking the official opening of ILM London’s new building located in Central London and recognizing the new research and development initiatives the company will be undertaking in the London office. Participants at the ceremony included Chancellor George Osborne; The Hon Edward Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy; Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy; ILM President and General Manager, Lynwen Brennan; ILM Chief Creative Officer John Knoll and ILM London’s Director of…
  • MGM Resorts International and NRG Energy Celebrate the Installation of the World’s Largest Convention Center Solar Array

    Business Travel Destinations
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today announced the completed installation of the world’s largest rooftop solar array on a convention center. Covering approximately 20 acres atop the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the 6.4 megawatt (MW dc) [5.0 megawatt ac (MW ac)] photovoltaic array will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 1,000 U.S. homes annually and is the first of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip. In conjunction with the celebration, MGM Resorts and NRG also…
  • London welcomes record number of tourists

    Business Travel Destinations
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Wednesday 08 October 2014 London’s world-class visitor attractions are helping drive a big increase in tourists coming to the capital – putting the city on course for its most successful tourism year. Official figures released today (Thursday 9 October) show that international tourists made nearly 8.5 million trips to the city in the first six months of this year, a 7.6 per cent increase when compared to the same period in 2013. Visitor numbers are predicted to stay high as museums and galleries across the capital open their doors for a blockbuster Autumn Season and the city gears up to…
  • IMEX America 2014 hits a four year high

    Business Travel Destinations
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    IMEX America’s fourth edition came to a close earlier today at the Sands Expo®, Las Vegas, with IMEX Chairman, Ray Bloom, declaring the trade show the biggest to date with growth in all key areas. Ray Bloom and key show partners report on growth at shows closing press conference. Courtesy image Ray Bloom and key partners report on growth at show closing press conferenceHe confirmed that the number of exhibiting companies taking part had once again risen, going up from 2694 in 2013 to 2900 in 2014. This was reflected in a 13 percent increase in the size of the show floor. In addition Bloom…
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Sylt, in Germany

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Sylt is an island off the coast of Germany in the North Sea.  Historically it was part of the Jutland peninsula which is mainly Denmark.  It is another of those places that has changed nationality a number of times.  There is a unique language, Söl'ring, spoken on the island and it's even taught in primary schools.  It is a North Frisian dialect with a strong Danish influence and with elements of Dutch and, curiously, English.
  • Malaysia

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Songket is a brocade-like fabric woven in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.  It is traditionally woven on a part-time basis by girls and older women.  In Malaysia the main production is on the east coast, not far from from the traditional village shown on the postcard.This is a post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian. Click on the button to visit her blog and other participants.
  • Rue de Rivoli, Paris

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I've loved this card since I first saw it in someone's gallery on Postcrossing but only this week it arrived in my letterbox as a great surprise.It shows cute little children crossing, "crocodile" fashion, the rue de Rivoli in Paris just opposite the Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre. It brings back so many memories from the three years I lived in Paris.A post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted by Beth Niquette on her blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to visit and join in.
  • The horse drawn carriages of Emperor Qin Shihuang

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    I had heard of the Terracotta Army, I suppose most people have, but I hadn't realised until I received this card that there was much more to it than the name implies - terracotta soldiers.  There is indeed the army of 6000 or so soldiers but that is just in Pit 1 of the excavated sites.  There are three other pits, the second containing cavalry and chariots, and the third is a command post.  The fourth is empty.It is said that going to China and not seeing the Terracotta Army is like going to Egypt and missing the pyramids.The card shows one of the two carriages excavated from…
  • Colmar

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I've always wished to visit the Alsace region of France and this beautiful postcard from Colmar confirms at least one reason why.  Another reason for visiting could be that Colmar is the capital of the Alsace wine region and is situated on the 170 km long wine route, la Route des Vins d'Alsace.Colmar, along with much of Alsace, alternated between being French and German through its history. As a result, there are both French and German influences in food, drink, crafts, and even in the spoken language.
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    Atlas Travel Blog

  • Halloween Traditions Around The World

    Sue Lobo
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s that time of year again when fall is in the air, the leaves are starting to change color and we begin to think about the holidays–beginning with Halloween. Although Halloween has its beginnings in ancient days, and did not originate in the United States, it continues to be the second biggest holiday in the country exceeded only by Christmas in terms of decorations and sales. In the United States, Halloween usually brings to mind images of pumpkins and scary decorations, little trick-or-treaters going door to door collecting a seemingly endless supply of candy, and people of…
  • Halloween In New Orleans

    Sue Lobo
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Halloween In New Orleans isn’t just for kids. The experience is quite different from pretty much everywhere else in the world. From the adult’s only events to the wild and crazy costumes, everyone gets in on the fun on Halloween. Bourbon Street There is always something fun happening on Bourbon Street and Halloween is no exception. It can best be described as one big party. Virtually everyone is dressed up in a costume, there is also live entertainment and plenty of liquor to go around. People can be seen dressed up in costumes and partying the night away weeks before Halloween…
  • The Haunted Queen Mary: Fact or Fiction

    Sue Lobo
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Queen Mary sailed from 1936 to 1967 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is permanently berthed in Long Beach, California serving as a museum ship and hotel. Many stories surround the hauntings of the Queen Mary. Hauntings The first known haunting incident occurred during World War II. The ship accidentally sank its escort ship, the HMS Curacao, where over 200 men drowned. It is said to this day you can hear men screaming and the sound of metal crushing against metal on the decks at the extreme front end of the bow. In 1966, an 18-year-old engineer, John Pedder…
  • Halloween in Salem

    Sue Lobo
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Salem is thought to be one of the creepiest places on earth. The Salem Witch Trials happened there and supposedly many of their spirits still reside in the city. The month of October brings about a time of year to celebrate the dead and the spirits among them. The Festival of the Dead honors those that have passed with many events such as rituals, customs and a welcoming environment for the dead. Spectral Evidence: Ghost Hunting 101- October 18, 8 p.m. Participants will get to hear firsthand experiences of ghost hunting from radio personality and author, Ron Kolek. They will get to…
  • All Things Pumpkin

    Sue Lobo
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    For centuries pumpkins have been used for cooking. Native Americans cut them into long strips and roasted them over a fire. Colonists removed the pumpkin’s top and its seeds and then put milk, honey and spices into it and cooked it in hot ashes. There’s a lot that can be learned about this colorful fruit. Pumpkin Facts – The word “pumpkin” means ‘large melon’ in Greek. Native Americans actually called them “isqoutm squash”. – Pumpkins are technically a fruit because they contain seeds. However, when it comes to cooking many people…
 
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    What's New in the Backpacking Blog?

  • Ginger and Generosity

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    South Korea is known for many healthy foods: kimchi, rice and seaweed to name a few. However, ginger is one health item that is often overlooked. Ginger
  • Food Tourism and Culinary Travel

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    How to get the most out of your food tourism experience if experiencing a country's foods is one of the main reasons you travel.
  • Cultural Differences

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Cultural differences - don't let them get you into trouble when you travel!
  • Why Cultural Etiquette Matters

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:17 am
    Why cultural etiquette is important to travelers, especially to women traveling solo.
  • A Real Education

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm
    It was sometime after dark when I stepped off the train in Pamplona, Spain. Somewhere during the 4-hour journey between Barcelona and Pamplona I had completely
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    TRAVEL BLOG

  • URUGUAY TOURS

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

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Pick any of our Argentina tours for your South America vacations. Argentina has some of the most remarkable tourist attractions the continent has in store.
  • BRAZIL TOURS

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    The following Brazil tours are an excellent starting point when ready to explore the South American giant. You can also create your own custom tour...
  • BOLIVIA TOURS

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    Pick any of our Bolivia Tours and you'll be in touch with one of the true wonders of South America, home to millenary cultures and armed with a beauty that will leave you simply stunned...
  • PERU TOURS

    12 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    The following Peru Tours will provide you with a good starting point when ready to explore one of the most amazing countries in the South American continent...
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    Wild Junket

  • Witnessing the First World Nomad Games in Central Asia

    Guest Blogger
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    While in Kyrgyzstan, I met up with a writer friend of mine, Stephen Lioy, who’s an expert in all things Central Asian having traveled and lived in the region for several years now. Recently, he had the grand opportunity of photographing the first ever World Nomad Games, also known as the nomad Olympics, a six-day event that took place from 9 to 14 September on the shores of Kyrgyzstan’s Issyk-Kol Lake. We’re honored to have him share some of his excellent photography from the event here, enjoy!  A Photo Essay of the World Nomad Games 2014 W ithin ten minutes of arriving, I…
  • 7 Off-Track Countries that Are Worth Checking Out

    Guest Blogger
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest post from our friends Dariece and Nick from Goats On The Road. Their blog is an extremely useful resource for those who are planning to travel Central Asia. They’ve visited many remote and interesting parts of the world and today they’re going to share with us a list of under-the-radar countries that are worth visiting: There are many well-known tourist destinations in the world, and they’re popular for good reason. But, imagine having incredible local experiences, lazing on world-class beaches, and exploring untouched terrain…with hardly a tourist…
  • Traveling Iran — What it’s Like

    Nellie Huang
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
     I’ve just completed my Silk Road journey through Central Asia with Oasis Overland. Our trip started in Kyrgyzstan and we traveled through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and ended in Turkey. During this overland trip, we spent just under three weeks traversing through Iran, from the eastern corner to the western edge. As a curious traveler, I believe visiting a place for myself is the best way to learn on-the-ground knowledge and to see a place beyond the headlines. My recent visit to Iran – just like my previous trips to troubled lands like North Korea and…
  • Photo Highlights of Iran: from Persian Architecture to Outstanding Hospitality

    Nellie Huang
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    I’ve just completed my Silk Road journey through Central Asia with Oasis Overland. Our trip started in Kyrgyzstan and we traveled through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and ended in Turkey. During this overland trip, we spent just under three weeks traversing through Iran, from the eastern corner to the western edge. It was the highlight of our trip and I hope these photos will show you what an amazing country it is. Mention Iran and many think of burkha-clad women, burning flags and war. But these stereotypes can’t be further from the truth. For those who are curious…
  • Is Ashgabat the World’s Strangest City?

    Nellie Huang
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. Our trip started in Kyrgyzstan and we’ve traveled through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and have now reached Turkmenistan. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey When it comes to peculiar sights, Turkmenistan is off the charts. First it’s the Darvaza gas craters, burning gas craters that resemble the gates to hell, that tops my list of the strangest sights I’ve seen; and as if it weren’t bizarre enough, Ashgabat brings it to a…
 
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  • Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables

    Wanda Coustas
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Think Cape Dutch architecture and one immediately calls to mind the style’s most distinctive feature: the central gable. But gables are not anything new, you might argue, what’s the big deal? – European architecture is full of examples. But at the Cape, gables are different. Rather than lying at the end of a house, as they do in Amsterdam and elsewhere in Europe, they are set right in the middle of the façade over the front door. They’re even given an appealing...
  • Spring Into The Stihl Open Gardens

    Helen Rushton
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Every spring marks the return of the Stihl Open Gardens which take place in the town of Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas. Gardeners are kind enough to open their beautiful gardens to the public and are delighted to share their gardening tips and secrets! Although some of the gardens were only open for a few weekends in October and have already closed, there are still a number that are open during weekends in November and December. Harrow Hill Guest Farm Caroline Gemmell...
  • Karoo Farmstays – we share 8 of the best with you

    Wanda Coustas
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The impression we hold of the Karoo has romance at its heart: dirt roads, windmills, sunsets that look as though someone has thrown claret on a canvas, big sky and mountain passes. The semi-desert region known as the Karoo is inspiring. Despite its droughts and extreme climate, it is a space in which to unwind, slow and retreat from the world. We share 8 of the best Karoo farmstays with you… 1. ABBOTSBURY, Graaff-Reinet   Abbotsbury is a 4300 acre sheep farm just...
  • South Africa’s elusive aardvark – 7 places to see it

    Wanda Coustas
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The aardvark. The only surviving member of the prehistoric species Tubulidentata.  It looks like a rabbit crossed with a piglet and a kangaroo, and is sometimes called an African antbear, or a Cape anteater.  Actually, its name comes from the Afrikaans meaning ‘earth pig’ or ‘ground pig’, due in no small part to its habit of burrowing under the ground to avoid the heat of the day (they only come out at night). Despite its name, the aardvark is not even...
  • Dining at Hamiltons Restaurant in Malelane

    Helen Rushton
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of dining not once, but twice in the same day at the superb Hamiltons Restaurant in Malelane. Located just outside the well known Leopard Creek Golf Estate and named after Stevenson Hamilton, the first Kruger National Park ranger, Hamiltons offers good quality food prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Originally a trading store and now a family run restaurant Hamiltons is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors alike…...
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  • The Heritage sites of Malta and Gozo

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

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

    Keith Jenkins
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Walker Bay Grootbos is a private nature reserve near the southernmost tip of the African continent. Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Grootbos is a two-hour drive southeast of Cape Town and a short 30-minute drive from Hermanus, the premier destination for land-based whale-watching in South Africa. Literally translated, Grootbos means ‘big forest’ in Afrikaans (or Dutch), a reference to the ancient milkwood forests surrounding the estate; some of these trees are more than a thousand years old! I’d heard of Grootbos before from various people who’d been there…
  • An unforgettable tour of Ecuador

    Keith Jenkins
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    A sea lion watches the sunset on Galapagos. It was a photo of the spectacular Cotopaxi volcano that first captured my imagination. I was ten years old and I promised myself that I would one day visit Ecuador. I had an opportunity in 2008 while I was in South America on my round-the-world trip. I’d planned to fly to Lima from Buenos Aires and spend some time exploring Peru and Ecuador. That didn’t work out as I ended up staying in Buenos Aires for almost two months (BA does that to you)! Several months ago, I received an invitation from Metropolitan Touring (the premier tour…
  • Plane views: Cape Town

    Keith Jenkins
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    When I published a post a while back on airports you must book a window seat for, I received various comments from readers saying that I should include Cape Town in that list. I’d flown to Cape Town quite a few times previously but I’d always arrive at night (direct flights from Amsterdam arrive in the evening) so I never got to check out the view. That changed on my last trip. Instead of flying direct from Amsterdam, I flew via Johannesburg. I arrived in Cape Town in the late-morning and this glorious view awaited me. The approach into Cape Town International was indeed amazing:…
 
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  • Bermuda for Business Meetings? Why Not

    Carol Margolis
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    I read this article a few weeks ago but began thinking about it again recently. I visited Bermuda a few months ago and loved almost everything about the island. Though they identify heavily with the British Crown, they are a U.S./Canadian destination mecca. It really is an ideal location for business meetings, situated off the coast of North Carolina. Transiting through their small airport (BDA) is very easy and taxis are abundant. Bermuda was discovered over 500 years ago with Spanish origins but the first settlers a century later were British. That influence is seen throughout the island,…
  • Are You Using Your Vacation Time?

    Carol Margolis
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    In a study prepared by the U.S. Travel Association (USTA), they claim that we currently use less of our vacation time than any other time in the past four decades. Even worse, they claim, this Work Martyr Complex comes at a high price. The study looks at paid time off (PTO) and, surprisingly, says that the average worker earns 21 days off each year. That is actually over four weeks of paid leave. That sounds high to me, but they say that of these paid days off, we only used around 16 of them last year. They further conclude that if we just returned to our pre-2000 levels when Americans took…
  • Apple Pay at Hotels? Fuggedaboutit

    Carol Margolis
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    I had high hopes for Apple Pay. I love the convenience and security of not having to worry about carrying around a load of credit cards and the system – along with Google Wallet – are more secure than the cards we are using today. Last week I talked about my disastrous experience trying to use Apple Pay for travel, including two hotels that had no idea what I was talking about. Well, it looks like it won’t be getting any better anytime soon. As they do very frequently, SmartBrief asked their readers a polling question: Has your hotel adopted the Apple Pay system? The responses say…
  • Want Better Airline Service? Walk with your Wallet, Not your Fingers

    Carol Margolis
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    I read online articles about travel regularly, both to keep informed and see if something might be of interest to readers. My search last week brought me to this article. The writer, David Green, wrote about an experience with easyJet that obviously disappointed him greatly. Indeed, he expressed his frustration by writing directly to the airline’s CEO and it was her response that triggered his blog. A little background: EasyJet is a popular London-based low cost carrier, second in size across the pond only to Ryanair. Combined, these airlines control most of the low cost routes through…
  • The Ultimate Honeymoon – Hitting All 50 States

    Carol Margolis
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Some who visit BoardingArea travel for business, others for pleasure, but what if you could combine both? What if you could travel to all 50 states, visiting and working, on a honeymoon no less? Well, here’s a couple who is trying to do just that. Their story may sound familiar to many readers. This is a 22-year-old couple that was kind of bored with their regular jobs and never been outside Texas. Ah, the quest for travel and eternal search for the meaning of life. Applying 21st Century technology, their plan began with GoFundMe, following up with Snagajob. From there it mushroomed…
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  • Resistance to Getting a Hanging Toiletry Bag and Travel Packing Cubes

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids For over five years I’ve been eyeing out a hanging toiletry bag. I’ve shown several to my husband before each trip, spending way too much energy on the matter.  Yet every time I had to hit the buy button I resisted and resisted. Why? Honestly, the only reason I can think of is that I like to suffer. Self sabotage, even in areas such as traveling and self care, doesn’t stop. Obviously, I enjoy trudging around a million different baggies…
  • Life on Rio Dulce – It’s Not as Dulce (Sweet) as it Looks

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Rio Dulce is better known as the Amazon of Guatemala. And for good reason. It’s lush, full of water canals, a rain forest and full of amazing birds and wildlife. It is also a place for fishermen and local people. Here’s a glimpse into their lives on the river. The main mode of transportation here are dug out canoes. Little kids ride them around when they see tourist boats and try to sell off exotic animals. If that doesn’t work, they…
  • Wanna See What Punta Manabique in Guatemala Looks Like?

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids I’d love to show you what the real Punta Manabique looks like, but the waves were way too choppy for us to get to it. So instead we got to another area which is a deserted island like spot. It had some houses on it, but not sure when was the last time anyone has actually been there. You can only get here with a private boat. This is one of the houses here. It’s so dilapidated that we were nervous to enter it in fear it will collapse under…
  • A Barcelona Vacation Without Breaking the Bank

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations in Spain. This city is capital of Cataluña and has a long, interesting history. A lot of travelers seem to be attracted to it because it offers the perfect combination between gorgeous buildings, beaches, culture, gastronomy nightlife and history. However, being a touristy place it often means that it is also quite expensive to go for a vacation. But, there are a couple of simple things that you can try…
  • Tips for International Travel

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids World travelers like Lindsey Stone and other travel writers or bloggers are experienced in travelling between countries. In order to visit exotic locations or learn about other cultures, travel writers must be able to easily navigate within countries where they may not know the language or are not familiar with the surroundings as well as how to quickly move through customs and immigration. These are some of the tips they offer to make international…
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  • Vienna's Steirereck

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

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We love the underground feel of this design and research studio created by Zemberek Tasarim  for Vigoss Jeans . The 250 square-meter (2691 sq.ft.) studio opened this past summer and is part of the 8,000 square meter (86,111 sq.ft) Vigoss/Bulur production and warehousing facilities located in Güneşli Kavşağı, an industrial area about 30 kilometers form the center of Istanbul, Turkey. Zemberek created a fabulously functional working space for the designers and other team members who needed large flat surfaces to spread out the products, materials and accessories; easy access to…
  • Artists Reconstruct The Berlin Wall With Lights

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    New and old Berliners, together with the entire world, will take to the streets on November 9, the global 25th Anniversary celebration of the Fall of the Wall in 1989. The city, its citizens and friends will participate in the joyous events that commemorate the Peaceful Revolution. Among the key projects are the web portal Fall of the Wall 25 where everyone is welcome to post their memories, opinions and thoughts about the world-changing event. Another project is a concept called Lichtgrenze by artists Christopher and Marc Bauder. It is a row of 8,000 white luminous balloons creating a…
  • Artist And Sculptor, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our most recent artistic pick is Milan-based, London-educated artist and sculptor, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini. There is something strangely intriguing and mesmerizing about her chicken-wire sculptures. Trying to put our finger on it, we came up with more than a few explanations why we love these so much. One appealing aspect is that they look somehow unfinished and raw. The wire frame is usually the part of a sculpture we do not see. It is not the final product. And yet, these airy and lightweight pieces seem to lack nothing at all. They are very much finished and completed. And the lightness…
 
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  • Winging it in Washington with the W Hotel Washington DC

    James Hills
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Upon approaching the W Hotel Washington DC , you realize just how well situated it is - right smack in the middle of everything and close enough to the White House that I could tell what cologne the secret service guys we wearing across the street. It is also just a short walk to the Smithsonian Museums, the National Aquarium, and the Washington Monument.  Once you enter the lobby, you'll notice that it is beautiful during the day, but super chic and modern at night with video projected on the walls and ceiling. It's like you have stepped out of the dull drab charcoal suits of DC and…
  • Interview with Allan Karl, of WorldRider & Author of FORKS

    James Hills
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Over the course of a 3 year journey, he visited more than 35 countries. During this time, he documented the journey through photography and writing - ultimately ending up being compiled into his book FORKS . The book is an adventure story that explores the connections between people that are made through Culture and Cuisine, with more than 700 photographs (some of which are provided below) and includes more than 35 recipes from around the world that he collected while on his journey. What inspired you to create the book? The experience of traveling the world overland is incredible. I could…
  • Tasting our Way Through Florence at Acqua Al 2 San Diego

    James Hills
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    While in Florence, he studied under Chef Stefano Innocenti, owner of a popular Florence restaurant. After mastering the secrets there wanted to take that famed Italian hospitality and share that experience with Americans back at home and so he opened Acqua Al 2 in San Diego in 2000. Fourteen years later, the two chefs still maintain close ties but the San Diego location has grown to become a favorite of hollywood stars and professional athletes when they visit San Diego. While Gaslamp restaurants in San Diego are always known for their patio seating, Acqua Al 2 has a generously sized but…
  • Affligem Beer Tasting Party in San Diego

    James Hills
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    {youtube}E6epqABOvf8{/youtube} To be fair, Affligem beer does have a pretty great history. It was founded in 1074 AD when Roman soldiers put down their weapons and armor and decided to be monks and brew beer. Today, the abbey of Affligem is owned by Heineken International and based on that same original recipe. How Does it Taste? The beer itself is fairly typical of Belgian style beers with a very smooth flavor that was almost creamy, slightly fruity, and had a hint of honey towards the end of the body. When you add in the "soul", the extra yeast from the bottom of the bottle gives it a…
  • We Sailed Away with Styx & Carnival Live and it was Awesome

    James Hills
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    I'll save the review of the cruise for a separate article, but this was our first time experiencing a "2.0" ship and it was awesome with new venues like Cucina del Capitano, Red Frog Pub, DJ Irie trained DJs, the new Carnival "House Band" concept and more. In short, even without Styx joining us for one night Carnival Breeze had hands down the best entertainment I have experience on any ship to date and I can't wait to go back again! {youtube}UezxQdt2xi4{/youtube} That video pretty much sums up the Carnival Live experience. It combines the best of an amazing intimate concert with the fun and…
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  • Taxi Fare Calculator – The Italian Way!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Here is one of my favourite subjects – the Worst Drivers In the World! And today, there’s one about taxi fare calculators done the Italian way, in Naples and it’s written by Francesco. He is the creator of Gadders, a social traveling platform where travellers can review places they have visited, to contribute creating a free user-generated travel guide to discover Italy. You can find Naples on Gadders if you want to know more about it! Here it is! I love the logic of the taxi drivers here and they’re reasoning behind their ad hoc ‘taxi fare calculators’,…
  • Will It Rain Today? It Probably will in one of the Wettest Places In The World!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Will It Rain Today? Well, if you live in England, the answer is most likely to be ‘yes’! ;P But it’s usually that annoying drizzle that makes you feel depressed. But there are some places in the world that measure their rainfall in metres – not in paltry millimetres. You can literally see the raindrops bouncing off the ground! This place is called Tully in Far North Queensland, Australia and I checked it out after Europcar Australia lent me a car to drive around in for a few days! It doesn’t rain every day in Tully, but when it does, it buckets down from a great…
  • Asimo Robot by Honda – has probably travelled more than you!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Asimo is a cool humanoid robot that is able to conduct a lot of human-like movements that makes you almost think there is a pint sized human inside him taking the piss out of all of us. Well, that’s what used to happen in the old days when robots where characters in TV shows! Unlike popular TV robots like the one in Lost In Space, and the Daleks from Dr Who, Asimo is able to navigate a flight of stairs no problems at all without coming to a complete halt! In fact, he can move backwards and forwards, go up and down stairs, and even do a bit of a boogie which would probably make my…
  • Changi Arrivals – Singapore Airport Deals from Changi Recommends, including Wifi Addicts..

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    This article is supported by Changi Recommends, a service that extends beyond Changi Airport ‘s doors in providing exclusive deals (shopping, dining and attractions) and mobile connectivity solutions for travellers upon arrival in Singapore. As far as airports go, Changi Airport at Singapore is probably one of the best places around to catch a plane, or transit while waiting for another. Millions of people travel through here, and Singapore is a popular stopover destination for many of them. There are truckloads of things to do there, but the airport is also known to have a variety of…
  • Snowfall Amounts – I Love Big Dumps!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    It’s silly T-shirt time again, and on this occasion, it’s about a double play on words regarding Snowfall Amounts for the ski tragics out there who can’t get enough of the white stuff! And I’m not talking about hard narcotics either! One of my friends shares my passion for funny t-shirts that make people at least giggle, or even better, a belly laugh. Other silly items of clothing I’ve featured from him have include the I love boobies T-shirt from Ecuador and the National Geographic send up. I’m sure I’ll have more to come in the future! I actually…
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  • FASHION FRIDAY: JET LAGGED

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Happy Friday jet setters!  It's been about two weeks since I've blogged- one week jet setting around Spain, and one week settling in and overcoming jet lag!  We had a wonderful time in Spain, and I plan on posting more about it next week.  In the meantime, here's a Fashion Friday post in one of my favorite new tops from H&M.  I love stripes, and this top is flowy and super comfy.  I even wore it when we were in Spain.  I also put on my favorite new over-the-knee boots from Marshalls- such a great fall/winter wardrobe staple!  It's bittersweet being back.
  • FASHION FRIDAY: EUROPEAN FLAIR

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Happy Friday!  I always love Fridays and the weekends, but I especially love today because we are jet setting to Spain!  Rich, the boys, my in-laws and I will spend one week there.  I am so excited to go to Spain because I have never been, and I'm happy to take the boys to Europe this young...I want them to grow up to be jet setters and enjoy traveling the world just like we do!  So in honor of going to Spain, I figured I'd put together an outfit that I think has some European flair.  The weather in Madrid now is very much like the weather is here right now in New…
  • WARDROBE WEDNESDAY: BIRTHDAYS ARE MORE FUN IN SEQUINS!

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A little over a week ago I turned 35!  Yes, I'm in my mid-thirties!  Should I scream?  Should I be scared?  Some say 35 is the new 25...right?!?  More like, yeah right!!!  Haha!  Seriously, I don't know if I agree with that or if I even want that.  I'm happy to be 35 and a mom of two sweet little boys...at 35 I feel alive!  And that's why I decided to wear sequin pants for my birthday (see below)...because birthdays are more fun in sequins!  Am I right?  It was a great birthday, my parents got me my all time favorite cake from Ferrara's…
  • FALL IS HERE!

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    For me, the official start of fall happens the weekend we go apple and pumpkin picking!  I don't know, but something about the cool breeze, the leaves changing, hot apple cider, hayrides, and picking out the best apples and pumpkins makes me embrace the season.  This year we checked out Wemrock Orchards for pumpkins and went back to Eastmont Orchards for apples.  It was so much fun to take the boys and to watch them run around the orchard together.  We all had a blast! Here are some outfit pictures and details from what I wore:Top: Loehmann's (old, similar here)Vest:…
  • A PERFECT WEEK IN PUERTO RICO

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We're just back from a week long vacation in paradise...aka San Juan, Puerto Rico!  The last time we were there, Richie was only a few months old, so it was fun to go back with Richie and Brody now.  We had an amazing time in the pool, on the beach, and checking out Old San Juan.  Puerto Rico is such a beautiful country and holds such a special place in my heart.  What's not to love about delicious food, gorgeous weather, and beautiful sites only a short plane ride away?  I love building and creating memories in Puerto Rico with my boys!
 
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  • My seventh trip to India begins

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

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

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

    Mariellen Ward
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    On the Icefields Parkway: Stunning aerial views of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains IT’S ON JUST about every list of scenic drives in the world. The Icefields Parkway is the legendary 232 kilometre highway that runs through both Jasper and Banff national parks in Alberta. This is smack in the middle of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the North American equivalent of the Himalayas. Though not as high they are nevertheless spectacularly beautiful, jagged, rocky peaks streaked with bright white snow against Canada’s big blue sky. I drove the Icefields Parkway both directions, from where…
  • A 5 year blogiversary and a 7th trip to India

    Mariellen Ward
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Me at Taj Mahal, India 2006 Breathedreamgo is five years old and I’m about to leave for my seventh trip to India LAST YEAR ON THIS DATE, I wrote a blog post called Fours years of dreaming and doing all about my journey as a travel writer and blogger, and as someone who is (finally) actively “following my bliss,” pursuing my passions and building the life of my dreams. Ganeshji I launched Breathedreamgo on August 23, 2009 — hurrying web designer Jennifer Johannesen to make the deadline because it was Ganesh Chaturthi, the celebration of the beloved Hindu god of luck,…
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    Singapore Travel Blog

  • Going Behind the Scenes of the S.E.A. Aquarium Ocean Dreams Experience

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Every time I visit a popular restaurant or a highly recommended tourist attraction overseas, there will always be a hall of fame where restaurants will display their award plates and attractions will show of their TripAdvisor 5 star rating and other awards. I think these awards build a level of confidence among customers as to what they can expect in terms of service and experience.  At the same time, these awards acknowledge an organisation’s efforts to deliver an exceptional customer experience and encourage healthy competition. To me, an exceptional customer experience means going above…
  • Exploring Jeju’s Manjanggul Lava Tube (Manjanggul Cave 만장굴)

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    After our lunch – black pork tofu kimchi hotpot meal and a morning of climbing the Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak, we drove to our next attraction for the day – the Manjanggul Lava Tube (also known as the Manjanggul Cave 만장굴).  Manjanggul Cave 만장굴 is a must-see attraction for any Jeju itinerary. Jeju is well-known for its natural monuments e.g. the 3 famous Jeju waterfalls, Mount Hallasan and of course the Seongsan Ilchulbong. The Korean GPS coordinates of Manjanggul Cave (by phone number) is 7834818 – just key in this number in the Korean GPS provided with…
  • Top Travel Tips for Trips in Southeast Asia

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Southeast Asia is the traveler’s dream. With incredibly unique cultures and breathtaking scenery, the countries of Southeast Asia can offer enthusiastic explorers the trip of a lifetime. However, as with any region in the world, Southeast Asia is best experienced after a little research and preparation. The mountains of Malaysia and the beaches of Cambodia won’t be as spectacular if you’re worrying about the visa for your next country or wondering if you’re sticking to your budget. The following are some tips for a terrific trip to Southeast Asia. Make a Budget Every vacation has a…
  • Savouring Jeju Pork Ramen (Gogi-Guksu) at Jeju City Noodle Street (Guksu Geori)

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Jeju is known for its many great food and we have featured a few so far – abalone porridge, black pork tofu kimchi hotpot. One thing you notice in Jeju is the number of food streets they have – just at Jeju City itself, there are 3 popular food streets – Noodle Street, Black Pork Street and Raw Fish Restaurant Street. Jeju Gogi-Guksu Noodle Street (Jeju Ramen) We only managed to check out the Noodle Street during our 4D3N Self-Drive Jeju Itinerary. The noodles they sell at this noodle street in Jeju City is known as gogi-guksu – noodles cooked in pork broth. We visited…
  • What to Do and See in Adelaide

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Being the capital of the state of South Australia, Adelaide is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the island nation. The city is travellers’ favourite because of its abundant offerings. The natural beauty, bustling marketplaces, an interesting nightlife and of course, the expansive beaches, make Adelaide a city worth visiting. Adelaide is also fast becoming an emerging destination for wine lovers. The city is located in the central wine regions of Australia, and many wineyards are within driving distance. It is not for no reason that Adelaide is called the city of beaches. The…
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Fall Madness!

    JoAnna
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, and I think it’s definitely one of the best times to experience Las Vegas. The city comes alive again after a long, hot summer, and we can finally turn the air conditioning off and open the windows. The weather is ideal for long runs, and when we take the dogs for a walk in the evening, the air has just the right amount of autumn chill in it. Some of my other favorite things about spending fall with my family: Long talks over the fire pit in the evenings. Hot soup or chili and sandwiches for dinner. Outdoor arts festivals. Meals in the garden.
  • Thinking About Art in Basel, Switzerland

    JoAnna
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Basel, Switzerland, is a weird place. It sits at the confluence of the Rhine River, where Switzerland, France and Germany meet, so parts of the city have a very industrial feel, yet other areas have definitely maintained a touch of charm, especially in the historic downtown area. I’ve been trying to think about just the right things to say about Basel since I’ve been home, as it’s home to a number of museums and culturally and historically interesting, but I haven’t really been able to decide how I feel about it. One of the things I enjoy searching for when I visit new towns is the…
  • Zermatt, Switzerland: Home of the Matterhorn

    JoAnna
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    To reach Zermatt, Switzerland, you have to take a train that leads into a bowl surrounded by mountains. It is a quaint little mountain village with tons of chalets and a lot of transplants from other areas. While I met people who were born and raised in Zermatt, the vast majority arrived in the area and just never went home. And I can appreciate why that is: The area is stunning — and perfect for people who love being outside. In the summer, there are miles upon miles of hiking trails throughout the Swiss Alps. And in the winter, these mountains turn into a skier’s paradise. It’s a bit…
 
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    Fili's World

  • Revisiting Dafen Copycat Artist Village : Shenzhen

    Fili
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Just before leaving Hong Kong I was invited to join an artist friend to revisit the surreal Dafen Artist Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen. It’s the place where you can get any painting faked for pennies. The artist friend was commissioned to do a large scale piece and the idea agreed upon with the customer was that my friend would do the sketch in a small print and then these copy artists would replicate the work onto a very large canvas. This is definitely a place where it would be advisable to know fluent Mandarin, as most of them do not come from Canton province and definitely do not…
  • Kibbutz Dafna : Northern Israel

    Fili
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    While visiting Israel this year I was fortunate to get a tour of northern Israel by a friend born and raised in the area. One of the places we visited on that wonderful day was Kibbutz Dafna, which is one of many Kibbutz communal villages in northern Galilee and is a good example of the beauty and charm of those places. Those kibbutz villages started out with a very idealistic communist or socialist agenda, but nowadays they’re all doing business one way or another, and Dafna is most famous for its footwear – now part of the Teva Neot global brand. With the growing disappointment…
  • The funkier side of Guanghzou : Arts and nightlife

    Fili
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:57 pm
    In my last few visits to Guanghzou before leaving the region I got to experience a whole new side of this vibrant metropolis.   First off, I visited Redtory, the new growing art district was once a large factory, but the government designated it to artists and galleries, trying to imitate 798 in Beijing and M50 in Shanghai, and it does seem like it’s headed in the right direction.       Their website has a decent English intro: Guangzhou Redtory Art & Design Factory is located at the east side of the center axis through the CBD of Guangzhou, Zhujiang New Town.
  • Visions of Nara : Japan

    Fili
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    This post concludes my visit to the lovely city of Nara – the ancient capital city of Japan, an hour south from Kyoto and east to Osaka. Temples, shrines, huge seated Buddhas, museums, Japanese gardens, and most importantly – deer, you will not be disappointed.   My posts on Nara: Deer of the Ancient Capital : Nara Park – Japan The temples and shrines of Nara Park Todaiji Temple : Nara Park – Japan Isuien & Yoshikien Japanese Gardens : Nara Park   Below are some of my quick captures of the very photogenic scenic old town …          …
  • The temples and shrines of Nara Park

    Fili
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Wrapping up my trip to Osaka-Kyoto, I spent a day touring the ancient city of Nara. Although smaller than Kyoto and with supposedly similar temple atmosphere, Nara has a lot to offer that is different from Kyoto. Most of what Nara has is laid within the compact Nara Park, and you probably do not need more than a day to see all the attractions there. The highlight of the park, are the Nara deer that roam freely, and the huge seated Buddha within Todajai Temple, but there are also other small temples and shrines spread out across the campus as well as some wonderful small Japanese gardens.
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • Are You Ready To Party Like It’s 1864?

    Nicole Duxbury
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    The Nevada Museum of Art is hosting a steampunk-themed celebration this Saturday, November 1, in honor of Nevada’s 150th anniversary. The celebration starts at 3:00pm with Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration street festival. Enjoy live music by The Novelists, Tyler Stafford, and Six Mule Pile Up to get you in the steampunk spirit! The festival will [...]
  • Uber Has Joined The Reno Family!

    Nicole Duxbury
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Uber -a smart phone app-controlled ride service – has just launched its new branch in Reno. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Uber, you’ll soon be hearing all about it from both locals and out-of-town visitors. The service is managed by both the driver and passenger completely through the Uber app, which provides [...]
  • Reno Zombie Crawl 101

    Nicole Duxbury
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    If you’re looking to meet someone who will love you for your brains, this is the event for you! This Saturday, Oct. 25, the undead will awaken for a night of drinking, dancing, and crawling from bar to bar with fellow zombie friends. For those of you who are new to the Reno bar crawl scene, [...]
  • Google Awards Reno as Nevada’s 2014 eCity

    Nicole Duxbury
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Google has named Reno as the 2014 eCity for the State of Nevada. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business communities in all 50 states. The businesses in these communities are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients, and fuel their local economies. Reno joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the [...]
  • Are you getting scared, yet?

    Nicole Duxbury
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    There are plenty of events surrounding Halloween weekend (check out our blog on 21+ Halloween parties for some awesome Halloween events happening throughout the month), and it seems as though Reno is trying to make Halloween a month-long holiday (but hey, we’re not complaining! Maye Reno is looking to transition into a real-life Halloweentown). Are [...]
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    Travel Blog | Travel + Leisure

  • Paris Bistros: Old and New (Video)

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
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  • How to Shop a Paris Flea Market (Video)

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt is an ideal Paris day trip for antiques collectors and travelers looking for great finds. Sarah Spagnolo s...
  • Plans for Family Booths and Couple Pods on Thomson Airways

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    When I traveled with my parents as a child, it wasn’t uncommon for us to be in entirely separate cabins—let alone sit together in a row. If, however, you’re eager for maximum face-time with the ki...
  • Twitter Chat Recap: Holiday Travel Planning

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    If you missed T+L's Twitter Chat on Holiday Travel Planning, check out the best tips and tricks from the experts below: [&amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="//storify.com/travlandleisure/twitter-chat-recap" ...
  • New App Reserve is the Uber for Restaurant Reservations

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    The founders of Uber have already disrupted the taxi industry worldwide—now they’re taking on the restaurant space with standalone app Reserve. The debut product by start up studio Expa (created ...
 
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    Cruise Radio

  • Ebola Virus Scare On Cruise + Cruise News

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

    cruiseandblog
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    On this episode Jason Leppert, editor of Popular Cruising joins us to talk about his latest experience aboard Princess Cruises’ Star Princess, a cruise ship based seasonally on the West Coast. Jason gives us a full review of the itinerary and a bow to stern review of this 950′ cruise ship. This Star Princess review includes: dining, entertainment, ports, embarkation, public areas and first time thoughts. Star Princess is scheduled to remain based in San Francisco, operating cruises to Mexico and Hawaii. Stewart Chiron, The Cruise Guy stops by with Cruise News on:  Cruise…
  • NCL Pride of America Review + MSC Cruises Packages

    cruiseandblog
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    On this episode Jason Leppert, editor of Popular Cruising joins us to talk about his latest experience aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America, a cruise ship based year-round in the Hawaiian islands. Jason gives us a full review of the itinerary, the ship, dining venues and entertainment aboard the ship. Finally a cruise that spends multiple nights in different ports! MSC Cruises has launched Inclusive Experiences, a new pricing structure in which guests choose an “experience” based on their own personal preferences and amenities desired while cruising. Valued at up to $700+…
  • Carnival Sunshine Review, Cruise Week + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Lines

    cruiseandblog
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Listener Rick from Jacksonville, Florida returns to Cruise Radio to gives us a complete Carnival Sunshine review. Rick gives us his impressions of the ship, the food, entertainment, ports and some first time cruise tips for Carnival Sunshine. Emily Kaufman, has been a leading expert in travel since her first television appearance in 1996. She currently contributes to The Today Show as a frequent guest, was the travel contributor to Good Morning America, is currently the travel contributor on The Steve Harvey Show, and regularly appears as the travel expert in top 25 TV markets across the…
  • Disney Fantasy Review, Carnival Great Vacation Guarantee + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    Carter and his wife are from Central Florida and just returned on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing aboard Disney Fantasy. Carter joins us to give us a bow to stern review of Disney Fantasy, leaving now stone unturned. Carter covers embarkation, first impressions, the stateroom, dining, entertainment, how the outside of the ship handles itself on sea days and some first time cruise tips for Disney Cruise Lines. You won’t want to miss this Disney Fantasy Review. Jim Berra is the Chief Marketing Officer for Carnival Cruise Lines and joins us to talk about Carnival’s Great Vacation…
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Nomadic News: October 26, 2014

    James Clark
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Greetings from Montevideo. I’m in the last few days of my South America trip before heading back to Asia, via Paris and London this week. Montevideo is a 2.5 hour boat ride from Buenos Aires, so it is an easy way to visit another city in a new country. I will be doing separate blog posts on Buenos Aires and Montevideo and I have just published a new blog post on Taipei. I will be at WTM London next week so if you are in town let me know. In the meantime, here is this weeks Nomadic News. Location Independence Work remotely from these 8 outstanding co-working spaces in Asia – By…
  • Notes on Taipei

    James Clark
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    My visit to Taipei was also my first time in Taiwan. Rather than rush around and try and visit the whole island I dedicated two weeks to exploring Taipei and decided to visit the rest of the island another time. Two weeks turned out to be a good amount of time to linger and explore the different neighbourhoods, night markets, and spacing out my meals for all the great food that is on offer. I enjoyed my time in Taipei, and given the chance or right circumstances in my life I would be happy to base myself here for longer. The following are my notes and observations on the city. Taipei: Like…
  • Where I’m At: Buenos Aires

    James Clark
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Greetings from Buenos Aires. I’m in Argentina and Uruguay for 3 weeks thanks to Air France/KLM, who are flying me from London. My first leg of the trip was from London to Amsterdam, and then onwards to Buenos Aires with KLM. I have friends who have lived in Buenos Aires (or visited longer than they planned) and have talked about what a great city it is. With this background I came here with a heavy burden of expectation. Fortunately I haven’t been let down. I like big urban metropolises so this is a city that suits my style. Buenos Aires is described as the Paris of South America…
  • Nomadic News: October 12, 2014

    James Clark
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Greetings from Buenos Aires! In case you are wondering why I am in Argentina, here is the background for my trip to South Ameria. I’m only here for a short visit so there will be more wandering than working. I do know a few digital nomads who live here so be getting the lowdown from them on life here. I’ve been on the road for the last two weeks so I haven’t found as many links as usual, so here is this weeks Nomadic News. Location Independence Airbnb Lifestyle: The Rise Of The Hipster Nomad Digital nomads chased out of Thailand’s PunSpace and detained by police – A…
  • Cafes to work from in Taipei

    James Clark
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    If you are looking for a city in Asia to base yourself as a writer or digital nomad then add Taipei to your consideration list. With 90 day visa on arrival for most western countries and unadulterated internet, Taipei is a good base for location independent types. Taipei is well known for its food scene and soon it may be known for the cafes as well. I spent two weeks in Taipei which gave me enough time to visit the most popular cafes and explore some lesser known ones. It’s an odd cafe scene. Some cafes look like they are straight out of Brooklyn, while some are just gaudy cake shops.
 
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    City Traveler Blog

  • The Best Beer Gardens Around the U.S.

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

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

    Deb Barracato
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Seattle's Pioneer Square - Photo credit: Ming-yen Hsu Seattle begins at Pioneer Square, the historic heart of the city’s original downtown. Rebuilt after a catastrophic fire in the late 1880s, this neighborhood of Richardsonian Romanesque style enjoyed a turn as Seattle’s “it” scene before deteriorating into the city’s “skid road.” A brief revival largely fueled by artists took place in the 1980s and early ’90s. Once home to the storied Elliott Bay Book Company, the area again lost a bit of favor with both residents and tourists at the end of the 20th century, when suddenly…
  • CityPASS - A Great Gift For the Holidays

    Melissa Davidson
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    CityPASS Makes a Great Holiday Gift Being frugal these days is a lifestyle choice for many. And what exactly is living frugally? It’s up to you to decide! It could mean buying quality, used clothes from a thrift store. Or maybe it means shoving those extra napkins from fast food into your glove box. Perhaps it means not ordering drinks and appetizers at dinner. Maybe it entails buying a thoughtful and classy gift at a discounted price. Christmas will be here before you know it. Be prepared this year! This is where CityPASS comes in. Because savvy savers know a thing or two about penny…
  • Haunted Houston Attractions

    Dan Patterson
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Houston, Texas, is an exciting mix of old and new where history meets innovation. The most heavily populated city in Texas and fourth-largest U.S. city in terms of residents, Houston started as a humble railroad hub in the 1860s. Today, it’s home to oil fields, NASA, a thriving finance industry, and a flourishing arts scene. As Halloween looms closer, it brings to light Houston’s haunted side. This Southwest metropolis is home to a number of legitimately haunted houses and hotels. If you’re Texas-bound and in the mood for some haunted happenings, check out a few of our picks for haunted…
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    Matt-Gibson.org

  • PTBA ITB Asia Panel 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Love of Food and Family: A Midwestern Memoir

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Destination: Michigan and Anna Maria Island, Florida Book: Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn.     I’m always happy to find a book that sheds life on real life in the Midwestern United States.  Too often those “fly over” states are ignored, or […] To comment on this article, or find more information, click on over to A Traveler's Library We'll leave the light on for you.      Related StoriesVisiting Emerson and HawthorneBack to Maine with Paul DoironVisit Chris…
  • Visit Chris Pavone’s Luxembourg

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    At the wonderful website for travelers who read–Packabook-- you can sign up for a newsletter “book club” and read a book, as Packabook provides analysis and background information, then find out what it would be like to travel to that country. Recently Packabook’s newsletter focused on Luxembourg in Chris Pavone’s book, Expats. You may have […] To comment on this article, or find more information, click on over to A Traveler's Library We'll leave the light on for you.      Related StoriesDark Family Tale in Northern IrelandAnother…
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    Travel stories and tips for adventure travel and culture tourism seekers

  • Eataly – Culinary Travel to Florence Italy

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

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

    MsTravelingPants
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    After writing Ms Traveling Pants for nearly six years and recently completing my first book, When All Balls Drop, I’m finally going to blend my two passions, travel and writing, into a sequel.  This second book will tell my personal story of why I took a walkabout in 2011 to Chile and Argentina. I will share the healing components of my travel and its ability to help solve problems or reframe them through gained perspective. My walkabout and continued travels have provided me life-long learning as well as tons of FUN (good times and good stories). As a special sneak peek, I’ll…
  • Favorite Summertime Adventures

    MsTravelingPants
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    This summer I have had many adventures, but not as many of the travel type that I was planning. I have been in the midst of publishing a memoir, When All Balls Drop: The Upside of Losing Everything, as well as quite consumed with a family emergency in South Florida. With the clock of summer ticking, I wanted to showcase some of my favorite summertime adventures from my past ranging from hiking to sailing and skydiving. If you missed them, please check them out. Which is your favorite? To Dive of Not to Dive?? – Aug 2010 Tacking, Hoisting, Winching, Reefing, and Reaching – All in a…
  • The Adventures of Writing a Memoir – When All Balls Drop

    MsTravelingPants
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Many travel bloggers along their journeys write a book or a series of travel guides. This year, I, too, join their ranks with a memoir, When All Balls Drop. Although my blog’s theme is adventure travel, my book is not travel related. However, it does tell a story of one heck of an adventure. When All Balls Drop is my true story of losing it all: health, love, and career. The title and themes may lead one to believe it’s full of despair and frustration. On the contrary, it’s a powerful chronicle of change and recovery with much hope and a good dose of the same sass and…
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  • Homemade Pretzel Dogs Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Homemade Pretzel Hot Dog Recipe If you have been wanting a fun lunch or dinner option, this Homemade Pretzel Dogs Recipe certainly had our boys cheering! Anyone even only semi-comfortable baking will find this simple. All it requires is making the pretzel dough, rolling it out, and wrapping the dough around a hot dog. Yes, it will need a baking soda bath for 30 seconds before baking but that’s so it gets that beautiful golden brown color you expect on a pretzel. I’d recommend using a high quality hot dog and serving it with excellent mustard or a cheese sauce for dipping. This…
  • September Elm: Fair Trade in Nashville, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    September Elm Fair Trade in Nashville, Indiana September Elm in Nashville, Indiana was a bustling little shop. This Brown County shop carried nothing but fair trade items! September Elm in Nashville, Indiana What is fair trade and why is it important? In some parts of the world, there really aren’t opportunities to better yourself or to improve the life of your family. So, organizations work with local artisans. These women may make baskets, jewelry, or pottery. They may craft clothing or decorative accents. No matter what they may do, they get a chance to be more, and to find a new…
  • Mt. Pleasant Hackleman Cemetery in Chrisney, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Mt. Pleasant Hackleman Cemetery in Chrisney, Indiana Mt. Pleasant Hackleman Cemetery in Chrisney, Indiana was really neat! Old trees were located all along the back of the long, long cemetery. Mt. Pleasant Hackleman Cemetery in Chrisney Have you ever wondered why cemeteries appear on little Indiana? Not only do I enjoy tromping through them, while reading headstones, and thinking about people’s lives, but many, many folks are interested in family genealogy. Surprisingly, more than a few emails have been from readers like you that were so glad to see a cemetery featured because they…
  • Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

    Jessica Nunemaker
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Best Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes Recipe These chocolate, chocolate chip cupcakes are crave worthy. In a way, it’s kind of funny. I thought that I was making the fabulous one bowl chocolate cupcakes recipe I shared just the other week! As I was mixing together the ingredients it dawned on me that I wasn’t making the cupcake recipe I thought I was. I was bummed for about half a second until I realized that either way, I end up with cupcakes! These are so good. Although it wasn’t what I originally wanted, we really enjoyed these. The chocolate frosting was the perfect…
  • Indiana INTERNnet: A Small Business Solution!

    Jessica Nunemaker
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Indiana INTERNnet Internship Information: Jennifer Fisher, a Culture and Retention Manager at Group Dekko I recently attended a talk about Indiana INTERNnet, a state-wide internship matching program. Not knowing what to expect, I took a break from editing little Indiana THE BOOK and headed to Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana to hear from a variety of speakers about Indiana INTERNnet and EARN Indiana. Indiana INTERNnet: A Small Business Solution Grabbing a plate of food, I sat down at a friendly-looking table I shared with folks from the Crisis Center of Rensselaer and a…
 
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  • 4 Surprising Add-Ins for Tea

    Carrie Keplinger
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When it comes to doctoring up your tea, cream and sugar are all you need, right? And maybe a lemon wedge now and then if you’re feeling adventurous. My friends, there are so many other delicious tea add-ins to explore! Even if you’re a tea purist, I think you’ll have a hard time resisting these. Booze You’d think this would be obvious, but most folks don’t think to add alcohol to their tea. Just like coffee, though, tea can handle its liquor. It also makes for a surprisingly soothing hot toddy if you aren’t feeling well or just want to relax. Pour your booze of…
  • PHOTO ESSAY: Finding Your Way to a Secret Corner of Switzerland

    A Guest Writer
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Berggasthaus Aescher guesthouse, in the Appenzell region of Switzerland, is unlike any other spot I’ve traveled. It’s an epic journey to get there, but once you arrive you’ll find a small mountain guesthouse that is seemingly floating above the clouds, built onto the side of the mountains, and nestled among the Swiss Alps. Inside you’ll find a home overflowing with warmth, family, love, and delicious Swiss food and beer that is graciously served by Claudia, Benny, and members of their family. It’s one of my favorite small corners of the world and a place I’ll visit and enjoy for…
  • 5 Date Nights At Home to Grow A Budding Romance

    Andy Hayes
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    One of our most popular articles of all-time is our 6 Dates to Grow Your Relationship from a few months ago. But the winter months and darker, dreary days can make it hard to find the motivation to head out for a proper date night. How about planning a date night at home? Sometimes, the best moments with your significant someone can be had right in your own space. Here are five ideas to get romance budding. 1. Accomplish a Task — That Isn’t the Dishes — Together Reaching a shared goal as a couple leads to happiness, assuming that said goal is to mutual excitement. While…
  • The Perfect Vanilla MarTEAni

    Carrie Keplinger
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but as much as I love a good cup of tea, as soon as 5:00 hits I’m ready for something a bit… stronger. Yes, dear readers, I am talking about vodka, and I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. If you, too, are ready to turn your next tea party into a cocktail party, read on! Let’s Do Some Prep The first thing you’ll want to do is to prepare the vodka. This can easily be done the night before you’re planning to imbibe. Remember when we learned about infusing vodka? I hope you were paying attention, because we’re going to do it again! Add…
  • One Pot Meal Recipe: Easy Sausage Delight

    Andy Hayes
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    This feature was brought to you by Hillshire Brands and Safeway. We know that some nights, an extravagant dinner party spread is just not possible, especially on those late weeknights. But having a hot, home cooked meal with a glass of wine is such a great way to end a hard day. I suspect, if you’re like me, you like the idea of products that make life easier, but most of those box mixes are flat on flavor. A one-pot meal recipe is a great way to fix a fast, yummy dinner. Today, I’m featuring a recipe I have been wanting to try for ages: easy sausage delight This particular…
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  • Gear Review: Light, Mosquito-Repellant Clothing

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

    Jeanine Barone
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Journeying along the Mekong River that courses through Laos, and driving along the rough roads that rise and dip through the lush interior, I found a wealth of treasures: riverside villages where women wove traditional textiles, wonderful coffee shops in Luang Prabang, the UNESCO World Heritage city, charming waterfront chalets and restaurants in the town of Vang Vieng that's noted for its adventure sports and much more. This short YouTube video slideshow provides a window into my two-week trip in Laos. 
  • Gear Review: My Favorite Socks -- Blisters No More

    Jeanine Barone
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
          The stifling weather in Southeast Asia where I spent a month recently dictated the clothing I carried along in my carryon-only piece of luggage. And that included the kinds of socks. They couldn't promote blisters, especially because I'd be walking and hiking all day long. Since it was ultra hot and humid, I couldn't tolerate socks that warmed up my feet even warmer than they were from the ambient temperatures. Nor did I want socks that retained moisture, especially that I'd be wearing them all day long. I wanted something cushiony but one that didn't bunch up. Plus, I…
  • Gear Review: Perfect Hot Weather Shirts

    Jeanine Barone
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    With temperatures in the high 80s, and the humidity soaring above 80%, I walked around Hanoi, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang and Bangkok in perfect comfort. It wasn't because I was so well acclimatized to the hot, rainy season in Southeast Asia. (I wasn't.) I was wearing shirts that allowed me to briskly race around these towns without becoming a damp mess. Of course, I hadn't checked luggage on this month-long journey, necessitating frequently washing my clothes. Again, these shirts dried quickly and didn't wrinkled when packed in my small backpack. I only carried two of these Travex shirts…
  • Shoes That Make Carry-On-Only Packing Easy

    Jeanine Barone
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    Most women love shoes. I'm not one of those women -- one reason why I have no trouble traveling for a month, as I recently did in Southeast Asia, with only one carry-on bag. But it also means I have to be very picky when selecting the two pairs of shoes I choose to bring on my trips.Both pairs -- I wear the bulkier of the two on the plane -- have to multi task. One has to look good with a dress but also be comfortable for long strolls on the beach or all-day walks on city streets. And, it should also serve as a light sports shoe for cycling or low-key hiking trips. The Chaco ZX2 Yampa sandal…
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  • Tuscany Hotel Deals

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

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

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

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

    kirsten
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $1939 & up — 9-Nts. Fiji Islands, Auckland & Sydney w/Air Combine the three most desired destinations in South Pacific. Includes flights, accommodations & breakfast. $1290 & up – 5 Nights Ocean View Garden Bure Package for 2 Travelers, 50% Off Koro Sun Resort in Savusavu, Fiji, welcomes you to an idyllic island retreat, and offers the kind [...]
 
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  • Happy Halloween

    Ratedapartments.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
    “But I love Halloween, and I love that feeling: the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner.” - Evan Peters Halloween or All Hallows’ Evening is an annual celebration observed on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian meal of All Hallows’ Day. It is committed to remembering the dead, including martyrs and saints. Within Allhallowtide, the established focus of All Hallows’ Eve is using humor to face the power of death. It is a time of commemoration and superstition. Some believe, its origin lies in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. During this festival,…
  • The Lord Mayor’s Show

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

    shalini Singh
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    An annual tennis tournament for male professional players, the Paris Masters is held in France and is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour. It is officially known as the BNP Paribas Masters because of its sponsorship. For its 29th edition to be held from 25th October 2014 to 2nd November 2014, the ambitions are really high. It is not just an outstanding level tennis but also a live show with a remarkable atmosphere, thereby offering you an experience of a lifetime. The event has the record of offering people a unique and matchless urban…
  • Art Elysees & Design Elysees

    shalini Singh
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” -         Pablo Picasso A mecca for art lovers, Paris pulls the known and the not so known of the world owing to its fascinating history of art and design. Having produced legendary figures like Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Henri Matisse, Gustave Courbet, Patricia Erbelding, Nicolas Poussin and hosted influential artists like Picasso himself, Paris’ grandeur is truly inspiring. As the eighth edition of one of the most popular and definitely inescapable events, Art Elysees begins, here’s…
  • Festival Paris Banlieues Tango 2014

    shalini Singh
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    The international and multicultural spirit of the famous Paris Banlieues Tango Festival is purely matchless. One of a kind in Europe and presently in its 17th edition, the festival has grown and developed all these years while keeping its style and identity intact. For seven long weeks starting October 13 this year, the city of light will enjoy to the tune of dances, tango concerts, workshops, courses, lectures, theatre, exhibitions and a lot more. The festival attracts audience from all nationalities, ethnicities and areas. The festival, through more than twenty concerts offers a chance to…
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  • 5 ways to learn about what’s hot in cruising

    Carrie Finley
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Connect. discover and learn about cruising In the next couple of weeks, you will have a chance to participate in the biggest cruise buzz of the year. There are five events that are not to be missed, especially if you are passionate about cruising or just curious about what this travel niche is up to. 1. Destination immersion via Azamara Club Cruises The hot topic these days in cruising is all about destination immersion: more time in port, carefully thought-out itineraries with a focus on bringing local culture and history onboard through culinary connections, lectures, and entertainment. On…
  • Top innovations on Quantum of the Seas

    Carrie Finley
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Innovations galore on Quantum of the Seas The latest Royal Caribbean ship is causing a lot of buzz, especially with regards to innovations. Where tech meets the sea – innovative spaces and activities These venues and onboard activities on Quantum of the Seas are sure to wow. One of North Star’s first flights came with a spectacular sunset view! pic.twitter.com/H1DCn0XyoR — Royal Caribbean PR (@RoyalCaribPR) October 21, 2014   Two70°— a revolutionary multi-level great room, named for its magnificent 270-degree panoramic sea views through vast, floor-to-ceiling glass walls…
  • Regal Reunion on Princess Cruises

    Carrie Finley
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Regal Princess Countdown to Ft. Lauderdale Festivities Love Boat cast reunion taking place in Ft. Lauderdale next month. Regal Princess photo from Princess Cruises.   After making her inaugural cruise on May 20, 2014, Regal Princess spent her summer in Europe.  Her next big milestone is the ship’s naming ceremony, which will kick off the celebrations that will mark the company’s golden anniversary. The buzz around the naming ceremony is the reunion of some of the Love Boat cast, with Tori Spelling, actress and daughter of famed Love Boat producer Aaron Spelling, serving as the…
  • Holland America Line West Coast Cruises

    Carrie Finley
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Get your HAL on in Mexico or Hawaii Holland America Line cruise news for California cruisers. New cruise options for you to choose that sail to Mexico and Hawaii for 2014-15 winter  season. In case you missed the news, Holland America Line is offering three new cruise experiences from the West Coast. Cruise to Mexico or Hawaii on a variety of itineraries from now through spring 2015. This is good news to those living on the West Coast, and gives new options to those that prefer not to make the cross-country transit to the Florida coast to take a Caribbean cruise. Two ships will sail the…
  • Top 6 reasons to cruise on Azamara Club Cruises

    Carrie Finley
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Why Azamara Club Cruises? Thanks to Twitter and Larry Pimentel, you can now discover what the President & CEO of Azamara Club Cruises claims are the top reasons for choosing to cruise on this boutique cruise line. Why Azamara Club Cruises? 1. Best Itineraries 2. Outstanding staff 3. Great Value 4. Longer Stays 5. More Over Nights 6. Night Touring — Larry Pimentel (@LarryPimentel) October 13, 2014   Agree or disagree? On November 1st, I will be embarking Azamara Quest for an indepth exploration of the History of the Aegean. I can’t wait to see what all the buzz is about  If…
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  • Rum ‘N Pumpkin Ale: Boat Drinks Recipe

    RumShopRyan
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    After one sip, you’ll almost enjoy the cold fall weather…almost. I’ve lived in southwest Florida for 13 years now. The swaying coconut palms still put a pirate’s smile on my face. But after living here for so long I get asked by people if I miss the seasons from up north (Kansas City). My answer…not really. Sure we have seasons down here, we have the Wet Season, the Dry Season, Hurricane Season, Snowbird Season, and Lovebug Season. A little different sure, but seasons none-the-less. They just don’t relate to cold temperatures and the “perks”…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap UP

    RumShopRyan
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    The Caribbean is full of treasure, not the kind that sparkles and shines, but the natural kind that causes onlookers to watch in amazement. This Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up features some treasure that I think you’ll enjoy. Watching flocks of brightly colored Flamingos on Great Inagua in the Bahamas is a treasure, snorkeling with humpback whales in the Dominican Republic definitely qualifies, and spending time at the charming Santana’s Beach Bar on Little Exuma is something I wouldn’t trade for gold. Enjoy this Caribbean treasure hunt. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Little Exuma:…
  • Nine Packing Tips for a Caribbean Sailing Vacation

    RumShopRyan
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Deciding what islands to explore during your sailing vacation is the hard part. Melody Delgado at www.visailing.com has plenty of suggestions to help you decide on the perfect vacation. Once your sail charter is booked, the next decision is what to take with you. Nothing can be easier than packing for a sailing vacation in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, most first time sailing vacationers pack too much! With plenty of sun and sea, life on the Islands is very casual, and you really need very little. The following nine tips should help avoid over packing and ensure you have a great sailing…
  • Book Review: Second Chance Gold

    RumShopRyan
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    How do you do a book review without spoiling the book? Hang on tight because we’re going to give it a try! Second Chance Gold is the 4th book in a series written by author John H. Cunningham. The series follows the adventures of Buck Reilly, a once hotshot darling of Wallstreet, now a down on his luck pilot that lives in a hotel in Key West. Buck is what I would call a cross between Jimmy Buffett and Magnum P.I.; laid-back seaplane pilot scratching out a living on the southern most rock, and hard-nosed, authority-hating, natural born investigator. A very entertaining combination.
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Let’s go island hopping in this week’s Caribbean Wrap Up! We start off in the Bahamas with the announcement of the 2015 Festival Rum Bahamas. Then we sail south to find out what to do on Bonaire above the water. We head back up to the Bahamas and pay Cat Island a visit. Finally we sink our toes in the sand on St. Lucia at Sugar Beach. Ahhhh, I feel more relaxed already. Cheers! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Festival Rum Bahamas 2015: Save the date! Feb. 27th-March 1st, 2015. One of the biggest rum events of the year. See you there. -Story by RumConnection.com 21 Cheapest Nonstop…
 
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  • Locally Sourced and Loving It in St. Lucia

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

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

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

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

    Devin Galaudet
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    A Walk Toward Freedom My Favorite Memory of South Africa They must have been 12, some older or younger, maybe 100 in all. They were kids in school uniforms, maroon sweaters with gold accents, whites shirts with gray slacks or dresses, coming up the driveway laughing and joking as kids on field trips do. I could hear them before I saw them, and they were on the opposite side of the fence along my path. I had already been inside the Nelson Mandela Capture site and apartheid museum, outside of the city of Howick, in the Natal Midlands. The Long Walk to Freedom I had just walked past the plaque…
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  • Aubergine at L’Auberge

    Master Admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Doing this job, having access to all these wonderful restaurants and eating so many meals can make a person forget to be excited about food from time to time. I recently found myself in that slump and was very lucky to have had my culinary excitement re-triggered when I dined at Aubergine at L’Auberge in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant. The tiny eatery offers coastal Californian cuisine with artistic flare in all dishes. The food was fantastic, the presentations were precise, bright and, oh so lovely. I went with the Chef’s tasting menu, an absolute must if you are…
  • San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

    Inspector 51
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    San Miguel de Allende is a picturesque small city located in the green highland state of Guanajuato, and although there are no beaches here like so many popular spots in Mexico, the city has an unmistakeable allure that has captured the hearts of many that have made the trek into the mountains roughly 275 kilometers northwest of Mexico City. Today, San Miguel is reported to have one of the largest ex-pat populations of Americans in the country of Mexico. The picturesque city center manages to retain much of its original architectural character, along with a vibrant local flavor all its own.
  • The 150th Anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference

    Inspector 2
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    This year Prince Edward Island, Canada, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. Why is this event a big deal? In 1864 this was the conference that began the talks for a union of the Maritimes. What actually took place was something much bigger than what anyone had expected. This conference turned out to be known in Canada’s history as the beginning of Confederation. In other words, this is where the seven fragmented provincial regions came together and began the talks to unite and form one government. This one united nation is known today as Canada. The birth of a…
  • Callaway Gardens, what a great place to get away!

    Inspector 75
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    During a recent work assignment to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, I decided to take a few hours to explore the nearby Callaway Gardens.  I expected a few walking trails and some nice local flora but I was unprepared to be impressed and inspired. The Gardens were established in 1952 by Carson and Virginia Callaway who understood the importance of the man and nature relationship. They developed a retreat which today hosts a plethora of activities to please everyone from the young to the young at heart. Adventure seekers will enjoy the Tree Top Adventures, zip lines and the water…
  • Paris and Southern France – Summer 2014

    Jane Magrady
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    We just returned from 2.5 wonderful weeks in France. We loved our time in Nice with our friends from Lancaster. Le Méridien Nice was in a perfect location on the Promenade des Anglais with a rooftop terrace overlooking the pebble beaches of the Baie des Anges, the Mediterranean Sea and the historic centre of Nice. We practically had front row seats for the Iron Man competition, which took place while we were there. We particularly enjoyed the Vieux Nice – the Old Town area where we returned each evening to try one of the many specialty restaurants. We spent a fabulous day in…
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  • 5 Amazing (And Mostly Free) National Wildlife Refuge Experiences

    Teresa Bitler
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    National wildlife refuges — protected lands managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service — offer many of the same recreational opportunities as national parks at a fraction of the cost. Some are even free, unless you plan to hunt, fish, or camp. We love these (mostly) gratis activities for experiencing the wilderness in a whole new way: Honey harvesting: Every September, the Maryland State Beekeepers Association sponsors its Honey Harvest Festival at the Patuxent Research Refuge, where you’ll see how honey is harvested, taste the sticky sweet substance, and get up…
  • Armchair Travel: 10 Beautiful Day of the Dead Photos

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 to honor the deceased. The festivities run from October 31 through November 2 and are also observed outside of Mexico in other Latin American countries such as Guatemala and Ecuador — as well as in regions with large Latino populations, such as the U.S. If you haven’t yet had the chance to see the revelry in person, these stunning photos will give you a taste of the lightheartedly macabre celebration. An observer took this colorful photo bursting with fresh fruit and bright sweets in Mexico…
  • What’s Your Craziest Flying Experience?

    ShermansTravel Editorial Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We’ve all heard the familiar adage it’s the journey that matters, not the destination — at least when it comes to crazy travel stories. With all of the globetrotting that the staff here at ShermansTravel does throughout the year, we certainly have more than our fair share of hilarious (and somewhat awful) tales. So we thought we’d share the best (and the worst) with our readers to keep in mind the next time you take off in an aluminum tube full of strangers. Is This for Real? A friend often tells the story of a nightmare transatlantic flight where the woman sitting…
  • How to Budget a Trip to South America’s Atacama Desert

    Will McGough
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    When visiting South America’s Atacama Desert — considered to be the driest place on earth – you have little choice but to make the small village of San Pedro de Atacama your home base. Such isolation typically leads to high costs of living (and visiting), but San Pedro has an impressive range of lodging options, from hostels costing a few bucks a night to luxury resorts with thousand-dollar price tags. And with a surprising amount of competition among tour companies, there are affordable options for all budgets. With that in mind, here’s a look at how you might want…
  • Checking In: 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    If you were in search of one of the top-rated hotels in the United States, you probably wouldn’t think to look for it in Ohio. Nevertheless, 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati was recently named the second best hotel in the country by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. (Last year it was ranked #1.) So, what makes this hotel so special that it beat out much-hyped properties in bigger destination cities like Los Angeles and New York? The Brand The small and rapidly growing 21c Museum Hotels group currently has three locations in operation — the other two are in Louisville, KY and Bentonville,…
 
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  • 5 Amazing (And Mostly Free) National Wildlife Refuge Experiences

    Teresa Bitler
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    National wildlife refuges — protected lands managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service — offer many of the same recreational opportunities as national parks at a fraction of the cost. Some are even free, unless you plan to hunt, fish, or camp. We love these (mostly) gratis activities for experiencing the wilderness in a whole new way: Honey harvesting: Every September, the Maryland State Beekeepers Association sponsors its Honey Harvest Festival at the Patuxent Research Refuge, where you’ll see how honey is harvested, taste the sticky sweet substance, and get up…
  • Armchair Travel: 10 Beautiful Day of the Dead Photos

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 to honor the deceased. The festivities run from October 31 through November 2 and are also observed outside of Mexico in other Latin American countries such as Guatemala and Ecuador — as well as in regions with large Latino populations, such as the U.S. If you haven’t yet had the chance to see the revelry in person, these stunning photos will give you a taste of the lightheartedly macabre celebration. An observer took this colorful photo bursting with fresh fruit and bright sweets in Mexico…
  • What’s Your Craziest Flying Experience?

    ShermansTravel Editorial Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We’ve all heard the familiar adage it’s the journey that matters, not the destination — at least when it comes to crazy travel stories. With all of the globetrotting that the staff here at ShermansTravel does throughout the year, we certainly have more than our fair share of hilarious (and somewhat awful) tales. So we thought we’d share the best (and the worst) with our readers to keep in mind the next time you take off in an aluminum tube full of strangers. Is This for Real? A friend often tells the story of a nightmare transatlantic flight where the woman sitting…
  • How to Budget a Trip to South America’s Atacama Desert

    Will McGough
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    When visiting South America’s Atacama Desert — considered to be the driest place on earth – you have little choice but to make the small village of San Pedro de Atacama your home base. Such isolation typically leads to high costs of living (and visiting), but San Pedro has an impressive range of lodging options, from hostels costing a few bucks a night to luxury resorts with thousand-dollar price tags. And with a surprising amount of competition among tour companies, there are affordable options for all budgets. With that in mind, here’s a look at how you might want…
  • Checking In: 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    If you were in search of one of the top-rated hotels in the United States, you probably wouldn’t think to look for it in Ohio. Nevertheless, 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati was recently named the second best hotel in the country by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. (Last year it was ranked #1.) So, what makes this hotel so special that it beat out much-hyped properties in bigger destination cities like Los Angeles and New York? The Brand The small and rapidly growing 21c Museum Hotels group currently has three locations in operation — the other two are in Louisville, KY and Bentonville,…
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  • 5 Amazing (And Mostly Free) National Wildlife Refuge Experiences

    Teresa Bitler
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    National wildlife refuges — protected lands managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service — offer many of the same recreational opportunities as national parks at a fraction of the cost. Some are even free, unless you plan to hunt, fish, or camp. We love these (mostly) gratis activities for experiencing the wilderness in a whole new way: Honey harvesting: Every September, the Maryland State Beekeepers Association sponsors its Honey Harvest Festival at the Patuxent Research Refuge, where you’ll see how honey is harvested, taste the sticky sweet substance, and get up…
  • Armchair Travel: 10 Beautiful Day of the Dead Photos

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 to honor the deceased. The festivities run from October 31 through November 2 and are also observed outside of Mexico in other Latin American countries such as Guatemala and Ecuador — as well as in regions with large Latino populations, such as the U.S. If you haven’t yet had the chance to see the revelry in person, these stunning photos will give you a taste of the lightheartedly macabre celebration. An observer took this colorful photo bursting with fresh fruit and bright sweets in Mexico…
  • What’s Your Craziest Flying Experience?

    ShermansTravel Editorial Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We’ve all heard the familiar adage it’s the journey that matters, not the destination — at least when it comes to crazy travel stories. With all of the globetrotting that the staff here at ShermansTravel does throughout the year, we certainly have more than our fair share of hilarious (and somewhat awful) tales. So we thought we’d share the best (and the worst) with our readers to keep in mind the next time you take off in an aluminum tube full of strangers. Is This for Real? A friend often tells the story of a nightmare transatlantic flight where the woman sitting…
  • How to Budget a Trip to South America’s Atacama Desert

    Will McGough
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    When visiting South America’s Atacama Desert — considered to be the driest place on earth – you have little choice but to make the small village of San Pedro de Atacama your home base. Such isolation typically leads to high costs of living (and visiting), but San Pedro has an impressive range of lodging options, from hostels costing a few bucks a night to luxury resorts with thousand-dollar price tags. And with a surprising amount of competition among tour companies, there are affordable options for all budgets. With that in mind, here’s a look at how you might want…
  • Checking In: 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    If you were in search of one of the top-rated hotels in the United States, you probably wouldn’t think to look for it in Ohio. Nevertheless, 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati was recently named the second best hotel in the country by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. (Last year it was ranked #1.) So, what makes this hotel so special that it beat out much-hyped properties in bigger destination cities like Los Angeles and New York? The Brand The small and rapidly growing 21c Museum Hotels group currently has three locations in operation — the other two are in Louisville, KY and Bentonville,…
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  • 5 Amazing (And Mostly Free) National Wildlife Refuge Experiences

    Teresa Bitler
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    National wildlife refuges — protected lands managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service — offer many of the same recreational opportunities as national parks at a fraction of the cost. Some are even free, unless you plan to hunt, fish, or camp. We love these (mostly) gratis activities for experiencing the wilderness in a whole new way: Honey harvesting: Every September, the Maryland State Beekeepers Association sponsors its Honey Harvest Festival at the Patuxent Research Refuge, where you’ll see how honey is harvested, taste the sticky sweet substance, and get up…
  • Armchair Travel: 10 Beautiful Day of the Dead Photos

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 to honor the deceased. The festivities run from October 31 through November 2 and are also observed outside of Mexico in other Latin American countries such as Guatemala and Ecuador — as well as in regions with large Latino populations, such as the U.S. If you haven’t yet had the chance to see the revelry in person, these stunning photos will give you a taste of the lightheartedly macabre celebration. An observer took this colorful photo bursting with fresh fruit and bright sweets in Mexico…
  • What’s Your Craziest Flying Experience?

    ShermansTravel Editorial Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We’ve all heard the familiar adage it’s the journey that matters, not the destination — at least when it comes to crazy travel stories. With all of the globetrotting that the staff here at ShermansTravel does throughout the year, we certainly have more than our fair share of hilarious (and somewhat awful) tales. So we thought we’d share the best (and the worst) with our readers to keep in mind the next time you take off in an aluminum tube full of strangers. Is This for Real? A friend often tells the story of a nightmare transatlantic flight where the woman sitting…
  • How to Budget a Trip to South America’s Atacama Desert

    Will McGough
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    When visiting South America’s Atacama Desert — considered to be the driest place on earth – you have little choice but to make the small village of San Pedro de Atacama your home base. Such isolation typically leads to high costs of living (and visiting), but San Pedro has an impressive range of lodging options, from hostels costing a few bucks a night to luxury resorts with thousand-dollar price tags. And with a surprising amount of competition among tour companies, there are affordable options for all budgets. With that in mind, here’s a look at how you might want…
  • Checking In: 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    If you were in search of one of the top-rated hotels in the United States, you probably wouldn’t think to look for it in Ohio. Nevertheless, 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati was recently named the second best hotel in the country by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. (Last year it was ranked #1.) So, what makes this hotel so special that it beat out much-hyped properties in bigger destination cities like Los Angeles and New York? The Brand The small and rapidly growing 21c Museum Hotels group currently has three locations in operation — the other two are in Louisville, KY and Bentonville,…
 
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  • 5 Amazing (And Mostly Free) National Wildlife Refuge Experiences

    Teresa Bitler
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    National wildlife refuges — protected lands managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service — offer many of the same recreational opportunities as national parks at a fraction of the cost. Some are even free, unless you plan to hunt, fish, or camp. We love these (mostly) gratis activities for experiencing the wilderness in a whole new way: Honey harvesting: Every September, the Maryland State Beekeepers Association sponsors its Honey Harvest Festival at the Patuxent Research Refuge, where you’ll see how honey is harvested, taste the sticky sweet substance, and get up…
  • Armchair Travel: 10 Beautiful Day of the Dead Photos

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 to honor the deceased. The festivities run from October 31 through November 2 and are also observed outside of Mexico in other Latin American countries such as Guatemala and Ecuador — as well as in regions with large Latino populations, such as the U.S. If you haven’t yet had the chance to see the revelry in person, these stunning photos will give you a taste of the lightheartedly macabre celebration. An observer took this colorful photo bursting with fresh fruit and bright sweets in Mexico…
  • What’s Your Craziest Flying Experience?

    ShermansTravel Editorial Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We’ve all heard the familiar adage it’s the journey that matters, not the destination — at least when it comes to crazy travel stories. With all of the globetrotting that the staff here at ShermansTravel does throughout the year, we certainly have more than our fair share of hilarious (and somewhat awful) tales. So we thought we’d share the best (and the worst) with our readers to keep in mind the next time you take off in an aluminum tube full of strangers. Is This for Real? A friend often tells the story of a nightmare transatlantic flight where the woman sitting…
  • How to Budget a Trip to South America’s Atacama Desert

    Will McGough
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    When visiting South America’s Atacama Desert — considered to be the driest place on earth – you have little choice but to make the small village of San Pedro de Atacama your home base. Such isolation typically leads to high costs of living (and visiting), but San Pedro has an impressive range of lodging options, from hostels costing a few bucks a night to luxury resorts with thousand-dollar price tags. And with a surprising amount of competition among tour companies, there are affordable options for all budgets. With that in mind, here’s a look at how you might want…
  • Checking In: 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    If you were in search of one of the top-rated hotels in the United States, you probably wouldn’t think to look for it in Ohio. Nevertheless, 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati was recently named the second best hotel in the country by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. (Last year it was ranked #1.) So, what makes this hotel so special that it beat out much-hyped properties in bigger destination cities like Los Angeles and New York? The Brand The small and rapidly growing 21c Museum Hotels group currently has three locations in operation — the other two are in Louisville, KY and Bentonville,…
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  • Cooking with Pig Brains – A Traditional Northern Thai Dish (แอ๊บอ่องออ)

    Mark Wiens
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Aeb (แอ๊บ), a package of meat, spices, and herbs, wrapped in a banana leaf, and grilled over fire, is a very common snack or light meal in northern Thailand. From the moment I had my first bite of aeb (แอ๊บ), I’ve been a huge fan of this delicious little package. In the markets from Chiang […] Cooking with Pig Brains – A Traditional Northern Thai Dish (แอ๊บอ่องออ) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Cooking with Pig Brains – A Traditional Northern Thai Dish (แอ๊บอ่องออ) appeared first on…
  • Day Trip to Mae Salong, Thailand’s Beautiful Yunnanese Village

    Mark Wiens
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I heard about a small, ethnically Chinese village, located northwest of Chiang Rai town, I was intrigued… …But when I heard there was delicious Yunnanese food available, that’s when Ying and I decided we HAD to visit immediately. Mae Salong (ดอยแม่สลอง)? The official name of Mae Salong (ดอยแม่สลอง) has now been changed to Santikhiri (สันติคีรี), so […] Day Trip to Mae Salong, Thailand’s Beautiful Yunnanese Village is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Day Trip to Mae Salong,…
  • Day Trip to Ubol Rat Lake for Grilled Fish, Khon Kaen, Thailand

    Mark Wiens
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The next step of filming for the Thai food tv show was to go to Khon Kaen (ขอนแก่น), one of the major cities located in the Isan region of Thailand. I’ve been to Khon Kaen a number of times, and each time I’m reminded just how good the som tam (green papaya salad) is in this area of […] Day Trip to Ubol Rat Lake for Grilled Fish, Khon Kaen, Thailand is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Day Trip to Ubol Rat Lake for Grilled Fish, Khon Kaen, Thailand appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Raw Pig’s Blood Soup – This Thai Dish Goes Against Everything You Know About Cooking

    Mark Wiens
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I specifically remember when I was growing up, my mom used to always tell me, “beef is alright to eat rare, but ALWAYS make sure pork is fully cooked.” (this came from my mom who is Chinese) Alright, now let’s proceed… Many dishes in Thailand are consumed raw, everything from a huge assortments of salads, […] Raw Pig’s Blood Soup – This Thai Dish Goes Against Everything You Know About Cooking is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Raw Pig’s Blood Soup – This Thai Dish Goes Against Everything You Know About Cooking…
  • Myanmar Barbecue on 19th Street Yangon, Chinatown

    Mark Wiens
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    When you’re in Yangon and searching for places to eat, you’ll likely come across Yangon’s famous 19th Street in the Chinatown area of downtown. Every evening, the main street of Maha Bundala comes alive with vendors of all kinds, selling all sorts of edible foods, ranging from Chinese to local Myanmar dishes. 19th Street – […] Myanmar Barbecue on 19th Street Yangon, Chinatown is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Myanmar Barbecue on 19th Street Yangon, Chinatown appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • Book Review: A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese

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

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

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

    Travis
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Photo Credit: Christopher Chan At first glance, I had no idea what this Japanese idiom was about. Can you guess what it is? :) Ryuto dabi ni owaru – 竜頭蛇尾に終わる (りゅうとうだびにおわる) Meaning – Start with a dragon’s head and end with a snake’s tail. This is a pretty visual idiom and it can be most compared to the idea of starting something off big but petering out at the end. If you’re like me, you probably have a closet full of projects that looked like they were going to be dragons, but ended up being measly little snakes in the…
  • How to Eat Sushi

    Travis
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Saw this video over on Lifehacker and thought it was worth sharing these tips on how to best eat sushi. It looks like I’ve been doing some of the steps wrong :) Also, Chef Naomichi Yasuda seems like a pretty fun guy. Related Posts:Learning the Proper Way To Eat Sushi5 Most Famous Sushi Bars In JapanThe Unique Characteristics of Japanese CuisineHigh Speed SushiAll You Wanted To Know About Sushi
 
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  • Travel Resources for Slow Food, Wine and Stays in Italy

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

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

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

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

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

    Guest Contributor
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    If you’re planning your next holiday in Europe but don’t know how you’ll get through the time before you leave, it’s a good idea to get settled on the couch with a travel-based film. Make some popcorn, put your comfy pants on, and indulge in a weekend movie marathon — only those shot in Europe […]
  • Angoulême’s Fabulous Flights of Fancy

    Guest Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    One of the reasons I travel is to discover and learn. When I first visited Europe, I didn’t know what a rampart was. But as I travelled from one old French town to another I saw how towns, questing for invincibility, had fortified themselves with surrounding walls. They were standard issue in Europe of yore. […]
  • The Five Best World War II Museums for Americans to Visit in Normandy

    Roy Stevenson
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    On June 6, 1944, 150,000 American, Canadian and British troops landed in rough seas along a sixty-mile series of flat sandy beaches on the French coast at Normandy. The liberation of France and Western Europe was underway. They fought their way up sloping white sand dunes, towering cliffs, and through small seaside villages until, after […]
  • Belgium’s Top Ten Beer Festivals

    Roy Stevenson
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    France has wine shows. Germany has its Oktoberfest. Belgium has beer festivals. Mention that you’ve frequented Belgian beer fests to a fellow enthusiast and you may get some envy or respect–for good reason. These events typically appeal to the aficionado rather than the casual beer drinker. Every year, thousands of Belgian and foreign beer hounds […]
  • The Oxford Experience: A Summer Learning Program

    Guest Contributor
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    And that sweet City with her dreaming spires, She needs not June for beauty’s heightening, Lovely all times she lies, lovely to-night! “Thyrsis,” Matthew Arnold, April 1866 A century after Arnold penned those words about the city of Oxford a latter-day pop manifesto urges us to “Open your mind, arms and heart to new things […]
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  • Book Review: "Cut like Wound" by Anita Nair

    Shrinidhi Hande
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Cut like Wound is a detective fiction by Anita Nair. I bought this book primarily because the story is about Bangalore (Shivajinagar and nearby areas in particular).Plot revolves around a psychopath who is on a killing spree but not many in the police department are keen to track him down. While everyone believes the killings were isolated incidents, but one person, Inspector Gowda senses a connection and tries to investigate.Bengaluru's Shivaji nagar area, crimes that happen around it etc are depicted reasonably well in the book. You will also learn a bit about police department…
  • ​Country club vacations "free gift" experience

    Shrinidhi Hande
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    This is the story of how I walked into Lion's Den and came back without getting eaten. Read further to find out about my experience going through Country Club's presentation in exchange for "lucky draw free gift". Read, because you might also get invited into this free gift offer and might end up spending lakhs.When I had written review of Club Mahindra years ago, (continues to be one of the most popular posts on my blog till date) many had asked me why I haven’t reviewed country club. Didn’t happen to come across them until recently. When we got a call that we’ve won some freebies for…
  • 7 secrets of the Goddess-Devdutt Pattanaik

    Shrinidhi Hande
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    7 secrets of the Goddess is a kind of unusual book I read recently. This is not a fiction that I usually read. This book is about mythology, the story, reason behind various female gods worshiped or feared by Hindu community largely, with one from Greek mythology..The textbook sized, 300 page book has lots of pictures, so that readers can correlate or visualize the explanations given.Following Goddess are covered: Gaia (a Geek Goddess), Kali, Gauri, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Vitthai (A female variant of Lord Krishna, followed in Maharastra)."Seven secrets of the Goddess" has lots of…
  • "Happy New Year" Movie Review

    Shrinidhi Hande
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    The best part of going to the theater to watch Happy New Year Movie was the trailers of six other movies that were shown before the main movie.Of course, Happy New Year has made lots of money in its opening day compared to other recent hits. I feel this is because the producers are getting smart in their business. Why bother searching for a sensible/interesting story and work hard on making a good movie? Instead, follow these simple steps:Get some story- any story or even no story, get some star  studded cast, make a crappy movie, but do great marketing of the movie, build some hype…
  • India Taxi booking: checkpoints and precautions to take

    Shrinidhi Hande
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Of late I noticed a few complaints on facebook about non-arrival of taxis causing spoilsport with people’s holiday plans. Two complaints were about Taxi for sure (one by Vishal Srivatsava and another by Srikant Eswaran) and few others on rest of the brands.Particularly during festive seasons, taxis have high demand, drivers are asked to do multiple back to back trips without rest and often a high profitability demand (say for a long trip) makes operators either re-arrange or at times completely ignore smaller booking (say railway station drop).If you’re booking tourist taxis in…
 
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  • Pic of the Week: Sunrise in Switzerland

    Guest
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    A gorgeous photo of a sunrise in Switzerland, provided by a Solo Travel Society member who had hiked from the Morterasch train station to the Boval Hutte. The post Pic of the Week: Sunrise in Switzerland appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • If You Didn’t Tweet It Did You Really Eat it? A musing in Penzance.

    Janice
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    If a meal was not photographed and tweeted was it really any good? If numerous photos of a trip are not shared on Facebook did you really have an amazing time? It may seem odd that I, a travel blogger who also shares on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, am writing to argue against mixing social media […] The post If You Didn’t Tweet It Did You Really Eat it? A musing in... A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: One Thing I Love

    Tracey
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Today's travel quote is all about throwing yourself into the unknown, inviting disorientation and confusion as a part of the learning experience of travel. The post Travel Quote of the Week: One Thing I Love appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Central Asia: 15 Tips

    Janice
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    It's not simple to travel Central Asia. It's more of a challenge than most destinations. These 15 tips will help make your trip easier. The post Travel Central Asia: 15 Tips appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Helsinki, Finland

    Guest
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    A Solo Travel Society member recommends Helsinki as a great destination with friendly people, delicious food, gorgeous scenery and a relaxed vibe. The post Solo Travel Destination: Helsinki, Finland appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • Do You Think You Can Get Away with Texting While Driving?

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Do You Think You Can Get Away with Texting While Driving?  Photo from Flickr by orangesky3 Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions for drivers. You have a phone in your hand that should be on the driving wheel. In addition you are not looking at the road but the phone in your hand. If you cannot see the problems in this scenario you really have a problem. And those problems will lead to serious consequences one of those days. How Dangerous Is Texting While Driving? According to the THINK campaign you are 4 times more likely to have…
  • Tips to Save Money on Your Trip to Earls Court London

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Tips to Save Money on Your Trip to Earls Court London London is among the most expensive cities of the world. Despite this, hundreds of people visit this destination every month, for both business and leisure. With a long and eventful history, London offers great sightseeing pleasures. Being a commercial hub, this city also offers great business opportunities. So, a trio to this destination may be a great idea. The good news is that there are several ways in which you can save money, with a little bit of planning.   Affordable Accommodation…
  • How To Afford That Gap Year You’ve Been Dreaming About

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | How To Afford That Gap Year You’ve Been Dreaming AboutPhoto from Flickr by 401(K) 2013 A gap year can cost a lot of money. You have to pay for travel, accommodation and living costs. Some travellers even decide to pay to take part in volunteer projects. The mounting expenses can cause frantic penny pinching which results in people compromising their enjoyment on a potential trip of a lifetime. Here we take a look at the ways you can afford your dream gap year so you don’t have to miss out.   Why save? There is nothing wrong with taking…
  • 48 Hours In London

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 48 Hours In LondonPhoto from Flickr by Simon & His Camera City breaks can be a great way to break up the monotony of ‘normal life’. But, do it wrong and you can end up with a weekend long headache drinking in overpriced tourist restaurants and queuing for hours to see stuff you don’t really want to see. London is the perfect city to spend a weekend away, but with the warren-like tube system, smog and millions of visitors every day of the year, you need to make like a good boy- (or girl)- scout and prepare. Just a little bit. Fortunately…
  • The best student holiday destinations in Europe

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | The best student holiday destinations in EuropePhoto from Flickr by LenDog64 Many young people look forward to taking a long break after they’ve graduated from university. They dream of exploring a new place or just relaxing after their exams. These days, it’s easy to get around Europe by train and there are some places that just shouldn’t be missed. Best of all, these places can all be explored on the budget of a student traveller with the help of firms like Railbookers who travel to a number of fun and exciting destinations – find out…
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  • What would Lenin say now?

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

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

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

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

    Andy Jarosz
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
    I’d like to travel responsibly. I mean, who wouldn’t? It would be nice to think that wherever I choose to go I make a positive impact on the places I visit while at the same time the process of actually getting there involves me burning up as little fossil fuel as possible. But how do I go about achieving this laudable goal? Let’s start by trying to make as small a negative footprint as is possible. Flying is a big no-no, what with the gazillion tons of carbon dioxide emitted on every flight. On a one-way 12-hour trip to SE Asia for example I am personally responsible for…
 
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  • A weekend in Bologna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Kelsey Blodget
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Photo by Liz Allocca, Oyster.com It could be any typical Saturday in Brooklyn. My husband and I are at a quirky collectibles shop browsing the goods, which include a jar of clown heads, Pez containers, a ventriloquist’s dummy, and old political pins of Republicans who lost their elections.  A record machine plays 50s doo-wop. A bearded staff member makes friendly small talk, and an artist sitting in a window alcove is painting something colorful that looks like contemporary Pop art. Across the street, a line for a popular barbecue joint snakes down the block. But we’re not in…
  • Six Hotel Gift Shops You Must Visit

    Julie Ruditzky Loffredi
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Forget logo branded t-shirts and shot glasses. These hotel gift shops forgo stocking their shelves with those usual tchotchkes in favor of products that raise their retail status as high as the penthouse suite! The six shops that make our list make it so you don't even have to leave the hotel to score some seriously awesome merchandise. After shelling out some green, you can head back to your luxe digs to admire your vacation loot. Now how to pack it all in your suitcase... The Plaza, New York City Heard of the children's book series Eloise --- about a little girl who lives in The Plaza?
  • River Surfing: The Latest Craze Among Locals and Vacationers in Canada

    Julie Ruditzky Loffredi
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    It may not be Malibu, but land-locked surfers in Canada have found some white caps in an unlikely place -- rivers. And so now river surfing is all the rage in Calgary these days (no joke). So grab your board and head across the border for some water play. (Just bring your wet suit, because these rivers will be chilly! And we're not joking about that either...)The pros at the Alberta River Surfing Association gave us tips on the top spots to ride the river waves in Canada. Check them out after the jump >>Green Tongue: The Green Tongue is a two to three-foot wave just off the canoe…
  • The Most Haunted Hotels in the World

    Megan Wood
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Anyone who’s watched The Shining late-night has probably had at least one nightmare featuring hotel ghosts. (Truth be told, we watched it during broad daylight. And we were still terrified...) Whether you believe in paranormal encounters or not, be prepared to shiver from more than the autumnal chill in the air if you book at stay at one of these haunted hotels this Halloween. The Place d’Armes Hotel, New Orleans New Orleans is famous for its paranormal activity, so the title of "most haunted" isn't one to be taken lightly -- and Place d'Armes Hotel, a popular spot on haunted walking…
  • America's Most Haunted Bars

    Oyster Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    This post comes from our partners at Travel + Leisure. Here’s one way to ensure a bar will be haunted: open it in a former morgue. That’s the case with Captain Tony’s Saloon in Key West, FL, also a former speakeasy, where you may find yourself sipping gin and tonic next to a grave—or a ghost.“Ghosts tend to go to places they frequented when they were alive,” says California-based Loyd Auerbach, author of A Paranormal Casebook: Ghost Hunting in the New Millennium. “Consequently, places like bars, where people gather for social reasons or for other…
 
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  • London’s Best Budget Hotels For An Affordable London Stay

    Guest Author
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    London attracts millions of visitors from across the world each year. To meet the demand there are about 9,000 plus hotels in the Central London alone, but alas, the city has a reputation for being quite expensive. So where can a budget traveller turn for reasonable accommodations in this vibrant city? For those visiting London on a budget, one good option is to stay in a short-term serviced apartment. For others looking for a traditional hotel experience that won't break the bank, London has a growing number of trendy hotels that provide a clean, nicely decorated room and a good breakfast…
  • Escape The Cold – 5 Adventure Vacation Destinations Where It’s Hot in February

    Guest Author
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    5 Places Where it’s Hot Hot Hot in February Ever get the winter blues or just want to take advantage of the notorious airline discounts during the dreaded, coldest-month-of-the-year---February? Whether it’s for sunnier skies, the thrill of adventure, or a romantic getaway with your sweetie, here are five places that will definitely turn up the temperature in your life as they are sure to be hot in February. The post Escape The Cold – 5 Adventure Vacation Destinations Where It’s Hot in February appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • Before You Get Too Old! Five To-Die-For Snowboarding Destinations

    Guest Author
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Five Exhilarating Snowboarding Destinations You'll Want To Visit At Least Once In Your Life Every snowboarder has a bucket list as long as their arm of places to ride before they stop shredding forever. However, with many of these “dream” destinations the idea of the place is better than the actual riding to be had. So before you grab your snowboards and head out the door, here are five snowboarding destinations that should be at the top of your list and will NOT disappoint: The post Before You Get Too Old! Five To-Die-For Snowboarding Destinations appeared first on Wicked Good Travel…
  • Ultimate Australia Roadtrip – Sydney to Cairns With All The Best Stops Along The Way

    Guest Author
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Australia's Most Iconic Road Trip - Sydney to Cairns With All The Stop Along The Way Australia is known all around the world as one of the dream destinations for RV enthusiasts – sunny beaches, dramatic scenery and great weather are just a few of the things that attract thousands of RV-rs each year. However, although you would probably have a hard time finding a soul that wouldn’t know about the beauty of cities like Sydney and Cairns, there’s actually an unforgettable trip that waits by traveling between the two cities. In the two and a half thousand kilometers that separate these two…
  • Learn To Sail in a Weekend and Discover a World of New Horizons

    Guest Author
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Discover Your Inner Swabby by Learning to Sail in a Weekend How can two land-locked adventure seekers with the dream to sail around the world learn to sail? By taking lessons, of course. The dream of sailing around the world in our first few years of retirement has been ours since we first met. But life is short and we figured we’d better not wait until then to begin the adventure. We were in love with the idea of sailing, but we really didn’t know if we would like sailing. Good news-- It’s even more fun than it looks. It’s hard to describe the inner calm that develops while quietly…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    In oneself lies the whole world. The door is there, the key is in your hand. (J. Krishnamurti) — Are you ready to open it? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    All the people/events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. (R. Bach) — No one to blame but yourself! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Quality of life is in proportion to the capacity for delight. (J. Cameron) — In opposition to the ability for complaint. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-27-2014

    Ramona
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Do humans ever realize life while they live it each minute? (T. Wilder) — It's easy to be distracted by the days and weeks. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-26-2014

    Ramona
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    My main operating principle: don't take any shit from the zeitgeist. (G. Carlin) — Or really, from anyone, for that matter! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-26-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    In oneself lies the whole world. The door is there, the key is in your hand. (J. Krishnamurti) — Are you ready to open it? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    All the people/events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. (R. Bach) — No one to blame but yourself! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Quality of life is in proportion to the capacity for delight. (J. Cameron) — In opposition to the ability for complaint. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-27-2014

    Ramona
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Do humans ever realize life while they live it each minute? (T. Wilder) — It's easy to be distracted by the days and weeks. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-26-2014

    Ramona
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    My main operating principle: don't take any shit from the zeitgeist. (G. Carlin) — Or really, from anyone, for that matter! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-26-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • 4 Of Our Favorite Things About The Mänttä Art and Music Festivals

    Bethany Salvon
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    To me, you can boil down an artistic lifestyle in three ways:  you can either create it, carve out time to see a little bit of it, or you can live in it for a week and visit the Mänttä Art Festival. Here’s four reasons why you should visit. 1. Art is Everywhere – On the Church and in the Trees Mänttä is like a quiet little university town full of art. I attended art school for college, so I was really at home in Mänttä. Sadly it also made me realize just how much art has been removed from my life. I obviously work with photography but I no longer paint or draw. I still…
  • Want to Take Better Holiday Pics? Learn How on Pin-Up Live! (10/29) with @TamronUSA PLUS Win A Tamron Lens!!!

    Randy Kalp
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    The holidays are a right around the corner (Crazy, right?), so we thought we’d throw a Pinterest Party with Tamron lenses and AFAR magazine chock full of photography tips and inspiration to help you capture all of your holiday travel moments this year. To spread some extra pre-holiday cheer, Tamron will be giving one lucky participant…wait for it…A Brand New Lens! Yep, you heard me right! Tamron is giving away a 16-300 F/ 3.5-6 all-in-one macro lens. How cool is that? I don’t know about you, but I am giddy at the mere notion of welcoming a new travel lens into our…
  • 6 Things to Do in Mänttä, Finland – The Art Capital That Toilet Paper Built

    Randy Kalp
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    We spent a few days this summer in Mänttä for the town’s art and music festival. Before arriving, we didn’t really know what to expect, but we soon discovered the intricate charms of a small Finnish town in the midst of a revival. Located in the heart of Finland, approximately 180 miles from Helsinki, Mänttä’s former claim to fame is toilet paper, and now it’s art, especially in spring and summer when the festival season is in full swing. But the town of 7,000 has even more to offer to visitors. Here are six things you can do in Mänttä no matter what time of…
  • Feast, Fireworks and a Million Lights: 72 Hours at Italy’s Notte delle Luci

    Randy Kalp
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    One of the coolest thing about modern travel is being able to fly thousands of miles in just hours. Take for instance our trip to Europe this summer. One moment we’re walking among giants in Amsterdam (the Dutch are among the tallest in the world), and the next we are sipping cappuccinos with a grey-haired singing barista in Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci (or, as it’s more commonly refereed to, Rome-Fiumicino Airport) killing time until our departure to Bari in the high heeled boot of southern Italy. Within hours of leaving Amsterdam, everything changes–the language, the smell…
  • 8 Amazing…Things to Love About Puglia, Italy

    Randy Kalp
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Whenever I get asked about my favorite places we’ve visited in our travels, Italy is always at the top of the list. I feel like its my second home–I get the people, I love the food, and the climate definitely suits my clothes. A lot of my love for the country also comes from meeting and developing a good friendship with Beth’s relatives in Lacedonia, a small hill town in southern Italy, where her nonnie and nunu grew up. It’s a connection I’ll cherish for the rest of my life, as I consider them my family too. On our most recent trip to Italy, we had the chance to…
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  • Climbing my very first Via Ferrata – in South Tyrol

    Heather Cowper
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Before today I thought that a Via Ferrata was a hiking trail with some sections of ladders and cables to keep you safe on the tricky bits. Now I’m in South Tyrol, in the heart of the Dolomites, I quickly realise that a Via Ferrata is not a hiking trail, but a rock climb and since I’ve never climbed in my life it’s a somewhat scary prospect. On my previous hikes in the Alps on the Tour de Mont Blanc I’d come across the odd cable or ladder, but always managed to find an easier alternative route. Today there’s no escape. I meet my guide Veronika at the Catores…
  • Verona – a weekend in the city of lovers

    Guest Author
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    In this article our guest writer, Francesco Visconti, takes us to Verona for the weekend to find the true Italian heart of the city beyond the story of Rome and Juliet. Everybody in the world knows Verona as the set for Shakespeare’s romance Romeo & Juliet and lovers go there as pilgrims just to see the famous Juliet’s balcony. But for an Italian who loves to travel and tries to discover the real soul of place, like me, it’s easy to perceive that this city is much more and that its romantic atmosphere came before Juliet’s balcony. A few weeks ago I spent a weekend in Verona, with…
  • Törggellen time in South Tyrol – a feast of autumn

    Heather Cowper
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:43 am
    In this article our guest author, Lee McIntyre, shares some of the foods of South Tyrol she came to love while living in Bozen/Bolzano, Italy and invites us to experience the Törggellen festival, a mouth-watering celebration of autumn. Bozen/Bolzano is a beautiful medieval town nestled at the foot of the Dolomite mountains, a town with a subtle blend of Italian style and Tyrolean tradition. But the thousands of visitors who use the town as a base to explore the surrounding natural wonders of the South Tyrol also know that there are a number of Tyrolean food specialties that shouldn’t…
  • From gladiator training to chocolate – a trip to Rome with the kids

    Guest Author
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    In this article our guest writer Angelina Van Kemenade shares with us some of the places in Rome that her kids love to visit from a vintage chocolate factory to gladiator training at the Colisseum. Rome is definitely one of my family’s favorite holiday destinations, offering a wide selection of sightseeing spots and activities that are surely captivating to both adults and kids. Spending a holiday with the whole family is one of our favorite bonding activities. Just like me and my husband Patrick, our kids love Rome, not only because of the famous Gladiator movie and the Hercules cartoon…
  • My luxury carry-on case from Knomo – Bolsover luggage review

    Heather Cowper
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    If Knomo were your best friend, she’d be one of those cool, stylish people who lives life to the full – always on the move, trying out the latest gadgets, working on some interesting, creative project or other. Perhaps she’d be a photographer, designer or even a blogger, moving effortlessly from an informal business meeting to drinks with friends. Knomo is a girl who doesn’t really care about logos and labels, she just loves things that are beautifully designed and work for her lifestyle. Understated elegance is her trademark, she’s the sort of girl that always…
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  • Road School: Insects and Spiders for the Young Zoologist

    Michelle Brennan
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
      Our family’s love affair with insects and spiders began 10 years ago when our twins were only two years old. As an arachnophobe, I was begrudgingly coerced into becoming a mom who was interested in spiders and insects when I discovered that I had budding entomologists on my hands. Ten years later and our twelve-year-old daughter is a trusted source of information regarding insects based on what she has studied, learned, traveled to see, and even checked out in our own backyard here in New England. On many family trips we have scouted out places where her thirst for more insect and…
  • Adventures by Disney Italy- Tuscany and Florence

    Sharlene Earnshaw
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    After bidding a fond farewell to the Eternal City (be sure to read all about the Roman leg of our Adventures by Disney journey) we embarked towards the Italian countryside. There was no need to lug our luggage to the bus because Disney’s magic fairies had come by and whisked it away prior to departure, assuring us that everything would be tucked safely inside our next hotel room and awaiting our arrival. During our drive I was surprised to discover most of this country of 60 million people is actually quite rural. While I gazed out the window at the rolling green hills dotted with…
  • Top 10 Things to Do with Kids Across America

    Katie Bodell
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Finding family friendly attractions, lodging, and entertainment while traveling can be a confusing and tiring ordeal. Let us do the work! We’ve put in hundreds of hours of legwork researching and visiting our fabulous states. From California’s sunny beaches to Maine’s rocky coast; from the deserts of Arizona and Nevada to the lakes of Michigan; from the swamp lands of the south, to the waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest, here are your top 10 things to do with your family across the United States of America. Top 10 Things to do with Kids in: Top 10 Things for Families to Do…
  • 5 Best Places to View Fall Colors in Kid-Friendly Georgia

    Lesli Peterson
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
      It’s that time of year again, when Mother Nature puts on her best show. Reds, yellows, and oranges paint the sky; the mountains are calling, and Georgia has quite the show. Here are five spectacular ways to take in the stunning changes this autumn season in the Atlanta Metro area. Summit Hike Georgia’s mountain ranges amass with summits that allow hikers to see for miles in multiple directions. Our family’s favorites include Pine Mountain Trail in Cartersville and Blood Mountain in Blairsville. Both of these are rugged trails, two and five miles, respectively. Arabia Mountain…
  • It’s Ski Week with the Best Ski Resorts-Win Ski Gear for Kids-Weekly Digest-10/24/14

    Michelle McCoy
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
      To stop receiving this email. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways It’s Ski Week with the Best Ski Resorts – Win Ski Gear for Kids! Friday October 24, 2014 It’s almost Halloween, which means…it’s time to plan your winter ski vacation! That’s right, now is the time to find the best ski resort deals, find the perfect ski gear, and start planning for a great winter getaway.Trekaroo has you covered during Ski Week!Looking for the perfect ski resort for your family’s needs, or have a family favorite? Vote in the…
 
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    The Mom Maven

  • Loaded Potato Casserole Recipe

    cindy
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. Now is the time to add some new recipes to our arsenal for holiday dinners. I adore this easy to make Loaded…
  • NutriSource Soft & Tender Dog Treats

    cindy
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Since Mushu is a small dog with tiny teeth finding treats that she likes and that fit her little mouth isn’t always easy. This month she got to try NutriSource…
  • 8 Tips for Preparing Kids to Be in a Wedding

    cindy
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Having kids in a wedding can be adorable or awful. While we all know kids are not 100% predictable, there are things we can…
  • Win It Wednesday 10-29-14

    cindy
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Halloween is in 2 days!! Do you dress up? I do! I wear whatever I wore to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to hand out candy. So, this year I will be Olaf! We also have this Disney Halloween Playlist playing to add to the celebration. The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page of your blog. Links to home pages will be deleted. 2. Put the end date in the title of your giveaway. 3. Link to an image of the prize, not your blog button. 4. If you post a giveaway enter at least one giveaway someone else posted. This is just…
  • 2015 Daily Planner from Sue Hooley-Review

    cindy
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew. I am a planner junkie. Even though I keep a lot of day-to-day appointments in Google Calendar, I like to use paper planners too. I think it is because I like to see the big picture and the minute details. We still have a family calendar in the kitchen that everyone writes their schedules and activities on. This…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Travel

  • The best bars in Sydney

    Gautam
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Australia’s largest city Sydney is chock-a-block with quirky bars, glamorous nightclubs and casual watering holes. Whether you’re looking for delicious cocktails, stunning views or some seriously good liquor, it won’t be hard to find the perfect place for your nocturnal fix. Ivy Pool Club A colourful blend of opulence and style, The Ivy Pool Club is one of the most stunning rooftop bars in Sydney. Sip your favourite cocktail while you recline under the shade of tall palm trees during the day, or party the night away in your private cabanas. The Glenmore Hotel If you want to…
  • 5 Mumbai gardens that are perfect for a quiet break

    Gautam
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Mumbai boasts of many beautiful and well-maintained gardens. So, leave behind the space-crunched brick and mortar houses and take a walk to a lush green udyaan. You don’t need to always spend big bucks on an outing. One of the most affordable and enjoyable ways to unwind over a weekend is by taking a walk to a green patch, some where close to your residential area. Mumbai boasts of many beautiful and well-maintained gardens. So, leave behind the space-crunched brick and mortar houses and take a walk to a lush green udyaan. Victoria Gardens Rani Jijamata Udyaan is a well-laid out garden…
  • Goa for the heritage lover

    Gautam
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Old Goa The former Portuguese capital of the region before Panjim, Old Goa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to several magnificent churches and cathedrals. Fort Aguada There are numerous remains of rugged forts scattered along Goa’s coast and rivers. The most famous of them is Fort Aguada, located next to the Candolim beach. Fontainhas It has been described as India’s only Latin quarter. The quiet charm of this Panjim neighbourhood’s narrow streets and tile-roofed houses is best discovered on foot. Houses of Goa museum The brainchild of well-known architect Gerard da Cunha,…
  • A romantic getaway to Udaipur

    Gautam
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    With the majestic city palace looming over the old city, a lake studded with palaces in the middle and romantic restaurants interspersed in every nook and corner, couples will never run out of things to do in Udaipur. As the backdrop of countless romantic movies, Udaipur charms with its regal splendour and stately aura. Pretend to be king and queen for a day, slow down on a romantic boat ride, stay near the glistening waters of Lake Pichola and walk hand-in-hand through Dudh Talai—here is your guide to discovering Udaipur’s most romantic spots. Spend an evening strolling around at…
  • The top attractions in Ahmedabad

    Alka Anand Singh
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    From the tranquil charm of Sabarmati Ashram to the stately aura of Jama Masjid, these top places to visit in Ahmedabad will give you a glimpse of the city’s multi-cultural history. Ahmedabad is an erratic combination of the old and new, a bustling metropolis with a rich pre-Mughal heritage and a lively street food scene. However, its real heart lies in the old city located on the eastern bank of river Sabarmati, amongst the crowded lanes that are reminiscent of an era gone by. Our guide will help you navigate through the city’s topattractions and uncover its rich and lively…
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    Brendan's Adventures

  • Canon 16-35mm f/4 Unboxing and Specs

    Brendan van Son
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    I know what you’re thinking, did I hit win the lottery?  No, no I didn’t.  In fact, this and my new Canon 6D body is actually the result of saving for about an entire year.  So, yes, I’m still poor.  In fact, like always, I basically sold all my savings on the camera gear I [...]
  • My World in “mostly” Black and White

    Brendan van Son
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    I’ve been planning on doing a bit of a photo project for a while now.  It’s been something I’ve been trying to add to my store for a bit now, but really haven’t had time to do it.  I was also missing out on a bit of the inspirational side of things when it came [...]
  • Unboxing the Canon 6D and First Impressions

    Brendan van Son
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    For many people, getting a new camera body is just that.  For me, finally getting to put a Canon 6D into my camera bag is so rewarding.  It’s a reminder of how far I’ve come, how hard I’ve worked, and how much I struggled to get to where I am.  It’s also a reminder that [...]
 
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    Runaway Jane

  • A First Time Visitor’s Guide to Dublin

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

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

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

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

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

  • Genoa Italy: The Legend of Christopher Columbus and the UNESCO Connection

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Image via Wikipedia English: Christopher Columbus Česky: Portrét Kryštofa Kolumba od malíře Sebastiana del Piomba (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Genoa, Piazza Principe: Monument to famous Genovese Christopher Columbus. Italiano: Genova, Piazza Principe: Monumento al famoso genovese Cristoforo Colombo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Genoa, Italy (Photo credit: jimbo0307) Genoa is the capital city of Liguria. It is located in northwestern Italy, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Genoa, which forms the southern corner of the Milan-Turin-Genoa industrial triangle of north-west Italy, is…
  • Chicago’s Columbus Day Parade 2014

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Image via Wikipedia A attend the annual Columbus Day Parade in Chicago. The parade celebrates the historic 1492 voyage of Christopher Columbus as well as Italian-American Culture. Columbus is from Genoa Italy. Here’s a Genoa Video for all my Italian friends on Columbus Day http://youtu.be/wujacerrsp8 When: October 13, 2014 Where: The parade will be on Columbus Dr. from Balbo Avenue to Monroe Street. Photo credit: City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events   Hours: 12:30 p.m. Columbus Before the Queen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There will also be a…
  • Chicago’s Andersonville Arts Weekend 2014

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    English: View of Andersonville, Chicago, near Foster and Clark (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Plan to attend the 12th annual Andersonville Arts Weekend from Friday,  October 10th to Sunday, October 12th, 2014 in the general vicinity of Clark and Foster. Andersonville (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Andersonville Arts and Design Weekend October 10-12, 2014 Get your creative juices flowing by celebrating Andersonville’s artistic community and fabulous array of locally-owned businesses. Features original artwork by dozens of local artists and designers showcased in businesses throughout the…
  • Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Ressearch Foundation 2014 Fall Benefit Luncheon in Chicago

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Fall Benefit Luncheon October 14, 2014 Hilton Chicago 720 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. “Their largest fundraiser, the annual Fall Benefit Luncheon, includes a captivating keynote address from a famous personality affected by breast cancer and the popular Purse-sue the Cure™ silent auction which features designer and collectible high-end purses. This event attracts over 1,200 attendees. To purchase tickets or sponsor this event please call: 312.926.7133.” Buy Tickets Sponsorship Opportunities Donate Now To help Purse-sue the Cure™! Please…
  • Chicago’s Andersonville Dessert Crawl 2013

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    English: Swedish American Museum in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood has a rich cultural history of Swedish immigrantion. Here’s an Andersonville Video http://youtu.be/-kdsehoFM6M highlighting some of the neighborhood features. Attend the 9th annual Andersonville Dessert Crawl. WHEN: Sunday October 26, 2014 from 2-5 pm WHERE: Clark Street in Andersonville in Chicago. You can visit the Swedish American Museum and buy tickets for the events. There are numerous events throughout the year in chic Andersonville. Chicago’s Andersonville…
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Reader’s report: Bicycle customized for three (and ideas for motorbike carriers)

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

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

    Mary-Alice
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    You’ve been wondering when I’d post another scoop law sign, amiright? You haven’t seen one on the blog since March, and darn it, they’re the main reason you read Dog Jaunt! Well, here’s a very peculiar one indeed, sent in by scoop law sign scout Jessica from Gearhart, an otherwise charming town on the Oregon coast: Photo by @springtidepress, whose Instagram feed is not to be missed I’m usually a little spooked by this hot-dog-limbed human, but add a hot-dog-limbed pup, and put them both in a thick mist like Warren Beatty in Heaven Can Wait  (except that…
  • Reader’s report: Sleepypod Air (and Olive!) on a United 737-900 plane

    Mary-Alice
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This started out as a post on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page, but reader Marie kindly agreed that I could repost it here on the blog, where it wouldn’t scroll away. Olive is a cross between a Sealyham Terrier and a Connemara Jack Russell Terrier (officially, a “Heritage Connemara Jack Russell,” part of a project to ensure the survival of the Irish Jack Russell). Marie bought the Sleepypod Air (here’s my review of it) in the dark chocolate color — very pretty, and a nice change from black, but still dark enough to minimize its apparent size. As Marie says, she and…
  • Blueberry (and Baret) in France: From rescue pup to muse

    Mary-Alice
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of my favorite Facebook friends is an artist I knew long before she picked up a brush. Baret Boisson began painting as an adult, and she’s entirely self-taught. Her work is enchanting, but I also love the delightful, intelligent essays she posts on her Facebook page about objects she’s collected or encountered, or images that spark her interest (including, most recently, photos of what turn-of-the-century ladies wore hiking — way, way too much; and a couple of the Cottingley Fairies photos — all the buzz in the late 1910’s). Baret and her pup Blueberry spent the…
 
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    Atlas Obscura: Articles

  • A Graphic Guide to Cemetery Symbolism

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    To convey the lives of the people buried beneath them, and the expectations for what comes after death, symbolism has long been part of tombstones. Below is our guide to some of the most prevalent cemetery symbols. Take it along on your next wander through the necropolis!  Graphic created by Michelle Enemark, text by Allison C. Meier.  All this month we're celebrating 31 Days of Halloween with real tales of the macabre and strange. For even more, check out our spooky stories from 2011 and 2013.
  • Lionfish Kabobs: Teaching Old Sharks New Tastes

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Photo by Jens Petersen via Wikimedia Lionfish, though stunning creatures, are very, very dangerous to marine life, given their venomous spines, sophisticated hunting techniques, and extremely high reproduction rate (a mature female can produce up to 2 million eggs per year). Though native to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, in the 1980s the aquarium trade brought these creatures into the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, where they have no natural predators. As Lionfish are also voracious and wide-ranging eaters, they have been decimating their surrounding reef life…
  • Dracula’s Chamber: The Dark Legend of Buda Castle Labyrinth

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Gargoyle under Budapest (via Labirintus) Carrying only a gas lamp, at the heart of the Buda Castle Labyrinth there is nothing except for slimy damp walls, darkness, and things that go bump in the night. After 6 pm it’s lights out in Labirintus, and each group gets a single lantern to navigate around the network of natural tunnels found in the underbelly of Budapest's Castle Hill. I hear a sequence of squishes as my feet leave an impression in the muddy path, and I can smell smoke. I’m a good few metres underground, there shouldn’t be any smoke here, except for the…
  • Ghost Islands: Eight of the Eeriest Abandoned Places on the Seas

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    In terms of abandonment, ghost towns get all the love — there are a spooky 160 of them on Atlas Obscura as of this writing. These gaping remains of human activity departed are both unnerving and often beautiful, but what about ghost islands? Around the world whole island communities have been evacuated and deserted, leaving the landmasses to nature and the atrophy of time. Here are eight of these ominous places on the water, and the details on why people left, and if you can visit the isolated ruins.  HASHIMA ISLANDJapan Hashima Island (photograph by kntrty/Wikimedia)…
  • In an Oklahoma Museum: All the Gory Details and Beetles of Skeleton Preparation

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    Bones in preparation (courtesy Skulls Unlimited) Have you seen the ghost of Tom? Long white bones with the skin all gone.Po-oo-or Old Tom! Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin on? This well-known childhood rhyme proposes a pretty thoughtful question that has to be answered with an affirmative: Yeah, it would be pretty chilly with your bony skeleton all exposed and no skin on.  At the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City, bones, skeletons, and skulls are the main attraction. Complete skeletons of every variety, from deer to dog, hawk to human, are on display. In fact, it's known…
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    Atlas Obscura

  • Wrights Hill Fortress in Wellington, New Zealand

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Built in the early 1940's, the Wrights Hill Fortress is a circular artillery embankment that consists mostly of long underground tunnels which were actually used to create the sound of the dwarven mines of Middle Earth. Completed in the final years of World War II, the fort was meant to have three large guns positioned on the above ground portion, although only two (9.2" Mk. XV's for you armaments fans out there) were ever installed. The squat circular base was not much to look at above ground, but below ground it contained a labyrinth of tight concrete tunnels, some buried as deep as 50 feet…
  • San Giorgio in Alga in Venice, Italy

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The island of San Giorgio in Alga (awesomely translated as, "Saint George in the seaweed") has lived a number of lives since humans began building on its tiny, confined shores ranging from being a hotbed of monastic reform to a base of operations for Nazi frogmen, but is now just an abandoned isle dotted by crumbling buildings.  The first time humans made their mark on San Giorgio in Alga was as early as 1000 CE when a Benedictine monastery was built on the site. A number of monasteries continued to occupy the island for hundreds of years until the island became nearly deserted…
  • The Grave of Miss Baker in Hunstville , Alabama

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    America began tossing monkeys at the stars in 1948, but it was not until the launch of the loving squirrel monkey known as "Miss Baker" in 1959 that they were able to recover one alive. The American space program had previously succeeded in recovering fruit flies after sub-orbital space flight, but the higher primates quickly became a problem. While Russia was throwing dogs into space and catching them alive on the way down for years, America just kept losing their little test subjects, be it to exploding rockets, the violence of return impact, or simply losing their capsules at sea.
  • The Ossuary of Bicocca in Novara, Italy

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In 1849 the (now) Italian city of Novara was the site of a battle against Austrian forces that left countless dead on both sides of the struggle. Now the ashes of soldiers from both sides are held in a stone pyramid guarded by a bronze a bird. There have been a number of skirmishes known as the "Battle of Novara" over the centuries, but the final such engagement took place in the mid-1800's when an Austrian force tried to take the city, which was then in the Piedmont region. The Austrian's succeeded in their assault and drove the Piedmontese back. However instead of coming under the heel…
  • Mountain Meadows Massacre Memorial in Enterprise, Utah

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Still fresh from their exodus out of the Eastern United States, the Mormon settlers were not exactly welcoming to outsiders arriving in their newly founded Utah territory, and it was likely this irrational xenophobia that lead to the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857, an act of brutality that is today remembered by a pile of stones as the event's only memorial.  The deadly debacle began when the Baker-Fancher group of emigrants, heading from Arkansas to California, arrived in Salt Lake City looking to resupply for the last leg of their journey. Nearly 120 people strong, the wagon train…
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    Life In Flight

  • Find Your Next Destination

    Carolyn Paddock
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
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  • Chart Your Course

    Carolyn Paddock
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
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  • Take Flight

    Carolyn Paddock
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
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  • “What Happy People Know…”

    Carolyn Paddock
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    I want to be happy! No doubt,  you’ve heard these words before. And you have probably have said them yourself more than once. Happiness = Nirvana. Right? I hear this very phrase from my clients, some of who are at a crossroad and want more from life after years of hard work and sacrifice. Happiness is often at the top of their list. But what exactly is Happiness? Is it a place, a thing, a relationship, a position, a title, and can you buy it? And why is it so damn elusive at times? Do you have to wait “until X happens” that you be happy, or is it only for some people…
  • Is Curiosity the Mental Fountain of Youth?

    Carolyn Paddock
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
      This morning I was thinking about the magic of curiosity. Merriam-Webster says it’s the desire to know. The desire to know comes from the place of not having or knowing all the answers. A willingness to have an open mind, to ask questions, and the excitement of learning something new. And in doing so you automatically forsake some of the comforts of judgement or prior knowledge. I’ve learned to keep curiosity is in the forefront of my mind, especially when I’m coaching. An inquisitive mind enables me abandon my own way of thinking, and allows me to ask thoughtful…
 
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    Vivamost!

  • Swiss designer Javier Reyes presents his Winter collection

    Véronique
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    The admirers of Javier Reyes will be delighted as the Swiss fashion designer has just released his new Winter collection. He is extremely proud of it. He started working at it in the Spring after getting some inspiration in his home country, Mexico. There it is always a place where he can think about new projects and find new […] The post Swiss designer Javier Reyes presents his Winter collection appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Ragusa & Torino on the way to the Salon du Chocolat in Paris

    Véronique
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    Once I was waiting for a train in Paris when a friend put two chocolate bars into my bag. As a real chocolate lover I quickly checked what I had preciously safeguarded and discovered Ragusa. I didn’t resist long and put the first bite in my mouth. In no matter of time the first Ragusa bar was gone. Would I be strong enough to resist to the second one? No! Who […] The post Ragusa & Torino on the way to the Salon du Chocolat in Paris appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Moët & Chandon supports the Swiss Indoors in Basel

    Véronique
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Since 1743 Moët & Chandon is synonym of glamour and success and has been for a long time supporting major world sport events. Last week it was the partner of the Swiss Indoors for the second year. There some of the best tennis players competed to win the 500 ATP tournament at the Jakobshalle in Basel.   On Sunday it is the ambassador […] The post Moët & Chandon supports the Swiss Indoors in Basel appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Art International Review

    Véronique
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    The contemporary art fair, Art International, welcomed thousands of visitors during the four day event. Many enthusiastic art lovers came to the vernissage on Thursday night. At 6 p.m. the fair started with a glass of wine in the foyer of the congress hall. Many artists and galleries had been there before like the Ukranian […] The post Art International Review appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Liam Neeson talks about his life as an actor

    Véronique
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    “It is a great life” Liam Neeson was recently interviewed at the Zurich Film Festival by the film reporter and actor Ben Lyons. Who has not heard of the Irish actor Liam Neeson? Since his role as Oskar Schindler in the “Schindler’s list” (1993), the Oscar nominee does not need anymore introduction. And the 62 years old man […] The post Liam Neeson talks about his life as an actor appeared first on Vivamost!.
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  • The List: 8 Hot Tubs in Cool Places

    Joy Pecknold
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Baby, it’s getting colder outside, but that’s nothing a little hot tub can’t fix. There’s no shortage of pools and Jacuzzis to be found around the globe, but for those in search of more spectacular ones—be it en suite or under the stars—this is your list. British Columbia: Sparkling Hill Resort With an astounding 40,000-square-foot […]
  • 10 Questions: Heinrich Grafe, Conrad Tokyo

    Joy Pecknold
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for some unique insight and perspective on the hospitality industry. This week, Heinrich Grafe of the Conrad Tokyo shares some of his intel. Best hotel room at the property: The Royal Hamarikyu Suite boasts two bedrooms, living room, dining area, dressing room and […]
  • 10 Questions: Joachim Hartl, Conrad Algarve

    Joy Pecknold
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for some unique insight and perspective on the hospitality industry. This week, Joachim Hartl of the Conrad Algarve in Portugal answers our questions. Best hotel room at the property: Our 300-square-meter Roof Garden Suite with private, en suite swimming pool and retractable roof, […]
  • Photo Essay: Two days in Toronto

    Joy Pecknold
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Toronto gave us French fries, fashion, cocktails and a whole lot of gold—check out these snaps from a recent trip to Canada’s largest metropolis. First things first. When settling in to a luxury hotel for the night, I like to indulge in the finer things, mainly organic beer and French fries. Speaking of the finer […]
  • Fall Activity Guide: New York City

    Joy Pecknold
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    New York is magical year-round, but it just seems to get that much more enchanting as autumn rolls into winter and the city rolls out a bevy of special events. Herein, we round up seven that have us itching to plan a Big Apple getaway. Smorgasburg, until November 23 Saturdays at Williamsburg’s East River State […]
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  • Exploring Berlin’s Cold War History

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

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

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

    Jacy Meyer
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    We talk a lot about Croatia’s fabulous food but we can’t help it. We like food and just thinking about the freshness and flavor makes our mouths water. And now there’s a food festival dedicated to all their delicious cuisines, aptly titled the Good Food Festival. The festival is in Dubrovnik and is the first of its kind. From October 23-26, 2014 you can immerse yourself in good Croatian food via presentations of the various culinary specialties from their region; culinary workshops and of course food and wine tastings. Even better local restaurants will offer specially designed menus…
  • Berlin & Prague Celebrate Fall of Communism

    Jacy Meyer
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    2014 is the 25th anniversary of the end of communism in Central Europe. Cities across the region are marking the occasion with both onetime events and longer exhibitions. While Budapest and Warsaw commemorated their anniversaries in June, Berlin and Prague still have some celebrating to do. Berlin November 9, 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Some related events to check out now and in the coming months: Berliner Philharmoniker: Concert to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. November 6 & 9, 2014. Light Installation: Twelve kilometers…
 
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  • Review: What to expect at Blackout Haunted House in New York City (Halloween 2014)

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

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

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

    Leslie Koch
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    What kid doesn’t like dressing up for Halloween? The only thing better is dressing up on a random day, meeting up with tens of thousands of like-minded peers, and receiving dozens of compliments on your creative costume. Perhaps that is what draws so many child and teen cosplayers to NY Comic Con. That, and fanboy parents! Each year I’m impressed by the passionate boys and girls that pay tribute to their favorite comic, film, TV, anime and video game characters at NY Comic Con. Some come with parents who also dress in costume, while others roam the halls in packs of tweens. In…
  • Top 10 Trends in Womens Costumes at NY Comic Con 2014 (PHOTOS)

    Leslie Koch
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Think all the attendees of NY Comic Con look like “Comic Book Guy” from The Simpsons? Get with the program… this is 2014! The annual pop-culture convention at the Javits Center attracts plenty of women with a passion for comics, anime and video games– as well as cult films, TV shows and web series. Whether dressed as Japanese lolitas or badass warriors, women cosplayers arguably have the best costumes at NY Comic Con and certainly attract a lion’s share of attention, especially when opting for racy costumes. I love meeting and interviewing the dedicated…
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    Context Travel Blog

  • Four Greek Myths to Know Before Visiting Athens

    Natalie Holmes
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Athens is awash with ancient wonders, from theaters and temples to the mighty Acropolis. The world of  Greek mythology can be closely tied to many of these sites.  Understanding the backstory before visiting in order to get a vivid impression of their significance, sparks the imagination of children and adults alike. Here are our top four myths to prepare for a visit to Athens. Erechtheion, from the south; via Wiki Commons 1. Athena and Poseidon compete over patronage of Athens Site: Erechtheion While the East Pediment of the Parthenon depicts the dramatic moment of the birth of Athena,…
  • Rome Beyond the Historic Center

    Emily Knight
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    While we love Rome’s historic center, the city is so much more than Piazza Navona or Vatican City.  We surveyed our docents to get their insider takes on what areas of Rome are worth spreading your wings for and exploring during your next jaunt.   Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, EUR. Photo Jessica Stewart 1. EUR (Liz Brewster) EUR was conceived when Benito Mussolini decided to showcase fascist modernism with the 1942 Universal Exhibition. The exhibition was aborted after the outbreak of World War II, but the neighborhood grew up in southern Rome around the monumental axis of via…
  • Picasso’s Paris: Five of the Artist’s Paris Haunts

    Lily Heise
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    With the excitement of the Picasso Museum finally reopening after five years of lengthy and extended renovations, it’s the ideal time to reflect on the artist who undoubtedly left the biggest mark on 20th century art and also on his adopted city of Paris. For pilgrims looking to pay homage outside the revamped museum walls with the help of our modern art historians we’ve pulled together a list of five of places throughout the city intrinsically linked to the exceptional artist’s years in Paris. Le Bateau Lavoir“Of course I would start with Montmartre for the bohemian years of…
  • Practical Facts: Traveling Central Europe by Train

    Natalie Holmes
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Traveling between Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest by train is not only a wonderful way to experience the changing landscape; it’s also often more efficient than flying, when you factor in journey times to the airport and the rigmarole that accompanies air travel. We’ve put together a guide that answers your oft-asked questions about train travel in Central Europe. Amsterdam to Berlin The Dutch landscape is famously as flat as the proverbial pancake, and things don’t change much as you cross the border, though you will start to see more of the majestic wind turbines for…
  • Insider Tips for Exploring Tango in Buenos Aires

    Lily Heise
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    A great cultural fascination of Argentina is unquestionably the enigmatic world of tango. We’re thrilled to have as one of our first walks in Buenos Aires Tango, Beyond the Dance, a three hour walk which takes visitors on an insider tour of this art form. However, to supplement the walk, we’ve asked a few of our tango docents to reveal some of the secrets to embarking into tango culture in Buenos Aires on your own, here are their tips. The evenings of Buenos Aires resonate with tango. While the area of San Telmo might live and breathe tango, across the whole city there are  hundreds of…
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    Go BIG or Go Home

  • Rock City Park, Olean, NY: World’s largest exposure of quartz conglomerate

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

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

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

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

    Traci Suppa
    29 May 2014 | 9:17 am
    Colonial Williamsburg Courthouse The world’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg, has lured us to Virginia twice before. We now know two things with certainty. A) There’s not a lot of shade on a hot day. B) Despite that, there is a lot of entertaining and educational fun to be had by all ages. If you’re planning a trip this summer, there are a few highlights I would strongly recommend to maximize your experience, especially if you’re only there for one day. It’s best to have a plan of attack at a place this big — Colonial Williamsburg includes more than 400…
 
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    Perdu en Asie

  • Top 6 caves to visit in South East Asia

    bobby Dennie
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    1. Soon Doong Cave in Vietnam Soon Doong means “Mountain River Cave” and is the world’s biggest cave at an impressive size of about 9000m in length, 200m wide and 150m high. This is about twice the size of the Deer Cave in Malaysia, previously considered to be the world’s largest cave. It was first The post Top 6 caves to visit in South East Asia appeared first on Perdu en Asie.
  • The Efficient Asian Stereotype Debunked: Discrimination and Racism

    Carl T. Slater
    17 Dec 2013 | 10:24 am
    “ Me, lazy? I work like a Japanese beaver ! ” that is what our beloved Homer Simpson replied to his wife Marge after she made the remark that he was lazy at work. We laugh. We get the irony. Homer is super lazy, Japanese are super productive. Like the creators of the Simpsons, most The post The Efficient Asian Stereotype Debunked: Discrimination and Racism appeared first on Perdu en Asie.
  • Yellow Fever White men fetishes for Asian women

    Carl T. Slater
    15 Oct 2013 | 8:50 am
    From where White men fetishes for Asian women come from. Since the emergence of Asia in the mainstream pop culture , the syndrome affects one quarter of the North American and European  male population. Even big names such as John Lennon and Baseball star Pete Rose, were achieved. I’m talking about the Yellow Fever or “fetishism” The post Yellow Fever White men fetishes for Asian women appeared first on Perdu en Asie.
  • Konglor a 7km cave Khammouane province Laos

    bobby Dennie
    12 Oct 2013 | 8:01 am
      One week to take it easy in a villa in Krabi: http://www.kaleane.com/ Thailand. Good; not too expensive; experience that is fun for a group or family . Just $ 20-30 per person in low season. In the pool, the sea and many other sweet treat . We can plan a tailor made holiday at The post Konglor a 7km cave Khammouane province Laos appeared first on Perdu en Asie.
  • Sōkaiya : corruption or Japanese business solution

    bobby Dennie
    10 Oct 2013 | 8:02 am
    Summer is the season of annual shareholder meetings in Japan , which means that it is the “season” of sōkaiya . They can then see and hear especially during the boards, ” persuading ” the shareholders to approve strategies . However, they are far from being as strong- arm. In the field of business, sōkaiya The post Sōkaiya : corruption or Japanese business solution appeared first on Perdu en Asie.
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  • An insiders View from Vashisht, Himachal Pradesh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ayngelina
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    I mentioned that I’m planning big things for the site. Slowly for the last year I’ve been creating a list of resources for you when you begin to plan your trip. You see I get lots of emails. Emails asking for where to eat, where to go, what to see, where to stay. So many emails I wondered why I wasn’t sharing important details. So behind the scenes I’ve been slowly working to create resource pages for people planning a trip, it will be a new section of this site under the Resources tab up top. It’s been taking a long time to try to catalog 5 years of travel…
 
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  • Walkable cities: riding the rails from Budapest to Amsterdam

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

    Syd Schulz
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Everyone has that quirky thing that they look for when they travel — the corner cafe with little umbrellas and perfect croissants, the museum with prehistoric skulls, desert cave paintings, a lewd shot glass to add to their collection, the best pizza, etc. My thing just happens to be volcanoes. Sometimes this is inconvenient because volcanoes, despite their size, are not always easy to find. When I found out that I would be able to spend three weeks in Sicily this fall, the first thing I did was see how…
  • Love to Ski? For Free? Read on (and enter)

    Michael Hodson
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write If you enjoy spending some time on the slopes, or have considered taking up skiing or snowboarding, then I think you’re going to be very excited about this competition. I’m partnering with the team at Peak Seasons Sweepstakes to bring you a stunning skiing package that won’t just take you on one skiing vacation, but two! Both skiing vacations are for two people, and the prize package also includes all of the equipment that you will need in order to enjoy your time on the slopes. The Grand Prize…
  • Free (or nearly free) things to do on Maui

    Nat and Tim Harris
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Maui has loads of activities to keep you busy, and although it can get quite expensive, there are still plenty to enjoy for free or nearly free. We had the opportunity to spend five months there recently and, being on a strict budget, we had to seek out affordable things to do. These are some of our favorites. monkey pod tree Hui No’eau Visual Arts Centre – free Located at 2841 Baldwin Ave. between Paia and Makawao, Hui No’eau Visual Arts Centre is one of the last remaining historic properties still…
  • 5 essential tips for surviving the Everest Base Camp trek

    Guest Poster
    3 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write When I set out to tackle the Everest Base Camp trek in February 2013, I knew it would be challenging. To be certain, hiking 125km and ascending 2500m is no walk in the park. But what I didn’t know beforehand was that other aspects of the trek, rather than the trekking itself, would prove more difficult to manage. I had to quickly learn on the fly how to deal with the frustrating Nepalese infrastructure, piece together the myriad logistics of my trek in under a day, and above all: cope with the coldest…
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  • Italian Food: Gelato University in Italy

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

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

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    BC Road Trip Planner –  National Geographic Traveler For two weeks we were together on the roads of British Columbia. It was just us:  Ish, the boys and I. We landed in Vancouver and after spending a day in the city set out on a road trip that reminded me of some of the things I am most grateful for. Among them: 1. My awesome traveling crew Our “we survived Whistler mountain biking” photo. 2. How much I love a good road trip. 3. How awesome my home and native land really is. A view to remember in Blue River, BC I’ve been to British Columbia many times but this trip,…
  • Cameron Turns 10

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    There are two ways that a second child can behave in the family. Either they come in meek, secretly begrudging the kid who got their first, or they carve their path, determined to be heard, on their own terms, in their own voice. My Cameron is the latter. When he arrived, I was already mom to a 2-year old. He took all of the parenting skills I  thought I’d learned from my first and turned them on their head. He liked time outs. He wasn’t going to be subdued by Baby Einstein videos. And despite me saying not to since the day he could, he still climbs over the back of the couch.
  • Milan Graffiti Art Surprises

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Milan Graffiti Art Surprises I think the thing I liked the most about Milan was that it surprised me. I went in expecting high fashion and designers I couldn’t pronounce (seriously, “Bvlgari” is “Bul-Gahry?”) and I got some of that.The plaza around the Duomo had its fair share of Gucci, YSL, Versace and Prada and the well-dressed clientele to match. But that was just a small part of the crowds and shops I encountered. Galleria Vittorio Emanuel across from the Duomo di Milano is home to the fashionable set. In fact, most of the people peeking through the windows…
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  • Fall Fun in Hendricks County, Indiana

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

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

    Jody Halsted
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Our dining experiences were arranged in partnership with the Hendricks County CVB. I’ve yet to figure out why so many believe that dining is finer in large cities. I’ve traveled all over the US and have to be honest – some of the best restaurants I’ve eaten in are in small towns. That proved to be the case during a recent trip to Hendricks County, Indiana, where we found some of the finest restaurants near Indianapolis. Deluxe Dining in Hendricks County My favorite aspect of Midwest restaurants is their dedication to locally sourced ingredients – which you will…
  • Nobody Leaves Indy Without Visiting the Track

    Jody Halsted
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Our afternoon at Lucas Oil Raceway was arranged in partnership with the Hendricks County CVB. My age is likely showing here, but does anyone remember the movie Adventures in Babysitting? The part where the babysitter and the kids are running to get away from the car thieves and they enter a Blues club through the back door and end up on stage? And, as they try to get off stage they are blocked by a guitar and told, “Nobody leaves this place without singing the Blues.” Of course it all works out for the best. Apparently Chris is not only a dead ringer for a pin up girl, but she…
  • Enticing the Faeries at Frazee Gardens in Brownsburg, Indiana

    Jody Halsted
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Our many thanks to Frazee Gardens in Brownsburg, Indiana, for showing us how to create gardens the faeries will will love to visit! At 8 and 10 my girls still believe in faeries. Since their first encounter in Ireland when they were just toddlers, my girls find proof of the ‘little people’ nearly everywhere. It’s a belief I encourage as I think children are made to grow up and leave ‘childish things’ behind far too quickly. Besides, I still believe in faeries…. Because we spend quite a bit of time camping, the girls can often be found constructing faerie…
 
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  • Video: Five Most Irritating Habits You Do on a Plane

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    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    A flight was diverted on Monday when a passenger was allegedly found behaving inappropriately on board and then tried to open the cabin door. While such instances are rare, these five annoying plane passenger habits are not. Photo: iStock/izusek
  • Become One with Nature at Travertine Hot Springs

    Donna Sundblad
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Travertine Hot Springs, in Bridgeport, California offers an opportunity to soak in the rejuvenating waters of natural hot springs and take in an incredible view of the Eastern Sierras in the distance. Located just a short drive off the main highway, it’s a great way to become one with nature. Travertine pools bathers enjoy a […]
  • Video: The Best Airline Food

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    29 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    It’s not cheese crackers and bottled water on these flights. How about caviar, filets, surf and turf and sushi? Sign us up! Sean Dowling has the delectable details.
  • Fette Sau Serves Up Some of the Best BBQ in Brooklyn

    Donna Sundblad
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    When owners Kim and Joe Carroll found out the auto-body repair shop, Tony & Sons, planned to rent out part of its fenced-in lot and cinderblock building they knew they found the location for the Fette Sau restaurant. They took advantage of the shop’s industrial feel and furnished the wood-beamed, cement-floor interior with phonograph-horn light […]
  • Video: Top 5 Towns to Visit for Fall

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    28 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Senior Editor of Travel & Leisure Magazine, Jacqui Gifford counts down the top 5 towns to visit this Fall.
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  • The Buried Life Is Helping You To Start Crossing Things Off Your Bucket List: Here’s How

    Matt Stabile
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Eight years ago, three friends and I (The Buried Life) made a “100 Things to Do Before You Die” list and decided to help people we met cross items off their own bucket list. We borrowed an RV, bought a camera on eBay, made matching t-shirts and hit the road for a two-week road trip. Since then we have traveled the world and crossed off items from our list such as: make a TV show (#53), write a New York Times best selling book (#19), play ball with Obama (#93) and ask millions of people the question, “What do you want to do before you die?” Over the last few years,…
  • Come Visit Catalonia’s Tavascan With Your Fun Group Of Friends

    Matt Stabile
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Tavascan, in Catalonia, Spain, is a ski resort/national park where you can spend the weekend if you happen to live in nearby Barcelona and had a group of good-looking friends who dress well and prepare food much better than you can make. I’m pretty sure you can still go even if none of those things are true, but this looks like a far better way to visit, doesn’t it? I had a bagel from a street vendor this morning. [Tavascan by Álvaro Sáenz/Vimeo] By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheExpeditioner.com. You can read his writings, watch his travel…
  • Bluesmart, The World’s Smartest Luggage, Just Blew Past Its Funding Goal: Here’s Why

    Matt Stabile
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    If you’re in any way connected to the travel world and have been on social media in the last day or so, chances are you’ve come across Bluesmart, the “smart” carry-on suitcase that blew past its initial Indiegogo goal of raising $50,000 in less than a day (as of the date of this article, Bluesmart had raised about $200,000 and counting). So what makes this piece of luggage so interesting that people are willing to plunk down $295 even though they won’t be able to get their hands on it until July 2015? The reasons are plenty. The main reason people are are so…
  • 25 Free Things You Can Do In Sydney

    Matt Stabile
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    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 25 Free Things You Can Do In Sydney appeared first on TheExpeditioner Travel Site.
  • Why The Holidays Are The Best Time To Travel Out Of The Country (And To Scotland)

    Matt Stabile
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Is there any worse feeling in the world than coming up to the end of the year and realizing the number of vacation days/personal days you have left outnumbers the number of days left in the year? These are days your employer is literally paying you not to come into work and to instead enjoy life and capitalize on the very reason you spend all those days in the office in the first place. This is not something you want to treat casually. Do not make this mistake, and before it gets too late to do anything about it and you realize that you may end up spending a couple of those free days in late…
 
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  • Symptoms of Ebola When Flying

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

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

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

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

    Carol Margolis
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    So many aspects of business travel haven’t changed over the years, especially for parents. It’s heartbreaking to miss the first day of school, or a birthday or your child’s first steps. I know – I missed a lot. I so wish Skype or any of the other myriad of free or low-cost video tools had existed when my kids were younger. Instead, I thought I was state-of-the-art with my AT&T calling card! Then I advanced to having a pager and felt so much better that my kids could send me a message at any time of day or night. I still remember the feeling of being in power with…
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  • Changing of the Guard at Presidential Mansion in Athens

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Evzoni in front of Athens Presidential Mansion The Presidential Mansion is located across the street from Athens’ National Gardens, and I happened upon it at the changing of the guard. Called the Evzoni, the guard is an elite ceremonial unit drawn from the Greek Army, and members are usually identified early in the military career while in basic training. The Evzoni are responsible for guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Mansion, and…
  • Hotel Review: Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn, Yakima Valley

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn Address:  3271 Roza Drive, Zillah, Washington (Yakima Valley) Value Luxury Rating:   (out of 3 hearts) Features:  Set on a working farm in the Yakima Valley,  Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn offers overnight accommodations  in 22 foot teepees. This specialty bed and breakfast has barbeque grills, compact refrigerators, deparate super-clean and private water closets, along with an open-air shower to round out…
  • Sunday Stories for October 5th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s hard to believe that I’ll be headed off to Greece in two week. And I’m NOT READY! The first week will be busy with TBEX responsibilities, but I am taking an additional week for some personal rest and relaxation, along with discovering some new editorial content for the blog. I’ve been dithering away between going to Santorini or Mykonos, but currently it’s looking like the latter, and I’m looking forward to the slower paced,…
  • Sunday Stories for September 21, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Falls Park on the Reedy River in Greenville, South Carolina I’ve been spending a long weekend in Greenville, South Carolina, for a huge culinary and music festial called Euphoria. It’s been an amazing weekend, meeting and getting to know locals, trying some great foood, and learning about the culinary scene here in the south. This was also an opportunity for me to visit a “new” state, and this sampling of South Carolina has been interested in…
  • Postcard from Peace Center Amphitheater

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I’m in Greenville, South Carolina, for Euphoria 2014, and Friday night was Taste of the South held at th Peace Center. To accompany the great food and drink, Sixwire played in the amphitheater. A wonderful Friday night. This is a really great event and a wonderful way to kick off a weekend. If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers.       You…
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  • The Number One Bird Watching Spot in Finland

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

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

    Laurel
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    The original can be found here: The Not So Secret Success Sauce for Travel Bloggers. Please read the original.Travel bloggers are always asking other bloggers What's the secret to being a successful travel blogger? I won't pretend to have it all figured out, but I do know that face-to-face connection is a big part of the secret sauce.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Kalajoki and Maakalla: Exploring the Lesser Known Side of Finland

    Laurel
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    The original can be found here: Kalajoki and Maakalla: Exploring the Lesser Known Side of Finland. Please read the original.Kalajoki and Maakalla may not be well-known outside of Finland, but that’s what makes them so special! Admittedly, I hadn’t heard of them either until recently, but that’s what draws me in. Remote can be difficult to find in our ever connected world – especially in Europe  but that’s what I found in Maakalla. I […]Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • X ALP by Salomon: A Review

    Laurel
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    The original can be found here: X ALP by Salomon: A Review. Please read the original.A review of X ALP, a new line of outdoor gear by Salomon that I personally tested in the mountains.Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
 
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  • Easy Escapes for November

    Lyndon
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    The nights are drawing in, the trees are bare and the shops are already stocked up for Christmas. But don’t despair, we’ve found 3 gorgeous getaways to distract and delight, so hurrah for autumn; it doesn’t look so bad after all. We’ve scoured the globe for great prices, so 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… Somerset Staycation – £85 per person (2 nights, 4-6 November) Stourhead Somerset was made for autumn. Picturesque walks around Stourhead’s lake, lazy…
  • Escape of the Week… The Montpellier Chapter

    Lyndon
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We love a hotel that manages to be stylish, sleek and spoiling, while still being unpretentious and friendly. This elegant Georgian townhouse in the centre of charming spa town Cheltenham is exactly that: a welcoming bolthole of unobtrusive luxury. That’s not to say it’s not grand; by both classical and contemporary standards there has been a rigorous investment of finely tuned style and beauty. From the Eames chairs and Matthew Hilton sofas to the technological wizardry of the in-room iPods and iPad wine list, everything about The Montpellier Chapter resounds with 21st-century grandeur.
  • Top 10 Autumn Retreats

    Lyndon
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    F. Scott Fitzgerald insisted that, ‘life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall,’ and we can’t think of a better excuse to retreat from the fray than a log-fired and woolly-jumpered period of rejuvenation.  To help you escape it all, we’ve picked 10 of our favourite autumnal getaways, perfect for dropping off-grid for a brief burst of hedonistic hibernation. The Gunton Arms, near Cromer, Norfolk If you want to see the leafy autumn chorus in all its glory, you’ll have to get rural. This Norfolk pub with rooms is not only suitably secluded, but it also sits beside a…
  • Spotlight on… the Caribbean

    Emily
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Caribbean: that dreamy collection of 7,000 islands and islets located in the dazzling azure sea somewhere between North and South America. With a tremendous array of golden sands, dramatic landscapes, distinctive cultures and water sports to choose from, not to mention fabulously diverse food, you’re sure to discover your perfect island pairing here. The Pitons, St. Lucia Why go? Flying overhead, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the specks below were just that. But you’d be wrong. The Caribbean is an assortment of dreamy tropical islands, long considered the ultimate honeymoon…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Jaci’s Safari Lodges

    Lyndon
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    To call Jaci’s Safari Lodges ‘family-friendly’ would be an understatement. Not only do the lodges have free babysitters and child-friendly menus, but they also have a number of activities with kids in mind. This includes their famous ‘bumbles’ game, perfect for little explorers. It’s amongst the most child-friendly lodges in South Africa and a fantastic place to give kiddies their first experience of safaris. That said, it’s not all about the kids – the outstanding views and abundant wildlife will appeal to all the family. Rooms: The 18 rooms are split between 2 Lodges:…
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  • Are you ready to Drop Your Transient Assumptions & Follow Your Path with a Heart?

    Andrew Crusoe
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    In Life, there is a remarkable Spectrum of Experience available to you. And it’s on you to decide how you spend your time — and thusly your Life. But there’s a next step, beyond consciously choosing what you do. During my travels on Hawaii, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a fascinating flock of people from all over the spectrum: business owners, artists, wanderers, massage therapists, builders, poets, and of course, vagabonds. Each of them show me a different color of the Spectrum of Experience, and invariably I find the ones who are the most unconventional are the ones I…
  • 5 Hard-Earned Tips for Hawaii Work-Trade (& WWOOFing) that will ensure Success

    Andrew Crusoe
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    During my adventures on these Hawaiian Islands, I have witnessed some remarkably unconventional and intriguing ways of living—ways that aren’t nearly as common on Mainland USA. The single most profound difference I’ve encountered on these islands is the social agreement known as Work-Trade. Before I came here, I’d never work-traded anywhere. Heck, I don’t think I’d even heard of it before, but it turned out to be the best way for me to live cheaply on the Big Island while I wrote my 2nd book. No joke. If you’re not familiar, work-trade is a type of living situation where a…
  • To Succeed, Become Obsessed With What You Do

    Andrew Crusoe
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:01 am
    There’s been a lot of talk about how, if you do what you love, it doesn’t feel like work. From experience, I happen to think there’s some truth in this. But I don’t think it’s going far enough. If you really want to make a splash in your field, you don’t just have to do what you love, you’ve got to become, in some way, frakking obsessed with what you do. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean obsessed in an unhealthy way. But I do mean that you can’t help but keep thinking, continually, about the thing you love to do—whether that be…
  • What is the point of a Friendship if it fades?

    Andrew Crusoe
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    I’ve been asking far too few questions lately. Usually when I share something with you here, I want to give you something to be excited about, someplace you can dream to see someday. But today, as I was triaging through old files, I came across a folder on my Mac called “Friend Docs,” resulting in a cascading series of events that led me straight down Memory Lane. You see, ever since I got a new iPod, I’ve been shooting ABSURD amounts of HD video, and it’s filling up my drive faster that I anticipated. Turns out, a surprisingly large chunk of my space was also…
  • MacKenzie Park: Brown Noddy cliff birds video

    Andrew Crusoe
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Welcome back to MacKenzie Park! The “Byteful Glimpse” video series continues with a short (and hilarious) video about some other things we saw by the park cliffs (henceforth to be referred to as the Cliffs of Insanity). This one is EASILY the wackiest one yet. Share & Enjoy! Transcript: A: You keep talking about these birds, but I never see them. R: Well that’s because you’re too busy looking at your camera. Birds are flying around as we speak. A: Well, okay. Screw that. Where? R: Off the edge of the point there. Every once in a while a black bat-like face comes…
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  • Leah + Chuck's Intimate Mountain Wedding at Banner Elk Winery | NC Elopement Photography

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    By the time Casey contacted me I was already booked on their anniversary date. I was photographing a wedding that weekend, but because their schedule was flexible we were going to shoot for a session on the day after on Sunday. While I knew I'd be worn out after 16+ hours of wedding photography two days before, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be a part of his anniversary surprise!To celebrate their one year anniversary, Sarah bought Casey tickets to see a Washington Redskins game, one of his favorite teams. So, to step it up, he wanted to surprise her with an anniversary session at the…
  • Portrait Photography for Adventurous Folks | Boone & Blowing Rock, NC Area Photographer

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I had so much fun doing family portrait photography and engagement photography last year during the fall and holidays that I wanted to offer Choose Your Adventure Sessions again this season! It's not something that I can do throughout the year as often as I'd like even though I get many requests for family photos. Weddings are taking over! But, I decided to set aside some time this October and November so that I can help families, couples, and individuals create lasting memories because it's something that I truly love to do!Choose Your Adventure Sessions are for free-spirited folks who are…
  • Allyson + Younes' Destination Wedding at Westglow Mansion in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Chatter from family and friends could be heard upstairs as they began to gather in the Westglow Mansion. Allyson, the dazzling bride, stayed behind closed doors with her bridesmaids as she eagerly awaited word that, "It's time!"At 3:00 pm the ceremony proceedings had yet to begin, so I elected to go downstairs and find out where we were in the timeline. Jen, the wedding coordinator whispers, "Don't tell Allyson, but the groom hasn't arrived yet!"After hearing this development, the last thing I wanted to do was go lie to her face, but keeping a calm bride was more important! So...I sucked it…
  • Ali + JB's Blue Ridge Mountain Wedding at Grandfather Golf and Country Club | Boone NC Photographer

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    “Where could it be?!” Ali wondered. “When were you last wearing it?!” one of the bridesmaids questioned as we attempted to solve this conundrum.We were all perplexed as we retraced her steps to the ceremony site. Somewhere along the way Ali’s veil blew off and it was nowhere to be found.Since we were so clueless, I ended up looking back through the wedding pictures to see when I photographed her wearing it last. I confirmed that she had it on while making her way to the altar but it disappeared before she walked down the aisle.The mystery of the lost veil didn't last long, though,…
 
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  • 10 Best Things to Do to Enjoy Delhi’s Night Life

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    27 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    New Delhi, the capital city of India, is not a true night city. Though there are places you can visit in night to make your every night in Delhi the best one. Other than good night clubs offered by the big hotel chains like Taj, Le Meridian etc., there are other options also to hit […]Related Posts:Know more about Bars and Pubs of DubaiDiscover the Auckland night lifeEnjoy Pubs, Bars, Music & Much More in Delhi’s…New Delhi Nightlife for Locals and Tourists: An OverviewGurgoan pampers party lovers!
  • Rocking nightlife of Bangalore

    Kavitha Joseph
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    Bangalore has always carved a niche for itself for its nightlife. Bangalore is often called as the “Pub capital of India”. There are over 800 night clubs, pubs and lounges in Bangalore. The city has seen a high increase in the pub culture, post the city was named as the IT hub. The city sees […]Related Posts:Delhi’s Three Popular Unusual Nightlife HangoutsCommercial street – Undisputable shopping haven of…Cool Bangalore and its happening nightlifeGet Immersed into the Ever Exciting Nightlife of IndiaAwesome Hyderabadi nights
  • Commercial street – Undisputable shopping haven of Bangalore

    Kavitha Joseph
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Bangalore is the largest city and the capital of Karnataka. This city has undergone a huge change in the past few decades. The transformation can be owed to the, influx of people from all over India coming to the city and making Bangalore, the place of choice for their work and home. Even a visit […]Related Posts:Rocking nightlife of BangaloreA Guide to Night Shopping in Dubai – Where and What to BuyRelish Udaipur at Night – Witness the transformation of…Shopping from the street is such a treatDubai – a much adored shopping paradise
  • Delhi’s Three Popular Unusual Nightlife Hangouts

    Kavitha Joseph
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:56 am
    Delhi the capital city of India is growing in popularity for its nightlife. The natives of the city and also tourists from all over the Country and globally come to this fascinating city to experience its nightlife. The best part of Delhi is that each corner of the city portrays a different image and it […]Related Posts:Rocking nightlife of BangaloreEnjoy Pubs, Bars, Music & Much More in Delhi’s…New Delhi Nightlife for Locals and Tourists: An Overview10 Best Things to Do to Enjoy Delhi’s Night LifeNightclubs that Make Delhi an Exclusive Party Destination
  • The importance of purchasing travel insurance

    Kavitha Joseph
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:34 am
    The travelling bug has caught all of us and we love travelling. As the travelling season is nearing and many families are planning trips to different parts of the world, it is imperative to know how important travel insurance is. Many of the travelers take travel insurance lightly and do not discuss about travel insurance […]Related Posts:Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance before Any HolidayBe safe, and have a hassle free trip, to EuropeTen Valuable Tips That Can Make the Foreign Trip EasierIs travelling a new fad ?5 Amazing Tips for First Time Travelers
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  • Trapped in the Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg

    Jack
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    I’m not surprised to discover the Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg was once used as a prison. We’ve not been thrown into dungeons or anything quite as drastic as that, but we cannot find the way out. We’re trapped. No need for chains and bars here. It’s ridiculous. This is a monster of a fortress, the largest 11th century fortress in Europe. I expect to see huge castle gates. You think we’d be able to find the way out easily. The way in was easy enough, via the funicular which has been in existence in one form or another for half a millennium. It’s an…
  • Ten Scenes of Lisbon After Dark

    Jack
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    I love cities after dark, like Jekyll becoming Hyde they take on a new personality. The darkness prods our primeval fears, adding a sense of adventure and danger (often imagined, sometimes real) to exploring the shadows. You never know what you will find… or what will find you when you venture out after dark. Lisbon is as fascinating and enchanting a city when night falls as it is during the hours of light; from the raw energy of Bairro Alto to the elegance of its squares and the secrets of mysterious alleys. Street Life There’s something West Side Story about some of these old…
  • Review of Hotel Inspira Santa Marta in Lisbon

    Andy
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Rua de Santa Marta 48, Lisbon Strolling the Avenida da Liberdade after staying in uptown (literally) Barrio Alto for four nights, we felt as if we’d found another Lisbon, a different Lisbon. This one had replaced second hand and alternative clothing shops with Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton and Prada outlets; swapped narrow, near-vertical streets with trams trundling up and down their centre with a tree-lined avenue the size of Champs Elysée, and substituted old ladies eating pastries in pastelerias and hedonists drinking in the streets, with Gucci wearing shoppers and suit-clad…
  • Travel Moments, Manchester United on the Yangtse

    Jack
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    “I wonder if anywhere will be showing the Manchester United Champions League match tonight?” I pondered out loud as our riverboat made the final adjustments to moor against a floating jetty linked to the bank by a thin, slippery metal walkway resting on a series of pontoons. “That’s the trouble with you Manchester United fans,” the Irish dentist standing behind me scoffed. “You think everyone is interested in Manchester United. They’re not. This is the Yangtse. Nobody has heard of Manchester United here.” The riverboat secured, we shuffled off the old boat single file,…
  • The Mysterious Life of a Volcanic Village on El Hierro

    Jack
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    There’s something about the village that niggles; something not quite right. It feels like there are pieces of the jigsaw missing. Probably, like so many things connected with the Canary Islands, forgotten about during the passage of the centuries. The village, now an Eco Museum and sanctuary for some of El Hierro’s giant lizard population, lies in the Valle de Golfo at the foot of an overbearing cliff face that looks as though it could turn malevolent on a whim. A village hewn from the volcanic rock that surrounds it; so seamlessly integrated with its surroundings that landscape…
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • The Whiteface Lodge – Lake Placid, NY

    gaytravelinformation
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The Whiteface Lodge / 7 Whiteface Inn Lane / Lake Placid, NY 12946 / 1-800-903-4045 I have found the most magical, enchanting resort in the Northeast. A resort designed as a return to the Adirondack Great Camp, nestled in the woodlands surrounding Lake Placid, New York.  There is something to be said about atmosphere and … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Hotel | The Betsy – Miami Beach, FL

    gaytravelinformation
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:04 pm
    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 … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Hotel | Ashworth By The Sea – Hampton Beach, NH

    gaytravelinformation
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Ashworth By The Sea | 295 Ocean Boulevard | Hampton, NH 03842 | 1-603-926-6762 This past summer my wife Jennifer and I had the pleasure of staying at the only full-service oceanfront hotel in Hampton Beach — Ashworth By The Sea. Ashworth By The Sea was built in 1912 as one of the first hotels on … Continue reading →
  • 21c Museum Hotels – Gay Friendly Hotel Spotlight

    gaytravelinformation
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    21c Museum Hotels – Redefining The Art of Modern Southern Hospitality.  21c Museum Hotels was born out of the desire to integrate contemporary art into everyday life. To redefine the art of modern Southern Hospitality. Launched in downtown Louisville, Kentucky in 2006, 21 Museum Hotels has since expanded to Cincinnati, Ohio and Bentonville, Arkansas, The Durham, North Carolina.location will … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Halloween Attractions

    gaytravelinformation
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Gay Travel Blog | Gay Travel | Gay Travel Reviews | Gay Travel Agency | Gay Travel Agent | Halloween in New England | Haunted Houses  Starting the end of September, when the temps cool, leaves change colors and sweaters resurface, we here at Gay Travel Information have one thing on our mind — HALLOWEEN. We are … Continue reading →
 
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  • What We're Reading This Week: Schoolhouses, Cruise Food, Dog Costumes

    news@fodors.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you appreciate practical, locally designed buildings that convey a sense of history and place, don't miss Nate Schweber's "Small Wonders" in Historic Preservation magazine. It examines the role one-room schoolhouses played—and still play, in some cases—in rural Montana's far-flung towns. The ability of different communities to adapt these varied, still-meaningful structures resonated with me: when preserving history brings people together, it's good for everyone. —Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director One of this week's highlights for me was Helen…
  • Where to Eat and Drink in London Now

    news@fodors.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Home to more than 13 million inhabitants, 300 languages, and 65 Michelin-starred restaurants, London has never had a shortage of adventurous culinary offerings. But with a recent advent of restaurants and bars that span cuisines, neighborhoods, and mixology methods, there’s now more reason than ever to plan a food- and drink-focused field trip across the pond. Here are eight spots to eat and sip well in London now. Lyle’s East London continues to gain culinary prowess with the opening of Lyle’s, which debuted in the city’s perennially hip Shoreditch quarters…
  • 10 New Hotels for Your Next NYC Stay

    news@fodors.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s a hot time for New York City hotels, with glitzy, high-rent Midtown addresses and hip downtown locales among the properties in the city's latest crop. Ambitious openings range from facelifts of historic building to the unveiling of highly anticipated, classic-brand debuts. At these spots, you almost never need to leave thanks the impressive range of high-end amenities, on-site eateries helmed by veteran restaurant groups and chefs, and bars with creative, handcrafted cocktails. Want to relax away from the urban jungle? Most of our picks have stunning, lavish spas with a range…
  • How to Claim Compensation for Delayed Flights in Europe

    news@fodors.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you've ever had your travel plans disrupted by a flight delayed by three hours or more, you know just how much of a headache it causes. It's possible for a passenger in this situation to seek compensation for such a delay, but airlines have historically argued with passengers about whether the flight's actual arrival time is when the wheels hit the ground, or when the aircraft doors open. The European Court of Justice recently cleared up this dispute, ruling that a flight's actual arrival time is, in fact, defined by the time when at least one aircraft door is open. This…
  • Travel Quote of the Week: On Adventure

    news@fodors.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Who doesn't love an inspiring travel quote? (As if we need any more reason to hit the road.) Like what you see here? There are plenty more travel quotes where this came from. Check us out on Pinterest. And tell us what you thought of this quote on Twitter or Facebook.
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  • Egg Laying Ninja Turtles from Costa Rica to Queensland

    Iain
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    IainIainMallory It’s often surprising how one special moment can instantly transport anybody involved to another time, and place where a similar, related experience occurred. Recently, on a beach in Costa Rica, I found myself thinking of a morning in Queensland, snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. Sat in almost total darkness on a beach at Tortuguera, […] The post Egg Laying Ninja Turtles from Costa Rica to Queensland appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Monkey Business in Costa Rica

    Iain
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    IainIainMallory The rainforests of Costa Rica, swarm with exciting animals, noisy, but often elusive birdlife, crawling insects, lazy swamp caiman, dozens of species of monkeys, and even the fabulous jaguar. It was one of the things which appealed to me most when visiting the country, exploring the forests in the clouds. “best impression of an excited […] The post Monkey Business in Costa Rica appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Google Nexus 5, Smartphone Photography

    Iain
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    IainIainMallory Guest post by Alison Bailey There is no doubt about it, mobile phones just keep getting smarter, and smarter, and the included cameras better. So is it time to leave the big guns behind, and travel light? The opportunity recently arose to put a Google Nexus 5 smartphone to the test against my professional Nikon kit […] The post Google Nexus 5, Smartphone Photography appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Browsing the Markets in the Aveyron, France

    Iain
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    IainIainMallory An autumnal mist was stubbornly hanging around as our group browsed the colourful market stalls of Villefrance-de-Rouergue, in the Aveyron region of France. It obscured the high spire at the top of the Church of Notre Dame, and even swirled just above the canopies of several of the stalls. The markets take place on Thursdays, […] The post Browsing the Markets in the Aveyron, France appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Wildlife Watching in Alutaguse, Estonia

    Iain
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    IainIainMallory “Sssshush” was the swift, and abrupt rebuke in reply to my slightly too enthusiastic “Hi”, as the door to the hide opened. They take wildlife watching seriously in Alutaguse, Estonia. Dusk was rapidly descending outside the shelter, and the other ‘watchers’ were already quietly staring out towards the clearing. All were hoping for a glimpse of […] The post Wildlife Watching in Alutaguse, Estonia appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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    FareCompare » Travel Advice

  • Standby Flights: How Does Flying Standby Work and How Much Does It Cost

    FareCompare
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Flying standby used to mean buying a cheap ticket for the next flight with empty seats. But today, standby generally means you have purchased a ticket already, but want to get on an earlier flight, or you have missed your flight and want to catch a later one. Here’s what FareCompare readers need to know about standby policies of airlines in the U.S. AirTran AirTran offers two options for making changes the same day of the flight. A customer may fly standby for another flight to the same destination at no charge. For ticketed passengers who want an earlier flight, Airtran charges $50 per…
  • Cheapest Days to Fly and Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets

    Rick Seaney
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Editor’s note: We updated this popular post as of Oct. 3, 2014 with new and easy-to-use information. One thing hasn’t changed, though – it’ll still help you save money every time you shop for airfare. LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney with more way to find the best deals. How to Get Cheap Flights We get it. You’re busy and your time is valuable. When you want airline tickets, you want the best comparison shopping site and you want to find the cheapest flights quickly and easily. These tips will help you do just that. What are the Cheapest Days to Fly Cheapest…
  • How to Find Cheap Flights When Your Flight Dates are Flexible

    FareCompare
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Editor’s note: We updated this popular post as of Sept. 29, 2014 and loaded it with fresh information and useful tips. One thing hasn’t changed, though – it’ll still help you find the cheapest airfare deals available. Flexibility is a wonderful thing – especially when it comes to travel. The more flexible you can be, the more you’ll save. [Check out the video below] LISTEN: More great tips from ace expert Rick Seaney. See the latest airline sales on the Deals Blog Flexibility Savings: Shopping and Flying Follow these six rules to find cheaper airline…
  • 5 Reasons to Take a Connecting Flight over a Non-Stop

    Anne McDermott
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Next time you shop at FareCompare, try this: Once you see the fares to your destination, be sure to look at the upper left of the FareCompare page where it says “Stops.” A quick glance will show how  connecting flights can often save you money. LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney has a bonus reason and it’s a good one. 5 Reasons to Fly with Connections 1. It’s cheaper Let’s be clear: Connecting flights are usually cheaper than non-stops, often significantly cheaper but not always. Some quick examples for routes we priced for October flights. Los Angeles –…
  • Simple Guide to When to Pack and When to Leave for the Airport

    Anne McDermott
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    This is all about what to pack and when, and timing your departure so you won’t be late and miss your flight. The author swears these four steps are really simple. Step One: Figure out what to wear, what to carry The day before departure, lay out clothes you’ll travel in: Include everything – shoes and socks, underwear, belt, scarf, whatever The day before departure, lay out items to hold or have on your person: Umbrella Jacket Book and/or electronic device Paper boarding passes and printout of itinerary Passport and/or visa Wallet Glasses Phone and charger cord Snacks…
 
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  • ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS: St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

    Darryl Musick
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Our ratings are...Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.Here's St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands...Christiansted National Historic Site - Partially Accessible. The grounds, the old weighing house (scale) and…
  • "You Beer Swilling Pig!"...and Other Island Stories: St. Croix, Part 5

    Darryl Musick
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Previously on The World on Wheels:St. Croix - Part 1St. Croix - Part 2St. Croix - Part 3St. Croix - Part 4History, swine, and hospitality are on today’s agenda in St. Croix.Even though we put on copious amounts of sunscreen yesterday, we’re still a bit past done on our tans. Feeling the effects of our burns, plus the beginning of the itching from last night’s bug bites (the hotel puts a couple of cans of bug repellent in each room – use it), we commiserate over another bountiful breakfast before heading out for the day’s exploration.While the eastern end of the island…
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: A Drinking Tour of St. Croix

    Darryl Musick
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    On location in St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, join us for a drinking tour of the island. In the video below, we visit one of the island's legendary rum distilleries.Watch the Video!While Cruzan is the traditional St. Croix rum, it's facilities are old and inaccessible to wheelchairs. Fortunately, Captain Morgan rums relocated here a year ago and their brand new, state-of-the-art distillery is.We also turn into a bunch of posers as we learn the official Captain Morgan pose.Next, it's on to frozen banana daiquiris at the Mt. Pellier Domino Club, more famous for the residents that…
  • Far Flung Points, Posers, and All the Beaches Inbetween - St. Croix, Part 4

    Darryl Musick
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    “I have a challenge for you,” I tell the concierge. “We’d like to take a snorkel trip to Buck Island but we haven’t been able to find a boat willing to take the wheelchair.”“Challenge accepted,” she tells us. While she goes off to find that tour, we’re off to find the sunrise.  No, we’re not actually getting up at the crack of dawn, we’re just driving to the end of the island.Watch The Video!Point Udall is the eastern end of the island.  It’s also the eastern-most point of the United States.It’s still hard to wrap our heads around that this is still our…
  • ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS: London, England

    Darryl Musick
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Our ratings are...Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.Here's London, England...Tower of London - Partially Accessible. You will get to see just about everything except the original inner tower. The…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • My Favorite Places To Eat In Southeast Portland

    Hye Sung
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    There is a lot I enjoy about Portland, Oregon. I love how it feels like a big town. You see people you know often throughout the city but you are also constantly meeting new people. It is so easy to navigate and the transportation system is incredible in how frequent the rides are and in its accessibility. Little businesses thrive here, and people love things local. But what I really, really love is how much food there is. If you know me, you will know that food is my ‘love language‘. The purest way of showing love to me is by putting a bowl of Thai red curry before me. Some…
  • My Itinerant Self

    Joshua Goldstein
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Hello readers of the world! My name is Josh Goldstein and I am a senior in high school. I currently reside in New Jersey, but throughout my life, I have been to many places throughout the United States and the world! In other words, I am a big fan of traveling to different places. While tourism is the largest industry in the world, traveling to and touring places allows one to see how much time, money and effort is put into tourism. I, myself, have been to at least 15 US states, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and as far away as China! As a young boy traveling there for the first time, I was…
  • The Little Things I Miss About Michigan

    Hye Sung
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I lived in Michigan for about two years and have spent time in West Michigan, Northern Michigan, and the Detroit Metro area, so I feel like I have a fairly thorough understanding of this state–despite my lack of experience in the Upper Peninsula. This oddly-shaped state is charming, and I always manage to get teary-eyed at the ‘Pure Michigan’ commercials and advertisements. There is much to love about this state, but here are a few things I miss about this beautiful state. Michigan’s own ginger ale Saying ‘pop’ instead of ‘soda’. I know this…
  • Pumpkins and More At Local NYC Area Farms This Fall

    Pauline
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    This is a beautiful time of year. With the leaves changing from green to red, yellow, and orange, the weather becoming cooler, and the many pumpkins, apples, and other fruits and vegetables available and in season, fall is a great time to hit the road and experience the best of New York and New Jersey farms. There are many locations to choose from, but the following may just be the best of the bunch. New York Stuart’s Fruit Farm in Westchester County promotes the fact that visitors can pick their pumpkins of choice directly from their vines. The best pumpkin picking experiences require…
  • Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

    Briza
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Oh, how I love San Francisco! Recently I went to an amazing park called Golden Gate Park. The playground is seriously beautiful! As soon as I saw it, I wanted to go down the slide with all of the five year olds. Is that weird? I mean just look at it!     I haven’t even gotten to the best part:   I don’t know why I’ve never seen these in other parks! You see how all of those kids have cardboard, that is key to not RIPPING YOUR PANTS!  These little five year olds outsmarted us, I did have a hole afterwards…  I won’t tell you where… Right next…
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  • We’re Hiring. Work With Us and Our Awesome Customers.

    Fred Perrotta
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Do you love to travel and, more importantly, talk about travel? Have you ever helped someone else plan a trip? Are you the go-to source of travel info for your friends? Then we want you to join our team as a Concierge. You’ll help fellow travelers choose the right gear and ensure they have a great trip. But first, a bit of information about us. Why Tortuga Backpacks? We are a small, fast-growing company that’s just starting to hit its stride. We had the idea for Tortuga on a backpacking trip in 2009. After experiencing the shortcomings of travel backpacks first hand, we’ve been obsessed…
  • The Road to Location Independence: How to Find Remote Jobs

    Fred Perrotta
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    For those of us running our own online businesses, like Tortuga Backpacks, location independence is (relatively) easy. With my laptop and a WiFi connection, I’ve worked from London for a month, taken a workcation to Mexico, and am now headed back in Guangzhou, China for two weeks. Even if you wouldn’t use your freedom to travel constantly, having the option to travel when and for how long you want to is empowering. What if you don’t own a business? What if your employer doesn’t allow for remote work? We’re here to help. You can find plenty of information online about finding work at…
  • What to Leave in Your Bag and Never Unpack

    Fred Perrotta
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Ever heard of a bug out bag? Or a go bag? As defined by Wikipedia: A bug-out bag is a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster. But out bags are popular with disaster response personnel, survivalists, and those anticipating a zombie apocalypse. What does a bug out bag have to do with travel? This list doesn’t resemble a packing list. Fleeing from a natural disaster doesn’t sound like a fun trip. Eating MREs doesn’t qualify as a culinary experience. You may not need a small bag packed in case of…
  • How to Build a Travel Capsule Wardrobe

    Fred Perrotta
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Steve Jobs wore his trademark black turtleneck. President Obama keeps his wardrobe simple to avoid decision fatigue. “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” he said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” Forbes even made a list of celebrities who always dress the same. What can we learn from the idiosyncrasies of the rich and famous? You don’t want a closet with dozens of the same outfit. You aren’t Superman. We can…
  • The Tortuga Air is Now Available for Pre-Sale

    Fred Perrotta
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Everything I needed for the weekend was packed in my Tortuga, but I still had room left over. Of course I ended up filling up that room with more stuff. Not because I needed it but because I could. Have you ever left for a trip with lots of unused space in your backpack? Neither have I. Constraints are helpful when packing. Otherwise, you’ll pack based on how much space you have, not how much stuff you need. For longer trips, using a carry-on-sized bag is a good way limit how much you bring. Packing carry-on-only is a big adjustment for most people. But not every trip is a multi-week,…
 
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    Panoramic Earth

  • Torre dei Corsari (sardinia)

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    Torre dei Corsari - sardinia visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Torre dei Corsari' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Sardinia.Panorama photographed by Jacques Rochet who wrote:Torre dei Corsari...
  • Capo San Marco (sardinia)

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    Capo San Marco - sardinia visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Capo San Marco' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Sardinia.Panorama photographed by Jacques Rochet who wrote:Capo San Marco in the peninsula of Sinis, Sardinia....
  • San Salvatore, Sardinia (San Salvatore)

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    San Salvatore, Sardinia - San Salvatore visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'San Salvatore, Sardinia' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Sardinia.Panorama photographed by Jacques Rochet who wrote:In San Salvatore, Sardinia....
  • Picnic Area on Kennet River (Great Ocean Road)

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Picnic Area on Kennet River - Great Ocean Road visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Picnic Area on Kennet River' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of Kennet River at the picnic area of the township named Kennet River on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Kennet River is approximately 174 kilometres south-west of Melbourne. The township has a small permanent population which multiplies during holiday periods due the influx of tourists coming for…
  • Bay of Islands (Great Ocean Road)

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Bay of Islands - Great Ocean Road visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Bay of Islands' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.Panorama photographed by Peter Watts who wrote:This panorama shows the view over the Bay of Islands on the Great Ocean Road from one of the viewing platforms. It is not possible to descend the cliffs to the shore here. The Bay of Islands is very dramatic and rugged. The Google satellite's image resolution was not good enough here to place the location precisely.
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  • Disney Parks After Dark: A Mystic Manor Haunts Tokyo DisneySea

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image was snapped by Photographer Tom Bricker of an eerie attraction at Tokyo DisneySea – Mystic Manor. Gallery Disney Parks After Dark view all No doubt one of the more popular attractions during the Halloween time of year, the storyline of the attraction is this: The manor is Lord Henry’s stately Victorian mansion and private museum, which showcases his unique menagerie of fine art and antiquities. Open to guests, families can tour his home by boarding the “Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriage” – a device of his own invention – and…
  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Announces First-Ever Disney Ambassador

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is a Hawaiian experience with that touch of Disney magic that makes your island vacation unforgettable. Today?s exciting news highlights that touch of Disney magic here in paradise. For the first time in history, Aulani will have a Disney Ambassador to represent our Disney resort and engage our guests, cast and communities. For those of you who may not know the role of a Disney Ambassador, the tradition dates back to 1965 when Walt Disney first selected a cast member to serve as the official spokesperson and representative at Disneyland park. Janelle…
  • Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – November 2014

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    November is bustling with events at Walt Disney World Resort, take a look! Have you taken part in this year’s 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival? There’s still time. Here are a few special guest appearances you won’t want to miss. Learn more. Festival Center – William Silvers (Nov. 1) Art of Disney – Tim Rogerson (Nov. 7 – 9) Heritage Manor Gifts, American Adventure Pavilion – The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Nov. November 1 – 2: Be among the first to get Disney Infinity 2.0 during our special launch event at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney…
  • Sailing with Teens and Tweens with Disney Cruise Line

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    How old was your “baby” when you first heard, “Mom, I’m not a kid anymore!” Chances are, if you have a teen or tween, this line is one you’ve heard a time or two. We know that your “little ones” may not be so little anymore, which is why we’re focused on making a Disney cruise a super cool experience for everyone in your family – even for those who may seem harder to impress these days! Dolly from the Disney Parks Moms Panel has both a teen and tween, so she can certainly relate to parents of 11- to 17-year-olds. In the video I’m sharing today, host Danielle Bellini…
  • Halloween Tricks (and Treats) with an Optical Illusion Inspired by The Haunted Mansion

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Inside the Haunted Mansion, anything can happen. As things go bump in the night, your eyes also play tricks on you. “Is this haunted room actually stretching?” In 2011, we debuted a Haunted Mansion-themed optical illusion that featured our phantom friends, The Hitchhiking Ghosts. This year, we’re back with another Halloween treat (and a trick) for fans of the classic attraction. A haunted hallway with a floating candelabra serves as the inspiration for this apparitional optical illusion. All of the trickery was done without the use of any video special effects. At the end of the short…
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  • Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals. Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be…
  • 2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote!

    Peter Slutsky
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm…
  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
 
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  • 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo

    Eunice Khong
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Enter the world of Doraemon and friends! The 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo is just across the border in Johor Bahru. From now till 4th Jan 2015, Doraemon fans can relive the fascinating memories of childhood with the blue robot cat at Johor Bahru City Square. Themed ‘Everyone wants a Doraemon!’, the Expo showcases the […]
  • ‘A Glorious Decade’ @ Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The weekend staycation at Pan Pacific Singapore was well spent with great company and indulging on quality food. As fans of Cantonese cuisine, we had a sumptuous lunch at Hai Tien Lo (海天楼). The award-winning restaurant serves exquisite dim sum, Peking duck, traditional braised dishes, double boiled soups as well as contemporary dishes such as […]
  • Travel with Visa card

    Eunice Khong
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Planning for a trip to Myanmar, Vietnam or Laos? Nowadays, travellers can conveniently withdraw local currency from ATMs with their Visa cards and secure card payments at major outlets such as hotels, retailers and dining establishments in these countries. Gone were the days when visitors had to bring in stacks of cash while travelling in […]
  • Staycation @ Pan Pacific Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    When it comes to staycation, there is a nice selection of hotels to luxuriate in, get pampered with 5-star services and satiate the appetite with culinary delights by celebrity chefs. It’s purely rest and relaxation for a short retreat without the hassle of crossing borders. That’s why these days the lazy traveller in me enjoys […]
  • Holiday to Xi’an with Tigerair

    Eunice Khong
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    Recently launched on 15 May, Tigerair is the only direct flight from Singapore to Xi’an, home to the terracotta warrior army, the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. With a rich historical heritage, Xi’an is an important cultural, industrial and educational hub in the central-northwestern part of China. Operating 3 times weekly, the 5.5 hour Tigerair […]
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  • The Best of California's Theme Parks

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    Whether you're a die hard theme park fanatic, or a real cynic, it's hard to resist a trip to a theme park when you're visiting California. With the right attitude and a sense of fun, even the most reluctant visitors can have an enjoyable day out. Prepare for hot sun, high prices and long queues and leave your cynicism at the door and we guarantee you will end the day with a smile on your face. Here is our low down of the best of the theme parks on offer.  1) Disneyland The original Disney theme park has been drawing crowds since it first opened it's doors in 1955. Now officially known as…
  • Hitting the Beach in California

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    For many, a holiday is simply not complete without some serious beach time. With more than 1,100 miles of stunning coastline and a fantastic climate, California has plenty to offer beach lovers, from wild and secluded surf spots to sunbathing amongst celebrities near LA. As a general rule, the further north you go along the coast, the beaches become quieter and wilder, with some stunning landscape to complement the shore. (Of course beach towns and cities form an exception to this rule.) In a complete generalisation, it would be fair to say that people watchers & sun-bathers should aim…
  • Letting off some steam in Blyde Canyon

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Even when she very young, my middle daughter was always on the move. While her older sister could sit happily for hours colouring in and drawing, Milly needed action, preferably outdoors. From the moment she was mobile, she would crawl over to the front door and wait for someone to open it so she could head for the great outdoors.  So when I decided to bring her with me on a recent trip to South Africa, I was intrigued (and slightly nervous) about how she would cope with sitting on game drives for hours at a time with no outlet for her energy.   In reality, the short answer to that…
  • Highlights of Africa - The Five Best Safaris for Families

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    For us, the best safari is not just about seeing the big five. Experiencing the wilderness, spending a night out fly camping under the stars, getting out of the 4WD and exploring on foot or horseback, spending some laid back time with the Masai practising with spears and making bows and arrows, these are the things that bring your safari alive. And not just that, they give you a sense of Africa that you will never get if all you ever see is the inside of a 4WD and luxurious camp. In our experience children love game drives initially, but depending on the child, their enthusiasm will start to…
  • Relaxing at Lake Tahoe

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    I had heard of Lake Tahoe as a winter sports destination, but when a friend of mine suggested it as an idea for some summer r & r with some watersports thrown in, I was a little surprised. Home to the 1960 winter olympics, it is well-known as a mecca for skiers and snow boarders, but I was rather sceptical about the idea of spending some relaxation time on the beach of a lake. However, I have always secretly fancied giving stand up paddle boarding a go, so decided to head over and try it out for myself. The lake itself is huge. At it's widest point it measures 19km and it is 35km long and…
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  • Travel Resources for Slow Food, Wine and Stays in Italy

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

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

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

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

    robin
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    When I traveled to Alberobello in Puglia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I was immediately enchanted by trulli that are scattered all over town.  Trulli (plural of trullo) are little stone houses with unique conical roofs.  They are tiny, white and look like they were plucked straight from a fairytale. Havens for Hobbits.  Lairs of Lilliputians. And it just so happens, you could also stay in a trullo. From the top of the old town, you can see the jumble of trulli rooftops Though they are similar, they aren’t identical.  I enjoyed strolling through town, admiring each one. Some are…
 
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  • Selected Antarctica Cruises 35% Off via “Walk-on Rate” Special

    Joseph Olson
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Considering a trip to Antarctica, South Georgia or the Falkland Islands? Now is your chance to book these remote and pristine locations, and save some money too! We have a select number of sailings on offer for up to 35% off. But don’t wait too long, as the first departures shove off the 6th of November. Deal #1 […] The post Selected Antarctica Cruises 35% Off via “Walk-on Rate” Special appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • 5 Star Brazil – Pousada Casas Brancas in Búzios

    Joseph Olson
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    What does ‘5 Star’ luxury look like on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro? Look no further than the Pousada Casas Brancas in beautiful Búzios, Brazil. This elegant little boutique hotel sits on a hill overlooking the picturesque bay. Defined by its gleaming white exterior and charming Mediterranean style architecture, the “white houses” combine a relaxed atmosphere […] The post 5 Star Brazil – Pousada Casas Brancas in Búzios appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Surfing South America: Where to Go for the Ultimate Waves

    Joseph Olson
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Surfing is one of the most popular oceanic sports in the world. The continent of South America features thousands of miles of coastline with picturesque beaches that receive waves from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Add in the ideal climate that most of the continent enjoys for a majority of the year and all the ingredients are there for ideal surfing conditions. Join us […] The post Surfing South America: Where to Go for the Ultimate Waves appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • TrustPilot Reviews Offer Independent Analysis for Prospective South America Travelers

    Joseph Olson
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    If you’re reading this then chances are you’ve already spent some time researching a trip to South America. You’re likely well aware of the many online sources of information, reviews and tour planning tools available to the consumer. But while many travel enthusiasts are familiar with websites like Trip Advisor and Wikitravel, fewer have typically heard of the […] The post TrustPilot Reviews Offer Independent Analysis for Prospective South America Travelers appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Lord of Miracles Festival in Lima Each October

    Joseph Olson
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The Lord of Miracles festival (Señor de los Milagros de Nazarenas) takes places each October in Lima, Peru, leaving the city awash in purple and drawing an audience from across the continent. The festival runs October 18-28 with the main event days being the 18th, 19th and 28th. Those are the days that large portions of […] The post Lord of Miracles Festival in Lima Each October appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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  • Mesa Verde National Park

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Mesa Verde National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site Mesa Verde National Park is located in southwest Montezuma County, Colorado in United States. It is one of the largest archaeological preserve which has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.It was named as the `Number One Historic Monument in the World by Conde Nast Traveler and National Geographic magazine called it`one of the 50 Places to visit in a lifetime’. Its canyons were created by erosion from the receding ancient oceans as well as waterways resulting in Mesa Verde National Park elevations that ranged from around…
  • Benefits Of A Cabin

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    A cabin in the woods probably doesn't seem like much of a vacation, but when you spend time with a large group, you will find that there are several benefits of staying in a cabin. There are many to choose from, and when looking at our cabins, you will find that there are various sizes as well as amenities that are offered.The cost of the vacation is often lower when you stay in a cabin, especially with a large group. Each person can split the cost, or you can divide the cost up by family if there are a few families staying together. It is usually less than staying at a hotel for a few days,…
  • Tours of San Antonio

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    There are a lot of things to see and do in San Antonio. Visitors to this south Texas city who are having a hard time deciding what to see can take a guided tour. Inside San Antonio Tours is one of the companies in San Antonio that offers these tours.This company offers small group tours with no more than 14 people. The small size of the group makes it easy for curious tourists to ask the tour guide questions about the attractions they see.Orientation tours and highlight tours are available. The orientation tours leave from downtown hotels at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Travelers who take…
  • Robben Island, South Africa

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Robben Island – `Seal Island’Robben Island is located in South Africa’s Table Bay which is around 4.5 miles from Cape Town’s beaches. The name is Dutch for `seal island’ and Robben Island is roughly oval in shape measuring around 3.3 km long north-south, 1.9 km wide having an area of 5.07 km.The island is composed of Precambrian metamorphic rocks which belong to the Malmesbury group. It is flat and a few metres above sea level due to the outcome of ancient erosions. This island is well known for the fact that Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was…
  • Centre Pompidou

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    Centre Pompidou – Complex Building-High Tech ArchitectureCentre Pompidou which is also known as Centre Georges Pompidou is a complex building in Beauborg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris which is near Les Halles, rue Montorgueil and the Marais. The Centre Pompidou has delighted and amazed many visitors since it was opened in 1977 not for its outstanding collection of modern art, the largest in Europe but for its radical architectural statement.It had been designed in accordance with the style of high tech architecture by a team of architectures comprising of Richard Rogers and Renzo…
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  • Things To Do in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Gareth
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    São Paulo, Brazil is the largest city in South America and known for its incredible food, buzzing nightlife and never-ending high-rises. As I said in the video, I was completely overwhelmed when I arrived in the big Brazilian metropolis, so I enrolled a few of the 11 million plus inhabitants for some help. Here is the advice and recommendations they gave me in regards to things to do in Sao Paulo… Things to do in Sao Paulo (including closest metro stops): Veloco restaurant for delicious coxinhas, one of the best Brazilian foods! Breakfast in Padoca – Pao na Chapa / Pao na chapa com…
  • Travel Deeper Brazil: Best Beaches in Florianopolis

    Gareth
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Let me take you on a journey across an island with over 4o beaches, as I spend a long weekend tracking down the very best. Florianopolis (or Floripa as it’s known) is a large island and capital of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina in Southern Brazil. It’s a very popular spot for Brazilian holidays and summer and it’s also one of the most famous places in Brazil to surf. Thanks to the help of some local friends, I rented a car and traversed the island over the course of 24 hours, experiencing all the best beaches in Florianopolis. Here are the best beaches I visited as…
  • Salvador Brazil in Photos

    Gareth
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Traveling to Salvador, Brazil was a once in a lifetime experience that gave me the opportunity to see and experience a different side of Brazilian culture and history. I ate, I explored and I took a lot of photos of Salvador in the process. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from a week in the Northeastern city of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. To get a behind the scenes look at the sites and sounds, including all the street food, capoeira lessons and late night Forró dancing, check out the first episode of “Travel Deeper Brazil” from Salvador, Brazil. Flying into Salvador, you can…
  • Travel Deeper Brazil: Salvador Bahia

    Gareth
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Salvador is the cultural capital of Northeastern Brazil and heart of Afro-Brazilian heritage. Like the wrinkles that shape an old man’s smile, the city is an incredible blend of beauty, history and grittiness. I had the opportunity to spend a few days exploring Salvador with a local friend, and absolutely loved it’s character and diversity. The above video is the first in a new series called “Travel Deeper Brazil.” I plan on uploading a new video every week on the T2T YouTube Channel that highlights my Brazilian adventures over the past eight months of living and traveling in Brazil.
  • Rio de Janeiro in Motion

    Gareth
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Rio de Janeiro is such an amazingly photogenic city that I decided to change things up and try my hand at a little tilt-shift video I call “Rio in Motion.” Over the course of the past eight months of living in Rio, I’ve gathered these shots from all over the city by hiking, climbing and talking my way into good lookout spots above the action. This is the result of getting high and just letting the camera run. I hope you enjoy “Rio in Motion.” For best quality, watch in HD on YouTube or on the T2T Vimeo Channel. Music: “Start of Something Good” by…
 
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    Trans-Americas Journey

  • More Jungle In the Jungle – Mamoní Valley Preserve, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - More Jungle In the Jungle – Mamoní Valley Preserve, Panama Nearly 13 years ago Nathan Gray, founder of the ground-breaking Earth Train  peer-to-peer student activism movement in the US, was looking for a new home base for his seemingly boundless philanthropic efforts. A friend recommended Panama as a place with lots of land just waiting for Earth Train to protect it and lots of young people in need of…
  • Photo Essay: Death of the Diablos Rojos – Panama City, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:23 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: Death of the Diablos Rojos – Panama City, Panama Unlike in the US, where the dominant bus line has the word “grey” right in the name, buses in much of Latin America are pandimonious converted Bluebird school buses covered in bright artwork, stickers, flashing lights and anything else the driver/owners can think of to one-up the competition in the unspoken bus beauty pageant that goes on in…
  • End of the Road – Yaviza, Darién Jungle, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:41 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 - End of the Road – Yaviza, Darién Jungle, Panama For all but the craziest among us (more on them later), driving through the Darién Jungle overland is not within the realm of possibility. But that doesn’t mean you can’t travel to the end of the road in the Darién and visit a town called Yaviza where the pavement of the Pan-American Highway stops and ass-whupping jungle begins. Our truck…
  • Border Crossing 101: Paso Canoas, Costa Rica to Paso Canoas, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Border Crossing 101: Paso Canoas, Costa Rica to Paso Canoas, Panama Crossing international borders in Latin America is rarely easy or pleasant (why do they always smell like pee and desperation?). Things are even more complicated when you’re driving across borders in your own vehicle as part of an overland road trip. Theseborder crossing 101 travel tipswill help you travel from Paso Canoas, Costa Rica to Paso…
  • Central America’s Most Infamous Jungle – Darién, Panama

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:25 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 - Central America’s Most Infamous Jungle – Darién, Panama Mention the Darién Jungle or the Darién Gap or just plain Darién and images of impenetrable greenery filled with hostile critters and even more hostile interlopers (drug runners, guerrillas and others) spring to mind. Like most places, however, there’s more to Central America’s most infamous jungle, which straddles the border…
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  • Sea-U Guest House: Easy-Going-East-Coast Package

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Situated in Bathsheba on the scenic east coast provides you with an opportunity to enjoy all what the easy going east coast has to offer. Package includes dinners, a guided hike, transfers, a massage and more. 
  • Sea-U Guest House: Best Price Guarantee - Save 10%

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Book 4 nights or more direct through our booking calendar on www.seaubarbados.com and receive 10% off. For direct bookings only, not valid for third party bookings. 
  • South Gap Hotel: Fall Special Promo!!

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Travel October 01- December 20 2014 And Receive Up To 20% Off All Rooms! Stay 3 Nights or more and get a six pack of Banks Beer in your room on arrival!!! New Reservations only. Email us at reserve@southgapbarbados.com or Call us at 246 420-7592. 
  • South Gap Hotel: Fall Special Promo

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Travel October 01- December 20 2014 And Receive Up To 20% Off All Rooms! Stay 3 Nights or more and get a six pack of Banks Beer in your room on arrival!!! New Reservations only. Email us at reserve@southgapbarbados.com or Call us at 246 420-7592. 
  • Point View Apartments: October/November 2014 specials

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Book now for special 2 bedroom/2bathroom deluxe apt. Nightly rate US$130.10% discount for weekly rate.Rates VAT inclusive. Valid 27th October to 30th November 2014 
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  • Using Car Seats on Planes

    Corinne
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    We know it’s not mandatory. We know it’s expensive. But we also know that the FAA recommends using car seats on planes. So if we bite the bullet and purchase baby their own seat on the airplane, and lug their car seat (or go through the expense of purchasing an additional car seat specifically for travel) what happens when we run into trouble once we’re on board? Sadly many flight crews are not well-versed on the proper usage of cars seats on planes, nor the FAA requirements around their correct usage. It’s my goal with this post to inform parents choosing to purchase…
  • Finding a Vacation Babysitter or Child Care

    Corinne
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    FDR Resort in Jamaica. The one with the NANNIES :) While a family vacation is about fun for every member of the family, sometimes that fun involves mom and dad enjoying some grown-up time together – be it a fancy dinner, going out dancing, or even just relaxing beach-side sans enfants. But that couple time can’t come at the expense of the safety of your children, so how to ensure the kids are well-cared for without spending all your spare time looking for a suitable vacation babysitter or child care? Book hotels with kids’ clubs… In my pre-parent days, I completely looked down my…
  • The Toronto Zoo – A Family Favourite From Day One

    Corinne
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    A funny thing happened on our last visit to the zoo. We actually got to to walk at a leisurely pace and stop to study the animals. It was glorious, but if did feel a little “off” at the time. Why wasn’t I chasing a toddler off the rocks? Why was I not changing a diaper and most of our clothes in the bathroom? Trust me, I am NOT complaining. It had been a while, so I’m glad MasterCard reached out to suggest we get out and explore our “Priceless City” (#pricelesstoronto) The Toronto Zoo is the first and only attraction in Toronto where we purchased a yearly…
  • Airport Tips and Tricks with Kids

    Corinne
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    We all know by now that flying with babies and toddlers is not for the faint of heart – even before you board! Getting everyone packed, organized, and ready to go through security with little fuss can be (or feel) challenging. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has passed along a few airport tips and tricks as helpful reminders, to help make your summer air travel experiences a little less stressful. Know how to carry-on Children get hungry for snacks. You know this and you want to be prepared. Solid foods such as apples, granola bars, or sandwiches can be packed in…
  • Centreville Amusement Park: A Toronto With Kids Must-Visit!

    Corinne
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Centreville was my absolute favourite place to visit when I was a kid. With the now-closed Ontario Place being its only competition at the time, that wasn’t a particularly tight race. But my kids have traveled extensively, and spent a great deal of time at the Holy Grail of theme parks – Walt Disney World. But their favourite Toronto attraction? Centre Island. The charming Centreville amusement park is an absolute must-visit for a trip to Toronto with kids. The Toronto Island Ferry, not “Fairy” Just getting to Centre Island is part of the fun for my family. I laughed when my…
 
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  • Saying “I Do” in New Orleans

    Kelly Harris
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ever been to a New Orleans wedding? It’s an unforgettable experience for the bride, groom and their guests. There’s no better place to begin your happily ever after than in the Big Easy. Even if you’re not getting hitched, New Orleans can make you a believer in all things love. It’s charming and unpredictable — two things that keep the … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Recommends: 10 Must-Try New Orleans Pop-Up Restaurants

    Emily Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    The New Orleans restaurant scene is one that is constantly evolving, sprouting new, must-try places faster than our eyes and ears can keep up. But what’s even more exciting is the long list of pop-up restaurants, a food service phenomenon where chefs serve delicious, sought-after food inside various restaurants or bars during select hours. They’re not only a great way … Read the rest -»
  • Boudin, Bourbon & Beer: 10 Dishes You Can’t Miss

    Lauren LaBorde
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, a fundraiser for the Emeril Lagasse Foundation co-chaired by Lagasse and chef Donald Link, is just around the corner on Nov. 7. We’re not the only ones who are excited — the top national chefs participating are eager to get to New Orleans and visit their favorite spots. If the concept of creative spins on Louisiana … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

    Mallory Whitfield
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Halloween weekend in New Orleans means fun, costumes and music in every direction. No matter where your interests lie, there’s plenty to do. Music lovers will flock to City Park for Voodoo Fest all weekend long, while fans of horror and vampire fiction can head to Undead Con downtown. Kick off Halloween weekend with a free party at Jazz in … Read the rest -»
  • New Orleans Calling: St. James Infirmary

    George Ingmire
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    WWOZ’s nationally-syndicated one-hour program New Orleans All The Way Live has been recently renamed and re-imagined in a great new form, with a new name — New Orleans Calling. Welcome to New Orleans Calling, WWOZ’s nationally syndicated program. New Orleans Calling airs on WWOZ 90.7 FM in New Orleans every Saturday morning from 7 a.m.-8 a.m., and you can … Read the rest -»
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  • Best Autumn Festivals Around the World

    Vago Damitio
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We usually think of summer as the party season but across the globe, some of the best and wildest festivals happen in the autumn. The fall is a great time to travel – it’s off-season in many places,... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • 5 Quirky Boutique Hotels in Madrid

    Guest
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Here are five of the best upscale and boutique places to stay in the Spanish capital of Madrid You Might Also Enjoy: Rome, Italy – Hostels and Boutique Hotels Incredible hostels of... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Goa – Where Old Hippies Go To Die

    Vago Damitio
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    The smallest state in India was and is a veritable Mecca for those interested in exotic culture, far out spiritual experience and unregulated drug and alcohol experiences. You Might Also Enjoy: The... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • 5 of the World’s Most Amazing Waterfalls