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  • The Beauty of Norway: from Fjords to Mountains and Glaciers

    Wild Junket
    Guest Blogger
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
    From stunning fjords to massive glaciers and mountains, Norway is packed to the brim with gorgeous, untouched nature waiting to be explored. Thanks to its extreme northern location, it is one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. For many, this rugged country remains a mystery – where the midnight sun shines endlessly in summer and the stunning Aurora Borealis dances in the sky during the long, polar winter nights. Besides being one of the coolest country to visit in Europe, it also has some of the best winter adventure activities on offer. Here’s a look at what you can do…
  • The Best of Intelligent Travel

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    Leslie Trew Magraw
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    We publish new articles and stories all the time on Intelligent Travel, but there are a few that really got your attention last year. In case you missed them, here are the 14 most popular posts of 2014: 1. The Last Best American Beach Towns  “A great beach town must have shores that are spacious, picturesque, relatively uncrowded, and clean. Beyond that, its local culture not only has to service tourism but also transcend it.” Here author Bruce Schoenfeld highlights seven American classics that fit the bill. To complement the Traveler feature article, Nat Geo Travel staff…
  • A Year Of President Obama's Travel , Mapped

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    23 Jan 2015 | 12:03 am
    President Obama is on the road right now, visiting Kansas after making a stop in Idaho, his first visit to the state. This should not surprise you, because the president travel s constantly, both within Washington, D.C., across the country, and around the world.
  • Rogo's: The Roller Coaster Restaurant in Yas Mall

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    Lady Anne Abit
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    I usually don't care much when a certain roller coaster make it to the headlines, but Rogo's sparked my interest. Firstly, it's not something that would scare the hell out of me. It's not a thrilling ride but a restaurant with a roller coaster concept. Secondly, it's the first of its kind in the UAE and the largest in the world. Thirdly, it is the only place where my love for fun-dining and Ed's fascination for roller coasters go along! So, when we took a little trip to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi early this month, I made sure we can check out the  much talked about…
  • In Hawaii, it's peak time for humpback whale-watching

    LA Times
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    If you're lucky enough to be traveling in Hawaii right now, you've likely seen humpback whales breaching and slapping the water. At this time of year, they're pretty hard to miss.
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  • I Heart My City: Nicole’s Nizwa, Oman

    I Heart My City
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Even though Nicole Brewer hails from Detroit, Michigan, she has made the world her home. After stints in South Korea, Germany, and South Africa, Nicole decided to take a job as an English instructor in Nizwa, Oman. When she’s not at the head of the class, she’s hard at work building I Luv 2 Globetrot, a blog she co-founded with a friend who shares her love of travel. Now in her second year of teaching in Oman, Nicole has grown to love what she describes as a “city like no other for its natural charm and distinctive beauty.” Here’s a look at Nizwa through…
  • Travel With Kids: Low-Cost London

    Heather Greenwood Davis
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    National Geographic Traveler columnist Heather Greenwood Davis is the magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer. Here’s her latest advice: Reader Question: We need an affordable place to stay with our daughters in London. Where should we look? My Answer: Deals are found away from the royals. Choose chain hotels (like Ibis, Novotel, and Park Plaza) in “family friendly” neighborhoods (restaurants that won’t flinch at a stroller, parks with more than grass to play on) accessible by the London Underground (aka “the Tube”). Anna Tobin of notes that…
  • World Calendar: 5 Must-Attend Events

    Intelligent Travel
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in February:  Celebrate Carnival samba-style (February 13-18)in Rio de Janeiro. This iconic kick-off to Lent lures millions of visitors to Brazil each year with five days of lively musical competitions, elaborate parades, and unscripted street festivals. When Super Bowl madness subsides, turn your attention to another sporting event for the ages—the 2015 Cricket World Cup (February 12-March 29). Held every four years, the latest battle royale will be hosted by Australia…
  • The Best of Intelligent Travel

    Leslie Trew Magraw
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    We publish new articles and stories all the time on Intelligent Travel, but there are a few that really got your attention last year. In case you missed them, here are the 14 most popular posts of 2014: 1. The Last Best American Beach Towns  “A great beach town must have shores that are spacious, picturesque, relatively uncrowded, and clean. Beyond that, its local culture not only has to service tourism but also transcend it.” Here author Bruce Schoenfeld highlights seven American classics that fit the bill. To complement the Traveler feature article, Nat Geo Travel staff…
  • Just Back: Jackson Hole

    Intelligent Travel
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    Nat Geo staffer Erin Block just returned from a winter adventure in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. “As a rule, I am a warm-weather person,” she says. “But one day I decided it was high time I stepped far out of my comfort zone.” That’s how she decided to try her hand at skiing for the first time—on some of the biggest and steepest slopes in the United States. The last word? “There was no better place to bundle up and leave the warm behind.” Follow Erin’s story on Twitter and Instagram @erinsblock. Memorable moment: As a first-time skier, getting off…
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  • Farm to Table in Hawaii

    Jamie Winpenny
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    The growing international concern over climate change is reaching a fever pitch, and the chorus of cries for sustainability gets louder every The post Farm to Table in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Irish music legend Derek Warfield returns to Hawaii

    Jamie Winpenny
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Derek Warfield is returning to Hawaii for a series of concerts bound to sell out. He’s a musical icon in Ireland, regarded The post Irish music legend Derek Warfield returns to Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • E-Cigs in Hawaii: A Primer

    Jamie Winpenny
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Just a week ago on the Big Island of Hawaii, e-cigarettes were banned at beaches, County parks, public buildings, and anywhere else The post E-Cigs in Hawaii: A Primer appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Peace and quiet? Yeah, we have that

    Jamie Winpenny
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:58 am
    Hawaii has more going for it than most tropical vacation destinations. We’ve got the sunshine, of course, and our white sand beaches The post Peace and quiet? Yeah, we have that appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Volcanic “vog”: it’s baa-ack!

    Jamie Winpenny
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    It’s not fog. It’s not smog. It’s “vog,” and it’s back. Technically, vog is the airborne emission of sulfur dioxides from Kilauea The post Volcanic “vog”: it’s baa-ack! appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Why Istanbul is the best place to teach ESL

    Emily Hansen
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade AN AMERICAN FRIEND I had taught with in Taiwan beckoned me to Istanbul with tales of local men serenading Western women, luring them into love spells with baklava. Her descriptions of lunch by the seaside and bustling spice markets charmed me all the way to the travel agency. “It’s my New York, but better,” she had said. I got my suitcase and tea glass ready. Upon arriving, a crowd of fake blondes congregated at the airport entry gates with the sort of urgency that says: “This is a great place.” Counting bright…
  • How to piss off a female bartender

    Lisa Millar-Jones
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Photo: Dmitry Boyarin There are thousands of ways to piss off a female, let alone a female bartender. We encounter sexism when we tell people what we do for a living and sexual harassment when we are just trying to do our jobs. Unfortunately, most of these people who piss us off just don’t get it and genuinely don’t know any better. We should all think about the way we treat bartenders, women, and other human beings in general. The thing is, I would never quit being a bartender because I love love love my job. I enjoy serving people, listening to their problems and making sure they are…
  • 9 signs it's time to leave Indiana

    Lauren Hom
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Photo: Tyler Rayburn 1. Wal-Mart is the hottest place to be on a Friday night. When the movie theater and the mall are at least 40 miles away, the bright lights of Wal-Mart start looking pretty interesting. Folks gather in their pickup trucks, pulling out the coolers, lawn chairs, and occasional confederate flag to grace the night in drunken revelry. It ain’t fancy, but there’s enough room for everyone’s car and restocking the beer is as easy as crossing the parking lot. 2. You’ve loosened your belt loop. It’s likely you’ve gained a little weight during your tenure; Indiana is…
  • 14 reasons to hit Vegas in winter

    Sarah Feldberg
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    1. Wandering amid sculpted stone in the Valley of Fire Photo: cjarv2010 As the name suggests, this scenic state park — Nevada’s oldest and largest — can get rather warm during the summer, and by warm we mean temperatures up to 120 degrees. Best to take in its stunning sandstone formations, ancient rock art, and winding trails during the cool season. Pack a picnic lunch for a day trip, or load up the car and snag one of 72 campsites for an overnight among the park’s undulating rocks and canyons. At less than an hour’s drive northeast of downtown Las Vegas, you’ll…
  • US states in 1 smart ass sentence

    Cathy Brown
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Photo: Kevin Bond Alabama: We may be 49th in everything, but thank God for Mississippi. Alaska: No, you can’t see Russia from here. Arizona: Our main exports are heat stroke and rabid xenophobia. Arkansas: Literrasy ain’t everything. California: Where American dreamers settle for doing porn. Colorado: Laughing at your altitude sickness since 1876. Connecticut: We’re kinda close to the places you really want to be, like Boston and NYC. Delaware: The first state, and that’s about it. Florida: A wonderful place to enjoy some pain pills and die of old age. Or vice versa. Georgia: Without…
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • Best of Outdoor Retailer ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Twice a year, in January and August, the Outdoor Retailer Show (OR) takes place in Salt Lake City. This is where product manufacturers present their next season’s products. Right now, it’s Fall 2015. Retail buyers and journalists come to learn about what the latest and greatest items will be hitting the market later in the year. For me, it’s where I make connections with the manufacturers (well usually their fab PR people) to hear about what’s coming to market and may be appropriate for our readers. I then review many of these items in my WanderGear Wednesday posts.
  • Eating Out Healthy While Traveling

    Beth Whitman
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    I’ve been a vegetarian for most of my traveling life and admit there have been times when I have turned down a meal or invitation to someone’s home because I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat vegetarian. I realize these are missed opportunities. But it was (and still is) important to me to stick to the diet I adhere to at home so I can feel good while I’m traveling and so that I don’t throw my body into some sort of food coma after meals when I’m supposed to be enjoying myself. I’d say that I’m healthier than I have ever been in my life. I’m…
  • Cocoon U-shaped Air Core Neck Pillow

    Beth Whitman
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    It must be the air on an airplane but pretty much the moment I sit down in my seat, I start to get tired and I generally fall asleep before we even leave the runway. I know. You hate me. I always request a window seat to make my napping easier. It allows me to curl up, lean against the window and snooze. But I do need a little help and I get it by using a pillow. Enter the inflatable Cocoon U-shaped Air Core Neck Pillow. You’ve probably purchased a half dozen neck pillows yourself that spring a leak after the third or fourth use. Not so with Cocoon. These are sturdy, well-made pillows…
  • Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand – Our Tour in Photos

    Beth Whitman
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    We ran our first ever Thailand and Laos tour in November. I’ve been so busy posting about the Snowman Trek, that I have not given this much exposure but I didn’t want to neglect such an amazing trip. We had a full group of 16 women on that tour. We toured Bangkok and then traveled up to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand and then on to Luang Prabang, Laos for a few days. Our focus was on the hill tribes of Northern Thailand and Laos. Many of these hill tribes are refugees from neighboring countries such as Burma. Most of them are women and children and all of them are…
  • Eagle Creek travelLite Towel ~ WanderGear Wednesday

    Beth Whitman
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    I don’t usually travel with my own towel (at least I haven’t since my hosteling days) but I had to do so for the Snowman Trek. I knew that towels would not be supplied and even though our showers were few and far between, one would come in handy when I could actually wash up. I brought along the Eagle Creek travelLite Towel for just such purposes. Travel towels have several properties that make them far more practical to carry along on a trip than traditional towels. A travel towel is: Super lightweight Packs down very small Is more absorbent than a regular towel Made of a quick…
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  • Single Parents Group Cruise from

    Rich Tucker
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Are you a Single Parent who LOVES to cruise? How would you like to cruise with a large group of other single parents? If yes, then keep reading: is THE leader in Singles Group Cruising and their online community of single cruisers have been requesting a group cruise for single parents for the last couple of years. So this year [2015], will host it’s first Cruise for single parents like you PLUS your kids. One of the most exciting parts of their first Single Parents Group Cruise is that it will be on the Disney Dream [warning, show your kids the video…
  • Holland America’s ReadySetSail Summer Upgrade Event

    Rich Tucker
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Holland America has kicked off 2015 with their ReadySetSail Summer Upgrade Sale. We’ve included our top 3 handpicked deals from their sale below. The ReadySetSail Event applies to Summer Alaska, Canada, & New England, Mediterranean or Northern Europe cruises. The sale ends 2/28/2015.  January – March is the busiest time for cruise bookings and prices for peak Summer cruises will continue going up, so we recommend booking as soon as possible. ReadySetSail Promotion Highlights Free Stateroom Upgrades 50% reduced deposit Up to 10% off Shore Excursions Reduced Cruise Fare…
  • 2015 Kids Sail Free Offers

    Rich Tucker
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    I just checked, and I see that most of visitors to CruiseSource are doing searches for 2015 Kids Sail Free Offers. As of right now, none of the cruise lines are having a kids cruise free sale. Will there be 2015 Kids Sail Free sales? At the start of 2014, cruise sales were off to a slow start for the cruise lines. In March 2014, Royal Caribbean caught the competition off guard with their first ever kids sail free sale. Several cruise lines quickly followed, but Royal Caribbean had a huge advantage by being first to the market with such an aggressive sale. CruiseSource was the first to…
  • Pre-Cruise Hotel Recommendations in Port Cities

    Rich Tucker
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    View from Epic Hotel Miami Don’t ruin your cruise vacation before it begins!  Recommended hotels for cruise ports. Travel experts highly recommended that you fly the day prior to your cruise departure.  Do not risk flight delays or cancellations that then cause you to miss disembarkation of your entire cruise vacation.  Cruise lines are offering more and more ‘home’ port options to include:  Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Tampa, Port Canaveral, Jacksonville, Charleston, Baltimore, Bayonne, NJ, New York City, Boston, Montreal, New Orleans, Houston, Galveston, San Diego, Los Angeles, San…
  • 48 Hour South Beach Review

    Rich Tucker
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    From the time I entered the cruise industry in 2007, I’ve been traveling to Miami several times a year for meetings with cruise line reps and to cruise out of the Port of Miami. Until my most recent trip to Miami, I’d pretty much avoided going to South Beach.  Through 20+ trips to Miami, I had not stepped foot in South Beach since Y2K New Year’s Eve. Over the last couple of years, I’d been reading about huge investments being made in South Beach to restore the original Art Deco Hotels.  Rumor had it that these investments in historical hotels and along…
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  • 5 Tips to Enjoy Your Luxury holidays in Ibiza in 2015

    Karen Bryan
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Each year Ibiza gets better and glossier than the previous year; 2015 promises to be outrageous. Book your tickets now so you don’t miss out and follow this guide on how to have the best luxury holidays in Ibiza complied by Bonder & Co – the experts who scan the whole island advising only on […]5 Tips to Enjoy Your Luxury holidays in Ibiza in 2015 Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Planning a Two Centre Trip to Marseille and Nice in France

    Karen Bryan
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:39 pm
    I’m off on a twin city trip to Marseille and Nice in France in April. Flights The return flights, outward with Ryanair from Edinburgh to Marseille and returning from Nice to Edinburgh with easyJet cost £95. Vieux Port Marseiille by Franck Vallet Accommodation Four nights accommodation in a studio at the Aparthotel Adagio Marseille Vieux […]Planning a Two Centre Trip to Marseille and Nice in France Tips on the best places to visit in Europe.
  • Why I Object to City Taxes on Hotel Prices

    Karen Bryan
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:40 pm
    At the weekend I booked hotels for my forthcoming trip to France, I was irked by the fact that there’s a charge of 1 Euro City Tax per night per guest in both the Marseille and Nice hotels. Now France is not alone in charging this tax, also known as a Tourist Tax and Bed […]Why I Object to City Taxes on Hotel Prices Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Hackney City Farm in London

    Karen Bryan
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Hackney City Farm is in Hackney Road at the southern end of Haggerston Park, is a ten minute walk from Hoxton Overground station. It looked as though the goats were in love, as they only had eyes for each other. They seemed unperturbed by a chicken pecking around close to them.
  • Review of Mr Basrai’s World Cuisines Restaurant Edinburgh

    Karen Bryan
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:13 pm
    We had Sunday lunch at Mr Basrai’s World Cuisines Restaurant in Edinburgh’s Fountainpark Centre at the end of October 2014. The restaurant had been recommended to our son, who lives in Edinburgh, by one of his work colleagues. I liked the fact that the tables had a bit more space between them than in other […]Review of Mr Basrai’s World Cuisines Restaurant Edinburgh Tips on the best places to visit in Europe.
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  • Freemium: Get 1GB of Web Data on Your Cell Phone?

    8 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    What a pleasant surprise. Those who do not live in large urban centers are used to take a little longer to receive advances in it comes to deployment of networks, and accept as normal that, in this case, the 4 G is deployed first in those areas with the largest number of people, by a simple economic approach. The case is that the day I went to an area of the city to address an issue and
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    Art of Non-Conformity

  • The Insane World of Underground Bike Messenger Racing

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    File under: I had no idea this was a thing. This mini-doc on the world of “underground bike messenger racing” might seem a little slow in the beginning, but if you stick with it you’ll be like, “Holy @!*%! I can’t believe they did that!”   Even if you don’t like the concept, think about the below quote, taken from about nine minutes into the video. It can apply to a lot more than illegal bike racing: “There are totally different ways to think about these kinds of situations, in this traffic, all these vehicles stuck idling in my way. You get to decide how…
  • There’s a Good Reason Why We Keep Repeating the Same Mediocre Experiences

    Chris Guillebeau
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I loved this story from a reader in response to why I enjoy the routine of visiting a hotel that’s consistently bad: “Years ago my in-laws would drive me crazy by complaining about the food at a (now defunct) restaurant chain that they would unfailingly stop at numerous times when traveling from Pennsylvania to Florida each year. It was a major topic of discussion; how not-good the food was, service was terrible, etc. But the food wasn’t bad enough to stop them from going back to the chain (and same locations) year after year. I asked them why they went there at all when all…
  • Traveler 1, Jet Lag 0 (For Once)

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    You, traveler, know very well what jet lag is like. For a period of several years, you were essentially jet-lagged two weeks every month. “Jet lag is my favorite drug,” you said, repeating the great line by Jacques Cousteau. But you knew then, just as all travelers come to know, that real jet lag is a bitch. Contrary to the suggestions of well-meaning people who took a trip once and thus claim to know all about the world, jet lag is unpredictable. When it arrives, there’s no magic bullet to stop it from claiming your days and nights for as long as it wants. Sometimes you fly ten hours,…
  • The Modern Day Swiss Family Robinson : On the Road with Sheralyn Guilleminot

    Chris Guillebeau
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself Sheralyn Guilleminot didn’t want to run the risk of never getting around to traveling the world. She and her husband Paul took to the road as a young family, home-schooling their sons while experiencing life in Southeast Asia. Here’s their story. Tell us about yourself. I’ve lived most of my life in Manitoba, Canada. It’s where I grew up, got married, and worked. My husband Paul and I wanted to travel the world, but it seemed impractical. Once we had our two boys, though, I felt like there was never…
  • 6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XXIX

    Chris Guillebeau
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. “Someone stole naked pictures of me. This is what I did about it” — A Danish Journalist speaks out about consent Reading a James Patterson Book Before It Self-Destructs — As part of an unconventional marketing plan, a man attempts to read James Patterson’s latest novel-of-the-week It’s Time to Forgive Yourself — Nicole revisits an experience from long ago 1,000 Cups of Latte Art Tell the Story of a Boy and Girl Meeting — File under: awesome +…
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  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: January 28, 2015

    Sheila Beal
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    * The 2nd Annual Ultimate Ocean Cocktail Contest is underway! The winner gets $500 and a three-night stay at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. See this link for contest rules and entry.* Yay! Free Wi-Fi is coming to Waikiki. Plans are in place to have the service available “sometime this year.” (Source)* Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay has a special offer that includes free round-trip airfare between Honolulu and Lanai for bookings from now through April 30, 2015. Learn more here.* Our partner Travelzoo has quite a few great spa and activity deals for all the major islands.
  • Advantage Lanai! Playing tennis at the Four Seasons Resort Manele Bay

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    If working on your fitness is one of your 2015 resolutions, maybe learning/improving your tennis game in Hawaii might be the solution. Today Andy shares his tennis experience at Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay.—“The trick to beating Roger Federer is to hit one more ball in, than him.”Tennis courts at Four Seasons Lanai at Manele BayThat’s the advice head tennis Coach Ryan Winters shared with me on the first of three tennis lessons I would take with him at the luxurious Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay. I knew immediately that I was going to like him.Coach…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Wide Angle Waikiki

    Sheila Beal
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    Mahalo to Andy Morris for sharing this beautiful wide angle Waikiki photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.It appears that this photo was taken at sunrise based on the sky being brighter above Diamond Head in the east and that people aren’t on this mega popular beach. No matter what time of day this photo was taken, it sure is a lovely view, isn’t it?Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words are permitted with full attribution and link back to
  • Our Maui Restaurant Guide Updated

    Sheila Beal
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    Fresh fruit breakfast at Sarento’s on the Beach in KiheiIf you’re looking for a great selection of Maui restaurants for your vacation, check out our newly updated Maui Restaurant Guide. We list our favorite restaurants. Plus, we share a lots of other useful Maui restaurant resources.Our Maui restaurant guide has been updated to include more restaurants. We’ve also organized the list by geography to better help you choose restaurants near where you’ll be staying and exploring.Bon appetit!
  • Diving in Maui with Atlantis Adventures Submarine

    Sheila Beal
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    The Atlantis IX off MauiIf you’d like to see Maui’s exciting underwater world without getting wet, we highly recommend taking a submarine dive with Atlantis Adventures in Maui. Though we both enjoy snorkeling, we felt like the submarine dive gave us a different perspective of Maui’s amazing marine world.The experience began in Lahaina. After check in, we found the Atlantis boarding slip in Lahaina Harbor. An open-air boat transported passengers on a scenic mile-and-a-half ride to the dive site. The views of the West Maui mountains from the water was excellent. A beautiful…
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  • Skull Speakers

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

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Architect Daniël Marot designed the Kneuterdijk palace in The Hague, The Netherlands, for Johan Hendrik, Count Van Wassenaer van Opdam. It was built between 1720 and 1730. Later, in 1816, the palace was bought by King Willem I of the Netherlands for his son, the later King William II who was married to Anna Pavlovna, a daughter of the Russian Czar, Paul I. In 1848 a new version of the Dutch Constitution was announced from its balcony by King Willem II. After WW II it was the seat of the Dutch War Tribunal. Currently, after extensive renovations, it is the seat of the Dutch Council of State,…
  • No Work Today

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I uploaded this photo of a bunch of not working snow canons to Picfair and gave it as a title “No Work Today” with in my head the song “No work today”….wrong! The music in my head was that of the song “No Milk Today” written by Graham Gouldman of 10 CC: No Work Today is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Thursday, January 22, 2015No Work Today is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Markthal Rotterdam: a huge Foodhall

    16 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    Markthal Rotterdam Lacking an opportunity to quickly go to the Markthal Rotterdam and make some picks for the blog, I share this nice video of the Dutchified blog. Markthal Rotterdam: a huge Foodhall is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, January 16, 2015Markthal Rotterdam: a huge Foodhall is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Royal Danish Play House

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    Royal Danish Play House As an amateur photographer I’m proud I’ve licensed via Picfair – my first ever – this very photo of the Royal Danish Playhouse, one of the stages of the Royal Danish Theater. According to the Royal Danish Theater’s website this Playhous was inaugurated in 2008 and designed by Danish Architects Lundgaard & Tranberg, who won the 2008 RIBA (Royal Insitute of British Architects) award for this building. Royal Danish Play House is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update:…
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  • Carnival Vista to offer new options for family cruise travel #TakeInTheVista

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

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

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

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

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

    Mike Richard
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. As two of America’s most historic cities, Boston and Cambridge are among the most popular tourist destinations on the East Coast. While travelers to New England may experience sticker shock at the area’s sky-high cost of living, it is possible to book a budget trip that won’t break the bank. Here are the essential things to know before planning your next trip to Cambridge. Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts © Todd Nienkerk Skip the Rental Car Driving in New England can be a bit overwhelming for non-locals. For visitors accustomed…
  • Travel New York: 6 Reasons to (Re)Visit Buffalo

    Mike Richard
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. It’d been almost a decade since I last visited Buffalo, New York. I think sockhops and AOL were still cool back then. I just remember it being very gray: gray buildings, gray skies, just an overall sense of … gray. So when we were recently invited to explore western New York, I was skeptical. I’d done that already and the thought of visiting Buffalo again — in November again — didn’t exactly blow my dress up. Fast-forward to 2014 and almost everything I remember about the city has changed. We spent three days in…
  • Upgrade Your Luggage With These 3 Wheeled Duffel Bags/Backpacks

    Mike Richard
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I’m a carry-on traveler through and through. I travel enough to never want a surprise (e.g. missing my underwear or travel foosball table) when I arrive in Wherever-stan. But there are times when I need a bit more room — when I just can’t squeeze a 3-piece suit into my carry-on — and checking a bag is a necessary evil. Fortunately, today’s almost absurd array of luggage options means we spoiled travelers can get all the conveniences of a traditional suitcase plus the added bonus of being able to carry it like a backpack.
  • Begin With a Single Step: Escape from Cubicle Hell

    Greg Rodgers
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. There is no feeling that quite describes being stuck in a corporate office – worse yet, in a cubicle – when the sun is burning through a cloudless blue sky. For seven years, I miraculously managed to not throw a phone, flog away an intruder, or hang myself in the corner of my office with Ethernet cabling. I knew that there was more to life than waking up at the last minute and jockeying through traffic in a hurry to make a bunch of old men richer. However, a strange and powerful force kept me glued to my seat, sorting through corporate…
  • 5 Travel Tools + Gadgets We’re Already Stoked About for 2015

    Mike Richard
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. We’re living in the golden age of travel for digital nomads. Essential tech gadgets are getting smaller, faster, better, and even more portable every year. Here are just five we’re already excited about for 2015 and it’s still only January! Toshiba Encore Tablet In the wake of the iPad mini, a torrent of compact tablets are now available. Many are even more compact and ultra-affordable. Many, like Toshiba’s Encore Series, even run a full version of Windows 8.1. The best part is that the Encore Mini can easily be found for less…
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    Adventure Girl

  • Renewing my vows thanks to American Express

    Stefanie Michaels
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    When American Express came to me last year and asked me to come on and work with them on their Platinum For A Year program, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I’ve been a Platinum cardholder since 1994 and rely heavily on the card for all my purchases, business needs, travel adventures and then some. Being on the road more than 150 days a year, means that I use my card a lot. It’s my go to card for everything travel—booking airfare, hotels, and one of my favorite perks, pulling it out overseas because it saves me on any foreign transaction fees. However, when it comes to personal…
  • 8Great: Venture Branson, Missouri

    Stefanie Michaels
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Branson, Missouri is all about being entertained. Known mostly for showmanship from the likes of entertainers such as the Oakridge Boys, the world’s only violin-playing aerialist, Janice Martin, and Shoji Tabuchi, who perform in this Ozark Mountain town for audiences from all over the world. Although Branson is synonymous with musical talent, there is so much more to do. Check out these 8Great adventures. 1. Silver Dollar City is a theme park. Adventures abound from caving in Marvel Cave to visiting a working homestead. Every theme park has rides. Paying homage to the wooden coasters of…
  • Qatar Airways new and impressive A350xwb aircraft

    Stefanie Michaels
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:42 pm
    When I was invited to Qatar with Qatar Airways to view the inaugural launch of their new and innovative aircraft, the A350XWB, I jumped on board for what would be an incredible adventure. A little background on Qatar. Qatar is the safest (yep, #1) country in both Africa and the Middle East, and #15 safest country behind the US, Canada and most European countries. The Qatari people are some of the kindest and funniest people I have met from my globetrotting adventures, and this former British ruled locale is just incredible. There are 200,000 Qataris, and 1.2 million expats from all over the…
  • Penguins epic #Fail video

    Stefanie Michaels
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Penguins are my favorite animals on the planet. When I came across this video of penguin bloopers in the wild, I just had to share it with you! So enjoy these cute little feathered birds all dressed up with somewhere to go! Stef    
  • Join the Global Mosaic conversation!

    Stefanie Michaels
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Patent pending, Hyperactivate
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Book Review – “Chance Encounters”

    Rebecca Stallard
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    “The most important sacred spaces are not in the guidebooks. They are the sacred spaces created when human beings reach out to other human beings and pull them into their lives, even […] The post Book Review – “Chance Encounters” appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Book Review: “Echoes of the Earth” by L. Sue Baugh Book Review: “Tales from the Tarmac” by Claudia Helena Oxee Book Review – “Crash Course: Getting a Job on a Cruise Ship”
  • “The Death of Skymall” – This Week in Travel 182

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Subscribe on iTunes | Become a Fan on Facebook | Download the iPhone app | Download This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s […] The post “The Death of Skymall” – This Week in Travel 182 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: This Week in Travel #33 – The Victory Lap This Week in Travel #57 – Terrorists, Baggage Fees and Death Rays This Week in Travel #36 – Eyjafjallajökull: sounds like it's spelled
  • Travel to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Episode 453

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Hear about travel to the state of Guanajuato Mexico (including San Miguel de Allende) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tim Leffel of about his adopted home. The state of Guanajuato is the true interior […] The post Travel to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Episode 453 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Diego Rivera Mural – National Palace – Mexico City, Mexico – Daily Photo Mexico City – Monument to the Revolution – Photo Friday Giant Olmec Head – Mexico City, Mexico –…
  • Travel to the Island of Madeira – Episode 447 Transcript

    18 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    transcript of Travel to the Island of Madeira – Episode 447 Chris: Amateur Traveler episode 447. Today the Amateur Traveler talks about seafood and hiking and wine as we go to the […] The post Travel to the Island of Madeira – Episode 447 Transcript appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Travel to the Island of Madeira – Episode 447 Travel to Southwest England – Episode 416 Transcript Travel to Luxembourg – Episode 434 Transcript
  • Travel to Delaware – Episode 452

    17 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Hear about travel to Delaware as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mara Gorman from about traveling to her small but historic adopted home state. Mara says, “you should come to Delaware because it’s easy […] The post Travel to Delaware – Episode 452 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast. Related posts: Oahu, Hawaii Trip Journal – Day 2 – Honolulu Travel to New Jersey – Episode 398 Travel to Northern Virginia – Episode 229
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  • Nigeria: My school My tale

    Abah Samson Chinonso
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    My admission to a State University made me a somewhat traveler. From my house to School was a two hours journey which I do almost every week. My admission was a thing of joy. Running out from the computer village where I checked my result and straight to our house, in high spirits, my heart leaped in joy and my eyes blazed in happiness. I got home and met Dad and Mum sitting in the parlor of our two rooms. I gave dad the printed result but he was happy and sad. I knew he must have considered tuition fees and the rest. His face grew pale, he held the result but said nothing. Somehow, we…
  • Iao Valley, USA

    Vincent Stevens
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Iao Valley The chilled stream, which traverses through peaceful botanical gardens in the depths of Iao Valley, once turned a vibrant crimson from the bleeding bodies of fallen soldiers. In 1790 Kamehameha I, in an attempt to unite the Hawaiian Islands, battled Kalanikupule, leader of Maui and Maui’s army. Maui’s army, equipped only with spears and rocks, proved an infantile challenger to the muskets, bows and arrows, and canons that Kamehameha I’s army brought. Even though Maui’s army was victim to a slaughter, the geography of Iao Valley extended the fighting time. The Iao Needle,…
  • Malta: Dreaming of a Holiday?

    Lisa Ellen Niver
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Corinthia Hotel St Georges Bay, Malta Does your New Year’s Resolution include travel? I want to go to the Corinthia Hotel St Georges Bay Malta and have dinner outside. This picture is practically making me drool! I have never been to Malta and I think I just might book by Feb 27, 2015  and stay at this luxury hotel for 50% off! Corinthia Hotel Budapest I loved my visit to Budapest but I did not stay here at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest. I have not been in Europe for awhile and this sale is making me think it is time to return. Wandering the streets in Europe after growing up in…
  • Grateful for the Tides in Bermuda

    Rachel Sawden
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Grateful for the Tides As a child I spent much of my time in the summer splashing about in the shallows of Flatt’s Inlet in my sub-tropical island home of Bermuda.  On summer afternoons my parents would sit on the grass in the shade of swaying palm trees as my brother and I would seek sea critters in the tide-pools under the wooden pier.  Through the inlet, which averages one hundred feet across and six hundred feet in length, fresh seawater from the open ocean of Bermuda’s North Shore ebbs and flows with the tides to and from Harrington Sound, an inland marine lake.  Flanking the…
  • San Francisco, California – House of Travelers

    Francesca Grandillo
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Though I’ve been traveling for a year and a half and thought I would never stop, Europe was my first time backpacking in multiple cities for an extended period – I was no expert. I went plenty of nights without sleeping while stuck on fifteen hour bus rides, slept on at least thirty different surfaces in three months, got sick by unwisely drinking the tap water in Spain, and…when I returned, I was broke. I could blame my negative account balance on the overseas withdrawal charges and ignore the extra gelato I got in France or the shopping I did in Amsterdam. But for the sake of…
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  • Why is Dish still trying to collect from me?

    Christopher Elliott
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Will Leeper owes Dish money, but not the $352 it’s trying to collect. Why won’t it back off? Question: I recently received a phone call from a company called Diversified Consultants about a debt I owed Dish Network for my satellite TV service. I owe Dish about $74, but it was trying to...
  • Comcast thinks my husband is an a**hole – and they put it in writing

    Christopher Elliott
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Warning: This post contains language that may not be appropriate for a family audience. It’s no secret that employees sometimes feel their customers are jerks. But I’ve never seen one put it in writing — until now. Lisa Brown, a volunteer for a missions organization in Spokane,...
  • Warning! These fees are about to get even more ridiculous

    Christopher Elliott
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Don’t look now, but one of the most unfair fees in corporate America is about to get even more unfair. I’m not talking about early termination fees or overdraft fees, but something a little closer to home for readers of this site: airline change fees. Of course, they aren’t fair...
  • Do I really have to pay $623 for these “scratches” on my Beemer?

    Christopher Elliott
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Nicholas MacIlvaine’s problem with his BMW 3 Series is common. Unfortunately, the resolution is even more common. Or should I say, the lack of resolution. This is the weekly feature called Case Dismissed!, where I try — and fail — to help someone. But as I’ve always said,...
  • Does this blizzard expose the travel industry’s cold heart?

    Christopher Elliott
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    An epic blizzard bearing down on the East Coast of the United States today is forcing passengers to ask difficult questions about compassion and the travel industry that supposedly serves them. It may be even more difficult for travel companies to answer them. Airlines are waiving their strict...
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • The Secret to Travel with Kids!

    Soul Travelers3
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    The Secret to Travel with Kids!We've been traveling the world with Mozart for ages, so people always ask what is the secret to travel with kids We've been traveling the world with Mozart for ages, so people always ask what is the secret to travel with kids. I've traveled the world as a single, a couple, in groups, but I think the best travel is family travel as seeing the world through your child's eyes is magical. There are many secrets to traveling with kids that make it easier and more rewarding for all.The basic keys/tips are; slow travel so you don't succumb to travel…
  • Fabulous Colorful Rickshaw Art Photo Essay!

    Soul Travelers3
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Fabulous Colorful Rickshaw Art Photo Essay!Living in Asia, during our 9 year non-stop around-the-world trip, DaVinci took Rickshaw photos Living in Asia , during our 9 year non-stop Around-the-World trip. DaVinci took rickshaw photos around Penang as he walked all over UNESCO Heritage Site, Georgetown, to handle our errands.These colorful photos, like our coconut rickshaw photo, says everything about Asia. Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words. Related articles Cut Your Own Christmas Tree! Sustainable Family Fun Tradition Buy Mozart's Song "You're Not Alone" on Itunes,…
  • Buy Mozart's Song "You're Not Alone" on Itunes, GooglePlay or Amazon!

    Soul Travelers3
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    Buy Mozart's Song "You're Not Alone" on Itunes, GooglePlay or Amazon! You can buy Mozart's beautiful heart-touching original song now on itunes, Google Play & You can buy Mozart's beautiful heart-touching original song, "You're Not Alone" now on itunes, Google Play, or Amazon! Just click on the links to the source that works the best for you and download it for just 99 cents and we'd so appreciate it if you'd write a postive review too!Quite the moment in history for 14 year old Mozart to have her first song up on itunes in 8th grade! She…
  • Q & A: Mozart's Take on Travel, Music, Homeschool

    Soul Travelers3
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
     Q & A: Mozart's Take on Travel, Music, Homeschool14 year old Mozart had many requests to do a Q&A about her singing, music, travel, unschooling 14 year old Mozart had many requests to do a Q&A about her singing, music, travel, unschooling and more, so if you have ever wondered about these things, you will enjoy her latest Youtube video. She got so many great questions from her Twitter and Music by Mozart on Facebook, that she is going to break it down to two videos and this one is the first: MOZART'S SINGING TRANSFORMS OUR LIVESMozart's singing transformed our…
  • 7 Best Places to Travel in 2015

    Soul Travelers3
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    7 Best Places to Travel in 2015What are the hottest new vacation destinations or must-see, go-now places for 2015? As world-travelers What are the hottest new vacation destinations or must-see, go-now places for 2015? As world-travelers, we guarantee these 7 best places will send you packing!BEST BEACHLooking to escape the winter cold? We've seen some gorgeous beaches in our travels, but if you are looking for the best beach in the world, I think it has to be a private moto in Bora Bora, Tahiti. BEST MOUNTAIN When it comes to mountains, nothing is more majestic and magical than the…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • British Airways Realigns Its Program to Make Big Spenders With Large Point Balances Happier (And the Rest, Not So Happy)

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    On Monday, British Airways reached out to me seeing if I’d like to get a briefing on something big coming up. I was secretly hoping it was going to be about the Aer Lingus takeover effort, but instead it turned out to be a talk with James Hillier from the Executive Club about changes to the frequent flier program. Those changes were officially announced yesterday and you can read details here. In short, if you spend a lot of money and don’t care how many points you use for redemptions, then you’ll be happy because more seats will be available for redemption. Otherwise, well,…
  • Will Airline Pricing Decline With Fuel Prices? (Ask Cranky)

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    I’ve been asked this question a lot lately, so I figured it was time to address it. With oil prices plummeting, I wonder what will be happening to YQ surcharges. Mostly called international surcharge but sometimes more accurately fuel surcharge, the current drop in fuel costs should have effect. Since June it spot prices for jet fuel fell from $2.84/gallon to $1.51/gallon today. I do understand about hedging, but many US airlines seem to have dropped fuel hedging lately Now to my actual question or suggestion for a write up, when (if ever) will this effect YQ surcharges? My guess,…
  • Alitalia’s Turnaround Plan Looks Very Familiar

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    On January 1st of this year, Alitalia officially became a “new” Alitalia with partial ownership by Etihad. Does this mean Alitalia is no longer the worst airline in the world? Oh please. Sure, Etihad was quick to bring some of its own people to work on the Alitalia project, and big changes were promised. Now, the new strategy has officially been announced, and it looks a lot like what was proposed last year. It also looks similar to the one that Alitalia abandoned last decade after the merger with Air One. I highly recommend a read through the press release (on the Etihad site)…
  • Cranky on the Web – 1099s Aren’t Fun

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    In the Trenches: Making Sense of 1099s – Small Business Center It’s tax time and that means it’s 1099 time. I hate dealing with 1099s.
  • Topic of the Week: Frontier Lays Off Its Ground Handlers and Reservations Agents

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Frontier has announced it will lay off the only remaining ground handlers employed by the airline, those in Denver, and outsource the jobs. At the same time, it will outsource its reservations agents as well. Is this a necessary move to help remake the airline as an ultra low cost carrier? Or is it a mistake that will come back to bit the airline?
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  • Travel Tip: Sign Translator Apps and Technology
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: Sign Translator Apps and TechnologyWe’ve talked about using apps to help translate languages in foreign countries. But what about translating signs or menus? Well, that technology is here. Google just released an update to its... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Sign Translator Apps and Technology appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Luxe Lavs: Super Bowl Suites in Las Vegas
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    Read the full article on at - Luxe Lavs: Super Bowl Suites in Las VegasWe’re only days away from the Super Bowl, and anyone who saw those recent playoff games will be dying to buy a ticket to Arizona for the grand finale. Can’t... Read More...The post Luxe Lavs: Super Bowl Suites in Las Vegas appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How TV Tourism is Influencing Travel
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: How TV Tourism is Influencing TravelListen up, couch potatoes. There’s a way to incorporate television into your travels and I don’t mean on your iPhone—it’s TV tourism. More and more places are capitalizing on the fact... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How TV Tourism is Influencing Travel appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Plastic Bags vs. Packing Cubes
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    Read the full article on at - Plastic Bags vs. Packing CubesPacking can be a challenge, especially when you’re trying to maximize all the space in your suitcase without going over the weight limit. But what about keeping all of your... Read More...The post Plastic Bags vs. Packing Cubes appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: What Do Travel Advisories Mean for You?
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: What Do Travel Advisories Mean for You?It’s no surprise when the U.S. Department of State issues travel advisories for American citizens after a terrorist attack. But what does this actually mean for you? Let’s start with the... Read More...The post Travel Tip: What Do Travel Advisories Mean for You? appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Skin Cancer Prevention Basal Cell Carcinoma

    Nancy Brown
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    As I left my deep water aerobics class and stepped into my car, I quickly scrolled through my phone messages. Two missed calls from my dermatologist office with no messages left. I was waiting to hear my biopsy results from a skin sample removed the week prior. “No news is good news,” said my dermatologist […]
  • Germany’s Passau Christmas Market

    Nancy Brown
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you looking forward to the Christmas Markets of Germany? Passau’s Christkindl Markt was special to me in that it had some very unique holiday items and foods on offer and the festive atmosphere was magical. Located in lower Bavaria on the Austrian border, Passau is known as The City of Three Rivers or Dreiflüssestadt, […]
  • Travel Outside Your Fashion Comfort Zone

    Nancy Brown
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’ve all heard the phrase “step outside your comfort zone” be it related to travel, career, or relationships. But what about when it comes to fashion. How often do you travel outside your fashion comfort zone? For those of you who know me, I specialize in equestrian travel. I take horseback riding vacations on a […]
  • Germany’s Regensburg Christmas Market

    Nancy Brown
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    December is a magical time to visit the medieval city of Regensburg, Germany. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006, this location was a great trading metropolis built up in the middle ages and was not destroyed during any of the wars. The people are friendly, the shops along the cobblestone streets of Old […]
  • Viking River Cruises Floating Hotel

    Nancy Brown
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you curious about a river cruise? Wondering what the differences are between a river cruise and a hotel stay? I recently had the opportunity to join Viking River Cruises on the Romantic Danube; exploring the Christmas Markets of Europe from Nuremberg to Budapest . Viking River Cruises are offered year round, so if you […]
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    Station Casinos Blog

  • 8 Noodle Bar at Red Rock Review

    Jon Fish
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    8 Noodle Bar Lunch Review The other day I had the opportunity to go to 8 Noodle Bar at Red Rock Resort and Spa for lunch with a few other people from the office.  It was a busy day so we didn’t get there until 1 pm, which was nice because there wasn’t a wait … Continue reading 8 Noodle Bar at Red Rock Review → The post 8 Noodle Bar at Red Rock Review appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Best Buffet in Las Vegas | Feast Buffet at Station Casinos

    Benjamin Barber
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Everyone loves a buffet when they’re famished, but do you have to sacrifice quality and service for the convenience and value? Station Casinos says NO! Personal Experience at Feast Buffet I decided to head on in for lunch and see what the best buffet in Las Vegas has to offer.  Even though lunch rush was in full swing, … Continue reading Best Buffet in Las Vegas | Feast Buffet at Station Casinos → The post Best Buffet in Las Vegas | Feast Buffet at Station Casinos appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Cleopatra™ | Slot of the Week

    Benjamin Barber
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    IGT’s Cleopatra slot machine immerses players in the mystery and wonderment of ancient Egypt.  Scarabs, sphinxes, and scepters, oh my!  Players experience a memorable trip down the Nile in this exotic classic. Cleopatra Gameplay Players will be mesmerized by the voice of Cleopatra coupled with the ancient iconography including hieroglyphic eyes, lotus flowers, scarabs, scepters, cartouches, … Continue reading Cleopatra™ | Slot of the Week → The post Cleopatra™ | Slot of the Week appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Mercadito @ Red Rock Taco Eating Contest Feb 1st

    Benjamin Barber
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    If you’ve got the stomach for it, Mercadito is hosting a Taco Challenge on February 1st.  We had a chance to reach out to Louis Ference, manager at Mercadito for more details. Q. What time does it start, or is a “come in and declare your entry” type of event? A. You can do the … Continue reading Mercadito @ Red Rock Taco Eating Contest Feb 1st → The post Mercadito @ Red Rock Taco Eating Contest Feb 1st appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Nashville Unplugged at Club Madrid

    Benjamin Barber
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    If you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside the heads of famous country song writers, Nashville Unplugged delivers. Get behind the music with this interactive live country music show. Nashville Unplugged brings a new twist to live performances in Las Vegas by introducing audiences to the song writers behind the music live on stage. “Already the … Continue reading Nashville Unplugged at Club Madrid → The post Nashville Unplugged at Club Madrid appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
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  • Android TV: Top Top Features Of Google's New Entertainment Box — Buffalo, NY

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Android TV: Top Top Features Of Google's New Entertainment Box - Buffalo, NY Buffalo, NYAndroid engineering is treading over the latest hike and day by day its reveal of the marketplace is getting ahead. It signifies, for you personally making texting, Push e mails, MMS could function as the hand sport and that overly inside the quiet mode. Perfect PianoReady to understand correctly notes of the pianoforte in this finest piano program produced by Revontulet Studio that has realistic piano sound, support complete computer keyboards of pianoforte, record and playback audio or piano…
  • The Best Mobile Phones To Buy Right Now — Torino, Italy

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    The Best Mobile Phones To Buy Right Now - Torino, Italy Torino, ItalyWireless bridges are useful for making an unwired connection between two LAN segments. However the price of the handset itself is not the sole feature that the phone offers, in order to save money, the proven fact that it offers Skype capabilities is certainly one of its saving graces. Time: 9:30 (Sat. You now have an OLED display on the device to show data usage. The unit is for sale in both blue and violet and also comes with a 0 megapixel camera, which also doubles up as a video capture device. Either way, if you\'ve the…
  • Boring Texas — San Antonio, TX

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Boring Texas - San Antonio, TX San Antonio, TX Where I stayed Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites SelmaLeft about 9:30 a.m. Between El Paso and San Antonio there is nothing to see. I'm serious. Stopped and ate at a Stripes gas station in Ozona. Pretty good Mexican food. Pulled into San Antonio just in time for rush hour. What a nightmare. We need to time this better. Going to eat at either Freddy's or Five Guys. Still thinking about it. Decided on Freddy's. Woke up this morning and looked out the window. There were 8 deer in the field next to the parking lot. Wild animals, cool! One of our…
  • Kuala Lumpur - 3rd Time Around ! — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Kuala Lumpur - 3rd Time Around ! - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaThursday 29 January – Almost a misty start to the day and a bit more humid than usual. But still comfortable. The bus trip to KL was advertised as one and a half hours each way but traffic was good to us and the forward journey only took 45 minutes. Our bus guide was "Suzi" from Borneo who, while interesting, had a very high pitched and loud voice and kept up a running commentary all the way into KL. Most of us were glad to get into the hustle and bustle of KL to get some peace ! Having been to KL twice…
  • January 28, 2015 — Delhi, India

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    January 28, 2015 - Delhi, India Delhi, India
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • Disneyland, Disney World: 7 Tips to Save Money, Time, Stress

    Rick Seaney
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    If you believe it’s a small, small world then you probably haven’t slogged through all 43 square miles of Florida’s Walt Disney World with little kids in tow. To be  fair, most of us haven’t; besides the rides and attractions, those miles are filled with hotels, golf courses, even a residential area but there’s still plenty of park to challenge the hardiest visitor and that’s true for Southern California’s smaller Disneyland as well. LISTEN: Rick Seaney is theme park veteran. A Cheaper, Easier Disney Experience These tips should make the Disney…
  • 5 Ways to Save on Spring Break Trips

    Rick Seaney
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Not familiar with Spring Break? The traditional week-long school holiday which varies from late February to early April was once the sole domain of college students but is now a popular vacation period for families, couples, solo travelers – everyone. The airlines know this and raise prices for Spring Break, buy you can still save money by following on flights to ski and beach cities, even Disney destinations (see below) by following these simple tips. Hurry, though – time is running short. LISTEN: Rick Seaney loves traveling at Spring Break. 5 Ways to Cheaper Trips for Spring…
  • Some Airlines Lower Fuel Surcharges. Not U.S. Airlines. Why?

    Rick Seaney
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    Good news: Some airlines are lowering fuel surcharges. But only some. LISTEN: Rick adds a few more thoughts. Airlines Lower Fuel Surcharges According to media reports, airlines dropping fuel surcharges include Qatar Airways, Japan Air Lines and Cebu Pacific which boasted about this on its website (“We’re happy to announce that there will no longer be any fuel surcharge for all flights”). UPDATE Jan. 22: Virgin Australia is reportedly cutting its fuel surcharges as well. The bad news is no U.S. airline is doing this, at least as far as we can determine. Surcharges: Sometimes…
  • How to Be the Perfect Family Travel Agent

    Rick Seaney
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Congratulations. You’ve just been named the Family Travel Agent. This may be an honor you could live without but don’t panic. The following tips will help you find cheap flights and satisfy the demands of the pickiest of relatives. LISTEN: Rick Seaney makes it real easy. 5 Easy Steps to a DIY Cheap Flight Do-it-yourself and do it right. 1. Decide on a cheap vacation destination Some suggestions: Cheap and cheap-ish cities that can be destinations unto themselves or jumping-off points for fun excursions include Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, Seattle and more recently…
  • 4 Heartwarming Travel Stories plus One Tale of Woe

    Rick Seaney
    29 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Ever have a really good experience with an airline? We hear about so many bad incidents that it seems only fair to report on heart-warming stories. Here are a few, plus one tale of woe (just to spice things up). The airline chauffeur Thanks to a delay, a JetBlue passenger in Baltimore missed the last flight home to San Francisco and it looked like she’d be stuck there overnight. Then a JetBlue employee told her there was one more flight – out of Washington Dulles – but that’s 60 miles away and she had no way to get there. No problem, said the JetBlue guy, I’ll…
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  • Here’s What Happens When Alec Baldwin “Gets Bumped” From First Class on Delta…

    Gary Leff
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    The Alec Baldwin story comes to us from the New York Daily News so it’s a bit hyperbolic. The lead is that Baldwin “was bumped to coach on a red-eye home from Sundance” although reading the story he appears to have had a first class ticket but he changed flights onto one without any first class seats available. Baldwin had been booked on a Delta flight out of Salt Lake City International Airport to Kennedy with his pregnant wife Hilaria, and their 16-month-old baby, Carmen. But according to a source on the flight, the family – who were weighed down with lots of Louis…
  • United Guts Partner Miles Earning and Looks at FAA Fines, Virgin Feeds Passengers McDonalds, and American’s CEO Speaks Too Much Truth

    Gary Leff
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:04 pm
    News and notes from around the interweb: United already destroyed its frequent flyer program as a means of rewarding actually flying on United. Now, as if there was any doubt this would happen, they have updated its charts showing the points you’ll earn for flying on its partners. And it isn’t pretty. In general you have to fly on one of the upper tier coach fares to earn full 100% flown miles. Most coach fares on partners will earn 50% or 75%. Even premium fares may not be bonused like they used to. (HT: Joe C.) The perfect storm? After a six hour delay on Virgin Atlantic at New…
  • How Hyatt Hotels Decide Whether to Make Cash and Points Awards Available: the Case of Their Best Resorts

    Gary Leff
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Hyatt introduced cash and points awards a little over a year ago. You spend part points, part cash, and the awards represent fantastic value for category 2 through 6 hotels. By spending part cash for category 2-6 hotels, you’re ‘buying the difference in points’ for between 1.2 and 1.38 cents apiece. I consider Hyatt points worth 1.4 cents apiece. But here’s the kicker: while standard award nights don’t count towards elite status with Hyatt, cash and points awards essentially count as paid rates which means that they: Count towards elite status Credit as stays or…
  • The False Narrative of Rewarding Expensive Fare Customers

    Gary Leff
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    In offering commentary on the major changes coming to the British Airways program, Lucky concludes, This change is pretty in line with what I expect from airlines in 2015: British Airways is being less rewarding to those on lower fares British Airways is being more rewarding to those on expensive fares “British Airways is being more rewarding to those on expensive fares” is what they want the narrative to be But I don’t think it’s quite accurate: Discount business fares earn less starting April 28 Silver elites earn less Premium cabin redemptions cost more So…
  • Seven Years AND COUNTING to Install New Runway Lights in New York..

    Gary Leff
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    Some folks were surprised when American Express
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  • More Political Hypocrisy, More Political Idiocy & the Badass Queen

    Tony Wheeler
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Some days you scan the morning news and the sheer hypocrisy and idiocy of our political leaders simply stuns you. My last posting was over the gall of political leaders turning up in France to march for free speech while, back home, they were busy torturing, jailing, flogging (a Saudi Arabian speciality) or even murdering people for speaking out. Subsequently it’s been the utter cynicism of assorted leaders of the free world singing the praises of the recently deceased Saudi monarch King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. It’s a bad case of Sucking up to the Saudis according to Mark Beeson,…
  • Charlie Hebdo, Hypocrisy & Saudi Arabia

    Tony Wheeler
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:13 pm
    As Marc Lynch, a professor at George Washington University, summed it up: ‘Glad so many world leaders could take time off jailing and torturing journalists and dissidents to march for free expression in France.’ Photo: Raif Badawi © Juan Osborne for Amnesty International Top of the list would have to be the Saudi Arabians – top of almost any list if hypocrisy comes into it in fact. While they’re piously speaking up for free speech they’re also flogging a blogger who had the temerity to speak out. Raif Badawi has been sentenced to receive 50 lashes every Friday for 20 weeks. Click…
  • Summing up 2014 – restaurants

    Tony Wheeler
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:16 pm
    I’ve run through my favourite theatre, films, hotels and books of 2014 – now on to the restaurants.▲ Ivan Justo in Havana The best – amazingly the year’s most interesting dining experiences were in Havana. A batch of places with interesting food, interesting décor and interesting ideas, like Cuban-Swedish fusion. Who’d have believed it? Well Peruvian restaurants have been all the go recently, so why not Cuba. Otherwise there were lots of restaurants in my two home towns – London and Melbourne. Plus assorted places in an assortment of other countries. Some international…
  • Summing up 2014 – Books

    Tony Wheeler
    10 Jan 2015 | 7:08 pm
    I’ve run through my favourite theatre, films and hotels of 2014. Here are some of the book favourites: Travel Books – I met William Blacker while I was in Transylvania last year, so reading Along the Enchanted Way, his colourful account of his love affair with Romania (and a couple of Romanians) was certainly appropriate. Laura Jean McKay’s Holiday in Cambodia isn’t much of a holiday, it’s a collection of often rather dark tales about the often troubled country, stretching from the French colonial period through the Khmer Rouge era right up to today’s backpackers and aid workers.
  • Summing up 2014 – hotels

    Tony Wheeler
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    I’ve covered film and theatre, now it’s the hotels of 2014. Industrial Chic in the US – it’s a currently popular theme and there were three notable hotels in the category. First of all Ace Hotel in New York (20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001) Coming back to W29th St one night the hotel lobby was not particularly brightly illuminated by the hotel’s own efforts. That was made up for by the Milky Way of smart phone screens, tablet screens and laptop screens uplighting every users’ face. A long table, like something you’d find in a school lunchroom, stretched the width of the…
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  • When is the best time of the year to visit Paris?

    Bryan Pirolli
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:32 am
    “Paris is always a good idea,” Audrey Hepburn told us in the 1954 film, “Sabrina”. I may be biased, but of course I agree. Winter, spring, summer or fall, there’s never a bad time to come to Paris, just better times for some travelers depending on your budget and what attractions you want to see. The shoulder seasons, the period in the fall or early spring that’s wedged between high season and low season, might offer lower prices and decent weather, but this doesn’t always mean it’s the best season to go. “I would say that the best time to come to Paris…
  • 21 simple ways I saved on my trip to London

    Craig Nelson
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:14 am
    You here it all the time from American travelers: “I’d love to visit London, but it’s just too expensive right now.” True, the British pound is still strong (especially compared to the plummeting euro), and the high prices on everything from eating out to taxis can add up fast. If dining at every Gordon Ramsay restaurant and sipping cocktails at fancy bars is your style, it will obviously be tough to keep your budget low. However, if you’re like me, and enjoy a more low-key but still very fun experience in the city, you don’t need to bring a suitcase full…
  • What the strong US dollar means for Americans traveling to Europe this year

    Tom Meyers
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    Americans traveling to Europe this year will finally have a little relief at the register, or at least a smile on their faces when they examine their credit card statements once they get home. The euro has fallen significantly against the dollar in the past six months, tumbling down to US $1.17 for 1 euro as of yesterday, a level not seen since 2006. This exchange rate brings it back to its valuation when the currency debuted in 1999. But wait, there’s more: According to news reports yesterday, Goldman Sachs predicts that the euro could drop to $1.08 by the end of 2015, and be equal to…
  • Barcelona Tapas Guide: What, where, and when to eat tapas

    Regina W Bryan
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Tapas are a celebrated and essential part of eating in Spain, and Barcelona is no exception. These snack-sized foods can be eaten hot or cold and can range from a serving of Serrano ham to a dish of codfish croquettes. They are usually eaten before the main meal accompanied by a glass of wine or beer, but it is becoming more and more popular to turn tapas into a full dinner by ordering a number of different dishes. Free Tapas? In many parts of the country (most famously in Granada), the tapas are free when you buy a drink such as a beer, wine or even a soda. Place your beverage order and a…
  • Copenhagen: Keep it cheap with the Copenhagen Card

    Tom Meyers
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Note: This article was updated on January 2, 2015 with new information, photos and links. Budget travelers get understandably nervous when visiting Copenhagen. As is the case with many other northern European capitals, prices for food, lodging and shopping can be stunningly steep. But Cheapos should not steer clear of this city of Danish design, busy bicyclists and curvaceous canals. Visitors on a tight budget can enjoy several days in Copenhagen, made much easier by the credit card-sized Copenhagen Card, the city’s tourism card. When we visited, we clutched ours at all times, which…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Things to do in Prescott, Arizona with Your Kids

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

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

    Dawn Head
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    Colorado is a fantastic vacation destination for families with children, especially Denver with kids. Most people come for the skiing, hiking, and camping. There is also lots to do in Colorado’s capital and largest city, Denver. The high altitude and dry climate of the Mile High City make for a pleasant location for enjoying different types… Read more The post Top Things to do in Denver with Kids appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Shopping Tips for Environmentally Friendly Green Furniture

    Alice Benny
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Growing number of consumers are becoming concerned with environmentally friendly practices in all aspects of their life. This concern now encompasses environmentally friendly green furniture that they bring into their homes. The furnishings are a large part of what turns a house into a home. While some people who favor an ultra-modern look may opt for materials… Read more The post Shopping Tips for Environmentally Friendly Green Furniture appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Family Road Trip Southwest Colorado and Durango

    Dawn Head
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Many people have memories of road trips traveling across the United States as a child. This past summer we were fortunate enough to be able to experience the beauty and natural wonders of southwest Colorado. We started our journey in Colorado Springs with our first destination of Pagosa Springs, a wonderful resort town, built around… Read more The post Family Road Trip Southwest Colorado and Durango appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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  • Doha: Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: A DIY Tasting Menu on Qatar Airways

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right. Qatar Airways welcomes you aboard a tantalizing journey. Should there be anything you require during your flight, Qatar Airways will be delighted to serve you. That's a high promise, coming from the cover of a menu for in-flight meals, but it's one that delivers. Qatar Airways does not simply serve a few choices of "chicken,…
  • Phoenix : Tired of Football? Here are 5 Other Things to See and Do in Phoenix This Weekend

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Horse and carriage in Old Town Scottsdale Downtown Phoenix will be insane this Super Bowl weekend, with 12 blocks roped off and transformed into Super Bowl Central. The Big Game is expected to draw over a million people, and there will be plenty of fun to be had, including the chance to meet NFL players. You should check all that out, obviously, but don't miss out on all the other cool things the greater Phoenix area has to offer. Comprised of several cities within cities, you'll have your work cut out for you exploring it all over the course of a weekend. We suggest starting with Scottsdale…
  • Slurp It! The 6 Best Oyster Bars in America Right Now

    Charyn Pfeuffer
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    As Valentine’s Day, approaches, you’re probably starting to think all sorts of sexy thoughts. Maybe how to impress your date or how to turn on the sexual healing. You may even be thinking about Oysters, a notorious aphrodisiac said to get people all hot and bothered. (You know you are, just admit it.) Or, since we're at the peak of the sick season, you might want to boost your flagging immune system. Again, consider oysters as they have more zinc per serving than any other food. And it’s been shown that zinc taken in the early stages of a cold can decrease its severity. Whether…
  • Take Yourself from London to New York, the French Way, on La Compagnie

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Last June, we learned that a new all-business class jet would by flying in the skies from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Newark. Its name? La Compagnie. Its philosophy? To be a "French boutique airline for people who like the freedom of business class travel without the business class price tag." We like French things, biz class and non-biz classes prices, so we're thinking we could be down to try it out, especially now that the airline is adding another route--London Heathrow to Newark-- on March 29. But the all-important question remains--what are the seats like?The Boeing 757-200 plane flown…
  • Airlines Adding Plenty of Super Bowl Flights, But It'll Cost You

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    In case you missed it—the Super Bowl is kicking off this Sunday and airlines are announcing extra flights to get fans down to the desert to check out the game in Arizona. Alaska Airlines often shares their fondness for the Seahawks, and they’re doing their part to get fans to the game. The carrier is adding two additional round-trip flights between Seattle and Phoenix, and as in the past those fans wearing the jersey of Russell Wilson—the Seahawks' quarterback—will score early boarding departing Seattle.
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  • Which Country Has the Wackiest Hotel Designs?

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    If you’re anything like us, you’ll have read the story about the hotel that looks like an amethyst last week, and thought immediately, “Ah, there is only one place for that – China.” And you would be right. The architects envision it as a chain, but the first is being planned for the manmade Ocean Flower island currently in construction in the sea off Hainan province. And from that came the obvious question – which country designs the maddest hotels? Several contenders spring to mind immediately:
  • Amsterdam: Sir Hotels Brings Albert to Amsterdam, Adam Is On His Way

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    Like the very handsome rooms The Hoxton is tempting us with for its upcoming Amsterdam hotel, but need a place to stay that gives you something similar in the meantime? Here is one suggestion that floated into our inbox: the new Sir Albert Amsterdam, just opened in a former diamond factory next to the city’s Museum Square. Part of Sir Hotels, with each property based on a particular character in a borderline millennial-esque way, the group has a few hotels in Germany (Berlin, Munich, Hamburg) and one in Tel Aviv, Israel. Above a shot of one of the 90 rooms and suites: white walls…
  • New York: Wait, What's Happened to the James NYC's Outside Wall?

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Hotel art: it’s sometimes expensive, usually exclusive, and normally kept well within the hallowed lobby walls. Not so at the James New York, which has just unveiled a mural on its façade on Sixth Avenue. Created by Paul Wackers, a Brooklyn artist (below), and done in conjunction with the trendy Grey Area art boutique, “Slow Dance and the Daylight” is the first external artwork for any of the James properties.
  • At Last, The Resort at Pedregal to Reopen This Weekend (No Capella Assistants Though)

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    It's been a rough four months for the The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. First, it had to deal with the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Odile. Then the luxury resort had to pick up the management pieces after the resort owners booted Capella Hotels from the property. After a bit of a legal tussle, it looks like Capella has backed down and the property will take on a new identity as The Resort at Pedregal. Coincidentally, the hotel has erased their Facebook history. The new page only has 3 four likes and all new photos. Rates next weekend start at $900 a night. No,…
  • Marriott is All 'Aboot' Canada Now That They've Picked Up Delta Hotels

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Remember when we had a first look at Delta Hotels (not related to the airline) flagship hotel in Toronto? So pretty, so sophisticated, so very Alexandra Champalimaud. And now, it is also so very Marriott.Fresh off announcing its U.S. expansion plans for Moxy Hotels, Marriott has now gone and snapped up all 38 Delta Hotels, all of which are located in Canada. Here are the terms of the signing over of Delta's soul acquisition:
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Top Photos of the Month: January’s Caribbean Island Dreams

    Viator Travel Team
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    When those January winter blues have you down, dream of floating away on a Caribbean breeze. Start the new year off right by basking on a white sand beach, sipping a fruity drink and relaxing your days away. But if you can’t make it down to the lush jungles of the Caribbean islands, you can at least take in the view from the comfort of your own living room. Dream of booking that tropical getaway while perusing our top Caribbean island photos submitted by Viator travelers just like you! Here are some of our favorite Caribbean island photos for the month of January – which Caribbean…
  • Top 8 Places to See the Northern Lights

    Zoe Smith
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the world’s most dazzling natural phenomenons, few vistas can top the Northern Lights, officially known as the Aurora Borealis (signifying the meeting of Aurora, Roman goddess of the dawn, and Borealis, the Greek North Wind). Created by solar winds interacting with charged particles in the earth’s magnetic field, the Lights appear as otherworldly streaks of green, red, yellow and purple light dancing across the arctic skies. Visible throughout the so-called “Northern Lights Oval,” countries lying in the far-northern latitudes, optimally between 10 and 20 degrees from…
  • 10 Must-Pack Items for a Europe Winter Trip

    Diana Edelman
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The weather in Europe in the wintertime is fickle. From sunny and mild in southern parts of the continent to downright frigid in others, packing for the winter months can be a challenge depending on where you are going and your length of stay. The good news is it doesn’t have to be. The key to any good packing job is being able to mix and match, layer to warm up, and peel off to cool down. So, what are the essentials to make sure you’ve got everything you need for a stylish European vacation? 1. Thermal underwear Thermal underwear can be a lifesaver during winter in Germany If…
  • Exploring Brussels with a Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

    Viator Travel Team
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Beautiful Brussels When in Belgium, eat as the Belgians do – which, if tourist lore is to be believed, is a diet consisting of fries and waffles, washed down with beer and polished off with a buffet of chocolate. And so I had two goals when I arrived in Brussels. To try all the local delicacies on offer – I didn’t want to be rude, after all! – and to be able to button my pants upon departure. Thus, I signed up for Viator’s Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop –the perfect combination of indulgence and activity. I smiled when I saw the tour’s departure point – the world’s…
  • 20 Festivals Worth Traveling for in January

    Maggie Parker
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:42 pm
    If you aren’t partied-out after New Year’s Eve, the rest of January awaits you. Consisting of some of the world’s most interesting – even controversial – festivals, the rest of the month puts New Year’s Eve to shame. World Buskers Festival – Christchurch, New Zealand World Buskers Festival. Photo credit: Dave Catchpole via Flickr. Serving as a sort of street performance convention, this beloved and rowdy New Zealand festival calls on street performers from all over the world to entertain revelers for 10 days in January. Sundance – Park City, Utah America’s largest…
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  • R.I.P. SkyMall?

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

    The World Hum Editors (
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    Abbie Kozolchyk visits a most unusual theme park in Singapore
  • Cuba, Undistilled

    The World Hum Editors (
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Tired of hearing pundits pontificating about Cuba, Chris Ryan wanted to see the island for himself -- before the coming of Best Western and American Express
  • Find World Hum Writers in ‘The Best American Travel Writing 2014’

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

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

  • Bet You’ve Never Seen a Musical Instrument Like This

    Sheila Scarborough
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    “What IS that thing?” I asked the museum guide on duty that day. “Isn’t it something else? It’s called a Deagan Organ, and if you look carefully through the photos of his bands, you’ll see the one that they played, toward the back of the picture.” The overgrown upright xylophone-ish piece of history sits nonchalantly
  • How to Navigate the Quirky Mexico City Airport

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    Serving one of the most populated cities in the world, the Mexico City airport (MEX) is a sprawling, haphazard, annoying place that can throw even the most experienced travelers for a loop. As an expat that lives a few hours away in Guanajuato, I’ve probably passed through it 30 times now. It’s the hub for
  • First Impressions of Hanoi, Vietnam, a Second Time

    Brian Spencer
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    The gentle art of crossing the street came back so quickly. It’d been years, seven years, but it felt like yesterday. Waiting for a fleeting sliver of space, waiting for that moving window of opportunity between the cars and the buses, the bicycles and the swarming beehive of motorbikes, looking right and looking left, looking
  • Scotland: Travels, Stories, Connections

    Kerry Dexter
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    There are not many countries which have the images of a poet on their currency, or have a major national day in that poet’s honor. Scotland does. That is just one thing marks this geographically small country with worldwide connections as a place of difference. Burns Night, that celebration in honor of Scotland’s national bard
  • How to Make the Most of Your Airbnb Rental or: Tips to Ensure a Jazz-Hands Airbnb Experience

    Brian Spencer
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    Vacation rental sites like Airbnb provide a wonderful opportunity to “live like a local” while traveling; to gain an approximation of what it would feel like to call a given destination your home, even if the sample size is a small one. Instead of lumping yourself in with the rest of the tourists at the
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  • Let’s go snowboarding – in West Yorkshire

    Ian Ashmore
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    Fancy hitting the slopes a short drive from Leeds or Manchester? Grab your board and head for Another World, a few miles from Halifax, with (basic) lifts and, this week, plenty of fresh showMore skiing in EnglandIn the past couple of years my snowboarding has very much become a “get it where you can” affair. With time and funds in short supply, week-long holidays have given way to a few days here and there. So whenever snow hits England I’m motivated to try to get involved here.In recent years, snow even at sea level has made it possible for me to enjoy riding rails on the mean streets…
  • Winter breaks in Europe: readers’ travel tips

    Guardian readers
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:29 am
    Thermal spas in Baden-Baden, a festival in Venice, and exploring the markets in Athens … Readers suggest their tips for winter holidays in Europe Jump on one of the bargain flights to Baden-Baden and visit the town’s thermal spas. The oldest, Friedrichsbad, has various bathing stages including soap massages, steam rooms and hot thermal pools, culminating in a dreamy sleep room with warmed beds. Afterwards, join locals sipping hot chocolate in the numerous cake shops.carasana.debowbank Continue reading...
  • Top 10 food markets in Madrid

    Kavita Mohka
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    With Madrid’s two-week Gastro Festival opening on Saturday, now is a great time to sample the best jamón, tortilla and tapas with our guide to the city’s marketsMadrid city guide: bars, restaurants, hotels and sightsMadrid’s best tapas barsThe historic wrought-iron-and-glass Mercado de San Miguel, just off Plaza Mayor, has become one of the liveliest culinary spots in the city since it reopened in 2009 after a nearly six-year restoration. Alongside stalls selling fresh produce are tapas bars offering a wide variety of treats such as gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) and banderillas…
  • Chef Sergi Blanco on Can Vallés, Barcelona

    Sergi Blanco
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:08 am
    Every time the Michelin-starred chef visits Barcelona, this superb traditional restaurant is sure to get a visitA family member in Barcelona first took me to this restaurant about 10 years ago. She knows I like to eat wild rabbit, and she told me she’d found a place that has an amazing recipe for pickled hare. It’s quite a traditional restaurant in the uptown Eixample area and they like to follow the roots of the recipes then play around with the presentation and add a twist to them.But they don’t take risks with the taste, and preserve those well known Barcelona flavours. They have a…
  • Airbnb's latest listing: sleep in a Courchevel cable car

    Will Coldwell
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Courchevel ski resort in France is giving four guests the chance to spend the night in one of their cable cars, 2,738 metres above sea levelFor most people, the prospect of spending a night in a cable car is the stuff of nightmares. The team at Courchevel ski resort in France, however, begs to differ: they are offering the chance to win a night’s stay in one of their cable cars, the Saulire gondola, through the website Airbnb.The cable car, which has been fully converted to include two beds and furnishings – although no bathroom – will provide a room with a view for four guests this…
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  • Join our New in Travel chat on Twitter at #LPChat

    Emma Sparks
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
      Lonely Planet’s experts are constantly seeking out the latest travel trends, emerging destinations and brand new attractions to bring you the best of what the world has to offer. To celebrate the launch of our free ebook, New in Travel, join us on Twitter as we discuss some of our latest discoveries as well as your plans for 2015. The most inspiring and creative tweeter will win a Lonely Planet guidebook of their choice. Download New in Travel for free here. How do I take part? 1. Follow @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #LPChat on Twitter on Thursday 29 January from 4pm GMT/11am…
  • Meet a traveller: Phil Weller, heavy metal travel journalist

    Anita Isalska
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    A notepad, a guitar and the open road. That’s all music and travel journalist Phil Weller needs for his next trip. We caught up with Phil to find out about his travel dreams, disasters, and his plans to tour Europe’s best rock and metal music destinations. Where was your last trip? My last trip was a weekend to exotic Sheffield in England. I was looking for somewhere cheap and easy to get to, in order to write a sample chapter for my book about heavy metal travel. It’s a city I’ve never been to before and I really enjoyed exploring it. It’s an intimate place and there…
  • Storify: South Dakota road trip in pictures

    Alexander Howard
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    Lonely Planet’s Destination Editor Alexander Howard travelled to South Dakota in September to check out the state’s best sights. And to see what new adventures he could find. A cowboy watches a herd of buffalo in Custer State Park, SD. Image by Alexander Howard / Lonely Planet [View the story “The making of an adventure in South Dakota” on Storify] Follow @alexmhoward for updates and news about South Dakota and other destinations in the Western United States and Canada, and keep an eye out for Lonely Planet’s USA guide in March 2016. Head to Lonely…
  • LP Pathfinders: top posts from December 2014

    Emma Sparks
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    Genghis Khan statue, Tsonjin Boldog, Mongolia. Image by Ludovic Hirlimann / CC BY-SA 2.0 Ever wanted to escape to the Mongolian wilderness, or motorbike along India’s tropical coast? Perhaps a stint on Bora Bora is more your thing? Now is the perfect time of year to start turning your travel dreams into reality. We’ve curated a selection of the latest blogs from our Lonely Planet pathfinders to help inspire you. Bora Bora on a budget – Kia Abdullah Bora Bora, that French Polynesian isle found so often on the cover of glossy brochures and in wanderlusters’…
  • Lonely Planet Kids: safari story competition

    Emma Sparks
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    New year, new challenge for your little explorers. Let their imaginations run wild and follow the instructions below for the chance to win a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books! The Task Imagine you are a safari guide in East Africa. Tell us (in no more than 200 words) what your life would be like, starting your story with ‘If I were a safari guide…’ Here are some helpful questions to think about: Where would you live? What would you wear? How would you get to work? What would your favourite animal on safari be and why? What other animals and wildlife would you show your…
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  • Surprise! I Changed My Mind About Vienna

    Matt Long
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
      In 2003, my partner and I spent ten days traveling through Europe; specifically Prague, Munich, Salzburg and Vienna. Vienna was the last stop on the trip and I was admittedly tired after a long week on the road. Maybe that’s why I didn’t immediately fall in love with this great European capital, but I didn’t. No, instead I left not disliking the city, but not really liking it either. It was just OK and I couldn’t imagine wanting to return. When I learned that Vienna was a stop on our Viking River Cruise trip along the Danube though, I was excited. Excited to see what a decade…
  • Mountain Stream In Alberta, Canada

    Matt Long
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:50 pm
    The post Mountain Stream In Alberta, Canada appeared first on LandLopers.
  • My 7 Favorite Moments in Egypt

    Matt Long
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    After any trip, one of the first things I do is to go over my notes and start editing photos. Doing both at about the same time helps me preserve important memories I might otherwise forget and to start the process of organizing my thoughts about a new destination. The initial result is a collection of favorite moments, specific points in time that weren’t just nice, but which came to define the trip for me. I had many such moments in Egypt, and as I review my notes I thought it better to start my coverage of this beautiful country with some of the more important events that shaped my…
  • Perfect View For Lunch In San Marino

    Matt Long
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:50 pm
    The post Perfect View For Lunch In San Marino appeared first on LandLopers.
  • My Personal 40 Before 40 Challenge

    Matt Long
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    I’m old, I know that. I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but here we are and today I turn 39. Sigh. That’s ok though, I’ve mostly come to terms with it but before next year when I turn the dreaded 40, I want to challenge myself to leave my 30s on as positive a note as possible. But wait! I know what you’re thinking, that this is a tired blogger ploy to generate yearlong interest in a post. While I won’t deny that would be nice, that’s not actually the reason for this slightly unusual 40 before 40 post. I’m fairly positive that Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep didn’t intend…
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  • How To Best Plan Your Train Travel In Spain

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

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

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

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

    Craig and Linda
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Hannah and Adam are 2013 Bloggies Award finalists and editors of Getting Stamped. They have already covered the Philippines, New Zealand, and Cambodia, and that’s only a small portion of the destinations they’ve made it to on their current two-year travel jaunt. Their Acacia Africa overland expedition departing on May 4 will take them across seven countries; but before they head for the continent, we thought we’d ask them about their expectations for this once-in-a-lifetime journey, and get their perspective and helpful tips for other first-time travellers to Africa. Out of all the…
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  • F is for Faschingskrapfen

    Pam Mandel
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Bad Aussee’s Mercedes Bridge. No. The first time I visited the town of Bad Aussee, my brain fritzed out a little; irony wired city hipsters like me have a hard time processing a place where lederhosen and dirndls are common attire, even amongst the young. Bad Aussee is very pretty; it’s a spa town but it came to regional prominence as a center for the salt trade. It’s held on to tradition, though you have to over look the eyesore of a pedestrian bridge that’s in the shape of a Mercedes hood ornament. Bad Aussee has a very good bakery, the Temmel/Lewanadowsky, in a…
  • A Lecture on How the Decline in Quality Baking is Your Own Damn Fault

    Pam Mandel
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Dear valued customers, We closed Backerei Klackl on August 15, 2011. We could not continue to run our bakery without either raising our prices or compromising on quality and variety. We were not prepared to do either. For more than 250 years there’s been a bakery next to this former toll bridge. For generations, this bakery followed baker’s guild standards and offered the residents of Bad Aussee the highest quality products. In recent times, values have changed dramatically. People buy bread from the gas station, bake-your-own dough from the freezer section, or mass produced…
  • K is for Kipferl

    Pam Mandel
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:33 am
    Austrians like to claim they invented (fill in the blank) when it comes to food. Thing is, they once had such an extensive empire that okay, okay, the well known (fill in the blank) was probably conceived on their turf while they had that turf. Austrians claim the kipferl, the progenitor of the croissant, as their own, though in this case, if you accept that Vienna is the kipferl’s home, geography favors the Austrians. In 1683, the city of Vienna was under siege by the Ottoman Empire. When the siege was broken and Holy Roman Empire victorious, the bakers of Vienna cranked out crescent…
  • T is for Topfenstrudel

    Pam Mandel
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    We have had extended kitchen table discussions — in Austria and the US — about what, exactly, “topfen” is. I contend it’s ricotta, but the Austrians insist its something different. These state department level negotiations have not prevented topfenstrudel from appearing in my Seattle kitchen on numerous occasions, though said strudel has always appeared upon my return from an overnight or a long day out of the house. It’s as though my kitchen has been invaded by some kind of strudel producing elves. That or perhaps the production of strudel in the US is a…
  • E is for Eierlikörtorte

    Pam Mandel
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Johanneskapelle, Aigen This part of the Ennstal is a river valley lined by a bunch of tiny villages. People have lived here for a good long time; the church just up the hill was established in the 1100s, but there’s still not much by way of urban — or even suburban — development. The bakery closed, and the post office and the shoe store moved into town. There’s a new cafe where the old cafe once was and there are a handful of traditional guest houses, some are pub style restaurants, a few are also small inns where you can get a room. Gasthof Wöhrer is one of those…
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  • What $7.50 Gets You in a Guatemalan Supermarket

    Tim Leffel
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
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  • For USA Travels, Pick Your Cluster

    Tim Leffel
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • Use Temporary Downturns to Your Travel Advantage

    Tim Leffel
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
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  • Some Tried and True Vacation Savings Advice

    Tim Leffel
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
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  • Biking Britain End to End, a Quest in Guatemala, and Bloggers Searching for Strangeness

    Tim Leffel
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Live like a local - home swap newsletter

    Home Base Holidays
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    Home swap holidays - live like a local Read the latest: Home Swappers Newsletter Home swaps just in: Woodlands, Monserrat & Bosa, Sardinia, Italy Home Base Holidays - 30 year anniversary  New partner - Radio Times Home swap tip - how to treat your home swap home Swap report - a wonderful English summer 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. Related articles Home Swappers, the Home Exchange Newsletter, December 2014 'Living France': Home from Home - house swapping…
  • Clear the clutter before your home swap holiday

    Home Base Holidays
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    There are many reasons why swapping homes becomes increasingly popular. Obviously being free accommodation means that it is an extremely budget friendly way of traveling. It also gives you the opportunity to enjoy all the space and convenience of staying in a real home rather than in cramped expensive hotels. The vast majority of our home swap offers are very welcoming and comfortable places to spend your holidays - with some homes even trully luxourious. To make sure your own home swap offer stands out spend some time tidying and de-cluttering your home before taking the photos for your home…
  • A home swap promise: ‘We’ll treat your home as if everything is brand new’

    Home Base Holidays
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    A popular promise on house swap entries is: "We'll look after your home as if it were our own." What does that actually mean? I'd suggest that you look after everything in your house swap home as you would your own when things are new. However shabby the carpets may look, treat them as you did your own when they were newly laid. When relaxing on the sofa, imagine that it's just been delivered. And remember how careful you were when you'd just finished decorating? It's really not difficult I promise you and doesn't detract from your enjoyment at all. But what to do if something goes wrong?
  • Home swap trip report: Wonderful holiday in Yorkshire

    Home Base Holidays
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    We're always delighted to hear members' home swap experiences. The following trip report is from Alicia, a member from La Laguna in the Canary Islands who swapped homes with Vicky & Matt from Yorkshire, England: "The exchange with Vicky and Matt was a big success. We felt instantly welcome at their home- they left dinner for us as well as homemade beer and elderflower cordial, and we sat in the lovely garden to eat and enjoy the summer evening- what more could you ask for? The two weeks went really fast as we visited Leeds, York, Harrogate, quaint villages, wonderful estate homes... we…
  • Home swaps in 2015 - home exchange newsletter

    Home Base Holidays
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    Arrange your 2015 home swap vacations Read the latest: Home Swappers Newsletter Featured listing: Sea view home in Ajaccio, France Member report: Wonderful home exchange in Yorkshire 'Living France' magazine featuring Home Base Holidays Top 10 home swap blog posts 2 week free home swap trial 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. Related articles Home Swappers, the Home Exchange Newsletter, December 2014 'Living France': Home from Home - house swapping Happy holidays and…
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    Twitter Travels

  • Park City For Adaptive Skiers

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    Types of Terrain Park City Utah has three main ski resorts: The Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Park City Mountain Resort (you can book at any of them through this website) all situated around the Wasatch Mountains. The Canyons has 3,700 acres of diverse terrain encompassing 8 different mountains and offers 163 different trails. Deer Valley offers world-class skiing with freshly powdered slopes, as well as cross country skiing, snowmobile tours, snowshoeing, and tubing. Consistently ranked in the top 10 mountain resorts in North America, Park City Resort offers 3,300 acres of various…
  • Introducing the Best Furniture Museums in the US

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

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

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

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

  • Our Tour Reunion Parties Aren’t the Same Old Song and Dance

    Rick Steves
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    In this video we see the Prague Castle Orchestra kicking off the first of six tour alumni parties that we hosted last week. About 2,000 of the travelers who joined us on our tours last year gathered here for a massing of the scrapbooks. At each party I enjoyed introducing guides who would share from their cultures. In this clip you’ll also see Federico from Madrid singing a little opera and managing to attract Concepción from Sevilla in her dashing flamenco dress. And you’ll notice how, through the language of her fan, she communicates how fast her heart is beating. To enjoy much more…
  • Our Guides Reveal Their Hidden Talents

    Rick Steves
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Last week we hosted more than a hundred of our guides from all over Europe at our Seattle-area headquarters for a series of workshops, parties, and brain-storming sessions. A favorite night for me is when I invite all our guides over to my house. In this clip, we pack my living room to hear the Prague Castle Orchestra and enjoy two of a slew of skits from our annual guides’ talent show. First, England’s royal family drops by so the queen can knight me “Sir Steven Ricks.” Then our Scottish guides entertain with Colin of Glasgow showing off his kilt (and — spoiler alert — the…
  • The Rick Steves Tour Guides Disco Party Boat

    Rick Steves
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you have a lot of European friends in town in Seattle, a perfect night out is dancing in your own private party boat on the Puget Sound with a 1970s disco theme. Our tour guides emptied the shelves and shirt racks at the local secondhand shop to fashion extravagant 1970s costumes, and we had the night of our lives. Want to see more fun photos and videos from my tours program? Like the Rick Steves Europe Tours page on Facebook!
  • Showing Our Visiting Tour Guides a Good Time

    Rick Steves
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    When you have guests visiting from Europe, it just makes sense to invite them into your home. So last Thursday night, we opened our doors to well over a hundred Rick Steves Tours guides from across Europe. Along with the party came an amazing sharing of music and cultures. Then, on Sunday morning, we loaded our guides into old school buses and ventured into Seattle to feel the excitement of our quest for a second Super Bowl triumph. On our way to a rainy, city-wide tailgate party, we served Bloody Marys and Seahawks-colored donuts. What a memory for our guides — all of them instant…
  • Celebrating 2014 and Looking Ahead to 2015 at Our Tour Reunion

    Rick Steves
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:35 pm
    The annual Rick Steves’ Tour Reunion has dominated our work for the last ten days. The event is a twofer: a huge party celebrating tour members who joined us in Europe last year, and a “guide summit” with lots of strategic meetings for more than a hundred tour guides. Last Friday and Saturday, we welcomed nearly 2,000 alums who had joined our tours in 2014. We filled a big room for six parties over two days. And with so many guides in town from Europe and across the USA, we took advantage of the opportunity to huddle before and after the parties. During the big all-guides…
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  • Airport Hotel Highs: When Getting Stuck in an Airport is like Having a Vacation in Itself

    Mircea Giurca
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    There are times when you get stuck in an airport due to inclement weather or to some disturbance at your destination. When bad luck hounds your plans, these airport hotels might change your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nature’s Prettiest Rock Formations

    Mircea Giurca
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:25 pm
    When it comes to natural rock formations, the world really has more to offer than the Stonehenge. While the Stonehenge is impressive, you mustn’t miss out on these other geographical beauties as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 9 of the Most Beautiful Islands you must explore around the world

    Mircea Giurca
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    When you are in one of these islands on our list, you just have to forget about everything and let go. Each is a paradise with pristine waters, lush green flora and fauna, and the breeze blowing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ice Cream Parlors You Shouldn’t Miss Out on In the US

    Mircea Giurca
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Summer is fast approaching, and if you find yourself in Portmouth, NH, you know that nothing tops the afternoon better than ice cream in one of the city’s famous parlors. Actually, anywhere in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Swimming with the Whale Shark in Donsol, Sorsogon (Philippines)

    Mircea Giurca
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    If you are in search for a big adventure, there is nothing bigger than swimming with a 60 feet long and 40 ton creature like a whale shark. There is a small town in the southern tip of the big island... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Daily Catch

  • Shady Chic

    Hannah Sills
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer This hat’s wide brim and stylish stripes make it both practical and fashionable for a day on the beach. San Diego Hat Company Ultrabraid Stripe Floppy with XL Brim in Mixed Brown, $30;
  • Out of the Blue

    Sophia Jones
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    Courtesy of Manufacturer We love the lens color of these time-honored, aviator-style shades. Warby Parker Batten Glasses in Jet Silver, $145;
  • Delightful Dishes

    Hannah Sills
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer These bowls’ bright colors and fun patterns would look perfect in a laid-back beach house kitchen. Lotta Jansdotter Small Serving Bowl, $49 for a set of four;
  • Playful Patterns

    Sophia Jones
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
      Courtesy of Manufacturer This dish could brighten any table. We love its vibrant colors. French Bull Florentine 11” Melamine Dinner Plate, $34 for set of four;
  • Coastal Carry-All

    Hannah Sills
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Courtesy of manufacturer We love how this fashionable bag is made from a reclaimed sail and horse reins. Susan Hoff Original Hardware Tote Limited Edition in Chartreuse, $360;
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  • The unexpected effect of technology in the hotel employee-guest exchange
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:10 pm
    A new Cornell study examines the interaction of high tech and high touch at a hotel front desk and explains how technology can improve guest satisfaction while also maintaining the connection between employees and guests.
  • Hoteliers need to be on their toes to keep RevPAR momentum
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:09 pm
    According to the latest TravelClick data, US hotels kicked off 2015 with strong growth in rate across all travel segments. However, beyond carefully monitoring the strong group business, hoteliers also need to keep an eye on the pace of corporate bookings as they appear to be getting softer.
  • European travel surges as US dollar strengthens
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:08 pm
    This year will yield strong luxury travel bookings and there will be an increased preference for European excursions as the United States dollar strengthens, according to Travel Leaders Group’s latest survey.
  • Qunar counting for technology and hotels to break-through
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:07 pm
    While Ctrip never refrains from asserting the fact that the OTA stands for its performance that reflects in profitability, Qunar is confident of a major break-through in the next couple of years.
  • eDreams Odigeo hits turbulence
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    A Wall Street Journal review of complaints against the company found indications of irregularities in dozens of cases. Some involved billing twice for a single ticket or concealing additional costs in advertised prices - practices lawyers say would violate European Union consumer-protection laws.
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    The Gypsy's Guide

  • The Gypsy in San Francisco: Sunday, February 8

    Angela K. Nickerson
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    If you live near the Bay Area, I hope you'll plan to join me in San Francisco on Sunday, February 8 for a wonderful Italy event!A Celebration of Italy's Big Three: Rome, Florence, and VeniceSunday, February 8 at 4:30 pm Museo Italo Americano at Ft. Mason Center in San FranciscoCost: free, but space is limited! Please RSVP: 415.673.2200 Moderated by Susan Van Allen (author of 50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go), the panel will feature:Angela Nickerson: author of A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome (that's me!)JoAnn Locktov: author of Dream of VeniceJoe…
  • 2015: A New Year!

    Angela K. Nickerson
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Dear friends,It has been a long time. And a lot has happened in the last year -- heck, a lot has happened in the last few months. In December my family and I moved from San Francisco to Dallas, Texas. A big change! But it is one which allows me to get back to writing projects and away from a "day job." That is a wonderful change! So, I'll be back to blogging a bit. I have some big projects to tackle. And I'll be traveling again. Yippee!All of that, and at long last I'll be fully transitioning this blog over to the new platform. So stay tuned for all of those changes!My next trip: Rome,…
  • Under Construction

    Angela K. Nickerson
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    At long last I am moving The Gypsy's Guide from a blog platform to a website platform. It will take awhile to do, but I know that the results will be worth it! Stay tuned!
  • Help Reunite these People with their Vacation Photos

    Angela K. Nickerson
    15 May 2013 | 11:45 pm
    A friend of a friend found a memory card today (May 14) at O'Hare. It contains over 800 photos of these people and appears to be from a trip to the South Pacific. Help reunite these people with their memories via social media!How can you help?If you know them, put us in contact!If not, post this on Facebook or Twitter and help spread the word. I know firsthand how horrible it is to lose photos from a trip. Hopefully we can reunite these people with theirs!
  • The Best Obituary I've Ever Read

    Angela K. Nickerson
    7 May 2013 | 3:29 pm
    A few years ago I did a book signing at the Hancock County Library in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. I don't know if I met Ms. Larroux, who at one time sat on the board of their foundation, or any of her family, but her obituary takes me back to a lovely day spent in a charming town -- one clearly with some residents with a great sense of humor.Blessings to the family and friends of Ms. Larroux!Antonia Larroux Obituary: View Antonia Larroux's Obituary by New York Times: 'via Blog this'
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  • Disney News Round Up: Diamond Celebration and more!

    Anthony Hays
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Diamonds, Diamonds, everywhere! Last night we had the official announcement of the Disneyland 60th Anniversary. What do you think about the upcoming changes? Underwhelmed or Overwhelmed? We have photos below of the current concept designs…The post Disney News Round Up: Diamond Celebration and more! appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Epcot News and Photos

    Cory Disbrow
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:01 am
    There are lots of fun things to see and chat about today from Walt Disney World. Let’s tour Epcot and see what’s new.   Disney fans are going crazy for the park-specific mugs now being…The post Epcot News and Photos appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disneyland Paris Update: Discoveryland, Frozen, New Port Bay Club and more

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:29 am
    We’d like to welcome Max to MiceChat. And while his column may be new, his name should sound familiar to you. Alain Littaye has used Max’s photos in his updates here on MiceChat for years.…The post Disneyland Paris Update: Discoveryland, Frozen, New Port Bay Club and more appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Frozen Fun Comes to the Disney Cruise Line

    Jason Leppert
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Frozen fun is officially set to come to the Disney Cruise Line this summer 2015 with a treasure trove of new experiences onboard and off. Fittingly, the film and its beloved characters – Elsa, Anna,…The post Frozen Fun Comes to the Disney Cruise Line appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Jeff and George Review The Mickey Mouse Reader by Gary Apgar

    George Taylor
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    George: The Mickey Mouse Reader is not your typical book about Disney history or about Mickey Mouse. Gary Apgar has collected and curated almost 70 articles from Mickey’s earliest moments until 2012. These are articles…The post Jeff and George Review The Mickey Mouse Reader by Gary Apgar appeared first on MiceChat.
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    A Luxury Travel Blog

  • Photograph of the week: Concord Point lighthouse on Independence Day

    Paul Johnson
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:24 am
    Concord Point lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Maryland that the public is allowed to access, sits bayside in the city Havre de Grace, Maryland. Historic Havre de Grace is a great place for tourists and locals alike to experience authentic Maryland seafood, boating, fishing and events throughout the year. This photo was taken over Independence […] Photograph of the week: Concord Point lighthouse on Independence Day is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Photograph of the week: Concord Point lighthouse on Independence Day appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 experiences not to miss in Hungary’s Budapest

    Andy McNulty
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    Often referred to as the Pearl of the Danube, or The Heart of Europe, these warm and rich labels sit at the core of Budapest. It’s rich in history and heritage, yet full of a youthful energy and vibrancy. A fizzing nightlife, great restaurants and a diversity of activities that include relaxing river cruises and thermal baths, ice skating, exploring […] 5 experiences not to miss in Hungary’s Budapest is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 experiences not to miss in Hungary’s Budapest appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 4 museums you might not know in Paris

    Didier Moinel Delalande
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
    Every tourist has heard of le Louvre, le Musée d’Orsay or le centre Georges Pompidou. Though they are among the top world museums, you might wish during your stay in Paris to discover less famous and less crowded places. Here is our selection of four of the best museums in Paris that you might not know […] Top 4 museums you might not know in Paris is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 4 museums you might not know in Paris appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Two treasures in Bali, Island of the Gods

    Paul Johnson
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:52 pm
    If you’re looking for somewhere to truly relax, then spare a thought for Bali and the luxurious accommodation on offer from Tjendana Villas – a collection of six unique properties, all finished to a high standard. Among the group is The Club Villas in the heart of Seminyak, combining Balinese living with modern touches, and […] Two treasures in Bali, Island of the Gods is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Two treasures in Bali, Island of the Gods appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 unmissables in New Zealand

    Tom Barber
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:44 am
    Forget the interminable operas of Richard Wagner, the cinematic Lord of the Rings cycle feels like it has gone on for ever. Mercifully the Tolkien-fest has reached its conclusion (the ones with furry feet and pointy ears won) so New Zealand can revert from being a cinematic backdrop – albeit a fabulously beautiful one – […] 5 unmissables in New Zealand is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 unmissables in New Zealand appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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    Discovering Puerto Rico

  • 2015 San Sebastian Street Festival Schedule

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    Puerto Rico’s biggest festival The San Sebastian Street Festival in Old San Juan starts this Thursday Jan 15, 2015. Check out the daily schedule below: Thursday, January 15 10am to 10pm, The Cuartel de Ballajá and various Old San Juan Plazas will be home to around 350 artisans who will be displaying and selling their works Corner of San José & Luna Streets 8:30pm, Sebastián y los Adoquines Plaza del Quinto Centenario 5pm to 9pm, Opening ceremony and dedication of the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián to Félix “Tito” Trinidad 9:30pm, Pirulo y la Tribu Plaza de Armas 5pm, Dj…
  • Surviving the San Sebastian Street Festival, Old San Juan

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:42 am
    The 2015 San Sebastian Street Festival kicks off in Old San Juan on Thursday Jan 15 until Sunday Jan 18, 2015. This is the largest festival in Puerto Rico with thousands of locals and visitors descending on Old San Juan to PARTY by day and by night. Think Mardis Gras or Notting Hill Carnival to get an idea. There will also be be around 350 local artisans and over 50 musical groups taking part over the 4 days. Saying that Old San Juan is going to be busy is an understatement. For those of you planning on attending the Festival or just staying in or visiting Old San Juan; here are my Survival…
  • Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Puerto Rico

    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

    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

    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
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    Travel Happy

  • Phanom Rung Temple At Sunrise

    Chris Mitchell
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Phanom Rung is one of Thailand’s best preserved Angkor-era temples, and it’s well worth the effort to see it at sunrise Phanom Rung Temple, Buriram, Thailand One of the first places I ever visited in Thailand – indeed, in South East Asia – was Phanom Rung temple, back in August 2003. It was my first experience of seeing Angkor-era temples and made me an instant Angkor history nerd. There is something about the grace and power of Angkor architecture that just really moves me and I’ve never really been able to explain it coherently to myself, let alone anyone else.
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Vertigo Bar Sunset, Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok

    Chris Mitchell
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Sunset drinks at Vertigo is a fantastic – and surprisingly cheap – way to lord it over Bangkok. It rarely fails to impress friends and family when they visit the city. Vertigo Bar Sunset, Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok 27 January 2011, 4 Years Ago: There’s no shortage of rooftop bars in Bangkok, but my favourite is still Vertigo, perched 51 floors above the Banyan Tree hotel in Sathorn. Vertigo is aptly named – one friend found the 360 degree panoramic open air views a little too much to cope with, although perhaps it was simply the altitude giving his gin an adverse…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Ocean Reflection, Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Chris Mitchell
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    For many, the Maldives are all about palm trees and pristine white sand – but for me, my visits have been spent almost entirely on (and under) the water Ocean Reflection, Ari Atoll, Maldives 21 January 2011, 4 Years Ago: Despite being surrounded everywhere by water, what I’m reminded most of in the Maldives is the desert. There’s something about the endless emptiness of the sea, unbroken and uniform like sand dunes rolling ever on to the horizon, that play tricks with the mind and distorts perspectives. The Maldives as a country is defined as much by the water that surrounds it as…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Cannibal Rock, Komodo, Indonesia

    Chris Mitchell
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Komodo has many spectacular places to see, both above and below the water – Cannibal Rock is one of my favourites Soft Corals, Cannibal Rock, Horseshoe Bay, Komodo National Park 13 January 2013, 2 Years Ago: Scuba diving is the fundamental reason I’ve travelled over the last 12 years. From a semi-disastrous start learning to dive in the UK (enough to put anyone off diving for life) to tentative steps trying it out again in Egypt and then Australia, diving became my passion. It’s led me to places I had no idea existed when I left the UK in 2002, many of which are documented on…
  • 12 Years Of Travel: Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

    Chris Mitchell
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    The Great Ocean Road was where my backpacking adventures began 12 years ago – and almost put me off backpacking for life The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia 6 January 2003, 12 Years Ago: This picture was taken right at the beginning of my backpacking travels. I’d spent December 2002 mooching around Sydney with friends and then decamped to Melbourne to mooch with more friends there. This was my first real backpacking excursion, on my own with strangers – a 2 day, 1 night trip down the Great Ocean Road, departing and returning to Melbourne. Hardly the…
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  • Hawaii humpback whale sanctuary begins 20th annual volunteer whale census, Jan. 31

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Hawaii humpback whale sanctuary begins 20th annual volunteer whale census, Jan. 31 Photo: NOAA HIHWNMSIn September, a tour boat off the coast of Kauai spotted the first humpback of the 2014-2015 whale-watching season. Now with Hawaii’s whale season in full swing, its time to figure out about how many of the endangered North Pacific humpbacks made the migration to Hawaii’s warm waters this year. Hawaii residents and visitors are invited to take part in 20th annual
  • First Jersey Fun Run to set up obstacle course through Oahu’s Aloha Stadium, Jan. 31

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    First Jersey Fun Run to set up obstacle course through Oahu’s Aloha Stadium, Jan. 31 Photo: David Croxford.Calling all sports fans! If you’re in Honolulu this weekend and want to get active the day before settling into the couch for Super Bowl XLIX, consider the Jersey Fun Run.The first-ever Jersey Fun Run promises a just-under two-mile interactive running and walking obstacle course through Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium. The family-oriented event will take place this Sat., Jan. 31. The race's course will circle the arena's exterior and follow the spiral ramps up to the…
  • Hidden reserve of freshwater discovered on Hawaii Island

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    Hidden reserve of freshwater discovered on Hawaii Island Akaka Falls on Hawaii Island. NOTE: The freshwater found by scientists is in an underground reservoir in the central part of Hawaii Island. This waterfall is located in a state park north of Hilo.  Photo: Hawaii Tourism (HTA)/Kirk Lee Aeder.Surrounded by thousands of miles of salt water, life sustaining freshwater is one of Hawaii’s most precious resources. Early Hawaiians had strict kapu (laws) governing the conservation and use of water, and the Island's water supply and management has played an
  • What do Hawaii’s high surf warnings and advisories mean?

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:24 am
    What do Hawaii’s high surf warnings and advisories mean? Waves at Ehukai, Banzai Pipeline. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.If you’re in the Islands this week—especially if you’re on a north or west-facing coast—you’ve probably noticed Hawaii's big winter waves are back. Tonight, the National Weather Service Forecast Office is again calling for average wave heights of 20-30 feet off Oahu's North Shore. A suite of high surf advisories and warnings have also been issued for locations across the state.This is nothi...
  • Five Hawaiian Islands featured in Travel Channel’s “The Trip: 2015”

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Five Hawaiian Islands featured in Travel Channel’s “The Trip: 2015” Travel Channel host Samantha Brown in Monday's episode of "The Trip: 2015." Photo: Travel Channel.If this week's season finale of “Bizarre Foods” on Hawaii Island didn’t whet your appetite for a Hawaii vacation, we’r...
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  • Haitian Food: From Pwason to Pikliz

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

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

    Audrey Scott
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    By Audrey ScottThere are plenty of “2015 Hot Travel Destination” lists circulating, even though the dust has settled a bit on looks forward. As we field questions about our own favorite destinations, most memorable experiences and where we recommend people to travel this year, we thought we’d add a twist to the traditional 2015 travel lists and share some places that might not be on your travel radar — but maybe should be. In travel marketing speak, one might call these emerging, recovery or even under-discovered destinations. But in our experience, they are simply…
  • Year in Review: Best Travel Instagram Photos of 2014

    Audrey Scott
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    By Audrey Scott The end of the year is almost here. For many, us included, it is a time to take stock of one year’s passing before moving onto the next. We take pause before the champagne gets pulled out on New Year’s Eve for reflection, gratitude, and perspective on life, work and travel. In full disclosure, 2014 wasn’t the best of years for me. I lost my step-father and my grandfather earlier in the year, two people with whom I was very close. They were both inspirations to me in the importance of giving back, humility and telling great stories. They were always supportive of…
  • Bassin-Bleu Waterfall — Jacmel, Haiti [360-Degree Panorama]

    Daniel Noll
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    By Daniel NollLife is a continual exercise in expectation management. Witness our journey to the Bassin-Bleu waterfall outside of Jacmel in southern Haiti.Haiti, it turns out, possesses quite a many blue pools, all quite aptly if not unimaginatively named Bassin-Bleu or “blue pool.” The most famous of these, pictured below, is outside the town of Jacmel. If all the photos of Haiti’s bassins-bleus are anything to go by, each one is pretty much the essence of inviting: hidden and tempting; turquoise, deep blue or mystically translucent pools of water depending on the angle of the sun…
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  • Park City to Phoenix | Watch Betsy Donley’s Medjet Story

    World Wide Will
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Many Medjet members purchase their membership for a big international trip but it is always good to remember that an annual membership is in play anytime you are traveling more than 150 miles from your primary residence. For this very reason Medjet finds that almost 60% of transports are domestic. Many…
  • Traveling With the NFL – Letter from the President

    World Wide Will
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    It’s as universal as brand recognition gets. In the United States, fan or not, everyone knows the logo. They call it the ‘Shield.’ By any name, it represents excellence, dependability and excitement. It is top of the heap internationally in sports. Of course it’s the National Football League and now…
  • Andrew Harper Announces the 2015 Grand Award Winners

    World Wide Will
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    From 27 countries, 139 hotel reviews, 111 restaurant experiences and an array of new people, destinations and travel experiences, Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report is thrilled to honor the very best from the past 12 months’ travels in this year’s Grand Awards issue. View the 2015 Grand Award winners, plus a…
  • Medjet vs. Platinum Cards

    World Wide Will
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    We hear this all of the time, “I carry the American Express Platinum card so I don’t need MedjetAssist, right?”  Wrong!  Some in the marketplace believe that Amex Platinum gives you the same transport benefits as your MedjetAssist membership. After taking a few minutes to review the table below it becomes readily apparent why…
  • Medjet Update: Influenza Report – Actions to Fight the Flu

    World Wide Will
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    By: John Gobbels MedjetAssist VP/COO It’s that time of year again and we are seeing multiple member calls about Flu related illnesses and hospitalizations. According to the CDC’s FluView report, influenza activity in the U.S. remains high but there are early signs that activity has begun to decrease in parts…
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  • ALT Hotel :: Toronto

    Ava Stochinsky
    2 Jan 2015 | 1:18 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…
  • Tom Colicchio`s Heritage Steak :: Las Vegas

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

    Kate Weir
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    Were you lucky enough to find a Get a Room! gift voucher in your Christmas stocking?  If so, and you’re still umm-ing and ahh-ing over which boutique hotel to stay in, why not spend it on a romantic Valentine’s Day minibreak? We’ve rounded up heart-rate-raising hideaways with last-minute availability to suit all budgets, where one night is worth more than 1,000 cuddly teddy bears and utterly trumps that dinner you had planned… BUDGET BOUTIQUE MINIBREAKS VINTAGE-CHIC CONVERSIONS VAULT KARAKOY, HOUSE HOTEL  ISTANBUL, TURKEY Cool Karaköy neighbourhood  In-house…
  • Travel gallery: Chicago is our kind of town

    Laura House
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Forget all that Second City business, we’ve taken quite a shine to the home of the skyscraper, deep dish pizza and a world-renowned blues scene (and the fabulous Chicago boutique hotels, of course). Smith founders James and Tamara Lohan popped over for a Chicago visit late last fall, and found it so engaging that they’re returning to the Windy City for a quick hello this week, too. Our reviewers have also fallen for this midwestern city perched on Lake Michigan (just a two-hour flight from NYC). Berlin-based owner of the Soto boutique in Mitte and all-around creative…
  • Sweet digs: three of the best chocolate-themed hotels

    Amelia Mularz
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:54 pm
    As we gear up for Valentine’s – a day that’s filled with truffles, bonbons and fudge – we can’t help but think of stays with a scrumptious source of inspiration: chocolate. A spell at these boutique abodes is the closest you’ll get to crawling inside one of those heart-shaped boxes … but with high-thread-count sheets and infinity pools, of course. Here’s our top trio of hotels for chocolate-lovers… HOTEL CACAORIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO Here’s an escape for the cocoa purist. Hotel Cacao is named for the bean-like seed from which chocolate is made.
  • Casa Bonita, Dominican Republic: hotel of the week

    Amelia Mularz
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Forget your earmuffs; ditch your scarf. Don’t even consider a parka for an escape to Casa Bonita hotel in the jungles of southern Dominican Republic. Once you set foot on this secluded eco retreat it’s all about bikinis, trunks, flip-flops … and maybe a pair of hiking boots for rainforest exploration.   Style Eco elegance Setting Rugged Barahona rainforest Why this week? Enough is enough. We’ve tried to convince ourselves that the weather at home isn’t that bad. Brief stints of sunshine have kept our denial intact, but now we need the real thing. That’s why we’re…
  • Perfect pools: Canaves Oia Hotel & Suites, Santorini

    Madevi Dailly
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:08 am
    You’d think we’d be jaded – once you’ve seen one jaw-dropping infinity pool, you’ve seen them all – but when it comes to impossibly romantic Santorini hotels, we can still be charmed. Meet Canaves Oia Hotel & Suites, our latest Aegean find. You’ll love The fun swim-up bar Indulging in Greek breakfasts Long starlit soaks Don’t miss A catamaran cruise The private wine tastings A shopping spree in Oia This corker of a private plunge pool is just one of Canaves Oia’s remarkable liquid assets. A short stroll from the boutique-lined streets of…
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  • Updates From the Book Tour!

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    As the sun rises in Asheville, North Carolina, it is day 12 of my cross-country tour to promote my new book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. This is my seventh stop and I’m having an amazing time driving around the U.S., meeting other travelers, spreading the gospel of budget travel, and sightseeing in my own backyard. Since the book’s release a few weeks ago, a lot has been happening and I wanted to share some of highlights and how you can join me on the road. First, where am I going? Here are the next five stops on the tour: February 2nd Atlanta: Highland Ballroom @ 7pm…
  • Four Reasons This is the Year of the Budget Traveler

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    When I started traveling in 2006, there were no large travel blogs as we know them, sharing economy websites, or apps, and there were few online booking sites for obscure destinations. I remember finding only one website about backpacking Europe and a couple of forums where I could ask questions. Information was there, but it wasn’t as easily found or as abundant as it is today. If you didn’t talk to the right travel agent, backpacker, or hostel owner, or couldn’t find a tip in your guidebook, it was easy to miss vital information that would save you money. For example, I didn’t know…
  • Americans Aren’t the Only Ones Who Get Travel Deals

    20 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    This past Christmas, Etihad Airlines mistakenly published cheap airfare from the United States to India, Africa, and the Middle East that made its way across the web like wildfire. Fares were as low as $178 round-trip. It was an incredible Christmas gift to many travelers and I shared the deal on social media hoping some of you could snatch some cheap flights. However, a few hours later, this comment appeared on Facebook: (Note: I’ve blacked out the person’s name for privacy reasons.) What I thought was a helpful tip sent this particular reader over the edge. While it seemed an…
  • How to Save (and Not Save) Money in the Virgin Islands

    15 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Budget travel is like a puzzle to me. I roam the world, trying to put the pieces together and I’ve been able to turn some of the most expensive destinations in the world into budget destinations – Iceland, Japan, Sweden, and even Norway. I’ve only failed once in Bermuda – a country whose luxury travel powers proved too great for me to defeat. That was, until I came to the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, where I once again failed at traveling for $50 a day. While there are ways to make these islands semi-affordable, my visit taught me that they will never be a…
  • Ten Years Ago, I Quit My Job to Travel the World

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    Ten years ago, I embarked on the trip that would change my life. It was 2004 and I was trying to convince a friend to visit the Galapagos Islands the following January. He wasn’t sold on the idea and suggested Thailand instead. Since I didn’t care where we went so long as we went somewhere, I agreed. I just wanted to escape the winter. So in January 2005, we set off on our two week trip. If you had told before me that trip I was going to come home, quit my job, and travel the world, I would have thought you were crazy. I was finishing an MBA and looking for a job in renewable energy.
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    The Word From The Timeshare Crusader

  • Guest Post From Mindtimeshare on Lack of Transparancy

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    I am reprinting this important article from our friends at Mindtimeshare ( in Spain.  It contains some great information and they share our stance on cold callers...which is to avoid them.If you ever have a question about a company related to timeshare matters, please save yourself time, aggravation and money by calling a trusted source such as Timeshare Insights, Mindtimeshare,, TATOC and/or The National Timeshare Owners Association before moving forward.  Often ‘dubious’ companies targeting timeshare owners are presented under a simple trade…
  • Consumers' Rule---Remember That

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    As 2014 is almost over with, I thought I'd end the year saying yet again, that consumers rule.  No obscene amount of money that someone at a corporation spends on a "reputation management" company will change that.Over the past week, some new commercials have been airing here in the Orlando area for a car dealer.  They feature supposedly unscripted testimonials from consumers about the car buying experience.  Are these truly unscripted?  I don't know.  But, what I like about the spots is that the dealer has the good sense to acknowledge the fact that 99.9% of people…
  • Visit the UK's Incredible Timeshares

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    There's a world of timeshare opportunities out there for those who take the time to discover them.  Today we take a look at 5 of the UK's countryside timeshare resorts, courtesy of Callum Davies, of Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket UK cities are renowned for their historic attractions from Buckingham Palace in London to Edinburgh Castle in the Scottish Capital but what about the fabled British countryside? From National Parks to ancient woodland these rural locations take centre stage when booking a vacation in the UK countryside whether its over…
  • Five and Almost 10 With...Bryan Lunt

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    Today we meet Bryan Lunt, Chairman and CEO of Absolute World Group.What was your first job in timeshare?OPC in Tenerife, someone said to me don’t do this job, it doesn’t pay good money… I tried it and found it was easy and continued to get lots of couples in way back in 1984. What was the greatest lesson you've ever been taught?Sales training, why you need to get several No’s before you get to the Yes.Where is your favorite vacation spot?I am stuck deciding between two places, Koh Samui in Thailand as well as Noosa in Australia.If you could change one thing about timeshare, what would…
  • Is Timeshare Rescission Fair to Purchasers?

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    A long time reader of this blog e-mailed me a question last week that bears discussing:"I'm curious to what your thoughts are on the very short period of time that a consumer has to decide to buy the timeshare or not---generally within the confines of a 3 hour high-pressure sales pitch and the relatively short time frame---generally a week or so that they have to decide to cancel or not vs. the length of time the resort has to allow you to use the product---generally several months at best.  Why the inequality?"GREAT QUESTION.I hadn't really given it much thought before, but this reader…
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    GoNOMAD Travel

  • Georgia: Time Traveling through the Caucasus

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
      A dancer in a traditional costume performs at a restaurant in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Max Hartshorne photos. Republic of Georgia: Traveling From the 10th to the 21st Century By Max... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • France: Strasbourg Then and Now

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Student strikers at the university in Strasbourg, France. Jamie Leigh photos. Living Through Student Strikes in Strasbourg, France And returning to the city that's 'like Germany and France holding... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Uruguay, Peeking in on Pablo Neruda

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Uruguay: Home to Poets and MysticsMystical Atlantida. Lisa Mercer photos. By Lisa Mercer My husband came home with an odd question: "Where would you rather live," he asked, Uruguay or Mexico?" We... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Maldives: Cleaning up Paradise

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    Alison Teal dresses in the plastic bottles she cleans up in the Maldives. Sarah Lee photosAlison Teal's Mission in the Maldives By Erica Garnett Pink surfboard in hand, wearing plastic bottles and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Clowning Around at Park City, Utah

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
      Clowning Around at Park City, UtahVisitors take note skiing the Wasatch Mountains on Clown Day. Skiers descend the slopes dressed to impress in grass skirts, striped neckties and red sponge... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

  • PHOTO: Sculpture at Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Stunning marble sculpture in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, one of the world’s greatest museums (Visited 18 times, 18 visits today)The post PHOTO: Sculpture at Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Hermitage Museum Storage Facility, St. Petersburg, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Hermitage Museum storage and research facility in St. Petersburg, Russia, where all restoration work takes place, and the one-third of the collection that is not on display is kept in climate controlled vaults. Private tours of the facility are now available on a limited basis. (Visited 61 times, 61 visits today)The post PHOTO: Hermitage Museum Storage Facility, St. Petersburg, Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Iconic Views of Russia in Panoramic Photos

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    During my Viking River Waterway of the Tsars cruise down the Volga-Baltic Waterway between Moscow and St. Petersburg, I captured these panoramic photos of Russia, showing four of the most iconic views in the country. They are not my usual quality, since I shot them with my iPhone, but they do capture a great view of the sweeping public spaces that seemed so prevalent in Russia’s two most important cities. Click on each of the thumbnails to see a larger view: Cathedral Square at the Kremlin in Moscow Moscow’s Red Square by day Moscow’s Red Square by night The magnificent…
  • PHOTO: Griboedova Canal in St. Petersburg, Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: View down Griboedova Canal toward Church of the Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia (Visited 60 times, 60 visits today)The post PHOTO: Griboedova Canal in St. Petersburg, Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Locks on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia

    Barbara Weibel
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: One of 18 locks along the Volga-Baltic Waterway on the voyage between Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia (Visited 59 times, 59 visits today)The post PHOTO: Locks on the Volga-Baltic Waterway in Russia appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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    The Longest Way Home | Travel Blog

  • Thai Fried Pork

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    When in Thailand you can’t go wrong with pork! Fried pork in Thailand is the carnivorous answer to a good meal As a voracious carnivore I often run into a problem with Thai food. While many dishes include meat, it seems to be rather rationed in most. That shredded (pulled) pork dish might be tasty but the port is scarcely seen. I’ve found the solution. Just ask for fried pork (which isn’t really fried but roasted). Roasted “fried” pork Thailand’s a strange place where something is quite often not what it seems. Having discovered Thai fried pork at a Thai…
  • Central roads: Chiang Mai to Sukhothai

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    From Chiang Mai to Sukhothai by any means … motorbike, bus, train, tuk tuk or even if I have to hire this cycle rickshaw. Making plans for north and central Thailand My original plan was to take a motorbike from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and tour the north of Thailand and central Thailand with it. That plan changed due to exorbitant fees the Thai bike rental places wanted to charge me in Bangkok. So I took the train. It’s a nice overnight which I have no problem with taking. In hindsight it was far nicer than taking a motorbike. Once in Chiang Mai my plan was to tour the north of…
  • Introducing the best guidebook to Kathmandu city

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Welcome to the evolution of travel guidebooks Last year I began publishing guidebooks to Nepal because I truly wanted to deliver something that would help people get the most out of their trip. And quite frankly, the current crop of guidebooks to Nepal are just not up to scratch. Nepal is a very different country to say Portugal or Thailand when it comes to guidebooks. The country is racked with power-cuts and feeble WiFi so online guides or apps can only go so far. Print guides are great but those well known big brand guidebooks are all outdated and lacklustre these days. I’ve read…
  • Quotes from the road: one decade on a single journey

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Celebrating the decade of a single journey Indeed, that little counter in the top right hand corner that adorns every page of this website has ticked over to a new decade. It reveals that this journey has been ongoing for over 10 years. I could have done many things today. Cracked a bottle of champagne. Released a new web design. Published a book. Written about what it’s like to travel a single journey for so long … the list goes on. However, when I look back today I think of those I’ve met and their words of “wisdom” or “not” as the case may be.
  • Bangkok’s Wat Arun “Temple of the Morning Light”

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    1 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Wat Arun  “temple of the dawn” in Bangkok Thailand A Temple for the Dawn in Bangkok Got a favourite temple in Thailand? Wat Arun could well be my favourite. It sits across the Chao Phraya river a little differently than all the other temples that line the capitals streets and waterways. I also found Wat Arun a great temple to visit in Bangkok. The story behind this photograph On a boat heading to the Grand Palace something caught my eye across the river. The unusual looking temple of the morning light stood out above all others. Indeed even during my visit to the Grand Palace…
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    My Itchy Travel Feet

  • Seven of America’s Best State Parks

    A Guest Writer
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:58 am
    It’s no secret that we are huge fans of visiting US National Parks whenever we can. From Yellowstone to Glacier National Park, we’ll take any opportunity to explore our country’s greatest natural resources. However, while national parks tend to get a lot more attention, state parks often fly below the radar, which is quite a shame. Today’s post, sponsored by, highlights seven of the best state parks to visit across the country. Which one is your favorite? Over 8,000 state parks make up the state park system within the United States, and over 700 million…
  • Laid Back in Savannah

    A Guest Writer
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:53 am
    Although the USA has an infinite amount of travel options, the beautiful south remains one of the most intriguing regions to explore. Especially charming are the many quaint cities along the Atlantic coast like Savannah, a historic city with an unmistakeable mix of southern sophistication and vibrant energy. Today’s guest poster, Sam Lowe, explains the best way to explore this sultry southern city. Two things to remember before taking a trip to explore the wonders of Savannah, the Georgian gem in the southern crown: First, don’t be in a hurry. Second, take good walking shoes. Few…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Bon Voyage! Thumbs up for the big 64 day cruise through the South Pacific! Hello from the Silver Spirit. Alan and I boarded in Los Angeles after a night’s stay at the Montage Beverly Hills. Silversea hosted the 140 cruisers who will be taking the 64-day Grand Voyage, Southern Cross 2015 (#southerncross2015) for a gala dinner. We appreciated the opportunity to get to know our fellow cruisers. All of our luggage made it (remember my confession from last week?), we’ve unpacked and are ready for this grand adventure. To keep up with is in real time, check out the photos and posts on…
  • A Long Weekend in Dublin

    A Guest Writer
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Although many swear by solo travel, traveling with company certainly has its benefits. Even traveling with family, which, granted, can be a bit stressful, can also be an incredibly enriching experience. Today’s guest poster, Rita Foley, co-author of the newly released book, Revolutionary Retirement. What’s Next for You walks us through her special weekend in Dublin while traveling with her son, Nat. I have two sons, and I am always thinking of ways to connect with them. It used to be sports, but my aging body just can’t keep up. Video games – no way. Besides food, I find one…
  • Cruising the South Pacific again…and again…and agan

    Donna Hull
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Our home for 64 days. Last year, we sailed on Silver Spirit from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. What is it about the South Pacific that calls our name? Could it be the warm, tropical waters and relaxing sea days? Or could it be the fun we have on favorite South Pacific cruise excursions like swimming with stingrays in French Polynesia? Whatever it is, Alan and I are answering the call — again. This week, we’ll begin our 4th South Pacific Cruise and this one is a doozy. For 64 days, Silver Spirit will be the luxurious home to our boomer adventures. The journey is a Silversea Cruises Grand Voyage…
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  • Top 7 Best Vacation Rentals Books And Manuals

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    There are so many opportunities that are available when referring to vacation rentals. The big problem is that it is difficult to realize what the best options are. It is really important that you take advantage of the education that is already available for you. There are countless vacation rentals books and manuals that you […]
  • Exploring Vilnius, Lithuania

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
    The city of Vilnius, located in the east of Lithuania, is one of the most attractive and alluring destinations for those tourists interested in exploring Eastern Europe and visiting an amazing city they will never be able to forget. Widely known as the capital of the country, Vilnius is much more than an administrative centre […]
  • The 3 Most Historical Hotels in Chicago

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    Chicago isn’t just known for its famous sports teams, deep dish pizza, and windy weather. Historically speaking, some of the most famous landmark hotels are found in Chicago. Many notable people from the past have also graced these elegant establishments.   1. The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel     The Blackstone, though now restored to […]
  • A State of Bliss: In Vienna, the City of Dreams

    25 Apr 2014 | 1:51 am
    One of the most culturally renowned capitals in the world, Vienna is a wonderful mix of artistic and imperial history. With nicknames such as the “city of dreams” and the “city of music”, it’s no wonder Vienna is one of the most visited, respected cities in the world. For a perfect Vienna city break, here […]
  • 4 Things Required for a Cross-Country Road Trip

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    Is there any greater American tradition than the cross-country road trip? The wide-open road, watching the regional climates change right outside your window, all the unexpected adventures possible at every exit, roadside diner and motel—it’s a dream come true. That is, if you do it right. There are a lot of ways to make your […]
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    Travel Zones

  • Las Vegas resorts and hotels

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:47 am
    Las Vegas is in the state of Nevada and is one of the most popular travel destinations in the United States of America. The city offers amazing resort and hotel deals with a variety of options such as miscellaneous complementary services as well as luxurious amenities. The casinos and hotels in and around the city are Las Vegas major attractions and have seen the city to be recognized as the world’s casino capital. The city attracts millions of visitors every year and its lifestyle is robust and active all year round. Most popular hotels are located on the Las Vegas strip. Some of them are…
  • Emerald Coast – Northwest Florida’s Pearl

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    There is much to recommend the Floridian coast over and above the balmy weather. The Emerald Coast, a stretch of around one hundred miles along the south of the Florida panhandle, is a wild and beautiful place of stunning sandy beaches, vibrant green waters, vibrant coastal towns and the pristine nature of multiple state parks. Here are just a few of the popular destinations on the Emerald Coast. Destin Once a small fishing village, Destin still has an active fishing fleet – in fact the largest fleet in Florida – but is now also a popular tourist destination. It is easy to see why…
  • 4 Risks of Traveling Without Travel Insurance In Place

    13 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    Thanks the relatively low cost of airfare, more and more people are having the opportunity to travel the world. While world travel is enjoyable, it does bring with it some inherent risk. In order to stave off these risks, some individuals choose to purchase travel insurance from an insurance agency. Others decide to travel without it. The following are four risks that travelers who go without travel insurance face: Flight Cancellation Just think about the following scenario. You are taking your family on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation cruise. You have spent thousands of dollars preparing for…
  • Romantic Camping Activities in New Zealand

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    New Zealand is a land of wonder, somewhere where romance is the dish of the day, every day. For this reason, taking your partner out on a romantic camping trip is not only entirely possible, it’s potentially one of the most romantic things you can do together. Although there are, arguably, a number of places you must visit before you die, from a romantic point of view it’s usually the little things that have the biggest impact, meaning you don’t have to spend an enormous amount of money to show your partner just how much they mean to you; you can take them out in a hired motorhome…
  • The 5 Best Beaches in Central America

    13 Jan 2015 | 1:41 am
    Anyone who has visited Central America can tell you it’s rich in culture and offers a wide range of attractions, but sometimes you just want to kick back and soak up the sights from the sand. Fortunately, Central America boasts some of the most impressive beaches in the world. Two diverse coastlines promise warm waters, soft sands and thriving marine life that are hard to beat. Here are five of the best beaches Central America has to offer. Bocas del Toro, Panama Just a one hour flight from Panama City, Bocas del Toro is a rural archipelago featuring undiscovered islets and white sandy…
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    Almost Fearless: Full Feed

  • Spin the Globe, Pick a Spot…

    Christine Gilbert
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    “Your transaction has been declined.” For some reason, I couldn’t book my tickets to Mexico with my credit card. I called the bank and they said a bunch of things, told us to wait, and it still didn’t work. It was Saturday morning and I was annoyed. I tried a ticket to Bangkok. Nope. Screw it. I looked at flights from Barcelona to “everywhere” (a handy feature on Skyscanner) to see where else I could go. Europe, Morocco, Dubai, hmmm… Turkey. Three hour direct flight, straight to Istanbul. I had never been. I messaged my friends. One had lived in…
  • I’m Not Ready to Leave My Husband (for 3 Months)

    Christine Gilbert
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    Drew with Cole as a baby. This year is absolutely insane. All the projects I’ve been working on: a relaunch of my online blogging course, a film tour for a documentary we have worked on for years, my book with Penguin Random House, an e-book for this site about getting European Residency, a new food and travel site that I’m launching with a friend — all these things are coming out this year. Hear that sound? WHOOSH. It’s the sound of years worth of work all being shoved out into the world at once. There’s other things too: two workshops I’m teaching in…
  • European Residency for Americans (Free Ebook)

    Christine Gilbert
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    One of the most frequent emails I get from this blog is, “Christine, I want to live in Europe, but I’m not retired, a student or independently wealthy. How do I do it?” I’ve written this email response so many times that I decided to put it together in an e-book and to expand on it with country-by-country guides. So how do you do it? -You’ll need to apply for a long-term residency visa. These have different names depending on the country you’re applying to, but in general you need the following things: 1. The ability to support yourself with income that is…
  • Je Suis Ahmed

    Christine Gilbert
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    I posted about the attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo on Facebook and offered my condolences to the victims and their families. I spent the next 24 hours moderating comments, at first arguing with people who were quoting the Qur’an, then wholesale deleting comments and banning users. Most of them were trolling the trending topic and commenting on my page for the first time. There seems to be a small army of hate-filled anti-Islam racists ready and eager to turn this tragedy into their personal platform for why all Muslims should be (take your pick): shipped back home,…
  • The Last Hurrah

    Christine Gilbert
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    I used to write these year-end posts with a solid eye on my own happiness. Was I happier? Did I achieve what I wanted this year? What did I want for the next one? This morning I woke up, shuffled to the bathroom and went pee. Stella came in, carrying an apple slice, fell down, dropped her apple, and when I picked up her up she insisted, “Apple! Apple!” until I reached down between my legs, grabbed it and rinsed it off for her. “Thank you. You’re Welcome.” Stella isn’t just talking, she’s talking for me now. A year ago I was struggling with how to be a…
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    tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide

  • 5 inspirational travel videos for people with a yen for far-away places

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    TweetSometimes, when it comes to capturing memories of our most enjoyable times in foreign countries, the static images of our compact camera just won’t cut it anymore. It doesn’t matter if it is the video camera in your hand at a picnic in Central Park or the GoPro strapped to your head while bungee-jumping in […] The post 5 inspirational travel videos for people with a yen for far-away places appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • Not your average accommodation for your winter holidays

    18 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    TweetA skiing resort would seem to be a logical choice if you consider yourself a winter athlete, but sometimes it’s worth looking into alternatives. Particularly for those occasinos a number of hotels specialize in unusual interior design, or a unique location. Be this meters above the ground in the forest or in between walls of […] The post Not your average accommodation for your winter holidays appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • A new year brings new travel pleasures: Destinations for 2015

    11 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    TweetCultural events, spectacles of nature, unknown places – in 2015 there are many good reasons to travel. Here are some travel destinations for the new year. 1. Vienna (Austria) “Vienna, Vienna, only you, you shall always be the city of my dreams….” Vienna Lieder composer Rudolf Sieczynski wrote these lines about the Austrian capital. In […] The post A new year brings new travel pleasures: Destinations for 2015 appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • 10 bizarre Christmas customs

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    TweetThe stories of how countries celebrate Christmas fascinate us from an early age. The famous Christmas pudding from England, the picnic on the beach in Australia, and the Finnish Santa Claus with the wonderful name of Joulupukki. But who has ever heard of the shitting tree trunks, the flying high heeled shoes, and the biting […] The post 10 bizarre Christmas customs appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
  • A culinary journey – recipe tips for cold days

    14 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    TweetWhat is the best cuisine in the world? Choosing one is difficult: the exotic Thai cuisine, the renowned French cuisine, Mediterranean, Peruvian, Indian, Chinese. . . . One thing is for sure, there’s something for every taste! Finally, a person’s taste can range from vegetarian to meat-heavy, traditional to innovative/experimental. Sometimes one wants hearty home […] The post A culinary journey – recipe tips for cold days appeared first on tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide.
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  • What To Consider When Replacing Your Roof

    15 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    A Few Things to Consider When Replacing Your Residential Roof Getting a roof replacement might be tedious for people without an idea on how to perform such a roof restoration. There are many factors that can dictate how to replace or when to replace the roof on your home. When it’s time to replace your roof, you should consider some of the following issues. Where is your Residential Property Located? The type of roof you need to replace can be determined by the geographical factors at play in your locality. For instance, is your home located near any water body or a large open field? Or is…
  • 6 Roofing Materials For Your New Roofing Project

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    These days, the variety of roofing materials to choose from can be quite overwhelming. Determining the best material to use for your roofing project isn’t easy and straightforward. To help you come to a decision, here are six common roofing materials and their benefits. 6 Common Roofing Materials 1. Asphalt Shingles The most common roofing material used in American homes right now is asphalt shingles. This is because they are inexpensive and customers can choose from a variety of colors. No maintenance is required and they are guaranteed for 20 to 30 years, making it a really safe option.
  • Questions You Should Ask A Prospective Roofing Contractor

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    Building a new roof on either a residential or a commercial property is a huge investment. Therefore, it’s imperative to ask a few questions to a prospective roofing contractor before making the hire. Getting the estimates for the whole job is actually the easy part. However, don’t settle on a particular contractor just because he/she promises to do the job faster and cheaper than the rest. Therefore, try asking a few questions before hiring the best roofing company to make sure you get the best roofing results. 1. References Always ask a roofing contractor to provide references. However,…
  • Advantages Of Metal Roofing

    2 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    How would you like your house to have a better energy efficiency? Wouldn’t it be great if it could also look much modern and stylish at the same time? It is time to take a look at our solution, as it might be just perfect for your residence or for your office building. Does metal roofing sound good to you? It’s a fact that metal roofs are more expensive than traditional ones, but the advantages are huge on both short and long term. You might think about the initial investment and the maintenance costs and try to figure out how much would a metal roofing cost you. The good news is…
  • Should a Damaged Roof Be Repaired or Replaced?

    30 Dec 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Got A Damaged Roof – Should It Be Replaced Or Repaired? A new roof can require can mean substantial investment. It is always difficult for a property owner to decide on whether a damaged roof should be repaired or replaced. Hiring a roofing professional can help in making the right decision. This professional will give an expert opinion, which will depend on the state of the roof, the needs of the owner, on the professional’s knowledge, and on the budget that you have for the work. You must always be careful to hire the right roofing contractor, immaterial of whether it is a small…
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    Fascinating Travel Destinations Blog

  • Jan 29, Travel Visa

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    Check your travel visa requirements and even get your visa and or passport right here online.
  • Jan 28, Travel Insurance

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:23 am
    Travel Insurance is an important safe guard when things go wrong. These are guidelines for choosing the best policy to suit your needs, both comprehensive travel and medical insurance.
  • Jan 27, Travel Checklist

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Use this travel checklist to tick off each job you have to undertake in the planning and booking of your holiday or vacation.
  • Jan 27, Travel Advisor

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:10 pm
    This Travel Advisor provides a complete guide to planning and booking your independent international holiday or vacation with dozens of tips and tools.
  • Jan 27, Travel Advisor Part 3 Travel Insurance, Visas, Transport, Currency

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Travel Advisor Part 3 This section looks at Travel Insurance, Travel Visas, Transport options and holiday costs and currency issues.
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    My Several Worlds

  • Taiwanese Shanshu – Where the Mountain Ferns and Vegetables Grow

    Carrie Kellenberger
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    I come from haunts of coot and hern,I make a sudden sally,And sparkle out among the fernTo bicker down a valley. - Alfred Tennyson Of all the exotic vegetables and fruits that Taiwan offers, one of my favorite greens is a mountain green that is known here as shanshu. The rest of the world likely knows it as a common house plant, but I bet most people don’t know that you can eat it. This lovely green fern is known as Asplenium nidus or the South Pacific Bird’s Nest Fern, and it is typically found in humid environments, like the rain forests of Taiwan and of eastern Australia.
  • My GoodReads Book Challenge 2014 – My Top 10 Books

    Carrie Kellenberger
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:46 am
    This is my third year participating in the GoodReads book challenge. Now everyone knows I love to read, and most people know that I will read pretty much anything I can get my hands on. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve surpassed reading goals easily. At age six, I joined the MS Read-a-Thon at Carembeck Public School. This was a charity event that required us to find sponsors that would donate a certain amount of money for each book read. My parents had to sign off on the books I read, and they did that by questioning me about the story lines. I ended up raising a lot of money for Multiple…
  • Healthcare in Taiwan: Medication Usage and Patient Safety

    Carrie Kellenberger
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Normally I have great things to say about Taiwan’s Universal Health Care system, but I can’t help feeling that the system has failed me a bit today. I know I shouldn’t complain too much as I get excellent care here for the most part, and it’s cheap compared to what AS patients have to pay in North America, but this is a major oversight that has made my life miserable for the past six months. In short, I’ve just learned that a major drug interaction is partially responsible for some of the issues I’ve been experiencing. Had my doctors taken the time to…
  • Travel Tag with My Several Worlds

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

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

  • Lanzarote Weekend 29th January to 1st February 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:29 am
    The Quemao Class 2015 surf competition is still waiting for the right conditions, so it’s not on this weekend and been postponed until February. There’s lots of events in Tías as the Fiestas de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria y San Blas continues, here’s what’s on where in Lanzarote over the next few days. La Geria: Antonio de la Rosa (guitar), Eva Aroca (voice) & dancers María José & Esteban Flores will be performing flamenco after the inauguration of the exhibition Duende at El Chupadero in the La Geria wine region of Lanzarote on Sunday 1st February at 20:00. The…
  • UD Lanzarote 2 UD Telde 2

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:10 am
    The Rojillos maintain their unbeaten home record with Rosmen giving his side the lead in the opening minutes and his brother Yaco rescuing a point late on. Lanzarote couldn’t have got off to a better start, in the 3rd minute Echedey crossed from the left wing and as Rosmen fought for the ball the goalkeeper arrived a little late and made contact with the Lanzarote Captain and awarded a spot kick. Rosmen stepped up and calmly bagged his 18th goal of the season whilst sending his side into an early 1-0 lead. A few minutes later Echedey came close to extending his sides lead but his shot from…
  • Lanzarote Jobs - Promoter Lanzarote Airport - Urgent!

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    This is an urgent temporary position that could be extended based on results. A native English speaker is being sought to work at Lanzarote Airport from 2nd until 28th February initially: 30 hours per week Salary €1100 to €1300 The job involves promoting products for a tobacco company, selling to passengers and reporting information on stock, sales, prices etc using a tablet. Applicants are asked to:  read more » Confirm availability for the above dates
  • Lanzarote Wins Again In Irish Travel Industry Awards!

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    The island picked up another award from the Irish Travel Industry recently,  for “Best Winter Sun Destination.” This is the 12th consecutive time Lanzarote has won the award and confirms the on-going love affair the Irish have with Lanzarote. In 2014 209,646 tourists visited the island from Ireland, making it our third largest market. When you consider the population of Ireland is only 4.5 Million, it demonstrates the true value of that business. Cabildo President Pedro San Ginés said “This award reinforces the promotional strategy of Lanzarote and at the same time, defines a…
  • New Playa Blanca Tourist Office

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    Yaiza Ayuntamiento has invested €50,000 to create a new Tourist Information Office in the resort of Playa Blanca. Located next to the library in Calle Varadero The new office replaces the kiosk which was located in Calle Limones, and offers visitors much more comfortable surroundings and the chance to sit down while they gather the information they need.   The 76 Square metre building was  read more »
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    Carrie Williams

  • Whitney Reynolds’ Health Scare

    Carrie Williams
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    I met Whitney Reynolds over a year ago when TCW was featured on a special episode of her talk show, The Whitney Reynolds Show, on WYCC. She’s one of the hardest working women I know…bright, bubbly and a good friend. So when I saw some alarming news on Facebook one day, I was worried about her. Whitney first noticed the lump in her armpit one night before bed in December: “I was in my pajamas and happened to look in the mirror while stretching my arms up. It immediately caught my eye because it was like a small golf ball poking out of my right armpit.” She then Googled…
  • Untested Rape Kits: Real Life on TV

    Carrie Williams
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    A recent episode of Law & Order: SVU highlighted the problem of untested rape kits in this country. The episode showed how New York detectives spent about a week tracking down a serial rapist from Atlanta to Milwaukee to New York, and at the end Sergeant Benson (played by Mariska Hargitay) was asked, “What could SVU have done differently?” She started with, “We are reliant on other jurisdictions when their perpetrators cross over into ours.” Shortly after, Chief Dobbs (played by Peter Gallagher) chimed in with, “The problem isn’t communication, but the national rape kit…
  • Meredith Wood-Prince

    Carrie Williams
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Meredith Wood-Prince has lived and traveled all over the world. Her adventurous nature led her to become editor of The Scout Guide, an annual publication showcasing local businesses in Chicago. The mother of three has a lot on her plate, but she always takes time for herself and to rejuvenate. Born Meredith Tuttle in New York City, 1972, Meredith Wood-Prince attended the prestigious Chapin school for girls in Manhattan and then Aiglon College, a boarding school in Switzerland. After graduating in 1994 with a degree in English, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and worked in marketing/promotions…
  • John Chikow

    Carrie Williams
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    President/CEO, The Magnificent Mile Association “I was…I am an Eagle Scout,” says John Chikow with conviction when discussing his service-oriented career. Sitting in the middle of the newly renovated Blackhawks Store at 333 North Michigan Avenue, overlooking the Michigan Avenue bridge and Chicago River, the man who built his profession around non-profit work says it started with the Boy Scouts of America. “I worked at the Chicago Council camp, the Owasippe Scout Reservation, in Michigan when I was young,” he recalls. “I was camp director when the first woman scoutmaster from…
  • Shermin Kruse’s Mission

    Carrie Williams
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Shermin Kruse has quite the life story. As a child, she lived in Iran, in the middle of a bloody war with neighboring Iraq and under the control of Iran’s post-revolutionary secret police. She spent the better days of her youth dodging rockets and the morality police until her family immigrated with merely a few suitcases. Ms. Kruse eventually obtained her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School,where she was editor of the Journal of Law Reform and the law school literary journal, Dicta.After graduation, she went on to become one of the youngest minorities to partner at the…
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    The Travel Word

  • Every Rhinoceros Matters, Whether #JustOneRhino or Another

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    This post is written as our contribution to the #JustOneRhino fundraising campaign. It benefits the ambitious and very expensive Rhinos Without Borders goal of translocating no fewer than 100 rhinoceros from South Africa to Botswana by mid-2015. For more about the #JustOneRhino campaign, including how you can make a donation and the $30,000 in raffle prizes on offer to all generous benefactors, please see below. The only roadside clue that, hidden deep in the bush, is the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the home to Uganda’s only rhinoceros. Photo courtesy of Ethan Gelber There’s one place…
  • Adventures Less Ordinary: Getting an Accurate Snapshot of Travel Generosity

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    This post is part of my Editor’s Note in Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good, a free guide to mindful adventures. Drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference, it is a guide for compassionate people seeking the ultimate adventure – one guided as much by the good you give as the good you get. To order your copy, enter your email address in the form directly below. When photographing an object in motion, you have three principal options: use an incredibly fast shutter speed for a crisp capture of both the…
  • When You Travel to Cuba (It’s Possible!), Help Keep Its Nature Intact

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    Cuba has been taunting me for two decades. Its renown, made palpably present here in the United States through its insuppressible culture (Buena Vista Social Club is just the tip of the iceberg!), has been a constant lure. But, based as I am in New York City, Cuba is so very close and yet so very far. Cigars and colorful culture are two stereotypical qualities of Cuba. But there’s a whole lot more to the country! Photo courtesy of International Expeditions All politics aside for the moment, Cuba’s resistance to many contemporary practices and its notoriety for so many wrong…
  • A Pictorial Journey and Photography Workshop in Morocco

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    In Morocco, I met the woman I eventually married. Sometimes I blame it on the light. No, that’s not correct. Sometimes I credit the light for having shown – er, shone – her to me right. A camel caravan traversing Erg Chebbi in the Sahara Desert of Morocco. Photo courtesy of Agnieska Czerska | Open Sky Expeditions We were part of a muster of youth activists meeting in Morocco, in a desert (and nearly deserted) village outside of Ouarzazate, the notable but small city on the open plateau just south of the High Atlas Mountains. To reach and later return from the distant village, we…
  • A Ground Zero Tour: Lessons in Remembering

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    As I stare out at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, I think back to interviews conducted with American D-Day survivors. In some of them, veterans have been accompanied to the specific beaches on which they landed in 1944 and asked to recall those fateful days. The cameras often focus in tight on the eyes, which stare fixedly at clean sweeps of sand, but see something bloodier, foul and murderous. Through these faraway gazes, aided by gritty archival footage, we get a sense of the enormity of what happened. We grapple with emotions we believe we have felt – fear, terror, ferocity, anger,…
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    YouTube: Travel

  • 10 FORBIDDEN Places You’re Not Allowed to Visit!

    Matthew Santoro
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    10 FORBIDDEN Places You’re Not Allowed to Visit! Subscribe! New videos every Saturday: Facebook (Like): Facebook (Follow): Twitter: From: Matthew Santoro Views: 1780853 77050 ratings Time: 10:06 More in Education

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    TIME TRAVELING PICKUP MASTER Special thanks to Project Almanac – In theaters January 30th – Get tickets ▻▻ In anticipation of the new film Project Almanac, we sent Ian back in time to... From: Smosh Views: 1829830 60390 ratings Time: 05:23 More in Entertainment
  • Welcome to Irie Airlines

    12 Jan 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Welcome to Irie Airlines I've experienced a lot of terrible airlines... so I decided to make my own! Please note that this video isn't meant to offend anyone and is simply a display ... From: IISuperwomanII Views: 1145728 76189 ratings Time: 04:02 More in Comedy
  • Australians See Snow For The First Time

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Australians See Snow For The First Time I don't even own pants.” Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! MUSIC Angry Pants Twisted Matters Jr High Angstathon ... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 1178911 27788 ratings Time: 04:02 More in Entertainment
  • 209 Seconds That Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:50 pm
    209 Seconds That Will Make You Question Your Entire Existence Every time you get upset about something small, just remember this. Check out more awesome BuzzFeedBlue videos! MUSIC Robotix L... From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 3900623 59913 ratings Time: 03:31 More in Science & Technology
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    Things to do in Orlando Florida

  • Worst Orlando Florida tourist habits

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Orlando is a very tourist-friendly travel destination, but even the most patient local residents can’t help but notice just a few habits amongst the throngs of visitors who descend upon Orlando every year. A recent Facebook poll asked people what are the worst Orlando tourist habits and the clear “winner” was distracted drivers, either for […]
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando Stunning Royal Suite Photos

    Sunil Govind
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in the Royal Suite to ring in the New Year or your next Orlandoescape. Introducing the Royal Suite at Four Seasons Orlando, a stunning 3,300 square-foot suite that can expand to up to a 9-bedroom residence, and has views of the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks from the […]
  • Enjoy Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course At Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

    Sunil Govind
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Grand Cypress Golf Course Imagine perfecting your swing under the guidance of some of the world’s best-known golf instructors, or teeing off on one of the most award-winning courses in America. Featuring four uniquely challenging Jack Nicklaus Signature Design courses, The Grand Cypress Golf Club offers golfers the largest selection of truly challenging links among […]
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    Sunil Govind
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
  • ¿Vacaciones a Orlando? ¡Planéalas en minutos!

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

  • Infographic: The World Through a Lens – Photography Tips

    Lola Akerstrom
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Honored to join fellow travel photographers Dave Bouskill of The Planet D and Kirsten Alana of Aviators and a Camera in sharing a few photography tips in partnership with Fairmont Hotels. You can view the rest of the infographic here. Subscribe to my newsletter If you enjoy this site, please subscribe to my mailing list to be notified of major news, resources, and projects I'm working on. First Name: Last Name: Email address:
  • Refueling on inspiration and birthing ideas at National Geographic

    Lola Akerstrom
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    “You’re here,”…Raegan Mathis When master of ceremonies and legendary photographer in his own right, Vincent J. Musi simply introduced Jimmy Chin as a “badass” and revealed his man crush on him, I knew we were going to be vicariously scaling Everest through him. Through his mesmerizing photos. Scaling mountainous peaks and sheer cliff faces through his upcoming documentary, Meru. And there are no words to describe Jimmy Chin besides total badass. Because he truly is and there were dozens, hundreds, more badass photographers sitting in that auditorium that so envelopes…
  • Photo Tip: Isolate complementary pops of color

    Lola Akerstrom
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    The photo above is of Leopold, a Seychellois fisherman, who I spent some time fishing with on assignment. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the yellow-orangeish water jug he is carrying. If that water jug had been a different color – say white or even blue – it won’t have popped out a lot more in the photo. The reason why this jug pops more is because it is surrounded by its complementary color – a shade of blue. Now look at the color chart below. Colors that complement each other are the ones that lie diagonally across from each other. That are opposite each other.
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    BootsnAll Travel Articles

  • A Practical Guide to Planning a Short RTW

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:03 am
    [section]Travel means different things to different people. I had never even heard of an around the world trip until I met my husband. "Travel around the world" sounded like it was a luxury afforded to the likes of Angelina and Bono, and unrealistic for a normal person like me. Celebrities may have people to handle their details, but with a bit of planning, visas, and vaccinations, round the world travel is an attainable goal even for those of us in the 99 percent..[/section] [banner type="red" subscribe="hide" description="hide" title="Ready to start planning your big trip?" button="Sign…
  • The White House Travel Bloggers Summit

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:03 am
    [section]Early in December the White House hosted a summit with 130 influential travel bloggers and digital media outlets to discuss government initiatives that encourage American students to study abroad.A number of my friends and colleagues were in attendance, and by all accounts, there is optimism that the White House throwing weight behind the idea of educational student travel will expand opportunities for young people to gain valuable international experience abroad as part of their institutional studies.We thank the White House for their commitment to expanding international…
  • Travel Central America: Honduras to Panama

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:03 am
    [section]Note: If you’re interested in planning an extended trip in Central America and have found this article, you may first want to check out Part 1, which not only covers the details of traveling in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador, but also takes you through some of the practicalities of travel in Central America - including what to expect, getting around, cost, vaccinations, and visas.[/section][banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Want to add Central America to your RTW trip?" button_type="orange" button="Add it to your route on Indie"…
  • What’s Wrong With America?

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:03 am
    [section]“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou[/section][title2]Let me start by saying: I love America.[/title2][section]I wasn’t born there, but I do hold citizenship in the US, and I’ve lived there for a little over a third of my life. I am married to an American, and my four children’s primary citizenship is American. Some of the best people I know are American and proud of it. [/section] [banner…
  • Slow Down!

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:03 am
    [section]When you’re sitting with your map on the dining room table planning your RTW trip, it’s tempting to keep adding dots to your route. There are so many places to go, and a year seems like a very long time to travel. Except that it’s not, really; it goes by alarmingly quickly. Knowing that, you resolve to see as much as possible, and you pour over the maps, not wanting to “miss out” on anything really good. Pour yourself another glass of wine, and let’s take a second look at your plans, and mine.[/section] [title]Our original route[/title][section] I recently came across my…
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    Travel Blissful

  • Explore Queen of Hill Station

    Ashyln Molly
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Darjeeling, also fondly known as the “Queen of hill stations“, is nestled in the Himalayas and is famous for its tea production and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Darjeeling continues to be a popular holiday destination in India, owing to its scenic beauty and pleasant climate. Apart from tourism, Darjeeling is also popular for its many British style public schools, which attract students from across India and even neighboring countries. Darjeeling is a travelers delight and is frequented by tourists year after year. Apart from the…
  • Escape to St Lucia

    Ashyln Molly
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:59 am
    St Lucia in the eastern Caribbean Sea is a wonderful holiday destination for senior travelers who are tired of noisy resorts ruled by teens and rowdy party revelers. The restaurants serving fragrant and delicious cuisine; golf; boat tours; shopping; and glorious sunshine all make for a fine travel experience. Throw in the La Rose, La Marguerite and St Lucia Jazz festivals, scenery and luxury resorts and you’re in for the holiday of a lifetime! The dry season runs roughly from January to April, which is the best time to visit the island, although May and June are still good months for a…
  • Going To London and Searching for a Hotel?

    Ashyln Molly
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:12 am
    Well if you are having a plan of going to London, then you better check out the places where you are going right at the beginning. And not having felt the pleasure of staying at luxury hotels in London is like having a cup of tea without salt. Nowadays you will get to see a lot of advertisements which are claiming to be of high profile luxurious hotels but then you may be in a quandary regarding which one to choose. So today we are here to help you out regarding the various 5 star hotels in London that are bound to be the best. Best hotels in London Taj 51Buckingham Gate Suites and…
  • Explore the Glitzy Dubai

    Ashyln Molly
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:37 am
    Glitzy Dubai is the United Arab Emirates’ vacation hot spot. This city of high-rises and shopping malls has transformed itself from a desert outpost to a destination du-jour, where people flock for sales bargains, sunshine and family fun. Dubai is famous for sightseeing attractions such as the Burj Khalifa and shopping malls that come complete with mammoth aquariums and indoor ski slopes. But this city has many cultural highlights as well as all the glamorous modern add-ons. Take a wander around the Bastakia district and you’ll discover the Dubai of old, then cruise along Dubai…
  • Amritsar – Pleasure for Eyes

    Ashyln Molly
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:20 am
    Amritsar is a city with a splendid blend of tradition and culture. With important religious centers and historical sites, the city reveals a magnificent past and a promising future. The city is known as the Jewel of Punjab. There are several heritage and religious attractions in Amritsar. One of the ancient cities of India, the most important fact about Amritsar is that it is the main seat of Sikh history and culture. The city itself was founded by the Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das, and till present times it is the spiritual and temporal center of Sikh culture with the Golden Temple in Amritsar as…
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    Stuck in Customs

  • The Incredible Ice Towers of Antarctica

    Trey Ratcliff
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Preparing for the next trips I feel lucky to have spent about three weeks in Antarctica, and I’m also happy to be home! But I’ve got a few cool trips lined up here for Hong Kong, Berlin, and London in the next few weeks. I’ll be taking photos all along the way, of course… my backlog is filling up, but I’ll be sure to share as often as I can. Daily Photo – The Incredible Ice Towers of Antarctica These towers are like nothing I've ever seen. The sea ice comes in slowly to impact on the nearby volcanic island and these incredible shapes begin to form.
  • Frederick Van Johnson

    Trey Ratcliff
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    What’s in Trey’s Bag? Here’s a video that we made soon after I took this photo below. You can see more (and updated stuff!) on my Camera Equipment page! Daily Photo – Frederick Van Johnson Here's my friend Fred. We were walking through the Queenstown Gardens here in New Zealand when I took this photo. It's shot with a Leica 50mm at f/1.4 on a Sony A7r. We started talking about camera gear so much that I almost forgot to take any photos! We had a great time together this week… this was just one of them! Frederick Van Johnson Tweet m Photo Information…
  • Another Sunset in French Polynesia

    Trey Ratcliff
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Using Mirrorless Cameras to view an Eclipse I don’t know why this never occurred to me, but it seems like a fairly obvious thing to do! I mention using my Sony below to do this since you can look directly into the sun, but you’re only seeing an image on the sensor. I should try this with a powerful lens and tripod next time an eclipse rolls around! Daily Photo – Another Sunset in French Polynesia I swear. 95% of the sunsets in this area must look as amazing as this! It is just kind of a photography heaven I think! I've never seen such consistency. Also, since I now live…
  • Day 1 – Survive in Antarctica

    Trey Ratcliff
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Enjoying the new Presets? Every month on the first day in my Stuck In Customs Store here, we are releasing new presets at half price ($2.50 instead of $5)! So be sure to set a reminder in your calendar… Feb 1 is quickly approaching and the new presets are just getting bundled up for you now! Daily Photo – Day 1 – Survive in Antarctica On the first day there, we went through survival training. This means we had to do everything from learn to dig out an ice cave, build a “kitchen” so we could make food and get out of the wind, set up emergency polar tents, get fuel…
  • Wow! Antarctica!

    Trey Ratcliff
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    An Amazing Trip I’m just now getting back to reality, but I wanted to share some quick pictures and thoughts! It all started with me being a bit nervous. Antarctica! Jeez… I felt like I was both unprepared and unworthy. But I kind of swallowed all that down and boarded a US military plane in Christchurch – a CL-130. That “L” means it has skis on the bottom for landing on the sea ice. That’s the first photo I have below… my view during the 10 hour flight to land towards the middle of Antarctica near Ross Island. My home base there was to be New…
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    We Blog The World

  • Summer Skies with Drama in the South African Bush

    Rich Laburn
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    The first rains are now a distant memory in southern Africa as we are in the height of summer, but the rejuvenation is unmistakable. Green as far as the eye can see, rich nutrients freely available, a far cry from the dry cold winter months. Clouds build and disperse occasionally offering life that gives water to the ever thirsty bush. It is these pockets of condensation that excite me, the rare opportunity for the sun to sneak through a small gap to illuminate a scene with the backdrop of a Lowveld storm. Incredible texture and shape that develop and change due to the constant sculpting…
  • Ireland’s Wild & Stunning Dingle Peninsula

    Sherry Ott
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    The Dingle Peninsula cliffs powerful and breathtaking. Yes, there’s a place in the world actually named Dingle. It makes you smile doesn’t it? Located in Ireland and part of the Wild Atlantic Way there was nothing in the world that would stop me from traveling to Dingle. Dingle is a peninsula in County Kerry; and not only was I excited to simply see Dingle, but I was excited because for the first time in a week, I was taking the passenger seat. As part of my pre-trip research (gasp – I seldom do this!) I decided that I wanted to do some hiking while in Ireland. I love driving the…
  • Corinthia Hotels Offers 50% Off On All European Properties Thru End of Feb

    Renee Blodgett
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    If traveling more in 2015 is one of your new year’s resolutions, then plan ahead and book your days off in advance as the January sales are not just for clothing this year.  Corinthia Hotels have announced their annual sale with 50% off on all their European properties excluding London whereby you pay for 2 nights and stay for 3, a deal that is hard to pass if you want to treat yourself to some serious luxury without the hefty price tag this year.  Hurry though as the offer is valid until the 28th of February. The Corinthia Hotel London is situated in one of the most affluent parts of the…
  • Support For Charlie Hebdo: “I’d Rather Die Standing Than Live On My Knees”

    Jessica Festa
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    Photo courtesy of SplitShire. “I’d Rather Die Standing Than Live On My Knees” This is a quote was stated by editor Stéphane Charbonnier of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, who was killed on January 7, 2015, along with 11 colleagues by Islamic extremists thought to be acting on behalf of Yemen’s al-Qaida branch who opened gunfire on the publication’s office. These extremists did not agree with the content put out by the magazine and wanted to seek “vengeance for the prophet,” as Charlie Hebdo was known for making fun of everyone from presidents to the Pope to the…
  • The Snakes & Waters of Colombia’s Amazon

    Jessica Festa
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Ever since the late 90’s, the Amazon jungle has inspired the image of a massive anaconda wrapping its slithering girth around my body from head to toe. In my vivid imagination, it drags me under water before biting my head off with a mouth opening the size of a microwave oven. So when the time came to leave the sweltering streets of Leticia, Colombia and explore the Amazon River on a boat much smaller than my imagined anacondas, I was a bit nervous, to say the least. As soon as our group of six was crammed onto the narrow benches of our vessel and our driver revved the sputtering engine, I…
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • The International Eventex Awards ReOpened For Entries Until January 30, 2015

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

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

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

    AnnMarie Koss
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    As we age our complexion really takes a beating. Exposure to the sun, pollution and even genetics can result in a breakdown of our skin’s collagen and loss of elasticity. Case in point, if you were from the generation prior to the 1990s, when sunscreen was available but not as widely used as it is today, then chances are you may have acquired some sun damage, age spots or even premature wrinkling. I remember sunbathing on the blacktop in  my parents driveway, while frequently applying baby oil all over to achieve that sun-kissed look. I always loved the way my skin glistened. Medi spa…
  • Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Review

    Rob Hard
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I have been using a Sonicare FlexCare for years (my dental hygienist recommended it to me) — it’s known for its ability to handle plaque removal, promote gum health and reduce stains. I recently discovered the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (available in black, white and pink). What caught my attention is that it has a USB travel case that can be plugged into a laptop or wall outlet. That’s great for business travelers. And there are other reasons you’ll want to have one of these. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean. © 2014 Rob Hard How Does Sonicare Work?  If…
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Import export

    18 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    1990 marked the 25th anniversary of Queen's Award for Export and Technology when these two PHQ stamp cards were issued.  It was originally known as the Queen's Award to Industry, became for Export and Technology in 1975, and then in 1992 Environmental Achievement was added too.I also found this stamp from India, for the Indian Institute of Foreign Tradewhich I thought fitted in well with the theme.I'm continuing to tiptoe around with a poorly computer and, to make things more exciting, an unrelated unreliable internet connection.  Maybe by next week I'll be all singing, all dancing…
  • A nice cup of tea

    18 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    When it's cold outside, as it is here at the moment, there is nothing like a hot cup of tea (with maybe a biscuit or two).  This pen and ink drawing of a Russian couple enjoying the warmth is by Anatoly Kudravcev.  He was born in the village of Shanevo and this image is one of several he has drawn of village life.  I suspect village life is the same the world over.This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's, The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  Just click on the button to visit her and join in.
  • Astronomy is not astrology

    4 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    I have had one of those long standing battles with my aging PC this week and have been backing up everything full speed (dead slow).  That should guarantee the aging PC will stagger on for another few months so that I can't justify buying a nice whizzy fast one just yet.  So I apologise for not having visited people.  I should do better .Astrology evaded me but I found a few examples of astronomy and this one made me smile.  A rather puzzled smile but a smile.The set of stamps, here shown as PHQ stamp cards, was issued in 1991 to mark Europe in Space and the work at the…
  • Seoul

    29 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    A pictorial map of Seoul, the capital of South Korea.The Floating Island in the River Han is in fact made up of three artificial islands built between 2009 and 2010.  They provide spaces for performing arts, entertainment and events, and water sports.At the other end of the spectrum is Gyeongbok Palace which was built in 1395.  It has been undergoing restoration since 1990 after 90% of the buildings were destroyed in the early 20th century while Japan occupied the country.
  • Toys on stamps

    29 Dec 2014 | 12:50 am
    Andy Pandy was a made-for-television character, a long time ago in the 1950s, but as he was a puppet and seen here with Teddy, I think they qualify as toys. This PHQ stamp card was issued by Royal Mail in a series of Children's TV at the very beginning of the year, 7 January 2014.From the Ukraine is an illustration resulting from a competition held by UNESCO for children to draw their rights. Until I discovered the title, I was about to complain about the boys playing with toy boats, trains and so on while the girl had a doll.  But she also has a small aeroplane.  The title is…
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    Atlas Travel Blog

  • Around the World by Private Jet

    Sue Lobo
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Around the world by Private Jet in 24 days… Jules Verne envisioned the circumnavigation of the world in 80 days, during an era of ocean liners carrying steamer trunks filled with gems and train dining cars where cocktail attire was compulsory.  Abercrombie & Kent’s Wonders of the World by Private Jet tour reinvents the notion of luxury travel, escorting you around the globe to ten of the most celebrated places on earth in 24 days. Liberation from airport schedules and restrictive routing allows you to maximize your time on the ground, while simultaneously abridging the…
  • Alabama

    Sue Lobo
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    This week we will be highlighting the state of Alabama. It is located just south of Tennessee and next to Mississippi and Georgia. Most of the land in Alabama is flat, but there are some beautiful mountain regions in the northern part of the state. Visiting Alabama means true southern hospitality. If you plan to visit this state there are quite a few places that you should see. While it’s impossible to list all the great attractions in Alabama, we’ve included some of the more popular ones. Cheaha Resort State Park This is the oldest state park in Alabama. It’s actually…
  • The Best Bars And Pubs You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

    Sue Lobo
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    While you are traveling it’s always fun to stop at a new restaurant. You can sample some of the local fare and to get to know a few of the residents that live in the city that you are visiting. Some of the best bars and pubs tend to be little whole in the wall establishments that most people have never heard of. Here are some great places to visit to grab a bite to eat or get a drink at. Dancen in Chicago This isn’t your typical pub or bar. It has a Korean flare that keeps patrons coming back. It only has about seven small tables, but that doesn’t matter since most people…
  • Insight Vacations….the Art of Touring in Style

    Sue Lobo
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Insight Vacations….the Art of Touring in Style With over 35 years of travel experience and tours to 43 European countries, depart on the journey of a lifetime with Insight Vacations. From sipping port wine along the River Douro to savoring fresh-caught seafood in Dubrovnik or walking the historic Swiss pathways of Napoleon, you’ll discover incredible handpicked experiences wherever your adventure may take you. There’s nothing ‘standard’ about travelling with Insight Vacations. You’ll travel in luxurious comfort and enjoy fantastic, remarkable experiences…
  • 2015’s Best Traveling Apps

    Sue Lobo
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Traveling just got easier thanks to technology. Apps are so easy to use because they can be downloaded on your phone or tablet and are available pretty much whenever you need them. We know that you will probably be doing some traveling this year so to make your adventures a little easier, we’ve put together a guide of the best traveling apps to use in 2015. Localeur This app is similar to a guidebook. People living in a particular city share their experiences such as their favorite places to dine and visit. Each of the people that submit their opinions have a profile that lets readers…
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    25 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    Con Haiku Deck Chile Turismo intentamos introducirte a algunas de las maravillas naturales que hacen de Chile uno de los paises con mayor diversidad geografica del mundo.

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:18 am
    Chile tourism Haiku deck will put you in contact with Nature at a colossal scale, it's one of the most geographically diverse countries on Earth. See some images.

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:21 am
    Con Haiku Deck Patagonia intentamos introducirte visualmente a la imponente geografia y bellezas naturales que se esconden en el extremo Sur del continente.

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:27 am
    The Patagonia South America Haiku Deck is a slide presentation aiming at introducing you to some of the natural wonders at both sides of the Andes mountains.

    11 Jan 2015 | 2:33 am
    Brazil in black and white is a photo journey in the old fashion way, a visual exploration of South America's giant through monochrome photography. See the gallery.
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    Wild Junket

  • Tracking Wild Elephants in Kaudulla National Park, Sri Lanka

    Nellie Huang
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    Atop an open-roofed jeep, we bounced across the muddy floodplains like a group of explorers out on a mission. Indeed, we were on a mission: to find Asian elephants in the wild. I had seen wild elephants many times but never in Asia — and being a wildlife buff, it was about time to set things straight. As our vehicle emerged from the thick foliage, a herd of massive animals appeared before us. Standing just inches away from us, they paused, flapping their ears nonchalantly, as though they couldn’t be bothered with our presence. There they were — all huge bulky bodies, wrinkly…
  • The Beauty of Norway: from Fjords to Mountains and Glaciers

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
    From stunning fjords to massive glaciers and mountains, Norway is packed to the brim with gorgeous, untouched nature waiting to be explored. Thanks to its extreme northern location, it is one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. For many, this rugged country remains a mystery – where the midnight sun shines endlessly in summer and the stunning Aurora Borealis dances in the sky during the long, polar winter nights. Besides being one of the coolest country to visit in Europe, it also has some of the best winter adventure activities on offer. Here’s a look at what you can do…
  • The Soul of Sri Lanka — Sigiriya Rock

    Nellie Huang
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    In the very center of Sri Lanka stands one of the country’s most iconic historical sites, Sigiriya Rock (Sinhalese for “Lion Rock”) — a massive column of rock that doubles as an ancient palace and historical site. From afar, it looks like a simple rock mount jutting out from a sea of greenery; but dig deeper and you’ll unravel the layers that make up Sri Lanka’s rich history and religious heritage. Throughout time, Sigiriya has been used as a Buddhist monastery, fortress and palace. When Prince Kashyapa (477 – 495 AD) moved the country’s capital from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya…
  • Photo Essay: Flying Over the Coastline of Sri Lanka

    Nellie Huang
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    The lush jungles beneath our feet sparkled in different shades of green, while the lapping water off the coast slowly merged from bright spearmint to dark navy blue color. All along the coast, the powdery sand and rocky outcrops made a sharp contrast against the turquoise waters. So raw, rugged yet inviting. On my recent trip to Sri Lanka, I had the opportunity to catch a scenic flight over the southern end of the island with Cinnamon Air — the view of Sri Lanka’s lush jungles and busy coastline truly blew my mind. The minute our Cessna 208 seaplane took off from…
  • New Year, New Life

    Nellie Huang
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    As some of you may already know, we’ve got some exciting news to share! At the beginning of December 2014, I came home to Granada after traveling intensively for several months only to find out that I was pregnant! Not just a little pregnant, but 6-months pregnant! Don’t ask me how I missed that — I have NO idea. It came as a huge surprise to Alberto and I, but now that the initial shock has faded, we’re extremely excited about this new journey we’re going to embark on. We’ve sadly had to cancel the Rickshaw Run at the last minute (though we still continued to raise…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • I Love Greyton Because … Insider Tips

    The Team
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle Hi, we are Ines Stoll and Mark Dittke from The Purple Dog Self Catering House in Greyton in the Cape Overberg, Western Cape. Greyton IS BEST KNOWN FOR its magnificent piece of peace, tucked away from the N2 but still close enough to Cape Town with its oak tree lined streets surrounded by the majestic Riviersonderend Mountains.   GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN whilst meandering in the Nature Reserve along the Gobos River with an easily accessible waterfall or from the top of the...
  • 6 Ways to Experience Cape Town’s Ocean Wildlife

    Wanda Coustas
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle Known historically as ‘The Cape of Storms’ the tempestuous seas around the Cape Peninsula have battered the rocky shores, and more than a few ships, for millennia. The peninsula juts out into the ocean at the edge of the African continent, tipped by the Cape of Good Hope (which, contrary to popular myth, is not the southernmost tip of Africa – this honour is reserved for Cape L’agulhas, a little further east). With the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean on one shore,...
  • 10 Reasons Downtown Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct is the Place to Live, Eat and Visit

    Wanda Coustas
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle Downtown Johannesburg is a dangerous place. In May 1999, not five years after the first democratic government was elected in South Africa, the Guardian published an article entitled: Johannesburg, the most dangerous city on earth? The chilling article gives personal accounts of death by car-jacking, muggings and rapes, and cites frightening statistics about the country’s daily murder and rape rates. It presents Johannesburg as nothing short of a ‘rough, provisional...
  • 10 churches designed by a woman in the Cape; plan your Sophia Gray Route

    Wanda Coustas
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle Sophia (Sophy) Gray designed no fewer than 40 of the 50 Anglican churches built during her husband Robert Gray’s bishopric. She was the first woman to practise architecture in South Africa, and one of the earliest to do so in the world. No mean feat for a woman who was a wife during the Victorian era, and a mother to five children. Perhaps Sophy managed to escape the full impact of the crinoline, and its relegation of women to the home, when she moved with her husband from...
  • Mossel Bay – 5 things to do in SA’s most mistakenly maligned town

    Wanda Coustas
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Send to Kindle Calling Mossel Bay a ‘harbour town’ is a misnomer. It does have a harbour, but ‘town’ suggests small, when in reality some 60 000 people live there. Mossel Bay is big enough to give the impression of a city. What adds to this impression is that it sprawls, merging seamlessly with the beach side villages of Klein Brak River, Reebok, Tergniet, Groot Brakrivier and Glentana so that the entire bay is a twinkle at night (provided Eskom isn’t load...
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    Velvet Escape

  • Five dreamy luxury hotels in Mauritius

    Keith Jenkins
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, located east of Madagascar (map). Everyone has visions of what paradise is like, most of which involve tropical islands with white sandy beaches, palms swaying in the soft breeze and crystal-clear water. Mauritius ticks all these boxes with ease. With its blinding white beaches and breathtaking lagoons, Mauritius would match most people’s definition of paradise. Add to that a great selection of gorgeous hotels and you get a destination that’s perfect for those seeking a luxurious island getaway. Here are my five recommended luxury…
  • The magic of the Galapagos Islands

    Keith Jenkins
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    A spectacular Galapagos sunset. The Galapagos Islands are famous the world over for their huge number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. To be honest, despite my dream to visit this ecological paradise in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador, I harboured some doubts. These doubts rested on the fact that many of these endemic species are so unique and face all sorts of threats. I spoke to a few friends about this, some of whom have been there, and they were (almost) unanimous: go if the opportunity presented itself and see it for…
  • Ten things to do in Seville

    Keith Jenkins
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    The arches and tilework inside the Alcazar Palace. Sevilla, or Seville, is the fourth largest city in Spain and the largest city of the region of Andalusia in the south of the country. The city was founded as the Roman city of Hispalis in the 8th century A.D. on the banks of the Guadalquivir river and through the centuries, was occupied by a string of powers including the Moors (Muslims from northern Africa) who ruled the city from the 8th till the 13th century. The city became an important trading centre after the discovery of the Americas. Christopher Columbus left for his maiden voyage to…
  • Falling in love with San Miguel de Allende

    Keith Jenkins
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    An old cobblestone street in San Miguel (image courtesy of Steve Collins). A guest post by Billie Frank. Have you ever arrived somewhere you’ve never been before and felt like you’d come home? [Keith: yes, I have! Cape Town is one of them. :)] It’s happened to me three times: Santa Fe, where we now live, the west of Ireland, and most recently, San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico. We arrived in San Miguel at the unlikely hour of 4:15am. As our driver navigated the narrow pre-dawn streets still alive with people, I fell in love. There’s something magnetic about this city that…
  • 2014: my year of travel

    Keith Jenkins
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    Gosh! Another year comes to a close and another begins! 2014 was a wonderful travel year for me. I chalked up tens of thousands of miles, visiting twelve countries on five continents. In my New Year’s post at the start of 2014, I wrote: I prefer to see each new year as a blank canvas, waiting to be filled with colour, beauty and inspiration. It’s up to me to create the best painting I can with all the tools I have. I’m very excited about the new year and I’m convinced my painting will be a stunner! So what turned up on my “blank canvas”? Well, I didn’t exactly…
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    Pearls of Travel Wisdom

  • Update on Hotel Rate Predictions for 2015

    Carol Margolis
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    This is going to be a painful year for hotel room rate increases. A few weeks ago I said… “The average daily rate for hotels increased over 4% each of the past three years. Freitag expects the increase in 2015 to be higher, about 5%. My projection is this will be a bit property-specific but I expect some to raise their rates 6% or more if they have had exceptional occupancy this year, more so if pre-bookings are high.” Now according to this article, it looks like some cities are already on track to meet or exceed my predictions for 2015. From the article… “Some cities…
  • TSA’s Newest Record: Firearms Seizures

    Carol Margolis
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    As I mentioned early last month, TSA was well on their way to set a record year for seizing carry-on guns from passengers. Well, they did it in style. The final number for 2014 was 2,212 guns, an increase of more than 20% from the previous year and almost three times the number from only seven years ago. Even more scary, an incredible 83% were loaded. By way of comparison, TSA takes away more firearms at security than they do for snow globes. For those who love stats, this is more than six handguns every day but that number doesn’t tell the whole story. Only five airports accounted for…
  • Are Your Favs in This List? TripAdvisor Top 25 Hotels

    Carol Margolis
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    As they do every year, TripAdvisor presented their list of the Top 25 hotels in the world. With such outstanding competition, it shouldn’t be a surprise that only a couple Four Seasons properties made the list, none of them in the U.S. Indeed, the only American property to make the list is The Langham in Chicago However, if you are interested in seeing only the Top 25 hotels in the U.S., TripAdvisor is happy to accommodate you as well. And I just added a whole lot of properties to my bucket list. The post Are Your Favs in This List? TripAdvisor Top 25 Hotels appeared first on Pearls of…
  • Marriott Blocks Wi-Fi – FCC Says Never Again!

    Carol Margolis
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    Seems this subject about Marriott blocking Wi-Fi at a Nashville hotel has been beaten to death but Marriott chose to drag it out. Instead of admitting it was a mistake and wouldn’t let it happen again, the hotel chain went on the offensive asking the FCC for guidance. Well, really more like protection for their scheme. It took months but no doubt after enduring horrible PR and seeing meeting planners book events at properties other than Marriott, the hotel caved and began allowing Wi-Fi other than the hotel’s version a couple weeks ago pending the outcome from this…
  • Higher Education –> More Likely to Steal from Hotel Rooms

    Carol Margolis
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:16 pm
    In a very strange survey from Germany, they found that those with higher education were actually more likely to steal items from hotel rooms. The devil, however, was in the details. Of these ‘stolen’ items, 69% were actually bathroom amenities like soap, shampoo, and other hygiene products. More surprising was that 1.3 million towels were stolen. Most surprising, only 9% of thefts were committed by those with a high school education. Room telephones and televisions each represent 2% of items stolen from a room. I don’t know, does higher education make us smarter or bolder?
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • New Orleans City Park – Celebration of the Oaks with Grayline Tours

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids A trip to New Orleans doesn’t really count unless you visit City Park. City Park is one of the most historic parts of New Orleans and simply amazing. The park itself is open year round. However, it’s the festivities they hold for different times of the year that really make a fun experience. Lucky for us we were in New Orleans right before Christmas. So Christmas fever was high, and even more so due to the most popular festival of all…
  • Take Ride on the Mississippi River – Steamboat Natchez

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:31 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids One thing you can not avoid is an encounter with the great Mississippi River while visiting New Orleans. The French Quarters goes right into. Seafood is practically a staple of New Orleans and Louisiana’s cuisine. Strolling along the river walk is a must do. And of course the best way to truly enjoy Ol’ Man River is to do what the cotton pickers used to do back in the olden days – take a steamboat river cruise. The Natchez Steamboat is…
  • Visiting The Valley of Temples in Sicily – A Dream for Any Kid

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids The Valley of the temples in Sicily is one of the most important archeological sites in the world and a Unesco world heritage site since 1998. Certainly an amazing place to visit with your family. Children will love it! It is important to know that Agrigento was a Greek colony in the 6th century B.C. and the Valley of the temples is an extraordinary proof of life in that era. Can you imagine your kids having fun there? So, why not planning a journey to…
  • Furnishing Ideas for a Family Holiday Home

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Whether you have a cabin in a remote, rural setting or a home on the beachfront, furnishing your holiday home can be much more fun than the serious business of making sure your main residence caters for all the family’s needs. After all, when you’re on vacation the main point is to relax and enjoy the break, so your holiday home should reflect this – it should be a welcoming, cozy and calm oasis. There are some really simple and thrifty ways to…
  • Swamp Tour New Orleans – Is It Worth the Trip?

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Traveling to New Orleans as a single parent allows me to really expand my search for best family friendly adventures in the area. And, of course, I had a lot of help by watching ‘Princess and the Frog’ a ton of times to know that we wanted to get a peak of the bayou and swamps. And when I originally contacted Lindsay from, I was sure that this would be a full day excursion. Not so much for the swamp tour itself, but that it would…
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  • Ileana Makri Store - Athens, Greece

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Just before the Holiday shopping season last year, Greek Jewelry designer Ileana Makri opened an intriguing retail store on Patriarhou Ioakim Street in Athens’s posh fashion district of Kolonaki. She hired Greek architect Stelios Kois to envision an environment for not just her own jewelry but also for fashionable creations of other designers. The Makri is not new to retail, as her first entry, Mageia, also in Athens, opened in 1987. Mageia was also the setting for the launch of her precious jewelry line in 1996. Steeped in symbols, nature, mystique and multicultural lore, her pieces…
  • El Mirador House - Valle de Bravo, Mexico

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    For someone born in 1977, Mexico-born and educated architect Manuel Cervantes Céspedes has scooped up his fair share of accolades. With his team at CC Arquitectos, he has completed both residential and commercial project that deserve attention. One residential project in particular, El Mirador, located in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, and completed in 2013, has remained in our minds as an impeccable example of how to create elegant balance. In this mountaintop residence, the architect and interior designers – as well as the owners – have resisted bravely the temptation to add…
  • Weekend Music Playlist 21

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Kids Museum of Glass - Shanghai

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In 2011, we wrote about the newly opened Shanghai Museum of Glass (SHMOG) designed by Coordination Asia’s  founder and CEO, Tilman Thürmer. More recently, Thürmer’s team completed the Kids’ Museum of Glass located in the same Shanghai-based complex and opened a few days ago. Cool and edgy, quite literally, the Kids’ Museum has none of the typical cute and cuddly kiddie features found in spaces dedicated to children. Instead, the target audience, kids aged 4-10, enter an environment of glass, particle board and metal realized in a color scheme of black…
  • Mike Pelletier - Kinetic Portraits

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We love these eerie portraits created by interactive artist and technical director, Mike Pelletier and available exlusively at our online store. For many years, Pelletier has been researching and experimenting with methods of creating multidimensional portraits. Using his research in thermal imaging and MRI scanners as a technological basis and as inspiration, he started using  Microsoft’s motion-sensing Xbox device, Kinect, to create cool artwork with a strong, edgy look. Pelletier’s 3D images made of a sitting subject appear to be pictures of a metallic sculpture, strangely…
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    Man Tripping

  • Tom's OREO Cookie Balls Football Recipe for the Big Game!

    James Hills
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    It's time for "The Big Game" and that means more awesome treat ideas to make your football party awesome!  No big sporting event is complete without controversy and boy oh boy have we had that over the past week with some guys in New England. Unfortunately, it shows no sign of ending between now and the time you are going to be holding your "super" awesome football party next week. So let's capitalize on it by making a treat that will make your guests laugh, giggle, and maybe even start a spirited discussion or two! With that said, here is our ...
  • Carnival Vista Pictures, New Features and Cruise Details

    James Hills
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    We've been waiting for this since the moment the ship was hinted at a couple years ago but now it's just a year away and Carnival just unveiled a ton of new details including the SkyRide - a pedal-powered attraction to take you around the top of the boat more than a 150 feet up in the air! Designed to connect guests to the ocean with sweeping views and plenty to do both outdoors and in, Carnival Vista will take cruising to new heights and introduce an exciting array of groundbreaking new features including: SkyRide, a breakthrough suspended open-air ...
  • Giveaway: Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker from AT&T!

    James Hills
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    The big game is coming up and that means you guys will probably be holding some awesome parties pretty soon. AT&T San Diego wants to make your next event even better, so they sent me one of their Bose SoundLink's to test out and will be sending one of you a unit for yourself next week!  Honestly I was pretty impressed by the unit they sent to me. Bose might not be the only game in town these days but the Bose SoundLink Color is a great speaker for a pretty reasonable price (~$130) and is available online at ...
  • 10 Awesome Iowa Mancation Ideas

    James Hills
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Iowa? Seriously? Yes! Honestly this quiet midwestern state known for corn more than anything else is probably not high on your list of places to go for your next mancation. It wasn't for me either, but a cross country road trip last year from Chicago to San Diego caused me to take a moment to reconsider Iowa and all the stuff that it does offer for a group of guys looking for an adventure. As I drove through I saw signs for places like towns named Manning and Manley, the World's Largest Truck Stop, John Wayne Birthplace, Maytag (home of ...
  • My Favorite Road Trips Start With a Stop at Walmart Automotive Center!

    James Hills
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    The holidays are over and winter adventures await, but before you set off on your road trip you know that you need to make sure your car is up for the trip and that you have all the necessary supplies to keep your crew in good shape, so why not do both at the same time and save some effort?  Before I share some of my favorite road trips, let's head to Walmart to get our oil changed with Pennzoil and I shopped for some goodies. After all, it's just as important to make sure your car ...
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    The Travel Tart

  • Best Travel Clothes – The Phrase T-Shirt!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    There’s nothing like travelling in a country where you just don’t know the language. Native English speakers normally have it so easy. That’s because everyone else who is not a native English speaker wants to learn English and practice with you. But there are some situations when travelling when the world’s universal language isn’t going to help you out in a sticky situation! With the advent of smartphones these days, you can plug something into Google Translate and it will spit out a translation that normally won’t resemble the Monty Python dodgy…
  • How To Walk a ‘Dog’ – in Nigeria!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:36 am
    Many of us have grown up with a pet dog in our backyard. In fact, I’m sure there are many fond childhood memories of man’s best friend that stay with us forever. One of those is probably trying to train a stubborn puppy to stay focused with a lead so that he doesn’t end up underneath the wheels of passing cars. I’m sure we’ve all tried to find different ways of how to walk a dog, but I’ve come across a couple of bizarre photos that redefines this! A while back, I experienced a German Shepherd Dog Training show to see how these dogs are transformed from…
  • Drag Race – with Drag Queens!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    Today I have an article from Bryan Richards about the Great Conch Republic Drag Race in Key West, Florida. This isn’t exactly a race involving high octane performance from souped up cars! It’s about an experience Bryan’s dad seemed to enjoy on a visit to Key West! Bryan runs The Wandering Gourmand, which is a travel blog about beer and food, which is something literally close to my heart…when this stuff passes through it! Anyway, say hi to Bryan on Twitter and Facebook. Here it is! A drag race without cars? It was my Dad’s retirement, and he wanted to drive his…
  • Tripadvisor – Funny Reviews We’d Love to See!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    Tripadvisor is one of the most popular travel review websites out there. You can pretty much find a review on any bit of accommodation out there on the planet before you take off on your trip.   In regards to the accuracy of the reviews, from a consumer point of view, I usually find TripAdvisor comments to be generally close to the mark. Sure, there are going to be idiots out there that post fake reviews, but I’m a believer that the majority of people out there are honest and will give a truthful review of what they experienced. What I look for is overall trends – that is,…
  • Flowrider – Wave Machine on the back of a Cruise Ship!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    I’m not really the cruising type – I’ve never actually been on one, but I find these large heavy metal beasts that float in the water without sinking pretty fascinating anyway. Cruising is still going nuts around the world, and there are myriad of options and locations where cruise ships visit. But it’s not just the locations that they visit that are diverse – it’s also what’s on the actual ship as well. Anyway, I was recently invited to come on board the rather large Royal Caribbean boat, the Voyager of the Seas to see what this massive floating…
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    Jet Set Smart


    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Valentine's Day is coming, and so I thought I'd pull together a look with a bit of red in it!  I'm not a Valentine's mush, but I love being festive (especially for my kids), and I also LOVE the color red!  I scored this top in store at H&M on sale, and got this leopard scarf online on sale too!  This time of year I tend to spend my money on accessories.  I feel like my closet is filled with enough winter clothes for now, and I prefer to wait and save up to purchase spring clothes.  That being said, I can't pass up a good sale! Top: H&MPants: H&MShoes: Rack…

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
      One of my all time favorite foods is a cheeseburger!  Delicious, juicy, cheesy perfection...well you just can't get much better than that in my book.  So when I hear about a good burger place, I will venture to try it...(usually) no matter how far away it might be!  I recently learned about White Manna in Hackensack, New Jersey.  And let me tell you, if you live in the New York Metro's ABSOLUTELY worth the hike!   White Manna is a Hackensack institution!  The diner first opened its doors in the 1940's, and after one bite you can see why this…

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
      Over New Year's, we visited the town of Saratoga Springs in upstate New York while we were vacationing in Lake George for the holiday.  I absolutely love Saratoga for two reasons- (1) It's where I spent four years of my life because I went to college there, and (2) It is the cutest town filled with great restaurants and some fabulous shopping!   I always enjoy boutique shopping because you can find unique pieces, and it supports local business...that's a win win in my book!  While walking around Saratoga, my sister and I found a store we really loved and wanted to buy…

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    It was almost time to say "Adios!" to Spain.  On our last day we left Barcelona, and boarded the high speed train back to Madrid. We checked back into the same hotel in Madrid where we stayed before we left for Barcelona- Petit Palace Hotel Lealtad Plaza.  We decided to do this so that we could leave some of our belongings while we went to Barcelona, and also because it would make for an easy check in and out on our last night.  Funny thing too, we even got the same room we had during our first few nights stay, and we were so happy about that!  I mean, for European hotel…

    19 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    After a good night's rest, Brody and I were back up and ready to join the crew for our last full day in Barcelona.  We used our hop on hop off 2-day bus pass to take us to see more of the major sites, including Gaudi's famous cathedral, and walking Las Ramblas at night.  I'll let the pictures do the talking! Stay tuned tomorrow for more on our last day in Madrid, Spain!
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  • Discovering women explorers

    Mariellen Ward
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    Do women explore and travel the world differently than men? WHAT DO YOU THINK about women explorers? It is my view that men and women have have a different approaches to exploring. While men seek to conquer, women seek to understand. Perhaps this is the reason that women explorers traditionally get short shrift. I didn’t discover my “inner explorer” until I was in my 40s. After several personal losses left me feeling depressed, I packed up my apartment, lit out for India and spent six months traveling from one end of the subcontinent to the other. Since then, I’ve been…
  • How I quit my job to travel

    Mariellen Ward
    11 Jan 2015 | 1:51 am
    At Qutab Minar, Delhi, 2006 Note: This article was written in August 2014 and featured on BBC Travel in November, 2014, and was one of the most popular stories on the site for weeks after it was published. Thanks to all who read it and wrote to me; I am honoured to have inspired you. Hope it continues to inspire here on Breathedreamgo! In 2004, when I was at one of the lowest points of my life, I decided to go to India. I’d never visited India; I’d never even been on a long-term trip. I was emotionally fragile, and at 45, I was at an age when more rational people would be thinking…
  • Mirabai Expedition 2: Finding my way

    Mariellen Ward
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:12 am
    This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Mirabai ExpeditionSun set over the Yamuna River in Vrinadavan Day 2 of the Mirabai Expedition I wake in Vrindavan. I wake with two problems on my mind: money and food. I slept without dinner and no breakfast is available; and the day before, I tried two ATMs and both were out of money. So, with a mixture of hope and trepidation, I haggle for an auto and go straight to the ATM. The sound of the money dispensing is more delightful to me than all the temple bells in this moment. Even in a holy city like Vindravan, money is necessary. From there I go…
  • Three women of Ladakh, India

    Mariellen Ward
    29 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Matho Monastery is home of the Matho Museum project How a French Thangka restoration expert, a Buddhist nun and the founder of a women’s fair trade store are reviving Ladakh’s culture LADAKH IS THE NORTHERN most region of India, a high-altitude desert of stark beauty, arid landscapes, Tibetan influenced culture and mountain passes that can get snowed in almost all year round. It’s a dream destination for photographers, Buddhists, trekkers, motorcyclists, people interested in Tibetan culture and those on the hippie trail. The landscapes are vast, the sky moody and the…
  • Stumbling on the road to my dreams

    Mariellen Ward
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:50 am
    On the road to Raiwala Village, outside Aurovalley Ashram My year-end post is about a revelation I had in India, plus what I learned about the pitfalls of following your dreams IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, as I’ve been travelling , writing and building Breathedreamgo, I’ve achieved some cherished life goals, some things I never thought I would see. Here’s just a couple from 2014: I took The Canadian train from Vancouver to Toronto (and had many other wonderful Canadian adventures, thanks to a great contract that gave me the chance to showcase Canada) I received an Explorer’s…
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    Singapore Travel Blog

  • Exploring Langkawi Pantai Cenang with Costa Victoria Cruise – Tax-Free Shopping and Beach Walking

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Our Costa Victoria cruise ship docked at Malaysia Pulau Langkawi port (beside Resorts World Langkawi) on Day 4 – cruise passengers can just alight at the dock without the need for tender boats so no need to make any special arrangements for the disembarkation (like queue early for tender boat tickets).  Unlike Resorts World Sentosa with its Adventure Cove Waterpark and dining experiences, there wasn’t much to do at Resorts World Langkawi especially since you will be disembarking at the port at 7am in the morning and you need to be on the cruise ship by 1pm.  There are a few…
  • Be Entertained by Costa Victoria Musical Performances – Rich & Famous, Michael Jackson Impersonation, Viva Italia and Staff Performance

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Onboard performances are a key part of a cruise experience – there are typically 2 performances at 7.15pm and 8.45pm in the evening (both are the same) catering to guests having the cruise dinner at the 2nd and 1st sitting respectively. On Costa Victoria, the performances are held at the Festival Theatre at Deck 6 Traviata (these are “stall” seats) and Deck 7 Carmen (“circle” seats). The best seats are the ones at Deck 6 – guests on Deck 7 can check out the performance from projected video on a screen if they can’t see the stage. The good seats are…
  • Review of Cats – a Musical or rather “Mew-sical” at Singapore Marina Bay Sands Mastercard Theatre

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:52 am
    Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical CATS is now showing in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands Mastercard theatre.  I heard of CATS because of its reputation as being one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history and this musical also have been shown in over 300 cities since its premiere in London in 1981.  There must be something in this CATS the musical that has made it one of the must see shows around the world. We checked the CATS musical out in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Mastercard Theatre last week.  I really like the performers’ awesome costumes…
  • 5 Alternative Asian Destinations to Check Out for 2015

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Asia is a real favourite for backpackers of all nationalities, with its wealth of fascinating countries, delicious food and stunning natural scenery making it an obvious choice. Countries such as Thailand and India are the most popular, but there’s still plenty to discover in Asia if you prefer to stay away from the gap year backpackers and explore some more off the beaten track destinations. Forget Full Moon Parties, here’s our guide to some of Asia’s best alternative destinations. Thailand Source: Wait, isn’t Thailand expensive and…
  • Top Five Places You Must Visit in Maui

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    When visiting the Hawaiian Islands, your first task is to select which island you want to experience. While each island has it’s own unique attractions and scenery, Maui offers a wide variety of activities and spectacles for people of all ages and interests. If you enjoy spending time outdoors and you’re looking for plenty of opportunities to exercise and stay active during your vacation, Maui won’t leave you disappointed. With terrain ranging from pristine sandy beaches all the way up to a 10,000-foot mountain peak, Maui has plenty to offer. Regardless of when you’re hoping to travel…
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    Fili's World

  • National Museum of History at Chapultepec Castle : Mexico City

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Chapultepec Castle at the Chapultepec Park is a great way to kick off Mexico City. It combines a castle, a national museum, a huge park with lots of activities, and most importantly – a grand view of Mexico City from above. Although most of the exhibitions are not in English, and you’ll need a guide to fully appreciate everything going on, it has a lot to offer to any visitor. You can easily spend half a day there and then the rest of the day around the park strolling around and enjoying some outdoors local food near the large lake. Also in the nearby area are the National Museum…
  • The Gateway Arch : Saint Louis Missouri

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    When people think of Saint Louis they usually picture the iconic Gateway Arch. The first and last time I saw the arch was during my time in the US as a kid during the late 1980s, and so I was eager to have another chance to visit. The arch was far more spectacular than I remembered, and I was now able to fully appreciate its grandeur, the architectural complexity and the esthetics. In a rather unassuming somewhat ordinary large American city, this arch stands out as something very unique. Aside from the architecture, the arch also has a very narrow observation deck, and you can make you way…
  • Missouri Botanical Garden : Saint Louis

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Dating back to 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint Louis is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the US. There are quite a few things to see and do in Saint Louis, and together with the world famous arch this was definitely one of the highlights in my very short visit in the city with a weekend trip away from Champaign in Illinois. My favorite part, it would come as no surprise, were the Asian gardens, especially the Japanese. I caught it at a good time with the autumn colorful trees reflecting onto the lake. With 79 acres, this is a very large area, and you can spend half a day…
  • Ro Ho En – Japanese Friendship Garden : Phoenix

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Part of the Phoenix charm is with its desert scenery. Not much green, very distinct vegetation, so when you tour around Phoenix you become used to the yellowish flavor of it all. Which is why the Ro Ho En – the Japanese Friendship Garden – near the heart of Phoenix is very surprising. Somehow, I’m not sure how, they’ve created this green and blue oasis in the middle of the desert. Going in, you’re transported across the globe to Japan, with small fountains and pagodas, white sand, lakes and pleasant walking paths. It isn’t very big, but the strong contrast…
  • Musée Fort de la Pompelle, Hautvillers & Basilique Saint-Remi: Champagne France

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    Roaming around Champagne there are a few things to see that go beyond wineries, although it is mainly limited to two categories – religion and war. In terms of war, there’s plenty left from the world wars that had a strong impact on France. In Champagne you have the Musée Fort de la Pompelle a newly opened museum about the history behind the Fort de la Pompelle which was used to defend the area around Reims. It was completely destoroyed in the first world war only to be ressurected as a museum for the fallen in recent years…              …
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • Get Ready for the Year of the Goat!

    Nicole Duxbury
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    While the Gregorian New Year has already come and gone, the Chinese New Year won’t take place until February 19. 2015 is the Year of the Goat, which is predicted to be a year of well-being and prosperity and will bring more good fortune than 2014. To honor this new year two Reno resorts are [...]
  • Sparks will Fly in Reno Tahoe on Valentine’s Day 2015

    Nicole Duxbury
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Take a romantic getaway to Reno Tahoe and celebrate Valentine’s Day with loved ones, friends and family. If your ideal outfit for going out on Valentine’s Day is your PJs, you’re not alone. Join Crawl Reno for their Valentine’s Pajama Crawl. Crawl to 10 different bars in downtown Reno in your coziest set of PJ’s [...]
  • Where to Watch the Big Game on February 1

    Nicole Duxbury
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Every football lover’s favorite Sunday is almost here. Save yourself the hassle of making sure you have enough game day snacks  your own viewing party and head to one of Reno’s resorts for a football experience you won’t forget! Silver Legacy Resort Casino’s Big Game Party is opening its doors at 2:30 on the 1st before [...]
  • Non-stop service between NYC and Reno Tahoe

    Christina Erny
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Merging the city that never sleeps with a 24-hour town… We are going to have some fun! Just announced: non-stop service between NYC and Reno Tahoe. Introductory fares start at $89! Pictured: Reno Tahoe USA President and CEO, Chris Baum, speaking at the big announcement. Today brought more exciting air service news to the Reno [...]
  • Outdoor Activities When Winter Gets Warm…ish

    Nicole Duxbury
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:55 pm
    The warm weather that we’ve been experiencing in Reno Tahoe has people taking advantage of our beautiful great outdoors! The active lifestyle of many locals and visitors this time of year proves that Reno Tahoe is an exciting place to be  regardless of the weather or season. If you’re looking to get moving outdoors and [...]
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    Travel Blog | Travel + Leisure

  • Hopper’s New App Throws Down the Gauntlet for Flight Predictions

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    Predicting when you should buy your airfare is always tricky business—and it’s something everyone seems to obsess over. We certainly do. But there’s a new game in town to help you figure it all o...
  • Los Angeles Museums Offering Free Admission This Saturday

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    January 31 is the perfect day to get a dose of culture in Los Angeles, when the city is hosting the tenth annual Museums Free-For-All program. More than 20 museums will offer free general admissi...
  • Blizzard of 2015: Resources for Travelers

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    Whether or not Juno lives up to the historic proportions that the Weather Channel and others are predicting, it has already had a huge impact on travel across the Eastern seaboard—and the problem...
  • Travel Trends Twitter Chat on Tuesday, January 27

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    What's new in the travel world this year? We're talking Travel Trends on Tuesday, January 27th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join our chat to find out all the latest trends, and share some tips ...
  • Artsy Postcard: Singapore

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    We ditched the harsh New York cold and made our way across the ocean for Art Stage Singapore, one of the most important Southeast Asian contemporary art events of the year. The country’s largest co...
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    Cruise Radio

  • Carnival Vista Reveal in New York City

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Hear the Carnival Vista reveal live from New York City with Senior Cruise Director John Heald and the Senior VP of Guest Operations, Mark Tamis. 
  • Norwegian Escape Reveal + New Carnival App

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    January has proven to be a busy month for the cruise industry with the reveal of Norwegian Cruise Line’s upcoming Norwegian Escape, Carnival Cruise Line announcing a new smartphone app and brand new internet at sea packages. We were in New York City aboard Norwegian Breakaway when the revealed more details about the upcoming Norwegian Escape, like brew hall, tapas bar, new shows and more. We get the overall response. Carnival Cruise Line just announced their new smartphone app that allows you to talk to other cruisers and keep track of your on board spending. This app is aligned with other…
  • Kathie Lee Gifford Wine Partnership + Cruise News

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Kathie Lee Gifford, former spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Line, returned to Carnival on Sunday to introduce her GIFFT Collection of wines at a tasting event for cruise guests on Carnival Breeze at PortMiami. The wines are now available for sale fleetwide on Carnival’s 24 ships. Hear about the Kathie Lee Gifford wine partnership.
  • Disney Fantasy Review + Cruise News

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Jason Leppert returns to talk about his latest family vacation aboard Disney Cruise Lines’ Disney Fantasy. Jason discusses his experience aboard Disney Cruise Lines, what it’s like traveling during the holiday season on Disney and goes into detail about the dining experiences.
  • 2014 Cruise Vacation Review + 2015 New Cruise Ships

    31 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    On this episode we check in with cruise editor for and Vacation Agent Magazine, Theresa Masek, to give us a cruise rewind of 2014. We cover some of the big news that hit the headlines like Carnival LIVE, Quantum of the Seas, Margaritaville on Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean dining partnerships. Plus, we look ahead at new ships in 2015. Cruise vacations were great in 2014 and are just ramping up. Happy New Year! 
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Nomadic News: January 25, 2015

    James Clark
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    Greetings from My Tho, Vietnam. I’m travelling through the Mekong Delta this week, making my way to the island of Phu Quoc. My current Vietnam visa is due to expire next week so I wanted to get some local travel in before going off on my next trip. Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News; links to location independent living and travel news. Location independence Co-Working on vacation: A desk in paradise – Remote working gets some mainstream coverage in the NYTimes. I recently did a podcast interview with Graham Brown from The Barefoot Journal. He has a great resource on…
  • Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

    James Clark
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Saigon is collecting a fair selection of rooftop bars, and one of the best views of the city can be found at OMG, next to the Ben Thanh Market. Get here around 5pm for happy hour and you can watch the skyline light up as the evening approaches. It’s also a good spot to do a video of Saigon traffic in hyperlapse. Part of why I wanted to visit this bar was to get some photos of the roundabout in its current form. This roundabout will soon be a big construction site as it is the location of the main interchange station for the metro system. Travel Photos: Ho Chi Minh City photo gallery Ben…
  • Nomadic News: January 18, 2015

    James Clark
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    Greetings from Saigon. Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News – links on living abroad and location independence. And travel too, of course. Living Abroad European Residency for Americans – Christine at is living in Spain and has put together a free ebook for her fellow Americans. If you already are an American living abroad you may have been asked is your country crazy? How I built a startup while traveling to 20 countries – In the space of one year Jay Meistrich travelled to 45 cities in 20 countries, while still working 50 hours a week building and…
  • The changing face of Saigon

    James Clark
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    [Old and new Saigon: Bitexco Financial Tower and a French colonial-era building.] I’ve been basing myself in Saigon off-and-on for the past two years, and my first visit here was in 2005. In this time I’ve been watching the city transform as it catches up from decades of underinvestment. It’s an interesting time to be here; to see a city become what it hopes to be a world-class international metropolis. A metro system is finally being built, skyscrapers are going up, and there are plans for a new airport with the ambition of becoming a major hub of Southeast Asia (plan being…
  • Nomadic News: January 11, 2015

    James Clark
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    Here is this weeks edition of Nomadic News – links about travel and location independence. Living Abroad The Foreign Spell – “To be a foreigner is to be perpetually detached, but it is also to be continually surprised.” Great writing – as usual – by Pico Iyer. Ao Nang Beach: Living in Paradise – Another beach-base option in Thailand, from Travel 52 places to go in 2015 – The NY Times with their famous annual travel list. I see they have included Danang, which I recently visited. So does that mean I went before it was cool?
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Scope Out San Francisco’s Best Spots for Seafood

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

    Joan Cirillo
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Photo credit: Underground Atlanta The 26th annual New Year’s Eve Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta launched what could be a final year of shopping, eating, events and attractions at the historic downtown landmark as it is today. Renowned as the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Southeast, the drop of the 800-pound fiber and foam peach down the Underground’s 138-foot tower draws an estimated 175,000 spectators. The drop is the first of a year’s worth of activities and attractions at the six-block Underground Atlanta site, with its 12 acres and three levels of shopping,…
  • Tough Torontonians Don't Hibernate, They Play

    Deston S. Nokes
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:44 pm
    CN Tower If you think Torontonians hibernate just because of a little cold and snow (okay, a lot of cold and snow), you’d be mistaken. In fact, some of these folks spent New Year's Day plunging into Humber Bay for the annual Polar Bear Dip. Participants will tell you there’s nothing like shaking off the cobwebs of the prior night’s New Year’s Eve madness than an invigorating plunge. For the rest of us, Toronto offers oodles of activities to pass the long winters or just a few days. Visitors will love exploring this crisp, clean, cosmopolitan city no matter what the season. Zip to the…
  • The Best US Diners After You’ve Rung in the New Year

    Dan Patterson
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Waverly Restaurant, New York City 2014 is slowly coming to a close and what a wonderful year it was. As you strategically sprinkle holiday cheer across your home and workplace, roasting chestnuts and sharing warm eggnog with close friends and family, there lies one immensely exciting holiday to wrap-up the year. New Year’s is a celebration for the masses and widely known as the worlds most illustrious public holiday. Dating back almost four millennia to 2000 BC, the last day of the Gregorian calendar was dedicated to welcoming the first month of the New Year and bidding farewell to the…
  • Seattle Center Steps Up as Dining Destination

    Deb Barracato
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    With so much to do at the Seattle Center, it’s hard to think about cramming in time for lunch. But when the hunger pangs do hit, you can pursue instant gratification at the Seattle Center Armory, formerly The Center House, where some mainstays of the local restaurant scene have joined forces to turn this once ho-hum food court into a storied dining destination. Designed with families in mind, it includes kid-size tables and chairs, a play area, and menu options that appeal to even the most finicky pint-size palate. Photo Credit Skillet helped launch the mobile food trend in Seattle back in…
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  • I’m Going to the X-Games in Aspen with Skype

    Matt Gibson
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    Then, after that, I’ll be snowboarding across the Western USA. I’ll talk more about that later. First, the X-Games. One of the perks of being a blogger is that every once in a while you receive an email with a random opportunity that makes your day. Two weeks ago I sat down at my computer with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, opened my inbox, and found an email from Skype offering to send me to the X-Games in Aspen as part of their Skype Moments campaign. Made. My. Day. All I had to do, they said, would be to post on social media about the trip as I normally would, and use…
  • My Favorite Travel Gear of 2014

    Matt Gibson
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I’ve always been a bit of a minimalist. I rarely buy new equipment if I am able make do with what I have for ethical as well as economic reasons. But, the more I travel, the more important my travel gear becomes to me. Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to have started receiving gear for review from companies — often things that I could never afford. I’ve also become much more calculated in my purchases and have gradually refined my travel kit, swapping out second-rate pieces of gear for top-notch ones. It’s had an enormous effect on the quality of my travels. Packing is…
  • Make Screening A Breeze This Winter

    Matt Gibson
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The weather outside may be frightful, but travelling this winter can be delightful! Whether you’re packing for a winter wonderland with the kids or escaping the cold, these tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) will make airport security a breeze. Before The Airport Snowy weather can make getting to the airport a challenge, so make sure to arrive with plenty of time to check in and go through screening. Wait times for major airports are listed on CATSA’s website or CATSA’s app for your convenience. Remember to put all liquids, aerosols and gels over 100…
  • PTBA ITB Asia Panel 2014

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

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

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Destination: Tucson, Arizona Book: Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman     Becky Masterman, a Tucson resident, created a female character who stands out in the crowd of female detectives.  Fans who read her first novel,Rage Against the Dying, have been eagerly waiting for the second in what they hope will be a lengthy series  … Continue reading Brigid Quinn is Back and in Serious Trouble → 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 StoriesA Russian…
  • A Russian Emigre’s Life

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Destination: Russia and the United States Book: Émigré: 95 Years in the Life of a Russian Count by Paul Grabbe with Alexandra Grabbe   Until I read Émigré, despite my knowledge of Russian history, I tended to think of the nobility surrounding the Tsar as characters in a novel. Their fantastic homes, elaborate costumes and … Continue reading A Russian Emigre’s Life → 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 StoriesLove of Food and Family: A…
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  • Traveling to Cuba – Changes that I’ve Witnessed Over My Multiple Trips

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

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

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

    29 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    As we approach the New Year, do you have a bold adventure on your bucket list for 2015? I certainly do. This year, I bungee jumped in Auckland, New Zealand (see picture). I also conquered kayaking Kauai’s Na Pali Coast twice, once against the current and strong winds. For 2015, I will be in Bali, Kauai, Cuba, and Tuscany. I plan on getting into some fun adventures while I’m in all of my 2015 destinations: SCUBA, hiking, SUP, perhaps surfing, and more. To help you with your 2015 adventure travel bucket list items, I asked a peer travel writer and adrenaline junkie, Cheryl Staunton…
  • Adventure Travel Maui – Horseback Riding Maui

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    As an adventure traveler, I have been around the block a couple of times whether it’s bungy jumping in New Zealand or even hiking in Patagonia. When I moved to Kauai last year, I had two goals. One was to finish my book When All Balls Drop. The other was to get up close and personal with each of the other Hawaiian Islands. With Oahu already under my belt, I chose Maui as the next island to explore. And by explore, I mean I’d uncover its beauty by car, foot, underwater, perhaps by air, but also the paniolo way (Hawaiian cowboy), by horse. After tackling the Road to Hana on my…
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  • Wordless Wednesday: Hilltop Orchids Images

    Jessica Nunemaker
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hilltop Orchids in Cloverdale, Indiana is a destination that I’ve written about already but I had to share a few more images of this gorgeous greenhouse! Is anyone else ready to see something other than the gray of winter? I hear you. If you remember, I’ve already mentioned that there is more than 10,000 square feet of greenhouse space here. I’ve told you that you will find yourself surrounded by tens of thousands of orchids, many you won’t find anywhere else because of a thriving breeding program. They pride themselves on their award-winning specimens. Since…
  • Finley’s Antiques and Custom Framing in Tell City

    Jessica Nunemaker
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Finley’s Antiques and Custom Framing in Tell City, Indiana Exterior Okay, browsers! It’s time to hit two birds with one stone with a stop at Finley’s Antiques and Custom Framing in Tell City, Indiana. Though the majority of the cute, little shop is devoted to antiques, there’s also a wonderful selection of custom frames–the other part of this family-owned business! Tell City, Indiana Antique Shop Finley’s Antiques and Custom Framing in Tell City, Indiana Isn’t it adorable? Well, we can’t stand here gawking at the gorgeous tin ceiling all day.
  • The Ivy Wreath Floral and Gifts in Knightstown, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Ivy Wreath Floral and Gifts in Knightstown, Indiana I love when we find a fresh flower and plant florist in a small town, like when we stumbled into The Ivy Wreath Floral and Gifts in Knightstown, Indiana. They smell so good inside–and I love taking a look at the gifts they have to offer! Especially here. Knightstown, Indiana Florist The Ivy Wreath Floral and Gifts in Knightstown, Indiana This family owned business specializes in floral arrangements for you and yours. They’ve got everything you need to help celebrate a special occasion! Wedding, new baby, get well, romance,…
  • Images: Bill’s Clockworks in Flora

    Jessica Nunemaker
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I think clock shops are just about the neatest places! Bill’s Clockworks in Flora, Indiana is so chock full of clocks that anyone can find something to make their walls sing! Or, um, chime. He has clocks that are incredibly old and clocks that are brand new. There are clocks that are taken apart and in the process of getting repaired in the workshop portion of his shop. That’s what fascinated Kid #1! Well, that and the collection of smaller clocks. He has since tinkered with taking clocks apart for himself to see how they worked. It wouldn’t be such a horrible project if he…
  • Greentree in Huntingburg, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    There are certain kinds of small businesses out there that can appeal to almost everyone–and that would be the type of category that fits Greentree in Huntingburg, Indiana! Gorgeous yet comfortable, it is positively perfect in every way. Furniture and Home Decor in Huntingburg Greentree in Huntingburg, Indiana Exterior From the pops of color from the flowers to the vintage wood door propped up and used as a chalkboard sign to the pretty architectural flourishes, it is impossible not to get excited about going into Greentree! When you see an arrangement like that, you know that…
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  • Best Fine Dining In Canada

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    Canada can accommodate any adventurer’s desires, including those on a culinary quest. Every major city in Canada has its share of fine dining options, but which options are the best? In this article I will argue for the best dining option in each major Canadian city. Truffles If you find yourself taking a trip to Toronto, Canada anytime soon, you should make a reservation at Truffles. Located in the Toronto Four Seasons Hotel, Truffles offers a variety of exquisite French cuisine. The restaurant has an acclaimed signature dish comprised of spaghettini pasta, a light truffle sauce and…
  • Mykonos Island by Day

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:13 am
    The Cyclades islands are amongst the most popular and most beautiful in the Aegean Sea. Pebble strewn beaches stretch out before shimmering turquoise waters shadowed by ancient white cliffs. Upon these islands stand whitewashed cubist homes and markets arranged along twisting cobblestone pathways designed to protect the cities in time of danger. Paradise Beach Exactly what the name implies Paradise Beach is a golden sand testament to the scenic perfection of these regions. During peak season this coastline fills with tanned and oiled bodies bronzing in the warm Mediterranean sun. Paradise…
  • Highway Safety Advice for Truckers

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    Truckers spend most working days on the road – it’s their job, after all. And since they’re transporting tons of materials across the country in a large vehicle, they need to be especially mindful of other drivers. So, practicing safe driving should be stressed to new truck drivers before their first trip on the road. Here are some tips for truck drivers for staying safe on the road. Prep the truck Readying a vehicle for the road is an important task to prepare for a long drive. Perform routine maintenance like changing the oil, replacing the necessary fluids, checking wiper blades…
  • Best Ways On Getting A More Affordable Cruise Ship Parking

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Cruises are one of the best holiday trips for you and your family. Yet, there are some things that people tend to forget when going on a cruise – the actual transportation to the cruise ship. If you are driving there, you will have to think of your vehicle after you have arrived. Sad but true, this is the last thing that many people consider, but it should be one of the first priorities since you will be leaving your vehicle alone for an extended period of time. The following are the tips and ideas you will have for your cruise parking: Cruise Owned Lot Without a doubt, most cruise…
  • How to Enjoy Time in Sorrento? A Travel Guide for The Tourists

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    There are hundreds of places and attractions in the world for the tourists. Europe is a continent best for the traveling. It is considered that European countries are making best option and opportunities for the tourism industry of the world. Italy is a well known tourist attraction in the world. This country has made an impressive recognition for the tourism. There are hundreds of attractive places and destinations where thousands of tourists come every year for the enjoyment. Are you interested to learn about the most famous one? The Sorrento is a good location for the people of Italy. It…
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  • A Pretty Sweet Treat: Upside-Down Cake a la Mode

    Andy Hayes
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Looking for a sweet treat for visiting house guests, dinner party attendees, or just a bit of an indulgence for you and a friend? Cake and ice cream is always a hit! Take it up a notch, Plum Deluxe style, with this recipe for upside-down cake, a la mode. Upside-Down Cake a la Mode Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 tablespoon Lucerne unsalted butter 6 oranges, peeled, cut in half and thinly sliced 6 tablespoons Safeway SELECT® orange marmalade 1 egg 1/2 cup O Organics™ extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for sprinkling into jars 1/4 cup Lucerne whole milk 1/4 cup dark rum 2/3…
  • A Freshly Minted Cocktail for Year-round Enjoyment

    Carrie Keplinger
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    When we first blended our Evergreen Mint Tea, I was blown away by its extraordinarily minty — yet well-balanced — potency. But I confess, I don’t normally drink mint tea straight up, so I decided to do a little experimentation. The results? My friends, this tea makes a Really. Good. Grasshopper. (Teahopper? Mintyhopper?) The creme de cacao and mint combo is nicely complemented by cream for the perfect after-dinner libation any time of year. Seriously, it is classic, downright refreshing, and tastes better than a peppermint patty. MinTEAhopper Cocktail Ingredients: 1 ounce…
  • Plum Pumpkin Healthy Breakfast Muffins

    Andy Hayes
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:45 am
    While one of my favorite food groups is “breakfast” (I planned an entire dinner party with brunch foods, after all), I usually don’t have the time or energy to do a lot of kitchen gymnastics in the morning. So, I tend to stick with a healthy usual: low-sugar Greek yogurt with granola and fruit. It’s simple, and it works, but sometimes it lands a bit flat for me. One item I’ve had good luck with making ahead is the breakfast muffin. I’m not talking about those muffins you see in the stores, all greasy and under plastic. This is the good stuff, packed with…
  • Always Hungry In Philadelphia: A Foodie Weekend Getaway

    A Guest Writer
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Philadelphia may very well be the City of Brotherly Love, but it is anything but congenial when it comes to food. Opinions are fierce and firm, secrets are closely guarded, and recommendations are fervently issued. The upside of all of this passion, all of this obsession, is that you, the traveler, will eat better in Philly than just about any other place in the US. Here’s how I’d eat my way through a weekend long visit to Philadelphia. First Stop: Reading Terminal Market This indoor market contains everything your heart could desire and it’s no wonder just about every Philadelphian…
  • Please Have a Seat: Why Your Dinner Parties Should Include Assigned Seating

    Janice Bear
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The idea of assigned seating may seem stiff and formal, but it is actually an effective way to put dinner guests at ease. Pre-designated seating minimizes the awkwardness that comes with first-time meetings. This is true for a room full of strangers or when you’re introducing new friends to a particular group. Make Room Nobody wants to elbow or trip over a person she just met, so let’s start with some dining room logistics. One of the most considerate things you can do for the lefties in your life is provide them with elbow room at the dinner table. Give left-handed eaters an end seat…
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  • My New Product Line: JCreatures® - T-Shirts With Attitude

    Jeanine Barone
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    Anyone you follows me on Twitter or Instagram knows that my handle is JCreature Travel. But the JCreature is not just part of my social media presence. I'm very excited and happy to have found such as awesome actor,India Choquette for my photo shoot featuring my new product line: JCreatures® - T-Shirts With Attitude. These American Apparel silkscreened shirts are oh-so-soft (100% fine Jersey cotton), featuring different colors on each short-sleeve as well as a different colored pocket. Perfect as a Pajama-Tee or Beach Cover-up for kids or adults who are kids at heart. They are…
  • Travel Podcast: Finding Hidden Travel Treasures + Staying In Shape When Traveling

    Jeanine Barone
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Do any of you still wonder how I manage to travel for more than a month to both warm and cold weather climes and not check luggage? Or what exercise gear I bring on all my travels so that I can stay fit? Or why I chose to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia and not visit its signature sight: Angkor Wat? Or how I actually find all those hidden treasures that I report on?You'll get the answers to these and a lot of other questions -- including the clothing manufacturers I most adore -- by listening (below) to an interview I recently did with Daniel Parlegreco. He's the man behind The Traveling Dan Travel…
  • Touring Gracie Mansion in New York City: Then and Now

    Jeanine Barone
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    A lot has changed since I visited Gracie Mansion just before Mayor Bill De Blasio took office. For one thing, there are no public tours on the schedule and when they'll return is anyone's guess. (They apparently have been suspended indefinitely.) But, perhaps more importantly, New York  City's new mayor has taken to making some major design and architectural changes in and around this two-story landmark mansion that dates from the 18th century. Ringing part of the property now is a 10-foot-high fenceto improve the De Blasio family's security and privacy, presumably. (And that's in…
  • All Occasion Photo Greeting Cards - Nature, Landscape, Travel

    Jeanine Barone
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    For all of you who enjoy following my travels, I just came out with a line of all-occasion greeting cards displaying my landscape, nature + travel photos. They are blank and each features a different image from my domestic and international travels. The images were taken all over the world, including in Israel, Iceland, Montenegro, Portugal, Bangkok and Siem Reap in Cambodia. Be sure to check for more travel tips.
  • Holiday Discount: Ethical + Fashionable Bags Making A Difference For Women + Girls

    Jeanine Barone
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I met a couple of very wonderful women last week with a company called Catrinka. It's an ethical fashion accessory brand that's dedicated to investing in women and girls. All the products are made by women, and a share of the proceeds goes to education and mentoring for teen girls. Their motto is: Catrinka: buy a bag, employ a woman, educate a girl. This is completely in line with my sensibilities, especially given  that I'm a former educator who now mentors women at Barnard, the all-woman's college that's part of Columbia University, where I graduated; and the products I'm designing…
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  • Six Reasons Families Will Love Keystone Resort

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

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

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

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

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

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    Everything about Un-Cruise Adventures is different For the next week, I will be on assignment in the Sea of Cortez via Un-Cruise Adventures. On Un-Cruise Adventures, I am quickly learning that this is not your ordinary cruise vacation. While I prepare my own videos, take a look at this one from Un-Cruise Adventures via YouTube.... Continue Reading The post Natural Entertainment on Un-Cruise Adventures appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Sea of Cortez on Un-Cruise

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Mexico’s Sea of Cortés The journey begins I can’t wait! Today I head to Los Cabos International Airport from my home airport in Orange County, CA. I will spend the night at a pre-cruise hotel before embarking on Un-Cruise’s Safari Endevour for a 7-night inclusive Sea of Cortés cruise adventure. The brochure promises an island-hopping... Continue Reading The post Sea of Cortez on Un-Cruise appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Azamara Club Cruises New Ad Campaign

    Carrie Finley-Bajak
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Be on the lookout for new ad campaign Azamara Club Cruises is launching a new ad campaign during wave season, which includes the premium cruise line’s first TV commercials.   Tag your pics and unique stories with #LoveTravel From Azamara Club Cruises…. In an industry where the emphasis is often on creating the latest flashy... Continue Reading The post Azamara Club Cruises New Ad Campaign appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
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  • Guy Harvey Spiced Rum Bites For Space In Rum Market

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:53 am
    If you love the ocean, you likely drink rum.  And if you love Guy Harvey’s lifestyle – ocean, beaches, fishing, boating, diving – you’ll love his new spiced rum, too. Renowned marine wildlife artist, scientist and conservationist Guy Harvey,, unveiled today his entry into the popular spiced rum market.  Guy Harvey Spiced Rum was developed and launched together with Shaw-Ross International Importers,, one of the spirits industry’s leading marketing and sales companies.  In Florida, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. has been…
  • Castaway Cruise To Bimini!

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    Escape to the Bahamas on the beautiful Mermaid tales, a 70′ Hatteras motor yacht with 4 staterooms and 4 bathrooms. The first ever Castaway Cruise will be taking 8 people to Bimini and Gun Cay for 4 fun filled days of island exploration and relaxation. Mermaid Tales, a vessel with Tropical Escape Yacht Charters, comes complete with dinghy, kayak, snorkeling and fishing gear. She also has a large main salon, forward and aft lounge areas as well as a sundeck. You can find out more about Tropical Escape Yacht Charters at the Mermaid Tales here on their website, Crewed…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    Do you feel that? It’s hard to put the feeling into words, but it feels like a touch of anxiety mixed with a cold chill. It’s called Island Separation Disorder and I can feel it coming on. Anyone else? If you are experiencing the symptoms of Island Separation Disorder then I encourage you to travel ASAP. If you can’t then hopefully this week’s Caribbean Wrap Up will help keep the symptoms at bay. Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Guy Harvey Spiced Rum: Renowned marine wildlife artist, scientist and conservationist Guy Harvey launches new rum brand. -Story by 3…
  • The Vanilla Smooth – Boat Drinks Recipe

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    After just one sip, you’ll be singing naked in the backyard. Get ready to feel like a kid again, because this boat drink recipe will take you back to the days when a vanilla milkshake was was the best treat in the world. Only this treat is for adults and tastes like a million bucks. This frozen cocktail is called the Vanilla Smooth, which is what all the girls called me in collage. Kidding. The cocktail includes vanilla rum, Bailey’s, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur and delicious vanilla ice cream. Now you can see where the name comes from and why it’s going to make your head…
  • 360 Degrees of Sagitta

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    Boats are beautiful. The Sagitta is a 120 foot sailing ship that calls the warm waters of the Caribbean its home. She is part of Island Windjammers fleet and each week she takes 24 guests to amazing ports of call in the Leeward Islands. Most of the time Sagitta motors from island to island, her sails raised just to add a few extra knots. When those sails unfurl and climb skyward she looks absolutely stunning. During each cruise the crew will raise all the sails for a photo opportunity.  Passengers can jump in the dingy and do a complete 360 degree loop around Sagitta as she is underway,…
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  • A Garden in Fiesole

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

    Devin Galaudet
    31 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    Andalucia and its White Villages Driving Southern Spain Driving in a foreign country can intimidate the best of us. My first time driving in Southern Spain, I worried about mysterious traffic rules and weird signage – all of which would be in español! How would I get from place to place without roadside disaster? Calmer thinking prevailed when I ultimately decided that if I wanted to get the most out of southern Spain and its White Villages, the most quintessentially Spanish towns, self-touring was the way to go. Of course, after I got behind the wheel, revved the engine and pulled away…
  • Slovenia Surprise

    Devin Galaudet
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Slovenia Surprise Arriving in Slovenia I arrived in Slovenia after many hours and many border patrol checkpoints since leaving Serbia at dawn. Ignoring the straight freeway, our shuttle van veered onto a two-lane road in Bosnia, and crossed into Croatia, before popping back onto the the main freeway and the border of Slovenia. I suppose the the detour from the freeway was to cut down on the larger, more congested border crossings. As it was, we were pulled over by some unhappy-looking Bosnian police who scowled at my passport. Slovenia is not your Mother’s Eastern Europe Upon entering…
  • An Inca Trail Revelation

    ITKT Featured Writer
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Exploring the Inca Trail The Inca Trail Discovery As the sun set beneath the Andean peaks I was drawn to the remains of a tiny ruined hut on a hill overlooking our camp site. It had been a long day so far, the third of a four day Inca Trail trek, and perhaps the altitude and the exertion was getting to me but there was a definite attraction to this lonely ruin above a narrow mountain valley. Four walls of rough stones formed a roofless three-by-three meter room. Weeds and grass covered the floor and grew between the gaps in the stonework. Through the window at the far end I could see a soft…
  • The Scary Path in the Czech Republic

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

    Master Admin
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    By Greg Seiter An unmistakable chill in the air does nothing to cool festivities at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, In fact, for many, the holiday season is a preferred time to visit the 1880s theme park, which encompasses 100 acres and offers more than 30 rides and attractions, 12 restaurants, 60 shops and 100 resident craftsmen. No matter the season from mid-March through the end of December and for as long as air temperatures don’t drop below 40 degrees, park visitors have a wide variety of rides to choose from including the Outlaw Run roller coaster, which features the…
  • Nik Wallenda’s Sarasota: A world-famous daredevil finds excitement on high wires and in his Florida hometown.

    Master Admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:22 pm
    By William J. Purpura Nik Wallenda will be the featured guest at this year’s AAA Great Vacations Travel EXPO. He will appear Jan. 18 on the AAA Travel Stage. At the age of 2, Nik Wallenda began walking back and forth across a steel cable stretched knee-high above a sunny Sarasota, Fla., lawn while holding his mother’s hand. Soon enough, his parents, Delilah Wallenda and Terry Troffer, began throwing things at him while walking the wire on his own to train him to deal with distractions. When he was 6, Nik first visited Niagara Falls and decided one day he would walk a tightrope across it.
  • Michael Symon’s Cleveland: An Iron Chef lives to cook on the Midwest’s North Coast.

    Master Admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    By Barbara Wayman “West Side Market is a must. It’s a 100-year-old market with butchers doing things old style.” I smeared a crisp, grilled baguette with pan-fried bone marrow and bacon date jam, squeezed a lemon wedge and sprinkled a pinch of flaky salt on top. The burst of savory, salty and beefy flavors was one of the most exquisite tastes I’ve ever experienced. It was just one course of an extraordinary meal that will long remain in my memory. Where was I for this feast: New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles? None of the above. Try Cleveland. Slowly and stealthily, Cleveland has…
  • Destination: Friendship – A Girls Weekend to Tybee Island is Worth Waiting For

    Janet Reddick
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Vacations are a necessary part of balance in life. They refresh and relax us. But what if you need a break from your family, too? Wouldn’t it feel great to gossip, have a drink, and sit around in your pajamas with no makeup and no judgment? Enter the girls’ weekend. This is often one of the hardest vacations to plan. It feels decadent. We often have to leave a significant other behind – or worse, the kids WITH said significant other. Then there’s the extra time off and money. Should you use it for yourself? Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Once you put away your guilt, get in the car and…
  • DC Street Art

    Inspector 66
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    As you travel in many cities around the world, you occasionally see creative images on the sides of buildings. Art created in public places is often called “Street Art”. Street Art can range from simple to elaborate graffiti, murals, sculptures or any other medium that displays an artists creativity and vision. Traveling the streets of Washington D.C. is no different. It’s not uncommon to see images on the sides of buildings, down alleys, and on storefronts. Here are a few images I’ve encountered on a recent trip downtown. This colorful mural honors DC’s own, Marvin Gaye, at the…
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  • New York Times Travel Show Cheat Sheet: Money Saving Travel Websites and Apps

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

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    I’m super excited to announce my new book! It’s called  Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel and it taps into my real-life around the world experiences backpacking to over 80 countries, across all seven continents. In this book, I aim to inspire and empower future travel junkies to travel further, play harder, say “yes” to new experiences and channel their inner badass. I share tried-and-true travel tips and advice for the next generation of adventurers. With chapters on scoring cheap flights, maximizing air miles, using the best travel apps, surviving solo travel and…
  • A New Year of Travel: Looking Ahead to 2015

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

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

    14 Dec 2014 | 2:11 pm
    It’s that time of year again. When the lineups are long, the TSA security check lines are rife with cranky passengers and the winter weather wreaks havoc on travel schedules everywhere…yes it’s holiday travel time! Yay! Fear not! Here a few handy travel tips and apps that can help alleviate your travel stress this holiday season. -Stay organized: TripIt is a free app that organizes all of the details of your trip (from car rentals to flights) in one concise itinerary. -Kill Time: If your flights do get delayed use GateGuru, an app that tracks flights and has information on…
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  • Deal Alert: $225 Opening Rates at New Music-Themed Hotel in Budapest This March

    Christine Dayao
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Library Hotel Collection/Aria Hotel Budapest Here’s something to get jazzed about: Aria Hotel Budapest is opening March 15 with a special rate that saves 45% off regular rates. The 49-boutique hotel sports a musical theme, with rooms and suites paying tribute to opera, classical, contemporary, and jazz icons. You’ll find in every room, for example, iPads and flatscreen TVs with musical libraries that can provide the perfect soundtrack to your day — whether you’re lounging on the private terrace or open-air balconies, overlooking a tiled piano path courtyard, that…
  • 5 Hotel Scams That Could Ruin Your Next Vacation

    Yahoo! Travel
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel Don’t get scammed! Know these helpful hotel tips before you go. (Photo: Corbis) We so badly want to trust our friends in the hotel industry, but it seems like every time we get close, one bad egg does something shady and ruins the whole batch You might assume that you would see a scam coming from a mile away, but the tricksters these days have gotten increasingly clever. As we’ll show you, something as simple as ordering a pepperoni pizza to your hotel room can come with irreversible consequences. Scam: Fake delivery menu Coming across a random…
  • How to: Find a Great Fare on Your Preferred Airline

    Laura Motta
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Flickr/Bill Abbott Who doesn’t want to find a cheap flight for their next trip? One of our favorite tips for scouting great airfare is to watch the sales. All of the major airlines offer discounts and promotions from time to time, particularly when destinations go into their off-season. To be privy to these, all you need to do is sign up for your preferred airline’s email list. They’ll send them straight to your inbox. Another way to use these sales, however, is less obvious — and is especially helpful if you like to fly on one specific airline. Here’s how to do it: Say, for…
  • Cruise Tracker: All the Latest in Cruise News

    Donna Tunney
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Flickr/tgerus Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.  Seeing massive, blue-white glaciers and spotting wildlife are the rewards of any Alaska voyage, but experiencing the Last Frontier becomes more immersive than ever on Princess Cruises this year. Its new North to Alaska! cultural program, for all Alaska itineraries this May through September, will give cruisers…
  • What You Need to Know About Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo

    Lindsay Silberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    The Four Seasons If you’ve never been to Peninsula Papagayo on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, here’s the first thing you need to know: it’s isolated. Very isolated. Now, depending on what type of traveler you are, that might sound incredibly alluring — but just keep in mind that the nearest “town,” and the airport, is around 45 minutes away. That said, the 15-mile peninsula is actually quite developed, in fact operating like a gated community — you’ll need to drive through a security check-point before entering. Within the confines of the gates, there are more…
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  • Deal Alert: $225 Opening Rates at New Music-Themed Hotel in Budapest This March

    Christine Dayao
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Library Hotel Collection/Aria Hotel Budapest Here’s something to get jazzed about: Aria Hotel Budapest is opening March 15 with a special rate that saves 45% off regular rates. The 49-boutique hotel sports a musical theme, with rooms and suites paying tribute to opera, classical, contemporary, and jazz icons. You’ll find in every room, for example, iPads and flatscreen TVs with musical libraries that can provide the perfect soundtrack to your day — whether you’re lounging on the private terrace or open-air balconies, overlooking a tiled piano path courtyard, that…
  • 5 Hotel Scams That Could Ruin Your Next Vacation

    Yahoo! Travel
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel Don’t get scammed! Know these helpful hotel tips before you go. (Photo: Corbis) We so badly want to trust our friends in the hotel industry, but it seems like every time we get close, one bad egg does something shady and ruins the whole batch You might assume that you would see a scam coming from a mile away, but the tricksters these days have gotten increasingly clever. As we’ll show you, something as simple as ordering a pepperoni pizza to your hotel room can come with irreversible consequences. Scam: Fake delivery menu Coming across a random…
  • How to: Find a Great Fare on Your Preferred Airline

    Laura Motta
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Flickr/Bill Abbott Who doesn’t want to find a cheap flight for their next trip? One of our favorite tips for scouting great airfare is to watch the sales. All of the major airlines offer discounts and promotions from time to time, particularly when destinations go into their off-season. To be privy to these, all you need to do is sign up for your preferred airline’s email list. They’ll send them straight to your inbox. Another way to use these sales, however, is less obvious — and is especially helpful if you like to fly on one specific airline. Here’s how to do it: Say, for…
  • Cruise Tracker: All the Latest in Cruise News

    Donna Tunney
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Flickr/tgerus Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.  Seeing massive, blue-white glaciers and spotting wildlife are the rewards of any Alaska voyage, but experiencing the Last Frontier becomes more immersive than ever on Princess Cruises this year. Its new North to Alaska! cultural program, for all Alaska itineraries this May through September, will give cruisers…
  • What You Need to Know About Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo

    Lindsay Silberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    The Four Seasons If you’ve never been to Peninsula Papagayo on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, here’s the first thing you need to know: it’s isolated. Very isolated. Now, depending on what type of traveler you are, that might sound incredibly alluring — but just keep in mind that the nearest “town,” and the airport, is around 45 minutes away. That said, the 15-mile peninsula is actually quite developed, in fact operating like a gated community — you’ll need to drive through a security check-point before entering. Within the confines of the gates, there are more…
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  • Deal Alert: $225 Opening Rates at New Music-Themed Hotel in Budapest This March

    Christine Dayao
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Library Hotel Collection/Aria Hotel Budapest Here’s something to get jazzed about: Aria Hotel Budapest is opening March 15 with a special rate that saves 45% off regular rates. The 49-boutique hotel sports a musical theme, with rooms and suites paying tribute to opera, classical, contemporary, and jazz icons. You’ll find in every room, for example, iPads and flatscreen TVs with musical libraries that can provide the perfect soundtrack to your day — whether you’re lounging on the private terrace or open-air balconies, overlooking a tiled piano path courtyard, that…
  • 5 Hotel Scams That Could Ruin Your Next Vacation

    Yahoo! Travel
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel Don’t get scammed! Know these helpful hotel tips before you go. (Photo: Corbis) We so badly want to trust our friends in the hotel industry, but it seems like every time we get close, one bad egg does something shady and ruins the whole batch You might assume that you would see a scam coming from a mile away, but the tricksters these days have gotten increasingly clever. As we’ll show you, something as simple as ordering a pepperoni pizza to your hotel room can come with irreversible consequences. Scam: Fake delivery menu Coming across a random…
  • How to: Find a Great Fare on Your Preferred Airline

    Laura Motta
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Flickr/Bill Abbott Who doesn’t want to find a cheap flight for their next trip? One of our favorite tips for scouting great airfare is to watch the sales. All of the major airlines offer discounts and promotions from time to time, particularly when destinations go into their off-season. To be privy to these, all you need to do is sign up for your preferred airline’s email list. They’ll send them straight to your inbox. Another way to use these sales, however, is less obvious — and is especially helpful if you like to fly on one specific airline. Here’s how to do it: Say, for…
  • Cruise Tracker: All the Latest in Cruise News

    Donna Tunney
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Flickr/tgerus Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.  Seeing massive, blue-white glaciers and spotting wildlife are the rewards of any Alaska voyage, but experiencing the Last Frontier becomes more immersive than ever on Princess Cruises this year. Its new North to Alaska! cultural program, for all Alaska itineraries this May through September, will give cruisers…
  • What You Need to Know About Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo

    Lindsay Silberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    The Four Seasons If you’ve never been to Peninsula Papagayo on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, here’s the first thing you need to know: it’s isolated. Very isolated. Now, depending on what type of traveler you are, that might sound incredibly alluring — but just keep in mind that the nearest “town,” and the airport, is around 45 minutes away. That said, the 15-mile peninsula is actually quite developed, in fact operating like a gated community — you’ll need to drive through a security check-point before entering. Within the confines of the gates, there are more…
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  • Deal Alert: $225 Opening Rates at New Music-Themed Hotel in Budapest This March

    Christine Dayao
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Library Hotel Collection/Aria Hotel Budapest Here’s something to get jazzed about: Aria Hotel Budapest is opening March 15 with a special rate that saves 45% off regular rates. The 49-boutique hotel sports a musical theme, with rooms and suites paying tribute to opera, classical, contemporary, and jazz icons. You’ll find in every room, for example, iPads and flatscreen TVs with musical libraries that can provide the perfect soundtrack to your day — whether you’re lounging on the private terrace or open-air balconies, overlooking a tiled piano path courtyard, that…
  • 5 Hotel Scams That Could Ruin Your Next Vacation

    Yahoo! Travel
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel Don’t get scammed! Know these helpful hotel tips before you go. (Photo: Corbis) We so badly want to trust our friends in the hotel industry, but it seems like every time we get close, one bad egg does something shady and ruins the whole batch You might assume that you would see a scam coming from a mile away, but the tricksters these days have gotten increasingly clever. As we’ll show you, something as simple as ordering a pepperoni pizza to your hotel room can come with irreversible consequences. Scam: Fake delivery menu Coming across a random…
  • How to: Find a Great Fare on Your Preferred Airline

    Laura Motta
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Flickr/Bill Abbott Who doesn’t want to find a cheap flight for their next trip? One of our favorite tips for scouting great airfare is to watch the sales. All of the major airlines offer discounts and promotions from time to time, particularly when destinations go into their off-season. To be privy to these, all you need to do is sign up for your preferred airline’s email list. They’ll send them straight to your inbox. Another way to use these sales, however, is less obvious — and is especially helpful if you like to fly on one specific airline. Here’s how to do it: Say, for…
  • Cruise Tracker: All the Latest in Cruise News

    Donna Tunney
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Flickr/tgerus Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.  Seeing massive, blue-white glaciers and spotting wildlife are the rewards of any Alaska voyage, but experiencing the Last Frontier becomes more immersive than ever on Princess Cruises this year. Its new North to Alaska! cultural program, for all Alaska itineraries this May through September, will give cruisers…
  • What You Need to Know About Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo

    Lindsay Silberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    The Four Seasons If you’ve never been to Peninsula Papagayo on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, here’s the first thing you need to know: it’s isolated. Very isolated. Now, depending on what type of traveler you are, that might sound incredibly alluring — but just keep in mind that the nearest “town,” and the airport, is around 45 minutes away. That said, the 15-mile peninsula is actually quite developed, in fact operating like a gated community — you’ll need to drive through a security check-point before entering. Within the confines of the gates, there are more…
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  • Deal Alert: $225 Opening Rates at New Music-Themed Hotel in Budapest This March

    Christine Dayao
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Library Hotel Collection/Aria Hotel Budapest Here’s something to get jazzed about: Aria Hotel Budapest is opening March 15 with a special rate that saves 45% off regular rates. The 49-boutique hotel sports a musical theme, with rooms and suites paying tribute to opera, classical, contemporary, and jazz icons. You’ll find in every room, for example, iPads and flatscreen TVs with musical libraries that can provide the perfect soundtrack to your day — whether you’re lounging on the private terrace or open-air balconies, overlooking a tiled piano path courtyard, that…
  • 5 Hotel Scams That Could Ruin Your Next Vacation

    Yahoo! Travel
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel Don’t get scammed! Know these helpful hotel tips before you go. (Photo: Corbis) We so badly want to trust our friends in the hotel industry, but it seems like every time we get close, one bad egg does something shady and ruins the whole batch You might assume that you would see a scam coming from a mile away, but the tricksters these days have gotten increasingly clever. As we’ll show you, something as simple as ordering a pepperoni pizza to your hotel room can come with irreversible consequences. Scam: Fake delivery menu Coming across a random…
  • How to: Find a Great Fare on Your Preferred Airline

    Laura Motta
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Flickr/Bill Abbott Who doesn’t want to find a cheap flight for their next trip? One of our favorite tips for scouting great airfare is to watch the sales. All of the major airlines offer discounts and promotions from time to time, particularly when destinations go into their off-season. To be privy to these, all you need to do is sign up for your preferred airline’s email list. They’ll send them straight to your inbox. Another way to use these sales, however, is less obvious — and is especially helpful if you like to fly on one specific airline. Here’s how to do it: Say, for…
  • Cruise Tracker: All the Latest in Cruise News

    Donna Tunney
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Flickr/tgerus Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.  Seeing massive, blue-white glaciers and spotting wildlife are the rewards of any Alaska voyage, but experiencing the Last Frontier becomes more immersive than ever on Princess Cruises this year. Its new North to Alaska! cultural program, for all Alaska itineraries this May through September, will give cruisers…
  • What You Need to Know About Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo

    Lindsay Silberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    The Four Seasons If you’ve never been to Peninsula Papagayo on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, here’s the first thing you need to know: it’s isolated. Very isolated. Now, depending on what type of traveler you are, that might sound incredibly alluring — but just keep in mind that the nearest “town,” and the airport, is around 45 minutes away. That said, the 15-mile peninsula is actually quite developed, in fact operating like a gated community — you’ll need to drive through a security check-point before entering. Within the confines of the gates, there are more…
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  • Bun Bo Hue – Another Winning Bowl of Noodles in Saigon

    Mark Wiens
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    For years I’ve been eating noodle soups and dishes throughout Southeast Asia. But at this little bun bo Hue restaurant in Saigon, is where I had my first bowl of noodles in a clear glass bowl. That’s right, at Bún Bò Huế Chú Há, they not only serve a fantastic bowl of this delightful Vietnamese […] Bun Bo Hue – Another Winning Bowl of Noodles in Saigon is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Bun Bo Hue – Another Winning Bowl of Noodles in Saigon appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Banh Khot – Glorious Vietnamese Crispy Pancakes

    Mark Wiens
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you love crispy savory pancakes, you’re going to love Vietnamese banh khot!  Among the list of endless delicious Vietnamese snacks and light meals, is a little gem called banh khot (bánh khọt). They could be translated in a number of different ways, from crispy savory pancakes, to coconut rice cakes, to kettle cakes… but maybe a little […] Banh Khot – Glorious Vietnamese Crispy Pancakes is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Banh Khot – Glorious Vietnamese Crispy Pancakes appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Bun Rieu – Incredibly Delicious Crab Noodles in Vietnam

    Mark Wiens
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s nearly impossible to walk more than a few steps without bumping into the next noodle soup restaurant or food stall in Vietnam. Before spending time in Saigon, I only really knew about a few of the most famous noodle soups, like pho. But while I was in Saigon, I had a chance to try many […] Bun Rieu – Incredibly Delicious Crab Noodles in Vietnam is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Bun Rieu – Incredibly Delicious Crab Noodles in Vietnam appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • The Best Breakfast I Ate in Vietnam – Banh Mi Hoa Ma

    Mark Wiens
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Eggs are a component of some of the world’s greatest breakfasts, and in Vietnam it’s no different. Just down the road from where I was staying in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), was a restaurant that served, what was probably the best breakfast I ate during my visit to the city, and ever in Vietnam. What is bánh […] The Best Breakfast I Ate in Vietnam – Banh Mi Hoa Ma is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post The Best Breakfast I Ate in Vietnam – Banh Mi Hoa Ma appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Hu Tieu Nam Vang – A Typical Street Food Lunch in Saigon, Vietnam

    Mark Wiens
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you know the two main reasons why street food stalls are packed with customers? One is because they serve delicious food, and two is because they sell budget food (cheap prices relative to the country). And I’d say a good location, like with any business, helps with both. One day, as I was searching for for […] Hu Tieu Nam Vang – A Typical Street Food Lunch in Saigon, Vietnam is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Hu Tieu Nam Vang – A Typical Street Food Lunch in Saigon, Vietnam appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
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  • Cat News Network

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    I would definitely watch more news and debate programming if they did it like this! :D Related Posts:Living in JapanThe State of Social Networking in JapanHimeji Castle ConstructionLow Yen Makes it a Great Time to VisitJapanese Bridge Washes up in Oregon
  • 100 Japanese Maids : 1Pancake

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    Don’t know what to say about this one, other than the Japanese sure have a delightful and strange sense of humour :D Related Posts:The Days of HanakoEat Curry. Win Money.Kawaii FabricJapanese Idiom: Even a Dog Wont EatThe Japanese Ski Season – When, Where and Why?
  • Japan Law to Force Workers to go on Holiday

    10 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Photo Credit: Bertrand Tran. Yeah I know that’s pretty wild and crazy, but according to The Telegraph, the Japanese Government has recently introduced a law to make sure workers are taking their vacation time. Japanese workers are so reluctant to leave their offices that they took less than half their holiday entitlement in 2013. The government now wants to raise that total to 70 per cent by 2020, according to the Yomiuri newspaper. One of the big work issues with Japan is the culture of working late and putting in big unpaid overtime out of a sense of commitment to the company. I was…
  • The Tech Behind Conveyor Belt Sushi

    26 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    Some pretty amazing tech goes into conveyor belt sushi. And here I though they were just counting your different color plates at the end of the meal :P Related Posts:5 Most Famous Sushi Bars In JapanHow to Eat SushiHigh Speed SushiLearning the Proper Way To Eat SushiBudget Backpackers Guide to Tokyo
  • Low Yen Makes it a Great Time to Visit

    5 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Photo Credit: THEMACGIRL* I was just reading this morning about the drop in the yen and decided to check out how the Canadian dollar stacked up with the exchange rate. I was super surprised to see it a $1 to ¥106. I’ve never it seen it that low! What a great time to head to Japan. I’m not sure if this will last till our next trip, but I sure hope it will :) The Japan Times has more information and the mathy bits if you’re interested. Related Posts:Weaker Yen Drives TourismMy Dream Japan Vacation – Himeji CastleBook Review: A Geek in JapanLearning Japanese Tips –…
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  • Paris: In Search of Hemingway

    Cam Hassard
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    On a chilly December night I laze under the terrace awning of a café by the cobbled Place de la Contrescarpe, staring across to the mouth of winding, fairy lit Rue Mouffetard. There is the musty scent of Gauloises in the air, hot café, the literary spirits of yesteryear lingering in the amber washed night […]
  • Seligenstadt: SW Germany’s Undiscovered Gem

    Roy Stevenson
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Now and then, travel writers in Europe stumble across a unique place that has somehow remained undiscovered by the teeming tourist masses. So it was with my random visit to the small, perfectly preserved medieval town of Seligenstadt. Lying only 25 kilometers southeast of Frankfurt am Main, this intriguing town—with a population of only 20,000—packs […]
  • A Wee Jaunt to Arran and Tiree

    Julie H. Ferguson
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    I knew I’d arrived when my taxi driver said, “Enjoy your wee Hebridean jaunt.” But I was left in no doubt when I discovered tartan carpets and upholstery in my room. Later, I even saw tartan VW vans! In fact, my adventure was not wee at all, but fifteen islands and three weeks long. I […]
  • Learning Italian in Bologna

    Paris Franz
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    Learning Italian in Italy can take you out of your comfort zone, but it definitely has its perks. One such perk involved having a lesson in a wine cellar, which I found did wonders for my fluency. “We have a saying in Italy,” said our teacher Giordana. “He who doesn’t drink in company is either […]
  • A Christmas Market River Cruise on the Viking Baldur

    Terri Fogarty
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    My husband Bill and I were invited to take a cruise with Viking River Cruises and decided that a Christmas Market Cruise on the Danube could be a fun way to get into the holiday spirit. Our 7 day cruise started in Passau, Germany and ended in Budapest, Hungary. This was our first river cruise on […]
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  • Doodhsagar waterfalls visit by Road

    Shrinidhi Hande
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    This was my second visit to Doodhsagar waterfalls. Last August I’d gone there by train- the falls was at its best post monsoon and we had real close look and great time [Read my first trip details here]. This time, by Jan End I had another chance to visit the falls- this time by road, offering a different view, thanks to Tata Safari DriveWithSOUL event. We went to Doodhsagar falls Taxi Stand, which is close to Kollem railway station (from where we’d boarded the train last time). From here, private vehicles are not allowed till the falls. Partly…
  • Experience: Tata Safari SOUL Drive to Doodhsagar falls

    Shrinidhi Hande
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Automobile companies are fast realizing that Sales is Not the end of their responsibility. Car owners wish to stay in touch with the brand while brands need to listen to their customers and keep them engaged and entertained, besides addressing  their concerns, if any.Safari convoy while returning to Bengaluru- Location spotting by SrihariTata Motors has taken a right step in this direction, with their new initiative, called S.O.U.L, which stands for Safari Owners United League. The objective of SOUL Drive is to bring the Safari owners and their families together, help them build a bond…
  • Boutique hotel Zone Coimbatore by the Park

    Shrinidhi Hande
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Zone is a new boutique hotel in Coimbatore, by the Park group of hotels. I had the opportunity to be one of its first few guests, along with few other bloggers and journalists who were invited. In this post, I am sharing The Zone’s unique features that we could experience during our stay.Zone has an Orange+ Gray theme to inspire youth and cheerfulness. One thing I noticed was that all the letters in the logo was connected. Even on the glass walls or visiting cards of the staff had multiple orange dots connecting one another. This signifies connectivity.When I checked in, I was given a…
  • Skywatch Friday: Sunset pictures

    Shrinidhi Hande
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    Some sunset pictures clicked last week at my native place...It is a regular sunset but trying to use the regular trees for effect by moving myself in all directions to get good perspective. Your comments are welcome.  For more skywatch pics, visit Skyley.Other popular sunset posts: Sunset near Honnemaradu * Sunset near Kolar- Ecosport special * Sunset at Chikmagalur * Sunset at Muthukadu *
  • Moodbidire Koti Chennaya Kambala-the buffalo race photos

    Shrinidhi Hande
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Kambala is a popular sport in the coastal Karnataka districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada (South Canara). It involves racing a pair of buffalos on a short watery track. Though this is an annual ritual held at multiple places during my childhood, all these days I hadn’t bothered to attend one. Recently someone complained about possible animal cruelty in Kambala and court banned it outright, along with few other South Indian animal sports such as Jalikattu (held often in southern Tamil Nadu).I felt sad on hearing the ban news and felt guilty of never paying enough attention to my home…
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    Solo Traveler

  • Pic of the Week: Patnem Beach, India

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    Enjoy this solitary shot of a deserted lifeguard station on the beach in Goa, courtesy of a member of the Solo Travel Society. The post Pic of the Week: Patnem Beach, India appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Walking: the South West Coast of England in Photos

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Solo walking is quiet, relaxing and sometimes exhilarating. It's a pleasure to be alone with one's thoughts and the surrounding beauty. Have a look. The post Solo Walking: the South West Coast of England in Photos appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Travel Quote of the Week: Happiest Moments

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    Today's Travel Quote of the Week suggests that our happiest moments come not from what we are seeking as we travel, but what we stumble upon in the process. The post Travel Quote of the Week: Happiest Moments appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel: Revel in Your Grand and Glorious Independence

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Solo travel is a hot topic these days. Here are some highlights on the why and how of solo travel from a Twitter Chat. The post Solo Travel: Revel in Your Grand and Glorious Independence appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Quebec City, Canada

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    This Solo Travel Society member tells us that winter is magical in Quebec City. He recommends it as a great solo travel destination, where you can sleep in an ice bed or stroll through the cobbled streets. The post Solo Travel Destination: Quebec City, Canada appeared first on Solo Traveler. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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    501 Places

  • The perils of trying to making sense out of nonsense

    Andy Jarosz
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:25 am
    Often I read travel articles and blogs which make an attempt at informed analysis about a place from which the writer has just returned.  And it’s hardly surprising: most of us at some level attempt to make sense of what we see and experience, usually by framing it in the context of our knowledge of our home environments. In the course of a week we may come face to face with a few dozen people, more perhaps, depending on our plans, our comfort at opening up to others, and simple serendipity. How can we hope to form an informed opinion of a country in such a short time, with such…
  • Surabaya – an unlikely tourist destination

    Andy Jarosz
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    Some cities make a real effort to put on their best face for visitors. And then there are places like Surabaya: gritty, crumbling, and staggeringly chaotic, you’d be hard pushed to find even a local person who would call it beautiful. Few visitors stop to take in its sights such as they are, although thanks to its proximity to Mount Bromo many pass quickly through its airport and train station. The most prominent tourist attraction (the only one, some would say) is the House of Sampoerna cigarette factory to the north of the city centre. Built on the site of a former orphanage by a Chinese…
  • A quiet year on 501 Places

    Andy Jarosz
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    Good intentions and all that… This time last year I wrote a post which, foolishly as it turns out, explained what I thought I’d do with this blog in 2014. “Posts on almost daily basis”, I promised. After an early flourish I’ve barely managed one a month. So what’s happened? For a start, I’ve had a busy year. Working on various projects has meant a lot less free time than in my first five years of freelancing. The opportunity and the inclination to write on my blog has suffered as a result. Secondly I’ve had a better time of late with pitching…
  • Tell-tale signs of a free press flight

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

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

  • Movie Stars and Moguls: The Most Famous Hotel Residents of the Past

    Kelsey Blodget
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    This post originally appeared on Yahoo! TravelFor those of us who grew up reading the adventures of Eloise, the mischievous little girl who grew up at The Plaza, living in a hotel -- with daily maid service and pampering -- represents the ultimate fantasy. But it's been a reality for many notables over the years, from the starving, not-yet-famous artists who stayed at flophouse dives to bona fide stars like Marilyn Monroe, who shacked up at one of Beverly Hills' nicest hotels.  Washington Square Park Hotel, New York City Built in 1902, the Washington Square Hotel used to be the…
  • The Most Peaceful Spot in Barbados

    Jane Reynolds
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Spa at the Coral Reef Club With 12 acres and 88 rooms, and a location reached by a long, tree-lined driveway, the upscale Coral Reef Club is incredibly tranquil. It has a lot to offer on the competitive and ritzy west coast, including two pools, a scenic beachfront with plenty of lounges, a huge open restaurant/bar serving all meals, a stylish and contemporary lobby, and spacious rooms. Its spa, however, is the shining star; housed in a huge, 500-square-foot building, the full-service facility was built with relaxation in mind. While the rooms are stylish and spacious, they are not overly…
  • The Perfect Nicaragua Hotel For YOUR Style

    Lara Grant
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    Much like Costa Rica (its neighbor to the south), Nicaragua is filled with lush rainforests, roaming wildlife, and pretty white-sand beaches. And although the country is very poor, it's rich in history; travelers can visit historic churches and plazas, most of which can be found in Leon and Granada. So whether looking to visit a coffee plantation, view Lake Nicaragua from the top of Mombacho volcano, or relax on a hammock in a jungle setting, one of these six hotels is perfect for you -- and Nicaragua will provide the perfect spring break escape. For a Sexy Escape: Mukul Luxury…
  • America's 10 Most Romantic Hotels for Valentine's Day

    Alex Creange
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner (consider this your helpful reminder), we thought it’d be nice to share some of our favorite spots for romance. Whether you’re looking for a quiet retreat along the California coast, or a chic and sexy stay in the Big Easy, we’ve picked out the perfect hotels for couples seeking a romantic rendezvous. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur The 39-room Post Ranch Inn is one of the most beautiful hotels in the United States -- if not the entire world -- and offers a romantic, intimate stay amid gorgeous natural surroundings. Built into the cliffs of Big Sur,…
  • Rat Pack Haunts: Hotels Where The Cool Kids Hung Out

    Jane Reynolds
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    The Rat Pack; Photo Credit: Don Graham A new year always gets us a little nostalgic for the past, and today we're fondly reflecting on the original Rat Pack. A bit random? Perhaps. But this crew -- led by Humphrey Bogart, formed by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin, and including "mascots" like Marilyn Monroe -- is responsible for some of the best music, film, and fashion our country has ever seen. And some of our favorite hotels were lucky enough to have seen them in the flesh, whether they were serving as the pack's hangout spot, performance space, or…
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips

  • From Here To Infinity – Sensational Infinity Pool Vacation Rentals

    Susan Kohlback
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Chase your winter blues away, with a blues immersion of a completely different kind! Ease your body and soul into an incredibly seductive aqua-blue infinity pool, imagining that you can gaze out on this mesmerizing oceanfront scene forever. Well, all this can be yours for at least an unforgettable vacation stay if not forever. We've found perhaps the most inviting infinity pool vacation rentals imaginable that are all just a few hours flight away. The post From Here To Infinity – Sensational Infinity Pool Vacation Rentals appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • Inexpensive New Travel Insurance Well Worth Buying

    Susan Kohlback
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    Let's be honest, we all grimace at the thought of spending hundreds of dollars on travel insurance. One of the most asked questions I received as a travel agent was, "Do I REALLY need to buy travel insurance, I've never had a problem before"? But with volcanoes erupting, winter snow storms, strikes across Europe, terrorism events and just unlucky happenstance, having some trip protection is in fact a good idea. So for all you procrastinators, here's some good news: there's a new breed of travel insurance out there that is both no-hassle and inexpensive. Here are some policies well worth…
  • Trendy Tastes of Peru – Discover What Top Chefs Already Know

    Guest Author
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    Peruvian food has become the latest trend in cuisine, carving out its own niche in high-end restaurants across the world. But fancy eateries aren’t the only places dishing up Peruvian food—take-out restaurants serving Peruvian chicken are common in the U.S., and Peru’s ancient quinoa grain is soaring in popularity appearing in recipes on Pinterest and in grocery stores from Pittsburgh to Paris. Here is a list of some of the tastiest foods you can only get in Peru (for now), and where you can find them. The post Trendy Tastes of Peru – Discover What Top Chefs Already Know appeared…
  • Australia Day Is An Unforgettable Time To Visit Downunder

    Guest Author
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Why visiting Australia during Australia Day Celebrations is an unforgettable experience: Every year on January 26th, Australia celebrates a national holiday to commemorate the first arrival of British Ships to Port Jackson, New South Wales in 1778. Termed ‘Australia Day’, this annual event is an opportunity for small and large events to take place around the country, from beach parties to parades with everything in between, including concerts, sports and fireworks. The post Australia Day Is An Unforgettable Time To Visit Downunder appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • Eastern Europe in Winter Will Amaze You

    Guest Author
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    Eastern Europe in winter offers something different that will amaze you. Europe is an amazing continent to explore, regardless of the weather conditions. The museums, the history, the different cultures, the food, and ultimately, the people, should be enough to convince you that this territory it worth seeing. Packed with hidden attractions, puzzling landscapes and […] The post Eastern Europe in Winter Will Amaze You appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-28-2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but what I think of myself. (J. London) — A much harder standard to achieve! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-28-2015 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-27-2015

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    There are no road maps. No signposts. Only wilderness. (J. Kouzes) — Take a big machete and some bug spray! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-27-2015 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-26-2015

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    The road to success is marked with many tempting parking spaces. (Executive Speechwriter) — We need more tow trucks! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-26-2015 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-25-2015

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    It's impossible to learn that which one thinks one already knows. (Epictetus) — Admitting ignorance, step #1 on the path. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-25-2015 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-24-2015

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    If life were predictable it would be without flavor. (E. Roosevelt) — Variety is the spice of life, change is the sugar! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-24-2015 appeared first on
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-28-2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but what I think of myself. (J. London) — A much harder standard to achieve! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-28-2015 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-27-2015

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    There are no road maps. No signposts. Only wilderness. (J. Kouzes) — Take a big machete and some bug spray! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-27-2015 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-26-2015

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    The road to success is marked with many tempting parking spaces. (Executive Speechwriter) — We need more tow trucks! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-26-2015 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-25-2015

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    It's impossible to learn that which one thinks one already knows. (Epictetus) — Admitting ignorance, step #1 on the path. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-25-2015 appeared first on
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-24-2015

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    If life were predictable it would be without flavor. (E. Roosevelt) — Variety is the spice of life, change is the sugar! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-24-2015 appeared first on
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    Beers & Beans

  • 5 Places in The World That Deserve to be Seen With Binoculars

    Randy Kalp
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    We do our best to streamline our packing. Beth and I have always been in the camp that the less baggage you have the better. But between her photo equipment–which is actually pretty minimal—our electronics, bathroom stuff, and clothes, we still always seem to be lugging at least three pieces of luggage—a suitcase, a backpack for our gear, and a camera bag—on our trips. That’s about as minimal as we can go. Since we don’t have a lot of extra space, non-necessary blogging items are weighed heavily before a trip, and often don’t make the cut. Sadly, binoculars are usually on…
  • 3 Steps to Better Travel Planning

    Randy Kalp
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Earlier this month, Beth and I celebrated our ninth anniversary since we  first met in San Diego. It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly decade, and even crazier to think that for the last four years, we’ve worked side by side–often right across from one another–and haven’t killed each other yet. The truth is we love what we do, and I couldn’t imagine doing it without her. One of the ways we pass time during the workday, especially when she’s sewing and I’m packing our Speakeasy Travel Scarfs, is to talk travel (big surprise there,…
  • Win a free cruise for every year of your life!

    Bethany Salvon
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    Most of you know we partnered up with Carnival Cruise Line in late 2014 and took a really fun cruise through the Western Caribbean. We had an awesome time on our trip and one of our favorite parts was just the feeling of being away from it all. With limited access to wifi and the constant company of the waves you get plenty of time to just be in the moment and relax. Something that is drastically lacking in most of our every day lives. So when Carnival asked if we wanted to share some of their current contests with our readers and told us what the prizes were we couldn’t wait, because the…
  • What 7 Days On A Caribbean Cruise Looks Like

    Randy Kalp
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    My first time on a cruise ship was about five years ago. We were living in San Diego and my mom booked a short Carnival cruise down to Ensenada, Mexico, for my grandparents, and Beth and I decided to join them. It was a fun experience and a good introduction to cruising, but, it really was just an introduction. So when we stepped onto the Carnival Dream last month, I was really excited and couldn’t wait to experience a bona fide cruise through the Caribbean, something I’ve dreamed about for a long time. I had planned to fill this post with lots of colorful adjectives weaved into…
  • 4 Ingenious Toiletry Bag Tricks (+ $100 TownePlace Suites by Marriott® Gift Card Giveaway)

    Randy Kalp
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TownePlace Suites by Marriott®. All opinions are 100% mine. One of the fun things about being a blogger is that we get the skinny on new products, destinations, events, or just all around cool happenings before the general public. It’s a fun perk, and it helps make our job easier when it comes to planning stories for our editorial calendar. Though, often, to make it a truly useful story for you guys, we have to think outside of the box, and that’s how we can up with this toiletry packing story. It may be hard to believe but the idea for…
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    Heather on her travels blog

  • 5 reasons to put Canada on your bucket List

    Guest Author
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Repeatedly named as one of the most livable countries on the planet, Canada has much to attract visitors year after year. Whether your idea of the perfect holiday involves mountains and glaciers, cosmopolitan cities, wildlife experiences, quaint towns, secluded lakes and forests, iconic natural beauty, stunning views or historic landmarks, Canada has something for everyone. If you’re looking for the next destination to visit, read on for some of the many reasons why Canada should be at the top of your travel bucket list. The Northern Lights One of the most amazing phenomena in the world to…
  • Hike yourself healthy in 2015 – Outdoor clothing giveaway with Blacks

    Heather Cowper
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    January is traditionally the month when we make resolutions that involve health and fitness – you know the ones. “This year I’ll lose that extra 5 kg that crept on over the last few years” or “This year I’ll train for a marathon to shake off the couch-potato that I’ve become”. The trouble is that such dramatic resolutions rarely last more than a few weeks while it’s the small actions that we take each and every day that have a lasting impact on health and fitness. Hiking for health in 2015 While I’m always trying to shake off…
  • Hiking the Dry Stone Route in Mallorca Part 2 – from Lluc monastery to Port de Pollença

    Heather Cowper
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    The first part of our hike on the Dry Stone Route in Mallorca had taken us from the pretty artist’s village of Deia to the busy resort of Port de Soller and up into the Tramuntana mountain range. Read about Part 1 of the walk here. Reaching the Cuber reservoir we took the bus to the monastery at Lluc, since the Refugi de Tossals Verds where we’d hoped to stay was closed for rennovation. After a night in the simple monastery guest accommodation overlooking the front of the church, we decided to attend Sunday mass at 11 o’clock to hear the famous Blauet choir sing, since…
  • Sir Francis Drake and the Rembrandt Selfie – at Buckland Abbey in Devon

    Heather Cowper
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Sir Francis Drake was born on a farm just a few miles from Buckland Abbey in Devon, a National Trust property that we visited while staying for the weekend at the Moorland Garden Hotel. From modest beginnings, ‘El Draco’ had grown up to become a buccaneer (that’s a polite word for pirate), great Elizabethan naval commander and scourge of the Spanish Empire in Central America where he attacked their ships and stole their gold at every opportunity. Sir Francis Drake & the Rembrandt Selfie at Buckland Abbey Since Queen Elizabeth I was one of his backers, she was…
  • The Milanese Bible: Fashion, Food & Travel

    Guest Author
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Milan, Italy’s second city, is a complex paradox, the capital of Italian commerce, industry, finance and fashion (its design and fashion shows are actually big business trade fairs) yet for the cognoscenti it offers easily discovered cultural and epicurean treasures. Shopping In Milan Perhaps this constant eye toward commerce is what makes the city, as a tourist destination, a little understated, a little too northern European with high-rise towers and banks that outnumber the churches. Yet when you walk the city’s streets, immersing yourself into a culture that is firmly rooted in…
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  • Celebrating Winter at the Québec Carnival

    Lisa Goodmurphy
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Québec City, the French-speaking capital of the Canadian province of Québec, was founded by French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1608. More than four centuries later, visitors bask in the European charm of Old Québec (Vieux Québec) which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. A visit at any time of the year is delightful, but there is something magical about the city during the winter season. Although it can be cold and snowy, residents head outdoors and embrace the weather, particularly during the month of February when winter is celebrated at the Carnaval de Québec…
  • A Guide to Foreign Travel Immunizations for Family Travel

    Michelle Brennan
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:29 am
    Families with wanderlust often take their dreams of travel out of the United States. Granted, there are plenty of travel opportunities in the United States but some families may dream of destinations that feature Mexican ruins,  Egyptian pyramids, African safaris or Asian jungles. But some of those exciting travel destinations bring an extra need for education, especially the more-exotic destinations. Some foreign destinations do present challenges that include potential dangers and diseases. With that challenge comes the need for certain immunizations. Some important questions to answer…
  • Road School: Teaching Kids About Art, at Museums and Beyond

    Melissa Moore
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    I distinctly remember the first great art museum that I visited, the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. My memories of wandering around the extensive Russian museum as a college student are vivid, from the taste of the chocolate purchased in the gift shop to the smell of the lacquer used on the intricate wood floors. Certainly, it was such a memorable experience because I had never seen anything like it before; as a child, my exposure to art was limited. Considering my upbringing, why do I find myself exploring a new art museum or gallery every couple of weeks now that I have kids of my…
  • Why We Travel: Awe-Inspiring Wonder

    Michelle Brennan
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
      I didn’t travel much as a child. Vacations were mostly spent visiting extended family some eight hours away. I have vivid and fond memories of those special, carefree days as a child. My husband traveled a bit more than me, camping on the coast and a few farther jaunts in the back of a cavernous station wagon with jump seats and no seat belts. Together however, we were bitten by the travel bug in college. I was a bit weary of this adventurous travel. Our first jaunt together the end of his senior year was in a caravan for a road trip to Acadia National Park and The Bay of Fundy in…
  • Top Beaches for Families- Weekly Digest-01/23/15

    Michelle McCoy
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:52 am
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Top Beaches for Families in 2015 plus Win a 3 Night Stay at ESA! Friday January 23, 2015 Dreaming of a warm summer vacation? Let us help you pick the best beach to enjoy with kids for your next trip!  Ultimate Beach Vacation Checklist for Families Top Beaches for Families 2015 Share your scoop on your favorite beach! …scroll down to find more great beaches with kids! Monday Madness Giveaway Win a Three Night Stay at an Extended Stay America! Win a Travel…
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    The Mom Maven

  • Super Bowl Recipe Round-up

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Super Bowl is just days away and so many of my friends have been sharing awesome recipes for dips and appetizers I thought I’d do a round up to help you find the best recipes in one easy place. I’m still not exactly sure what our Super Bowl plans are but I know where ever we are we will be eating a few of these delicious recipes. Dips   My Cheesy Pizza Dip is always a crowd favorite. Homegrown and Healthy shares this delicious Easy Homemade Onion Dip recipe. This Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip is delicious with crackers or crusty bread. This Terrific Taco Dip from This Mama…
  • How to Have a Stress Free Wedding Week

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The week leading up to the wedding day can often be the most stressful week of the entire planning period, but it doesn’t have to be. If you asked Aaron and Summer about their wedding week, they will tell you it was rather relaxed. The main reason for that-we had planned it that way. Yes, it all comes down to planning and priorities. If you remember they got married 2 days after Thanksgiving and that in itself could have added more stress into what can be a crazy week, but it was a respite instead.   Aaron and Summer’s Wedding Week Aaron had to work Monday and Tuesday and…
  • Win it Wednesday 1-28-15

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    We made it to the end of January, a month with few giveaways though my $50 LTD Commodities giveaway is still going till February 2nd! The Valentine’s Day giveaways are starting, I have 2 coming up soon! Link up the giveaways you are hosting and any others you happen to find around the web! Let’s head into February on a roll.   Come list your giveaways or find some to enter on the Win it Wednesday Linky!Click To Tweet 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.
  • It’s Time for the 2015 Walkabout

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Last year I introduced you to the Walkabout and while I didn’t reach my walking goal during last year’s event, I am doing it again this year. I have again committed to walking 30 minutes a day for 30 days. This year I am less active than I was last year so I really need this challenge to push me along and it comes at the right time. About the Vionic Walkabout Vionic’s annual Walkabout challenge starts February 1st, 2015 (National Heart Health Month). The Walkabout encourages people to live a healthy lifestyle by walking everyday for 30 days (for as little as 30 minutes).
  • Turn It Up Tuesday 71

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It is Super Bowl Week! So, who are you cheering for? The Seahawks or the Patriots? It doesn’t really matter who your favorite team is because we know it is all about the food and the commercials. My kids are coming over to watch the game with us so I will be making Buffalo Chicken Dip, L’il Smokies and Spicy Queso and maybe some cookies too! What will you be serving at your house during the game? Welcome to another week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Last week, we had so many amazing posts! Thanks for sharing with us! Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited,…
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    Runaway Jane

  • Review; Casa Gracia, Barcelona

    Jane Meighan
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    I spent my first 3 nights in Barcelona staying at Casa Gracia, one of the new breed of luxury hostels in the city. These were my thoughts: Rooms Casa Gracia really caters to all markets when it comes to the choice of rooms. For example, you can stay in a private double room with an en-suite like I did (pictured above), stay in a mixed dorm or even rent an entire apartment within the building! Whether you’re a group, couple or solo traveller, there’s an option here for you. In terms of my room personally, I was really impressed. It’s certainly above your average hostel…
  • 23 Free Things to do in Sofia, Bulgaria

    Jane Meighan
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    Before I decided that I wanted to live in Barcelona, I considered many Eastern European cities as a place to call home. Sofia, Bulgaria, a city I visited in 2013, was one of the strong contenders primarily because it is super cheap! It’s the place to go if budget is your main concern and you want to live in a (fairly big) European city, not least because of the sheer abundance of free things to do, but also because of the all round cheap cost of living. 1. Free Sofia Walking Tour Photo credit: Where; The meeting point is outside the Palace of Justice.
  • I’m Moving to Barcelona!

    Jane Meighan
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Photo credit: sweis78 (via Flikr) 2014 was a strange year for me. It started with some anti-climatic New Year celebrations in Colombia, where I walked around zombie-like in my hostel on hospital strength medication (having spent the previous morning in a Bogota hospital.) 12 months later it ended with me back home in Scotland, sitting on my parents couch during a particularly cold & wet Scottish winter, watching the festive telly whilst doing the very rock n roll activity of filing my taxes. YOLO. Anyway, sarcasm aside, 2014 was probably one of the most emotionally testing for me,…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Combine a University Education with Travel

    Jane Meighan
    1 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    You’d be forgiven for thinking travel is something you need to delay until after you’re finished your studies. At least, that seems to be the opinion of most young people I meet back home in the UK. They think that they either have to take a Gap Year before university or put any major thoughts of travel to bed until after they’ve graduated. Of course, there are always the summer holidays for you to take trips on, but with most students operating on an uber-tight budget during semester time, many will feel the need to work and save money at home during this period…
  • Tips for Renting an Apartment in London / Review of FlipKey

    Jane Meighan
    29 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Whether it’s a £4 a night hostel in Bolivia or a £220 a night luxury suite in a Scottish castle, I’ve experienced every range of the budget when it comes to accommodation on the road. For me, whilst my budget will always have a threshold, it’s value-for-money that is most important. In big cities, like London in particular, this can sometimes be hard to find. For example, a very average city centre hotel in London will usually cost you around £100 a night. The standard of hostels in London is also notoriously bad on the budget end of things, and to get a private…
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    WanderingTrader: Travel Blog. Living Overseas. Day Trading.

  • House Hunters International – I Bought A Penthouse!

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This House Hunters International Episode features the new penthouse we purchased in the city of eternal spring, Medellin, Colombia. I bought this property for all of our traders that we teach at our sister site The vision now has changed since I first started traveling around the world. The goal initially was to visit every country in the world in addition to every continent.  Because I get so much pleasure out of seeing other people live their dreams I decided it would be more fun to travel with an army of day traders. I was able to visit all 7 continents.
  • Brazil After The World Cup: (Hint) Still Amazing

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Day Traders In Brazil The first time I experienced Brazil was during the Carnival in Salvador. It is one of those countries that remain in your heart forever. The beautiful people. The vastness of the country. And the endless corruption and bureaucracy.  Sorry I meant charm. Many people think that Brazil is just big butts, bikinis, and an endless beach that wraps around the whole country. They also have oil. It is one of the those countries that you will never forget; the parties are different, the people are unlike any you will meet, and due to the gigantic size of the country you can find…
  • WT009: Legal Nomads with Jodi Ettenberg: Why life should be about soup. Lots of soup.

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Jodi is one of the first travel bloggers that I met when I first began my journey around the world. She also is one of my favorite travel bloggers. Not because bird poop loves her. No.. no… it’s because she is awesome.  One of the most genuine people I have met. What could be better than traveling around the world and learning the local cuisine? Getting paid to do it. This week Jodi Ettenberg of LegalNomads joins me on the podcast to talk about her experiences traveling the world and how she’s turned her passion for food into a career. Jodi was a lawyer in New York City…
  • WT008: Dominating YouTube & Eating His Way Around The World – Mark Wiens of Migrationology

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Food. The lifeblood of almost all cultures. And for Mark Wiens, it’s THE reason you should travel. When Mark first started blogging, he did so to make a remembrance for himself about what he ate on his trip through Asia. After all, that was why he went. Now 7 years later Mark is dominating on YouTube with his food videos showing traditional street fare from southeast Asia and the world. Today we talk about how he went from just a blogger and how 2 cents really showed him what was possible, to making videos, and what it really takes to become a success on YouTube . Mark also speaks a lot…
  • Murals at Debre Berhan Selassie Church – Gondar,Ethiopia

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    There are so many interesting things to see in Ethiopia that most have never heard of. If you have been reading the site for a while you will now that I always speak highly of Ethiopia considering it is one of my favorite countries to visit.  Having lived there for roughly 2/3 months I was able to explore much of the country. I do still plan on going back in order to see places that are still on my list. Gondar, Ethiopia is known as the real life Camelot. The city that is built around a solid castle complex which is the reason it is also known as the Camelot of Africa.  These are murals…
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  • 浜松稼げる仕事

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    自然に出会いが欲しいなら最近人気の副業サイトに頼るのが一押しです。ことに、有名な料金不要の無料副業サイトは、利用者を多く抱えており、そのことだけでも安心できるという証拠になっています。 熟年層、主婦にとっては、確実にその1年が大変貴重です。…
  • ただセフレが欲しいだけ小田原にセフレいる

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    一緒に婚活する仲間を増やしていく為にも、飲み会などはなるべく顔を出しましょう。加えて、婚活講座などに出席すれば、そっくりな悩みを抱える人と友達になれるかもしれませんよ。 まずは相手方にマイナスイメージを持たれるようなものは取り入れず、見た目もよく清潔な感じを受けるようなものを着用するのがよいでしょう。こうしたことが出会いテクニックと言えるでしょう。…
  • SNSアプリjプラス

    25 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    「希望の人に普通に付き合い始めるのが最高!」なんてことを期待している婚活中の女の人ってきっと多いのでしょうけれど、たまたまの出会いなんてものはないと断言できます。 情報が入手できないと、大損してしまうような時代だと言えるでしょう。人生をかけた出会いを真剣に見つけたいと思っているのなら、私を信じて、流行のSNS出会いを登録・利用してみてほしいのです。…
  • カカオ卑猥どうなる

    24 Dec 2014 | 6:03 pm
    料金0円で使っていただける中高年向けの出会い掲示板が急増中で、新たに出会い掲示板、メッセージボード等を試してみたいと思っているビギナーでも、利用しやすくなっているようです。 百戦錬磨の登録者が選んだ、誰も知らない出会いテクニックをご覧に入れることができます。…
  • 素晴らしい出会いの機会をとんでもなく拡張してくれます

    7 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    素敵な出会いがないなんてのは、断言するが至極当然のことでしょう。 第一歩として何らかの集まりに出て友人知人を増やすとか、それ以外なら現在では当たり前のネットによるいわゆる出会い系SNSを使用してみる他に近道はないだろう。 端的に言いますが、「全然休みがない」「異性との出会いがない」と言い逃ればかりして、少しも踏み出そうとしない人達が、いいご縁に巡り合える可能性は絶対にないのです。…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • Architectural Art Deco Gems in South Beach Florida
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Beach Bunny in South Beach English: Ocean Drive, South Beach, Miami, Florida 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Ocean Drive on South Beach at night featuring The Beacon Hotel, The Colony Hotel (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There’s a little square-mile stretch of Beach-Bunny paradise in the southern part of Miami Beach called “South Beach.”  South Beach is east of Downtown Miami, across Biscayne Bay. English: A photograph taken of Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This area has an incredible annual South Beach Food and Wine Festival the last weekend of…
  • My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in South Beach Florida
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    The Clay Hotel on Española Way and Washington Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Miami (Photo credit: Dykes And The City) Ocean Drive on South Beach at night featuring The Beacon Hotel, The Colony Hotel (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Have a Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in South Beach Florida. South Beach is a dynamic neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, Florida. This section of Miami Beach was developed, starting in the 1910s, by Carl G. Fisher, the Lummus Brothers and John S. Collins. Here’s my South Beach Video with highlights some of my favorite destinations:…
  • Casa Casuarina: The Mansion where Gianni Versace Lived and Died in South Beach Florida
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:12 am
    Image via WikipediaIron Gate at the entrance of the Versace Mansion Red Versace dress of Cindy Crawford (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Versace Mansion, Casa  Casuarina was the residence of late Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace; founder of Gianni Versace S.p.A. Gianni Versace. This Italian fashion designer  designed costumes for the theatre and films. He was a friend of many celebrities including: Madonna, Elton John, Cher and Sting. Versace (Photo credit: vpickering) In 1992, couturier Gianni Versace fell in love with Casa Casuarina;  now known as “The Villa By Barton…
  • South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2015: Events are Selling Out Fast!
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Culinary Students from FIU’s Chaplin mSchool of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementSumptuous Cuisine at Best of the Best SOBE 2012Celebrity Chefs at SOBE 2012 English: Food Network star Guy Fieri introduces the teams for the Iron Chef BBQ Competition at the Tiki Bar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Calling all foodies and wine enthusiasts. It’s time to uncork and decant your favorite wine and hide your scale so you can indulge in four days of sumptuous cuisine at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2015! Here’s a link to all of the events:…
  • Buon Natale and Christmas: The Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception in Rome
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Image by asw909 via Flickr December 8th is the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception. In Rome, there is an annual papal procession near the Spanish Steps. The Pope pays hommage to the Virgin Mary with a procession led by the Order of the Knights of Malta to Piazza Mignanelli at the Colonna dell’Immacolata in the southeastern section of the square. The 40 foot ancient column was found in 1777 under a monestery and was erected in this location in 1856 and a statue of Mary was placed at the summit of the column. Marian Column in front of Santa Maria Maggiori in Rome Listen to Luciano…
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Flip, flop, and fly: Alaska Airlines again requires health certificate for in-cabin pets

    2 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    I’m losing patience with Alaska Airlines, so I’ll say up front that this is the airline’s policy as of today’s date; given their track record, check their page about pet travel carefully. Heaven only knows what their policy will be when you’re making your plans. Back on November 4, I reported that Alaska Airlines had started requiring health certificates for in-cabin pets and expressed a fervent hope that the other major U.S. airlines would not follow suit. Two weeks later, I reported (with relief) that Alaska had reversed itself, and once again only required…
  • Reader’s report: Under-seat space on a Delta A-319 (First Class)

    30 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    This is a quick post courtesy of reader Danielle, who sent a report via Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page about her recent trip with new pup Addison on a Delta A-319. She kindly agreed that I could repost the info and her picture here, so it wouldn’t scroll away into the Facebook ether. I have traveled with Chloe on a Delta A-319 in the past, and reported about the under-seat spaces I encountered, but I was in the Coach section — and it looks like Delta has changed its A-319 configuration a bit since I wrote that post (nowadays there’s also an Economy Comfort section, and the…
  • Which seat works best with an in-cabin dog? [United 737-800/900]

    29 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    Traveling from Seattle to Tampa recently, Chloe and I occupied the same seat (8F) on two different Boeing 737-800/900 series planes. Please note that that’s an Economy Plus seat — while the under-seat spaces are the same throughout the Coach section, Economy Plus gives you a few more inches of pitch, so you can reach down to your pet more easily. If your budget allows it, it makes a world of difference. Here’s a seat map from SeatGuru so you can follow along (there are several configurations for the kind of plane I was on, but only this one has a bathroom right across from Aisle…
  • Alaska Airlines reverses direction: Health certificate no longer required for in-cabin dogs

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

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

  • Traveling as Collecting: The Allure of Geographic Bucket Lists

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
    The highest point in Delaware (photograph by Tony Garcia) He ascended Mount Washington in New Hampshire, on foot not by car (elevation: 6,288 feet). He also climbed Ebright Ezmouth in Delaware, but with far less exertion (elevation: 447 feet). He plans get to Charles Mound in Indiana on one of the rare weekends where the owners of the rolling farmland allow access (elevation: 1,237 feet). For Tony Garcia of New Jersey, reaching these heights means more than just an individual achievement. It's one step closer to a goal that has informed his life for the past several…
  • The Great Old Ones: In Celebration of Our Tree Elders

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    Photograph from the 1917 "The National Parks Portfolio" (via Internet Archive Book Images) Trees are fascinating — if left undisturbed by humans and our axes, they can grow to incredible sizes, and live for thousands of years. Around the world, there are trees that have been growing for a much longer period of time than famed arbors like Methuselah or General Sherman. Some of these beautiful ancients may not look like much — some appear to be mere saplings, compared to the gigantic redwoods. Pando aspen grove at Fishlake National Forest (photograph by J…
  • Six NYC Ruins Loved and Lost

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Photographer Will Ellis is the author of Abandoned NYC, which is out today. In conjunction with its publishing, he shares with Atlas Obscura some of his favorite lost New York ruins.   When you're photographing ruins in New York City, you can’t get too attached — they'll either meet the wrecking ball, fall apart on their own, or in the best and rarest cases, attract the wandering eye of developers and be put to use again. No matter the outcome, it's always hard to say goodbye to these places as I knew them. Here’s six sites I’ve loved and lost over the past…
  • Secret Libraries of Rome

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Rome's 2,500-year history means that even a trip to the corner drugstore turns into a brush with the heritage of insane emperors, antiquity-grabbing cardinals, visionary artists, and power-crazed popes. The city's many libraries offer an intelligent way of making sense of this complex and well-trodden place. So what better way to experience history directly than in quiet contemplation in Rome's "secret libraries"? Here is a list of nine to get you started. BIBLIOTECA VALLICELLIANAVia della Chiesa Nuova 18 Biblioteca Vallicelliana (via The Biblioteca…
  • Belgium's Abandoned Fairytale Castle

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Miranda Castle (all photographs by the author) After climbing up a rocky Belgian hillside and a slow walk through a thick forest, an insurmountable beauty reveals itself as turrets peak through the trees. Miranda Castle, aka Château de Noisy, lies in Celles, in Belgium's province of Namur. A landscape and building right out of a fairytale, the site is photographed and sought after by urban explorers and curious travelers alike.  

 Construction on the castle started in 1866. Designed by English architect Edward Milner, it was intended as a summer home for the…
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    Atlas Obscura

  • New York Academy of Medicine Rare Book Library in New York, New York

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Since the mid-1800s the New York Academy of Medicine has been ensuring that the city's doctors have a unified voice and resource base, and since landing in their longtime headquarters in the 1920s the organization has curated one of most extensive libraries of historic medicinal texts anywhere in the world, all available to view by the general public. The academy's semi-secret library holds over 500,000 books, pamphlets, and other pieces of aging ephemera. Beginning with a donation to the academy in 1847, the collection has grown over the years thanks almost entirely to donations and some…
  • Campderdown Elm in Brooklyn, New York

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The strangest tree in Brooklyn may be the gnarled branches of the Camperdown Elm near the Prospect Park boathouse. Its branches grow parallel to the ground instead of up, requiring extra support, so gazing up from beneath it is like standing beneath a giant bonsai. Back in the 1960s, this oddly beautiful tree was almost torn down and only got its salvation through a famed poet. The tree is one of the few in the world grown from the Earl of Camperdown's Scottish estate, which all share the uniquely horizontal growing tendencies. It was planted in Prospect Park in 1872, just a few years after…
  • Schwäbisches Turmuhrenmuseum in Mindelheim, Germany

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ticking away endlessly down the years, the giant timekeepers kept in the collection of the Schwäbisches Turmuhrenmuseum were made to operate in public towers but now sit in a private tower collection where they can be appreciated for their elaborate inner workings as well as the size of their face.  Held in a former church once known as the Silvesterkirche, which itself has a tall tower, the museum began in 1979 when a private collector's selection of historic public clocks was made into a public exhibition. The body of the old church as well as every floor of the tall…
  • Berchtesgaden Salt Mine in Berchtesgaden, Germany

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The lovely German town of Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps has gained much of its wealth over the years by exploiting the local salt mine which acted as the backbone of the town's economy, and in honor of that legacy the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine is now open to visitors, offering slides, trains, and a laser light show in lieu of back-breaking mine work. Salt mining in the area began as far back as the 1100s, with mentions of such industry found among historic documents from the time. However the mine that exists today was not created until the 1500s, becoming a full-fledged state operation by…
  • Wood Line in San Francisco, California

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The woods that cover San Francisco's Presidio are only a little over a century old, planted in the late 19th century by the U.S. Army. In 2011, Scottish artist Andy Goldsworthy made a new intervention on this now thriving woodland — an atmospheric secret path through its trees. "Wood Line" is a snaking sculptural installation of eucalyptus trunks and branches, covertly following Lover's Lane, the oldest footpath in the Presidio. This eucalyptus grove planted decades ago was once infiltrated by cypress trees which later died out, leaving a void in the woods,…
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  • The Bellamy Brothers & Gölä enchant the Volkshaus in Zurich

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

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    The Competition of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival is now complete. 19 of the 23 films in the Competition programme will be vying for the Golden and Silver Bears. 21 films are world premieres. The following countries are participating in the entire programme: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, […] The post Berlinale 2015: Competition Complete appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Art On Ice celebrates its 20th birthday

    18 Jan 2015 | 3:47 am
    The most memorable show of the year in Switzerland: If there is one show not to miss in the winter, it is Art On Ice. Since 1994 the ice gala has made the happiness of thousands of people. The event takes place in the Zurich Hallenstadion before heading to Lausanne and Davos. The organizers, Reto Caviezel […] The post Art On Ice celebrates its 20th birthday appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Interview with film director Fatih Akin

    27 Dec 2014 | 1:47 am
    FATIH AKIN – THE CUT We met with the film director, Fatih Akin, to know more about his last film, The Cut. With no pretention he talks freely and with passion about his movie, an historical drama about the Armenian genocide. He explains why he liked working with the screenwriter Martin Mardik and the actor Tahar Rahim. […] The post Interview with film director Fatih Akin appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Best Swiss Athletes of 2014: Roger Federer & Dominique Gisin

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 am
    On Sunday night Roger Federer and Dominique Gisin were awarded the titles of 2014 Best Swiss athletes. The Crédit Suisse Sports Awards ceremony lasted over two hours in the beautiful studios of SRF1. The singers Herbert Grönemeyer and Gianna Nannini and the popular Swiss group Pegasus were in charge of the lively entertainment. During the first part of the show the […] The post Best Swiss Athletes of 2014: Roger Federer & Dominique Gisin appeared first on Vivamost!.
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    Passport Luxury Travel Blog | Kiwi Collection

  • The Beach Guide: 5 Seaside Spots in Southeast Asia

    Joy Pecknold
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    A balmy, beach getaway sounds real nice right about now. All hovering around the equator, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines are a tropical triumvirate offering a wealth of bewitching coastline. Herein, five resorts that put you right by the water in more ways than one (hello, en-suite private pool).
  • 10 Questions: George Ganchev, Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay

    Joy Pecknold
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know George Ganchev of Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay in Egypt. Best hotel room at the property: That would be our presidential suite, with its fantastic terrace—you feel like you are floating over […]
  • Trip Tips: 4 Valentine’s Packages for Lovers

    Joy Pecknold
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Valentine’s Day isn’t far away, and for those that haven’t a clue what to do, herein are four ideas, across four corners of the globe, to make that special someone swoon. Float off into the sunset: The Peninsula Bangkok “Private Dom Pérignon Sundown Cocktail Cruise” pretty aptly and enticingly sums it up, but allow us […]
  • The List: 10 of the Best Health and Wellness Escapes

    Joy Pecknold
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Getting fit and living healthier are popular topics in January, and the gurus would exclaim, “Start today!” And we’d add, “Get away!” Breaking out of bad habits can be a whole lot easier when you leave regular life behind, especially if you chart a course for one of these 10 hotels with serious health and wellness programs to help.
  • 10 Questions: Rüdiger C. Hollweg, Kempinski Hotel Haitang Bay Sanya

    Joy Pecknold
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get the scoop from Rüdiger C. Hollweg, general manager of Kempinski Hotel Haitang Bay Sanya, China. Best hotel room at the property: Our Kempinski Villas have 5 bedrooms with en-suite marble bathrooms, large living […]
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    Jayway Travel

  • 150 Years Young: Vienna’s Ringstrasse

    Jacy Meyer
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    Vienna’s historic, old town section is nicely surrounded by the Ringstrasse. Walking around this circular road brings you past some of the city’s top sites including the Rathaus (Town Hall), the Parliament Building and the State Opera. Most of the architecture dates to the 1860s-1890s, a robust building period in Vienna’s history. Interspersed with parks, the Ringstrasse walk could fill up a day for casual strollers. In 2015 however, visitors to Vienna will want to spend a little extra time on the road. The ring was officially opened on May 1, 1865 by Emperor Franz Joseph and the city…
  • Munich’s Third Reich Tour

    Jacy Meyer
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    German history is fascinating, and if you are interested in the beginnings of World War II and Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, our Third Reich tour is highly recommended. The fast-paced tour led by Jeff is packed with historic facts, from Hitler’s birth, upbringing and failed attempts to be an artist in Austria, to his experience in World War I to his move to Munich. You’ll hit a variety of sights, even though many are not the originals (about 80% of Munich was destroyed in the war, and places left standing are often something else.) We saw former beer halls where Hitler began making…
  • Meet the Travel Addicts

    9 Jan 2015 | 1:39 am
    In October 2014, JayWay Travel hosted Lance and Laura Longwell, authors of the popular Travel Addicts blog.  We sat down with them to discuss travel and Budapest, Hungary. How long have you been traveling and blogging about travel? We both have a strong love of travel. Lance started as a child visiting all 50 of the United States before going to study in Asia. Laura went to the UK to study during high school. Once we started professional careers, travel became the outlet for relaxation and adventure. Travel is essentially the consuming passion that occupies the time when we’re not at work.
  • Welcome Romania!

    Jacy Meyer
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    A couple weeks ago, we talked about our expanded offerings in Lithuania – two great new towns to explore in this lovely country. Today, we are pleased to introduce our newest country – Romania! Feedback from past clients indicated they would love to explore this not-too-travelled country, especially the beautiful Transylvania region. We spent a lot of time there in 2014 and admit we were captivated. From the chaotic capital of Bucharest to the green rolling countryside to of course Dracula, there’s much to discover here. Romania is a wonderful mix of urban and rural delights. The…
  • Pilsen, Czech Republic: 2015 Capital of Culture

    Jacy Meyer
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    Each year in Europe, two ‘capitals of culture’ are named. The idea originated back in the 1980s to bring together European nations and are a wonderful way for lesser known cities to promote their culture and traditions. They are also positive economically thanks to infrastructure improvements and a boost in tourism. The cities plan a full year of cultural activities and if you are planning a trip to the Czech Republic this year, you may want to consider a stop in Pilsen (Plzeň in Czech), chosen alongside Mons in Belgium. Pilsen equals beer in many people’s minds; it’s the birthplace…
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    Context Travel Blog

  • 10 Facts About the History of the Paris Metro

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    This article was written by Context Paris intern Victoria Fitoussi Paris has an array of history of offer above ground, but you may be surprised to know how much you can learn underground in the Paris metro. A trip to Paris for any tourist is incomplete without at least one ride through the 115-year-old metro system. Not only is it the easiest and most historically interesting form of transportation in Paris, but according to Franz Kafka, “The Metro furnishes the best opportunity for the foreigner to imagine that he has understood, quickly and correctly, the essence of Paris.” We’re…
  • Disembarking in Venice: How to Reach the Center

    Luisa Grigoletto
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:48 am
    Everything is planned for your upcoming trip to Venice: accommodation, walks, dinners, transportation. Yet, if you arrive via cruise, as do more than 1 million people yearly, you might be wondering: how will I reach the city center? To help, we’ve put together a guide of practical information to navigate you from the port’s passengers terminals to Venice proper. Due to the high volume of sea passengers that travel to the lagoon every year and to better manage traffic, Venice has spread its receptive facilities to four locations, making it important to understand where your ship will…
  • Staff Spotlight: Petulia Melideo

    Jessica Stewart
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:19 am
    One of Context’s most senior staff members, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Petulia since she interviewed me soon after my arrival to Rome in 2005.  Many longtime clients will have interacted with her, as she’s moved from running our Italy programs to launching our tours in London and Edinburgh.  As someone who has had her hands in all aspects of the company, there was no one better to start our series of staff spotlights. JS: You’ve been working with Context since the beginning, what keeps you excited about the work you do? PM: I started work at Context in…
  • The Rediscovery of Istanbul’s Spectacular Basilica Cistern

    Katie Nadworny
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    Istanbul is a city of layers, with new conquerors and emperors building upon the ruins of those they sacked. This both gives Istanbul its magic, but also means that some of the beautiful ancient places we are able to enjoy now weren’t always available to the public. It’s hard to imagine that a famous tourist attraction in a major city might ever be hidden and inaccessible, but that was nearly the fate of the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul. Basilica Cistern, via Wiki Commons The system of hundreds of cisterns in the city was built by the Romans in 532 AD to provide water from Belgrade…
  • Around the World with Art Nouveau

    Jessica Stewart
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    A truly international style, Art Nouveau architecture can be seen around the Context network, from Prague to Shanghai, Buenos Aires to Paris. Inspired by natural forms and structures, Art Nouveau reached its peak at the turn of the 20th century, working as a bridge between academic styles and the modernism that eventually replaced it in popularity. We surveyed our docents about their favorite Art Nouveau buildings to show how each nation brought their own flare to their architecture. Barcelona - Palau de la MúsicaContext walks: Gaudí in Context and Modernista Masterpieces in Detail In…
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  • The Go BIG “B” List

    Traci Suppa
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:12 am
    Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May.” “The Sweetest Thing” by U2. What do these tunes have in common? They were all “B” side hits. For those of you who remember records (those vinyl discs that music was stored on back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), you’ll recall that the popular songs were on the “A” side, and the secondary tracks were relegated to the “B” side. We’ve had some “B” sides in our travels, too, so I’m giving them their due in today’s post. In our (okay, my) overzealous quest to seek out BIG attractions, we…
  • BIG Views of Niagara Falls

    Traci Suppa
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:21 am
    Binoculars and Camera It’s one of the world’s largest waterfalls, though technically Niagara Falls is a set of three: Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, and American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the U.S. side. To make the most of your visit, there are several ways to view Niagara Falls – you can ride a boat to their base, peer down at them from a tower 700+ feet overhead, or even take a peek from a tunnel behind them. We took the kids to Niagara Falls, Ontario, and seeing them from different vantage points was important. The Teen has become a budding photographer, so great views…
  • Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls, ON: World’s largest indoor free-flight aviary

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

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

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

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

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

    10 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    As with Gotham, which got the hero it deserved in the form of Batman, India has a new comic book superheroine Priya Shakti. Created in the wake of the brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus two years ago, the heroine Priya is a mortal woman who is raped herself, but who fights back against sexual violence with the help of the goddess Parvati – and and most iconic of Indian animals, the tiger. Illustrated by Brooklyn-based artist Dan Goldman, the “augmented reality” comic tells the story of Priya, a young girl devoted to the goddess Parvati, who dreams of becoming a teacher.
  • Sher Bagh Luxury Tented Camp in Rajasthan

    8 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    This month’s Mahout newsletter alerted us to the newly revamped Sher Bagh Luxury Tented Camp in Rajasthan.  Beginning their 15th year of operations this October, Sher Bagh has pitched an unprecedented benchmark for style, luxury and comfort on safari with a vigorous renovation of their first ‘Relais & Châteaux’ camp.  As well as refurbishing the camp’s luxury tents by creating even more space within, complete with expanded en suite bathrooms, Sher Bagh introduces two new-tented suites: The Royal Suite The Royal Suite comes with a generous amount of space within and a…
  • An insiders View from Vashisht, Himachal Pradesh

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

  • Modenese Food: What to Eat in Modena

    6 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    Want to know more about what to eat in Modena? Check out my free culinary guide to Modena Italy.   One of the things I love the most is that Italian food is so diverse. While we often think of just spaghetti or lasagna – food dramatically changes from north to south in Italy. Located in the Emilia Romagna region in Northern Italy, Modena is a short train ride from Florence, Milan and Venice. The Emilia Romagna region is undoubtedly the capital of gastronomy, coined the bread basket of Italy with its proximity to so many incredible food products like pasta, air cured prosciutto,…
  • Where to Eat in Modena

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:42 am
    Want to know more about where to eat in Modena? Check out my free culinary guide to Modena Italy.   Modena may be one of my favourite places to eat in the world for a very simple reason. There are no tourist restaurants. Need to see it for yourself? Check out this quick video of where to eat in Modena. And then get more details below. It’s a small city so there’s no room for a tourist ghetto in Modena. When you eat in Modena you are sitting alongside locals. For this reason alone I know I’ll return.   Bar Schiavoni Covered by every major travel publication, word…
  • Black Gold vs Fools Gold: What is Balsamic Vinegar?

    2 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    Want to know more about what is balsamic vinegar and what is coloured syrup? Check out this free culinary guide to Modena Italy.   Let’s make this simple. If you’ve been buying balsamic vinegar from the grocery store there’s a good chance you’re not using the real thing. In Modena aceto balsamico tradizionale is considered black gold. It’s not cheap, it’s highly valued and the really good stuff is only used on special occasions. What’s most interesting is that locals don’t really frown on the lesser quality balsamic, they believe varying…
  • Our Loka Life

    31 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    It’s the last day of 2014 and if I had to describe it in one word it would easily be: Loka. Originally I wanted 2014 to be the year of focus but I had no idea it felt like my life would come full circle. It was five years ago that I decided to walk away from my old life and over the last five years I’ve learned that taking risks and believing in myself pays off. And it was the first year people stopped identifying me as the girl who left her boyfriend to travel to the girl who met the love of her life on the road. And so when Chef Rouge worked 6-7 days a week through the summer,…
  • Ditch the Americano: How to Order Coffee in Italy

    28 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Want to know more about how to eat in Italy? Check out my free culinary guide to Modena Italy. If you depend on caffeine each morning ordering coffee in Italy may be one of the most frustrating aspects of your holiday. I’m not particular as long as it has caffeine but I had to laugh when Michael from Go See Write was frustrated that his cafe normal wasn’t an americano. Perhaps the single defining difference of coffee in Italy is that it is often consumed while standing – something that never occurs in North America unless it’s in a disposable cup while walking down…
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    Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write

  • Top Sites To See In Can Tho, Vietnam

    Michael Hodson
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Can Tho is one of the largest cities in South Vietnam behind Saigon (it’s home to over a million people), and is the economic center of the Mekong Delta. However, its strong economy doesn’t mean that it is a city without character, as it is actually an interesting place to explore, with floating markets and some lovely canals to navigate, along with a charming range of buildings and sites to visit. The city is also at the heart of the rice production area, so it also enjoys good transport links with Saigon because of the need to be able to transport the rice easily. Source Chua…
  • The top places to visit on Palawan

    Michael Hodson
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    The island of Palawan is found to the west of the majority of the islands of the Philippines, and historically it has been one of the most sparsely populated areas of the country, although this has been changing over recent years. With two separate UNESCO World Heritage Sites and some spectacular scenery to enjoy, there is no doubt that Palawan should be one of the stops considered on any trip to the Philippines. At 280 miles in length, there is plenty of terrain to explore, and a variety of different sites that help to make this one of the Philippines’ most interesting destinations.
  • Great hill towns of Italy

    Nat and Tim Harris
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Italy is packed with picture perfect hill towns that give beautiful views onto their valleys below. Each one offering something unique, whether it be art, a dish or an historic event. We’ve been in Umbria for two months, close to the regions of Lazio and Tuscany, and have had the opportunity to visit 20 towns so far. These are some of our favorites: Civita di Bagnoregio Like a fairy tale city, it appears as you walk towards the belvedere. Placed on the World Monuments Fund’s Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in 2006, it was founded by the Etruscans more than 2500 years…
  • The Top Places To Visit In Hoi An

    Michael Hodson
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Located on the coast of Central Vietnam, the city of Hoi An is one that has been an important trading spot in the country for a very long time, with records showing that it was the largest port in South East Asia as far back as the first century. The old city center is one that has many historic buildings and sites that are of a cultural interest, and these are protected and preserved. As well as the historic tradition of the city, there are also plenty of things to do in the city which has helped to make it a very popular stop on the backpacker trail, and an interesting place to visit for…
  • From Seattle to Southeast Asia: Introducing Paper Planes

    Alana Morgan
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Go See Write is excited to introduce our newest contributing writer, Alana Morgan from Paper Planes! About five years ago, I came across a quote saying you’re more likely to regret the things you don’t do, than the things you do. At the time, I was toying with the idea of leaving my home in Seattle and moving to Thailand to work and travel. I wanted to get out of town and explore more, but I wasn’t completely sure where I should go or how I should start. A Buddha in Sukhothai, Thailand For me, the line about regret rang true. I knew what I didn’t want anymore – a daily two-hour…
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    Globetrotting Mama

  • Enjoy a Whistler Winter (Even if You Hate the Cold)

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Whistler Ski Area, British Columbia Viewfinder Image Library Image courtesy of Tourism Media   If the thought of trekking through snow, feeling the bitter wind bite at your nose, and losing the feeling in the tops of your fingers just doesn’t do it for you when planning a winter escape, then I’ve got the trip for you – Whistler, BC. “What?!”, you say! On I round up the top ways to enjoy Whistler, if you are a cold-phobic person, and they include heading into an icy room for belly-warming vodka, getting the ultimate spa experience, and enjoying the…
  • Universal Orlando: Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Universal Orlando Wizarding World of Harry Potter There’s Something about Harry When I planned our trip to Universal Studios with the kids there was one area of the park that reigned supreme in my mind – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Spread across the two theme parks (Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure) the Harry Potter themed attractions bring the world of Harry Potter to life through animatronics, film footage and thrilling rides. And while I fully expected my family to love everything about the Florida theme park I was a little verklempt when I realized…
  • Flying Allegiant Air from Niagara Falls Airport

    16 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    Flying Allegiant Air from Niagara Falls Airport This one is for the Canadians. The ones drowning under the weight of fees and taxes The ones suffering from way too much winter The ones who Just. Need. A. Vacation! But are low on the funds to make it happen I’ve heard your cries. I’ve found your salvation. Nothing to see here; just us Canadians sucking up a great deal. It is just across the border and it’s close to the outlet mall. What is this paradise you ask? Niagara Falls International Airport. Most of my flights are out of Pearson International Airport. It’s simply…
  • Globetrotting Mama Road Trips: The Series

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    Globetrotting Mama Road Trips: The Series If you’ve been following along over the last few years, you may have noticed that I like a road trip. No? Hadn’t noticed? Let me point a few out for you. There was this west coast adventure last summer: Gorgeous views on our road trip through British Columbia   And this one in New Zealand : The winding road and constantly changing landscapes in New Zealand.   And the one that brought us to Myrtle Beach last year: March in Myrtle Beach meant mini-golf and walks on the beach. And oh, so many more. Family Time | Road Trips I LOVE…
  • Fairmont Chateau Montebello: Best Family New Years Eve Yet

    8 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Fairmont Chateau Montebello: Best Family New Years Eve Yet We recently spent New Years Eve at the Fairmont Chateau Montebello in Quebec What we expected: A winter wonderland filled with so much snow and wintry goodness (read: hot chocolate) that I might be forever transformed from the miserable winter-hater that I am. What we got: A light dusting of snow and THE BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY PARTY EVER! Seriously. Every parent knows there are stages to your New Years Eve celebrations. Pre-Kids: Party ’til the wee hours of the morning. Right After Kids: Quiet night at home A few years in:…
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    Family Rambling

  • Looking for Winter Fun? Take the Family to Mankato, Minnesota!

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

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

    Jody Halsted
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s always an honor to be named to ‘Top Travel Blog” lists, and more so when you are named by a blog that you read. So I was thrilled when Pretzels or Peanuts, a super fun blog that has encouraged us to try geocaching, chose Family Rambling as one of their top family travel blogs to follow for 2015. I love that Peanuts or Pretzels shared their favorite post from our site – Living Like Laura in DeSmet, South Dakota -  as well as what readers can look forward to this year. Go ahead and click the banner to the left to see the other terrific sites Pretzels or Peanuts…
  • Christmas is Bigger in Texas

    Jody Halsted
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    The theme for ICE 2012 is Merry Madagascar The popular saying is that ‘everything is bigger in Texas’. While that may not be universally true, I can tell you from experience that Christmas is bigger in Texas! Celebrating Christmas in Grapevine Texas is an unforgettable way to kick off the season – or to end it before the reality of school and work set back in. Things to Do for Christmas with Kids in Texas published by Minitime Christmas is a time for twinkling lights, glittering decorations and family memories. And there is no better place to experience all that and more…
  • Bird Watching in Your Backyard

    Jody Halsted
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    Holding a bird at the South Dakota Birding Festival Today, January 5, is Bird Day – which means it’s the perfect day to share an article I recently published about backyard bird watching. Filled with handy tips I learned at the South Dakota Birding Festival last spring, as well as a few easy bird feeders you can make right now with items you have on hand, you’ll be enjoying bird watching in your backyard in no time! Backyard Bird Watching published by Des Moines Moms Blog  Bird watching is such a fun activity with the kids – and the bonus for winter weather is that you…
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    Chic Traveler

  • Tallahassee Museum Offers Affordable Adventure

    Donna Sundblad
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Tallahassee Museum is nestled amid 52 acres of stunning Florida flora and fauna and makes an ideal destination for all ages. Kids feel like they’re visiting the zoo with living exhibits of native wildlife. Fitness enthusiasts and nature lovers breathe in the beauty of the natural gardens and nature trails, and history buffs immerse […]
  • Video: This Daily Commute in China Is a Life Gamble

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    They may not have to deal with traffic on their daily commute, but what Chinese locals have to endure is much worse! Matt Sampson has all the details.
  • World’s Tallest Roller Coaster Coming to Orlando

    Donna Sundblad
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    For those who travel the world looking for an unforgettable roller coaster experience, Orlando will be the destination to target in 2017. Developers David and Joshua Wallack are ready to construct a 570-foot vertical coaster which will enjoy the distinction of “tallest in the world.” It will be located on 12 acres and built around […]
  • Video: What to Eat, Shop, and Do in Chinatown, NY

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Fashion vlogger Evelina Barry and Refinery29 editor Annie Georgia Greenberg hit the streets of Chinatown, New York to check out a cozy boutique, eat dim sum, and play at the famous Chinatown arcade.
  • Balloon Classic Take 2 in Colorado Springs this Labor Day

    Donna Sundblad
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Back in August, the organization responsible for putting on Colorado’s Labor Day Balloon Classic announced they would no longer be holding the event which dated back to the 1970s. After a rich 38-year-long tradition that brought people to the area, this was not good news for Colorado Springs residents and merchants, but the community has […]
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    TheExpeditioner Travel Site

  • The Top 50 Travel Blogs (4th Quarter: 2014)

    Matt Stabile
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 4th quarter (October — December) of 2014 ranked by visitor traffic. There are a few other sites that have put together their own lists of the “top” travel blogs. However, each has their own subjective means of ranking sites, using everything from Alexa scores, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, estimated traffic, inbound Google links and even subjective design criteria. My intention was to create the most objective and accurate list of the most popular travel blogs. Therefore, this list is based solely on the number of visitors a…
  • Here Are Five Way To Do Patagonia’s Torres Del Paine On The Cheap

    Matt Stabile
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Going on a multi-day trek through Patagonia is on a lot of people’s bucket list. Who doesn’t want to visit the Straights of Magellan, Patagonia and some of the most photogenic landscapes in the world? But if you look online the expense seems, shall we say, unfortunate. Okay, not unfortunate, nosebleed expensive. Saying that you can visit Torres del Paine National Park on the cheap is a lie. You just can’t. It’s incredibly far away, Chile is an expensive country and Chilean Patagonia is even more so. If you look online, flights and tours alone can easily run in excess of $5,000 per…
  • Want To Learn How To Be A Real Traveler In Thailand?

    Matt Stabile
    3 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    You’re almost there. You’ve booked your ticket, bought your guidebook and packed everything in your bags to last you through the several weeks of vacation you’re planning to have in Thailand. Everybody in your social circle knows you’re heading to the exciting land of beautiful beaches, friendly people and delicious food. Sure, you’ve made your list with things to do, see and eat, but are you positive your list will give you the real insights of the Thai culture and lifestyle? I’m not saying to ditch the list, but instead I’m suggesting you add the following five experiences to…
  • This Sunny Sydney Timelapse Will Have You Wishing For The Beach

    Matt Stabile
    3 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Here’s a video of one of my favorite locations In the world. If you guessed that it was Sydney, then you were right. If you guessed that one of the reasons it makes the list is due to the massive amount of access you have to the water there all the time, then you are also right. [Summer in Sydney via YouTube] By Matt Stabile / Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of You can read his writings, watch his travel videos, purchase the book he co-edited or contact him via email at any time at The post This Sunny Sydney Timelapse Will Have…
  • You Won’t Believe What This Guy Saw When He Walked Into A Bathroom In The Philippines

    Matt Stabile
    29 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Professional model Jason Godfrey, a male model who has “faked smiles in thousands of catalogues, used the same poses in hundreds of print ads, acted poorly in dozens of commercials, and somehow made it onto the pages of such fashion staples as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim, and Men’s Health,” was recently traveling on the island of Bohol in The Philippines. When he stopped at a Shell gas station to use the bathroom, he was amazed at what he saw when he entered and he quickly grabbed his phone to record what he saw. This was the result. [This is a real gas station toilet.
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    The Orlando Blog

  • Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus Coming to Orlando Jan 8-11, 2015 at Amway Center for seven exciting performances!

    Pam Rubens
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Here’s your chance to see the one and only Greatest Show on Earth, live at the Amway Center Jan 8-11 in Orlando!  Prepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts that can only be seen at Xtreme Circus!  Children of all ages can let their imaginations go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals!  From the highest mountains to the deepest seas, join us as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before.  Ringling Bros. is a 144-year tradition that combines the…
  • Marvel Universe Live! Dec. 5-7, 2014 Amway Center in Orlando

    Pam Rubens
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Superhero Fans, Unite! Seven Exciting Performances Put on your capes and grab your weapons!  Marvel Universe Live is taking it to a whole new level, with seven exciting performances on December 5-7 at the Amway Center in Orlando. Watch your favorite Marvel Superheroes, including Spiderman and the Avengers, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more, come to life as they stop evil villains in their tracks in an action-paced arena extravaganza! Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate kids and adults alike with an authentic story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one epic quest. The…
  • 12 Fun Facts About Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

    Pam Rubens
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    What a fantastic way to start the month! Disney on Ice presented Frozen this past weekend and it was an absolutely spectacular production and performance! Here are a few fun facts we picked up along the way: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen Number of cities in the 2013-2014 tour:  37 Number of trucks it takes to transport production:  11 Miles traveled during the 2013-2014 tour: Almost 17,823 Longest trip of the current 2014-2015 tour  1,423 miles  ( from Toronto, Canada to Dallas, Texas) Shortest trip of the current tour: 12 miles (from Newark, NJ  to E. Rutherford, NJ) Average distance…
  • Fantastical Winter Wonderland: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen!

    Pam Rubens
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Disney on Ice Presents Frozen Fun, frolic, fiery powers and a fantastical winter wonderland was the backdrop for the magical story of the unstoppable love of royal sisters Anna and Elsa, appearing at the Amway Center in Disney on Ice Presents Frozen! from September 4-7, 2014.  This heartwarming, Academy award-winning tale, which takes place in the beautiful and mystical Arendelle,  included a delightful cast of characters on ice, ranging from suitors Hans and Kristoff and hilariously goofy snowman Olaf to loyal woolly reindeer Sven and a playful troop of mystical trolls. This enchantingly…
  • Let’s Find a beach under the stars

    Lydia Chicles
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    The stars have aligned and the timing is prime. And yes, I mean the timing is prime for this far out, contemporary band – Sidereal, a young and fresh Reggae/Pop Rock band based out of Jacksonville Beach, Fl. The group, gains its sounds due to inspirations from the likes of 311, Jack Johnson and Bob Marley, to say the least. The group consists of four members featuring Colin Paterson on vocals and guitar, Kevin Beaugrand on bass, Niko Costas on drums and Lukas Costas on sax, keyboard, vocals, ukulele and melodica. We here at The Orlando Blog received the opportunity to sit down and get…
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    Smart Women Travelers

  • What Else Do You Need To Know About Booking Your Hotel Room?

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

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

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

    Carol Margolis
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    Most people like surprises. Well, the good kind anyway. Longtime readers may remember when I planned a surprise trip with my husband a couple years ago. He had no idea where we were going except for the daily clues. Each day in December, I posted another clue to where we were traveling. It was fun to plan, fun to read all the comments where we were going, and so much fun to give away the prizes at the end. So what’s involved if you want to plan a surprise trip for someone? It all begins with a destination. This might be something specific like Disney World, a cruise, a trip to the…
  • Airport Peace and Quiet? Check out the Airport Chapel

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

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I’ve really fallen in love with Instagram (you are following me on Instagram, aren’t you?), and I’ve discovered lot of great photography. From the beautiful landscape photos to the perfect meal, from the urban cityscapes to fascinating profiles, from interesting architecture to relaxing beaches, I appreciate it all. These interesting IG accounts challenge me to be better every single day. Here are my top IG photos from last month (December 2014). I…
  • Postcard from Nintendo World, NYC

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Located by Rockefeller Center, the Nintendo World Store is the only store of its kind, offering games and merchandise that are otherwise only available through online purchases. With two floors of interactive games, it’s an assault to the senses – like being a kid in a candy shop. You might also enjoyPostcard from Peace Center Amphitheater, homepagePostcard from Kuala LumpurPostcard from Moon Palace Resort, CancunPostcard from Hurricane RidgePostcard…
  • Sunday Stories for January 18th, 2015

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Here’s what I enjoyed reading this week and I think you may enjoy these stories, too. 30 New Year’s Resolutions to Rock Your 2015 Even if you don’t make New Year’s resolutions, and I don’t, these are great ideas to implement into your life. One of the reasons we fail to follow through with our resolutions is because we set lofty goals that are nearly impossible to reach. Many of us haven’t yet become the type of person that is capable of…
  • New York Bound

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Pinterest is a wonderful planning tool, and I’m using it to plan my trip next week to New York City. It’s been awhile since I’ve stayed there for any length of time, so I’m looking forward to having a bit more time to explore and catch up on a few things. I’ll be attending the New York Times Travel Show on Friday, but other than that, have the rest of the time to plan as I choose. My focus for the trip will be on finding winter things…
  • 8 Places to Celebrate National Hot Tea Month

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Tea is the second most popular drink in the world, the first is water, and while here in the United States we haven’t embraced many of the rituals surrounding tea, our consumption of the drink is growing in leaps and bound. The idea of tea being for blue haired little old ladies, full of pretentious traditions, and offering tiny tasteless sandwiches, does a disservice to the many hotels and restaurants who offer fine fare to accompany their loose leaf…
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  • Top Spanish Wine Cocktails

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

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

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

    25 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    Carnival in Europe – Five great Carnival Vacation ideas for wine lovers in 2014 Although most of us when mentioning the world carnival might instantly think of Sydney, Rio or New Orleans, Europe can still lay claim to the oldest and proudest Mardi Gras tradition. The historical importance of the religious celebrations preceding the start of Lent is marked by the diverse and colorful local festivals celebrated throughout European cities each year. From the famous masked balls in Venice, to the riotous and vibrant carnival in Tenerife, these occasions are a must see for wine lovers who…
  • Interview with Winemaker Pedro Peciña Gil of Bodegas Hermanos Peciña in Rioja

    18 Jan 2014 | 7:17 am
    Bodegas Hermanos Peciña is one of our preferred wine estates in the gorgeous region of La Rioja, in Northern Spain. We love this winery  for its stellar wines, the great hospitality and exuberance of the hosts. We had the chance to chat to winemaker  Pedro Peciña Gil, and thought you might enjoy reading the interview. Pedro Peciña Gil Here goes> CELLAR TOURS- When did you become passionate about wine? PEDRO- I remember visiting the vineyards with my father when I was 5-6 years old right before  the harvest time. I was very young, but I felt something special at that moment, and from…
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  • Easy Escapes for February

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:42 am
    February heralds a move away from the restraint of January towards the decadent fun of Valentine’s Day. Even if embroidered teddy bears and heart-shaped chocolates aren’t your thing, an impromptu romantic break will have you and your other half happily swapping carrot juice for champagne in no time. No need to thank us; all you all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing. The Grosvenor Arms – £133 per person (2 nights, 20-22 February 2015) The Grosvenor Arms Keep it…
  • Escape of the Week… The Beckford Arms

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Very few hotels can please everyone, but The Beckford Arms – an unpretentious and wonderfully English pub with rooms in the Wiltshire countryside – certainly gives it a good go. It’s a favourite hangout for locals, a romantic retreat for weekending couples, a country escape for city dwellers and a popular family bolthole – all at a very reasonable price and with great food. Set on the Fonthill Estate, the ivy-covered Beckford is a charming induction to Wiltshire’s rolling hills and stunning countryside. It has everything you could hope for in a rural pub: wooden beams, pewter mugs,…
  • Asceno’s favourite escapes & packing essentials

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:21 am
    Creative Directors of Asceno, Poppy Sexton-Wainwright and Lauren Skerritt, launched the luxury swim‚ lingerie and sleepwear collection Beautiful Bottoms in their early 20s. Since the brand’s initial inception 5 years ago‚ the duo have matured into sophisticated world travellers and the collection has developed alongside them. In keeping with the brand’s evolution‚ Beautiful Bottoms has rebranded as ASCENO – a name they feel is more in keeping with the energy and essence of their collections. We asked them to share some of their favorite escapes and packing essentials Asceno…
  • Family-friendly getaways with half-term availability

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    Not yet booked your half-term haven? Our Kids Collection Editor Nadine has rounded up 10 enticing places with good availability during the forthcoming UK and Ireland school holidays (13-22 February). From cute country B&Bs and cool house rentals to swish city apartments and luxe hotels, there’s something for every shape and size of family. What are you waiting for?  Hotel by Beldi, near Marrakech, Morocco Just 20 minutes south-west of the medina is this family-friendly retreat. Conceived as a traditional village, complete with a bakery, souks and craft workshops, it’s spread…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Sea Garden Cottages

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    There are many reasons why we love island life: it’s serene, secluded and utterly removed from the grind of schedules and daily demands. When you land in the right island spot it’s perfect; when the right spot happens to be a hop, skip and jump from the UK mainland, it’s even better. That’s why we’re big fans of Sea Garden Cottages, a cluster of stylish beachside getaways on Tresco, among the wild outcrops of the stunning Scilly Isles. Unspoilt and with more sunshine than the rest of the UK, this car-free island is a safe and idyllic spot to bring the kids. The range of activities…
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  • A Hawaiian Ocean Vista of Mango Sky (Near Malama-Ki Park)

    Andrew Crusoe
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Your tour of the Big Island continues today with a little glimpse of the south-eastern coast. I took this short video just after shooting a 3-part series on Baker’s Lagoon. This video was shot nearby, just a mile or so down the famous Red Road, which offers many breathtaking sights (not to mention a good place to hitchhike). I just LOVE how the clouds are mango-colored, not to mention the color of the water. What a gorgeous place. Coming up soon: A climb inside of a massive Banyan Tree and Rainbow Falls! Read related articles Epic Crab Race at Malama-Ki Forest Reserve Cliffs Video MacKenzie…
  • Firecrackers + Tricopter: A Wild New Year’s Eve Party in Kalapana, HI video

    Andrew Crusoe
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    In celebration of this radical New Year, I thought I’d show you what last New Year’s Eve looked like for me. I grooved on down to Uncle Robert’s market in Kalapana, where lava fields extend for miles. I’d heard that there would be a potluck, and boy was there. Tons of delicious food! And even vegetarian options. But the best thing? The best thing was this FLIPPIN’ TRICOPTER with FIRECRACKERS tied to it. So I took a video. Fun stuff. Read related articles Sitting at the Edge of Kalapana Cliff Video (Full-Moon at Uncle Robert’s) Kehena: Where Naked Hippies Come to Play video…
  • Hawaii is a Place, Not a Paradise: Insights from 15 months on the Big Island

    Andrew Crusoe
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Happy Newbit! Even though it’s been months since my feet have rested upon the raw terrain of Hawaii’s Big Island, I occasionally find myself back there in dreams. Once, I thought I’d slept in and missed my flight back to the mainland. I panicked when I thought of the consequences, only to wake up in my bed in my new home. Now that this has happened a few times, I’ve decided to explore a short retrospective of my time on Hawaii in the hope that looking back on the decision to leave may yield some insights. Insight 1: You Don’t Need Lava to feel Burnt Out It’s a funny feeling. Part…
  • Are you ready to Drop Your Assumptions & Follow Your Path with a Heart?

    Andrew Crusoe
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:12 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…
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  • **CONTEST UPDATE** Wedding Photography Giveaway Hosted by Boone Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    I know my last post introducing folks to the wedding photography giveaway finalists was a little long, so we'll keep this short. Let's get down to the nitty gritty, shall we?!In case you missed it, finalists have been chosen for the Wedding + Engagement Photography Package Giveaway and voting has been underway since January 16th, 2015.***UPDATED 01.23.2015*** A total of 240 votes have been cast thus far, but keep them coming because it's a tight race!Since we've reached the halfway point of the voting period, I figured that the finalists might be eager to see an update on who is in the…
  • Wedding Photography Giveaway FINALISTS Hosted by Boone NC Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    One of the reasons I decided to host a wedding + engagement photography giveaway was because I KNOW what it's like to plan a wedding on an extremely tight budget, but it's more than that, too. When I got married last summer it reaffirmed to me how important wedding photography really is because now I have wedding photos that will help me relive how awesome our wedding day was over and over again. These images are priceless to me! Our photographer, Kimberlee Edwards Photography, was incredible and helped our experience in front of the camera be as painless as possible. I bet you'd be…
  • Leslie + Wes' Grandfather Mountain Engagement Photo Adventure by Boone Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    When you find that special someone that you want to spend forever with being apart from one another can be grueling. You chat on the phone, send messages, facetime, or Skype but what you really want to do is hug their neck and plant a wet one on those hot lips, am I right?! If Cody and I spend more than a few days apart I get antsy, so I can't imagine if we lived in different states like Leslie and Wes.Currently, Wes is stationed in Virginia and Leslie resides in Raleigh, NC where she teaches Spanish. These two are planning a wedding this summer on Sugar Mountain so their long-distance love…
  • BIG LIST of Boone Wedding Vendors | NC Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

    2 Jan 2015 | 5:10 pm
    As a wedding photographer you wouldn't think that I do much to assist my couples in helping them plan other parts of their wedding day, but if you assumed that you’d be wrong because I like to make myself as useful as possible, so I do everything I can to offer guidance along the way.The majority of the couples that I work with aren't Boone, NC locals, so it’s a little bit more challenging for them to get the information they need to help plan their wedding.While there are some great wedding planning resources out there that can point you in the right direction, like the ACES website…
  • Wedding Photography Giveaway Hosted by Boone Photographer Wayfaring Wanderer

    26 Dec 2014 | 6:05 pm
    In celebration of the new Wayfaring Wanderer wedding photography website, I am giving away FREE wedding day photography to one awesome couple getting married in the Boone or Blowing Rock, NC area and beyond!Sound too good to be true? Nope, this is really happening and you can get all of the juicy details on how to enter this giveaway at the bottom of this post.Before entering, here are a few things you should know about this Boone photographer. I’m known for capturing the spirit of the folks I photograph—the expressions, gestures, and details that are outward expressions of our innermost…
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  • The Italian Lakes, a Gastro Hike Destination Plus

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    The Italian Lakes had existed as a romanticised location in our imaginations for many, many years. A destination that had been elevated to such a lofty position we were almost scared to visit lest the bubble be exploded. The food couldn’t be as good as our tastebuds imagined or the landscape as perfect as the dreamy scenes that floated on a sighing cloud in the sunny part of the mind. Could they? Actually, they could. Walking around the Italian Lakes –  Immaculate and Wild We expected rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and lakes with such beauty they could lure the stars from the…
  • Taking a Closer Look at Staying in All Inclusive Hotels

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    The waiter asked what we’d like to drink. “Two glasses of red wine please.” “Glasses?” He smiled. “Why not have the whole bottle?” I decided there were definitely elements of all inclusive I could get used to. For a project we were working on we had stayed back to back in three hotels which offered all inclusive (AI) packages. For a long time I’d had a snooty approach to AI packages. For a start, surely no discerning traveller would stay in a place that didn’t involve exploring the local culinary scene? But then we’ve never had permanently hungry and…
  • Drink Like a Local? You’d Have to be Mad

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    On a battered wooden skiff, we’d glided across the dappled, pea soup surface of a mangrove swamp into the jungle to reach a small clearing with a chunky log table outside a rickety hut topped by a thatched palm roof. On the table were four glasses filled with a whitish gooey substance; toddy – the local fire-water. When a guide had told us that toddy wasn’t sold to foreigners as it could kill them, as it sometimes did the locals, we thought there might have been a bit of poetic license going on. But it did make us a wee bit nervous about actually drinking some of the stuff. The…
  • When a Hike Turns Into a Nightmare

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:41 am
    It isn’t so much that the path has become narrow as that it has entirely disappeared, leaving me scrabbling across a sheer slope 1000 metres above the valley floor, grabbing tree stumps to keep me from falling. When I finally make it back to the ridge, the waymarks have disappeared and the Coll de Pal is not where it should be. Now off the only map I possess, I scour the landscape, searching for the yellow drinking trough, circular fence and five paths converging that my directions assure me exist, but none are to be seen. I’m all alone, standing on the top of Serra Cavallera in…
  • Ten Alternative Things to See and Do in Lisbon

    15 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Someone recently asked me what had been my favourite walk in the world. The question stumped me. A montage of hiking clichés (plunging ravines, epic canyons, panoramic vistas) whirled around my brain shouting ‘pick me, pick me’. In the end I answered: “I guess it’s the last good hike I did.” It’s similar with cities. I don’t know if Lisbon is my favourite out of all the cities we’ve visited, but it’s up there. Whether that’s because it’s one of the most recent, only the passage of time will tell. But there’s no denying Lisbon…
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Key West, FL

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    Gay Travel Information – Gay Travel Blog – Gay Friendly Key West Casa Marina – A Waldorf Astoria Resort / 1500 Reynolds Street / Key West, FL 33040 / 1-888-303-5717 Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, located on the island of Key West is a work of art! Everything you could possible desire in a … Continue reading →
  • Loews Vanderbilt Hotel – Nashville, TN

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Loews Vanderbilt Hotel / 2100 West End Avenue / Nashville, TN 37203 / 1-800-336-3335 Nashville is truly music city. Right from its very beginnings, music has been the common thread connecting the life and soul of the city and its people. It is no wonder than that Nashville’s Loews Vanderbilt Hotel’s recent $17 million dollar … Continue reading →
  • Jasper Pride Festival | Winter Ski Pride – March 19-22, 2015

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Wicked White Winter – Jasper Pride Festival – March 19-22, 2015 The theme of the 6th annual Jasper Pride Festival will be Wicked White Winter, standing for the “Wicked White Winter Wonderland” that is Jasper.  Jasper Pride Festival is the only Winter Ski Pride celebration in the Canadian Rockies and the only Winter Ski Pride Festival inside … Continue reading →
  • Gay Travel Information – Four Seasons Hotel Miami

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MIAMI / 1435 BRICKELL AVE / MIAMI, FL 33131 / 1-305-358-3535 Four Seasons Hotel Miami is eloquently hip. It exudes class with a luxurious, modern vibe. Then again, what would you expect from the Four Seasons? My wife Jennifer and I had the pleasure of experiencing this spectacular hotel first hand this … Continue reading →
  • White OUT Gay Ski Weekend – Sunday River, Maine

    8 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    White Out Weekend February 6-8, 2015 Thrill, entertain, amuse, seduce: All synonyms for “wow.” At Sunday River, they’re so devoted to wowing you that they took an entire weekend and called it WOW! Sunday River is proud to host White Out Weekend (WOW) in association with OutRyders, New England’s largest GLBTQ ski and snowboard club. Sunday River brings … Continue reading →
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    Fodor's Travel Wire

  • World's Best Subway Systems
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Traveling around a new city can be a nightmare, but having a reliable (and clean) mode of transportation makes all the difference. You’re probably well accustomed to the ins and outs of at least one transit system, but these 20 across the globe make up the best of the best. With features like heated seats, WiFi access, and custom-designed, art-filled stations, these subway systems will make traveling around a new city a surprisingly enjoyable experience. By Annie Bruce
  • Ultimate Guide to Paris's Trendy Canal Saint-Martin
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Located in northeastern Paris, the Canal Saint-Martin is a picturesque district with a 19th-century waterway and iron footbridges. In recent years, the area has transformed from a hidden treasure to a trendy hot spot filled with some of the city's best restaurants and shops. From an eatery with the perfect fresh baked bread for a canal-side picnic to a boutique with European-sourced furnishings, Canal Saint-Martin offers plenty to keep your days in Paris busy. Here are 20 must-visit spots in this happening neighborhood. By Jennifer Ladonne
  • 15 Best Beach Getaways for 2015
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    No two beach vacations are exactly the same. Some travelers want sun during the day, and a trendy, urban scene to explore by night; others want deserted islands offering peace and quiet. Fortunately, there's no shortage of stunning beaches around the world to choose from, but which ones are the best to visit right now? With revamped luxury resorts and new, non-stop flights, these destinations are the best places to enjoy sun and sand this year. By Kathleen Squires A serial traveler who often lets a country’s cuisine dictate her itineraries, New York City-based writer Kathleen…
  • 10 Do's and Don'ts for Your First Sundance Film Festival
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    With its celebrity-studded movie premieres, rollicking after-parties, and Utah's winter sports playground setting, the Sundance Film Festival is a bucket-list experience for film buffs, adventure lovers, and fashionistas. But for first-timers, Sundance can be a tad overwhelming: How do you score tickets? What do you wear to fit in with the chic film industry set (and not freeze)? And what do you do when you’re weary of sitting in a darkened theater? Here are the essential do’s and don’ts of attending your first Sundance, whether you’re headed to the film…
  • Insider's Guide to Waikiki, Honolulu
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    It may be freezing where you live, but a warm vacation is still possible without scrambling for your passport. The average winter temperature is 78 degrees in Waikiki and airfares to Oahu are often lowest from January through March, so pack your flip-flops and head for the beach. Waikiki, located on the south shore of Oahu, is known for its long and calm beach, views of Diamond Head, and a high concentration of hotels. But just because it’s a tourist destination doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it like a local. Waikiki is a great place to find hotel bargains, great food, drinks,…
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    FareCompare » Tips & Advice

  • Disneyland, Disney World: 7 Tips to Save Money, Time, Stress

    Rick Seaney
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    If you believe it’s a small, small world then you probably haven’t slogged through all 43 square miles of Florida’s Walt Disney World with little kids in tow. To be  fair, most of us haven’t; besides the rides and attractions, those miles are filled with hotels, golf courses, even a residential area but there’s still plenty of park to challenge the hardiest visitor and that’s true for Southern California’s smaller Disneyland as well. LISTEN: Rick Seaney is theme park veteran. A Cheaper, Easier Disney Experience These tips should make the Disney…
  • 5 Ways to Save on Spring Break Trips

    Rick Seaney
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Not familiar with Spring Break? The traditional week-long school holiday which varies from late February to early April was once the sole domain of college students but is now a popular vacation period for families, couples, solo travelers – everyone. The airlines know this and raise prices for Spring Break, buy you can still save money by following on flights to ski and beach cities, even Disney destinations (see below) by following these simple tips. Hurry, though – time is running short. LISTEN: Rick Seaney loves traveling at Spring Break. 5 Ways to Cheaper Trips for Spring…
  • Some Airlines Lower Fuel Surcharges. Not U.S. Airlines. Why?

    Rick Seaney
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    Good news: Some airlines are lowering fuel surcharges. But only some. LISTEN: Rick adds a few more thoughts. Airlines Lower Fuel Surcharges According to media reports, airlines dropping fuel surcharges include Qatar Airways, Japan Air Lines and Cebu Pacific which boasted about this on its website (“We’re happy to announce that there will no longer be any fuel surcharge for all flights”). UPDATE Jan. 22: Virgin Australia is reportedly cutting its fuel surcharges as well. The bad news is no U.S. airline is doing this, at least as far as we can determine. Surcharges: Sometimes…
  • How to Be the Perfect Family Travel Agent

    Rick Seaney
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Congratulations. You’ve just been named the Family Travel Agent. This may be an honor you could live without but don’t panic. The following tips will help you find cheap flights and satisfy the demands of the pickiest of relatives. LISTEN: Rick Seaney makes it real easy. 5 Easy Steps to a DIY Cheap Flight Do-it-yourself and do it right. 1. Decide on a cheap vacation destination Some suggestions: Cheap and cheap-ish cities that can be destinations unto themselves or jumping-off points for fun excursions include Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, Seattle and more recently…
  • 4 Heartwarming Travel Stories plus One Tale of Woe

    Rick Seaney
    29 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Ever have a really good experience with an airline? We hear about so many bad incidents that it seems only fair to report on heart-warming stories. Here are a few, plus one tale of woe (just to spice things up). The airline chauffeur Thanks to a delay, a JetBlue passenger in Baltimore missed the last flight home to San Francisco and it looked like she’d be stuck there overnight. Then a JetBlue employee told her there was one more flight – out of Washington Dulles – but that’s 60 miles away and she had no way to get there. No problem, said the JetBlue guy, I’ll…
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    The World on Wheels

  • Travel Tips: Wheelchair Accessibility in Ensenada, Mexico

    Darryl Musick
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
     Mexico is not the most wheelchair-friendly place on earth. It can be daunting and I have to say that my trepidation over what kind of wheelchair access we'd find far outpaced any concerns we’d have over Baja’s violent reputation in our recent visit. Ensenada has made strides and still needs a long way to go before we can call it a truly accessible destination. However, if you’d like to visit this fun destination and use a wheelchair, here’s what we found when we recently went, power chair and all…GETTING THEREA wheelchair user has three viable options for getting to…
  • Tempting Fate? Ensenada, Mexico - Part 1

    Darryl Musick
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    It’s New Year’s Eve, 1979. I’m here in Ensenada with my friend, Frank, trying to get into just the right amount of trouble before the big hair era of the 80’s begins.  We’ve been drinking our way northward on Avenida Lopez Mateos steadily and the hours are getting late.We find ourselves at a bar that’s not my favorite but is the oldest and most famous here, Hussong’s.  After another strong shot of some forgotten cocktail, we wander outside onto Avenida Ruiz.Hundreds of people are milling about and as we wander down the street, as if a light were flicked on, everybody…
  • The Cocktail Hour - Amarita

    Darryl Musick
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    This is a drink of my own invention.  Sometimes, I just like to play around with what's in by bar and see what comes out.  Sort of like a Dr. Frankenstein of alcohol.  Here's one that came out good.  The others?  Just don't look in the dungeon.Watch the Video!Amarita Recipe (two drinks)3 oz - tequila2 oz - amaretto1/2 oz - triple sec1/2 oz - lime juiceBefore mixing, put two cocktail (martini) glasses in the freezer.  Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half full of ice and shake.  Remove the glasses from the freezer, they should frost up…
  • If We Can Just Make it to the Border Before Sundown...Baja Bound

    Darryl Musick
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Part of the allure of travelling is going someplace new. Exotic. Off the beaten path. We’ve often had some of our best adventures by pointing ourselves away from where everyone else is going.We’ve had great times in Yuma, Arizona; Carson City, Nevada; Cortez, Colorado; Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and…of course…our great and very fun weekends up to Bakersfield. None of these are what you would call tourist hot spots.Seems like we’ve mined out much of what is local and easy to reach for us but there’s also a great big country just south of us where adventure awaits…
  • MEDICAL TOURISM: Yuma, Arizona - 2010

    Darryl Musick
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    In part 1 of this trip, we introduced you to the little Mexican border town of Los Algodones, a very popular destination for medical tourism.We came for the eyeglasses but there are many other medical options in town, especially dentists who seem to operate an office every twenty feet or so. Touts will sit out in front of practically every business but instead of offering strippers and other unsavory fare, they will be trying to get you in for a low-price dental or optical exam. Many pharmacies also line the streets selling brand name drugs for less than their U.S. counterparts. Other medical…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • So Many Things to do in Vegas…

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:13 pm
    We were only in Vegas for 3 days, yet there was so much to do. What did we decide to do? Since it was my first time in Vegas in years we traveled to the most touristy places. We weren’t staying on the Strip so we drove there first. There were so many people for New Years, it was insane! Anyway, we took pictures of the famous Eiffel Tower. I’m very proud of this picture, one of few photographer-type-pictures. We then went to the Bellagio. This hotel is GORGEOUS! So fancy and luxurious. The real reason we were standing there was for this: Every 15-30 minutes there’s a fountain…
  • Best Doughnuts in Portland? It’s Debatable.

    Hye Sung
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Before coming to Portland, I was constantly told that I need to experience Voodoo Doughnuts, “the best doughnuts in Portland”, and just as often, if not more, they would just leave it at “the best doughnuts”. I feel like half of my conversations about Portland have included, “Have you been to Voodoo yet?!” And yes, I have. And I enjoyed it. Quite a lot, even. I had a bacon maple bar, apparently a classic, and I was pleased. I was also blessed enough to be able to sample from friends a few of the other doughnuts, including dirty snowballs (Chocolate cake…
  • Travel Rule 1: Travel Often

    17 Jan 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Rule 1. Travel Often Hallo there everyone! Currently, I am on a coach bus driving eight hours to Nashville. Last weekend, I was in Arizona for a college audition, and the week before I was in Indiana for another college event. I literally haven’t had a weekend at home with my puppy since before Christmas break, and won’t have one until Spring Break! While most people would hate this and wonder why I’m driving myself insane, there are the few who understand the love of travel, or the fact that colleges won’t take a recorded audition… This brings me to my first travel rule: Travel…
  • What is this HASH HOUSE you speak of?

    7 Jan 2015 | 9:16 pm
    My cousins who go to Vegas a lot, were raving about this Hash House. What is this Hash House, you may ask? Let me just tell you IHOP and Denny’s don’t even compare to this amazing HASH HOUSE! Clearly a lot of other people were thinking that, so we had to wait in line for about 45 minutes so I recommend getting there early. I love their slogan: Twisted Farm Food. Inside the restaurant, they have little touches of being on a farm, its really cute. Anyway, once we sat down and got the menus, we noticed every single item looked delicious! Our amazing server recommended the Basic which…
  • New Year, New Goal – to Walk!

    7 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    I love walking and find it a great way to get some exercise outdoors. I recently discovered a list of the 10 ten cities in the United States that are deemed the “most walkable” for 2014. Of the top 10 I’ve only adventured to 3 – but I can definitely see why they made the list. If you enjoy cities,  don’t mind leaving your car in the hotel parking lot, and want to get more WALKING out of your boots, look into visiting these cities: #10 Baltimore, MD #9 Oakland, CA #8 Seattle, WA #7 WASHINGTON DC The last time I was in DC was about 7 years ago, and looking back…
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  • Two More New Writers: 6 More Great Packing Tips

    Jennifer Miller
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    This month we are excited to introduce you to the new team of travel writers joining Packsmith. Each one is a seasoned traveler bringing a unique perspective on packing light. This week we’re presenting Shannon Whitney and Jessie Beck. Meet Shannon, The Girl Who Says, “Yes!” to Travel During this season of my life, I work in Customer Relations for an airline. I don’t live abroad, however I do live in Texas which sometimes feels like another country. I consider myself a pretty “normal” traveler. Surprisingly, there’s a lot a person can do with two…
  • 6 Months. One Carry On: Your Long Haul Packing List

    Shawn Forno
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    If there’s one thing I’ve learned from over a decade of long haul travel it’s this… Every Trip’s the Same You are not a beautiful snowflake, neither is your once in a lifetime journey. An 18-month trek from Alaska to Chile is identical to crossing Russia via the Trans-Siberian Railroad, hitchhiking Europe, or an Indonesian surf safari – at least as far as your bag is concerned. There are exceptions of course (tweet me any you can think of) but long trips all face the same obstacles – lengthy transportation, harsh weather, shifting cultural norms, and budget…
  • Power Trip 004: Opening Relations With Cuba

    Lauren Kulifay
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Fred and Jeremy discuss why bringing proper documentation and a fat wad of cash to the Chinese Consulate would be a good idea; why the Sundance Film Festival is better than Christmas; and how soon everyone will be able to travel like Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The US Government is planning to relax travel restrictions to Cuba, allowing more Americans to visit. What demographic of travelers will make this trek? How will American tourism help the Cuban culture? And a question for you to reflect on for the rest of your day: What will this do to the price of Cuban cigars? In This Episode…
  • A Girl’s Guide to Packing Light Without Revamping her Wardrobe

    Laura Lopuch
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I stood at the baggage carousel, shifting my weight. The machine spit out bags at random intervals. Each time the rubber curtain moved, dividing the interior machine from the belt, I held my breath. Perhaps my bag would be the next lucky one spinning from the machine’s dark mouth. One by one, the crowd surrounding me hauled their bags from the conveyer belt until it was only me and three others still waiting, anxiously watching the conveyor belt. It kept churning out empty air with a straggler bag occasionally popping loose, its the owner sighing in relief. My watch said I’d…
  • Tune into Power Trip: The Tortuga Backpacks’ Podcast

    Fred Perrotta
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    When I first sought out travel podcasts, I was disappointed in the options. The existing shows were boring and focused exclusively on destinations. The episodes were never relevant to my recent or upcoming travels. The topics were “just in case” not “just in time.” After more digging, I found Extra Pack of Peanuts, Zero to Travel, and a few other travel podcasts worth listening too. Simultaneously, we’ve grown the team here at Packsmith freeing up more of my time. Heading into 2015, we wanted to focus on helping travelers by creating great, informative content.
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    Panoramic Earth

  • Homestead Creek in Mutawintji NP (Mutawintji National Park)

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:03 am
    Homestead Creek in Mutawintji NP - Mutawintji National Park visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Homestead Creek in Mutawintji NP' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of Homestead Creek in the Mutawintji National Park, New South Wales, Australia. This scenic outback park with colourful Bynguano Ranges is located between White Cliffs and Broken Hill. The rugged desert region had been continuously used by Aboriginals for thousands of years before…
  • Historic Railway Station (Hawker)

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
    Historic Railway Station - Hawker visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Historic Railway Station' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from South Australia.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Hawker's Historic Railway Station
  • Town Centre of Hawker (Hawker)

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
    Town Centre of Hawker - Hawker visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Town Centre of Hawker' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from South Australia.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of the Hawker town centre, South Australia. Hawker is a small outback town in the Flinders Ranges 365 kilometres north of Adelaide and 55 kilometres south of Wilpena Pound. Between the 1880s and 1956 Hawker was a railway town on the original Ghan railway line which was later moved further west, today the town relies on…
  • Peppin Heritage Centre (Deniliquin)

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Peppin Heritage Centre - Deniliquin visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Peppin Heritage Centre' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Panorama of the Peppin Heritage Centre which incorporates an Art Gallery, the Visitor Information Centre, an art exhibition space and a museum. The centre was named in honour of the Peppin family and its influence on the merino sheep industry in Australia. The museum is dedicated to the Peppin family who in the 1800s developed a…
  • Deniliquin Tourist Information (Deniliquin)

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Deniliquin Tourist Information - Deniliquin visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Deniliquin Tourist Information' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.Panorama photographed by klaus mayer who wrote:Tourist Information, Deniliquin
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  • Disney Days of Past: A Snowball Fight with Donald Duck

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    All that snowfall from Winter Storm Juno this week makes me want to have a snowball fight. If I were picking teams, I’d want Donald on my side. Here’s Donald perfecting his throw in Juneau, Alaska from 2009. See what I did there? Don’t be fooled, I don’t miss a snowball fight enough to move back up to the North. Disney Days of Past: A Snowball Fight with Donald Duck by Nate Rasmussen: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
  • Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration to Begin May 22, Will Feature Sparkling Decor and More

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Tonight, during a special after-hours presentation on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced that the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration marking the resort’s 60th anniversary, will begin Friday, May 22. As part of the celebration, the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland park and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure park will glisten and gleam, each with its own diamond medallion featuring the letter “D.” The entire resort will sparkle with Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor and festive…
  • ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks Spectacular Announced for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Wrapping up tonight’s big entertainment news for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, Tom Staggs and Steve Davison have revealed a completely new kind of fireworks spectacular for Disneyland park, debuting May 22, 2015. “Disneyland Forever” shows just how magical the Magic Kingdom can be, in a sky-high celebration featuring sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections, and other effects that transform Disneyland park right before your eyes! “Disneyland Forever” envelops you in an enthralling, breathtaking journey like never before, leveraging the largest installation of…
  • ‘Paint the Night’ Parade Starts May 22 as Part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:21 pm
    For our next big entertainment unveiling of the evening, Tom Staggs and Steve Davison shared that we’ll soon be painting the night in fantastic new light with one of the brightest gems of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the “Paint the Night” parade. The “Paint the Night” parade brings some of the most innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects, unforgettable music and energetic performances ever presented at Disneyland Resort. This new, state-of-the-art nighttime parade floods Main Street, U.S.A., with stunning color, fun surprises and more than 1.5…
  • All-New ‘World of Color’ Show Coming to Disney California Adventure Park for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, Beginning May 22

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    It’s a big night at the Disneyland Resort, as we reveal some of the exciting plans for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, including spectacular new entertainment and sparkling surprises – all starting this spring! Continuing a tradition of innovative, immersive storytelling begun when Walt Disney opened Disneyland on July 17, 1955, the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration showcases three electrifying new shows that will take you into the worlds of Disney stories like never before. Tonight, Tom Staggs was joined on stage by Steve Davison, executive for parades and spectaculars…
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  • One Theme, Three Ways: Customizing Twenty Fifteen

    Ben Huberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our default theme this year, Twenty Fifteen, draws visitors’ eyes to what matters most — the text and images you publish on your site. Crisp typography, generous spacing, streamlined navigation: Twenty Fifteen shows that less can indeed be more (and that it can look great on any device). Keeping things simple and streamlined doesn’t mean you can’t make a theme your own, of course. From free custom color schemes (pictured in the gallery above) to a vertical header area with ample space to channel your (and your site’s) personality, Twenty Fifteen is a…
  • Notifications just got a boost!

    Fred Cheng
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you’ve been tuning in to Hot Off the Press, you’ll know about recent updates to the interface along with some fantastic technical upgrades. To continue the momentum, we’ve introduced more interactive and robust notifications throughout (Coming soon to a Jetpack blog near you.) Keep an eye on the new interface and let us know what you think! Why the change? We care about giving our users a streamlined and consistent experience across their devices. Unlike the old design, our new notifications look practically identical whether you are…
  • New Themes: Cubic and Wilson

    David A. Kennedy
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    It’s Theme Thursday and today I’m happy to present two new free themes: Cubic and Wilson. Cubic Designed by’s own Thomas Guillot, Cubic is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. With its single-column, grid-based design crafted around large featured images, Cubic is the perfect fit for photobloggers. Read more about Cubic in the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your blog by going to Appearance → Themes. Wilson Designed by Anders Norén, Wilson is minimal yet bold. It’s a clean and simple theme for personal sites and blogs — make it your own with a…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s in the grip of North American winter that I often dream of escape to warmer climates. Thanks to the Reader and the street photography tag, I can satisfy my travel yen whenever it strikes. Here are just some of the amazing photos and photographers I stumbled upon during a recent armchair trip. My first stop was Alexis Pazoumian’s fantastic SERIES: India at The Sundial Review. I loved the bold colors in this portrait and the man’s thoughtful expression. Photo by Alexis Pazoumian Speaking of expressions, the lead dog in Holly’s photo from Maslin Nude…
  • New Themes: Boardwalk and Sela

    Thomas Guillot
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    We’re celebrating the New Year with two free themes: Boardwalk and Sela. Boardwalk Designed by yours truly, Boardwalk is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. Powered with horizontal scrolling and built around large featured images, Boardwalk is the perfect choice for photobloggers and those of you looking for an unconventional — yet elegant and creative — theme. Learn more about Boardwalk at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sela Sela isn’t your typical business theme. It’s a vibrant, bold, clean theme with lots of space for large…
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    Italy to Los Angeles and Back

  • Mask hunting in Venice: the profane to benefit the sacred

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    A beautiful mask from Ca' Del Sol-VeniceYesterday, I went to Venice specifically in search of the perfect Carnevale mask. On my route through town, I stopped by every authentic Venetian mask shop along my path. Still, none of the masks I saw or tried on met what I was looking for. Then, in the late afternoon, when my walk took me to Ca’ Del Sol—the shop I had most wanted to visit—I was greeted by a Torno Subito-Be Right Back sign hanging from a hook on the shop’s door. Peeking through the storefront window and passed a wall of Commedia dell’arte masks, I saw two electricians doing…
  • Festa della Madonna della Salute: a votive bridge, a cathedral, candles, prayer and delicious mutton soup

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    A view of the Chiesa della Madonna della Salute from the votive bridgeYesterday, November 21st, I joined thousands of others who participated in the annual Festa della Madonna della Salute and paid tribute to this most Venetian tradition. A commemoration dating back to 1630 when the Venetians prayed for an end to the Bubonic plague and Nicolò Contarini, Doge of the Republic of Venice, promised that if their prayers were answered he would have a worthy cathedral built. Apparently, mere weeks later their prayers were answered when the spread of the epidemic slowed down, and then ceased a year…
  • You might add Procida Island to your travel destination list

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Marina Corricella at sunset Procida, a small island forty minutes by motorboat off the coast of Naples, Italy, is a place many visitors to the Amalfi Coast have never heard of. That's probably the reason it's held onto its authentic feel and has attracted filmmakers for decades. Capable of welcoming guests with its delicious fresh-seafood restaurants, quaint and colorful marinas, narrow volcanic-sand beaches and moderate but comfortable hotels and B&B's, it's the island I favor over Capri and Ischia. I fell hard for Procida. So much so, that I hesitated before sharing my photos…
  • Il male minore: un porto turistico offshore per Venezia o scavare la laguna ancor di più?

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Bacino San Marco-settembre 2013Le grandi navi da turismo portano centinaia di migliaia di turisti a Venezia ogni anno, i quali, in cambio, contribuiscono all’economia locale e nazionale sostenendo, in parte, i lavori nell’ambito del turismo. Ad ogni modo, come Gulliver che pesta Lilliput, questi enormi grattacieli su acqua navigano attraverso la laguna veneziana e il fragile centro storico—il bacino di San Marco e il Canale della Giudecca—lasciando le loro impronte.  Dopo la tragica vicenda che ha coinvolto la Costa Concordia, nella quale hanno perso la vita trentadue persone…
  • The lesser of two evils: An offshore touristic port for Venice or more canal digging?

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    St. Mark's Basin-September 2013Cruise ships bring hundreds of thousands of tourists to Venice each year who, in turn, contribute to the local and national economy by sustaining, in part, tourist related jobs. However, like Gulliver stepping through Lilliput, these gigantic floating skyscrapers sail through the Venetian lagoon and the fragile historical center—St. Mark’s Basin and the Giudecca Canal—and leave their footprints, too. Two years after the Costa Concordia fiasco, which tragically took 32 lives off the Tuscan coast in January 2012, few people would disagree that large cruise…
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    Travelerfolio - Travel Blog Singapore

  • The Muslim Quarter of Xi’an

    Eunice Khong
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Owing to its history as the starting point of the ancient Silk Road, traders and students from the Arabic countries arrived in Xi’an 1,000 years ago. Locally known as the Hui ethnic people, they settled down on the present Moslem Street aka Huimin Street (回民街) or Muslim Quarter – now a must-visit of Xi’an for […]
  • The Entertainer 2015 Singapore Mobile App

    Eunice Khong
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:43 am
    With the Entertainer Singapore mobile app on hand, there’s so much to smile about. With hundreds of Buy-1-Get-1-Free offers from dining and leisure activities to spas and wellness in Singapore as well as free night offers at luxury hotel accommodations in worldwide destinations, we get to enjoy unbeatable savings 7-day a week, all year round […]
  • 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 […]
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    Tourdust Blog

  • Our Trademark Cape Town Experiences

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:23 am
    It can be a bit over-whelming knowing where to start when visiting a city like Cape Town - there is just so much to see. We pride ourselves on having a truly unique offering in Cape Town, which we couple with lovingly hand-picked accommodation. There are so many different ways of getting under the skin of Cape Town and we have taken great pride in selecting some of the best experiences with the best guides. There is no real substitute for spending a day with a local guide. Not only are you helping to support the local economy, but you are also getting a chance to speak to someone who has…
  • Our Top Safari Camps & Lodges for Families

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:14 am
    Many lodges and safari camps claim to be family friendly, but few actually are. We are all parents ourselves and take pride in visiting and selecting safari camps and lodges which are genuinely family friendly, but also offer something unique for parents as well. Read on to discover our favourites.  1) Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya Our favourite family friendly camp in Kenya, if not the whole of Africa, Laikipia offers an off the beaten track intimate wilderness safari experience. The camp is ideal for families, children can go on adventure walks, swim, raft and fish in the river and…
  • Unmissable Road Trip Adventures

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    We believe that time spent in a car on a road trip is a means to an end. What you really should be doing, is getting out there and experiencing the landscape and breathing in the fresh air. Most National Parks have a road infrastructure that means that you can drive to the view points and tick them off, without getting a sense of the place. So we say, ditch the car and go exploring.  Where you rest your weary head at the end of the day is just as important, so we have paired each of our favourite adventures with some of our favourite places to stay, where you can sit back and relax…
  • Our Top 5 Family Friendly Hotels in the USA

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    Travelling together as a family can be an immensely bonding experience, full of quality time and a chance to reconnect as a unit. Where you sleep at night and relax after a day out exploring can have a major impact on the enjoyment of your holiday. The majority of hotel accommodation in the USA is in large hotels, which tick all of the boxes for facilities, but can leave you feeling less than inspired about sleeping arrangements - you either all have to cram in one room together sharing beds, or you have to split across rooms. We have chosen our five favourite hotels that offer something a…
  • The Ultimate Walking Safari

    1 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    I woke in the early hours, accustomed now to the baboons, the new acoustic was more impressive and significantly closer to home. The distinctive laugh of the hyena shot through the night and it was very close. Thankful for the thin canvas walls, I slowly drifted off back to sleep glad I had taken in it easy on the beer at sunset and I wouldn’t need to brave a visit to the loo. I’ve always been attracted to wild spaces and heading out on foot into the bush has been high on my bucket list for some time. I like luxury as much as the next person, but more than luxury, I crave wild…
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    South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America

  • 4 Star Ecuador – Patio Andaluz in Colonial Quito

    Laurie Liaume
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    El Hotel Patio Andaluz in San Francisco de Quito gives travelers the chance to go back a few centuries by walking along beautiful, narrow streets to experience the colonial history of the town. This elegant 4-star boutique hotel is situated in the heart of the Old Historic Center of Quito — a place that will not leave […] The post 4 Star Ecuador – Patio Andaluz in Colonial Quito appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Save on Tango and Waterfalls Tours in Argentina

    Joseph Olson
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Have you ever dreamed of taking in a tango show in Buenos Aires? Or perhaps you want to experience the power and energy of the world famous Iguazu Falls? has a very special offer for loyal followers of our blog, courtesy of the LOI Suites family of hotels. Travelers who book 4 nights will receive […] The post Save on Tango and Waterfalls Tours in Argentina appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Salvador da Bahia – Brazil’s Origin

    Corinna Stanzel
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Salvador da Bahia in the northeast of Brazil is often left out by tourists, as they usually start in Rio and head either south towards Foz do Iguassu and the world famous waterfalls, or northwest to the mighty Amazon Rainforest. Salvador is not to be overlooked, however. As the third most populous city in the country […] The post Salvador da Bahia – Brazil’s Origin appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • 4 Star Chile – Gran Hotel Gervasoni in Valparaiso

    Joseph Olson
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The Gran Hotel Gervasoni offers travelers the opportunity to explore Valparaiso in an intimate fashion. This 4-star boutique hotel features a prime location in the historic district known as Cerro Concepcion — the famous hillside dotted with colorful dwellings that overlooks the bay. The neighborhood was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Many shops […] The post 4 Star Chile – Gran Hotel Gervasoni in Valparaiso appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • South America’s Melting Pot – São Paulo, Brazil

    Corinna Stanzel
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    São Paulo, Brazil is a metropolis of more than 12 million people. Upon first glance, the city does not have many touristic attractions, which is partly true. It doesn’t show off with beautiful nature, nor with many famous sights to see. However, if you are interested in diving into the diverse sceneries it offers and exploring a […] The post South America’s Melting Pot – São Paulo, Brazil appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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    The Traveller

  • Ashford Castle, Ireland

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:25 am
    Ashford Castle – A Medieval Castle Ashford Castle is a medieval castle which has been extended over the centuries and converted into a five star luxury hotel near Cong on the Mayo-Galway border, on Lough Corrib shores in Ireland. It is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World organisation and earlier was owned by the Guinness family. It is one of the oldest castles in Ireland which dates back to 1228 and fits into every person’s fantasy of a medieval fortress with soaring turrets with breath-taking views of Lough Corrib together with a resident ghost.The rooms and suites comprises…
  • Baku, Azerbaijan

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    Baku – Capital & Largest City of AzerbaijanBakuis the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan and also the largest city on the Caspian Sea as well as of the Caucasus region, located 28 metres below sea level. It makes the lowest lying national capital in the world as well as the largest city in the world that is located below sea level. It is situated on the southern shore of Absheron Peninsula that projects in the Caspian Sea comprising of two principal sections, the downtown area and the old Inner City. Baku’s urban population at the beginning of 2009 was over two million inhabitants…
  • Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Plovdiv – 2nd Largest City in Bulgaria/Oldest City in EuropePlovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria after the capital Sofia and one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is situated in the huge plain between the Rhodope Mountains towards the south of Bulgaria and the Balkan Range, or Old Mountains – Stara Planina, which runs through the centre of Bulgaria. Both the ranges are visible on clear days. The River Maritsa flows through the city towards southeast before forming the Greek/Turkey border to the Aegean Sea.As of June 2013, it had a population of 341,041 inhabitants. It is the…
  • How to Find Properties Abroad

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Online portals provide the user with immense knowledge and information which is easy and convenient. A wide variety of views, reviews, briefing, explanation and information can be availed for service providers catering to the needs of viewers. Information with regards to private properties abroad can also be traced in the internet world which features the latest updates and availability of the same with the opportunity to relax in great comfort at any of these favourable destinations. Private rental holiday houses and luxury villas are available in France, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Thailand,…
  • Vilnius, Lithuania

    18 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Vilnius – The Largest & Capital City of Lithuania Vilnius, the capital and the largest city of Lithuania lies in the valley of the confluence of Neris and Vilnia rivers having 527,930 inhabitants. It is located in the southeast area of Lithuania and is the second biggest city of the Baltic States.The area was occupied since the Mesolithic Age though it became a capital city from 1323, when the Grand Duke Gediminas got his seat transferred from Trakai to Vilnius. The word Vilnius is the masculine form of the river’s name, Vilnia which is feminine and is referred to the river…
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    Team Building Destinations

  • Cuba Corporate Events for U.S. Residents

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    As a major snowstorm blankets the U.S. eastern seaboard, let's focus on a nearby sunspot that is gradually becoming accessible to Americans. On December 17, 2014, this changed when The White House introduced new guidelines for U.S. residents to travel to Cuba. While travel for the purposes of tourism is still prohibited, travel to Cuba is permitted under 12 specific conditions. Here is who can go and what to see.
  • My Mumbai Masala

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    A masala is a blend of hot, fresh spices. That's how I think of India.  I've been meaning to, as it were, put pen to paper and write about the rich tapestry of experiences that represents my time in Mumbai. Yet, like a masala, it's hard to capture with words and, unfortunately, I don't have many photos of India as I didn't get to do the "tourist thing". Inspired by watching Slumdog Millionaire and the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel again, here is part one of My Mumbai Masala.
  • Team Building: Destination and Activity Quick Guide

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    Team Building - When and where to schedule it requires a common sense approach. Then why it is that it almost seems as if some companies are putting on blindfolds, spinning the globe and pointing to a destination and then pointing at the calendar to select the date. Here is a quick guide to what team building to schedule, when and where.
  • 5 Destinations Catering to Corporate Teams with Diverse Interests

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    18 Nov 2013 | 10:30 pm
    One of the benefits of facilitating team building and executive retreats for companies all over the world is the opportunity to discover destinations with a wide range of activities and adventures for corporate teams. Here are a few examples of destinations that have wide appeal.
  • Luxury Hotels for Winter Retreats in South Korea

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    24 Sep 2013 | 8:34 pm
    Recently when planning a team building retreat for a corporate client, I was impressed by the range of winter activities available. In South Korea, snowboarding, skiing and dogsledding, and ice hockey are available. There are also unique offerings like ice soccer and snowmobile rafting.
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    Travel Deeper with Gareth Leonard |

  • Jericoacoara, Kitesurfing & My Own Private Beach Bungalow

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Known for its giant rolling sand dunes and stellar kitesurfing conditions, Jericoacoara or “Jeri” as it’s known, is the coolest little beach town in Northeastern Brazil. It is a seven-hour journey from Fortaleza to Jericoacoara via public transportation (five hours in a private car), but as I mention in the video, that distance is par for the course when traveling anywhere here in Brazil. No matter the distance, I knew I made the right decision as soon as the sun shined on my first morning on Prea Beach. I woke up with the cool ocean breeze blowing through the open beach…
  • Bonito Brazil: Mother Nature’s Playground

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    When I asked Brazilian friends on places I should visit while traveling in southwestern Brazil, the overwhelming response was always Bonito. The small town of just over 17,000 people is tucked away in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and is one of the most popular Brazilian tourist destinations in the region. Famous for its abundance of natural beauty, including wildlife, waterfalls and crystal-clear rivers, Bonito, is one of the best outdoor adventure spots I’ve ever visited. On day one I rented a bike from town and road through the countryside to two different eco…
  • Top 5 Best Beaches in Rio de Janeiro

    7 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    I spent the last year living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and have had the opportunity to experience many beautiful beaches in and around the city. The beach culture in Rio is awesome and it is transparent in all facets of life here, especially on Sundays! That is the day that many locals head down to their favorites beaches to meet friends and enjoy a relaxing day in the sun. Thanks to the Barracas (beachside shops), you don’t need to bring anything with you besides a little cash and some sun screen. You can rent chairs and umbrellas right there as well as buy beers, coconut water and…
  • Private Tour Guides in Rio de Janeiro – Rio Cultural Secrets

    5 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    There are literally a million and one things to do in Rio de Janeiro and it’s no wonder why they call this place the “Marvelous City.” You can spend weeks exploring the best beaches in Rio de Janeiro alone, but there is so much more to see and do! From the downtown financial district to the hillside favelas, Rio boasts one of the most diverse urban landscapes you will ever see. I was fortunate enough to spend the past year living in Rio de Janeiro, but if you’re short on time, I highly recommend enlisting locals to help show you around. Enter Fabio and Alan of Rio Cultural Secrets, a…
  • Beach Park Adventures in Fortaleza

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Beach Park is Brazil’s largest water park and you’d be a fool to think I’d come this far and not go visit. I consider myself a water park aficionado, and when I found out that Beach Park was just a short drive away from downtown Fortaleza, I was all in! With that scheduled for day two in Fortaleza, I spent my first day in town exploring the city. It was hot, very hot, which definitely limited my movement and enthusiasm until the sun went down. However, I really enjoyed Fortaleza, there’s a raw beauty to the old colonial buildings pressed against a beautiful waterfront.
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  • Interview with a Global Soul: Adedana Ashebir

    Chelle Roberts
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Adedana Ashebir is a young, Ethiopian-American woman who's lived in 7 countries and speaks Spanish and Mandarin. This global soul -- and the ease with which she travels the world -- are pure inspiration. Enjoy the interview!... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • 5 Fabulous Turquoise Beach Destinations

    Jessica Fenton
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Having been raised on the coast, there's no surprise my travels revolve around the sea. Here are 5 of the most fabulous turquoise beach destinations I've seen.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Film & Culture: 5 Flicks Celebrating Life In Brazil

    Brandy Anderson
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Here are 5 films celebrating Brazil's cultural cornucopia that will help quench your wanderlust until you're ready for a visit.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • A Travel Trifecta: Whales, Guadeloupe & The Passport Party Project

    Chelle Roberts
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    The next round of Passport Party Project girls will receive their 1st passport stamp in the Guadeloupe Islands where whales & stunning landscapes await them.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
  • Australia Day: Celebrating Black Pride Down Under

    Tracy Gross
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Australia's national holiday is not just a celebration of colonial pride, but also a period of mourning for its indigenous peoples. I celebrated the day in the Aboriginal community Redfern & experienced Australian black pride.... To read this and other travel stories, visit BrownGirlsFly.
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    Trans-Americas Journey

  • Best of the Trans-Americas Journey 2014 – Best Hotels

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:37 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 - Best of the Trans-Americas Journey 2014 – Best Hotels This post is part 3 of 3 in the series Best of 2014 Welcome to Part 3 in our Best of the Trans-Americas Journey 2014 series of posts. Part 3 is all about the Best Hotels of the past year of travel on our little road trip through the Americas including a salsa theme hotel in Colombia, the smartest amenity in the Amazon, the best budget hotel of the year,…
  • Best of the Trans-Americas Journey 2014 – Best Food & Beverages

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:31 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 - Best of the Trans-Americas Journey 2014 – Best Food & Beverages This post is part 2 of 3 in the series Best of 2014 Welcome to Part 2 in our Best of the Trans-Americas Journey 2014 series of posts. Part 2 is all about the Best Food & Beverages of the past year of travel on our little road trip through the Americas including the most over the top dessert we’ve ever eaten, a pork sandwich…
  • Best of the Trans-Americas Journey 2014 – Best Adventures & Activities

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:11 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 - Best of the Trans-Americas Journey 2014 – Best Adventures & Activities This post is part 1 of 3 in the series Best of 2014 Welcome to Part 1 in our Best of the Trans-Americas Journey 2014 series of posts. Part 1 is all about the Best Adventures & Activities of the past year of travel on our little road trip through the Americas including SCUBA diving with whale sharks and hammerheads in the…
  • Beyond the Beauty of the Kuna – San Blas Islands, Panama

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Beyond the Beauty of the Kuna – San Blas Islands, Panama The world is increasingly full of hotels and resorts run by local communities and indigenous groups. Many claim to give guests the chance to gain true insights into the cultures they’re visiting but, too often, what travelers get is a pre-packaged, buffed up, sideshow version of reality. Yandup Island Lodge, run by the Kuna (or Guna) people,…
  • Hot New Year’s Eve Traditions in the Amazon – Ecuador

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    4 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Hot New Year’s Eve Traditions in the Amazon – Ecuador Way back when we were still living in New York City, one of the world’s top Year’s Eve celebration locations, we usually stayed home on December 31 leaving the streets to the yahoo tourists in town to watch the ball drop through beer goggles mashed in with thousands of strangers. But this year we took part in New Year’s Eve…
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    Have Baby Will Travel

  • Five More Tips for Visiting New York with Babies and Little Kids

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Outside the New York Public Library New York City is one of the most visited cities in the world, but it’s probably not your first choice for a family vacation. But after a recent amazing long weekend in Manhattan, I want to shout from the rooftops how wonderful visiting New York with babies and children actually is. When you’re planning a trip with children, you need to consider eating, sleeping, playing, and getting around. We’ve already covered eating and sleeping in New York with kids, and now here are five more tips that cover playing and getting around New York with…
  • Travel Stories: Machu Picchu with a Toddler

    11 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Many many thanks to Manuela Anamaria for sharing this awesome travel story with us. Machu Picchu (or as Bub likes to call it, “Nacho Picchu”) and hiking the Inca Trail are inexplicably on my bucket list, even though I’m afraid of heights and don’t like camping Please join me in being inspired by Manuela and her quest for her daughter to be the world’s most travelled baby — are you ready to visit Machu Picchu with a toddler?! Manuela Anamaria and her family… Machu Picchu for us was a long time dream, a dream we knew would have to wait with the…
  • Five Tips for Visiting New York with Babies and Little Kids

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Empire State Daddy Our recent trip to New York City raised a few eyebrows. People were genuinely surprised that we grown-ups would have any fun in New York. What was so refreshing about that trip was that as a family we could embrace being tourists and actually do and see touristy things that I was simply “too cool” to do before. The kids loved New York, and we loved seeing it through their eyes for the first time. Nevertheless, New York City can be overstimulating for adults as well as kids. If you’re planning a trip, finding flights to New York is the easy part. Have Baby…
  • Ideas for Merry Holiday Family Travel

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Somehow it’s the middle of November already–the weather is colder and the holidays are creeping up! If you’ll be making some holiday family travel plans for this winter, it’s time to get started! Travel budgets tend to take a back seat to holiday wish lists, but according to TD, over 80 per cent of Canadians are members of at least one travel rewards program. It’s time to use those points to put towards a present for yourself–a vacation! When using points, booking early is key to securing the flights and accommodations you want. And here are five ideal (and…
  • Travel Insurance Pregnancy Coverage

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Anaheim Urgent Care Clinic, CA On almost every family vacation we’ve taken, we’ve used our travel insurance to cover a medical expense. I’m not exaggerating. Maybe we’re a little more accident-prone or unlucky than most–but either way–when we get home, after filling out a few complicated forms and photocopying a gazillion recipts, we’re reimbursed for the expenses we usually have to pay up front. The most we’ve had to pay (up front)  is a few hundred dollars. Not $1,000,000, like Jennifer Huculak and her husband Darren Kimmel from Humboldt,…
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  • 20 Questions with Commander’s Palace Chef Tory McPhail

    Ann Marshall Thomas
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Tory McPhail, Executive Chef at Commander’s Palace, was first attracted to New Orleans because of its food culture, history and love of celebrations. But he stayed, in part, because he found a home at Commander’s Palace. Photo courtesy of Commander’s Palace McPhail grew up in the small town of Ferndale, Washington where he learned to appreciate locally sourced food and … Read the rest -» The post 20 Questions with Commander’s Palace Chef Tory McPhail appeared first on
  • GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

    Sara Watson
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    Krewe du Vieux makes a historic cross over Canal Street on Saturday – the route may be new, but the wicked satire remains the same with this year’s theme, “Begs for Change.” Friday night brings laughs with the New Orleans Comedy and Art Festival on Freret and the Bushwick Book Club’s interpretation of A Confederacy of Dunces. Other things … Read the rest -» The post GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend appeared first on
  • Ideas For Getting Around New Orleans Without a Car

    Addie K. Martin
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Like many other American cities, New Orleans is a car city, by and large. Most people drive their own cars as a main mode of transportation — however, some people do just fine without them. Most people who visit from out of town do so without ever renting a car. While some of our public transportation schedules aren’t as robust … Read the rest -» The post Ideas For Getting Around New Orleans Without a Car appeared first on
  • 4 Romantic Date Ideas in New Orleans

    Liz Beeson
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    As Valentine’s Day approaches, we know you might be thinking hard about how to spend this romantic day — but why wait until then? Take a break from your standard take-out and a Netflix and check out one of these romantic date ideas to get you and your loved one — or prospective loved one — out and exploring New … Read the rest -» The post 4 Romantic Date Ideas in New Orleans appeared first on
  • GoNOLA Recipes at Home: Carrot Ginger Soup

    Sara Watson
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    Consider this carrot ginger soup your cure in a bowl during cold and flu season. Packed with immune-boosting ingredients like carrots (rich in vitamin A and beta carotene); fennel, a natural expectorant; lemon, full of vitamin C; and soothing ginger, the soup is a warming winter treat. Shrimp adds lean protein, another key ingredient for warding off seasonal illness. From … Read the rest -» The post GoNOLA Recipes at Home: Carrot Ginger Soup appeared first on
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  • Top Five Cultural Destinations in Sri Lanka

    Vago Damitio
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Photos by Dave Stamboulis A country steeped in faith and spiritual history, Sri Lanka is home to a host of edifying locations and places of transcendental inspiration. Magnificent structures, some... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Wild Niagara: The Best Outdoor Activities in Niagara

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    Niagara Falls is such a beautiful place. The river and the Falls themselves are so impressive, but some potential visitors might wonder what there is to do after they’ve seen them. Niagara has an... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Exploring Maui, the Garden Isle

    Vago Damitio
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Exploring Maui is one of life's joys You Might Also Enjoy: Big Island New Year – Aloha and Ahui Ho Exploring California’s Golden Triangle – Gold,… Vagabond Travel Museum... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Discovering Tahiti Part III

    Vago Damitio
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Taking it easy in Tahiti You Might Also Enjoy: Discovering Tahiti Part 1 Discovering Tahiti part II Oceana – Destination Guides The Longest Beach in the World – Cox’s... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Discovering Tahiti part II

    Vago Damitio
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Huahine is a garden of delights You Might Also Enjoy: Discovering Tahiti Part 1 Port du Peche (Fisherman’s Port) Restaurant in… Sophia Loren and the Eels of Comacchio Photoessay:... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
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    Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

  • 11 most popular Instagrams in December 2014

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Our 11 most popular Instagram photos last month are all from South-East Asia for a change. Let’s delve right in: At the top of the list are two photos of Buddha – or rather, images of the Buddha, both from the ancient Thai capital Ayutthaya. 1. From Watyaichaimongkol Temple, this row of Buddhas is our best liked Instagram in December. You’re perhaps wondering about the yellow cloth? I was in Ayutthaya on King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday. Birthdays are important here, and each weekday is associated with a colour. The king was born on a Monday (incidentally, so was…
  • Silent Retro Sunday: Going to church, St John’s, Antigua

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    Going to church, St John’s Cathedral, St John’s in Antigua Silent Retro Sunday: Going to church, St John’s, Antigua is a post from Sophie's World
  • Review: Jack Wolfskin cruelty free winter coat

    Alexandra Redisch
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    By Alexandra Redisch When Blacks contacted Sophie’s World and asked if we would test some of their products, it suited me perfectly as I was in dire need of a new winter coat. Winters in Norway can be long and cold, with metres of snow and temperatures sinking to a staggering -25° (and that’s just here in the south). Luckily, that doesn’t happen too often, but I still knew that when choosing a new winter coat, it would have to be something that could withstand the cold. I had a perusal through Blacks’ web site, and settled on the Jack Wolfskin Womens’ Ice Guard coat.
  • Silent Sunday: Gorgeous adults-only pool in Majorca

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    Gorgeous adults only pool – no kids allowed, Alcudia Bay in Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain Silent Sunday: Gorgeous adults-only pool in Majorca is a post from Sophie's World
  • The Peranakan of Singapore

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    I’m writing this in the lobby of the wonderfully quirky Kam Leng hotel in Singapore, a country where I’ve been many times. It has always been a favourite stopover of ours, on the way to Australia or New Zealand or Bali. But for the very first time, I’m here without the girls, and I must say it feels a bit odd. Every time, we’ve made a point of seeing or doing something new in this tiny nation. The first time, 22 years ago, Alex and I visited Haw Par Villa with the fascinating statues depicting characters and scenes from Chinese mythology. We had afternoon tea at…
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    FeedBlitz News

  • SumoMe Now Works With FeedBlitz

    Heather Solos
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Some of you have been asking what’s a good list building plugin or tool. I’m happy to announce that SumoMe now works with your FeedBlitz account. Why is this exciting? The SumoMe WordPress Plugin has three list building tools: Smart Bar Scroll Box List Builder (popup). Each of these tools is available from the Sumo Store which you will find after the plugin has been installed on your site. Here is a brief screencast that demonstrates how to add SumoMe to your WordPress site, where to find your FeedBlitz API key, and how to add that to SumoMe to get started growing your list.
  • On Resilience … Or, Welcome Back, Amanda

    Phil Hollows
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    One of the joys of being in a small, tightly knit company like FeedBlitz is that, as colleagues, we grow close to each other.  We share our triumphs and joys; and we circle the wagons when the going gets tough. In reality, on balance, 2014 was more tough than not for the FeedBlitz crew. Of course, like any community, we don’t often share the hard times publicly.  We struggle, we manage, we support each other, and with luck nobody on the outside notices. Nothing unusual, really, in that. There are, however, some things — even the tougher ones — that are very much worth…
  • Managing Images in Your Newsletter Template Just Got Easier

    Heather Solos
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    FeedBlitz gives all publishers the ability to control every aspect of newsletter design. The Easy Editor allows FeedBlitz publishers to control their logo, fonts and colors, whether or not to include a table of contents, and a simple utility bar that provides subscribers with an easy forward option, a convenient contact link etc. The FeedBlitz Easy Editor is mobile responsive by default, there’s no fiddling or testing, it simply works. Publishers who want even more fine-tuned control of their newsletter can do so in the Advanced Template Editor (ATE). The ATE allows full source control…
  • Malware Warnings

    Phil Hollows
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Update Looks like the reviews have completed and things are back to normal. Some systems will cache the earlier results, and the updates may take a while to roll out. If you’re still seeing warnings, please try Ctrl+F5 to refresh your browser’s local cache. Original Post If you’re seeing a “malware warning” when clicking through to FeedBlitz this morning, yikes, that can be scary. For the record, rest assured, we are safe; we have a review pending with Google this morning. Meanwhile it IS safe to click through, FeedBlitz itself hasn’t been damaged and…
  • .@Wistia videos now supported in FeedBlitz emails

    Phil Hollows
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Video in email is a pain. Unless you’re an HTML5 guru and only want your emails working on iOS devices, video just plain doesn’t work in email. FeedBlitz has long supported video providers such as YouTube and Vimeo and more, by automatically converting videos from these systems into thumbnails that work great in email. Today, we’ve added up-and-comer Wistia to the list of supported video services. So if you are on the FeedBlitz web site, what you see next is a Wistia corporate video in their video player. If you get this via email, however, you’ll see a thumbnail…
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    Man On The Lam | Travel & Lifestyle Blog

  • Calling All Travel Bloggers! Submissions Wanted for Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014

    Raymond Walsh
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    Top 100 Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares If you’re not a blogger, you’ll probably want to skip over this. So here are some pretty pictures of cats instead. If you are a travel blogger, read on… I’m in the process of compiling a list of The Top Travel Blog Posts of 2014 by Social Shares, and I’d love for you to participate. If you’ve had a travel blog post that’s done exceptionally well on social media in 2014, I hope you’d like to submit it for consideration for the list. Your article must have been published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 to be…
  • Warsaw Uprising Museum: A (Tasteful) History of Slaughter

    Raymond Walsh
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:08 pm
    War is not sexy, and museums dedicated to it even less so. All things considered, It’s hard to pull off a good war museum, if not downright impossible. It’s got to be interesting. It’s got to be interactive. And it’s  got to do its job — honour the fallen, while informing and enlightening the masses. But perhaps above all this, its got to avoid being boring. The Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego) succeeds in all of these. I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t know much about the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Okay, I’ll be honest, I…
  • The City that Cats Built

    Raymond Walsh
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Cat City, Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia “The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.” — Doug Larson The city of Kuching may not have been literally built by cats, but its certainly built its tourism reputation on the backs of them. Cat statues, cat souvenirs, and cat attractions inhabit a remarkable amount of real estate here. In fact, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting something feline-themed. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one.) Even though I am not a cat person (I come from a long line of dog folk), I do…
  • Mug Shots: Author Daniel Baylis on Making his Great Escape

    Raymond Walsh
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Mug Shots is an interview series with real-life escape artists — folks who have left behind a traditional 9 to 5 job, whether for a short time or a lifetime. 1. Who are you, and what was your great escape? My name is Daniel Baylis. I’m a writer and adventurer. A couple years ago, I took an entire year to go explore the world. Over the course of 12 months I visited 12 different countries (one per month) and attempted to find meaningful ways to engage with the communities I was visiting. 2. How did you go about planning your escape? Financial planning was the most crucial element of my…
  • How To Escape those “Escape the Room” Escape Games

    Raymond Walsh
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Real Room Escape, Bucharest, Romania I pride myself in being able to find my way out of situations. See that tagline up top — A Curious Gentlemsn’s Guide to ESCAPES & Escapism. I’ve even got a whole category dedicated to escapes. Granted, those are destinations, not how-to guides, but you get the idea — escapes are my bread and butter. So when I signed up for Real Room Escape in Bucharest with my pals Erick and Dany to do my very own real-life room escape, I was certain I had it in the bag. If you’re not familiar with these escape the room escape games,…
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    New Yorker->CaRIOca

  • Where to eat in Guanacaste: Ostra

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Where to eat in Guanacaste: Ostra
  • Where to eat in Guanacaste: Ostra

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Where to eat in Guanacaste: OstraIf you are vacationing in Guanacaste a dinner at Osta Restaurantlocated at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is a must!  The hotel itself is beautiful and has a similar in style to the four seasons with a number of pools and a killer view.  To start make sure you make a reservation for this exotic indoor/ outdoor restaurant specializing in Seafood (otherwise you won’t make it through the front gates!).View On WordPress
  • Where to stay in Guanacaste Costa Rica: Four Seasons

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Where to stay in Guanacaste Costa Rica: Four SeasonsFor this years ‘winter trip’ we decided to explore two different regions of Costa Rica: Guanacaste and Manuel Antonio.  Over the next few weeks I will be posting all sorts of tips, restaurant reviews, cool things to do in Costa Rica, the best surf spots and more!  To kick things off, let’s start with where to stay in Guanecastse.  First off, getting there is easy, fly into Liberia airport and…View On WordPress
  • Wine bar in Itaim: Vino!

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Wine bar in Itaim: Vino!As you know I am always on the hunt for a good wine bar and to my surprise only 2 blocks from my apartment I discovered Vino!A wine bar, restaurant and store all in one = great find! When you walk in the front area feels and looks like a wine store with the walls lined with wine bottles and 2 long high tables that look like they could be perfect for tasting sessions.  There is also a large…View On WordPress
  • Where to stay in Porto de Galinhas

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Where to stay in Porto de Galinhas Looking for a nice and fun place to stay in the beautiful Porto de Galinhas (60km from Recife, about 1-1.5hour drive)  Head to Village Porto de Galinhas, with a great location, and fun amenities you will have a wonderful stay.  Village is located right on the beautiful beach of Porto de Galinhas the property is covered with hammocks, pools and tropical gardens full of  flowers and tamarins…View On WordPress
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  • 50 Things Making Singapore Awesome in its 50th year

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    17 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    Celebrating 50 years as an independent state, 2015 is a massive year for Singapore. So in honour of its 50th anniversary, we asked our friends over at to tell us 50 awesome things to discover in the city right now. Including a whole bunch of great things to see, do, eat and drink in Singapore, here’s what they suggested: 1. Chicken rice, Singapore’s national dish This Chinese dish of boiled chicken, cooked with chilli and ginger accompanied by rice and a special chilli sauce is an all-time favourite in Singapore. Try Tian Tian Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Center, where…
  • 5 Must-Visit Cultural Hotspots in Reykjavik

    The Quirky Traveller
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    I love Reykjavik. This city defines quirkiness – individual, fun, slightly edgy, friendly and above all, fun. It is cosmopolitan and has everything the sophisticated traveller looks for, but its shops are mainly independent and its cultural attractions tell a very special story. Nearby mountains, volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls and thermal pools provide a spectacular backdrop and a natural environment that’s second to none. What’s more, Reykjavik centre itself is easy to walk around, with friendly locals happy to direct lost souls – often in better English than you speak…
  • Eat – Drink – Stay – Play: The Hottest Happenings for January

    Martin Solly
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    Eating, drinking, sleeping and generally doing fun things – pretty much the cornerstones of all great weekends. Ever. So we’re kicking off the new year with a brand new feature to help you make even more great weekends happen. Each month, Eat // Drink // Stay // Play will showcase a restaurant, bar, hotel and event or attraction that’s worth knowing about. We’ll get things going for January with our own suggestions below, but we know we’re not the only ones with ears to the ground. So we’ll also be throwing it out to you guys here and on Twitter, asking for your own local…
  • 6 Terrific Things to See and Do in Tallinn

    Andy Jarosz
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:59 am
    It’s almost 25 years since Estonia emerged from the disintegrating USSR and became an independent nation, and in that time many thousands of visitors have been charmed by its capital Tallinn. With its picturesque town square and an admirable dedication to recreating ‘ye olde medieval towne’, it was never short of reasons to visit. And although there was a period when its reputation was under threat from the hordes of bawdy British stag parties, it’s now survived all that to remain a top European city break. So what is there to see and do in the Estonian capital? Here…
  • Top Destinations for 2015

    Martin Solly
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    If you’re anything like us you’ll already be thinking about, if not going ahead and booking, your trips for 2015. And if you’re not, well trust us, it’s the best tonic for when you’re all down in the dumps in January. But where to go this coming year? Don’t worry, we’ve done the research so you don’t have to, picking out 5 destinations that are looking hot hot hot for the year ahead. So get in-the-know about the places to go, and start planning 2015’s trips today with our Top Destinations for 2015… Singapore It’s fair to say it’s all about Singapore this year. The…
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  • Learn about canal history in Defiance, Ohio

    Dominique King
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Defiance figures prominently in the early history of the United States and Ohio's early days of statehood, but the area owes much of its growth through the middle of the nineteenth century to the spread of canals across the state. The building of Fort Defiance in 1794 fueled American efforts to move the area's Native population further to the west, making way for the Americans to settle and establish farms here from the middle of the 1830s. Just as you find many historical markers in the City and County of Defiance detailing the area's military history during the Revolutionary War era and the…
  • Historic Fort Defiance in northwestern Ohio

    Dominique King
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Interested in early American history? Want to learn more about the early days of Ohio's history and development as a state? You can read about those historic high points in a book, or, better yet, you can book a road trip to Defiance in northwestern Ohio.     The area figures prominently in the days before Ohio's admittance to the union as a state in 1803 French missionaries appeared in the area during to the late-1600s and early-1700s, joining the Native peoples already living in the area. The Defiance area became home to a trading center at the confluence of the Maumee and…
  • Visiting Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio

    Dominique King
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    We like visiting college campuses when we travel because they're usually great places to take a walk, there is often some interesting architecture or public art on campus, you can learn a bit about the history of the area on campus and college T-shirts and sweatshirts are among our favorite types of souvenirs to buy on our travels. Defiance College in northwestern Ohio is a liberal arts university with about 1,000 students. More than sixty-five percent of the school's students live on campus, which offers 41 major areas of study leading to bachelors, masters and associate degrees in education…
  • Checking out the Carnegie Library in Defiance, Ohio

    Dominique King
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The idea of a public library in Defiance, Ohio took root in 1867 when a group of "...25 men dedicated to furthering the educational and intellectual lives of Defiance's Citizens...", but the post-Civil War idea really took shape at the turn of the twentieth century when steel magnate Andrew Carnegie donated the money to build a magnificent new library at Defiance. The library's location at the junction of the Maumee and Auglaize Rivers in northwestern Ohio, and on the historic grounds of Fort Defiance, makes it an idyllic spot for history buffs who want to wander the…
  • The mystery of Father Marquette's death in Michigan

    Dominique King
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    We remember Father Jacques Marquette as the French Jesuit missionary who explored and mapped much of what is now present-day Michigan during the late-1600s. Marquette took meticulous notes, drew many maps of his travels and learned much about the Native People of that time. He learned as many as six of the Native Peoples tribal languages, earning their trust and help as he explored the central regions of what would become North America, looking for a navigable route on through to the Pacific Ocean.   He also established some of Michigan's earliest settlements at Sault Ste. Marie and St.
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  • Events at Kallos Naxos, Naxos Island, Greece

    Maria Karabatsi
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    Situated on over an acre of very private and secluded gardens over looking the Cycladic landscape and the Aegean in the distance, this newly conceived estate is a soulful and slightly whimsical installation with a traditional sense of history, island style and a modern attitude. With the space, privacy and full service customizable amenities, this unique home will make your special event memorable. Constructed in whitewashed adobe and graceful soft lines, the architectural profile and proportions appear both primitive and refined. The interiors feature an eclectic and contrasting mix of…
  • La Soffitta Trastevere, Rome, Italy

    Flavia Petrone
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Tucked away behind the stunning 17th century Janiculum walls of Rome, the ancient fortifications commissioned by the Pope are beautifully integrated into the gardens and are a priceless and historic component of the property. Centrally located in the charming medeival neighborhood of Trastevere, you are at the center of a bustling and vibrant district yet shielded in peaceful privacy.   The two story open plan apartment is awash in natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows that stretch across the length and height of the apartment and overlook the…
  • Podere Salento, Lecce, Italy

    Lucy Hoosenally
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Located on over fifteen acres of olive groves and wild countryside in the Salento Penisula at the southern tip of Italy’s boot, this striking estate is a unique reinterpretation on classic ancient architecture. Newly built, it beautifully balances traditional medieval and Moorish influences and aesthetics with 21st century luxury. Constructed entirely of locally sourced Pietra Leccese limestone and marble using age old techniques, the cloistered colonnades and graceful vaulted ceilings are romantic and elegant.  The large entrance gates open into a…
  • Casa Soller, Mallorca, Spain

    Vicenc Ferrer
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Located in the Sierra de Tramontana mountain range above the town of Soller, this Spanish hacienda sits on over eighteen acres of olive groves and Mediterranean gardens with stunning views of the valley, the mountains and out to sea. Completely restored with modern updates and finishes the rural character of the traditional rustic finca remains. The exposed stone, timbered ceilings and colorful tile are mixed with contemporary and traditional furnishings and antiques for a classic rural ambience.   The spacious bi-level layout accommodates up to ten guests…
  • Villa Agosto, Faro, Portugal

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Designed by internationally renown Portuguese architect Pedro Domingos and featured in several architectural and design magazines, this modern installation is a rare beauty that skillfully incorporates parts of the original house design while transforming it into a sleek and contemporary  compound. Set high above the hills of Faro and surrounded by acres of olive groves and peaceful countryside, the bleached structures form a series of interconnected living areas following the fundamental principles of contemporary Alentejano architecture. The sharply…
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  • Picking A Video Camera For Travel (Win A JVC Video Camera)

    The Aussie Nomad
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Growing up my mum always got out the video camera and took footage of birthdays, christmases and other important events. Once I was old enough to appreciate what she did with that big bulky bit of equipment way back in the 80’s I’ve wanted to record my life events to show my children and family as its been a great way to relive past memories. A photo can capture a moment frozen in time, video lets you feel like you were there in the moment hearing and seeing everything again. Looking back at all my old birthday’s I can safely say the videos are far more enjoyable than the…
  • A Guide To Help You Travel Abroad In 2015

    The Aussie Nomad
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    At the beginning of the year many people start putting a lot of thought into what they plan to do with themselves for the following 12 months, their New Years resolution. School is out (perhaps for good) and you’ve hopefully wrangled a couple of weeks holiday from the office to bask in the glorious sunshine. It’s time to get wild, dream big and perhaps take those first steps in planning to travel abroad this year. With all that excitement still running through your veins I thought it appropriate to fuel your desire and help guide you on your way to that long-standing tradition of…
  • How Do You Plan To Celebrate Christmas This Year?

    The Aussie Nomad
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    As I head into my second Christmas in a row home in Australia I’ve been reflecting on how I’ve spent the last few abroad. First it was with friends I’d made in my first year of living in London, the following years with my then girlfriend and now wife and her family in Belgium chasing that elusive white Christmas. In that time I’ve been able to experience different traditions associated with that time of the year. Like with my wife’s family who celebrate on Christmas Eve and not Christmas Day as I did all my years growing up. I’ve also sampled mulled wine…
  • 4 Travel Gadgets You Need On Your Next Trip (Win A Pack For Yourself)

    The Aussie Nomad
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Being an ex IT guy I’m big into travel gadgets and tech I can take with me on the road. Purists will say try to leave as many gadgets as possible at home and get out there and enjoy the experience of travel, seeing it with your own eyes and not through a camera. And while I somewhat agree it’s nice to be able to capture all those memories to bring home to share with family and friends or to connect with new friends online to continue a friendship. What these devices, computers, cameras, smartphones and tablets need however is power, and lots of it. What you don’t have when…
  • The Problem With Making Decisions On Travel Is…

    The Aussie Nomad
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    Travel is an all-consuming all desiring addiction that many of us suffer from enjoy and that’s why making decisions about it are so difficult. The allure of something new, something foreign, something to satisfy that feeling is a drug you can pursue for your entire life. But it’s not the dream that makes decisions so difficult, no no. The problem with decisions for a travel addict is choice. Many of us have a bucket list of items we want to se