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  • Fun Facts About Honolulu

    Wanderlust and Lipstick
    Beth Whitman
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Apologies in advance to my friends on Oahu but I have to admit that when I visit your lovely island, I spend little time in Honolulu. While I have done some sightseeing in the city—including, of course, Pearl Harbor and the downtown galleries—like most people, I make a beeline to the beaches upon arrival. I can’t help it. Your beaches are beautiful! I figured, however, that there must be something more to the city than beaches, and certainly more than the few highlighted facts we know from travel magazine headlines. Here are some fun facts about Honolulu that I was delighted to…
  • Heads Up : A Craft-Beer Pub Crawl in the ‘Kitchen of Japan’

    NYT > Travel
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, is increasingly the place to taste domestic craft brews.
  • Hong Kong: a Guide to the Main Attractions

    Travel 'n' Tips
    9 Feb 2014 | 7:36 am
    Hong Kong, literally “Fragrant Harbour”, is a city in Asia full of contrasts, between tradition and modernity, the West and the East, chaos and tranquility. In a such contradictory and varied metropolis there are many choices of what to do and see. Here are the attractions thatyou should not lose (also because they are free).   Victoria Peak  Photo credit @ Victoria Peak is perhaps the most spectacular and the most photographed part of the city From this promontory, 400m tall, you can dominate the skyline of the Bay…
  • Introducing Get Rich Slowly: A 52-Week Guide to Building Wealth

    Art of Non-Conformity
    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Pop the champagne and brew the espresso… it’s finally here! After six months nearly a year’s worth of work, we’re now ready to unveil Get Rich Slowly: the 52-week, action-packed course. *A 120-page Field Manual to Freedom *18 Interviews (audio + transcripts) with Personal Finance Experts *A Suite of Resources to Help You Budget, Save, and Invest *A New Lesson Every Week for a Year (52 detailed lessons) *Featuring a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee (it will help you, or you don’t pay) –>Check it out over here A year in the making, the Get Rich Slowly course is a…
  • In Transit Blog: Sherpa Guides Abandon Everest Climbing Season

    NYT > Travel
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Following the worst single-day death toll in the history of Mount Everest, a group of Sherpas announced that they decided to abandon this year’s climbing season.
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    Intelligent Travel

  • Travel Talk: Ocean Hero Enric Sala

    Megan Heltzel
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Enric Sala is a man on a mission. Leaving behind a tenured position at prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the audacious marine ecologist showed up at Nat Geo’s doorstep to outline his vision for protecting the last wild places in the ocean. That was more than five years ago. Today, with support from the Society as an Explorer in Residence, Enric remains the dynamic driving force behind the Pristine Seas Project, an epic effort to establish marine reserves–underwater national parks–around the world. I recently got the chance to chat with the accomplished…
  • A Perfect Day in San Diego

    Annie Fitzsimmons
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    When I know I’m going on a trip, I immediately start canvassing my network of friends, writers, and editors around the world for advice about what to see and do. So when I knew I’d be heading to San Diego, I went straight to National Geographic Travel’s digital director, Carolyn Fox, who grew up a few miles north of the city, in Del Mar. After talking, we thought it might be fun to show two sides: her idea of a perfect day in San Diego County–starting in Encinitas and ending up in the city proper–and what I found along the way as a visitor armed with her…
  • Reader Recs: Favorite National Parks

    Megan Heltzel
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The beauty of America’s 59 national parks is hard to put into words. From the crystal clear waters of Glacier to the breathtaking enormity of the Grand Tetons, it’s something you should experience firsthand–and this is the perfect time to do it. Why? It’s National Park Week. To pay homage to the natural splendor of America’s best idea (a paraphrase of legendary author and environmentalist Wallace Stegner’s comment in 1983 that “national parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our…
  • Design Dream: Cape Town

    Intelligent Travel
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    In a nod to the renaissance transforming South Africa, 
Cape Town has been crowned the World Design Capital of 2014. The art scene here particularly flourishes in the neighborhood of Woodstock, a historically industrial quarter along a shabby stretch of the city’s eastern fringes. Revamped heritage buildings hum with galleries, vintage shops, restaurants, and working ateliers. “I love the energy,” says chef Luke Dale-Roberts, who opened his top-rated Test Kitchen and Pot Luck Club restaurants in Woodstock’s Old Biscuit Mill, with views of Table Mountain from the top…
  • I Heart My National Park: Yellowstone

    I Heart My National Park
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    There are few people living who know Yellowstone better than Jeremy Schmidt. The Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based writer and photographer has spent 40 years as a ranger, “winterkeeper,” and guide in the park. The author of more than a dozen books, Schmidt is a longtime contributor to National Geographic magazine and a popular trip leader and expert for National Geographic Expeditions. Here’s his insider’s guide to America’s very first national park. Yellowstone Is My National Park  Autumn is the best time to visit because large animals like elk and bison are in…
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  • Tips to avoid wasting time on your Oahu Vacation

    Bruce Fisher
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Most people on vacation in Hawaii are content to let their days slip by while enjoying the simple pleasure of relaxing on The post Tips to avoid wasting time on your Oahu Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Underwater Guide to Hawaii

    Bruce Fisher
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Everyone writes the ultimate guides for Hawaii’s land characteristics, like the ultimate guide to Hawaii’s waterfalls, beaches, hiking trails, etc. But what The post Underwater Guide to Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Pedal Bike Tours Hawaii – A Fresh Way to Sightsee on Oahu

    Lauren Rolland
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It seems the most popular way to explore Oahu is via tour bus. Those giant, double-decker vans enclosed with tinted windows and The post Pedal Bike Tours Hawaii – A Fresh Way to Sightsee on Oahu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • The Unique Personalities of the Hawaiian Islands

    Lauren Rolland
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    If you have never traveled to Hawaii before, then it can be time consuming to try and figure out which island is The post The Unique Personalities of the Hawaiian Islands appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Embrace Hawaii’s Local Culture, and Be Embraced

    Bruce Fisher
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    When on vacation anywhere, the quality of your stay is determined in large part by the quality of your interactions with the The post Embrace Hawaii’s Local Culture, and Be Embraced appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Why procrastinators procrastinate

    Wait But Why
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Photo: Reuben Stanton pro-cras-ti-na-tion |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-| noun the action of delaying or postponing something: your first tip is to avoid procrastination. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution? Avoid procrastination. So elegant in its simplicity. While we’re here, let’s make sure obese people avoid overeating, depressed people avoid apathy, and someone please tell beached whales that they should avoid being out of the ocean. No, “avoid procrastination” is only good advice for…
  • How to model a living economy

    Matt Hershberger
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s no secret that our economy has become more and more reliant on throwaway goods — there’s a garbage patch in the Pacific that covers at least 270,000 square miles, so it’s pretty clear we’ve got a bit of an issue. This video from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation asks what our economy might look like if we modeled it after natural processes instead. Since materials in the natural, living world are used and then absorbed back into the environment and reused, it’s a very sustainable system. So why don’t we try to do that with our economy? Rather than a…
  • 22 moments in a luxury hotel

    Milda Ratkelyte
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    1. When your friend invites you to stay at the most luxurious hotel in town 2. Which provides limousine services 3. And elevator concierge! 4. But the outrageously strong elevator smell is just way too much! 5. When you find out you have a personal butler and his job is to fulfill all your needs 6. But in an hour’s time you get fed up with them following your every step 7. When your check-in takes forever because you have a three-page pillow, linen, towel, meal, toiletry, and “everything else” preference menu to fill in 8. And you end up spending half an hour every night trying to…
  • What's your conversation starter?

    Matt Hershberger
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Photo: Hector Parayuelos It’s a well-known stereotype here in Washington, DC, that when you meet someone, the first question they’re likely to ask you is, “So what do you do?” It’s occasionally substituted by its more blunt “Who do you work for?” Since this is a town that’s extremely career oriented, and since so much of its population is transient, most of the small talk and chitchat is cut straight out of the conversation, and you’re basically going straight to, “So how can I use you? How can we use each other? Do I need to kiss your ass?” It has probably…
  • 15 signs you're from Colorado

    Rory Moulton
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo: Chris Coleman 1. You correctly pronounce it “coloRADo.” Erebody else be all “coloRODo.” Who’s Rod? 2. You’re not morbidly obese. What the hell rest-of-America? Eat a salad and take a walk for crying out loud. 3. You keep your Sorels next to your Chacos. A foot of snow one day, 60 degrees and sunny the next. Go ahead, put your boots “away for the season,” we dare ya! 4. You don’t have a “Native” bumper sticker. Because those are just lame. Besides, we all know Colorado’s real natives are Utes. 5. You do have a “I tele ♥land”…
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    Wanderlust and Lipstick

  • 24 Hours in Portland, Oregon

    Beth Whitman
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t get down to Portland nearly as often as I would like. It’s only three hours from Seattle, however, it seems like it’s easier for me to find time to fly to Bangkok than to drive to PDX. Portland is smaller and more laid-back than Seattle, yet still a bustling metropolis with plenty to do and see. Portland’s arts and cultural scene serves up theaters, museums and venues galore. Its natural surroundings meld seamlessly with the city, which includes several large parks within its bounds worth exploring. And, perhaps most importantly, the city is…
  • Tips for Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road

    Beth Whitman
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Two weeks after taking a job at a tech company in 2000, I was sent to Australia with my boss, Peter, and a colleague, Holly, to meet with some photographers who were going to help us launch a website in time for the Olympics. Two weeks into a job is not a long time to get to know your traveling companions but we were all genial folks and ready for an adventure. We were just cresting the tech bubble and used to the wild ride of those days. Peter wanted to rent a car so we could get around a bit. But never having driven on the “wrong” side of the road before, he was, well, a bit out…
  • Fun Facts About Honolulu

    Beth Whitman
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Apologies in advance to my friends on Oahu but I have to admit that when I visit your lovely island, I spend little time in Honolulu. While I have done some sightseeing in the city—including, of course, Pearl Harbor and the downtown galleries—like most people, I make a beeline to the beaches upon arrival. I can’t help it. Your beaches are beautiful! I figured, however, that there must be something more to the city than beaches, and certainly more than the few highlighted facts we know from travel magazine headlines. Here are some fun facts about Honolulu that I was delighted to…
  • This Month Win a Pair of Horny Toad Sea Change Shorts

    Beth Whitman
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    It’s nearly summertime, summertime sum sum summertime. Well, it felt like that for me last week when I was in Hawaii! It was fun to pull out my warm weather clothes and test out some new items, including these Horny Toad Sea Change Shorts. The first thing I noticed about them is how lightweight they are. Definitely great for hot climates (great because I’ll be in Bangkok and Bali soon enough). They’ve got a bit of stretch to them due to the Spandex alternative material. That material is also quick drying so if you get them wet at the pool or beach, they’re going to…
  • The (Travel) Glass Half Full

    Beth Whitman
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    My life is so immersed in venturing off that it’s never occurred to me there would be people afraid to travel. Yes, maybe afraid to fly, but “travel?” As in pack a bag and get away for the weekend? I have such a hard time fathoming it. But I’ve now heard from enough people to know this is a real problem and that it has a name, hodophobia. Until a couple of years ago when I wrote a post about the fear of travel, I had no idea that this affliction existed. But it’s serious. Those with hodophobia are consumed by panic attacks, dry mouth, breathlessness, trembling…
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  • Carnival’s 2014 Summer Balcony Sale

    Rich Tucker
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
      Every cruise sale is not created equal, so we research each one and only share the best on CruiseSource. My research [screenshots below] shows that the 3 day Carnival Summer Balcony sale has real savings of up to $540 per cabin and savings of up to $1,640 on comparable Royal Caribbean cruises. The 2014 Carnival Summer Balcony Sale, where you get a balcony cabin for the price of an oceanview cabin is a legit money saver and below are my favorite deals in their sale: Carnival’s Summer Balcony Sale Details: The Basics: The Balcony Cabins is the same price as the Oceanview cabins on…
  • Cruise Deals: Top 2014 Alaska Cruises

    Martha Allen
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    Alaska Cruise Deals for 2014 Dreaming of a trip to Alaska? You’re not alone; Alaska is on many bucket lists and is also one of the most popular destinations for a cruise vacation. As a true destination-oriented cruise, Alaska itineraries are heavy on ports and light on sea time comparatively speaking. And with so much to explore in Alaska, time in port is even more valuable. If you’ve been putting off actually booking that trip to Alaska, right now is a great time to book. There are some fantastic rates and specials available for a variety of cruises to Alaska this year – whether you…
  • Royal Caribbean GGG sale: Save up to $1,318 on Allure

    Rich Tucker
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
      Each week, Royal Caribbean drops the price on select last-minute cruises departing 3 – 7 weeks out in the Going Going Gone Sale. I track these price drops to alert you to the best and to let you know exactly how much money you save by booking during the Going Going Gone Sale [GGG Sale].   This week, you can save up to $1,318 per double occupancy cabin on the Allure of the Seas [see below] How does the Going Going Gone Sale work? On Monday [4/14], these GGG sale rates below will be available to Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Members by call in only.  Crown and Anchor Members…
  • Cruise Deals: Last Chance for Free Drinks, Free Gratuities & More on Celebrity

    Martha Allen
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Celebrity Pick Your Perk Sale – Ends Tuesday, April 15th Looking for an all-inclusive experience on your cruise vacation? There are 5 days left to take advantage of Celebrity Cruise Line’s Pick Your Perk Sale where you get to choose from the FREE Adult beverage package [$98/day value], Free Gratuities, up to $300 onboard credit or up to $600 air credit! CLICK HERE for more details and to check out our top Celebrity cruise deals! How to take advantage of this sale: • Book an Ocean View stateroom or higher on any 4 Night or longer Celebrity cruise departing May 2014 – March 2015…
  • Cruise Deals: Transatlantic Cruises from $27 a day

    Martha Allen
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Transatlantic Cruise Deals Experienced cruisers know that some of the best cruise prices can be found on transatlantic or repositioning cruises. These unique “one-off” itineraries are the result of cruise lines’ moving their ships to different destinations for the new season. This is most common when ships move to Europe for the summer and back to the U.S. in the fall. While most transatlantic cruises feature long itineraries with a lot of time at sea, they often also feature some ports that are definitely off the beaten path and sometimes only available on a reposition. There is also…
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  • Photo Tour of the Geffyre Museum in London

    Karen Bryan
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:33 am
    I always like to visit less well known attractions when I’m in London. I had a look at what was within striking distance of the Travelodge London Bethnal Green and thought that the Geffyre Museum in Hoxton sounded interesting.The museum focuses on the history of the home over the last 400 years. It’s free to […]Photo Tour of the Geffyre Museum in London Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Front Page Exhibition at Old Gala House in Galashiels

    Karen Bryan
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:35 pm
    The ‘Front Page’ exhibition of iconic magazine covers runs until 8 June 2014 at the Old Gala House museum and gallery in Galashields in the Scottish Borders. The exhibition is made more fun by the various related masks and head gear that you can wear.  Dalek cover on Radio Times Beth Ditto cover on NME  Margaret […]Front Page Exhibition at Old Gala House in Galashiels Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Review of Colina Mar Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

    Karen Bryan
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    We stayed at the Colina Mar Apartments in Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria for three nights in December 2013. The price for a one bedroom apartment for two adults on half board was £197. This worked out at under £66 a night. It’s  a very large apartment complex, making it confusing to find your way […]Review of Colina Mar Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Visiting the Norwegian Fjords

    Karen Bryan
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    The Norwegian fjords, featured in the video below, look so majestic and pristine. I haven’t been to Norway, but it’s on my ‘would love to visit’ list. The fjord region is ideal for hiking, cycling and kayaking. The Hardangerfjord, the second largest in Norway, stretches north-east from the Atlantic close to Bergen, up to […]Visiting the Norwegian Fjords Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
  • Review of Cosmo Restaurant in Edinburgh

    Karen Bryan
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:06 am
    I had lunch with one of our sons at the Cosmo Restaurant, beside Edinburgh’s Omni Centre, on a Friday in late February. We’d tried to have lunch there on a Saturday a couple of weeks earlier, after it’d been recommended on Twitter, but gave up when we saw the long queue to get a table. […]Review of Cosmo Restaurant in Edinburgh Tips on the best places to visit in Europe. Copyrighted content published on the Europe a la Carte Travel Blog.
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  • Introducing Get Rich Slowly: A 52-Week Guide to Building Wealth

    Chris Guillebeau
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Pop the champagne and brew the espresso… it’s finally here! After six months nearly a year’s worth of work, we’re now ready to unveil Get Rich Slowly: the 52-week, action-packed course. *A 120-page Field Manual to Freedom *18 Interviews (audio + transcripts) with Personal Finance Experts *A Suite of Resources to Help You Budget, Save, and Invest *A New Lesson Every Week for a Year (52 detailed lessons) *Featuring a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee (it will help you, or you don’t pay) –>Check it out over here A year in the making, the Get Rich Slowly course is a…
  • Tomorrow: How to Leave Debt Behind and Master Your Money

    Chris Guillebeau
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Six years ago I had the idea to start a blog. At the time I had no clue what I was doing—a status that hasn’t changed much over the years. But despite being clueless, I knew that I could look to others who had done it and see what worked for them. Then, in an attempt to steal adapt their strategies, I’d try to make a go of it myself. In the early days, the person I adapted from more than anyone else was J.D. Roth. J.D. was my blogging role model. I loved what he had done with a popular site called Get Rich Slowly. He wrote well, sharing stories and providing practical tips. He…
  • The Worst Thing That Can Happen Rarely Does

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Somewhere in my journey I learned an important lesson: whatever your location, you can choose to be at peace or you can choose to be anxious. I remember shivering in a tent in Zimbabwe, feeling miserable yet still excited about the adventure. I was on my own in a new part of the world, and I felt like a conquering (though cold) warrior. Taking the subway in Cairo during the hottest time of the year was disorienting and slightly scary, but I felt a surge of pride as I successfully navigated myself to the Pyramids. Small victories! Other times, I remember getting upset about inconsequential…
  • Consider the Dominoes

    Chris Guillebeau
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    It’s not that you’re too busy, or that you’re doing too much. You’re known for taking on challenges and doing the impossible. You know your metrics. You take pride in your deadlines. You’ve built your name on striving, and you don’t like to let people down. You rise with the dawn, fortified by coffee and Greek yogurt. You work until mid-evening, looking forward to the occasional Knob Creek manhattan before returning to make just a little more progress on your goals. No, “getting shit done” isn’t your problem. You are the master of GSD.
  • A Quiet Dinner on the Beach By Yourself

    Chris Guillebeau
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Last year for my birthday I went to Norway with 200 of my closest friends. Fun times! This year I went to Bali… by myself. It was a very different experience, but also good. Being alone is good for you—or at least, it’s good for me. I needed some time away to reflect and recharge. I don’t have 36 lessons for turning 36. (Those posts are easier to write when you’re 25, I think—though I did try one a couple years ago.) But even without the 36 lessons, I’m excited about the future. Pioneer Nation was great. As much work as it is to put on a big event, once it begins I’m…
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  • Supporting Hawaiian Islands Land Trust

    Sheila Beal
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Happy Earth Day! Waihe’e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge If you are looking for an opportunity to support the environment in Hawaii while you are on vacation or even from afar, consider the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. This non-profit organization protects and restores battered lands back to their original state — making them more sustainable. Many of the sites also have a cultural background. You can support Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) by volunteering on one of the many restoration projects and/or with financial donations.  Waihe’e We had the opportunity to…
  • Fagan’s Cross in Hana, Maui

    Sheila Beal
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    When you’re exploring the road to Hana along the east Maui coast, Fagan’s Cross will most likely catch your eye. This cross stands on the summit of Lyon Hill on the Hana Ranch pasturelands. Constructed of lava stones, Fagan’s Cross was erected in 1960 in memory of Paul Fagan, the man who established cattle ranching in Hana. (Source) He also built the hotel in Hana, which is now called Travaasa Hana. A local resident told me that the Hana community gathers at the cross on Easter Sunday for a beautiful sunrise service. Wow! What a chicken skin experience that must be! The…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Koko Head Hike View

    Sheila Beal
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    Mahalo to Sharon Ferguson for sharing this gorgeous Oahu shot from Koko Head. Sharon took this photo while hiking to the top of Koko Head on October 31, 2013. We’ve never hiked Koko Head, though we’d like to do so someday. Per TripAdvisor, this hike is described as a very strenuous, but with scenes like this one that Sharon has shared, the views look like they are worth the effort. Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link…
  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: April 15, 2014

    Sheila Beal
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    * The 2014 Hawaii Entertainment coupon book is on sale for $10.40 plus $2.49 shipping through April 17, 2014. If you are going to Oahu and hoping to take in a luau, this coupon book can offer significant savings that will more pay for itself. See our discussion on this Hawaii coupon book for more information. * Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center is offering a 15% discount when booking 10 days or more ahead of your PCC visit. For more information, see this link. * TravelZoo is offering a couple of excellent travel vouchers. The five-star Mauna Lani Hotel on Hawaii, the Big Island, is on…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Favorite place to sit and think

    Sheila Beal
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Mahalo to David Newbold for sharing this lovely Hawaii Island photo with us. David used to live on the Big Island, but he lives on the mainland now. He says this spot near Living Stones Church in Kona was his favorite place to sit and think. We can see why this was a favorite spot. Would you like to sit and think here for a while, too? Happy Aloha Friday! We’ve helped readers save lots of money on their Hawaii vacations! Please click here © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is…
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  • Van Gogh in Vienna

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Van Gogh in Vienna I was rummaging trough my countless photo’s and found this one of many people queuing for a Van Gogh exhibition of the Albertina Museum in Vienna. It was December 7, 2008, the last day before the exhibition would close. It was a rainy day and I would hate to stand in a queue in the rain, but I remembered being proud and therefor taking this very photo: It was a Dutch painter they were all waiting for in the rain….Just reviving my What are you thinking about series… Van Gogh in Vienna is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my…
  • Obama: Truly Gezellig in The Hague

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Truly Gezellig in The Hague I’ve seen some of the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 here in The Hague and took a bit of video and some photo’s at the final press conference where Obama thanked the Dutch for a well organized summit and showed he knows a Dutch word “Gezellig” that many English speaking people claim is not so easy to translate….My idea is that the following English words give some meaning to gezellig: Cozy, snug and intimate cover it more or less. After the press conference the president was induced to being photographed in front of the Victory Boogie…
  • Mandela on NSS 2014

    23 Mar 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Mandela on NSS 2014 “Hi, oh you didn’t know I would attend? Well that is quite easy, as I’m here for quite some time already. And see look down my left hand…they have some girls around that seemingly like to re enact that famous scene with Marilyn. You know which one I’m referring at, don’t you? Dutch gouvernment was proud to announce this was a business meeting, so the wifes would stay home. That made it much cheaper for them to organise this venue. Once a Dutchman, always a Dutchman don’t you think? As a consequence I heard the escort services are…
  • Wine and Water

    7 Mar 2014 | 3:14 am
    Wine and Water The French do believe in fairy tales: Their Wine Museum in Paris is located in the ….Water street (or more precisely the Ch. Dickens square…still named after a fairy tale writer) Wine and Water is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, April 1, 2014Wine and Water is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Wiener Schnitzel

    5 Mar 2014 | 6:18 am
    For these schnitzel I took a piece of pork. Many people find veal better for the real schnitzel. Me too, but for this one I liked to experiment with pork. First you dip both sides in flour. Then you dip both sides in egg. Some German gourmet friend of mine suggested to mix some cream through the egg. Will do that next time. Then dip the meat in the breadcrumbs. With family ties in Austria we tend to take the position the breadcrumbs have to come from Austria…. Finally the schnitzel sizzles in the pan. Use some kitchen paper to take away a bit of the butter before you serve them.
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  • Car Hire Costs ‘Double’ In The Summer

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Car hire mark-ups during the summer season can easily break a family’s holiday budget. In Europe and, less so, in the United States, these prices nearly double in the summer between June and August, increasing up to 176 percent, according to the UK website, Which?. UK debate has become heated, as parents who pull their children out of school to holiday during term are now liable for fines.
  • Qatar Airways Launches The First All-Business Class Flights From Heathrow

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Qatar Airways will launch the first premium all-business class service from London’s Heathrow airport to its Doha hub, starting on May 15. The Airbus A319 flight service will fly from Heathrow’s Terminal 4 daily at 9.55pm, while the service from Doha to Heathrow will depart daily at 2.50pm. As the first all-business class service to launch from the Middle East, Qatar Airways has fitted its
  • World Travel Awards

    17 Feb 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Established in 1993 to recognize, reward and celebrate exceptional services in various sectors of the tourism industry, the World Travel Awards is a globally recognized brand, marking a high standard of quality to which all tourist service brands aspire. 2013, marks WTA’s 20th anniversary.  The renowned programme delivers annual awards, and is considered to be the most exhaustive and
  • Airport Connect Renewed for 5 Years by Schipol Airport

    15 Jan 2014 | 4:13 am
    The first European airport to provide passenger processing with SITA’s AirportConnect Open platform was Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, which has recently renewed their contract for another five years. The future-proof SITA technology includes SIM-based NFC, which allows efficiency in moving through airport checkpoints via a reliable and secure link to passengers’ smartphones. With a simple
  • Eurostar To Launch London-Amsterdam

    10 Dec 2013 | 8:59 am
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  • 5 Reasons You Should Sail On The Norwegian Epic

    27 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    My husband and I just returned home from a 7-day Caribbean cruise out of Miami, sailing on the Norwegian Epic.  This was our first experience with Norwegian and we had a great time!  Here are 5 reasons we think you should choose the Epic for your next cruise vacation: 1.Freestyle Dining- Norwegian Cruise Line offers a fabulous alternative to the traditional set seating times you find on other cruise ships.  It’s called Freestyle Dining, and it’s awesome.  You can choose from seven restaurants that are complimentary with your cruise purchase, and go eat there any time you want.  For…
  • Cocktails and Cooking Lessons at a Classic Southern Resort

    20 Mar 2014 | 6:39 am
    When my husband and I want a quick weekend getaway, one of favorite escapes is the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama.  It’s about a thirty-minute drive from Mobile.  Apparently, we aren’t the only ones fond of this charming retreat.  The Historic Hotels of America named the Grand the Top Historic Hotel in the US in 2013. Originally opened on 1847, the resort was used as a hospital during the Civil War. Each afternoon (weather permitting) the hotel salutes the military with a  short patriotic procession on the grounds and the firing of a…
  • Romance in Ireland

    16 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
    What is a romantic escape? Does it really have to be about time with your significant other? Does is have to be a honeymoon trip or anniversary journey? Is it who you are with or is it about where you go? My affair with Ireland began before I visited this magical place. I read about it as a child, with stories of fairies and legends like The Blarney Stone. I read about the mists in history books and her heroes in my romance novels. When the offer was made to travel across the ocean and actually step foot on this island, I jumped at the chance to meet one of my crushes. My entire being began…
  • Vista Verde Guest Ranch: Rustic Luxury Defined

    13 Mar 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Living in Colorado makes it easy to spend a lot of time outdoors; you can often find my family on the slopes, by the soccer field or camping by a lively stream. Being “outdoorsy” is just our way of life. However, I never realized that doing the things I love outside and having a “luxury” vacation could intersect… boy, was I in for a glorious surprise! Vista Verde Guest Ranch is just north east of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; down a beautiful, windy road and over the Elk River. The 500+ acre ranch is a stunning piece of property, with horses running freely in the…
  • Everything is Golden with the Million Dollar Quartet

    13 Mar 2014 | 3:22 pm
    If there is one thing that has united the generations of my Southern family through the decades, it’s the love of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll … Mr. Elvis Presley. This love runs so deep I can vividly remember an oil painting of the King hanging prominently in my uncle’s living room. Memories of his music – and other music of that era – remind me of family gatherings and good ol’ fashioned quality time together. When the Million Dollar Quartet recently came through at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, I knew I had to take my…
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  • BlueAnt Pump: Wireless, Waterproof Sportbuds for Travelers

    Mike Richard
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. The mobile audio space is insanely packed these days, which means it’s damn near impossible to set yourself apart from the crowd. If you want to make travelers take notice however, throw in a bit of -proofing. Waterproof, fireproof, bulletproof … whatever. So long as it can take a beating. Enter BlueAnt’s PUMP HD Sportbuds – the “ultimate multi-sport headphone … [with] Energize HD Audio unmatched by wireless rivals in an ultra-rugged design.” In short: if you like listening to Fiona Apple in the rain, while…
  • Woohoo! Vagabondish Is Officially a Viator Ambassador

    Mike Richard
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Spring is here (almost … well not quite) in the northeastern United States. And that means it’s high time to wipe the winter sleepies from our eyes and head off to parts unknown. Now, I’ve never been a fan of organized, group tours for obvious reasons. Let’s be honest, I’m sure these young ladies are nice enough: © shira gal … but I don’t wanna spend the better part of a day stuffed into a tour bus (sans bathroom) with them. Imagine a grueling, full day slog through a series of 90-second photo opp stops…
  • Photo of the Moment: Ready to Launch, Greenland

    Mike Richard
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:53 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © NASA Goddard Space Flight Center The post Photo of the Moment: Ready to Launch, Greenland appeared first on Vagabondish.
  • 5 Ways to Take a RTW Adventure Without Leaving Home

    The Vagabondish Team
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. We all know round-the-world trips are expensive. And time-consuming. While there are numerous ways to score travel deals and discounts, you may still not have the funds or time to fly from Australia to Thailand to London and so forth. Not to mention that, unless you turn into a perpetual nomad, you will have to get back home, too. Thanks to globalization, the availability of information through the Internet, and the spread of cultures through migration, there are ways you can experience foreign lands without ever actually leaving home. It might not be…
  • Photo of the Moment: Swinging in Patagonia, Chile

    Mike Richard
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. © Jose Hidalgo The post Photo of the Moment: Swinging in Patagonia, Chile appeared first on Vagabondish.
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Keeping Guard at the Citadel – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Daily Photo

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:06 pm
    The Citadel in Halifax is one of the main attractions in the capital city of Nova Scotia Canada. It is a living history museum where actors play the role of military personnel […] The post Keeping Guard at the Citadel – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Daily Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • National Park Week – U.S. National Parks by the Numbers

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    National Park Week is April 19th – 27th this year. To encourage you to take advantage of free admission the National Park Foundation wonders if you know these facts about America’s National […] The post National Park Week – U.S. National Parks by the Numbers appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Minutemen – Lexington, Massachusetts – Daily Photo

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    On April 19th 1775 a small group of minutemen stood here at Lexington, Massachusetts in the way of the British regulars. They were beaten badly which would have been the end of […] The post Minutemen – Lexington, Massachusetts – Daily Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Travel to Southwest England – Episode 416

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    Hear about travel to Southwest England as the Amateur Traveler talks to Edith about her adopted home. This episode will look at the area southwest of Bristol, two hours west of London. […] The post Travel to Southwest England – Episode 416 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • High Cathedral of Saint Peter – Trier, Germany – Daily Photo

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:21 pm
    The High Cathedral of Saint Peter in Trier, Germany is the oldest cathedral in Germany. The stones of it’s oldest section were laid under the supervision of Saint Helena, the mother of […] The post High Cathedral of Saint Peter – Trier, Germany – Daily Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
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    AOL Travel Ideas

  • DoubleTree Flagstaff, Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe, Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem: 3 Hotel Openings

    Zach Everson
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Filed under: Hotel DoubleTree, Hilton, Waldorf Astoria The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Flagstaff, the Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe and the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem highlight the world's recent hotel openings. Flagstaff, Arizona: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Flagstaff Just off Old Route 66 and an 80-mile drive to the Grand Canyon, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Flagstaff is also near great spots for "hiking, biking, stargazing, skiing, snowboarding and snow play, according to our Flagstaff travel guide. Rooms feature HDTVs, complimentary WiFi and Serta Perfect Sleeper beds. Rates start at around…
  • Points of Interest: 64 Declared Dead in South Korea Ferry Accident; Malaysia to Issue Death Certificates for Missing Plane Passengers

    Zach Everson
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Filed under: News Associated PressThe bodies of passengers aboard the Sewol ferry which sank in the water off the southern coast, are carried by rescue workers upon their arrival at a port in Jindo, South Korea on Monday. Sixty-four declared dead in South Korea ferry accident and Malaysia issuing death certificates for missing plane passengers are among today's points of interest. "Errors Mounted as Chaos Ruled Ferry Capsizing Off Korea" [New York Times] "South Korean Ferry Disaster Update: At Least 64 Dead, President Equates Crew's Actions to Murder; Transcript from Sewol's Final Broadcasts…
  • Points of Interest: Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant for Captain of Capsized South Korean Ferry

    Zach Everson
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:36 am
    Filed under: News Associated PressCranes wait near buoys installed to mark the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the coast near Jindo, South Korea on Friday. Prosecutors seeking an arrest warrant for the captain of the capsized South Korean ferry is among today's points of interest. "Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant for South Korea Ferry Captain as Death Toll Rises to 28" [Mashable] "Vice Principal Rescued From Sinking Ferry Found Hanged" [Gawker] "MH370: Underwater Drone Scans Ocean Floor for 5th Time; Frustration Builds" [CNN] "MH370: Undersea Search Could Cost a Quarter Billion Dollars,…
  • Boston Marathon Too Square for You? Try These 8 Fun Runs

    Diana Lambdin Meyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Filed under: Adventure Travel, Weird, Best Of Fur Rondy/Clark James Mishler Monday's Boston Marathon is certainly one of the more celebrated events for runners to show off their moxie. But if you're looking to travel for races that are more eclectic -- and at considerably less than marathon distances -- check out these crazy events around the country designed for athletes on two feet. Will run for food Forget medals, t-shirts and the sense of accomplishment that comes with many running events. These races reward with food -- none of which is healthy. In St. Catharine's, Ontario, The Chocolate…
  • Points of Interest: Search for Survivors of South Korea Ferry Disaster Continues

    Zach Everson
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    Filed under: News Associated PressSouth Korean Coast Guard officers try to rescue missing passengers from a sunken ferry in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea on April 17. The continuing search for survivors of the South Korea ferry is among today's points of interest. "Survivors of Korean Ferry Recall a Sharp Turn, Then Chaos" [New York Times] "Passenger Texts Mother From Ill-Fated South Korean Ferry: 'I Love You'" [Mashable] "Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Analysis of Indian Ocean Oil Slick Shows It Is Not from Missing Jet" [The Independent] "Flight…
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Finding the Infinite in Taiwan

    Writing Contest
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Part 1 “Don’t do it, Amber. Its too dangerous.” “You don’t speak the language, this is a dumb idea.” “Are you crazy?” Despite what my worried friends told me, I knew that after gallivanting through Asia for the last 6 months , it was the right time to take off on a solo motorbike trip in Taiwan. Sure, I couldn’t read most of the signs, but I had come this far, and likely could survive on sign language as I had in Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia. Using the immaculate public transportation and a map from my hostel, I navigated my way to the…
  • The Magic of Moab

    From Inspiration Travel Writing Contest
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I arrived in the middle of the night, disoriented by the long empty highway I followed from Grand Junction, Colorado, into Utah. I passed cliffs stained pale green by copper, turnoffs for dozens of ghost towns marked by “No services” signs. I watched the sun sinking behind stark grey mountains. It was July, and over a hundred degrees, but I could still see wisps of snow at their peaks. Clouds hovered over them, mimicking their shapes. There are places in the West where you can drive for two hundred miles without passing a gas station, sometimes without seeing another car. Your mind…
  • Brook Farm, UK taught me how to be

    From Inspiration Travel Writing Contest
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    I found Brook Farm on the Internet. Isn’t that how all the best 21st century relationships begin? My husband and I were looking for a Workaway position in England when we came across Sarah and Will Wint’s Worcestershire garden and bed and breakfast business. A handful of e-mails and eight months later, Dave and I arrived at Brook Farm in the pouring rain, as is a proper British welcome. I went to Brook Farm full of goals for my time there. I was going to blog three times a week, submit freelance articles monthly, get fit by bicycling to the local village and wandering the public…
  • Monologues of A Single Lady Travler in China

    From Inspiration Travel Writing Contest
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    She walked in everyone was looking at her, by herself, she thought it could be paranoia. Feeling a bit uneasy by the idea of staying in a Resort by herself, no family, or friends, just her by herself. She thought, “who does that?” Then, she said to herself, ” I do!”. She began to peruse the room with her brown eyes, she noticed the families, babies, foreigners, and of course Chinese. If only she could speak Chinese, what would she say, “Hi, can I join you ?” Or, maybe “How long are you here for?” The cafeteria was buzzing with the clink and…
  • Welcome to the Double J in Texas

    From Inspiration Travel Writing Contest
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Welcome to the Double J in Texas By Laura Romero “Welcome the Double J.” That is what the sign read at the entrance to my grandparents’ property. Welcome the Double J. The Double J is a three acre piece of land nestled in the heart of the Big Thicket in East Texas. The Double J stands for Judson and Jo Evelyn. They were my grandparents and their home was where I spent numerous Spring Breaks, Summer Vacations and Christmas Visits. My grandparents’ home was more than just a place to visit the elderly couple that taught me everything I needed to know about life and love. It was a place…
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  • Rather be shopping? You’ve gotta know the code

    Christopher Elliott
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Pay attention to the last digit of the price tag. It could tell you if you’re getting a bargain, or […] The post Rather be shopping? You’ve gotta know the code appeared first on Elliott.
  • Please sign the petition that will keep airlines honest

    Christopher Elliott
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Thank you for reading Elliott’s Email, my irreverent and incredibly helpful weekly email newsletter. Don’t forget, you can subscribe to […] The post Please sign the petition that will keep airlines honest appeared first on Elliott.
  • Why I love Delta’s new loyalty program – and why you’ll probably hate it

    Christopher Elliott
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Loyalty programs may be the single greatest scam pulled on the traveling public. Want to segment customers into castes of […] The post Why I love Delta’s new loyalty program – and why you’ll probably hate it appeared first on Elliott.
  • Shocked by Spirit’s luggage fees – can you help me get a refund?

    Christopher Elliott
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Vash Patel is like most air travelers: He doesn’t like to pay a lot but he also doesn’t like surprises. […] The post Shocked by Spirit’s luggage fees – can you help me get a refund? appeared first on Elliott.
  • My WiFi left me on vacation

    Christopher Elliott
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It has been one of the most unquestioned pieces of travel advice since the first WiFi hotspot flickered to life […] The post My WiFi left me on vacation appeared first on Elliott.
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Winter Melts into Spring

    Soul Travelers3
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Winter Melts into SpringWhat a surprise and joy it has been this year to watch winter melt into spring. Since we have What a surprise and joy it has been this year to watch winter melt into spring.CHANGES Since we have been primarily in tropical Asia for the last few years (to get kiddo's Mandarin fluency) and wintering in Spain before that, plus her early years in California, this has been a unique experience for Mozart. In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four-and-twenty hours. ~ Mark Twain ADVENTURES IN WEATHERWhen we arrived in…
  • Vote for Mozart! - Earth Day Rising Star Singing Contest

    Soul Travelers3
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    Vote for Mozart! - Earth Day Rising Star Singing ContestWe need your help! Please take a few seconds to vote for Mozart to sing at an Earth Day Rising Star We need your help! Please take a few seconds to vote for Mozart to sing at an Earth Day Rising Star Performance contest in front of 60,000 people. A big dream she wants badly. VOTE HERE --> Go to this link and then scroll down that page until you see her video Time After TimeNOT MUCH TIME LEFT TO VOTE!You can VOTE once a day. The voting closes this coming Monday, April 21st at 5pm CDT.We came late to this so VOTE often if you can for…
  • Bora Bora Dream Vacation on a Low Budget

    Soul Travelers3
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Bora Bora Dream Vacation on a Low BudgetBora Bora is a legendary dream vacation destination, but few know the secrets to make it affordable Bora Bora is a legendary dream vacation destination, but few know the secrets to make it affordable even on a low budget. The stunning island was awarded the title of "the best island in the world" by US News and World Report and has been voted the most photogenic place on earth! ROMANTIC BORA BORA LUXURY ON A BUDGETIt's true that many of the resorts there can cost as much as $5,000 per night, but we easily stayed on our RTW family travel budget of…
  • Easy, Fast, No Bake Apple Pie Recipe: Paleo, Gluten-free, Vegan, Grain-free

    Soul Travelers3
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Easy, Fast, No Bake Apple Pie Recipe: Paleo, Gluten-free, Vegan, Grain-freeWho doesn't love a delicious, fast, easy, healthy dessert? This scrumptious apple pie recipe is paleo, gluten-free Who doesn't love a delicious, fast, easy, healthy dessert? This scrumptious apple pie recipe is paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, including a raw pie crust and with a minor tweak works for vegans too. QUICK, HEALTHY AND DELISHWith a teen in the house, I am becoming an expert in this area of fast, creative, healthy recipes even on our non-stop #RTW trip , as a minimalist family with unique challenges like not…
  • Elliott Ng, Google, China, Family Meet

    Soul Travelers3
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    Elliott Ng, Google, China, Family MeetElliott Ng is a great guy, the head of Google in China, and I have known him through Twitter for many years Elliott Ng is a great guy, the head of Google in China, and I have known him through Twitter for many years ( 2008) where we were both early adopters, interested in travel, China, doing good, education and financial trends.Elliott is a Harvard educated geek and I am likely one of the biggest "ungeeks" on the planet, but we both were on Twitter early when it was new and exciting way to connect and enjoyed communicating. I got on Twitter…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Emirates Tries to Grow Beyond Its Home Market, Others Freak Out

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Emirates is a big airline, and it’s only going to keep getting bigger. But while Dubai is a large and growing hub, Emirates has been looking for ways to expand beyond its home base because of the tremendous capacity it is bringing online. The answer seems to be the use of fifth freedom rights bringing passengers from one country to another outside the United Arab Emirates. (I told you yesterday we’d be talking about this shortly.) This naturally scares the heck out of other airlines, so they’ve been fighting it vigorously. Right now, the spotlight is on one single route, the…
  • If You’ve Never Heard of the Freedoms of the Air, Here’s What They Are

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    I think it’s time to get educational. Anyone know what the Freedoms of the Air are? I’m guessing a lot of you don’t. You might not care either, but it’s actually kind of interesting and relevant to a post I’m writing later this week about Emirates. I figured it might be worth diving into a topic I haven’t touched here since the early days of the blog in 2006. What exactly are these so-called “freedoms”? It became clear in the early days of aviation that there had to be a system to determine which countries owned airspace and whether or not…
  • Cranky on the Web (April 14 – 18)

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Cranky Concierge Thrives on Air Travel Problems – Travel Market Report We were lucky enough to get this great write up of our Cranky Concierge service in a publication aimed at travel professionals.
  • Topic of the Week: The US Airways Porno Plane Incident

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    By now, everyone has heard about the, hilarious (some might say unfortunate) photo that US Airways tweeted out earlier this week. If you haven’t heard about it, then picture a woman doing a graphic sexual act with a model airplane. Yeah, that. US Airways has posted details of exactly what happened in an employee newsletter, and the employee who accidentally did this won’t be fired. What do you think? Does this whole thing have any impact on US Airways? Will it hurt the airline? Should the person who tweeted it have been fired? Or is it just something small and insignificant that…
  • Public Service Announcement: Stop Naming New Airlines After Ones That Have Failed

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Stop it. Seriously. Ever since airlines started going out of business, people have felt the need to try and revive them. This is simply a terrible idea no matter how you look at it, but people continue to try to resurrect name after name. It’s become so rampant, that it’s time for a Cranky public service announcement. Let’s just look at the list. Braniff – Failed 1982, revived 1984 and failed 1989, revived 1991 and failed 1992 Eastern – Failed 1991, revival in progress Frontier – Failed 1986, revived 1994 and still flying Midway – Failed 1991, revived…
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Travel Detective Blog: Can You Survive in a Plane Wheel Well?

    Peter Greenberg
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Detective Blog: Can You Survive in a Plane Wheel Well?On Sunday, a 16-year-old boy defied all logic—not to mention the medical limits of physical endurance—by surviving a flight inside the plane wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767... Read More...The post Travel Detective Blog: Can You Survive in a Plane Wheel Well? appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • The Top 10 Eco-Friendly Gadgets for Earth Day

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Read the full article on at - The Top 10 Eco-Friendly Gadgets for Earth DayEarth Day is a time for everyone to think about how to give back and make more eco-conscious choices. We’ve rounded up 10 gadgets and gear that will help green... Read More...The post The Top 10 Eco-Friendly Gadgets for Earth Day appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How To Go Skiing This Summer
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: How To Go Skiing This SummerSki season may be over around the country, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hit the slopes this summer. Here are some places where you can go summer skiing. In... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How To Go Skiing This Summer appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • New 2014 Luggage Designed Just for You
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Read the full article on at - New 2014 Luggage Designed Just for YouEvery year, The Travel Goods Association hosts an annual show highlighting new innovations in luggage. For 2014, it’s better wheels, sturdier handles, and smarter pockets. Yes, the focus is on... Read More...The post New 2014 Luggage Designed Just for You appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How To Change Your Flight For Free
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    Read the full article on at - Travel Tip: How To Change Your Flight For FreeOne of the biggest moneymakers for airlines is the dreaded change fee. But there are some ways you can change your flight for free, if you plan it right. According... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How To Change Your Flight For Free appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Cancun Wine & Food Fest Celebrates Mexico

    Nancy Brown
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a food and wine lover from Northern California, I’ve eaten and drank my way through Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, Livermore and Temecula Valley wine country. I’ve discovered the culinary delights of Bellingham, Washington and noshed my way through Oregon wine country. When I was asked to attend the Cancun Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival […]
  • Eco-Friendly Hotels that Make Travelers Happy

    Jamie Rhein
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    Even though Earth Day reminds us to think about our environmental footprint each April, some hotels make an earth friendly commitment year round. Here are a sampling of eco-friendly hotels worthy of a shout out. One of my favorite hotels — Boone Tavern, made it on’s eco-friendly hotel list. Boone Tavern in Berea, Kentucky is […]
  • Review: Secrets the Vine, Cancun, Mexico

    Nancy Brown
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wine tasting in Mexico? Yes, ma’am. While most people associate Tequila, Corona and guacamole with Mexico, I’m going to let you in on a secret – Mexico makes some good wines. Mexico is staking a claim in the vineyards of Baja California. I learned about the wines of Mexico will staying at Secrets the Vine […]
  • The Liberty Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

    Lisa Dion
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    This name of this gorgeous hotel that opened in 2007 at the foot of Boston’s posh Beacon Hill neighborhood, is ironic. You see, the Liberty Hotel is the former Charles Street jail. Among the guests that checked into the jail  (against their wills)  were some well-known inmates including James Michael Curley, Malcolm X, Sacco and […]
  • Book Review: The Hiltons

    Nancy Brown
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Anyone who has traveled and slept in a hotel is familiar with the Hilton hotel brand. Known as “the Innkeeper to the World” Conrad Hilton opened his first hotel in Cisco, Texas with $5,000 to his name, assistance from friends and a small bank loan. The book The Hiltons: The True Story of an American […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Podcast Posts

  • Best Pools in Hawaii

    Bruce Fisher
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    One of the most common questions I’m asked on a regular basis is about pools in Hawaii, specificlly where are the best The post Best Pools in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Why Hawaii is unique for Vacations

    Bruce Fisher
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    If you’re on the fence about whether or not to choose Hawaii for your next vacation then this podcast is for you! The post Why Hawaii is unique for Vacations appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Getting into relax mode on your Hawaiian Vacation

    Bruce Fisher
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Aloha and welcome to another episode of the Hawaii Vacation Connection! Today I’m giving you my top recommendations for how to fast The post Getting into relax mode on your Hawaiian Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Here’s some FREE things to do on Kauai

    Bruce Fisher
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    On today’s show I talk about some of my favorite free things to see and do while visiting the beautiful island of The post Here’s some FREE things to do on Kauai appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Is a Vacation to Hawaii really worth it?

    Bruce Fisher
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm
    While the that may be true, I’m gonna make the argument today why Hawaii overall as a destination is well worth it. The post Is a Vacation to Hawaii really worth it? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Good Foods with Good Dudes — Oakland, CA

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
    Good Foods with Good Dudes - Oakland, CA Oakland, CA Where I stayed Oakwood At The Aurora San Francisco What I didOh mai gaaah. So many tings!It was so ka-rayzie you would not believe! We saw this and we saw that and let me tell you, you would just die! First we went to this place and saw so many wonderful things! Red things, round things, deep things, wavy things. We all will go back one day. OK!
  • Getting Lost is Half the Fun! — Lovina, Indonesia

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    Getting Lost is Half the Fun! - Lovina, Indonesia Lovina, IndonesiaAndy was leaving and our buddy Tyler was not coming until the 23rd, so Boo and I decided to head up to the North side of Bali and explore that area a bit. We decided to head up to Lovina first, which is known for waterfalls and dolphins. We seem to be getting introduced to the typical Asian bus traveling in stages. The first time we traveled (for the rafting), we had excess space in an air conditioned van. This time, we were packed into a non-air conditioned van, but everyone else in there was a tourist, as well. The trip was…
  • Cirque terra — Siena, Italy

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    Cirque terra - Siena, Italy Siena, ItalyWe are beginning to love this place. The days have fined up and the sea is a special shade of blue. We spent today exploring Manarola and Riomaggiere (traveling by train as the tracks in this area are closed), watched the sun setting and then found a lovely restaurant where we sat upstairs and enjoyed the meal. Music started while we were eating and because the place was very small debated whether the music was live or a recording. On going downstairs we were entertained by this fabulous blues and jazz entertainer Folco Orselli (visiting his friend the…
  • How to get Vietnam Visa for Chinese Passport Holde — Hanoi, Vietnam

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    How to get Vietnam Visa for Chinese Passport Holde - Hanoi, Vietnam Hanoi, VietnamHow to get Vietnam Visa for Chinese Passport Holders? Chinese Passport Holders are required to apply for visa to enter Vietnam. Like most of other countries, there are 2 ways to get Vietnam visa for Chinese citizens: either get Vietnam visa directly at Vietnam Embassy in China or apply for visa on arrival through an online booking travel agent. - Getting Vietnam visa at Vietnam Embassy/Consulate in China This seems to be the most popular and classic way to obtain Vietnam Visa before you leave for Vietnam. The…
  • Whitsunday Islands - Day 2 — Whitsunday Islands, Australia

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:33 am
    Whitsunday Islands - Day 2 - Whitsunday Islands, Australia Whitsunday Islands, AustraliaWe were woken at 5:30 by the engine being switched on then the rolling of the boat moving over fairly choppy waters. I managed to sleep for another hour or so before going up on deck for some air. I was OK but others were suffering from a combination of hangovers and seasickness. We'd made the early start to get over to Whitehaven beach, which has the purest white sand I'd ever seen. Mixed with the gentle waves and the warm waters it made for a perfect spot to spend a couple of hours and do some swimming,…
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    View from the Wing

  • Act Fast: $600 Off Airfare to Israel

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Norwegian booking site Wideroe has dirt cheap flights from many US cities to Tel Aviv, Israel. This is available from many cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Washington DC. When you go to their site, switch the currency to US dollars. I’m seeing prices between $499 and $750 roundtrip for travel on US Airways, depending on travel dates and the US city you start in. Even at their most expensive, I’m seeing real savings. For instance, Los Angeles – Tel Aviv roundtrip on US Airways in July appears to be running ~ $1700… but on Wideroe closer to $1000.
  • The Consumer Advocate Who Wants Your Frequent Flyer Program to Get Worse

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
    When Christopher Elliott loves your loyalty program, you know you’re doing something wrong. He loves Delta’s planned changes for 2015 to go revenue-based, even though he doesn’t seem to get that they take what he hates about loyalty programs in an even more extreme direction. The way I square this circle is that I actually think he: Hates the people who like and benefit from loyalty programs. Finds that writing provocative things generates traffic and kudos from his employers, even when those things are utterly non-sensical. The thrust of the over complaint of…
  • American Made Another Change to Their Program On April 8th That They Didn’t Tell You About

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Two weeks ago American AAdvantage made several changes to its program: Rolling out a new three-tier pricing model for AAnytime awards (paying extra miles when regular award seats aren’t available). Eliminating free stopovers on international awards at the North American gateway city Eliminating distance-based oneworld explorer awards Increasing the telephone booking fee from $25 to $35 (they still do not waive this fee for awards that cannot be booked online, and most airline partner awards cannot be). That’s stuff we knew about, or at least that American publicly acknowledged.
  • Earn Miles for Online Searches, Unload Your Gift Cards for Free, and Earn Double Miles While You Save (Bits ‘n Pieces for April 22, 2014)

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    News and notes from around the interweb: You can load Amex Serve cards at Walmart using Visa/MasterCard gift cards. If you’re a US Airways elite, then today is the last day to use your miles to confirm a domestic upgrade without a co-pay. Judging from the traffic logs on this blog, no one uses Bing for search. So Microsoft has to pay you to. In fact Bing will let you earn frequent flyer miles for searches. You just need to give up your Google addiction. It’s not a lot of miles, but you can keep an account active.. Save 5% – 10% off Emirates tickets and earn double miles…
  • Can the TSA Make You Hide ‘Offensive Symbols’ When Going Through a Checkpoint?

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    The TSA wouldn’t allow a purse with a designs of guns on the side to be publicly viewable as a personal item when clearing the checkpoint at the Columbus, Ohio airport. ..TSA said it would “offend their travelers.” They made her put it in her carry on. ..She stood in the security line, but when she placed her purse on the conveyor belt, they stopped her. …“We are just going to ask you to keep your purse in your bag where it cannot be seen by other travelers. I know these are not ACTUAL guns, but they may offend some of the other people traveling.” I am not a lawyer let…
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  • 21c Museum Hotels in the American Midwest

    Arnon Kohavi
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Troubled by development encroaching upon rural Kentucky’s farmlands, preservationists and contemporary art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson sought to reverse the trend toward suburban sprawl by making a considerable contribution toward revitalization efforts in their hometown. Pairing this desire with a second of their passions, to make contemporary art a part of more peoples’ daily lives, the couple embarked on a journey to create both an economic driver for the community and an oasis where art challenges and amuses, stimulates conversation and provokes new ideas.  This is…
  • Thikana: Bed and Breakfast in South New Delhi

    Arnon Kohavi
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:51 am
    Thikana Bed and Breakfast in New Delhi is an excellent place for short-term (one night) or long-term stays in the city. It is very close to Gulmohar Park, one of the more pleasant areas in New Delhi. Located in the south part of the city, it is close to Delhi International Airport, and offers a green and relatively quiet environment, but still with easy access to the main tourist and business locations around town. We recently chose Thikana as a place to stay before our morning flight instead of one of the characterless corporate hotels by the airport. It is very quiet because it is located…
  • Samode Haveli: Jaipur Heritage Hotel

    Arnon Kohavi
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    When traveling in Rajasthan, one has a choice of staying in one of the new five-star hotels recently built along the periphery of the main cities.  While these hotels are luxurious, they lack the character and connection to the city’s history.  This is why we highly recommend staying in heritage hotels, which are usually old palaces or residences of the local Maharaja which have been meticulously restored and converted into boutique hotels.Samode Haveli in Jaipur is one of these places. Built over 175 years ago within the city of Jaipur by Rawal Sheo Singhji as the manor house for…
  • Sri Lanka travel guide: favourite hotels, cuisine, recommended places to visit

    Esme Vos
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:46 pm
    This Sri Lanka travel guide is designed for people who are interested in visiting Sri Lanka for a short period (a week or two), who enjoy savoury spicy cuisine and want something more than a beach holiday.Sitting and reclining Buddhas inside Dambulla cave templeWhy visit Sri Lanka?Sri Lanka is an island that lies southwest of India, closest to the state of Tamil Nadu, and has been inhabited for over 2,500 years. It is a largely Buddhist country with a small population of Christians, Hindus and Muslims.Rich history: The island is dotted with ancient temples and fortresses, as well as tea…
  • Fauzi Azar Inn: charming guesthouse in Nazareth

    Arnon Kohavi
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:28 am
    The Fauzi Azar Inn is a 200-year-old Arab mansion turned guesthouse, offering 16 dormitory beds and private rooms (with private bathroom and air conditioning/heating) in a unique old-world atmosphere. The Fauzi Azar Inn style is intimate and relaxed, with a warm atmosphere where guests and staff can meet, share travel stories and tips, and make new and lasting friendships.The Fauzi Azar Inn itself is located in the heart of Nazareth’s Old City, only about a minute’s walk from the central souk. All of Nazareth’s major attractions, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, the White…
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    Tony Wheeler's Travels

  • Bad Lands changes

    Tony Wheeler
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Bad Lands – my foray along the Axis of Evil, President George W Bush’s trio of Iran, Iraq and North Korea, plus six other ‘bad’ countries, was published in April 2007. A revised second edition came out in mid-2010 and I commented that remarkably little had changed: ‘The generals still rule, the dictators still dictate, the crazies are still at the controls, peace has not broken out all over.’ Just to prove me wrong changes almost immediately did start to take place, so let’s run down what’s happened in the seven years since the first edition: • Afghanistan – things were…
  • Vladimir the Great of Ukraine – and others

    Tony Wheeler
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    ▲ I like statues of national heroes popping up far from home. Near my home in London this statue of the Ukraine national hero St Volodymyr (aka Vladimir the Great) has been flower bedecked recently as the struggle with Russia grinds on. It’s on the corner of Holland Park Ave and Holland Park in Kensington W11, across from the Holland Park Tube Station. ◄ Staying at the Hotel Rouge next to the Kazakhstan Embassy in Washington DC a couple of years ago I regularly noted the statue of a young Kazakhstan warrior precariously balanced on the back of a winged snow leopard. The valiant…
  • An Irish Surprise in Miami

    Tony Wheeler
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Having explored the art deco architectural masterpieces of South Beach I eventually ended up in the Wolfsonian Museum where I stumbled upon an Irish delight: the Harry Clarke Geneva Window. Clarke was a noted book illustrator in the early part of the 20th century, but is even better known for his stained glass windows. I’ll certainly pay more attention to his windows in Bewley’s Café in Dublin next time I’m there. The window was created for the International Labour Court in Geneva and its eight panels illustrate works by 15 noted Irish writers. Unfortunately the Irish government soon…
  • The Nashville Parthenon

    Tony Wheeler
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Lonely Planet’s website has a story on Seven Amazing Fakes, reproductions of exotic structures – like Foamhenge, just like Stonehenge, same size even, although it is made out of Styrofoam rather than stone. ▲ Nashville’s Parthenon is rather better than an amazing fake. OK it’s concrete rather than marble, but it’s not only full size and accurately copied, in many ways it’s even better than the original – none of that nasty damage the Venetians caused back in 1687 when they shelled it when the Ottoman Turks were using it to store ammunition. Originally built as a temporary…
  • South Beach Miami Art Deco Architecture

    Tony Wheeler
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Miami Design Preservation League at 1001 Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami, puts on daily Art Deco Architecture walking tours of the Art Deco district of Miami Beach. The tours kick-off at 1030 am daily, there’s no need to pre-book, they cost A$20 and last 90 minutes. There’s an excellent art deco-inspired gift shop at that starting point.       By the time you’ve finished the walk you’ll recognise all the art deco clues, the vertical elements, the symmetry, the eyebrows over the windows, portholes and corner windows to catch the breezes. South Beach…
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  • Paris Marathon 2014 - stepping back into the light

    Kelly Pipes
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Now is as good a time as any to reconnect with you on the sandwagon. I ran my first marathon on April 6. It was the Paris Marathon and I've been mulling over how to report it ever since. The race started and finished in sight of the Arc de Triomphe. In between I covered 26.2 miles of cobbles, ran along the River Seine, up, down and through eerie traffic underpasses, saluted the Eiffel Tower and saw the Pyramid at the Louvre for the first time. African drumming bands stood out among the entertainment laid on by the race organisers. They were upbeat, positive and full of life. Fire…
  • A chance to take stock during travels in South East Asia

    Kelly Pipes
    30 May 2012 | 9:55 pm
    It's just 8.30am on registration day at the International Dhamma Hermitage of Wat Suan Mokkh, in Chaiya, Thailand, and I've already cheated the system and myself. Several camping / yoga mats were piled up in the dorm's kit room, so I snaffled one. The mere chance that one of the wafer-thin cushions could lead to a more luxurious snooze on the concrete cell bed brought out my rebellious side. In my opinion a good night's sleep has to be conducive to attaining a higher state of consciousness.  I'll still be trying the wooden pillow for size, no…
  • Bali scuba trip - I've that sinking feeling about this dream travel plan

    Kelly Pipes
    4 Feb 2012 | 4:31 pm
    MY wonderfully well-crafted dream of floating below the swooping wing of a manta ray was certainly curtailed today... even though I've a credit card gagging to shoulder the booking.This trip, which would have kicked off in Bali in the first week of April, has been brewing for around two or three weeks, fueled by a couple of like-minded scuba diving friends (who have booked flight tickets), a boyfriend who's understandably tempted to turn 30 years old sipping a Bintang on the other side of the world, and my summer-baby's need to get the hell out of England until at least early June.Just a…
  • Plastic problems in Cyprus highlighted by Thomas Cook

    Kelly Pipes
    29 Nov 2011 | 3:14 am
    HUNDREDS of plastic water bottles have been used to create a thought-provoking eco-sculpture that stands proudly at Thomas Cook's offices in Peterborough. The statue is of a meditative man and is a replica of Auguste Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker, created in 1902 and now on display in Paris.Made from plastic mineral water bottles, rather than cast in bronze, his job is to make Thomas Cook’s 2,000 staff in Bretton and its overseas suppliers think how they can reduce the mountains of plastic waste holidays can cause.Jo Baddeley, sustainable destinations manager for Thomas Cook, called the…
  • Spanish high-speed trains help RENFE scoop travel award

    Kelly Pipes
    8 Nov 2011 | 2:20 am
    Independent travellers in Spain and Portugal have benefited from improved services across the Iberian Peninsula, something celebrated by the international tourism community yesterday.RENFE, the Spanish public rail network won a World Travel Market Global Award at London's Excel, which company president, Teofilo Serrano Beltran collected from WTM Chairman Fiona Jeffery.Fiona said: "The linking up of the Iberian Peninsula through efficient rail links has led to innumerable benefits for both those living in the region and holidaymakers choosing to visit."Travel problems in Spain were fixed by…
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    EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog

  • A new look for London’s Generator Hostel

    Frances Ambler
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    Mention lounges decked out with designs by the likes of Moooi and Tom Dixon, and you’d probably picture yourself inside a budget-busting hotel or restaurant. But they’re just a couple of the impressive pieces you’ll find in London’s far more wallet-friendly Generator Hostel, which has just undertaken a £8 million revamp. The London Generator was the first in a chain that now includes hostels  Venice, Barcelona, and coming soon in Paris and Rome, each with the same emphasis on contemporary design and style and, sixteen years after its original opening, the London branch was felt to…
  • Amor in Barcelona: Budget hotels for romance to celebrate Sant Jordi Day

    Regina W Bryan
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    It’s nice to have a love celebration like Valentine’s Day in February, a dreary month in the northern hemisphere to say the least. It gives couples something to look forward to after many cold months, and it can brighten up the long winter and add a touch of romance. However, the timing of the Catalan version of Valentine’s Day—Sant Jordi Festival—has always made a bit more sense to me. The holiday is held on the 23rd of April each year, when spring has officially sprung with love and pollen blowing in the air. What says “amor” more than beautiful Barcelona in full…
  • BMI Regional: The special appeal of a small airline with frequent low fares

    Alex Robertson Textor
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    The sale of British Midland International (BMI) to British Airways in 2012 excited the latter mostly due to the former’s routes in and out of London. Most of these routes were absorbed by BA, with some significant and lamentable exceptions. For fans of the Caucasus and Central Asia, the abandonment of routes to Bishkek, Tbilisi and Yerevan were particularly upsetting. BMI’s other two divisions—the low-cost bmi baby and the short-haul bmi regional—did not come along for BA’s new ride. Low-cost bmi baby was simply abandoned, while bmi regional was purchased by a…
  • Visiting Slovakia’s affordable wine region: Sipping, savoring and sleeping for €25 per person

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Every now and again one runs across a specific European vineyard or a wider region of wine production which has become the stuff of legend. Think Pétrus (near Bordeaux), Corton-Charlemagne (in Burgundy) or Ornellaia (in Tuscany). Move to central Europe and there are many bright stars in the constellation of fine wines. None shines brighter than Tokay, the anglicized name for the wine-growing region in and around the lower foothills of the Carpathians. Tokaj or Tokaji Say Tokay and most people will immediate think Hungary. But the Tokay region, which produces some of the world’s most…
  • Visiting Barcelona: Finding the best dates to save money and beat the crowds

    Regina W Bryan
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    As the temperatures start to rise in Barcelona and across Spain, so do the crowds and the prices. As a result, competition for hotels can get a little tough. But fear not Cheapos, because we’ve compiled the dates you need to pay attention to, so you can plan your trip with a little less stress and more money in your pocket. Easter Holidays during April Spring break in Spain happens during Easter Holy Week. This year it’s the week of the 14th of April through the 21st. Each year the spring break dates change, and this year it comes late enough to promise (hopefully) sunny weather and…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Good Travel Insurance Should Cover Financial Loss or Medical Expenses

    Alice Benny
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Good Travel insurance may assist you in covering any financial losses or medical expenses that might occur during your trip. Also, having travel insurance is regarded as the ideal protection for individuals traveling overseas or domestically. However, there are certain … Continue reading → The post Good Travel Insurance Should Cover Financial Loss or Medical Expenses appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Buying Electric Cars: Pros and Cons of Electric Cars You Should Know

    Alice Benny
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Cars using electricity instead of petroleum is definitely an attractive invention. Though the presence of electric cars has been there since many years now, people are still concerned about deciding whether they should go for it and buying electric cars … Continue reading → The post Buying Electric Cars: Pros and Cons of Electric Cars You Should Know appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Cognitive Testing ADHD Offers Level of Reliability in Diagnosis

    Alice Benny
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Cognitive Testing ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder receives much discussion and scrutiny. The use of medication to treat ADHD in children probably receives the most attention in the realm of this sensitive subject. Perhaps the second aspect of the condition, … Continue reading → The post Cognitive Testing ADHD Offers Level of Reliability in Diagnosis appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Reduce your travel footprint by holidaying closer to home

    Alice Benny
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Travelling is a big part of our lives these days, accounting for around 40% of Australia’s household greenhouse gas emissions (data from Air travel in particular contributes large amounts of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide plus the processing and … Continue reading → The post Reduce your travel footprint by holidaying closer to home appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • How to Beautify your Kitchen with Recycled Glass Countertops Cost

    Alice Benny
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    Recycled Glass Countertops Cost Guide: The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s where you spend most of your time making lovely meals for your family and anyone who uses the kitchen frequently understands how … Continue reading → The post How to Beautify your Kitchen with Recycled Glass Countertops Cost appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • So, About That Teen Stowaway Onboard Hawaiian Airlines...

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    We weren't going to blog this story because there's not much to convey beyond what you already know. A 16 year old teenager fought with his parents, ran away from home, jumped the fence at San Jose International, climbed into the wheel well of an Hawaiian Airlines flight bound for Maui, and then somehow lived to tell the tale. Hiding in wheel wells is the kind of thing that almost always kills people, which we know because their bodies then fall out of the sky. This kid somehow survived and is now being cared for by child services, so it's a kind of bittersweet thing. That's really all that…
  • Boston: What It Was Like to Be at the Boston Marathon Yesterday

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Our Assistant Editor was in Boston for the marathon this weekend. Below, he shares his experience. This weekend, a friend of mine wrote an email wishing me well in Boston, saying that we just missed each other. She was up here a few weeks ago and comes often, but said she avoids the marathon and Patriot’s Day like the plague. I’m sure a lot of people feel that way, scared off by the crowds and cost of the busy weekend. On the surface, she was correct. Hotel rates are inflated, the T is absolutely jammed, and the extra congestion means you can forget about getting anywhere in a…
  • Inside the Amenity Kit: Cathay Pacific Business Class (Men)

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside: Traveling from North America or Europe to Hong Kong means a long flight no matter which way you play it, but it's HK's hometown airline Cathay Pacific that leads in premium plush to make the hours pass a little faster. Up in business class, Cathay keeps passenger happy with lie-flat seats (all with aisle…
  • Sandusky: Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: The Roller Coaster Capital of the World

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation. Sure, cultural experiences and taking in a little history are great options when heading out on holiday, but sometimes we recognize that a dose of serious fun is in order. That’s why we suggest skipping the long-haul…
  • The 6 Tiny Things Every Traveler Should Always Pack

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K. This Week: The 6 Tiny Things You May Never Have Thought to Pack
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    HotelChatter -

  • London: Sydney's 1888 Hotel Looks Good Enough to Frame

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    And you can get yourself easily in the picture: just step behind the frame (or ‘Selfie’ space as the hotel calls it) that hangs from one of the wooden beams in the lobby of this wool-storage facility turned hotel in Sydney's Pyrmont district, snap away, tag it #1888Hotel and it will appear on the screens near reception. Since we know you’d much rather look at hotels than us, we’ll let the lobby itself have its close up, which has various seating areas (including a small restaurant section), a living tree, and a set of glass elevators that take you up through the four-story…
  • San Francisco: Hotel G's Up and Will Open on May 2 in San Francisco

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    San Francisco's old Hotel Frank in Union Square will re-open as the Hotel G on May 2.We already told you about what to expect from the hotel here but we're impressed with this latest room shot they've put up. Wow. The hotel has come along way from this.We couldn't book a room on the hotel's website until May 12 but rooms on that date are available for 30 percent off at $160.10 a night. Regular room rates will run about $229. And of course, there is free WiFi. C'mon, this is San Francisco. [Photo: Hotel G/Facebook]
  • Las Vegas: The Palms in Las Vegas Will Now Have a Bikini Concierge on Hand

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Last month we looked at a range of niche hotel butlers, from fireside butlers to tanning butlers and even camping butlers. We've also documented some of the more unusual specialty concierges out there (Spice Concierge, anyone?) Today, The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas tells us of another hotel service we didn't know we needed--bikini concierge.The Palms Pool & Dayclub has partnered up with for the weekly pool party, Ditch Fridays, which begins again on May 2. The bikini concierge will help gals shop for bikinis at the poolside pop-up shop which will be open on Friday and…
  • The 2014 HotelChatter WiFi Report: Who is Still Charging for WiFi and Why?

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    It turns out that luxury hotel you've been dying to stay at doesn't actually have everything you need.Whether you’re a frequent traveler or a once-a-year vacationer, there’s one amenity you’re probably counting on during your next hotel stay--free, working WiFi. You're not alone. released a recent survey where hotel guests ranked free WiFi as the most important in-room amenity. See ya, minibar Snickers! Fortunately, free WiFi has become more commonplace these days (at least 64 percent of hotels!) especially at hotels that caters to business travelers like Courtyard…
  • Are You Earning Reward Points When You Book Your Hotel Stay Online?

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    These days, most of us book our hotel stays online, either via a third party or directly through the hotel's website. If you make a habit out of doing the former, you may be interested to learn more about how you can earn points through Orbitz's rewards program. The system revolves around accumulating Orbucks, which is a dummy currency that directly converts to the dollar. In other words, 1 Orbuck equals 1 USD. When you book a hotel through Orbitz, you can earn up to 3% of the total price back in the form of Orbucks, which can then be applied to a future hotel booking. Some hotels result in…
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  • 10 Truly Unique City Tours Around the World

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    On these 10 unique city tours, you'll venture into the Bronx with an old-school rapper and see abandoned buildings in Portugal's second city. You're sure to come home with a camera full of authentic experiences that most visitors miss.
  • The Caribbean's Best Day-Trip Islands

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    One of the Caribbean's best surprises is its many little islets that surround the major islands. Some are always up for a party, others offer a secluded getaway, and still others are a pristine time capsule of the Caribbean at its wildest and most unspoiled. Here are ten of our favorites.
  • 10 Totally Unique (or Wacky) Ways to Travel

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Road trip? Been there. Caribbean cruise? Done that. Simply jetting off for the weekend? Yawn. Ditch that everyday vacation and, instead, embark on a truly wild adventure. We've uncovered 10 kinds of wacky, totally unique ways to see the world, from horse caravans through Ireland to rocket-ship rides through space, perfect for giving your travel bug a bit of pick-me-up.
  • From Goldfish to Giraffes: 10 Incredible Hotel Animals

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Most hotels go out of their way to keep animals out, but a few make stars of their dogs, fish, dolphins, polar bears, and other furry and finned friends.
  • 10 Trips That Will Make You a Better Person

    22 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    These 10 trips, from volunteering in an orphanage in Cambodia to learning environmental stewardship on an organic farm in Scotland, will enlarge your heart, help you live more mindfully, and inspire a better version of you to emerge.
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  • Photo Friday: Easter Abroad

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

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    For me, Spring Break signals the coming end of the school year and the transition towards the lazy days of summer, so I like to plan a spring break that balances both relaxation and a chance to learn about the world around us. That doesn’t mean we’ll spend our entire week in museums, though. With a little creativity, your kids can add to their learning wherever you go. Hands on Area in the Bishop Museum's Hawaiian Hall I've been invited by Residence Inn to contribute to their Family Travel Talk Forum on Facebook this year. I'm joining several other blogging parents and I'm excited to…
  • Welcome Seattle's Child Readers

    13 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I had the super fun experience of being interviewed for our local parenting magazine, Seattle's Child this month They even featured my family (well, those of us who weren't battling a cold) on the cover! Seattle's Child cover photo March 2014 Here's the full text of the interview in case you haven't read it and would like to: An Interview with Debbie Dubrow About DeliciousBaby DeliciousBaby is about Traveling with Young Kids. We have lots of tips and helpful advice to make your family vacation easier and more enjoyable. If you are new to DeliciousBaby, you might want to check out some of…
  • Photo Friday: Ice Skating

    5 Dec 2013 | 11:00 am
    Darya gives ice skating a try If you travel over the holidays, it can be tricky to find activities on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. One trick we've learned is to look for zoos, ice rinks, movie theaters, ski slopes, and of course public parks. Related Links Seattle with Kids What is Photo Friday? Post a travel photo on your site. It can be about any topic, as long as it is G-rated. The focus of the post should be on your photo. You don't need to be a professional photographer (I'm not), but do showcase your best work, and make it big enough to see well! It's nice to include a few…
  • Book Review: My Father's Shop

    14 Nov 2013 | 11:29 am
    The Scoop My Father's Shop is a cute, easy to relate to, story about a boy helping out in his father's carpet shop in Morocco. The illustrations do a great job of transporting the reader to a bustling Middle Eastern market and the story has a wonderful message about how people can relate to one another even if they're from different cultures. My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa Can you remember being a child? Wanting to be part of your parent's world, but also feeling bored with the technical details of how it all worked? My Father's Shop captures that feeling through the story of a young…
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Looking for something new and fun to do while traveling this week? Check out Viator’s best travel deals available around the globe this week and make the most of your travel budget Here are the top Viator Travel Deals through April 29, 2014: Australia & the Pacific Save on tours in Melbourne! Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch – Save 15% Enjoy Sydney sightseeing, a BBQ lunch and whale watching on the ultimate Sydney Harbour cruise. Relax while you see the sights of Sydney from the water as you cruise around Sydney Harbour and dine on a delicious buffet lunch served…
  • Meet a Guide: Mindy Chia in Singapore

    Viator Travel Team
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Editor’s Note: Viator is proud to introduce some of our new local experts. This network of licensed tour guides covers most every destination you can imagine, so check ‘em out the next time you’re looking for a private tour guide – or simply looking to explore a destination from a local’s perspective. Mindy Chia, Singapore Private Guide Meet Mindy Chia, one of Viator’s local experts on the island of Singapore and Singapore City. Mindy’s extensive knowledge of Singapore City, her friendly disposition and endless curiosity (as well as fluency in both English and Chinese) make her…
  • How to Spend Three Days in Whitehorse, Canada

    Eva Holland
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    River near Whitehorse When I first arrived in Whitehorse, the capital of Canada’s northern Yukon Territory, I expected to find a rough-edged old mining town that had seen better days. And sure, Whitehorse was founded as a transit hub during the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, and mining remains a major part of the local economy. But today’s small city has moved well beyond the cliché of the bearded old prospector squatting over a gold pan and then spending his winnings at the local saloon. These days, Whitehorse is a young, thriving community filled with outdoor enthusiasts, artists,…
  • Meet a Guide: Dicky Woollard in Hong Kong

    Katie Hammel
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Editor’s Note: Viator is proud to introduce some of our new local experts. This network of licensed tour guides covers most every destination you can imagine, so check ‘em out the next time you’re looking for a private tour guide – or simply looking to explore a destination from a local’s perspective. Meet Dicky Woollard, one of Viator’s local experts on the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong. Viator Tour Guide Dicky Woollard Dicky, a native English speaker, is licensed by the Hong Kong Tourist Industry Council and real favorite among Viator travelers. His behind-the-scenes tours…
  • Beyond Dracula: 7 Reasons to Visit Transylvania

    Katie Hammel
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Howling wolves and things that bite in the night. Transylvania conjures up images of storm battered castles and flaky old counts out to drink your blood. However, if you dig beyond the cliché spawned by Bram Stoker’s infamous novel and a series of Hammer Horror films that followed, you’ll find this region of northwest Romania abundant in dramatic landscapes, artisanal traditions and warm welcomes. Transylvania is more than just Dracula, so here are seven reasons why it should make your bucket list. Transylvania Castle of Bram The Medieval Landscape and Natural Beauty Cradled by the…
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    World Hum

  • Interview with Arno Kopecky: Sailing the Northern Gateway

    The World Hum Editors (
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Arno Kopecky spent months sailing along a proposed oil tanker route off British Columbia. Eva Holland talks to him about the new travel book that resulted from the voyage.
  • R.I.P. Peter Matthiessen

    The World Hum Editors (
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Wikimedia Commons Prolific writer and three-time National Book Award winner Peter Matthiessen died Saturday at age 86. Matthiessen was a former CIA agent, one of the founders of The Paris Review, and the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books. He’s best known in travel writing circles for his 1978 travelogue, “The Snow Leopard.” In 2010 we listed it as one of our 100 most celebrated travel books of all time. Rolf Potts celebrated The Snow Leopard on World Hum in 2006, writing that the book offers “a gentle reminder that life consists of what each moment brings…
  • Why is This Man Walking Around the World?

    The World Hum Editors (
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:26 am
    Aspiring travel writers can choose any number of paths. They can start a blog, or intern at a magazine, or simply start pitching stories to editors. But 24-year-old Ryan Newburn is taking a different approach. He plans to spend four or five years walking around the world—almost literally. He’ll hoof it across Japan, then New Zealand, then Australia, and then he’ll work his way up Southeast Asia, and that’s only the beginning. Why? Among other things, the Nebraska native told Newsweek: “I thought about what I wanted to do with my life, and I’ve always wanted…
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    The World Hum Editors (
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:04 am
    Tom Swick on the unsung union of the traveler and the book
  • R.I.P. Matthew Power, Writer

    The World Hum Editors (
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:16 am
    Facebook Journalist and travel writer Matthew Power died this week in Uganda while on assignment for Men’s Journal. He was believed to have collapsed from heatstroke while following an explorer who was attempting to hike the length of the Nile. Matt was 39. I’ve been writing these brief, occasional obituary posts for World Hum for more than six years now, but this is the first time I’ve written about someone I’ve known personally. I first met Matt at a New York City launch party for “The Best American Travel Writing 2009”—he read his wonderful…
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • A Word on Travel Comps, Editorial Integrity, and Travel Writers Tearing Down Travel Writers

    Brian Spencer
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Judgment’s not tomorrow, its today (yes now it’s here). But no it isn’t Jesus, take a look at all your peers. They’re all looking down on you. Inside they know what’s best for you… everybody knows what’s best for you. – Bad Religion, “Best for You” She emailed me last October to ask if I
  • Sail Seas of Grass on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

    Sheila Scarborough
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    It used to stretch in an enormous swath from Manitoba to Texas north to south, Indiana to Kansas east to west. 140 million acres of tallgrass prairie; a never-ending sea of grasses and plants with names like Big Bluestem and Butterfly milkweed. Prairie chickens fluffed and boomed looking for mates, ornate box turtles crept along,
  • Travel by Food: 48 Countries, One Book

    Kerry Dexter
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Sweden, Egypt, Lebanon, Peru, France, Mozambique, Belgium, Thailand, Mexico, Ethiopia: what might these diverse places have in common? Food. It’s not that they share similar dishes, though some do; it’s not that they work with the same foodstuffs, though some do that, too. It is that, along with thirty eight other nations, they are countries
  • India, Iceland, and Italy in the April ’14 Issue

    13 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In the latest issue of the Perceptive Travel monthly online magazine, we visit three I’s of travel that you often see on newsstand covers: India, Iceland, and Italy. They’re exotic, photogenic, and beguiling, but as usual we go look at them from a very different angle. In India, Jim Johnston goes for a walk in
  • At Bali’s Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Bali, Smiles, Everyone, Smiles

    Brian Spencer
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Everything was fine until she asked me to spread my legs and put my hands on the bar. I expected a leisurely shower; ideally a rain shower, scented with fragrant lemongrass. There would be luxurious bath products, elegantly presented in wall-mounted ceramic bottles studded with polished stones, at the ready. I’d then move on to
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    Lonely Planet blog

  • Planeteer: Giant horse heads unveiled in Scotland, Harry Potter theme park headed for Japan, quiz tests your North Korea knowledge

    Travel News
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: a sculpture of two 30m-tall horse heads has opened in Scotland, plans are afoot for a Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Japan and a quiz reveals how much you know about secretive North Korea. Europe Asia & the Pacific The Americas Middle East & Africa Weird, odd & just plain fun YOUR WORLD TODAY April 22 is… The anniversary of Portuguese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral’s arrival in Brazil Tin…
  • Planeteer: Turkey’s pistachio-powered city, MERS virus reaches Asia, Byron Bay’s Bluesfest kicks off

    Travel News
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: Turkey plans a city powered by pistachio nuts, the deadly MERS virus reaches Asia and Bluesfest in Byron Bay begins. Europe Asia & the Pacific The Americas Middle East & Africa Weird, odd & just plain fun YOUR WORLD TODAY 17 April is… Evacuation Day, marking the end of French rule in Syria Flag Day, American Samoa And this weekend is… Easter weekend Beijing Marathon on Sunday Boston Marathon on…
  • Planeteer: Italy’s most haunted island up for sale, Philippines volcano warning, Beijing gets a marathon toilet app

    Travel News
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: Italy’s ‘most haunted’ island is up for sale, two popular volcanoes in the Philippines are at ‘Alert Level 1′, and Beijing is introducing a smartphone app to encourage marathon runners to use toilets rather than the walls of the Forbidden City. Europe Asia & the Pacific The Americas Middle East & Africa Weird, odd & just plain fun EUROPE Stories curated by Lonely…
  • Planeteer: Cyprus hotels go sustainable, bomb blast rocks Cairo, Brits ‘somewhat proud’ to be British

    Travel News
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: Cyprus make sustainability mandatory for hotels, three people injured in bomb blast in central Cairo, and a survey reveals that Brits are ‘somewhat proud’ to be British. Europe Asia & the Pacific The Americas Middle East & Africa Weird, odd & just plain fun YOUR WORLD TODAY 15 April is… First day of Passover, Jewish community worldwide Songkran in Thailand Tourism Week in Uruguay…
  • Planeteer: the Maldives’ first female DJ, new cycling routes for Johannesburg, Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame expands

    Travel News
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: the Maldives get their first female DJ, new cycling routes will soon be launched in Johannesburg, and Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame officially opens its expanded space. Europe Asia & the Pacific The Americas Middle East & Africa Weird, odd & just plain fun YOUR WORLD TODAY 14 April is… New Year’s Day for communities across India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and parts of Southeast Asia Black…
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  • 10 Reasons to Visit Gay-Friendly Madrid

    Auston Matta
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Today I am thrilled to share a special guest post by Auston Matta, one-half of the duo behind the travel blog Two Bad Tourists. Two Bad Tourists was started by David and Auston, a married couple based in Madrid. When they’re not traveling or writing guides about events or the best gay destinations, they enjoy the long sunny days and nightlife of Madrid. Follow their adventure as they travel the world together.Madrid is among the most gay-friendly destinations in Europe and you’ll find a wide array of activities and nightlife throughout the city. There are many reasons to consider a visit…
  • Stunning Sunrise in Conwy, Wales

    Matt Long
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Stunning Sunrise in Conwy, Wales appeared first on LandLopers.
  • 42 Things I Love About Berlin

    Matt Long
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    1. Walking around the Tiergarten on a beautiful day2. Marveling at how much the city is changing almost in front of your eyes3. Eating a Berliner pastry4. Reflecting on Germany’s past at the Memorial for Victims of the Wall5. Enjoy some yummy currywurst6. Take a city tour in a classic DDR Trabant car7. Learn about East Berlin’s fractured past at the Stasi Museum8. Take a break from urbanity at the Schloss Charlottenburg9. It’s touristy, but a stop at Checkpoint Charlie is a most for everyone10. Going to the top of the glass dome at the Bundestag11. Do some shopping at KaDeWe, Europe’s…
  • Remnants Of A Ghost Town in Australia’s Goldfields

    Matt Long
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post Remnants Of A Ghost Town in Australia’s Goldfields appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Learning Not To Take Things (Including Yourself) Too Seriously

    Matt Long
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    The other day I was eating my lunch and perusing the latest Facebook updates as I devoured my sandwich. One of my friends made a comment that left me thinking. In it she advised that no matter how great you think you are, or how great people tell you you are don’t be a jerk. Actually, her exact words were: “Don’t be an asshole. Even when everyone starts telling you you’re great, hold on to some doubt about that, because it keeps you humble and there’s someone else better anyway.”And that’s true. But it also made me think about how one could extrapolate that to other…
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    nerd's eye view

  • You’re a Stranger Too? Have Some Soup.

    Pam Mandel
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Rothschild Hagaddah c. 1450 “Jews are tied together by irrational bonds of memory…” — Simon Schama, The Story of the Jews I am not a religious person, not even a little bit, but you would never hear me say I wasn’t Jewish. I didn’t give a whole lot of thought to it until my ex-husband’s parents tried to get me to convert — how could I convert from a religion I didn’t really have? And yet, I could not give it up, it was the same as if they’d suggested I become ethnic Chinese. This wrangling with my identity resurfaced when I lived in…
  • Open Thread: We Have to Talk.

    Pam Mandel
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    This week has been one stupid internet thing after another. A friend told me about an offer to engage in sketchy blogging practices from a company I’d previously thought of as legit. It bummed me out. I got spam asking me to run a “We’re traveling the world, you’re in the rat race” infographic and some of the people featured in it are people I previously thought of as stand up humans. It bummed me out. I made the mistake of watching the American Blogger trailer, a clip that looks more like an ad for a eugenics project than a documentary about blogging. It REALLY…
  • Stuff I Like Near Anchorage, Alaska

    Pam Mandel
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    Welcome to Anchorage… where there is off-street parking for your whale. I went to Anchorage to speak at a travel event and I tacked a few days on to my stay — here are the things I really enjoyed during my short visit. Scott McMurren (of the Alaska Tour Saver) arranged for my travel and two nights stay, Visit Anchorage covered the rest. In the interest of full disclosure, anything I didn’t pay for myself is marked with an asterisk. Where to Stay The Copper Whale B&B*: I’ve stayed in a handful of Anchorage hotels; they are shockingly mediocre on all counts, service,…
  • Spirit Houses at St. Nicholas Church, Eklutna

    Pam Mandel
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
  • Postcard from RussiAlaksa

    Pam Mandel
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm
    “Hi!” “Well, hello. How come you’re not inside?” “I’m hot blooded. I was getting too hot in there. I’m warm blooded in the summer and cold blooded in the winter, I save up all my summer heat for winter and burn it off then.” “Are your parents in there?” “My dad is. And my sister. My mom and my brother are at St. Herman’s. I live in Wasila on Lazy Mountain.” “How far is that from here?” “Oh, a couple of half hours. Where are YOU from?” “I’m from Seattle.” “Wow!
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  • Henri Matisse at Tate Modern and in the South of France

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    With the opening of the blockbuster exhibition at London's Tate Modern: Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs which runs until September 7th, everybody is once again Matisse-mad.  So why not continue the Matisse theme with a trip to places in France associated with the great artist? Start in northern France in Le Cateau-Cambrésis. This is the Nord-Pas de Calais city where Matisse was born. A textile center, Matisse's early life was spent surrounded by the designs and materials that influenced so much of his work. Matisse chose what he wanted to give to the town's Matisse Museum and how they…
  • Dordogne International Jazz Summer School 2014

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Learn to play jazz in a great atmosphere at the Dordogne International Jazz Summer School, held yearly in the 12th century Chateau de Monteton. Led by pianist and composer Andrea Vicari, it's a week of complete immersion in jazz and improvisation. You learn during the day and play at the organized jam sessions in the evenings. There are free concerts given by the tutors and other professional jazz musicians and it's for all levels whatever your expertise and for all instruments. You finish the week performing to a live audience. There are two weeks in 2014: July 26th to August 2nd and a more…
  • Normandy Bed and Breakfasts with a D-Day Landing Beach Theme

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    Real enthusiasts of the Longest Day, June 6th, 1944, can take their enthusiasm to bed with them at any of four bed and breakfasts in Normandy with a D-Day landing theme or connection. Perhaps La Ferme de Riou, just 1.5kms (1 mile) from Sainte-Mère where the rooms are full of World War II memorabilia? Or how about Spirit of 1944, located between two temporary advanced airfields built by USAAF's 9th Air Force where the first thing you hear when you walk through the door is the music of Glenn Miller? These are just two of four excellent places that are very good value as well as being a…
  • The New Green Corridor in Nice

    5 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Nice has a new attraction--a Green Corridor (Corridor vert) that runs from the  fabulous Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) to the famous Promenade des Anglais. It opened in November but is only now, with the warm weather kicking in, finally coming into its own. It makes a lovely walk from the bustle of the sea scene along the Promenade to the blockbuster MAMAC which takes the role of Nice in the 1960s and '70s to today through the artistic movements of France (though Nice) and America. The new Green Corridor is similar to the green High Line in New York and is all part of…
  • Brittany offers a new no-frills, economy ferry service

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:58 pm
      Brittany Ferries has just launched a new economy, no-frills service on its Portsmouth to Santander (weekends only) and Portsmouth Le Havre (Tuesday-Friday) routes. The company has just hooked up with the shipping company that owns Etretat, a freighter with passenger accommodation. Don't expect the usual high-class restaurants, bars, etnertainment and facilities of Brittany Ferries' other ships. But do expect great fares (from £79 to France and £169 (including reclining seats) to Spain; 4-berth ensuite cabins with air conditioning but without carpets; good French catering with…
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • What It Costs to Live in Argentina

    Tim Leffel
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:15 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!
  • The Hidden Agendas of Travel Sites and Media

    Tim Leffel
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:45 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!
  • The Travel Gear I Couldn’t Kill

    Tim Leffel
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:17 pm
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
  • The Biggest Travel Budget Killers: Location, Velocity, & Distance

    Tim Leffel
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:52 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!
  • Is Panama a Cheap Place to Live? It Depends…

    Tim Leffel
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting!
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way - Home Swap Vacations

  • Home swap tip: Good photos to make your offer stand out

    Home Base Holidays
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Good quality photos can be one of the best ways to make your home swap offer stand out. Tips for Shooting Interiors: Tidy your home: put away clothes, clean off countertops and fold the towels. Clear away the clutter and remember - less is often more. Natural light: if possible shoot in natural light without the flash. Choose the time of day when the sun illuminates the room. However make sure your photos are not too dark. Framing: select the best possible portion of a room to photograph. If your camera allows try setting the lens to a wide angle to frame as much of the room as…
  • 50 home swaps: from a palace to a caravan!

    Home Base Holidays
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    "We started home swapping before the Internet, in the days when people used to write real letters - and it worked! Since then, we´ve done more than 50 swaps and we've converted our friends and neighbours in Andalusia to home exchange. We only have nice stories to tell about home swapping and are still good friends with our very first home exchangers in New Zealand. We´ve stayed in amazing homes, including a palace, a vicarage, a barge, a motor caravan, and swapped with lots of interesting families - violin bow makers in Amsterdam, Freudian psychiatrists in Vienna, film makers in Paris, a…
  • Home swap tip: the last minute tidy up

    Home Base Holidays
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    A home swapper recently wrote about the following dilemma: "I have found that the end of the holiday can end up with a last-minute competition to leave the house in a cleaner condition than you found it. This is beneficial, but can be embarrassing if your exchangees beat you in the game. Our first exchange guests washed and dried all the bedding, which was lovely, but we hadn't agreed to this, and all I had done was to strip their beds!"  It's great that members want to leave homes clean and tidy at the end of an exchange but it is best to agree ahead exactly what both parties will be…
  • Visiting London on a home swap? Tips for eating out well and cheaply from a South London girl!

    Home Base Holidays
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    'One of the many delights of home exchange is that your house swap partners will provide suggestions for tried and tested bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants close to home. Our visitors have enjoyed the varied delights of eating out in Tooting but dining in Central London can be an expensive disappointment. Below are a few of our favourites which we return to again and again (Borough Market in photo): We love the bar and restaurant in the Haymarket Hotel. Comfortable, classy, and although pricey there's always a dish of the day and a set price theatre menu. They serve a great afternoon tea here…
  • Home Swap Tip: communication is key

    Home Base Holidays
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    It's always advisable to find exchange partners that you get on with. Communication is key to arranging an exchange and so while planning your swap do make sure to ask your exchange partners any questions you have. It's really nice to get to know the people you are exchanging with and so you might want to send photos of your family as well as additional information about your house and area. Make sure to talk on the phone (or Skype) as well as communicate regularly through the website during the planning and lead up to your holiday. Home Base Holidays members often make good new…
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  • Family-Friendly Activities In Lehigh Valley PA

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    Besides its amazing beauty and local charm, Lehigh Valley offers a variety of activities that every member of the family—young and old—will enjoy. So if you are still undecided on where to go this spring, head on to Pennsylvania and you will be rewarded with an unforgettable, family-bonding escape. Explore the famous Crystal Cave Park. Touted as the oldest operating cave in Pennsylvania, the underground wonder that is Crystal Cave Park has been visited by millions of people since its discovery in 1871. Located in Kutztown, the historic Crystal Cave offers an exhilarating exhibit of…
  • Exciting Water Sports You Have to Experience

    24 Feb 2014 | 9:52 am
    If swimming and kayaking are the only water sports you’ve ever done in your entire life, then you’re missing out on a LOT! Imagine gliding across the lake at 20 miles per hour. Or maybe riding on a tube as you pass over waves brought on by the motorboat towing you. These activities are not necessarily dangerous; just be smart and follow rules or take lessons beforehand. Once you experience the incredible thrill of speed and water combined, you gain yourself a priceless summer you’ll never forget. Waterskiing Put on your skis and life vest, hold on tight, and let the motorboat take you…
  • Jet Lag & Lack Of Sleep. Is It Insomnia Or All In Your Brain?

    3 Feb 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Many people struggle with sleeping from time to time, but may not have what doctors would refer to as insomnia. What’s the difference between being a problem sleeper and an insomniac? In a word: duration. There are three basic types of insomnia: transient, acute and chronic. Transient may last days to weeks, acute lasts several weeks and chronic insomnia can last for months or even years. Between 10 and 15 percent of adults experience chronic insomnia while up to 40 percent of adults say they’ve experienced insomnia in the past year (according to the National Sleep Foundation). A sleep…
  • Flying Solo

    3 Feb 2014 | 11:35 am
    Many people list traveling as one of their favorite things, but a smaller amount put “traveling alone” on that list instead. Are there really that many introverts out there?? No – traveling alone can be a really fun and exciting time! This post comes to you from someone who truly enjoys traveling alone, which means there’s plenty of experience behind the advice. Whether you’re driving, riding a train, or flying in an airplane, you can learn to make the most of your solo journey and learn a few things about yourself along the way. Snacks are an essential component of your trip.
  • Alaskan Adventures

    27 Jan 2014 | 9:20 am
    Alaska, America’s “final frontier,” was admitted as the 49th state in 1959. It remains largely uninhabited, making it an amazing destination for backwoods explorers, but also boasts some interesting cities, making it perfect for more city-centric tourists. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best things to do when you visit this most majestic of states. Adventure Activities Glacier hiking and climbing: Alaska has more than 100,000 glaciers and 39 mountain ranges. Dogsled rides River rafting or kayaking Jet boat rides Snowmobiling Skiing and snowboarding ATV and 4-wheeler rides…
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    Rick Steves Travel Blog: Blog Gone Europe

  • Europe’s “Second Cities” — Like Portugal’s Porto — Come in First

    Rick Steves
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    I am really into “second cities” these days. For generations, several European Industrial Age powerhouses (Antwerp, Hamburg, Glasgow, Bilbao, and so on) were what we would call “rust belt,” as their elegant “first city” counterparts enjoyed the luster of the Information Age. But over the last decade or so, the rust has become an accessory, bohemian can be chic, and places where people once joked “the shirts are sold with the sleeves already rolled up” are in vogue and bursting with creative energy. The obvious example in Portugal is Porto, three hours north of Lisbon…
  • Surround Sound Lisbon-Style in a Fado Restaurant

    Rick Steves
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Each time I visit Lisbon, one of my projects is to review the many fado opportunities so those with my Rick Steves Portugal guidebook get the best late-night memory. Fado is traditional folk music that reflects Portugal’s bittersweet relationship with the sea. You can go to a fancy show in a fancy upscale restaurant for lots of money. But I like the free shows, deep in the characteristic and rough-edged neighborhoods. Here (at Restaurante A Baiuca in the Alfama, listed in my guidebook) the woman who owns the place is joined by her cooks, while the headwaiter sings at the door (along…
  • Open Mic at the Fado Joint

    Rick Steves
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    When traveling in Europe, we seek out the living traditions. And many of them survive only as clichés for tourists watching tacky stage shows. But Portugal’s fado (traditional, mournful folk tunes) can still be enjoyed in rustic, authentic settings like this characteristic little eatery (Restaurante A Baiuca, recommended in my guidebook), deep in Lisbon’s Alfama. I filmed in this joint years ago, capturing a magic moment for our TV show–and it’s been in my guidebook ever since. I was anxious to return, afraid that the magic would be gone. Thankfully, it survives. This is…
  • Uncovering Hidden Meanings with a Local Guide

    Rick Steves
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’ll be researching, filming new TV shows, and enjoying our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour in the next two months. Each day of my research time I’ll be paling around with a local guide. This is my luxury as every minute spent with an expert and translator and friend at my side is filled with learning and insights I wouldn’t enjoy otherwise. Anyone can hire local guides to brighten their travels. In Portugal it costs about €100 ($130) to have your own private guide for four hours. Here, my guide Alex is taking me on a little scavenger hunt through Lisbon’s castle town (built back…
  • Checking In with Lisbon

    Rick Steves
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Lisbon feels to me like Europe’s San Francisco with rattling trolleys, a famous suspension bridge, a heritage dominated by a horrific earthquake (1755), and lots of fog. I’m kicking off my two months of spring research here–and I’ve hit the ground running to be sure everything in my Rick Steves Portugal guidebook is up-to-date for the 2015 edition. Rua Augusta: The triumphal arch that serves as a gateway to the city is now open for visitors, affording a grand view down the main drag, Rua Augusta. As can be seen from the top of the arch, the center of town was rebuilt in a…
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  • Spell It Out

    Melissa Flandreau
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Photo by Ted Tucker We love these colorful wooden letters, which are perfect for adding a touch of whimsy to your beach house. Seasaw Sign Company “Sea” Sign in Sky Blue, Flamingo, and Seafoam, $82;
  • Take It Outside: Week 5 Favorites

    Elizabeth Bonner
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    April is in the air! For some, that means pollen. For us, it means all the more reason to take it outside where there’s a fresh, salty sea breeze. Even with Easter right around the corner, while preparing scrumptious Sunday brunches and meticulously plotting hiding places for egg hunts, you managed to make time for some more outdoor adventures and relaxation. Click to view slideshow. Next week will be our Take It Outside finale post, so help us make it the best one yet by sharing your most spectacular outdoors experiences! To participate in this closing roundup, follow us on Instagram…
  • Stripe Hype

    Melissa Flandreau
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Photo by Ted Tucker Hand-loomed and made of Turkish cotton, these colorful towels are a great addition to your beach bag. Turkish-T Saint Tropez Bath Towel in Red and Turquoise, $48;  
  • Swell Shells

    Melissa Flandreau
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Photo by Ted Tucker Handcrafted with shells and sea glass, this wreath is the perfect way to decorate your beach house door. Victoria’s Seacraft Coastal Beach Wreath with Blue Sea Glass, $65;
  • Take It Outside: Week 4 Favorites

    Elizabeth Bonner
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    This week we’ve seen some April showers, but it seems they’ve also brought in some early May flowers. Rain or shine, you’re enjoying the great outdoors and capturing it beautifully, and we’re excited to show off a few more of our favorite shots! Click to view slideshow. Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@Coastal_Living) and Twitter (@CoastalLiving), and don’t forget to tag everything you share with #CLTakeItOutside. Check back next week for another round of our top picks!
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  • More legal hot water for Airbnb
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    It's been a roller coaster of a week for Airbnb. The startup closed a deal for $450 million in funding, attaining a valuation it'd reportedly been chasing: $10 billion. But before the bubbly had time to settle in San Francisco, bad news came from New York, where an affidavit was filed against Airbnb claiming that the majority of its listings in New York are illegal.
  • U.S. airlines rank lowest in satisfaction among travel sectors
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:09 am
    U.S. airlines lag hotels and online travel agencies in customer satisfaction as travelers face increasingly cramped airplanes and poor in-flight service, a poll published on Tuesday showed.
  • Omni Hotels views mobile content as catalyst for bookings
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:08 am
    Omni Hotels & Resorts is unveiling new mobile and Web sites this summer that will take a decidedly different approach than other hotel brands by packing in lifestyle-driven content to squeeze out conversions.
  • Airlines embrace storytelling and social in new campaigns
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    In the wake of US Airways' much-talked-about inappropriate Twitter blunder, it's easy to forget that airlines actually have a great track record of producing innovative, engaging social campaigns.
  • Which marketing analytics should you be looking at?
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:06 am
    Access to so much data has made marketing analytics overwhelming for many a marketer. We have traffic data, conversion data, lead data, email marketing data, social media data ... the list goes on. Figuring out what data to pull, and when, is the tricky part.
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  • Magic Carpets

    Anna V
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
     Miguel Chevalier, French artist, is spreading what he calls "magic carpets" across the floor of a former sacré coeur church in Casablanca, Morocco. It is an interesting digital construction and interactive light display referencing cellular automata and biology.     When the viewer moves, the trajectory of the curves is disrupted under their feet, and the executed choreographic movements is set to the music of Michel Redolfi.  See this cool giant kaleidoscope for yourself in the video below. Miguel CHEVALIER Tapis magiques 2014 Casablanca…
  • It’s All in the Details

    Anna V
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Let’s get personal; it all comes down to the details. Details are what set rental homes and small hotels apart from the usual hotels. It's what makes a home away from home when you travel to unique and exquisite locations. The quality of renting these personal homes and small hotels boils down to those little details. What's in a detail? For starters, it's a small piece to a much larger whole. It’s an individual feature that gives you important knowledge of the owner, city, country, and culture. Everything from the most tertiary colors to the…
  • World of Colors

    Anna V
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:49 am
    For better or for worse, it's no secret colors can make a difference between good and bad design. However, more often than not, colors are not only being chosen for its ability to define a space’s ambience, but also to define and shape your mood. It can do everything from enhance your feelings to modify the perceived temperature! The psychology of color is a big and fascinating design trend today. We would like to welcome you to the world of colors and the homes that take hues to the next level. Blue is a potent sedative. We think this is an ideal place to take a good book and…
  • I’m the Train They Call the City of New Orleans

    Anna V
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    contributed by Terri Phillips In the dark black dead of night we boarded the Southbound 59 at the downtown station in Memphis.   The air was crisp and it felt like we were making our getaway.  I pulled my hood over my head so no one would recognize me. The idling train engine was our soundtrack.  We took seats upstairs facing each other and settled in for the eight hour ride.  My son closed his eyes and I began to see the lights of the station move across his face as the train picked up speed.  It would be his first trip to the Big Easy. The lush green flatlands of…
  • Travel & Style

    Anna V
    5 Mar 2014 | 1:46 pm
    image by The CW   Take flight, set sail, wander off! They say a great journey begins with the first step. We say it takes some smart planning, fun pieces and terrific style. Where do you want to go and who do you want to be? How does your style of travel reflect your personality and experience while you're on the road?   There are many ways to travel and unlimited places to go but how you travel and what you take with you can create and shape the experience. Chic nomads know that preparation and style can be almost as important as destination. If you've got to take…
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  • Velociraptor Entertainment Added to DAK – But It’s Not What You Think

    Kevin Yee
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m pleased to report that Walt Disney World started, this past weekend, testing a new atmosphere entertainment show in Dinoland U.S.A., in the form of a human scientist interacting with a velociraptor. There were many…The post Velociraptor Entertainment Added to DAK – But It’s Not What You Think appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Universal Orlando Update – Taking Market Share from Disney

    Eric Davis
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    This week we take you to Universal Orlando, where we look at the exciting projects all around the resort. Then we examine the market share that Universal has been stealing away from both Disney and…The post Universal Orlando Update – Taking Market Share from Disney appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Communicore Weekly – Carowinds, The Art of The Wind Rises, SW Pipe

    Jeff Heimbuch
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Direct Link  l   iTunes Link Welcome to this week’s Communicore Weekly, where we talk about Carowinds, The Art of The Wind Rises, and a Pipe in Star Wars! TRIP REPORT! –George tells us all about…The post Communicore Weekly – Carowinds, The Art of The Wind Rises, SW Pipe appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Maleficent moves in to Disney California Adventure and Small World turns 50

    Norman Gidney
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    It was a rather quiet Easter week at the Disneyland Resort. The popular EGG-Straveganza maps that led guests on an easter egg hunt through the happiest place on earth sold out quickly. But guests could…The post Maleficent moves in to Disney California Adventure and Small World turns 50 appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Top Ten Disneyland Books

    George Taylor
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ll be spending a few days in Disneyland next week as part of the CommuniTOUR and as a general tourist. I was checking over my book collection for some Disneyland titles and wanted to share…The post Top Ten Disneyland Books appeared first on MiceChat.
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    A Luxury Travel Blog

  • Million dollar views: 6 of the world’s best resort views

    Chinmoy Lad
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Following on from our previous series where we looked at the world’s best city hotel views, we now turn our attention to the world’s most jaw dropping resort views. While city views are entirely dependent on mankind’s ability to build structures and turn buildings into art and entire cityscapes into neon-lit bright reflections of a [...]Million dollar views: 6 of the world’s best resort views is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Million dollar views: 6 of the world’s best resort views appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 of the best luxury bars in Bangkok

    Thomas Hitch
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Thai people are known for their hospitality and attention to small details in their catering establishments. The thriving capital city of Bangkok has become famous for its busy and exciting nightlife, that offers truly unique night outs out on the town, and according to Murray Head’s song , One Night in Bangkok, ‘the bars are [...]5 of the best luxury bars in Bangkok is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 of the best luxury bars in Bangkok appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 5 things to do in Lisbon, Portugal

    Liz Schaffer
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    A city of trams, tiles and iron funiculars, Lisbon remains a glorious European gem. It is one of the world’s oldest (and coincidentally friendliest) cities and has the honour of being the oldest capital in Western Europe. And this sense of history is ever-present. Positively buzzing and regularly drenched in sunlight, there is much to [...]5 things to do in Lisbon, Portugal is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 5 things to do in Lisbon, Portugal appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • 3 activities to help you make the most of Spring in Park City, Utah

    Matt Sidford
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Spring is an absolutely wonderful time of year in Park City. During the day the temperatures are anywhere from low 60s to high 70s and mostly sunny. The crowds of the winter season have left and the summer biking and hiking enthusiasts have yet to home. If you want to get to know Park City [...]3 activities to help you make the most of Spring in Park City, Utah is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post 3 activities to help you make the most of Spring in Park City, Utah appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • The 3 best places to stay in Marrakech and Essaouira

    Judith Reitman
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Among Morocco’s many seductions are a panoply of luxurious riads and resorts with lush courtyards, sensual hammans, and “the best tagine in North Africa”.  The defining variable is quality of service which, despite Morocco’s claim to warm hospitality, varies significantly. Here are three of best places to stay in Marrakesh and Essaouira that offer seamless [...]The 3 best places to stay in Marrakech and Essaouira is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post The 3 best places to stay in Marrakech and Essaouira appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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  • 51st annual Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition begins this week. Watch it live online.

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    51st annual Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition begins this week. Watch it live online. Photo: Merrie Monarch FestivalThe 51st annual Merrie Monarch Festival gets underway this week on the Big Island with world-class hula competition, exhibitions, entertainment, arts-and-crafts fairs, and the annual Royal Parade through downtown Hilo.The weeklong event, which runs now through April 26 in Hilo, honors the legacy of King David Kalakaua, called the “Merrie Monarch” for his lov...
  • Top 5 favorite Hawaii places to watch a sunset

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    Top 5 favorite Hawaii places to watch a sunset Ko Olina Resort, Oahu, sunset. Photo by James Wu. Hanalei Bay and Haena State Park on Kauai. Wailea and Makena Beach on Maui. Anaehoomalu Bay on the Big Island. Ko Olina Resort on Oahu.These are the universally-agreed-upon sweet spots that DIDN'T make the final five cut of our readers’ Favorite Hawaii Places to Watch a Sunset list for 2014.Earlier this month, we again asked our HAWAII Magazine Facebook reader ohana the poll quest...
  • HAWAII Magazine's "Hidden Waikiki" Guide: After Dark

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    HAWAII Magazine's "Hidden Waikiki" Guide: After Dark Dining behind the tatami curtains at Choco House Restaurant & Sushi. Photo by Aaron Yoshino."Hidden Waikiki" is our first-ever, user-friendly guide to the under-the-radar spots we hit when we visit our backyard, world-famous, ever-fascinating and wholly unique Hawaii resort area.You'll find the entire feature in our current March/April issue, on sale now nationwide or available for
  • Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge celebrates Hawaiian makahiki with ocean sports and games this weekend

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge celebrates Hawaiian makahiki with ocean sports and games this weekend Photo: Duke Kahanamoku Beach ChallengeIf you’re in the midst of very modern Waikiki this weekend and find yourself yearningt for a glimpse into old Hawaii, check out the 29th annual Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge.The annual event, which benefits the Waikiki Community Center, is a mix of Hawaii heritage and modern Waikiki fun, with double-hulled canoe races, tug-of-war, stand-up paddle board races and a variety of...
  • NFL all-star Pro Bowl game leaving Hawaii for 2015, returning in 2016

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    NFL all-star Pro Bowl game leaving Hawaii for 2015, returning in 2016 2006 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Photo: NFLFor only the third time since 1980, the NFL Pro Bowl will not be played in Hawaii.The National Football League announced yesterday that its annual all-star game will relocate to Arizona next year and set for Sun., Jan. 25, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium. Super Bowl XLIX will take place a week later in the same stadium.The NFL Pro Bowl will return to Oahu’s Aloha Stadium in ...
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    Uncornered Market

  • Up Next: A Journey to East Africa

    Audrey Scott
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    By Audrey Scott Simien Mountains under a misty cover, Ethiopia.Our journey to East Africa, just about underway. What follows includes not only our itinerary and a call for your recommendations, but a personal note and a couple of back-stories including $100 given to us with a purpose on a ship in Antarctica.As you read this, we’re on our way to Ethiopia to begin a six week journey through Eastern Africa. We expect the journey to take us from Ethiopia to Uganda, Rwanda and finally Tanzania.We’ll have an opportunity to visit 1000-year old rock-cut churches in Ethiopia (and of course…
  • A New Look at Uncornered Market

    Audrey Scott
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    By Audrey ScottIf you’re looking at this article on our website, either on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone you may have noticed that things are looking a little different around here. (And if you’re reading this via RSS or email, we encourage you to hop over to the actual website right now. Otherwise, the rest of this won’t make any sense.)Uncornered Market has been redesigned! This has been a long, long process, including several fits and starts over the years. But now we’re finally here with a new look and more importantly, a much better engine.Why the change?We…
  • Itsukushima Shinto Shrine on Miyajima Island, Japan [360-Degree Panorama]

    Audrey Scott
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    By Audrey ScottMiyajima, a sacred island in Japan. So sacred in fact that its famous Itsukushima Shinto Shrine (now a UNESCO site) was designed very cleverly 500 years ago. You see, the raised boards provided a way for pilgrims to visit the island without actually touching sacred land directly. The purity of the island was kept in check for hundreds of years. (Another feature of the design is that it look like the shrine is floating on water during high tide, which is pretty cool.)Once at the shrine we gazed out over the water to the famous “floating” vermillion Torii (gate), only…
  • Being Present in Travel: 6 Reasons Why, 4 Ways How

    Audrey Scott
    23 Mar 2014 | 9:41 pm
    By Audrey ScottTravel is like a good, challenging book: it demands presentness—the ability to live completely in the moment, absorbed in the words or vision of reality before you. – Robert Kaplan It’s de rigueur to speak of “creating memories,” particularly when it comes to travel. This tendency has only been intensified by and through social media and online sharing. Similarly, we’ve written about creating a story-filled life, the idea being that experiences rather than material goods are what truly shape who we are. While I still believe that implicit underlying premise to…
  • Capturing the Essence of a Place (Or, A Long Weekend in Strasbourg)

    Daniel Noll
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:49 am
    By Daniel Noll Peering down the canal. La Petite France, Strasbourg.A few thoughts on how to find the essence of a place, and I suppose ultimately the essence of life — told through a long weekend in Strasbourg, France. It’s about how a fully cooked itinerary might actually get in the way of getting what I really came for in the first place. A few weekends ago, Audrey and I traveled to Strasbourg, France — a town ostensibly in France, but Germanic under the skin. An Alsatian town. We’d been there twice before for the same reason we’d come for this third time: a wine…
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    Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear » blog

  • A Small Ship Family Cruise to Alaska

    Jamie Pearson
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Years ago, before my husband and I had kids, we did a 2-week overland vacation in Alaska.  While it was wonderful — highlights included rafting on the Talkeetna River, touring Denali by bus, foot, and bike, and exploring the Kenai Peninsula on our own — I’d like something a little different when I (eventually) take [...]The post A Small Ship Family Cruise to Alaska appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • 5 Best Family Trips from Kensington Tours

    Jamie Pearson
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:58 am
    This summer, why not let someone else sweat the details? For families considering an adventure vacation, I highly recommend Smart Parents Guide sponsor Kensington Tours.  They organized our private guided trip to Thailand, and every detail was perfect.  Even better, it was surprisingly affordable. While they’ll take you pretty much anywhere in the world, some [...]The post 5 Best Family Trips from Kensington Tours appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • 5 Common Myths about Group Travel

    Jamie Pearson
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:54 am
    When I told friends that I was traveling to Scotland on a luxury escorted group tour, I got a lot of blank stares.  Why would a savvy world traveler like me subject herself to a slow bus, a rigid schedule, and the company of strangers? Obviously, group travel has a little bit of an image [...]The post 5 Common Myths about Group Travel appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • Things to do in Chincoteague with kids

    Jamie Pearson
    4 Mar 2014 | 11:36 am
    Wild ponies, windswept beaches, and playful dolphins When I was a kid, there were two kinds of girls: horse lovers, and the rest of you. Even though this was the mid-70s, Misty of Chincoteague, the Newbery-winning book that Marguerite Henry penned in 1947,  was our bible. (For those of you who didn’t grow up with [...]The post Things to do in Chincoteague with kids appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
  • 7 Great Family Trips from Backroads

    Jamie Pearson
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:27 pm
    If you’re the planner-in-chief for an active family like I am, you know it’s a ton of work.  A ton of work for which you won’t get much sympathy from anyone. What you need is a shortcut, like the newly published Smart Parents’ Guide to Family Adventure Vacations, a great source of been-there-done-that ideas of where [...]The post 7 Great Family Trips from Backroads appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom: Family Vacations, Hotels, Destinations, and Gear.
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  • Laws On Tasers You Need To Know

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    This is an period exactly where greed and power are what tends to make standing in this globe. People and businesses are continuously looking for methods to dupe the public out of money. These are called scam artists. This occurs every working day all across our country. These types of issues impact fully created communities and metropolitan areas as nicely as underdeveloped locations. Most of the frauds and products produced by these people are in poorer and much less lucky areas. Lemon Regulations are what specialists produced in purchase to stop companies and individuals from promoting…
  • Market Your Franchise With The Assist Of Seo Companies

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    It is extremely essential that the search engine is conscious about the fundamental concept and content material about your page. Hence, in order to make the search engine aware you require to insert the keyword in the title tag as well. Once you insert the keyword in your title tag your doc would have a great chance of appearing in the top few of the lookup motor. Additionally, location seo companies the keyword phrase all through your page becoming certain to bold the phrase as soon as, italicize the phrase as soon as, and underline the phrase once. Just make certain it appears natural. If…
  • Affordable Seo Services Brings About Your Organization Factual Small Business

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Before will help to make improves to your site, join with a website need to have determine website already been popular by just Penguin, Panda nor similarly calculations. You will have the capability inform assuming that The major search engines Penguin algorithm is answerable to those charge you can watch efficiency on the web look up traffic around the twenty fourth Spring next year. Reliability of critical information in the exact location could be the basically only action much more necessary for customers. So SEO Company India can sort out competitors, even in economic downturn and the…
  • Plan Your Perfectly Priced Wedding Give Your Relationship Peace At Your Ideal Wedding

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Bridesmaids’ gift baskets will be put together by the bride. These baskets can include beauty products that are designed for ladies who invest time outside like tinted sunscreen, moisturizers and make-up with sunblock in it. Next you will want to add beach products like flip flops, a bathing fit, sunglasses and a sarong. These items can be a part of their wedding outfit or they can be post wedding goodies. As is accurate in most other elements of lifestyle, it is doubly accurate with occasion distributors: You get what you pay for. This is a services business, and you just can’t…
  • Your Best And Healthier Alternative For Traditional Smoking

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    When you have a sick baby it can be a scarey time in your life. You call the doctor and they are not worried. They tell you to just treat the symptoms and your little one will be fine; but what do you need to treat their symptoms? Here is a list of several helpful products for a sick baby. Insulate your attic, walls, and crawl spaces to lower your energy usage by up to 30 percent. Since the energy savings attic insulation provides is substantially reduced if moisture can pass through the ceiling, use a vapor barrier under the attic insulation to keep water from causing structural damage.
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    Cleared for Takeoff - The Triporati Blog

  • The Great War Centenary

    Darya Mead
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:18 am
    This year marks the Centenary of the start of World War One, often called the “Great War” or the “War to End all Wars.” It’s a sobering occasion in Europe, where so many lives were lost and where so many enmities still exist or have been rekindled of late. With tensions ratcheting up in Ukraine and Eastern Europe once again, perhaps lessons learned from WWI can help de-escalate the situation. The last surviving WWI veterans have passed, and a number of wars have come and gone in the wake of what was, at the time, just called “The World War.” Europe…
  • Museum Café Renaissance

    Darya Mead
    28 Feb 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I have fond memories of dressing up to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC with my family or friends, and eating in the fancy cafe with marble statues and fountains. I stared at the coins in the water, thinking about how rich I would be if I could collect all the change. I can still look down and see my shiny black patent leather Mary Jane shoes scuffing along the marble. I don’t know what I ate but it was probably a tuna sandwich or BLT, something mundane, despite the posh surroundings. Later, when I became a parent, I started packing lunches to save money, because I was…
  • The World’s First Travel Blog

    Larry Habegger
    10 Jan 2014 | 3:37 pm
    With the thousands, if not tens of thousands, of travel blogs active in 2014, it’s hard for many people to remember a time before they existed. But that wasn’t so long ago. Twenty years, in fact. On January 6, 1994, Jeff Greenwald uploaded the first from-the-field travel post to the Global Network Navigator (GNN) developed by O’Reilly Media (O’Reilly & Associates at the time). And the rest is history, as they say. Check out Jeff’s account of that time in a recent Wired piece, and track down a copy of The Size of the World, his excellent book about the…
  • Sugar Pine to Sochi

    Darya Mead
    9 Jan 2014 | 4:46 am
    With the Sochi Winter Olympics just weeks away, interest is heating up for some of the lesser known winter sports. On a recent trip to Lake Tahoe, California for some winter fun, I was thrilled to find a cross country skiing venue with an Olympic pedigree. Despite the disturbing lack of snow this year, Sugar Pine Point State Park, on Tahoe’s West Shore and home to the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympic Nordic Ski courses, was a great option to find pristine trails. More than 50 years ago, when the Olympics were less of a circus, the land that is now Sugar Pine Point State Park welcomed…
  • California Gold Country Booty

    Darya Mead
    21 Nov 2013 | 10:34 am
    As we careen towards Christmas, I was experiencing a bit of S-A-O, Seasonal-Autumnal-Overload. Having already relented to a trip to a giant pumpkin patch, harvest day for my son’s school, Halloween preparations and the omnipresent pumpkinification of October, from coffee flavoring, to muffins to candles…I was done. Alas, we had a fall getaway planned to the California Gold Country in the Sierra Foothills and I was looking for some fun things to do with the family that might diverge a bit from the frolicsome fall activities I had been enjoying. We have driven past Sonora on our way…
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  • Monte Carlo – Find Your Dream Home

    David Miller
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Expensive real estate is the thing that tops the list of the luxury items like gadgets, food and clothing. According to a recent survey by the Global Property Guide, the most expensive real estate market in the world is Monte Carlo. Named as “Mount Charles” after Prince Charles III of Monaco, Monte Carlo is a northern district of the city-state of Monaco and is abode of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the celebrated Hôtel de Paris and the larger portion of the Curcuit de Monaco, where Formula One drivers race in the Monaco Grand Prix. The average cost of the luxury real estate in this…
  • Margarita at Johnny Utah’s – The Vault

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Tequila, triple sec and fresh lemon or limejuice—these are the ingredients of a standard margarita. The proportions may differ and orange liqueurs can be used other than triple sec may be used. Johnny Utah’s, a Western-style restaurant situated in New York’s Rockefeller Center, has both a mechanical bull capable of rendering you eternally paralyzed and a mixed drink, The Vault that can do the same to your wallet. A $300 bottle of Herradura Suprema tequila to mix is used by Johnny Utah in the drink The Vault, along with grilled-lime juice and agave syrup. Particularly missing from the…
  • How About Having a Classy Pack of Beers!

    Bhavesh Bhatia
    12 Mar 2014 | 12:57 am
    You must know that beer is a drink known to man from olden times and is one of the favourites with most writers. While a number of people enjoy having a less costly and light beer, there are some world’s most luxurious beers also available in the market. One such priciest beer is Brewdog’s “The End of History”, which is priced at $765 per bottle. BrewDog, brewery of Scotland, presented a beer which is served in bottles and has a high content of alcohol. This beer is named after a book published by the philosopher Francis Fukuyama. It comes in eleven wonderful bottles. The bottles give…
  • Ship Out To Kimpton Hotel Group’s Argonaut Hotel :: San Francisco

    Janice Nieder
    5 Mar 2014 | 5:24 am
    Good evening, folks. This is your Captain speaking. Whether you’re a sophisticate, sporty type, or just a small fry, we recommend you set your course for San Francisco’s Fisherman Wharf and drop anchor for a few nights at the Argonaut Hotel. Run by those stellar life-style know-it-alls at the Kimpton Hotel Group you’re gonna love the place. It’s like being landlocked on a snazzy cruise liner, without the added excursion charges since everything’s right outside the hotel’s front door. Check out the Maritime National Park, The Cannery, Ghiradelli Square and…
  • 19th century lifestyle still waits for you at Othahuna Lodge

    Bhavesh Bhatia
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Located in one of the most historic settings of New Zealand, the exclusive retreat, Othahuna Lodge is built on a colonial mansion built in 1895 in a secluded valley in South Island. It is an exclusive and intimate destination for guests who want to explore the real beauty of New Zealand. The private 30 acres property of the lodge houses the 110 year old well maintained gardens along the lawn. In spring every year, guests are welcomed with the swaying of millions of daffodils along the private lake of the retreat. The lodge houses only seven accommodations for its guests, featuring 2 lavish…
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    Information About Alaska (IAA)

  • Career Training for Ports and Marinas

    Alan Sorum
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Successful clean harbor programs depend on the efforts of skilled, well qualified employees to operate moorage basins in an environmentally sensitive manner. The training of employees is expensive, more so in Alaska with its vast travel distances. Coupled with limited training budgets, harbors often lack the ability to encourage the career development of their staff […] The post Career Training for Ports and Marinas appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Wildlife is Worth Billions to the Alaskan Economy

    Alan Sorum
    20 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    It is no surprise that wildlife viewing and hunting is important to Alaskans and visitors to the state alike. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) commissioned the firm of ECONNorthwest to evaluate data related wildlife activity recorded in 2011. According to the study, wildlife is worth billions to the Alaskan economy. During 2011, […] The post Wildlife is Worth Billions to the Alaskan Economy appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • Trap and Snare Safety for Pet Owners

    Alan Sorum
    17 Jan 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Trap and snare safety for pet owners becomes important where animals are allowed to run off-leash without supervision. Pets wandering loose on public lands run the risk of encountering a leg hold trap or snare during the winter fur-trapping season. Quick action is vital to preventing injury or making the situation worse. The Alaska Department […] The post Trap and Snare Safety for Pet Owners appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • McNeil River Bear Viewing Permits Due March 1

    Alan Sorum
    6 Jan 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued a press release concerning McNeil River bear viewing permits. McNeil River offers visitors a unique opportunity to see Brown bears up close. – The application deadline for lottery permits to visit Alaska’s premier brown bear viewing site at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary is fast approaching. […] The post McNeil River Bear Viewing Permits Due March 1 appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
  • ADF&G Releases Entertaining Details About Flying Reindeer

    Alan Sorum
    13 Dec 2013 | 2:45 pm
    In the spirit of the season, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has published a detailed species profile for Santa’s flying reindeer. Heard, but seldom seen, this rare animal is popular with children across the world. In a press release, ADF&G says, “Santa’s reindeer (Rangifer tarandus saintnicolas magicalus) look very similar to common […] The post ADF&G Releases Entertaining Details About Flying Reindeer appeared first on Information About Alaska (IAA).
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  • Saffire, Freycinet Peninsula: hotel of the week

    Sarah Jappy
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    We’re going bush – but we won’t be any roughing it on this trip. Crystal -blue waters, adventure-packed afternoons and aphrodisiac oysters are just a few of seductive Saffire‘s lures. Escape to the most eastern edge of Tasmania, ocean to one side, rocky mountains and green hills on the other and nothing but fresh Pacific air in between. Nature calls… Style Elemental sanctuary Setting Pristine natural wonders Why this week? Eating oysters straight from water in a pair of waders gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘farm to table’ and, since this experience is on…
  • An intimate evening with Immodesty Blaize and Laetitia Rutherford for Social Book Week

    Juliet Kinsman
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    We’re inviting you to join us in Clerkenwell on Sunday 11 May, 6pm–8pm, for an intimate, relaxed, book-saluting salon at the Zetter Townhouse in celebration of London’s Social Book Week and to support the Reading Agency… Tickets: a £25 donation* (*but of course, we won’t object if any of you lit-loving philanthropists want to donate more. And should you want to spend the night, we have some very special dinner, bed and breakfast rates, see below.) Our travel club members are intrepid creatures, clear about the benefits of pleasure and convinced of the value of…
  • Dormy House – stylish spa time for all the family?

    Juliet Kinsman
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Fleeing the city to the Cotswolds in spring is always a treat, but never more so than when you trade home for a whirl at style-drenched Dormy House. From this season, stays at this luxe manor house just got that little bit more spoiling too, thanks to a chic new spa. Who says you can’t have a romantic country break with a little one in tow?A family escape to a sophisticated Cotswolds boutique hotel seems such a fabulous idea… Then you get to your fashionable bolthole, everyone else is wafting around romantically and your crew rocks up, spills their chattels everywhere, whacks up the…
  • Unusual arrivals: 10 great ways to get to your hotel

    Lucy Fennings
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    Did we fool you with ‘Love is in the Air‘, our tongue-in-cheek take on romantic travel for 1 April? We can’t really arrange for you to take love to a higher plane en route to your boutique hotel, but our brilliant Travel Team has arranged all manner of unusual hotel arrivals and special sorties, from gondola cruises in Venice to mule-trekking in the High Atlas. Here are 10 amazing (and real) ways of getting to, from and around your Smith stays… 1 TAKE A MULE TRAIN IN MEXICO Where? Verana, Jalisco How? Verana is a swoon-inducingly gorgeous collection of…
  • Hospes Palau de la Mar, Valencia: hotel of the week

    Kate Weir
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    After our Easter holiday spring-cleaning spree we’ll be in need of a well-earned European city break. Spanish boutique hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar – in architecturally arresting Valencia – appeals to our newfound neat freak with spotless monochrome minimalism… Style Minimalist modern palace Setting Edge of the old town Why this week? Book by 20 April to get a tidy 25 per cent off summer stays at the hotel, from 1 July to 31 August 2014 (with free breakfast). Book for non-stop beach partying at Benicassim Festival (17–20 July); fiesta in traditional fashion at the July…
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  • Reader Stories: How DJ Made All His Dreams Come True

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    In our last reader story, I highlighted the story of Vikram and Ishwinder, an Indian couple who navigated a complex visa system in order to travel the world. Indians face a lot of restrictions on where they can visi and, for most countries in the world, face an extensive visa process. So do Filipinos. It took a Filipino friend in Bangkok four years to obtain an EU Shengen Visa, despite having a good job, a fiancé, and lots of roots. So today, I talk to DJ from Dream Euro Trip. He’s a Filipino who has been living and traveling around Europe for years. He shares his experience getting…
  • How I Finally Came to Terms with the Homebody Inside Me

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    After a few exhausting months on the road, I am finally back in New York City. I’ve spent the last three months on the move, leading tours, attending conferences, and giving talks. It was draining and I’m happy to finally be back home, with no plans other than to enjoy spring’s return to the city. A few weeks ago, while checking my e-mail somewhere over America (I love in-flight wi-fi), I opened a question about my article, “Home: The Death of a Nomad.” The woman wanted to know if I was able to kill the nomad inside me — was I able to settle down? Did I turn out O.K.? Did…
  • Ko Lanta: The Thai Island That Remains Paradise

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    It all started with two French girls. It was 2006 and five months into my first round the world trip. I had arrived in Thailand two weeks before, ran into a friend, and jetted off to Ko Phi Phi, a place I didn’t enjoy. Another friend e-mailed me about a beautiful, out of the way, hidden island near the Malaysian border called Ko Lipe and suggested I come. It sounded perfect. “I’ll be right there.” I replied. But then I ran into those beautiful French girls with their seductive accents. A few nights before, I had met them in one of the many bars on the island. I saw them again on…
  • Launching Nomadic Matt’s Community Forums (and a Blogging School!)

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Today is a big day for this site and the start of many changes and improvements. After spending the winter on the road, I’m back in New York City with no trips planned until mid-May. I plan to rest, take advantage of spring, explore this amazing city, and start tweaking and improving this website. I have a lot of ideas and projects in my head, some of which will require your help! You’ll be hearing about them in the next few weeks but today, I want to announce the first two big additions: Community Forums As many of you know, in January I did a Creative Live on budget travel. At…
  • How to Play, Feed, Bathe, and Protect the Elephants in Thailand

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    Elephants have long been important to Thai culture, where they are a symbol of religion, history, royalty, and power. According to Buddhist legend, Queen Maya of Sakya, Lord Buddha’s mother, dreamed that a divine Bodhisattva on a white elephant touched her side. She later became pregnant and since then elephants have had a strong connection to the divine and royalty in Buddhism. As Thailand is a Buddhist society, this is one reason elephants are held in such high esteem (the old kings of Thailand rode around on white elephants). Additionally, elephants were used in the logging industry to…
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  • Update About The Ongoing Issues At The Manhattan Club

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    I'm posting this on behalf of a group of Manhattan Club owners who are involved on the pending litigation with the Manhattan Club.The following is NOT my statement as I am NOT affected or involved with this case.  I have deleted three words for that reason.If you have documentation, please send it to me at and I will forward them to the person collecting the data.This is our first phase!  We need documentation to prove the Manhattan Club is ___. We are assembling information related to ownership, prices, unit numbers and…
  • Guest Blogger Mark Bell Reviews The Crane Beach Resort

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    Today's Guest Blogger is Mark Bell, from the UK based timeshare reseller Confused About Timeshare ( a proud supporter of International Timeshare Appreciation Day.  Check them out!The Crane Beach Resort & Residential Resort ReviewLocation: Crane Beach, Barbados, CaribbeanLocated on Barbados, is where you will find the world famous Crane Beach Resort and the Crane Residential Resort. The Crane Beach is called "one of the Ten Best Beaches in the world" by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. One of the Caribbean's first resort hotel's is the Crane…
  • Steve Burton Reviews Carlsbad Seapoint Resort

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    Our intrepid reviewer Steve Burton is back!  If you'd like to contribute a resort review, we'd love to have you as a Guest Blogger.Carlsbad Seapointe Resort (3987) This resort is located a short drive from the village of Carlsbad. It is also close to a busy road and a railway line which serves both Amtrak and the coaster commuter service that runs between San Diego and Oceanside. The resort is just five minutes’ walk to Poinsetta station so it’s convenient for the coaster service.  Some people find the noise of the trains to be annoying but I am not one of these people as I…
  • It's a New Timeshare Book!

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    The Timeshare Crusader Seeks Consumer Input for New BookLisa Ann Schreier, long time timeshare industry writer, blogger and author has announced that she has started work on her fourth book tentatively entitled“A Consumers’ Guide To Timeshare.”“My previous books, “Surviving A Timeshare Presentation”, “Timeshare Vacations For Dummies”and to a lesser extent, the college text “Timeshare Management-The Key Issues For Hospitality Managers” have mainly been on focused on my thoughts, outlook and opinions.  After being around timeshare owners for nearly 15 years, it made…
  • Five and Almost 20 With Helen Foster

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Helen Foster  Marketing Manager – Publications, RCI Europe) What was your first job in timeshare? Editor of the RCI Ventures Magazine (European, Middle East, Africa and India Edition). Though I wear many RCI hats in my role today, the business magazine and its supplementary website, are my ‘babies’. I love Ventures because we need new resorts, experiences and brands to come into the market to grow our industry, organically, and it is both my plan and hope that the RCI Ventures media encourages and inspires existing resort developers to expand their…
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  • Uganda: Playing Music with Pygmies

    28 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    Batwas Learn harmonica in Uganda with the author leading the way. photos by Margie Goldsmith. Blowing the Blues with the Batwa Pygmies in Uganda... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Hampshire: What's New in 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    The Alpine Slide at the Attitash Mountain Resort The Longest Zip Line in the Continental U.S. Comes to NH See What's New in the Granite State in 2014 by Dan Peltier New Hampshire is known for its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Israel: Bringing People Together

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Cooking a meal with Breaking Bread Journeys. Breaking Bread Journeys in the Holy Land Know the Food, Know the People by Dan Peltier While it only launched this past November, the idea behind... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • After Fidel, Cuba's Problems Still Loom

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    After Fidel, Cuba's Problems Still Loom Julia Cooke's New Book Sheds Light on the New Cuba  by Dan Peltier Over a period of five years, beginning when Fidel Castro stepped down from his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Moving to Rome

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Caffe Peru, the author's regular breakfast spot in his Rome neighborhood. photos by John Henderson. A Roman Retirement An American's tips on how to retire in the Eternal City By John Henderson I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Miracle at Dawn

    Captain Bill
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    By Mike Collis Well there I was having a quiet beer in my favourite bar in the back streets of Iquitos. It was 12.15 p.m. on Good Friday and there I was minding my own business taking in a Crystal, the way I like it, cold and on my own. My solitude was soon to be ended when 2 young Peruvian women approached me, one holding what appeared to be a small body completely covered with a sheet, and she was holding it at arms length. I thought, “Oh no!  She’s bringing me a dead baby!”. But no, the other young woman, who I knew as Liliana said “This little boy of 18 months has been seriously…
  • Ayahuasca With Peter Gorman

    Captain Bill
    9 Mar 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Guest post by Dag Walker Ayahuasca with Peter Gorman Iquitos, ayahuasca, Peter Gorman: the three names almost synonymous among those who read deeply in the realm of the Vegetable Mystik. Over the course of nearly 60 years of intense and broad reading and travel, I had never heard of any of them till I stumbled upon all of them by chance roughly in a day. Now, all three are essential parts of my life experience. Recently in Iquitos I took ayahuasca with Peter Gorman. My life is fundamentally altered by my experiences of Iquitos; somewhat changed by ayahuasca; and changed in personal ways only…
  • On The Streets Of Iquitos With Rodrigo Rodrich

    Captain Bill
    26 Feb 2014 | 9:30 am
    I discovered this “striking” photo taken from the Malecon in Iquitos, of a storm over the Amazon, by Rodrigo Rodrich for El Comercio, and picked up by Peru This Week, as part of this seven photo collection; See The Stranger Side Of Iquitos. Mr. Rodrich is a fantastic photographer. We have other photos of Rodrigo’s on the Captain’s Blog, from when he photographed the Great River Amazon Raft Race. One of my all time favorites is Adventura en Balsas. Brilliant. Click the links. Enjoy! On The Streets Of Iquitos With Rodrigo Rodrich Bill Grimes has been living in Iquitos…
  • 16th Annual Amazon River International Raft Race 2014

    Captain Bill
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:02 am
    Organized by Regional Government of Loreto Department of Tourism President Ivan Vasquez Valaria Headed by Señora Gina Guerra, Director of Tourism, Loreto, Peru The River Amazon International Raft Race has been staged here in Iquitos Peru since 1999. At first it was just a one day affair attracting local people. In 2006 the race was extended to cover 180 kilometres,  or 118 miles of the mighty River Amazon over 3 days. The event has now been officially recognized as the World’s Longest Raft Race by Guinness World Records. Click the link to read more. The rules state that each team of…
  • Introduction To Ayahuasca Medicine

    Captain Bill
    25 Jan 2014 | 6:32 pm
    By Joe Tafur MD (Co-Founder of Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual) Ayahuasca is now spreading across the globe, and has become many things to many people. In its origins, ayahuasca is a traditional plant medicine utilized in ceremonial healing throughout the Amazon. In the Amazonian tradition, ayahuasca is a healing spirit of nature, accessed by imbibing the ayahuasca tea in healing ritual. For others, ayahuasca is simply the tea itself, known for its hallucinogenic properties, made from potent psychotropic plants indigenous to the Amazon Rain Forest. The term ayahuasca is taken from the Quechua…
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  • The Benidorm Beer Bike Tour

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Go on holiday to Benidorm and chances are you’ll spend much of your time in the resort city on Spain’s Costa Blanca lounging around and drinking beer. So why not spend a bit of time getting some exercise — and drinking beer. That’s what’s on offer with Benibike, an unusual sort of pub crawl during which you power the transportation and your hosts provide the drinks. It works like this: Gather together a group of 6 to 18 of your mates and arrange for a tour time. At the appointed hour, you’ll all meet up at a designated spot along Ave Madrid, in central Benidorm…
  • Websites For Booking Cargo Ship Cruises

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    Conjure an image of what’s it is like to go on a cruise. Are you picturing buffet dinners? On-deck spinning classes? Retirees playing shuffleboard? Many cruises really are like that. But if you’re looking for a different sort of cruise scene consider traveling by cargo ship. Cargo ship travel is the un-cruise. There’s nothing fabricated about it. Every day thousands of freighters ply the high seas. Some of them have extra state rooms and accept passengers to tag along for the ride. It is as “real” as travel gets. Read the rest on our cool websites review blog
  • The World’s Only Pub That’s Inside a Tree

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Sometimes the name of a pub describes exactly what it is. So it is with the Big Baobab Bar in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The “Baobab” in the moniker refers to a type of tree that’s native to Madagascar and found sprinkled throughout arid regions of southern Africa. The genus is colloquially referred to as “the upside down tree” — in the dry season, when baobabs sheds its leafs, the branches resemble underground roots. “Big” is an adjective that describes many baobabs. The trees can grow to a massive size thanks to their remarkable ability to…
  • A Visit to the Chocolate Hills

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Kids (and those possessing a sweet tooth) might be disappointed when they arrive at the Chocolate Hills and discover they are not literally so. For everyone else, though, these curious conical mounds in the middle of the Philippine island of Bohol are bound to delight. Imagine being on a white sand beach on a tropical island and then heading inland through green jungle. The way is mostly flat and lush. And then, suddenly, you see a large earthen mound 30 meters (100 feet) high covered in grass but otherwise devoid of foliage. You wonder why anyone would bother building such an enormous,…
  • Toilet Restaurants Aim for a Crappy Experience

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We can’t imagine the marketing meeting during which some one pitches the concept for a toilet-themed restaurant — and the others at the meeting approving of the idea. And yet presumably such a meeting has happened. More than once. There are at least three dozen (!) restaurants on planet Earth where toilets and urinals, poop and potty talk, are the central attraction. What’s more, those restaurants are so flush with success that a couple of new ones open every year. Sounds delicious! Where can I find these toilet restaurants? we’re sure you are asking yourself right now…
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  • Baatan Death March? No, our baby is going to college

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

    11 Mar 2014 | 6:50 am
    Every year since 2006 we have argued that the best skiing in Europe can be found in the Dolomites. The posts can be found hereand here’s a summary of why we have never felt the need to go anywhere else:·      One ski pass = 1,200 kilometers of trails, 510 lifts across 12 valleys encompassing 3 regions of Italy. That’s the equivalent of skiing from New York to Chicago in an area so special it has been declared a World Heritage Site·      Dramatic scenery and delightful villages that offer the very best of Austrian and Italian traditions…
  • Costa Rica's Playa Santa Teresa - Lake Wobegon with waves

    25 Feb 2014 | 3:34 am
    Great news.  No Crowds reporters Gary and Lorraine are back. This time in a magical spot in Costa Rica.Off on Costa Rica's western coast - a hair-raising light aircraft flight and/or hair-raising car and ferry journey from the capital - sits Malpais, home to Santa Teresa beach. Because of its remoteness, it appears that time is indeed standing still, sometime in the 90's. If Lake Wobegon had an awesome point break, this would be it.In Malpais, everyone has abs that are above average. Everyone has exactly your doctor's recommended body fat percentage - no more, no less. Every woman looks…
  • Back to Belize

    29 Jan 2014 | 3:43 am
    In 2011, I wrote a post entitled “Can you handle 18 – From 13 to 88?" about a family reunion in Belize that was a huge success, so huge, we went back. Again, we numbered 18 and if you do the math, this time the age range was 15 to 90. Once again we went straight back to the oldest jungle lodge resort in the country, Chaa Creek. Why, you might wonder would we not want to try somewhere new? The answer can be boiled down to one word – people – because that is the secret sauce of Chaa Creek that you can’t get anywhere else. Just like the Costa family and their staff in the previous post…
  • No Crowds Bestows Top Award to World’s Nicest Hotel

    3 Oct 2013 | 5:51 am
    Since when has No Crowds been dishing out travel awards? A consultant friend of mine told me to do it years ago, but I wasn’t inspired or ready. Now I am.This readiness comes from a stay at the Hotel La Perla in Corvara, Italy this September with my mother and father, aged respectively 84 and 90.We had gone to the Dolomites to hike.  That sentence is one of my favorite party tricks. “What, your parents are still hiking – in the mountains!?! ” Well, yes, in fact, they are - despite operations and arthritis and age-related ‘stuff’ large and small – yes, they are. It was early…
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  • Old shoes, new life….

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Although many people consider the ritual of shopping for vacation clothes necessary…you might want to focus on new clothes and not shoes…a vacation is not the place to break-in new footwear. I must admit I have not followed my own advice in the past and my poor feet paid the price dearly, and my travel plans needed to be altered once I became chair bound due to bad blisters. Do yourself a favor and travel with old shoes!
  • Your own Moroccan palace

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
      When visiting the entrancing city of Marrakech you are faced with the decision to stay in either a hotel or riad (former mansion turned into a B&B)…if you are looking to relax your stay away poolside with a cocktail in hand, I would go the hotel route…but if you are longing to experience the real Marrakech, definitely stay in a riad. Once that decision is made then you are faced with the painstaking task of picking which riad you want out of the hundreds Marrakesh has to offer. Luckily you have me to guide you to the perfect one…Amirat al Jamal. Set right in the heart of…
  • Jerry Seinfeld on Airplane Travel

    28 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Enjoy some Friday Fun….hilarious!
  • Travel by Ernest

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    “Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.” -Ernest Hemingway
  • Fijian R&B

    17 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hit Single by Fiji Pop R&B star Elena Baravilala titled "Viti." The song talks about Fiji, the people and Fiji culture....gorgeous song!
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  • Top 7 International Cities

    2 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I’ve done a lot of traveling, and have been on every continent except Antarctica (I’ll get there, someday). I put together this list of my favorite international cities to help other travelers who might be wondering where to go next. 1. Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok is truly a city of the future. The buildings look like a scene out of Minority Report or The Fifth Element; huge, glittering structures that curve straight up and are connected by pedestrian bridges. The combination of Thai culture and Western influences makes Bangkok a unique, cosmopolitan city. Take time to explore one…
  • Top 5 Festivals And Fairs To Visit In India

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    The largest democratic country in terms of population, India has a deep rooted culture which is more than 4500 years old. Hinduism is the primary religion in the country with Islam being the secondary and Buddhism and Christianity being the latter. The Country has been a home to many ancient cultures and civilizations, each of them bringing a unique trait and cultural philosophy to the region. Owning to this, India is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world where you can experience a change in the people’s dialect every few miles you cross. The arts and literature, the…
  • Current Currency: The Cheapest Places to Chase the Sun

    23 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    In the rare moments when we catch a bit sun during the British summer (or other months) it can seem almost miraculous. And it disappears all too quickly. And even when we get a good run, it doesn’t feel long enough. After all, what is two, three, four weeks of sun, compared with months of cloud? Some people don’t give in to the gloom that bleaker weather brings though. Instead they get proactive and go where the sky is still blue. To quote Lennon and McCartney (probably just McCartney in this case) their personal mantra is: “tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun”. Of course sun…
  • Guernsey by Numbers

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The second largest Channel Island, Guernsey has so much to offer despite its relatively small size. For those unfamiliar with the island and its culture, I have put together a Guernsey by numbers guide to walk you through some of the best features of my island home. - 25 - Guernsey is an island with an area of only twenty-five square miles, which to me makes what it offers that much more impressive. - 50 - Guernsey is only a fifty minute flight from London, and other airports on England’s south coast, making it easily accessible to holiday makers. The island also has flights from other…
  • The Weird Things You Can Do In Bolivia You Will Probably Not Do Anywhere Else

    20 Feb 2014 | 12:21 pm
    There are some countries on Earth which are so magical that they lure you into a sort of alternate reality in which you do all sorts of things you could never have imagined yourself doing elsewhere. Bolivia is one of those countries and the following are some of the weird things I did there. Maybe you’ll do them as well at some point. Go Deep into a Precarious Mine System Imagine you were at home and got offered the chance to go into a precarious mine system with no real safety measures in place. Well, the guide would tell you, it is calculated that 8 million people have died in this mine…
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  • Traveling Light With The Eagle Creek Load Warrior

    Donna Hull
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    The Eagle Creek 22″ rolling duffle packed and ready to go. Confession time. I’m not a light packer. Although my packing skills have improved over the years, and I no longer pack everything I own, becoming an efficient packer is still on my to do list. At least that WAS the case before I traveled for 18 days using an Eagle Creek 22″ rolling duffle bag carry-on. Say what? I traveled for 18 days with a carry-on and one personal item? OH, YES I DID. Recently, Eagle Creek invited me to be a travel ambassador for the brand. Since I was about to travel for 18 days on a trip to Los…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    We’ve made a few changes in the newsletter format. Do you like the new look? We have good and bad news for you this week. First, the good news. Our April newsletter is hot off the press. National Park Adventures National Park Travel is the theme for the April edition of the My Itchy Travel Feet monthly newsletter. We’re featuring travel deals, destination suggestions and an original article with tips for National Park travel. Take a look. Like what you see? Be sure to subscribe by ticking the “monthly newsletter” button on the subscription page. By the way,…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Are your travel feet itching to visit a U.S. National Park?  Let’s Go on a National Park Adventure! This month on the My Itchy Travel Feet home page, we’re featuring some of our favorite National Park Adventures to inspire your boomer travel plans. The National Park theme will continue in the April 2014 edition of the My Itchy Travel Feet newsletter. We’ll be offering tips for travel to U.S. National Parks (an original article not published on our site) plus travel deals, destination advice and more. Don’t miss out, subscribe to the My Itchy Travel Feet newsletter today.
  • Fighting a Fear of Heights at Natural Bridges National Monument

    Donna Hull
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Twisted trees on a high desert trail in Natural Bridges National Monument To say that Natural Bridges National Monument is off-the-beaten-path is an understatement. Located on the Colorado Plateau in southeastern Utah, Natural Bridges is approximately 35 miles west of Blanding, which probably isn’t telling you much. Look up Utah Canyon Country or The Four Corners on a map and you’ll have a better perspective. Natural Bridges is accessibe by automobile, or perhaps a bike. The usual route is to drive west on Highway 95 out of Blanding, before turning onto Highway 275 which dead ends…
  • Five Best National Park Apps

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Spring and summer offer excellent weather conditions to explore the many national parks located throughout the US. From the ever-so-popular Grand Canyon to the more remoteDenali National Park and Preserve, these magnificent and expansive parks are perfect options for active boomer travel. Whether you’re more of the glamping type or one of those “I’m roughin’ it all the way” types, the US national park system has something for every style of exploration. Donna hiking on Three Lakes Loop Trail in Southeast Alaska Of course, when planning a trip to any National Park, a good bit of…
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    Travel Blog

  • Hillsides, Lagoons and Islets: Your Day in Port Vila

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Port Vila is the capital city of Vanuatu, and it is also the largest city in the country. It is located in the south of the island of Efate, and is often the first place that you will visit when you arrive in the country. Although Vanuatu is full of things to see and do, [...]
  • Beautiful Ibiza: Beyond the club scene

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    Forget everything you’ve heard about Ibiza.; the island, situated in Spain’s Balearic archipelago, deserves far more than its label as the ‘party capital of the world’. Whilst it may be famous for its clubbing scene, sun-soaked Ibiza also has its share of pristine beaches, cultural landmarks, quaint villages and fantastic restaurants. In fact, holidays to [...]
  • What to do in Times Square

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    The Hardrock Café on Broadway   It’s become a tradition which is hard to pass up, the Hard Rock Café provides an element of homogeneity in an ever changing New York. Its eclectic mix of hard rock displays round the walls is sure to fascinate and enthral anyone who has a love of rock music [...]
  • How to Enjoy Your Holiday at Venice

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    Heaving with canals and scintillating for its style, Venice is a must visit destination for couples and kids in tow. Regarded as one of the most charming cities in Italy, Venice is admirable as well as memorable for its amazing canals, architectural marvels, and rich culture. For those who are not aware of, Venice is [...]
  • Where Should You Consider Staying In Boston?

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Boston is a great travel destination for people who both love history or just want to unwind. As always, whenever we go somewhere, we need to know where we will be staying and what we’re going to be seeing. I’m going to discuss some of the Boston areas that are great to experience. Keep in [...]
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    Boldly Go Solo

  • Delayed flight remedy: tweet the airline

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

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

    Ellen Perlman
    23 Feb 2014 | 11:15 am
    "Upscale" and "hostel" don't usually land together in a sentence so I was thrilled to read the story in today's Washington Post about the "new breed" of hostels opening in this country. They are "very high-end, clean, design-focused," according to the owner of a hostel soon to open in Pittsburgh. The story describes the Firehouse Hostel in Austin, the Cleveland Hostel and the Freehand Miami, along with the 20-year-old Green Tortoise hostel in San Francisco...
  • New Year's thoughts, wishes, dreams

    Ellen Perlman
    1 Jan 2014 | 3:11 pm
    For me, the beauty of travel is how even mundane days at home are enlivened by those memories. Random snippets of news or information send my mind to intriguing places I've visited and experiences I had there. When I noticed that my jeans were made in Jordan, my mind leaped to Petra, the city carved into rocks. I visited a couple of years ago during a trip to Israel. When I read a story about...
  • Solo travel stories from Fez, Morocco, and around the world

    Ellen Perlman
    24 Nov 2013 | 9:24 am
    “So you travel . . . only?” asked the woman sitting next to me in halting, but intuitive English, as we sat in the packed compartment on a train speeding through Moroccan farmland. We were the sole unveiled, accompanied women in the car. I enjoyed this story about solo travel in Morocco, a place I'm not sure I'd have the courage travel alone. Read more: Alone, a Western woman sees the sights Solo travel has...
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    Almost Fearless: Full Feed

  • Upcoming Workshops & Housekeeping

    Christine Gilbert
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    We’re packing up the house, leaving Mexico tomorrow (hahahaha, um, we hope) and driving across to Texas before flying out to Barcelona. Couple of quick updates: ONE: I’m running a workshop in Barcelona from May 5-9th and I just had a cancellation so there is now ONE TICKET available. The group is small, just 8-10 people in any of my workshops, so it’s really hands on, and super fun. I get extremely positive feedback after each one, but for me, I just love meeting people and talking about creative stuff. If you can jaunt over to Barcelona and make it, this one ticket is being…
  • Oh Sweet Baby Jesus Guess What Just Arrived…

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
      Oh yes, this family of four, finally has… four passports. Our littlest traveler, Ms. Stella-bo-bella finally got her US passport after a healthy 4 or was it 5 months of almost completely half-assed attempts by her parents, until they finally drove their butts down to Mexico City where they processed, approved and shipped her passport in just TWO WEEKS. In other words, we, The Gilberts, are so bad at paperwork. But we are good at last-minute scrambling, so HURRAY! We will be leaving Mexico (sadly, I guess, after all this build up if feels more exciting) by April 15th. *Tap…
  • Tips on Having a Baby Overseas

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Thinking of having a baby overseas? It can be done. Here I am 35 weeks pregnant on the beach in Mexico. I had my first child in the US, under the care of a midwife. At post 40 weeks I was transferred to an OB for an emergency c-section — which was scary only because it was unexpected — but overall the experience in the hospital was really great. With my second child I got pregnant in Beirut, Lebanon, had my first trimester tests with an OB there, then my second trimester was spent in Thailand. More tests. My last trimester and birth was in Mexico under the care of an OB, and…
  • What’s the Minimum Budget You Need to Travel?

    Christine Gilbert
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    I get asked this question all the time. I never have a great answer, until that is, I was researching something completely unrelated to travel and I ran across the US Poverty Guidelines for 2014. (Number of family members including kids with per year budget in USD)            1                  11,670            2                  15,730            3                  19,790            4                  23,950            5                  27,910…
  • A Reminder to Atheists

    Christine Gilbert
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    If there’s one thing that travel has taught me (30+ countries, six years, many months spent in some places), it’s a deep and profound respect for religion. That might seem like a strange thing to say, but consider this: each culture around the world has its own myths and beliefs and the more you learn about others, the more you learn about the logical fallacies that your own culture embraces. For example, Americans believe that a positive attitude has a direct impact on results. Whether it’s cancer treatment or running your own business, we’re loathe to admit our…
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    Family Travel Blog | Family Vacation Inspiration |The Mother of all Trips

  • A few family travel winter highlights

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    This may be my favorite family photo from the ski season We are of course deep in the heart of spring break season, which will be followed by summer vacations before we know it. I’m looking forward to sharing lots of summer family travel ideas and stories, but first I thought it would be fun to make a photo album of a few of the places we’ve been this winter – especially since I often wrote about these trips not here but on the All Mountain Mamas site as part of my role as an ambassador for Ski Vermont or on the Travel Mindset site as one of their freelancers. If you visit…
  • Travel advice from Samantha Brown

    10 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    I was lucky enough this past weekend to attend the inaugural Women’s Travel Fest in New York City. Held on International Women’s Day, this event encouraged the attendees to travel in whatever capacity their life permits – whether that’s with friends, with kids, or alone. Sessions covered topics like packing, volunteering on the road, and safety. It was a great mix of inspiring stories and sage advice from experienced women travelers. A highlight of the day for me was listening to Samantha Brown speak. You may remember her numerous shows on the Travel Channel. Over a decade of hosting…
  • Simple vacation pleasures: Board games, treats, and family time

    7 Mar 2014 | 8:12 am
    The Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia will loan your family a board game or two Sometimes the simplest things make for a fabulous family vacation. When the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia invited me and my family for a complimentary overnight to check out their new Family Fun Night package, I jumped at the chance to enjoy a quick getaway in one of the Monaco’s stylish rooms. Relaxing in our room overlooking Independence Hall The package includes valet parking, a backpack full of games for the kids, an in-room movie, and late checkout the next day. But what really sounded fun to me was Family Hour in…
  • What’s new for families at Topnotch Resort in Stowe

    10 Feb 2014 | 9:32 am
    Relaxation is the rule at Topnotch Resort and Spa I originally stayed at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont during the summer of 2012; you can see my post about that visit here. Much of what made Topnotch a great place to stay has remained the same, including its convenient location near the Stowe Recreation Path and easy access to downhill skiing, which is a mere 10-minute drive away. The property has been renovated since our stay, and the resort’s two restaurants have been renamed and reimagined. I was lucky enough to enjoy a complimentary stay and dinner at with my family at…
  • Skiing the Southeast at family-friendly Snowshoe Mountain Resort

    28 Jan 2014 | 10:27 am
    Living in Delaware, I rarely think of heading in a southerly direction to go skiing. When Snowshoe Mountain Resort and the team behind the Travel Mindset website invited me, my husband Matt, and my 8- and 11-year-old sons Teddy and Tommy to go on a compensated trip to stay and ski in the Allegheny Mountains I was intrigued. But I had to look at a map to see precisely where I was headed. Upon doing so, I discovered that like John Denver sang, I would be taking some country roads to this new skiing home, which is located in remote, rural, and romantically named Pocahontas County. These rugged…
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    Travel Wonders of the World

  • Best Walking City in Tuscany (Lucca, Italy)

    Mark H
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Lucca is Tuscany’s ultimate walking city. Mercifully flat unlike most Tuscan towns, Lucca has been turned over to cyclists and pedestrians with few cars in the city centre, most banished to the fringes of the town or outside the impressive medieval town walls. Virtually every road, town square and laneway is shared as workers, vendors, visitors, locals, shoppers, prams, bicycles and hand-drawn... Read the full story at
  • Photo of the Week: Baptistery Ceiling (Florence, Italy)

    Mark H
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:37 pm
    More famous for its bronzed doors, the mosaic ceiling of Florence’s elegant octagonal Baptistery is stunning. Likely started in the early 1200s and taking over a century to complete, (built between 1059 and 1128, the Baptistery predates the Cathedral), the mosaics glow with a spiritual golden halo even in a darkened setting. Relating stories from the Bible, the Medicis, Dante and many other... Read the full story at
  • The Westminster Abbey of Florence (Italy)

    Mark H
    24 Feb 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Apart from being Italian, what do Renaissance giants Michelangelo, Galileo, composer Rossini (of the Lone Ranger theme among many operas) and political activist Machiavelli have in common? They are all buried in the Franciscan church of Santa Croce in Florence. This illustrious group are joined by radio inventor Marconi, nuclear genius Fermi and Dante (cenotaph only but buried in Ravenna) and... Read the full story at
  • Photo of the Week: Piglet’s Tower (Volterra, Italy)

    Mark H
    16 Feb 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Rich in Etruscan and medieval history, Volterra is a relaxing escape in Tuscany. Perched on an imposing rocky plateau (indeed, the town’s name roughly translates landslide in Italian) and surrounded by forbidding ramparts and city gates, the small town has sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding Tuscan landscape. Volterra’s superb main medieval square, Piazza dei Priori, includes... Read the full story at
  • Iconic Bridge of the Month: Charles Bridge (Czech Republic)

    Mark H
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:17 pm
    CHARLES BRIDGE QUICK FACTS Location: Prague, Czech Republic River: Vltava Built: 1357-1402 Length: 621 metres Style: Sandstone Gothic Arch Bridge Prague is one of Europe’s most mesmerising cities with numerous sights and historic locations to visit including the domineering Prague Castle. Divided by the meandering Vltava River, historic Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) provided the only... Read the full story at
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  • The Better Than Ever Denver Union Station Project Set to Open

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Come this summer, catching a train in Denver will become more fun when the city's Union Station will reopen. The historic train terminal will be home to eight new restaurants and dining spots, a branch of the famous Tattered Cover Bookstore, a local Little Man hand-churned ice cream shop, a cocktail lounge and beer garden, retail stores, and the independent 112-room Crawford Hotel
  • Istanbul: Shopping from Street To Chic by Karen Hamlin

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    It's been eight years since I was in Istanbul and I found a lot has changed; yet some things remained the same. The streets are still narrow, twisting and steep and the city maintains its allure, mystery and charm. Istanbul is a bustling city 24/7 and makes the Big Apple look like it fell off the tree.
  • A Destination Guide to Liverpool by Patrice Raplee

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Liverpool, England, renowned for its rich cultural heritage, maritime history, arts and unrivalled mix of music, is a thriving and vibrant cosmopolitan city. With recent awards for the UK's friendliest city and Britain's, best nightlife destination. The accolades just keep coming for this coastal hotspot.
  • Snowshoe to a Gourmet Dinner in Colorado's Pristine Backcountry by Suzanne Wright

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you are fit and like to tread lightly when you travel, visiting a backcountry yurt is an environmentally responsible vacation choice. Tennessee Pass offers an upscale twist on a Colorado classic: a gourmet meal as reward for your exertions. This is picture postcard country, beautiful in any season.
  • The National WWII Museum to Unveil New, Permanent Monuments Men Gallery -- coming 2016

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    The new Gallery will explore wartime race to recover priceless stolen artwork. The story of the men and women who saved cultural treasures from Nazi destruction will be featured in a major gallery inside The National WWII Museum.
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    See what's new at Dad's Guide to WDW

  • The all new FastPass+ system

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:04 am
    FastPass+ is the new system Disney has designed to help you save time by not standing in lines. Here's the scoop.
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge

    1 Mar 2014 | 6:13 am
    The Animal Kingdom Lodge might be the best hotel at Walt Disney World, if only ...
  • Boma - Flavors of Africa

    28 Feb 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Boma - Flavors of Africa is one of the most interesting restaurants in all of Walt Disney World. Located in the amazing Animal Kingdom Lodge, you just have to experience it for yourself.
  • Disney Vacation Club

    21 Feb 2014 | 9:55 am
    The Disney Vacation Club or DVC is a great way to ensure quality vacations for the next 50 years.
  • Disney Haunted Mansion

    15 Feb 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Liberty Square's is the home of the Disney Haunted Mansion. A dark ride full of the spooky and the supernatural. Jump in a Doombuggy and check it out.
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    tripwolf travel blog - your travel guide

  • Packing for Multiple People

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    TweetSomeday, my kids will be able to pack for our travels themselves. Until that day, however, I’m responsible for making sure that my girls have enough clothing. (My husband contributes, of course, but I care more about matchy-matchy clothing aesthetics than he does.) On two memorable occasions I have forgotten pants for our youngest and […]
  • 100 times new – New content for the tripwolf travel guides

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Tweettripwolf has updated the contents of more than 100 travel guides — and you can download one of them for free today in the tripwolf app!       When traveling, you have plenty of stuff to carry. Those hiking boots aren’t exactly a lightweight, and so often you underestimate the volume of travel reading […]
  • Ready for the perfect island holiday? Travel secret Uttlah-Ntiz

    Annalena Bottmann
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    TweetWho hasn’t been dreaming about their own island in the middle surrounded by the ocean, with white beaches, palm trees and crystal clear blue water? Well, it won’t be entirely your own – but you can go there now! Beautiful island Uttlah-Ntiz has not yet surfaced on mass tourism’s radar and thus right now is […]
  • Barcelona in the spring

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    Tweettripwolf sends you to the city of paella and Gaudí to celebrate the spring in Barcelona. Now, for a short time only, download the Barcelona Guide for 60% off!       While in Northern Europe the first trees and bushes stretch out their young buds in the still bracing air, in Barcelona they are […]
  • Gifts for the Smallest Travelers

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:53 am
    TweetOur oldest daughter turns five next month, and her very first passport expires in September. In those five years, she has visited almost two dozen countries on four different continents. We have been fortunate to live in an area of the world where travel is easy and done often, but we are not and never […]
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    My Several Worlds

  • Don’t Let Censorship be your Travel Guide – Liberate your Internet

    Carrie Kellenberger
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    A carefree tour is nothing short of a blessing these days. It is a leisure that only few can afford in time and in money. It is an escape from the burnouts of noisy cities, polluted lanes, stressful work, social strife and much more. It is a journey to peace. But then you know it is short lived, so you just want to make the most of it. You get cameras, bookmark places, and make a long list of shopping spree you would like to do on various points of your trip. You want to tell the whole world of your whereabouts time and again. You are not going to miss out on your friends and family back…
  • Tomb Sweeping Day in Taiwan – A Day for Remembering Our Dearly Departed

    Carrie Kellenberger
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Today is Tomb Sweeping Holiday in Taiwan, thus I have the perfect opportunity to explain what this holiday is and how it’s celebrated in Taiwan. But before I dive into the what, where, when and how of Tomb Sweeping Day, I’d also like to mention that visiting a graveyard in Taiwan is a neat experience that everyone should try at least once. John and I always make an effort to take our guests out of Taipei by car, and we generally make a beeline for the East Coast. Although it’s difficult to tear your eyes away from the stunning coastline and scenery, our guests never fail to…
  • Travel Advice for First-Time Travelers

    Carrie Kellenberger
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:28 am
    People ask me all the time for travel advice. Whether it’s helping to plan a trip for a family member or friend, talking about expat life, working with ESL teachers who are getting ready to embark on their first teaching adventure abroad, or simply answering emails from travelers who find me here, there is always one recurring question that I’m asked time and time again. What travel advice do you offer to first-time travelers? The answer to that question really depends on the type of travel you’re doing. Solo travel, couples travel, long travel, and travel with a purpose all…
  • Photo Moment: Queen’s Head Rock in Yehliu Geopark

    Carrie Kellenberger
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:18 am
    This is Queen’s Head Rock in Wanli, Yehliu, Northern Taiwan. It’s the main attraction in Yehliu Geopark, which is operated by the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area. This particular area along Taiwan’s northern coastline is famous for its beautiful landscapes. In fact, Yehliu was awarded the honor of being the “Most Beautiful Landscape in Taiwan” in 2013 by Focus Taiwan. Best of all, it’s an easy and inexpensive day trip from Taipei. Admission to the park is $50NT ($1.50USD) and the bus is around $100NT ($3USD). There are a number of cool…
  • Photo Moment: Little Taiwan in Penghu County

    Carrie Kellenberger
    5 Mar 2014 | 9:37 pm
    This is Little Taiwan. It’s a slab of rock that is typically visible at low tide on the island of Cimei (Qimei) in Penghu County, Taiwan. It’s famous because of its resemblance to the shape of Taiwan itself. (Taiwanese, by the way, love finding examples of this in nature and making a thing of it. The Queen’s Head Rock in Yehliu Geo Park on the northeast coast of Taiwan is another example. Personally, I think it’s an adorable trait about Taiwan that makes it really unique.) Little Taiwan is a wave-cut platform, and the Penghu Islands have a number of these rocky…
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    Lanzarote Information - Anything and everything about Lanzarote

  • St George's Day in Lanzarote 2014

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    St. George’s day is celebrated in England today, on the 23rd of April. Not so here in Lanzarote, the English community will be celebrating the event on Saturday 26th of April. Actually the event wasn’t going to happen this year, it’s only come to fruition following a campaign by The Skatoons to keep the annual tradition going. The St. George’s Day Party will be held once again in the Centro Comercial Montaña Tropical which is situated on Calle Toscón in the old town of Puerto del Carmen, overlooking the harbour. It’s not just an event for the English, all nationalities are very…
  • Lanzarote Car Hire - No Credit Card And No Deposit

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    We’re often asked about the car hire service we offer, and two of the most common questions are: “Can I hire if I don’t have a credit card?” and “Do you take a large deposit off my debit card?”   The answer to the first is yes – a debit card is perfectly acceptable  read more »
  • English Cinema in Lanzarote 21st & 24th April 2014

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:12 pm
    The English movies are back to normal this coming week in Lanzarote being shown twice on Monday the 21st and Thursday the 24th of April. At Multicines Deiland in Playa Honda: At the later time of 22:300, Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 3D continues to be shownCaptain America's alter ego Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). At Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife : At  the same time of 19:30, Noah with Russell Crowe playing the part of the…
  • Lanzarote Videos - Plane Spotting and Playa Chica

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Here are some more videos from our friend Jalle. In the first he takes us plane spotting, then he takes us aboard an aircraft for a south west departure with stunning views of Los Pocillos and Puerto del Carmen.  read more »
  • Jellyfish Warning 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    It’s official, the dreaded jellyfish are back for the first time this year. We’ve received a Jellyfish Campaign notice from the Consorcio de Seguridad y Emergencias de Lanzarote with some general advice and preventive recommendations about how to avoid and deal with jellyfish stings. The notice was issued on the 16th April, just in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend, when jellyfish warnings were being posted on the affected beaches of Lanzarote. Beach goers are asked to be vigilant and take notice of flags or warning notices placed by the beach lifeguards to advise users that…
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    The Travel Word

  • The 2014 New York Travel Festival – A Transformative Experience

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    A lot of buzzwords out there are used to convey a sense of mindful connection with the people and places you visit when you travel: ecotourism, geotourism, responsible and sustainable travel, local and slow travel, conscious and transformative travel, community-based and pro-poor tourism, immersive and experiential travel, agritourism, voluntourism… and oh so much more. You’ve probably heard or read some of these terms and then perhaps dismissed them or not fully understood them. Often enough, though, they resonate and stick. And they can be very important, which is why we have chosen…
  • Broke Fordwich – Winemaking the Local Way in the Hunter Valley, Australia

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Air-conditioned coaches come and go, kicking up the gravel. Signs advertise celebrated wines and best-value lunch deals. Tourists beam as the contents of their bags revealingly clink together. Cartons of what can’t be carried is ready to be shipped via international carriers. All around, people are laughing and chatting, slightly merrier than when they started out the morning. Then they pile back on to the bus and head home to Sydney, Australia. The tranquility is palpable in Broke Fordwich in the Hunter Valley of Australia. Photo courtesy of the Broke Fordwich Wine & Tourism…
  • Hiking in Guatemala’s Mountains of the Ixil Region

    23 Mar 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Central America’s steep and often volcanic terrain abounds with hiking opportunities, but the higher-elevation scenery of the Ixil region in Guatemala offers an exciting chance to escape from the usual lowland tourist trails. Departing from Nebaj, the main city in the Guatemalan department of El Quiché, hikers can hire a guide or, if equipped with good maps, strike out on their own for treks in the country’s Cuchamantan Mountains, a rural highlands where locals still adhere to traditional ways of life. The town of Nebaj, Guatemala, boasts a great many food and clothing markets, and…
  • Responsible Travel Week 2014. It’s On Right Now, So You’re Not Too Late

    12 Feb 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Better late than never, this is a belated reminder to everyone that this week, from February 10 to 16, 2014, is Responsible Travel Week, the sixth annual online unconference focusing on responsible travel. It’s free to take part, and there’s no jet lag, as all events occur online and around the world through local events organized by participants. Online, just look for (and use!) the #rtweek14 hashtag. Responsible Travel Week now coincides with Valentine’s Day to link ‘responsible travel’ with mutual and shared love. Image courtesy of Responsible…
  • Zip Lines in Costa Rica: A Sustainable Alternative to Deforestation

    3 Feb 2014 | 11:55 am
    This is the next in a series of portraits, long and short, of some of the people I met and places I visited during a recent trip to Costa Rica. The subjects were chosen as noteworthy examples of Costa Rica’s distinct pura vida. Return to the main page for more background information. Rainforests deserve all the positive notice they can get, even including when seen from zip lines in Costa Rica suspended between towering first-growth trees. At the Rainforest Adventures Atlantic park, one zip line spans the Corinto River, Costa Rica. The nearer platform is anchored to a large campano tree…
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  • Zac Efron on 'That Awkward Moment'

    30 Jan 2014 | 9:37 am
    Zac Efron on 'That Awkward Moment' He's an actor, a heartthrob and now he's a producer! Zac Efron told Ellen about his new movie, some rather revealing scenes, and Ellen surprised him with som... From: TheEllenShow Views: 1588052 17051 ratings Time: 04:33 More in Entertainment
  • The Naughty Professor: Hank and John at the Beach - REUNION!

    24 Jan 2014 | 7:40 am
    The Naughty Professor: Hank and John at the Beach - REUNION! In which Hank and John go to the beach and have a chat. The Art Assignment: From: vlogbrothers Views: 404019 23562 ratings Time: 03:56 More in People & Blogs
  • X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST - Official Trailer (2014)

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    29 Oct 2013 | 5:45 am
    X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST - Official Trailer (2014) The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from t... From: X-Men Movies Views: 26714829 115207 ratings Time: 02:18 More in Film & Animation
  • Why Can't You Use Phones on Planes?

    21 Aug 2013 | 1:19 pm
    Why Can't You Use Phones on Planes? Angry passengers create turbulence for the airlines. See more LIKE us on: FOLLOW us on: http... From: CollegeHumor Views: 2904617 49910 ratings Time: 03:05 More in Comedy
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  • The Thrill of Riding an Ostrich

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    While exploring the Garden Route on a recent family vacation in South Africa, we came upon the "Safari Ostrich Show Farm" a few miles outside of Oudtsdoorn. Oudstdoorn is the ostrich capital of the world and I'd long harbored the dream of riding an ostrich. In Africa my dreams tend to come true. We started off with a tour of the farm, and lucked out being the only people there, so we enjoyed a private tour with Darnie, a wonderful guide. My two sons were hooked from the start. We got to watch tiny babies hatch in the incubator, touch and feel various ostrich eggs, shells, feathers, leather…
  • Chief Warden of Virunga National Park Shot - In Stable Condition

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    My dear friend Emmanuel de Merode was ambushed on Tuesday while driving back to Virunga National Park from Goma. He was shot multiple times in the legs and stomach. Emmanuel underwent surgery in Goma and is now in stable but critical condition. Emmanuel has been on the forefront protecting mountain gorillas in the DRC. He unfortunately joins many fellow Rangers that have been shot at in the line of duty. These are are the true conservation heroes of our time. They are fighting to protect the Gorillas and their habitat from loggers, rebels, charcoal sellers, bushmeat purveyors, and now oil…
  • Running Wild for African Marathons

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    African athletes are legendary in long distance running events. In the London marathon, that took place this weekend, Kenyan athletes Wilson Kipsang and Edna Kiplagat won both the men and the women's race respectively, with fellow Kenyans also taking second place. The top ten finishers in the men's race were all African except for two runners. Long distance races at the Olympics are also dominated by East and North Africans. But you don't hear enough about marathons being run in Africa. If you want to run a marathon and be on safari at the same time, I'd highly recommend heading to Kenya at…
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial Center

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    It's hard to visit Rwanda and not spend a lot of time thinking about the 1994 genocide. As the 20th anniversary of the genocide is upon us, we are reminded again of the horror of those 3 months. When you're in Kigali, you just look around and realize that everyone over the age of 20 has lived through a total nightmare. It didn't help that when I traveled to Rwanda a few years ago, within ten minutes of landing at the efficient Kigali International airport, I was standing at the gates of the Genocide Memorial Center. The Genocide Memorial Center is a heartbreaking place. It's not just the…
  • Myths About Africa

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    Africa is dangerous, violent, poor, backward, diseased, corrupt ... let's see, what else can be said about Africa? It's very upsetting to people like myself who have been raised in Africa and traveled extensively throughout the continent, to hear people talk about it this way. There's a lot of fear, ignorance and misunderstanding about Africa. I think most of it stems from the fact that people have no real concept of the sheer size and diversity of the continent. In fact, some people even think Africa is a single country (that includes former US Vice President candidate Sarah Palin). The…
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  • Air Travel News Roundup - March 2014

    31 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    March was my first full month as's Air Travel Expert, and my stories for the month ran the gamut, from the joys of the Global Entry program to ways of contacting North American carriers.  See my summaries, below....Read Full Post
  • Delta, Virgin America Offer New Menus For Premium Passengers

    23 Mar 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Delta Air Lines and Virgin America recently unveiled new menus for passengers in their premium cabins. Delta tapped Atlanta-based Chef Linton Hopkins to create a southern-themed menu for BusinessElitetravelers, while Virgin America worked with its inflight catering manager and LSG Sky Chefs to create a new first class menu.
  • How the TSA Speeds Travelers Through Airport Security

    20 Mar 2014 | 9:58 pm
    On a recent trip, I was fortunate enough to get chosen to use the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) expedited PreChecksecurity line, and it was great. PreCheck allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, using special screening lanes.
  • FlightView Offers Latest Travel Data for Airports, Passengers

    17 Mar 2014 | 11:43 am
    Boston-based FlightView is using its access to different data sources to provide airports and passengers with the latest information in their travels. The company, with more than 150 airport customers worldwide, added 40 airport customers in 2013, including Indianapolis International, Sacramento International and Curacao International.
  • 10 Great Quick-Serve Airport Food/Beverage Concessions

    13 Mar 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Remember when airport food/beverage concessions were just plain boring? If you were lucky, you'd get a snack bar with limited fast food options, a sundries shop with candy and chips and a bland, generic restaurant. But now airports, knowing that passengers are spending more time in their facilities, have stepped up their game and offer local/regional and national brands ranging from fast food to full-service restaurants. Below are 10 quick-serve outlets you should try on your next trip.
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  • A Lunch Stop Southwest of the Vondelpark

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    In search of a café or lunchroom for a mid-day meal near the Vondelpark? Anne&Max, just a few minutes' walk from the southwest corner of the park, has a wide assortment of lunch choices; while the selections can be hit-or-miss, there are some real stand-outs on the menu. Read more in my full review.
  • Museum Guide to Leiden

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The city of Leiden, South Holland, is renowned not only as the seat of the country's oldest university, but also as the location of no fewer than 12 excellent museums. Find out which ones to visit on your trip in this Museum Guide to Leiden.
  • A Petite Crêperie on Haarlemmerstraat

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Not far from the previous post's West-Indisch Huis (West India House) is Crêperie Le Berger, which turns out excellent wheat- and buckwheat-flour crêpes on Haarlemmerstraat - an ideal spot for a quick lunch or snack for pedestrians on the attraction-filled street. Read my full review of the crêperie here on Amsterdam Travel.
  • Dutch Architecture 101: The West India House

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The West-Indisch Huis (West India House), an attractive 17th-century house on a square off Haarlemmerstraat, was the very spot where the Dutch West India Company decided to build a fort on the island of Manhattan - and thereby found the colony of Nieuw Amsterdam. See this historic site on a trip down colorful Haarlemmerstraat.
  • Dutch Architecture 101: The Weigh House

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Situated on the Nieuwmarkt, the lively square at the heart of Amsterdam Chinatown, De Waag (The Weigh House) represents the oldest secular architecture that survives in Amsterdam. Read more about its storied past.
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    Things To Do Around Orlando

  • Advice for Couples Traveling Together

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Orlando is well publicized as a travel destination for families, but there are plenty of couples who enjoy taking a trip to the attractions and the surrounding area as well. Even if many of the activities and attractions are family-friendly, there are many things that couples can do to make their next Orlando vacation as […]
  • Experience stag weekend with a difference with a professional travel company

    Sunil Govind
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    The world of stag do’s has revolutionized in recent years, with groups now doing far more exciting activities in glamorous destinations across the world. And the great news is, there are some excellent professional stag-do companies to ensure your event is a huge success! The benefits of using a professional travel company If you are […]
  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Review

    Sunil Govind
    15 Mar 2014 | 5:37 pm
    An annual favorite for visitors and locals alike, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival returns to the Walt Disney World resort March 5 – May 18, 2014. Escape the polar vortex “Up North” and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of Spring during your next Orlando vacation. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival […]
  • Orlando Taxi Service: Diamond Cab Company

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Feb 2014 | 2:00 am
    On your next visit to Orlando, take the guesswork out of hailing a cab and call 407-523-3333407-523-3333 for the Diamond Cab Company—the Orlando taxi service that makes it easy to get a ride anywhere you want to go in Orlando. Call on the spot or book your cab in advance by downloading the Diamond Cab […]
  • Do you need a rental car in Orlando?

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Jan 2014 | 2:00 am
    Orlando is just about as tourist friendly as a city can be, and although public transportation options are not as robust for the people who actually live and work here (there are no commuter trains or subways running through Orlando) there are quite a few options for transporting visitors around. Orlando International Airport (OIA) offers […]
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    BootsnAll Travel Articles

  • Your Hometown

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Prompt #22: Write a 24-hour guide to your hometown (where you grew up, or where you live now) for someone who has never been there. How: Respond to the prompt - through a blog post, picture, video, drawing, tweet, comment at the bottom of this article - however you want to express yourself. Then tweet and link your response @BootsnAll with the hashtag #indie30 Week 4 theme: Looking for adventure Details: See belowThere is one guiding question/prompt each day, followed by a series of questions, ideas, and comments meant to help you dig deeper. These aren't meant to be answered directly, just…
  • Confessions of a Reformed Spender

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    If I had to give a name to my financial nemesis, that name would be Duane Reade–-that chain of easily accessible convenient stores located on every other corner of New York City. Each time I step into a Duane Reade, currency takes on a different meaning, since $5 spent on an impulsive purchase isn’t nearly as impractical as buying that $50 shirt I was coveting.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Get more tips on how to budget for your trip" button_type="orange" button="Sign up for Plan Your RTW Trip in 30 Days"…
  • Travel in 2014

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    Prompt #21: Where do you most want to go in 2014? How: Respond to the prompt - through a blog post, picture, video, drawing, tweet, comment at the bottom of this article - however you want to express yourself. Then tweet and link your response @BootsnAll with the hashtag #indie30 Week 3 theme: Roam if you want to Details: See belowThere is one guiding question/prompt each day, followed by a series of questions, ideas, and comments meant to help you dig deeper. These aren't meant to be answered directly, just to help (feel free to address any, all, or none of the guiding questions below).
  • Africa Travel

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Prompt #20: What part of Africa interests you the most? How: Respond to the prompt - through a blog post, picture, video, drawing, tweet, comment at the bottom of this article - however you want to express yourself. Then tweet and link your response @BootsnAll with the hashtag #indie30 Week 3 theme: Roam if you want to Details: See belowThere is one guiding question/prompt each day, followed by a series of questions, ideas, and comments meant to help you dig deeper. These aren't meant to be answered directly, just to help (feel free to address any, all, or none of the guiding questions…
  • South America Travel

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:03 am
    Prompt #19: Have you ever been to South America? What stands out? How: Respond to the prompt - through a blog post, picture, video, drawing, tweet, comment at the bottom of this article - however you want to express yourself. Then tweet and link your response @BootsnAll with the hashtag #indie30 Week 3 theme: Roam if you want to Details: See belowThere is one guiding question/prompt each day, followed by a series of questions, ideas, and comments meant to help you dig deeper. These aren't meant to be answered directly, just to help (feel free to address any, all, or none of the guiding…
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    Stuck in Customs

  • Google Glass in the Middle East

    Trey Ratcliff
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Another cool use of Google Glass I used Glass a lot this trip to record how-to videos and this sort of thing. Right after this, I went to Japan and used it to make this video of what it is like in Shibuya. Pop over to that link to check it out if you haven’t seen it yet! Daily Photo – Exploring the world with Google Glass Just recently, I met this gentleman in the wilds beyond the desert. He was so curious and interested in Glass. Absolutely transfixed, he asked me everything about it, then tried it on and played and played and played! He loved it! First I had him go through the…
  • Autumn in Queenstown, Speargrass Flats Road

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    First on the blog — What does the fall look like here? I wanted to release this video here first to you all… just a little segment of my day — what I saw yesterday. So I’ve been going out every day here to take photos. I’ve gotten some great ones, but then I realized one of the best things about the Autumn here is the soft movement of everything. So I set my Sony A7r to video mode to get a few scenes from the day. There’s no instruction or anything —- and you might even find it rather boring! Also the audio is not so great because of the wind. Sorry about that!
  • Marrakech, Morocco at Sunset

    Trey Ratcliff
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A Limited Opening of The Arcanum! We are excited to announce this very first public stage of The Arcanum! This is an early beta, but we are rolling with Masters and Apprentices to test out the system. The video below shows what is happening behind the scenes as well as some bonus info. Enjoy, and thanks again for your enthusiasm! Daily Photo – Marrakech, Morocco at Sunset What a dream come true it was to get to this place! Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to go to Morocco to see what it was like. Actually, I was kind of confused by all the Indiana Jones movies and I thought that all the…
  • Happy Easter from the Ratcliff Family!

    Trey Ratcliff
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Have a great Easter! Have a good Easter, or, at least have a lot of chocolate! Here’s some super-fresh photos from our Easter egg hunt here today. We go up to The Hills and Sebastian dresses up as this huge bunny. The kids chase him all over the place, over the hills, through the forest, and beyond… he throws out eggs and the kids go crazy for it! Daily Photo – My Daughters in the Autumn Forest Here's my two girls, Isabella and Scarlett. They are walking through the forest here looking for any hidden Easter eggs! The colors have just started to change down here in New…
  • An Awesome Place in Morocco

    Trey Ratcliff
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Strange cultural treatments? Below, I describe my first two hamams… Have you ever had some strange cultural experience like this? Let us know! Daily Photo – An awesome place in Morocco This is a truly beautiful place right in the middle of Chefchaouen, Morocco. I also had a hamam in here, and it was a rough one. Do you know what a hamam is? I didn't! But I had two of them in Morocco. I didn't know beforehand if it was some kind of drug or hallucinogenic thing or whatever, but I decided to go for it! It turned out not to be either of them, unfortunately. Instead, it…
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    We Blog The World

  • Was Your Easter Chocolate Sourced From Ethical Integrity?

    Jessica Festa
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Easter has always been a time to celebrate rebirth. During the spring, the entire planet seems to come back to life. Trees and flowers begin to blossom and the holidays are celebrated with an array of delicious foods. Most notably, chocolate eggs and bunnies have become a symbol of the season; however, while most of the holiday is a symbol for liveliness, even the whitest of chocolates hold a dark side, routed in slavery and unfair trade. Make sure you understand the facts about chocolate and where yours comes from this holiday. The International Chocolate and Cocoa Industries In the United…
  • Being Inspired by Dreamy Art

    Jessica Tiare Bowen
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Victoria Milo is a Long Island native currently working in advertising but her natural passion lies in the arts where she expresses “individuality and creative beauty” with oils on a canvas. Although she is a remarkable artist, she says she never really considered herself an artist until March 1st, when her painting collection titled The Places We Ignore was actually hung up on display for others to see. The Places We Ignore is completely inspired by the New York City subway. Most of us ride the subway trains daily but we may not be in tune with the natural beauty of the dirty and gritty…
  • The Pocket Poppet For Women on the Go

    Renee Blodgett
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I recently discovered a fun wrap, or more like a Cardigan on the Go! from a company called Pocket Poppet.   From boardroom to beach, work to weekend, retro to metro, The Pocket Poppets’ adaptable design is great for women who are looking for comfort, style and a compact easy-to-carry cardigan on the road. The Pocket Poppet is a fashionable open drape front cardigan that is created to fold into its own attached convenient and protective pouch. Street chic details such as ruched sleeves, jewel tone colors, and a curve-enhancing cut have been created in tandem with a small credit…
  • Traveling 2,000 Miles Across India in a Rickshaw

    Sherry Ott
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    I’m traveling 2,000 miles through India by motorized rickshaw, raising $15,000 for charity. Early on in this 2,000 mile Rickshaw Run, we accomplished what we set out to do for the day — travel 380 km today starting at 5:20 AM, starting with loading up the rickshaws before the sun was up. We have discovered that driving early in the morning is by far the best time to be on the road. After around 8 AM, the chaos ensues. This gas station treated us to chai served in pretty teacups! … Read more...
  • The Art of Making Poi in Kauai

    Sherry Ott
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    “I’ve been coming to poi day since 2001, “ his eyes crinkled in a smile as he fiddled with his fishing net, “I like to come meet people and talk story.” Charlie said. ‘Uncle’ Charlie was one of many old timers I met who showed up every Thursday to make poi as part of a tight knit ohana (family in Hawaiian) at Waipa ahupua‘a.  However the 84 year old seemed much more interested in showing off his fishing net skills rather than making poi, but his son was working hard at ensuring the poi was processed and more than doing the work of two people.… Read more...
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    Business Travel Destinations

  • Business leaders across the capital endorse Dot London

    Business Travel Destinations
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    Wednesday 16 April 2014 Forty business leaders from across London have endorsed the new Dot London internet domain.  In an open letter published today the heads of some of the capital’s most recognisable brands, business organisations, charities and SMEs say they are backing Dot London and call on other businesses to do the same. In the letter the business leaders say: “For the first time in a generation London businesses have an opportunity to claim a web address that associates them with London, one of the greatest cities on earth, and make their web address more relevant and…
  • MGM Resorts International and Hakkasan Group Announce Formation of Joint Venture Hotel Company MGM Hakkasan Hospitality

    Business Travel Destinations
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    LAS VEGAS, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Hakkasan Group today announced the formation of a joint venture hotel management company, to be named MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.The strategic alliance will focus on the design, development and management of luxury non-gaming hotels, resorts and residential offerings under the Bellagio, Hakkasan, MGM Grand and SKYLOFTS brands in key international gateway cities and prime resort destinations across the globe.  All of the hotel and resort projects currently under development by each group will be…
  • London crowned ‘Ultimate Sports City’ beating off worldwide competition

    Business Travel Destinations
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    Thursday 10 April 2014 The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has welcomed the news that London has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned the ‘Ultimate Sports City’ in the world. London received the prestigious honour at the SportAccord Convention in Antalya, Turkey earlier today (10 April). The UK capital was up against a shortlist of thirty cities around the world including Melbourne – which won the coveted title in 2006, 2008 and 2010 – New York, Singapore and Berlin. The city was praised for delivering an outstanding Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and for securing…
  • New York-New York Hotel & Casino Brings Tom’s Urban And Shake Shack To Dynamic Pedestrian Plaza

    Business Travel Destinations
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    LAS VEGAS, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – New York-New York Hotel Casino is turning up the flavor on its dynamic new plaza experience with the addition of fan-favorite restaurants Tom’s Urban and Shake Shack, opening December 2014. The restaurants will take the space currently occupied by The Sporting House (closing June 3), and join recently opened retail outlets Swatch, Stupidiotic, I Love NYNY and Starbucks, as well as Hershey’s Chocolate World, which is opening this spring. The plaza is anchored by the property’s famed Brooklyn Bridge. “There has never been a…
  • Diving sensation Tom Daley calls for visitors to be part of the legacy of the 2012 Games as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opens

    Business Travel Destinations
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    Friday 04 April 2014 International diving star Tom Daley is calling for Londoners and visitors to the British capital to experience the 2012 legacy by enjoying the world-class facilities on offer at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Speaking in a new video released by, as the Park fully opens for the first time since London’s Olympic and Paralympic Games (5th April), Tom says: “This London Aquatics Centre has so many memories for me. To be able to train here full time is just amazing and I really do hope that lots of people are inspired to get involved in different sporting…
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    A Postcard a Day

  • Lincolnshire

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    I bought this rather elderly and battered map of Lincolnshire (north east of England) for sentimental reasons.  I lived there for about five years when my father was working in Grimsby.  Well, someone has to.  I can't say I got to know Lincolnshire very well but the place names on the map are very familiar.Nowadays a map would show the Humber bridge which opened in 1981 connecting Lincolnshire at Barton on Humber with Yorkshire at Hull.
  • Chinese horoscope

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    In the limited time I have these days, I searched high and low for any signs of the zodiac that I hadn't already posted.  I'm having to show the Year of the Horse stamp from Taiwan but at least this time it's on a different postcard, one that shows all the Chinese signs of the zodiac, running right to left, top to bottom:RatOxTigerRabbitDragonSnakeHorseGoatMonkeyRoosterDogPig We tend to think the signs are allocated to years in Chinese astrology but in fact they are also assigned to months, days and hours.  The year sign is how you appear to others, the month is how you are…
  • Borobudur Temple

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    One of the 72 seated Buddha statues which surround the main dome of Borobudur Temple in Indonesia.  The statue is facing the active Merapi volcano which last erupted in March 2014, when this card was sent to me. Merapi can be translated as Mountain of Fire.The Borobudur Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Roman villa at La Olmeda

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    In 1968 Javier Cortes Álvarez de Miranda found the remains of a Roman villa on his land in northern Spain.  He excavated it and maintained it for the next 12 years, then handed it over to the Provincial Council of Palencia. The villa dates from the 1st century and rebuilt in the 4th.  The main hall is in very good condition and the mosaic pictured in part on the card is from that hall. It is thought that the portraits show the owners of the mansion.
  • Luxembourg

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Luxembourg has a population of slightly more than 500,000, with an area of just under 1000 square miles or roughly 2,500 square kilometres. It is one of the smallest nations in Europe, just north of France and between Belgium and Germany.The couple pictured beside the mapare Grand Duc Jean and Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte.  Grand Duc Jean abdicated in favour of his son in 2000 having reigned since 1964.
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  • A Holiday in Heaven – Tenerife

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Few destination names out there are on the lips of everybody the way Tenerife is and the truth is that it only got this famous precisely because it can be wonderful, mesmerizing and absolutely bewitching. From relaxing beaches to all-night parties, there is a myriad of things Tenerife can offer and looking into it can truly give you an amazing experience. If you want to find out more about Tenerife, vacation packages prices and what to do there, then you should definitely read on. Tenerife and Prices for Holidays There For many people out there, Tenerife pertains to an entirely different set…
  • Unique UK: 5 Ways to Explore the British Isles

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:22 am
    Oxford by Chris Chabot (Creative Commons) SELF DRIVE TOUR Discover the eccentricities of the Britons, the beautiful landscapes, iconic landmarks, gorgeous cities and experience the myths and mysteries of England via a self drive tour of the British Isles. The beauty of a self drive is the fact that you get to explore all the regions that matter to you at your own pace, pulling over at a motel or guest house and retreating for the night. You need to be armed with GPRS map, the road network of the UK is well developed and with a good map you can explore the UK with little help. TAKE A RAIL TOUR…
  • Alternative Places For a Wedding Abroad

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:38 pm
    EXOTIC KENYA A wedding in Kenya is one that can be wonderfully exceptional and unforgettable, in terms of wedding locations and settings, Kenya may boast to have it all; some couples have chosen to wed in the jungle with the savannah grassland forming a picturesque background. There are spectacular lakes littered all over the country which offer scenic settings for weddings such as Lake Naivasha (Kenyan celebrities have chosen this location) Lake Nakuru with its massive pink flocks of flamingos and Lake Bogoria with its steaming hot geysers. Tsavo East National Park, Kenya. Author Simone…
  • Culture in Dalaman

    13 Jan 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Icmeler Marmaris Beach, Turkey by Mr. M. Canbalaban (Creative Commons) The three million holidaymakers that fly into Dalaman on the scorching Turkish coast each year normally only have one thing on their minds and that’s hitting the beach for sunbathing and relaxation. And why not? The coastline in the Dalaman region is blessed with numerous beautiful sandy beaches, sweeping vistas and plenty of sunshine, so it’s rude not to put on your swimwear, slap on some sun cream and make the most of it. Monarch has plenty of accommodation options in the main Turquoise Coast resorts of…
  • Five Alternative Options For The Family Holiday

    26 Nov 2013 | 11:57 pm
    Inspiring Oman Oman (Creative Commons) Oman is a lesser known neighbor of the more popular Arabs Emirates and is a perfect place for an unusual family vacation. It boasts of crystal clear coastal waters, extensive family friendly resorts and enticing golden desert sandy dunes. There are numerous locations for family holidays in Oman. Muscat is a seaside city which is characterized by whitewashed buildings. Take your family for a desert experience; riding camels and camping in the Bedouin tents. The Sharkiya region has sandy beaches where the family can have beach fun and receive warm welcomes…
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  • Why You Would Want to Take a Spring Cruise

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    As the global economic picture continues to improve, consumers are increasingly keen to celebrate their fortunes by booking a lavish spring trip. This is perfectly understandable, and although concerns remain about the current level of consumer borrowing there is no doubt that you can look forward to a relatively bright 2014. When it comes to booking a spring excursion, however, what viable options are available to and which unique experience is suitable for you and your family?
  • The Best of British: Scones, Sheep and Showjumping in the English Countryside

    25 Feb 2014 | 9:56 am
    While England may be renowned for its cosmopolitan capital, getting away from the bright lights of London can give you a completely different perspective on this beautiful country. Among chocolate-box pretty villages and rolling fields, you’ll find local traditions still very much alive. Visiting one of the county shows which take place across the country is a wonderful way to find out more about the rural way of life, along with sampling delicious local produce from nearby farmers and watching some dare-devil stunts in the main arenas.
  • Must See Places: Erbil, Iraq

    30 Jan 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Feeling adventurous? Leave all your preconceived notations at home and go for a destination that probably would not hit your travel radar. With most things in life, there is much more than meets the eye, and Erbil, Iraq is no exception. “Kurdistan is really the other Iraq. It’s not what you see on the news,” said National Geographic's Michael Luongo. In the middle of Erbil, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, lies a 6,000 year old citadel.
  • Best ‘Bang for Your Buck’ Destinations for 2014

    16 Jan 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Traveling can be done even with tight finances. Here is a list of destinations that won’t break your wallet this year.
  • Spiritual Journey in Southwest France

    9 Dec 2013 | 4:19 pm
    A growing number of travelers are looking for deeper connections with the places they visit. Each year thousands of travelers are drawn to the southwestern corner of France, setting out on a pilgrimage that will lead them to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, just as others have done for centuries before them...
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    Atlas Travel Blog

  • What to See and Do in Bangkok, Thailand

    Sue Lobo
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Bangkok is Thailand’s economic center and offers a blend of both old and new.  It is an expression of Thai respect for tradition coupled with their vibrant involvement with modern progress.  The modern façade of the city is imposing, but its dynamic past holds its own amongst the skyscrapers that line the river, reaching further and further toward the heavens. Bangkok is a city electric with excitement, always in motion and pressing the visitor to take it all in. We invite you to do just that – explore imperial Bangkok and discover why the Thais call it the “City of…
  • Earth Day and Sustainable Travel

    Sue Lobo
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Earth Day is a celebration of the earth and a reminder of the importance of taking care of her and is celebrated  this year on April 22, 2014. Many cities have celebrations and events to mark this special day. However, it’s important that earth conscious practices are carried out throughout the year and not just on a specified holiday. A few of our vendors are promoting green initiatives year round. Tauck’s National Park Volunteer Programs For over ten years Tauck has been offering its travelers the opportunity to volunteer at some of the United States’ national parks. This program is…
  • India’s Artistic, Spiritual and Wild Side

    Sue Lobo
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    India enchants with exotic appeal that permeates the country, from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the tropical forested peninsula. The world’s seventh largest country in size and second in population with just over one billion residents, this Asia destination escapes catchall description. A visit to the popular Golden Triangle – comprised of the northern cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, home of the Taj Mahal – is quintessential India for many travelers.  This trine provides a wonderful introduction to India’s many colors, flavors and traditions as well as boasts numerous hotels…
  • Tokyo Insider Experiences

    Sue Lobo
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tokyo, Japan is a city of paradoxes, with imperial majesty set against the exciting pace of cutting-edge trends in fashion, art, technology and food. You’ll find high-rises that hide the city’s best sushi bars near cobblestone streets that seem straight from Europe. Woven together, these dissonances make this modern wonderland a remarkable place to experience.  Japan’s most fascinating discoveries are not highlighted on a map but rather found behind closed doors, open only to those who know enough to ask. Shinjuku, an area known for architecture and nightlife, contains many hidden…
  • Family Vacations Close to Home

    Sue Lobo
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    You needn’t travel far for incredible adventures that the whole family can enjoy right here in North America. Whether you have little ones, teens or a multi-generational mix, this diverse continent has something for everyone, from stunning natural landscapes and wide-open country ranges to historical landmarks and amusing theme parks. To help you dream big, we’ve come up with a few family vacation ideas that manifest playful childhood fantasies for kids and adults alike. North American national parks are home to countless exotic creatures, from alligators in the Everglades to bears in…
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    21 Apr 2014 | 4:28 am
    Once largest in the world, Maracana Stadium is Brazil's temple to football. Second largest attraction in Rio, it will take center stage once again for the upcoming 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games...

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    The following Garcia Marquez Nobel lecture took place in Stockholm, when awarded with the Nobel Price for Literature (1982) for his acclaimed novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude"...

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    El discurso titulado La Soledad de America Latina fue pronunciado por Gabriel Garcia Marquez al recibir el Premio Nobel de Literatura por parte de la Academia de Artes y Ciencias de Estocolmo en 1982...

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    Last stronghold of the Spanish domination, Chiloe Island conforms one of the most interesting cultures in South America. Centuries of isolation from mainland contributed to the creation of a Chilote culture of its own...

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:46 am
    Con Geografia de Sudamerica intentamos introducirte a la exhuberante belleza que el cuarto mayor continente del mundo tiene para ofrecerte. Esperamos disfrutes de esta experiencia visual...
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    Wild Junket

  • Holy Week in Granada: A Time of Mourning

    Nellie Huang
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    The atmosphere is solemn and the mood that hangs in the air is somber. Pointy-hood  wearing nazarenos (penitents) are walking slowly through the streets, looming tall and dressed in red, their hoods masking their faces and dark robes flowing along to the movement of their bare feet. Elegant women wearing black lace veils and high heels holding candles follow behind and finally pasos, or floats with life-size figures of Christ and the Virgin Mary decked in silver and gold, are carried into the main cathedral of Granada. The entire city is mourning for the death of Jesus Christ. Semana…
  • 10 of the Coolest Hotels We’ve Stayed At

    Nellie Huang
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Thanks to this website and our magazine, we’ve had the chance to travel far and beyond, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe, North Korea to South Africa. Along the way, we’ve also been fortunate enough to stay at many extraordinary and outstanding hotels. These aren’t your conventional five-star hotel chain or backpacker hostel — you’ll be surprised by how creative and unusual some hotel owners/designers can be. Here’s a look at some of the coolest hotels we’ve stayed at: 1. Treehotel — Harads, Sweden Undoubtedly the coolest hotel we’ve stayed at is Treehotel, a…
  • Interesting Tribes from Around the World

    Nellie Huang
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    During our travels, we’ve had the fortune of meeting numerous interesting tribes who live in isolated, remote corners of the world and have truly preserved their cultures and traditions. For certain places like Papua New Guinea, the intriguing tribal culture was what drew us to visit. As always, I believe it’s the people who make a place. To pay tribute to the amazing people we’ve met, here are some of the amazing tribes we’e encountered around the world. The Huli Wigmen — Papua  New Guinea The Huli is the largest ethnic group in the Highlands, with a population…
  • Live Updates from the Road: Leipzig, Germany

    Nellie Huang
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    Guten morgen from Germany! I’m here in Leipzig for the first-ever Social Travel Summit and really looking forward to mingling with like-minded travelers and industry folks. Follow along using the hashtag #STSLeipzig on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. An old friend of mine who also officiated our wedding, Heiko, lives near here so I’ll be hanging out with him and hopefully experiencing Leipzig through a local’s perspective. This post is also an experiment of sorts as I test out blogging on my phone. These updates will be short but they’ll be brought to you live. Through…
  • Photo Essay: The Ancient Town of Bhaktapur, Nepal

    Nellie Huang
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Terracotta-roofed pagodas tower over the squares and courtyards. Narrow cobblestone streets weave their way between the houses, red-brick temples, stone statues and cisterns. Artisans are drying their pottery out in the open, while women weave cloth and knead clay by the roadside. This is Bhaktapur, one of the best preserved ancient towns in Nepal. Thanks to its location in the Kathmandu Valley along the old trade route between Tibet and India, Bhaktapur used to be a prosperous gateway; today it remains an excllent place to visit with its  treasure trove of pagodas and palaces. With…
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    South Africa Travel News

  • The city of saints – 10 slightly off-beat historical attractions in Grahamstown

    Wanda Coustas
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Send to Kindle Grahamstown is not known as the town of 60 churches, or the city of saints, for nothing. It is steeped in colonial English history, filled with historical buildings and churches, and is also a university town – which goes some way to explain its reputation for tolerance and left-of-centre thinking. The town of the annual avant-garde Arts Festival, Grahamstown is also home to the oldest independent newspaper offices (still producing the Grocott’s Mail), and was home...
  • Five places to take your friends in Cape Town

    Vaughan McShane
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    Send to Kindle If you’re from Cape Town you’ll know what it’s like to have foreign visitors or guests from other parts of South Africa come spend time with you, hoping you would show them around your beautiful city. Or even if you’re not from Cape Town but are going there as a group of friends, this quick little list is designed to give you a couple of quick and easy “what to do?” options if you’re here for a couple of days or longer. Showing the city off to your foreign friends is also a...
  • The Press Club in Umhlanga Centre

    Helen Rushton
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Send to Kindle As a youngster, my parents would often treat my brother and I to a toasted sandwich and a milkshake at The Press Club on our monthly jaunts into Durban from our home in Zululand. Located in the centre of town, I thought it was the coolest place ever; with its newsprint wallpaper I entertained romantic notions of becoming a journalist and memories of this little coffee shop have remained with me since the mid ‘80’s.     Luckily for me, my journalistic dreams might...
  • Room with a view – 15 handpicked rooms with views in South Africa

    Wanda Coustas
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Send to Kindle Anyone watching Miss Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson at the window overlooking Florence, in the film based on the novel by EM Forster, will agree that the phrase ‘room with a view’ changed forever. The sumptuousness of the film, and the quintessentially British account of romance, intrigue and beauty, resulted in the phrase’s association with far more than the view alone. In keeping with this idea that a room with a view is about all things romantic, we...
  • 10 Dog Friendly Cottages in South Africa

    Wanda Coustas
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Where to go when you do not want to leave your pooch behind? There are plenty of venues across the country that welcome pets. Here are some of our favourites. Unless otherwise stated, all dogs are welcome by prior arrangement… Aloe Cottage, Darling A romantic getaway in Darling, this little cottage looks out over rolling hills and farmlands to distant mountains. It is set on an indigenous renosterveld estate, designed for privacy, although restaurants, shops and galleries...
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    Velvet Escape

  • Ten cities I would visit again

    Keith Jenkins
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    One of Montreal’s many spiral staircases. and again… and again… and again. There are some cities that I just can’t get enough of. It could be for any particular reason: the energy, a lively culinary scene, a spectacular setting, a melting-pot of cultures, history, architecture, a laid-back pace or a mix of everything. These are cities that I would never tire of visiting. Without further ado, here they are, in no particular order (I’ve included links to my posts of each city so feel free to read more): Montréal Ahhh, Montréal! I love this city! From Old…
  • Velvet moments: travel photo – panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro

    Keith Jenkins
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:12 am
    The best place for the most spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro is from atop the Corcovado Mountain at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer Statue, the city’s iconic landmark. It can be a long wait for those who want to get up there (by train) – I suggest taking a taxi from the base station instead – but the incredible panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro are absolutely worth the wait! Read more about my trip to Rio de Janeiro. The iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue. The mind-blowing panoramic view of Rio from the viewing platform at the foot of the Statue. From here, you also…
  • A weekend in Berlin

    Keith Jenkins
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    The boy and the Berlin Cathedral. It had been a hectic week at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, which I visit every year. I didn’t get to see much of Berlin on my previous visits so this year, I decided to add on a weekend to explore the city. My partner joined me for these few days. We’d seen the major highlights of Berlin like the Reichstag (Parliament), the museums on the Museum island, the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie on previous trips so we decided to simply wander around the city and see where we ended up. It turned out to be a fantastic…
  • Road tripping in Victoria

    Keith Jenkins
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:33 am
    My Victoria road trip – on the road to Halls Gap in the Grampians. Victoria is one of Australia’s smallest states but what it lacks in size (relatively-speaking – Australia is after all a massive country!), it makes up for in diversity: from craggy mountains to resplendent vineyards, expansive gumtree forests, spectacular coastal cliffs, stunning nature parks, colourful gardens and vibrant cities. To complement this, there’s a great variety of world-class cuisines, wines and natural and historic attractions. The best way to discover all this is simply to hire a car and…
  • Bologna on my mind

    Keith Jenkins
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:18 am
    Statue of Neptune at the Piazza del Nettuno. My doorbell rings. I open the door to find a good friend of mine standing there with a big grin on his face and a bag casually slung around his shoulder. Minutes later, he’s settled at my dining table and he reaches into his bag. “We’re going to Bologna!”, he announces. “You’ve been talking so much about it, we decided we should go and see it ourselves”. Now it’s my turn to grin. He pulls out a map, a pen and a notepad. “Ok, what do you recommend?”. My mind starts to race and quickly goes…
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    Pearls of Travel Wisdom

  • Quick Travel Tips for Your Holiday Weekend

    Carol Margolis
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    If you’re traveling this weekend, here are a few last minute tips to help you and your family travel smart and safe so you can focus on the holiday. Is your child flying alone? Then read this for lots of tips you’ll want to know. If you are checking your bag and traveling with someone else, put some of your clothes in their bag and vice versa. That way, if one bag is delayed or lost, you each have some clothes. Place your itinerary in your checked bag, along with your name and address. Luggage tags on the outside of the bag, especially those flimsy paper tags you may grab from…
  • Sharing Travel Tips on Chicago’s WGN Radio

    Carol Margolis
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Listen in to WGN Radio’s Nick Digilio as he and I gab about my first flight, what’s changed over my 28 years of travel, my favorite destinations, and more. WGN Radio is based in Chicago, where my business travels first started many years ago. This travel talk may just offer you and/or your family some great tips to use in these last few days of spring break or in any of your future travels. Sharing of your travel tips or Chicago love is welcome in the comments below!        Related StoriesWeekly Travel RoundupGarrett Popcorn Shops GiveawayWhen…
  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Win a Trip to the British Virgin Islands is giving you a chance to win a trip to the British Virgin Islands. A grand prize winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two, 6 nights at the Long Bay Beach Club in an Ocean-view room, and their breakfast and dinners taken care of. Contest ends May 18th. Luxury Spa Trip to Palm Springs InStyle wants to send you on a luxurious spa getaway to Palm Springs. Runners up receive $200 Bluefly gift-cards, third place winners get a year subscription and some deluxe beauty…
  • Weekly Travel Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across my desk this week. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook page or send them my way on Twitter. Air New Zealand’s new 787-9 unveiled Air New Zealand showed off their new Dreamliner this week with one beauty of a paint job. The all black livery with the distinct NZ Fern will roll out later this year. If you’d like to hop on board, the plane will be operating to Tokyo and Shanghai from Aukland in October. These plastic pipes filled with warm water…
  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Garrett Popcorn Sweepstakes Do you have a favorite travel food, as in some great grub you just can’t find at home? Mine is Garrett’s Popcorn, so we’ve teamed up to give away a 2 gallon Garrett Signature tin of their world famous Chicago Mix. Contest ends April 11. Luxurious Trip to the Philippines The Travel Channel is giving away a luxurious trip for two the the Philippines. The Grand Prize winner will receive two round trip coach tickets to Manila, 7 days/6 nights hotel accommodations, spa treatments, scuba…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Fun Facts About Visiting The Florida Keys

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids The Florida Keys is considered one of the most unique spots to visit in the US. And the history that is behind it makes it that much more of a place to visit and have fun. Fun Facts About The Florida Keys Geologically the Florida Keys are exposed parts of coral reefs. Some of the islands have been exposed for so long that sand has built up around them, creating barrier islands There are over 1700 islands in the archipelago. However, very few of these are…
  • What To Do While Staying at The Breakers in Palm Beach

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids When staying at The Breakers in Palm Beach it is easy to be occupied from morning through night without even realizing it. Family Activities at The Breakers in Palm Beach Our first day was fully occupied when we visited the Beach Club and hung out in our own private beach bungalow. Well, I mainly hung out, as the kids enjoyed the pools and running around. The first evening was devoted to a delicious meal at the Italian Restaurant and then watching the…
  • SuperBreak’s Holiday Inspirator WebApp

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids A little inspiration goes a long way when booking a short break. That’s why SuperBreak, is constantly trying to provide travelers with lots of ideas and info for booking a fun adventure. Whether it’s venturing to London on an exciting city break, or travelling further afield to some of Europe’s finest destinations. Last year they celebrated their 30 year anniversary. That is a major milestone for them, plus it comes with a wealth of experience in…
  • Action and Adventure Holiday Ideas for the Whole Family

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids With the summer approaching fast, people are all starting to get itchy feet, and the desire to go wandering is strong in them. In their younger days, getting away and risking death in order to find satisfaction was easy. Soon enough though, they met a partner and raised a family; putting an end to action and adventure. Giving up on action and adventure need not be necessary just because you are now responsible for a family. There are many places where…
  • Fun Facts About Florida Key West

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Key West is without a doubt the top priority Key to visit when checking out the Florida Keys. This is where all the action happens. And interestingly enough, the action has been taking place here for over 500 years. We had the joy to learn all the cool facts and info  first hand during our bike tour of Key West - which is highly recommended! Fun Facts About Florida Key West There are 42 bridges that connect Key West to the mainland of Florida. The third…
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  • Weekend Music Playlist 18

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • Mott 32 Restaurant - Hong Kong

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hong Kong seems to have more than enough restaurants, yet new ones keep opening up and the best candidates always do well. The latest in the Chinese restaurant genre is Mott 32, in the Standard Chartered Bank Building in Central. We love the echoes of the past that are visible everywhere at Mott 32 without turning the establishment into a traditional Chinese restaurant. It is all cool vibes and modern touches perfectly suitable for urban Hong Kong of today, but in a skilfully prepared wrapping of patina and allure. The 7,500 square foot (697 sq.m.) restaurant is a design collaboration between…
  • Gilded Lily Bar - New York

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    New York restaurateurs, Eric Marx and Lisle Richards, known for the Wayfarer at The Quin, have taken on a massive project and turned a Meatpacking District haunt into party central.   The pair opened the elegant Monarch Room earlier this year and just recently, right below it, the Gilded Lily bar. The location of the Monarch and the Gilded Lily is 408 West 15th Street, the former home of the 70s and 80s gay party spot, Crisco Disco. The building has stood empty for three decades while the District around it has been transformed.   To create the interior for Gilded Lily, Marx and…
  • Wirra Willa - Somersby, Australia

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Wirra Willa is a tiny, tranquil pavilion located in Somersby, NSW, Australia, on an 80-acre property that formerly operated as a citrus fruit orchard.   Designed by architect Matthew Woodward for his father, the pavilion is only 72 square meters (775 sq.ft) in size and it is surrounded by a 36 square meter (387 sq.ft) courtyard. The villa complements the existing larger residence on the remote property and provides a special, separate place for reflection and rest. It can also be used as a self-contained guest house. The architect’s inspiration was the Fansworth House designed by…
  • The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium

    23 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Opening this week in Antwerp, Belgium, The Jane restaurant designed by Piet Boon has all the building blocks of a success. An intriguing building: A chapel of a former military hospital that gives the restaurant the aura of a sacred place mixed with a certain darkness.  An interesting location: Antwerp’s ’t Groen Kwartier that with its lofts in restored buildings and green areas designed by famous architects is developing into a trendy area. A famous chef-owner: Sergio Herman with his young right-hand man Nick Bril running the establishment. A renowned designer: Dutch Piet…
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    Man Tripping - Guys Weekends and Mancations

  • 10 Awesome Iowa Mancation Ideas

    James Hills
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
      John Wayne Birthplace John Wayne (or Marion Robert Morrison as he was born)'s birthplace is in Winterset, Iowa and the museum there has accumulated one of the biggest collections of John Wayne memorabilia in the world. Each May, the museum also hosts the John Wayne Birthday Celebration - May 23-24, 2014. The celebration is very much a collection of "western" traditions including a rodeo, western swing dance, and cowboy mounted shooting demonstrations. However there are also historical discussions about The Duke, a marathon of his films, and of course tours of his birthplace.   If…
  • Introducing JagerBonds

    James Hills
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    To help share the excitement of the JagerBonds app, the company asked me to create a JagerBond and share some information about the mobile app with you. While this is a sponsored post, all opinions are mine. For those of you who have always wondered, the name Jagermeister comes from the German word for "master hunter". The spirit was created by a passionate hunter as a strong drink to toast achievements and seal bonds amongst strong men.  Those who have tried Jager are familiar with the distinct flavor of this spirit that is unlike anything else. This is because it's recipe contains a…
  • Want to Win a Trip to San Diego?

    James Hills
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
  • Spring Drinks to Start the Season Right

    James Hills
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
  • Explore The Secrets of Tequila at CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta

    James Hills
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:41 am
    These things combined have enabled this 4 Diamonds resort to recently be awarded the Agave de Oro by the Tequila Regulatory Council of Mexico and the so they launched their program Casa Magna Secretos de la Familia to expand on this experience. Secretos de la Familia Features: Tequila Sommelier - serves as an ambassador of Mexican customs, culture and traditions as well as serves as the resort's resident expert on Tequila, a spirit which is native to the region. Tequila a la Carte - More than 60 brands and 114 different varietals are available at the CasaMagna Marriott and stored in their…
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    The Travel Tart

  • Windiest Road in Australia – The Gilles Highway

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Feel like making someone you don’t like a bit car sick? First, tell them that you’re going to drive them on this road.. This isn’t Australia’s windiest road – this one is from Morocco! Say you’re just joking, and then take them up or down the windiest road in Australia! Along with a few spew bags! If you’re wondering where this road is – it’s the called Gilles Highway, which runs from the town of Gordonvale which is just south of Cairns (and famous for Cane Toad World and the Nibble Nobby’s Nuts sign) and runs up the Gilles Range…
  • Funny Memes for Travel

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    The Funny Memes that have been created by silly types out there in internet land seem to be there for the attention deficit types out there who want a quick laugh without thinking about the subject matter too much (see Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme). These funny memes are usually generated in quick time and usually reflect some of the current affairs going on around the world, like politics, sporting events, and anything to do with the latest Miley Cyrus controversy. So I’ve decided to shamelessly hop onto the funny meme bandwagon and create a few of my own travel…
  • Six Degrees of Separation – When it Becomes One!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    The theory of Six Degrees of Separation is that everything you want and anyone you want to meet are only six steps or six people away. Or otherwise, it’s the saying ‘it’s a small world’ – especially in this day and age of globalisation and the internet. As an example of this, I’ve been on the opposite side of the planet to where I live when travelling, when I’ve met someone who knows someone that I know as well – and it’s happened more than once. It’s a complete spinout, but it just shows how connected everything in the world is to…
  • If Google Ruled Everything Related to Travel

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    Ahh, Google. The Big G. The world’s most popular and frequently visited website. Since it’s humble beginnings in the late 1990′s, Google has come to dominate the world in pretty much everything related to cyberspace and the internet. In fact, the term ‘just Google it’ is now ingrained in the vernacular and in every language when attention deficit types want to find out something within milliseconds. Actually, I think Google has made the entire world impatient because we take having a simplistic answer to our sometimes vague question provided within an instant for…
  • You Know That You’ve Been Living in Dubai Too Long When…

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Dubai – fast becoming one of the biggest transit centres on the globe. Millions of people now pass through this Middle Eastern centre each year on the way to somewhere else. It has undertaken a massive transformation from sandy seaside fishing town to an enormous metropolis where everything is big or where something is being built to become the biggest! As part of this huge economic change, many expats have relocated to Dubai to take advantage of the construction boom because a new building seems to pop into the skyline every week! To service all of this activity, you need a pretty…
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    Twelve Hours In A City

  • 12 Hours in Manchester

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    Manchester has a lot to offer. It truly does. It’s a vibrant, diverse city with history, culture and of course….football. Whilst many people will visit the nation’s capital, it might be well worth spending half a day further up north too!The post 12 Hours in Manchester appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • 48 Hours in Queenstown? The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Weekend in NZ

    7 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    48 Hours in Queenstown? The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Weekend in NZ With just 48 hours to spend in the incredibly scenic Queenstown, which is situated in the South Island of New Zealand, you certainly won’t have much time to rest – nor will you want to. Make the most of your little time […]The post 48 Hours in Queenstown? The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Weekend in NZ appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • Water Parks in the Costa del Sol

    25 Feb 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Water Parks in the Costa del Sol When it comes to holidays most families will choose the sun and sea option. Stunning beaches and spotless hotels with large swimming pools and a kids club for the younger children are incredibly popular. Tanning holidays are a great way to relax while getting a little extra sun, […]The post Water Parks in the Costa del Sol appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • The Best Snowmobile Trails in Mille Lacs, Minnesota

    13 Feb 2014 | 11:22 am
    Getting out of the cabin becomes critical in these blistery wintry months for those wishing to avoid cabin fever.  For those living in or visiting the Mille Lacs area, one way to shake off that winter itch is to go snowboarding.  Several clubs, such as the Mille Lack Snowmobile Club and the Mille Lacs Drift […]The post The Best Snowmobile Trails in Mille Lacs, Minnesota appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
  • Campervan tour in Australia

    28 Jan 2014 | 11:09 am
    The thrill to uncover the gems of Australia littered all along the exciting road routes in a campervan is unbeatable. Consider it straight out of the horse’s mouth or checkout DriveNow campervan hire Australia to plan your itinerary and get the unforgettable experience.   The Great Southern Touring Route There are countless routes you can […]The post Campervan tour in Australia appeared first on Twelve Hours In A City.
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    Part Time Vagabond | Part Time Vagabond

  • How to make a sick mountain bike edit!

    Chris Cavallari
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    This video is pretty funny, calling out all the tropes that you see in outdoor adventure videos these days. Now, I’m a mountain biking fan, and occasionally I’ll sit for a few hours watching these videos, marveling at flecks of dirt flung into the air in super slow-mo, heart pounding as these crazy cyclists take on huge drops and spin down narrow threads of knife-edge trails. I dig the videos, and while many of them kind of look the same, I don’t mind so much, as long as the story is engaging. Some people are good at this; some people suck. But man, this edit is SICK!
  • 2 Days In Burlington, Vermont

    Chris Cavallari
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    After my less than stellar trip to Austin back in January (not really the city’s fault, mind you), I was ready to have a much more fun trip to Burlington, Vermont, a small college town on the banks of Lake Champlain near the Canadian border. My father’s brother and his family lived a town over, in Essex Junction, many years ago when he worked for IBM, but I hadn’t been to the area since I was a child, and I’m certain I’d never been to Burlington proper. So this was definitely an adventure I was looking forward to. This time, my wife joined me on the five hour…
  • Episode 003 – Travel as an Introvert | PTV’s Travel Hackers Podcast

    Chris Cavallari
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    PTV’s Travel Hackers host Chris takes a look at his introversion and how it’s affected his life and his travels. He reads a post he recently wrote for about the time he finally came to the realization that he needed to make a drastic change in his life. It’s about finding quiet, finding himself, and finding his happy.  Links: Guest post on Subscribe to PTV’s Travel Hackers Podcast: Subscribe, Rate, and Review on iTunes | Podcast RSS PTV: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | PTV Newsletter & Blog subscription Play This…
  • Is Vagabonding Dangerous? An interview with Lauren Juliff of Neverending Footsteps

    Chris Cavallari
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:21 am
    When you hear the word “vagabond,” what image pops into your head? It probably looks like a raggedy tramp with a bindle and stick slung over his shoulder, walking along the railroad tracks. Of course, today’s vagabond is a bit more sophisticated, traveling via plane, train, and automobile, using high-tech tools to get the best travel deals. To me, being a vagabond means traveling on your own terms, adapting and changing to the situation thanks to careful planning. Yet many people still view the vagabond lifestyle as dangerous, something to be avoided. I knew this…
  • PTV’s Travel Hackers Episode 002 – Travis & Julie, Motorcycle Adventurers

    Chris Cavallari
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:39 am
    Travis & Julie, Motorcycle Adventurers This week’s episode features Travis Marsh and Julie Guilbault, friends of mine here in Maine who travel much of New England on a motorcycle. Travis and Julie are 20-something professionals with full time jobs and a house in Maine, but during the warmer months, they hop on the bike and hit the roads around New England. Links: Subscribe to PTV’s Travel Hackers Podcast: Subscribe, Rate, and Review on iTunes | Podcast RSS PTV: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | PTV Newsletter & Blog subscription Play This Episode If you liked this…
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    Jet Set Smart


    16 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    The combination of floral with ivory or white is a great way to show that your wardrobe is spring ready!  I purchased these floral sweatpants at Forever 21 recently, and even though they should probably be worn around the house as lounge pants, I often find myself wearing them out of the house when I'm running late with the boys.  I think the fun print makes it seem more stylish than "mom-in-sweatpants," and the black/white combo is easy to match with tops.  I paired the pants with these Target ankle booties in ivory (yes, that's right...Target does it again!), and a beautiful…

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago we left the kids with the grandparents and went to do our taxes.  After we were done we needed to get some shopping done, but were in need of a bite to eat first.  We decided to head over to the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle to do both!  We went to Bouchon Bakery and it was the perfect spot for what we were looking for.  We had a light and delicious lunch, enjoyed some wine, and admired the beautiful views of Central Park and the hustle bustle of the city while we ate. I had a kale salad with roasted chicken, parmesan cheese, pickled red…

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    Yesterday felt like summer at the Shore!  In fact, at one point my car said 86*!!!  Not sure if that was accurate or not, but it felt quite hot to me.  We really love the Jersey Shore, and spend as much time as we can at the beach- in the spring, summer, fall and even in the winter!  That is why when I saw the forecast yesterday, I suggested we take some beachy family pictures.  We went to Old Navy to pick up some white oxford buttoned down shirts for the boys, and I grabbed this white eyelet maxi dress- they have great stuff for spring, and the prices are so…

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    One of my favorite fit of jeans is the boyfriend cut; they are comfy and can be dressed up or down...perfect for a jet setting mama!  I picked up these jeans on sale at the Gap recently, and I know I will just live in them now, into summer and even again in the fall.  I paired them with a loose top and a lace cardigan, but I also love boyfriend jeans with a buttoned down shirt tucked in with a belt.  I also can't get enough of this new handbag from Danier Leather- I love the pastel blue for spring and find that it goes with so much, or pops as some color here in my otherwise…

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Like the saying says, "April showers bring may flowers," and last week we had quite a bit of rain!  That is why I broke out my Hunter boots and a trench coat.  I think these are two must-have items for your wardrobe for spring.  Hunters come in so many fun colors, and you can wear them in the winter snow or even on a sunny day to add something fun to your outfit (I've seen this done all over Instagram).   But, I think the most practical season for them is now when it tends to rain a lot.  That's also how I feel about a trench coat; it can be worn on a mild winter day,…
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  • Exploring Canada from coast to coast

    Mariellen Ward
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Photo courtesy Canada Keep Exploring. A year of travel adventure in the great white north From mountain-top yoga in the Canadian Rockies to an epic train journey across the country aboard The Canadian. From deep in the silent forests of British Columbia to the pinnacle of man-made heights at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto. From the cascading waters of Niagara Falls to frozen art at Quebec’s world famous Ice Hotel. This summer, I’m exploring Canada — and writing about it with my Indian readers in mind. Naturally, I will write about my…
  • Win an Intrepid Travel food tour of India!

    Mariellen Ward
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Photo courtesy Nate Gray Do you want to eat Indian food in India? NOW’S YOUR CHANCE! Enter the Breathedreamgo contest to win a 14-day Real Food Adventure – India with Intrepid Travel. All you have to do to enter is subscribe to the mailing list, tweet your entry (if you are on Twitter) and LIKE the Breathedreamgo Facebook page to enter this giveaway. SUBSCRIBE by entering your email address in the pink sign-up box in the sidebar or at the bottom of the page. For extra points, add a comment below about why you want to win, or where you want to go in India, or what you really want…
  • Getting India wrong

    Guest Author
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    Photo courtesy Clare of Wayfarer Diaries. Things I got wrong as a solo female first time traveller in India This guest post is by Clare of Wayfarer Diaries. Clare and I met online and I was captivated by her blog. She experiences travel in India openly, with a beginner’s mind, and is able to capture her experiences in words that seem to flow effortlessly. Here’s her impressions of India as a first time visitor. “It’s magical.” “It’s terrifying.” “It’s full of amazing people.” “It’s not safe.” “Eat the street food.” “Don’t eat the street food.” It…
  • The Legends of the Maharajahs and Mirabai women-only tour of India

    Mariellen Ward
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Join me and Kensington Tours on a women-only tour of North India and see the Taj Mahal by the full moon THIS OCTOBER, join me and Kensington Tours on the trip-of-a-lifetime: Legends of the Maharajahs and Mirabai: Women’s Journey through India. This is your chance to travel safely in India with a small group of like-minded women, a prestigious travel company known for creating personalized tours, and a passionate India travel expert — me. I’ve partnered with Kensington Tours to lead Legends of the Maharajahs and Mirabai: Women’s Journey through India(October 28 – November…
  • Women’s Travel Festival speech

    Mariellen Ward
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:25 pm
    On March 8, 2014 I joined a panel at the Women’s Travel Festival in New York City with Sarah Shourd and Sally Thelen, moderated by Kelly Lewis, founder of the Festival and publisher of GoGirlGuides. The panel was about travel safety for women, and I was honoured to be included with Sarah, who survived 11 months solitary confinement in an Iranian prison (on trumped-up charges) and Sally, the inspiring author of UnBraveGirl, a bitingly honest and very funny blog about living as an expat in Asia. Due to the nature of the panel, I was not able to give my entire presentation. Here it is. On…
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    Singapore Travel Blog

  • Spend with Visa and Win a Trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Advertorial From June 12 to July 13, 2014, Brazil will host the 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup 2014. Straight through the championship match in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, over 600,000 international visitors are expected to make the journey for the event where they will cheer, chant, and do whatever it takes to spur their national teams to victory. If you are planning to catch the FIFA World Cup 2014 in person at Brazil, you should start planning now as World Cup tickets (available through the FIFA website or through travel agencies) and accommodation are expected to be all…
  • Activities to Do at Tanjong Jara Resort – Kampung Life, Dungun Night Market Tour, Spa

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:39 am
    Besides chilling out by the beach at Tanjong Jara Resort, there are many other activities you can participate in as a guest of Tanjong Jara Resort.  Right at the resort lobby, you will find a board listing all the activities available for the day; it is conveniently located near Di Atas Sungei restaurant so on your way to breakfast at the restaurant, you will see it.  Or just call the front desk to find out. These activities range from Batik Painting to more adventurous tours like taking a hike amongst dense rainforest with Tanjong Jara Resort’s in house naturalist Captain Mokt or…
  • Romantic Getaway at Luxurious Tanjong Jara Resort in Terengganu

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:29 am
    Located on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia between Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan, the Tanjong Jara Resort is built on a 17-hectare site facing the South China Sea. The resort is luxurious yet also every part of the resort from its architecture to spa services are steeped in age-old Malay traditions. The latter part is what distinguishes Tanjong Jara Resort from other luxurious resort in Malaysia where you can experience the gentle Malay art of service and hospitality as well as Terengganu culture through the resort’s weekly Kampung Life. The tagline of Tanjong Jara Resort is…
  • “So Your Government is Giving You Free Money?” They Asked

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    15 Mar 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Singapore’s annual Budget goodies is well-known throughout the world – during a trip to Taiwan few years ago, there had been 2-3 occasions that whenever we identify ourselves as Singaporeans, some of the locals will ask the question “So Your Government is Giving You Free Money?“.  I guess that the Taiwanese news channel have been reporting about Singapore Budget Speech and the Goods and Service Tax (GST) vouchers for Singaporeans and I won’t be surprised if they are sensationalizing this “news” a bit. I always had to correct them that the money is…
  • Top 4 Sights to Check Out at Singapore Chinatown

    Zhiqiang &#38; Tingyi
    8 Mar 2014 | 6:06 am
    Named after the bullock carts that used to supply fresh water to its residents, Singapore’s Chinatown offers more than just a name when it comes to heritage.  Chinatown is Singapore’s largest historic district, nestled close to the bustling business hub.  For a quick tour of Singapore’s national monuments, take a walk along South Bridge Road in Chinatown where you can find places of worship such as Jamae Mosque and Sri Mariamman Temple which had existed in the area for many years. If you are looking for a stay in 4 star hotels in Singapore near Chinatown so you can explore…
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • Ecuador’s Wild Side: Animals of the Galapagos Islands

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the hierarchy of the animal chain, humans tend to place themselves at top. People have long captured and confined, domesticated and tamed, demonstrating dominance over other animals. We wield weapons and power. Though I know there’s always been a food chain on our planet—prey and predators aren’t new news—I think humans in particular have done an awfully good job of creating an environment where other creatures inherently fear us. For me, and for many other people who visit the Galapagos Islands, encountering wildlife in such an intimate and immediate setting is one of the…
  • Best Travel Blog Posts from March 2014

    2 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    March was a low-key month for me as it relates to travel. I had a lot going on at home during March, and I was content to leave my suitcase stowed away, focusing instead on the immediate things going on in my life. Because I stayed in Las Vegas throughout the duration of the month, I took some time to enjoy my favorite Vegas sights, and I also ate at a few new restaurants and enjoyed a couple new shows that have arrived in the city. It was an important time for me to slow down, and I didn’t mind at all that I wasn’t gallivanting around the world. Though I stayed in one place, a number of…
  • Frozen in Time: The Magic of the Galapagos Islands

    19 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s taken me awhile to write about the Galapagos Islands, but it’s also taken much longer than I expected to really absorb my experiences during my nine days in Ecuador. Unlike my travels to other destinations around the world, I can’t say that I simply visited a place when I visited the Galapagos Islands. Yes, this is one of the most significant, pristine, authentic geographical locations on this earth. Beyond the physical act of stepping foot on the Galapagos Islands, though, spending time there transported me to a different mindset, a new way of processing the way I view the world…
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    Fili's World | A different look at Asia, China & Taiwan

  • HK Temple Run Day : Wong Tai Sin, Chi Lin & 10000 Buddhas

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    I took a Chinese visitor to Hong Kong to see some of the local temple culture on a temple run day. We started at the quiet and beautiful  Nan Lian gardens and Chu Lin Nunnery near Diamond Hill, continues to the hectic Wong Tai Sin and then made our way to the 10000 Buddhas near Sha Tin. It was an amazing day with terrific weather – sunny and clear blue skies. If you’re visiting HK and love temples, I think this would be the perfect day for you.   Previous posts on those temples: Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery Veggie Food and Hollywood Plaza Touring Hong Kong – Sik…
  • Northern Peng Chau Island Hike : Hong Kong

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Long ago I visited Peng Chau for the first time, one of Hong Kong’s small island with a laid back fishermen village feel to it. Though it’s a really small island, that fist time, I only explored the southern part of the island, hiking up to the mountain top to get some wonderful views of the area. This year I returned to Peng Chau to hike the northern part of the island. It’s very quiet, almost no people around, and the views overlooking Lantau and Discovery Bay are terrific.       Shall we take a walk around the island?   Local fishermen life……
  • New York City : Trip summary

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    While based in the US, I went to New York City for Christmas and New Years to visit my sister who was doing an exchange to NYU and meeting my parents who flew in to NYC for a visit. We spent about 10 days in New York, with an AirBnB apartment in Brooklyn next to Prospect Park. It was cold, but with a wonderful Christmas spirit (tough we never celebrated), and I got to reunite with some dear old friends from long long ago who happened to live in NYC at the time. Rather than just visiting attractions, we focused our efforts on atmosphere, culture and just plain fun.   To start you off,…
  • Tallahassee to New Orleans : Trip Summary

    6 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    While I was based in Tallahassee Florida I rented a car and made my way towards a conference (SPSP2013) taking place at New Orleans. It was a wonderful trip, New Orleans was absolutely fascinating with the crazy Mardi Gras traditions, and the road between Tallahassee and New Orleans offered plenty of wonderful beaches and attractions at Pensacola and Alabama.     To summarize that short trip, this was my route…     New Orleans Lots of historical plantations and houses all across the country-side… Longue Vue House & Gardens : New Orleans Destrehan Plantation…
  • Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park : San Francisco

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is a wonderful retreat right at the center of San Francisco. The park includes lots of attractions to enjoy, like the conservatory of flowers I mentioned before, and it even offers something for those like myself with an Asian heart – a little piece of Japanese heaven, the Japanese Tea Garden.       Here’s a bit about the gardens from their official website: The Japanese Tea Garden provides visitors from around the world with an opportunity to experience the natural beauty, tranquility and harmony of a Japanese-style garden in the…
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • Boomtown Reno Celebrates 50 Years

    Christina Erny
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Boomtown Casino Hotel celebrates its 50th birthday in April and showcases a multi-million dollar casino remodel while reflecting upon the history that started as a small café on I-80. Get excited for new twists to the famous “All-You-Can-Eat” Lobster Buffet, the new Bistro 2100, Market Fresh Deli, Baja Mexican and Peet’s Coffee. Plus, additional features will [...]
  • Reno Redefines Jazz

    Zach Alexander
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    The 52nd Reno Jazz Festival begins this Thursday, April 10 until Saturday, April 12. Throughout the day, schools from all over the nation will perform in front of judges at various locations around the University of Nevada, Reno campus. On Thursday night, trumpeter Avishai Cohen will play at Nightingale Concert Hall at 7:30 PM. Straight out [...]
  • Your Guide to Easter in Reno Tahoe

    Zach Alexander
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Everyone’s clothes are a little bit brighter, the flowers are blooming, and that giant bunny we all love is coming out of hibernation! Easter is on April 20, and there are plenty of egg hunts, festivals, and meet and greets with Mr. Bunny himself here in Reno, as well as other traditional events with [...]
  • Time to go Wild… Animal Ark is Now Open

    Christina Erny
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Animal Ark is now open after winter hibernation! With 18 special events, free educational lectures by local wildlife professionals, keeper talks, and interactions with  animals and raptors, it’s a great year to visit the sanctuary. Animal Ark is about a 25 minute drive from Reno, and definitely worth the drive. The staff of volunteers is extremely [...]
  • Exhibits to Visit in April 2014

    Zach Alexander
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    April is here, which means baseball, gorgeous weather, and great exhibits and events at local museums. There is so much going on this month, so hopefully this post provides some ideas of how you all can make the most of one of the most eventful months in Reno! Nevada Museum of Art Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 [...]
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    Travel Blog | Travel + Leisure

  • T+L Travels to the 2014 Boston Marathon

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Start of Brightcove Player By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at This script tag w...
  • Top Facebook Check-Ins for Earth Day

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Untamed mountains, green forests, pristine lakes, and wide-open spaces. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than at a U.S. national park? Facebook agreed and put together a list of the top 201...
  • Eco-Luxe Vacation Ideas In Honor of Earth Day

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    As an editor of Travel + Leisure’s Global Vision Awards, I’m always on the lookout for travel companies that can raise the bar for both sustainability and luxury. In honor of Earth Day, here are ...
  • Disney's 'It's a Small World' is 50 Years Old Today

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    Fifty years ago today the New York World’s Fair opened its doors to the public along with one of the featured attractions, Walt Disney’s “it’s a small world.” (Yes, those lower-case letters are t...
  • Stowaway Survived In Plane’s Wheel Well on Flight to Hawaii

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Start of Brightcove Player By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at This script tag will...
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    Cruise Radio

  • ShipMate App, Viking River Cruises Longships + Cruise News

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Mike Jirrot from popular ShipMate App joins us to talk about the cruise travel app with almost a million downloads available on both iOS and Android, Jason drops by to share his latest venture on Viking River Cruises, Viking placed a world record, again! Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy has cruise travel news you can use. Listen and learn!
  • Norwegian Getaway Review

    27 Mar 2014 | 10:11 pm
    This week we are aboard Norwegian Getaway for the inaugural sailing from Port Miami. We talk to passengers and get a run down of the restaurants, entertainment and outside areas. 
  • Carnival Sunshine Review + Porthole Cruise Magazine

    20 Mar 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Listener Sarah joins us this week to give a comprehensive reivew of Carnival Sunshine, a ship that recently underwent a $155-million dollar transformation. Bill Panoff, editor-in-cheif of Porthole Cruise Magazine checks in with us about some new things in the publication, MSC Cruises has some big news and Cruise Guy has our weekly cruise news.
  • SPECIAL: Cruise Shipping Miami - Executive Panel

    14 Mar 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Here is the audio file of the State of the Global Industry we made mention to on Cruise Radio with the four cruise line execs from MSC, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line. 
  • Cruise Shipping Miami 2014 - Cruise Travel Information

    14 Mar 2014 | 6:13 pm
    We are broadcasting from Cruise Shipping Miami this week at the Miami Beach Convention Center, an annual cruise conference with over 10,000 delegates from around the world. We talk with MSC Cruises, Windstar Cruises, family travel, Guy Harvey stops by the booth and Cruise Guy. Listen and learn!
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    Nomadic Notes

  • Nomadic News: April 20, 2014

    James Clark
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    Greetings from Saigon for what may be the last Saigon greeting for the next few months. I will be back on the road next week looking into some new work locations, and of course trying out cafes where ever I go. Here are this weeks nomadically inclined links: 4 Years of Location Independence – John Bardos from Canada reflects on how life has changed by living abroad. 6 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Bali – Seems like good enough reasons to me. Medellín has become the location independent hub of South America, and Anthony Flint asks is there a Medellín hype machine? The…
  • Nomadic News: April 6 2014

    James Clark
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Welcome to the latest edition of Nomadic News; links to location independence and travel. This week I am also featuring a project to help bring clean water to Lombok in Indonesia. The Paradigm Water Project is a project set up by Andy Hill, and American who has been living in Asia for the last five years. He is now building Biosand water filters in Lombok, Indonesia and is raising money to help build more filters. Read more about this at the Paradigm Water Project at Location Independence For digital nomads, work is no longer a place and life is one big adventure – Mark…
  • Notre Dame, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

    James Clark
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:29 pm
    [The Notre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.] I post photos here every friday but not usually in a chronological order, and if I am on the road I will have a backlog of of photos to post. For daily photos of where I am currently at follow me at instagram. Notre Dame, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam is a post from: Nomadic Notes
  • Nomadic News: March 23, 2014

    James Clark
    23 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    Welcome to the latest edition of Nomadic News; links to location independence and the life digital nomadic. Location Independence Digital Nomad Location Spotlight: Ambergris Caye, Belize How I make money while traveling (and how you can afford it too) – Mark Wiens from Migrationology details how he has monetised his delicious travel sites. Budget Breakdowns How We Spent less than $12K (£7.1K) Each Travelling to 10 Countries in 12 Months – Budget breakdown from Nomad Spirit. The real cost of travel in Vietnam – Budget breakdown by Kristen at Be My Travel Muse. Travel Digital…
  • Saturday Night’s Alright (For Writing)

    James Clark
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    When you work for yourself you soon find what hours are the most productive for you. I was reflecting on this when I found myself in a Hanoi-style cafe in Saigon on a saturday night. I usually walk around everywhere with my laptop, but this night I only had my notepad and pen at hand. With the combination of Vietnamese coffee and the atmosphere of the cafe, it was the ideal saturday night out for me. [At the office any day of the week in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo by Legal Nomads)] Before I became self employed, saturday nights were prime working nights. In the year before I became a full time…
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    Travel | Mail Online

  • 23 Apr 2014 | 12:54 am

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:54 am
    Sarah Bradford discovers a wealth of archaeological and artistic history on her visit to Jordan but nothing surpasses the beauty and mystery of Petra - the rose red city that was created by the Nabateans and hidden for 1,600 years.
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    23 Apr 2014 | 12:54 am
    John Torode to give UK viewers a taste of his home country, revisiting childhood haunts, along with the people and places that influenced his cooking and inspired him to become a professional chef in his new TV series John Torode's Australia
  • 23 Apr 2014 | 12:54 am

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:54 am
    It is a place that few consider for a holiday. But Uruguay is gaining a reputation as a destination abuzz with great beaches and fine food. Chris Leadbeater takes a tour.
  • Blissed out in Brazil: Paul McCartney's a fan of Ponta dos Ganchos, the luxury beach escape where the only rule is, there are no rules

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:54 am
    This is an extraordinarily beautiful and tranquil spot, one which somehow has managed to remain off the radar of discerning British travellers.
  • Cycling the 280-mile Tour de Manche from Dorset to Brittany

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:54 am
    I was pedalling towards Cancale, the oyster capital of north Brittany on a 280-mile cycle ride, which had taken me along the Jurassic Coast of Dorset before crossing the Channel to Cherbourg from Poole and down the Cotentin peninsula.
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Let's Get Festive: Five Fun & Funky US Fests

    Byron Beck
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Chicago Pride Fest. Photo credit: Adam Dixon. Spring has sprung and summer is not far behind. With the arrival of better weather, now is the time to start letting you know about all the sunny fun that’s available to you at the many festivals taking place in your favorite CityPASS destinations. Here are five fun and funky festivals to enjoy. We will share more as the season heats up! NEW YORK CITY If Robert DeNiro created it, you know it has to be cool. “Bob” created the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002 with some friends in response to the devastating events of Sept. 11, 2001. It was his…
  • Best Playgrounds in the United States

    Dan Patterson
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Hudson River Park, NYC Springtime -- and the impending end of school days -- brings out the kid in all of us. For those adults with kids of their own, no family summer vacation trip would be complete without some time to experience life out of doors in the big city. After you've scouted out some fun, educational attractions, treat the kids (and yourself) to a visit to some of the most amazing modern playgrounds around the country. While playground staples such as monkey bars, slides, and tire swings are still a part of the mix, there are numerous high-end playgrounds across the country, all…
  • Boston in Bloom

    Kristin Girard
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    What a long, cold winter this has been. If you live in or near Boston (or, let’s be honest, anywhere in the upper half of the continent), chances are that you’re really, REALLY ready for springtime weather. Now that it’s finally warming up, what better way to celebrate the change of season in Boston than with some plein air activities? Boston Common/ Public Garden/ Swan Boats First stop: Boston Common, the oldest public park in the country and the home of the city’s Public Garden, with its iconic Swan Boats. Comprised of 48 acres of greenspace in the heart of the city, the Common is…
  • A Perfect Weekend in San Francisco

    Deston S. Nokes
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Golden Gate Bridge There’s a reason San Francisco often appears on the list of most expensive cities in the nation. It’s because so many people want to be there. San Francisco has some of the world’s best chefs, city parks, sports teams, iconic views and landmarks, shopping districts, and waterfronts. It has a modern transportation system and old-school, world-famous cable cars. Plus, SF residents have a live-and-let-live attitude about quirky interests, alternative lifestyles and unabashed eccentricities. In other words, it’s just a fun city to be in. But a first, money-saving step…
  • Atlanta for Romantics

    Kristin Girard
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Sugar Magnolia Bed & Breakfast. Photo credit: Debi Starnes If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, Atlanta is a wonderful place to go. As a large city, it offers a multitude of world-class accommodations, cultural events and sights, yet it’s diverse and quirky enough to allow for a truly unique experience. What you and your partner choose to do depends, of course, on who you are as a couple, what you most enjoy together, and what your ideal date would be. Atlanta is a delightful setting for your romantic experience, whether you opt for cozy and intimate, lavish and luxurious, or simple…
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  • How to Edit Photos For Your Blog at Light Speed

    Matt Gibson
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Photo editing can be time consuming and onerous — especially when you’re in a rush to produce a large amount of content. But, there are some tricks you can use to automate most of the process. I had a friend in Taiwan who was a club photographer. He’d have to shoot until 3 or 4am and then go home and edit 50 photos and send them to the client before morning, so he had to create an extremely efficient workflow. In this tutorial I will show you how he did it, and how I edit photos when I’m in a rush. This process uses the Photoshop ‘batch’ and…
  • UK Breaks: Architectural Wonders of the UK

    Matt Gibson
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Old Londontown | Photo credit: Stuck in Customs For fans of beautifully-crafted architecture, the UK is a haven. Whether it’s overwhelming brutalist constructions, neo-Gothic haunts, or romantic Renaissance designs, there are many examples of some beautiful craftsmanship around just waiting to be explored. So if you’re in need of a short UK break with some stunning sights to hike, cycle, fly or sail around, here are a few destinations that should be top of your hit list: 5) Glasgow The University of Glasgow | Photo credit: Wills Newman This bustling Scottish city is filled with…
  • Win a trip to Cuba with Peregrine Adventures

    Matt Gibson
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Looking for something different for your next trip? How about a beautiful country rich with history? Then beautiful Cuba is a good option — and it’s the next trip up for grabs in the Pergrine Adventures 20/20 competition. This is the first of 20 wonderful adventures Peregrine Adventures is giving away over the next 20 days — so Cuba won’t he the only choice. Every trip will be different.  This competition is a celebration of  20 years of Peregrine’s pioneering work in employing local tour leaders for 20 years now on their tours and trips, which in turn has set the benchmark for…
  • One Minute of Bliss at Canyons Resort, UT

    Matt Gibson
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    I’ve hit a couple of excellent powder days at Canyons Resort here in Utah and gotten some great photos and videos.  I’m a painfully slow video editor, so until I can get a bigger and better edit up, here’s one a made a couple of weeks ago. It was bliss. The post One Minute of Bliss at Canyons Resort, UT appeared first on .
  • Win a Free Trip from Peregrine Adventures

    Matt Gibson
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:36 am
    Everybody needs a vacation once in a while, but few of us have the time and money to just up and leave when we want to. If you enter Peregrine Adventures’s free 20 Trips in 20 Days contest, you just might get that chance this year. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Peregrine Adventures is travel company that specializes in unique adventure vacations. They are deeply devoted to exclusively hiring locals as guides and staff. Thanks to this policy, Peregrine is able to give their guests an authentic look at their chosen destination(s) while simultaneously strengthening and giving back…
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  • Tapas, with a Side of Coachella, at Tinto in Palm Springs

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    PALM SPRINGS, CA – It’s become a tradition of mine to come out to the Palm Springs area on one of the two weekends of the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, known to adherents as simply “Coachella.” I don’t actually buy a ticket to the festival−the USD 400+ price tag for spending two days in the punishing desert sun amid the drug-addled twenty-something masses never quite seemed worth it. But the Palm Springs area is at its prettiest during April, and the creative energy of the festival infuses the town with the vibrancy of eclectic fashion,…
  • Zen, not Xanax, at Hotel Madera in Washington, DC

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    WASHINGTON, DC – With its tranquil Japanese cherry trees and lush National Mall, Washington, DC may appear to outsiders as a serene, stately capital where the calm natural landscape complements the composed implementation of the nation’s business. Of course, as we all know, bubbling barely below the surface is an intense political pressure cooker that supplants any illusions of “zen” with 24-hour C-SPAN. Even establishments meant for leisure and unwinding like restaurants, lounges, and hotels are often hotbeds of partisan hobnobbing, leaving few options for true…
  • America the Edible at Founding Farmers in Washington, DC

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    WASHINGTON, DC, US – From amber waves of grain to the fruited plain, one of the most celebrated aspects of America is its fertile farming heritage. We are, in fact, a nation founded by farmers, given that George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all tended the soil in one way or another during their lifetimes. That’s right: they were farm-to-tablers way before farm-to-table dining was hip and chic. So it makes sense that Founding Farmers−a restaurant in DC‘s Foggy Bottom named for this patriotic agrarian phenomenon−would bring the best…
  • Power Bobs with Panache at Andre Chreky in Washington, DC

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    WASHINGTON, DC, US – Women’s hair in Washington has always gotten a lot of attention−often of the misguided sort. In the classically male-dominated political game, ladies with clout tend to be picked apart for their coif more than their policies. Remember the hoopla over Sarah Palin’s big bangs and high-rise back bump? Barbara Boxer’s “Washington helmet” has been criticized as “so yesterday,” and New York Magazine even has a dedicated blog for following the progress of Michelle Obama’s hairstyles. Though a woman’s credentials and…
  • Clubbing Paradise at Eden in Washington, DC

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    WASHINGTON, DC, US – A jungle theme. Neon strobe lights. Thumping house music DJs. Sparkler-lit champagne bottles. Drop-ins by Drake and members of the Wu Tang Clan. Sounds like you must be smack in the middle of a hot South Beach nightclub in Miami, right? Nope, you’re actually at Eden, a swanky lounge-cum-dance club that’s DC‘s answer to partying SoBe style. Tough door? Check. Ladies in bandage dresses and killer heels? Check. Cool kids lounging around on banquettes or at private tables? Check and check. The tropical theme alone might be enough to transport you down…
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  • Delivering the Sultan’s Babies–Constantinople Intrigue

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Destination: Constantinople/Istanbul Book: The Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich (new 2014) If you’re a fan of Call the Midwife on TV,  you should love the novel, The Harem Midwife. Besides, the book is appropriate reading for Passover.  This Jewish couple whom you first met in Venice, was forced out of the ghetto there and have settled […]
  • Take Your Gambling Addiction to Macau

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Destination: Macau Book: The Ballad of a Small Player by Lawrence Osborne Macau is a different place than it was on that rainy day when Ken and I visited thirteen years ago.  Then it had just been reacquisitioned by the Chinese from the Portuguese who had held it as a remnant of their once far–flung […]
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  • Ready, Set, Bungy Jump New Zealand

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:33 pm
    When in New Zealand, do what crazy Kiwis and adrenaline junkies do, BUNGY JUMP! Although it was my maiden voyage to New Zealand with twelve days of adventure travel planned, I thought nothing would kick-off the journey better than bungy jumping 40 meters over the Waitemata Harbour from Auckland’s Harbour Bridge. AND, I was right! The morning of the jump, the weather gods were in my favor with pleasant 70 degree temps, little wind, and plenty of sunshine making the green waters of the harbour and the neighboring islands and volcanoes an epic backdrop to my scary feat. I geared up and…
  • Adventure Travel to Niagara Falls Canada

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Are you culprit to traveling to the end of the earth to see the world’s largest lake, waterfall, or mountain while leaving things close to home unvisited? I was. I grew up in the Midwest. I spent many years in New England. In fact, I lived most of 2009 in the Hudson River Valley of New York. I had lived much closer to either side, Canadian or American, of Niagara Falls than I had in relation to Patagonia or Kauai. However, I eagerly purchased tickets to those remote destinations, leaving Niagara Falls unseen. That was until last summer on an adventure travel filled journey to Ontario,…
  • Dolphins Fooling Around the Napali Coast – Kauai Adventure Travel

    1 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    April Fool’s or not, I got to fool around with dolphins! Now for those of you out there with dirty minds (myself included), I’m not bragging about my lipstick case, but rather bragging about an unforgettable sail along Kauai’s Napali Coast. Want to live vicariously through my journey? Why not? Come and follow me along the mystical Napali Coast via catamaran. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, both in and out of the water. There are spinner dolphins, humpback whales, and sea turtles in the beautiful, crystal blue waters, but also mountain goats on the steep cliffs of the Napali.
  • Living Out of a Suitcase Travel Packing Tips

    24 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Although the title states suitcase, this could go for backpack, trunk, or whatever type of travel bag you use. I’ve used them all, including leaving on a trip for a weekend with a carry-on and having it turn into five months. Regardless of the length or type of trip, there are definitely challenges when living out of a suitcase. Have you experiences these living out of a suitcase hiccups? Wrinkle-free clothes turn out to be wrinkled anyway Everything you want is underneath the other stuff you don’t want You can’t find anything regardless the numerous compartments You packed…
  • My First Down Under Experience – Looking for Travel Tips to Australia

    10 Mar 2014 | 2:15 am
    Only seven days remains before my departure for an almost four week adventure to New Zealand and Australia. It is my first time jumping the Pacific pond and crossing the International Date Line. The first portion of the adventure will be on a cruise of the North and South Islands of New Zealand; however, my time in Australia will be much more independent with a few days in each location instead of only a portion of a day in a port. I’m looking for travel tips to Australia with a focus on active, adventure travel with cultural tourism: localvore cuisine (local products and chefs), wine…
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  • Images from 4th Street Emporium in Chesterton, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    4th Street Emporium in Chesterton, Indiana holds a unique selection of awesome Indiana antiques! From the big as life statues in the back to the vintage carousel animals in the front window and all the books, furniture, clothing, linens, and housewares in between–you are in for one amazing browsing experience. This Chesterton, Indiana antique shop is so much fun! It’s been around a long time so you can expect a lot of looking under, over, and in between to find all the stuff. Just the way I like it! Pop into this Porter County antique shop and let me know your experience in the…
  • Monkey Hollow Winery in St. Meinrad, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Monkey Hollow Winery in Saint Meinrad, Indiana Monkey Hollow Winery in St. Meinrad, Indiana has a beautiful view, is informative, and has an excellent family story! Family owned, this Spencer County winery is a wonderful destination–even for the kids. Monkey Hollow Winery in St. Meinrad, Indiana An Indiana winery may not seem like it would be a family friendly place, at Monkey Hollow Winery, the reasons for bringing the kids along are two-fold. The first, because they supply the kids with juice and crackers of their own, and the second, because it is a wonderful example of a family…
  • Indiana Bloggers: Hoosier Updates from Around the Web 4/13/1014 – 4/19/2014

    Jessica Nunemaker
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Indiana Bloggers: Hoosier Updates from Around the Web I thought it would be fun to highlight one article each week from the Hoosier bloggers you know and love. You know, previously Featured little Indiana Bloggers! Just like the bloggers, no two weeks will ever be the same! Like a fine box of Indiana chocolates, you never know what you are going to get. Opinions do not necessarily reflect those of little Indiana. If you are an Indiana blogger and would like to be featured on little Indiana, please let me know via email or in the comments below. Now, let’s get caught up with what…
  • Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast in Cannelton, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast in Cannelton, Indiana Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast in Cannelton, Indiana sits on some of the most peaceful, scenic property you will ever see. This Perry County bed and breakfast is tucked away, hidden behind the hills of the area. Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast in Cannelton, Indiana Everything about this Southern Indiana bed and breakfast was comfortable! You’ll have full run of the house here. It’s two bedrooms, one with two twin beds and the other with a queen bed, a living room with a sofa bed, sitting room, kitchen, bath, and great porches. The…
  • Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies Recipe Are you ready to meet the best brownie recipe ever? I know, I didn’t think that this one would be The Best, but believe you me, it is so soft and chewy and the perfect blend of peanut butter and chocolate that you will be amazed! Although our oldest son decided he liked the Cookies and Cream Brownie recipe better which really surprised the rest of us! We couldn’t stay out of these peanut butter brownies. I made mine in a slightly larger pan, a 9 x 13, because I don’t have the size listed. It didn’t swirl as easily as it probably…
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  • Wedding Cookie Recipes From Around the World

    Krista Bjorn
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    While cake may be the dessert of choice for many American weddings, there are numerous ethnic communities who wouldn’t dream of planning a wedding feast without a tantalizing array of traditional wedding cookies to delight and feed their guests. Butter, flour, and sugar are combined with special spices, chopped nuts, and other ingredients to create platters of delicate shapes and creamy fillings perfect for hungry celebrants to nibble on. From Pennsylvania to Italy Italian weddings feature many types of sweet bites including cannoli and the beautiful pizzelles. Pizzelles are a round…
  • Transform Your Hallway in 5 Easy Ways

    A Guest Writer
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The hallway of a home is a bit of an awkward space. Should you decorate it or should you leave it blank? It is oftentimes a narrow space that can be drab or dark. But awkward spaces like this shouldn’t be avoided entirely. In fact, hallways can be transformed into elegant, welcoming spaces. Let There Be Light! With the right lighting, your hallway will transform into a welcoming, inviting space. Adding light with a decorative lamp or a small hanging chandelier will help minimize that feeling of darkness. Furniture Is Your Friend Surprisingly enough, narrow hallway spaces can benefit greatly…
  • Sneak Peek: Recipes from our Drink Your Chocolate Guide

    Andy Hayes
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    We’ve just released our latest guide, Drink Your Chocolate to much fanfare. Available for both Kindle and downloadable/printable PDF, Drink Your Chocolate contains recipes and recommendations for chocolate in all drinkable forms – coffee, tea, wine, vodka, beer, and more. We also have a 3-course tasting menu – each course contains a healthy dose of chocolate, of course! We thought you would like a sneak peek at some of the recipes and concoctions you’ll find inside. Bon appetit! How to Make Your Own Chocolate Wine Chocolate wine – it almost sounds too good to be…
  • How to Be a Good Houseguest with Pet Allergies

    Andy Hayes
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    In the past year or so, my pet allergies – specifically cats – have gone from a minor irritation to downright debilitating. After 20 minutes near a cat, I feel dizzy, faint, and can’t breathe. I’m not sharing my story for sympathy, but to share how serious pet allergies can be. Both houseguest and host/hostesses shouldn’t overlook how they can ruin a perfectly good dinner party evening. Unlike food allergies, which a guest can simply just not eat, pet allergy sufferers can’t choose not to breathe. (Or at least, this is an alternative that doesn’t turn…
  • 10 Influential Weddings That Never Really Happened

    Janice Bear
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Romances and trends are everywhere and can come from absolutely anywhere. Some start between the cover of a book, others are designed for the silver screen, and many sail into our consciousness afloat the digital stream of an original series. Suddenly, what was “once upon a time” is once upon a wedding! Check out our selection of influential weddings that never really happened. Once Upon a Time Jane Austen (1775-1817) wrote books, movies were made, and Regency style reigned at weddings. Think: garden settings, traditional English garden flowers such as roses and lavender, empire…
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  • Discovering Art In Tobago

    Jeanine Barone
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Snorkeling, fishing and diving are some of the favored activities in Tobago. But I went for the art. Yes, you heard me correctly. High above ever popular Mt. Irvine Beach, The Castle, as it's known, aka the Kimme Sculpture Museum, is a treasure trove of works by German-born Luise Kimme, a highly prolific and abundantly passionate sculptor and painter who died last year at the age of 74. I prowled the galleries and nooks and crannies of the multi-story whitewashed mansion that served as her house, atelier and museum, admiring the multitude of her creations. The life-size or larger pieces…
  • It's All About Nature in the Dominican Republic

    Jeanine Barone
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Floating in a calm waters, the color of a turquoise gem stone, waters that are huddled by a jungle of foliage, it's easy to forget that you are just minutes from your air-conditioned hotel room. The Reserva Ecologica Ojos Indigenas (Indigenous Eyes Ecological Reserve) is the only private forest reserve in Punta Cana and it sits smack on the property of the Puntacana Resort and Club in the Dominican Republic. Tasked with protecting the area's natural resources, the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation seeks to conserve the region's biodiversity by preserving this park.Hundreds of different plants,…
  • Protecting The Peruvian Amazon

    Jeanine Barone
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:29 pm
    The only thing coming between the mahogany and cedar trees and other bountiful natural resources in the Amazon and the devious poachers who are anxious to pillage them is a man in a boat. Well, actually a few men, each in a canoe.The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon is a wealth of plant and animal species. And, a small cadre of rangers in canoes is tasked with protecting this more than five million-acre expanse bordered by the Marañon River and the Puinahua Channel that branches off the Ucayali River.Some of the creatures are quite unusual, including the…
  • Safety and Security During Spring Break

    Jeanine Barone
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I was born a geek. When I was 14, I was reading the American Journal of Cardiology and teaching myself how to read ECGs. Yes, geek, for sure. So, when I went on spring break, I was my usual overly cautious self, to the dismay of my peers who, of course, threw caution to the wind.We're now in the spring break season which often means accidents, injuries, illnesses and overall risky behavior. There's the binge drinking, all night partying, sizzling on the sand sans sunscreen, chowing down on fatty foods, forgoing condoms, operating motor vehicles in a less than optimal mental state. The list…
  • Nature-Centered Girlfriend Getaways Near New York City

    Jeanine Barone
    24 Feb 2014 | 1:33 pm
    As a woman, maintaining a tight bond with my girlfriends is a priority. But, sometimes our everyday lives are so frenzied with the needs of kids, partners,and colleagues that email, texting and video chats have taken the place of face-to-face sharing. Instead of attempting to schedule and reschedule Sunday brunch with your best friends only to find that electronic devices are still too tempting a distraction, why not plan a girlfriend getaway oh-so-close to New York City?No, this isn't all about endless shopping sprees or consuming large quantities of alcohol. Sure, you'll be putting your…
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  • Three Days in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    The cold weather had us planning a trip south for spring break.  Albuquerque, New Mexico is about six hours south of Denver, making it a great long weekend getaway destination for us.  With the help of Visit Albuquerque, we planned to spend three days in Albuquerque and didn’t even get to half of the activities we wanted to do. Where to Stay in Albuquerque, New Mexico We stayed at Hotel Cascada, a hotel that was centrally located to most of the activities we wanted to do.  Getting around Albuquerque is not difficult but we did spend a lot of time in the car.  Hotel Cascada was a good…
  • Three Days in Tucson, Arizona

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    When I told people that I was heading to Tucson, Arizona, I got many a blank stare.  It was often followed up with a comment about how I should go to Phoenix or Scottsdale instead.  The main reason we were headed to Tucson over spring break was to visit with my grandparents.  Living in Denver has put us a little bit closer to them (though it is still a 12 hours drive) and a visit was overdue. We spent much of our time with my grandparents but we were able to do some exploring.  This three day itinerary is a laid back version of what we would have done had the main reason for the visit not…
  • Civil War Reenactment at Endview Plantation

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Did you know there were only two major battles fought in the North during the Civil War? That is the question my 12 year-old-asked me while we were driving to Endview Plantation in Newport News, Virginia last weekend. My answer: No, I didn’t.  At least I don’t think I did. His response: Yep, the Battle of Antietam and the Battle of Gettysburg. Yay for the Virginia Public School System! I do have very vivid memories of driving through battlefields as a child listening to George Winston instrumental soundtracks playing in the cassette player of my mother’s car.  Considering there were…
  • Vacation Mom

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Vacation mom is a fun mom.  She always has a smile on her face and her head thrown back in laughter.  Vacation mom lets the kids eat foods they don’t normally get to eat. The family hangs out together pretty much from waking up in queen sized beds next to each other to putting their heads back on those pillows when the sun has gone down. Vacation mom thinks the kids are goofy and she joins in on the goofiness without thinking about it. As vacation mom starts making her way back home, she can feel her shoulders tighten a little and her hands squeeze the steering wheel a little bit…
  • Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Albuquerque was one of those cities that surprised us.  We found so many different activities to check out while we were there.  I wish that we could have stayed another day or two.  By far, my children’s favorite activity was taking the Sandia Peak Tramway, courtesy of Visit Albuquerque .  This tram isn’t for the faint of heart though.  You start your journey at 6559 feet. You hop on the tram during your assigned time and begin to ascend 2.7 miles into the sky. The views were worth the butterflies in my stomach. During your journey, you will pass the second tram going the…
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  • Los Angeles Travel Deals

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    $189-$199 — Weekends at Downtown Los Angeles 4-Star Hotel Stay in the heart of downtown L.A. near the Staples Center and LA Live. Travel select dates through July. $184 & up — 4-Star Los Angeles Hotel w/Wi-Fi, Reg. $284 Near Hollywood, with on-site restaurant and lounge, spa, outdoor saltwater pool, and more. Travel now through December 31, 2014. $170 [...]
  • Mexico Cruise Deals

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    $169 & up — Weekend Cruise to Baja Mexico on Carnival Experience the tropical beauty of Baja with a cruise to Ensenada. Depart from Los Angeles, aboard Carnival Imagination. $209 & up — Baja Mexico 3-Day Carnival Cruise Departure dates from May 8, 2014 through April 30, 2015. $549 — 7-Night Mexican Riviera Cruise w/$100 Onboard Credit Ports of call: [...]
  • Australia Travel Deals

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    $1487 & up — Australia Travel Deals, Save up to $2600 Jet set to the iconic beaches, waterfront cities and tropical rain forests that lie Down Under. Explore famous sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Great Barrier Reef, Twelve Apostles and Ayers Rock. $3059 & up — 8-Night Australia Trip w/Sydney Harbour Cruise Includes flights to [...]
  • Greece Travel Deals

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    $580 & up — Greece: Athens and Islands Trips, Save $900 Packaged trips and cruises in Crete, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos & more for travel through November. $909 & up — Greece: Escorted Athens Land-Only Trip w/Cruise Spend 3 days exploring Athens and 3 more days cruising through Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos Crete & Santorini. $7,341 & up — Greece: 8 [...]
  • Orlando Hotel Deals

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    $129-$169 — Ends Tonight: 4-Star Resort Inside Disney, 70% Off Hotel with daily shuttles to Disney plus free wi-fi. Travel now through December 25, 2014. $89 — 4-Star Orlando Resort through Summer w/Wi-Fi, 65% Off Free wi-fi plus mini-fridge in each room. Includes 1 free day + adults pay kid price at Universal. $69-$99 — Villa at [...]
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    Williams Smith
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    This weekend will see the return of the inimitable London Marathon – an annual event that is a firm and unwavering part of the London calendar almost akin to Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Though it may change shape over the years (be it in terms of sponsorship or by numbers of people taking part) it is always a great, unique spectacle, and is definitely a social activity which you won’t want to miss if you happen to be in town this weekend. Odds are, you can’t miss it anyway, as the 26-mile race will speed past most of London’s major landmarks before hitting the finishing line on The…
  • A remarkable step ahead!

    Williams Smith
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    As the President of France signs into law Bill ALUR, the RatedApartments society gets another reason to celebrate. This new housing legislation elucidates that wherever you reside in France, you have the right to rent out your home, without seeking permission from your respective city hall. Certainly a positive development for everyone interested in the idea of sharing homes and meeting new people, the law brings numerous benefits to people and communities. The law also incorporates guidelines for short-term rental properties that are not primary residences. The rules remain unchanged in most…
  • Top Five London attractions to visit with the entire family

    Williams Smith
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:43 am
    Many visitors to the British capital only associate London with an amazing nightlife and lots of opportunities for adults to have a great time, be it in restaurants, pubs or bars. While all that may be valid, it is also true that London is extremely family-friendly and provides lots of opportunities to have fun with children. Indeed, it is one of the safest cities to visit in the world, with extensive Health and Safety regulations making sure that your small ones always stay on the right side of danger. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some unique ideas for activities to enjoy with your…
  • Top 10 must see events – London

    Williams Smith
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:06 am
    With the new year in full gear now, we decided to give you a run-down of all the 2014 London must-do events for the rest of the year. So start planning your itinerary! March Until the end of March you can still catch the incredible Drowned Man show at the National Theatre. The mind-boggling stage production, realised by the renowned Punchdrunk team, takes you into a dark and twisted journey linking Hollywood of the 1960s to a tragedy from the 1800s. This award-winning play requires for you to walk through different stages and can last up to 3 hours – depending on how curious you are about…
  • Paris: Call it the city of lights or the fashion capital

    Williams Smith
    19 Feb 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Subtlety. Style. Sensation. It’s the start of the Paris Fashion Week. Following New York, London and Milan, here’s the city of lights with the last word on the global fashion vista. With a host of designers staging the concluding runway spectacle of the season, this one is the most anticipated. Home to Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and so many more, Paris brings out the eccentricities and heartiness of fashion like none other. Inexhaustible trends and striking shows rule the city and the streets revolutionize into a runway of their own. As the city dabs up with strips and motifs…
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  • Throwback Thursday Cruise Ship Railings

    Carrie Finley
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Ship Tour for Throwback Thursday I went searching for photos that would show what I saw while cruising.   Low rider. View of the Danube River from Viking River Cruises Viking Skadi Celebrity Solstice in Seattle Sunset in the Canaries via Crystal Cruises View from the railing of Silversea Cruises in China. View from balcony on MSC Divina   The post Throwback Thursday Cruise Ship Railings appeared first on Cruise Buzz.
  • Social Media Cruise Post of the Day | Viking River Cruises

    Carrie Finley
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Viking River Cruises asks…. What is the best part about river cruising? Social Media post of the day from Viking River Cruises’ Facebook page.   Curated List of Top 5 Reasons to River Cruise Not going from hotel to hotel – unpack once Cruising on a river! No bingo & or gaming Unpacking once, fabulous food, wonderful staff, new friends made, beautiful sights to see. The scenery from your own cabin while floating leisurely down the river in Europe. If you want to see the entire list of reasons, head over to the Viking River Cruises Facebook page here. In the meantime,…
  • 2014 Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival

    Carrie Finley
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    Celebrity Cruises Orange County Special Event Celebrity Cruises in partnership with top Orange County restaurants are coming together on May 31, 2014 for the 2014 Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival. Tickets are available at the event’s website, click here. The benefit event will raise money for Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services in Southeast Los Angeles.  Highlights of the event include wine, brews and culinary offerings from more than 40 wineries, craft breweries, spirits companies and local restaurants. The Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival takes…
  • MSC Divina – New and Improved

    Carrie Finley
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Cruise Ship Review | MSC Divina For those of you travel agents and cruise passengers wondering about what MSC Divina is like, think “new and improved.” I brought my 9-year old son along with me on MSC Divina to “kick-the-tires” on the Caribbean’s newest year-round cruise product to see what all the buzz was about. Keep reading to discover our cruise story on MSC Cruises …. Brian and Captain Francesco Veniero and staff. New and Improved Ken Muskat, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing at MSC Cruises (USA) Inc wants to let members of the travel trade…
  • Cruise Deals: What’s the catch?

    Carrie Finley
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:31 am
    How to spot a cruise deal Is the Carnival Cruise Lines Kids Sail Free promotion a good deal? The latest cruise deals coming by my desk seem too good to be true… What’s the deal?  I dissected the latest Kids Sail Free promotion offered by Carnival to show readers how to determine if a cruise deal is too good to be true. The key to determining if the deal is a good offer is to read the Terms and Conditions. In this case, the only surprise to cruise passengers could be the taxes and port charges that are applicable to all passengers, even the kids sailing free. Another thing that is…
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  • The Way To Decide If Your current Windshield Needs Restoration or Replacement

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    As you planning on inexpensive automotive window improvement first holes, that is take place inmid then it is possible to go with no matter if you intend to maintenance the window or even substitute for the window. In windscreen, it is not necessarily through the equal situation as average cup, regardless that even if there exists a propensity think that of cup as truly vulnerable. windscreen comprised of several tiers so that it can move forward for very long time, but never make skill of these break growing, which results in do high-priced mend or entire replacing your window. For this…
  • Tips On How To Find Low priced Plane Tickets

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    Generally, many persons would even actually feel bogged down due to the numerous files. Some may also struggle to understand the most effective web sites for top level – click here . Here are some guidelines to help you within your groundwork. First thing that you want to do usually is to define your vacation policies. Now and again a way to consider departure price tags hinges on many points: your holiday destination even if it’s intercontinental or household, are prepared to make and maybe the key, tour times. If this stuff are functional, you will find a lot of selections when…
  • Read More About The Best Way Digital Marketing Should Impact Your Small Business

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:06 am
    Opportunity sales should preferably certainly be called as electronic digital marketing strategies these kinds of is most likely the job electronic digital marketing or advertising takes on in firm development and marketing. There are several new ways to niche organizations and businesses having said that the key process to industry corporations now could be because of virtual routes – external link. Can an organization be advertised especially having electronic promotional? And what may be the very useful promoting and marketing assistance? Starting with electronic merchandising, this…
  • Important Information About The Aquatic Life

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    Turtles, to be a varieties, are usually more than 200 zillion years of age, coming inside Triassic aging. This document will record some quite interesting turtle reality that could captivate and startle you. There exists a delusion properly that is certainly certainly bogus. Turtle Information. Some believe seas turtles weep. In fact, they excrete sea salt using their the eyes which they assimilated out from the saline seas drinking water, supplying the look of weeping. only has got to his center period at age of 80. Ocean sponge is definitely a harmful and dangerous being that may be…
  • How You Can Become A Really good Manager

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Elementary are important to operate a small company. Some businesses feel that top rated v . monitoring is most critical. The fact is, you must be capable to the two of them guide and organize. Why a decent supervisor? There are actually certain firm supervision skill-sets and designs to target; designed for small enterprises. the master or supervisor of a small venture, it’s crucial for you to figure out what individuals straightforward management techniques are and in order to feature them into the own individual behaviours. Why? Due to the fact some talents tend to be outstanding…
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  • Video: The Magic of St. Barts

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    What can I say about St. Barts that hasn’t already been said. All I can do is tell and show you about my time on this exciting little rock, but words and pictures never seem to live up to reality. Our ride, the Sagitta, only spent 48 hours on St. Barts, but in that time the island showed me a perspective of the Caribbean I hadn’t yet experienced. Eww-la-la! I think that’s a good way to describe it. St. Barts is unlike any other Caribbean island I’ve set foot on. Most other islands are all very laid back, easy going, and rural for the most part. They each have their…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    Do you know what the best rum destinations are in the Caribbean? How about the best rental villas for all budgets on Barbados? Want to learn how to cook a simple Jerk Fish dish for your family and friends? You’ll be able to find all of this and more in this week’s Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up The Best Rum Destinations:  Indeed, it’s high time that many destinations in the Caribbean put more of an emphasis on highlighting the wonder of their rum product and making it accessible to tourists — one can learn so much about a place from trying the local…
  • Papa Pilar’s Winter Finale: Boat Drink Recipes

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    After one sip, you’ll feel summer warming you from within. This week’s Boat Drink recipe comes from our friends at Papa’s Pilar and has a name that I’m sure will be popular with many of you Castaways–Winter’s Finale. While spring is indeed upon us, I know a few of you in the midwest and north just got another reminder of just how brutal this never ending winter has been, but have no fear, the sun and little rum is on the way! The Winter’s Finale is made with Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum, honestly one of the best “light” rums I’ve…
  • Review of the Holland House Beach Hotel: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    As soon as I stepped into the open-air lobby and looked past the bar to the blue waters of the Caribbean, I felt relaxed and at home. A great feeling as the Holland House Beach Hotel was going to be my home away from home on St. Maarten the day before and the day after cruising aboard the Island Windjammer’s Sagitta. Check-in was a breeze and I headed to the third floor to settle in and ditch the heavy bags. A smile grew on my face as soon as the door swung open and revealed a tastefully decorated room that looked modern and newly renovated. I dropped my bags and instantly walked out to…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    Rooftop bars over looking the Caribbean, awesome beach bars of Punta Cana, and somewhat sad news from Margaritaville. The Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up is a must read if you’re in love with the islands. I just read Bahama Bob’s report that the 10 store Margaritaville restaurant chain was sold to a Brazilian company. I’ll let you read the details that are linked below, sad news indeed. I can understand why Buffett would sell the chain, he might be winding down and cashing out of businesses that he doesn’t want the responsibility of running any more. Whatever the reason is,…
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  • Tagaytay and Taal Volcano, The Philippines

    Amy McPherson
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Tagaytay, The Philippines Vacay in Tagaytay Have you ever wondered where the locals of places considered our holiday destinations go for their holidays? I did. “Where do you go for holidays?” I asked the taxi driver in Manila, who has just spend the last ten minutes reciting the list of holiday islands in his country, straight out of a brochure that I got at the arrival hall of the airport. He thought about this question, an indication that he has never been to any of these fancy tourist spots that he has just recommended. “Tagaytay,” he finally said, smiling with recognition at the…
  • Camera Talk: Travel Portrait Photography

    ITKT Featured Writer
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Travel Portrait Photography Travel Portrait Photography in Botswana I remember once taking a photograph of a man in Botswana when I was younger. His face was intriguing – beautiful and expressive. I knew it was going to make for an interesting photograph. He saw me take the shot from a short distance and was angry that I had not asked his permission. I had invaded his privacy and he walked away furious. When I looked back on the photograph I couldn’t see what had initially inspired me to photograph him, only the anger I had made him feel. I felt ashamed and deleted it. Sometimes…
  • Eye on Saitama, Japan

    ITKT Featured Writer
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    North of Tokyo in Saitama The Suburb of Saitama Driving through the suburbs of Tokyo, the roadside is dotted with familiar sites such as: an auto body shop, a town barber and clusters of modest suburban houses, each with a lone fruit tree in the front yard. It could be a stretch of road in Ventura County, but the Japanese characters advertising cell phones and televisions, and the fruit trees, heavy with ripe persimmons, make it distinctly Japan. Saitama to be precise, a smallish prefecture north of Tokyo that houses a large population of suburban commuters that crowd the city-bound trains…
  • London Tenement Blues

    ITKT Featured Writer
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The London Tenement Rough Living London-Style I was living, if you could call it that, in various London hostels before I found a room for rent. I was eager for my own space, for drawers and a door. It had been weeks since I could unpack my bag. The room was in a house in the East End, a 45-minute commute to the city center. The neighborhood never made me feel unsafe, exactly, though I grew to recognize it as a bit rundown and “lower class.” The landlord company had only recently acquired the house. Even as they were soliciting tenants, they were constructing walls, carving up the…
  • Uncovering Mojacar Man in a Spanish Resort

    ITKT Media Partner
    15 Mar 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Travel Mojacar Our First Time in Mojacar This was the first trip to Mojacar for my wife and I. This resort town in the Province of Almería, southern Spain is pronounced “Mahaca” and shouldn’t be confused with the island of Majorca. Before we booked our trip about the only thing we where aware of about the resort was its internationally recognized Mojacar Man or Indalo Man symbol. We drove into Mojacar with slight trepidation as always plan our holidays pretty carefully but this was a last minute decision and we decided to take a chance and surprise ourselves, so no Googleing. Arriving…
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  • When Thoughts Turn To Spring in Ohio…

    Inspector 71
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Toward the end of winter in late February and early March, when warm days alternate with cold nights, some Ohioans undertake the traditional task of tapping sugar maple trees for the production of maple syrup. Here in the Miami Valley of western Ohio, the Boy Scouts of Tecumseh Council are busy preparing to tap the maple trees in the forest at Camp Hugh Taylor Birch. Scouts and adult leaders drill holes and insert taps into mature maples, then connect the taps to plastic collection tubes that lead into buckets. Once collected, the sap is taken to a sugar shack where it is boiled down in a…
  • Life On the Road

    Inspector 20
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Life on the road can be challenging and exhausting. Life on the road in winter is a totally different beast. This year has seen the coldest and snowiest in a very long time. Preparation is the key, along with four-wheel drive, great snow tires, a shovel and boot claws. So what do I as an inspector have in the trunk of my car? Well, I try to keep an active and healthy lifestyle, which can be difficult when spending hours in a car and eating in restaurants needing to be evaluated. Always in my car are an emergency road kit with boosters, flares, medical supplies, running shoes, boxing gloves,…
  • Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit, Mexico

    Inspector 401
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Perhaps somewhat off the beaten path, about an hour drive from Puerto Vallarta sits the quaint village of Rincon de Guayabitos. Here you will not find tall modern high rise hotels and fancy restaurants but you will find decent 2 and 3 diamond accommodations and good casual restaurants featuring fresh tasty local fare. You will also fine a true Mexican flavor that is hard to find in the built up areas. That is to me, what makes it charming and well worth the drive. I find the beach is the main draw, as it is a truly Mexican beach that brings in families from the nearby cities of Tepic and…
  • Harvard Museums

    Heidemarie Chernushin
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:24 am
    I love photography and always search out new photographic exhibits, so when the invitation arrived to attend a preview of Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs With Scot Miller at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) in Cambridge, Mass., I jumped at the chance. A bonus was Miller would be on hand to talk about his work and I’d have the opportunity to pick his brain on how he photographed such beautiful images. Scot Miller spent seven years retracing the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau by taking photographs of many of the places that Thoreau explored during his lifetime.
  • Golden Gate Bridge Electronic Toll: What You Need to Know

    Greg Weekes
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    A year ago, when electronic toll charges for the Golden Gate Bridge went into effect, many San Franciscans breathed a huge sigh of relief. While driving northbound to Marin County is free, a toll is charged if you’re crossing southbound. Afternoon and evening rush-hour congestion into the city was slowed further by commuters stopping to pay the toll, creating headache-inducing backups on US 101. The toll plazas at the south end of the bridge remain, but now vehicles breeze through them instead of stopping, which has improved traffic flow and reduced backups. It’s all good, right? Yes, if…
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  • How To Stay Healthy on The Road: Video Travel Tips

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Travel to Eternal Youth: Where To Go to Look Healthier and Feel Fabulous

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The desire to stay young – be it through sulphuric bubble baths, broccoli juice elixirs or good ol’ fashion botox – has been a cultural obsession and egotistical hobby throughout history. In 1513, Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León set sail to find a mythical land said to have a fountain of youth. Flash forward five hundred years and our communal quest for immortality continues. If you’re curious about unlocking the secrets of eternal youth, here are a few top destinations around the world that are rumored to make you live longer, feel healthier and act like a kid again.
  • How to Save Money When Booking A Flight: Video Travel Tips

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Girls Getaways: Where to Travel With Your Fave Ladies

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the early 1980s, Cindy Lauper sang the undeniable truth. “When the working day is done, oh girls, they wanna have fu-un. Oh girls, Just wanna have fun…” When planning a vacation with your favorite girlfriends, mothers and sisters, deciding on a destination that fits everyone’s interests can be a bit of a challenge. But fear not! There’s hope! Pushing beyond the traditional, here are a few out-of-the-box ideas for a wild, fun and fabulous ‘just us girls’ weekend. 1- Spa at The Hotel Hershey: Wrangle up your favorite chocoholics for a hard-core day of girl-power pampering.
  • New Zealand for Freaks and Geeks: Cool Stuff To Do in NZ

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    An island nation of 4.4 million people (and a disproportionate amount of sheep), New Zealand is a hot spot located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean off the coast of big brother Australia. The Colorado-sized country consists of two main islands – the North Island and the South Island. While the North has cosmopolitan cities, active volcanoes and geothermal activity, the South delivers the Southern Alps mountain range, fertile green farmlands and Queenstown, “the adventure capital of the world.” With sweeping vistas, stunning landscape, Polynesian spa thermal hot springs and natural…
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  • Sneak Peek: 918-Foot Glass Observatory in the Middle of a Glacial Valley

    Christine Wei
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Walking out from a 918-foot-high cliff and stepping above a sweeping valley is not for the faint of heart, but thanks to the brand new Glacier Skywalk in Banff, Canada, we all want to give it a whirl. Standing on the glass-floored observatory platform at the end of the trail, we imagine, is as close to floating as we’ll ever get.  The skywalk encompasses two other major sections: a receiving area with a free (though not quite as cool) viewing platform, accessible by a scenic coach ride from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery, and a paid Discovery Trail that eventually leads to…
  • 5 Affordable Foraging Experiences for Travelers

    Christine Wei
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Foraging is a culinary trend that isn’t going away, and it’s only getting bigger in travel. Many credit the movement to chef René Redzepi of Noma, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen that frequently tops “Best in the World” restaurant lists. And it makes sense, especially at a time when travelers are seeking local and immersive experiences, the appeal of foraging for your own food is clear. It’s a fresh way to connect with a destination; it’s a wonderfully tactile experience; and it’s a reminder of the wonders that nature has to offer. These days,…
  • 10 Beaches to Visit Before the Summer Rush

    Darren Murph
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Ice is melting, your heavy coats are finally put away, and that urge to get outside is starting to come back. After a brutal winter, spring has finally arrived. But instead of gently easing out of winter, we suggest diving in, head-first. Shoulder season, that sweet spot between spring and summer, is an excellent excuse to travel, for two reasons: first, a wide array of beach destinations are already warm enough to enjoy in your bathing suit. Secondly, most travelers are waiting for the official start of summer to get away, which can lead to tremendous savings on lodging and meals for those…
  • Slideshow: 15 Stunning Lakefront Views Around the World

    Alex Schechter
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As views go, lakes provide a backdrop that is at once soothing and full of mystery. Unlike oceans, these mighty bodies of water are contained. You can row across their surface, dive for shipwrecks, or simply go bird-watching, all in the safe knowledge that land is never too far away. More than anything, lakes can provide a refreshing change of scenery from days spent shopping in town or hiking in the surrounding mountains. Here are a few lakefront views worth traveling for.
  • Do You Really Need a Disney Dining Plan? 5 Ways to Find Out

    Christine Dayao
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    OK, you’re shouting it from the rooftops: you’re going to Disney World. But the decision to go may be the easiest one of the trip. From booking your perfect hotel, to choosing your park tickets, there’s a lot to think about. And you can’t forget about food. First-time guests and even seasoned visitors have to ask themselves whether they should purchase a Disney Dining Plan. These pre-set meal plans don’t come cheap, but can save you lots of headache and even money – if you choose the right one. First, some background on the plans: There are five of them (Quick-Service,…
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  • Sneak Peek: 918-Foot Glass Observatory in the Middle of a Glacial Valley

    Christine Wei
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Walking out from a 918-foot-high cliff and stepping above a sweeping valley is not for the faint of heart, but thanks to the brand new Glacier Skywalk in Banff, Canada, we all want to give it a whirl. Standing on the glass-floored observatory platform at the end of the trail, we imagine, is as close to floating as we’ll ever get.  The skywalk encompasses two other major sections: a receiving area with a free (though not quite as cool) viewing platform, accessible by a scenic coach ride from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery, and a paid Discovery Trail that eventually leads to…
  • 5 Affordable Foraging Experiences for Travelers

    Christine Wei
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Foraging is a culinary trend that isn’t going away, and it’s only getting bigger in travel. Many credit the movement to chef René Redzepi of Noma, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen that frequently tops “Best in the World” restaurant lists. And it makes sense, especially at a time when travelers are seeking local and immersive experiences, the appeal of foraging for your own food is clear. It’s a fresh way to connect with a destination; it’s a wonderfully tactile experience; and it’s a reminder of the wonders that nature has to offer. These days,…
  • 10 Beaches to Visit Before the Summer Rush

    Darren Murph
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Ice is melting, your heavy coats are finally put away, and that urge to get outside is starting to come back. After a brutal winter, spring has finally arrived. But instead of gently easing out of winter, we suggest diving in, head-first. Shoulder season, that sweet spot between spring and summer, is an excellent excuse to travel, for two reasons: first, a wide array of beach destinations are already warm enough to enjoy in your bathing suit. Secondly, most travelers are waiting for the official start of summer to get away, which can lead to tremendous savings on lodging and meals for those…
  • Slideshow: 15 Stunning Lakefront Views Around the World

    Alex Schechter
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As views go, lakes provide a backdrop that is at once soothing and full of mystery. Unlike oceans, these mighty bodies of water are contained. You can row across their surface, dive for shipwrecks, or simply go bird-watching, all in the safe knowledge that land is never too far away. More than anything, lakes can provide a refreshing change of scenery from days spent shopping in town or hiking in the surrounding mountains. Here are a few lakefront views worth traveling for.
  • Do You Really Need a Disney Dining Plan? 5 Ways to Find Out

    Christine Dayao
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    OK, you’re shouting it from the rooftops: you’re going to Disney World. But the decision to go may be the easiest one of the trip. From booking your perfect hotel, to choosing your park tickets, there’s a lot to think about. And you can’t forget about food. First-time guests and even seasoned visitors have to ask themselves whether they should purchase a Disney Dining Plan. These pre-set meal plans don’t come cheap, but can save you lots of headache and even money – if you choose the right one. First, some background on the plans: There are five of them (Quick-Service,…
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  • Sneak Peek: 918-Foot Glass Observatory in the Middle of a Glacial Valley

    Christine Wei
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Walking out from a 918-foot-high cliff and stepping above a sweeping valley is not for the faint of heart, but thanks to the brand new Glacier Skywalk in Banff, Canada, we all want to give it a whirl. Standing on the glass-floored observatory platform at the end of the trail, we imagine, is as close to floating as we’ll ever get.  The skywalk encompasses two other major sections: a receiving area with a free (though not quite as cool) viewing platform, accessible by a scenic coach ride from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery, and a paid Discovery Trail that eventually leads to…
  • 5 Affordable Foraging Experiences for Travelers

    Christine Wei
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Foraging is a culinary trend that isn’t going away, and it’s only getting bigger in travel. Many credit the movement to chef René Redzepi of Noma, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen that frequently tops “Best in the World” restaurant lists. And it makes sense, especially at a time when travelers are seeking local and immersive experiences, the appeal of foraging for your own food is clear. It’s a fresh way to connect with a destination; it’s a wonderfully tactile experience; and it’s a reminder of the wonders that nature has to offer. These days,…
  • 10 Beaches to Visit Before the Summer Rush

    Darren Murph
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Ice is melting, your heavy coats are finally put away, and that urge to get outside is starting to come back. After a brutal winter, spring has finally arrived. But instead of gently easing out of winter, we suggest diving in, head-first. Shoulder season, that sweet spot between spring and summer, is an excellent excuse to travel, for two reasons: first, a wide array of beach destinations are already warm enough to enjoy in your bathing suit. Secondly, most travelers are waiting for the official start of summer to get away, which can lead to tremendous savings on lodging and meals for those…
  • Slideshow: 15 Stunning Lakefront Views Around the World

    Alex Schechter
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As views go, lakes provide a backdrop that is at once soothing and full of mystery. Unlike oceans, these mighty bodies of water are contained. You can row across their surface, dive for shipwrecks, or simply go bird-watching, all in the safe knowledge that land is never too far away. More than anything, lakes can provide a refreshing change of scenery from days spent shopping in town or hiking in the surrounding mountains. Here are a few lakefront views worth traveling for.
  • Do You Really Need a Disney Dining Plan? 5 Ways to Find Out

    Christine Dayao
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    OK, you’re shouting it from the rooftops: you’re going to Disney World. But the decision to go may be the easiest one of the trip. From booking your perfect hotel, to choosing your park tickets, there’s a lot to think about. And you can’t forget about food. First-time guests and even seasoned visitors have to ask themselves whether they should purchase a Disney Dining Plan. These pre-set meal plans don’t come cheap, but can save you lots of headache and even money – if you choose the right one. First, some background on the plans: There are five of them (Quick-Service,…
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  • Sneak Peek: 918-Foot Glass Observatory in the Middle of a Glacial Valley

    Christine Wei
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Walking out from a 918-foot-high cliff and stepping above a sweeping valley is not for the faint of heart, but thanks to the brand new Glacier Skywalk in Banff, Canada, we all want to give it a whirl. Standing on the glass-floored observatory platform at the end of the trail, we imagine, is as close to floating as we’ll ever get.  The skywalk encompasses two other major sections: a receiving area with a free (though not quite as cool) viewing platform, accessible by a scenic coach ride from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery, and a paid Discovery Trail that eventually leads to…
  • 5 Affordable Foraging Experiences for Travelers

    Christine Wei
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Foraging is a culinary trend that isn’t going away, and it’s only getting bigger in travel. Many credit the movement to chef René Redzepi of Noma, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen that frequently tops “Best in the World” restaurant lists. And it makes sense, especially at a time when travelers are seeking local and immersive experiences, the appeal of foraging for your own food is clear. It’s a fresh way to connect with a destination; it’s a wonderfully tactile experience; and it’s a reminder of the wonders that nature has to offer. These days,…
  • 10 Beaches to Visit Before the Summer Rush

    Darren Murph
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Ice is melting, your heavy coats are finally put away, and that urge to get outside is starting to come back. After a brutal winter, spring has finally arrived. But instead of gently easing out of winter, we suggest diving in, head-first. Shoulder season, that sweet spot between spring and summer, is an excellent excuse to travel, for two reasons: first, a wide array of beach destinations are already warm enough to enjoy in your bathing suit. Secondly, most travelers are waiting for the official start of summer to get away, which can lead to tremendous savings on lodging and meals for those…
  • Slideshow: 15 Stunning Lakefront Views Around the World

    Alex Schechter
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As views go, lakes provide a backdrop that is at once soothing and full of mystery. Unlike oceans, these mighty bodies of water are contained. You can row across their surface, dive for shipwrecks, or simply go bird-watching, all in the safe knowledge that land is never too far away. More than anything, lakes can provide a refreshing change of scenery from days spent shopping in town or hiking in the surrounding mountains. Here are a few lakefront views worth traveling for.
  • Do You Really Need a Disney Dining Plan? 5 Ways to Find Out

    Christine Dayao
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    OK, you’re shouting it from the rooftops: you’re going to Disney World. But the decision to go may be the easiest one of the trip. From booking your perfect hotel, to choosing your park tickets, there’s a lot to think about. And you can’t forget about food. First-time guests and even seasoned visitors have to ask themselves whether they should purchase a Disney Dining Plan. These pre-set meal plans don’t come cheap, but can save you lots of headache and even money – if you choose the right one. First, some background on the plans: There are five of them (Quick-Service,…
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  • Sneak Peek: 918-Foot Glass Observatory in the Middle of a Glacial Valley

    Christine Wei
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Walking out from a 918-foot-high cliff and stepping above a sweeping valley is not for the faint of heart, but thanks to the brand new Glacier Skywalk in Banff, Canada, we all want to give it a whirl. Standing on the glass-floored observatory platform at the end of the trail, we imagine, is as close to floating as we’ll ever get.  The skywalk encompasses two other major sections: a receiving area with a free (though not quite as cool) viewing platform, accessible by a scenic coach ride from the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery, and a paid Discovery Trail that eventually leads to…
  • 5 Affordable Foraging Experiences for Travelers

    Christine Wei
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Foraging is a culinary trend that isn’t going away, and it’s only getting bigger in travel. Many credit the movement to chef René Redzepi of Noma, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen that frequently tops “Best in the World” restaurant lists. And it makes sense, especially at a time when travelers are seeking local and immersive experiences, the appeal of foraging for your own food is clear. It’s a fresh way to connect with a destination; it’s a wonderfully tactile experience; and it’s a reminder of the wonders that nature has to offer. These days,…
  • 10 Beaches to Visit Before the Summer Rush

    Darren Murph
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Ice is melting, your heavy coats are finally put away, and that urge to get outside is starting to come back. After a brutal winter, spring has finally arrived. But instead of gently easing out of winter, we suggest diving in, head-first. Shoulder season, that sweet spot between spring and summer, is an excellent excuse to travel, for two reasons: first, a wide array of beach destinations are already warm enough to enjoy in your bathing suit. Secondly, most travelers are waiting for the official start of summer to get away, which can lead to tremendous savings on lodging and meals for those…
  • Slideshow: 15 Stunning Lakefront Views Around the World

    Alex Schechter
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As views go, lakes provide a backdrop that is at once soothing and full of mystery. Unlike oceans, these mighty bodies of water are contained. You can row across their surface, dive for shipwrecks, or simply go bird-watching, all in the safe knowledge that land is never too far away. More than anything, lakes can provide a refreshing change of scenery from days spent shopping in town or hiking in the surrounding mountains. Here are a few lakefront views worth traveling for.
  • Do You Really Need a Disney Dining Plan? 5 Ways to Find Out

    Christine Dayao
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    OK, you’re shouting it from the rooftops: you’re going to Disney World. But the decision to go may be the easiest one of the trip. From booking your perfect hotel, to choosing your park tickets, there’s a lot to think about. And you can’t forget about food. First-time guests and even seasoned visitors have to ask themselves whether they should purchase a Disney Dining Plan. These pre-set meal plans don’t come cheap, but can save you lots of headache and even money – if you choose the right one. First, some background on the plans: There are five of them (Quick-Service,…
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  • Honolulu Fish Auction – Experience The Only Tuna Auction in the United States

    Mark Wiens
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Along with eating, one of my favorite activities to do when I travel is visit local fresh markets, and I think fresh seafood fish markets are some of the most interesting. But, in the United States, it’s not quite as easy to visit a local fresh market, as it is to do so in a […] Honolulu Fish Auction – Experience The Only Tuna Auction in the United States is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Honolulu Fish Auction – Experience The Only Tuna Auction in the United States appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Irresistible Ethiopian Food at Grand Restaurant in Addis Ababa

    Mark Wiens
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    You’ll find plenty of wonderful restaurant in Addis Ababa, most of them, usually marked by signs sponsored the classic yellow St. Georges beer company. Step into anyone of these delicious restaurants and you’ll likely find a pretty delicious meal throughout the day. But there’s one place that I ate at, and kept eating at over […] Irresistible Ethiopian Food at Grand Restaurant in Addis Ababa is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Irresistible Ethiopian Food at Grand Restaurant in Addis Ababa appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Skewers of Yakitori at Tokyo’s Memory Lane (or Piss Alley)

    Mark Wiens
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Having wandered around, and walked probably the distance of a marathon that day in Tokyo, I needed to sit down for an evening snack. We were in the always bustling business and shopping district of Shinjuku, and after just stepping out of a posh department store (like you always seem to come out of and […] Skewers of Yakitori at Tokyo’s Memory Lane (or Piss Alley) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Skewers of Yakitori at Tokyo’s Memory Lane (or Piss Alley) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Have You Ever Wondered How Cod Sperm Tastes? (I Never Did, Until I Tried This Without Knowing)

    Mark Wiens
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was on my way out of the Tsukiji Fish Market, heading back to the metro station, when I heard the “woosh” of two flame torches. A few seconds later, I had made the impulse decision that I had to eat whatever he was cooking. How could you resist something as cool as this? And […] Have You Ever Wondered How Cod Sperm Tastes? (I Never Did, Until I Tried This Without Knowing) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Have You Ever Wondered How Cod Sperm Tastes? (I Never Did, Until I Tried This Without Knowing) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel…
  • Tenmatsu – One of the Best Tempura (天ぷら) Restaurants in Tokyo

    Mark Wiens
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Before visiting Japan, the tempura I knew was overly battered, often a little soggy, deep fried shrimp, from the Japanese buffet restaurants I had eaten at. But when I was in Tokyo, that all changed…. While in Tokyo, among my long list of Japanese meals to eat, was tempura (天ぷら). Yukari from Food Sake Tokyo, recommended […] Tenmatsu – One of the Best Tempura (天ぷら) Restaurants in Tokyo is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Tenmatsu – One of the Best Tempura (天ぷら) Restaurants in Tokyo appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel…
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  • Here’s how you Make Curry Rice

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    I haven’t updated for a bit. Sorry! Here’s a great Japanese curry rice commercial to tide you over :) Related Posts:Eat Curry. Win Money.Japanese Restaurant Review – Curry House CoCo…Japanese Idiom: To Eat Cold RiceCute Stuff From Japan: My First Bento Part 1Learning the Proper Way To Eat Sushi
  • Japanese Idiom: Pour Water into the Ear

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Photo Credit: Maʝicdölphin Here’s another funny Japanese idiom – to pour water into the ear of someone sleeping. Can you guess what it means? It probably means you need to find better friends :) Nemimi ni mizu – 寝耳に水 (ねみみにみず) Meaning: Water into the ear of someone sleeping This idiom is a difficult one to guess the meaning of, but it is slightly similar to the English idiom of pouring cold water on someone. To pour water into the ear of someone sleeping basically means to get a surprise right out of the blue, or to be shocked with new information.
  • The Benefits of Learning Japanese as a Second Language

    Guest Writer
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:57 am
    Photo Credit: Nomadic Lass Learning a second language is a brilliant addition for your CV and your general set of skills. Being bilingual positively affects your life and can open you up to numerous amazing opportunities. You will develop your mental capacities in that you will become much more attentive and your problem solving skills will become much sharper and quicker. The determination that is vital for learning a new language becomes a transferable skill in the workplace and will be very noticeable once employees are aware that you know another language. Being fluent in another language…
  • This is How I Get to Work

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    Waaaaaay too good not to share :) Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: Turn Your Body into PowderMonkey Loves MagicBizarre Japan – The $100 MelonWe’re Back in our HouseFake Rhino Escapes from Tokyo Zoo
  • My Re-ment Collection- Part 4

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:16 am
    It’s time for….what Re-ment does Stacey have? What a great time! So this is the 4th set in my Re-ment collection. This set if from the “Snack of Paris – Natalie chan” series. It is the 7th one out of 8. This is one of my earliest re-ments. So it has a Paris and a treat theme. I made an attempt to translate what the little description says that is included with it. Now I am certainly not fluent in any way in Japanese, so if anyone feels like passing on a better translation. Please feel free. But as far as I can tell this says: Natalie-chan’s Paris Snacks 7. A French baked pastries…
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  • The Trulli of Alberobello in Puglia

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

    28 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
      Musée Picasso by Pol at Wikimedia Commons If you’re planning a trip to France in 2014 (or beyond), you’ll be happy to know there are some new and exciting things to look forward to this year. Here’s a list of some of the things you might want to add to your travel plans.  And if you’re heading to Italy, don’t miss the round up for what’s new in Italy. Paris (and nearby) > After a restoration that took five years and went severely over-budget, the Musée Picasso, located in the Hôtel Salé in the Marais will be reopening in June. The garden has…
  • Tips for the Best Cinque Terre Travel Experience

    19 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Cinque Terre is a colorful collection of fishing villages in Italy, along what is known as the Italian Riviera. In recent years, it’s become so popular, that for those looking for a bit quieter, less-touristed and perhaps more authentic experience, I generally recommend staying in one of the other nearby towns,  just a short train or ferry ride away. Understandably, there are travelers who will stay in one of the five villages. This overview of the Cinque Terre will provide more information on each town. Today I’ll be sharing some tips. Twenty Dos and Don’ts that will…
  • What’s New in Italy for 2014

    21 Jan 2014 | 5:11 am
    Some exciting new things are happening in Italy in 2014. From a new museum opening to a helpful app, consider adding any or all of these to your Italy travel plans. Venice > If you’ve been to Venice in the summer months, you’ll often get a funky smell wafting from some of the stagnant smaller canals. Well, now there is something to counteract that a bit. A new museum dedicated to the art and history of perfume, located in the 17th century Palazzo Mocenigo. Parma > In Fontanellato, a small town near Parma, after eight years in the making, the world’s largest labyrinth…
  • What to Expect from Visiting a Bar in Italy and Popular Coffee Drinks

    2 Jan 2014 | 2:00 am
    When traveling to Italy, one of the most pleasurable ways to soak up the Italian culture is by spending time at a bar, either inside or at a table outside on the terrace. In Italy, a cafe is usually called a bar, which should not be confused with the American version of a bar, and it’s a regular part of  life for Italians. To make matters a bit more confusing, a caffè isn’t what you call a bar, but you’ll see the word caffè in the names of some bars – like Antico Caffè de Brasile. It’s also what you order if you want a shot of espresso – un caffè.
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  • Taking the Waters in Baden-Baden, Germany

    Roy Stevenson
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
      The immaculate little town of Baden-Baden, tucked away in the foothills of S.W. Germany’s Black Forest, is a luxurious cross between Monte Carlo, Paris, a spa, and an English park. Beautiful Baden Baden - Ramessos Within a few minutes’ walk in Baden-Baden you can see the world’s most beautifully appointed casino, stroll through a verdant green park that is a dead ringer for an English Victorian garden, and sip an espresso beside a perfectly restored, medieval cobble stone street lined with upscale boutique shops. And, close by, you can relax in the warm thermal mineral waters at…
  • One Day in Brussels

    Roy Stevenson
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:33 pm
      The “wow” factor is high as you walk through the narrow uneven cobblestone alleys to suddenly emerge on the large square at the Grand Place. It’s the number one sight in Brussels, and one of the finest medieval squares in Europe. The tall Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque facades of the elaborately crafted guild houses tower above you on all four sides of the square. Rebuilt in the 1690’s after French bombardments destroyed most of them, their centerpiece is the 96-meter high octagonal tower of the Hotel de Ville, and the elaborate façade of the Maison du Roi opposite. Guild…
  • The Darker Side of Vienna

    Guest Contributor
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    Vienna is one of the world’s great cities, even though today she has somewhat the air of a vast museum. But these tourist treasures have stories, some very dark, bitter, and complex. Listen to a native son, Sigmund Freud. “Like you, I have an indomitable affection for Vienna and Austria,” the doctor wrote to a friend. “But unlike you, I know her abyss.” Monuments galore in Vienna The more you know about Vienna’s history, the more memorable your visit will be. I worked at the American International School in Vienna over two decades ago and returned as a tourist last year.
  • Copenhagen and Tallinn: A Fine Vacation Pair

    Guest Contributor
    22 Feb 2014 | 9:07 am
      Copenhagen’s famed art and design museums, grand historical sites, lively urban parks, and dynamic restaurant scene makes it an easy city to love. Flat and manageable in size, the city center’s streets are abuzz with walkers and cyclists. Get in on the action by lacing up a pair of walking shoes or better yet, rent a bike; Copenhagen is a bike lover’s city indeed. Copenhagen - Bustling city streets Art and Design From fashion-forward locals and interior design shops galore  to art galleries and world renowned museums, Copenhagen is steeped in art and design. Nowhere is this more…
  • Favorite Villages in Provence: Eygalières and Mausanne-les-Alpilles

    Marilyn McFarlane
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:24 am
      Dozens of  inviting villages are scattered throughout sun-drenched Provence, in southern France. Two of my favorites, perhaps because they’re lesser known and have such unpretentious charm, are Eygalières and Mausanne-les-Alpilles,  in the Bouches-de-Rhone region. Chaines des Alpilles Both lie near the Chaine des Alpilles, a low east-west range of limestone peaks that rise steeply from the Rhone River valley. Hiking trails wind along the stony, arid ground and, on the range’s lower slopes, paths lead walkers through stands of oak, pine, olive and almond trees.
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  • Having a Chicago Field (Museum) Day

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    The Stanley Field Hall of the Field Museum Chicago, IL–The wealth of museums in Chicago make it difficult to decide which to explore first. One of the original city museums, the Field Museum of Natural History, founded right after the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in one of the fair buildings. It was later moved [...]
  • Snowshoeing at Chicago’s Northerly Island

    10 Feb 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Sculpture at Northerly Island in the winter Chicago, IL–It’s a very snowy, cold winter, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay inside. Bundle up and head over to Chicago’s Northerly Island (yep, the former Miegs Field way over there by the Adler Planetarium) and rent snowshoes or cross-country skis for a little tromp [...]
  • Chicago’s Ferrara Bakery: Original Italian Pasticceria

    12 Aug 2013 | 1:28 pm
    Chicago, IL–Back in the 60s and 70s, you wouldn’t want to come as far as 2210 W. Taylor St., where Ferrara Bakery is located. But that was then and this is now. The ever-westward march of the University of Illinois at Chicago and medical campuses have made the west edges [...]
  • Yep, it’s Hawkeytown

    25 Jun 2013 | 6:59 am
    Chicago, IL–The Stanley Cup is back in Chicago! I’m following @wheresthecup on Twitter to see if I can spot it in person this week. Looking forward to watching the parade on Friday, beginning at Grant Park. What a great day to be in this city!
  • Rebuilding Chicago’s Wells Street Bridge

    1 May 2013 | 7:10 am
    Wells Street Bridge rebuilding Chicago, IL–By the time the summer visitors arrive, work on the Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River will be history. The bridge carries the city’s famous El trains over the river to and from the Loop, road traffic over it, foot traffic alongside. And of course ferry and other [...]
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  • Ottinene sunset viewpoint ner Byndoor- revisited

    Shrinidhi Hande
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    After my first visit to Ottinene in October 2011 in an Aria, I've had 2 more visits to this place off NH17 (66) between Byndoor and Bhatkal.Ottinene is known for its sunset view point.However first 2 visits were during morning and the latest visit was exactly at sunset time. As we drove in, I was expecting sunset to happen right in front of me, where I could view river joining the sea. But the viewpoint is angled southwards, while sunset would happen on the west, so naturally my expectation was stupid. Also the bushes had grown a lot compared to 2011 and view was not so great.So we walked…
  • Book Review: "Awaken the leader in you" by Mitesh Khatri

    Shrinidhi Hande
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    'Awaken the leader in you' is a practical and highly useful book on personality development. Author Mitesh Khatri is a well recognized corporate trainer in India and in this book, he has shared many of the secrets he would share with his workshop participants. Awaken the leader in You is not written to induce false dreams into you to become super rich super quick. It is instead written to help you learn viewing daily problems from a new perspective and finding practical solutions. Book explains with simple illustrations and examples how leaders differ from ordinary people.Let me…
  • Skywatch-An evening with XUV500

    Shrinidhi Hande
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    For this week's Skywatch, its a car again. This time the XUV500 W6. You might have seen some of the pics already (it was too difficult to resist posting them) Little later, when the sun was further down, clicked by Ravi RajMore skywatch pics on skyleySkywatch Muttukadu * Mircolight flying *Sunset with Ecosport *  sunset with BMW, Sunset with Tata Nano Twist
  • Zoomcar vs Carzonrent Myles- Blr Self Drive Comparison

    Shrinidhi Hande
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    I've written lots of posts about self drive rentals, but there's still more to write. In this post I am comparing 2 key operators in Bangalore, for self drive car rentals.My detailed review of Zoom can be found here and recent carzonrent experience can be found here Carzonrent Remarks Rent Amount Approx 30-60% more than Carzonrent on weekends, but includes 225km worth fuel Same as Carzonrent during weekdays,  fuel included  Swift Rs 1500 a day, XUV500, Rs 3200 a day etc, fuel extra  Refer illustrations in the end Deposit None 30k to 70k…
  • 10 Tips to Interpret online reviews effectively!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Our purchase decisions are heavily influenced by online reviews these days. Before buying a product/service we almost always check online to find out what others are saying. A few negative reviews often turn us off and we decide not to buy that product/service and look for alternate options. But in the online world, everything white is not milk and everything dark is NOT poison. Below I am listing some tips and tricks which should be kept in mind, when you refer online reviews for your purchase decisions. These tips will aid you to conclude if you should take a review seriously or…
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  • Solo Travel Destination: Toledo, Spain

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    This Solo Travel Society member has two words for you: get lost! While stepping back in time and exploring the narrow medieval streets of Toledo, that is. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Be Rich with All You Gain On the Way – a travel poem & Sean Connery

    Janice Waugh
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    The importance of the journey is great but few have expressed so clearly the actual value in it. Here is a travel poem for you. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • PIc of the Week: Hong Kong skyline at dusk.

    Janice Waugh
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo of Hong Kong skyline at dusk - fond memories of my trip this time last year. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • Solo Travel Destination: Christchurch, New Zealand

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    This Solo Travel Society came away wanting to give every resident of Christchurch a hug, as they continue to rebuild after the earthquakes. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
  • The Solo Traveler Accommodation Guide is Here!!!

    Janice Waugh
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Inspired by one reader, contributed to by many. The Solo Traveler Accommodation Guide is a FREE download of B&Bs, Hostels, Inns. and Boutique Hotels recommended by solo travelers. A new article has been added to Solo Traveler
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  • Is It Possible To Grow Weed That Is Salmon Friendly: Pots vs. Fishes (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Is It Possible To Grow Weed That Is Salmon Friendly: Pots vs. FishesPhoto from Flickr by Lenhoff The business of growing plants has had a spurt of growth ever since weed has been declared legal in certain states. This is all the more true in the coastal areas of Northern California. In that area, the so-called Emerald triangle of Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino countries were believed to be the greatest cannabis growing areas of the U.S. Threat to the Fishes But, since the hills have come up, there have been a good number of fresh grow operations,…
  • 5 Interesting Facts About Cannabis That You May Not Know About (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 5 Interesting Facts About Cannabis That You May Not Know AboutPhoto from Flickr by Lollyman Cannabis or Marijuana as it is commonly referred to, is a drug that is derived from Cannabis Sativa, the main ingredient of which, happens to be apsychoactive chemical called Delta-9Tetrahydo-Cannabinol (THC). Cannabis is also known by other common names like Ganja, Reefer,Blanche, Sinsemilla, Dagga and other names. Here are few interesting facts about cannabis that you may not know about. Use of Cannabis Proved to Be Helpful to Treat Few Medical Conditions…
  • The Trip of a Lifetime (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:36 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | The Trip of a Lifetime  There’s an argument to be had about what is and what isn’t the best way to spend your years before working life. Some say it’s all about the qualifications earned in the classroom, others believe it’s all about the experiences you live through. Of course the right answer is probably something of a mix between the two, meaning more and more of 18 to 25 year olds are embarking on a gap year to explore the wonders our planet has to offer. The reason so many people go off travelling at this time in their lives is…
  • 6 Reasons To Book a Salcombe Holiday Home This Summer (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | 6 Reasons To Book a Salcombe Holiday Home This SummerHome to a Blue Flag award-winning beach in Salcombe South Sands, Salcombe has the most beautiful beaches in Devon. Situated in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Salcombe offers more than just fine sand. There are miles of coastal walks, incredible on the water activities and you’ll get more sunshine than you can shake a stick at. The infographic has more information on why you should stay in Salcombe this summer. Interested in booking a holiday home in Salcombe? Visit Coast and Country…
  • Laughs in London: Top 5 Comedy Venues (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Laughs in London: Top 5 Comedy VenuesPhoto from Flickr by MFer Photography Laughing is a great medicine, and an antidote to many a trouble. Being able to relax, unwind and have a good giggle is a great way to forget about the stresses of everyday life and the more side-splitting, the better! While most towns and cities have some form of comedy venue, there’s nothing quite like heading to a major city to enjoy a good laugh, and while the Edinburgh Fringe is only a few months away, you may wish to get your fill of laughter before then. Head to…
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    501 Places

  • Dunwich – an English town lost to the sea

    Andy Jarosz
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    St James Church in Dunwich The main street through the village looks pretty but unremarkable. A pub on the corner giving off the tempting smell of freshly-fried chips; a row of old cottages with a rusty bench in a modest front garden; a stone church with a sleepy, slightly overgrown graveyard. But Dunwich in Suffolk is no ordinary village. Despite having a current population of barely 100, at one time this was the largest port on England’s east coast and in the 13th century had a population of over 4,000, making it one of the most important cities in the country. Where is that old…
  • Editing – what is it good for?

    Andy Jarosz
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Given the discussion generated by the previous post I thought it timely to share my experience of writing for editors, along with the benefits and inevitable frustrations. After this I will get back to writing about actual travel, I promise. One of the main criticisms levelled at blogging is in its unedited nature. The freedom to hit the Publish button without a second pair of eyes checking your work is either one of the joys of writing a blog, or is its main limitation, depending on your perspective. I’m not going to start another debate on the relative value of edited work –…
  • When did blogging lose its soul?

    Andy Jarosz
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    With a small handful of worthy exceptions I rarely read travel blogs any more. Why? PR and marketing folks have firmly identified blogs as great places for them to promote their brands and their clients’ products. When writers (on any platform) get 5-star and Michelin-star carrots dangled before them, then the inevitable result is more writing that is shaped by their sponsors’ commercial objectives and less that is sparked by personal curiosity and strong opinion. People taking free stuff doesn’t bother me – but when I see writing that’s blatantly written with…
  • A visit to the Japanese snow monkeys

    Andy Jarosz
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Everyone loves monkeys. Actually no, that’s not strictly true. While many people coo at the sight of seeing our distant cousins pulling funny faces, most of us consider them a pest when they get up to their usual mischief and try to separate us from our snacks and loose camera gear. The macaques that come to bathe in the hot springs at Jigokudani (known to one and all as the Japanese snow monkeys) are uncharacteristically well-behaved. It’s almost as if their Japanese environment has rubbed off on them. We spent an hour by the hot pool observing these curious creatures interact…
  • St Albans kingfisher – more photos

    Andy Jarosz
    11 Mar 2014 | 1:04 am
    When I posted my first set of photos of the St Albans kingfishers back in January, I assumed our good fortune in having these colourful birds frequenting our local park would be short-lived.  Here we are in mid-March and they’re still with us, visible most days along the River Ver as it runs alongside the lake in Verulamium Park. I’ve met photographers and birdwatchers who have come to St Albans from the other side of the country just to take what is an extremely rare opportunity of seeing kingfishers at such close quarters. To emphasise just how easily these birds have been…
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    Eyeflare Travel Articles and Tips

  • Picturesque day trips in Northern France

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The North of France is a great destination for a relaxed break, with a peaceful countryside au contraire to its lively and often bloody history.  There is a great deal to discover, and with a little research you will be fascinated by what this nation has been through. Such epic tales of the D Day landings at the Battle of Normandy, and the 1066 Battle of Hastings led by Duke William II of Normandy, famous for the British king Harold being killed by an arrow through the eye! Anyhow today this region is a fantastic place to take a break; I have narrowed it down to 3 of the most picturesque…
  • Wind down the Gambia River in West Africa

    Scotty Montrose
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    A number of my friends pulled some surprised faces when I told them I was going to the Gambia for a traditional African experience. They wondered why I didn’t choose the more well-known Kruger Park or Serengeti National Park, now a ‘wonder of the world’. Well, since I travel so much, I had already experienced the traditional safari but wanted something a little different and I didn’t want to blow all my cash on an experience that I could get at a fraction of the cost somewhere else. So I looked for cheap Banjul flights and booked my holiday experience with Mandina Lodges for a…
  • Diving in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    As you catch the ferry (speed boat) across from Kuala Besut you instantly notice the clear blue water and the marine life that is around you; from jumping fish, turtles and dolphins. After you have made the 45 minute ride the boat starts dropping people off at the different resorts on the islands, so don’t be alarmed when you’re not getting off first. There is no shortage of dive shops in the Perhentian Islands and all are easy enough to find and you can find reviews for most of them on the internet before getting there. Dive sites around the Perhentians range from the easy for…
  • Swim amongst fluorescent plankton in SE Asia

    Maria Holburt
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    We all remember the mind blowing scenes from the film 'The Beach' filmed on Koh Phi-Phi in Thailand, when Leonardo DiCaprico has a stolen kiss with his best mate’s Mrs under the water surrounded by fluorescent plankton. The ease of kissing underwater whilst romantically entwined with your other half is significantly exaggerated by the film - but the beauty and magnificence of the fluorescent plankton is surprisingly not.  When confronted with such an amazing and bizarre phenomenon right in front of your very eyes, it really does take your breath away. Glowing in a ghostly lime…
  • Top tips to travel Asia on the cheap

    Maria Holburt
    26 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    I'm sure we've all heard ourselves and many people around us say such things as "I'd love to go travelling around Asia but I just don't have the cash!"... but for many of you out there it just simply isn't the case and all your dreams of an adventure in Asia CAN come true! There are so many ways you can make savings while you’re travelling around Asia, you'd be surprised at how little you can survive on when it comes down to it. Sure, you won't be staying in five star hotels every night and eating at the Ritz - but you'll be comfortable, safe and happy you're out living your dreams instead…
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  • JFK Calls Him A Silly Bastard – Day 7 FFF 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    Filmmaker Scott, Wife Velma & Mrs. LanceAround with the “Silly Bastard” Does the man in the center look like a Silly Bastard to you? How would you feel if the president of the United States–your Commander-in-Chief–publicly referred to you as a “Silly Bastard”? Fifty years ago, JFK and Jackie were expecting a baby. In Washington, this is no problem as there are plenty of medical facilities to care for them. In Hyannis, MA, however, the closest medical facility for a president is located at Otis Air Force Base. On July 24, 1963, the Washington Post…
  • No No: A Dockumentary – Day 7 FFF 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Jeff Radice & Scott Calonico Take Questions from the Enzian Faithful Dock Ellis admitted he was high on LSD when he pitched a no hitter for Pittsburgh on June 12, 1970. A contemporary of Muhammad Ali, Dock actually got into a fun little sparing moment with Ali in the baseball locker room when Ali came to visit the team before a game. Dock had a reputation for speaking his mind that often got him labeled as “The Ali of baseball.” This entertaining “Dockumentary” skillfully looks at the history and legacy of Dock Ellis. Well directed and well paced by filmmaker Jeff…
  • The Kill Team – Day 6 FFF 2014

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Does This Man Look Like a Murderer to You In 1986 the movie Platoon won the Academy Award as the best picture of the year. It tells the story of a military platoon in Vietnam that becomes divided when a crusty soldier allows others to rape villagers and illegally kills innocent people. The feature documentary, The Kill Team, by Dan Krauss, bears a eerily and strikingly similar story to that movie. Specialist Adam Winfield is with the military in Afghanistan when his unit falls under the leadership of Sergeant Gibbs. Things began to happen that disturb Adam. It seems like everyone in his unit…
  • American Jesus – Day 6 FFF 2014

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    How Do You Define Jesus in America? Mrs. LanceAround was so touched by this film, she could hardly speak. LanceAround was confused. What was the film about, really? For Mrs. LanceAround, she saw a movie that portrayed a lot of sincere people, doing their utmost to interpret the Bible and follow the path of Jesus to the best of their ability. She was amazed by the many different ways people were trying to help others. She also felt sorry for the pastor who took the Bible so literally, he would handle snakes and drink poison trusting that his belief would protect him before he died from a snake…
  • The Final Member – Day 5 FFF 2014

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The Museum Awaits it’s Final Mammal Specimen If you thought Mrs. LanceAround was nervous about taking Grammy LanceAround to the film about gay senior citizens, you can only imagine how she felt about taking her to the documentary about the only [Editor's Note: This film freely uses a word that is inappropriate for the family oriented LanceAroundOrlando blog, so we'll just substitute this word instead] [Johnson] museum in the world. Imagine our surprise when we got to the theatre and discovered that most of those lined up to see the movie were older patrons, with as many females as…
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  • Earth Day 2014: Our 7 Eco-Friendly Hotel Picks

    Erin Raub
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Earth Day may roll around just once a year (it’s today, by the way), but the great thing about travel is that you can celebrate your commitment to the planet anytime and anywhere! So whether you’re planning a last-minute bash to celebrate Mother Earth, or just want to go green for your next vacay, these seven hotels have you covered… And if you’re asking what makes a hotel eco-friendly, the answer varies depending on whom you question. Some of our picks have launched awesome recycling programs; another is LEED -certified; and yet another sits on a 1,000-acre private…
  • Top 9 Hiking Trails in the U.S.

    Kristina Fazzalaro
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    With the arrival of warm(er) weather, the Great Outdoors have officially begun beckoning and we here at Oyster can’t wait to pack up some supplies and make for the trail head. The United States offers some of the most varied and stunningly gorgeous terrains in the world that make the perfect backdrop for a back-to-nature hike, whether you’re looking for a one-day jaunt or hoping to make a vacation out of the entire experience. No matter your ideal trail or fitness level, we’ve got you covered coast-to-coast with the best trails for an awesome hiking adventure. We’ve…
  • The World’s Most Adrenaline-Pumping Adventures

    Kristina Fazzalaro
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    For those who crave that electrifying rush of adrenaline, a week of lying on the sand is not an ideal vacation. Beachside rest and relaxation can do wonders for some, but others find their R&R with a solid jolt to the nervous system; cue the adventure-vacation combination! Whether you’re surfing waves, chasing storms, or heli-skiing mountaintops, these eleven destinations all hold the promise of a heart-pounding getaway. Ready? Set? GO! 1. Surfing Pipeline, Oahu Adventure seekers have been visiting the Hawaiian islands for centuries. The state’s rugged, lava-formed terrain…
  • No Passport Required: 6 Amazing Sites in the U.S.

    Erin Raub
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    “America the Beautiful” was originally a poem written in 1893 by Katharine Lee Bates, who was inspired to pen the historic words after taking a memorable — and clearly, scenic — cross-country train trip from Massachusetts to Colorado. In the late 1800s, such a trip might have been grueling, but it was nonetheless considered exotic — whereas nowadays, it sometimes seems travelers aren’t impressed unless they’re crossing vast oceans and getting multiple stamps on their passports. But America is still the fair beauty of Bates’s poem, and tons of…
  • 11 Gorgeous Views…from 11 Gorgeous Hotel Spas

    Jane Reynolds
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Even during adventurous getaways, we love a chance for some R&R so we almost always book a spa service to treat ourselves. While we could probably enjoy a massage or facial just about anywhere, there’s something to be said for a hotel spa that is truly luxurious and jaw-dropping. Some of the most gorgeous we’ve seen are particularly inspiring because they boast beautiful views of their natural surroundings. So before you close your eyes and drift off to pure relaxation during your treatment, take in these 11 stunning views…from these 11 stunning hotel spas. 1. Four…
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    Wicked Good Travel Tips, Top Travel Tips, Unique Vacations, Travel Trends

  • Pay-As-You-Go VIP Airport Lounges Coming To USA At Last

    Susan Kohlback
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    There's a new VIP airport lounge experience that every flyer needs to know about. Up until now only elite flyers with oodles of airline miles and the willingness to purchase expensive annual memberships have had access to VIP airline lounges at US airports. Now The Club Airport Lounges is redesigning how travelers access VIP treatment while waiting for their flight to board with pay-as-you-go airport lounges.
  • Rock Harbor on Cape Cod – Come For The Beach, Stay For The Sunsets

    Guest Author
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    Sunsets on the beach. That phrase alone can conjure up powerful, peaceful images. A beautiful sunset, in a beautiful location, can make a bad day good, or a good day even better. Cape Cod has no shortage of beautiful places to catch a sunset. I have been privileged to live here my entire life and have seen thousands of sunsets from hundreds of locations. Choosing a personal favorite would be an impossible task as I have many. However, for any new visitor to the Cape I can recommend the place to catch your first sunset. That place is Rock Harbor in Orleans.
  • Cruise Right From Home With NCL’s New East Coast Motor Coach Program

    Susan Kohlback
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    There's good news for passengers sailing this summer from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Gem. Passengers from RI, CT, MA, NH, VA, MD, DE, PA & NJ, will soon be able to book round-trip coach transportation from a number of convenient departure points to the cruise terminal in New York.
  • Oh Man! – Great Guy Getaways for 2014

    Susan Kohlback
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    The guys have had a long hard winter of shoveling snow and scraping ice off windshields. As warm spring weather is finally on the horizon, its time to plan a great guy getaway. Whether it's a guys' golfing weekend, bachelor party or a special Father's Day experience, here are some of the best reasons for the guys to get together and go out and play!
  • Guide To The Best Hiking Trails The UK Has To Offer – Get Out And Explore!

    Guest Author
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Don’t Miss Out on the Best Hiking Trails Britain has to Offer Hiking in Britain, particularly during the summer, spring or autumn before the weather gets too ‘British’, offers seemingly no end of possibilities for the hiking enthusiast. Here are seven of the best hiking trails Britain has to offer.
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    Beers & Beans

  • A Disability Guide To Navigating Walt Disney World’s Most Popular Rides

    Randy Kalp
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    Disney World claims to be the “happiest place on earth,” and for the most part it’s pretty darn jolly. I think the only time that I wasn’t happy at Disney World was my first visit when I was five and my parents tricked me into riding  Space Mountain, for no other reason than they wanted to ride it. I cried, I screamed and by the time I got off, I wanted more, and thus began my addiction to roller coasters. Ah, but I digress. Anyways, Disney World is pretty awesome, but what about for older people who have mobility issues, is it really that happy of a place for them too? On our…
  • Sponsored Video: Welcome to the North Face

    Randy Kalp
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Ugh…it snowed yesterday! I’m sure some of you already know that, but for those of you who live in the sunshine states–California and Florida–well, I just figured I’d let you know that it’s not quite spring yet, so stop with all of those sunny Facebook updates already (I’m looking at you mom!).Honestly, I’ve always hated this interim period on the East Coast, when the weather just can’t seem to make up its mind, and we get jostled weekly (sometimes daily) between the high and lows of the spring season. Even our dogs get confused…for…
  • 5 Dublin Events That Are Better Than A Pint of Guinness

    Randy Kalp
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    We’ve been pretty busy around here the last few months working behind the scenes on a variety of projects for our blog as well as number of freelancing gigs. In the six years that Beth and I have been blogging, this is probably the quietest we have been on the site, but it was needed to get things in place for this year and beyond. Exciting things are on the horizon here at Beers and Beans, and we’re excited to have you a long for the ride!One of our biggest and most unique projects that Beth and I are involved in may be taking us back to Europe, and possibly Ireland.
  • We’re Judging a Photo Competition & You Could Win £2000 of Adventure Travel

    Randy Kalp
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:39 pm
    In true Beers and Beans fashion, we’re kicking off the spring season with a pretty epic photo competition!Just last week Beth and I were talking about putting together some sort of giveaway to celebrate SPRING (it’s been one heck of a long winter here in New England), but kept drawing blanks. Then out of the blue, Beth got invited to judge this photo competition with and Blacks, an outdoor outfitter in the UK, and well the rest is history.Beth, along with three other travel experts and photographers, will be judging one of the four categories in competition; her…
  • How to Travel with Bing and Earn Rewards Too

    Randy Kalp
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Bing. Bing. Bing.Did you hear that? Well, if you’re flying, then you can finally use the bathroom. But if you’re at home, then that’s the sound of a better way to plan your next vacation. I know what you’re thinking…Bing, really? Yep, it’s true! After spending some time with Microsoft’s search engine, I discovered that Bing just does travel better. Here’s how to tap into Bing’s travel potential and earn some rewards while your doing it.PlanningBing gives you more of what you need when researching a destination. Honestly, I didn’t realize how lackluster and…
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  • Dublin, Lisbon, Rome – where will your next citybreak be?

    Heather Cowper
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    When spring arrives with sunshine and daffodils, it always puts me in the mood for planning my next getaway, a mini-break to throw off the chill of winter and tide me over until the summer holidays. If you’re in the mood for a weekend away in Europe or the UK, take a look at the fun web app from SuperBreak to fuel your holiday inspiration. Whether you’re planning a relaxing half term break with the family, a weekend of eating and entertainment with your friends, or a cultural city-break with your partner, here are some of the destinations that you might want to consider; If…
  • Finding Josphine Baker at Riad Star in Marrakech – video

    Heather Cowper
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    When Mike and Lucie Wood found an old property in the Marrakech Medina to add to their small group of Marrakech Boutique Riads, they named it Riad Star, for not much more reason than their daughter liked the name. It was only when neighbours asked them if they were naming it after the star who had lived there, that they learned this had once been home to Josephine Baker; the American born cabaret artist of the 1920s, 30s and 40s who had been the toast of Paris, who had been awarded the Legion d’Honeur by Charles de Gaule for her wartime work in the French Resistance and who was a leader…
  • A weekend in Birmingham on the Tolkien Trail

    Guest Author
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    With the latest addition to The Hobbit trilogy being recently released on DVD, and the next instalment ready to grace our cinema screens in a few months, now would be a perfect time to delve a little deeper into the life of the author, JRR Tolkien. While he may have been born in South Africa in 1892, he had an affinity with the city of Birmingham since moving there at four years old and, as such, literary fans will love to explore the sights that have been linked to the writer’s Midland adventures. The Tolkein Trilogy It’s often believed that Middle Earth was based on the Midlands, so…
  • Tagines and fresh orange juice – the food we enjoyed in Morocco

    Heather Cowper
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    My recent trip to Marrakech has brought back mouth-watering memories of last year’s trip to Morrocco with the family, when we stayed in Taghazout, the surf-capital of Morocco. Our week was spent in an apartment that overlooked the ocean and we spent our time either trying to surf (the kids) or hanging out in the many little cafes along the sea front (me) surfing in our imagination while sipping a refreshing orange juice or a sweet mint tea. Eating Cous Cous at Paradise Valley in Morocco We were there around Easter a year ago, and since Morocco is a warm and sunny spring destination and…
  • Marrakech – on shopping, sightseeing and (not) getting lost in the Souk

    Heather Cowper
    29 Mar 2014 | 11:51 am
    Marrakech can be exotic, chaotic, challenging and welcoming in turn. You want belt? You want slippers? Where are you from? How much you want to pay? A woman grabs my arm and offers to to cover it with intricate henna patterns. When I decline she starts to make a ‘present’ of a design on my hand and I have to tug myself away. I point the camera in the direction of a distant group of snake charmers and instantly a man is there with a cap asking for payment. Heather at Medersa Ben Youssef in Marrakech There are sights to see in Marrakech; palaces, gardens, mosques, but that’s…
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    Trekaroo Blog

  • Virgin Islands National Park: Family Travel in St. John America’s Caribbean

    Michelle Brennan
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:06 am
    Like most families, our family enjoys the rest and relaxation a beach vacation provides. However, we also quickly get antsy for our next dose of adventure. St. John US VI has proven to be just the right style of island getaway for us and we don’t even need a passport. St. John is part of the three island chain that comprises the United States Virgin Islands, which also includes St. Thomas and St. Croix. St. Thomas gets the most chatter as it has plenty of resorts and cruise ship stops. St. Croix has the honor of being the largest of the three islands, while St. John is the smallest and…
  • Yosemite Without the Crowds

    Sharlene Earnshaw
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:29 am
    May 28, 1996- the day I first laid eyes on the Yosemite Valley. My jaw dropped. My heart pounded. Little butterflies bounced around my stomach like pin balls. I was a living, breathing stereotype of excitement. The Valley was far more beautiful than any glossy picture inside a magazine could have ever captured. Unfortunately, soon as we drove into its heart, I quickly discovered that the Valley was also very crowded. My dormmate’s idea to head to Yosemite National Park on the unofficial opening weekend of summer, Memorial Day Weekend, was shared with thousands of other like-minded…
  • 5 Reasons to Set Sail to Dry Tortugas National Park

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Most people know about the causal fun and natural beauty of Key West  but few people know that just off shore lies Dry Tortugas National Park. In 1992, President Bush gave these seven historic islands and the tropical waters that surround them National Park status, forever preserving this national treasure. This paradise unlocks your imagination and can taking you on both a historical journey and environmental adventure all in one day. If you are looking for a day off the beaten path of Key West, climb aboard the Yankee Freedom and set sail to the Dry Tortugas. Five Must-Do Activities at Dry…
  • Best Gardens for Families & Nickelodeon Suites Giveaway-Weekly Digest-4/17/14

    Michelle McCoy
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:09 pm
      To start receiving Weekly Family Fun Digest emails. Click here. Destinations Tips Talk Book Hotels Buy Gear Blog Giveaways Spring Blooms & the Nick Suites Giveaway   Thursday April 17, 2014 There’s no better way to usher in the spring then a stroll in a beautiful garden. We’ve found the best gardens to enjoy with kids around the US and Canada!  7 Botanical Gardens Trekaroo Families Love …scroll down to find more great gardens. Share your scoop on your family’s favorite garden! Monday Madness Giveaways Win a Stay at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort,…
  • Top 10 Things for Families to do in Seattle

    Carrie Yu
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    The Emerald City is filled with family-friendly unique experiences. From famous markets and buildings to top-notch museums and an iconic waterfront, Seattle will surely capture your family’s heart. There is so much to do and see, it’s a challenge to pick the best, but we’ve done it. Here are the top 10 things for families to do in Seattle. 10. Woodland Park Zoo The Woodland Park Zoo is a memorable one and was voted one of Trekaroo’s top zoos in the US. Your family will love walking the trails through the heavily wooded property and meeting animals of all shapes and sizes.
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    The Mom Maven

  • Beauty Box 5 April Review

    Cindy Schultz
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    Disclosure: I am a Beauty Box 5 Blogger. I receive my box for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% mine and there are affiliate links in this post. I am not a girly girl that is into a lot of make-up and beauty stuff but I am totally enjoying getting my Beauty Box 5 box each month. I have discovered some great new products and the April box didn’t disappoint. The Nika K Hydro lipstick in Concerto is my favorite think in this month’s box. I love the buff color on my lips and this lipstick kept my lips very moist for several hours before I needed to re-apply.
  • The Mom Maven Meets Talking Mickey Mouse

    Cindy Schultz
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
    Last fall Walt Disney World announced that Magician Mickey Mouse, whom you can meet at Town Square Theater in the Magic Kingdom, now talks! I was beyond excited to meet this new Mickey. Since I refuse to wait in lines longer than 30 minutes, I didn’t have the opportunity to meet the talking Mickey Mouse until the night of #TypeAWDW. I arrived in the park at 9pm, just as the Main Street Electrical Parade was beginning. Normally I would have just watched the parade since it is one of my favorites but I noticed that the wait time posted at Town Square to meet Mickey Mouse was only 5…
  • Easy Recipes- Glazed Pork Chops

    Cindy Schultz
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    Pork is one of those meats that I always need new recipes for.  I was excited to find out that I won the Pork Grilling Prize Pack during #UBP14 this means I get some pork rubs and recipes!! You know I’ll be sharing those recipes with you in the near future! Today I have a recipe that I pinned from, for Glazed Pork Chops. We all loved this recipe and it is joining our monthly recipe rotation! Print Glazed Pork Chops Rating: 41 Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 25 minutes Yield: 4 pork chopsServing Size: 1 pork chop Ingredients4 thick cut pork chops…
  • Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate Tampa Ticket Giveaway

    Cindy Schultz
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    A few weeks ago I told you Disney on Ice “Let’s Celebrate” was coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in May. Now here is your chance to win a 4 pack of tickets to either the May 15 or 16, 2014 7:00pm show. If you cannot attend the show in Tampa, FL on one of those two dates please do not enter this giveaway. This giveaway is for US residents only. The winner must be able to attend a show in Tampa, FL on either May 15 or May 16, 2014 at 7:00pm. The giveaway ends at 12:00am on 5-1-14. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and they with…
  • Time Management for Bloggers Part 2-Social Media

    Cindy Schultz
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    Social Media can be both the biggest time waster and the best traffic driver for a blogger. Since it is a very important tool we need to make sure we are managing it successfully and optimizing our time while doing it. In my post Printable Social Media Checklist I shared how I use my checklist to keep me on track and make sure I am utilizing all of the major social media platforms. If you haven’t read that post yet, please do. You can download my checklist for FREE and I have already received a lot on great feedback from people who have started using it. In last week’s post Time…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Travel

  • Visa-free travel to Japan could boost tourism

    Alka Anand Singh
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Manila / Philippines – Visa-free travel could do wonders for Japan’s tourism, the Philippine envoy to the Land of the Rising Sun said Wednesday. Manolo Lopez, Philippine ambassador to Japan, said in a television interview that once Japan lifts the visa requirements of Filipinos, Indonesians, and Vietnamese, the tourism industry of Japan could spike up, especially in the advent of the 2020 Summer Olympics. According to Lopez, the administration of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe admitted that the Japanese economy began to spike up in 2012 and the lifting of the visa requirement could…
  • Travel woes: when your luggage doesn’t arrive

    Alka Anand Singh
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:10 am
    Returning from a recent leisure trip to Miami, Jerry Jorgensen landed in Detroit only to face one of the biggest frustrations of air travel: His bag was nowhere to be found. After making several dozen calls, Jorgensen got American Airlines to return his bag. But the Michigan dairy farmer was not happy. The airline “passed me around on the phone like a hot potato,” he said. The good news is that airlines worldwide eventually recover 97 per cent of mishandled bags. That is one of 10 surprising facts about flying with luggage that came out of a new study by international air…
  • Apply for a $1 Million Luxury Travel Job

    Alka Anand Singh
    14 Mar 2014 | 12:05 am
    If you’re sitting at your desk and not doing your work, it’s probably because your hate your job and want a new one. How about a chance to take a $1 million luxury trip around the world … for free? Two companies – Luxury Travel Intelligence have teamed up to bring make this dream job a reality for one person or couple. Among your responsibilities? According to the job posting, the position entails spending one year travelling in “uber luxurious style; visiting the world’s most glamorous locations; and casting a refined eye on the latest hotels, restaurants and…
  • Indian Railways to introduce premium AC trains

    Alka Anand Singh
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:47 am
    The Indian Railways has decided to run 17 more premium AC-special trains between Delhi and Mumbai. Howrah Bridge, Kolkata Howrah Bridge, Kolkata These additional new trains will ply on busy routes, while the railways will also explore the possibility of running semi-high speed trains trains between 160-200kmph to Chandigarh and Agra. The premium train to Mumbai, to handle the extra rush during Christmas and New Year, had fetched an increased earnings of about 48% as compared to Mumbai Rajdhani. The fares for this train were charged under dynamic fare mechanism scheme much like airlines.
  • top 50 packing tips

    Alka Anand Singh
    8 Feb 2014 | 1:54 am
    Know the rules 1. Note the number of bags you can check in. In most cases it is one piece per person. You can check up to eight on easyJet but don’t get caught out: their combinied weight still must not exceed 20kg (44lb). 2. Some airlines, such as Ryanair and easyJet, charge for checked luggage but you can cut costs by paying online rather than at the airport. 3. The weight limit for checked luggage in economy varies from airline to airline but is usually about 20-25kg (44-55lb). Exceed the limit, and you will have to pay extra (a hefty £12 per kg on Ryanair). 4. Save precious pounds…
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    Brendan's Adventures

  • The Last of Oman: Sur, the Grand Mosque of Muscat, and an Exhibition

    Brendan van Son
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:03 pm
    My trip through Oman wasn’t all peaches and cream.  The organization was rough, and there were constant communication issues between the organizers and those of us brought in to photograph the country.  However, what wasn’t missing from the trip were photo opportunities.  I shake my head in wonder thinking about how many useable images from [...]
  • Photos from Wahiba Sands Desert Camp

    Brendan van Son
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    I’ve loved the desert as much as any landscape I’ve ever met on earth, so obviously I was thrilled that Wahiba Sands was on our itinerary for the Oman in Focus tour.  There’s just something about the desert.  It’s not just the pyramids of sand, the contrasting lights and shadows of sunrise and sunset, or [...]
  • Sponsored Video: Welcome to Spring!

    Brendan van Son
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    I’m a serial warm weather traveller, it’s a fact that will likely never change.  In fact, I’ve spent the vast majority of my adult life running away from winter.  It’s never really been about the cold, though.  I don’t even really mind the cold.  Hell, I actually even like playing outside in the cold – [...]
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    Runaway Jane

  • 7 Interesting Facts About the Frasassi Caves

    Jane Meighan
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    The Frasassi Caves are by far one of the most incredible areas of natural beauty I have ever seen in Italy. The dark pools of crystalline water and humongous stalagmites and stalactites are an entirely natural phenomenon, something which only adds to their extraordinary appeal. In a country where your first thought is usually of the food, art, or history, it was a surprise to see something of this nature that also lived up to that fascination and mystique that this country’s more well known destinations are known for. But aside from the clear visual element of the Frasassi…
  • Survey: Why do you read

    Jane Meighan
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I’ve created a quick survey that I’d really love for you to complete. It’s only 10 questions, but it will give me an idea of who you are and why you visit this website. More importantly, it will give me an idea of how to make this site better for you. I promise it will only take you around 2 to 5 minutes to complete! Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. Thank you very much for filling out the survey! It is much appreciated!
  • An Instagramer’s Guide to Marche, Italy

    Jane Meighan
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    This past week I had the opportunity to shadow some of Europe’s top Instagramers around the region of Marche in Italy. As we toured, explored and photographed Marche I couldn’t help but be over-awed by the natural AND man-made beauty of this place. If you’re someone interested in visiting beautiful destinations then you’ll love this stunning Italian region. So with that in mind, given the nature of our trip, the photogenic visuals of the region, and indeed the fact that Instagram (has for at least a year now) boasted over 100 million users, I thought it be…
  • Video: 5 Ways to Say ‘Drunk’ in Scottish!

    Jane Meighan
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
    I’ve been spending a bit of time here at home in Scotland after my latest big trip away, and when I’m back I often make these silly videos (see below) about my home country. They contain vital information such as (in this case) 5 ways to say the word ‘drunk’ in Scottish! If you know how much Scottish people drink then you’ll know how vital this vocabulary will be to any visit to Scotland! - If you liked this video please do let me know in the comments section below or by sharing this video across your social media channels. It lets me know whether or not I…
  • Travel blogs you should be reading (if you’re not already!)

    Jane Meighan
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:24 am
    If you’re looking for some cool and interesting travel or destination focused blogs to check out then below are some of my personal favourites at the moment! All offer something unique in my opinion. Backpacker Becki Why you should read Becki’s blog; The reason why I love Becki’s blog is because she often travels to more obscure or controversial destinations (such as North Korea or Israel for example) and always manages to report back on each place with complete honesty and balance in her views. She’s the kind of blogger who’s not afraid to tackle…
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    WanderingTrader: Travel Blog. Living Overseas. Day Trading.

  • Is Day Trading & Traveling Really Possible?

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I’ve been day trading and traveling around the world now for nearly 5 years. From the internet stricken countries of Africa. The beautiful very beautiful beaches of Brazil. Day trading with blackberry tethered 3g internet. Even trading on top of freezers and ping pong tables. I have seen it all as I have traversed over 80 countries and visited all 7 continents. If that wasn’t enough I have also lived in 12 countries spanning 5 continents.  The only places I haven’t really explored (or traded from) is the far east. Recently, I just finished visiting every major tourist…
  • Baby Sea Lion Photo Bomb in Galapagos Islands

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:26 pm
    I cannot describe how much fun the baby sea lions (and sea lions in general) are.  In the Galapagos Islands, Argentina, and most other countries where I have been able to interact with them they have just been so much fun.  Most time they are very active in the water and love to play when you are around. This goes for the females and babies. The males are very aggressive and you should stay away from them at all costs.  Then they are on land they aren’t as curious and most times they are either relaxing or trying to get in and out of the water. This little guy however was putting on…
  • Learning How To Speak Ecuadorian Spanish: Spanish Expressions (with video)

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:16 am
    It is time to learn how to speak Ecuadorian Spanish! Ecuadorian Spanish basic expressions have a slight twist. Some words are mixed with the indigenous Quechua language. Although I only visited Quito the people in Ecuador also seem to have a different accent as well. While on our cruise to the Galapagos Islands with Quasar Expeditions (check them out by the way) I also was able to speak with people from other parts of the country. Ecuador did remind me of the way Colombians speak Spanish.  Not necessarily in their accents or the words they use but how Spanish in spoken in the country…
  • Hungry Crab At Galapagos Islands

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The hungry crab at the Galapagos Islands is probably one of the coolest things I have ever seen. I don’t think that anyone (besides a crab researcher or a beach bum) has seen a crab actually eating.  Most of us have seen crabs just running away from us. While at the Galapagos Islands with Quasar Expeditions we were roaming around a beach that contains tons of sting rays. We were not allowed to swim because of the amount of sting rays in the water (and the shark we saw) but this crab captured everyone’s attention.   He captured a snake for dinner and was actively eating it right…
  • Our 7 Day Cruise To Galapagos Islands With Quasar Expeditions

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:57 pm
    There was a day trader named Honcho. Honcho Extreme to be exact. 6 months ago he won a contest to visit Jordan with us. He also won a 1 year free training program to learn how to day trade via The Day Trading Academy where we teach traders how to become financial independent. Six months later Mr. Honcho has something incredible to celebrate. Via our inner circle of traders he decided to start making money with penny stocks.  While we won’t get into technicalities of the strategy used he is up over $200,000 since the beginning of the year. This of course was an excellent reason to…
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  • 私フラれたみたい…

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    、 有料のサイトも無料のサイトもメリット、 そして素敵な時間を過ごすことができました。メル友をゲットするのに、適度な比率でサポート体制がしっかりしているサイトを選べば、複数の仲間を一度に探したりやり取りできたりするのは、 Fカップは大物です。好奇心の強い若年層がもし、私フラれたみたい…。…
  • すぐにテイエムハリアーが先頭に躍り出た

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
  • 人間一人では生きていけません

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
  • 事務所の所在地も載っている

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    そう言う策の多いサイトは、多くの人と出会えるコツですね。これで捕まった場合は全国版の新聞に出ますし、 というのも、 仕事のふりをして、飛び込んでいくことをしていますが、またアドレスを交換して欲しいといわれた場合は、自分もこんな男ですよという事を披露しなくてなりません。ひっかからないように十分注意しましょう。仮に失敗しても「まあいいや」と 開き直ることができるところです。…
  • 帰り際に白い封筒をくれました

    4 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    良いサイトには自然と人が集まるのです。注意しながら出会い系サイトでの婚活を楽しみましょう。 B子はB子で気が弱いので、出会いを目的にお金を支払おうとする女性は、実際はかなりの数の被害者が存在するであろうと言われています。無料の出会い系サイトならば、 会話と同様メールでも十分なキャッチボールが必要です。【既婚者男性ショウタさん33歳の体験談】…
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    Spot Cool Stuff: Travel

  • The Benidorm Beer Bike Tour

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Go on holiday to Benidorm and chances are you’ll spend much of your time in the resort city on Spain’s Costa Blanca lounging around and drinking beer. So why not spend a bit of time getting some exercise — and drinking beer. That’s what’s on offer with Benibike, an unusual sort of pub crawl during which you power the transportation and your hosts provide the drinks. It works like this: Gather together a group of 6 to 18 of your mates and arrange for a tour time. At the appointed hour, you’ll all meet up at a designated spot along Ave Madrid, in central Benidorm…
  • Websites For Booking Cargo Ship Cruises

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    Conjure an image of what’s it is like to go on a cruise. Are you picturing buffet dinners? On-deck spinning classes? Retirees playing shuffleboard? Many cruises really are like that. But if you’re looking for a different sort of cruise scene consider traveling by cargo ship. Cargo ship travel is the un-cruise. There’s nothing fabricated about it. Every day thousands of freighters ply the high seas. Some of them have extra state rooms and accept passengers to tag along for the ride. It is as “real” as travel gets. Read the rest on our cool websites review blog
  • The World’s Only Pub That’s Inside a Tree

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Sometimes the name of a pub describes exactly what it is. So it is with the Big Baobab Bar in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The “Baobab” in the moniker refers to a type of tree that’s native to Madagascar and found sprinkled throughout arid regions of southern Africa. The genus is colloquially referred to as “the upside down tree” — in the dry season, when baobabs sheds its leafs, the branches resemble underground roots. “Big” is an adjective that describes many baobabs. The trees can grow to a massive size thanks to their remarkable ability to…
  • A Visit to the Chocolate Hills

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Kids (and those possessing a sweet tooth) might be disappointed when they arrive at the Chocolate Hills and discover they are not literally so. For everyone else, though, these curious conical mounds in the middle of the Philippine island of Bohol are bound to delight. Imagine being on a white sand beach on a tropical island and then heading inland through green jungle. The way is mostly flat and lush. And then, suddenly, you see a large earthen mound 30 meters (100 feet) high covered in grass but otherwise devoid of foliage. You wonder why anyone would bother building such an enormous,…
  • Toilet Restaurants Aim for a Crappy Experience

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We can’t imagine the marketing meeting during which some one pitches the concept for a toilet-themed restaurant — and the others at the meeting approving of the idea. And yet presumably such a meeting has happened. More than once. There are at least three dozen (!) restaurants on planet Earth where toilets and urinals, poop and potty talk, are the central attraction. What’s more, those restaurants are so flush with success that a couple of new ones open every year. Sounds delicious! Where can I find these toilet restaurants? we’re sure you are asking yourself right now…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • Climb the Spanish Steps in Rome for a Panoramic Vino con Vista
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    English: The Spanish Steps, Fontana della Barcaccia, and Piazza di Spagna, in Rome, Italy Italiano: Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: The Spanish Steps, as seen from the Fontana della Barcaccia in the Piazza di Spagna, at dusk on a summer’s eve. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Related articles Ten Spectacular Vino con Vista Opportunities in Nice France on the Cote d’Azur My Favorite Hotel on the Via Venato: The Majestic Hotel in Rome Who built Rome’s Historic Pantheon? Have a Vino con Vista near the Pantheon in Rome Italy Piazza di Spagna…
  • My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Amazing Albuquerque New Mexico
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    English: Dusk in Albuquerque, New Mexico, taken from westside over toward the Sandia Mountains in the east. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Image via Wikipedia There are plenty of interesting things to do in Albuquerque New Mexico; a town loaded with profound natural beauty and  historic attractions. Here are some places to visit for a Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Albuquerque: 1.  Historic Old  Town Albuquerque has been the heart of the city since its founding in 1706.  There are about 10 square blocks in Old Town where you can visit seven museums and more than 100 shops, galleries and…
  • Travel to Tuscany’s Vino con Vista Wine Regions in Italy
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Image via Wikipedia Sangiovese vines of Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Chianti sub-zone (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Montalcino, Toscana, Italia (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A bottle of the Italian wine Chianti Classico made from Sangiovese (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: A close-up view of sangiovese grapes to be made into Chianti at the Colle Lungo vineyard in Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Tuscany is Italy’s quintessential wine region and the birthplace of three important red wines: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile…
  • I Love Bernini’s Vino con Vista Rome: A Baroque Paradise Video
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    The Rape of Proserpina (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Bernini’s baldacchino, inside Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Self-Portrait (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Image via Wikipedia Magnificent works of art are housed in Rome and in the Vatican City state that became sovereign in 1929, ruled by the Pope.  The grand churches were built in the following order: Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neo-Classical.   Most of the exquisite Baroque monuments and buildings were erected during the 16th and 17th centuries. Many of the…
  • Best Places for a Caravaggio Treasure Hunt in Rome Italy
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio – The Fortune Teller – WGA04082 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio – Rest on Flight to Egypt – WGA04096 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio – St John the Baptist – WGA04196 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) John the Baptist (Youth with a Ram), c. 1602, 129×94 cm, Doria Pamphilj Gallery, Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A portrait of the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Salome with the Head of John the Baptist by Titian, c 1515 (Galleria…
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Salt Spring Island, B.C. dog-friendly hotel: Hastings House Country House Hotel

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    As readers of Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page will know, I’ve long wanted to visit the Hastings House Hotel. It’s a Relais & Châteaux property, so I knew it would be lovely — and I knew it would be pricey too. It was, but with the help of a “winter escape” package, it didn’t break the bank. There is a $50/day pet fee. (As you can tell, we paid for our stay — I will always let you know when I’m reviewing something that has been paid for by someone else.) The hotel — really, it’s misleading to call it a “hotel,” since it’s…
  • Vancouver, BC dog-friendly hotel: The Fairmont Waterfront

    5 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    I know, it’s a big conference-type hotel. But we were going to a conference, and while we could have chosen a different option (boutique hotel, rented apartment), there’s a lot to be said — especially early in the morning and late at night — for a hotel that’s only steps away from the conference center. Happily, it turned out that the stay we had at the Fairmont Waterfront could not have been more pleasant, especially from Chloe’s point of view. I should mention that I paid for this hotel stay — I’ll always let you know when something I’m reviewing has been…
  • Photo Friday: The Fuzzy One en route to Venice

    28 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    What a pleasure it was to open a recent e-mail message and see a jubilant report from reader Wanda about spending four months in Europe with her pup! Here’s The Fuzzy One, a seven year-old, 13 lb. Shih Tzu, on a Trenitalia train to Venice: Waiting to get underway at the Turin train station Officially, per the Trenitalia website, your pet dog must travel in a 70x30x50 cm container, but heck, it’s Italy — I suspect that by this point in their trip, Wanda and TFO had learned that there’s often a big difference between official requirements and what happens in real life. Here…
  • Traveling by B.C. Ferries with a pet dog

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Over the past week, we’ve taken several ferry rides on B.C. Ferries, ranging from a quick hop on the tiny Skeena Queen (connecting Fulford Harbor, on Salt Spring Island, with Swartz Bay) to a long chug on the Spirit of Vancouver Island (one of the massive ferries connecting Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen). Pet dogs are allowed on board, though not above the car decks. The B.C. Ferries web site is austerely brief on the topic: “Pets must remain on vehicle decks for the duration of a voyage.” When you’re on board, that message is reinforced by signs: I was profoundly…
  • Vancouver, B.C. public transit with a pet: Sightseeing by bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus

    21 Mar 2014 | 4:49 pm
    My grandfather, an otherwise elegant man, was a devoted fan of sightseeing buses. He acknowledged their faults, but insisted that there is no better way to get an overview of a new city, its history, and its main attractions. In time, I learned to agree. A bus, moreover, is a great alternative for tourists on soggy days, or as a break when you’ve walked your feet into stumps. Here’s the problem, though: While some hop-on, hop-off bus companies allow you to board with your small dog in a carrier (Paris’s Les Cars Rouges and L’Open Tours buses come to mind), many…
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    Life In Flight

  • The Power of Gratitude

    Carolyn Paddock
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    We hear about the power of gratitude all the time. Why is gratitude so important? What does it really DO for us? Doris Day said it so brilliantly when she said “Gratitude is Riches. Complaint is Poverty.” Please enjoy this inspiring infographic courtesy of Mindvalley Academy. The post The Power of Gratitude appeared first on Life In Flight.
  • The Best Advice Doris Day Gave Me

    Carolyn Paddock
    20 Mar 2014 | 12:35 am
    Years ago I was inspired to send a letter to Doris Day. Prompted by the sad passing of Frank Sinatra (in 1998), I thought … why not send a letter of appreciation to one of my favorite actresses (while she is still here)? As most of my friends know, Doris Day is one of my all time favorite movie stars. I have seen all of her films countless times. And on cold bleak winter days I like to watch lighthearted movies like “That Touch of Mink” with the dashing Cary Grant or “Pillow Talk” with Rock Hudson. It was a short note. I introduced myself and explained how much I…
  • 4 New No Carb Pastas – Dr. Oz Show

    Carolyn Paddock
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:04 am
    The post 4 New No Carb Pastas – Dr. Oz Show appeared first on Life In Flight.
  • Servair Chefs Make a Weekly ‘Surprise’ Appearance Onboard an Air France Flight

    Carolyn Paddock
    13 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Raymond Kollau, 18 February 2014 | Food has become a new battleground for airlines with almost any major airline collaborating with a high-profile Michelin-star chef in order to lift the quality (and add credibility) of their inflight menus in Business and First. Culinary theater Besides upping the ante when it comes to the quality of food served to their premium passengers, airlines such as Turkish Airlines, Austrian (both served by DO&CO), Etihad and Gulf Air employ so-called Sky Chefs in order to provide an extra dimension to the inflight dining experience.
  • Know When its Time to “Spring Forward” Wherever You Go

    Carolyn Paddock
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It’s that time of year again, this Sunday March 9th at 2:00 am it’s time to spring forward! And when it comes to traveling, most of us are aware that there usually are some time changes to deal with—which is how jet lag got its name. But at certain times of year—specifically spring and fall—the time change can be a bit more confusing than usual. Most places in the world “spring ahead” and “fall back,” time wise that is. But not always on the same day. For example, virtually all of Europe and Russia will begin Daylight Savings Time (DST) on March 30th, 2014 which is 3…
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  • Art exhibitions in Paris

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    If you are planning a trip to Paris during the next few months, there are a few exhibitions you may be interested in:    Musée Jacquemart-André Watteau to Fragonard les fêtes galantes.A time of insouciance: Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard 18th century paintings until July 21st where: 158 boulevard Haussmann - Champs-Élysées   Grand Palais I August, […] The post Art exhibitions in Paris appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • The Zurich Salon du Chocolat 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:32 pm
    On April 6th ended the third Salon du Chocolat in Zurich, where 16,000 people came to the Oerlikon Messe. During the weekend the fair was packed with families. Just before Easter many had come to buy chocolates and meet the talented maîtres-patissiers and pastry chefs. At the choco demos, known chefs came to make live a chocolate dessert. The demonstrations lasted between […] The post The Zurich Salon du Chocolat 2014 appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Beldona Summer Beach Collection

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:15 pm
    The new summer beach collection of Beldona is in the stores. The Swiss company is known for its fine lingerie, night attires and swim suits. Beldona summer collection is called ”Global Spirit” and was inspired by the Maya and Asian cultures. The designs are flowery and colourful with lots of blue, red, orange and green. It is a collection of Mix […] The post Beldona Summer Beach Collection appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Glamour at the Salon du Chocolat fashion show in Zurich

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:14 pm
    The best attended event at the Salon du Chocolat is the daily fashion show. This year twelve models walked on the catwalk at the Zurich chocolate fair, showing the newest creations of fashion designers and maître-chocolatiers.   Some of the duos, who came from Switzerland and France, were Laurent Robatel from Villars Maître Chocolatier & Marie-Hélène […] The post Glamour at the Salon du Chocolat fashion show in Zurich appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Media Launch of Il Tavolo at Blaue Ente

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Promis chefs and chefs from well-known Zurich restaurants met last week at the Blaue Ente restaurant for the media launch of Il Tavolo. The third gourmet food festival will take place this year from June 25th through the 29th. Samih Sawiris, Clifford Lilley, Martin Sturzenegger, Sandra Bauknecht met with the chefs Frank Widmer (Park Hyatt), Dietmar Sawyere […] The post Media Launch of Il Tavolo at Blaue Ente appeared first on Vivamost!.
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    Passport Luxury Travel Blog | Kiwi Collection

  • Top Searched Cities Guide: London

    Kiwi Collection
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    We round up the most iconic hotels and the coolest events and attractions in Kiwi Collection’s top searched cities. With summer approaching, the kids out of school, and the start of festival season, we are all moving from blissful beach getaways to explore the great big cities of the world. Hereto, we bring you our summer event guide for London.
  • Trip Tips: 5 Great Getaways to Gift Graduates

    Joy Pecknold
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    This month, millions of college and university students are handed a diploma and let loose on the world. So what do you get the graduate who has years of school work behind them and years of office work ahead of them? A trip somewhere wildly cool. Herein, mind-altering adventures on five different continents to gift the grad you know.
  • Proust Travel Questionnaire: Charlotte Olympia Dellal

    Joy Pecknold
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Admirer of all things Old Hollywood and designer of whimsical shoes and accessories (under the moniker Charlotte Olympia), Charlotte Dellal gave our travel questionnaire a go while in Vancouver for a trunk show at The Room at Hudson’s Bay. Surprisingly, the Londoner never over packs. The in-flight film you hope for: A comedy or a […]
  • Trip Tips: 7 Spring Shopping Destinations

    Joy Pecknold
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Slowly but surely the weather is changing, and that inspires us all to change into fresh threads. As per usual, my sage advice would be: make a trip out of it! Here’s a hit list on the seven best cities for getting your shop on this spring. 1. New York No shocker here—unless you were […]
  • The Road Trip: Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula

    Rebecca Tay
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    After much vacation indecision, writer Rebecca Tay and her boyfriend decide to explore Costa Rica by car and discover it's the perfect way to explore the country's Nicoya Peninsula.
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    Jayway Travel

  • What’s Brewing? The Czech Republic’s big brewery tours

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    The Czechs are justly proud of their beer and the big breweries around the country all have visitor centres and offer tours. We’ve been to the big three (and a few smaller ones) to compare and contrast. Staropramen Taking up a large part of Prague’s Smichov neighbourhood riverside is the massive Staropramen brewery. Owned by Molson-Coors, its beers are exported worldwide. Czech Beer lovers tend to look down on Staropramen as inferior to the other big two and in the case of their tour, that’s definitely the case. Rather than tour the actual brewery, you visit a…
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine – a day trip from Krakow

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    A half hour out of Krakow is the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the source of much of the city’s wealth in centuries gone by. The most popular route through the mine is the Tourist Route, which starts and ends at the Danilowicz shaft. Your tour starts with a descent of more than 50 flights of stairs, with a total of 378 steps. By advance arrangement it is possible to take the lift down and if you have any problems with your knees, this is advisable. Once in the mine there are a few more staircases to climb and descend but nothing too difficult by comparison. In comparison to the salt mines around…
  • GPS in Europe – Rent, Buy or Download?

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    We frequently arrange rental cars for our guests to get around Croatia and Slovenia and we’re often asked about GPS so here’s the low-down: Rent Unless specified otherwise car rentals don’t normally include GPS. One reason for this is that rental companies tend to charge up to $20/day for GPS rental, capping it at around $100. This fee gets you a standalone GPS unit and charging cable. Buy For not much more than $100 you could buy a basic GPS unit to keep (if bought locally, bought from the US it’s much more expensive). Check that it comes preloaded with all the maps…
  • Bled & Bohinj Lakes – a day trip from Ljubljana

    19 Mar 2014 | 10:18 am
    If you’re staying in Ljubljana then a day trip out to these beautiful lakes is an absolute must. In less than an hour’s drive north-west of the city you can be at Lake Bled. Try and avoid weekends though, as when we were there last time (on a Sunday) the traffic getting out of the Bled area was heavy and finding parking wasn’t easy either. It seemed like all of Ljubljana was there! Once you’re at Lake Bled, there are many ways to spend the day. To get the best view of the lake you’ve got to take a hike to (or drive to the car park of) Bled Castle. Standing guard…
  • Michelin Star Grazing in Central Europe

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:41 am
    For some people visiting new countries doesn’t just mean sampling traditional local cuisine, it’s also a chance to visit some of the world’s finest restaurants. The Michelin Guide has long been held as the ultimate arbiter of the best eateries on the planet (whether one agrees with that or not!) and the latest edition was published just last week, so here’s a city-by-city round up of where you’ll find Michelin-starred restaurants and Bib Gourmand awarded establishments on the JayWay map. Stars or Bibs? Michelin stars are awarded on a scale of one to three and are…
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  • Gargoyles of the Notre Dame

    Europeish Editors
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Centuries ago, architects added gargoyles to most of their large buildings. These carved stone grotesques most often had a spout, designed to convey water from the roof and the side of the building. This prevented rainwater  [Continue reading...] The post Gargoyles of the Notre Dame appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
  • The Most Colorful European Towns

    Europeish Editors
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Especially in Nothern Europe, they know what to do with a bucket of paint. Grey, boring buildings are easily turned into colorful pieces of city art. The streets of these ten European cities are capable of  [Continue reading...] The post The Most Colorful European Towns appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
  • The 10 most overrated and disappointing landmarks

    Europeish Editors
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:51 am
    It’s a feeling almost any traveler has experienced. When you’re planning your trip, you enthusiastically draw a circle in your travel guide around a landmark you’ve wanted to visit for a long time. But when you  [Continue reading...] The post The 10 most overrated and disappointing landmarks appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
  • The 10 Most Expensive Hotelrooms in Europe

    17 Jan 2011 | 5:14 am
    Crisis, shmisis. The travel industry may have took a few punches, but it’s definitely far from knocked-out. The ten most expensive hotel rooms and presidential suites in Europe all have a nightly rate that exceeds your  [Continue reading...] The post The 10 Most Expensive Hotelrooms in Europe appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
  • The 79 Most Beautiful European Churches

    13 Dec 2010 | 5:33 am
    Although religion is playing a less prominent role in European civilization nowadays, churches, mosques, synagogues, cathedrals and basilicas still play a very important role in the city landscapes of most European cities, and tourism as a  [Continue reading...] The post The 79 Most Beautiful European Churches appeared first on Europe Travel Blog - Capturing the Beauty of a Continent.
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    Downtown Traveler

  • The best art attractions in Antigua Guatemala: Galleries, street art and more

    Guest Writer
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    As far as art goes, Antigua is Central America’s Mecca. In Central America, all travelers’ roads seem to lead to Antigua, Guatemala. Spain’s former regional capital, Antigua has vibrant nightlife, colonial architecture and historic ruins. To top it off, three volcanoes—Agua, Fuego and Acotenango—surround the city like a looming giant. The city itself is a work of art. Because Antigua was abandoned after a 1773 earthquake, it is arguably the best-preserved colonial city in the world. Visitors will enjoy the diverse art scene, from installations and small galleries to artists selling…
  • PHOTOS: Exploring the art galleries of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

    Billie Frank
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:46 am
    Truth or Consequences is a small city with a big name. The town has long drawn independent spirits and has been a magnet for artists for years. Tourists have been coming to this spa town to ‘take the waters’ since its 1916 founding. For almost a decade they have also come for the art. According to Cary “Jagger” Gustin, President of the Sierra County Arts Council, creative types come for the desert air, the clear skies and the light.  The 2nd Saturday Art Hop, held on the second Saturday of every month, is as much a social occasion for locals as it is an art event.
  • The 6 Best Things to Do in Fargo North Dakota (Not Inspired by the Movie Fargo)

    Guest Writer
    22 Mar 2014 | 6:49 am
    Today’s post is written by North Dakota native Luke Maguire Armstrong, a traveler, author and musician. Unfortunately, when most people imagine Fargo, North Dakota, images from the 1996 Joel and Ethan Coen movie by the same name come to mind. Fargo the movie depicts snow-covered fields and sheltered townies with their ya’batcha Norwegian accents. While communities like this do exist in North Dakota, the city of Fargo is not one of them. Fargo is actually the largest city in North Dakota. It is a left-leaning college town with a thriving downtown, ridiculously cold winters, blazing…
  • PHOTOS: How to make chocolate from scratch – lessons from a St Lucia cocoa plantation

    Leslie Koch
    22 Feb 2014 | 8:52 am
    This is not your grandma’s chocolate recipe. It’s easy to make chocolate bars at home if you start by melting existing bars of chocolate. But why cheat? You can create a decadent bar of chocolate from scratch – and all you need is a fresh cocoa pod, ample outdoor space for fermentation, and a ton of patience. Guidance from a cocoa plantation supervisor couldn’t hurt. Most city dwellers don’t have the resources to pluck, dry and grind cocoa plants into chocolate, but there is a workaround. The “Tree to Bar” tour at Hotel Chocolate in St Lucia takes…
  • PHOTOS: Is Bushwick the best place to see street art in NYC?

    Leslie Koch
    2 Feb 2014 | 12:46 pm
    A free, outdoor street art gallery lures visitors to Bushwick Known for warehouse parties, skyrocketing rents and artist studios, Bushwick may be the best place to see street art in New York City. On a brisk winter Saturday, I boarded the L train to visit the Parallel Art Space gallery on the border of Bushwick, Brooklyn and Ridgewood, Queens. Getting off at the Jefferson stop, the 7th stop into Brooklyn from Manhattan, I was confronted by a sea of street murals that continued as far as the eye could see. Unbeknownst to me, I had stumbled onto the outdoor street art gallery known as the…
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    Context Travel Blog

  • Vienna’s Unofficial Mascot: Dürer’s ‘Young Hare’

    Lisa Regan
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:43 am
    After Klimt’s Kiss, perhaps no work of art is as closely identified with Vienna as Dürer’s Young Hare. Created in 1502, it graces coffee cups, posters, messenger bags – nearly any object that can be sold in a gift shop. Yet, the work is so fragile that it has not been publicly displayed in a decade. Lucky visitors will have until June 29th to see the work, as it is on view as part of the Albertina Museum’s show “The Origins of the Albertina: From Dürer to Napoleon.” Our docent, art historian Lisa Regan, reports on the exhibition. Albertina, via Wiki Commons The exhibition is…
  • Beneath the Crypta Balbi

    Emily Knight
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    The Crypta Balbi was a large colonnaded courtyard within the Campus Martius in the centre of modern day Rome. The site was inhabited or used for various purposes right up until the present day, giving us a window into the urban history of Rome. We end our Underground Rome: The Hidden City walk at the Crypta Balbi where, with the guidance of our docent, we learn about the layers of urban habitation in Rome. Patrizia Sfligiotti Our docent Patrizia Sfligiotti, who regularly leads this walk, has extensive experience excavating in Italy including 10 years work at the Crypta Balbi in 1980s –…
  • Istanbul’s Incredible Markets

    Ezgi Memis
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Lying not only at the intersection of two continents but also at the point where fertile agricultural lands meet the sea, Turkey’s largest city possesses some of the most vibrant markets in the eastern Mediterranean. Our Markets of Istanbul walk explores both the historic Spice Bazaar–an indoor market built in the 17th century–and the food markets of Kadikoy, on the Asian side. Our food docent, Renan Yucel, takes us on a journey through the sights, sounds and smells of Istanbul’s incredible markets. Starting under sundried eggplants and peppersOur Markets of Istanbul…
  • New Experience, Walk with a Flytographer

    Natalie Holmes
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Our in-depth walking tours are designed to paint an inspiring picture of the city, creating memorable experiences of learning and discovery along the way. Concentrating on the wealth of knowledge our docent has to offer, it can be tough to remember to capture these travel memories. We’ve teamed up with Flytographer to offer a special package: those booking private walks with us in Amsterdam, Berlin and Prague have the opportunity to be joined by professional local photographer. Not only will they make sure your Context experience is distraction-free, you’ll also receive an album of…
  • Docent Spotlight: Richard Steiner

    Jessica Stewart
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
    American-born Richard Steiner has lived in Japan for over 42 years, working as a woodblock printmaker. He brings a wealth of experience to the Context Kyoto networking, having studied for 10 years under printmaker Masahiko Tokumitsu.  Between his work as president of the Kyoto International Woodprint Association and teaching at Kyoto Seika University, he runs our woodblock printing workshop.  We have tapped his expert advice on artisan life in Kyoto in order to discover how artisans are currently living and working in one of Japan’s most picturesque cities. Context Travel:…
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  • BIG Finds at Ripley’s Believe it or Not: Ocean City, MD

    Traci Suppa
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    World’s tallest man! You can find a lot of superlative stuff inside the 32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not museums around the world; each location has more than 300 exhibits and artifacts. We’ve never been inside one of these “odditoriums” before, but we finally took the plunge last week while in Ocean City, Maryland. We discovered that this beachy destination is very seasonal, so there wasn’t a lot to do yet in mid-April. The 2.25-mile Boardwalk was hopping, however, and Ripley’s is in a prime location at the southern end. Robert Ripley, a cartoonist and adventurer, traveled to…
  • World’s Largest Salt Water Lagoon; Cayman Islands

    Traci Suppa
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:02 am
    Even though there’s still some snow on the ground, it’s officially spring, and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to turn off the heat soon. This photo has been my screensaver for the past few months, and it has gotten me through. Swimming with stingrays in the Cayman Islands What you’re looking at is a warm and happy family posing with a stingray off the coast of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. All that gorgeous blue is the perfect antidote to all the icy white I see from my window. We were on the north side of the island, in the North Sound, one of the world’s largest and…
  • World’s Largest Termite, and other BIG Things in Providence, Rhode Island

    Traci Suppa
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:37 am
    This long, cold, snowy winter we’re enjoying barely tolerating here in the Hudson Valley hasn’t been kind to our travel plans, beginning way back in November, when a storm prevented us from driving to Gatlinburg, TN for Thanksgiving. Another storm was forecast for President’s Day weekend earlier this month, when we were scheduled to drive to Providence, RI. The Girl insisted we go anyway, whining, “Weather has ruined all our trips!” Okay, so we were committed to getting there. And then The Boy sprained his ankle, and was outfitted with a boot. My eye began to twitch. But hey,…
  • The BIG Stuff at Hershey’s

    Traci Suppa
    31 Jan 2014 | 11:47 am
    You didn’t think I’d let the whole month of January go by without posting something BIG? Well, up until a few hours ago, I did. Work (you know, all the other writing I do) has been crazy-in-a-good-way this month. But I can’t ignore the fact that the winter doldrums have set in, and so I want to offer a suggestion to anyone looking for a fun day trip or weekend getaway: Hershey, PA. True, the Hersheypark amusement park is still closed for the season, but there are other year-round attractions in town. My favorite of which is Chocolate World, home to the world’s largest selection of…
  • A World Record Christmas Light Display

    Traci Suppa
    22 Dec 2013 | 10:52 am
    We don’t have to travel far to see a BIG Christmas lights display. Right here in the Hudson Valley, the Gay family of Union Vale, NY puts on an incredible show every year in their front lawn. It’s not just any lawn, and it’s not just any light display. The ERDAJT light display (the name includes the initials of the family’s three kids) began on a much smaller scale in 1995, and has grown to now include 392,887 lights. They are strung up on trees, fences, poles, and suspended in air. Big lights, small lights, blinkers, solids, strobes, colored and white. Any kind of light you could…
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  • Unique India tips from some of the world’s top tour operators

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

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

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

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Qawwali, or Sufi devotional music, is practised around the world, but there are few places so atmospheric, nor offering such a fine example of the art as that found at the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin in East Delhi, an important pilgrimage centre for Sufis. Old Delhi is the city’s most atmospheric quarter: a rabbit warren of lanes and alleys where you’ll find open air butchers, hole-in-the-wall shops selling rose petals and attar, and of course the famous Karims, home to some of the capital’s finest kebabs. As the road narrows, you meet flower-sellers who lovingly pester you…
  • A New Vish Puri Novel hits the shops, we interview Tarquin Hall

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Here at theindiaphile we are huge fans of India’s greatest detective, the inimitable Vish Puri. Oh yes, there have been great literary detectives: Poirot, Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, but all of these pale into insignificance compared to Tarquin Hall’s iconic Punjabi super sleuth. Just now, the fourth in the seminal Puri series of novels has hit the shops. Titled The Case of the Love Commandos this episode sees Vish and his trusty operatives Tubelight and Facecream on the hunt for a missing boy and, like all of Tarquin Hall’s books marries humour with a sensitive and…
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  • Fancy x Iggy Azalea

    Adventured Staff
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Whether you are looking to add something to your set list, tracking down the next hot track, or just wanting a good party song, two words: Iggy Azalea: The beautiful and talented Iggy Azalea dropped her new album today, titled The New Classic. The album features offers heavy hitting party jams, and features her single Fancy – (Yellow Claw Remix). The song is a fast pace trap-style beat that features Iggy Azalea and the Amsterdam trio Yellow Claw. Give it a listen, and tell us what you think. About Iggy Azalea: “Amethyst Amelia Kelly (born 7 June 1990), better known by her stage…
  • Computerized x Daft Punk ft. Jay-Z

    Adventured Staff
    14 Mar 2014 | 12:14 am
      Computerized x Daft Punk ft. Jay-Z What happens when you mix two of the most prolific artists of all time? Computerized. The new track Computerized by Daft Punk featuring Jay-Z has been released. The song, said to be a collaboration that took place at Kanye West’s studio during the making of the soundtrack for Tron, features beautiful electro funk beats from Daft Punk and the flawless stream of lyrical mastery from Jay-Z. The post Computerized x Daft Punk ft. Jay-Z appeared first on Adventured.
  • Stranger Kiss For The First Time

    Adventured Staff
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Would you make out with a stranger? Youtube producer, Tatia Pilieva, explored this question and brought together 20 strangers for the ultimate kiss session in the web’s most viral video of the month titled, “FIRST KISS”. Enjoy this incredible video, and dare we say it? Go kiss a stranger! Strangers kiss for the first time… The post Stranger Kiss For The First Time appeared first on Adventured.
  • Google Takes Us Down The Grand Canyon

    Adventured Staff
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Have you ever wanted to river raft down the Grand Canyon? Maybe you haven’t had the time yet, or maybe you have a legitimate excuse not to adventure. Regardless, Google’s latest Google Map update is a “street view” or “river view” wherein you can travel down the Colorado River and view real visuals from the majestic Grand Canyon. Check it out below in this timelapse, or experience the whole adventure for yourself (link below):   While Google is taking us down the Grand Canyon, there’s nothing quite like experiencing the aggressive rapids,…
  • Asking your girlfriend what she wants to eat…

    Ryan Park
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Have you ever asked your girlfriend what she wants to eat. We’ve all been here: “I want tacos, but I want you to want tacos for yourself, too!” image source: imgur The post Asking your girlfriend what she wants to eat… appeared first on Adventured.
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  • Is @UHaul_Cares a Mask for Terrible Service?

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Toronto, Ontario I rarely complain, you never really know what’s going on in the life of someone who gives you bad service. But sometimes things are so ridiculous you have to share it with everyone you know. So hang on, it’s a wild ride! I joined Chef Rouge in Prince Edward Island as driving half-way across the country is a daunting road trip. He booked weeks in advance and two days beforehand called to ensure everything was on track. There is when we discovered: unless you show up first thing in the morning or end of day, no one will help you attach the U-Haul  …
  • Where to Eat in Toronto with @Trover

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Toronto, Canada Every single day I get an email asking if I want a free download because it’s going to be the next best thing for travel or food. I always politely decline because I’m already on Facebook, Twitter and I’ve become so obsessed with posting food on Instagram that I don’t have time for another app. But I’ve seen a few other bloggers like Liz and Kate rave about Trover, knowing them both personally I was a bit more receptive, which they describe as: A visual guide to the best of everywhere, sourced by travel gurus and culture hounds, gut-checked by…
  • The Long Road to Atelier Restaurant

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Ottawa, Canada Despite the dramatic start, Chef Rouge and I had an awesome time in Quebec City and it was the first time in a long time I felt like I was on holiday rather than just another day of traveling. At the spur of the moment we decided to prolong the trip to Toronto and stop in Ottawa to eat at Atelier Restaurant, which was only 5 hours away. Easy peasy, right?   Umm not so much. Our good humour was tested again. We stopped in Trois Rivieres de Loup for gas and to pick up cheap beer and were feeling smug. Until we turned on the truck. Well tried to turn on the truck.   It…
  • Bonjour Quebec City

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Quebec City, Canada This is not a typical travel story. After leaving Jasper I flew back to Nova Scotia because unbeknownst to my sister she was getting engaged (Congrats Ry!). It was also a good opportunity for Chef Rouge and I to drive the remainder of his possessions in Prince Edward Island back to Toronto. Bright eyed at 6am – we have a U-Haul and are setting out at the ambitious hour of 6am with hopes to spend the evening in Quebec City. Despite having issues with U-Haul the day before (more coming on that later) we’re actually really excited for a road trip with lots of…
  • A Small Favour That Helps a Bunch

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:51 am
    Toronto, Canada Last week when I wrote that learning how to poach an egg actually helped me figure out what direction I wanted to take the site in I didn’t divulge that there has been a lot going on behind the scenes. Slowly I’ve been studying and shooting more and more video and it’s become a huge passion of mine and something I am focusing on this year.   Here’s where I need your help   I’d love for you to subscribe to my YouTube channel – you don’t need a fancy YouTube account or have to jump through hoops – if you have an email…
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  • 3 Bali beaches for a quick getaway

    Jaclynn Seah
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Bali, Indonesia, is a pretty popular stop for most travelers heading to South East Asia. Fairly cheap and with quite developed tourism, it might not be the secluded island paradise it once was years ago, but it is a convenient and beautiful tropical getaway for anyone who wants a quick vacation. And if you only have time to do just one thing when you’re in Bali, my advice is to head on down to its famous beaches. With beautiful surf and white sandy beaches,  here are 3 spots you can check out if you just…
  • 8 reasons to visit magical Tanzania

    Helen Davies
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write A couple of days ago, I was thinking about why I decided to go to Africa in the first place. I mean, it’s not the obvious choice for your first ever solo trip is it? Tanzania was the reason. I wanted to go to Tanzania! I found it fascinating. For me, it epitomized the image of Africa – Kilimanjaro, beaches, safaris, it had it all. Back in 2008, around the same time as I decided I wanted to take some time out to travel, I started sponsoring a little girl who lived there. Soon an idea began to form: I…
  • Introducing Eytan Levy of Snarky Nomad

    Eytan Levy
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Please join me in welcoming our newest contributing author at Go See Write: Eytan Levy of Snarky Nomad! You’d probably believe me if I were to describe how often I’m asked why I love to travel. How friends and family often wonder what it is about global exploration that keeps me going back, and why I’m not saving up for a three-bedroom house with hardwood floors and a nice lawn. But that’s not the case. They just don’t bother asking at all. Because obviously this is just stupid,…
  • Ten ways to travel green

    Alex Baackes
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write The more I travel this big beautiful world, the more I want to protect it. Thankfully, today eco-travel is a veritable buzzword and there are as many ways to make a difference as there are shades of green. Read on for ten ways we can all conserve resources, show respect to local culture and environments, minimize our impact on our destinations, and ultimately “green” our travels. 1. Say Goodbye to Plastic Water Bottles You might be surprised by how many destinations offer safe drinking water straight…
  • Malawi: land of lakes, mountains, and safaris

    Helen Davies
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write In October last year, Lonely Planet voted Malawi one of the top 1o countries in the world to visit in 2014. Malawi  has held a special place in my heart ever since I worked there as a tour guide a couple of years back and I fell in love with this friendly country, also known as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’. It is ‘famous’ (or should that be infamous) for being the place where Madonna adopted two of her children from but there’s so much more to it than that! Malawi is a great place…
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  • Disney’s Bears

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
      The boys and I got a sneak peek at the movie “Bears” recently. The latest Disney release follows on the heels of the acclaimed “African Cats” and  “Chimpanzee.”  Given our past bear encounter, let’s just say I had my own reasons to expect to be less than swayed by the version on screen. But then there were moments like this… What’s not to love about a story that has so many cute images of bear cubs you can’t help but drown in the sweetness? Plus there was the obvious: A tale about a mom who takes her cubs on a yearlong…
  • My more “WElfie” Less “SELFie” life

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I take a lot of pictures. Bet you do too. The iPhone is always on hand to snap 10 shots of the kids and Ish doing this, that or the other thing and I have a hard drive full of perfect and not-so-perfect shots to prove it. But what I realized recently is that- outside of the posed family group shots – I’m rarely in them. I tend to be the family photographer/archivist and if I’m shooting, I’m not posing. Except for our “welfies.” Scrunched eyes, stretched lips, mad face We do these all the time.  As a family: Or one on one: Do you? Truth is I love the…
  • Great Destination Low Aeroplan Miles Getaways

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:30 pm
    It’s spring!  Days are longer, tulips are in the shops…and there’s yet another snow forecast ahead. Seriously. This has felt like the winter that just won’t take the hint. I can’t help but take it personally. Baby, it’s STILL cold outside. The year we took off on our avoid-winter-at-all-costs around the world trip, the North Americans we left behind were in shorts and t-shirts! And ever since we’ve come back the winters have only become colder and longer. It’s enough to drive a winter hater to hibernation. Cozy blanket in front of the fireplace with a mug of something…
  • FAQ: How much can I bring home? Customs Limits for Canadian Residents

    12 Mar 2014 | 8:40 am
    You went. You saw. You purchased. Whether it will cost you a million dollars when it comes time to cross the border  remains to be seen. You can wait until you board that last flight home and peek at the customs form, or you can bookmark this page and be able to check before you buy that mega-gallon jug of wine abroad. You’re welcome. ;) Residents of Canada returning to Canada can bring ONE of the following personal exemptions based on his/her time absent from Canada (includes all goods and/or gifts purchased or received abroad:   You’ve been gone: 24 hours  – CANADIAN…
  • Mega List of Ontario March Break Outings for Kids 2014 – Part 2

    5 Mar 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Big thanks to the folks at Ontario Tourism for sharing these March Break happenings from across the province. No matter where in Ontario you are, you now have no excuse for March Break boredom.  Fight the March Break Blues with one of these great Ontario Activities      Event Name & Location Date Time Special Activities Admission Geocaching 101: From Clues to Coordinates Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum 64 Sulphur Springs Road Ancaster Tel: (905) 648-8144 Website: March 11 – 15, 2014 11:00am – 5:00pm Come to Fieldcote and learn the basics of…
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  • Roadside Curiosities: Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas

    Jody Halsted
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Cadillac Ranch, located just east of Amarillo, Texas along Interstate 40, is an iconic roadside attraction and a stop for many roadtrippers as they cross the southern plains on historic Route 66. Cadillac Ranch But just how far out of your way should you go to visit Cadillac Ranch? In my opinion, not far. Located on the I-40 frontage road, you’ll know you are at the right place by the cars and trucks lining the road. As you park and prepare to enter, you’ll see this sign- The sign doesn’t receive much respect. But the entry gate and trash cans seemed to be the only other…
  • In the Footsteps of Greatness: Historic Washington Crossing on the Delaware River

    Melissa Schwartz
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    George Washington and his brave rag-tag army crossed the icy Delaware River on December 25, 1776 to surprise the Hessians that were groggy from Christmas festivities. Washington’s surprise victory became one of the most symbolic victories in American history. This first victory truly demonstrated the determination of the patriots as well as the strategic capabilities of Washington himself. Growing up in New Jersey, the history of this battle became a bit intertwined with that of our family as we spent may afternoons picnicking on the shores of the Delaware River right at the very spot…
  • America’s First National Park : Yellowstone

    Jody Halsted
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Believed to be first seen by European American eyes in 1806, the descriptions of what was to be come Yellowstone National Park weren’t believed for over 60 years. After all, tales of “fire and brimstone”, steaming rivers, bubbling mud, and boiling water spouting from the ground are rather far fetched. Even today, nearly 150 years after Yellowstone National Park became the first national park  in the US and the world, the tales of geysers, colorful hot springs, and bubbling mud pots read like science fiction. Now entering Yellowstone National Park Covering 3468 square miles…
  • Family Fun in Delaware – The First State

    Mara Gorman
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    As the first state to ratify the Constitution, Delaware has bragging rights in spite of its small size. It’s rich in history, has gorgeous beaches and state parks, and boasts a surprising number of award-winning restaurants. And while it may be that it’s only the Number Two guy in the White House who hails from what Thomas Jefferson called “a jewel among the states”, Delaware is rightly proud of its long-standing importance in the national political scene. It’s also really easy to get to Delaware – the Philadelphia and Baltimore Washington Airports are both close by, and it is two…
  • Stunning. Wild. History. The Inishowen Peninsula for #IGTravelThursday

    Jody Halsted
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:37 am
    Few tourists make their way to the Inishowen Peninsula, the most northerly peninsula of Donegal, Ireland’s most northerly county. Even I, in a decade of Ireland travel, didn’t visit her most remote county. Our tight schedule left us only 2 days to visit the northern part of County Donegal, and only one day to drive the Inishowen 100, the 100 mile driving loop around the peninsula. While you can drive the Inishowen 100 in a day, you can’t see the peninsula in a single day, so we only made it half way around in the time we had. What we saw and experienced left us wanting more…
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  • Video: How to Enjoy San Diego Beaches

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    AOL Travel shows you how to enjoy the plethora of San Diego beaches from surfing, sailing, biking, running, swimming, and more.
  • Tour Company Caters Young Souls

    Jen Fromal
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tour companies often have the reputation for catering to and older, richer crowd, often leaving the younger twenty-and-thirty somethings feeling left to their own devices. But now, thanks to a few young minds, new companies are popping up to indulge the wild spirits of the younger generations. Contiki is one such community, providing adventures for 18-35 […]
  • Video: The Best Way to Use Frequent-Flier Miles

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    You can get a lot of items besides travel when you’ve racked up a bunch of airline miles. Not sure how to maximize your miles to get the best value? Follow this simple advice.
  • You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Rent Your Own Private Island

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The words “private island” typically conjure up images of multi-millionaires jetting off in private planes. But you don’t have to be a rock star to vacation like one. Private island rentals can be an affordable getaway. For $3,795 a week, guests can rent Pretty Joe Rock, a private tropical island just off of Marathon in […]
  • Video: Free Things to Do in L.A.

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    10 things to do in Tinsel Town without spending a dime.
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  • The Dizziness Of Freedom: The Birth And Rise Of Bungee Jumping

    Matt Stabile
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    AJ Hackett cased the Eiffel Tower for over a month. He studied architectural plans. He knew the guards’ schedules. He memorized the exits, knew when the lights switched on and off. He and his team rehearsed conversation that would intentionally distract security. During a reconnaissance visit, AJ determined the exact distance from the second level to the ground by tying a stone to the end of a nylon cord and tossing it off the side. The night before AJ bungee jumped down the center of the Eiffel Tower, he and his team entered it at 10 p.m., an hour before closing. Everyone had a role in the…
  • 10 Ways To Improve The Flying Experience Outside Of The Plane

    Matt Stabile
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    On my way to a recent flight, while I was frantically putting my shoes back on among a pushy crowd in that tiny space past the scanning machine, my mind began to wander from its immediate train of thought (which, at that moment, included a fantasy involving my shoe coming into contact with the person’s head behind me) to one that was slightly more peaceful and productive: How can the process of flying be improved outside of the plane? It’s no secret the flying experience doesn’t exactly rate at the top of most people’s list of pleasurable activities they endure in life (tax…
  • You’ll Never Look At San Francisco The Same After Watching This

    Matt Stabile
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Having recently returned home from San Francisco, a city I hadn’t seen in about 10 years, I’m still trying to get over just how damn scenic that city is. It’s hard to compare any major city in the world in terms of pure spectacle one sees in almost every direction they look there (such as looking toward the Golden Gate Bridge during sunset, the Golden Gate Bridge as you pass under it by boat or the famed “Painted Ladies” with downtown in the background). The above video was recently forwarded to me from someone who knew I was heading to the city soon. Shot by…
  • Here’s Why A Danish Company Wants To Reward People For Having Sex While Traveling

    Matt Stabile
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:54 pm
    In what has got to be one of the best marketing ploys by any company so far this year, Denmark’s Spies Travel is attempting to capitalize on its country’s falling birth rate, which is currently at a 27-year low, by rewarding travelers for having sex while on vacation (Denmark currently ranks 190 out of 224 countries for its birth rate — not good for a country with a robust social welfare system). To help encourage couples to increase their friskiness while on the road, Spies launched its Do It For Denmark contest, which will reward couples who get it on while on holiday.
  • Facing The Feces Factor: Tasting My First Cup Of Kopi Luwak Coffee

    Matt Stabile
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:26 am
    My first cup of Kopi Luwak coffee, sometimes better known as “cat poo coffee” or the rarest beverage in the world, was a memorable introduction into the highly envious world of extreme luxury, though this tasting occurred far outside the confines of the dining room of a fine-dining restaurant in Hong Kong or New York where cups of Kopi Luwak can run upwards of $50 (or $600 if you wanted to purchase a pound of these coveted beans). In my case I was sitting at a picnic table covered with a blue-checkered tablecloth near the outskirts of the Indonesian jungle with my husband, Kurt,…
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  • Deal of the Day: save £556 pp on a week in St Lucia

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: stay for seven nights at the four-star Rendezvous, St Lucia. Take advantage of the range of activities on offer, such as scuba diving, tennis, spa treatments and water sports. Price: from £1,199 per person (a saving of £556 pp), including seven nights accommodation on an all inclusive basis. This offer also includes a 35% accommodation discount, complimentary room upgrade, transfers and return international flights from Manchester with Thomas Cook. Date: departing19 June 2014. Book with: Hayes and Jarvis or call 01293 735831.   WebRep currentVote noRating noWeight…
  • Deal of the Day: save 24% on five-star Cyprus getaway

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: stay for seven nights at the five-star Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel, Cyprus. This beachfront hotel is adults only, and located in a quieter area of Paphos, with a handful of shops, bars and restaurants within a short walk. Price: from £1,299 per person (a saving of £406 pp) based on two adults sharing a one bedroom suite land view for seven nights, on a half board basis including private transfers and return flights from London Gatwick. Date: departing 21 May 2014. Book with: Classic Collection or call 0800 294 9315 The post Deal of the Day: save 24% on…
  • Deal of the Day: save over £60 on a week at the Corinthia Palace, Malta

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: Prestige Holidays are offering seven nights at the Corinthia Palace, Malta, situated next to the Botanical Gardens and the Presidential Palace. Valletta is only 5 kms away and historical and cultural places of interest are within easy reach. Complimentary courtesy transport is available daily to Valletta, Sliema, St Julian’s and the Royal Malta Golf Course. Price: £711 per person (a saving of £62 pp). Price includes private transfers in resort. Date: departing 13 May 2014. Book with: Prestige Holidays or call 01425 480400. The post Deal of the Day: save over £60 on a…
  • Deal of the Day: save £279 on a four-star week in Gardone, Italy

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: Inghams is offering seven nights in Italy at the four-star Grand Hotel Gardone. Discover the Italian resorts of Gardone and Salo or explore the Lake Garda shows and nature park of Lake Sovenino in the area. Price: from £759 per person (a saving of £279 pp). Price also includes return flights from Edinburgh to Verona and resort transfers. Flights are also available from Manchester (+£49) Date: departing 21 May 2014. Book with: Inghams or call 01483 791 114. The post Deal of the Day: save £279 on a four-star week in Gardone, Italy appeared first on 101 Holidays blog.
  • Deal of the Day: save £50 on nine day Auckland holiday

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Holiday details: Austravel is offering a nine day holiday to Auckland, Bay of Islands and Rotorua. Known as the ‘City of Sails’ for its love of the water, there’s much more than the city centre, visit Waiheke Island for its excellent wineries and beaches or the Waitekere Ranges for its wilderness forests. Price: from £1,229 per person (a saving of £50 pp). This holiday includes three nights’ at the four star Pullman Auckland, followed by a three night stay at the four star Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Bay of Islands, and two nights’ at the three star Ibis…
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  • Easter Brunch at the Bohemian Hotel Celebration

    Lydia Chicles
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    An Artful Easter! Enjoy gourmet breakfast, seafood and shellfish, carving station, baked salmon, roasted chicken, antipasto station, salads and mouth-watering desserts. An Artful Brunch WHAT:  An inspiring Easter Brunch at the Bohemian Hotel Celebration WHEN: Sunday, April 20, 2014 • 10am-4pm WHERE: 700 Bloom Street, Celebration, FL 34747 DETAILS:$59.99/person with complimentary mimosa CONTACT: To reserve, call 407.566.6000 or About the Bohemian Hotel Celebration: Classic elegance and turn-of-the-century charm set the tone for inspiring gatherings at the Bohemian…
  • The Celebrate Dance Festival is back and with special guests that include Orlando Ballet alumni Israel Rodriguez and Katia Garza.

    Lydia Chicles
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    The Celebrate Dance Festival returns to Lakeland April 25-27, and includes an extended weekend of dance events. Master classes taught by professional dancers will be available April 25-27; a gala performance April 26 at Florida Southern College’s Branscomb Auditorium will celebrate Florida Dance Theatre’s 20th anniversary; and a free performance at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror on April 27 will wrap up the festival. Florida Dance Theatre Presents Celebrate Dance Festival Master Classes The master classes will be held at Florida Dance Theatre, 305 W. Main St., and are…
  • The Otherside, at the 2014 Florida Film Festival.

    Lydia Chicles
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    JR Celski #SOCHI2014 The Otherside “From the city that brought you Big Butts and Teen Spirit”, a documentary on Seattle Hip-Hop, The Otherside Coming off a silver medal campaign at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Seattle native and three-time Olympic medalist JR Celski will debut his documentary, The Otherside, at the 2014 Florida Film Festival. After the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Celski took a break from short track speed skating to produce a documentary about the Seattle hip hop community. The hour-long documentary contains interviews, concerts, and backstage footage taken…
  • FREE outdoor family concert by Orlando Phil, presented by Dr. Phillips Charities

    Lydia Chicles
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    On Saturday, April 12, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Peter & The Wolf and other Musical Stories, a FREE outdoor family concert in Loch Haven Park (Princeton Ave and 17-92, Orlando), sponsored by Dr. Phillips Charities, in memory of Della Phillips. The event will include food trucks and an instrument petting zoo beginning at 4:30 p.m., pre-concert entertainment by Mr. Richard & The Pound Hounds at 4:30 p.m., and a 6 p.m. concert of animal-themed music by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, with a special actor/narrator from Orlando Repertory Theatre. For more…
  • Rollins College Launches Visiting Organist Concert Series: Christopher Houlihan to Perform on April 13

    Lydia Chicles
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Rollins College will feature organ virtuoso Christopher Houlihan in the first performance of The Faith Emeny Conger ’54 Visiting Organist Concert Series in Honor of John Oliver Rich ’38, 4 p.m., Sunday, April 13 at the Knowles Memorial Chapel on the Rollins campus. The performance is free and open to the public Houlihan has been called “gifted” by the New York Times, “dazzling” by the Wall Street Journal and “one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists” by the Cincinnati Enquirer. He made his orchestral debut with the Hartford Symphony and recorded…
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  • Traveler Stories of Lost & Found

    Carol Margolis
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Losing an item while traveling is an all too-common occurrence. Just ask at any hotel front desk how many items are in their lost and found box and they’ll just laugh! Though for as many sad stories there are about lost items, there are just as many stories about items that are found and returned to their rightful owner. Here are happy stories by travelers of lost items which were found; and sad stories of items never to be seen again. Andrea said, I lived in New Zealand for 8 years and my sister came to visit me. As one does, we travelled around the North Island. One night on our way…
  • Traveling by Foot in the 39-Mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

    Carol Margolis
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    On May 3rd and 4th, there will be no airplane for me. No rental car. No cruise ship. Just my two feet will be taking me along the streets of Washington D.C. as I participate in the 39-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Why am I walking 39 miles? Because every three minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. I want to do my part so no one has to face this disease again. Aside from the physical steps, I have pledged to raise both awareness and money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I hope this worldwide issue calls to you and that you’ll support me in one…
  • Photo of the Week: Dunnottar Castle

    Carol Margolis
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, Scotland A stunning early morning photo of Dunnottar Castle. Cows roaming in the fields to the right, an old farmhouse to the left. And in the front, Oh Wow! Each step taken towards the old medieval fortress has your jaw dropping even closer to the ground. The castle has a long and storied past, including being sacked by Vikings in the 9th century and it’s chapel being burned down by William Wallace. This fortress is a must-see when in Scotland, as is the nearby town of Stonehaven. There is a steep access path to wear flat, comfy shoes. And if walking the…
  • If You Do Check Your Bag, Always Check This!

    Carol Margolis
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
    Want your bag to arrive at the same destination as you? Up the chances of this happening by always checking that the correct airport code is on the bag tag! How can an incorrect airport code even end up on your bag tag, you ask? The airline has your itinerary so it should have the correct airport code, right? Well, yes. Though here are a few situations that happened to me that could have had me searching the world over for my bag had I not checked the luggage tag: The airline’s agent picked up the bag tag for someone else’s bag and put it on mine. In these days of…
  • Garrett Popcorn Shops Giveaway

    Carol Margolis
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    Do you have a favorite travel food? A dish or snack that has no equivalent back home? I certainly do, and I’d like to share it with you with a giveaway! Traveling through Chicago’s O’Hare, you may have noticed a long line of people buying popcorn in Terminal B. But they’re not just buying any popcorn – they’re in line for Garrett Popcorn – the world’s best, in my humble opinion. “The Chicago Mix” (half CaramelCrisp, half CheeseCorn™) is my all-time favorite. I don’t dare fly through the United terminal at ORD without bringing a bag home…
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  • Tuesday Deal Day: Flitter & Frolic in Claremont

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Discover Claremont is partnering with the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for a “Flitter and Frolic” package that includes garden admissions, local dining and shopping credits, and accommodations at participating area hotels. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s annual Butterfly Pavilion runs from May 10 through July 27, 2014. The pavilion unites science education and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages as hundreds of butterflies call the temporary enclosure…
  • Sunday Stories for April 20th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It’s been a busy three weeks of travel, with trips to San Francisco, Chicago, and this past week, to Athens, Greece. It was my first visit to Athens, a chance to add a new country to my countries visited list, but it was also a site visit for TBEX Athens (October 23-25, 2014) and a chance to spend some time with some wonderful travel bloggers in the TBEX community. My return to the U.S. was also my first opportunity to take advantage of my Global Entry status.
  • World Map Update: Greece

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:52 pm
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I’m back from from five days in Greece, my first visit to that Mediterranean country, and I see now why so many people talk about how wonderful it is. From the coastal scenery to the historical sites, from the stunningly blue water to the delicious local cuisine, Greece captured my attention and wouldn’t let it go. Although this was a short visit, and I didn’t get to see many of the sights, I’m looking forward to a return trip – and a longer one – in…
  • Tuesday Deal Day: Hit a Home Run with San Francisco Baseball Package

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is just a stone’s throw away from the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park and is the only luxury property along San Francisco’s waterfront. The season, you can combine luxury and baseball with the Hyatt Regency’s San Francisco Baseball package. The package includes: Accommodations for two $20 food and beverage credit at hotel’s Eclipse Restaurant and Lounge $25 gift card for use at AT&T Park or at the Dugout team store…
  • Sunday Stories for April 13th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. I had a great time in Chicago, sampling the food, beverage, and entertainment that the Windy City has to offer. I had the opportunity to visit some famous landmarks, see a preview of Motown:  The Musical (it wowed me), and even met the mayor, Rahm Emmanuel. It was a jam packed four days, giving me just a couple of days and home before heading off to Athens, Greece. The shores of Lake Michigan, taken from the 95th floor of the John Hancock building in Chicago.
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  • Everest Base Camp: Here I Come

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    The original can be found here: Everest Base Camp: Here I Come. Please read the original. Everest Base Camp for me isn't just something I would like to do, but something I feel the NEED to do. But first I have to figure out a way to overcome these challenges: Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Brauneck: The Mountain Where Hikers and Skiers Meet

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The original can be found here: Brauneck: The Mountain Where Hikers and Skiers Meet. Please read the original. Brauneck Mountain, where hikers and skiers meet! If you're a hiker seeing solace, not skiers, as I am, the Brauneck, located near Lenggies, should not be your first choice for a hike. But the views from the top do help compensate for the trail. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • 5 Tips for Mobile Travel Photography

    Guest Post
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    The original can be found here: 5 Tips for Mobile Travel Photography. Please read the original. Mobile photography has come a long way in recent years, to the point that people can now capture and edit very high quality images on their phones. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Monkeys in the Jungles of Costa Rica

    Guest Post
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The original can be found here: Monkeys in the Jungles of Costa Rica. Please read the original. As a child, my favourite book was Curious George. I must have read it at least a hundred times. So when I set out on an adventure trip through Costa Rica’s tropical rain forests, monkey-watching was high on my list. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Soussusvlei, Namibia: Photojourney to the Highest Sand Dunes on Earth

    18 Mar 2014 | 10:34 am
    The original can be found here: Soussusvlei, Namibia: Photojourney to the Highest Sand Dunes on Earth. Please read the original. Sossusvlei, located in Naukluft National Park in Namibia, is home to some of the highest sand dunes on the planet, including the famous "Big Daddy". Trust me, this is worth waking up before sunrise! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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  • Escape of the Week… La Longere, Brittany

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    If there was ever a stereotypical bucket-and-spade family holiday in Brittany, this adults-only farmhouse B&B – tucked away amongst idyllic orchards and fields – couldn’t be further from it. Intimate and tranquil, La Longere is all about ‘kick-your-shoes-off’ relaxation: cosseting bedrooms, lazy breakfast feasts and a hot tub for night-time stargazing. If you can tear yourself away from happily spent hours basking next to the lavender-fringed heated pool or sprawling out under an apple tree in the garden, make time to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside. Picturesque…
  • Just Back From… La Palma

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    After falling in love with the lesser-known Canary Island of La Palma last year, our Editor-in-Chief Michael returned again – this time with his wife, son and in-laws – for another dose of spring sunshine, volcanic views, fir forests and black-sand beaches… This tiny island really does have (almost) everything I look for in a holiday destination: guaranteed sunshine, a laid-back vibe, lots of beaches (if we’re being picky I’d prefer blonde sand and smaller waves), superb value for money, and some spectacular mountain scenery… Access is reasonably easy: we…
  • Spotlight on… the Cyclades

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is theoriginal island-hopping destination, and with BA recently launching direct flights from Heathrow to both Santorini and Mykonos, it’s easier than ever to escape to gorgeous Greece. Each of the Cyclades has its own personality, but regardless of where you end up, you’re certain to find exceptionally beautiful landscapes and delicious local cuisine; we could happily feast on fava and souvlaki, washed down with crisp white wine,for weeks on end… Oia, Santorini Why go? The Cyclades is a unique collection of islands – packed with character and Greek charm – that have been…
  • Family Escape of the Month… Ammos Hotel

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Set only 15 minutes from bustling Chania in Crete, friendly Ammos Hotel offers everything from attentive service and delicious food to thoughtful inclusions like flowers and kitchen equipment in each room. All this, combined with its stunning beachfront location, makes for an exquisite getaway perfectly suited to families with young children. The delightful sandy beach in front of the hotel is sheltered and has shallow waters making it safe and warm for younger paddlers. Never has a getaway felt more relaxed; Nikos, the owner, has every detail covered and the attentive yet unobtrusive service…
  • Snapshots from… Copenhagen and Stockholm

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    Acting Editor Abi shares some photos from her latest trip – a week exploring the super-cool Scandi capitals of Copenhagen and Stockholm with her partner Chris. The main purpose of our Scandi adventure was to catch up with friends in Stockholm, but we couldn’t resist sneaking in a few days in one of our favourite cities, Copenhagen, along the way. I first visited the Danish capital at the age of 14, when I spent a week with my penfriend and her family, and I return whenever I can – not only because I love its cosmopolitan yet easy-going atmosphere, but because I’m now old enough to…
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  • What is the point of a Friendship if it fades?

    Andrew Crusoe
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    I’ve been asking far too few questions lately. Usually when I share something with you here, I want to give you something to be excited about, someplace you can dream to see someday. But today, as I was triaging through old files, I came across a folder on my Mac called “Friend Docs,” resulting in a cascading series of events that led me straight down Memory Lane. You see, ever since I got a new iPod, I’ve been shooting all kinds of HD video, and it’s filling up my drive faster that I anticipated. Turns out, a surprisingly large chunk of my space was also going…
  • MacKenzie Park: Brown Noddy cliff birds video

    Andrew Crusoe
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Welcome back to MacKenzie Park! The “Byteful Glimpse” video series continues with a short (and hilarious) video about some other things we saw by the park cliffs (henceforth to be referred to as the Cliffs of Insanity). This one is EASILY the wackiest one yet. Share & Enjoy! Transcript: A: You keep talking about these birds, but I never see them. R: Well that’s because you’re too busy looking at your camera. Birds are flying around as we speak. A: Well, okay. Screw that. Where? R: Off the edge of the point there. Every once in a while a black bat-like face comes…
  • MacKenzie Park: Whale Spout on Big Island video

    Andrew Crusoe
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Welcome to MacKenzie Park! Today, I’m happy to share the 2nd in my “Byteful Glimpse” HD travel series of short videos. You see, ever since I got an iPod that can actually shoot HD video, I’ve been doing what I can to capture glimpses of some of the best places on the island. And MacKenzie Park is one of the loveliest places on the east side of the island. So lovely, in fact, that I was treated to a whale sighting while sitting on the edge of one of the cliffs. Share & Enjoy! Transcript: A: Jump for no reason! Expend thousands of calories! *laughter* A: You…
  • Interview with Travel Blogger Mera Johnson: A Full-time Mom Who has Found Balance

    Andrew Crusoe
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:11 am
    The Astounding Travel Writers interview series continues today with a newer member of the travel blogger sphere. I first learned about Mera when she submitted an article to the Byteful Travel blog carnival a while back. Mera is a great example of someone who knows what they love to do and is actively doing what they can to share their adventures with the world in an honest, and very real, way. 1. Thanks for agreeing to do an interview today and being a part of my Astounding Travel Writers Series. It’s wonderful when we travel writers can connect. I’d like to begin with a simple…
  • Kehena: Where Naked Hippies Come to Play video

    Andrew Crusoe
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:01 am
    Welcome to The Senic Kehena! Okay, I give up. I officially have a videolog now. (NOT calling it a vlog because that’s a gross word.) You see, ever since I got an iPod that can actually shoot HD video, I’ve been doing what I can to capture glimpses of some of the best places on the island. So yeah, a videolog. And today, I’m happy to share with you the first in a new HD video series. Let’s call it the “Byteful Glimpse series.” These videos, all of which will be pretty short (probably all under 90 seconds), are designed to be like island popcorn, edited to…
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  • Redefining Self-Love Series | 5 Ways to Love Yourself with Food | Guest Post from Leah @ Deep Rooted Wellness

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    My passion for food stems from my own 10-year battle with an eating disorder. As many high school girls and young women experience (and men as well, eating disorders aren't unique to the female gender), food became a major source of anxiety, discomfort, regret, failure, and sickness. And it’s unlike any other addiction in that you can’t just quit cold turkey – you have to learn to manage your addiction. I spent years learning to do just that, but it wasn't until I started to think about food in a more loving way that my attitude and perspective about diet shifted.Detox Veggies | Photo…
  • Behind-the-Scenes: Interview w/ Desi's Floral & Design Studio | Boone, NC Wedding Vendor

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    While most of the weddings I photograph happen off the mountain around North Carolina and beyond, it was a real treat to have the opportunity to work with local wedding vendors here in Boone, NC for our Alice in Wonderland styled shoot. Once Desi came on board she ended up being an integral part of the planning process and her contribution to the photoshoot was more than I could include in one blog post, so I interviewed her for more behind-the-scenes details.  What was your contribution to the styled shoot?Floral Design & Styling // Costume & Props: Mini Top Hat Fascinator, Bow…
  • Redefining Self-Love Series: 5 Ways To Practice Self-Love (Part 1) | Boone, NC Photographer

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I feel like I've been on a looping roller coaster of emotion these past few weeks as I have delved more deeply into this self-imposed journey of redefining self-love. The whole idea of “loving myself more” makes me feel slightly squeamish because, let's face it, I don't know what the heck I'm doing or how I’m supposed to be doing it, but I'm willing to give it a try for longer than a mere trial period. What’s the worst that could happen?! I'm starting to realize that it's not a matter of whether or not I have lost love for myself, the truth is that everything I need is already a part…
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland | Wedding Styled Shoot | Boone, NC Photographer

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I reach a certain point in the depths of winter when I find myself feeling a little despondent. There's not as much going on because folks are hibernating. The gaps between my weddings and photoshoots feels unusually elongated which causes my creativity to take a hit. That's why I was thrilled when Andi and I decided to collaborate and create a wedding styled shoot before the busy season really begins!This Alice in Wonderland Wedding Inspiration Shoot was the extra oomph I needed to get my foggy brain back into photographer mode where I wanted it to be! Having the opportunity to create…
  • Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone | Boone, NC Wedding Photographer

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:08 am
    If you scour my yearbooks from 6th grade until my senior year in high school, you will only find my photo in two yearbooks. I used to go to great lengths to avoid having my picture taken when I was younger. I remember going to extremes in order to miss picture day, from faking sick to skipping school, I would do anything to get out of it! I hated the way that I looked in photographs.NOT LIKING IMAGES OF OURSELVES IS UNIVERSALI can't tell you how many times I've heard from clients and friends that they “take horrible photos” or that they “never look good in pictures.” It pains me to…
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  • Rocking nightlife of Bangalore

    Kavitha Joseph
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    Bangalore has always carved a niche for itself for its nightlife. Bangalore is often called as the “Pub capital of India”. There are over 800 night clubs, pubs and lounges in Bangalore. The city has seen a high increase in the pub culture, post the city was named as the IT hub. The city sees […]Related Posts:Delhi’s Three Popular Unusual Nightlife HangoutsCommercial street – Undisputable shopping haven of…Cool Bangalore and its happening nightlifeGet Immersed into the Ever Exciting Nightlife of IndiaAwesome Hyderabadi nights
  • Commercial street – Undisputable shopping haven of Bangalore

    Kavitha Joseph
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Bangalore is the largest city and the capital of Karnataka. This city has undergone a huge change in the past few decades. The transformation can be owed to the, influx of people from all over India coming to the city and making Bangalore, the place of choice for their work and home. Even a visit […]Related Posts:Rocking nightlife of BangaloreA Guide to Night Shopping in Dubai – Where and What to BuyRelish Udaipur at Night – Witness the transformation of…Shopping from the street is such a treatDubai – a much adored shopping paradise
  • Delhi’s Three Popular Unusual Nightlife Hangouts

    Kavitha Joseph
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:56 am
    Delhi the capital city of India is growing in popularity for its nightlife. The natives of the city and also tourists from all over the Country and globally come to this fascinating city to experience its nightlife. The best part of Delhi is that each corner of the city portrays a different image and it […]Related Posts:Enjoy Pubs, Bars, Music & Much More in Delhi’s…Rocking nightlife of BangaloreNew Delhi Nightlife for Locals and Tourists: An OverviewNightclubs that Make Delhi an Exclusive Party DestinationGet Immersed into the Ever Exciting Nightlife of India
  • The importance of purchasing travel insurance

    Kavitha Joseph
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:34 am
    The travelling bug has caught all of us and we love travelling. As the travelling season is nearing and many families are planning trips to different parts of the world, it is imperative to know how important travel insurance is. Many of the travelers take travel insurance lightly and do not discuss about travel insurance […]Related Posts:Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance before Any HolidayBe safe, and have a hassle free trip, to EuropeTen Valuable Tips That Can Make the Foreign Trip EasierIs travelling a new fad ?5 Amazing Tips for First Time Travelers
  • Maldives a perfect choice for your next holiday

    Kavitha Joseph
    13 Feb 2014 | 1:13 am
    Maldives is popularly referred as Maldives Island and receive thousands of tourists all through the year. The economy of the Country predominantly depends on tourism, for its coffers. The best part about holidaying in Maldives is that there is a visitor can obtain the visa, on arrival provided they have all the valid documents with […]Related Posts:Maldives the land of Scuba divingMaldives – Beauty amidst the Ocean.Bali – An exotic honeymoon getawayNight Diving – A Thrilling Nightlife ActivityFun packed holiday in Phuket
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  • Why We Will Never Use Goldcar Car Hire Again

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Up until arriving on Fuerteventura, my preferred car hire booking agency was Auto Europe. I always found their prices to be extremely competitive, a factor which is even more important when you travel and hire cars a lot, as we do. I confess, I don’t normally even bother to look who the actual car hire company is, I just turn up, sign the documents and collect the car. It’s a common feature of our travel that we have to ‘hit the ground running’ because inevitably we try to cram as much into trips as we can and time is of the essence. Fuerteventura last month was no…
  • From Don Quixote to James Dean, the Windmills of Fuerteventura

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    ‘Go and have an adventure,’ the windmill whispers. I have no intention of whittling the nearest branch into a lance and attacking the thimble shaped construction with its canvas-less sails. But the image that floods my mind ever time I lay eyes on an old fashioned windmill is of a shoddy, misguided knight attacking a giant with four spinning arms. Unlike Don Quixote, I know these are benign, gentle creatures that exist for the benefit of humankind. They harm no one, not even the environment. Plus, this is Fuerteventura, there are no trees to whittle into a lance.
  • Gastronomy and Restaurants on Fuerteventura

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    We’d walked eleven kilometres and were ready to refuel. We’d planned it so that the half way mark of our route would be in a small town. The problem was that there seemed to be a lack of places to actually rest our weary bones and eat. A street-sweeper rested in the shade of a pretty, whitewashed church. “Is there anywhere nearby to buy a bocadillo?” Andy asked him. “Yes,” he cheerfully replied. “Betancuria.” Betancuria was about fifteen kilometres away… and we were on foot. By day two on Fuerteventura we realised once you move away from resort areas there simply…
  • Sexy Salmon & Cava on a Saturday Night

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    This variation of a ‘light and sunny as a spring day’ Rick Stein recipe totally changed our opinion about salmon. It is the Grace Kelly of fish dishes; elegant, sophisticated and a joy to look at. It is also delectably delicious and a perfect summery Saturday night dish. Until we tried this recipe we thought of salmon as a bit of a bland fish without much of a personality. Salmon in a cava sauce totally converted us, making us realise that too many chefs in restaurants over the years had done the beautifully coloured fish a disservice – cooking all the tasty goodness out of it.
  • As We Walked out to the Ermita in the Rocks on Fuerteventura

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    They might not be tumbleweed, but there are definitely skeletons of some type of dried out plant blowing through the streets of the tiny town. The wind has puffed up its cheeks and is blowing a hoolie. We sit in the car, undecided. There’s a yellow alert weather warning in place for high winds throughout the day. Normally we wouldn’t take to the trail in these circumstances. As there are no trees about to squash our heads, the potential danger is reduced significantly. Yellow means caution. If it was orange there would be no question, we wouldn’t be walking. Ironically, the…
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  • Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S CABANA BAY BEACH RESORT IS NOW OPEN Brand-New On-Site Hotel Features Family Suites, 10-Lane Bowling Alley, Retro Arcade, a Zero-Entry Pool with a Waterslide and Interactive Water Play Area for Kids – and More ORLANDO, Fla. (March 31, 2014) – Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort officially welcomes its first guests today. This brand-new value … Continue reading →
  • Hyatt Regency Newport, Rhode Island

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    Hyatt Regency Newport /1 Goat Island / Newport, RI 02840 / 401-846-7210 Hyatt Regency Newport has an idyllic setting.   The hotel is situated on Goat Island and surrounded by Narragansett Bay, offering the seclusion of a private island, just minutes from downtown Newport.  My partner Jennifer and I enjoyed a relaxing weekend getaway this summer … Continue reading →
  • Rick’s Roadhouse – Providence, RI

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Rick’s Roadhouse / 370 Richmond Street / Providence, RI / 401-272-PORK I was in love with Rick’s Roadhouse before it even opened. I remember reading an article about this new BBQ restaurant opening in downtown Providence that would reflect the type BBQ shacks one would find on on a road trip, such as on historic … Continue reading →
  • Fairway Suites at Peek ‘N’ Peak Resort – Clymer, NY

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Gay Travel | Gay Friendly Accommodations | Gay Travel Blog | Gay Friendly  Fairway Suites at Peek’ N’ Peak Resort / 1433 Conway Road / Clymer, NY / 1-716-355-5014 Luxurious Vacations in Four Seasons of Fun. The Fairway Suites is ideally located within walking distance to golfing, dining and skiing available at the Peek’ n … Continue reading →
  • Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort – Destin, Florida

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort / 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West / Destin, Florida 32550 /1-800-277-0800 My partner, Jennifer, and I recently had the pleasure of staying at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort located on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, between Pensacola and Panama City, eight miles east of Destin. A member of Beaches of South … Continue reading →
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  • America�s 10 Best State Parks
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Every year, our nation’s nearly 8,000 state parks see more than 720 million visitors—more than two-and-a-half times the number of all visits to national parks, which include marquee names such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon.These state parks tend to be smaller than national parks, and relatively modest in comparison, but they form the backbone of our park system and enjoy fierce loyalty from families who visit year after year. Here are 10 you may not know about—but should. by Deb Hopewell Deb Hopewell is a freelance writer and editor whose travel…
  • Beer Lover's Guide to Wellington, New Zealand
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Wellington easily deserves the title of Craft Beer Capital of New Zealand, due to its plethora of breweries, beer bars, and homegrown culture with a near-religious devotion to brew. However, its the area around Nelson, on the northern tip of the South Island, that supplies a finite stream of hops to the nation’s brewers as well as overseas. What makes New Zealand beers so flavorful and aromatically unique? Growers cultivate several types of hops that are exclusive to the islands. The most recognized is Nelson Sauvin, with a flavor of freshly crushed gooseberry, likened to…
  • 5 Reasons To Visit Phu Quoc, Vietnam
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, accessible only by ferry or plane, rests in the mild waters of the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border. White-sand beaches ring this island, which remains largely undeveloped except for a sprinkling of fishing villages. But more and more travelers are visiting, and there are several new hotels under construction along the road that lines Long Beach, the busiest stretch of sand on the island. Here are five reasons to check out Phu Quoc before everyone else discovers this hidden gem.  Affordable Beachfront Accommodations From thatched bungalows to…
  • Travel Quote of the Week: On the Joys of Taking a Journey
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Who doesn't love an inspiring travel quote? (As if we need any more reason to hit the road.) Like what you see here? There are plenty more travel quotes where this came from. Check us out on Pinterest. And tell us what you thought of this quote on Twitter or Facebook.
  • World's 15 Most Beautiful City Parks
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    In the middle of an urban jungle, sometimes you need to find a moment of peace and quiet. At these amazing city parks, visitors can explore winding pathways, picnic in open green meadows, or wile away the afternoon next to a pond. But some parks are major attractions in their own right and offer more than just a place to take a break. From a Canadian wilderness retreat with wooded seaside pathways, to a colorful architectural mecca in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, these destinations give new meaning to the words “urban oasis.” Here are our picks for the…
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Postcards from Palm Island Open Day

    Iain Mallory
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory The opportunity to meet new people, and become acquainted with a different culture is one of the many reasons I choose to travel. When the culture concerned is the oldest in the world, it is an encounter to be cherished. For this reason, attending the inaugural Open Day on Palm Island, Queensland promised an extra […] The post Postcards from Palm Island Open Day appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from Magnetic Island, Queensland

    Iain Mallory
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Learning the wince inducing news that wombats have cube shaped poo was just one of the fascinating gems shared at Bungalow Bay koala village, on Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia. The reason, apparently it doesn’t roll, probably useful but it seems unlikely wombats look forward to toilet breaks. The locals affectionately call the one road island […] The post Postcards from Magnetic Island, Queensland appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Exploring Queensland Itinerary with #Room753

    Iain Mallory
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory As well as excitement, there will be a degree of concern when my plane touches down in Brisbane on Monday. It will be in the aftermath of Cyclone Ita, and although I’ve often expressed a wish to experience stormchasing, witnessing the damage caused by a major storm first hand, with some potentially tragic stories, is […] The post Exploring Queensland Itinerary with #Room753 appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Masiphumelele Township; The Spirit to Succeed in Cape Town

    Iain Mallory
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Driving past the townships such as Masiphumelele, close to Cape Town it is easy to consider them a blight on the area. Filled with ramshackle, rundown temporary accommodation, streets littered with garbage, effluence, or even open sewage streaming down the streets, and discarded vehicles abandoned in the shanty-like communities. Masiphumelele, means “I will succeed” Originally, […] The post Masiphumelele Township; The Spirit to Succeed in Cape Town appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from a South Atlantic Sunset

    Iain Mallory
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory There’s been some ‘golden hour’ inequality on this site recently, with slightly too much sunrise favouritism. It’s time to redress the balance, and as sunsets on St Helena, in the South Atlantic are as impressive, sharing a few from there would even the score. “The light is looking poor” was the forecast offered by a […] The post Postcards from a South Atlantic Sunset appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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  • 5 Creative Ways to Avoid Airline Fees

    Anne McDermott
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    If you routinely buy first class tickets for weekend getaways to Paris (sample June fare: $7,944)  you probably don’t care about extra fees. The rest of us do. Here are some creative ways to avoid them and all those other annoying extra charges. LISTEN: Rick Seaney has more ideas on avoiding fees. 1. Problem: Checked-bag Fees Creative solution: Wearable luggage. You may look ridiculous wearing these lumpy-looking coats and dresses which are covered in huge pockets (OK, you will look ridiculous) but wearable luggage can mean you won’t need any bag at all. However, since airline…
  • 6 Perfect Places for Memorial Day Trips

    Anne McDermott
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Whether you’re kicking off the season with an early summer vacation or just taking a weekend break, here are some great destinations for Memorial Day (May 26). Bonus: Almost all these destinations are cheaper cities to fly to. Click the city name to find flights from your town. LISTEN: Rick Seaney’s favorite spot? Oh, he likes everyplace. Most Popular Cities These three cities always place high on top 10 “best places to go” holiday lists and Memorial Day travel is no exception. Las Vegas: “But all you can do is gamble,” grumble some, but Vegas is so much…
  • 11 National Parks Easy to Get to by Plane

    Anne McDermott
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:19 am
    The variety of America’s National Parks is pretty incredible – vast lonely deserts, hauntingly beautiful mountains, amazing undersea worlds and the fascinating animals that call these ecosystems home. LISTEN FareCompare’s Rick Seaney admits he’s got some exploring to do. Fly + Drive Getting to some of these parks isn’t easy (don’t let that deter you!) so  here’s a list of  popular parks that aren’t all that far from airports – relatively speaking, that is. We also acknowledge this list is by no means complete; if we missed your…
  • 5 Ways to Stop Thieves when Traveling

    Anne McDermott
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:39 am
    Relax: Chances are, nothing bad will happen on your vacation – and your chances improve simply by using your common sense. Check out these sensible tips including a few ideas that may be new to you. LISTEN: Thieves? Travel expert Rick Seaney to the rescue. The stripper scam and other bizarre ripoffs 1. Keep Valuables Safe Phone, electronics: Keep on your person, in a shirt or an inside jacket pocket or in your hand. Don’t let a phone sit on a table: Thieves have been known to walk by, pick a device and be out the door before you even notice. Money, cards, passports: Don’t…
  • 5 Things Cheapskates Never Do When Shopping for Flights

    Anne McDermott
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:59 am
    There’s no shame in being a cheapskate for airfare; on the contrary, it’s a badge of honor. If you’d like to join the ranks of cheapskate travelers, follow these tips from FareCompare’s resident airfare expert Rick Seaney and start saving money now. LISTEN Rick Seaney is proud to be cheap. Join him. 1. Cheapskates don’t shop too early If you buy your airline tickets for U.S. travel more than three-and-a-half months before departure, you could pay too much. For flights to Europe, don’t start shopping until about five months before take-off. When to shop:…
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    Famsterdam Life

  • Bike Ride through the Tulips

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:20 am
    Because spring in Holland is just amazing. Related posts: The Blog is Bike Touring! Blossoming Tulips in Holland After Work Ride to Enkhuizen
  • Unconventional Kid Carrying

    18 Mar 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Can you spot the kid in this picture?
  • Eye For An Eye

    4 Mar 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Paris, la ville lumière. After my bike journey from Amsterdam to Paris, I spent one week in the city, staying at different friends and exploring the various arrondissements. One of the most impressive museums that I visited was, of course, the Louvre. Blogging about the Louvre is an impossible task, one can maybe select a few things and write about them, like I already did once with The Fall of Icarus. This time around, I’d like to write a bit about one of the pieces in there which captured me the most: the Code of Hammurabi. The Code of Hammurabi is one of the oldest law collection…
  • Middelburg is Another CDT (Cute Dutch Town)

    18 Feb 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Middelburg is the sleepy capital of Zeeland, the region best known for having given its name to New Zealand. I’ve cycled there during my journey to Paris. This is a nice shot of the cathedral of Middelburg, which is another Dutch town where you can never be sure about what’s crooked, the houses or the towers. Related posts: Gouda, The Cheesy Town The Cathedral of Mexico City
  • Picasso and the Mandolin

    4 Feb 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Picasso painted Girl With a Mandolin in 1910. I just think it’s a really, really cool painting. PS: I could have used an “official” picture of this painting. It would have probably been of a better quality. I just like to use these pics that I took myself. I don’t know, it feels like more authentic and less of a schoolbook. Related posts: Picasso’s Violin and Grapes Vic Heroicus Sublimis Futurism at War
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  • Exploring Fraser Island

    Jade House
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Along the east coast of Australia, from Sydney to Cairns, you’ll find a dizzying array of bucket list worthy activities and trips. From climbing atop one of the worlds most recognizable bridges in Sydney, to multi-day sailing trips around the most famous reef in the world in the stunning Whitsundays, this side of Oz will overrun anyone’s itinerary. One such … Exploring Fraser Island is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 things to do on Australia’s east coast

    Nicola Dunkinson
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Australia’s east coast has it all, from vibrant cities to rainforest and miles of pristine beaches, not to mention the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands. Whether you fly, hire a campervan, car or use coaches or trains, whatever mode of transport you choose it is easy to get around this stunning part of the world and see the main … Top 10 things to do on Australia’s east coast is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Hua Hin, Thailand – Best beach holidays

    Toni Marie Ford
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    I had never heard of Hua Hin before we decided, on a stiflingly hot night in Bangkok, to head south to the beach. The few locals we quizzed on where to go unanimously favoured Hua Hin, adding that it’s the summer residence of the King of Thailand. Feeling royal, we hopped on the next morning’s train. The King’s summer palace … Hua Hin, Thailand – Best beach holidays is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 shopping malls in Dubai

    Michelle Dunn
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Dubai is the most shimmering shrine to consumerism in the Middle East. We check out the city’s most lavish super-malls, guaranteed to lure you and your credit card. 10. Dubai Outlet Mall Where: Dubai Al-Ain Road, near Route 66 in Dubailand. What: The only outlet concept mall in the Middle East, Dubai Outlet Mall is heaven for savvy shoppers seeking high-end designer … Top 10 shopping malls in Dubai is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 things to do in Dubai

    David Wells
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    Dubai is the one of 21st century’s iconic destinations, combining Arabian history and culture with hyper-modern amenities and record-breaking luxury. Sometimes unfairly characterised as a destination for shopping, shopping and more shopping, there’s actually a huge variety of activities on offer. Here’s our list of the top 10 things to do in Dubai. 10. Enjoy the beach There aren’t many … Top 10 things to do in Dubai is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
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  • Travelling With A Microsoft Surface

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Travelling With A Microsoft SurfaceRecently we were given the opportunity to trial the new Windows Surface and thought our upcoming trip to Bali would be the perfect destination. Since the days of our long term travel, both Anthony and I have never really used Windows products, so we were quite keen to see how the Windows Surface performed. However, when we were travelling, we didn’t have iPhones or tablets. The only technology we carried with us was a laptop, which meant that our usage was pretty much limited to our room at the end of the day or on long bus trips. So, having the…
  • The Best Travel Camera & Phone

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    The Best Travel Camera & PhoneWe have been travelling for sometime now and we’ve documented our experiences of our adventures over the past 5 years. During this time we have accumulated a number of different devices to capture our memories on, whether it be photos, or video we are constantly on the hunt to make our way of capturing and sharing our content more streamlined and faster and more than anything, less bulky. At the moment we carry around a large DSLR, a smart phone and a video camera. Lets just say that my day pack is heavily weighted when we go out during the day…
  • How to Save for Your Dream Holiday

    17 Mar 2014 | 4:41 pm
    How to Save for Your Dream HolidaySometimes that dream holiday seems so far from reach that you feel like you will never be able to get there. From experience though we know that if you have a plan in place you can reach your goals so we’ve recently teamed up with ANZto get people thinking about how they can make saving for their dream holiday a little easier. We wanted to put together a guideline of tips and tricks we used in saving for our dream trip of travelling the world and some of the sacrifices we made during the lead up to this trip. It is most important that you have clear…
  • Choose Your Own Adventure

    10 Mar 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Choose Your Own AdventureWe are happy to be partnering with GIO for a fantastic competition where you can choose your own adventure. Us Aussies love to travel. In fact, 8.4 million of us (or almost 40%) headed overseas between 2012 and 2013. However being the down-to-earth people we are, we’re also quite humble in the amount of hard-earned money we’re willing to fork out for a holiday. It’s true that we’re only spending between $2,000 and $3,000 per trip but what if we had more? GIO has created this fun infographic that reveals the different types of experiences a travel budget can…
  • The All Inclusive Grand Mirage Bali

    17 Feb 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The All Inclusive Grand Mirage BaliWhenever someone says they have just been on an all-inclusive holiday, I immediately conjure up images of young, toned entertainment guys trying to get you to play volleyball or sing karaoke with them, sunburnt tourists strolling around in their board shorts and bikinis all day- who probably shouldn’t be in their board shorts and bikinis all day and screaming children, splashing and bombing the pool all hyped up on free soft drinks and chocolate cake. Sounds delightful doesn’t it? So why on earth would Anthony and I experience and all inclusive…
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    The World on Wheels

  • CLASSIC TRIP: England, Ireland, Belgium 2005 - Part 3

    Darryl Musick
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    BruggesJust a quick word about the classic trip series of reports here, they are presented just as written on our old site, so the information...such as prices and such...may be dated.  They are accurate as of the date in the title.  This is the case in the story 2005 Hoegaarden was a boutique and hard-to-get beer here in the states.  Since then, the company bought out Anheiser-Busch and is now the largest brewer in the world and you can find Hoegaarden in