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  • Why your next airline ticket purchase should be like buying a car

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    Christopher Elliott
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When Loren Witkin says that he shopped around for a new car, you can take him at his word. Witkin […] The post Why your next airline ticket purchase should be like buying a car appeared first on Elliott.
  • A Trip to Monterey California for Fabulous Seafood

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    Rafe Sagarin
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
        Unlike many gorgeous tourist oriented cities by the sea, Monterey California doesn’t necessarily shunt you down to a few tourist-friendly reconditioned blocks of bad and overpriced chain restaurants (Chart House, anyone?). Yes, there is a section of the old Cannery Row that has spawned a whole string of the most goddawful avoidable businesses in California and the special torture of $18 prix fixe parking lots.  I know there’s a Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Factory, and maybe an IMAX theatre and I’m guessing there’s a Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum, though I haven’t…
  • Road Tripping in New Mexico

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    Beth Whitman
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    This post is a bit late in coming as I was in New Mexico earlier this summer. Still, I wanted to make some time for one of my very favorite destinations. Though I make Seattle my home, my heart always gets pulled back to The Land of Enchantment. If I didn’t feel the need to be near water, I would likely be living there. But the Pacific Northwest’s green mountains and plethora of lakes, rivers, bays and sounds makes it my number one choice. I do travel to New Mexico fairly regularly, particularly now that I lead culinary tours to Santa Fe once a year. When I can, I tack on extra…
  • 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

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

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    Nicole Connolly
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Belize is the travel destination for nature lovers and adventurous spirits. Ambergris Caye is one of the many cayes or islands that run along the coastline of the small vibrant multicultural nation of Belize. The coastal waters contain the world’s second largest Barrier Reef where the clarity of the warm Caribbean waters has established it as a diver’s paradise. Much of country of Belize has been retained in its original rain forest as it forms a vital link in the unique ecosystem of this part of the world. Ambergris Caye is the largest of the cayes and is the most developed. The…
 
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  • I Heart My National Park: Big Bend

    I Heart My National Park
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Crowned with a sky so wide that it threatens to define infinity, the Big Bend region of West Texas remains one of the last true frontiers in the Lower 48, a landscape unique in the world. Keene Haywood—on Twitter @keeneh—has been a frequent visitor to Big Bend National Park,named for a curve in the Rio Grande River, for the past 20 years, having formerly worked for The Nature Conservancy in the nearby Davis Mountain Preserve, Texas’s largest. Big Bend itself is monumental in size, containing more acreage than the state of Rhode Island. Keene currently directs a Masters program…
  • @NatGeoTravel Staff Picks: Best Islands

    Leslie Trew Magraw
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    On the lookout for a great escape? There’s nothing quite like an island to transport you to an alternate reality—one where days seem to stretch on forever and troubles fall away like an ebbing tide. Here are a few of the @NatGeoTravel team’s favorite islands to get you in that dreaming mood: Malta “As Heather C. mentions in “Reader Recs: Island Getaways,” Malta presents an incredible island getaway experience. After a world-traveler friend assured me that Malta was the most amazing place she’d ever visited, I knew I had to unearth what she meant. So from the beauty…
  • Enchanted Isle: Puerto Rico

    Henley Vazquez
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    If Puerto Rico isn’t on your radar, it’s time to readjust. The Caribbean’s most convenient destination—especially for Americans, who don’t need a passport to get there—is also one of its most interesting. An unincorporated U.S. territory since the end of the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico established its own constitution in 1952, beginning its complicated status as a commonwealth. And while its residents are American citizens, its culture—a unique blend of Caribbean and European—represents a melting pot all its own. Regardless of its political standing, Puerto…
  • Travel Lens: Amy Toensing’s World

    Leslie Trew Magraw
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people. A regular contributor to National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines for decades, her work has been exhibited throughout the world and recognized with numerous awards. Toensing’s assignments have also taken her all around the world. She has covered stories from places close to home—Maine, the Jersey Shore—to places on the other side of the globe, including the remote jungles of Papua New…
  • I Heart My City: Evin’s Cork

    Intelligent Travel
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    American artist and writer Evin O’Keeffe grew up near Washington, D.C., and got bitten by the travel bug early. But after seeing the world, she decided to plant her roots in Cork City, where she has lived for the past six years—now with her husband and son. In addition to keeping up with her family and keeping her blogs, Evin OK and 40 Shades of Life, up to date, O’Keeffe is founder and creative director of Anchor and Bee and a member of the Irish Food Bloggers Association. Here are a few of Evin’s favorite things about the riverside city she calls home. Follow…
 
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  • Honolulu BYOB

    Jamie Winpenny
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    When it comes to dining out, my tastes and appetites are unsophisticated and modest. I’m more of an atmosphere person. Usually, if The post Honolulu BYOB appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Why Hawaiian Airlines Feels Hawaiian

    Bruce Fisher
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Ever since I got my Alaska Airlines credit card, I’ve been a die-hard Alaska Airlines flyer. I like their snack packs, service The post Why Hawaiian Airlines Feels Hawaiian appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Rental Car Exploits on Oahu

    Bruce Fisher
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    The vacation to Oahu is booked. The room at the hotel has been reserved. You’ve made calls about restaurant reservations, activity plans The post Rental Car Exploits on Oahu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Stand-up Comedy in Hawaii. Seriously.

    Jamie Winpenny
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Visitors to Hawaii planning activities while here could certainly be forgiven for overlooking a night taking in some stand-up comedy. After all, The post Stand-up Comedy in Hawaii. Seriously. appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Sandy Beach Breakdown

    Jamie Winpenny
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    At Oahu’s southeastern tip is Sandy Beach, a world-famous beachbreak notable for its size and raw power. Locals love “Sandy’s” for its The post Sandy Beach Breakdown appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • Life of a New Zealand gangster

    Matt Hershberger
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube The Mighty Mongrel Mob is a notorious street gang in New Zealand. News reports about the gang usually have to do with their various crimes — murder, robbery, sex trafficking, extortion — and the fact that their members make up almost a tenth of the country’s prison population. The short film Skin, however, revolves around the personal life of one of the Mob’s founding members, Martyka “Skin Dog” Brandt. Brandt’s a man who should have been destined to die young, but in the film he explains how having…
  • Sharks, stingrays, at the beach

    Katka Lapelosa
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I NEVER REALIZED how close to the shore sharks could swim, so now of course anytime I go to the beach I’ll be on the lookout for dorsal fins sticking out of the water. Only three out of 11 species of hammerhead sharks are potential threats to humans, and it’s unclear as to which type was caught on camera off the coast of Destin, Florida. But I’m still surprised how close the beach goers got to this creature in the water, especially because it was chasing after a stingray, which could also have hurt them if they somehow avoided messing with the shark. For more cool tidbits…
  • 4 cool ways people are using drones

    Matt Hershberger
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo: Lima Pix We’ve officially entered the Drone Age. Drones are regularly in the news these days, and usually, the news is pretty negative: The US military is using drones to bomb the crap out of some remote village in Yemen. Some yahoo crashed his drone-mounted camera into Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring. Amazon wants to start using drone octocopters to deliver packages — which would be cool if Amazon weren’t an evil corporation that could totally turn into Skynet. But on a day-to-day basis, we’re seeing people use drones in far more productive, creative, and…
  • Killer timelapse of Chile + Bolivia

    Matt Hershberger
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube The surreal deserts, salt flats, and mountains of Chile and Bolivia are a natural subject for photographers and filmmakers. This timelapse short film, Beyond Nature II, put together by Vimeo user aprilgarden, somehow manages to add even more drama and scale to an already inconceivably beautiful place. Check it out.
  • Fake images from a trip to Thailand

    Katka Lapelosa
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NOT GOING TO LIE — I think what Zilla van den Born did was hilarious, and brave. In a world where people now judge your travel prowess based on how hardcore your selfies are, it comes as no surprise to me that people will start photoshopping themselves into exotic locations. Zilla, a graphic designs student living in Amsterdam, tricked friends and family into thinking she had taken a 5-week trip to Thailand by staging photos around her neighborhood, or manipulating herself into other people’s photos. Photo via Zilla van den Born “I did this to show people that we filter and…
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  • Denver-area Hiking

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

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

    Beth Whitman
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    When it comes to synthetic insulated jackets, apparently all roads lead to The North Face. On my numerous trips to REI and other outdoor retailers to research the best “puffy coat” to bring with me on the Snowman Trek, the sales clerks consistently pointed me toward The North Face and, specifically, the Thermoball. Here’s why… The North Face Thermoball jacket is synthetic but equivalent to a down jacket with 600-fill. The jacket compresses down so small that it’s hard to believe it could be so warm but, dang, it is. Because it’s synthetic, I don’t…
  • This Month Win a Pair of Mauria Boots from LOWA

    Beth Whitman
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    There are a lot of things I’m having to pay very close attention to as I prepare for the Snowman Trek later this month. Staying warm, hydrated, fueled with the proper food and foot comfort are all very high on the list. With us hiking anywhere from eight to 13 miles per day, making sure that my feet are going to be comfortable ranks high on the list. When considering the type of hiking boot I wanted, ankle support and light weight were two things I felt would be most important. After all, I don’t want to have to trudge around in a heavy (albeit sturdy) leather boot. Having tested…
  • Countdown to the Snowman Trek

    Beth Whitman
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    We depart in 10 days for Bangkok and then onward to Bhutan for the Snowman Trek. Since Jon and I are both going, the house is filled with piles of clothes, gear and food that, hopefully, will fit into four pieces of luggage between the two of us. (Yes, I’m breaking my carry-on bag-only rule for this trip.) FedEx, UPS and Trac (Amazon) trucks are literally arriving a couple times a day as we place orders for last-minute items we keep realizing we need. And we’re making frequent pilgrimages to REI and other outdoor retailers items that might come in handy. Many of the companies…
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  • Top 3 Deals in Royal Caribbean’s Weekend WOW Sale

    Rich Tucker
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    2 Day Royal Caribbean WOW Sale just launched:  On top of low prices and all other Royal Caribbean Sales going on, if you book your 2014 Royal Caribbean Cruise NOW, you will get up to $50 more to spend on board. Offer Details: Booking Window: September 13 -14, 2014 Sailing Window: All sailings between September 14 – December 31, 2014 (excl’ing Quantum) $25 OBC per stateroom – Interior / Ocean view $50 OBC per stateroom – Balcony / Suite My top 3 Picks in the Weekend WOW Sale:  $159 5-night Vision of the Seas Caribbean Cruise [$32/day] departing Ft Lauderdale on…
  • 2015 Cunard Boomerang Voyage

    Rich Tucker
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    There may be no better way to experience Australia and the South Pacific in 57 days than the 2015 Cunard Boomerang Voyage. What makes the Boomerang Voyage so special? The Boomerang Voyage embarks on Queen Elizabeth out of San Francisco in February 2015 and then after an 8 day Australian land package returns from Sydney to Los Angeles on Queen Victoria. Swapping one luxurious Queen for the other in Sydney and loaded with an itinerary full of South Pacific ports of call.  Click here to view full itinerary.   Important Note: Space is even more limited on this unique voyage due to the fact…
  • Royal Caribbean end of Summer Sale: 3 Ways to Save

    Martha Allen
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Just Extended: Royal Caribbean End of Summer Sale It was just announced that the Royal Caribbean End of Summer Sale featuring your choice of 3 great ways to save has been extended due to the popularity of the sale. Since the start of the sale over a month ago, we have seen pricing move up on many of the peak Spring and Summer 2015 cruises.  Since the sale offers 50% off 2nd guest or Kids Sail FREE, the deals are still awesome – but we do recommend booking now before rates go up further. 3 Ways to Save on Royal Caribbean: Book almost any Royal Caribbean cruise departing on or after…
  • Top 5 Carnival Pack and Go Sale Cruise Deals: Book by September 14th

    Martha Allen
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Don’t Miss Out: Carnival’s Pack and Go Sale starts today! Carnival’s weekly Pack and Go sale starts today, featuring outstanding rates on cruises departing between now and November 2014. These special rates are some of the lowest you will find and they are only around for a limited time – you must book by September 14th! Top 5 Carnival Pack and Go Sale Cruise Deals We’ve picked out the very best deals from this week’s sale, with rates starting from just $119! $119 4 Night Bahamas cruise departing Port Canaveral on September 21st aboard the Carnival Sensation Click here to view…
  • Cruise Deals: Fall Cruises from $129

    Martha Allen
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Cruise this Fall for Great Low Rates Did you know that fall is one of the best times to find great deals on cruise vacations? With more ships in destinations like the Caribbean and Bahamas during this time coupled with the fact that most kids are in school make for some super low cruise prices. Just how low do you ask? While in general you’re going to find fall cruise prices to be significantly lower than they were this summer, you will also find outstanding cruise deals with rates starting as a low as $129 per person! CLICK HERE to start your search for a cruise deal sailing this fall…
 
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  • Review of Taza Indian Buffet Restaurant in Dundee

    Karen Bryan
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    I had lunch at the Taza Indian Buffet restaurant at the City Quay in Dundee in May 2014. I paid £7 for lunch.  You can park free of charge for one hour outside the restaurant.
  • 25 Things to Do in Bratislava

    Karen Bryan
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Here are my tips for 25 fun things to do in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Take in the Views from the UFO Observation Tower The UFO is a restaurant and observation platform at the southern end of the New Bridge. The New Bridge and the UFO It costs 6.
  • Reducing Business Travel Stress

    Karen Bryan
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    While travelling frequently for work may sound exciting, it can also be quite stressful. The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) have come up with eight tips on reducing business travel stress. Below are their tips and additional suggestions from me to help you arrive calm and in a productive frame of mind.
  • Review of Trofea Grill Buffet Restaurant in Budapest

    Karen Bryan
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Our sons were handed a flyer advertising the Trofea Grill Buffet restaurant when they were out and about in Budapest. We decided to give it a try as it sounded good value for 5,500 HUF (around £15)  per adult including umlimited wine, beer, soft drinks and coffee, on weekday evenings. We were served with drinks soon after sitting at the table.
  • The Old Town Cemetery in Stirling

    Karen Bryan
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    After a very wet afternoon in early May, I took an evening stroll up to the Old Town Cemetery near Stirling Castle. I was extremely lucky that I didn't get wet and the sun even made a brief appearance at just the right time. There's even a pyramid in the Old Town Cemetery in Stirling.
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  • A Life That Matters

    Chris Guillebeau
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    A lot of personal development writers use the phrase “a life that matters,” as in “Here’s how you live a life that matters.” But this phrase is problematic, because everyone’s life has value and “matters” regardless of what they do with it. A better way to think of it is how to live a life of fulfilled potential. While everyone’s life has value, it’s clear that some people live in fear, have unnecessary regrets, and never achieve the things they hope for. In fact, most of us experience these issues in one way or another. Some people…
  • “Don’t have dreams. Have things you do”: Matt Krause’s Long Walk Across Turkey

    Chris Guillebeau
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    This is a “quest” case study, a new feature focusing on quests and adventures of all kinds. (Read others or nominate yourself I met Matt in Istanbul last year, at the end of an epic journey for both of us. I had just finished visiting every country, and he’d just finished walking across all of Turkey. Of course I had to hear more. Introduce yourself! I’m originally a West Coaster from the U.S.—mostly California and Washington State to be exact. My quest was to walk across Turkey, every meter. I started with my feet in the Aegean Sea and 7 ½ months later arrived at the…
  • Cycling the Greatest Possible Distance Over 7 Days

    Chris Guillebeau
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    James Golding sets out to break a world record of cycling 1748 miles in 7 days:   “If you start thinking about fear, you become trapped by it. To get prepared for a challenge of this magnitude is not a short process. It’s something I’ve been building on for a long time.” Sometimes to bounce forward, you have to take a step back. Live to ride again!
  • 6 Discoveries From Near and Far, Volume IX

    Chris Guillebeau
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. Illegal (and awesome) drone video of Beijing — Detained by police for filming, Trey Ratcliff made it out and so did the video Native American women leading the way to preserve their culture — Marie Claire profiles young women doing the important work of keeping their tribal language and culture alive Photos of the aftermath of San Francisco’s largest earthquake since 1989 — A recent 6.0 earthquake left major marks in California Productivity Secrets of Ira…
  • Facing Fears and Traveling Alone: On the Road with Anna Zalazar

    Chris Guillebeau
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a travel hacking case study. (Read others or nominate yourself A while back I asked readers to share their stories of earning Frequent Flyer miles to travel the world. I loved Anna’s story because it combined travel hacking and the love of seeing the world. Introduce yourself! Hi! I’m Anna. In 2011, I left for what was supposed to be a six-month trip around Asia that then became a thirty-month trip around the world. I share stories on my blog (where I’ve given myself the title “Chief Adventure Officer”) because I believe our personal experiences are our treasures, and…
 
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: Wailua Falls, East Maui

    Sheila Beal
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Mahalo to Russell DeJetley for sharing this stunning photo of Wailua Falls on Maui.Russell really captured the beauty of this place. He must have used a long exposure to create the milky smooth effect on the waterfall.Wailua Falls is located on East Maui, past the town on Hana on Highway 31. It’s one of the easiest waterfalls to find and see along the road to Hana and beyond.Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to…
  • Your favorite Hawaii places

    Sheila Beal
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    We thoroughly enjoyed reading your favorite places after we posed the question on the blog and on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. We found ourselves nodding in agreement with so many of your choices, but we also learned of some spots we didn’t know.Let’s take a look at your responses.How do your favorite islands stack up per Go Visit Hawaii readers and fans?Oahu was mentioned the most. That’s not too surprising considering more people visit Oahu than any other island. In fact, per the 2013 Hawaii Tourism Authority visitor statistics, more people visited Oahu than all the…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Layered sunset

    Sheila Beal
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Mahalo to Edward Michaels for sharing this sunset photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Edward tells us that he took this photo on the leeward (west side) of Oahu looking towards Lahilahi Point.It seems that each Oahu sunset is unique. One of the features of this sunset that popped out to us is that it the sunset sky colors appear to be in horizontal layers.Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no…
  • Hawaii vacation news & deals: September 2, 2014

    Sheila Beal
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Waikiki Beach* If you need a virtual visit to Oahu, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau along with Google Maps has added 360-degree views of Oahu parks and trails. It’s really neat, so do check it out.* If you are visiting Waikiki this fall, you could take advantage of a deal for a spa day at Na Ho’ola Spa in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. The regular price for the massage and facial services is $300, but this offer through Travelzoo brings the price down to $149. See the following link for more Hawaii spa, hotel and activity deals.* JW Marriott Ihilani at Ko Olina Resort on Oahu is…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Fiery Finish

    Sheila Beal
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mahalo to Chief’s Luau for sharing this photo with us for Aloha Friday. This shot shows the Samoan fire knife dancing that typically caps off a great Polynesian dancing show of a luau.Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
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  • 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

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

    Happy Hotelier
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Pardon for Chelsea Manning? No mention of private Manning in the news anymore. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison because he leaked to the (in)famous Wikileaks. A Year ago a request was lodged for a presidential pardon. I believe it’s time President Obama takes a decision. In the meantime Bradley has publicly announced he wants to change gender and be renamed as Chelsey. Part of the plea for presidential pardon. The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been…
  • Hotel Frontdoor

    GJE
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Hotel Frontdoor Your guests come and go via the frontdoor. The Frontdoor of this hotel has etched in its glass that its telephone number is 1. The door must be from somewhere around 1900. Many guests must have passed this door. This was a hotel long before there were hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton or Starwoord…. The hotel is stil in operation and located in a small village in The Netherlands, not far, only a busride, from Amsterdam. Are you able to guess its location? Actually it was rebuilt in 1905 and the telephone was installed as late as 1920… Hotel Frontdoor is a post…
  • Google tests Project Wing

    GJE
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 am
    Google tests Project Wing A drone delivery system being tested in Australia as their drone regulations are less steep than those in the US. Google tests Project Wing is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, August 29, 2014Google tests Project Wing is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade – Hotel Reviews by HH (1)

    GJE
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    The front of Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade Introduction to numbered “Hotel Reviews by HH” – cooperation with Hotel Designs My wife and I became hoteliers in 2000 after having fulfilled creative and caring professions unrelated to hospitality. In 2000 we started to convert a dilapidated terraced house next to our own house into a luxury 3 suites “Hotel” or Luxury B & B and operated it under the name Haagsche Suites (i.e. Suites of The Hague) until we’d closed it in December, 2013. Currently I am an almost full-time blogger on several blogs, Happy Hotelier…
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  • 6 Things to Know Before you Visit DiggerLand USA

    edVAcationMama
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    1. The ambiance is constructiontastic. If your kiddo loves yellow trucks, dirt, and heavy machinery they will be in heaven. 2. Diggerland USA has the largest rope climbing course in the World. It is a great workout for your muscles but even going up one level will make you feel like you accomplished something huge when going home. 3. Measure your kids before arrival. Strict height requirements make ride selections hard for those under 3ft. Those under that height can play in the Kid Zone. 4. Wear sneakers good sneakers. A rock climbing wall is 32 feet tall and is ready to climb high in the…
  • Frugal Travel Find: COOLinary New Orleans

    RollingMama
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    More than fifty restaurants are participating in COOLinary New Orleans.  The entire month of August features special menus and pricing at restaurants throughout the city.  Patrons can enjoy a two course lunch for $20 or less and a three course dinner for $35 or less in America’s most delicious city. Peruse the menu and make a reservation at some of the best restaurants in the Big Easy by visiting www.coolinaryneworleans.com.  If you are planning a trip to the city, consult the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau for information.  Hotel restaurants participating in COOLinary New…
  • All-inclusive for Families: Grand Palladium Bavaro – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    MommyMusings
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:38 am
    My 10-year-old daughter and I just got back from our first visit to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for a four-night stay at Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa. As first time visitors to both the island and the hotel, we felt welcome for the moment arrived. Grand Palladium Bavaro is one of the largest family-friendly all-inclusive resorts in the area, with a wide variety of accommodations, dining options, and activities with both adults and kids in mind. The Location Located right on the beach along the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Grand Palladium Bavaro is a quick 30 minute taxi…
  • Frugal Friday: Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW)

    RollingMama
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Latin Bites   Let’s do lunch and maybe even dinner!  Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW) begins today and continues through September 1, 2014. Restaurants roll out their best dishes for a fixed price.  The multi-course meals cost $20 for a 2-3 course lunch, $25 for a 3 course brunch, and either $35 or $45 for a 3-4 course dinner. Run by volunteers, 100% of the proceeds goes to the Food Bank.  Last year’s event raised a whopping $1.2 million. The participating restaurants are located in the Uptown Galleria area, busy downtown, and trendy Midtown, as well as, the outlying Woodlands,…
  • Frugal Friday: Free Theater in New York City

    RollingMama
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Photo credit: Joseph Moran   One of the greatest theater towns in the world is New York City.  Visit during the summer and you can see free productions in the parks.  From the world renowned Shakespeare in the Park plays at Delacorte Theater in Central Park to Little Red’s Hood in Queen’s Highland Park, theater lovers can enjoy classic shows and the works of emerging playwrights.  Check the calendar for scheduled events on the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation website: www.nycgovparks.org.    
 
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    Vagabondish

  • Epic ‘Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast’ Food + Wine Festival Returns to California

    Mike Richard
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. It’s among the biggest, boldest and altogether awesomest foodie events in the US! The fifth annual Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast food & wine festival is back with four days of hands-on culinary activities in one of the most beautiful, undiscovered corners of California. I’m stoked to announce that we’ve procured tickets to this year’s exclusive event! While Mrs. Vagabondish and I have never experienced SStCC (that’s what those in the know call it) firsthand, we’re poring over the list of activities, adventure…
  • Osprey Nebula: A Rugged Laptop Backpack for the Modern Nomad

    Mike Richard
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Osprey Packs has long been a mainstay of backpackers worldwide. With good reason as their packs are durable, stylish, lightweight and cleverly designed. Their latest Nebula Backpack is built with modern nomads in mind. The primary feature that sets it apart from other Osprey packs is that it’s TSA-approved, meaning there’s no need to remove your laptop when going through security. The laptop sleeve simply unzips to lay completely flat on the x-ray belt. Other features include: a heat embossed stash pocket, side stretch mesh pockets to…
  • 5 Things You Should Know About Travel Insurance

    Amanda Kendle
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. The detailed paperwork of traveling is something I’d guess most of us don’t enjoy — especially when we’re talking something like the great mystery of travel insurance. But that’s one of those awful parts about being grown up enough to travel around the world. You have to be grown up enough to get travel insurance if you need it, too. Rather than just putting it in the “too-hard basket”, it’s something that’s worth spending a bit of time getting familiar with before you either spend too much on a policy or don’t get one at…
  • Kaebo Cloth-wrapped Lightning Cable Promises Not to Rip or Tear

    Mike Richard
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Maybe it’s something I’m doing wrong but …I seem to go through iPhone charging cables every few months or so. If you’re in the same boat, fear not! Juno Power has just released Kaebo – a strong, braided cloth-wrapped power/sync cable that enables users to charge on-the-go without having to worry about damage over time. Unlike traditional rubber cables, Kaebo features high strength cloth that makes it resistant to rips or tears. The cable’s aluminum build is designed to withstand virtually any type of accidental…
  • 7 Essential Travel Experiences in Florida’s Upper Keys

    Mike Richard
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. If you’ve ever made the epic drive to Key West, you fondly recall the breathtaking scenic drive through the length of the entire Florida Keys. It’s among the most stunning ocean road trips in the United States. But there’s far more to The Keys than just margaritas and Jimmy Buffet songs (though I’m personally a big fan of both). Stop and smell the conch shells on your next drive along US 1 with these seven great things to see and do: #1: Marathon Turtle Hospital Zippy the Loggerhead Turtle at Marathon Turtle Hospital ©…
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    Adventure Girl

  • CelebTrip : Halle Berry on Maui

    AdventureGirlMGR
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    It’s been a whirlwind year for actress Halle Berry. Starting with nuptials in France, where she tied the knot with French actor Oliver Martinez. (Their wedding took place in Burgandy’s Chateau de Condéa–a private estate in Condé-en-Brie, Aisne, France). This stunning Academy Award winner recently added television to her all ready busy work schedule. Not to mention, she is the ambassador for Revlon Run Walk, and award presenter for the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Emmys. So, where does such a busy superstar head to relax? A favorite destination of Halle’s has been Maui…
  • Adventure Girl : 8Great September Golf Destinations

    AdventureGirlMGR
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    It’s a great time of year to take a golf vacation. Temperatures are cooling, the foliage colors are beginning to burst and course conditions are at their peak. Below are eight late summer/early fall destinations that offer all the ingredients necessary for an exhilarating golf trip: Value-laden rates, multiple high-level courses to choose from and perfect weather. 1. Kaua‘i, HI The “Garden Isle” is more than just white sand beaches and lush mountains. The picturesque locale hosts more top-ranked golf courses than any other Hawaiian Island. Two royally-named clubs – Prince Course at…
  • Pink Threads revolutionizes body shaping

    AdventureGirlMGR
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    (CLICK on images above for full photo) They say necessity is the mother of invention. So, when two friends, Betty Elbaz and Mira Kenney, connected to share their frustration with finding just the right slip, it became clear to them that something was missing in the lingerie industry. Nothing on the market was flattering, the right length, or attractive enough to wear. It didn’t take the two women long, before they conceived an undergarment that was everything they were looking for—a body shaping half slip, that was reversible and with some fun prints like black on black skulls and…
  • Chiang Mai Insider: US expat, Diana Edelman

    Diana Edelman
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Chiang Mai … the gem of Thailand’s north. This city, which ranks as the second most visited in the country (behind Bangkok) is far cry from the hustle and bustle of the capital. With no major public transit system, no major bus system, no major tropical islands nearby, and certainly not the swelling of people, Chiang Mai still regularly makes it onto plenty of “top” lists of places to visit in the world.The former capital of the Lanna Kingdom attracts 5 million plus visitors a year, and with good reason. It’s the perfect spot to hideaway, bond with nature, hang…
  • Travel in style with Nine West

    AdventureGirlMGR
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    We are constantly on the road here at Adventuregirl.com, and mostly traveling through airports. We want to look stylish, but we also want to also be as efficient as possible when going through TSA. Wearing something flat is our preference, just in case we need to run for a plane to catch a connecting flight. This fall’s fashions are taking on earthy approaches meets Ibiza-inspired color block pieces. For example, you might find a shearling coat, with bold bright colors incorporated. For shoes, keep it simple, keep it stylish, and make it easy on yourself when traveling. We like to call…
 
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    Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

  • Travel the Silk Road in China’s Gansu Province – Episode 436

    chris2x
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Hear about travel to the Silk Road in China’s Gansu Province as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Lee Moore from Silk Road Hitchhikers about his trip to this historic and remote […] The post Travel the Silk Road in China’s Gansu Province – Episode 436 appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Boathouses – Smögen, Sweden – Photo

    chris2x
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Sweden Tours, Sightseeing & Things to DoSeine River Cruises - save 10% One of the ubiquitous features of Western Sweden is the colorful boathouses. For the busy summer months, some boathouses have […] The post Boathouses – Smögen, Sweden – Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Montgomery, Alabama – On the Move from Past to Present

    MHinshaw
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    Hi Y’All, come on over here and enjoy tasty gulf seafood and sweet tea before boarding the riverboat. It was my first time to Alabama and I already felt southern hospitality flowing […] The post Montgomery, Alabama – On the Move from Past to Present appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Win $1000 in Best ATV Day Contest from Kolpin Powersports

    chris2x
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    If you love ATV adventures on your vacations and have taken some video of your experiences then you should know about a new contest. On Friday, August 15, 2014, Kolpin Powersports will […] The post Win $1000 in Best ATV Day Contest from Kolpin Powersports appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
  • Natural Harbor – Weather Islands, Sweden – Photo

    chris2x
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Sweden Tours, Sightseeing & Things to DoReceive A $200 Air Credit Per Couple On 2014 Air Inclusive Europe Tours I thought that this scene from the Weather Islands was one of the […] The post Natural Harbor – Weather Islands, Sweden – Photo appeared first on Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast.
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    We Said Go Travel

  • Hunza, Pakistan: The Lady Finger Peak

    Iram Moazzam
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
      HOPPER GLACIER- Photo credits: Ahmad Mahboob “Pakistan is one of the most plundered countries whose riches and potential yet awaits to be discovered”, remarked my driver-cum- guide as we took leave from Eagle nest- the hotel where I had spent the night. I had traveled all the way from Islamabad to Gilgit –Baltistan, the newly formed province in North Pakistan to view the famous high peaks rising above 6,000 meters. Ever since my cousin Ahmad had returned from a trip to Hunza, his images capturing the picturesque beauty of this mountainous valley had mesmerized me and I had put…
  • The Potters Village in Mexico

    Victor A. Walsh
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Potters Village The two-lane paved road rises and falls, twists and turns like a dangling rope through the rugged Chihuahua hill country. “Amazing that one of Mexico’s most famous potters lives out here,” says my friend Dick Davis. Shimmering in the stark desert light is the village of Mata Ortiz, the home of Mexico’s renowned potter Juan Quezada. In the mid-day heat, the pueblo is deserted except for a few stray dogs roaming the dirt-rutted streets. Old adobe walls and ramshackle wooden fences are laced with clotheslines of brightly colored garments drying against a brown…
  • A Little Help from the French

    Ashley Harvey
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    As a Canadian undergraduate student, chances for traveling to Europe are hard to come by; and so I jumped at the opportunity to tackle an exchange in Ireland for the spring semester of 2014. My experience abroad gave me a new confidence in my traveling abilities and an increased sense of wanderlust that propelled my interest in furthering my studies abroad. Luckily, I landed a scholarship from my home university that allowed me to attend a summer school course in Paris, France for two weeks in June. The journey from Ireland to Paris would mark my first excursion entirely on my own in Europe,…
  • Finding My Soul in Yokohama, Japan

    Nina Martins
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As a pessimistic, nine-year-old kid that doesn’t travel much, I was nearly blown away with the news that we were going to visit Japan. I was so excited! It was December of 2008, and we were leaving in just two weeks. We arrived to Japan at the airport terminal. As soon as we got off the plane, I was already so excited. The cold air and the black, mysterious night twinkling with sparkly, diamond-like stars electrocuted a spark in me, a spark that wanted to find out what the mystery was. It practically lit a fire in me, an innate passion in me so deep and so beautiful that at that…
  • One if By Land, Two If By Sea in the USA

    Monique Hayes
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Perhaps the two camera-ready beluga whales at Mystic Aquarium sent me a telepathic message in the vein of Paul Revere: a pair of creatures, bright as lanterns, appearing before my eyes called for a sea journey. This wasn’t what a non-swimmer liked to hear but the Marylander who spent school days cleaning the Chesapeake was slightly intrigued. In contrast to the crucial battle fought on my hometown bay in 1781, Mystic Seaport possessed no conflict or strife or fireworks in 2014. It stood as a united and peaceful maritime village where only the masts were rambunctious under an unbound sky of…
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    Elliott

  • Why your next airline ticket purchase should be like buying a car

    Christopher Elliott
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When Loren Witkin says that he shopped around for a new car, you can take him at his word. Witkin […] The post Why your next airline ticket purchase should be like buying a car appeared first on Elliott.
  • How to navigate the child-unfriendly skies

    Christopher Elliott
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    What is it with airlines and kids these days? Whether it’s an air carrier trying to squeeze more reservation fees […] The post How to navigate the child-unfriendly skies appeared first on Elliott.
  • What to do when things go “awry” with your Hotwire booking

    Christopher Elliott
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Elsa Chung’s Hotwire booking goes “awry” after her promo code doesn’t work and the hotel isn’t what she expected. What […] The post What to do when things go “awry” with your Hotwire booking appeared first on Elliott.
  • Four months of emails are MIA — what should we do?

    Christopher Elliott
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Gavin Sullivan’s parents are missing four months worth of emails, and they think Comcast is to blame. What should they […] The post Four months of emails are MIA — what should we do? appeared first on Elliott.
  • Is Global Vacation Network trying to scam us?

    Christopher Elliott
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The postcard in our mail looked authentic — a “parcel” notification from an overnight delivery service. It was addressed to […] The post Is Global Vacation Network trying to scam us? appeared first on Elliott.
 
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    Digg: travel Stories

  • Is Today’s Travel Better Than The Grand Tour?

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Can today’s travel deliver on the promise of the Grand Tour — or is the idea of edifying travel utterly bankrupt?
  • It's OK To Cheat On Your Space- Travel ing Spouse

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    In the future, when astronauts are voyaging at close to the speed of light to other solar systems and gone for decades at a time, should their spouses have to wait for them?
  • The New Rules Of Travel

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    It's getting easier to travel quickly and stay connected while doing it—but there are higher fares and the usual hazards of getting out there to deal with.
  • The President's Golfing Buddy

    7 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Marvin Nicholson, the White House travel director, who has played golf with the president about 140 times, rounds out the president’s foursomes and soothes his frayed feelings.
  • Time Travel Simulation Resolves 'Grandfather Paradox'

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    It was, he said, "a welcome reception for future time travel ers," a tongue-in-cheek experiment to reinforce his "1992 conjecture that travel into the past is effectively impo...
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    Soul Travelers 3

  • Mozart is Youngest Reporter at New York Fashion Week!

    Soul Travelers3
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    Mozart is Youngest Reporter at New York Fashion Week!Trilingual travel teen Youtuber Mozart was thriled to be asked to be the youngest reporter at Trilingual travel teen Youtuber Mozart was thriled to be asked to be the youngest reporter at New York Fashion Week! Wow, what a lucky girl and another amazing worldschool opportunity for singer Mozart... hitting the red carpet, getting insider tips backstage and killer interviews. She loves fashion and she loves New York, so we jumped at the chance when the folks at Not Your Mother's Haircare invited her after seeing her first vlog on…
  • New Home, Moving and Big Changes

    Soul Travelers3
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    New Home, Moving and Big ChangesHaving a child, changes your life forever and in our case, that has certainly been the truth and what Having a child, changes your life forever and in our case, that has certainly been the truth and what a wild ride it has been all around the world. Since Mozart turned 13 it has been particularly full of constant change and leading us into new horizons we never really expected. While many of you were enjoying a relaxing Labor Day Weekend, we made a quick move into a new "home". Luckily, as a minimalist family, we don't take long to pack, but our…
  • TMI Tag!

    Soul Travelers3
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Trilingual teen Mozart answers the TMI Tag ( too much information) on Youtube, vlogging her entertaining Trilingual teen Mozart answers the TMI Tag ( too much information) on Youtube, vlogging her entertaining take to this popular and fun "beauty guru" youtuber tag because many of you have wanted more information, so this seemed like a cool one to do.Fears, TV shows, Boyfriend? ...and more!Mozart had a blast making it,so we hope you enjoy it!  She did it in one take since we were busy moving this week ( more on that soon!) and only had 18 minutes on the camera. Then we edited…
  • Best Chocolate in the World?

    Soul Travelers3
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Best Chocolate in the World? Who doesn't love melt-in-your-mouth chocolates? Where do you find the best chocolate in Who doesn't love melt-in-your-mouth chocolates? Where do you find the best chocolate in the world and most amazing chocolatiers? As chocolate connoisseurs, we have been on the look-out all around the world for years and these days we are into chocolate-making recipes on our own from organic raw cacao. Another amazing one coming soon! When it comes to family travel, there is never a chocolate shop/chocolatier  that children ( and their parents) will not want to…
  • Hidden Paris, Local Color

    Soul Travelers3
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    Hidden Paris, Local Color One of the great pleasures of doing slow travel in Paris is being able to live like a local One of the great pleasures of doing slow travel in Paris is being able to live like a local and feel like a native-born Parisian. It is a joy to stumble upon authentic areas filled with character,  far from the maddening crowds Okay, my French leaves much to be desired, but if I keep my mouth shut, I can pretend. We adore discovering secret little gems like in this photo. HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF A TRIP TO PARIS WITH CHILDREN ON A BUDGETBEST BUDGET…
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    The Cranky Flier

  • Cranky on the Web (September 7 – 12)

    CF
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    When luxury ruled the skies: Flying in the 1950s and ’60s – Sacramento Bee I was asked my opinion about whether the “golden age” of air travel really existed. In the Trenches: How to Turn Customers Away – Quickbooks Small Business Blog On occasion we find ourselves dealing with the issue of turning clients away because we don’t think we can properly help them. It can get sticky.
  • Crankyspotting Dorkfest is Tomorrow

    CF
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    The day has finally arrived. Tomorrow is Crankyspotting Dorkfest. I’ll be at the park across the street from the In ‘n Out at LAX from 11a to 2p. If you’re flying in, take the Parking Spot shuttle (to the Sepulveda lot, not Century) and it’ll drop you off right there. If you’re driving, there’s plenty of parking on the street around there. As always, this isn’t a structured event. It’s just a chance to hang out, eat burgers, and watch airplanes. This year, someone asked if he could distribute a survey for a start-up idea in this industry (not an…
  • Honoring the Flight Crews That Died 13 Years Ago Today

    CF
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Today is now technically called Patriot Day in the US, but for those of us in the airline industry, it’s also the day that our industry was flipped on its head. We talk about the impact on the industry all the time, but today isn’t for that. For those of us who know and love the airlines, those who lost their lives doing their jobs on those four flights. As I’ve done for the last 7 years, I’m printing the names of the on-duty crewmembers who were murdered that day. Read them and remember. American 11 (Boston to Los Angeles) Crashed into World Trade Center Barbara…
  • Delta Earns a Cranky Jackass Award for Its Increasingly Obnoxious Policies Around Third Party Tools

    CF
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    If you subscribe to ExpertFlyer, then you know where this post is going and you are most certainly in full agreement. Delta seems to have decided that it doesn’t like third parties creating extremely helpful tools for Delta fliers, so it is shutting them off without providing any alternative. For this, Delta has earned what I believe is its first Cranky Jackass award. For those not familiar with ExpertFlyer, it’s a useful service to have. In short, ExpertFlyer works with global distribution systems to extract various pieces of data from airlines, the stuff travel agents can see.
  • A Lawsuit Over Delta’s Best Fare Guarantee Shows a Lack of Knowledge, So Let’s Fix That

    CF
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    There’s never a shortage of lawsuits involving airlines, but there’s one in particular that came up recently which I thought was worth talking about. A woman is suing Delta for what’s called “marrying” segments, and her lawyers are trying to get class action status for this. (I believe “class action” is Latin meaning “only the lawyers win.”) She says this means Delta violated its Best Fare Guarantee, though it’s hard to see how that’s possible. Either way, it’s a fascinating and complex topic. I warn you, this is going to…
 
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    Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

  • Six Flags & the Smithsonian: Visiting Washington, D.C. As A Family

    Stephanie
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Six Flags & the Smithsonian: Visiting Washington, D.C. As A FamilyFamily travel is often a challenge—on so many different levels—ranging from budget to the sheer logistics of traveling/transporting children to places and experiences that are meaningful as well as fun.... Read More...The post Six Flags & the Smithsonian: Visiting Washington, D.C. As A Family appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: How to Catch Fall Foliage at the Right Time

    Stephanie
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: How to Catch Fall Foliage at the Right TimeThere are lots of places around the country where you can catch fall foliage, but the key is to go at the right time. Otherwise, you might end up taking... Read More...The post Travel Tip: How to Catch Fall Foliage at the Right Time appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Tip: Museum Sleepovers Across the Country

    Stephanie
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Tip: Museum Sleepovers Across the CountryIf you’ve ever had a hard time convincing your kids to visit a museum, listen up. They might just pay attention if you tell them to pack their sleeping bags.... Read More...The post Travel Tip: Museum Sleepovers Across the Country appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • Travel Detective Blog: A Joan Rivers Story You Haven’t Heard

    Stephanie
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Travel Detective Blog: A Joan Rivers Story You Haven’t HeardAmidst the outpouring of stories following Joan Rivers’ death, I’m reminded of my own experience with Joan. As sharp and cutting as she was on stage, in person she was... Read More...The post Travel Detective Blog: A Joan Rivers Story You Haven’t Heard appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
  • How to Get the Best Deals During September Shoulder Season

    Stephanie
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - How to Get the Best Deals During September Shoulder SeasonAbout this time every year, friends and family get wistful about the waning days of summer, but savvy travelers know that we are entering the absolute best time to pack... Read More...The post How to Get the Best Deals During September Shoulder Season appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
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    Nancy D Brown

  • Empty Nest Travel Tips

    Nancy Brown
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    As our daughter graduated from college this summer and our son traveled to Oxford, Mississippi to begin college, it has occurred to me that my husband and I are now empty nest. Our young adult children have flown the coop and we are free to travel at our leisure. No more worries about teenagers hosting […]
  • Tips for Traveling with Teens

    Nancy Brown
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    While my young adult children may call me a fire breathing dragon behind my back, they have thanked me for teaching them how to pack a suitcase and instilling a sense of confidence in them when they travel solo. I’m the first to admit that I don’t know what to do in many travel situations, […]
  • Ride The Ducks San Francisco: San Francisco Duck Tours

    Lisa Dion
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    If you live in the city of San Francisco or Boston or Philadelphia or Seattle, you’ve probably noticed them. It’s hard not to. Amphibious vehicles tooling around the neighborhoods with the music cranked up and the passengers blasting kazoos shaped like duck bills. My family and I took the San Francisco ‘Splashtastic Sunset’ Ride the […]
  • Hotel Review: Skamania Lodge, Washington

    Nancy Brown
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Our daughter recently accepted a job in Washington state and is living in the hip city of Portland, Oregon. As my husband and I are graduates of the University of Oregon, we are more than happy to explore our daughter’s new recreational playground. With that in mind, we put together a Pacific Northwest roadtrip beginning […]
  • Mammoth Cave National Park: History, Mystery and Wonder

    Jamie Rhein
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    When I first headed down the stairs to the historic entrance of Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, I was a child fascinated by walking through passages deep underground. On recent visit with my kids and husband, I found my fascination still intact. The world’s longest cave—more than 400 miles discovered so far, is one of the most […]
 
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    TravelPod.com TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at TravelPod.com

  • Vancouver — Vancouver, Canada

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Vancouver - Vancouver, Canada Vancouver, CanadaVanochtend konden we brunchen in het restaurant naast het hotel. Wat we dan ook lekker hebben gedaan. Daarna met de taxi naar Downtown Vancouver, wat verder was dan verwacht. De rit duurde zo'n 20 minuten en we werden op verzoek afgezet in Robson Street, een van de grote winkelstraten in Vancouver. Daar hebben we fietsen gehuurd en zijn naar de haven gefietst waar het een drukte van jewelste was. Er lag een prachtig cruiseschip van de Holland America lijn, wat een gigantisch ding. Nadat de haven was bekeken incl. de terminal van de…
  • Sunday in Somerville — Somerville, MA

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Sunday in Somerville - Somerville, MA Somerville, MAStayed with Lora and Nimah in their new, cozy apartment. Dave & I had the penthouse bedroom and got a great night's sleep. Enjoyed Brunch at Friendly Toast. It was worth the hour+ wait. Took a walk through the Arboretum which is an awesome and large park. Got some interesting photos. Then went to dinner in the Harvard area for the best burgers we've ever had. Came back to their house and found all of the smoke alarms going off. So, the evening ended with a bit of excitement. The fire truck came and the firemen tested for CO2 and…
  • On The Road Again — Exmouth, Australia

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:28 pm
    On The Road Again - Exmouth, Australia Exmouth, Australia Where I stayed Exmouth Cape Holiday Park What I didHighwayWe left Karratha just after 8:00 (on schedule) and we spent much of the day driving the 550 kilometres to Exmouth. We covered the distance without too much difficulty and we pulled into Exmouth around 2:00 pm. After setting up we called into the Visitors Centre and then drove out to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse for the sunset. We were pleasantly surprised to find that we could see whales far out in the ocean.
  • Last day of New York — New York City, NY

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Last day of New York - New York City, NY New York City, NY Where I stayedPaula's Apartment - the Stokes HotelSunday 14th September 2014: Our last day in New York. Tomorrow morning we will catch a taxi at 6am to board a 10am flight to Hong Kong and then into Perth. Spoke to Carolyn and Dianne on Skype and then all went out to breakfast at 'Friend of the Farmer' - wound our way through the kitchen, up the stairs to the second storey where we had a table by the window, overlooking the tree lined street and able to see the queue forming to get in for breakfast/brunch. The cutest little place with…
  • Trip Overview — Los Angeles, CA

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Trip Overview - Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA
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    View from the Wing

  • Here’s When You Should Still Mileage Run — Even Though Mileage Runs are Dead

    Gary Leff
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Mileage running for the redeeming miles, the idea that you could fly cheap fares and redeem the miles for expensive tickets, never made much sense most of the time or for most people. By the time you factor in the value of time spent in airports and planes – your opportunity cost – you were rarely saving money. On the other hand, sometimes the flying itself was the enjoyment. Fares were cheap, promotions generous, and you’d get to see someplace new. The ‘pure’ mileage run, the straight turnaround in an airport, never made sense to me except in the most extreme cases – cheap fare…
  • Please Don’t Blame Your Flight Attendants: They Only Cooked The Meals, Management Gave Them The Recipe

    Gary Leff
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I’ve spoken with several American Airlines flight attendants that are embarrassed by what they’re being asked to serve. I feel for them, genuinely. As one said to me, “What we used to serve wasn’t great, but it was better than this.” Dallas – Orlando clocks in at 985 miles. It used to get a meal. Now… Gone are meals from my DC – Miami flights as well. United is moving to meals on flights over 800 miles. Delta is at 900 miles, American now 1000. That’s an improvement for US Airways customers… but the issue is both whether there’s a meal and what that meal is. I used to…
  • If You Want to Upgrade to First Class, Don’t Make This One Simple Mistake

    Gary Leff
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I had to check a bag this morning. I don’t do that often on domestic flights. Since I’d have to visit the counter anyway, I didn’t bother checking in via a mobile app. My first segment was already upgraded to first class, but my connecting flight wasn’t. When the agent checked me in, I dropped off the upgrade list. I didn’t check the upgrade list once I had been checked in That is a rookie mistake. I didn’t ask about my upgrade at the club. I boarded my first flight and pulled up the mobile app and figured I’d look at the upgrade list, since I was within the window to see it at…
  • What Causes a Frequent Flyer Account Audit: How to Prepare Yourself and Respond

    Gary Leff
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    In light of IHG Rewards changing it terms to say they’ll cancel your account if you register for promotions that they let you register for, some recent reports of Chase shutting down accounts for ‘abuse’, and an unreasonable rogue auditor at American, it seemed worth repeating advice I gave about five months ago on how to handle things if your loyalty program account gets audited. It’s not fool proof advice — that is, if you’ve actually broken rules in a serious way you can’t always save your accumulated mileage balance when you get caught. But…
  • Google Starts Discounting Hotels, and Other Bonuses and Tricks

    Gary Leff
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    News and notes from around the interweb: Google rolling out new hotel price discounting approach. It’s all a part of how Google could become your new travel agent. (HT: kalboz on Milepoint) Up to 15,000 Virgin Atlantic miles for Hilton stays An Air Europa Airbus A330 flew through a hail storm. Check out the damage. (HT: Kirby) Know everything about a credit, debit, or gift card based on its opening digits Fascinating data on Uber in Austin. Meanwhile Peter Thiel calls Uber the most ethically challenged company in Silicon Valley. Thiel just did a Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’. You…
 
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  • Norwegian Air Shuttle 787 Dreamliner: Oakland, California to Oslo

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

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

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

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

    Esme Vos
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:52 am
    Mapplr’s travel guide to Alsace is designed for people who want to spend five days to a week in Strasbourg and the towns along the Route du Vin (Wine Route) in the Alsace region of France. My advice is to give yourself two to three days in Strasbourg to see all of the main sights and to enjoy what the city has to offer, and three to four days in one or more of the little towns along the Route du Vin that stretches south of Strasbourg. I recommend staying in the town of Kaysersberg and using it as your base for exploring the Alsace wine region.Proposed Itinerary in AlsaceDay 1: Arrive in…
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  • Who Was Rod? Where is Rod?

    Tony Wheeler
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Back in 1972 Maureen – at the tail end of the Asia trip which led to the very first Lonely Planet guidebook – Maureen and drove from Perth to Sydney. We shared the petrol costs to cross the continent in an EH Holden. Recently we’ve got back in touch – 40 years later – with the Holden’s owner Brian Haddrick. He and I did the driving, Maureen didn’t have a driving licence at the time, nor did the fourth person in the car: Rod. But who was Rod? We don’t even have his surname and we’ve never seen him again. ◄ left to right it’s Brian, Maureen and Rod in front of the Dog on…
  • A Week at the Airport – A Heathrow Diary

    Tony Wheeler
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    In between philosophising about everything from work, religion, sex and art to philosophy Alain de Botton also hung out at British Airway’s Terminal 5 for a week to watch what goes on. He was accompanied by photographer Richard Baker. It’s subtitled A Heathrow Diary. It’s a slim volume, I’m a bit of a technical geek so there are lots of airport questions I’d have been asking if I had a week to kill and access to everywhere. Do they time how long it takes bags to get from hold to carousel and worry if it’s too slow? Do the First Class bags always come quicker than the Economy ones?
  • Reclining Seats

    Tony Wheeler
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    Fortunately the air travel story in recent weeks has shifted from the tragic (crashed 777s) to the ridiculous (arguments over reclining seats). And for my money the villain of the piece is James Beach, the jerk who used the offending ‘knee defender’, he’s just one step behind the people who make the dumb device. ▲ No arguments about reclining seats on a Ryanair flight, they don’t recline. You don’t get a seat pocket either, you can study the safety card all the way because the brace position, how to crawl through smoke when the aircraft is on fire and what to do when you land in…
  • Postcards

    Tony Wheeler
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Remember postcards? A rectangle of cardboard with a picture. We used to send them to people, way back before emails and text messages and Facebook and Instagram. Well I still do regularly send postcards – to my mother (pushing 90) and to Maureen’s aunt (sailed past 90). But it’s getting increasingly difficult. First it’s getting harder to find the postcards – although I had no problem in France, Italy, Turkey, Malaysia and even Dubai in the UAE recently. Then you have to get stamps, which can be even more difficult than the postcard. In Greece I failed, got the cards, couldn’t get…
  • More on who flies where – Iran versus Iraq

    Tony Wheeler
    9 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    So most airlines can’t fly over Iraq and as a result airlines heading north or south from or to the Gulf cities (Dubai etc) are flying a little bit to the east over Iran. Including Delta and United? The US has no diplomatic relations with Iran, US companies are not allowed to trade with Iran, so how do they handle this? If Delta and United are going to fly over Iran then they’re going to have to pay Iran for the overflight rights? ▲ Persepolis, just outside Shiraz, on my last visit to Iran I’m looking at Flight Radar 24 right now and United flight UA 976 from Washington Dulles to…
 
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  • Antwerp: Visiting this Belgian gem on a budget

    Alex Robertson Textor
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Antwerp, the capital of Flanders, is an oddly overlooked charmer in spitting distance by train of several big European cities, most notably Brussels (only 1 hour away by train), Amsterdam, Paris, London and Cologne. The city, long a diamond trade and fashion industry motor, is stylish and self-possessed. There are loads of reasons to visit Antwerp, though an innovative museum, design, the legacy of Paul Rubens and good old jenever (gin) lead the pack. MAS: Visiting a cutting-edge museum Erudition first. In 2011, MAS (Museum Aan de Stroom) opened in Antwerp’s rejuvenating port district…
  • London’s biggest budget hotel to open in West End

    Nina Derham
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    If you’ve ever been one of those tourists who snaps an iconic photo in front of the lights in Piccadilly Circus, you’ve probably also seen the Trocadero building, an enormous Edwardian edifice which sits between Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street. Over the years the building has been home to many different things, most recently an indoor “theme park” complete with adrenaline pumping rides, arcades and some truly tacky shops. It may not have been the classiest address in town, but it certainly offered shelter to many an adolescent teenager on their first date in London. Now…
  • Hamburg: An itinerary for the perfect cheapo night out

    Hilary Bown
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    A long night out in Hamburg doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket. Germany’s “Hafenstadt” (port city) offers a number of fun, free evening diversions that, accented with select stops for food and drinks, will leave you with plenty of travel funds left over for the next day’s adventures. This tour takes you on an after-dark adventure that includes a fantastic happy hour deal, a picnic in a park with a free concert, a night cap with a handcrafted cocktail and even a sunrise over the harbor for the true night owls. The happiest hour Start your evening with a…
  • When should you book hotels for the best rates?

    Tom Meyers
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    After painstaking research, you find a hotel in Rome that perfectly fits your trip. Great location, cute décor, friendly management, nice bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. And the rates? Well, doubles are listed “from €98″, which seems perfect for your budget. But then you try out your dates, only to find that it’s €149 a night during your stay. You bump the trip back a week and try—and now it’s €189 a night. Just for fun, you try out tomorrow. It drops to €89. What’s going on here? Why do the hotel’s rates swing so dramatically from week to week? And…
  • London Cheap Things To Do: Totally Thames Festival

    Nina Derham
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    The River Thames links London together as much as it also marks out that oh-so-important north / south city divide that locals feel so passionate about. But this month, the Thames Festival Trust, who have organized many exciting events along the river over the last 16 years, is embracing the importance of our river even more by expanding the festival’s reach beyond the city center and launching a month-long season of events and activities along London’s 42 miles of river. The Totally Thames Festival runs right through the heart of London, from Richmond in the southwest to Havering…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Club Med Ixtapa Pacific Ideal Golf Resort

    Alice Benny
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Club Med Ixtapa Pacific provides the ideal getaway for those who love golf and the beach. With a stay at the Ixtapa Pacific, a Club Med resort, visitors can have the best of both. The Club Med Ixtapa Pacific is an all-inclusive property that’s suitable for guests of every age. That means the kids can be fully… Read more The post Club Med Ixtapa Pacific Ideal Golf Resort appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 5 Eco-Friendly Apps for Sustainable Travel

    Alice Benny
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    If you love to travel on a regular basis but hate the idea of leaving heavy footprints on the earth, you’ll love some of the many handy eco-friendly apps that are on the market. For those who feel guilty about the environmental impact of their journeys, it’s time to check out some of the latest… Read more The post 5 Eco-Friendly Apps for Sustainable Travel appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Go Green Travel! 5 Top Eco Apps for Responsible Travelers

    Alice Benny
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    While it is important to travel, it is equally important to respect the environment. According to Responsible Centre for Travel, there´s an increasing number of companies that want to help travelers to minimalise as much as possible their impact on the destinations they are visiting. But…Have you asked yourself what can you do as an… Read more The post Go Green Travel! 5 Top Eco Apps for Responsible Travelers appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Advantages of Bamboo Bicycle and Bamboo Bikes

    Dawn Head
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you have been thinking about owning a bamboo bicycle, there has never been a better time. While they are expensive, there are many advantages of owning one and minimizing your impact on our planet by using it instead of driving. Bamboo bicycles and bamboo bikes have been around for decades and are becoming more… Read more The post Advantages of Bamboo Bicycle and Bamboo Bikes appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Best Reusable Drinking Straws for Kids

    Dawn Head
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    I went on a search for the best reusable drinking straws for kids as I attempted to transition my children from their sippy cups to regular glassware. It took awhile to remove the cups permanently from our home. It happened when I finally broke the habit of giving the cups to them – they are… Read more The post Best Reusable Drinking Straws for Kids appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide

  • Weekend Reads: From Fake Vacations to Reused Aviation

    JetSetCD
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Travel is a 24/7/365 business, so at the end of every week we'll share stories you may have missed. · 10 Things You Should Eat in Belgium [CN Traveler] · The Pan Am Experience At Air Hollywood [One Mile at a Time] · Dutch woman fakes awesome vacation on Facebook [CTV] · Into Romania, to the mountain of Bram Stoker [Roads & Kingdoms] · New Recycling Programs in the Aviation Industry [AirlineReporter] · Weird Donuts in Philly: 5 Places to Get 'Em [Zagat]
  • HI: Travel Contest Roundup: Six Ways to Get to Hawaii for Free

    kjb
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner: Cottonelle Traveling Bum Personality Sweepstakes Enter for a chance to win a five-day and four-night trip for two to Honolulu plus airfare—enter by September 20.
  • Clearwater: One Florida City is Pinning Their Tourist Season on 'Winter's Tale 2'

    cmb
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    After 2011's Dolphin Tale created an influx of tourism dollars for Clearwater, FL - where the movie's star lives - local hotels are betting the sequel can duplicate that success. Both films were shot at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the home of Winter the dolphin, and have helped make the facility one of the area's top tourist destinations.
  • Red Bull Air Race Releases Free Game, Kisses Your Productivity Goodbye

    JetSetCD
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    With milliseconds to spare before the end of the Red Bull Air Race 2014 season, much as in the actual heats themselves, Red Bull delights with a surprise up their sleeve. In this case, it's today's release of a free Red Bull Air Race app for both iOS and Android. Okay, so it's not so much milliseconds before the program of high-performance stunt flying races ends—there's still Las Vegas on October 11-12 and Kunshan, China on November 1-2—but the bulk of the Air Race events have been decided and their elite pilots showered in champagne many times over. Still, it's never too late to…
  • How Much Does It Cost to Use an Airport Gym Between Flights?

    jetflyboy
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    Apart from sprinting through an airport terminal to make a flight, most travelers don't think much about squeezing in a workout around an itinerary. But, if you can resist temptation from the alluring scent of Auntie Anne's or Cinnabon, there are some airports which offer nearly full-service workout facilities for those who are in search of a good sweat. Lately the trend has been to add a yoga room to terminals, but real gyms were there first. Best of all, the cost to access some of these centers is far cheaper than a one-day pass for some airline lounges.
 
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    HotelChatter -

  • Check-Out Folio: A Floating Snowflake Hotel Is Happening, EOM

    juliana
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it! CREDITS · A FLOATING HOTEL WE COULD SEE OURSELVES LIKING · FIVE BEST HOTELS IN WARSAW · SNEAK PEEK AT THE BEAUMONT LONDON ALSO: Seriously stylish new hotel uniforms at the JW Marriott Houston Downtwon CHARGES · THIS IS JUST GROSS. · TRUMP TAJ MAHAL WILL PROBABLY CLOSE SOON · A CHARGE FOR CHARGING YOUR HOTEL CREDIT CARD ALSO: How the heck did
  • 37017 Pacengo di Lazise, Verona: Funky Friday: All Night Interactive Fun at Hotel Parchi Del Garda

    DesignMinder
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Meet Aki, your master of ceremonies for a night of 4D interactive fun, where special effects are the best amenity in the room Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention. Lake Garda, Italy – images of scenic beauty,…
  • Los Angeles: The Line Hotel Will Be The Official Hello Kitty Con Hotel

    juliana
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Hello Kitty, not actually a kitty, is turning 40 years-old this year and to celebrate, Sanrio is hosting the first ever official Hello Kitty Con 2014 in Los Angeles from October 30-November 2. EEEK! If you're a huge Hello Kitty lover (as if there is any other kind), then you should book your room at The Line Hotel in Koreatown, STAT. The hotel, which is the official Hello Kitty Con Hotel, has put together a "Hello Kitty Sweet Stay" Package which includes an exclusive Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Welcome Kit at check-in, and lots of "super cute" Hello Kitty themed surprises throughout the…
  • A New Way to Split The Cost of Hotel Room

    juliana
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    While no one likes sharing a hotel room with an unexpected guest, a lot of you purposely share hotel rooms with your friends, families and sometimes, coworkers (the ones you like, of course) simply so you can split the cost of the stay. But figuring out who owes what and how to split the cost of the room can get a little hectic. Once you figure out the money details, then you have to go back and forth with how to pay each other--"Write me a check?" "Just give me cash for my cab ride and we'll be even?" "I'll get dinner if you get breakfast?" That's too complicated, especially when you can…
  • London: Hotel Hugo NYC Opens Today, Will Loan You a Vespa During Your Stay

    JasonD
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    It didn’t take Hotel Hugo New York nearly as long to open as was expected after its name change earlier this year: rather than winter 2014, the hotel soft-launched in April, and today the hotel is officially saying “we’re here, come on in!”. Located on Greenwich Street in Hudson Square, the hotel has 124 rooms with gleaming walnut headboards and lots of design features, but there are interesting amenities to be found outside too. We’re not just talking about the city and river views either: you can get your hands on a Vespa to tool around Manhattan with.
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    SmarterTravel.com: Travel Advice

  • 10 Weirdest Restaurants in the World

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Spice up your eating experience at these incredibly weird restaurants around the world. You'll be dodging ninjas and dining out of a toilet in no time! Think we're kidding? Read on, because these restaurants have to be seen to be believed.
  • 10 Most Romantic Coastal Destinations

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    From the rugged Pacific Northwest to sophisticated California, from cultured New England to laid-back Florida, we've rounded up some of our favorite coastal destinations perfect for getting your romance on.
  • 10 Cool Converted Schoolhouse Hotels

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    We found some amazing schoolhouses around the world that have been transformed into unique hotels, perfect for a back-to-school break. Pack your best Trapper Keeper and Lisa Frank pencils: Here are 10 cool converted schoolhouse hotels you won't mind reporting to.
  • Amtrak's 10 Best Scenic Day Trips

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    With their large windows and comfortable coach seats, trains are unsurpassed for enjoying the countryside as you go. Ed Perkins offers his picks for the best and most picturesque day-only Amtrak routes.
  • 11 Best Airport Hotels Around the World

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Long layover? Canceled flight? Spending the night at the airport is sometimes unavoidable. But you don't have to cram your weary bones into a plastic seat (or worse, curl up on the floor). Instead, we scoured the world for the best airport hotels.
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    Viator Travel Blog

  • Reasons to Go to Ghana

    Viator Travel Team
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    For those looking to visit Africa, Ghana is a great place to start. Known as “Africa for beginners,” it’s the perfect destination for getting acquainted with this diverse continent. And that’s not the only reason to visit. Rich history, an upbeat culture, wildlife-filled parks and beautiful beaches are just a few other facets worth exploring. To help you plan your trip, here are 10 reasons to make Ghana, Africa, your next vacation destination. Independence Square The history Ghana offers a number of opportunities to learn about the country’s dark yet important history. One such…
  • Top Photos of the Month: September Fall-Inspired Travels

    Viator Travel Team
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    The leaves are turning and the weather is starting to cool down. . . it must be fall! Get ready for those pumpkin flavors, sweater weather and the shades of orange and brown Mother Nature brings out this time of the year. We’re showcasing fall’s best with our favorite autumnal photos submitted by YOU! Here are some of our favorite fall-inspired photos for the month of September. So, are you ready for the upcoming season or are you still holding out for another day at the beach? Fall foliage in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts As seen on the Fall Foliage Spectacular Tour from…
  • Namibia: Six Reasons to Visit an Unknown Country in Southern Africa

    Viator Travel Team
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    With only about two million people scattered across the expanses of its breathtaking savannahs, haunting deserts and fertile deltas, Namibia is one of the least-densely populated countries in the world. Yet somehow this southern African nation that’s approximately the size of California still offers some of the greatest ecological and cultural diversity in the world. The gorgeous Namibian Coast. With a modern capital city, comforting colonial-inspired coastline and network of well-paved roads, accessing all that this beautiful country has to offer is incredibly easy — even for first…
  • Travel with Viator: What’s Happening in September

    Viator Travel Team
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Missed out on a summer vacation? It’s not too late to take that much needed relaxation time. Read more for some great September deals to help you plan your perfect trip. Great ready for a great September trip with these great deals. What’s happening this month Amsterdam, Netherlands Enjoy quick access to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam with a prebooked admission ticket! Join the voucher line and head inside to see the museum’s magnificent collection at your leisure. Auckland, New Zealand Enjoy a scenic lunchtime cruise around Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf on board a…
  • Top Travel Deals of the Week

    Viator Travel Team
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Looking for something new and fun to do while traveling this week? Check out Viator’s best travel deals available around the globe this week and make the most of your travel budget Here are the top Viator Travel Deals through September 16, 2014: Australia & the Pacific Save on tours in Melbourne! Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour – Save 20% Be amazed by the wonders of New Zealand on this two-day Te Anau Super Saver. First, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound where the natural beauty will leave you breathless. The following day,…
 
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    World Hum

  • Ramen: a ‘Steaming Bowl of Paradox’

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

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

    The World Hum Editors (pam@nerdseyeview.com)
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Sometimes, when you’re out road-tripping, all your radio gets is country music. And sometimes, you just give in to whatever that turns out to be. I started laughing at the first chorus of this tune and made a note to look it up as soon as I got home. The video? Even funnier than the song. All my flights are just like this. 
  • Watch: The Official Trailer for ‘Wild’

    The World Hum Editors (pam@nerdseyeview.com)
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    The new film based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, “Wild,” doesn’t hit theaters until December, but the trailer was just released. The film stars Reese Witherspoon. It looks promising, doesn’t it? By the way, the song featured here is Beck’s “Turn Away.” Great choice. A few of our favorite related tweets: @evaholland @worldhum Thanks for pointing that out, Eva. I adore World Hum.— Cheryl Strayed (@CherylStrayed) June 5, 2012 Here's first pic of me as Cheryl Strayed in WILD. So excited to play @cherylstrayed in a movie!
  • Discovering ‘Columbusing’

    The World Hum Editors (pam@nerdseyeview.com)
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    According to Know Your Meme, the term “Columbusing” was coined by College Humor in a satirical video in which a white guy explains to his black friend that he’s “discovered” the bar where the black friend has been hanging out. “You can’t discover some place that people have already been to first,” argues the black guy. The white guy persists: “Yes, I can, that’s exactly what Columbus did.” It’s funny—and painful. (You can watch the College Humor video here.) An ironic follow-up: NPR appears to have Columbused…
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    Brave New Traveler

  • Can science stop shark attacks?

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Photo: Ken Bondy On paper, it makes very little sense to be scared of sharks. When you get into the water, you have a far better chance of drowning than you have of being attacked by a shark, let alone being killed by one. Nearly 360,000 people drown each year, while only 12 die every year in shark attacks. David Shiffman, a marine biologist at the University of Miami, put it this way: “I recently calculated that Jack Bauer has killed more people onscreen in 24 than every shark attack worldwide since 1580, when the species of shark was identified.” Mosquitoes are far more dangerous.
 
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    Perceptive Travel Blog

  • Once Upon a Typical Day in Munnar, India

    Brian Spencer
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    In what you might call downtown Munnar, a dusty Keralan hill town that in some ways recalls the rough-and-tumble frontier of David Milch’s Deadwood, there is an area where taxi and auto-rickshaw drivers park their vehicles and wait for potential customers, 98.9-percent of whom will ask how long it takes to get to Top Station,
  • Cruising Lake Pend Oreille with Bald Eagles and Specialty Cheeses

    Kristin Winet
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:19 pm
    For nineteen years, the Shawnodese has been getting its hull wet on long summer nights in the waters of Lake Pend Oreille. For nineteen long years, it’s been slicing through waters at sunset, zipping around inlets, sharing northern Idaho’s natural world and glimpses of the majestic wings of bald eagles; and for nineteen years, it’s
  • 4 Strange Things to See in Miami Beach

    Tim
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    If you’re traveling to Miami Beach, especially South Beach, you’ll probably spend some time ogling hot hardbodies in skimpy bathing suits and fashionably dressed socialites from around the world. If you get tired of beaches and bars, however, here are a few things to go look at that are stimulating in an entirely different way.
  • Spotlight on New Zealand: Where to see a Haka

    Liz Lewis
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:18 am
    If asked, most New Zealanders would say that they saw their first haka on the rugby field by the nation’s beloved All Blacks rugby team. Based on a type of ancient Maori war dance, this haka combines rhythmic body slapping, violent foot-stomping and scary facial contortions with loud and aggressive chanting. Performed at the beginning
  • Five of Singapore’s Best Beer Bars (and a Grungy, Divey Gem in Little India, Too)

    Brian Spencer
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    JiBiru Japanese Craft Beer Bar – Located at 313@Somerset mall’s open-air Discovery Walk, sandwiched between the Charlie Brown Café and Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant, JiBiru, as its name suggests, deals primarily in imported bottles and kegs from a fistful of Japan microbreweries. The handpicked selection of Japanese microbrews is reason alone to favor
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    Travel | The Guardian

  • Athens city guide: where to stay, eat, drink and more

    Feargus O'Sullivan
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Dance till dawn in a bank, refuel with souvlaki, and refresh in a rooftop pool we put a new spin on a classic city Ten more great things to do in Athens: readers tips Continue reading...
  • 10 great things to do in Athens: readers travel tips

    Guardian readers
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Tourist traps are in short supply as readers share their favourite spots for getting a great view of the Greek capital, sampling local flavours or grabbing a late-night snack Athens city guide: where to stay, eat, drink and more To add a tip for next week and to be in with a chance of winning a £200 Hotels.com voucher, go to GuardianWitness Continue reading...
  • Travel tips: Helsinki city break and the weeks best deals

    Joanne O'Connor
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Hip Helsinkis new hotspots, plus a luxury break in Hay-on-Wye and cut-price Europe by train Continue reading...
  • San Francisco: talking bout a permanent revolution

    Pico Iyer
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    From the gold rush to the beat generation to the cyberspace revolution, the changeless thing about San Francisco is that everything seems cutting edge, all the time, says Pico Iyer Continue reading...
  • Baxter Dury: my secret French wine cave

    Baxter Dury
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A 12th-century cave beneath a Provence château is the perfect setting a for hapless Englishman to sample the regions wine and cheese Continue reading...
 
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  • We asked you: do you remember your first flight?

    Emma Sparks
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:19 am
    Image by Hide/Flickr CC2.0 As travellers, the likelihood is you’ve experienced your fair share of flights. It’s also likely that the magic of soaring through the skies has worn off slightly over the years, leaving you more concerned with the quality of in-flight meals and the contentious subject of legroom. But do you remember the days when flying inspired awe rather than impatient eye rolls? We recently teamed up with Skyscanner on Facebook, asking you to cast your mind back to your first ever flight. Here’s what you had to say. Feeling inspired? Maybe it’s time to…
  • Opinion: there’s no such thing as risk-free travel

    James Kay
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Lonely Planet editor James Kay recalls his own drama at sea after a tourist boat sinks in Indonesia. There but for the grace of God go I, as the proverb says. That’s what went through my head when I read about the travellers recently shipwrecked in Indonesia. According to reports, their boat foundered on a reef in rough seas in the middle of the night, forcing some passengers into a lifeboat, and others to swim for hours before local fishermen found and hauled them to safety. Dawn breaks after a traumatic final night at sea for James Kay and his wife in Indonesia, the scene of a recent…
  • NYC vs. LDN #LPChat: the results

    Emma Sparks
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:10 am
    Images by Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine   We teamed up with Lonely Planet authors Regis St. Louis and Sally Schafer and bloggers Christine Amorose (cestchristine.com) and Monica Stott (thetravelhack.com) to put two titans of tourism head to head in the biggest #LPChat yet: NYC vs. LDN. There’s no question: you are a passionate bunch when it comes to these cities. You know where to eat, where to shop, where to drink; you’re full of advice on how to avoid the crowds and you know exactly where to see the best street art. Your input was simply too good to let sink down the…
  • Blogstock 2014: a blogging conference with a twist

    Emma Sparks
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    Image by Seb Neylan/Lonely Planet [View the story "Blogstock 2014" on Storify]
  • Join our NYC vs. LDN debate on Twitter at #LPChat

    Emma Sparks
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:35 am
     Images courtesy of Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine Do you heart New York? Or are you more of a London lover? Whether you are a passionate urban native with local knowledge, once spent a glorious long weekend discovering the gems of the big apple/smoke, or plan to travel to them soon,  you’re invited to join our NYC vs. LDN #LPChat on Twitter on Thursday 14 August. Some may say that it’s impossible to compare these iconic cities – and we at Lonely Planet would find it pretty hard to choose between them! – but we’re going to give it a shot. Who will come out on…
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    LandLopers

  • Croatia Travels: 6 Must-Do Experiences

    Matt Long
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    I’ve been to Croatia twice now and each time I road tripped around the country, exploring and seeing for myself what makes it such a fun place to visit. I admit it, I’ve fallen in love with this Balkan nation, but without a doubt some experiences have been better than others. If you’re trying to put together an itinerary and curious what to keep on the list, here are some of my favorite, must-do experiences for your Croatia travels.1. Museum of Broken Relationships, ZagrebWhen I first heard of this strange sounding museum, I thought it would be a novelty and little else. I was surprised…
  • Running Horses And The Rockies In Alberta, Canada

    Matt Long
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    The post Running Horses And The Rockies In Alberta, Canada appeared first on LandLopers.
  • Change In The Air: My Favorite Off Season Destinations

    Matt Long
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I always enjoy participating in the weekly #FriFotos photo sharing event on Twitter. It’s a good way for me to think creatively and to consider new ideas that usually hadn’t occurred to me before. Such was the case this week when the theme was announced to be CHANGE. I decided to take a slight twist on it and share those locations around the world where I love to see the change of seasons, especially in the off-season when there are fewer people around. What are some of your favorite off season destinations?Paris Christmas MarketHanging out in the alleys of Dubrovnik, CroatiaFall…
  • Bucket List Trip – I’m Finally Going To Malta!

    Matt Long
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
     Photo courtesy of Rachelle Lucas, The Travel BiteFor nearly 20 years, Malta has been near the top of my own personal travel bucket list. It’s a long story, but I have a certain personal affinity to the island nation and have spent a lot of time learning about its history and the island’s most famous former residents – the Knights of St. John Hospitalier. Finally, FINALLY, after years of pining, I leave next week to visit this beautiful island.I’m traveling to Malta as part of the #MaltaIsMore campaign, led by iambassador with the goal of bringing more information about what…
  • Alberta in 11 Photos: Why It’s Bucket List Worthy

    Matt Long
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I spent a week exploring the highways and byways of Southern Alberta on one of the most beautiful road trips I’ve ever taken. I’ve been sharing the stories from this great adventure, but I wanted to take a moment to lead you through the experience by showing you what you will enjoy when you decide to hit the open roads of Alberta for yourself. It’s just a snapshot into what the experience is like, no doubt there, but I’m fairly certain that if you haven’t already added this beautiful part of the world to your bucket list, that you will after taking a peek at these photos.1. Farms…
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  • Travel dairy: On the road again — to Alcala

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

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

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

    Linda Martin
    12 Jan 2014 | 6:00 pm
    New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve — mostly because the weather is so much better down here than in most of the northern hemisphere! Week beginning 30/12 We’d hoped to go south and bring in the New Year with a group of friends, but for various reasons we ended up staying in Auckland. Luckily our other friends Geoff and Tila were throwing a Mexican-themed party, so we got dressed up (Craig wore a hat decorated with guacamole and nacho chips) and headed to their house for a barbecue. Russell is pretty.A quick look at Wikipedia…
  • A brief guide to Valdivia, Chile

    Sam Wood
    8 Jan 2014 | 9:00 am
    Valdivia probably isn’t a city you immediately think of when you think of Chile. In fact, I’m not sure you’d think of it at all. Before going to Chile, I had never heard of Valdivia, and on first sight, it didn’t seem like all that much. However, I discovered that although the city may not seem very attractive or noteworthy at first, it has a few gems (something I often try to find) and is definitely a worthwhile stop if travelling to the Chilean lake district. The city is built at the confluence of three rivers, and many of the main sights and much of the life of the city revolves…
 
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  • Fallen Towers, Broken Hearts

    nerd's eye view
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    I wrote this 12 years ago. I reread it and repost almost every 9/11, it’s my annual memorial. It is easy, with a handful of years behind us, to say that on September 11, 2001, everything changed. It is easy to look back and see ourselves shifted into shadow and grief as though in that one horrible moment, something black crossed in front of the sun. And for some it is true, it was an instant between fine and not fine, between blissfully complacent and angry with fear, between the world being a boundless universe of wonder and the world collapsing into the space between our bodies and…
  • The New Normal

    Pam Mandel
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Welcome to my kitchen table. Here you can find a ukulele — it’s orange — and a giant jar of honey and a 100 peso note and a red accordion file that holds the bills and receipts for things related to my band. There’s a iPhone 4s, a delay pedal, a bottle of iridescent nail polish and some chocolate bars that I got in Mexico — while I was there I rappelled in a parrot filled sinkhole, hiked through a waterfall, and gave a talk on the value of storytelling. On the kitchen counter behind me? A five pound bag of brown Basmati rice, a package of spice rub from…
  • It Rained in San Cristobal

    Pam Mandel
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I walked past the native craft sellers huddled under the arcade on the town square and I walked up and down the slippery sidewalks. In front of one shop, a group of little ones, their hands bursting with braided wrist ties, their little arms holding bundles of toy llamas, crowded around a television set, their brown faces turned blue in the TV light.  My jeans were wet from sloshing in and out of puddles and when I got to the restaurant, party of 12, 8pm, my people were nowhere to be seen. Restaurant La Lupe, not quite empty, San Cristobal I drank a beer and scooped at a mountain of…
  • The Cropping Tool

    Pam Mandel
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    I’m in Chiapas at ATMEX, a conference for people who promote adventure travel in Mexico. Nearly all my expenses were paid for. The morning of the waterfall excursion, I got up early to take pictures and when I was done, set my camera on the windowsill outside my cabin. When it came time to go, I couldn’t remember where I’d put the damn thing. My phone was dead too, my charger cable stored in my luggage back in town. If I was going to get images from my day hike to the waterfalls of El Ocote, I was going collect them with my eyes. If I’d had my camera with me, I would…
  • Where’s the Dream?

    Pam Mandel
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) The Associated Press / Creative Commons When I read about Ferguson, I find myself thinking of a friend who, on first glance, is a strapping black dude. He’s over six feet tall and he’s muscled. In certain geographical regions and inside certain small minds, this is enough to categorize my friend as a threat. He’s big. He’s black. Therefore, in some places, he’s a crime waiting to happen. This is some racist bullshit. My friend worked as an English teacher and he’s a huge nerd. He’s a writer with a giant vocabulary and…
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    Cheapest Destinations Blog - Travel the World!

  • What It Costs to Live in Portugal

    Tim Leffel
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • Sabbaticals, Career Breaks, and Saying Adios for Years

    Tim Leffel
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • Tango in Kenya, Boy Monks in Myanmar, and Green Gold in Washington State

    Tim Leffel
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/feed/ Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. Meanwhile, you can always see what's new by visiting www.CheapestDestinationsBlog.com!
  • Perception Busting Through Photos: Bulgaria

    Tim Leffel
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
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  • The Non-hotel Option is Often the Best One

    Tim Leffel
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
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    Travel the Home Exchange Way

  • Tempting home swap offer on the beautiful Greek ‘Mamma Mia’ island of Skopelos

    Home Base Holidays
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Lovely modern house in the historic Old Town of Skopelos offered for home exchange. Stunning views over the harbour and across the Aegean Sea. Skopelos Island is very green and unspoilt, with beautiful beaches - as featured in the movie version of ‘Mamma Mia’!  Large modern house with a sunny, private roof terrace. Skopelos also has a fascinating history - the little church in front of the house dates back to the 12th century and was built on the site of a former Roman temple. Just yards from the front door is the stylish Vrakos Cafe, a very popular meeting point as it affords glorious…
  • Home Swappers, the Home Exchange Newsletter, September 2014

    Home Base Holidays
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    The September issue of Home Swappers Newsletter is now available. Topics: Featured listing: 800 year old property in the stunning medieval mountainside village of Ceriana, Liguria, Italy Swap stories: penfriends first, then home swap partners Member quote: an incredible, life-changing home exchange in a secluded cottage in Scotland Home Base Holidays 25% discount offer: see newsletter for code (ends 15th September) Read articles in this issue in full and previous issues of Home Swappers Newsletter, in the Newsletter Archive. Subscribe to receive the newsletter as published.
  • Home swap request: London for Sydney (January 2015)

    Home Base Holidays
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Do you live in Syndey, Australia and would like to visit London in the New Year? If so this might be the perfect swap for you! This lovely 3 bedroom home (in the picture above) is in the suburbs of London but just 30mins to the centre of the city. The home is near parks and a golf course. Interested? View details of this: home exchange in London
  • Home swap cottage makes a good base for an 'over the anvil' wedding in Gretna Green

    Home Base Holidays
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    “We all use ‘Home Exchange’ for a variety of reasons, not just for a holiday or weekend break but to visit relatives, attend family events, enable a family gathering and so on. This year to our surprise our exchange partners decided to use our home as their base to get married ‘over the anvil’ at Gretna Green! The first we knew of this was when we received an email photograph of the happy couple during our stay in their London home and must admit we thought at first it was a joke, but no - they persuaded two unsuspecting tourists to witness their marriage and then take photographs…
  • Penfriends first, then home swap partners! London to Switzerland

    Home Base Holidays
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    "I have made friends in all the usual ways, school, work and via hobbies, and most unusually my dear friend and neighbour Lyndsay, whom I met at 'lower limb replacement exercise class'. That's not as weird as it sounds. It's for people who've had hip or knee replacements and it's hard not to bond with people when you're exercising with walking sticks! But my  fifties seemed a bit late to gain a penfriend, it being a pursuit of childhood, but that's exactly what happened to Bea and me via the Home Base Holidays website. We began in the usual way by trying to arrange an exchange but, unable…
 
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    Rick Steves Travel Blog: Blog Gone Europe

  • Malbork Castle, Stronghold of the Teutonic Knights

    Rick Steves
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    One thing I love about European travel is discovering places I never knew existed and had never even considered visiting after a lifetime of exploring Europe. Malbork Castle in Pomerania (north of Warsaw in Poland) is a good example. This biggest brick castle in the world and the largest castle of the Gothic period is one of Europe’s most imposing fortresses. We include it in the Poland section of our Eastern Europe guidebook, and I enjoyed visiting with my local guide to update the material for next year’s edition. Here’s a quick little video clip on a huge and historic heap of Polish…
  • Torrential Afternoon Rains in Warsaw

    Rick Steves
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    As I’ve mentioned, I’ve experienced one strong and recurring weather pattern in this summer’s travels: hot and humid mornings, then torrential downpours in the afternoons. In just one month, on two separate occasions, the Frankfurt airport was closed for thundershowers on days I was flying through — causing me to miss my connecting flights. He’s a little clip of Warsaw during its 4 p.m. daily shower.
  • Pondering the Cost of War in Warsaw’s Gorgeous Lazienki Park

    Rick Steves
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    While in Warsaw, I couldn’t help but fixate on the cost of war. I know how lovingly I collect and organize my physical world in my house. But virtually every house in Warsaw was destroyed in 1945…so many cultural and personal treasures simply gone forever. And, now, just two generations later, Germans and Russians stroll through the city on vacation — joking, licking ice cream cones, and snapping photos. Of course, we need to forgive and move on. I’m just amazed at how good Poland is at it. Perhaps some other countries — victims of similar horrors — can learn from the Poles.
  • Appreciating the Value of Local Guide, in Warsaw

    Rick Steves
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Driving down a boulevard with an ongoing explanation of everything I was seeing, I was inspired to pull out my little camera and make a video clip to share with you the delight of having your own private tour guide. Imagine hiring a guide like Hubert with a car for $160 for 5 hours. This clip finishes as we park at Ghetto Uprising Square to see the memorial about that horrific chapter in Polish history, and a sparkling new museum celebrating Polish Jews. And with Hubert as my guide, I had the best teacher a traveler could want.
  • Piss Off Putin…Eat an Apple

    Rick Steves
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    During my visit to Poland, Poles were frustrated about the recent trade war that had erupted with Russia. Reacting to international sanctions regarding the conflict in Ukraine, Russia decreed that foods could no longer be imported from the European Union — including Poland. One result: Poland is awash in apples grown for export to Russia. Standing here on Warsaw’s Old Town Square, knowing how in 1945 the Soviet Red Army watched from across the river as the Nazis literally leveled this city building by building before retreating (allowing the Soviets to waltz in with no resistance), it’s…
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  • Swine Flu – Travel Advice

    Mircea Giurca
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Swine Flu originated in Mexico, and the first cases were reported worldwide in April 2009. The World Health Organisations acted quickly to assess the risks that this virulent strain of influenza... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 3 Cheap Holiday Destinations

    Mircea Giurca
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:11 am
    Now that flights are become cheaper and more widely available there are a number of excellent budget holiday destinations that you can fly to from almost anywhere in Britain 1. Spain Spain has been a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Flying high: Enjoying the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Mircea Giurca
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    If you are thinking of a place to visit this fall, Albuquerque in New Mexico is a must. Fall means brilliant colors springing on the ground and in the skies of Albuquerque. A must see and a must do... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The wonders of Tunis

    Mircea Giurca
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    Tunis is a wondering city and a necessary stopover for any traveler in North Africa. Tunis is simultaneously Arabic, African and a little French and European. The city itself is not very big,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top romantic accommodations for couples on vacation

    Mircea Giurca
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Just because it’s in the middle of September, doesn’t mean you don’t have a reason to plan a romantic getaway for you and your partner. Having a little bit of romance even when it’s not Valentine’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Under the Sea

    Sophia Jones
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Photograph by Ted Tucker Featuring one of our favorite coastal creatures, this hand-sewn, linen pillow is the perfect accent piece. Gina Dambra Studio Jellyfish Pillow, $144; ginadambrastudio.com
  • Cap it Off

    Hannah Sills
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
      Courtesy of manufacturer We love this adorable hat’s pattern and coastal colors, perfect for keeping the sun out of your eyes on the beach or on a boat. Vineyard Vines Digi Camo Whale Baseball Hat in Ocean Reef, $28.00; vineyardvines.com
  • We want to know …

    Susan Hall
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
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    Sophia Jones
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Photograph by Ted Tucker Purchased as a duo, these woven baskets epitomize the natural feel of the coast and blend well in any space. Clara Lindsten Sweep Basket Set, $70; momastore.org  
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    Susan Hall
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
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  • How airline marketers encourage direct bookings to compete with OTAs

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    New marketing tactics, along with recent market developments in Europe, offer an opportunity for travel marketers to reset the relationship, according to a new eMarketer report, “Europe’s Online Travel Showdown: Providers Vie with Online Travel Agents over Digital Booking Business.”
  • Hotels seeking corporate rate increases of 6-8% for 2015

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    BCD Travel's Advito consultancy issued a corporate travel price forecast for 2015 that shows generally modest year-over-year increases for hotel rates in most geographies. For the U.S., Advito predicted average rates to rise between 3-5 percent, despite limited new supply and a push by suppliers to achieve higher increases.
  • Ctrip, Qunar go their separate ways

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    What nearly became a blockbuster marriage between China's 2 leading online travel sites has instead ended in divorce, with word that industry leader Ctrip has formally yanked its hotel listings from the site of the second largest player Qunar.
  • Ebookers launches mobile-focused rewards program

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    The programme allows consumers to earn rewards ‘currency’ which goes directly into their account. Customers on each tier can earn 3% on hotel bookings, 2% on packaged trips and 1% on flight bookings.
  • Seven luxuries you’ll find in every fancy hotel room

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    The luxury hotel industry prides itself on top-notch service, elegant design, and individualized pampering for each of its well-heeled guests. Step into a deluxe room or plush suite, however, and one is apt to see some startling similarities in amenities.
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  • It’s The End Of The World [Showcase] As We Know It

    Tim Grassey
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    We all knew this was coming. The rumors trace back to last December. Epcot’s Maelstrom attraction is being replaced by a Frozen attraction. While the rumor has existed for months, it  became real on Friday.…The post It’s The End Of The World [Showcase] As We Know It appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disney Paint the Night Parade Premiers at Hong Kong Disneyland

    Alain Littaye
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Disneyland fans will be particularly interested in Alain Littaye’s coverage of Hong Kong Disneyland’s new Disney Paint The Night Parade. This parade is rumored to be similar to the Anaheim park’s parade offering for the…The post Disney Paint the Night Parade Premiers at Hong Kong Disneyland appeared first on MiceChat.
  • The Sweep Spot 137 – Stores on Main Street Part 2

    the sweep spot
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    In this episode we continue our look at the history of the shops on Main Street at Disneyland. There has been so many changes over the past 59 years, but not as many as you…The post The Sweep Spot 137 – Stores on Main Street Part 2 appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #106 – UUOP meets RF4RM

    Lee Mallaby
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome aboard for a special crossover episode of the podcast. We are joined by Andy and Roman from the Real Fans for Real Movies podcast to discuss some of the movies that have inspired attractions…The post Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #106 – UUOP meets RF4RM appeared first on MiceChat.
  • Disneyland Paris Parade Adds Frozen Float

    Alain Littaye
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Frozen fans at Disneyland Paris have received their wish: Disney Magic on Parade! has been updated with a Frozen float and some new costumes. Alain Littaye has the details. ~~Rick Disney Magic on Parade is…The post Disneyland Paris Parade Adds Frozen Float appeared first on MiceChat.
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  • Top 5 luxury African weekend destinations

    Rose Hipwood
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Africa is indeed a long haul destination however with flights as short as eight hours to Nairobi, and just eleven to Johannesburg, and the fact that there’s no jet lag at all due to the small one hour time difference, you can go on a luxury safari for the weekend. During three or four nights […] Top 5 luxury African weekend destinations is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 5 luxury African weekend destinations appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • New York’s best pizza joints

    Matthew Coe
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Although originating in Italy, pizza has become synonymous with America. Pizza joints are amongst the most popular dining venues across the States, particularly in bustling New York City. Some of the world’s tastiest pizza finds its home in the Big Apple, with every pizza joint claiming to sell the finest slice on earth. We’ve scoured […] New York’s best pizza joints is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post New York’s best pizza joints appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • The top 6 sites in Jaipur, Rajasthan

    Parul Lahoti
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Visiting India can feel like a whirlwind of old culture mixed with modern times; where cities boast sprawling malls, but you can still see bull-drawn carriages pulling cargo alongside rural farm land. As much of this mishmash can be seen as confusing, entering the walls of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan, takes you […] The top 6 sites in Jaipur, Rajasthan is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post The top 6 sites in Jaipur, Rajasthan appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • The coast of California: a magnificent seven

    David Wickers
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    The Pacific Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is one of the most scenic drives on the planet, a natural challenger to such famous jaw-droppers as Australia’s Great Ocean Drive between Adelaide and Melbourne, the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies and the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Here are just seven of its pageant […] The coast of California: a magnificent seven is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post The coast of California: a magnificent seven appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
  • Top 10 luxury beach retreats

    Tom Marchant
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    We all need a trip to the beach every now and then to relax with a good book and get lost in our thoughts. So we’ve compiled our favourite beach retreats from the dazzling waters of the Maldives to the mystical mountains of Oman. The chilly end to this summer may have left you yearning […] Top 10 luxury beach retreats is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Top 10 luxury beach retreats appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
 
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    Brian
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    September 20 – 21, 2014 sees the 5th installment of the Puerto Rico Coffee and Chocolate Expo. For the 5th year running the Puerto Rico Convention Center will be home to over 140 exhibitors specializing in Coffee, Chocolate and for the first time Tea. Yes, this year the Coffee and Chocolate Expo also has a Tea Pavilion. The 2 day event is the largest exhibition of the coffee and chocolate industry in the Caribbean and is aimed at families, food lovers and industry professionals; with tasting stations, coffee and food demonstrations and entertainment for all the family. Some of the islands…
  • Colorful Old San Juan

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

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

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

    Brian
    29 May 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Caguas Botanical Garden also known as the Botanical and Cultural Garden William Miranda Marin is just a short 30 minute drive south of San Juan. Inside the gardens you will find the ruins of a Sugar Plantation, recreation of a slave house, Taino archeological artifacts, a small boating lake and well groomed grounds where you can just wander and enjoy the scenery. The Caguas Botanical Gardens are open Thursdays to Sundays from 10:00am to 4:00pm Information Caguas Botanical Garden (Botanical and Cultural Garden William Miranda Marin) On paying you will receive a bilingual map of the gardens…
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  • Myanmar Tourist Visa On Arrival – Buy Online

    Chris Mitchell
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    From September 1st 2014, you can get a Myanmar tourist visa on arrival by applying online through the official government visa website Myanmar Embassy, Bangkok - About To Get A Lot Less Visitors As of September 1st 2014, you can go to evisa.moip.gov.mm, the official Myanmar government visa website, and apply for a Myanmar tourist visa online. This will then provide you with an approval letter that lets you get a Myanmar tourist visa on arrival into Yangon Airport. So, it’s not like you can just show up in Myanmar and get immediate access – you still need to plan in advance and…
  • Where To Watch The World Cup In Bangkok

    Chris Mitchell
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:33 pm
    There may be a curfew in Bangkok and ungodly kick-off times, but there’s still a few places to see the beginning of World Cup 2014 UPDATE: As of June 14 2014, there is NO CURFEW in Thailand. It has been lifted everywhere in the country, including Bangkok and Chiang Mai. See this Curfew Lifted Everywhere story in the Bangkok Post. That means you can watch the World Cup wherever you like. While it’s currently illegal to be out in Bangkok between midnight and 4 am, there are still several places which are showing the World Cup – see this rundown of venues at Bangkok Faces. And…
  • Is Thailand Safe After The Military Coup?

    Chris Mitchell
    27 May 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Is Thailand safe to visit after the military coup on May 22 2014? Currently the short answer is yes, provided you think ahead and exercise caution What does the military coup in Thailand mean for tourists? At the moment, it’s essentially an inconvenience. There are no violent protests, airport closures or flight cancellations – the country is pretty much running the same as normal. So much so that a recent Associated Press story was headlined From beaches to Bangkok, tourists ask ‘What coup?‘. Similarly, a Sydney Morning Herald story on 28 May was titled…
  • Royal Barges Procession, Bangkok

    Chris Mitchell
    17 Nov 2012 | 11:38 pm
    The Royal Barges Procession brings the normally bustling Chao Phraya river to a standstill as stunningly beautiful boats built by Thailand’s Kings over the last three centuries sail in formation through the heart of the city. Thong Kwan Fa Barge and Royal Barge Suphannahong, Royal Barges Procession, Bangkok (Click any photo for a bigger version) Standing on the riverbank beneath an overcast sky, we’d seen the Chao Phraya, the River of Kings at the heart of Bangkok usually filled with hundreds of boats ferrying passengers and goods become empty. We could no longer hear the roar of…
  • Royal Barges Museum, Bangkok

    Chris Mitchell
    12 Oct 2012 | 3:12 am
    Each November there is a spectacular procession of intricate and ornate Royal Barges on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river. But you can see the Royal Barges any time of the year at Bangkok’s Royal Barges Museum. Anantanakkharat (Ananta, Kings Of The Serpents), Royal Barges Museum, Bangkok On November 9th 2012, 100 barges rowed by over 2000 oarsmen will take to the waters of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river as part of the Tod Kathin Festival to mark the end of the Buddhist lent. At the centre of the procession will be the four Royal Barges, which are stunning examples of Thai…
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  • Kilauea Volcano lava flow approaching homes in Hawaii Island’s Puna district

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Kilauea Volcano lava flow approaching homes in Hawaii Island’s Puna district        The current Puu Oo lava flow is seen 0.4 miles away from area homes in this photo dated Sept. 10. (Click photo to enlarge.) Photo: USGS/Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. A newly opened vent connected to the ongoing Puu Oo cone eruption on the eastern flank of Hawaii Island’s Kilauea volcano is sending a slo...
  • Hawaii National Park pass offers unlimited entry to popular parks on Maui, Hawaii Island for $25

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    Hawaii National Park pass offers unlimited entry to popular parks on Maui, Hawaii Island for $25 The new TriPark Annual Pass shows naupaka kahakai, a native coastal plant. Photo: National Park Service. Frequent island-hopping National Park visitors may want to add a new card to their wallets. The National Park Service’s Hawaii Tri-Park Pass covers admission to the Islands’ three national parks that charge fees—Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park on Hawaii Island, and Maui’s Haleakala National Park—for one year from the…
  • Maui’s luxe Grand Wailea resort to undergo $30 million renovation

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    Maui’s luxe Grand Wailea resort to undergo $30 million renovation Model of Grand Wailea resort renovated guestroom. Photo: Grand Wailea.Maui’s Grand Wailea resort will undergo $30 million in renovations, slated to begin this week and continuing through spring 2015. The recently announced renovations will refresh the massive luxury resort’s guestroom décor, pools and meeting areas. The resort will remain open throughout the renovation process.The 23-year-old resort will trade in the traditional browns and beiges of it...
  • Hawaii Five-0 brings cast and fans together for season five premiere on Waikiki's Queens Beach, Sept. 13

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Hawaii Five-0 brings cast and fans together for season five premiere on Waikiki's Queens Beach, Sept. 13 Daniel Dae Kim at 2012 season premiere in Waikiki. Photo by Wes Funai.Since Hawaii Five-0 ended its fourth season in May, fans of the Hawaii-filmed CBS crime drama have eagerly anticipated the further adventures of Lt. Commander Steve McGarrett and his Five-0 crew. In particular, McGarrett’s longtime cat and mouse chase with his recently escaped arch nemesis Wo Fat. If you’re on Oahu this Saturday evening, Sept. 13, yo...
  • Explore popular Oahu sites and hiking trails with Google Street View’s newest Hawaii interactive treks

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:42 am
    Explore popular Oahu sites and hiking trails with Google Street View’s newest Hawaii interactive treks Google Street View Trekker Haleiwa Beach Park screenshot
 
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  • Aachen Cathedral: Just Look Up [360-Degree Panorama]

    Audrey Scott
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    By Audrey ScottSome cathedrals — with their fanciful gargoyles, detailed carvings and elaborate flourishes — are best admired for their exterior. For others, it’s all about appreciating what’s inside.What makes Aachen Cathedral so special for me, despite the beauty of its imposing Gothic exterior, are the mystical elements within. Even with all that I’d heard of Aachen Cathedral prior to our visit, I still found myself surprised by the ornate mosaics that sprawled under its dome and a Byzantine design that hinted of the Near East. As we walked the chapel’s…
  • How Travel Is The Classroom

    Daniel Noll
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    By Daniel NollTravel: the ultimate experiential learning environment? I recently came across an article about experiential learning that featured a list entitled 12 Things You Might Not Have Learned in the Classroom. The principles were adapted from a book entitled Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto. The list was preceded by the phrase “Really educated people…”“Wow, that’s a pretty presumptuous lead,” I thought. Then I continued reading and found myself nodding in agreement through much of the list. The beauty of the lessons and notions is that they are timeless…
  • Next Up: From Mines to Wines, Germany’s Rhineland

    Audrey Scott
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    By Audrey ScottAs we set off for Germany’s Rhineland this weekend, I think back to an exchange I had with a tourist from Stuttgart the other night.“It’s been really fun visiting Berlin this week. It’s like traveling to a different country from Germany,” he said.We laughed. We understood. This is often what we tell people when they ask us how we like living in Germany. We’ve found that we picked up a bit of the Berliner habit of forgetting that there’s a country to explore outside of the city limits of its capital.It’s time to do a little something about that.
  • Gorilla Trekking in Uganda: A Beginner’s Guide

    Daniel Noll
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Daniel NollI followed just behind our lead mountain gorilla tracker. In the hush of the moment under the canopy, I remembered our guide’s advice earlier that morning: “On your way to the gorillas, don’t forget to enjoy the sound of the jungle. There’s nothing like it.”My focus had been on climbing through the tendrils, on getting there. I could feel the heat around me, the sound of swarms of bugs above my head.Then our tracker pivoted and pointed my attention to the right, just past the thickness from which we’d emerged and into the clearing.Suddenly, it was just me and a…
  • Travel to Rwanda: First Impressions

    Audrey Scott
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:52 am
    By Audrey Scott Another day comes to a close on Lake Kivu, Rwanda.Rwanda.  A country where the first thing that comes to mind when people hear the name: the horrific, tragic genocide of twenty years ago. When we mentioned that we were looking forward to visiting Rwanda, we weren’t entirely surprised by the confused looks and cocked heads: “Why?” We weren’t headed to see the mountain gorillas as most people visiting Rwanda purely for tourism might do. We’d read about trekking, volcanoes and lakes, but mainly we were curious and wanted to see the country for ourselves.
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  • Rock Climbing Reprise

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

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

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

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

    Sarah Jappy
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mojitos on the beach and breakfast in bed, or bustling local markets and fresh seafood; Nha Trang’s Mia Resort in Central Vietnam has something for everyone. Style Beach peach Setting Green, serene Cam Lam bay Why this week? Vietnam’s summer monsoon is coming to an end, making September the ideal time to visit the idyllic Mia Resort in Nha Trang, the country’s most beautiful beachside town. Stay six nights to take full advantage of the resort’s private beach and enjoy a room discount, a massage, cocktails and a cookery class on us. This special offer is available for stays until the…
  • Be Manos, Brussels: hotel of the week

    Richard MacKichan
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    There’s more to Europe’s capital than MEPs and triple-cooked chips – set foot inside Be Manos hotel in Brussels and you could be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived in Carnaby Street’s hippest hangout during peak Sixties swing… Why this week? For culture, baby. If Be Manos’ interiors have you coming over all Austin Powers, then the return of Nocturnes (18 September to 18 December, pictured below) can help you live out your Night at the Museum fantasies. Each Thursday, Brussels’ best cultural institutions are opening late to lay on special guided tours, one-off events,…
  • What to wear where: Fashion Week edition

    Madevi Dailly
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    The September issues are thick on the shelves, street photographers are out in packs  and a palpable frisson is sweeping from New York to Paris via London and Milan. Do you feel that cool in the air? Fashion Week is upon us. Whether you’ve long nabbed a front row seat or just want to soak up the buzz, our capsule guide to the fashion capitals tells you where to sleep and be seen. And, because we wouldn’t want to leave you wondering what to wear, we’ve roped in the expert stylists at Baukjen to help you pack an effortless, easy-to-wear wardrobe. NEW YORK Wear Crisp,…
  • And… we’re back! Voting for the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 is now open

    Lucy Fennings
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    Where is the world’s Best Hotel Pool? Which hotel harbours the Sexiest Bedroom in the World? What’s on your hotel lust list? You tell us… It’s time to find this year’s superstar hotels, with the launch of the 2014 edition of the Smith Hotel AwardsPublic voting is now open, and we want to hear from stylish boutique hotel-adoring travellers (that’s you!). Remember that amazing weekend you spent in Paris/New York/Bangkok/the Cotswolds in spring? The hotel that knocked your socks off, took your breath away, stole your heart and ran away laughing? Yes? Oh…
  • The Mercer, New York: hotel of the week

    Kate Thorman
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Give us Manhattan’s bustling streets and 24-hour subways, its towering skyscrapers, designer-clad denizens and trendy restaurants: that’s right, this week, we’re going to New York City’s buzzy Soho neighbourhood, to André Balazs’ ever-cool Mercer hotel and its star-studded clientèle. Style High jinks in luxury lofts Setting Right to the very heart of it Why this week? With New York Fashion Week just a few weeks away, we have designer duds on the brain. So we convinced our friends at the Mercer to get in on the fun with us and offer shopping discounts at a…
 
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  • I’m Off to Iceland

    NomadicMatt
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Next Tuesday, I am making good on a birthday promise. Last year, I created a list of “19 Things to Do Before I Turn 35” as a way to direct my travels. But, when I turned 33 this year, I realized I hadn’t accomplished a single thing on that list, which was kind of depressing. So in order to live up to my own goals, I pulled the trigger and booked multiple plane tickets to destinations on that list (Iceland, the Caribbean, and Hong Kong). And so next Tuesday, I fly off to Iceland to finally live up to my internal promise of going to more new places. I’ve been wanting to…
  • Why I Became a Solo Female Traveler

    NomadicMatt
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Last month, I announced I’d be bringing monthly columnists to this website. On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse will be here to give you great tips and advice on solo female travel. Her column starts this month. Let’s get to know her! I sat on the beach in Cambodia, amazed that a white sand beach so pristine still existed in the world. There were no towering resorts or people with fancy drinks with umbrellas walking by. It was virtually empty. This was my second week traveling alone. I bought my one-way ticket to Southeast Asia and, sitting…
  • The Happiness of Pursuit with Chris Guillebeau

    NomadicMatt
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    When I first started blogging, I came across a website called The Art of Non-Conformity. It was by this guy on a personal quest to visit every country in the world before he turned 35 years old. That guy was Chris Guillebeau. I began to follow his adventures intensely – as a traveler, the idea of watching someone visit every country in the world was inspiring (I’m doing the same thing but on a much, much, much slower time scale). Over the years, Chris and I have become friends and have run into each other in multiple spots around the world. A few months ago, Chris told me about his…
  • My Long-Distance Travel Romance

    NomadicMatt
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    From the first moment I looked upon Paris, I was in love. Paris was everything I thought it would be — beautiful, sophisticated, ancient, orderly, and relaxed. All the clichés were true. As I stared at the Arc de Triomphe and then down the boulevard of the Champs-Élysées, fashionably dressed people in their fitted pants, beautiful dresses, and black jackets moved around me, a tourist too dumbstruck to move. I was in love. Subsequent visits only deepened my love for the city. When I returned last month to lead a tour through Europe, I added extra days for time with the City of Light.
  • How Technology Makes Travel Better

    NomadicMatt
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I’m bringing on regular columnists for this website. On the first Tuesday of the month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters will be here giving you great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. His column starts this month. Technology has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. At a time when home computers had less power than today’s wristwatches, my parents caved in to my incessant demands, dug into their savings and bought me the latest and greatest in modern computing: a Sinclair ZX Spectrum. This mighty beast had a rubber…
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  • Calling Timeshare "Garbage" Is Wrong...Isn't It?

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    On August 30th, this tweet appeared from Robert McGarvey:  “Many timeshare owners desperate to unload bad investment – WXIX TV http://bit.ly/1IntlCjAmazing that hucksters still sell this garbage."(The data on Twitter concerning Mr. McGarvey is:  Journalist, Speaker, Columnist, Credit Union Times, Blogger, Main Street, Mobile banking + bank tech + travel + real estate…he has 23.5 tweets and 3,514 followers"…not exactly what I’d call a slouch or just “some guy.)WOW!  So I replied within the hour:  “There’s a lot that needs to change in the #timeshare…
  • Effective Timeshare Owner Communications---From Both Sides

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Let’s face it…a timeshare is a significant purchase dealing with an important part of life…hard earned vacations.  If you’re a timeshare resort or HOA and your owner communications merely consist of the annual maintenance fee bill, you’re missing a great opportunity and potentially creating a problem.  If you’re an owner and all you receive from your home resort or HOA is the annual maintenance fee bill, you need to demand more.THE OWNERS PERSPECTIVE-DEMAND MOREEven if you never go to your home resort, never attend owners’ meetings (an issue for another day), you must…
  • Forget Gilligan's Island---This Was a 6 Hour Tour!

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    I received an e-mail today from a very frustrated timeshare owner who wanted my help in getting out of a timeshare purchase, long after the rescission period.FOR THE RECORD, I DO NOT ENGAGE IN THE BUSINESS OF RELIEVING PEOPLE OF THEIR TIMESHARE, HOWEVER, I HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO ENGAGE THE TIMESHARE COMPANY ON THE OWNERS' BEHALF.Here's a snippet of the e-mail in question:Thank you for responding so fast.  There are many reasons why I want out of this contract.  I pay $156 a month for 8000 points biannually. Plus $670 in maintenance fees every year.  This adds up to $5,084 every two…
  • Consumers Have The Power and Need To Claim Responsibility

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    I received an e-mail last week asking for my help.  Here's a bit of that e-mail:I am a student working odd jobs.  I received a letter from a timeshare resort indicating i am qualified to receive a gift certificate for two to stay in Williamsburg Plantation.Condition was 90 minutes presentation. I did not know I was qualified for buying timeshare.  I saw three salespersons and one sales manager all offering me to buy a timeshare.  My credit is not good and I can not afford the payment.  I would like to know if there are there any requirement? Or timeshare is legal…
  • An Excellent Article By Jayson DeMers

    Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    I've written at length about how I feel the entire timeshare industry could benefit from a long, hard look at how Apple does things.I'm obviously not the only fan of Apple out there.  In this article by Jayson DeMers, he talks about Apple's "simple but brilliantly not so simple" approach, including this quote; "According to research done by CEB, the most effective way to reach consumers isn’t through elaborate and complex websites, ads or sales copy, but rather through simplifying the decision making process: in other words, presenting exactly what consumers need to know,…
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  • Rhode Island: Providence, the Best College Town

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The Rhode Island Capitol building as seen from the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Providence. Photos by Sarah Robertson.Students, Artists, and Foodies: Providence Has Something for Everyone By Sarah... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Southwest Pennsylvania: Eating Butler

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
      North Country Brewing Company Restaurant's North Country Crab Cakes. Habeeb Salloum photos.Butler County PA: Farm to Table Gourmet Treats & Buckwheat   By Habeeb Salloum Read More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Chiapas: Mexico's Pristine Corner

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Waiting for the baptism to begin in Chiapas, Mexico. Lori Veale photos.   A Travel lesson in Chiapas By Lori Veale Read More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Exploring Delmarva

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
      Adventures Through Creeks and Meadows By Luke Dowley Curtis J. Badger's book Exploring Delmarva is a unique exploration guide, revealing many of the hidden gems to be found in DELaware,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Korea: Getting Muddy in Boryeong

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
      Mudfest participants in Boryeong, South Korea. Drew Goldberg photo. Glorious Mud  on Korea's Most Beautiful Beach Boryeong Mud Festival in Korea By Drew Goldberg Last weekend, I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • I’m gonna beat your butt, old timer!

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

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

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

    Captain Bill
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Cell Phone Rentals For Travelers In Iquitos At Dawn on the Amazon Cell phones for rent in the office of Dawn on the Amazon To rent a cell phone in Iquitos Peru, come in the Dawn on the Amazon office, located on the boulevard, next door to Dawn on the Amazon Cafe, #185 Malecon Maldonado, near the first block of Nauta Street. We also sell minutes for your cell phone. Our office is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00am to 7:00pm, with a break for lunch. Closed on Sunday. Terms and Conditions for Renting Cell Phones Our obligation is to provide the cell phone in good condition, with charger,…
  • Apartment For Rent In Iquitos

    Captain Bill
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Efficiency Apartment For Rent In Iquitos Stairwell to the left goes to your 2nd floor apartment with the balcony Efficiency Apartment for rent, well located in an interesting neighborhood on the pedestrian only boulevard with a spectacular view from the balcony, and little or no motocarro noise. Rare in Iquitos. The balcony of the apartment for rent in Iquitos Your balcony has tables and chairs and hooks to hang your hammock. Hammock included. Spectacular view from the balcony Possibly the best benefit for you of living in this apartment is the beautiful view day and night. Rare in Iquitos.
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  • PHOTO: Locals at Sunday Market in Marsaxlokk

    Barbara Weibel
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Local men escape to the boats to take a break from the Sunday market in Marsaxlokk, on the island of Malta (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)The post PHOTO: Locals at Sunday Market in Marsaxlokk appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: Fishing Boats in Marsaxlokk, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Fishing boats in the harbor at Marsaxlokk, Malta are painted in rainbow colors, making for pretty views during the Sunday harborfront market (Visited 29 times, 29 visits today)The post PHOTO: Fishing Boats in Marsaxlokk, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • PHOTO: House in Marsaxlokk, Malta Displays Maltese Cross

    Barbara Weibel
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: House in the fishing village of Marsaxlokk on the island of Malta displays its patriotism and the Maltese Cross (Visited 39 times, 39 visits today)The post PHOTO: House in Marsaxlokk, Malta Displays Maltese Cross appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
  • Rock Solid Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Rocks, rocks, and more rocks. Everywhere I looked, Malta’s indigenous wheat-colored limestone dominated the landscape. Roads, houses, hospitals, government buildings, shops, and forts were crafted from the monotonous sedimentary rock, as if the island had regurgitated its innards into piles that masons crafted into structures on the spot. Market Street, one of the two main streets in Valletta, the capital of Malta I was puzzled by the poor condition of many buildings. Edges of the blocks were eroding and pock marks were wearing into the face of the unsealed limestone. Wooden balconies…
  • PHOTO: Fisherman in Marsaxlokk, Malta

    Barbara Weibel
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Click on above photo to view it in large format: Fisherman in the village of Marsaxlokk, Malta inspects and mends his nets after bringing in the day’s catch (Visited 89 times, 89 visits today)The post PHOTO: Fisherman in Marsaxlokk, Malta appeared first on Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel.
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  • Plane Spotting, Caribbean-Style

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Ah, to be on a beach in the Caribbean. The sun. The sand. The clear blue waters. The roar of airplanes. The smell of engine fuel. The danger of jet blasts. There can be a fine line between a travel experience that’s cool and one that is perilous. At Mahó beach, on the Dutch side of the island of St. Maarten’s, that line is about 12 meters wide. That’s the distance between the vacationers on the beach and the start of the main runway at Princess Juliana International Airport. There are, of course, many airports with parks and observation decks close to their runways. Hamburg…
  • Guten Tag, Treehouse Hotel

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Ever since we published our selection of places that resemble a Dr. Seuss illustration we’ve regretted leaving certain hotels off our list. Like this one: the funky, arboreal Baumhaus Hotel in Neißeaue, Germany. Baumhaus is a sort of woodsy-themed adventure park with eight different treehouses that can be rented for the night. Each treehouse is multistoried, each is perched 8 to 10 meters (26 to 33 feet) above the ground and accommodates 4 to 6 people. Rates include breakfast and use of the adventure park grounds. This being Germany, every treehouse also includes a beer-filled mini…
  • 5 In-America-Only Cultural Travel Activities

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    A joke we overheard in a coffee shop in Italy: Question: What’s the difference between yogurt and the United States of America? Answer: Yogurt has culture. Okay, maybe that’s a little funny. The problem is, it isn’t true. The United States is full of culture. It isn’t as gourmet as, say, Italy. Nor is it as old as China or as enveloping as India, or as snobby as France. But it most certainly is there. American culture is diverse, interesting, and, we’d argue, it’s one of the most fun national cultures on the planet. Want proof? Below is our recommendation…
  • Nantucket’s Historic, Modern Bed and Breakfast

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    Next to the reception desk of The Veranda House on Nantucket Island there’s a large photo from the 1880s of the bed and breakfast. It shows well-heeled guests hanging out on the namesake verandas, admiring the view of the historic town center and the waters of the Nantucket Sound beyond. Since that photo was taken the fashions have changed. The quality of photographs has greatly improved. But guests today still hang out on those same verandas. They still enjoy the view of the town and the water. They are still drawn to the iconic lodgings by its history. The Veranda House, after all,…
  • See, Swim With Penguins (Not in Antarctica)

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    Is it possible to dislike penguins? There’s something universally adorable about them. Maybe it’s their waddling. Or their tuxedo outfits. Or how they are portrayed in popular culture, as in the wonderful March of the Penguins documentary. Most penguin stories, including March, take place in Antarctica. However there are several other places on the planet to see wild penguins. At a few of those you can hop in the water and swim along side these friendly, feathered creatures. Here’s a look at our favorite: Boulder’s Beach (near Cape Town), South Africa…
 
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  • How Patan got its name Lalitpur “The Beautiful City”

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

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    A lot has changed since my last visit with the living goddess A return visit to my Living Goddess friend If you’ve not read about my previous visits to the Kumari living goddess in Nepal I encourage you to do so before reading here. It’s a fascinating journey that will take you from my initial search right up to becoming friends with the Kumari and her family. It will also give you some insight into what you are about to read. I’ve held back on publishing this since April 2014 for several reasons. Primarily because of the amount of publicity the Kumari have got since I first…
  • All the sections of a Stupa (Boudhanath) named

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Parts of the Boudhanath Stupa named and Labeled The “great stupa” in Boudhanath is one of the most important stupas in the world One of the guide book exlusions that always irked me was the lack of simple information telling me what each part of this great stupa was called. It’s one of the reasons I wrote my own guide to Boudhanath. It’s a simple question that needs answering. Everyone know’s “the eyes”. Those colorful eyes are at best – an easy guess. But what do all the other parts mean? Let’s take a look! The different parts of…
  • Nepal in under a week: visiting with only a 7 day or less itinerary

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Visit Bhaktapur … even spend a few nights there with only one week in Nepal? Yes, it’s very possible! Can you have a great time in Nepal in under a week? I’ve always suggested taking a long trip to Nepal to get the most from this great country. And, I always get emails from people saying “I’ve only got a week! Can I still do it?!” The answer is of course yes! With new budget airline routes from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi opening up there has been an unprecedented rise in short trips to Nepal. I’ve had great people from Malaysia wanting to…
  • Visiting the stunning Silver Temple in Chiang Mai

    Dave from The Longest Way Home
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The beautiful Silver Temple in Chiang Mai Finding a place like the Silver Temple (Wat Sri Suphan) in Chiang Mai I may not be Chiang Mai’s number one fan due to the sheer number of tourists there but the city makes up for it in holding some great temples too. While most temples get a little repetitive for visitors the silver temple reboots you to genuine smiles again. I’m surprised Wat Sri Suphan doesn’t get more publicity for it’s uniqueness. Indeed it was only while skimming through some photos in a magazine did I even come across it. The Silver Temple offers a great…
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  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Check out our USA road trip advice USA Road Trips USA Road Trips is the theme for the September edition of the My Itchy Travel Feet monthly newsletter. Did you know that road tripping is our favorite way to travel? In this issue, we’re featuring travel deals, destination suggestions and an original article with road trip tips. You’ll also find a subscriber only special — 15% off California Wine Club subscriptions — and our FREE downloadable Road Trip Checklist. Don’t miss out! Subscribe by ticking the “monthly newsletter” button on the subscription page.
  • Saturday’s scene: At the Luau

    Donna Hull
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Sunset at Old Lahaina Luau As the sun dips into the Pacific, dancers at Old Lahaina Luau begin to perform the history of the Hawaiian Islands through hula. A guest of the Maui Visitor’s Bureau, I have a ringside seat and the perfect vantage point to take photos. But this is just the beginning of an entertaining evening in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. Old Lahaina Luau serves up a potent mix of authentic Hawaiian experiences and hospitality (Hookipa) in an intimate oceanfront setting. The hospitality begins when a lei is hung around my neck, a tropical drink placed in my hands and…
  • News for the Week

    Donna Hull
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Paragliding over Maui Aloha from Maui! Yes, that’s me paragliding in the photo. It might look scary but paragliding turned out to be a peaceful experience that I’d do again in a heartbeat. I’ll be writing more about my adventure with Proflyght Paraglide Maui soon. For me, it’s a reminder that trying something new is powerful and energizing. My advice to you? Go for it. This Week’s Articles Two words come to mind when I think of Maui — luxury and adventure. I’ve been reporting from Maui this week as the guest of Visit Maui. Read more about my itinerary…
  • Top Five Apps for USA Road Trips

    Nicole
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    No matter what kind of travel you opt for normally, setting out on the open road is an exhilarating experience for anyone. Sure, packing your bags and heading to the airport can be exciting, but there’s nothing like the freedom that comes along with revving that engine and hitting the highway on a long road trip, in any direction you choose. Thankfully, there are endless opportunities for adventurous road trips anywhere in the US. From the romantic Route 66 to meandering through any number of national parks, an American road trip is a true adventurer’s dream. Of course, to make that dream…
  • Maui the Boomer Way

    Donna Hull
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    My view at Montage Kapalua on Maui Luxury plus adventure is my favorite travel combination. And the folks at Visit Maui have invited me to experience just that. I’m calling it Maui the Boomer Way. Look at what I’ll be doing for six days on this beautiful Hawaiian island: For adventure, I’ll be paragliding wit Proflyght Paragliding, snorkeling (more than once) and learning stand up paddling. Traditional experiences include touring the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, Maui Pineapple Tour, visiting the Maui Ocean Center, a sunset sail on Ali’i Nui Sailing Catamaran plus…
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  • Exploring Vilnius, Lithuania

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

    mistarea9
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    Chicago isn’t just known for its famous sports teams, deep dish pizza, and windy weather. Historically speaking, some of the most famous landmark hotels are found in Chicago. Many notable people from the past have also graced these elegant establishments.   1. The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel     The Blackstone, though now restored to […]
  • A State of Bliss: In Vienna, the City of Dreams

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

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

    NettieSublett
    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, […]
 
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  • Barcelona Workshop 11/10/14 & Online Course (Self-paced)

    Christine Gilbert
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    From time to time, I offer a quick discount on my blogging/writing/photography workshops and online course. My thinking is that some people really WANT to do the workshop or course, but can’t afford it. So I offer a steep discount, for a short period of time. Those people who have been thinking about doing it can jump in, but I can still cover costs by charging the regular rate for everyone else.  It’s not a perfect system, but I feel like it works pretty well. So for the next 48 hours I am offering tickets to my Barcelona workshop, which will be held in this beautiful space off…
  • Adventure Is Where You Are

    Christine Gilbert
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    My kids, just, you know, hanging out with some Serbian kids in Belgrade. Another boring Tuesday night.   I was walking home from the grocery store, here in Romania, and we came across a mom with her two kids. Cole immediately inserted himself into their business and before long we were all talking. Here I was on my great adventure, traveling in Romania, but really, I was just walking through a suburban neighborhood, the same one this mom walked everyday. My grand adventure was her tedious grocery run. The joy I take from the simple things amazes even me: I spent a good hour just looking…
  • Things Biking 8 Hours a Day Can Teach You

    Christine Gilbert
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    We left the bikes behind in Italy, but continued traveling overland. Our original trip idea was to bike from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea, all the way across Europe. The busted trailer ended the biking part of that, but I have this idea that I want to see the Black Sea anyway. So we’ve been traveling overland, across Croatia to Belgrade, through Serbia to Timisoara. We’re in Romania now, getting ready to find an apartment in Sibiu or Brasov, so I can finish some writing work, then I want to take another train out to the sea and dip my toes in it. At that point, I will feel…
  • How Biking Through Europe (Almost) Killed My Husband

    Christine Gilbert
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    My husband, furious. At himself.   It felt like a dream. I had Stella strapped to my chest, a huge backpack on my back, and I ran down the train platform with a bike balanced with one hand and dragging the trailer with the other. They both wobbled and threatened to veer away, but I muscled through it. The edge of the pedal caught my shin and cut me. Drew was ahead of me, loading the other bike. Cole was running beside me, then he tripped and fell flat on his face. He screamed, “Mama!”. “Oh no sweetie!” The platform was emptying, we were almost out of time. I…
  • Tortilla Española with Catalan Pan Con Tomate (Pa Amb Tomaquet)

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:40 am
    Tortilla Española is one of Spain’s national dishes. It’s everywhere. It’s in the tapas bar, it’s sliced and put into sandwiches, it’s a course in your menu del dia. This is a great recipe for it, and I was glad to know you can actually reuse the oil again several times, otherwise this is an insane way to cook (you’ll see in a moment). The really cool part of learning how to cook this from a Barcelona-trained chef (I took a cooking class) was that he whipped up some Pan Con Tomate, the tomato bread that comes from Catalunya. Since we’re returning to…
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  • Planning a Panama City Beach family vacation

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

    Mara
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    I’m not really sure there’s anything better on a hot summer afternoon than a a huge ice cream cone. When you’re in Fredericksburg, Virginia everyone will tell you to take care of that craving at Carl’s Frozen Custard. This popular stand has been cooling people off with tasty treats since 1947. You won’t find fancy mix-ins, sprinkles or anything new-fangled at Carl’s. They sell three flavors: Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, all made onsite. You can get a sundae or a shake; flavors range from traditional hot fudge to maple nut to pineapple, and they will…
  • KOA camping: Comfortable and convenient

    Mara
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    One thing that’s noticeably absent from the 800 posts on this site, the numerous tales of family adventures, is anything to do with camping. While my family loves to bike, hike, and ski and will happily spend the hours from dawn until dusk outside, we’ve never been ones to sleep in the open. Partly it’s because my husband doesn’t like to sleep in a tent. And partly it’s because the gear-and-food-prep aspect of camping has always seemed a little daunting to me. That’s why when KOA (also known as Kampgrounds of America) reached out to me this spring and offered me two…
  • Tips for visiting the Delaware beaches with kids

    Mara
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Midsummer isn’t too late to write a post about the beach is it? I’m going to say no, it isn’t. Especially not about the Delaware beaches, which are fun to visit well into October with golden light playing on the waves and sand that’s warm even if the air is cool. And honestly, I’d be more likely to swim in the Atlantic Ocean during August and September, when the water averages a balmy 77 degrees Fahrenheit, than in June or July when blue lips prevail. The Delaware shore is often overlooked by out-of-staters who set their sights on New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. I’m not sure…
  • Peaks Island: Magic in Maine

    Mara
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    I was born in Portland, Maine into a family that had been there for generations. My grandfather and his brothers grew up swimming in the icy waters of Casco Bay. My father played catcher on his Little League team off of Pine Point Road in Scarborough. I still have aunts, uncles, cousins, goodness knows how many distant relations there. I moved repeatedly as a child but if anyplace is my home, it is this corner of New England perched on the Atlantic Ocean. But before the summer of 2013 I hadn’t been back in over 25 years. It felt like time to bring the boys to my place of origin, to show…
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  • Hurricane Iniki – 22 Years Ago Today

    Beat of Hawaii
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The storm that slammed onto Kauai's south shore. Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
  • Why Allegiant Hawaii Flights Get Cut Again

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    9 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Two major cities will have winter and spring flights to Hawaii. Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
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    4 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
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  • Hawaii Restaurant Safety In The News

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    27 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Over the next six month all restaurants in Hawaii will be included in this important program. Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
 
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  • Gay Airlines - The Fallout

    Miguel
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    We wrote about the whole Gay Airlines “scam” as soon as it came to light at the end of August. Today I met with  one of several unfortunate victims. He was hired by “Richard Essen” who we now know is Eduard Richard Streur, to work for the company that never actually existed. Attracted by a promised excellent salary and benefits package, he worked for six weeks without pay, and was instructed to give up his previous job to concentrate full time on the new position. Along with others, he was taken on by the company to look after all the entertainment for the planned influx of gay…
  • English Cinema in Lanzarote 15th & 18th September 2014

    Susana
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:40 am
    These are the three movies in English that will be shown in Lanzarote on Monday the 15th and Thursday the 18th of September, two new and one unchanged: Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife with two new movies: At 19:35, A Most Wanted Man, the screen adaptation of John le Carré's book. A Chechen Muslim that illegally immigrates to Germany gets caught in the international war on terror. So this is a contemporary and cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry and politics with rising tension stars the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Daniel Brühl, Rachel McAdams & Robin Wright.
  • Jazz Under the Stars

    Jules
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:09 am
    Jazz aficionados will enjoy the Jazz Under the Stars concerts in Lanzarote during September. Maestro Music Management have organised two fantastic jazz concerts this month as part of their programme to provide inspirational music for autumn in Lanzarote. Tickets are now on sale for the concerts at Bodegas el Grifo on Friday 26th and the open air venue Plaza de Las Carpas at Puerto Calero Marina on Saturday 27th, they can be purchased online in advance at Maestro MM concert tickets or collected from a variety of local outlets on the island. There’s a fantastic line up, Ivo Neame (piano) will…
  • Tono win the big game fishing event in Puerto Calero

    Jules
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Congratulations to team Tono for their results in the XXII Concurso de Pesca de Altura Puerto Calero. Lanzarote Fishing’s boat Tono was declared winner of the big game fishing competition held in Puerto Calero last weekend. Captain Paul, first mate Ibon and Maria were crew with anglers Kenny and James on board. It looks like Kenny has now shaken off his nickname of Blackie!   read more »
  • Summer 2014 Tourist Figures for Lanzarote

    Jules
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:47 pm
    It’s been an incredible summer for Lanzarote, the island has reported the best tourism figures for the last decade.   Airport Passenger Figures Lanzarote’s Arrecife airport was listed as the 9th busiest in Spain with more than 3.95 million passengers arriving from January to August, it’s believed that the airport will move up to 8th position once the season in Ibiza finishes. According to AENA (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea) Lanzarote received 17.9% more foreign passengers than July 2013. The total number of visitors passing through Arrecife airport in July was…
 
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    The Travel Word

  • A Ground Zero Tour: Lessons in Remembering

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

    editor
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The debate about the value of short-term voluntourism is still raging. At the moment, unfortunately, absolutes and sweeping generalisations appear to dominate, with negative media in danger of strangling the life out of the whole sector, the good – those projects that are making positive and meaningful strides – as well as the bad, like those that fall short of much-needed regulation. But not all projects are created equal and sometimes hard data can demonstrate it. In response to the current discussion, I spoke to Soft Power Education (SPE), an organisation based in Jinja, Uganda, to…
  • Street Food in Thailand: Neat Treats and Sustainability

    editor
    12 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Grasshoppers, crickets, assorted insects – down the hatch! Although it’s easy to dismiss Patong, as a tourist haven, you just can’t dismiss the exceptional street food in Thailand. To eat or not eat: that is the question. Grilled crabs are snapped up quickly at the Patong night market of Phuket, Thailand. Photo courtesy Heather Rath It is a tribute to the resourceful people of Thailand, or perhaps to the greed of developers, that there is no trace of the devastation wrought here by the powerful tsunami of 10 years ago. The busy collection of restaurants, shops, markets and malls makes…
  • The 2014 New York Travel Festival – A Transformative Experience

    editor
    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

    editor
    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…
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  • What Do You Hate About Orlando?

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

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

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Do you think a waiter or waitress would tamper with a meal when dealing with an extremely rude customer? A recent Facebook poll asked that very question, and the responses ranged from “Absolutely–that’s why I would not want to send anything back!” To: “Chances are, you will not have a rude customer if you are […]
  • Getting your ‘Frozen’ fix at Walt Disney World

    Robyn Kurth
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    With the overwhelming popularity of all things “Frozen”–the Oscar-winning animated film, the soundtrack, the merchandising–it’s no surprise that Walt Disney World quickly found a home for the newest Disney princesses: Anna and Elsa of Arendelle. Anna and Elsa have become so popular that fans were willing to wait up to four hours earlier this year […]
  • Travel Tips for iPhone and iPad users

    Robyn Kurth
    15 May 2014 | 2:00 am
    A trip to Orlando used to require an updated theme park map, a camera and comfortable shoes, but thanks to the digital revolution of the 21st century, an iPhone or iPad can take care of the map and camera (although the comfortable shoes you will have to provide separately). In recent years, iPhones and iPads […]
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  • NYC Comic Con and Hotels

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

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

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

    Carolina
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The time for traditional U.S. sporting events is upon us with the start of annual horse racing. The beauty of this sport resides in the majestic horses and the dedication of the competing teams, as well as in the swell of the cheering crowd. Experience this captivating event at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. Prime [...] The post Horse Racing at Meadowlands Racetrack appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
  • The 2013 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

    Steven
    1 Oct 2013 | 1:44 pm
    When: Nov 1-3, 2013 Where: Festival Grounds at City Park One of the most hotly anticipated annual events in the Crescent City is the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Each year at the Festival Grounds of City Park, music fans gather as close to Halloween as possible to celebrate the superstitious and the beats. Over the course [...] The post The 2013 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience appeared first on USA Travel Guide.
 
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  • Notes + Photos from Stockholm Travel Massive

    Lola Akerstrom
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Stockholm’s second Travel Massive was held on August 29, 2014 at the recently opened HTL Hotels Kungsgatan. You can read all about the event which I co-organized over on Slow Travel Stockholm.
  • 7 tips for following your passion

    Lola Akerstrom
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Village of Gratteri, Sicily We all have passions. Or, at least one passion. Something we’re so drawn to and feel like we were placed on earth to pursue.  I recently gave an interview to Career 2.0 which profiles people who have left stable careers to plunge headfirst into the unstable world of pursuing their dreams. The interview gives you a quick synopsis of my educational and work background in a nutshell, but at the end, I shared seven (7) tips for following your passions. So I wanted to bring those tips here and further highlight those defining moments in my life when I fully…
  • On losing my voice and articles that spoke for me

    Lola Akerstrom
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Three articles have touched me over the last few days. Mostly because they seemed to have crawled into my subconscious and pulled out my own voice which has been quiet lately. Quiet because so many recent events have deeply frustrated and saddened me. From the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown to political, religious, and medical unrest all over the world. My voice is gone and has been replaced with a hoarseness that squeaks “I’m tired”. Tired of feeling helpless and not knowing what to do and how to help. But these articles below came at just the right time to help…
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  • How I Travel: Andrew McCarthy

    Jessica
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    ANDREW MCCARTHY: STORY TELLER For some travelers of a certain age, hearing the name Andrew McCarthy conjures up images of a film about an ill-fated trip to a vacation home where the boss ends up dead. But in more recent years, Andrew has added to his already-accomplished acting and directing resume by becoming an award-winning travel writer.Andrew - whose film career contains titles like "Pretty in Pink," "St. Elmo's Fire," and "Less Than Zero" - says that when he met Keith Bellows, the editor of National Geographic Traveler, at a party several years ago, he told Keith, "You ought to let me…
  • Enhance Your Resume with Travel

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    11 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    Long-term unemployment is a difficult mental hurdle to overcome for those considering traveling around the world. After working decades to do well in school to land a steady job, you plan to stop cold turkey to experience life beyond your comfort zone. It’s a worthwhile venture that will change you dramatically as you’re exposed to new challenges and inspiring moments. Nonetheless, it’s difficult to see the reward ahead when you are giving up so much in the beginning.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Ready to start planning your career break?"…
  • Australian Outback

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    10 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    Author’s Note: “A Day in the Life” is a series in which we chronicle a specific day in the life of a long-term traveler. This particular day is what's typical of a day of travel in the Australian Outback.  There’s nothing in the red center of Australia.If by nothing you mean echos of endless wide spaces and wide sky that holds the world together like an eternal ribbon of Australian blue around a package of rainbow colors that can only be unwrapped slowly.[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Wanna add Australia to your big trip?" button_type="orange"…
  • The Stopover Secret: How to Get More From Any Trip

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    9 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    Are you planning a trip and want to make the most of your flight and travel budget by adding a stopover?[banner top_title="hide" description="hide" subscribe="hide" title="Let us help you get on the road within a year" button_type="orange" button="Join us" image="http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/plane.jpg" button_link="http://www.bootsnall.com/signup"]Did you know that you can often add a popular city into your flight itinerary, whether it's a round trip flight or a long-term, round the world trip, for very little additional money (sometimes none at all, and…
  • “Real” Jobs Are Overrated

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    8 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    In too deep I arrived in Siem Reap in September, choosing cheap airfare over warnings that the rainy season was not the best time to visit Cambodia.  Three feet of water sloshed against my legs, soaking my rolled up linen pants as I hoisted my backpack over my head.  Arriving at my hostel, the owners informed me that crocodiles had gone missing from the farm next door when the flooding broke the gates, and I should be careful when wading through the streets.  I was worried, and beginning to think I should have come in spring, if at all. In the year leading up to this moment, I had…
 
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  • Six Iconic and Essential American Road Trip Ideas

    Itai
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Although you can set out on a road trip nearly anywhere on earth, road trips have evolved into an enduring American tradition that’s here to stay. Driving long distances and exploring the sites along the way is an authentic American pastime, and there’s simply no better to see wide-open skies and charming towns from coast to coast. There are so many amazing trip routes in the U.S. that it’s difficult to recommend just a few road trip ideas. But these are some of the most iconic and essential American road trips that are definitely worth the gas money. Pacific Coast Highway: Southern…
  • 7 Classic British Comfort Foods

    Jo F
    2 Jan 2013 | 8:20 am
    If the Brits know anything about food, it’s how to serve up winter warmers. As a place that sees more than its fair share of wind, rain and gray skies, it’s hardly a surprise that this nation has developed a cuisine high in carbohydrates, thick with meats and invariably doused in rich gravy. Whether you’re looking to fend off the cold or cheer yourself up after a lousy day, check out these 7 classic British comfort foods: 1) Toad in the Hole There’s not a toad to be seen in this dish, promise. Instead, what you get is delicious sausages nestled and cooked into a batter (known as…
  • 7 Things NOT to Do in a Natural Disaster

    Jo F
    13 Dec 2012 | 7:44 am
    Tsunamis, earthquakes, exploding volcanoes, hurricanes, it can sometimes feel like Mother Nature is throwing us one natural disaster after another. I was recently in Hawaii when we received a warning that a tsunami was expected to hit the islands after an earthquake off the coast of Canada. This prompted a full-scale evacuation. Fortunately, the tsunami did not have the force that had been anticipated, but as those who have experienced Hurricane Sandy or other severe natural disasters will know, that isn’t always the case. If you find yourself in the midst of a natural disaster, your own…
  • 10 Essential Tips for Israel Travel

    Jo F
    6 Dec 2012 | 7:21 am
    Israel has been a coveted land for millennia and the recent fighting with Gaza is the latest chapter in this enduring conflict. Yet, tourists seem undeterred. In 2012, Israel’s visitor numbers were up an impressive 8 percent, and this October saw the country’s highest visitor numbers ever (Israel Ministry of Tourism). The reality is that despite the disputes, there is so much to see—from historical and religious sights to the Red, Dead and Med Seas—that tourists can’t bring themselves to shun this fascinating part of the world. Understandably, many travelers are nervous about…
  • My Barefoot Volcano Hike (and Why I’m Glad My Shoes Broke)

    Jo F
    29 Nov 2012 | 7:59 am
    I couldn’t tell whether the dark matter oozing from my feet was mud or blood, but I took in a deep breath of crisp air and let out a laugh that came all the way from my stomach. I was in Nicaragua, 4,500 feet up Maderas Volcano on Isla Ometepe, facing a six-hour descent barefoot. Somewhere between bad planning and bad footwear my shoes had broken as we approached the summit, leaving me with no option but to climb down using only the soles of my feet. It hadn’t been my intention to find myself in this curious situation, but it wasn’t entirely a bad thing that my shoes broke. Here’s…
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  • Heading to Africa

    Trey Ratcliff
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Cape Town, South Africa PhotoWalk on Oct 7th at 5:30 PM! Pencil in that evening! Here is the Event Info on Google. We’ll get you more specifics soon — really looking forward to it! On the Way to Africa! I’m about to come to Africa for a month! I’ll be in Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa. I’m super-excited about this trip! This Africa trip is Sold Out, but you can check that page to sign up for the newsletter to find out about future adventures! Since I’m on a bunch of small planes while there, I had to pack everything and it ALL had to be under 20KG.
  • Above the Wolves

    Trey Ratcliff
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    DJI Quadcopter Review Today’s photo is from one of them, so be sure to check out the DJI Phantom Review soon! Big Arcanum Update! Be sure to go update your Application at The Arcanum. We now have added a few new things to help future Masters find you. I know there is a HUGE number of people waiting, so the more on the ball you are, the more like you are to be chosen from the orphanage! Here’s a screenshot of one of the new Application pages… you can see how incomplete my own application is! I’m going to update it now Release Notes (Thanks Tania Court!): Grand Library…
  • Dragons Coming

    Trey Ratcliff
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In Game of Thrones Who is your favorite character? For me, I’d have to say Tyrion… I liked him ever since I started reading the books about 10 years ago! Daily Photo – Dragons Coming Here's a photo from a wicked place in China. It was a very cloudy and moody sunrise and I thought not much would happen, but then I had the idea for this. Sometimes when things don't work out, you can work extra hard to try to make some lemonade out of the lemons. I think I also named it this because I've been watching lots of Game of Thrones! Dragons Coming Tweet m Photo…
  • Burning Man and the Dust

    Trey Ratcliff
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    My Full Burning Man Gallery Is slowly getting updated with this year’s photos integrated into the flow in the Burning Man Portfolio on SmugMug. P.S. Wondering what SmugMug is? Check out the SmugMug Review here on the page! Burning Man 2014 was Incredible! Wow what a great year! This is year number five for me, and I feel like I’m starting to merge more and more of Burning Man into my real life. Thanks again to everyone I met and spent time with. It was so incredible and I can hardly wait for next year! I’m adding some of the new photos from this year in today’s post…
  • Isabella on a walk

    Trey Ratcliff
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Quick Shooting Tip See this photo below? I can’t claim credit for this idea! It came from my friend Cliff Baise. But if you get down in some grasses or thin plants and shoot with a shallow DOF (low Aperture number), then you can end up with this nice-looking effect! The Myth of Talent Here’s a great video by Robin Griggs Wood! She made this as her intro video for www.TheArcanum.com — it’s so awesome. I hope you like it as much as I do!  Daily Photo – Isabella on a walk One day we went over to Jack's Point, which is just on the other side of the lake from…
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  • Knowing the Rules & Passenger Rights Before You Book Your Flight

    Robert Schrader
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    In spite of how much I travel, I’m generally pretty lucky when it comes to delayed and canceled flights. Since never check baggage, I also never have to worry about losing bags or seeking compensation for lost bags. As a general rule, you could say the topic of “Airline Passenger Rights” never crosses my mind. That all changed earlier this year, when I was flying home to see my family – or at least, when I was scheduled to fly home. “Your flight to Chicago will be delayed by at least an hour,” the gate agent in Austin informed me, “which means that you’ll miss your flight…
  • Chiang Mai Thailand: From Elephants & Festivals to Food & Local Culture

    Jessica Festa
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Thailand isn’t all about beaches and Bangkok. Be sure to check out Chiang Mai in the north. Below are some interesting food trends, local culture and tips on travel to Thailand’s north including background on how to travel responsibly. 1. For those wanting to have a lesser-known Chiang Mai experience, some of the best things about the city aren’t the things a guidebook would write about. To me, the best thing about this city is how friendly and open people are and that the experiences you have when you just wander outside of the walls of the Old City can truly be some of the…
  • 62 Restaurant in Salem For To-Die For Homemade Pasta Dishes

    Renee Blodgett
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    62 Restaurant in Salem Massachusetts was quite “the surprise.” Sure, they have great appetizers on the menu ranging from chickpea and risotto fritters, grilled calamari, mixed (and oh so fresh) baby heirloom tomatoes with burrata mozzarella to their yummy braised pork belly served with a spicy red cabbage salad and sea salt. And, of course they have fresh fish on the menu since Salem is on the sea – their filet of sole locally caught over a crispy polenta with salsa puttanesca and the pan-roasted day boat cod with potatoes, roasted fennel & black olives with a broccoli…
  • Experiencing the Serenity of Mussoorie in the Indian Himalayas

    Kaushal Mathpal
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    I had a wonderful time in the tranquil atmosphere of Dhanaulti in the Indian Himalayas and finally, it was time for me to move ahead to my next destination-Mussorrie. I boarded a local jeep packed with passengers on every inch of seat and after a journey of around 1 hour amid the beautiful mountains, I arrived at Tehri bus stand in Landour which is also part of this famous hill station and hometown of equally famous writer Ruskin Bond. The town was in complete contrast to my last destination. The streets were bunged with overcrowded tourist populations, the small shops occupied every possible…
  • A Trip to Monterey California for Fabulous Seafood

    Rafe Sagarin
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
        Unlike many gorgeous tourist oriented cities by the sea, Monterey California doesn’t necessarily shunt you down to a few tourist-friendly reconditioned blocks of bad and overpriced chain restaurants (Chart House, anyone?). Yes, there is a section of the old Cannery Row that has spawned a whole string of the most goddawful avoidable businesses in California and the special torture of $18 prix fixe parking lots.  I know there’s a Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Factory, and maybe an IMAX theatre and I’m guessing there’s a Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum, though I haven’t…
 
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  • London’s famous Trocadero centre to be turned into huge budget hotel

    Business Travel Destinations
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Thursday 11 September 2014 The famous Trocadero centre in the heart of London’s West End is being turned into a huge budget hotel which will be just moments from some of the city’s best known attractions. Hotel operator Accor has already started work on the 583 room Ibis Styles Piccadilly Circus hotel which is due to open in 2017 on the wedge shaped site between Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street.  The group also announced they would be opening an 80 room hotel in Leicester Square under their MGallery brand by 2016. The new establishments will be a welcome addition to the capital,…
  • MGM Resorts International Found Qualified In New Jersey

    Business Travel Destinations
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    LAS VEGAS, Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) announced today that it has been approved as a holding company of a casino licensee in the state of New Jersey following actions at a regular meeting of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in Atlantic City. “After a thorough and comprehensive review, we are gratified by the unanimous vote of confidence from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts.  “MGM Resorts International welcomes…
  • London voted favourite UK city for the fourth year running

    Business Travel Destinations
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    Notes to Editors * Figures are taken from Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey and are provisional. Further analysis of the figures is available at:  http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/ott/overseas-travel-and-tourism—quarterly-release/q1-2014/index.html    Images of London available on request or from www.londononview.com UK Business Hotels 1. Claridge’s, London 2. Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London 3. The Savoy, London 4. The Connaught, London, 5. The Ritz, London 6. The Dorchester, London 7. Corinthia Hotel, London 8. Brown’s Hotel, London 9. Four Seasons…
  • Delano Las Vegas Debuts On Las Vegas Strip

    Business Travel Destinations
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    LAS VEGAS, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The highly anticipated luxury, all-suite Delano Las Vegas debuted today bringing a touch of South Beach to The Strip. This morning, executives and employees of MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group gathered to officially unveil Las Vegas’ newest hotel. Click here for photos, video and more:  http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7308751-delano-las-vegas-debuts-on-las-vegas-strip/ “Delano Las Vegas marks a new chapter in the Las Vegas hotel experience, ushering in elevated levels of personalized service, style and…
  • “A fantastic advert for cycling,” says Mayor Boris Johnson

    Business Travel Destinations
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Monday 11 August 2014 Mayor of London Boris Johnson described the 2014 Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling as “a fantastic advert for cycling in the city” as the award-winning weekend came to a successful close on Sunday evening (August 10). A year ago Johnson was one of more than 16,000 finishers in the first Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, and today more than 20,000 amateur riders completed the sportive after 60,000 families, friends and fun-seeking pedallers had poured onto the closed roads of central London on Saturday for the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle. Yesterday…
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  • Too early for snow

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Our summer is ending - you could almost say it ended at the beginning of August this year - but I haven't started to think of winter, or I hadn't until this card arrived.  A taste of things to come.It is an oil painting, "Snow Cloudlet", by Belarusian artist Anna Silivonchik and sent to me from Russia.A post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted by Beth Niquette on her blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to visit and join in.
  • Wetlands and amphibians

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    I had to turn to amphibians because I've shown snakes from Taiwan, and with the Petit Prince, dinosaurs from the Jurassic Coast, all sorts on the Origin of Species.  And could find no more reptiles.I was quite pleased that the amphibian stamps arrived on cards from places I think of as, well, damp.  Finland is often called the Land of 1000 Lakes; Ireland has rivers and lakes galore, and in my mind Denmark comes somewhere between them.This is a post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian. Click on the button to visit her blog and other participants.
  • Hola!

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Arrived today from Spain, exactly the sort of shop I'd love to explore. A post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted by Beth Niquette on her blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to visit and join in.
  • Mappa Mundi

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I was in Dover Castle (Kent, UK) on Saturday and spotted an old map on the wall so I was pleased to find a postcard of the map in the Castle shop.  The map on the wall is a replica but I haven't been able to find out of what.  On the back of the card it says it is "the Mappa Mundi" but there are several of them.  According to Wikipedia, any map of the world made during the Middle Ages is a Mappa Mundi.It shows Europe to the left, Africa to the right and Asia at the top.A Mappa Mundi for Monday.
  • Solovetsky Islands

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    This card of Solovetsky Monastery arrived recently with part of a mini-sheet of stamps showing points of interest on the Solovetsky Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The islands are in the White Sea to the north west of Russia.The full sheet which is made to look as though the stamps were printed on a parchment map, can be seen here.  I can remember making maps of that sort when I was at school, maybe a history lesson or to illustrate Treasure Island.There was another stamp too, this one showing Petropavlovskiy Sobor, the Peter and Paul Cathedral  in St…
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  • Travel Insurance for the Over 80′s

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Travelling is not the kind of activity to be dependent on any kind of age, gender or religion. In fact, more and more people out there choose to travel when they retire and when they have plenty of time to make this dream of theirs come true. If you or someone dear to you has reached the honourable age of 80, you will definitely have to keep in mind that travel insurance is an option you should never rule out completely. Travel insurance can be very useful at any age – but even more so for the senior members of the society. Senior Couple in Love (creative commons) Why Do You Need Travel…
  • Utah Bound: 3 Reasons Park City is a Favorite of Family Ski Vacation Veterans

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    When planning a family ski vacation, deciding on the best place to go is always tricky. You want to be sure that there will be enough for everyone to do and that the kids and you will all have a great time. One of the best options for many families is Park City, and here are three reasons why it has long been a top destination for family ski breaks. 1. Great Selection of Activities If skiing is the main reason for your vacation, you’ll find Park City ideal. For ski schools, the Kids Signature 5 Program guarantees a maximum of five kids per class for kids aged six to 14, so they can…
  • Top Beach Vacations in Australia

    admin
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Although it is the smallest of the seven continents, Australia is often referred to as the largest island in the world.  Surrounded by the Pacific and Indian Oceans as well as the Arafura, Coral, Timor and Tasman Seas, it’s no wonder that tourists flock to the beaches. While there are many excellent holiday spots, the following are five favourite destinations. Kingscliff – NSW Sunny beaches and hiking tracks combine to make Kingscliff a wonderful holiday retreat. Walking along Casuarina Sculpture, hiking up to Protestors Falls, or climbing hinterland rainforest Mount Warning allows…
  • Cost Cutting tips for Travelling

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    Although rewarding, travelling is one of the more expensive experiences you will ever undergo in your life. Travelling from city to city, country to country, all the while managing your finances and making sure you have all your belongings is far from a relaxing ordeal, but it can be made a lot easier with these money saving techniques, devised for you to use when out on the road. Divide Belongings If you are travelling with companions, then you should make it a goal to carry a division of each other’s luggage within each backpack. That way, if anything gets lost during the trip, you…
  • Discover some of Cornwall’s Quaint Villages

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Every summer, when the sun comes out, holidaymakers make their way to the South East of Cornwall, where quaint little villages await them. Coastal villages in Cornwall offer so much more than merely beach holidays. Looe and Polperro family holidays become part and parcel of enjoying Britain at its best. What family snapshot album doesn’t include them as a reminder of childhood days? Beautiful Landscape (Creative commons) The Villages Looe and Polperro are two small villages with a host of offerings for the tourist, as witnessed by the tourist information offices found in both locations.
 
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  • Alexander and Roberts Exotic World Journeys

    Sue Lobo
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Alexander and Roberts was founded in 1947.  Until last year the company operated under the name General Tours.  The name name certainly better represents the product.  “General” was not the right fit for a company that specializes in extraordinary travel and superior value.  Every trip reflects decades of expertise, a deep knowledge of the world and long nurtured relationships with the finest hotels worldwide.  Together with your Atlas travel consultant, every detail is planned to promise you a more enriching journey.  Itineraries are unhurried,…
  • Where To Find Some Of The Best Chocolate In The U.S.

    Sue Lobo
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today we get to talk about one of our favorite things in the world….chocolate.  It’s International Chocolate Day tomorrow, and if you are lucky enough to be near any of these places, we wanted to let you know where to find some of the best chocolate in the U.S. Vosges Haut-Chocolat Vosges Haut-Choclat sells some of the most unique chocolates in the world. Some of their unique ingredients include bee pollen, curry powder, reishi mushroom, coconut ash and bacon. Vosges Haut-Chocolat is an environmentally friendly facility. Their factory is certified organic and uses 100%…
  • Visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

    Sue Lobo
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 9/11 Memorial is opened to the public and visitors passes are no longer required.  The Memorial was designed by architect Michael Arad.  The area spans 8 acres.  There are 2 reflection pools surrounded by beautiful landscaping, with over 400 white oak trees.  Keep an eye out for one callery pear tree, also known as the “Survivor Tree,” which was nursed to health after the attack, symbolizing perhaps growth and life itself. The pools feature waterfalls, which incidentally are the largest man-made falls in North America.  Lining the outer walls of the…
  • Patriots Day: National Day of Service & Remembrance

    Sue Lobo
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Patriots Day is a yearly reminder to honor those that were killed or injured in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. It is not a federal holiday, but many organizations do hold vigils and or other events on this day. What People Do On Patriots Day the President has stated that the American flag should be displayed on homes as well as government buildings. Flags that are flown on a pole are generally lowered at half-mast. Many individuals hold a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. eastern standard time since this is when the first plane was flown into the World Trade Center. Schools and…
  • Natural Wonders of South America

    Sue Lobo
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    South America has a diversity of natural wonders that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. There’s no shortage of beauty in this rather large continent and it makes for a great place to take a vacation, virtually any time of year. It would be nearly impossible for us to list all of the natural wonders of South America. Here’s our top 10 f Natural Wonders of South America. Torres del Paine National Park – Patagonia Torres del Paine National Park is perfect for adventure lovers or those up for a fun excursion. It is quite a challenge to trek through this park, but…
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    What's New in the Backpacking Blog?

  • Cultural Differences

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

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

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

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Did you know travel art can teach you plenty about a destination? Find out how art - in the street or on the walls - can tell you about a place and its people.
  • The Ethics of International Volunteering

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    International volunteering is a worthwhile activity - but only if you do it right. Become aware of the ethics surrounding volunteers and make an even larger contribution.
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  • FOTOS DE MONTEVIDEO

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Con Fotos de Montevideo aspiramos a brindarte una perspectiva visual a traves de fotografias, instantes congelados en el tiempo tal como acontecen en la capital del Uruguay. Sin lugar a dudas, Montevideo es una de las capitales mas interesantes de Sudamerica...
  • MONTEVIDEO PHOTO GALLERY

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    Montevideo Photo Gallery aspires to bring you some visual insight, split seconds in the life of Uruguay's capital through images. Montevideo has it all, its is indeed one of the coolest cities in South America today...
  • FOTOS DE URUGUAY

    4 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    Fotos de Uruguay intenta ser un viaje fotografico a traves del segundo menor pais de Sudamerica.Desde sus pristinas playas hasta la cultura gaucha y tradiciones que caracterizan a su vida rural, Uruguay es un pais encantador, y muy seguro para viajar tambien...
  • FOTOS DE BOLIVIA

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    A traves de Fotos de Bolivia volamos sobre la cordillera de los Andes y la vasta extension del Altiplano, hogar de multiples pueblos indigenas tales como el grupo Quechua, Aymara y Guarani, que han habitado estas tierras por muchos siglos...
  • BOLIVIA PHOTO GALLERY

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Through Bolivia Photo Gallery we fly over the Andes mountains and the vast, windswept planes of the Altiplano, land of Guarani, Quechua and Aymara people for thousands of years now...
 
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  • Market Fever at Osh Bazaar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    Nellie Huang
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey! The fragrance of freshly baked Kyrgyz nan (bread) and red hot spices fills the air as I wander through the labyrinth of Osh Bazaar, the most famous market in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I snake my way between the mountains of bread and heaps of fresh vegetables, smiling and greeting friendly vendors with a soft “salaam”. Women with floral scarves wrapped around their heads are dishing…
  • Celebrating Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day in Bishkek

    Nellie Huang
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m currently traveling through Central Asia and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. I hope these live updates will give you a sense of my Silk Road journey! Last week I arrived in Bishkek just in time to celebrate Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day, the day the country declared freedom from the Soviet Union. The entire city seemed to be pulsating with energy with carnivals and street parties taking place all over the city. Of all the events that was happening, the exciting one of all was the horse races, Central Asia’s favorite…
  • Traveling Central Asia: The Mind-Boggling Visa Application Process

    Nellie Huang
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Amongst the nuances of travel, applying for visas is one of the things we hate about traveling. Sadly this is probably the most annoying part of planning a trip to Central Asia. Almost every country in Central Asia requires a visa to enter (for most nationalities). The ever-changing rules for visa applications in Central Asian nations makes it worse and deters even the most seasoned traveler. Applying for these visas is an extremely time-consuming, expensive and tedious process. To save some time and pain, I used the services of The Visa Machine to help me do all the legwork. It’s a pain…
  • A Glimpse into the Smoggy Mongolian Capital of Ulaanbaatar

    Nellie Huang
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    At first glance, Ulaanbaatar seems nothing more than a dusty concrete city with smoky industrial plants lining the fringe of the city. It’s dusty, gritty and enormous, resembling one of those developing cities in China. The air is polluted, new buildings are being erected next to old buildings, while Russian military vans rattle on the pot-holed boulevards. Needless to say, it’s nothing like the Mongolia that most people imagine it to be. But dig a little deeper and the city can surprise you. Behind the dusty construction work lie interesting Soviet architecture and ancient…
  • A Photo Essay from Mongolia — The Land of the Blue Sky

    Nellie Huang
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    Traditional gers dot the vast steppes while sand dunes rise from empty deserts and snowcapped mountains loom over lush green grasslands: Mongolia is packed with so much pristine natural beauty that few other countries can rival. Every turn on the road reveals a different landscape, be it a hill of colors after emerging from parched earth, or rising from the dunes to find an oasis of lagoons. It is a special place, especially for those who love nature and wilderness. Mongolia definitely has no shortage of land and area; in fact, it is three times the size of France and twice the size of…
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  • Common ailments when travelling – use these 10 wild South African plants

    Wanda Coustas
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle You are on a road trip and someone comes down with earache, a rash, a sore throat or needs a little help with the daily, well, let’s just say that they need help. And there is not a pharmacy in sight. Fear not. There is help at hand. As close as the side of the road. South Africa has many medicinal plants – 3 000 species are used as medicine. In fact, many of the plants that surround us are used in primary health care throughout the country… South Africa has well...
  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kwelera – South Africa’s 10th National Botanical Garden

    Wanda Coustas
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle Kwelera’s 164 hectares form a narrow strip of coast that runs parallel to the Indian Ocean for about five kilometres, between the beachside town of Gonubie and where the Kwelera River meets the sea just north-east of East London. Few of us know anything about this small, unobtrusive nature reserve. Yet since late July it is the country’s 10th National Botanical Garden. Kwelera, or Kwelegha (the ‘r’ is pronoucned as a ‘gh’ as in loch), comes...
  • 20 Things Jo’burgers LOVE

    Wanda Coustas
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Send to Kindle Johannesburg - dynamic, edgy; as electric as the storms that brew on hot summer’s evenings. It sprawls as wide as the eye can see; it demands that you live life to the full. Here are 20 things Jo’burgers love about their city … The city’s abbreviations Jozi, Jo’burg, Egoli, Joni, Joziburg, Joeys or even just plain JHB – that we love South Africa’s largest city is more than apparent in the number of nicknames we give it. Or perhaps it is...
  • Spring Flowers Can Be A Little Rock ‘n Roll

    Thaya Bedford
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle The Cape Flower Route is a fixture on most traveller’s bucket lists around the world, but for those of you who love a little nature (while reveling at the same time), we’ve come up with a few ideas for you this spring. We share our favourite experiences along the flower route, in locations such as Darling, Napier, Citrusdal, the West Coast and Clanwilliam, which will speak to everyone’s inner hippie. Don’t be a shrinking violet! Let our your inner Daisy...
  • 30 outdoor spring events in South Africa, now in one calendar

    Wanda Coustas
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Send to Kindle As it warms up and people head outdoors, leave space in your calendars for these inspiring events around the country. Our list of 30 outdoor spring events in South Africa … in the WESTERN CAPE…   1. Hopefield Fynbos Show  29 – 31 August 2014 Head for the West Coast’s oldest town; its fields of spring daisies, over 500 different species of fynbos and four fynbos regions make it the place to welcome in the spring. 2. Blisters For Bread Charity Walk   31 August...
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    Velvet Escape

  • Velvet moment: travel photo – sunset in Amsterdam

    Keith Jenkins
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    This spot on the banks of the Amstel River at Café Hesp (map) is one of my favourite places in Amsterdam to simply chill. Nothing better than just sitting with my legs dangling over the edge of the promenade, with some friends, wine and a few bites to eat, and watching people and boats pass by, along with the occasional ducks and swans. And you get to see a spectacular sunset in Amsterdam from here! A lone boat on the Amstel River at sunset. View other Velvet Moments.
  • Driving the Route du Volcan

    Keith Jenkins
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    It was our second day on Réunion Island. I hadn’t seen much of the interior of the island since my arrival, just glimpses of towering mountains through the clouds. All that changed on the second day! We set out on a drive from our base in Saint-Leu, along the coast to Saint-Pierre. The views of the Indian Ocean, lagoons and little towns dotting the coast were absolutely beautiful. Coastal scenery along the way. From Saint-Pierre, we turned inland along the RN3-road. The curvy road brought us to the town of Le Tampon (we had a few laughs about that!) and from here, we continued to the…
  • Ten museums in Belgium to visit

    Keith Jenkins
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    A guest post by Sofie Couwenbergh, a writer and travel blogger from Belgium. Belgium is mostly known for its food and drinks. Visitors to the country want to try our chocolate, waffles, fries and beer. What most of them don’t know is that we also have a very diverse museum landscape. There are museums dedicated to art, architecture, science, history and much more. I’ve tried to capture a bit of that diversity in the following list with ten museums in Belgium to visit. 1. Musée Magritte Museum The Magritte Museum is located in the center of Brussels. With over 200 pieces it has the…
  • An awe-inspiring flight tour along the Western Cape

    Keith Jenkins
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Fynbos, Western Cape shrubland, in the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. “I have a surprise for you”. We stood on a dirt road surrounded by mile upon mile of fynbos, a shrubby vegetation found in the Western Cape of South Africa. In the distance, I could see the Atlantic Ocean and its pounding surf. The air was heavy with a heady mix of salt and floral scents. Michael is the owner of Grootbos, a stunning private nature reserve about a two-hour drive southeast of Cape Town (map). I looked at him and wondered what that surprise could be – we were practically in the middle of…
  • The treasures of Gallipoli

    Keith Jenkins
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    The castle in Gallipoli, Puglia. Many people thought I was in Turkey when I posted photos of my stay in Gallipoli (map) earlier this summer. I wasn’t. In fact, I was in Puglia, in southern Italy! Gallipoli in Turkey is especially famous as the site of the ‘Gallipoli Campaign’, a battle during World War I, not to be confused with Gallipoli (which translates as ‘Beautiful City’ in Greek) in Puglia, which is an ancient port on the Ionian Sea. The town is believed to have been founded by the Greeks and through the centuries, Gallipoli was conquered by a succession of…
 
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    Pearls of Travel Wisdom

  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Win a Trip to the US Open Finals For you tennis fans, LG is giving away some prizes to celebrate the U.S. Open. Runner up prizes include new phones and 55″ TVs, but the grand prize includes roundtrip airfare for two to New York, 3 nights hotel accommodations, and $1,000 gift card. Contest ends Aug 25 Countdown to South America: Destination Cartagena The LATAM and LAN Airlines want to send you and a friend down Columbia way. Grand prize for this sweepstakes includes two roundtrip tickets from MIA to Cartagena, Columbia and…
  • Down Memory Lane: Life as a Female Business Traveler

    Carol Margolis
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Long gone are the days when I traveled with one credit card, my AT&T calling card, Continental, United and Best Western’s paper membership program cards. Laptops didn’t exist. Heck, the internet was just a baby. Cell phones were just starting to come out in their 5-pound brick sizes and my suitcase was labelled with two ‘heavy’ tags. Yes, things have changed since the days of my double-heavy. I’m now a much smarter packer. No need to bring along my own hair rollers, hair dryer, alarm clock, travel iron and hot pot for making coffee in my motel rooms. Jeez,…
  • Weekly Travel Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:39 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. Airplanes Around Thunderstorms A few nights ago at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, a thunderstorm rolled in causing many planes to be rerouted. Watch this video to see how the air traffic controllers kept all of the incoming flights out of harms way. Airfare Watchdog’s Best U.S. Airlines for 2014 We all have our favorite airline, or at least a…
  • The Power of Nice Can Change Your Travels

    Carol Margolis
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I was asked by CNN International on ways to reduce the stress of business travel. Whether you travel for business, pleasure or both, stress can come into play from the minute you start planning to when you walk back in the door at the end of a trip.  (Ever get home to a house which is messier than when you left? See what I mean!) While I have tons of tips on how to reduce the stress in the myriad of areas involved in travel, there are really two tips that I have found most impactful over my years of travel. (1) Look at each trip as an adventure (yes, even a business trip!) and (2) Be nice!
  • Weekly Contest Roundup

    Carol Margolis
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    Here are several contests that offer travel winnings. Good luck! Regal Princess Inaugural Sweepstakes Princess Cruises are sending a new ship out to see, The Regal Princess, and they want to send you and a guest on the inaugural voyage. Grand prize includes airfare to Ft. Lauderdale, tickets to the official naming ceremony, and one balcony stateroom aboard the Regal Princess on her first cruise to the Bahamas. Contest ends August 31 My Destination Story Contest Fairmont Hotels & Resorts want to hear your stories about your favorite hidden gems, off-the-beaten-path experiences, and travel…
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    The Travel Expert(a)

  • Wondering What To Do in NYC with Kids – Visit the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids When I lived in NYC I never thought of it as a kid friendly city. The fact that I was single and childless helped reinforce that at every corner. However, when I first came back to visit with my two boys a few years ago I was beyond impressed with all there was to do for kids of all ages. Especially the museums. My oldest son, who is a huge art lover and I’m certain he will become a curator one day, wanted to re-visit the Metropolitan Museum of…
  • Eco Friendly Clothing – Comfort and Softness and So Much More

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Eco friendly clothing has always had a serious pull for me. I love that these companies work hard to use earth friendly materials and truly make a difference not only by not leaving any footprints but also donating to all sorts of organizations. But what truly amazes me is the quality of the products they produce. I remember years ago when eco friendly clothing started to pop up they were extremely limited in style. The colors were bland due to lack of…
  • Sandwiches and Entertainment All in One Famous Spot – Carnegie Deli NYC

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Did you know that I lived in NYC for four years before I took off on my travel adventure that led me to my inevitable life as an expat? I did. And I have to confess that in all those years I never visited Carnegie Deli. I passed it hundreds of times. I always peaked inside. But I never entered because I was going through a vegetarian phase of my life. I don’t regret that stage, but have to say I’m grateful it is over and I can fully enjoy…
  • How to Have a Family Holiday on a Budget

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids To be able to travel together as a family is incredibly important. It is these shared experiences that create those memories that you will treasure for ever – the good times, the sights seen, the foods eaten, and even the disasters and travel catastrophes all form an important common reference point for the members of your family, creating stories that you will share and remind each other of for years to come. However family holidays can be a bit…
  • 6 Steps For Planning a Perfect Vacation

    Marina Kuperman Villatoro
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Travel Experta - Specializing in Unique International Family Travel - Helping Families Get the Most of Their International Travels with Kids Vacations tend to be the best part of the year for people. Everyone wants to go on a well planned vacation, but with all of the options and factors to be considered it can get really hard to successfully plan an enjoyable vacation. Throughout the years I learned that putting a lot of effort into the planning process, even if it gets a bit stressful can provide a vacation that you actually get to enjoy. Making sure that nothing is left to chance is…
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  • Boxy Fine Foods, Ghent - Belgium

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Belgian twin brothers, Kristof and Stefan Boxy have dipped their culinary hands in several Michelin-star restaurants and catering businesses, and they’ve authored a cook book as well: Just Cooking. We loved their food store/catering space, Boxy Fine Foods, in Ghent, but unfortunately it closed earlier this year. While we do not know the reason why it closed, we bet it wasn’t because of the interior design. With the help of Frederich Hooft of Ghent, the Boxy brothers created an elegant, white, open space to display and sell gourmet foods. The elaborate moldings on the ceilings, the…
  • A Collection of The Very Best Among Small Coffee Shop Design

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Good coffee was not on an average consumer’s radar in 1971, when the story of the brand now known as Starbucks began. This was the case especially in North America where coffee culture was nonexistent.   That all started to change when Howard Schultz bought Starbucks in 1987 and started its expansion outside Seattle with the first outside the U.S. store opening that same year in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.   Today, Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world with about 23,500 stores in 65 countries. With the changes in lifestyles around the world,…
  • Joseph Cheaney Flagship Store - London

    6 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Those of us who are tired of throwawayism and of pointlessly amassing closetfuls of disposable footwear, are starting to pay serious attention to the kind of shoe quality that only true expertise and attention to detail can produce. Voting with our wallets, we’d rather shop once a year and obtain something that is beautiful, durable and worth the high price, than keep throwing our money – and shoes – away season after season. Traditional men’s shoe makers Joseph Cheaney and others like them are thriving today because they give us what we want. If you have been making…
  • Start Paying Attention To The Design of The Office

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In our working lives, we are in many ways still stuck in the age of the Industrial Revolution. When the masses worked in factories, the office support personnel worked the same hours, or at least “regular working hours” and commuted daily to central offices. Perhaps there was a sense that all workers needed to be under the watchful eye of the Master and therefore they needed to gather in one place to be supervised, like kids in school? Are we not past that phase? We are challenging every single person to take responsibility for his or her own working environment. Let’s stop…
  • St Cecilia Restaurant - Atlanta

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Texas-born, Atlanta-based chef-turned-restaurateur, Ford Fry, continues to enrich Atlanta’s dining offering. Earlier this year, his Rocket Farm restaurant group opened its fifth restaurant, St. Cecilia, in The Pinnacle building in Buckhead, in the space previously occupied by Bluepointe. To design the establishment that has room for nearly 200 in total, Fry selected Meyer Davis Studio http://www.meyerdavis.com/about/ of New York, established in 1999 by Will Meyer and Gray Davis. Fry has used the same studio for his King + Duke restaurant. Meyer Davis’s work on prestigious retail…
 
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    Man Tripping - Guys Weekends and Mancations

  • 10 Extreme Flying, Driving and Sailing Experiences You Need to Do

    James Hills
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Let's get rolling with our Top 10 Extreme Flying, Driving, and Sailing Experiences! Supercar Driving Experience Ferraris, Lamborghinis, or even classic Shelby Cobra's - there are a variety of places around the country that offer supercar driving experiences these days and if you have had the chance to experience flying around a track at 140 mph in one of these beasts, you will agree that it is the experience of a lifetime! Several groups offer tours around the country including Xtreme Xperience , Exotic Driving Experience , World Class Driving  (who also offers a Muscle Cars Driving…
  • A Visit to Solare Restaurant in San Diego

    James Hills
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:25 pm
    That's a very good thing. Solare felt fresh, fun, and classy with my only regret being that I couldn't sample everything on the menu! So let's get this out of the way early - the scene in Top Gun is the one where Kelly Mcgillis chases Maverick down the colonnade and then he ignores her as he guns the engine on his bike. In the 80's this was the site of a Navy base but now, Liberty Station is a mixed commercial development with some of San Diego's hottest new restaurants and shopping. Today, Solare is a chic farm to table restaurant that has merged the traditions of Southern Italian cooking…
  • Five Reasons to visit Carmel California for a Guys Weekend

    James Hills
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:17 pm
    We highly recommend the fantastic Carmel Country Inn ( Carmel Country Inn Review ) as not only is it a fantastic B&B it is also easy to walk to everything downtown and their two bedroom suites are perfect for a guys weekend since it includes two bedrooms, a sofa bed, fridge, and two full bathrooms. Plus the breakfast and afternoon snacks are delicious too! They were gracious enough to host us during our weekend trip to explore Carmel last month. Reason 1: Carmel Beach Just down the hill from downtown, this beach as you can see is stunningly beautiful. Though like all Pacific coast…
  • A Romantic Escape to the Carmel Country Inn

    James Hills
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:03 pm
    This sea-side village is simultaneously a step back in time as well as a step forward to an almost utopia-like existence where streetlights are essentially banned and homes have no addresses, and a 10pm curfew for those under 18-years old. While quirky, it is also absolutely gorgeous with a white sand beach that rivals any found in the Caribbean but with cool ocean breezes and set among dense oaks providing abundant shade.   Carmel is also one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country and Carmel Country Inn welcomes dogs as well as cats .. so of course - we invited Niki to join us…
  • Review of NewAir AW-121E Wine Cooler

    James Hills
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    The NewAir AW-121E is a very compact unit that is stylish and for someone like me who doesn't have a huge wine collection the 12-bottle capacity is perfect. In fact, I currently have 6 bottles in there as well as a couple boxes of chocolates and the size is perfect for my loft. {youtube}2ZTVSxCLpbk{/youtube} As I mentioned in the review, setup / installation was a breeze though it operates a bit differently than a standard refrigerator. Instead of a compressor and chemical coolant, the unit relies on a thermoelectric cooling system. It's really too complicated for me to relate here (but here…
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    The Travel Tart

  • Sandcastles on the Beach – The African Safari Version!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    Making Sandcastles on the Beach is something pretty much everyone who has lived near one, or has holidayed on one, has done as a kid, or maybe as a big kid! You know, something basic like a castle made from a simple plastic bucket, or just using your bare hands. But sometimes, some people take this passion even further and they make all sorts of intricate and unusual sculptures that involve an amazing level of an attention to detail. One example of this is the guy I saw in Uruguay who had literally constructed members of all of South America’s football teams being in the sand at…
  • Child Slavery – Funny Warning Sign!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Child Slavery is no laughing matter.  Whether directly, or indirectly, there’s no reason why a kid should have their childhood taken away from them because they’re busy in a sweatshop making stuff for the First World. But anyway, someone has found a humourous bent on this topic by placing up a warning sign that is a funny alternative to making sure that people’s kids are supervised by adults at all times. Check it out! The Funny Child Slavery Warning Sign! Awesome! ‘Children found unattended in this garden will be sold into slavery’. I guess this sign would be a…
  • How To Relieve Stress and Anxiety – Bang Head Here!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Here’s one of those useless ‘how to’ articles that pretends to try and solve a problem but actually doesn’t when you finally hover your cursor over the click bait headline – it’s a silly way on How To Relieve Stress and Anxiety! No really, it’s a humourous take on  something that affects all of us at some point at our life. It’s when things are driving you so insane that you just feel like literally banging your head against the wall because that makes more sense than dealing with the annoying issue that’s wasting precious moments of your…
  • Cream Soda – Toxic Japanese Drink?

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Howdy, today I have another totally weird travel photo about Japan from Melissa who runs Where’s The Gos? As mentioned before, Where’s the Gos is a silly travel blog that’s a bit out there because Melissa carries a cut out head of Ryan Gosling and places it near world landmarks, and often in compromising positions! If you want to say Hi, you can follow Where’s The Gos? on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. She sent me a couple of crazy pics before this one – the No Bullshit sign in Malaysia, and the King Kong Building in Tokushima City, Japan.
  • The King Kong Building in Tokushima City, Japan – Weird Edifice!

    Anthony The Travel Tart
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Today, I have a really bizarre building photo of the truly strange King Kong Building from Melissa who runs Where’s The Gos? This is a travel blog that’s a bit out there because Melissa carries a cut out head of Ryan Gosling and places it near world landmarks, and often in compromising positions! If you want to say Hi, you can follow Where’s The Gos? on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. She recently sent me the ‘No Bull#*$t‘ sign from Malaysia. Anyway, check out this totally bizarre photo that looks like it’s from the King Kong Movie.
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  • Portland, Maine Hyperlapse video

    Chris Cavallari
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    If you liked this post, try these:“My Beautiful Maine”, a stunning timelapse that will make you wish you lived in MaineReason #233 Why I Dig Portland, MaineTRIP REPORT: Portland Trails – Fore River Sanctuary The post Portland, Maine Hyperlapse video appeared first on Part Time Vagabond.
  • No Excuses: Redefining how we view travel

    Chris Cavallari
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I talk about traveling to friends or family, they automatically assume I’m talking about going on a vacation, maybe on a cruise or a trip to some exotic tropical island, spending lots of money, and returning home stressed, worn out, and poorer. They associate traveling with long, expensive excursions that take up a lot of time, money, and energy, and so immediately their minds (and sometimes their mouths) say “Nope, can’t afford it. Not for us.” While those expensive luxury types of holidays can be fun, they are only a small slice of the world of travel. I want to…
  • A First Timer’s Guide to Visiting Maine

    Chris Cavallari
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Summertime is Maine Time. I love living in this state, despite some of it’s minor downfalls (hey, every place has it’s grittier side, no?). Maine is one of the best tourist destinations in the U.S., and for all the reasons you can dream of, and more. Yes, we have lobster and rocky coastline and miles of hiking trails, but there’s more to Vacationland than you think. Here are some of my favorite things for first timers visiting the Pine Tree State. WHERE TO GO While there are thousands of places to go in Maine, some of my favorites are a little ways off the beaten path.
  • Fantasy and reality at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    Chris Cavallari
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Flamingos and Elephants on safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom I’ve been thinking a lot about our trip to Disney World and what some of the experience has meant to me. Sure there are the rides and the food and the fun fantasy that makes Disney World what it is. But what’s really stuck with me is the experience in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’ve never really thought much of visiting Africa to go on safari before. It just wasn’t something that stirred my feelings of wanderlust. But after visiting Animal Kingdom, something in me shifted, and now I have my eyes set…
  • 7 Ways to Be The Best Traveler Ever!

    Chris Cavallari
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    It’s July, and in the U.S., travel season is in full swing. People are readying their cars and their plane tickets, packing their bags, and as soon as schools let out for the summer, they’re off on amazing adventures around the world. I’m sure you’re one of those travelers. I know I’m one (even I have to wait for school to let out, since the Wife is a school teacher). There’s nothing wrong with being an American traveler, despite our perceived reputation around the world. But since we do come from a country full of privilege, and our culture is very…
 
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    Jet Set Smart

  • WARDROBE WEDNESDAY: NOT READY YET

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Everyone seems to be in a "fall state of mind," but according to my calendar it's still summer and so I'm living it up!  I'm getting the most out of my light-colored florals, my bright bags and open-toed shoes.  We have an upcoming trip to Puerto Rico...where I look forward to wearing bathing suits, flip flops, tank tops and maxi dresses!  Fall and Winter will be here soon enough, but for now, I'm not ready yet!Top: ZaraJeans: Old NavyShoes: Simply Vera Wang for Kohls (old)Bag: Francesca's CollectionSunnies: AldoEarrings: Stella & DotBracelet: Sira & Mara
  • FASHION FRIDAY: FAB FLORAL

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Happy Friday everyone!  Yet another summer weekend...can't wait for some beach time!  Today's Fashion Friday post is about this fabulous floral dress which was another #fabfound at TJ Maxx!  I wore this dress a couple of weekends ago when we went out to dinner with friends.  I think this dress is a perfect summer-to-fall transitional piece!  Here I added a belt (it came with a skinny black one, but I wanted something more substantial) and heels, but I also think it would look cute with tights, a jean jacket and high boots or booties in the fall.  I love when you…
  • OVER THE WEEKEND

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Is it Tuesday already?  I meant to get this post up yesterday, but life and weekends have been very busy around here!  This weekend we had some work done around the house (which includes this fun wall in the kitchen)...I'll post more pictures when it's all done. So while that was all happening, we decided to do some fun things with the kids...like a trip to Sesame Place and a night at a local festival.  The boys had an awesome time seeing all the characters...it's such a great place for young children. They also loved the local fair...we got to ride a fire truck and eat…
  • WARDROBE WEDNESDAY: PRINTED PANTS

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    I usually hide away from wearing too many prints on the bottom because I fear they may me look bigger, but I decided to take the plunge with these fun pants from (where else?) TJ Maxx!!!  These lightweight pants are super comfy and so lightweight so they are perfect for summer and great for travel.  I went with a solid denim on top, and kept it casual with sandals, a straw bag and my favorite new Sira & Mara necklace which I have been wearing EVERYDAY since I got it...seriously!  How about you guys?  Do you look prefer prints on the bottom or on top or no prints…
  • WEEKEND RECAP

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Weekends have just been flying by around here- feel like that's the way it goes in the summer!  This past weekend was no different.  Rich took half a day off on Friday, and we went to a great lunch spot in downtown Asbury Park, NJ called Brickwall Tavern.  We had a quick bite to eat outside before the rain came with Brody and Riley while Richie was in school.Once we picked up Richie it was pouring...so what would we do with the kids on a rainy afternoon?  Well we decided to head to the movies and see Planes Fire & Rescue.  The boys had so much fun- they were glued…
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    Breathedreamgo

  • Spicy, wild and spectacular: A week in Vancouver

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

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

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

    Mariellen Ward
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Me, near Dharamsala in north India on my first trip (2006) My top tips for getting ready to travel the world I AM CURRENTLY getting ready to embark on my seventh lengthy trip to India. I remember well my first trip, back in 2005, and the months of research, shopping, packing trials and other preparations. But now, getting ready to go is part routine and part ritual, and I have it down almost to a science. If you are preparing to go on a long-term trip, especially for the first time, I hope you will find my story and my tips useful. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what to take,…
  • Flight of fancy over Vancouver’s water world

    Mariellen Ward
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    The famous DHC-2 Beaver bush plane landing in Ganges Harbour On the Harbour Air Seaplane from Vancouver VANCOUVER IS A stunning city, set between the mountains and the sea. Wrapping around Burrard Inlet, and bounded by the Georgia Strait and the Coast Mountains, Vancouver offers sky watchers many spectacular views and vistas. Red streaked sunsets from English Bay beaches, a panorama of skyline and coastline from Grouse Mountain and the thrilling sight of seaplanes taking off and landing in Coal Harbour. On my first trip to Vancouver, many years ago, my hotel room faced Coal Harbour, which is…
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    Singapore Travel Blog

  • Hiking Up Jeju’s Island Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    No trip to Jeju island is complete without a hike up to the Sunrise Peak or as the Koreans call it – Seongsan Ilchulbong (성산일출봉). Some of you might be thinking “huh climb mountain ah!” – yes that’s what I felt too, I hate hiking trails, mountain climbing trips etc. Hiking up the Taktsang Monastery (or Tiger’s Nest) in Paro, Bhutan almost “killed” me despite having a horse to lug me up that trail! Hiking up Seongsan Ilchulbong was surprisingly quite manageable though – theoretically, it takes 20 minutes to walk up the Sunrise Peak trail – which is possible if…
  • What to Do and See in Phoenix, Arizona

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Image via Flickr by: kevin dooley Phoenix, Arizona is a unique spot to visit. It is one of the cleanest cities in the country and is a smaller area, so it has its own local flair with fresh dining options, boutique hotels and shopping, and beautiful outdoor recreational areas and golf courses. It is a great vacation destination, with warm temperatures and plenty of activities for families, couples, or groups of friends looking for a relaxing spot. Sights to See Outdoor activities are prevalent in Phoenix, including hiking, biking, and tours through The Desert Botanical Garden. Guests take…
  • A Day Out on Sentosa Island – What to Do, See and Eat

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Advertorial There is so much to do on Sentosa Island – be it just chilling out by the beach or learning about the history of the island or trying a new adventure – you name it, they will very likely have it. For an overview of Sentosa’s sights and attractions, I suggest that you start with a trip to the top of the Merlion. This is a huge Merlion – one of the tallest structure on the Sentosa Island. It is located near Imbiah Sentosa Express station – it is impossible to miss this attraction due to its size. If you are a history buff, then you should visit Fort Siloso. Fort Siloso was…
  • Review of Giift – Managing Your Loyalty Programmes and Gift Cards

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Today, almost every store and service is providing some sort of loyalty programme or reward card – from Watsons to H&M to Singapore Airlines and even your local bubble tea shop (get 10 “chops” to exchange for 1 free drink type of rewards).  There have been several occasions when I was doing spring cleaning of my drawer and only to discover that I had forgotten about 2-3 reward cards and their points/rewards had all expired. The only way to remember about all these reward points is to carry their cards in my wallet – it is already a huge challenge fitting just my ez-Link card,…
  • Top 4 Shopping Streets in Seoul – Myeongdong, Hongdae, Ewha, Dongdaemun

    Zhiqiang & Tingyi
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    Seoul is a shopping paradise for all kinds of things e.g. skincare products, cosmetics, fashionable clothes, shoes – yup all the things you see the actresses and actors wear and carry in those Korean drama – Seoul is the place to get them all.  So many things to buy and so many places to see in Seoul but where exactly to find them all – I will share with you top 4 shopping areas in Seoul in this blog post.  If you need help planning your Seoul itinerary, you can download our Seoul 5D4N itinerary and 4D3N Jeju self-drive itinerary for reference. Let’s start with…
 
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    Kaleidoscopic Wandering

  • My Favorite Photos from Northern Wisconsin

    JoAnna
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    I’ve been in the Bayfield, Wisconsin, area for the last few days on a media press trip, and though we’ve had some crummy weather, I’ve actually had a pretty good time. I grew up just a few short hours from here, so I found little snippets from my past throughout the trip that made it particularly special for me. I also took this opportunity to revisit an app on my smartphone called Hipstamatic that I used to use a lot but haven’t given much attention to lately. Here are a few of my favorite photos using that app from this trip. Docked in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Wisconsin county fair…
  • Cross Country Rock Star

    JoAnna
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Ane’s first cross country meet was this morning, down at Sunset Park, which is about a half hour drive from our home. She ran with the junior varsity girls, so her race took off at about 10:15 a.m. Even though it was only in the low 90s today, it felt so much hotter than that. Just walking around the race course was a sweaty ordeal, so I’m super impressed that all these high schoolers were out in the heat running their hearts out. But, despite the fact that this heat is very foreign to Ane (she’s from northern Norway), she was a strong runner the whole race through. I’m such a fan of…
  • Picnic and a Play

    JoAnna
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Cory and I discovered the Super Summer Theatre in Las Vegas this year, and we’re in love. Going on its 40th season, the theatre company puts on five shows throughout the summer on an outdoor stage in Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. I’ve been to Red Rock Canyon several times since we moved here, but I had no idea this awesome outdoor stage was just a couple miles farther down the road. We saw Shrek! The Musical last month, and last night we saw Arsenic & Old Lace. I didn’t know anything about the show before we went, but it was ridiculously funny! And impressive — only one set…
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    Fili's World

  • The Must-Do Masada Insanity : Israel

    Fili
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    One of Israel’s top tourist attractions,  a spectacular archeological site with a fascinating history, Masada is not to be missed. It’s been many many years since I visited Masada last, and although things are pretty much the same, my perspective and ability to appreciate it have changed allot. Taking more time to go around Israel and explore during my infrequent short visits to Israel has shown me just how special this region of the world is. Overlooking the dying dead sea to the east, based on a high mountain in the middle of nowhere desert, you witness the glory and…
  • Château de Blandy-les-Tours Castle : France

    Fili
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    On with the Château run in the area of Paris, I decided I wanted to see something a bit different. A Château that’s older and looks more like a castle rather than a very rich and wealthy estate with endless gardens. The Château de Blandy-les-Tours was just the thing, a medieval castle in the village of Blandy-les-Tours overlooking the whole area. This one is not too far away from the château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and at some point in time it was owned by the same family.     The official website has the intro: From a simple fortified manor to a fortified castle during the…
  • Kyoto International Manga Museum

    Fili
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    To take a break from my Kyoto temple/castle run, I made my way into a small yet promising museum – the Kyoto International Manga Museum. I know very little about Manga, but living in Asia it is a phenomenon that’s very hard to ignore, and I believe it’s now very popular world wide. I remember newspapers in Israel were talking about Israeli youth taking Japanese lessons to read the animation books in their original language and becoming Japanese fluent just by watching the Manga series on TV. This museum isn’t just a museum, actually there’s very little…
  • Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

    Fili
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    After 5 years in Hong Kong I thought that I pretty much covered it all. Did most of the hiking trails, been to most of the local islands, did countless boat trips in all directions. What else could there possibly be that would surprise me? But, as it usually is with Hong Kong, there are always new places to explore, lots of hidden off-the-beaten track treasures, if you’re willing to look hard enough. Po Toi Island was truly an unexpected treat. Definitely one of the highlights of my last year in Hong Kong, above and beyond any expectations I had. I took a one-hour weekend ferry from…
  • Château de Fontainebleau : France

    Fili
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    My tour of France can be simply summarized as the "Château tour". During my few days of roaming around the areas surrounding Paris I must have visited 15 different estates, castles and palaces, all with their own charm and beauty. One of the last Châteaus I visited was the Château de Fontainebleau, an hour to the south-east from Paris, a good day-trip from Paris and not nearly as crowded as the Palace of Versailles off to the west. To me, the main intent in visiting the area was to see a local university’s campus, the famous INSEAD, one of the top schools in the world for…
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    Official Reno Tahoe USA Blog

  • IRONMAN Lake Tahoe Spectator’s Guide 2014

    Christina Erny
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Lake Tahoe is considered one of the toughest courses! Watch 2,500 of the strongest athletes from around the globe compete in the iconic 2nd annual IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. The setting alone is remarkable! Here are some tidbits to help you get the most out of being a spectator at this year’s event. DATE: September 22, 2013 DISTANCES: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile [...]
  • The Great Reno Balloon Race 2014

    Christina Erny
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    It’s worth the wake! Be dazzled by hundreds of colorful balloons as they rise above Reno, September 5-7! It’s the largest FREE hot-air balloon event in the world! Glow Shows Beginning at 5:00am on Saturday and Sunday, a handful of glowing balloons will act as a beacon to those sleepy spectators making their way to [...]
  • 26th Annual Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Set For August 27th through September 1st

    Christina Erny
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The 26th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off will run Wednesday, August 27, through Monday, September 1, 2014. This must-attend culinary, barbecue, music and craft festival is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free! More than 500,000 visitors and 230,000 pounds [...]
  • Things to do Labor Day Weekend in Reno Tahoe

    MitchellKwitek
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    It’s time for one last summer trip over Labor Day Weekend! Skip the neighborhood barbecue, and tell Siri to direct you to Reno Tahoe where a full list of events is heating up! Pig out at Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off We’re not saying skip all barbecues Labor Day weekend, we’re just saying GO BIG, [...]
  • Where to Burn your Time in Reno Tahoe

    Christina Erny
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    If the crazy weather is raining on your parade (literally) as you try to get to Burning Man 2014, let Reno Tahoe brighten your day! Here is a list of things you can do to burn your time in Reno Tahoe – parties, activities, burner shops, food stops and more: LEX Nightclub You aren’t the only one who [...]
 
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    Travel Blog | Travel + Leisure

  • Take a Selfie, Help Save a Rhino

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    Every seven hours, a rhino in South Africa falls prey to poachers. The country is home to 83% of Africa’s rhinos and 73% of all wild rhinos worldwide. In recent years, rhino populations have dwin...
  • Artsy Postcard: Brazil

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Brazil was front and center on the world stage this summer as the host of the FIFA World Cup—now the country kicking off art fair season with DW! Design Weekend, the Bienal de São Paolo, and ArtR...
  • Vail Acquires Park City Mountain Resort, Plans Country's Largest Ski Area

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Good news for Vail Epic Pass holders: you now have access to yet another world-class ski mountain. Vail Resorts just announced the acquisition (for a cool $185 million in cash) of Utah’s Park Cit...
  • New Luxury Rail Itinerary Travels to Iran

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    A new luxury train itinerary has us dreaming of the Orient Express. "Jewels of Persia," on Golden Eagle’s Danube Express, will run from Budapest to Tehran, beginning in October. And while Orient...
  • Hotels.com Reveals Where to Find Luxury for Less

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    The city where travelers can find the most affordable five-star hotels in the world? Warsaw, Poland, where the average luxury room went for just $130 a night in the first six months of 2014. This...
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    Cruise Radio

  • Celebrity Solstice Review + Loyal Cruise Website

    cruiseandblog
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Jason Leppert is the editor-in-chief of PopularCruising.com and just returned from a seven-night sailing aboard Celebrity Solstice. A Celebrity Cruises ship that was launched in August 2008 and does seasonal sailings in Alaska. She is currently the largest ship sailing the Alaskan waters. Jason gives us a comprehensive bow to stern review of Celebrity Solstice, the themed Top Chef cruise he was sailing and what it’s like living the Celebrity life.
  • Carnival Magic Review + Passport Questions Answered

    cruiseandblog
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Houston-based listener Sonya Sherow just returned from a seven night sailing aboard Carnival Magic, a Carnival Cruise Lines ship based year-round. Sonya gives us a comprehensive review of Carnival Magic, including: embarkation from Galveston, Texas, first impressions of the ship, public areas, stateroom, food, entertainment and the ports of call on this Western Caribbean cruise. We also tackle three listener questions on how much does a passport cost, how long does it take to get your passport and ground transportation options between the Miami International Airport and PortMiami. Listen and…
  • Allure of the Seas Review, Tipping + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Kerry Stange joins us this week to give us a comprehensive review of Royal Caribbean largest cruise ship Allure of the Seas. Kerry and his wife recently returned from a seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailing. Kerry goes into detail about embarkation out of Terminal 18 in Port Everglades, first impressions of Allure of the Seas, the stateroom, dining venues, entertainment and ship experience. It’s no holds barred on this Allure of the Seas review!
  • Panama Canal Turns 100 + Cruise News

    cruiseandblog
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    The path between the two seas, the Panama Canal, turns 100 years old on August 15, 2014. Al and Sunny Lockwood are a pair of intrepid retirees who lovingly documented their 17-day cruise through the Panama Canal. The subtitle, “Savoring 5,000 Nautical Miles and 500,000 Decadent Calories,” says it all; while Sunny documents the practical details, historical facts and unexpected encounters of their cruise, Al reviews the desserts and delicacies — luxuries large and small — served aboard their 1,200 passenger ship. Aimed at travelers who may be veterans of life, but first time cruisers.
  • Dancing with the Stars in Alaska, Holland America’s ms Westerdam

    cruiseandblog
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:48 pm
    On this show we head to Southeast Alaska to tape a broadcast aboard Holland America’s ms Westerdam for a very special Dancing with the Stars themed cruise. You’ll learn all about Dancing with the Stars at Sea and a just what is a Holland America Alaska cruise like. This is my second one and it was just as captivating as the first!
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    Nomadic Notes

  • New Country Day: Taiwan

    James Clark
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Country: Taiwan Date: 14 September 2014 I’ve been wanting to visit Taiwan for the last two years so after some wrangling of frequent flyer points I have managed a visit before going to Europe. This is my first time here so today is New Country Day which is always a travel day I love. I didn’t love Taipei airport so much when I arrived as there was a queue for over an hour to get through immigration. Once I got through it was all good. The bus into the city is effortless and the driver told me which stop to get off. I would normally be heads down in a book or in emails on a bus…
  • Nomadic News: September 14, 2014

    James Clark
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Greetings from Saigon. I’m heading off to Taipei today so this will be the last Nomadic News from Saigon for a while. Location Independence The Digital Nomad’s Guide to Coffee Shop Etiquette – Luiz Centenaro lists some practical tips for those working in cafes (and I’ve also added this to the Work Cafes page). How I work as a digital nomad – Greg from Typical Programmer gives some tips on living the location-independent lifestyle. Travel The 2014 Traveler 50: World’s Smartest Cities – A top 50 city list from a different perspective, from National…
  • Where I’m At: Ho Chi Minh City – Upcoming travels

    James Clark
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    [Temple in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam.] Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City. My three month visa expires in a few days so rather than extending it I will be getting back on the road. Here is what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks. On sunday I will be flying to Taipei, which will be my first visit to Taiwan. I’ve heard lots of good things about the city so I will be spending two weeks to explore and visit as many cafes as humanly possible. From Taipei my next stop is Hong Kong where I will spend two days. I’ve been there a number of times and it’s a…
  • Packing List – My travel life in two bags

    James Clark
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    Whenever I’m about to leave a place I’ve been for a while I like to take stock of my gear and assess what I need and discard what I don’t. I’ve never documented a packing list so when a friend posted what’s in his bags I thought I should do my own. I travel with a wheeled backpack that comes with a removable day bag, along with a day bag for my laptop, camera gear, and sundry daily items. Some of my nomadic friends are surprised that I carry so much stuff. On the other hand the last time I stayed with a non-nomadic friend they were shocked when I trundled into…
  • Where I’m At: Ho Chi Minh City – Getting my digital house in order

    James Clark
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City. Another three month visa is about to expire which means I will be back on the road again soon (more on upcoming destinations next week). While it’s easy enough to extend your Vietnamese visa without having to leave the country, I use the three month time frame as a sign to go and travel. When I am about to leave a place that I’ve been in for a while (and by while, 3 months counts as a while for me) I start doing the rounds of some of my favourite eateries before I go. [Classic Chicken Pho - southern style.] I also try and clear my inbox, finishing…
 
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    City Traveler Blog

  • Free Falling Falcon's Fury Debuts at Busch Gardens Tampa

    CityPASS
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Busch Garden Tampa's newest ride: Falcon's Fury You’ve probably heard the term “free-fall” before, but have you ever experienced one? Well, now’s your chance. Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest thrill ride, Falcon’s Fury, opened September 2 and is giving guests plenty to scream about. Falcon’s Fury is a free-standing drop-tower – the tallest one in North America. It climbs to a height of 335 feet, where it surprises riders by pivoting them 90 degrees into a face-down dive position. An instant later, they plunge straight towards the ground, reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour and…
  • Planning a Family Getaway: Disneyland Attractions in Anaheim

    Dan Patterson
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    The kids are back in school, leaves are starting to turn, and that recognizable early morning chill is in the air… there’s no doubt about, fall is on its way. We all know that fall leads to winter (don’t remind us!), and that it can be a sanity-saver to start thinking ahead with plans for a (warmer) change of scenery and a family vacation during the winter break from school. One of the most “magical” and family-friendly destinations to keep in mind is Disneyland in Anaheim, Ca. The theme park was opened in 1955 and conceptualized by the “man behind the mouse” himself, Walt…
  • September Fun: West Coast Food Festivals

    Joan Cirillo
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    From exploring Oregon's bounty at Feast Portland to discovering Washington artisan cheeses in Seattle, food festivals on the West Coast are in full swing this Fall. Here's a preview with several events happening in September in the Pacific Northwest and California. Photo credit: David Hale Smith - American Foodways Panel at Feast Portland 2013 PORTLAND In its third year, the four-day Feast Portland is rapidly becoming a one-of-a-kind premiere food celebration not to be missed. The fun launches on Thursday, Sept. 18 with the Sandwich Invitational, an event that gives local and national chefs a…
  • Tampa Bay City Guide: When, What, Where & How - To Visit

    Melissa Davidson
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    One of the best things about the west coast of Florida is the incredible sunsets. And what better place than Tampa Bay to see the fiery orb dip into the sea? Plunk your chair down on a sandy spot, walk along Pier 60, or pack into a waterfront bar, and enjoy the end of a beach day…and read on. Photo credit: Boston Public Library It’s probably not a coincidence that the word "Tampa" means "sticks of fire" in the language of the Calusa, a Native American tribe that once lived south of today's Tampa Bay area. Sticks of fire could be a reference to the many lightning strikes that the area…
  • Show Us Your CityPASS Selfie!

    CityPASS
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Who doesn't like a good selfie contest? Traveling tends to bring out our customers' playfulness, so we thought it would be fun to have a #CityPASSselfie photo contest in support of our loyal fans. On a daily basis we receive CityPASS selfies. Might as well give away 2 CityPASS booklets in the process! What is a CityPASS selfie? It's a photo of you having fun with your CityPASS booklet in one of our 11 destinations! #CityPASSselfie Photo Contest To enter, all you do is send us a CityPASS selfie photo of you and a CityPASS booklet, sign, bus wrap, etc. You can enter the contest through our…
 
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    Matt-Gibson.org | outdoors adventure travel writer and photograper

  • Life And Death And Angkor Wat

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

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

    Matt Gibson
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    Not everyone uses Textedit on Mac, but I know a blog of bloggers that do. The problem is changing Textedit to HTML by pasting it into the WordPress visual editor doesn’t work very well. So, one day I sat down and figured out a super fast way to convert Textedit into clean HTML for WordPress, and, at the same time, to make some fast formatting changes, such as changing all links to open in a new window, and changing bold text into header (h2 or h3).   Disclaimer: This hack requires a bit of HTML editing. It helps if you know a bit about HTML, but you really don’t need to know…
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro Through New Eyes

    Guest Blogger
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    Images and text by Mark Whitman Climbing Kilimanjaro is definitely an adventure, but I’ve never personally looked at it that way. Thousands flock to Tanzania every year with the sole purpose of attempting to reach what many colloquially call the Roof of Africa. Standing at 19,341 feet (5,895 meters), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent and the tallest non-massif (free-standing) mountain in the world. The mountain’s popularity among hikers can be attributed to its Seven Summit status and the fact that it’s a non-technical climb. This means that anyone at…
  • Super Short Travel Stories: The Bolivia Makes Me ‘Hot’ Edition

    Matt Gibson
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A few weeks ago, after reading a Buzzfeed article about people’s bad roommate experiences of all things, I decided that I wanted to compile an article of peoples’ most poignant travel experiences, whether they were funny, scary, or sentimental. The results were way better than I expected, so now I think I may do a series (if you’d like to contribute a story, there’s info at the end of the post).  Here’s my first instalment of super entertaining, super short travel stories. Enjoy! The Hilarious ‘Hot’ Seat When traveling through Bolivia I signed up for a…
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  • Dark Family Tale in Northern Ireland

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Destination: Ireland Book: Black Lake by Johanna Lane When you travel, do you like to visit old homes–you know, the Downton Abbey kind of manor, where the titled family has had to let visitors traipse through in order to make enough money to pay the taxes? If you have visited, or stayed overnight in one […] To comment on this article, or find more information, click on over to A Traveler's Library We'll leave the light on for you.      Related StoriesAnother Chilling Read from the ArcticThomas Kennedy: Seeking Bars, Jazz, and Love in CopenhagenBack to…
  • Another Chilling Read from the Arctic

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Destination: Canada, The Arctic Circle Book:  The Bone Seeker, An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery, by M. J. McGrath (NEW 2014) “The boundaries of murder were unlimited.  Like some far distant universe, every individual act of killing was dark and vast and unknowable.” From The Bone Seeker by M. J. McGrath I love finding books that are […] To comment on this article, or find more information, click on over to A Traveler's Library We'll leave the light on for you.      Related StoriesBack to Maine with Paul DoironMurder in Barcelona, A Cerebral MysteryMonth of…
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  • Glamping in Big Sky–Luxurious Outdoor Adventure at Ranch at Rock Creek

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

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

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

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

    MsTravelingPants
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    A year ago, I couldn’t have said that I knew much about glass. Like most of the general public, I remembered vaguely from science class that glass was made from sand, but I certainly didn’t know what a glory hole was or let alone a gaffer.  Now, I’m no expert, but I can add two feathers to my gaffer’s hat: Corning Museum of Glass in New York and its at Sea show over nine thousand miles away between New Zealand and Australia. For my first feather, I started with a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, which is in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. I know…
 
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  • Dan the Man’s Taco Stand in Rossville, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dan the Man’s Taco Stand in Rossville, Indiana Tacos Dan the Man’s Taco Stand in Rossville, Indiana is a lively downtown restaurant. Enjoy that relaxing tiki feel in a nice family atmosphere without ever leaving the state! Dan the Man’s Taco Stand in Rossville Murals cover the walls. Featuring beach scenes like the ocean, sunset, and sandcastles, it’s very bright and spacious with room for large groups. Walk down the long plank aisle, past the tiki hut where ice cream is served, to the main counter where you’ll order and pay for your food. Dan the Man’s…
  • Cinnamon Scones Recipe

    Jessica Nunemaker
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cinnamon Scones Recipe Fall is NOT in the air! The leaves aren’t threatening to change color. It’s NOT cooler at night! You could say I’m in a bit of denial about the change of seasons. The really good part about cooler weather? I’m back to making scones recipes! This recipe for Cinnamon Scones was so good the boys wolfed them down as usual! You likely have these ingredients on hand. With only a 15 minute baking time, you can go from pinning them to actually eating them in a mere thirty minutes! From Food.com. Cinnamon Scones Recipe Print Cinnamon Scones Recipe Rating:…
  • Images from The Loft Studio Yarn Store in Bremen, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Grab those knitting needles or crochet hooks and get ready for some serious yarn action. Yes, The Loft Studio in Bremen, Indiana is your go-to destination for everything yarn. Located above a garage, this studio space is so incredibly bright, airy, and comfortable, you will be absolutely amazed! Support your local Indiana knitting shop! Find everything you need (and then some) with new items always popping up. Staying awhile? Look for a variety of get-togethers to knit and socialize. As always, please call ahead before heading out. Images from The Loft Studio Yarn Store in Bremen, Indiana The…
  • Big Dipper in Converse, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Big Dipper in Converse, Indiana When little Indiana and boys are on the road together, you know that we will make any excuse to stop for ice cream! We were so happy to check off one more item on our “to do” list: the Big Dipper in Converse, Indiana. Big Dipper in Converse, Indiana Situated on a corner at the end of town, Big Dipper features indoor and outdoor seating. Outside, enjoy an open patio located at the front of the building with enough seating for groups. Inside, it is so incredibly clean, it shines! There’s a ton of seating here from stools at the old fashioned…
  • Images from Round the Corner Cafe in Winchester, Indiana

    Jessica Nunemaker
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Round the Corner Cafe in Winchester, Indiana was such a great place to unwind and relax a bit before pushing on. This sweet downtown diner boasts plenty of homecooked goodness! My basic bacon and eggs was kicked up a notch with the fabulous potatoes and onions! Super kid-friendly, this Randolph County restaurant features a well-stocked bookshelf full of things to keep little ones busy while waiting for their meal and special playful kid-sized silverware just for them. Images from Round the Corner Cafe in Winchester, Indiana Images from Round the Corner Cafe in Winchester, Indiana…
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  • Shoes That Make Carry-On-Only Packing Easy

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

    Jeanine Barone
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    What's a vacation without more than a few surprises? But my idea of the unexpected includes mountain biking through a pine forest and coming upon a hamlet where I can do a wine tasting in a small cellar. Or hiking to a craggy peak where I discover a farmer selling fresh sheep and goat's milk cheese. Or kayaking to an island where I find an expansive and little-visited botanical garden. When I travel, surprises should not include a visit to an emergency room or several days laid up because of illness or injury. I just returned from a month in SE Asia and had no illness or injury to show for it…
  • Thailand In Pictures

    Jeanine Barone
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Bangkok and Chiang Mai are both cities that embrace the ancient and the contemporary. Ramshackle wood huts teeter on stilts beside tree-lined canals. And a forest is home to a unique Buddhist temple built around massive tunnels. Down many an alleyway can be found avant garde art galleries exhibiting the works of both emerging and established Thai and international artists. Both cities embrace coffee connoisseurs who can find a cafe that suits their taste in creamy lattes, delectable pastries or playful interiors. I recently spent one week in Thailand and this one-minute YouTube video…
  • Gear Review - My Favorite Travel Notebooks

    Jeanine Barone
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Travel writers employ a variety of methods to record their experiences. I favor small, lined, bound notebooks. But, while the market is crowded with these products, I found that few fit my needs. My ideal travel notebook has to easily fit in the pockets of my pants, shorts, jackets, dresses and skirts. The notebook should have an elastic band closure. The pages should be of high quality from an archival perspective (acid and lignin free) and my pen - I don't use a ball point but, rather, uni-ball type pens in a medley of colors, of course - should not bleed on the surface. The notebook should…
  • Where Bicycling Becomes Zen-Like

    Jeanine Barone
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    With just one hour to spare, I didn't expect biking around a lake in Taiwan to be aall that awe inspiring. What I found was that even a few minutes of pedaling along Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan provided a Zen-like experience where my mind was uniquely present centered and each sight and sound produced a moment of awakening. Ferns of various types and numerous bird specious were in abundance while the clouds and shadowy mountain ridges in the distance were part of a perpetually shifting tapestry. I recently wrote about how cycling Sun Moon Lake reminded me of writing aiku poetry for…
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  • DETER Insect Repellent – A Natural Botanical Formula

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

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

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

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

    Marissa
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:27 pm
    MZPZO OAD FQJSOTWBZF VNPDNV UTL! Key A=H Can you decode the message you see in blue above?  If you visited the National Cryptologic Museum at Fort Meade, Maryland, you would be able to!  Okay, okay. I will give you the encryption code.  Use this cipher wheel (obtained at the museum).  I have already lined the letters up to match the key I chose (you can’t tell from the picture, but the black wheel turns independently…I have it lined up so that A=H). Now, match up each of the letters in the message above to find the answer (the answer can also be found at the bottom of this post)! This…
 
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  • Maldives Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $2999 & up – 4 Nights Deluxe Villa Package for 2 Travelers, 25% Off In the endless expanse of azure Indian Ocean, Baros Maldives is a paradisiacal retreat set on a small coral island, ready to make your dreams come true. Includes roundtrip speedboat, meals amd Complimentary resort amenities. $10405 & up – 7 Nights Water Villa [...]
  • Mediterranean Cruise Deals

    kirsten
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $499 & up — Europe Cruises w/$270 in Extras Sail aboard Norwegian Jade for an unforgettable 7-day vacation from Venice. Departure dates through October 2015. $649 & up — Mediterranean Cruises Incl. Italy & Spain Includes onboard perks, suite and haven bonus. Sailing dates from September 2014 through April 2016. $769 — Mediterranean 7-Nt Cruise w/Italy, France & Spain 7 [...]
  • Florida Beach Deals

    kirsten
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $249 — Palm Beach 5-Star Waterfront Resort, Save 60% This beachfront property has no resort fees, with free wi-fi, has four pools, five hot tubs and complimentary fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates. It’s named as one of 2014’s 500 World’s Best Hotels by Travel + Leisure. $66 & up — Daytona Beach Oceanfront Hotel w/Wi-Fi, [...]
  • Las Vegas Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $18 & up — Las Vegas Hotel & Resort Sale incl. Extras Stay up to 3 nights and get up to 20% Off at El Cortez hotel. Travel between Sept. 6 and Nov. 8, 2014. Book by October 8. $65 & up — Las Vegas: All Suite Hotel, Saves 30% Settle into a suite near the Strip with [...]
  • Turkey Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    2 Nights in a Turkish Mansion + Breakfast & Wine Includes American, Turkish or signature Ajia breakfast daily, complimentary room upgrade, free wi-fi plus hotel credit. Istanbul: Boutique Saint Sophia 2 Night Package For 2 Luxury hotel near shops, entertainment, and cultural attractions. Package includes free bottled water, newspapaer & wi-fi access. $252 & up — Istanbul: Luxury 3 [...]
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  • London Fashion Week 2014

    shalini2886
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    It’s raining fashion this September! The spectacular Somerset House yet again brings to you Britain’s chic and classy consumer fashion event. Set over five days (12th to 16th September), the London Fashion Week comes packed with catwalk shows, installations, presentations and insider knowledge from the best and brightest names in the fashion industry. Be it the established designers like Alexis Barrell, Lucy Choi London, Georgia Hardinge, Tamara Salman, Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood or the fresh and emerging new generation talent, the show unquestionably redefines London’s…
  • The 2014 Tour of Britain

    Williams Smith
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    The 2014 Tour of Britain began on the 7th of September and will run all the way to the 14th of September. The Tour was scheduled to commence in Liverpool from the 7th of September, a Sunday, with the focus largely on a number of local riders such as Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins. Essentially, the Tour of Britain is a cycling race in various stages that takes place along British roads where participants race around Great Britain all in trying to complete the entire tour in the fastest time possible. History of the race As early as the 7th of June 1942, the first multi-stage…
  • Historical Look at London Through the English Capital’s Top Attractions

    Williams Smith
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    There is no doubt London is still one of the centres of World History in many respects. Through its many historical sites and attractions, it is possible to see why. While there are hundreds of top historical sites in London alone, here are a couple that have been drawing visitors from around the world in droves. Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace was at first just another Queen’s House prior to its total transformation into a fulsome private palace for Queen Charlotte (1744–1818). The Palace has been developed over the centuries by Queens and Kings as a comfortable residence befitting a…
  • How to Make the Most of Your August Bank Holiday

    Williams Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    London is at its best in the month of August. One of the warmest and most awaited months of the year, August comes with some of the biggest and brightest events. Needless to say, the August bank Holiday weekend (August 22 to August 25, 2014) is nothing but a thing of beauty. It is undeniably an opportune time to experience the true flavours of the city. After reading the below, you’ll know why! Notting Hill carnival (Aug 23-25) Notting Hill Europe’s biggest Caribbean flavoured street festival, this one brings life and happiness to the streets of West London. Amazing music stands,…
  • The Best Nightclubs in London

    Williams Smith
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:24 am
    “By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show”, said the famous writer Samuel Johnson. Rightly celebrated for its vibrant nightlife, this capital city of England boasts of an extensive range of world-class theaters, bars and clubs for all tastes and preferences. London’s varied and effervescent nightlife is exemplary and sets it apart from the rest of the world. The city has got the coolest partying scenes and there’s plenty to lure you to branch out and seek the latest. We bring to you an exhaustive list of the finest and best of night clubs in London. There…
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  • Staying fit at sea

    Carrie Finley
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Can cruising and wellness coexist? The answer to that question really depends on how motivated a person is to dedicate the time it takes to maintain a fitness program while on a cruise vacation. In my experience, I embark the ship with heaps of intention to hit the gym, eat healthy and tuck away into a quiet corner to practice my yoga. But the reality is that when it comes to actually doing these things, I choose to do other things or I show up to the gym on a sea day during prime time. With so much variety and many indoor and outdoor facilities available at no cost, and restaurant menus…
  • What not to say on a Disney Cruise

    Carrie Finley
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Disney Cruise Line suggests never saying… It’s been quite a few years since I last went on a Disney Cruise. The fault is entirely mine, really. I have just had a lot of other opportunities that have taken me elsewhere. But, today, when I was doing some editorial work for a client, I stumbled upon the cutest post about “Ten Things Disney Cruisers Never Say” and thought it was worthy of a mention. I will share just one of the things not to say, with hope that you will go to the link above to read the original article by Jonathan Frontado, from Disney Cruise Line.
  • MSC Cruises Blowout Sale

    Carrie Finley
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    MSC Cruises 48-hour sail begins on September 10 I don’t normally rave about cruise sales, but this one is going to be great… The reason I think it is worth reviewing is because MSC Divinia is a wonderful ship and people looking for a Caribbean cruise can’t go wrong sailing on her. You can read my MSC Divina review to find out what I did on the ship during Spring Break, click here. MSC Divina in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From MSC Cruises …  This fall MSC Cruises tempts travelers to visit the turquoise waters of the Caribbean with a 48 Hour Caribbean Blow-Out Sale on…
  • Dont forget the sunglasses – Guideline Eyegear’s Magnum sunglasses review

    Carrie Finley
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Travel accessory that everyone needs: sunglasses When you are cruising on a ship one thing you don’t want to forget to pack is your sunglasses.   On assignment in Venice, sporting Guideline Eyegear’s Magnum sunglasses.   While I was on Silvereaa Cruises last month, I had a chance to test out Guideline Eyegear’s Magnum sunglasses (the product was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing) and believe me I put those glasses through their paces. What I liked about the sunglasses, which retail for $79.95, was their lightweight frame. The non-corrosive…
  • About automatic gratuities on cruise ships

    Carrie Finley
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Cruise question of the day: What do you think about cruise gratuities? On some cruise lines (like Crystal Cruises featured in the photo above), gratuities are automatically included in the cruise fare. On other cruise lines, passengers will have an opportunity to show their appreciation for exceptional service through an automatic gratuity. Cruise Tips – love them or leave them? Thanks for the inspiration #CruiseChat (a weekly Twitter chat) Q2: Do you prefer having gratuities automatically added to your account or do you like the “old school” envelope process? Why?
 
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  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    Another week down, another week closer to your next Caribbean escape! This week’s Caribbean Wrap Up features a couple stories about Caribbean food, one about Bahamian beer, a look at a fantastic resort on Grenada, and a look at French St. Martin. I love to eat spicy and I love to eat local when in the islands, if you are the same then you’re going to love the story about Trinidad Scorpion Pepper Sauce from our friends and UC. I can almost feel the sweat running off my bald head now…love the spicy! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up Visiting the Bahamian Brewery: No trip to Grand…
  • Boat Drinks: Mango Banana Rum Punch Recipe

    RumShopRyan
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    After one sip, you’ll already be mixing another one, and another one… The Mango, what a sweet delicious fruit. Mango season just ended about a month ago here in Florida. This succulent fruit was falling off the trees all over southwest Florida. My friends have a Mango Tree and would bring sliced wedges to the beach. We would blend them up in cocktails. We would add them to salads. What a deliciously versatile tropical fruit. This week’s Boat Drink Recipe pays respect to the mango in a drink called Mango Banana Rum Punch. It’s a mixture of Mango Rum, Banana Rum, Mango…
  • Music: SOJA – I Believe featuring Michael Franti, Nahko

    RumShopRyan
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe No matter what you do I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe It will all come back to you What is folk music to you? To me it’s artists like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Jimmy Buffett.  Talk to SOJA lead singer/guitarist Jacob Hemphill, however, and you’ll walk away with a different perspective. “To me, Rage Against The Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Sade, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley—they’re all folk artists. There’s no difference between Raekwon saying, ‘I grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side, where staying alive was no…
  • Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

    RumShopRyan
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    The world’s largest rum tasting….sign me up! The best conch salad on Grand Bahamas…I’ll take two! Exploring Bridgetown on Barbados…Mount Gay me please! These topics and more in this week’s Caribbean Wrap Up! Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up World’s Largest Rum Tasting: Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell to stage the world’s largest rum tasting to kick off UK Rum Fest. -Story by RumConnection.com Island Bites: Finding Grand Bahama’s Best Conch Salad: If you’re a conch salad craver, you’ll want to add Grand Bahama’s Billy Joe’s to your must-eat list.
  • Video: A Look Back at the Castaway Beach Bash!

    RumShopRyan
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    I wanna go back… Don’t you wish you could live your life like a Jimmy Buffett song? Don’t you wish you were in a constant state of vacation? I wish every day was a Castaway Beach Bash day. Here’s a look back at the 2014, 3rd annual, Castaway Beach Bash at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas in the USVI. This year we had our biggest group yet and added a day trip to Jost Van Dyke in the BVI to the itinerary. We packed a lot into the 4 day event; there was a rum snorkel hunt, rum tasting, sunset cruise on the Heavenly Days, and of course the trip to Jost. This short…
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  • Balinese Coffee — the Special Blend

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

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

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

    Eileen
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Skipping the Beach in Aruba With a threat of endangered bats bound to fly into my hair, I was not crazy about climbing the steps to the mouth of the cave. But this was the real, natural Aruba I hoped to immerse myself in, so into the hole I went found inside the Arikok National Park. After a jeep drive through cacti field, herds of goats and some hilly, colorful residential areas, I arrived at the Quadirikiri, Fontein and Huliba caves for a little basic spelunking. While turning my brain off and soaking in the incredible views from the beach was a blast in Aruba, the island really came to…
  • Geeky Portland’s Top Five

    ITKT Featured Writer
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Portland for Geeks Portland, Oregon, is known for many things, from craft breweries and independent eateries to its generally quirky aesthetic, embraced by locals with the slogan “Keep Portland Weird”. But that’s far from all. Portland is also one of the geekiest places on Earth. Welcome to Geeky Portland. While a love for comics, games, and old TV shows have permeated the entire city, there are a few especially geeky highlights. 1. Powell’s City of Books Nestled between downtown and the Pearl District is a massive Incan temple filled with books. Powell’s City of…
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  • The 150th Anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference

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

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

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

    Inspector 199
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Candlestick Park is closing for good, 49ers are moving to Santa Clara. What are your memories of the ‘Stick? Built in 1960 for the San Francisco Giants, Candlestick Park was considered to be the first modern baseball stadium as it was built entirely of concrete. In 1971, the 49ers moved in. I’m not a sports fan but I was invited to watch a 49er game in a VIP box at Candlestick Park! How can I refuse such an invitation? The air was full of excitement, anticipation, and lots of good natured booing of the other team. I remember Jerry Rice was playing and Steve Young was the quarterback.
  • Top Tips for Winning Pet Travel Photos

    AAA Contributor
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Combine Smiles, Safety and Scenery Are you one of the many Americans who take your pets on vacation? Whether your favorite fur ball prefers hiking, boating or some other pursuit, capture the fun and enter your best shot in the AAA PetBook Photo Contest by November 30. The contest is sponsored by Best Western, which has more than 1,600 pet-friendly hotels worldwide. Winners are featured on the back cover and spine of Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook®, and finalists are pictured inside. Additional prizes include cash, pet treats, copies of the book and, for the first-place winner, a…
 
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  • Disney World’s Deluxe Villa Resorts: 8 Things to Know

    Christine Dayao
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Disney World hotels are designed for a variety of interests, budgets, and travel needs. The 20-some-odd hotels are divided into four resort categories: ValueModerateDeluxe and Deluxe Villas. The latter are ideal for those who’d like some extra space and the comforts of home while on vacation. The Deluxe Villa resorts are made up of suites with studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom units, depending on the property. Some even have two-story Grand Villas. These resorts are primarily used by members of the Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s timeshare program, but non-members can stay when…
  • Checking In: EK Hotel, Bogota

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Open since October of 2013, EK Hotel is a modern boutique hotel in one of Bogotá’s ritziest neighborhoods. Within a few minutes’ walk, you’ll find restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shopping; especially centered around Calle 85, the T-Zone neighborhood, and the tree-lined plaza called Parque 93. Even closer, there are a few restaurants that share a plaza with the hotel, such as the newly opened Black Bear, recommended for its raw bar, sharing plates, and craft cocktails. However, with the on-site Cafe Bar Lounge serving all day, you don’t need to leave the hotel for…
  • How to: See the Thousand Islands on a Budget

    Charu Suri
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    The Thousand Islands, located on the U.S.-Canada border, is actually a misnomer. There are, in fact, 1,864 islands floating like dots on the Saint Lawrence River. (To qualify, as an island, all must be above sea level, have a certain size, and must have at least two trees). People visit the Thousand Islands for many reasons: to see the many castles, marvel at the bird species, go boating, and to appreciate Ontario’s spectacular nature scene while swirling a glass of wine or two at sunset. Here are some ways to visit the area on a budget: Go Fishing Rich in bass, King Salmon, and trout, the…
  • Why You Should Consider the Middle Seat

    Tommy Burson
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Just how much do people hate the dreaded middle seat on airplanes? So much so that 56 percent of Americans say they’d rather brave traffic jams, according to one survey. That same percentage would prefer going on a blind date over spending a couple of hours cozying between strangers — and as much as 9 percent of Americans simply refuse to get on a flight longer than two hours if they’d be stuck in the middle. We get it. There’s limited legroom and blocked access to the aisle without the support of the window. Still, there are a few attractive perks of the middle seat…
  • Deal Alert: L.A.’s First-Ever Hotel Week

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    New York City’s annual Hotel Week started in 2011 with a simple premise: Offer great hotels for $100, $200, or $300 per night — in many cases, a substantial savings off typical rates. It’ll be happening again this year in January, but, before that, Los Angeles travelers will get their own opportunity to save on some excellent hotels. The inaugural L.A. Hotel Week kicks off on November 29 and runs though December 14, and has similar parameters as the NYC version: hotel rooms for prime west coast properties will be discounted to $200 or $300 per night, down from averages rates that…
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  • Disney World’s Deluxe Villa Resorts: 8 Things to Know

    Christine Dayao
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Disney World hotels are designed for a variety of interests, budgets, and travel needs. The 20-some-odd hotels are divided into four resort categories: ValueModerateDeluxe and Deluxe Villas. The latter are ideal for those who’d like some extra space and the comforts of home while on vacation. The Deluxe Villa resorts are made up of suites with studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom units, depending on the property. Some even have two-story Grand Villas. These resorts are primarily used by members of the Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s timeshare program, but non-members can stay when…
  • Checking In: EK Hotel, Bogota

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Open since October of 2013, EK Hotel is a modern boutique hotel in one of Bogotá’s ritziest neighborhoods. Within a few minutes’ walk, you’ll find restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shopping; especially centered around Calle 85, the T-Zone neighborhood, and the tree-lined plaza called Parque 93. Even closer, there are a few restaurants that share a plaza with the hotel, such as the newly opened Black Bear, recommended for its raw bar, sharing plates, and craft cocktails. However, with the on-site Cafe Bar Lounge serving all day, you don’t need to leave the hotel for…
  • How to: See the Thousand Islands on a Budget

    Charu Suri
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    The Thousand Islands, located on the U.S.-Canada border, is actually a misnomer. There are, in fact, 1,864 islands floating like dots on the Saint Lawrence River. (To qualify, as an island, all must be above sea level, have a certain size, and must have at least two trees). People visit the Thousand Islands for many reasons: to see the many castles, marvel at the bird species, go boating, and to appreciate Ontario’s spectacular nature scene while swirling a glass of wine or two at sunset. Here are some ways to visit the area on a budget: Go Fishing Rich in bass, King Salmon, and trout, the…
  • Why You Should Consider the Middle Seat

    Tommy Burson
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Just how much do people hate the dreaded middle seat on airplanes? So much so that 56 percent of Americans say they’d rather brave traffic jams, according to one survey. That same percentage would prefer going on a blind date over spending a couple of hours cozying between strangers — and as much as 9 percent of Americans simply refuse to get on a flight longer than two hours if they’d be stuck in the middle. We get it. There’s limited legroom and blocked access to the aisle without the support of the window. Still, there are a few attractive perks of the middle seat…
  • Deal Alert: L.A.’s First-Ever Hotel Week

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    New York City’s annual Hotel Week started in 2011 with a simple premise: Offer great hotels for $100, $200, or $300 per night — in many cases, a substantial savings off typical rates. It’ll be happening again this year in January, but, before that, Los Angeles travelers will get their own opportunity to save on some excellent hotels. The inaugural L.A. Hotel Week kicks off on November 29 and runs though December 14, and has similar parameters as the NYC version: hotel rooms for prime west coast properties will be discounted to $200 or $300 per night, down from averages rates that…
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  • Disney World’s Deluxe Villa Resorts: 8 Things to Know

    Christine Dayao
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Disney World hotels are designed for a variety of interests, budgets, and travel needs. The 20-some-odd hotels are divided into four resort categories: ValueModerateDeluxe and Deluxe Villas. The latter are ideal for those who’d like some extra space and the comforts of home while on vacation. The Deluxe Villa resorts are made up of suites with studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom units, depending on the property. Some even have two-story Grand Villas. These resorts are primarily used by members of the Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s timeshare program, but non-members can stay when…
  • Checking In: EK Hotel, Bogota

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Open since October of 2013, EK Hotel is a modern boutique hotel in one of Bogotá’s ritziest neighborhoods. Within a few minutes’ walk, you’ll find restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shopping; especially centered around Calle 85, the T-Zone neighborhood, and the tree-lined plaza called Parque 93. Even closer, there are a few restaurants that share a plaza with the hotel, such as the newly opened Black Bear, recommended for its raw bar, sharing plates, and craft cocktails. However, with the on-site Cafe Bar Lounge serving all day, you don’t need to leave the hotel for…
  • How to: See the Thousand Islands on a Budget

    Charu Suri
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    The Thousand Islands, located on the U.S.-Canada border, is actually a misnomer. There are, in fact, 1,864 islands floating like dots on the Saint Lawrence River. (To qualify, as an island, all must be above sea level, have a certain size, and must have at least two trees). People visit the Thousand Islands for many reasons: to see the many castles, marvel at the bird species, go boating, and to appreciate Ontario’s spectacular nature scene while swirling a glass of wine or two at sunset. Here are some ways to visit the area on a budget: Go Fishing Rich in bass, King Salmon, and trout, the…
  • Why You Should Consider the Middle Seat

    Tommy Burson
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Just how much do people hate the dreaded middle seat on airplanes? So much so that 56 percent of Americans say they’d rather brave traffic jams, according to one survey. That same percentage would prefer going on a blind date over spending a couple of hours cozying between strangers — and as much as 9 percent of Americans simply refuse to get on a flight longer than two hours if they’d be stuck in the middle. We get it. There’s limited legroom and blocked access to the aisle without the support of the window. Still, there are a few attractive perks of the middle seat…
  • Deal Alert: L.A.’s First-Ever Hotel Week

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    New York City’s annual Hotel Week started in 2011 with a simple premise: Offer great hotels for $100, $200, or $300 per night — in many cases, a substantial savings off typical rates. It’ll be happening again this year in January, but, before that, Los Angeles travelers will get their own opportunity to save on some excellent hotels. The inaugural L.A. Hotel Week kicks off on November 29 and runs though December 14, and has similar parameters as the NYC version: hotel rooms for prime west coast properties will be discounted to $200 or $300 per night, down from averages rates that…
 
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  • Disney World’s Deluxe Villa Resorts: 8 Things to Know

    Christine Dayao
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Disney World hotels are designed for a variety of interests, budgets, and travel needs. The 20-some-odd hotels are divided into four resort categories: ValueModerateDeluxe and Deluxe Villas. The latter are ideal for those who’d like some extra space and the comforts of home while on vacation. The Deluxe Villa resorts are made up of suites with studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom units, depending on the property. Some even have two-story Grand Villas. These resorts are primarily used by members of the Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s timeshare program, but non-members can stay when…
  • Checking In: EK Hotel, Bogota

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Open since October of 2013, EK Hotel is a modern boutique hotel in one of Bogotá’s ritziest neighborhoods. Within a few minutes’ walk, you’ll find restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shopping; especially centered around Calle 85, the T-Zone neighborhood, and the tree-lined plaza called Parque 93. Even closer, there are a few restaurants that share a plaza with the hotel, such as the newly opened Black Bear, recommended for its raw bar, sharing plates, and craft cocktails. However, with the on-site Cafe Bar Lounge serving all day, you don’t need to leave the hotel for…
  • How to: See the Thousand Islands on a Budget

    Charu Suri
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    The Thousand Islands, located on the U.S.-Canada border, is actually a misnomer. There are, in fact, 1,864 islands floating like dots on the Saint Lawrence River. (To qualify, as an island, all must be above sea level, have a certain size, and must have at least two trees). People visit the Thousand Islands for many reasons: to see the many castles, marvel at the bird species, go boating, and to appreciate Ontario’s spectacular nature scene while swirling a glass of wine or two at sunset. Here are some ways to visit the area on a budget: Go Fishing Rich in bass, King Salmon, and trout, the…
  • Why You Should Consider the Middle Seat

    Tommy Burson
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Just how much do people hate the dreaded middle seat on airplanes? So much so that 56 percent of Americans say they’d rather brave traffic jams, according to one survey. That same percentage would prefer going on a blind date over spending a couple of hours cozying between strangers — and as much as 9 percent of Americans simply refuse to get on a flight longer than two hours if they’d be stuck in the middle. We get it. There’s limited legroom and blocked access to the aisle without the support of the window. Still, there are a few attractive perks of the middle seat…
  • Deal Alert: L.A.’s First-Ever Hotel Week

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    New York City’s annual Hotel Week started in 2011 with a simple premise: Offer great hotels for $100, $200, or $300 per night — in many cases, a substantial savings off typical rates. It’ll be happening again this year in January, but, before that, Los Angeles travelers will get their own opportunity to save on some excellent hotels. The inaugural L.A. Hotel Week kicks off on November 29 and runs though December 14, and has similar parameters as the NYC version: hotel rooms for prime west coast properties will be discounted to $200 or $300 per night, down from averages rates that…
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  • Disney World’s Deluxe Villa Resorts: 8 Things to Know

    Christine Dayao
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Disney World hotels are designed for a variety of interests, budgets, and travel needs. The 20-some-odd hotels are divided into four resort categories: ValueModerateDeluxe and Deluxe Villas. The latter are ideal for those who’d like some extra space and the comforts of home while on vacation. The Deluxe Villa resorts are made up of suites with studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom units, depending on the property. Some even have two-story Grand Villas. These resorts are primarily used by members of the Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s timeshare program, but non-members can stay when…
  • Checking In: EK Hotel, Bogota

    Karen Gardiner Dion
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Open since October of 2013, EK Hotel is a modern boutique hotel in one of Bogotá’s ritziest neighborhoods. Within a few minutes’ walk, you’ll find restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shopping; especially centered around Calle 85, the T-Zone neighborhood, and the tree-lined plaza called Parque 93. Even closer, there are a few restaurants that share a plaza with the hotel, such as the newly opened Black Bear, recommended for its raw bar, sharing plates, and craft cocktails. However, with the on-site Cafe Bar Lounge serving all day, you don’t need to leave the hotel for…
  • How to: See the Thousand Islands on a Budget

    Charu Suri
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    The Thousand Islands, located on the U.S.-Canada border, is actually a misnomer. There are, in fact, 1,864 islands floating like dots on the Saint Lawrence River. (To qualify, as an island, all must be above sea level, have a certain size, and must have at least two trees). People visit the Thousand Islands for many reasons: to see the many castles, marvel at the bird species, go boating, and to appreciate Ontario’s spectacular nature scene while swirling a glass of wine or two at sunset. Here are some ways to visit the area on a budget: Go Fishing Rich in bass, King Salmon, and trout, the…
  • Why You Should Consider the Middle Seat

    Tommy Burson
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Just how much do people hate the dreaded middle seat on airplanes? So much so that 56 percent of Americans say they’d rather brave traffic jams, according to one survey. That same percentage would prefer going on a blind date over spending a couple of hours cozying between strangers — and as much as 9 percent of Americans simply refuse to get on a flight longer than two hours if they’d be stuck in the middle. We get it. There’s limited legroom and blocked access to the aisle without the support of the window. Still, there are a few attractive perks of the middle seat…
  • Deal Alert: L.A.’s First-Ever Hotel Week

    Anne Roderique-Jones
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    New York City’s annual Hotel Week started in 2011 with a simple premise: Offer great hotels for $100, $200, or $300 per night — in many cases, a substantial savings off typical rates. It’ll be happening again this year in January, but, before that, Los Angeles travelers will get their own opportunity to save on some excellent hotels. The inaugural L.A. Hotel Week kicks off on November 29 and runs though December 14, and has similar parameters as the NYC version: hotel rooms for prime west coast properties will be discounted to $200 or $300 per night, down from averages rates that…
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  • Grandma’s Massaman Curry in Ayutthaya (Day 8)

    Mark Wiens
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Day 8 – Ayutthaya, Thailand There are few things in this world greater than Grandma’s cooking. And I’m talking about Grandma from Mexico, Grandma from Ethiopia, Grandma from China, Grandma from Italy, Grandma from Thailand etc. Restaurant OR Grandma? I’ll go for Grandma! Thai Massaman Curry (มัสมั่นไก่) Honestly I’ve never been the biggest fan of Thai massaman […] Grandma’s Massaman Curry in Ayutthaya (Day 8) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Grandma’s Massaman Curry in Ayutthaya (Day 8) appeared first…
  • The Best Freshwater Prawns of My Life in Ayutthaya (Day 7)

    Mark Wiens
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Day 6 – Bangkok to Ayutthaya After a long Day 6 in Bangkok, we woke up and left even earlier (4:30 am) on Day 7. The van picked us up at home in Bangkok, and we drove out to Rangsit (รังสิต a suburb on the edge of Bangkok). The van dropped us off at the Rangsit railroad […] The Best Freshwater Prawns of My Life in Ayutthaya (Day 7) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post The Best Freshwater Prawns of My Life in Ayutthaya (Day 7) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Khlong San Market, Papaya Salad, and Yaowarat Bangkok (Day 6)

    Mark Wiens
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Day 6 – Bangkok It’s been about a month since my last post about the Thai food tv show documentary (Day 5). We had a break, mainly so the production team could edit the first episode of the show, and share it with the TV station to confirm that everything was alright. During that time, Ying […] Khlong San Market, Papaya Salad, and Yaowarat Bangkok (Day 6) is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Khlong San Market, Papaya Salad, and Yaowarat Bangkok (Day 6) appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel Blog.
  • Lahpet Thoke – In Myanmar, You Can Eat and Drink Tea

    Mark Wiens
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In most of the world, mention the word “tea”, and it’s immediately recognized as a beverage. In Myanmar however, mention tea, and it can be associated with either a drink, or a food. Along with the ever-present dish of mohinga, lahpet thoke (လက်ဖက်သုတ်), or Myanmar (Burmese) tea leaf salad, is one of the most well known and […] Lahpet Thoke – In Myanmar, You Can Eat and Drink Tea is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post Lahpet Thoke – In Myanmar, You Can Eat and Drink Tea appeared first on Migrationology - Food Travel…
  • 11 Fun Things To Do When You’re in Yangon, Myanmar

    Mark Wiens
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Yangon is one of Myanmar’s most busy and exciting cities… …And I think it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves; It’s a city that’s full of character, with so many interesting things to do, see, and eat. This list of attractions doesn’t include everything there is to do in the city, but I think it’s a mixed-bag list of attractions […] 11 Fun Things To Do When You’re in Yangon, Myanmar is a post from: Migrationology - Food Travel Blog The post 11 Fun Things To Do When You’re in Yangon, Myanmar appeared first on…
 
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  • How to Eat Sushi

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

    Travis
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Photo Credit: Yukinori Hasumi Well I think I may finally have permission to head back to Japan for a visit next year :) The wife really wants to go to Paris, and we will get there (I promise!), but it looks like we’re on our way to Japan next fall. Prep Work With any travel plans, there’s going to be a ton of prep work to tackle. While I’m only in the brainstorming stage right now there are a few things I thinking about. Like when I should book the apartment, and if it will be easier this time getting a prepaid SIM card for my phone. I’ve heard that things have…
  • World’s Most Peaceful Contries

    Travis
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Japan has long been know for being a peaceful country, and I know I felt really safe pretty much everywhere I went. The Vision of Humanity website just release their 2014 index of global peace with some very interesting results. While I wasn’t surprised to see Japan listed in the top 10 at position 8, I was surprised to find Canada at position 7. Perhaps it’s just my perception, but Japan feels safer to me :) Thanks to Skeptikai for the link! Related Posts:The Amazing Voyage of OtokichiCountry Names in JapaneseEnglish Words That Don’t Appear on TestsThe State of Social…
  • Book Review: Japan’s World Heritage Sites

    Travis
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    I’ll be honest, I’m not really aware of many World Heritage sites. I’m sure Canada has their share, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you what they are. I do know, thanks to the book Japan’s World Heritage Sites, that Japan has a ton of them. Maybe it’s a normal amount in comparison to other countries, but I do know it will take you a long time if you want to see them all :) What’s Inside If there was ever a book that you could leave out on your coffee table for people to flip through, this would probably be a great choice. The book is packed full of…
  • Learn English with Darth Vader

    Travis
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Here’s an interesting English/Japanese learning dictionary – The Star Wars Personal English/Japanese Dictionary. Now you can learn such helpful English phrases as “What is thy bidding, my master?” and “These are not the droids you are looking for”. Stay crazy Japan! :D Related Posts:Japanese Idiom: To Crack a StarJapanese Phrase Book ReviewBest Japanese Learning Tools – Part 1: BooksBest Japanese Learning Tools – Part 2: WebsitesThe Best Resources for Learning to Speak Japanese
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  • French Language Basics to Learn for Travel

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

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

    robin
    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

    robin
    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

    robin
    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…
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  • Windsor Great Park: 5,000 Acres of History

    Guest Contributor
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Even on a cold winter’s morning, the hedges of rhododendron in Windsor Great Park are jungle green and glossy. Ducks tread over the wafer-thin ice of Wick Pond and coots bob along, unfazed by the frigid waters. Most visitors come to Windsor for the castle, spilling off trains and coaches for history’s sake. They jostle […]
  • Eight Great Reasons to Visit Scotland

    Katherine Sazdanoff
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    What’s not to love about Scotland? Home to a rich history, spectacular scenery, and some of the kindest people around; Scotland should be at the top of everyone’s “Must Visit” list. Here are eight particularly great reasons to plan a trip to Scotland now: Stirling With a beautifully preserved Old Town that is jam-packed with […]
  • Hotel or Apartment? How to Choose

    Marilyn McFarlane
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    After you’ve decided where to go and how you’ll get there, the big question is where to stay. A hotel is still the most popular choice, but there are other options, and plenty of savvy travelers are choosing to rent an apartment or house. My recent trip to France is a good example of the […]
  • Savoring September at a Snail’s Pace in the Piedmont

    Guest Contributor
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Half an hour from the industrial bustle of Turin lies southern Piedmont, a renowned eden for epicurians. Each community has its own claim to fame: the truffles of Alba, the sparkling wines of Asti, the sausage and cheeses of Bra, the world-class wines of Barolo. The landscapes of the Langhe, of Roero and Monferrato, seduce […]
  • Inside an Iceland Volcano

    Irene Butler
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    In past travels I have climbed through lava tubes, run from blasts of sulfur fumes from active volcanos, have witnessed fiery lava drop with steamy sizzles into the sea….BUT when told by a fellow traveler I could descend 120 meters (400ft) “into” an actual volcano chamber, I guffaw, “Yah, right… what Sci Fi have you […]
 
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  • Touring Burgundy’s Wine Country in a Day

    TheRoadScholar
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Dijon, France–Really, you’ve come all the way to France and you’re only going to spend 4 hours touring the wine route in Burgundy? Well, if that’s all you have, it’s possible to do it and do it well through Alter & Go. What turned out to be the highlight of our trip to France was […]
  • Mon Dieu! Gargoyles Galore in Dijon, France

    TheRoadScholar
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Dijon, France–Maybe it was Paris’ hunchback of Notre Dame that got people thinking about the gargoyles. Whatever the reason, it’s not enough to just look at sights in France at street level anymore. This is especially true in Dijon, a medieval city that is the start of burgundy wine country. Look up at the Notre […]
  • Chicago Lakeshore Biking Southside Style

    TheRoadScholar
    1 Jun 2014 | 2:14 pm
      Chicago, IL–On a beautiful sunny Chicago weekend, lots of people bike parts of the 18.5 mile Chicago Lakefront Trail. If you want to avoid the crowds that jam the north end of the trail, head south from Museum Campus. The trail winds through trees and prairie to the South Shore Cultural Center at Jackson […]
  • Having a Chicago Field (Museum) Day

    TheRoadScholar
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    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 to its current site at 1400 S. Lake Shore […]
  • Snowshoeing at Chicago’s Northerly Island

    TheRoadScholar
    10 Feb 2014 | 12:02 pm
    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 along the lake. Rentals are available for $5 […]
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  • MGR Memorial Chennai wide angle photos

    Shrinidhi Hande
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    MGR memorial is a monument in Chennai, next to Marina beach, built in memory of former Chief Minister, MG Ramachandran.I had been to this memorial multiple times, but couldn't capture the memorial fully from bottom, due to limitations of the camera.Went there again today with GoPro and below are the results. I couldn't capture the monument fully, but the coverage is satisfactory. 
  • Pajero Sports Anniversary Edition Drive

    Shrinidhi Hande
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Having spent 4 consecutive weekends at home, this morning we went out to Marina beach in Chennai. I spotted a Pajero sport on display, with a sticker "Ask for a test drive." I did and rest is history!When I approached the person in charge for test drive, I wasn't very sure. Some of these premium car salesmen over time have developed a knack to weed out those who can't afford to buy a 30 lakh car. By looking at you they figure out if they should spend time explaining the car to you or you're not worth it. But this Pajero sport salesman readily agreed when I asked for a test drive. Without any…
  • Crystal Grill at Baiyoke Skyhotel- Dining at Bangkok's highest tower!

    Shrinidhi Hande
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    On our last night in Bangkok, we had dinner at Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok's highest tower.Baiyoke Sky Hotel has both accommodation rooms and few restaurants. There're multiple restaurants and bars in the hotel. We went to the restaurant named Crystal Grill on its 82nd floor. Dinner buffet costs about 700 baht per person- exact cost is not available on official website, derived from internet readings. (If all you want is a view, it might even be worth staying here for 2000 baht instead of buying dinner/lunch).I was thinking we might go directly to 82nd floor in an express elevator. But…
  • Felix River Kwai Resort, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

    Shrinidhi Hande
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Felix River Kwai is a luxury resort on the banks of historic river Kwai. It has over 255 rooms spread over 20 hectares (50 acres) of vast area. When we first went there, our bus too some circuitous path around Kanchanaburi and I couldn’t get its bearing- but later in the evening when we walked to River Kwai bridge, it was crystal cle Kwai Felix Resort is located behind the Chinese themed Buddhist temple that is located on the other side of River Kwai, near the famous bridge. We spent only one night at Felix River kwai resort, so we could explore only a little of its huge campus.
  • October 14 Memorial: Bangkok's Jalianwala bagh

    Shrinidhi Hande
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    October 14 Memorial is Bangkok's equivalent of Jalianwala Bagh.This monument is so close to other top places of tourist attraction- like Grand Palace, but regular tourists do not stop by here much, because their tourists buses won't stop here, though it is on the main road.On October 14, 1973, close to half million people took to the streets of Bangkok against the then ruling military regime. They were protesting against the arrest of some 13 student leaders and were demanding a democratic government.The peaceful protest reportedly turned chaotic when some military snipers from nearby…
 
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  • How To Afford That Gap Year You’ve Been Dreaming About

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

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

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

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Top European Destinations For Families When you’re choosing a holiday, there are lots of different factors that go into your decision-making process. Do you fancy a city break or jungle trekking? What about relaxing on the beach? Maybe you want to explore some foreign food and drink whilst learning a new language?   Of course, for families, there are a whole range of other considerations. Cost is always a pressing concern and if you’ve ever struggled with restless children on a plane, then you’ll know that a short flight time is…
  • Top 5 Gadgets For Aspiring Travel Writers

    aaron@happytimeblog.co.uk (Aaron "Danger" Bradford)
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Backpacking around the world HappytimeBlog | Top 5 Gadgets For Aspiring Travel WritersPhoto from Flickr by koalazymonkey Hands up if you’re reading this because you want to be a travel writer? Just about everybody, right? And why not, being paid to travel has got to be one of the ultimate dream jobs, and over the last couple of years it’s become a much more attainable dream for most of us. If you’re planning a trip abroad and want to try your hand at travel writing, check out these handy gadgets that will help you launch your fledgling career.   Smart Phone A lot of people decide…
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  • A Day Out in Portsmouth

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

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

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

    Andy Jarosz
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    When I mentioned that I was going to the Faroe Islands last week, several people immediately asked me: “Isn’t that the place where they kill whales?”. Others directly asked whether I would be reporting on the whale hunts. These tiny islands in the North Atlantic, blessed with stunning scenery and an incredible number of sea birds, suffer from an international image problem due to their centuries-old taste for whale meat and the manner in which they go about catching their favourite dish. The subject of whaling in the Faroe Islands has attracted much international…
  • 2014 – A Year of Birds

    Andy Jarosz
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Puffins, Farne Islands, Northumberland   It wasn’t meant to be like this. Neither of us have ever been particularly excited by bird watching, apart from the thrill of a rare and fleeting blue flash of a kingfisher on a walk in the country. And yet our travels in the first half of 2014 have been almost exclusively dominated by birds. Our first encounters came in January, when a trio of kingfishers decided to pose for the cameras in St Albans’ Verulamium Park. For a couple of months they were happy to fish in full view of an almost-constant crowd, as word got out that these…
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  • London's architectural beauties

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

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

    Jack
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    When many think of a holiday, they think of boarding a plane and jet setting abroad. However, what a number of holidaymakers forget is the fact that the UK is home to an abundance of stunning locations itself. The best part is that getting to them won’t break the bank either. Thanks to McCarthy and Stone we’ve got a number of special locations in England to share with you. Any one of these would make an amazing holiday while staying in the country this summer. The Cotswolds The Cotswolds is an area of quintessential boutiques, gentle hills and beautiful cottages. It’s just a…
  • Things to remember when getting a tattoo in Asia

    Jack
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    When you are traveling around Asia you will more than likely have encountered some wild places that you will want to remember for the rest of your life. Getting a tattoo can be the perfect way to capture those memories but there are a few risks which need to be considered before getting one done in a foreign country. Below we have highlighted a few points so you’ll have a better tattoo experience whilst in Asia, and not end up with a failed tat or worse infection etc. Research your tattoo options It is much the same as being at home do your research. Have a look online and see if the shop…
  • Top attractions when exploring Rotterdam

    Jack
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    You may consider Rotterdam to be Amsterdam’s boring, industrial, second cousin of a city. But that’d be since you haven’t visited this city yet, and seen its parks, restaurants, museums, or nightlife for yourself. Things to do in Rotterdam Arboretum Trompenburg Trompenburg is a large landscaped botanical garden in the heart of Rotterdam, perfect for recuperating after a hot day exploring the city. While the name goes back to the 11th century, the gardens were established in the 1950’s, and now has one of the best collections of trees, flowers and other plants in Europe. There’s a…
 
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  • What an Affordable Boutique on Spain’s San Jose Bay Looks Like…

    Jane Reynolds
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Step inside… The 32-room Hotel MC San Jose is a chic boutique (NEW on Oyster) with stylish details and plenty of friendly warmth and personality from the small staff. A pretty selection of cacti, palms, and shrubs makes the entrance to the hotel even more inviting, and it backs onto a cheerful garden, full of greenery, trees, and blossoming flowers. The interior is cheerful, too. Shiny tile floors, comfy white couches, and funky lighting make for a pleasant lobby. Thoughtful details include unique sculptures, colorful modern art on the walls, potted plants, and magazines and…
  • Room With A View: 13 Hotels With Incredible Vistas

    Alex Creange
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether it’s overlooking a beach, set in the middle of a desert, across the water from a lit-up metropolis, or tucked away on a remote and picturesque hillside somewhere, there’s nothing quite like a hotel with amazing views. This is why we’ve trekked from coast to coast seeking out the best views this country has to offer (tough work, but someone’s got to do it). Here are 13 of our favorite spots with breathtaking vistas. St. Regis Princeville, Kauai The St. Regis Princeville is rumored to be Hawaii’s most impressive beach resort…and after our stay here, we…
  • London Fashion Week: Where to See and Be Seen

    Jane Reynolds
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    New York Fashion Week may have come have to a close, but don’t fret — London Fashion Week has just arrived. And with hot U.K. labels like Stella McCartney, Temperley London, and Burberry Prorsum, we know that the catwalk will be just as innovative across the pond as it was here in New York. Plus, tons of celebs, models, and designers will be out and about in their finest fashions. (Duh.) They’ll be hitting up the hottest restaurants, bars, and clubs in the city — so get ahead of the curve and check out the see-and-be-seen spots in London for the fashion elite.
  • Adorable Hotels on America’s Main Streets

    Katherine Alex Beaven
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    With everything that’s going on in the world today, it’s nice to occasionally be reminded that simple things do exist — and they’re what counts, right? So sometimes a holiday in the big city surrounded by tall buildings, swarms of people, and a constant cacophony — while invigorating — doesn’t quite match the mold in mind for your relaxing getaway. Cue: a visit to America’s Main Streets — the cute and quaint places that remind us of our roots and that it’s perfectly okay to spend the day sipping lemonade from a rocking chair (after…
  • Furry and Feathered Friends: 8 Hotels with Permanent Pet Residents

    Lara Grant
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    The post originally appeared on Yahoo! Travel. Ever been to a hotel that has full-time residents? No, we’re not talking about celebrities or Eloise, but rather residents of the furry or feathered variety that act as mascots at various properties. These domesticated residents often greet guests upon arrival, and can be seen wandering around the lobby or grounds. Whether it be two friendly St. Bernards or a white Birman cat, these animals are more like hotel staff than pets, but they prefer petting to tipping. So if you have to leave your pooch or kitten at home while traveling, you can…
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  • 10 Magnificent Healing Hot Springs and Waterfalls of the Philippines

    Guest Author
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    The Philippines are truly the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ with hundreds of bodies of water within the archipelago. Hot springs and waterfalls are just two of the frequently visited spots in the country. Here you'll find a centuries-old concept of hydrotherapy and the healing powers of hot springs. The majority of the locals strongly believe that hot springs have therapeutic abilities, and we have to agree. The soothing sound of waterfalls, too, can calm the senses. Below are some of the most famous and truly beautiful hot springs and waterfalls well worth a visit.The post 10 Magnificent Healing…
  • Best Dive Sites in Hawaii – Top Places To Take The Plunge

    Guest Contributor
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    Hawaii is a diver’s ultimate dream come true. From the Big Island to Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Kauai, meet a group of exquisite and beautifully-lush islands with no requirement of a passport to travel to for US citizens. With a perfect geographical location of 2500 miles from the closest continental landmass, it is one of the world’s most remote Archipelagos. This isolation from the rest of the world could only mean one thing: you get to share the sea with endemic and rare species. Some of the top scuba sites you will not want to miss out in your scuba trip include:The post Best Dive Sites…
  • Travel Games For Kids – Perfect For That Rainy Day At The Campsite

    Guest Author
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s all fun and games when the sun is out, but when the weather starts being difficult the trip becomes much more of a challenge. It’s always a good idea to pack some cheap materials for arts and crafts activities (such as some thread for friendship bracelet making) as well as a few card games like Uno or Happy Families. However, if you’ve exhausted your imagination then it might be time to introduce some new interactive games that don’t require any resources at all. Here’s a list of the top ten rainy-day campsite games to keep everyone entertained.The post Travel Games For Kids…
  • Harvesting The Fall Bounty At Apple Orchard Bed and Breakfast Inns

    Guest Author
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Fall is right around the corner. Soon warm summer breezes will give way to crisp autumn air and the season’s harvest will reach its peak, yielding delicious fresh produce. BnBFinder has paired exceptional orchard destinations with beautiful bed & breakfasts and inns to create unforgettable autumn getaways. So take advantage of the small window of time for leaf-peeping and apple-picking this fall and visit some of these outstanding local farms.The post Harvesting The Fall Bounty At Apple Orchard Bed and Breakfast Inns appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
  • Best Road Trips Inspired By Great Movies

    Susan Kohlback
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    According to research done by the insurance firm Endsleigh, almost a third of students list a road trip across North America as their dream destination, no doubt this has been inspired by one of many great road trip movies. Not only do road trip movies show entertaining stories against an ever changing backdrop, but they introduce us to a range of iconic landscapes, and local characters along the way.The post Best Road Trips Inspired By Great Movies appeared first on Wicked Good Travel Tips.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-14-2014

    Ramona
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    You can say no and smile when you have a bigger yes burning inside you. (Unknown) — You need the no to make space for yes! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-14-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-13-2014

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    13 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Education is what remains after forgetting everything learned in school. (A. Einstein) — The best teacher is always life! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-13-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-12-2014

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    12 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    People who succeed look for the circumstances they want. If they can't find them, they make them. (G. Shaw) — No excuses! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-12-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-11-2014

    Ramona
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. (D. Parton) — Do you know how to tie a spiritual sheepshank? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-11-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-10-2014

    Ramona
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you want something to happen, you have to make space for it. (David Campbell) — Clutter kills opportunity. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-10-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-14-2014

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    14 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    You can say no and smile when you have a bigger yes burning inside you. (Unknown) — You need the no to make space for yes! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-14-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-13-2014

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    13 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Education is what remains after forgetting everything learned in school. (A. Einstein) — The best teacher is always life! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-13-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-12-2014

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    12 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    People who succeed look for the circumstances they want. If they can't find them, they make them. (G. Shaw) — No excuses! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-12-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-11-2014

    Ramona
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. (D. Parton) — Do you know how to tie a spiritual sheepshank? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-11-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-10-2014

    Ramona
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you want something to happen, you have to make space for it. (David Campbell) — Clutter kills opportunity. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-10-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • Pin-Up Live! Join Us Wed. (8/27) on #Pinterest to Talk Travel with @ExOfficio

    Randy Kalp
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Holy cow, I can’t believe Labor Day is almost here! How is everyone’s summer going? Wait, before you answer, why not join us and AFAR this week in welcoming ExOfficio, the makers of truly awesome adventure travel clothing and gear, to Pin-Up Live! We’re going to be sharing summer tales and talking about gearing up for adventure. We’d love it if you stopped by and chatted with us.To spread some extra summer love, ExOfficio will be giving three lucky participants at the chat $100 gift certificates to spend at ExOfficio.com. I don’t know about you, but I could…
  • Discovering North County San Diego’s Best Skateparks with a Kia Soul

    Randy Kalp
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    It’s hard to imagine now, but there was time–approximately 15 years or so ago–when San Diego didn’t have the concrete skateparks it has today.The skate culture was there; it always has been. And in 1999, an unlikely city stepped up. Vista built the first modern day public concrete park in the county. The off-white slab featured light transitions, street elements–handrails, boxes, stairs, etc.–and fairly smooth concrete. While it is a far cry from what can be found in the city today, the park laid the foundation for what was to come. Plus, I had never seen…
  • Southern Oregon in 16 Snapshots: Medford to Crater Lake and All Points in Between

    Randy Kalp
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Touching down in the former logging town of Medford, we weren’t entirely sure what we’d find in southern Oregon. Despite being just 20 miles from the California border, we had crossed an invisible line of demarcation into the fabled Pacific Northwest.In the early days of our relationship in San Diego, Beth and I had talked about traveling up the coast to Oregon but never got chance to make the trip. At that time, the furthest we made it was the San Francisco Bay. I guess then it is only fitting that our first trip north of the Golden State started just across the border.I’ve…
  • 2 Days of Peace, Beats and Love at the PITCH Festival in Amsterdam

    Randy Kalp
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:25 am
    We were in Amsterdam to cover the PITCH Festival (July 4 – 5) for Must Love Festivals, so with that in mind, and a busy work schedule, we didn’t get to play tourist a whole lot, beyond doing some lazy laps around the red light district, where we attended a €2 peep show and had the unfortunate luck of seeing another man’s vinegar strokes, and getting lost in the sunny shadows of golden-age canal houses.Our journey to Amsterdam marked the first time we traveled outside of the United States for a festival. And, I have to say,  it was super cool! It added a whole different…
  • Where to Snack, Sleep and Smoke in Amsterdam

    Randy Kalp
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    One of the great things about life is second chances. A second chance to get a better grade in school, a second chance at love, a second chance with your career, a second chance to say “I Love You,” and for us, as travelers, a second chance to see a city again.Beth and I got a second chance with Amsterdam last month. She was a mistress who just didn’t move us the first time around. But when we joined the Must Love Festivals project, we had a chance to revisit the city for the PITCH Festival, a progressive electric musical event, and we went for it with an open mind.SleepWe arrived in…
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    Heather on her travels blog

  • Is Copenhagen really that expensive? 4 myth-busting ways to stay on budget

    Heather Cowper
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:13 am
    I’ve visited Copenhagen four times now and one of the questions I always get asked is “Did you find it expensive?” While Scandinavia in general has a reputation for being expensive, the joke among the Danes is “If you think it’s expensive here, wait until you get to Norway!” and the Icelanders consider Copenhagen a cheap weekend break destination, so I guess it’s all relative. On our recent family holiday in Copenhagen I found that while certain things, notably eating out, are indeed pricy, others are quite affordable and there are ways to keep the…
  • Join me on a gourmet adventure in South Tyrol

    Heather Cowper
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    This weekend I’m heading off to South Tyrol in northern Italy (not to be confused with North Tyrol which is in Austria). I’ve heard that the landscapes are stunning in this region which borders Austria and Switzerland and has a fusion of cultures since it was part of Austria until 1919 and also has its own Ladin dialect. German is as widely spoken here as Italian and every town has both a German and an Italian place name so I’m expecting to find a combination of Germanic efficiency and Italian joie-de-vivre. Since I completed the Tour de Mont Blanc last September the…
  • Roadtrip adventures – see the Mediterranean by car!

    Guest Author
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    If you have holidayed in Europe then the likelihood is that you’ve visited the Mediterranean Coast. Stretching from the south coast of Spain to sun soaked Cyprus, the Mediterranean coastline encompasses some of the most beautiful parts of Europe. But if you only explore it one beach at a time can you really say you’ve seen it in its full glory? With dazzling stretches of shoreline road and cliff top views, why not take to four wheels and explore one of these fantastic routes: Port of Cassis in France Cassis to La Ciotat, France At just 12 miles long, this short but sweet jaunt hugs the…
  • Cruising the Mediterranean on MSC Splendida? – here’s what you need to know

    Heather Cowper
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I’m relatively new to cruising so my week’s cruise in the Mediterranean with MSC Cruises was a very enjoyable way of learning what cruising’s all about and how to get the most from this kind of holiday. I’ve realised that, just as there is a style of hotel or resort to suit each person’s taste and budget, every cruise line and cruise ship brings a different flavour, so it’s important to research carefully before you book your cruise. We had a wonderful week with MSC Cruises and if you’re thinking of booking or have already booked on MSC Splendida,…
  • 6 things the English girls get SO wrong on the beach in Greece!

    Heather Cowper
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    On the Greek island of Zakynthos I’ve been enjoying plenty of beach time while on holiday, hanging out with my daughter, my Greek niece and her friends. From behind my (designer) sunglasses I’ve been observing Greek beach etiquette and realising how different it is from a British day out at the seaside. The stylish Greek girls laugh at the English holiday-makers who get it wrong in every way on the beach, so if you want to blend in with the cool crowd on the beach, here’s where you need to know; On Dafni beach in Zakynthos, Greece 1. Don’t think that the beach is free If…
 
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    Trekaroo

  • A Family-Friendly Tour of the Eastern Sierras

    Kristine Dworkin
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Geological wonder, rustic wilderness, wide open plains, and varied topographies, that’s just the beginning of what’s awaiting your family in California’s Eastern Sierras. Native Americans flourished here in the shadow of the majestic mountain range, and in the wake of discovering gold, rough and tumble outposts took root on its landscapes filling it with settlers hoping to strike it rich. Telltale signs of these histories still exist today as do many of the still tiny towns waiting for a curious and adventurous family to come explore them. Bridgeport’s Small Town Charm Once known as…
  • Top 10 Things for Families To Do in Sacramento

    Tina Buell
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
      I was a kid when I moved to Sacramento, and now I’m raising a child here. I’d say that gives me a well-rounded perspective of the city some call “Cow Town.” But I’m not even sure how the city earned that nickname. Was this land once full of cattle? Where are they now? Though Sacramento has embraced its nickname and even hosts the Cow Town Marathon, don’t be fooled by the misnomer. There’s plenty of fun to be found in this cowless Cow Town that also happens to be the political center of the state. So without further ado, here are my top picks for families to experience…
  • California Coast Road Trip: Baseball, Basilicas, & Breweries

    Janel Murray
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    Due to my husband’s limited and unpredictable vacation schedule, we knew we had to make our week off together both unforgettable and enjoyable for each member of our family. To hit all of these bases, we came up with a road trip titled “Baseball, Basilicas, and Breweries.” Yep, we are that geeky that we title our family road trips before they happen. We planned our trip to begin in San Diego and go up the California Coast to Sonoma County, while including a fourth grade history lesson of the California Missions, and enjoying a nice brewery here or there. Our stipulations included that…
  • Video Spotlight: What’s New on the Trekaroo YouTube Page

    Katie Bodell
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    If a picture says a thousand words, then a video can speak an entire book’s worth of information. We’ve got so much happening that we wanted to spotlight a few of our most recent video additions. We hope that you’ll subscribe to our Trekaroo YouTube page; we’re adding great content on a regular basis. Video: Cooking with kids at the Ritz Carlton Explore the family fun of your very own Chef-taught cooking class with the Fresh Market Package at the Ritz Carlton, Cleveland. Video: California Baseball, Basilicas, and Breweries Think you’ve done everything up and…
  • Atlanta Off The Beaten Path: Where Nature and Art Collide

    Lesli Peterson
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta History Center, Stone Mountain; there are a wealth of fun, educational places to visit in Atlanta that consistently make the “Top 10″ list for good reason. My family and I are regular visitors to the city’s staples, but some lesser-known parts of Atlanta should not be missed. Atlanta off the beaten path includes the natural beauty of the city with towering trees and landscapes galore. In many places around the city, these outdoor wonders are highlighted by an artistic, human touch. Here is a collection of our family favorites where nature and art…
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    The Mom Maven

  • 5 Ingredient Weeknight Meals Cookbook Review and Tostada Recipe

    Cindy Schultz
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”I love reviewing cookbooks because I enjoy finding new recipes my family will enjoy. I was excited to receive Southern Living…
  • HERO DVD Review and Giveaway

    Cindy Schultz
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    I am so glad that my PR person with Edify Media sent  me a link to the movie trailer along with the description of this movie. I probably would have passed on this film because I have seen several baseball themed “inspirational” movies recently and as much as I love baseball and a good message, I am growing weary of the format. That being said, I watched this trailer and wanted to see the movie. About Hero From producers of Alone Yet Not Alone, comes a heartfelt movie about legendary small town baseball coach, Joe Finn (Burgess Jenkins, Remember the Titans, Nashville, The…
  • Tech Armor Giveaway

    Cindy Schultz
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”It is mid-September everyone is back to school and we are knee deep in the bust fall season. Did you or your child get a new iPhone 5 or 5s to help stay connected…
  • Choosing Your Wedding Invitations

    Cindy Schultz
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Wedding stationery should comprise about 3% of your wedding budget, For Aaron & Summer’s wedding, that is $120. When the kids first got engaged and I started our wedding Pinterest board, I had pinned an invitation that I loved. It was the right color and I felt, a good representation of the couple. I had to do a lot of searching to find the cost of that invitation and in my searching I found out for the 65 invitations we needed, it would cost us over $900 for these invitations!! Of course, there was no way that was going to happen, so we looked elsewhere. Along the way we found a…
  • Win It Wednesday 9-10-14

    Cindy Schultz
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I know I already shared my Night of Joy Recap with you. I thought I’d share a few photos from that night that didn’t make it into my post. The Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky Rules 1. Make sure the link is to the giveaway post, not the home page of your blog. Links to home pages will be deleted. 2. Put the end date in the title of your giveaway. 3. Link to an image of the prize, not your blog button. 4. If you post a giveaway enter at least one giveaway someone else posted. This is just one way to play nice with others 5. Please add the Win It Wednesday badge (you can find it in…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Travel

  • The top attractions in Ahmedabad

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

    Gautam
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    Ramoji Film City Going behind the movie scenes can be one of the most thrilling experiences—especially for kids—and a visit to Ramoji Film City exceeds all expectations. Located about half an hour from the city centre, it will transport them to a world of make-believe and give them a peek into the world of films. Rock walks Take your little ones on an easy trek to the rocky outskirts of the city—it’s a great way to engage them with their natural surroundings—and they’ll even learn a thing or two about the history of the Deccan plateau and the origins of Hyderabad while…
  • Goa’s most romantic experiences

    Gautam
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    Walking past centuries-old cathedrals in Old Goa, sipping wine at a candle-lit seaside restaurant, admiring gorgeous sunsets at a beach or just relaxing in your luxurious resort—there are a multitude of places to visit in Goa for couples. A magnet for honeymooners, Goa is popular not only because of its sunny beaches but also on account of its cheerful and relaxed vibe, old Portuguese-style buildings, buzzing nightlife and an array of fancy resorts and wellness centres that will pamper you and your significant other extensively. Here’s your guide to Goa’s most romantic…
  • Amritsar street food that will make your mouth water

    Gautam
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    A visit to Amritsar invariably includes two things—paying your respects at the Golden Temple, and gorging on all the delicacies the city dishes up. The locals here love their street food, and the city is swarming with street-side vendors selling the freshest, hottest and richest versions of everything from a refreshing glass of lassi and sugary, sweet halwa, to buttery paranthas and spicy gravy. Here’s out list of rich Punjabi delicacies in all their fatty splendour—so get your hands dirty, and eat to your heart’s content. You’ll probably pack on a couple of extra kilos,…
  • 4 offbeat summer getaways in India

    Gautam
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Come summer, and the mountains beckon with crisp air, breathtaking views and a gentler pace of life. This vision of bucolic bliss is rudely decimated by the reality of traffic snarls and throngs of similar-minded visitors who flock to the hills every year. This year, evade the tourist juggernaut and escape to less-frequented locales which still manage to slip under the radar. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a gastronome, a culture buff or an ardent bird-watcher, these four unspoilt destinations are an ideal foil to the summer heat, and the madding crowd. Monastery circuit in…
 
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    Brendan's Adventures

  • Photography Packing Guide for Iceland

    Brendan van Son
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    The day has nearly arrived for me to leave on my week long adventure in Iceland.  Thus, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to show you the photography gear that I’ll be packing for that trip.  Now, it’s also worth mentioning that as a permanent traveller, I am actually packing all my [...]
  • Getting the Shot in Bern, Switzerland

    Brendan van Son
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    As a travel photographer, going through some of your old work is a bit painful at times.  Like any trade, art, or skill, with photography, you’re always improving.  It often means that looking back, well you find some gems some times, you also find images that you were once proud of and now think are [...]
  • The Best Tripod for Travel? Reviewing the 3 Legged Thing Brian

    Brendan van Son
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    The one part of my gear that I’ve always kind of compromised on has been my travel tripod.  Now, I know that most photographers will always say that your tripod should come first above all gear.  But the truth is, it’s always something I’ve worked around.  It’s also something that I’ve hated that I’ve had [...]
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    WanderingTrader: Travel Blog. Living Overseas. Day Trading.

  • WT008: Dominating YouTube & Eating His Way Around The World – Mark Wiens of Migrationology

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

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

    Marcello
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The best things to do in Peru definitely include activities outside of Machu Picchu.  The top tourist attractions in Peru include everything from surfing, the Amazon rainforest, and even exploring Lima’s cuisine. Peru used to be one of the most backward countries in Latin America. Bolivia and Peru were two peas in a pod in that respect. Peru, unlike Bolivia, has recently turned the corner and it is beginning to become of the most prosperous nations in the region.  Tourists no longer visit Peru for just Machu Picchu. It is still one of the cheapest countries in South America with very…
  • WT007: Keith Savage – When Your Plan Doesn’t Go According To Plan, Adapt and Keep Going.

    Marcello
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    What happens when your big plan doesn’t work out like you’d hoped? You adapt. Keith Savage of Traveling-savage.com knows this particular feeling well. About 4 years ago he decided to quit his job to become a travel blogger. He built his savings for a year. Came up with a plan to visit 8 different countries. And started to immerse himself in the local culture. So he set off on his journey, only to realize that it wasn’t going to work out as he’d hoped. His first country was Argentina, and the limitations of language stopped him from being able to go as deep into the…
  • WT006: David Lee – How Born Introverts Can Build Empires Too, Strengthen Your Weaknesses By Building A Solid Team, and More.

    Marcello
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Through my time as an entrepreneur I’ve met a lot of people who want this kind of lifestyle, but don’t consider themselves the “type of person” who can get into it. They wouldn’t list “Business Savy” under a list of personal traits. They don’t know where to begin. They aren’t extroverted. David Lee was none of those things. An introvert stuck in the rat race, David was shaken out of his lifestyle when a sudden layoff forced him to take a close look at his values. He decided it was time to focus on experiences he wanted, rather than stuff he didn’t…
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    逆援交案内サイト

  • チェックしてみましょう

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    、なかなかイケメンのカワイイ男のコ。出会い系サイトについていろいろと知識を深め出会 アプリ line 無料この権力関係をう まく利用して、 あと、出会い系サイトはより使いやすく、 何せ会員登録制のサイトだから、 、こんなに綺麗な人とメールできるのか」 「うまくいけば交際も……」 そう思わせることで登録を促し、返信を待ったりしても、その期限が近づくと…
  • きれいな女性とやり取りをしたいものです

    admin
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    女性が仕事として、 もし、 ノンアダルトよりもサービス幅が豊富であり、 なんでも、 わざわざ会うリスクや不安がないので、人妻専門、 そんな、 ただ、最近では少しずつ性欲が落ちてきたようで、IDとパスワードさえ覚えていればどこからでも楽しむ事が出きるのです。 応募するなら、その超えた分も給料になるので、それが刺激の根源でもありますので、 そうっとコスプレの方向に導いてみてください。…
  • 異性と出会うことです

    admin
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    成功手数料ではないので、そしてこの過程では相手がホモだとは分かりません。 、その月はサービスが使い放題となります。 、
  • 大変舞い上がって喜んでいる事でしょう

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    出会い系で大金持ちの女性に会って毎月百万円貰って外車も買って貰ったという投稿に大勢のコメントがついて話題になったのです。 しかし、一切声を上げずに、 また女性の「画像」がすごく可愛くても、一体有料サイトの良い点は何だろうかと思われている人々がいると思います。フリーメールのアドレスで登録できることも人気の要因になっています。…
  • ここでは紹介していきましょう

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    、せフレ募集掲示板の利用者の中では、料金が発生しているのです。遠ざけることもできるけれど、写真とは違う雰囲気の、オフ会の誘いが来て援助こうさい 掲示板理想のタイプを書いておいても良いですし、送られてきたWEBカメラを自室にセットして、自分でもびっくりしていますが、、出会いのために必要なのは自分がプロフィールを閲覧して、…
 
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    Spot Cool Stuff: Travel

  • Plane Spotting, Caribbean-Style

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Ah, to be on a beach in the Caribbean. The sun. The sand. The clear blue waters. The roar of airplanes. The smell of engine fuel. The danger of jet blasts. There can be a fine line between a travel experience that’s cool and one that is perilous. At Mahó beach, on the Dutch side of the island of St. Maarten’s, that line is about 12 meters wide. That’s the distance between the vacationers on the beach and the start of the main runway at Princess Juliana International Airport. There are, of course, many airports with parks and observation decks close to their runways. Hamburg…
  • Guten Tag, Treehouse Hotel

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Ever since we published our selection of places that resemble a Dr. Seuss illustration we’ve regretted leaving certain hotels off our list. Like this one: the funky, arboreal Baumhaus Hotel in Neißeaue, Germany. Baumhaus is a sort of woodsy-themed adventure park with eight different treehouses that can be rented for the night. Each treehouse is multistoried, each is perched 8 to 10 meters (26 to 33 feet) above the ground and accommodates 4 to 6 people. Rates include breakfast and use of the adventure park grounds. This being Germany, every treehouse also includes a beer-filled mini…
  • 5 In-America-Only Cultural Travel Activities

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    A joke we overheard in a coffee shop in Italy: Question: What’s the difference between yogurt and the United States of America? Answer: Yogurt has culture. Okay, maybe that’s a little funny. The problem is, it isn’t true. The United States is full of culture. It isn’t as gourmet as, say, Italy. Nor is it as old as China or as enveloping as India, or as snobby as France. But it most certainly is there. American culture is diverse, interesting, and, we’d argue, it’s one of the most fun national cultures on the planet. Want proof? Below is our recommendation…
  • Nantucket’s Historic, Modern Bed and Breakfast

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    Next to the reception desk of The Veranda House on Nantucket Island there’s a large photo from the 1880s of the bed and breakfast. It shows well-heeled guests hanging out on the namesake verandas, admiring the view of the historic town center and the waters of the Nantucket Sound beyond. Since that photo was taken the fashions have changed. The quality of photographs has greatly improved. But guests today still hang out on those same verandas. They still enjoy the view of the town and the water. They are still drawn to the iconic lodgings by its history. The Veranda House, after all,…
  • See, Swim With Penguins (Not in Antarctica)

    Spot Cool Travel Stuff
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    Is it possible to dislike penguins? There’s something universally adorable about them. Maybe it’s their waddling. Or their tuxedo outfits. Or how they are portrayed in popular culture, as in the wonderful March of the Penguins documentary. Most penguin stories, including March, take place in Antarctica. However there are several other places on the planet to see wild penguins. At a few of those you can hop in the water and swim along side these friendly, feathered creatures. Here’s a look at our favorite: Boulder’s Beach (near Cape Town), South Africa…
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    Vino Con Vista Italy Travel Guides and Events

  • Chicago’s Guinness Oyster Festival 2014 in Roscoe Village

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    It’s time for the annual Guinness Oyster Festival in Roscoe Village at Damen and Roscoe in Chicago. They’ll be serving plenty of oysters served many ways including Oysters Rockefeller. Oysters Rockefeller as served at Galatoires of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Date: September 6, 2014 Time: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Roscoe Village (Damen & Roscoe) | Chicago View Map Beneficiary: Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce – Suggested Entrance Donation $7.00 Fresh oysters help kick off the unofficial start of autumn at this acclaimed festival in…
  • Taco Fest 2014 on Southport in Chicago

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    English: Tacos de carne (beef tacos) from Los Latinos Latin American restaurant (28 Mitchell Street) in Maidstone, a suburb in western Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Don Chow Tacos Ultimate LA Taco (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Get ready for the Taco Fest 2014 on Southport in Chicago! When: September 20-21, 2014 Where: Southport and Addison Try some ahi tuna tacos, rotisserie chicken tacos, Mongolian beef tacos and tequila shrimp tacos. WHERE: The festival will be on Southport between Addison and Newport. Saturday and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. Taco Website:…
  • Hideout Block Party in Chicago 2014

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    When: September 5-6 Where: The Hideout This year, check out the Hideout Annual Block Party 2014 in Chicago with acts ranging from Death Cab For Cutie, psych folk-freaks The War on Drugs, and legendary funk masters The Funky Meters.  Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com  Filed under: Italy Travel Guides Tagged: Annual Hideout Block Party in Chicago 2014, Hideout Block Party in Chicago 2014
  • Baconfest Chicago 2014: It Always Sells Out!

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Baconfest 2.0 (Photo credit: Gamma Man) Baconfest 2.0 (Photo credit: Gamma Man) Baconfest 2.0 (Photo credit: Gamma Man) Get your tickets for Baconfest Chicago 2014. It always sells out way in advance! WHEN: September 6, 2014 WHERE: Union Hall at the Train Station What is Baconfest? A tasting event featuring bacon dishes from the best chefs in the country. To celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts; they award the Golden Rasher Awards  as well as winners of Bacon arts poetry, video,and  song.  So grab a Baconfest: Guide to Bacon playbill and walk around. Since 2009, Baconfest has…
  • Historic Ukrainian Village Fest 2014 in Chicago

    www.vino-con-vista.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ukrainian Village, Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Make plans to attend the historic Ukrainian Village neighborhood festival 2014 with live music, costumed folk dance ensembles, a beer garden offering imported and domestic beer and ethnic arts & crafts. Dates: September 6 – 7, 2014 Hours: 1-10pm Neighborhood:  Ukrainian Village Address:  Oakley and Superior, Chicago, IL 60612 Cost: $5 Donation   St Volodymyr (Photo credit: [Duncan]) Admission: $5.00 Website: St. Volodymyr & Olha Ukranian Catholic Church Held in the…
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    Dog Jaunt

  • Reader’s report: Recommendation for English-speaking dog groomer in Paris

    Mary-Alice
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    You’ve met Ralph the Bichon a couple of times now, since his person Anne has kindly allowed me to post pictures from his trips to France. Anne was also the source of a really sensible travel ID tag solution involving an e-mail address that generates an automatic (and infinitely customizable) reply. This July, she wrote to me from Paris with a recommendation for a dog groomer she turned to when Ralph got a glob of gunk stuck in his paw. I’m glad to share her report with you, because finding a good groomer is as tricky as finding a good veterinarian (and in this case, it turns out,…
  • Tomales Bay, CA dog-friendly hotel and restaurant: Nick’s Cove

    Mary-Alice
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I was contacted by the folks at Nick’s Cove, asking if Chloe and I would like to visit and let Dog Jaunt readers know what we thought of the experience. I instantly said yes, but I felt a bit of a fraud, since Nick’s Cove has long been on my list of places to check out. Then again, it might have taken me awhile to get there: We have generous friends who live nearby, and chances are we would have continued to borrow their house, rather than going to a hotel, however appealing. So take this review with a grain of salt (our dinner, hotel stay, and breakfast were paid for by…
  • Reader’s report: Air-side pet relief area at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

    Mary-Alice
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    As you know from previous posts, the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has multiple pet relief areas. I’ve visited one of the areas serving Terminal D, and reader Giuliana shared info and pictures from one of the areas serving Terminal C (there’s another outdoor pet relief area at the southern end of Terminal C, and there’s one serving Terminal A — if you visit them, please report!). In addition to its outdoor pet relief areas, DFW is also one of the rare U.S. airports with a pet relief area on the air side of security — meaning that you don’t have to…
  • Reader’s report: Dog-friendly river cruises in Germany, Holland

    Mary-Alice
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    The fact is, it’s hard to find dog-friendly sailing/cruising opportunities, unless you own your own boat or can talk your way onto a friend’s boat. They exist, don’t despair (never despair!), but they’re rare. I list several in Bone Voyage, my book about dog travel — and isn’t it time you bought yourself a copy? — but this week I learned from reader Jenna that the German company 1AVista Reisen offers four different river cruises focusing on travelers with pet dogs (though guests without dogs are also welcome — “Selbstverständlich sind auch Gäste…
  • Reader’s report: Pet relief area at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) — Terminal C

    Mary-Alice
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Speaking of reader Giuliana (responsible for my last post about JetBlue’s recent pet policy change), it’s high time I passed on her report about the pet relief area at Dallas Fort Worth International’s (DFW) Terminal C. You may recall that I’ve located and written about two of the pet relief areas serving DFW’s Terminal D, but I didn’t have time to get to the other areas at Terminals A and C. I asked for reports from any of you passing through DFW, and Giuliana responded to the call. Thank goodness she did, because DFW’s website is very thin on…
 
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  • Roadside Attractions: World's Largest Axe

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Recently we interviewed Chandler O'Leary of the fantastic illustrated travel blog Drawn the Road Again. We are thrilled to be sharing a series of O'Leary's illustrations of roadside attractions, along with their place on Atlas Obscura, in a summer series.  The World's Largest Axe (illustrated by Chandler O'Leary/Drawn the Road Again) Up in Nackawic, Canada, a quiet little park has been pierced by the World's Largest Axe. Created in 1991, it commemorates the small town's appointment as the Forestry Capital of Canada, and stands at nearly 50 feet tall in a…
  • Dinosaurs and Damnation: The Horror of Buddhist Hell Temples

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Wat Pa Non Sawan (photograph by Chris Backe) Welcome to Buddhist hell. Between ghastly, oversized concrete statues, and a number of violent scenes, you'll quickly be asking yourself: "what's going on here?" Entering a Buddhist hell temple (also called a hell garden) means entering a dark side of the religion. In short order, you learn that in Buddhism, the punishment fits the crime. If you are caught stealing, you get your hands cut off. Alcoholics are made to drink hot oil, and adulterers are made to climb thorny trees. A rapist has his genitalia cut off or mutilated in some…
  • Burn It to the Ground: A Guide to the World's Best Fire Festivals

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    Why are people fascinated by fire? Candles, campfires, bonfires, and flickering flames seem to tap into a primal sense of safety. And if there's anything better than a small fire, it's a massive one, so why not throw a party for the occasion? Here we explore some of the best fire festivals around the world where that safety gets a little dangerous. Up Helly AaLerwick, Scotland Townspeople in full regalia (photograph by Mike Pennington) Up Helly Aa is Europe's biggest fire festival, and since the 1880s the festival has only been cancelled three times: Queen Victoria's death…
  • The Sticky, Cult, & Giant Shoe Secrets of Seattle's Pike Place Market

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Pike Place Market in 1968 (via Seattle Municipal Archives) The upstairs of Pike Place Market in Seattle bustles with tourists buying fresh produce and crafts, but the downstairs spills into something stranger, its walls honeycombed with shops that seem to exist in another space and time. Walking those corridors, catching glimpses of blue Puget Sound through dusty windows, it’s easy to think that nothing’s changed there for decades. And much of it hasn’t. The market as a whole is just shy of its 100th birthday: it was founded in August of 1907 by eight farmers determined to…
  • Geo-in-Residency Interactive #1: Atlas Obscura Kcy-ravan

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    From August to September, Eames Demetrios, Geographer-at-Large for Kcymaerxthaere, is serving as the Geographer-in-Residence at Atlas Obscura. Here he explores the lines between Kcymaerxthaere, a world parallel to our own, and Atlas Obscura. Since our communities enjoy finding wonder out in the world, Atlas Obscura and Kcymaerxthaere have a couple of public activities in mind for this Geographer-in-Residency. From the beginning, it seemed like a road trip would be a perfect Atlas Obscura event — especially since the story of the Tehachapi is so…
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  • Sagano Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Growing tall on the edges of Kyoto, the Sagano Bamboo Forest is a once tranquil nature spot that is now a series of tourist-packed pathways, but if one can escape the sounds of camera shutters and boorish visitors, they can hear the rustling, creaking, and swaying of one of Japan's governmentally recognized soundscapes. Only 30 minutes or so from the bustling Kyoto city center, the towering bamboo forest is an almost shocking contrast to the urbanity surrounding it. Wooden paths weave through the dense thicket of tall bamboo stalks that reach dozens of feet into the sky, creating a…
  • Avenue of the Baobabs in Menabe , Madagascar

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The dirt road linking Morondava and Belo Tsiribihina in Madagascar is framed by dozens of rare and ancient baobab trees creating a setting so beautiful and unique that it may become the country's first official natural monument. These giant trees, many of which are more than 800 years old with trunks that are over 150 feet around did not always stand alone. At one time the trees dotting the lane were part of a rich forest of the trees and other plants, but the encroachment of modern civilization and increasing populations in the area led to massive deforestation leaving the remaining…
  • Fort Saint Pieter in Maastricht, Netherlands

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Constructed in the 18th century to defend the strategically important city of Maastricht in the Netherlands, the Fort Saint Pieter is a fantastical looking hexagonal construction full of tunnels and caves that, while imposing, only ever saw a single battle. Built in what was once known as the "Iron City," thanks to its impenetrable defenses that lasted through multiple attacks on its strategic position, the fort was the answer to one of the attacks that broke the famous line. It was in 1673 that the French forces of Louis the XIV breached the walls of Maastricht on roughly the exact spot that…
  • Ursula Island in Palawan, Philippines

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A bird sanctuary with pristine white sand and not a beach resort in sight, Ursula Island is a small island located offshore from the municipality of Bataraza, in the Philippines that invites you to its shores, but forbids you from going any further. Although the Philippines is known for more famous white sand beaches such as Boracay, El Nido, and Pagudpud, there are some white sand beaches like Ursula Island which had been left free from resorts in order to protect the rare birds (mainly varieties of pigeons) which live within the tiny thatch of marshy woods in the center of the island. In…
  • The Wreck of the Mary D. Hume in Gold Beach, Oregon

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With 97 years of active service, The Mary D. Hume still holds the record for longest serving vessel of the Pacific Coast, and her retirement continues to this day as she slowly rots away near an Oregon beach. Built in 1881 by Mr. R. D. Hume of Astoria, Oregon, the vessel Hume was named after his wife. The Mary Duncan Hume spent her first ten years hauling goods from Oregon to San Fransisco. Purchased in 1889 by Pacific Whaling Co., the vessel spent the ten years following her sale as an Arctic whaling vessel and obtained a record catch of Baleen in a single 29 month voyage. Another of her…
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  • Nenad Mlinarevic teams up with Dom Pérignon

    Véronique
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    Swiss chef Nenad Mlinarevic is only 33 years old but he has surely worked his way up in the restaurant business. After years of dedication and passion for food, working full-time in restaurants like the Hotel Widder (Zurich), Hotel Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau) or Restaurant Mesa (Zurich) Nenad is now the head chef at the Restaurant Focus (Park Hotel Vitznau). Recently Nenad had […] The post Nenad Mlinarevic teams up with Dom Pérignon appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • “10. Zurich Film Festival: The Year of the Women”

    Véronique
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    145 productions / 49 debut works / 14 Swiss films A celebration of cinema. A celebration for all! 145 new productions from 29 countries: 49 debut works, 17 world premieres and a record number of Swiss productions await the public. All eyes will once again be on Zurich for eleven days starting September 25, and […] The post “10. Zurich Film Festival: The Year of the Women” appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • First Gourmet Festival at the Dolder Grand in Zurich: 18th-21st of September

    Véronique
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:09 am
    The Dolder Grand, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, is hosting its first gourmet festival next week. The festival called the EPICUCRE, will have 12 gourmet chefs from around the world, including 3 Michelin starred chefs. The head chef of the restaurant, Heiko Nieder, (2 Michelin stars & 18 Gault Millau Points) invited Benoît Violier (Hôtel […] The post First Gourmet Festival at the Dolder Grand in Zurich: 18th-21st of September appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Cate Blanchett, Benicio del Toro & Peter Lindbergh come to Zurich

    Véronique
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    The organizers of the Zurich Film Festival just announced that two Oscar winners, Australian actress Cate Blanchett and Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro will be at the 10th film festival starting on September 25th. Cate Blanchett will open an exclusive exhibition at the festival centre at the Sechseläutenplatz with the well-known German photographer, Peter Lindbergh. At the invitation of […] The post Cate Blanchett, Benicio del Toro & Peter Lindbergh come to Zurich appeared first on Vivamost!.
  • Launching of Dom Pérignon Rosé Paradox menu in Switzerland

    Véronique
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Just a few months after Italy and France the house Moët Hennessy launched their creative combustion’s menu with an exclusive press dinner last week. The evening took place in the restaurant Focus of the magnificent 5 star hotel, the Park Hotel Vitznau. Located on the lake of Lucerne, the hotel was recently awarded with the prestigious title […] The post Launching of Dom Pérignon Rosé Paradox menu in Switzerland appeared first on Vivamost!.
 
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  • The List: 11 Spectacular Spots for Taking in Fall Foliage

    Joy Pecknold
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    Summer is a swell season, but throwing on a cozy sweater, pouring some hot cocoa in a travel mug and meandering along a woodland trail lined with trees changing hues isn't so bad either. Hello, Fall. To make the transition easier, we say park yourself at a property where plenty of nature is on the doorstep—here are 11 we love, from New York to Norway.
  • The List: 11 Luxurious Hotels in the Heart of Wine Country

    Joy Pecknold
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    The harvest season brings with it an abundance of delicious things. Most delicious of all, we’d argue, are grapes, and we mean the grapes that metamorphose into wine. So delicious in fact, you should just plan a whole trip around red, white and rosé. Herein, your hit list, from Sonoma to South Africa.
  • Proust Travel Questionnaire: Anine Bing

    Joy Pecknold
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A member of the prestigious multihyphenate club, Anine Bing models, sings (her band is called Kill Your Darlings) and runs her own eponymous fashion line. The latter keeps her busiest these days, that and being a mom to two young children. How does she do it? Her answers to our Proust-inspired questionnaire, which she took on a recent visit to Vancouver's Holt Renfrew, offers some insight.
  • 10 Questions: Theresa Ginter, Nita Lake Lodge

    Joy Pecknold
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for some unique insight and perspective. This week, we talk to Theresa Ginter of Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler. Name one thing about your hotel that you haven’t told anyone else. We have a naughty beaver that lives in Nita Lake; he has […]
  • Trip Tips: 3 Stylish Dwellings for New York Fashion Week

    Robyn Yager
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    The Fashion Olympics (a.k.a. New York Fashion Week) is just a day away, and we’ve got the scoop on three fashionable hotels for last minute bookers. The Quin Previously the Buckingham Hotel, the Quin Hotel opened in the fall of 2013 with a new name and a new look. This hotel is located in the […]
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  • Lighting Up Berlin

    Charlie
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:54 am
    Berlin plays host to not one but two(!) festivals of light this October, guaranteed to brighten your view of the German capital with the days getting shorter. Festival of Lights Oct 10-19 The Festival of Lights transforms Berlin’s world famous landmarks, cultural monuments, historical buildings, streets and other locations including Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral and the radio tower through light. The projections and events are presented by many local and international lighting artists. Berlin Shines Oct 2-19 The 2nd illumination festival in October, Berlin Shines transforms many lesser…
  • The Best Central Europe Christmas Markets

    Charlie
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Mulled wine, cinnamon pastries, gingerbread, roasting chestnuts. The classic tastes of Christmas in Central & Eastern Europe, best experienced wrapped up warm as you stroll around one of the legendary Christmas markets that take place throughout the holiday season in cities across the region. Germany Germany’s Christmas markets usually start in the last week of November and run right up to Christmas Eve. Many Christmas traditions originated in Germany so it’s no surprise that these markets seem to conjure up all the imagery you anticipate from a European Christmas Market.
  • Prague’s Top 5 Breakfast Spots

    Charlie
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Although most of our guests visiting Prague choose to stay in a hotel, those who stay in apartments often ask us for breakfast recommendations. We’ve brought years of breakfasting experience to bear to come up with our top 5 breakfast spots (actually 6, as one of them has a couple of branches): Julius Meinl On the third floor of this ‘gourmet palace’ opened in December 2013 you’ll find a restaurant. We’ve not been there in the evening yet but have enjoyed their signature breakfast menu and at 295Kc (approx $15) we can state it is quite the feast. There are…
  • Meet with JayWay Travel in London and Athens

    Charlie
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    JayWay’s Marketing Manager, Charlie and company founder and CEO, Jay, will be at a couple of travel industry events in Europe this fall, so any of our guests, past and future, existing partners, potential suppliers, journalists, bloggers and travel agents who’d like to meet, please get in touch. TBEX Europe – Athens 23-25 October 2014 Charlie will be attending The Travel Bloggers Exchange conference in Athens and there for a day or so either side. We are keen to connect with travel bloggers, whether it’s just for a chat or to work out some ideas of possible…
  • Swords and Saucery in Dubrovnik

    Marija
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    We’ve just added two new activities to our Dubrovnik excursions line-up and we’re certain they’ll be big hits. Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour A private guide and GoT mega-fan will take you on a journey through TV’s King’s Landing, showing you where key scenes were shot and which elements of reality blended with the CGI to produce HBO’s blockbuster hit show, Game of Thrones. Even if you’re not a fan of the show this tour has plenty for the uninitiated as you will get an overview of the history of Dubrovnik and see the city’s most significant…
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  • From Bauhaus to Futurism: Berlin’s 20th Century Design Legacy

    Natalie Holmes
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:27 am
    Berlin has long been European testing ground for all kinds of art. From the beginning of the 20th century, when architecture was liberated from the rigid rules of stifling academies, the city was establishing itself as laboratory for a wide array of projects. From Le Corbusier’s clear lines to Renzo Piano’s intricately balanced mix of styles and bold ideas, contemporary architects transformed Berlin’s skyline into a diverse and internationally influential cityscape. Enjoy highlights from just some of the topics covered by our local experts during our new walking seminar, From…
  • Secrets of the Samurai: Five Surprising Facts

    Sophie
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Samurai during the Boshin War period (1860s), via Wikimedia Commons Earlier this year, we launched our new Kyoto family program, a scholar-led walking tour designed for families traveling with children under 12. There’s no better way to get the entire family engaged with Japanese history and culture than our World of the Warrior tour, which covers the culture, history, and spirit of the ancient samurai. To whet your appetite, which compiled a list of five intriguing secrets of the iconic samurai. Learn even more about Japan’s legendary warriors on our Kyoto family tour. 1. There…
  • Best Hotels on the Bosphorus for a Unique Stay in Istanbul

    Ezgi Memis
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    The Bosphorus is undoubtedly a key element in making Istanbul such a unique city. It is, of course, possible to enjoy the Bosphorus with a boat ride, but an even better option is to wake up to its amazing scenery. To pay homage to the spectacular view you might have from your terrace or window, one that has been Istanbul’s status symbol for centuries, we’ve put together our selection of the most architecturally interesting, historic and unique places to stay along this singular straight. Penthouse balcony of the House Hotel Bosphorus, photo courtesy of House Hotels The House Hotel…
  • Excursions from Paris: 5 Offbeat Things to Do in Lyon

    Lily Heise
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:18 am
    Being the second largest city in France, Lyon is surprisingly often overlooked by visitors to the Hexagon. However, it is overflowing with wonderful secrets for travelers looking for something a little different – distant from the crowds who opt for the standard Paris excursions to Versailles or Giverny. Located between Paris and the South of France and shadowed by the Alps, this UNESCO World Heritage and gastronomic city is a mere two hour journey from Paris by high-speed train, feasible as a day trip, such as our Context Lyon Excursion. Or if you’re exploring on your own,…
  • Best Tokyo Daytrips

    Sophie
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Mount Takao ©Nacho Tokyo is one of the world’s greatest cities, and this becomes readily apparent as you explore it on our scholar-led walking tours. After a few days of shopping and skyscraper-ogling, hop the train to see a different side of Japan. These are our top three Tokyo’s daytripsall under an hour from the city. MOUNT TAKAO Less than an hour from central Tokyo is a world away from the mad crush of people that fill every square meter of the city. Mount Takao is best known for its tranquil hiking trails, of which there are several leading to the nearly 600-meter summit.
 
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  • The Year I Walked Toward Love

    Ayngelina
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Without a doubt the most popular post on my site is The Year I Walked Away from Love. It was the first time I opened up and shared with people how difficult it was to end a relationship to travel. I hadn’t planned to write about the break-up but I was getting so many emails from people asking where to find the courage. I wanted to share that I wasn’t unusually brave. I was just a regular girl getting over heartbreak, crying on buses in Mexico…well actually most of Latin America but it would have made for a pretty bleak travel blog. I wrote that post four years ago I still…
  • Toss Out that Old Green Can of Parmesan

    Ayngelina
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    Modena, Italy Did you grow up in the 80s with that old green can of grated parmesan for your spaghetti? I did. It tasted like salty sawdust and no one got excited about it but what else are you going to put on your pasta? Oh how far we’ve come. We tossed the can and started spending lots of money on delicious cheese. And so I was so excited to come to Modena and learn how to make parmigiano reggiano cheese. Visiting Hombre Farm was particularly special because it’s an organic farm so while there are very strict rules to making parmigiano-reggiano in the region, they also comply…
  • Discovering Quaint Modena Italy

    Ayngelina
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    Modena Italy The first time I visited Italy was long before I had this site and I went for a few days alone just to eat. I just walked around and ate and then walked some more and ate. I didn’t go into any museums because what I wanted to see was in the streets and restaurants. I also didn’t feel rushed to see anything because I knew I would return. And I have. This is my fourth time. I’ve arrived in Modena to shoot some videos and discover the food of this little city. While it’s famous for its balsamic vinegar and being the home to Enzo Ferrari and Luciano…
  • How to Take an Italian Train

    Ayngelina
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Rome, Italy The best part about traveling Europe is taking the train. I far prefer taking a train and spending hours looking out the window than dealing with airports and lines – so much so that I took the train for 49 hours to get from Spain to Italy. That was a bit crazy. But the train is perfect for non-planners like me. Who may wake up one morning and decide they want to be in another town or even another country. But even I have been burned by taking the train. Like today. Today I landed in Rome to spend 3 weeks throughout Italy. My hope was to get a quick train straight to Modena…
  • Roy Choi’s Birria Recipe – Mexican Stew

    Ayngelina
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of my favourite things to do in the summer is sit out on our back patio and read. It can be dangerous because if I find a good book it means I forget that perhaps I also need to fit work into my day. When I picked up Roy Choi’s L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food I had no idea it capture my attention and leave me sunburnt from hours under the sun reading the story of his crazy life and the food that reflected his story. I had heard about Roy Choi years ago but didn’t know much about him other than that Korean taco guy but he piqued my curiosity on the last season on Top…
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  • Best travel videos around, volume 1

    Michael Hodson
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Over the past year or so, I’ve become really interested in videography. Videos can tell stories and evoke emotions that photos just can’t, and there’s something about watching a great video that is so satisfying. So I want to start sharing some of my favorite video finds with you from time to time. Let’s get started with Volume 1: Welcome to Doha Timelapse This video takes you on a journey through the city of Doha, Qatar. According to the video description, “We behold some of the most…
  • 5 reasons to visit the spectacular island of Formentera

    Guest Poster
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write Much like a pesky, under-developed second-born, the tiny Balearic island of Formentera hunches quietly beneath the bright, brazen shadow of its bigger sister, Ibiza, just off the coast of Spain. The smallest of the four main Balearic islands, Formentera’s understated, makeup-free existence is easy to overlook next to Ibiza’s array of spectacular restaurants, unique shops, and world renowned nightlife. With not even an airport marring its ancient surface, Formentera might as well be the redheaded stepchild of…
  • Insta-recap: August on Instagram

    Michael Hodson
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write I’ve been getting more into using Instagram lately (are you following me yet?), and I post a lot more of my own photos there than I do anywhere else online right now. So let’s do an Insta-recap of some of my best Instagram photos from the last month, in case you may have missed some of them. August on Instagram Touristy as it is, I’m actually a big fan of the London Eye. I’ve been up this giant Ferris wheel a couple times, and might go up again sometime. Budapest, Hungary, is one of my new…
  • This is what desert waterfalls can teach us about travel

    Syd Schulz
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write There is something wholly anticlimactic about being wet and cold in Moab, Utah. Especially if it happens shortly after a ten day trip to British Columbia, in which you were all but wringing rainwater out your underwear every morning. Photo: Sean Leader We drove 20 hours in search of heat. I joked that we were going to Moab to dry our laundry (spoiler: it’s still not dry). The first night we got our long-awaited desert weather — 90 degrees at midnight. Windswept rocks and dust devils coating our tent…
  • 5 spectacular things to do in Sabah, Borneo

    Guest Poster
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks for following and reading Overland Travel Adventures from Go, See, Write The very word Borneo conjures up images of lush forests, remote outposts and wildlife as it still exists in few places on earth. Rapid development threatens an environment which is both diverse and fragile as well as a traditional way of life fighting hard for survival. The Malaysian province of Sabah, known as the ‘Land Beneath the Wind’, sits at the top of the island of Borneo, the rest of which is occupied by Sarawak (also Malaysian), the Indonesian province of Kalimantan, and the tiny Sultanate of Brunei.
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  • Italian food you’re ordering wrong in Italy

    Heather
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Italian Food in Italy It’s like going to Philadelphia and ordering a “Philly cheese-steak” or asking for “French Fries” in Belgium. There are just certain things you shouldn’t do when ordering Italian food in Italy. They take their Italian food very, very seriously – from where you eat it to how you eat it and when. Ordering the wrong thing can be tantamount to a crime and cause people to gasp or shake their heads in disapproval. Nothing says “Hey I’m a tourist!” like ordering the wrong thing, the wrong way. I’ve been here for…
  • The Italian Secret: Look Up

    Heather
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    I don’t consider myself an art conoisseur. I can’t rhyme off any of Rembrandt’s or Picaso’s works and when you say Michalangelo the first thing I think of is the ninja turtle, not the artist. Still, when something is beautiful, I mean really, really beautiful, I feel it. I get the goosebumps. I drink it in with my eyes and then I feel as full as I do when I’ve eaten a great meal or read a great piece of writing. I’m always blown away by passion- in any form. In the incredible Palazzo Te in Mantua, Lombardia It makes Italy a good place for me. From the…
  • Viva Italia: Lombardy #Blogville Adventure will be filled with Pleasures

    Heather
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    The trip that came closest to living up to my ideal for a family trip with toddlers was the one I took to Italy in 2005. Bambinos get lots of attention in Italy, which means Mamas get lots of help My guys were only 11 months and 3 years old then. And though the trip wasn’t without its trials (a bottle of milk spilled in the backseat of a small car on a hot day i The post Viva Italia: Lombardy #Blogville Adventure will be filled with Pleasures appeared first on Globetrotting Mama.
  • Big News: Taking your Questions in National Geographic Traveler Magazine

    Heather
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Remember a few years ago when this happened: I do. It was an incredible honour to be named, alongside Ish and the boys, as a National Geographic Traveler Magazine “Traveler of the Year” for 2012. When that happened, we’d only been back from our whirlwind adventure for a few months and I have described it as feeling like “winning an Oscar and having it handed to you by George Clooney and Denzel Washington.” It felt that good. Globetrotting Mama, National Geographic Traveler of the Year Presentation Since then I’ve had the privilege of working with many…
  • Aeroplan Rewards: iFly Toronto

    Heather
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    Our ticket to ride! Thanks Aeroplan. Cameron is sitting in the front row of the safety briefing and though the instructor is in front of him, his eyes keep looking back a row at me. The smile he flashes is equal parts fear and excitement . It might surprise you to know that nerves aren’t uncommon in my family. We have done some amazing things over the last few years of travel but before each of them at least one of us has had a bit of an “uh-oh what have I got myself into” look on our face. This time it’s Cameron. I flash him a reassuring smile and his shoulders seem…
 
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    Family Rambling

  • Exploring Omaha Without a Car

    Jody Halsted
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    This trip was arranged in partnership with Megabus.com and Visit Omaha. I can’t even recall the last time I was in Omaha to visit. I think it may have been when I was a child and my parents took me to the zoo. So… let’s conservatively estimate it to have been about 30 years ago. It’s embarrassing to admit as Omaha is just over 2 hours from my home – definitely an easy weekend trip. Getting to Omaha Without a Car Obviously you can fly into Omaha, but our mode of transportation for this trip was Megabus. We have ridden Megabus to and from Chicago in the past,…
  • The Only Vacation Planning Tip You’ll Ever Need

    Jody Halsted
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    So, you’ve been scouring family travel blogs to find the perfect destination for your family. And you think you’ve found it. The place where your family vacation dreams will come true. But is it really a good fit for your family? How do you figure it out? The Best Vacation Planning Tip Ever Of course you can leave a comment on the blog post with questions – and the author will get back to you with as much information as they can. Or you can check review sites like Trip Advisor and Mini Time. But to really get a handle on a place from people who know it inside and out? ] You…
  • Welcome Back to the Hotel Pattee

    Jody Halsted
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    I’m willing to bet that the majority of Iowans – even those just 30 minutes away in Des Moines- don’t know about the Hotel Pattee. The hotel itself is the sole destination in the small town of Perry – and what a destination it is! The elegant rooms are themed to share pieces of Perry history. The richly appointed suite pictured above is the Louis Armstrong Suite – where the famed Jazz musician would stay when his schedule brought him to Des Moines. Closed for two years, the Hotel Pattee recently re-opened, and is – for the first time – owned by…
  • Using Stitch Fix for Conference Clothes

    Jody Halsted
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    A couple months ago I shared my experiences using Stitch Fix for travel clothes. After that ‘fix’, I scheduled my next one, for late July with my mind on clothes for two conferences, one in mid-August in Louisiana, the other in Atlanta in mid-September. I love that you can leave notes for your stylist when you schedule your fix. What I told her: I have a conference to attend in early August in Louisiana. It will be hot. It is a travel conference, so casual, nice, but not too business-y. It will be hot outside (tours) but AC inside (layers). Those notes, along with a very…
  • Always Planning the Next Adventure

    Jody Halsted
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Doug and I were relaxing outside the RV on the 4th of July when I casually mentioned that I had applied for a spot at a travel conference taking place in November. Since the conference is in Carlsbad, California, I was thinking it would be a great time to drive Route 66. In the RV. My thought process : the deserts won’t be too hot…  it’s just before Thanksgiving so Doug could likely join us for at least part of the trip… I could probably sneak in a trip to Disneyland, as a surprise for the girls (who have yet to visit either Disney). So Doug, supportive guy that he…
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    Chic Traveler

  • Video: Boozing It Up with Shakespeare

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    12 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Drunk Shakespeare is a society of actors in New York who perform the Bard’s work drunk. And they invite the audience to drink along with them.
  • Stay at the Palatial Boutique Hotel Mihir Garh

    Donna Sundblad
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mihir Garh, or “Fort of the Sun” as it is known, stands majestically like an opulent sandcastle in the Indian desert. This nine suite palatial boutique hotel has been named the most extraordinary place to stay by the editors of Lonely Planet. Oasis in the Thar Desert The Mihir Garh hotel reflects the lifestyle of […]
  • Video: Dream Vacations You Can Actually Afford

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    11 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
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  • Visit Ireland’s Old World Altamont Gardens

    Donna Sundblad
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Altamont Gardens is known as the most romantic garden in Ireland. This large old-world garden is Robinsonian in style and combines the informal tradition of combining a nice selection of plants to complement the natural landscape. Ranked as one of the top 10 Irish gardens, this one will whisk you back to a more tranquil […]
  • Video: How to Beat the Airline Price Bounce

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    10 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Airfares bounce up and down, often frustrating and angering travelers. But can you get a better price after you buy? WSJ’s columnist Scott McCartney joins Lunch Break with the answer.
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    TheExpeditioner Travel Site

  • Tunisia: This Is How You Want To Experience North Africa

    Matt Stabile
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
    If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting North Africa, but have had questions as to where to go given the — oh how should we say? — difficult political tensions that are prevalent throughout much of the region, than this video should help nudge you along the say. The answer seems to be Tunisia. Yes, Tunisia, that small spit of land nestled between Algeria and Libya that, from the looks of this video from Vimeo user Luca Miranda, seems to have it all: desert oases, groves of fig trees, ever-present Mediterranean sun, a unique culture and Saharan sand that stretches deep into the…
  • Top 10 Things To Do In Dublin

    Matt Stabile
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Dublin, capital of Ireland and UNESCO City of Literature, is the perfect blend of cosmopolitan and traditional Irish culture. It is a city of extravagant nightclubs, cozy teahouses, ancient ruins and relics, and a collision of music, theater and experimental art. Incredibly, travelers to the Emerald Isle oftentimes skip over Dublin in their eagerness to get to the picturesque countryside. And yes, the hills and the cliffs and the crumbling castles of the west coast should not be missed. But Dublin has enough character to merit a separate trip entirely. And while you probably have the staple…
  • Yonderbound Seeks To Redefine How You Plan Your Travels

    Matt Stabile
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Earlier this year I had the chance to meet the founders of Yonderbound, a travel marketplace created by three women who have more than 30 years of experience in travel and tourism between them, who have set out to create a new way to find deals on travel and to plan a trip. At their core, the team at Yonderbound believes that everyone should have the right to travel, and that experiencing more of the world helps us make it a better place. Who can argue with that philosophy? Yonderbound has more than 383,693 hotels in 192 countries to choose from, but that’s not all. Yonderbound allows…
  • Here’s What A Road Trip From Anchorage Looks Like

    Matt Stabile
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Here’s a great video from Vimeo user HappyPapaya taken from his (her?) trip to Chugach State Park, the stunningly beautiful, 495,000-acre state park located just south of Anchorage, Alaska, along the coastline. The westernmost boundary of the park is in the western foothills of the Chugach Mountain Range and, amazing, is a mere seven miles to the east of downtown Anchorage. The last time I checked, if you go seven miles from the downtown of pretty much any other major city in the U.S. you’re much more likely to run into a Panera than a brown bear. This, my friends, is Alaska.
  • A World Class Circus Rises From The Ruins In Cambodia

    Matt Stabile
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Phare, The Cambodian Circus, a story about how can creativity can rise from hardship and how some children in Cambodia have turned grit to brilliance I came to Siem Reap to teach last year, and after seeing a Phare show and being moved by their story, I decided to help spread the word about them by writing for their blog. Phare, pronounced “far,” is the one-year-old social enterprise of the arts organization Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), located three hours away in the city of Battambang. There, children from disadvantaged families come from all over town to get a free education, and if they…
 
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    Aaron's Worldwide Adventures

  • I’m Off on Another Adventure!

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

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

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

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

    Aaron
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    Have you ever wanted to drop everything and go on an adventure? I was excited to learn that Andrew Redlawsk, a friend of mine who is not from the travel blogging world, announced he was going to do just that. He’s setting off on a 5,000-mile cross-country road trip with 3 friends with a tent and a tight budget. And  he’s making a documentary about the experience, called JUST GOHe sat down with me for a few questions about the project. So what exactly is JUST GO all about? What we’re doing is setting out to make a film that proves adventure isn’t simply the province of those…
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  • 12 Fun Facts About Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

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

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

    Lydia Chicles
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    The stars have aligned and the timing is prime. And yes, I mean the timing is prime for this far out, contemporary band – Sidereal, a young and fresh Reggae/Pop Rock band based out of Jacksonville Beach, Fl. The group, gains its sounds due to inspirations from the likes of 311, Jack Johnson and Bob Marley, to say the least. The group consists of four members featuring Colin Paterson on vocals and guitar, Kevin Beaugrand on bass, Niko Costas on drums and Lukas Costas on sax, keyboard, vocals, ukulele and melodica. We here at The Orlando Blog received the opportunity to sit down and get…
  • Spend Less, Enjoy More! 7 Travel Tips that Cut Costs & Boost Fun

    Lydia Chicles
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Oftentimes we assume that cutting costs automatically means cutting enjoyment.  If it costs less, it must be worse, right? In travel, however, it can be the exact opposite.  Sometimes the more affordable route is the better route because it gives you a new and unique experience.  It’s like the highway versus the country road – the highway is the move convenient choice, but far less interesting. If you want to save a bit on your next trip, take note of these tips that will decrease spending and increase enjoyment. Jay Deratany is a human rights activist, attorney, screenwriter, movie…
  • Treasure Box Kids Opening Night Reception

    Lydia Chicles
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:35 am
    We appreciate business owners wanting tø make a difference in their Community and today we are high lighting Treasure Box Kids and #NAWBO President Carolyn Baily. We are excited to have been invited to their first ever Crowdfunding opening night reception. Along with a fantastic fashion show, cash bar and appetizers offered, Treasure Box Kids proudly supports Children’s Home Society of Florida. In support of the Kickstarter campaign and this reception, a dress can be donated to Children’s Home Society of Florida. For more info please take a look at the flyer below and remember…
 
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    Smart Women Travelers

  • Can You Use TSA Pre✓ for International Flights? It Depends.

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

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

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

    Carol Margolis
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    So many aspects of business travel haven’t changed over the years, especially for parents. It’s heartbreaking to miss the first day of school, or a birthday or your child’s first steps. I know – I missed a lot. I so wish Skype or any of the other myriad of free or low-cost video tools had existed when my kids were younger. Instead, I thought I was state-of-the-art with my AT&T calling card! Then I advanced to having a pager and felt so much better that my kids could send me a message at any time of day or night. I still remember the feeling of being in power with…
  • Photo of the Week: Toronto

    Carol Margolis
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    I always love visiting Toronto. In my opinion, they have one of the most beautiful skylines in the world. The post Photo of the Week: Toronto appeared first on Smart Women Travelers. Smart Women Travelers - A Pearl Revealed In Each and Every Trip
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    Atlantic Birches Inn

  • Portland Maine Brew Festival

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

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

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

    Ray Deleo
    16 Sep 2012 | 3:25 pm
    Atlantic Birches Inn Its that time of year again when the nights are cooler, daylight is shorter, scent of fresh apple cider is the air  and the apples are ripe and ready to be picked. Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn a Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast would like to share with you some of our favorite u-pick apple orchards in York and Cumberland Counties.      At the apple orchard, you can enjoy a day filled with activities and goodies  for the whole family.     U Pick Orchard Many apple orchards are family-owned with a strong sense of tradition, which makes…
  • Maine Open Lighthouse Day

    Ray Deleo
    14 Sep 2012 | 6:11 am
    Portland Head Light The Atlantic Birches Inn is delighed to inform our friends and guests of the following, as a result of the huge success of past years open Lighthouse day’s The State of Maine and the U.S Coast Guard and the American Lighthouse Foundation have announced the 4nd annual Maine Lighthouse open house day the  twenty-two Maine Lighthouses on Saturday September 15, 2012 from 9am to 3pm. Transportation to these lighthouses must be provided by yourself.  Spring Point Light Last year, hundreds of people visited lighthouses along the Maine coast in the largest effort of its…
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    Traveling with MJ

  • Tuesday Deal Day: Complimentary Distillery Tours at Barton 1792

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    9 Sep 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. One way to stretch your vacation budget, while still keeping that value luxury travel priority, is to discover FREE things to do wherever you are visiting. Now, I’m not suggesting doing something just because it’s free; that’s a waste of time that you’ll never get back. But – with a little research, or maybe just check with your hotel concierge – you may find activities that are right up your alley, located nearby, and are free, too. I enjoy culinary…
  • Postcard from Moon Palace Resort, Cancun

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. Early morning quiet on the Moon Palace grounds. This was the view of the gardens from my balcony, with the ocean just beyond If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers.       You might also likePostcard from the Vancouver WaterfrontTuesday Deal Day: 30% Discount at Las Brisas, MexicoTuesday Deal Day: Golfers Delight in Mazatlan 
  • Sunday Stories for September 7th, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:11 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 the busy week to end all busy weeks. Well, until next month, that is. You see, I’ve spent this past week putting finishing touches on my part of TBEX Cancun. I’m getting on a flight in the morning to head off there, bemoaning the weather report that says temperatures in the high 80s with rain, and trying to take care of a few personal blogging project as well. (Let’s hope my flights tomorrow have wifi!) A couple of articles did…
  • Tuesday Deal Day: Building Seaside Memories with Holidays at The Del

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. It may barely be the end of summer, but it’s getting to late to make your Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s plans. If you’re looking for a warm weather holiday destination, with a distinct holiday twist, try the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego – it’s offers a beachfront ice rink. Known for celebrating the holidays in grand tradition, the Hotel del Coronado has gained a reputation for its festive holiday grandeur since 1888. It was here in 1904 that…
  • Sunday Stories for August 31st, 2014

    Mary Jo Manzanares
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    If you like this article, you'll find more to enjoy at Traveling with MJ - Practical travel information for practical travelers. What a glorious last week of summer it has been. Yes, I know that fall doesn’t official start until September 21st, but I’ve always observed Memorial Day as the beginning of Summer and Labor Day the end. Acres of crops in the Yakima Valley We spent time this past week in the Yakima Valley, home to some of the most fertile land in our state, and an agricultural mecca. The area is known for its apple and cherry crops, and, of course, it’s grapes for…
 
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • 9 Cafes in Muenchen Offering Lactose Free Milk

    Laurel
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    The original can be found here: 9 Cafes in Muenchen Offering Lactose Free Milk. Please read the original. Cafes in München offering lactose-free milk be difficult to find, but here are 9, so you can enjoy your cappuccino even if you are lactose intolerant as I am! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Kvarken Archipelago: Finland’s Only Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Laurel
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    The original can be found here: Kvarken Archipelago: Finland’s Only Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please read the original. Not only is Kvarken Archipelago Finland's only natural UNESCO Site, it's also one of the fastest rising land uplifts in the world and a nature lover's paradise. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Exploring the Western Coast of Finland #OutdoorsFinland

    Laurel
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The original can be found here: Exploring the Western Coast of Finland #OutdoorsFinland. Please read the original. I'll be exploring the west coast of Finland and can't wait to visit Vaasa, Björköby, Kalajoki and Liminka Bay - now I just have to figure out how to pronounce them! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Houseboating the Mayenne: What You Need to Know

    Laurel
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    The original can be found here: Houseboating the Mayenne: What You Need to Know. Please read the original. One of the biggest advantages of houseboating along the Mayenne River in France is that you don't need a driver's licence. Here's what else you need to know: Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Hiking to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn

    Laurel
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    The original can be found here: Hiking to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn. Please read the original. The hike to Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn located in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland has it all. Mountain Lake? Check. Glaciers? Check. Majestic peaks? Check! Wildflowers? Check! Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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  • #iescapebucket – the winners!

    Lyndon
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Last month we launched our #iescapebucket Twitter competition inviting all of you to submit the best pics of your under 5s enjoying 1 of the 20 fun activities on the i-escape ‘Bucket and Spade List’. We received lots of fantastic entries and are pleased to announce our 5 favourites who each win a £50 i-escape with kids voucher. Congratulations! Thank you to all who entered and do remember to use #iescapetrip to share your i-escape holiday pics in the future – we love to see them! @iescapewithkids Herb’s summer of fun. Sand castles, boats, caves and a small pony!
  • Spotlight on… Sardinia

    Emily
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Set halfway between the North-African coast and the Italian mainland, with white sandy beaches, gleaming azure seas and an impressive history which has left behind spectacular architecture, it’s no wonder that Italy’s isle of romance is one of Europe’s favourite holiday destinations. Costa Smeralda Why go? Sardinia is a real Italian gem, with a searing sun, majestic stretches of coastline, and dazzling old towns and cities. But like all good travel destinations there’s more to it than that. Inland you’ll find lagoons, wetlands and mountainous peaks, and dotted across the entire…
  • Escape of the Week… Londa Beach Hotel

    Lyndon
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    As summer draws to a spluttering close, we’re looking for a beachy bolthole where relaxation and near year-round sunshine are within easy reach. So, naturally, our eyes turned towards Cyprus and this hip waterfront hotel where the bronzed and the beautiful make the most of the pampering spa and superlative restaurant. This is horizon-gazing relaxation at its most unapologetic. Most guests spend their days simply moving between the hotel’s pool, small beach and spa before starting the circuit again. However, if a jaunt of more breadth is desired, Londa Beach Hotel is near numerous…
  • Just back from… Morocco (part 2)

    Melissa
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    As well as exploring the less-trodden echelons of central Morocco, our Acting Assistant Editor Melissa couldn’t resist spending a few days amongst the famous feast-for-the-senses streets of Marrakech. Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech My friend Roberta and I believe a good adventure requires lots of exciting things to see and do, and plenty of tranquil sanctuaries to rest and recuperate in afterwards. We stayed in 3 very different i-escape hotels during our May visit to Marrakech, each offering their own enchanting take on the Moroccan city hideaway. And in between haggling for leather shoes and…
  • Alternative family-friendly city breaks

    Lyndon
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bored by Barcelona? Been to Berlin? If you’ve roamed Rome, and are daunted by the prospect of taking the kids to sophisticated Paris or busy London, consider one of these compact cultural centres for a European break instead. Nadine, our Kids Collection Editor, suggests 10 exciting city destinations (and lovely lodgings) that all the family will enjoy. Valencia Boutique Apartments, Valencia, Spain Flat and with good public transport (an urban bus and metro network connects to the airport), Valencia is easy for families to explore. Hire bicycles to visit the science museum and…
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    Wayfaring Wanderer

  • Kari + Chad's Mountaintop Destination Wedding at Kilkelly's in Blowing Rock, NC | Boone Wedding Photographer

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    "We have to go to Plan B!," said one of the bridesmaids. “If we do it outside at the original ceremony site your dress will get ruined before the day even begins!”After that, a flurry of activity began as furniture got shuffled and the guests and groomsmen were notified of the switch. The ceremony would now take place inside the house where everyone can get cozy in the living and dining room.It was a tough decision to make because it wasn't the way Kari and Chad envisioned exchanging their vows. She really had her heart set on getting married outside, surrounded by the mountains that they…
  • Ali + JB's Engagement Adventure at Grandfather Golf & Country Club | Boone NC Photographer

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    “Hold on now! We wouldn't want you to fall off the golf cart!”, Ali hollered. Meanwhile, I have a death-grip with my left hand on the cameras and my right was white knuckling it on the—pardon my French—“oh shit!” bar (that’s what it’s called, right?! hahaha) while he whizzed us around the course!JB was obviously very familiar with the terrain and seemed to know this course like the back of his hand. I wasn't really scared, I knew I was in good hands. I’m just being dramatic for effect. Did it work? The three of us got cozy right away and sandwiched three-deep on the bench…
  • Pennington Family Adventure at Valle Crucis Park | Boone NC Family Photographer

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    “Blueberries! I see blueberries!”, Everett began to shout and point from the lofty view on his Daddy’s shoulders. “Where?!”, the rest of us asked puzzled. Between the four of us, we hadn’t yet spotted the wild berries, but as we continued to walk closer to the area he was leading us toward, he became more insistent that they were there.We finally walked up and saw the bush that he was steering us to. Everett had a good eye, although what he spotted from afar were blackberries not blueberries.Still, it required a pit-stop so that he could sample nature’s sweet treat! Naturally,…
  • Coming Soon: Boone Bride Guide | Wedding Planning Resource | Boone NC Photographer

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    "I have learned how complex and overwhelming it can be to plan a wedding! It's not easy that's for sure!" I've heard on numerous occasions how overwhelming it is to plan a wedding from my brides. They share nearly the same sentiment every time I check in with them as we get closer to their big day. Another confided, “Honestly, I'm overwhelmed at this time trying to pull the wedding together, find a job, and take care of a sick pet and mother.”The planning process is really stressful because there are so many different elements that need to come together in order to make it happen. It’s…
  • Focusing on the Marriage and Not the Wedding

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    “Have you set a date yet?”, curious friends would often ask. At first, our response was, “YUP! We’re getting married on June 29th, 2014!”I came up with this date because Cody's birthday is on April 29th and my birthday is on September 29th, so I thought it would be awesome to get married on June 29th, smack dab between our two birthdays!Photography by Kimberlee Edwards Photography It was a cute idea and all, but the closer we inched toward that date, the less confident we became about whether or not this was really going to happen. We've had an extended engagement without any solid…
 
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  • Review of Hotel Villa Kinzica, Lake Iseo

    Jack
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Via Provinciale 1, Sale Marasino The largest lake island in Europe, Monte Isola, lay directly opposite our room. There was an elegant selection of fruit on a lake to pick at as we pulled up chairs at the picture windows. It would be a perfect spot for sitting with your head in a book, except the scenery acts as a constant distraction. Like so many of the locations we visited in Italy the views were as immaculately alluring as an Italian garden. From the moment we checked in, Hotel Villa Kinzica felt as relaxing as slipping into a warm bath. Our View As a base for exploring Lake Iseo and…
  • Finding Accommodation at the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

    Jack
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    We discovered two things about travelling to Plitvice Lakes National Park without having pre-booked accommodation. The first was that it was a damn smart idea. The second was roads depicted as yellow lines on Croatian maps come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, some aren’t roads at all which is how we ended up rescuing a couple of lost Americans. Getting to Plitvice Lakes National Park Maps are wonderful things. When you know how to read one they are keys to the world, you can’t beat them. Sat nav systems may be improving all the time, but give me a map any day of the week, even…
  • Review of Historic, Hotel Torbrau in Munich

    Andy
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    The ideal blend of Bavarian hospitality and cosmopolitan city chic, Munich was voted the world’s most liveable city in 2007 and it’s easy to see why. Pedestrianised streets, an efficient subway system and multitudinous cycle lanes give cars a wide berth in the city centre in favour of feet and wheels; colourful markets entice with rainbow displays of fresh produce and tickle taste buds with aromas of Weisswurst and Knödle; hipsters, students and office workers enjoy al fresco lunches on the steps of ancient monuments , watched over by alabaster lions and beer halls and everywhere…
  • Snapshots, the Road of Hell on Hvar

    Jack
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Bad Decision No1. Catch the ferry that sails to the Sucuraj end of Hvar when we’re staying in Hvar Town at the opposite end of the island. Bad Decision No2. Go for lunch in Sucuraj in order to let all the campers get to where they were heading to before we took to the road again. We knew there was only one road connecting one end of Hvar with the other. We didn’t know that it was known as the ‘road of Hell thanks to its narrowness and history of bad accidents. Neither did we know that roadworks meant that for miles and miles there was no tarmac, only a dirt track filled with…
  • Mozart and the Art of Dining in Salzburg

    Andy
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    “Ah, the overture to Mozart’s Don Giovanni,” I thought, as the quintet in their crimson frock coats, white ruffs and gold embroidered waistcoats struck up beneath the ornate stucco ceiling of the Baroque banqueting hall of St Peter’s Benedictine monastery in the heart of Salzburg. I knew it was Don Giovanni because the programme told me it was, otherwise I wouldn’t have had a clue. Uncultured plebeian that I am, I have never been to the opera, nor have I ever studied classical music, my classical CD collection consisting of a handful of embarrassing titles such as Classic…
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  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando

    gaytravelinformation
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Universal Orlando announces a fifth hotel: Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will open in 2016 Universal Orlando and Loews Hotels and Resorts are teaming up again to open a fifth on-site resort; Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. When it opens in the summer of 2016, guests will walk into a colorful Caribbean hideaway built around a lush, tropical … Continue reading →
  • Julian’s – Providence, RI | Gay Travel Information

    gaytravelinformation
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    JULIAN’S / 318 BROADWAY, PROVIDENCE, RI 02909 / 401-861-1770 Do you remember that person in high school that oozed with punk rock, zine reading, sci-fi coolness? Some people may have thought they were “strange”, but not you. Oh no. You anticipated passing them each day in the school hall hoping maybe, just maybe you would get a nod or half smile. You’d make it … Continue reading →
  • Loews Don CeSar Hotel – St. Pete Beach, Florida

    gaytravelinformation
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Gay Travel | Gay Travel Information | Gay Friendly St. Pete Beach | Gay Friendly St. Petersburg | Gay Friendly Florida Loews Don CeSar Hotel St. Pete Beach | 3400 Gulf Blvd | St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 | 1-800-282-1116 There are hotels and then there are — GRAND HOTELS. The historic, 4-Diamond, Loews Don CeSar … Continue reading →
  • Gay Travel Information – Four Seasons Hotel Miami

    gaytravelinformation
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MIAMI / 1435 BRICKELL AVE / MIAMI, FL 33131 / 1-305-358-3535 Four Seasons Hotel Miami is eloquently hip. It exudes class with a luxurious, modern vibe. Then again, what would you expect from the Four Seasons? My wife Jennifer and I had the pleasure of experiencing this spectacular hotel first hand this … Continue reading →
  • Ames Boston Hotel – Boston, MA

    gaytravelinformation
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Ames Boston Hotel / 1 Court Street / Boston, MA 02108 / 1-888-293-4112 One of the most exciting parts of my job is experiencing some pretty spectacular hotels. Properties like The Ames Boston Hotel, which was one of the best stays I have had in quite some time! Ames Boston Hotel is located in the historic Ames building … Continue reading →
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  • Fodor's Week in Travel: Chasing Beauty

    news@fodors.com
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    They say beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, but this week we've covered all sorts of pretty things that are sure to appeal to you. Gorgeous fashion art, fashion, landscapes, even beauty products—we've reported on all that and more, with hopes of inspiring your next travels. Whether you seek stunning pieces at the world's best art fairs or go gaga for fall foliage, you're sure to find something beautiful in our weekly roundup. World's Best Fashion Museums Fashion Week takes over New York City, London, Paris, and Milan twice a year, but you can celebrate sartorial…
  • America's Best Oktoberfests

    news@fodors.com
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich is a cherished memory for many, but you’re mistaken if you think you need to head to Germany to partake in this annual beer-soaked festival. If you look closer to home, you’ll find no shortage of Oktoberfests right here in the U.S, so get ready for a weekend of beer, sausage, and potato salad. At all of these fests, you’ll find live music, dancing, and plenty of lager, so put on your dirndls and lederhosen and head to one of America’s best Oktoberfests. By Zachary Laks
  • 10 Books to Read Before You Go to Paris

    news@fodors.com
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    An iconic character in films, plays, and books, Paris has morphed into a destination so romanticized that it's easy for travelers to be skeptical about the city's charms. And yet the city's bridges, bistros, and bookshops inspire wonder time after time—they are just as we imagined, just as we remember them from our favorite movies and magazines. If a trip to Paris is on the horizon, familiarize yourself with the boulevards and gardens of the French capital through the eyes of writers lucky enough to have called the City of Light home. Here are 10 classic and…
  • World's 10 Best Art Fairs

    news@fodors.com
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As the contemporary art scene grows bigger and more international with each passing year, new global art fairs seems to pop up every season. But quantity doesn’t always equal quality, so we’ve handpicked the best art fairs around the globe. Whether you’re a major collector or just curious to see the latest and greatest artwork being made all over the world today, these fairs are worth making a trip for. By Shana Beth Mason
  • 5 Reasons to Explore Hana, Maui

    news@fodors.com
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    After driving 36 miles along a sinuous highway dotted with waterfalls and breathtaking lookouts onto the Pacific Ocean, you've finally made it: Hana, that tiny outpost on the far-eastern edge of Maui. The Road to Hana, one of the most iconic drives in the United States, ends here, and for many visitors, the most logical next step is simply to turn around and do it again in reverse to make it back to the other side of the island before nightfall. But drivers shouldn't be too eager to circle back once their hours-long journey is complete. Indeed, staying for an extra day or two in Hana…
 
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    Mallory On Travel

  • Oman Media Trip 12- 16 September 2014

    Iain Mallory
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory I’m extremely excited to return to a favourite destination over the period Friday 12th to Tuesday 16th September, 2014. This trip is being organised by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism, and will include several talented writers, and photographers. Oman has the tagline “Beauty has and address”, and I think this is appropriate, it is a […] The post Oman Media Trip 12- 16 September 2014 appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Postcards from an Urban Sunset, Cape Town

    Iain Mallory
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Spectacular sunsets usually bring thoughts of silhouetted surfers, island palm trees, or reflections in mountain lakes to mind. Cityscapes are often equally impressive however, and not necessarily just skylines of towering, reflective glass monoliths. These cloud formations over Cape Town, South Africa, produced one of the most memorable sunsets I can remember. After meeting fur seals […] The post Postcards from an Urban Sunset, Cape Town appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Afternoon Tea, and Narrow Boats; Quintessential England

    Iain Mallory
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Much is made of the lack of summer sun in the United Kingdom. so when it does appear it’s essential to make the most of it. At the slightest hint of some good weather, walking boots get dusted off, mountain bikes dragged out, dogs get longer than usual walks, and some people take to the canals in narrow […] The post Afternoon Tea, and Narrow Boats; Quintessential England appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Reykjavik, Iceland, My kind of Destination

    Iain Mallory
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Guest post by Alison Bailey Reykjavik was the June destination of the Flybe inaugural flight from Birmingham, providing my first taste of Iceland. Before leaving, I took the opportunity to walk around Reykjavík, to explore the city, and enjoy some of the cultural institutions. Safe to say I’m impressed. Reykjavík is unlike any other city I […] The post Reykjavik, Iceland, My kind of Destination appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
  • Montreal Street Art; “Tales and Legends”

    Iain Mallory
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    Iain MalloryIainMallory Street art is popular in Montreal, turning plain, boring buildings into colourful, and vibrant works of art. It even has a mural festival celebrating talented local artists, providing them with ample ‘canvases’ to showcase their work. This particular piece was one of the first I noticed when beginning a guided tour of the city, it’s […] The post Montreal Street Art; “Tales and Legends” appeared first on Mallory On Travel.MalloryOnTravel
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    Gawaya Travel Blog

  • Planning An American Sports Road Trip

    Jay
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    If you love sports, you should definitely plan at least one American road trip that is centered on watching sport. America has some of the greatest sports stadiums in the world with miles of roads surrounded by beautiful scenery connecting them. With a well-planned road trip you can take in some iconic [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Planning An American Sports Road Trip
  • 5 Best Coastal Vacation Spots

    Salika Jay
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    With the sand between your toes, a salty breeze ruffling through your hair, and the freedom of the seas, ocean-based Caribbean cruises make for the ideal holiday for many. The best holiday is a coastal holiday, and swimming pools and lakes at resorts inland just aren’t the same. Bearing that in mind, [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: 5 Best Coastal Vacation Spots
  • Top Destinations for Exotic Autumn Holidays

    Salika Jay
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    The nights get darker, it persistently rains, and the trees lose their leaves: autumn is a beautiful month, but it can also be a little gloomy. This makes it the perfect season to get away from it all and take a vacation to somewhere exotic: holidays to Cape Verde, Mauritius and other [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Top Destinations for Exotic Autumn Holidays
  • Discovering Guernsey On Foot

    Jay
    13 May 2014 | 4:35 am
    For those of you who might not have heard much about Guernsey before, it is an island found in the English Channel between France and the UK. Being only twenty-five square miles in size, the Guernsey is the perfect destination for holidaymakers looking to get around on foot and walk through nature’s [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Discovering Guernsey On Foot
  • Orlando, The City of Entertainment

    Salika Jay
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:30 am
    Orlando – the city in the ‘Orange County‘ and nicknamed as ‘The City Beautiful‘ or ‘O – Town‘ is a place many of us would love to go to. The nicknames are perhaps not the most creative names but who’s complaining, right? Florida was once a quiet farming town but today the [...]View article on Gawaya Travel Blog: Orlando, The City of Entertainment
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    Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky

  • Bangkok, Kanchanarburi and Hua Hin in photos

    Justin Mewse
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    I was recently fortunate enough to join a trip to Thailand to experience a week-long itinerary packed with activities, starting in the capital city Bangkok, then on to the rural province of Kanchanaburi and finally the beach region of Hua Hin. With so much to see and do, I would need to write a whole series of articles to do Thailand … Bangkok, Kanchanarburi and Hua Hin in photos is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • A wedding in paradise – Mr & Mrs Dunford say ‘I do’ at the Maritim Hotel, Mauritius

    Natasha Delgado
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    When nurse, Jana met engineer, Nick at a Madness tribute concert sparks didn’t necessarily fly, however several years on these two love birds together with their close friends, family and 16 month old daughter sought after their ‘happily ever after’ on the exclusive island of Mauritius, at the beautiful 5* Maritim Hotel.   Where did you meet? Nick and I … A wedding in paradise – Mr & Mrs Dunford say ‘I do’ at the Maritim Hotel, Mauritius is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Faraway foods: Bali

    Levanah Gates
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Bali, it conjures up images of dramatic greenery, rolling rice fields and volcanic vistas. One of Indonesia’s most popular islands, it’s no wonder so many of us in the West choose this landscape as our ultimate holiday destination. It’s not just luxury sun seekers though, Bali is just as popular with global backpackers and honeymooners. But what about the food? … Faraway foods: Bali is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • Top 10 things to do in Thailand

    Toni Marie Ford
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Thailand is a charming mix-up. It is a country of paradoxes, of oddly-shaped jigsaw pieces that shouldn’t fit together and yet somehow do, creating a picture of a place that seems at once real and imaginary. Bangkok’s reputation as the decadent playground of the East is tempered by its many shrines and holy sites. Its saffron-robed Buddhist monks pad barefoot … Top 10 things to do in Thailand is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
  • 5 do’s and don’ts for travelling in Thailand

    Chris Watts
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Thailand is often called the “land of smiles” because of the country’s friendly people. Nevertheless, there are a few things you should avoid or the smile will freeze on the face of even the friendliest Thai. But first, we relish in some of the things you should do when frequenting Thailand. Do: 1. …Live it up at the Koh Phangan … 5 do’s and don’ts for travelling in Thailand is a post from: Luxury Holiday Blog - Tropical Sky
 
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    The World on Wheels

  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR: The Runaway

    Darryl Musick
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Greetings from Jamaica! This week's cocktail is our latest invention, the Runaway.A little background...when we travel, and especially if we have a comped in-room minibar...we like to play around with it and invent a cocktail from the ingredients within.WATCH THE VIDEO!This week, we're at the all-inclusive Luxury Bahia Principe resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Our minibar includes a massive bottle of rum, some Coke, Sprite, orange soda, and beer. We augmented this by visiting a nearby market to get some coconut water, line juice, and orange/pineapple juice.Using our resort's location for the…
  • Visiting Wine Country - A Wine Buyer's Manifesto

    Darryl Musick
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Take a shot glass. Put half an ounce of water in it. Pour it in a wine glass. That tiny bit of liquid is what you usually get when you get a taste of wine in a tasting room.  No problem…wineries aren’t bars and they don’t want their patrons getting drunk and driving around on the rural roads that usually appear in wine country (by the way, you’re not supposed to swallow it...you’re supposed to taste it and spit it out into the bucket provided so the alcohol doesn’t erode your sense of taste).We love wine here at The World on Wheels. We love that, in our biased opinion, we…
  • Adventures Close to Home: Riverside, California - Part 2

    Darryl Musick
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Click this link for Riverside, Part 1.Farmer Boys is a fast food chain in California and Nevada. Just around the corner from our hotel, the Mission Inn, is their corporate headquarters. Next door to that is their flagship store.Seems like a fitting place to have a quick breakfast so, armed with coupons we received before leaving home, we have a nice plate of French toast and eggs before heading out for the day.Watch the Video!We’ll need the energy because we’re climbing a mountain.  Well, mountain might be ambitious…more like a hill…but it’s called a mountain here…Mount…
  • The Cocktail Hour...Strange Brew - The Finale!

    Darryl Musick
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's time to wrap up this trilogy. I made it my project to brew a batch of Belgian style dubbel ale.Watch the Video! I brewed and fermented it in Part 1.I filtered and bottled it in Part 2.Now it's time to see how I did. Tim joins me as we crack open a couple of bottles on New Year's Eve. It tasted very, very good but...You'll need to watch the video to see how it turned out.Cheers and Happy New Year everybody!DarrylCopyright 2013 - Darryl MusickAll Rights Reserved
  • Adventures Close to Home - Riverside, California

    Darryl Musick
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    We tend to take our local area for granted, don’t we? Anything within an hour’s drive seems like home to us and just doesn’t pop up on our travel radar. People don’t go to Riverside, California from Los Angeles unless they have a reason to. Same with me…in good traffic, it’s less than an hour’s drive. Heck, I’ve worked in downtown Riverside off and on for the last ten years periodically.  I know what’s there…don’t I? I don’t need to go there on a vacation …do I?Watch the Video!Apparently, I don’t know as much as I thought. A recent weekend in the city had us…
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    Teen Travel Talk

  • Top 3 in Berlin

    Bianca B
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Ich liebe Berlin! The German capital is so steeped in history and culture that it’s hard to walk around without stopping every minute or two to take a closer look – at the stunning architecture, the amazing art pieces, and even the thought-provoking graffiti on the walls all over the city. To my great misfortune we only spent three days there, and I for one am planning to return – until then, here are the three best things we did while we were in Berlin! 1. The Berlin Wall – East Side Gallery This is an obvious must-see. It’s both immediately sobering and surprisingly uplifting…
  • Travel Beyond Summer

    Pauline
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Summer is the season when most people travel, but let’s face it: the prices for hotels and transportation are way too high. Making vacation plans after the height of the busy season may be out of the question for some, especially with the start of the school year, but there are some great places for shorter or longer getaways that might just do the trick. In short, travel doesn’t have to be isolated within the three hottest months of the year. September and October are great months to travel, so check out one or more of these vacation destinations, if you can. September There are…
  • European Adventure

    Madison
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Going to Paris has been on my bucket list my entire life, and as my love for British celebrities increased, England also rose high on the list of places I wanted to visit. I was lucky enough to visit both of these places when my high school hosted a trip to France and England.  Three of my best friends and I all signed up for the trip and this July we got to experience the trip of a lifetime. The trip was 10 days long and included London, Canterbury, St Malo, and ended in Paris, and if I had to choose one word to describe all these very different cities it would be pretty, each location was…
  • National Roller Coaster DAY!

    Briza
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Spur the moment Friday night, my grandparents decided to surprise all of their grandkids with a trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California the next day, Saturday. As it turns out, we visited Six Flags on NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY!!!       Now, we didn’t know what that actually meant. Soon, however, when we decided to ride Boomerang, we found out we get to ride a second time (if you wanted to)! As big roller coaster fans, we were certainly up to it!       Discovery Kingdom has a lot of thrill rides, such as Medusa (the green one in the…
  • My First Post! + Why You Will LOVE Bali

    Bianca B
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    Hi guys! I’m Bianca, a new addition to the Teen Travel Talk team! I’m English, though I was born and bred in Singapore, and I just turned nineteen years old – but exploring the world around me has been a passion of mine pretty much since I was born. I’m lucky enough to be able to say that to date I have been to more than 50 cities, 25 countries and 4 continents – and I can’t wait to share my stories with you! Growing up in Asia has meant that I’ve had the good fortune of visiting Bali pretty much every summer since I can remember. It’s one of my favourite places on the…
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    Packsmith

  • How to Pack Shoes in Your Backpack

    Fred Perrotta
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What’s the hardest item to pack? For most people, shoes are the hardest item to pack. They take up a lot of space, and shoes are too specialized to bring just one pair, even for short trips. On my first backpacking trip to Europe, I carried around a pair of dress shoes. I had heard that you needed nice shoes for “going out” in Europe. For two weeks I lugged around heavy, thick-soled dress shoes. I don’t think I ever wore them. In retrospect, I was an idiot. Luckily, I was carrying around a giant hiking bag. I had plenty of room, but they were still a waste of space and…
  • Announcing the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

    Fred Perrotta
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Today we are proud to announce the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship. Why a Scholarship? Young people need to experience the world beyond their hometown and college campus. Now, together, we can help them do so. When you buy a Tortuga Backpack, you will “pay it forward” by funding a scholarship for students to travel and study abroad. Some companies donate a percentage of sales to charity, but we wanted to do something more tangible. TOMS Shoes’ and Warby Parker’s “Buy One, Give One” programs were a model for us. When you shop with us, your money…
  • 10 Packing Quotes to Remind You to Travel Light

    Fred Perrotta
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Everyone loves to share travel quotes on Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Even people who don’t travel. As usual, packing is the essential, but unloved, part of travel. We aren’t the only ones talking about packing though. Everyone from writers to poets to designers to the king of quotes himself, Oscar Wilde, has had something to say about what to bring or what not to bring. The message as always: pack light. He who would travel happily must travel light. -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Tweet this quote If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies,…
  • Packing Cube Survey Results: You Want It, We’ll Make It

    Fred Perrotta
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    I always carry a single packing cube. I pack it with underwear and socks and carry it at the bottom of my backpack. The cube consolidates these small items so that they take up less space and are all in one spot, not jammed into every nook and cranny of my bag. The rest of my clothes are packed loosely outside of a cube. Here at Tortuga, we get occasional questions about packing cubes. Mostly, “Should I use packing cubes?” and “Which ones?” Many hardcore travelers packing everything they bring in packing cubes. But how common are they? What do people want in a packing…
  • How to Not Exceed Carry On Weight Limits

    Fred Perrotta
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    As long as everything fits in a carry on, you’re good. Right? Not necessarily. Everyone knows about carry on size limits. But airlines have carry on weight limits too. You can easily overstuff a carry-on-sized bag. The weight of a laptop, book, and an extra pair of shoes adds up quickly. Airlines’ carry on weight rules vary even more than their size rules do. Air China allows carry on bags up to 11 lbs, while Frontier Airlines allows bags up to 35 lbs. Always check with your airline before flying. The most common weight limits are 15 lbs (6.8 kg), 18 lbs (8 kg), or 22 lbs…
 
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    Panoramic Earth

  • The Dorset County Show 2014 (Dorchester)

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    The Dorset County Show 2014 - Dorchester visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'The Dorset County Show 2014' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Dorset.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:This was the show held in early September 2014 which featured the best that Dorset has to offer. Apart from the usual livestock competitions, there were displays of locally made food and drink such as cider, wine, ice cream, fudge, pasties, cheeses and much more.
  • Cala Murta, El Castellet -2 (Mallorca)

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Cala Murta, El Castellet -2 - Mallorca visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cala Murta, El Castellet -2' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Balearic Islands.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:This rocky outcrop called El Castellet (little castle) is a short walk along the cliffs from the beach at [[10766,Cala Murta]] on the [[1826,Formentor Peninsula.]]
  • Cala Murta, El Castellet (Mallorca)

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Cala Murta, El Castellet - Mallorca visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cala Murta, El Castellet' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Balearic Islands.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:One of Mallorca's hidden gems is [[10766,Cala Murta,]] a little deserted cove on the [[727,Formentor Peninsula.]] A rocky footpath known as the 'Camí del Castellet' leads from the beach and over the cliffs to [[10768,this viewpoint.]]
  • Cala Murta (Mallorca)

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Cala Murta - Mallorca visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cala Murta' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Balearic Islands.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:This secluded beach surrounded by cliffs lies on the [[9026,Formentor peninsula]] just south of [[738,Cala Figuera.]] It is a 30 minute walk through the woods from the Cala Figuera car park on the main road. From the beach there is a short walk along the cliffs to the nearby [[10767,El Castellet,]] a tiny rocky island with stunning views of the…
  • Cathedral Close, Exeter (Exeter)

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Cathedral Close, Exeter - Exeter visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Cathedral Close, Exeter' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Devon.Panorama photographed by Malcolm Etherington who wrote:Next to Exeter Cathedral is this row of ancient buildings steeped in history. The Royal Clarence Hotel was built in 1770 on the site of Sir Walter Raleigh's family town house, and is said to be the first hostelry in England to be known as a hotel. The black and white building with the purple shutters is the once famous…
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  • Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

    admin
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    This week, Tom Staggs shared the exciting update that construction is starting at the Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take you to Arendelle and immerse you in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. Tom also shared that “Frozen’s” popular characters will have a bigger presence at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. Queen Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night starting in early November and Mickey’s Very…
  • This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Fall Decor Arrives at Magic Kingdom Park

    admin
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Earlier this week we shared a look at some of the amazing Halloween decor that is now brightening up Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. These are truly some can’t-miss photos, don’t you agree? Gallery Halloween Decor Now Haunts Magic Kingdom Park view all Of course, one great time to experience the fall decor for yourself is during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Have you been to one? Tell us in the “Comments” section below! For more fall activities coming to Walt Disney World Resort, check out the links below: No Tricks, Just Treats at Mickey’s…
  • Disneyland Resort Cast Members Help Make Cinderella’s Crystal Coach Accessible to Guests with Mobility Issues

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Oregon couple Larry and Kelcie Ragsdale had the wedding of their dreams at the Disneyland Resort last week. The young couple’s lives changed in an instant when Larry’s car was hit by a drunk driver the night he was going to propose to Kelcie. He survived the crash but was left with severe head trauma that requires him to use a wheelchair. Thanks to their generous community, the couple was wed in a beautiful Disney Fairytale Wedding. The bride- and groom-to-be were transported like royalty to the ceremony in Cinderella’s crystal coach, thanks in part to the cast members who make up the…
  • Halloween Decor Now Haunts Magic Kingdom Park

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It may not be fall yet, but Magic Kingdom Park is already in the Halloween spirit. Gallery Halloween Decor Now Haunts Magic Kingdom Park view all Our Disney Photographer Charlie Champagne recently headed out to get these great nighttime shots of the park in both the daytime and nighttime, including shots of fall garland, illuminated pumpkins, scarecrows and more. Which element of the park’s fall decor is your favorite? Tell us in the “Comments” section below! For more on Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort, check out the links below: New Merchandise Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary…
  • Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park: An Idea that Couldn’t be Laid to Rest

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    Today is the first day of Halloween Time here at the Disneyland Resort. Pumpkins are everywhere and guest favorite, Haunted Mansion Holiday, is opening. Did you know that the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park was one of Walt Disney’s ideas for the park even before it was built? Here we are, 45 years after its August 9, 1969, opening and it is still haunting guests each day. In celebration of the attraction’s anniversary and the opening of Haunted Mansion Holiday today, we thought this was the perfect time to dig up historical footage of the Haunted Mansion from our archives. You’ll see…
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    Marion's Travel Pictures

  • Kenny Random's Street Art in Padua, Italy

    Marion Cerrato
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    This photo of Kenny Random's spray paint was shot in Padua, hometown of the Italian street artist.To see more pictures of graffiti and artworks by Kenny Random check out his Facebook page.
  • Red Hearts Mix

    Marion Cerrato
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:52 am
  • Verona in Love...

    Marion Cerrato
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:39 am
    When visiting Verona around Valentine's Day you can't really escape the "Verona in Love" festival, four days of special events including free concerts, local wine, chocolate and pandoro tasting, as well as poetry reading, love letter contest, love themed walking tours,... During the festival, the city of Romeo and Juliet is decorated with all sorts of red hearts, and a lot of people walk through the historic center holding pink heart shaped balloons offered by the main sponsors of the event.
  • Summer Pics of Gothenburg Harbour

    Marion Cerrato
    2 Feb 2014 | 7:57 am
  • Summer Sunset over Gothenburg's Archipelago

    Marion Cerrato
    27 Jan 2014 | 10:33 am
    Here are a few pictures of the Gothenburg Archipelago taken on my way back from Vinga Island :
 
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    Italy to Los Angeles and Back

  • The lesser of two evils: An offshore touristic port for Venice or more canal digging?

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    St. Mark's Basin-September 2013Cruise ships bring hundreds of thousands of tourists to Venice each year who, in turn, contribute to the local and national economy by sustaining, in part, tourist related jobs. However, like Gulliver stepping through Lilliput, these gigantic floating skyscrapers sail through the Venetian lagoon and the fragile historical center—St. Mark’s Basin and the Giudecca Canal—and leave their footprints, too. Two years after the Costa Concordia fiasco, which tragically took 32 lives off the Tuscan coast in January 2012, few people would disagree that large cruise…
  • My guest blog post on InsidersAbroad.com: #UNLOCKYOURLOVE-Venetians taking their city’s problems into their own hands

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    #unlockyourlove logo by Alberto Toso FeiAfter one of the most trying tourist seasons today’s generations of Venetians can remember, a grassroots group—tired of visitors using the city of Venice, Italy, like a beach, a picnic area or more crassly as an outdoor toilet. Yes this is happening in Venice, too—is saying basta!Enough of the abuse their spectacular town, a U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage site, has been forced to succumb to....Please continue reading my blog post here on Insiders…
  • Venice, not her tourists, is crying out loud!

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Rialto BridgeBecause of a recent article in The Telegraph: Outcry over plan to charge Venice day trippers...I'm climbing onto my soapbox: Tourism in Venice has drastically changed in the last 10 or so years. Too many, but not all, come, think it's a beach, walk around shirtless, wearing flip flops and in bathing suits, swim in the canals, climb on historic builidings that are hundreds of years old--all in a city where not long ago travelers knew when in Venice wearing short pants wasn't/isn't acceptable. Today, visitors pack a lunch as if they're going to a park, sit…
  • Eating Pizza New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio's way...with a fork.

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    My favorite pizza: Cream of artichoke with artichokes and buffalo mozzarella cheeseNYC Mayor Bill De BlasioRecently, I had the honor of spending an evening with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and his charming family during their stay in Venice, Italy. We talked about many things: his city and ours, his proud Italian-American heritage and the joy he and his family felt visiting and being so warmly welcomed to Italy. When I permitted myself to make a light hearted comment about eating pizza with a fork, he gave me a warm smile and, like any good Italian, gently threw up his hands. Some…
  • Laundry Day at the Home of a Gondolier...

    Marie Ohanesian Nardin
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    Honestly, when I posted this photo on my personal Facebook page two days ago I had no idea how many smiles and shares it would bring. So, I thought I'd share the snapshot I took  of my clothesline here, too. I hope it brings a smile to your face, too. Feel free to leave a comment below, share this link with your friends, and LIKE Italy to Los Angeles and Back on Facebook, too.  A presto,Marie Ohanesian Nardin Summer Laundry at "Ca'Nardin"...my houseClick on Subscribe and join us on FaceBook, too!
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    Travelerfolio - Travel Blog Singapore

  • Holiday to Xi’an with Tigerair

    Eunice Khong
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    Recently launched on 15 May, Tigerair is the only direct flight from Singapore to Xi’an, home to the terracotta warrior army, the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. With a rich historical heritage, Xi’an is an important cultural, industrial and educational hub in the central-northwestern part of China. Operating 3 times weekly, the 5.5 hour Tigerair […]
  • Intercontinental Singapore Staycation

    Eunice Khong
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    Words & Photos by Sharon Tan Intercontinental Singapore, situated in the heart of Bugis spells LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! It’s the quiet oasis in the hustle and bustle of Bugis. Surrounded by shops and eateries in Bugis Junction, one only needs to walk in air conditioned comfort to either hail a taxi or to get to […]
  • Shop & Get Paid at Bonusbay

    Eunice Khong
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    This is something pretty new and interesting for online shoppers in Singapore. We all shop and make online purchases these days, always on the lookout for promotions and deals. How about getting paid after paying for your flights and hotels, or that pair of sneakers? Now there is S$5 welcome bonus for Travelerfolio readers. Find […]
  • Come Face to Face with the Terracotta Army!

    Eunice Khong
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    As the popular saying goes, “Go to Shanghai if you want to appreciate the history of China in the past 100 years; to see China of 1000 years ago, head to Beijing; for 5000 years of history, make a trip to Xi’an, the cradle of Chinese civilization.” Now the capital of Shaanxi province, Xi’an was […]
  • Alive Museum Singapore

    Eunice Khong
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    Is seeing believing? Hop into the 3D artwork and become part of the optical illusion at Alive Museum. Take photos from the correct perspectives indicated by the Photo Point icons and voila! You get whimsical snapshots of yourself blending into fairy tale-like scenes, performing incredible stunts, and being chased by zombies! Enjoy these photos. No […]
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    Tourdust Blog

  • Malaria Free Family Safaris in Africa

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    We are often approached by families wanting to go on safari in Africa who don’t want to expose their children to the risks of malaria. This rules out much of Africa’s mainstream family safari destinations, with the exception of South Africa, where there are plenty of malaria-free safari options offering excellent game viewing experiences. Of course, nowhere is entirely risk-free and no matter where you travel to, you should always take precautions against being bitten and seek medical advice before you travel.  This NHS website offers some useful guidance and also maps of the…
  • Which Kruger Game Reserve Should I stay in?

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Kruger National Park is South Africa's largest national park and one of Africa's largest game reserves. The size of Wales, it is home to 147 large mammal species, which makes it the most diverse reserve in Africa. The majority of accommodation within Kruger is managed by the park and guests are free to self-drive, although off-road driving is not permitted. Rest camps are basic affairs, which book out a long while in advance. Surrounding Kruger park, are several private game reserves with luxurious lodges and private, guided safaris. Guests are not permitted to drive within these reserves,…
  • The Best Safari Lodges in Kruger for Families

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    You've decided to take your family on safari in the Kruger area, but the question is where to stay. There are hundreds of lodges to choose from, some of which don't accept children at all. Then there is the question of whether they offer child friendly sleeping arrangements and activities and whether you should stay in a tent or a suite. To ease your planning, we have put together a list of our favourite family friendly lodges in the Kruger area, which we have tried and tested with one of our own children. It is very important to take the time to consider your budget, age of your children and…
  • How to make safaris fun. By Alex (age 8)

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Children are usually unanimously wowed by their initial experience on safari. However once the initial amazement is replaced by the new norm of seeing elephants and lions in the wild, we have found that interest levels can start to wane. It is very difficult to predict, we have one daughter who simply can’t get enough game drives in her life, if she had her way she’d have a morning and afternoon game drive every day of her life, whilst her sister tends to lose interest after a couple of drives. The below was written by Alex, aged 8, who definitely falls into the latter camp. In…
  • Tourdust Trek Gradings

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    When choosing your trek it’s vital to make sure you select a route that matches your abilities. To help you chose we have graded all of our treks as being either gentle, moderate, challenging or demanding. To see which category your chosen trek falls into take a look at the “Is it for me” tab on the relevant trek page. If you’re still unsure or would like to further information please don’t hesitate to give us a call, we’ll connect you with a member of the team who has trekked in the area you’re interested in. Based on their experience they'll…
 
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    My Melange

  • French Language Basics to Learn for Travel

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

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

    robin
    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

    robin
    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

    robin
    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…
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    South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America

  • Updated Tour Route Designed to Avoid Altitude Sickness in Peru

    Joseph Olson
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Improved routes allow tourists to experience the best of Peru, including Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, all while better acclimating the body to high elevations and reducing wasted travel time. Peru is a very popular South American destination thanks to the natural wonder of Machu Picchu, the culinary sophistication of Lima and other attractions […] The post Updated Tour Route Designed to Avoid Altitude Sickness in Peru appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Top 5 South America Climbs: An Insider’s Guide

    Adam Haynie
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Editor’s Note: Travel Consultant Adam joins us to take a look at the top five climbs in South America. Adam is an experienced mountaineer who has climbed extensively in South America and throughout much of the rest of the world. This past June, he summited Mount Rainier in Washington State, a height of 14,409 feet. Cotopaxi […] The post Top 5 South America Climbs: An Insider’s Guide appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Back to School Travel Planning Guide

    Joseph Olson
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Parents! You’ve made it through another long, hot summer where it must have seemed at times as though school would never start up again. But alas, September is upon us and you deserve a brief respite while the kids head back to the classroom. With summer vacations in the rearview and the holiday crush still a […] The post Back to School Travel Planning Guide appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • What’s New With Peru: The Latest Travel News and Insights

    Joseph Olson
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Get the latest travel news for Peru   Peru is a large and diverse country with a lot to offer. We often focus on Machu Picchu as a popular travel attraction, but the country is known for so much more. Join us as we take a look at the news and events taking place in this […] The post What’s New With Peru: The Latest Travel News and Insights appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
  • Travel Tales: Joyce and Friends Explore Peru, Take Excellent Pictures

    Joseph Olson
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    Friends Make the Already Breathtaking Machu Picchu of Peru Even Better! When Joyce was contacted by her friends in Thailand about a trip to Peru in 2014, she initially thought that she would just be along for the ride. She was a little surprised when they handed her a well-researched plan for their desired destinations […] The post Travel Tales: Joyce and Friends Explore Peru, Take Excellent Pictures appeared first on South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America.
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    The Traveller

  • Hobart,Tasmania

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Hobart – Popular City of Australian Island State of TasmaniaHobart is the capital and a popular city of the Australian Island state of Tasmania. It was founded in 1804 as a penal colony and is Australia’s second oldest and southernmost capital city after Sydney, New South Wales. It offers a blend of heritage, scenery and culture with plenty of attraction and activities.Situated amidst the foothills of Mount Wellington, Hobart is filled with heritage charm with modern lifestyle together with exceptional beauty and is considered as one of the top ten spots in the world to be explored.It is…
  • Galapagos Islands

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    Credit:joefuhrmanphoto.comGalapagos Islands - Small Archipelago of IslandsThe Galapagos Islands are small archipelago of islands that belong to Ecuador towards the eastern Pacific Ocean which are remote and isolated. Situated around 1,000 km from South American continent, these 19 islands together with the surrounding marine reserve have been considered as a unique living museum and showcase of evolution.The Galapagos archipelago comprises of 13 main islands with 6 smaller isles which together embrace the 50,000 sq. km of ocean. Placed at the confluence of three ocean current, it is a melting…
  • Golden Gate Bridge,SanFrancisco

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Golden Gate Bridge – Technical MasterpieceThe Golden Gate Bridge, a technical masterpiece, is a suspension bridge from the Golden Gate strait, which is a mile wide, three mile long channel located between San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. Many felt the need to build a bridge to connect San Francisco to Marin County and since San Francisco was the largest American city, it was still served by ferry boats due to the absence of a permanent link with communities around the bay and the city’s growth rate went below the national average.Several experts were of the opinion that the bridge…
  • Sydney Opera House

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Sydney Opera House – Architectural Work of 20th CenturyThe Sydney Opera House is an amazing architectural work of the 20th century which brought about multipleamounts of creativity and innovation to architectural form as well as structural design. It is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales in Australia and located on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour which is close to Sydney Harbour Bridge.Its facility is adjacent to the Sydney central business district together with the Royal Botanic Gardens which lies between Sydney and Farm Coves. It was inaugurated in 1973 and…
  • Krivoklat Castle,Prague

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Krivoklat – Oldest & Important Castles of Czech RepublicKrivoklat is a market town in the Central Bohemian Region of Czech Republic and also a place where the Krivoklat Castle is placed. The market town is one the most popular tourist location as well as the seat of the Krivoklatsko Landscape Protected Area.Krivoklat Castle is located 40 km west of Prague and was built in the late 13th century and belongs to the oldest and the most important castles of the Czech Republic.It was built as a hunting lodge, the seat of the royal Master of Hounds and a weekend getaway for the Premysl…
 
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    Travel Deeper with Gareth Leonard | Tourist2Townie.com

  • Brazil Tourism Partnership Goes Live

    Gareth
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Months ago I told you all about a T2T partnership with the Brazilian Tourism Board and I’m so happy to finally announce that we’re now live! Although things have been relatively quiet here on Tourist 2 Townie, I promise it hasn’t been the result of a lack of content. I’m currently traveling through Northeastern Brazil and writing like crazy for the brand new Visit Brasil Travel Journal. I’ll be sharing my wild and wonderful Brazilian travel experiences through 39 photo-filled articles from 13 unique locations across the country. Posts will go live twice a…
  • A Paraty Boat Party

    Gareth
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    The only reasonable follow up I could think of after a full day of playing in waterfalls was island hopping around Paraty. Just a short walk through the beautiful colonial village and you arrive at Paraty’s main harbor where colorful boats lineup for daily expeditions. For less than $20 USD we boarded a big schooner for a day of sipping caipirinhas and exploring the bay islands nearby. The day really was a great example of my life…  A champagne lifestyle on a lemonade wage!  Here are a few shots from our Paraty boat Party… Leaving port we got a great view of all the…
  • My Paradise in Paraty

    Gareth
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    When people give their definition of paradise it often includes white-sand beaches and warm, crystal clear water. Like a gay guy looking at Megan Fox, I can appreciate the the beauty, but it’s not my idea of perfection. My paradise is bright green foliage and cold dark water. It’s a day in the forest climbing up waterfalls and jumping into freezing cold natural pools. You can blame it on growing up in Upstate New York where State Parks like Stony Brook and Letchworth were more enticing than the beaches of Lake Ontario. Although they get overshadowed by all the beaches, Brazil…
  • Picturing Paraty

    Gareth
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    The beautifully preserved colonial town of Paraty snuggles itself between lush, green mountains and a bright blue bay. Whitewashed buildings and cobblestone streets serve as a real-life oil painting that you can walk through. After a great trip to Buzios and Arraial do Cabo I was fixing for more small town adventures, so the following weekend I took off again. This time I ventured in the opposite direction, and made the picturesque four and a half hour journey from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty. These are the sites that greeted me upon my arrival… Take a horse and carriage ride, although I…
  • Exploring Arraial do Cabo

    Gareth
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    The land of hidden gems. That’s officially the new slogan of Brazil. I haven’t told the secretary of tourism yet but he’ll understand. It seems like around every turn, in every region, there’s a “can’t miss” place that locals rave about. It’s a beach, park, waterfall, neighborhood, etc. that you just don’t hear from until you’re within range. These are places that I affectionately refer to as hidden gems, and Brazil is full of them. Locals and travelers alike kept telling us that while in Buzios we had to make time to go see…
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    Trans-Americas Journey

  • Colombiamoda, Latin America’s Fashion Week – Medellin, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Colombiamoda, Latin America’s Fashion Week – Medellin, Colombia The star-studded Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City is about to begin (September 4-11). However, that mega-event is not the only fashion week on the planet. Every July one of Latin America’s largest fashion events happens in Medellin, Colombia. It’s called Colombiamoda and we were there this year to see the crimes…
  • Photo Essay: Chiva Buses Get Festive for the Flower Festival in Medellin, Colombia

    Eric Mohl, CPO (Chief Photography Officer)
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Photo Essay: Chiva Buses Get Festive for the Flower Festival in Medellin, Colombia This post is part 5 of 5 in the series Flower Fair in Medellin Festive buses, called chivas, are a staple in Medellin, Colombia and in the entire Antioquia region. They were introduced in the early 1900s when a bus chasis was imported from the US and modified to carry agricultural products as well as people. The first basic models…
  • The Amazing Artisans Behind the Flower Festival – Medellin, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - The Amazing Artisans Behind the Flower Festival – Medellin, Colombia This post is part 4 of 5 in the series Flower Fair in Medellin More than 600,000 flowers are used to create the spectacle that is the Flower Parade, a highlight of the annual Feria de las Flores Flower Festival in Medellin, Colombia. And that’s just for one parade! The total number of flowers used to craft elaborate displays, public…
  • Flower Festival Classic Car Parade – Medellin, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Flower Festival Classic Car Parade – Medellin, Colombia This post is part 3 of 5 in the series Flower Fair in Medellin Yeah, yeah the Feria de las Flores (Flower Festival) in Medellin, Colombia was started in 1957 to recognize and encourage the area’s agricultural pursuits. But times change and today one of the highlights of the annual 10 day Flower Festival is the Desfile de Autos Clasicos y…
  • Controversy Cancels the Flower Festival Horse Parade – Medellin, Colombia

    Karen Catchpole, CWO (Chief Writing Officer)
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Images, video and other formating may not be properly displayed in this RSS feed/email. Please view this post on our Trans-Americas Journey blog to view the post as it was intended - Controversy Cancels the Flower Festival Horse Parade – Medellin, Colombia This post is part 2 of 5 in the series Flower Fair in Medellin Flowers may be king of the annual Feria de las Flores Flower Festival in Medellin, Colombia but for many Colombians horses are their main passion. This explains why the Cabalgata de la Feria Horse Parade nearly eclipses the event’s marquis Flower Parade. But the…
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  • Bajan Car Rentals Ltd: Summer's over but discounts continue!

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Guaranteed discounts on ALL direct bookings.... FREE ISLANDWIDE DELIVERY FREE MAPS AND GUIDES FREE 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE Family business with personalized service always. email - contactus@bcrbarbados.com (246)429-4327 Ask for Raymond or Daniella 
  • Apartments in Barbados - Blue Ocean Cottage - Silver Sands - Barbados: Special Offers Long stay : 21=19 or 14=13 !!

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Yes the new EXCLUSIVE AND GREAT PROMOTION OF THE YEAR STARTED !!! If You book a stay of 21 nights between the 4th of September 2014 and the 15th of December 2014 You get 2 nights for free!!! If You stay 2 weeks You get 1 free nights!!! 
  • Yellow Bird Hotel: Fall Special!

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    20 – 30% OFF ALL ROOMS PLUS stay 3 nights or more and receive a complimentary bottle of Cockspur Rum Punch in their room! Travel Window: September 01 – December 20 2014 Email stay@yellowbirdbarbados.com or Call Us Direct at 1246 418-8444. 
  • Yellow Bird Hotel: Fall Special!!

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    20 – 30% OFF ALL ROOMS PLUS stay 3 nights or more and receive a complimentary bottle of Cockspur Rum Punch in their room! Travel Window: September 01 – December 20 2014 Email stay@yellowbirdbarbados.com or Call Us Direct at 1246 418-8444. 
  • South Gap Hotel: Summer Slasher Special!!

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Travel September 01- December 20 2014 And Receive Up To 30% Off All Rooms! Stay 3 Nights or more and get a six pack of Banks Beer in your room on arrival!!! New Reservations only. Email us at reserve@southgapbarbados.com or Call us at 246 420-7592. 
 
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  • U.S. Raises Fee To Renounce Citizenship By 422%. Thanks Assholes!

    Charlie Bushmeister
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    I just came across this article from the Forbes website and found out that the US State Department has just raised the fee for renunciation of U.S. citizenship from $450 to $2,350. The article goes on to quote the State Department’s reasoning for this 422 percent ass raping. 1. Consular officers must confirm that the potential renunciant fully understands the consequences of renunciation, including losing the right to reside in the United States without documentation as an alien. 2. Consular officers must verify that the renunciant is a U.S. citizen and they must conduct a minimum of…
  • An Honest Politician

    Manuel Pfister
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:32 pm
    What politicians would sound like if they were honest:
  • Guest Post: A long-term expat’s take on Thailand

    SDT Team
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    I’ve lived in Thailand for more than 5 years, and I firmly believe that it’s a Single Dude’s Paradise. I’ve been all over in Asia, but I chose to live in Thailand because it had everything I was looking for: pretty and available women, gorgeous beaches, a thick expat community, and a cheap cost of living. There are drawbacks, but many are overstated and easily avoidable. It’s not perfect, but no place is. I think the Single Dude’s have a fantastic website here, and a lot of their observations on Thailand were spot on. I definitely think they picked up on more more than most casual…
  • Happy Fourth of July!

    Clint Westwood
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Looks like it’s about that time of year again when 95% of American dumbasses are stuffing their faces with junk food, getting completely wasted and mindlessly waving American flags. How many people actually stop to think about what it is they are actually supposed to be celebrating these days? What is left? Not capitalism. Not our freedoms. Not the ability to travel unmolested. Record levels of police brutality, outright murder and the increasingly militarized police state? Is that cause for a celebration, much less a celebration about freedom? Does the United States of America really…
  • Guest Post: Ko Samui Thailand Location Review

    Skins
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Today we bring you a guest post from Skins over at SingleMansParadise.com. We think it’s a great article that is spot on about Ko Samui and we haven’t covered this location yet. You may also be interested in our other posts Rilay Beach, Phuket, the Song Kran festival, Thailand in general and how to spot a ladyboy. Also of note is our article on internet dating, we agree wholeheartedly with Skins on that topic. We don’t condone, encourage or support prostitution, among other things, the health concerns are just too great. However, we’re libertarians in the strictest…
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  • Finding a Vacation Babysitter or Child Care

    Corinne
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    FDR Resort in Jamaica. The one with the NANNIES :) While a family vacation is about fun for every member of the family, sometimes that fun involves mom and dad enjoying some grown-up time together – be it a fancy dinner, going out dancing, or even just relaxing beach-side sans enfants. But that couple time can’t come at the expense of the safety of your children, so how to ensure the kids are well-cared for without spending all your spare time looking for a suitable vacation babysitter or child care? Book hotels with kids’ clubs… In my pre-parent days, I completely looked down my…
  • The Toronto Zoo – A Family Favourite From Day One

    Corinne
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    A funny thing happened on our last visit to the zoo. We actually got to to walk at a leisurely pace and stop to study the animals. It was glorious, but if did feel a little “off” at the time. Why wasn’t I chasing a toddler off the rocks? Why was I not changing a diaper and most of our clothes in the bathroom? Trust me, I am NOT complaining. It had been a while, so I’m glad MasterCard reached out to suggest we get out and explore our “Priceless City” (#pricelesstoronto) The Toronto Zoo is the first and only attraction in Toronto where we purchased a yearly…
  • Airport Tips and Tricks with Kids

    Corinne
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    We all know by now that flying with babies and toddlers is not for the faint of heart – even before you board! Getting everyone packed, organized, and ready to go through security with little fuss can be (or feel) challenging. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has passed along a few airport tips and tricks as helpful reminders, to help make your summer air travel experiences a little less stressful. Know how to carry-on Children get hungry for snacks. You know this and you want to be prepared. Solid foods such as apples, granola bars, or sandwiches can be packed in…
  • Centreville Amusement Park: A Toronto With Kids Must-Visit!

    Corinne
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Centreville was my absolute favourite place to visit when I was a kid. With the now-closed Ontario Place being its only competition at the time, that wasn’t a particularly tight race. But my kids have traveled extensively, and spent a great deal of time at the Holy Grail of theme parks – Walt Disney World. But their favourite Toronto attraction? Centre Island. The charming Centreville amusement park is an absolute must-visit for a trip to Toronto with kids. The Toronto Island Ferry, not “Fairy” Just getting to Centre Island is part of the fun for my family. I laughed when my…
  • Travel Gear: Portable Sun Shelter & Travel Beach Umbrella

    Corinne
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:14 pm
    The resort we stayed at for our most recent family vacation to Mexico had a great beach, but not much shade. There were some lovely palm trees, but the shade they offered was somewhat inconsistent. Since my children are now bigger and we spent most of our beach time actually in the sea, this wasn’t a big deal for us. But with a baby or toddler who’s probably not wave jumping, but more likely sand digging or (fingers crossed) napping at the beach, you want stable and consistent shade from the sun’s rays. So if you can’t count on your resort having appropriate palapas or…
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  • Discover Ireland your own Way

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tips on Touring Ireland by Phil Teare from My Ireland Tour. To Drive or not to Drive They say there are two types of people in the world: those who think there are two types of people in the world, and those who don’t. Well, there are certainly two types of people who tour Ireland – those who self-drive and those who book escorted tours of Ireland with a driver-guide. If you decide to self-drive, your first port of call will be a good car hire company – you can find an Irish car rental company through the homepage of My Discover Ireland. Driving, you will have the freedom to…
  • Waterford Crystal History & Visitor Centre

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland and situated on the south-east coast has established many claims to fame over the centuries. Arguably, the best known is the founding of the world famous House of Waterford Crystal that is responsible for many glorious works, including chandeliers in Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC, as well as the 2688 crystals that adorn the New Year’s Eve ball that drops in Time Square, New York, every January 31st. The History and Visitor Centre, in The Mall in Waterford, is located very close to the original factory and…
  • The Ring of Kerry – 4 Personal Highlights

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    The Ring of Kerry has so much to offer tourists. The 180km route does take a bit of time to explore. This article looks at some highlights along the Ring of Kerry and off the beaten track that should be explored. The attractions listed here are in order of preference of the author. Geokaun Mountain Valentia Island is one of Ireland’s most westerly points, and is linked to the mainland by the Maurice O’Neill Memorial Bridge. Maurice O’Neill for those who are interested was shot dead in 1942 for Republican Activities. He was a young farmer from the nearby town Cahersiveen. The first…
  • Road trip to Mayo, Ireland

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    I wanted to do a road trip to see all these beautiful places in Ireland, scenic photos have been popping up everywhere even more so when the Wild Atlantic Way launched earlier on this year.  An 2500km route along the coast, boasting to be the biggest in the world, a road trip was a must! We jumped in our rental car from Europcar, a car of only 2 months old! After a  four hour drive to Ballina from Dublin, we unloaded our stuff into Suncroft b&b, our base for the weekend. Ballina is a lovely little place with River Moy running through it, the “home of salmon fishing in…
  • Get the right car to enjoy Dublin

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    When planning your next family holiday to Dublin, the topic of transportation will mostly likely arise. In recent years, more and more families have begun to opt for a hire car during their holiday; all you have to worry is where the nearest petrol station is! To help you find the ideal car to transport your family, listed below are five of the best rental cars with which to enjoy Dublin City and surrounding areas. 1-Nissan QashQai If you want to venture a little further out from Dublin city centre, then the Nissan QahQai is the ideal off-terrain choice. The county of Wicklow has a broad mix…
 
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    GoNOLA.com

  • GoNOLA Recipes at Home: NOLA Restaurant’s Miss Hay’s Stuffed Chicken Wings

    Lauren LaBorde
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    With the first Saints home game coming up on Sept. 21, Who Dat hysteria is reaching a fever pitch. Whether you’re lucky enough to watch the game at the Superdome, or you’re watching the game at a bar or with friends and family at home, having plenty of good food on hand is crucial. If you want a place to … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Find: Grow Dat Youth Farm

    Lauren LaBorde
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    New Orleans’s selection of farmers markets and other purveyors of local produce and other goods continues to proliferate. There’s the Crescent City Farmers Market, which appears in several parts of the city throughout the week, and Hollygrove Market and Farm, which offers farmers market goods during grocery store hours; the New Orleans Food Co-Op, which sells local and organic goods … Read the rest -»
  • New Orleans Shopping: 5 Stores for Kids and Babies

    Lauren LaBorde
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    This month we’re sharing with you our favorite locally owned New Orleans stores where you can find home goods, clothes, gifts and one-of-a-kind souvenirs to bring home. We wouldn’t want to leave stuff for the little ones out: here’s a few of our favorite stores selling goods for children and babies. New Orleans map-themed baby goods at SOPO (photo: SOPO’s … Read the rest -»
  • GoNOLA Recommends: 10 Activities for a Rainy Day in New Orleans

    Nikki Carter
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    After living in the Pacific Northwest after college, I appreciate the type of rain showers we get here in New Orleans – short, fast, and to the point. Many times, rain in this city tends to pass quickly and there are still sunny, clear skies to be enjoyed during the storm. If you find yourself visiting and greeted by unexpected … Read the rest -»
  • Fun Monday-Wednesday: Live Music to Catch During the Week in New Orleans

    Emily Ramirez Hernandez
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Sometimes Mondays can rain or drizzle on your parade, and making it to Hump Day can feel like an eternity. But if you are savvy about the many live music offerings across New Orleans from Mondays to Wednesdays, you can fill those nights with some culture. Who can say no to good music? Here are some shows happening during the … Read the rest -»
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  • 10 Cheap Things To Do In Florida

    Vago Damitio
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    With unrivalled opportunities to soak up sea, sun, scenery and local culture, the sunshine state has something to offer every type of vacationer. You Might Also Enjoy: 10 Free Things to do in... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • The Glorious Caravan Lifestyle

    Vago Damitio
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s that time of the year when people are thinking of heading back to school and work from their summer holidays, but there’s still plenty of time for the last hurrah of summer, so... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Where To Go Vintage Shopping in Boston

    Guest
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You may think you know where to go in Boston, but do you know where to go vintage shopping in Boston? Read on! Vintage shopping is experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment, both in the... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • The Best UK Road Trips

    Vago Damitio
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Going on a road trip is one of the best adventures, and the cheapest, you can have to break up the everyday routine of university life or work life. Just hop in your car, fuel up and drive towards... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
  • Mexico: spectacular blend of science and nature

    Vago Damitio
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many people head to Mexico for sun and sand – but not me. Well, not entirely anyway! What most excites me about Mexico is its amazing natural attractions, from its rainforests and cenotes to... Come to Vagobond to read the rest - it's better with pictures!!!!
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  • Silent Sunday: African penguins in the water pipes at Simon’s Town

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    African penguins coming out of the water pipes in Simon’s Town, South Africa Silent Sunday: African penguins in the water pipes at Simon’s Town is a post from Sophie's World
  • St Conan’s Kirk: a curious Scottish church

    Alexandra Redisch
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    By Alexandra Redisch in Loch Awe St Conan’s Kirk must always have stunned visitors as it does me today. Although the church may look many centuries old, it was completed in 1930. The architect was Walter Campbell. Or architect… he had no formal training, but that didn’t stop him from creating this intriguing little kirk on the western shores of Scotland. (I’m reminded of another un-trained architect, Clough Williams-Ellis, creator of that masterpiece Portmeirion on the Welsh coast.) Campbell lived on the island of Innischonam, and when his elderly mother found the…
  • Silent Sunday: Radcliffe Camera

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    The beautiful Radcliffe Camera, part of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library Silent Sunday: Radcliffe Camera is a post from Sophie's World
  • Geghard Monastery: carved from the mountain

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Remember I wrote about the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral with the spectacular view of Mount Ararat? And a bit later, the monasteries at Haghpat and Sanahin? Armenia’s third world heritage site is Geghard Monastery with its scenic surrounding canyon, the Upper Azat Valley. As you may have noticed, all three of Armenia’s sites are churches, cathedrals and monasteries. That’s perhaps not so surprising, as this was the world’s first country to adopt Christianity as state religion back in 301. Yes, you read that right: 301. In the same century, Saint Gregory the Illuminator…
  • Silent Sunday: Domes of the magnificent St Andrew’s Church in Kiev, Ukraine

    Anne-Sophie Redisch
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    The magnificent domes of the baroque Andriyvs’ka tserkva (St Andrew’s Church) in Kiev Silent Sunday: Domes of the magnificent St Andrew’s Church in Kiev, Ukraine is a post from Sophie's World
 
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  • Good Vibrations: Fleshing Out the Antique Vibrator Museum

    Raymond Walsh
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum, San Francisco, California “The electric vibrator preceded the electric vacuum cleaner by some nine years, the electric iron by ten, and the electric frying pan by more than a decade, possibly indicative of consumer priorities.” – plaque at Antique Vibrator Musuem The vibrator didn’t always have a purely sexual connotation. Sexist maybe, but not sexual. The vibrator was originally marketed as a cure for female “hysteria” and went by such names as heat massager, personal masseur, blood circulator, and my personal favourite – the magic…
  • Putting the Grand in Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

    Raymond Walsh
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman “We used to have the world’s largest carpet, but then the Emiratis came when they were building the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, measured ours, and now they have the title. We also used to have the world’s largest chandelier, but then the Qataris came, measured ours, and stole that from us too.” – Tour Guide at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque may have to settle for second when it comes to carpets and chandeliers, but it certainly doesn’t make the place any less stunning. Located along a stretch of the…
  • A Tale of Three Tunes

    Raymond Walsh
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Tune Hotels Review If I had known the pricing model for Tune Hotels before I showed up at their door, I probably would have never stepped inside. My first run-in with a Tune Hotel was in Kuta Beach in Bali. I was on the tail end of my Indonesia trip, and wanted to spend a few mindless days on the beach. It rained for the entire 4 days I was there. So I ended up spending more time in my room than I had anticipated. At least I caught up on some work. I happened upon the Tune Hotel in Bali by chance. Well, more precisely, by taxi. I had tentatively booked another hotel in advance (gotta love…
  • Vintage Snapshot: The Camera Museum, Penang, Malaysia

    Raymond Walsh
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    “The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly.”                                                                                                                                   –Demetri Martin There’s no going back. The ease, the simplicity, the virtually unlimited amount of photos you can cram onto those tiny little memory cards. Yep, there’s nothing quite like a digital camera. But there are still plenty out there that pine for the ways of yesteryear. Well maybe not pine,…
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Squid Jigging (but were afraid to ask)

    Raymond Walsh
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival When I was but a young lad growing up in eastern Canada, my folks would drop my brothers and me off at our grandmother’s house for the summer. The entire summer. I’m not saying it was child abandonment, but I’m not saying it wasn’t either. My grandma lived on a small fishery-dependent island called St. Brendan’s in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland. I’m not sure what my folks did during those kid-free summers. I’m not really sure what we did for those three long months either. There was intermittent electricity, no running water, and…
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  • Free Stay Friday

    Adam Hutcheson
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    In this week’s Free Stay Friday, we’re taking you to the iconic city of Bristol, for a scenic stay at the Avon Gorge Hotel Set in a historic building overlooking the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Avon Gorge Hotel is perfect for taking in the amazing views or exploring Bristol city centre. Enjoy complimentary afternoon tea out on the all-weather terrace bar, or wander into the surrounding area of Clifton to discover some of the country’s finest architecture. Lovely. If you’d like to be in with the chance to win a one-night stay here with breakfast and…
  • The Zen of Air Travel: 8 steps to inner peace while flying

    Andy Jarosz
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    While the idea of spending our holidays in a faraway place is an appealing one, for most of us the travel involved in actually getting to our destination is not such a tantalising prospect. Travel doesn’t tend to bring out our most relaxed and tolerant sides; just look at some of the recent stories of passengers fighting over reclining seats which show how easily irritation can turn to unpleasant confrontation. Given that the act of travel is something we have to endure in order to get to the place where we hope to relax, what are the best ways to keep calm while all around us are exploding…
  • A Quick Guide to the Top Greek Islands

    The Quirky Traveller
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Got your heart set on a trip to Greece but not sure which island to choose? We don’t blame you. With so much gorgeousness to be found, it’s always a tough call. So to help you decide, we went to Greece fanatic The Quirky Traveller and asked her to tell us a little bit more about the most popular islands to visit. And if anyone knows Greece, it’s The Quirky Traveller – she did live there for four years ‘discovering her inner Mamma Mia’, after all. Here’s Zoë with more about her favourite Greek islands: Corfu (Kerkyra) The first place I ever visited…
  • 52 Sleeps September Round-up

    Martin Solly
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    With the weather still (mostly) fine and the summer crowds quietening down, September is the perfect time to take a short break in the UK. And where better to grab the last of the summer than at one of our outstanding 52 Sleeps hotels? So here’s September’s round-up of gorgeous stays – all individually reviewed by our expert 52 Sleeps writers. 52 Sleeps is our FREE e-book, available to download here, or from online bookstores Kindle, Google Play, iTunes and Kobo. Week 36 – Snooze, Brighton 1 – 7 September Why visit this week? Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival…
  • 7 Ways to Spend a Layover in Singapore

    Theodora Sutcliffe
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Due to the nature of air travel, Singapore is one of those cities that it’s easy to just wind up in, without any intention of going there, and without any idea what to do. Partly because of this, and partly because of Singapore’s rigid punishments for everything from littering to drugs, sometimes there’s an unfair perception that Singapore is a tad dull. But it’s far from it. Singapore IS wealthier and more conservative than the rest of South-East Asia, but this multi-ethnic nation is full of fun and vibrancy. And there are many better ways to spend a layover in…
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  • Michigan's Tahquamenon State Park and "The Root Beer Falls"

    Dominique King
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The amber-colored Upper Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan's Upper Peninsula earned their nickname of "Root Beer Falls" for their resemblance to a cascade of root beer tumbling over a nearly 50-foot drop. Upper Falls The falls' color comes from tannins leaching into the Tahquamenon River from the cedar, spruce and hemlock swamps along its shores. The Upper Falls and the Lower Tahquamenon Falls are the centerpiece of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, which attracts nearly 500,000 visitors each year to its 48,000 acres of wilderness. The park stretches over 13 miles of mostly undeveloped woodland…
  • Cedar Point lighthouse: Rescuing a nearly forgotten beacon

    Dominique King
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Did you know that there is an historic lighthouse on the grounds of Ohio's Cedar Point Amusement Park? Most people, including those that frequently visit the park or live in the area, don't seem to know about this lighthouse. I found it online and put it on my list of things I needed to see when I recently visited Cedar Point, but I found that finding it in real life a was little more difficult than expected! But I kept asking questions until I found someone who knew where to find it. Catch a glimpse of a roller coaster in background in this image! I'm not surprised that few…
  • Photo Friday: End of the Road at Put-in-Bay, Ohio

    Dominique King
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I'm listening to a radio show as I write this, and I'm hearing much moaning about the end of summer. That put me in mind of these images. This spot is at the end of State Route 357 on the easternmost point of South Bass Island by the Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve near Put-in-Bay, Ohio, and it's a popular place from which to watch Lake Erie sunsets. I don't really miss the frenzy and hot weather of summer, seeing fall as a time to regroup and move forward. Yeah, I know it sounds like a contrary way of thinking to most people, but I don't mind occasionally being contrary...and owning it. I…
  • Sandusky Stroll: Enjoying a Renaissance

    Dominique King
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I remember making a special trip into downtown Sandusky, Ohio five years ago to visit the Carnegie library there. I still enjoy the vintage architecture that drew me to the city then, but my most recent visit there revealed a newly energized downtown with some new dining and beverage spots I don't remember being there just a few years ago. Late-nineteenth century Sandusky gained fame as the "Ice Capital of the Great Lakes" with a local ice cutting industry providing much of Ohio with the ice needed to preserve food. The city also had a thriving commercial fishing industry, was…
  • Midwest travel links for August 2014

    Dominique King
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month: Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati-This Ohio city had the first professional, paid fire department in the United States, making it a pretty logical place for a museum dedicated to the history and technological innovation in firefighting throughout the years. Check out this story, and some great images, from the Visualingual team of Maya and Mike.  A Visit to Ohio State Reformatory #Shawshank20-Join Karyn at the Sand and Snow...and everything in between blog as she tours this site, which many folks may remember as…
 
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  • The Cody Suite, Palm Springs, California

    Gerald Soubeyran
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Part of the famed Racquet Club development of Palm Springs, these garden villas were one of the glittering desert getaways of the stars and have brought back the glamorous Hollywood heyday. Designed and developed by acclaimed architect William Cody with grounds designed by Phil Shipley, this ground floor apartment sits within the complex adjacent to the original courts of the famed 1930s club.   Bright with an open floor plan, the original post and beam architecture and clean lines create a soothing geometry of angles, light and space. A sharp selection of hand picked mid century and vintage…
  • Costa la Juanita, Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

    Alejandra Dellepiane
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Fresh bright and simple, this duplex forms a collective yet separate living arrangement that’s ideal for a carefree stay in Uruguay. Just a few minutes to the windswept Atlantic coast, you’ll be in a quiet rural neighborhood with both privacy and convenience.   Side by side yet self-contained, each was designed for privacy as well as cooperative living and share the shaded grounds and outdoor dining areas that surround the property. Compact and modest, the two story apartments share similar layouts and back to basics essentials and are fully equipped.    Walls of…
  • Villa Banyan, Umeanyar, Bali

    Thomas Jahnke
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Situated on a bluff above rice paddies and the Balinese Sea, this newly built villa is immersed in lush tropical gardens with amazing unobstructed views out to sea. Combining modern structural proportions with traditional Balinese design attributes and aesthetics, the structure celebrates the unification of styles by utilizing warm teak wood, bamboo, decorative scroll work and Alang Alang thatched roofs.   Quiet and understated, you’ll enjoy the luxuries of full service and modern amenities in a laid back but elegant environment. Serene, soothing and expansive, there is plenty…
  • Cody Studio, Palm Springs, California

    Gerald Soubeyran
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Part of the famed Racquet Club development of Palm Springs, these garden villas were one of the glittering desert getaways of the stars and have brought back the glamorous Hollywood heyday. Designed and developed by acclaimed architect William Cody with grounds by Phil Shipley, this ground floor studio sits within a larger complex adjacent to the original courts of the famed 1930s club.    Intimate and  private, the open plan living space features an energetic restoration that celebrates the past while planted firmly in the present. Retaining the original proportions and design…
  • Maison Pierre, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

    Neerja Tannan
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    Set in a tiny 12th century village in the southwestern region of Provence, this tasteful and authentic home has been completely restored with the materials and flavor of it’s original inhabitants, along with a few elegant touches.    The centuries old structure has been left undisturbed, with respectful and careful attention paid to detail and history. All original stone and beamed ceilings remain along with the graceful and sloping wine caverns. Rustic and elegant, the handcrafted decor and furnishings include found and reclaimed items as well as a few sparkling contemporary…
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  • Take an adventurous trip of scenic Canal Saint Martin, Paris

    John
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    The glorious Canal Saint Martin is a 4.5 km long canal, built in the early 19th century to supply Paris drinking water. Today the route along the quaint canal is popular among visitors for a romantic walk, roller skating, biking, strolling, cycling, jogging, sightseeing and much more .This canal begins at the Bassin de l’Arsenal which attaches the canal with the Seine River. People really enjoy the tranquil environment from picturesque two iron bridges crossing the canal. Opened in 1825, its mystifying vaulted tunnels, poetic atmosphere of its banks lined with century old trees makes…
  • Deepen your joy at exotic Lake Geneva, Switzerland

    John
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Lake Geneva empties into the Rhone River on the front line between France and Switzerland. It is one of the biggest lakes in Western Europe, and the largest body of water in Switzerland. The western edge of the lake is dominated by the splendid city of Geneva. The lake is ringed by Alps and every point along the shores offers jaw-dropping panorama, lofty snowcapped peaks and stunning milieu. The lakefront features with famed water fountain, St. Peter’s Cathedral, Flower Clock in the English Garden, Place Neuve and Reformation Wall. Aside from the city Geneva, the Lake Region has a diverse…
  • Top 5 Hotels in Ukraine

    The Team
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    AWAIT PUBLISHING TILL AFFILAITE CODE IS AVAILABLE FROM GOOGLE Affiliate networkUkraine takes pride in its tourism industry. Keeping in with the growth of tourism sector, Ukraine hospitality industry is gearing up for a huge makeover to attract more tourists. Here are top 5 Ukraine hotels that spell the magic of classic elegance and luxury.The Hotels in UkraineFairmont Grand Hotel This hotel houses 258 guest rooms in addition to luxurious Presidential and Royal suites. The travellers are treated to modern amenities and attentive service round the clock. Spa faculties, indulgent cuisines and…
  • Dig up limitless fun at Europa Park, Germany

    John
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Germany has bounty of improbable tourist attractions and exclusive sites to propose unlimited glee for travelers from all over the world. Featured with architectural assets, far-fetched natural places, fairytale castles, noteworthy historic sites and much more, Germany always captivate its visitors. From hundreds of its intriguing places, Europa Park is another allure of Germany for every age group. Located in south-west Germany, near Freiburg in the Black Forest, Europa theme Park is Germany’s leading and the second largest of Europe. With its more than 100 attractions, shows and…
  • Hanayashiki

    Sandy
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Hanayashiki is the oldest amusement park in Japan. It is located in Asakusa in Taito, Tokyo. It was opened way back in 1853 as a flower park. Today it stands as a huge amusement park with loads of attractions, cafeterias and lunchrooms, and not to mention souvenir shops. However, there are certain things that you need to remember when you plan a visit to Hanayashiki. First and foremost, do not expect sun and moon from this amusement park. If you want something catchy and commercial with styles and trends, then Hanayashiki is certainly not your destination. Don’t come here expecting an…
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  • My Xian and Luoyang travel in China started

    Cecil Lee
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Greeting from luoyang! I’m now on my way to Shaolin temple, an hour and a half journey from Luoyang. This would be our final destination in and around Luoyang before heading back to Xian.Jean and I reached Luoyang a couple of days ago and we really enjoyed it especially it’s foods. Luoyang is a beautiful city once the capital for a number of ancient empires.There are 4 iconic features that can best represent Luoyang. The first and foremost is no other than Longmen Grottoes. It is one of the two most significant grottoes sites featuring Buddhist carving in China. One the the UNESCO…
  • September MATTA Fair 2014 is here for holidaymakers

    Cecil Lee
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:34 am
    The September MATTA Fair 2014 is here! The biggest travel fair in Malaysia, MATTA Fair is being held in Kuala Lumpur PWTC, twice a year in March and September. The second event of the year already started on Friday 5th September and will end on this Sunday, 7th September 2014. Read the official MATTA Fair website here for more information.I saw a different trend in this MATTA Fair. Instead of dominating by major travel agencies of Malaysia, the presence of foreign tourism organizations from various countries has gained a lot more spaces in the fair. Also becoming more popular is flights…
  • A subdued 57th Malaysia Independence Day or Hari Merdeka

    Cecil Lee
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Happy 57th Malaysia Independence Day! 31st of August is the day when Malaysian proclaimed independence from the British colony in 1957. Better known as the Merdeka Day, all Malaysian used to be out on today each year to celebrate their independence. However, it is different this year.Overshadowed by the recent tragedies of MH17 and the earlier MH370, we are looking at lesser celebration activities this year. No major celebration will be organised around KL and the usual Merdeka Day countdown and entertaining concerts on the eve had been cancelled in respect of the victims of both MAS…
 
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  • Mexico Travel – The Sacred Mayan Journey

    Chelsea Schmidt
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    2 Backpackers Travel Community - Mexico Travel – The Sacred Mayan Journey Subscribe Now -> http://feeds.feedburner.com/TwoBackpackers When most people think of Cancun and the surrounding region, they think all-inclusive resorts or Spring Break parties but the area actually has a lot more in the way of culture and history, especially Mayan history, than people think. The Yucatán Peninsula was an important region of the ancient Mayan Empire and still today, Mayan communities call this area of Mexico home. For much of post-colonial history, Mayan communities have been marginalized,…
  • Mexico Travel – TBEX Cancun 2014

    Chelsea Schmidt
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    2 Backpackers Travel Community - Mexico Travel – TBEX Cancun 2014 Subscribe Now -> http://feeds.feedburner.com/TwoBackpackers Photo via Cancun CVB A month from today hundreds of travel blogger will descend on the Mexican resort city of Cancun for the annual TBEX North America conference. The yearly event brings together the largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, content creators, and tourism industry professionals. This year the conference heads south to Mexico’s Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort for 3+ days of networking, workshops, panels, and more. The conference runs…
  • Ecuador Travel – Quito Botanical Garden

    Jason Castellani
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    2 Backpackers Travel Community - Ecuador Travel – Quito Botanical Garden Subscribe Now -> http://feeds.feedburner.com/TwoBackpackers Guest post from Sam of Indefinite Adventure.com. I knew that Ecuador was famous for its biodiversity, having the “most diversity per square kilometer of any nation” (according to Wikipedia ), but I mostly just thought that meant it had a lot of birds and reptiles. I didn’t consider its flora. So the Quito Botanical Garden surprised me. Zab and I actually visited twice, the first time with my mum and her husband, the second time just…
  • Travel Photo – Border Crossing La Quiaca, Argentina to Villazon, Bolivia

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    21 Nov 2013 | 4:54 am
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    12 Nov 2013 | 2:22 am
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  • Bangkok Cowboy Book Review

    Martyn
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Bangkok Cowboy is a newly released crime thriller written by Ron McMillan, author of the widely acclaimed paperback Yin Yang Tattoo. McMillan’s latest offering delves deep into the dark underbelly of Bangkok’s sex industry and the steamy and seamy undesirables who lurk there. It’s a fast-moving, action-packed thriller with a clever and well pieced plot. Yin Yang Tattoo was described by the Asia [...] (Visited 13 times, 13 visits today) The post Bangkok Cowboy Book Review appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Soi Sampanthamit in Udon Thani

    Martyn
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:57 am
    Soi Sampanthamit in Udon Thani is hardly picture postcard turf. Cluttered pathways, sombre-looking shops and behind the times architecture rules iron-handed over up-to-date design, but that all said, for many folk it’s the land of milk and honey. Soi Sampanthamit has some very good hotels, restaurants and bars and is a popular street for people seeking both daytime and [...] (Visited 73 times, 8 visits today) The post Soi Sampanthamit in Udon Thani appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Love Loei Coffee Shop in Phu Rua

    Martyn
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:16 am
    I wouldn’t say I love coffee, tea is more to my taste but some of Thailand’s coffee shops are eye-catching enough to tempt me to sip a cup of black bean juice every now and then. Love Loei Coffee Shop in Phu Rua is one such place. It’s a beautiful looking and camera-ready pit stop on the highway running [...] (Visited 66 times, 3 visits today) The post Love Loei Coffee Shop in Phu Rua appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.
  • Tasty Thai Snacks – Lotus Pod Seeds

    Martyn
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Tesco Lotus is as good a place as any to grab a few tasty Thai snacks but the picture above taken in the heart of Udon Thani’s countryside has a sea of lotus light bites that many Thais and a sprinkling of Westerners love to eat. At the centre of each cluster of green leaves floating on the water lies [...] (Visited 104 times, 2 visits today) The post Tasty Thai Snacks – Lotus Pod Seeds appeared first on Beyond The Mango Juice.